20 September 2018

What Is Christian Marriage?

A1 Briefly
B1 A union of a male and a female in body, soul, and marriage.
B2 A union until death in this life.
B3 A union that can be broken.
B4 A union that must be broken.
C1 Abuse
C2 Desertion
C3 For my understanding on this see “Conditions for Divorce and Remarriage” by Lenos.
A2 Beginning of marriage
B1 Adam
C1 Created in the image of God
C2 Did NOT have all wisdom, gifts, abilities, insights, etc. necessary for taking care of the Garden of Eden.
C3 All creation was judged by God, the creator, to be good. The only “not good” was Adam being alone.
C4 God wanted Adam to understand that he, Adam, could not be a full success in life without help. Adam needed God’s grace and wisdom and also another human.
C5 Genesis 1:31 NKJV Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
C6 Genesis 2:18 GNB Then the LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to live alone. I will make a suitable companion to help him."
C7 The world was cursed because of Adam’s sin, not Eve’s sin.
D1 Genesis 3:17-19
E1 Version 1: Genesis 3:17-19 NKJV Then to Adam He said, "Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, 'You shall not eat of it': "Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life. 18 Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, And you shall eat the herb of the field. 19 In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread Till you return to the ground, For out of it you were taken; For dust you are, And to dust you shall return."
E2 Version 2: Genesis 3:17-19 GW Then he said to the man, "You listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree, although I commanded you, 'You must never eat its fruit.' The ground is cursed because of you. Through hard work you will eat food that comes from it every day of your life. 18 The ground will grow thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat wild plants. 19 By the sweat of your brow, you will produce food to eat until you return to the ground, because you were taken from it. You are dust, and you will return to dust."
D2 1 Corinthians 15:21-22 NKJV For since by man [came] death, by Man also [came] the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.
D3 Romans 5:14 HCSB Nevertheless, death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who did not sin in the likeness of Adam’s transgression. He is a prototype of the Coming One.
D4 Romans 5:12-14 LEB Because of this, just as sin entered into the world through one man, and death through sin, so also death spread to all people because all sinned. For until the law, sin was in the world, but sin is not charged to one’s account [when there] is no law. But death reigned from Adam until Moses even over those who did not sin in the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of the one who is to come.
B2 Eve
C1 Because Adam did NOT have all the wisdom, gifts, abilities, insights, etc. that was necessary, God make a helper, a partner, for him.
D1 The word helper is usually used of God, thus it does NOT mean a servant, slave, or lesser. On the Word Help
E1 The word help or help meet in Genesis 2:18 is Strong's H5828 - `ezer
E2 It means aid, help; often concr. a helper, aider, Ps. 33:20; 70:6; 115:9; a female helper, Gen. 2:18,20. (Gesenius’ Hebrew-Caldee Lexicon).
E3 The Hebrew word is used 21 times in 15 verses. Of these, ezer is used of God being the helper in 11 verses.
E4 God is a helper and is not a slave or servant, so is true of Eve.
E5 Eve had gifts, abilities, and insights from God that Adam did NOT have and Adam needed to do God’s work.
D2 Without Eve, Adam was either unable to or only could do an imperfect work for God.
C2 Eve was NOT given to
D1 Make Adam happy. Eve was created because Adam could not carry out his responsibilities completely.
D2 Have sex.
D3 Be a slave, that is, obey everything without question.
D4 Cater to carry out every whim and desire of Adam.
D5 Have someone to instruct her in every little area of life, that is, Adam had to have someone so he could exercise the strong hand of leadership of guidance, because she is too stupid without him.
C3 Situations would arise that needed a solution. Adam did NOT have all the necessary wisdom to make a full decision. So, God created Eve to give another view and insight into a situation. This is the reason God state, “It is not good for the man to live alone.”
C4 She may have been the first human sinner, but she was deceived.
D1 Women are not more easily deceived than men.
