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Ladies Bible Study Review, part 9…

 

Called unto Eternal Life”

First Timothy, chapter 6 gives us some more insight into the definition of “eternal life.” In verse 12, we are told to “take hold of the eternal life to which you were called.” In verses 9 and 10, we are warned of attitudes and lifestyle that can lead to ruin and destruction in “eternal life” – or “life in the age to come.” This is a very serious passage to read and obey. Verse 19 in this same chapter, says, “take hold of that which is life indeed” – corresponding to verse 12. Same “life” in both verses and refers to “life” as being future.

The first part of verse 12 gives us the bottom-line reason we may or may not have “destruction” in the age-life to come: We must “fight the good fight of the faith.” “Fight” isn’t a word we like to think of in relation to our salvation; but it is the “good fight” of THE faith that pleases God and believes that He is the Rewarder of good and bad that we must keep before us. (see Hebrews 11:6)

It is interesting to meditate upon our calling. Numerous Scriptures are plain and simple for the taking. Let’s look at a few.

Called to follow:

Mt 9:9 ¶ And as Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man, called Matthew, sitting in the tax office; and He *said to him, “Follow Me!” And he rose, and followed Him.

Many are called:

Mt 22:14 “For many are called, but few [are] chosen.”

Called unto holiness:

1 Thessalonians 4:7 For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.

Called to age-lasting glory after suffering:

1 Peter 5:10But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal age-lasting gloryby Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

Called to inherit a blessing:

1Peter 3:8-9Finally , be yeALL of one mind , having compassion one of another , love as brethren be pitiful , be courteous : 9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.

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April 28, 2012 Posted by | Hebrews 1 - 2:3, Ladies Bible Study Notes, Pages from my journal, Who are the called? | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ladies Bible Study Review Notes, part 8…

I am tempted to put a little study of “eternal life” at this point. I have an intense desire to teach you how the Bible is its own dictionary. Some of you who have sat for years under the traditions of men, have difficulty reading in context. Let’s see if just pasting a few “eternal life” verses here, will help you define it.

Mark 10:30 but that he shall receive a hundred times as much now in the present age, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and farms, along with persecutions; and in the age to come, eternal life. Definition: Eternal life is in the age to come.

John 5:29 and shall come forth; those who did the good [deeds] to a resurrection of life, those who committed the evil [deeds] to a resurrection of judgment. Definition – Eternal life experienced after the resurrection.

1John 2:21 – 25 I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it, and because no lie is of the truth. 22 Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son. 23 Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father; the one who confesses the Son has the Father also. 24 As for you, let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father. 25 And this is the promise which He Himself made to us: eternal life. Definition – I must know the truth and abide in what I heard from the beginning (of Christ’s teachings) to be able to abide in the Son and in the Father. Then, I can have the promise of the Father – eternal life. Galatians 3:22 says that the promise by the faith (eternal life) might be given those who are believers (the ones living by faith).

Galatians 3:22 But the Scripture has shut up all men under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.

Read Acts 2: 33-47. Here are some observations that I have made:

The promise of eternal life from the Father is also the promise of the Holy Spirit.

The gift of the Holy Spirit and the calling to the promise (of eternal life) must be received together; and that repentance and baptism are required.

Those who had believed the gift and the promise in verses 38 and 39, were being saved.

“Saved,” “received His Word,” “baptized,” continually devoted to these teachings and the fellowship, “breaking of bread,” and to the prayers, were those who had believed.

Romans 2:6-7 who WILL RENDER TO EVERY MAN ACCORDING TO HIS DEEDS: 7 to those who by perseverance in doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life; Definition – Eternal life is after every man has given account of his deeds. Eternal life includes glory, honor, immortality, which is the opposite of corruption.

Galatians 6:7-9 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. 8 For the one who sows to his own flesh shall from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit shall from the Spirit reap eternal life. 9 And let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary. Definition – Eternal life is when we reap what we have sown to the Spirit. It includes doing good now and not becoming weary.

