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His Presence and His Help…

In our ladies Bible study we have been repeating together Hebrews 13:5 which states that our Lord will never withdraw His presence (leave) nor His help (forsake) from us.  Here is the Amplified Version for you to savor:

Heb 13:5 Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!] [Josh. 1:5.]

REJOICE!

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September 20, 2013 Posted by | Just for Women, Ladies Bible Study Notes, Newsy News & Random Thoughts, Studying Hebrews | Leave a comment

His Name is called The Word of God…

I want to develop this subject of Jesus, the Messiah, the Son of God, and His name, The Word of God.

Revelation 19:13, “His Name is called, The Word of God…”

The Sower sows the Seed – Mark 4:14

The seed is the Word of God – Luke 8:11

That which is sown (seed) in the heart is the Word of the Kingdom – Matthew 13:19

Therefore, The Word of God = The Seed = The Word of the Kingdom

Those “born from above,” are also those that are “born of God” from seed which is imperishable – 1 Peter 1:23

This Word is to be received so as to be implanted – James 1:21

It is to be firmly rooted so as to be established in faith – Colossians 2:7

We are given the above instructions because the Word of God, also, the Word of the Kingdom, can be snatched away from our hearts by the evil one.  It can stumble because of no firm root when affliction and persecution arises; and, the Word of the Kingdom can be choked because of the deceitfulness of riches, becoming unfruitful.

However, the Word of the Kingdom, – the name of our Lord, the Messiah, can be understood and bear much fruit.

September 18, 2013 Posted by | Just for Women, Ladies Bible Study Notes, Learning to read - accurately, Studying Hebrews, The Kingdom and Gospel of our Lord | Leave a comment

Present tense believing into His Name…

John 1:12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right (ability, privilege) to become children (“teknon” – maturing children – not “sons” as in KJV) of God, even to those who believe (present tense, active voice) in (“eis” – into, meaning a motion to an object with the purpose of reaching it or touching it.) His name,

Those born of God have the privilege and ability to mature toward the object of their pursuit, His Name.  What is His Name?

In Revelation 19:13, “His Name is called, The Word of God…”

In Revelation 19:16, He has a name written on His robe and thigh, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”

His Name is the Word of God (which the born of God ones will be present-tense believing), having to do with Kings and Lords.  His name is the Word of the Kingdom.  It is the seed of the word of the kingdom with which the born of God ones are conceived.

1Jn 3:23  And this is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us.

“Believe” in the above verse is in the aorist, active, subjunctive….meaning one believes at a certain point in time and actively continues to believe in the same manner….subjunctive means that this one should continue, but may not; thus, the many warnings and exhortations we explore, especially in Hebrews.

“Life” is in His Name!  John 20:31  but these have been written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.

That little word, “in” is “en” in the Greek and means, “in the sphere of.”  In the sphere of everything His name means is life – and “life” is “zoe” – the word used exclusively for life in the coming age.  The age to come contains the first 1,000 years of our Lord’s reign as Kings of Kings and Lord of Lords.

….end of part 3 of week 9/9/13

September 13, 2013 Posted by | "Seed" & "birthing", Just for Women, Ladies Bible Study Notes, Learning to read - accurately, Studying Hebrews, The Kingdom and Gospel of our Lord | Leave a comment

“…but of God were born.”

Refer to yesterday’s reading regarding the Father of lights —–He sends “the True Light” in John 1, let’s begin at verse 9 and go through verse 13:   (I will add some “helps” as you read.)

John 1:9 There was the true light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man.
John 1:10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.
John 1:11 He came to His own (neuter – “own things” i.e. His kingdom, throne, etc), and those who were His own (masculine – meaning His Own people – the perishing sheep of the House of Israel) did not receive (“paralambano” – to receive near, associate with) Him.
John 1:12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right (ability, privilege) to become children (“teknon” – maturing children – not “sons” as in KJV) of God, even to those who believe (present tense, active voice) in (“eis” – into, meaning a motion to an object with the purpose of reaching it or touching it.) His name,
John 1:13 who were born (aorist, passive, indicative) not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God (literally: “but of God were born”).