D2 Women are not cursed because Eve sinned. Sin had consequences—death and corruption. Part of that corruption was to suffer pain in childbirth. Death was spiritual, of the soul, and physical. There are 2 deaths—physical and eternal.
E1 Physical death: Romans 5:12 NRSV Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death came through sin, and so death spread to all because all have sinned—
E2 Eternal death: Revelation 21:8 WEL “But the cowardly, unbelieving, loathsome, murderers, fornicators, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars will have their share in the lake which burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death."
E3 Spiritual death is death of fellowship with God. Humans NEED fellowship with God. Sin separates humans from God and fellowship with Him. Isaiah 59:1-2 NKJV Behold, the LORD's hand is not shortened, That it cannot save; Nor His ear heavy, That it cannot hear. 2 But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear.
D3 Eve did not attempt to boss Adam.
E1 A common interpretation of Genesis 3:16 is that Eve wanted to control Adam. Because of this God cursed Eve. Her problem according to these teachers is that desire means desire to control. She wants to control, because she is a sinner. (Compare)
E2 This is wrong.
F1 The word desire is the Hebrew word תְּשׁוּקָה tshuwqah. It means longing. It is used in 3 verses: Genesis 3:16, Genesis 4:7, and Song of Solomon 7:10.
F2 Because the word is used with Cain (Genesis 4:7), some teachers associate the word with control. (Compare)
F3 The word has nothing to do with control. It is desire and longing.
G1 Song of Solomon 7:10 is physical longing of husband and wife.
G2 Genesis 4:7 is sin’s desire and longing for Cain to murder Abel.
G3 Genesis 3:16 is God reminding Eve to still desire and long for her husband. It is not stated, but my opinion is that Eve was very angry when she understood what Adam had done and wanted nothing to do with him. She hated him. God wanted to remind Eve that it is God’s will for Eve to still desire and long for Adam.
F4 Compare
E3 The word rule is misunderstood.
F1 There are basically 2 types of leadership—Hunter (domineering and controlling) and Shepherd (delegating and caring). See Leadership Styles
F2 The archetype of Hunter leadership is Nimrod, but the archetype of Shepherd is the Lord Jesus.
F3 It is ruling by love, not control.
C5 Had different gifts, abilities, and insights than Adam.
C6 Was a partner, not a servant, of Adam.
B3 To be one
C1 In fellowship with each other and God.
C2 To collaborate in solving problems.
C3 To unite in body, soul, and spirit.
D1 Bonding in sex. There are emotional and hormonal bonding qualities. See this for a Christian blogger on this topic.
D2 Bonding in soul. This would include emotions, strength, comfort, encouragement, advice, etc. Remember, it is not only man who has all the gifts, abilities, insights, a woman is given to offer what is missing. Any decision a family faces is better off with both sets of gifts and abilities being exercised.
D3 Bonding in spirit. This is in worshiping God together. A woman does NOT need a man to serve as priest. She is also a priest and can approach God. Both men and women believers: 1 Peter 2:4-5 WEL You are coming to the Lord [as to] a living stone, truly rejected by people but chosen by God [and] precious. 5 You also, as living stones, are built into a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices that are acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
C4 Matthew 19:6 MKJV Therefore they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, let not man separate.
C5 To be one, husband and wife need time together, conversing together, and worshiping together.
A3 Love
B1 God’s love is agape love. It is the love of choice, not necessarily emotional or passionate. John 3:16 NKJV For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
B2 It is the love of choosing to love. It is the love of choice.
C1 Not much emotional or passionate love when loving enemies, yet we are required to do so. Matthew 5:44 WPNT But I say to you: love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who mistreat you and persecute you,
C2 Humans do not naturally love evil. When they do, it is a choice: John 3:19 WPNT “Now this is the [basis for] the condemning, that the Light has come into the world, but the people loved the darkness rather than the light because their deeds were malignant.