April 18, 2012 Posted by | Hebrews 1 - 2:3, Ladies Bible Study Notes, Learning to read - accurately, Pages from my journal | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Ladies Bible Study Review Notes, part 7…

From the second and third verses of Hebrews, chapter one, we made a list of 7 statements about the SON:

1. He is heir of all things.

2. The ages were made through Him.

3. He is the radiance of God’s glory.

4. He is the exact representation of God’s substance.

5. He upholds (sustains) all things.

6. He made purification of sins.

7. He sat down at the right hand of the majesty on high.

The day in which we are presently living is called “the last days” and God has chosen to speak to us in SON language. God spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways; now, we are to recognize “Son language.”

1John 5:10 – 13: ¶ The one who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; the one who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed in the witness that God has borne concerning His Son. 11 And the witness is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 12 He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life. 13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, in order that you may know that you have eternal life.

Read the above verses again – that’s the importance of being able to read and understand “Son language.” It has everything to do with “eternal” life – which is “age-lasting” life; not, what one usually thinks of as life for eternity. When the Bible is speaking of eternity, it will use the expression, ages upon ages, or “forever and ever.” Example: Revelation 22:5 And there shall no longer be [any] night; and they shall not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God shall illumine them; and they shall reign forever and ever.

Some more “Son language:”

John 8:28-37 Jesus therefore said, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am [He,] and I do nothing on My own initiative, but I speak these things as the Father taught Me. 29 “And He who sent Me is with Me; He has not left Me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to Him.” 30 As He spoke these things, many came to believe in Him. 31 ¶ Jesus therefore was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you abide in My word, [then] you are truly disciples of Mine; 32 and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” 33 They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s offspring, and have never yet been enslaved to anyone; how is it that You say, ‘You shall become free’?” 34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin. 35 “And the slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain forever. 36 “If therefore the Son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed. 37 “I know that you are Abraham’s offspring; yet you seek to kill Me, because My word has no place in you.

John 11:25-27 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me shall live even if he dies, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” 27 She *said to Him, “Yes, Lord; I have believed that You are the Christ, the Son of God, [even] He who comes into the world.”

The whole Word is about the Son. The Son is the Second Adam who qualified in every position that the first Adam lost. The Bible is about the Seventh Day Rest for which all creation is seeking for and longing for.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal (“life for the age”) life.”

April 17, 2012 Posted by | Hebrews 1 - 2:3, Learning to read - accurately, Pages from my journal | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ladies Bible Study Review Notes, part 6…

 

Monday April 16th part 6…

 

Next, we took a closer look at verse 14, from the 1st chapter: Are they not all ministering spirits, sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation? (NASB)

 

“Ministering spirits” is another reference to angels and their “duties.” “Ministering” in the Old Testament referred to the priests and Levites. “Render service” is translated “minister” in the King James Bible, but, actually is a different Greek word meaning, “render service.” At any rate, “ministering” and rendering “service” were duties of the priests and Levites. Now it would come in handy for us to have mastered a study in these Old Testament duties because that is the O. T. type used in this verse to explain what and how the angels are ministering to those who will “inherit” (verb in the present active tense) salvation. Let me put it in a nutshell – God, through His Son, and angels, is providing EVERYTHING and EVERY WAY we need for our present race of faith for the purpose of inheriting an abundant salvation in the age to come.

 

SELAH – pause and calmly think upon this. Thank you, Father!

 

It is becoming clear that if you miss the actual classes for this study, you miss a lot. It is common for the Lord to remind us of companion verses and Scriptures along the way – and off we go. The class is open for comments, questions, and feed-back. I’m attempting to type this from memory and the scant notes I made.

 

At some point, I started to begin each class with the Scripture: Proverbs 14:12 ¶ There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

 

We MUST live with the end in view. Faith demands it. Living in faith is always concerning things to come. Keeping in mind what comes next – the 1,000 year reign of our Lord and our participation in it – or not – will help us discern between what “seems right” and what IS right. “Seems right” usually has to do with the “traditions of men” and their teachings. We desire life in the age to come, instead of death – non participation. FAIR WARNING!

 

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Ladies Bible Study Review, part 5…

Friday, April 13th, LBS Review, part 5…

I took a “side road” along side of the angel references to take a closer look at the description the Author uses of angels as “companions” (“fellows” in KJV). They are companions of our Lord for worship, for ministry, but, are not higher ranked – not now, because God, the Father, has “brought Him to the birth through resurrection.