Note verse 13 that when one is “born of God,” it is in the passive voice, meaning the subject was acted upon!  Aorist tense means it was an event, happening at a point in time.  Indicative mood means it is a reality, a certainty from the speaker’s point of view.

No one born of God used their own will, flesh, or blood.  It was all of HIM!  We can understand this from an earthly point of view:  we did not choose our own parents or family.

Acts 16:31 says, Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you shall be saved.  “Believe,” in this case is in the aorist, active, imperative – meaning you perform the believing at some point in time.  Imperative means it is a command.

For this study of “brethren,” we are considering those “born of God.”  And, we will need a working understanding of His NAME.

………….part 2 of week 9/9/13…..

September 12, 2013 Posted by | "Seed" & "birthing", "Born Again" / "Born from Above", Just for Women, Ladies Bible Study Notes, Learning to read - accurately, Studying Hebrews | Leave a comment

Let Love of the Brethren continue…

Heb. 13:1 – “Let the love of the brethren (noun,  singular,  feminine) continue (“abide” – present, active, imperative).”

Take note that this verse is an imperative – meaning it is a commandment.  It assumes that brotherly love has already begun at some point; and, here we are commanded to abide in this condition of love – “phileo” – brotherly love.

Not everyone is our “brother,” so it motivates us to seek a definition.  Wuest says that the word means “from the same womb, thus having the same source.”  Let’s search out the Bible to see ….

To be Biblical, “brethren” will have not only the same birth, but will be conceived from the seed of the same father.  They will be “born of God.”  “Born from above” because every good thing bestowed and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of light, with whom there is no variation, or shadow of turning.”   (James 1:17)

Verse 18 of James 1:  “In the exercise of His will ( aorist, passive) He brought us forth (to give birth to) by the word of truth, so that we might be, as it were, the first fruits among His creatures.”

– end of part 1 for week of 9/9/13 —–stay tuned, hold on to your seat, this is gonna’ be GOOD NEWS!

September 11, 2013 Posted by | "Seed" & "birthing", "Born Again" / "Born from Above", "Word of God", Just for Women, Ladies Bible Study Notes, Learning to read - accurately, Studying Hebrews | Leave a comment

LBS, week of 9/9/13…

Keep studying on your assignment concerning the 5 warnings in Hebrews in relation to “having your senses trained to discern good and evil.”

Heb 5:9 And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation,
Heb 5:10 being designated by God as a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.
Heb 5:11 Concerning him we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing.
Heb 5:12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food.
Heb 5:13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is a babe.
Heb 5:14 But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.

This is very important because you will not become dull of hearing (“faith comes by hearing”), you will be able to teach others because you can assemble and assimilate the solid food (“meat”) of the Word of God; and, most importantly, you will be able to discern what is profitable for your lifestyle and what is good for nothing towards your future in our Lord’s kingdom.

Tomorrow, I plan to address verse 1 of chapter 13.  We should be able to discern and discuss “Who are my ‘brethren?'”  Be prepared to take plenty of notes.  You NEED this lesson!  If you want to attend by Skype, send me an email or comment below.

September 9, 2013 Posted by | Just for Women, Ladies Bible Study Notes, Learning to read - accurately, Studying Hebrews | 1 Comment

LBS 9/03/13, part 3…

On the whiteboard, I had written many key words from Hebrews…..see photo insert.  We agreed that those of us attending pretty much had a previous overview of this book.  We knew there were warnings, the hallmark of faith chapter, and even passages hard to understand and often mistranslated.  We had – in past sessions – pretty well covered the first chapter and the first few verses from chapter two.  SO – here we are and where do we begin?