C3 A choice: 1 John 2:15 WPNT Do not love the world, neither the things in the world; if anyone loves the world, the Father’s love isn’t in him.
C4 No one chooses to die in persecution, but we can choose to love God first: Revelation 12:11 EMTV And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.
B3 The actions of love
C1 Are seen in thoughts, desires, words, and deeds: 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a WEL 4 Love is very patient and kind; love is not envious; love doesn't brag about itself, is not haughty, 5 Doesn't behave improperly, is not self-seeking; love isn't easily aggravated, doesn’t keep a list of wrongs, 6 Doesn't rejoice in injustice, but rejoices with the truth, 7 Bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never ends,
C2 These are then seen in obedience to God’s rules for Christians written in the New Testament. John 14:15 GNB "If you love me, you will obey my commandments.
C3 So we are to love our spouse, our family, and our Christian brothers and sisters.
D1 Ephesians 5:25 GNB Husbands, love your wives just as Christ loved the church and gave his life for it.
D2 Titus 2:4 WEB that they may train the young wives to love their husbands, to love their children.
E1 Love husbands is the Greek word: φίλανδρος philandros
E2 Love children is the Greek word: φιλότεκνος philoteknos
D3 1 Thessalonians 4:9-10 WEB But concerning brotherly love, you have no need that one write to you. For you yourselves are taught by God to love one another, 10 for indeed you do it toward all the brothers who are in all Macedonia. But we exhort you, brothers, that you abound more and more.
E1 Brotherly love is the Greek word: φιλαδελφία philadelphia
E2 The second word love is the Greek word: ἀγαπάω agapaō
C4 Therefore, any abuse, be it verbal, sexual, spiritual, financial, physical, etc., is NOT love.
C5 Abuse is ALWAYS wrong. If you are abused, for any reason,
D1 Call the Domestic Violence Hot Line—1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY)
D2 Divorce
D3 Seek professional counsel for emotional support. Yes, you do need it.
D4 Tell your pastor last, because most pastors will revictimize you or abuse you spiritually. Avoid pastors who teach women need the strong hand of leadership and such.
D5 Further help: A Cry For Justice
B4 Making decisions based on love
C1 Scenario:
D1 Problems and other decisions are discussed. I realize that sometimes the other is not available or the timing is immediate. In those situations, a decision will be made unilaterally, and not berated by the other spouse.
D2 The decision is lovingly discussed. There are no raised voices. This is not a contest of wills but loving discussion looking at all the options. The husband has some gifts and will offer his perspective. Since the husband does not have all the gifts, he must look to his wife for her input based on her gifts and abilities.
D3 They discuss and discuss even more. If a mutual decision is reached, then it is followed.
D4 If it is not reached, then seek godly counsel.
D5 If there is still no agreement, then, in my opinion, the wife defers to the husband. BUT, if that decision proves to not solve the issue, then the husband defers to the wife.
B5 Investment
C1 Definition There are a number of definitions, but we will offer two.
D1 6. a devoting, using, or giving of time, talent, emotional energy, etc., as to achieve something.
D2 8. the act of investing with a quality, attribute, etc.
D3 Source: Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
C2 We invest in our spouse. So, what do we invest?
D1 Time
D2 A listening ear
D3 Patience
D4 Kindness
D5 Helpfulness
D6 Prayer
D7 Family devotions
D8 All the qualities of love (2 Corinthians 13:4-8a)
A4 Other notes
B1 God created only two genders—male and female. They are biologically provable. It is not an attitude or choice. It is reality.
B2 Compatibility is a very wise choice.
C1 Spiritual (Some examples, not inclusive)
D1 Same belief and faith in Jesus Christ
D2 Same Gospel
D3 As close as possible, same doctrine
D4 Same commitment
D5 Same devotion
D6 Same daily fellowship, prayer, and Bible study
C2 Soul (emotions, personality, likes, dislikes, etc.) (Some examples, not inclusive)
D1 Introvert vs Extrovert
D2 City or rural
D3 Clean or messy
C3 Physical (Some examples, not inclusive)
D1 Similar tastes in clothes, food, etc.
D2 Enjoy each other’s looks
D3 Outdoors or indoors
D4 Exercise
D5 Diet
A5 Links (I don’t necessary endorse the web site or blog).
B3 If you have these character traits, repent and believe the Gospel.