He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high;

4 ¶ having become as much better than the angels, as He has inherited a more excellent name than they.

5 For to which of the angels did He ever say, “THOU ART MY SON, TODAY I HAVE BEGOTTEN THEE” (lit: “brought Thee to the birth”)? And again, “I WILL BE A FATHER TO HIM AND HE SHALL BE A SON TO ME”?

6 And when He again brings the first-born into the world, He says, “AND LET ALL THE ANGELS OF GOD WORSHIP HIM.”

7 And of the angels He says, “WHO MAKES HIS ANGELS WINDS, AND HIS MINISTERS A FLAME OF FIRE.”

8 But of the Son [He says], “THY THRONE, O GOD, IS FOREVER AND EVER, AND THE RIGHTEOUS SCEPTER IS THE SCEPTER OF HIS KINGDOM.

9 “THOU HAST LOVED RIGHTEOUSNESS AND HATED LAWLESSNESS; THEREFORE GOD, THY GOD, HATH ANOINTED THEE WITH THE OIL OF GLADNESS ABOVE THY COMPANIONS.

Companions” – “partners” – “sharers” – “participant” – Look at its use in Hebrews 3:14 For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end;

This promise is to us with a BIG “IF” attached. Don’t let prepositions slip past your notice.

Here are the references in Hebrews – notice the importance of each:

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 3:1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;

Heb 3:14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence(This word is “substance” in Heb. 11:1) stedfast unto the end;

Heb 6:4 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,

Heb 12:8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.

Partakers of the heavenly calling,” “partakers of Christ,” and “partakers of the Holy Spirit” brings on chastisement to “sons.” If not, then the born ones are bastards – born out of wedlock.

The verb form of “partakers” is found in the New Testament like this:

Rom 12:13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.

Rom 15:27 It hath pleased them verily; and their debtors they are. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister unto them in carnal things.

Gal 6:6 Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.

Phil 4:15 Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only.

1Tim 5:22 Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure.

Heb 2:14 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;

1Pet 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.

2John 1:11 For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

There is too much in the above verses to study at this time. This is an example of using a computer program for study and then pausing to meditate upon the results of my searches. One thing, however, is that it would benefit us to make sure of what, whom, we “partake.”

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Ladies Bible Study Review, part 4…

Thursday, April 12th, LBS Review, part 4

(Have you meditated about how precious it is that God lets us “be a fly on the wall,” so to speak, to conversations our Lord had with the Pharisees, Sadducees, and disciples?  This conversation is 2,000 years old and we have it today!  I have marveled at being able to listen in to Abraham talk with the Lord concerning saving Sodom and the righteous from destruction.  We think technology has made for us instant news as we can hear people reporting from far away places; but we can hear news that is 6,000 years old and still living and fresh to our ears:  “Let us make man in our image.” – Whew, I rejoice!)

In the Luke passage, we heard the Lord teach from the Old Testament concerning salvation, rejection of the Messiah – the Son of God, resurrection – the Lord is the God of the living, The Lord’s coming reign on the Throne of David.  Read it again.  You will notice hatred of the resurrection.  They did not want this “man to rule over them!” See: Luke 19:14)

During our study we went through verses 33-44 of Luke 20, and marked every verse that related to time.  We observed:  “sons of this age,” “sons of the resurrection,” and the rejected Stone becoming the Chief Cornerstone, and such like.  I think you will be surprised at how this one exercise of noting time will enhance and simplify your understanding as you study.

(After I taught these lessons, I was told about a book, Time Travelers Of The Bible: How Hebrew Prophets Shattered The Barriers Of TimeSpace by Gary Stearman.  It is available for my Kindle and I am thoroughly enjoying it!)

April 12, 2012 Posted by | Hebrews 1 - 2:3, Ladies Bible Study Notes, Learning to read - accurately, Pages from my journal, resurrection | , | Leave a comment

Ladies Bible Study Review, part 3…

Wed., April 11th, LBS Review, part 3…

When I began this study with the girls, my purpose was to show that we can do much study just from our own reference Bibles – using color pencils. Yep – I love colored pencils. “Angels” are all colored in with orange. So, when I open up to Hebrews, I & 2, I see every reference to “angels’ and their pronouns, and names used by God – “companions” and “ministering spirits.” The beauty of this exercise is to be able, at a glance, to “study” the use of repeating words. Why is God repeating Himself? He has reasons and I mean to search out His treasures.