Chapter 13, of course.  An author will usually summarize – wrap up, so to speak – at the end of the book.  Let’s see what we can observe, allowing for the knowledge we already bring to this study.  Will there be any surprises in this summation?

On our printout of the 13th chapter, we marked two things – well, just one actually – the people mentioned.  Surely there would be clues here that the Author wanted us to observe and know for a certainty as He summed up His discourse.  We marked the references to people, including personal pronouns, and we marked references to “God,” Jesus Christ,” and personal pronouns concerning Him.  We also read, aloud, and together, verse 5 from the King James and New American Standard versions.

One of the observations that caused me to pause and calmly think upon was, “Let the marriage bed be undefiled…”  HUH!  After all the doctrine, warnings of losses, and exhortations towards faith, the Author has a short, concise,  warning concerning sex.  Why?

Is it that there is one major theme from beginning to the end of the Bible – a type, anti-type, illustration from Adam and Eve to the very end – “The Spirit and the bride, say, ‘come?'”  Christ and His bride is to be a pure, holy, respectful relationship and this is best lived out in the picture of our physical married lives as man and woman, here, on earth, now.  (And, I was also reminded of that Holy book , the Song of Solomon, in the Old Testament.)

The book of Hebrews begins with angels and ends with entertaining strangers because we could be unaware that they are angels.  Leaders, who lead us into and through the Word, are mentioned several times in this one chapter.  Prisoners….

Well, you print out your own copy of chapter 13, and do this exercise for yourself.  My purpose was to help you become careful observers of every word, to read slowly and purposefully, and learn to meditate upon your observations.  I have the belief that a fat, old lady, situated on a dead-end street, can open her Bible and read and understand without any other helps from human sources, the precious Word of God.  The Bible is its own dictionary and commentary.  Enjoy.  Hear. Receive. Obey.  Most of all, Love HIM.

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September 6, 2013 Posted by | Just for Women, Ladies Bible Study Notes, Learning to read - accurately, Studying Hebrews | Leave a comment

LBS 9/03/13 notes, part 2

Then, I reminded all of us that our minds – thoughts – needed guarding and this could be accomplished by taking every thought captive until it acknowledges the authority of Christ.  The last thing we desire is to be slaves to our own thoughts.

And, to enjoy Bible study, we must personalize the Word to us – personally.  This means not discussing what any other church, any other Christians, etc. are doing or not doing.  Our thoughts will be centered upon our own relationship to the exhortations, commandments, promises, and encouragements in Hebrews.

I also read a short devotional from Elisabeth Elliot.

Then, we addressed our two handouts:  the 13th chapter of Hebrews and the KJV and NASB printout of Hebrews 13:5.

September 5, 2013 Posted by | Just for Women, Ladies Bible Study Notes, Studying Hebrews | Leave a comment

LBS notes 9/03/13….

I opened with a couple of thoughts:

  1. Hebrews is best enjoyed by “strangers and pilgrims” who are “brethren” living in, by, and through faith – with a heart longing for the “good things to come.”
  2. Hebrews is a very doctrinal book but is bent toward purposeful encouragement and exhortation; and upon meditation, I find Hebrews to be most precious – handle with care!

A couple of us expressed that we had never experienced such deep blessings from any other study we had done in our lives.  (This from a friend – with whom I agreed – and with whom I have studied with off and on for over 30 years.)  Hebrews is a book written in the highest, best Greek and yet it ministers to the hearts of us common women.  We are in such awe – an attitude of worship  –  that we agreed we had had unspeakable, valuable, precious, sessions in this book – alone, with our First Love!

September 4, 2013 Posted by | Just for Women, Ladies Bible Study Notes, Studying Hebrews | Leave a comment

Hebrews 13 printout…

You may need this for tomorrow’s lesson.         Hebrews 13

Print it out if you will be joining us online.  I will have copies ready for attendees.  See ya’!

September 2, 2013 Posted by | Just for Women, Ladies Bible Study Notes, Studying Hebrews | Leave a comment

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