Copyright © 2018 by Len Gane All rights reserved.

The Many Ways Adultery Is Wrong--Always Wrong

Why Adultery is wrong

2 Peter 2:14, "Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: and a heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children:"

Did you know that having online sex with the opposite sex and being into pornography is also considered as cheating on your spouse and falls under the same definition of adultery in God's eyes? According to Jesus if you even lust after another woman it is the same as committing adultery in your heart and receives the same punishment which is eternal death. Matthew 5:28

How does the Bible define...

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Two Styles of Leadership in Bible

Leadership Styles by Len

B1 There are 2 styles of leadership in the Bible.
C1 The shepherd
D1 The greatest example is the Lord Jesus
E1 Mark 14:27 MKJV  And Jesus said to them, All of you will be offended because of Me this night. For it is written, "I will smite the Shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered."
E2 Hebrews 13:20 MKJV  Now may the God of peace (who brought again our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant.
D2 The word shepherd is ποιμαίνω poimainō (verb) ποιμήν poimēn (noun).
D3 A shepherd feeds, gathers, carries, and gently leads. Isaiah 40:11 NKJV  He will feed His flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs with His arm, And carry them in His bosom, And gently lead those who are with young.
D4 He provides. Psalms 23:1 GNB  The LORD is my shepherd; I have everything I need.
D5 He lets us rest. His provisions are the best. Psalms 23:2 GNB  He lets me rest in fields of green grass and leads me to quiet pools of fresh water.
D6 He gives us strength. His leading is always the best and good. He keeps His promises. Psalms 23:3 GNB  He gives me new strength. He guides me in the right paths, as he has promised.
D7 He comforts and goes with us even in the scariest, most fearful moments imaginable: Psalms 23:4 GNB  Even if I go through the deepest darkness, I will not be afraid, LORD, for you are with me. Your shepherd's rod and staff protect me.
D8 He makes us feel honored. He protects us from our enemies even when they are near. Psalms 23:5 GNB  You prepare a banquet for me, where all my enemies can see me; you welcome me as an honored guest and fill my cup to the brim.
D9 His goodness is to us. He loves us. Our home will be with him forever. Psalms 23:6 GNB  I know that your goodness and love will be with me all my life; and your house will be my home as long as I live.
D10 If we lose our way, He seeks for us. Matthew 18:12-14 GNB  "What do you think a man does who has one hundred sheep and one of them gets lost? He will leave the other ninety-nine grazing on the hillside and go and look for the lost sheep.  13  When he finds it, I tell you, he feels far happier over this one sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not get lost.  14  In just the same way your Father in heaven does not want any of these little ones to be lost.
D11 He is willing to die for us. John 10:15 NKJV  As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.
D12 Wants us to imitate His lifestyle. 1 Timothy 4:12 NKJV  Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
C2 The hunter
D1 The greatest example is Nimrod. Genesis 10:8-9 NASB77 Now Cush became the father of Nimrod; he became a mighty one on the earth.  He was a mighty hunter before the LORD; therefore it is said, “Like Nimrod a mighty hunter before the LORD.
D2 Keil & Delitzsch state in their commentary of Genesis 10:8-9: Nimrod “began to be a mighty one in the earth.” גִּבֹּר is used here, as in Gen 6:4, to denote a man who makes himself renowned for bold and daring deeds. Nimrod was mighty in hunting, and that in opposition to Jehovah (ἐναντίον κυρίον, lxx); not before Jehovah in the sense of, according to the purpose and will of Jehovah, still less, like לֵאלֹהִים in Jon 3:3, or τῷ Θεῷ in Act 7:20, in a simply superlative sense. The last explanation is not allowed by the usage of the language, the second is irreconcilable with the context. The name itself, Nimrod from מָרַד, “we will revolt,” points to some violent resistance to God. It is so characteristic that it can only have been given by his contemporaries, and thus have become a proper name.