So – this is not only a study of this portion of Hebrews, it is also a study on “How to Study”with what you have on hand. (But, I highly recommend computer Bible study programs. They are mostly free. They are entirely free, actually. Sometimes I purchase a version that is not yet in the open domain and word studies like Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Greek/Hebrew Words.)

At this point, I think that “hearing” our Lord teach from the Old Testament Scriptures will inspire our study. I chose Luke, chapter 20, for our observation of how our Lord taught. We won’t study this portion. I just want you to pay close attention to how our Lord teaches from the Old Testament. This is a long chapter. Don’t quit reading too soon! http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke%2020&version=NASB

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Ladies Bible Study Review, part 2…

Tuesday, April 10th, LBS Review, part 2…

Next, we went back to chapter one to see if we let anything slip by us on our first reading of this chapter. And – there is a LOT here to investigate! So, mark with the same color the references to the Old Testament in your Bible’s margin. In my Bible, I used green and here is what I have marked:

Verse 1 – Numbers 12:6, 8; Joel 2:28

Verse 2 – Ps. 2:8

Verse 5 – Ps. 2:7; 2 Samuel 7:14

Verse 6 – Ps 97:7

Verse 7 – Ps 104:4

Verse 8 – Ps. 45:6

Verse 9 – Ps 45:7; Isa. 61:3

Verse 10 – Ps. 102:25

Verse 11 – Ps. 102:26; Isa 51:6

Verse 12 – Ps. 102:26, 27

Verse 13 – Ps 110:1; Joshua 10:24

Verse 14 – Ps. 103:20f; Daniel 7:10

Chapter 2, verse 1 – Prov. 3:21

The writer of Hebrews knew his Old Testament. Had to. That’s all there was.

Paul, who wrote two-thirds of the New Testament, was taught by the resurrected Lord, Himself – from the Old Testament scriptures. Let me show you something: 1Co 15:1 ¶ Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand,

2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain.

3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the (Old Testament) Scriptures,

4 and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the (Old Testament) Scriptures,

Salvation is learned through the Old Testament scriptures! It is there and the editors of our Bibles have included some of the references for us in the margins. Look them up! Be on the alert! Pay close attention!

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Review of Ladies Bible Study, part 1…

Review of Ladies Bible study

We began in Hebrews 1 through 2:3. Read it again all the way through. 

 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Hebrews%201%20-%202:3&version=NASB

And, then, we began making observations, noting themes, asking questions – like why, who, what, where, and when. We did one lesson concerning time – how to mark time – how to fit time into its rightful place in God’s time line.

Also to “study” chapter one, we began with the first word of chapter two: “dia” – “Therefore” in KJV and “For this reason” in NASB. It is used 667 times in the New Testament, #1223 – the channel of an act; through; any cause by means of which an action passes to its accomplishment.

When we put our understanding of the word, “dia,” with the last phrase of chapter one – the “inherited salvation,” we understand the intensity of the warning in verse one of chapter two. The inherited salvation comes through the conduit of hearing and we MUST pay closer attention – “give the more earnest heed” (KJV) – to it. WHY? Because “we can drift away from it!” – which, in turn, will cause us to fail to accomplish the “so great salvation.”

Slip,” “drift away,” is “pararrhueo” – a compound word, “by” and “flow.” Thayer: “to glide by: lest we be carried by, pass by;” and Thayer went on to say: “lest the salvation which these things heard show us how to obtain, slip away from us.” I like that definition! And, a couple more I found: “a thing escapes me and slips my mind.”

That’s the importance of obtaining salvation – being ever mindful to investigate and study this salvation, not letting one iota escape our attention. Our future 1,000 years depend upon it!

April 9, 2012 Posted by | Hebrews 1 - 2:3, Ladies Bible Study Notes, Learning to read - accurately, Pages from my journal | , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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