D3 This is the leadership style of satan—rebellious, dictatorial, psychopathic, murderous, etc. He wants to control everything including thinking, actions, speech, work, etc. in every area of life. There is no free will; it is not allowed. Those who disagree will be hunted down and dealt with.
D4 Church leaders of this sort are called out and by name by the Apostle John. 3 John 1:9-11 NKJV  I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to have the preeminence among them, does not receive us.  10  Therefore, if I come, I will call to mind his deeds which he does, prating against us with malicious words. And not content with that, he himself does not receive the brethren, and forbids those who wish to, putting them out of the church.  11  Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. He who does good is of God, but he who does evil has not seen God.
D5 All of which is fueled by pride.
D6 An overriding trait is CONTROLL.
D7 A list of traits from the Dictionary of Bible Themes by Manser.
E1 Self-interest: Philippians 2:3-4 WPNT Do nothing out of selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard one another as being better than yourselves.  Let each of you look out not only for his own concerns, but also for what concerns others.
E2 Pride in one’s position: James 3:1 WPNT My brothers, not many of you should become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment. [Alford comments: The more the idea prevailed, that faith, without corresponding obedience, was all that is needful, the more men would eagerly press forward to teach: as indeed the Church has found in all ages when such an opinion has become prevalent: for then teachers and preachers of their own appointing have rapidly multiplied]
E3 Love of worldly things: 1 John 2:15 WPNT Do not love the world, neither the things in the world; if anyone loves the world, the Father’s love isn’t in him. [Pickering comments: The crucial issue is the values that the surrounding culture seeks to impose on us—materialism, relativism, humanism; these values are directly opposed to the Father’s values, and therefore to His love.]
E4 Follow the crowd and/or pervert justice: Exodus 23:2 NIV - Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong. When you give testimony in a lawsuit, do not pervert justice by siding with the crowd.
E5 Worldly thinking: Romans 12:2 NLT - Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. [See also Colossians 3:2, 2 Timothy 2:4, Titus 2:12, and James 4:4]
E6 Desire for money: 1 Timothy 6:9-10 NIV - Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
E7 Find pleasure in wicked things: 2 Thessalonians 2:12 NIV - and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.
E8 Following false gods of any type or form: Deuteronomy 12:30-31 NIV - and after they have been destroyed before you, be careful not to be ensnared by inquiring about their gods, saying, "How do these nations serve their gods? We will do the same." You must not worship the LORD your God in their way, because in worshiping their gods, they do all kinds of detestable things the LORD hates. They even burn their sons and daughters in the fire as sacrifices to their gods.
D7 God judges these types. Note how these types of leaders hurt the sheep in every way possible. They are abusers.
E1 Ezekiel 34:17-22 GNB  Now then, my flock, I, the Sovereign LORD, tell you that I will judge each of you and separate the good from the bad, the sheep from the goats.  18  Some of you are not satisfied with eating the best grass; you even trample down what you don't eat! You drink the clear water and muddy what you don't drink!  19  My other sheep have to eat the grass you trample down and drink the water you muddy.  20  "So now, I, the Sovereign LORD, tell you that I will judge between you strong sheep and the weak sheep.  21  You pushed the sick ones aside and butted them away from the flock.  22  But I will rescue my sheep and not let them be mistreated any more. I will judge each of my sheep and separate the good from the bad.
E2 Jeremiah 23:1 GNB  How terrible will be the LORD's judgment on those rulers who destroy and scatter his people!
E3 Zechariah 10:2-3 NKJV  For the idols speak delusion; The diviners envision lies, And tell false dreams; They comfort in vain. Therefore the people wend their way like sheep; They are in trouble because there is no shepherd.  3  "My anger is kindled against the shepherds, And I will punish the goatherds. For the LORD of hosts will visit His flock, The house of Judah, And will make them as His royal horse in the battle.
B2 Which one are you?

19 September 2018

On Grief

The Bible has much on grief:

Job 3:10  Curse that night for letting me be born, for exposing me to trouble and grief.
Job 7:3  Month after month I have nothing to live for; night after night brings me grief.
Job 14:22  We feel only the pain of our own bodies and the grief of our own minds.
Job 17:7  My grief has almost made me blind; my arms and legs are as thin as shadows.
Psalm 6:6  I am worn out with grief; every night my bed is damp from my weeping; my pillow is soaked with tears.
Of the Lord Jesus it is written A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. Isaiah 53:3
Grief is a communicable trait of God. He grieves and understands grief, so do we.
There is loss of joy and sometimes hope.
It is a pain of mind affecting the body.
It is real.
A few things:
A promise for believers: Revelation 21:4 NKJV “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
A source you may need: Stephen Ministries.
Grief is real. Seek for a friend who will listen even professional help may be needed.
Maybe Psalm 13 will be of comfort. There are other Psalms for Emotions, too.
Psalms 13:1-6 GNB  How much longer will you forget me, LORD? Forever? How much longer will you hide yourself from me?  2  How long must I endure trouble? How long will sorrow fill my heart day and night? How long will my enemies triumph over me?  3  Look at me, O LORD my God, and answer me. Restore my strength; don't let me die.  4  Don't let my enemies say, "We have defeated him." Don't let them gloat over my downfall.  5  I rely on your constant love; I will be glad, because you will rescue me.  6  I will sing to you, O LORD, because you have been good to me.

Ephesians 1:15-23

A1 Scripture
Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. (Ephesians 1:15-23, NKJV)
A2 Outline: Paul's Prayer
B1 Cause
C1 Heard of their faith in the Lord Jesus
C2 Their love for all the people of God
B2 Effect
C1 Unceasing thanks
C3 Unceasing prayer
D1 That God the Father
E1 God of our Lord Jesus
E2 Father of glory
D2 Would
E1 Give to them
F1 The spirit of wisdom
G1 Wisdom is thinking God’s way which results in acting God’s way.
G2 Ask: James 1:5 CSB - Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God—who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly—and it will be given to him.
G3 Fools hate wisdom. They like their own better: Proverbs 1:7 NRSV The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.
G4 Wisdom is important in many ways: Proverbs 19:8 NKJV - He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; He who keeps understanding will find good.
G5 If you want to know how great His wisdom is, look at the stunning designs in creation.
F2 The spirit of revelation. Some things He reveals to us
G1 Truth
G2 Our condition
G3 Convicts us of sin
G4 Encourages us
G5 Helps us to understand the Bible
G6 His great love for us
G7 Answers to prayer
G8 Wisdom for handling a situation we face
F3 Knowledge of Him
G1 The longer you know someone, the better you know them.
G2 Knowing God is reading, studying the Bible, praying, fellowship with other believers, and time.
E2 Cause understanding be enlightened
E3 May know the hope of His calling
E4 What are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints
E5 What is the exceeding greatness of His power towards us who believe
F1 His power
G1 Mighty
G2 Showed in the resurrection of Jesus Christ
G3 Showed by sitting Jesus Christ at His right hand in the heavenly places (heaven)
H1 Far above all
I1 Principality
I2 Power
I3 Might
I4 Dominion
I5 Every day that is named
J1 In this age
J2 And in the age to come
H2 All things under His feet (Jesus is Lord of all)
H3 Head over all things to the Church (congregation)
I1 Which is His body
I2 The fullness of Him who fills all in all
F2 (...towards us who believe)
B3 Applications
C1 Remember to pray
C2 Remember to be thankful
C3 Remember to increase in knowledge—Bible knowledge
C4 Rest in unfathomable strength and grace

13 September 2018

But Satan Hindered Us

But Satan Hindered Us

1 Thessalonians 2:18 WEL Therefore, we would have come to you, even I, Paul, over and over again, but Satan hindered us.

The context shows Satan preventing Paul and his team of evangelists from coming to Thessalonica.

Satan hinders Christians.

He will hinder us from doing God’s will, enjoying God’s peace and joy, knowing the blessings of forgiveness, and confidence in His promises.

We have the potential to be discouraged, troubled, sad, and defeated.

Because satan hinders, we must pray. Prayer should be one of the most important times for our worship whether in church with other believers or by ourself in the field.

Pray will not manipulate God, but it is our worship of thanksgiving for God’s blessings, supporting our fellow believers in trials, asking for wisdom in our everyday issues, and mentioning our sorrows.

We will be hindered, but we can pray.

So pray today for others then yourself. Life is rough.

12 September 2018

Ephesians 1:1-14

Chapter 1

Chapter 1:1-14

A1 Scripture
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him. In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, (Ephesians 1:1-11 NKJV)
A2 Outline
B1 Intro
C1 Author: Holy Spirit
C2 Writer: Paul
B2 Addressees
C1 God's people in Ephesus
C2 The faithful in Christ Jesus (the rest of us)
A3 Notes: Dealings with God and His people (Christians)
B1 Who has blessed us .
C1 When the lesser blesses, he thanks and praises the greater.
C2 When the greater blesses, it is gifts of many types.
D1 Spiritual blessings
E1 Fruit of the Spirit: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control–against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23, WPNT)
E2 Some blessing listed here
F1 Adoption
F2 Forgiveness of sins
F3 Knowledge of the mystery (The Gospel)
F4 Our gathering together (Unity—God's unity not the worldly unity that is currently preached uniting believers with heretics and apostates).
F5 An inheritance (Heaven and especially fellowship with God).
E3 God himself. (Jesus Christ is the ultimate blessing in this life, because of all He is and is, has, and will do).
D2 Heavenly blessings
B2 He has chosen us.
C1 Meaning of the word
D1 A choosing for Himself.
D2 To pick out as in upon seeing a number of choices, one is picked out. If I went with a brother to a cafe, and he said, "Pick out something on the menu; I'll pay for it," and I picked out the fried ehis word means.
C2 He chose us.
D1 This decision, the plan, was made before the creation of the world.
D2 This decision is God's plan.
D3 This does not seem to involve individuals as much as the group/set consisting of Christians. (Consider corporate election).
D4 Election is different than unconditional election.
E1 Unconditional election, in its various versions, is where God makes His choice of who goes to heaven and who goes to hell. The elect for heaven have no choice in the matter, nor those who are the elect for hell. God does the choosing. (See, Election is, therefore, that decree of God which He eternally makes, by which, with sovereign freedom, He chooses to Himself a people, upon whom He determines to set His love, whom He rescues from sin and death through Jesus Christ, unto Himself in everlasting glory.
This election is sovereign - God's sovereign and free choice. This election is eternal even as God's counsel is eternal. This election is unchangeable even as God's counsel is unchangeable. This election is efficacious so that the decree of election itself is, through Christ, the power by which the elect are actually saved. Source).
E2 Conditional election is, Therefore, election is corporate and embraces individual persons only as they identify and associate themselves with the body of Christ, the true church (Ephesians 1:22-23 and source).
C3 Chose for a purpose.
D1 For us to be holy
D2 And blameless
D3 To be adopted
E1 Sons and daughters of God
E2 Privileges of the family
E3 Possible because of the atoning death of Jesus Christ
E4 2 Corinthians 6:18 WPNT And, “I will be a Father to you, and you will be sons and daughters to me, says the LORD Almighty.”
B3 He predestined us.
C1 Meaning of the word
D1 Plan, though, because of theology it has picked up the meaning of exhaustively determined.
D2 Predetermine in the sense of a decision was determined before the situation that demanded it. So, it is a plan, a decision, that occurred in the past before creation.
D3 It does not mean to pick out an individual and determine him/her to heaven or hell.
D4 I would never chose him for I was dead and could not, but the Holy Spirit opened my eyes and heart to the Gospel and offered me salvation. I could resist or not resist. If God had not predestined me, I would never have believed.
C2 Predestination was done "in love," though "in love" might refer to verse 4 in which it would refer to our love to Him.
C3 Predestination is for adoption not salvation. It was God’s plan.
C4 The good pleasure of His will, that is, this was a happy decision.
C5 It is of grace, which is receiving what we do not deserve.
B4 He has made us accepted in the beloved.
C1 Grace has made us accepted.
C2 Grace is getting what we do not deserve.
C3 We deserve hell, but instead, because of His grace we are accepted, not rejected.
C4 Those who are rejected are those who resisted God's gracious call.
D1 Luke 13:34 EMTV "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, like a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you were not willing!
D2 John 5:40 EMTV But you are unwilling to come to Me, so that you may have life.
B5 We have redemption.
C1 Meaning of the word
D1 Freedom because of something paid.
D2 Deliverance
D3 Jesus suffered and died to pay the penalty of sin.
C2 How
D1 Through His blood. No blood shed, no salvation.
D2 Because of His shed blood, we have forgiveness of sins.
C3 Some cross references
D1 Galatians 3:13-14 EMTV Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us, for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree," 14 so that the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
D2 Colossians 1:13-14 WPNT who delivered us out of the dominion of the darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have the redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our sins.
D3 Romans 5:6 EMTV For while we were still weak, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
D4 Hebrews 13:12 EMTV Therefore Jesus also, so that He might sanctify the people through His own blood, suffered outside the gate.
D5 John 19:30 EMTV Therefore when Jesus received the sour wine, He said, "It is finished!" And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.
B6 His grace is abounded.
C1 Not just a little grace but lots of grace.
C2 Wisdom
D1 Wisdom deals with decision making.
D2 God shows His wisdom in salvation and the plan of salvation.
C3 Prudence
D1 Making a choice with moral insight
D2 Deals with the practical details of how to carry this plan/decision out.
B7 He made known to us the mystery of His will.
C1 The mystery of His will is the Gospel.
D1 1 Timothy 3:16 EMTV And confessedly, great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among [the] Gentiles, believed on in the world, [and] was received up in glory.
D2 t2 Timothy 1:10 EMTV but has now been revealed through the appearance of our Savior Jesus Christ, having abolished death on the one hand, [and] having brought to life immortality through the gospel on the other.
D3 A mystery: what was hidden is now known
C2 He knew the plan but did not reveal it until the time of Jesus on this earth.
D1 This plan was done in
E1 Accordance with His good pleasure (satisfaction, delight)
E2 His plan not a plan put together by others
E3 Psalms 33:11 GNB92 But his plans endure forever; his purposes last eternally.
D2 A plan hatched in justice and love
B8 He will gather us together.
C1 The true unity of believers is not the forced, and we are still a family in the 21st century.
C2 God does this gathering, not some pastor, church, or group of people.
B9 We have an inheritance.
C1 Our main inheritance is God himself.
C2 Jesus shares His inheritance with us (Romans 8:17 CSB - and if children, also heirs—heirs of God and coheirs with Christ—if indeed we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him).
C3 Includes
D1 Forgiveness of sins
D2 Heaven
D3 Fellowship with God, holy angels, and God's people
D4 Relief from the sufferings caused by sin.
B10 Applications
C1 God made a plan. He followed that plan.
C2 Jesus always was, is, and will be Messiah.
C3 God’s plan, through Abraham, was to have a physical nation, Israel, and a spiritual nation, the church. When one is born again, they enter the spiritual nation, the church, which is Christ’s body.
C4 We are a family of believers.
C5 We have an inheritance.
C6 We need to preach the Gospel.