Showing posts with label Christian Life. Show all posts
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13 June 2019

A Few Thoughts About Teaching the Christian Life

Philippians 4:9 WEL Those things, which you have learned, received, heard, and seen in me, do, and the God of peace will be with you.

We must have these traits already.

  • Purpose: Proverbs 1:1-7 NLT These are the proverbs of Solomon, David's son, king of Israel. Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline, to help them understand the insights of the wise. Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives, to help them do what is right, just, and fair. These proverbs will give insight to the simple, knowledge and discernment to the young. Let the wise listen to these proverbs and become even wiser. Let those with understanding receive guidance by exploring the meaning in these proverbs and parables, the words of the wise and their riddles. Fear of the LORD is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.
  • Correction: Proverbs 12:1 NLT To learn, you must love discipline; it is stupid to hate correction.
  • God teaches us, too: Matthew 16:17 NLT Jesus replied, "You are blessed, Simon son of John, because my Father in heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this from any human being.
  • From illustrations: Matthew 24:32 NLT "Now learn a lesson from the fig tree. When its branches bud and its leaves begin to sprout, you know that summer is near.
  • From godly mentors: Philippians 3:17 NLT Dear brothers and sisters, pattern your lives after mine, and learn from those who follow our example.
  • Know the source of all wisdom and knowledge: Colossians 1:9-10 NLT So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.
  • Learning from chastisement: 1 Timothy 1:20 NLT Hymenaeus and Alexander are two examples. I threw them out and handed them over to Satan so they might learn not to blaspheme God.
  • Learning to live Godly lives (from New Testament instructions: 1 Timothy 4:8, 11 NLT "Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come." ... Teach these things and insist that everyone learn them.
  • Learned from gentle instruction before we were believers: 2 Timothy 2:25 NLT Gently instruct those who oppose the truth. Perhaps God will change those people's hearts, and they will learn the truth.

  • Acknowledge the source: John 3:27 NLT John replied, "No one can receive anything unless God gives it from heaven.
  • By reading and studying the Scriptures: 2 Timothy 3:15 NLT You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus.
  • From others living a Christian lifestyle: 2 Timothy 3:10 NLT But you, Timothy, certainly know what I teach, and how I live, and what my purpose in life is. You know my faith, my patience, my love, and my endurance.
  • From our brothers and sisters: Colossians 3:16 NLT Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.

  • From hearing the Scriptures read: 1 Timothy 4:13 NLT Until I get there, focus on reading the Scriptures to the church, encouraging the believers, and teaching them.
  • We need someone to tell us: Romans 10:14 NLT But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?
  • Hearing encouraging words: Ephesians 4:29 NLT Don't use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.

  • Seeing the damage of bad examples: 2 Kings 13:6 NLT But they continued to sin, following the evil example of Jeroboam. They also allowed the Asherah pole in Samaria to remain standing.
  • Follow Jesus’s good example: John 13:15 NLT I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you.
  • By working diligently to supply for ourselves and a little more to help others: Acts 20:35 NLT And I have been a constant example of how you can help those in need by working hard. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'"
  • Live a life of love. This does include telling hard to hear truths: Ephesians 5:2 NLT Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.
  • Live what you teach both in private and pubic: Titus 2:7 NLT And you yourself must be an example to them by doing good works of every kind. Let everything you do reflect the integrity and seriousness of your teaching.

  • Confessing and forsaking sins: Proverbs 28:13 NLT People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.
  • Apply what we read and are taught (in truth): Proverbs 22:17 NLT Listen to the words of the wise; apply your heart to my instruction.

  • How to live: Psalm 119:7 NLT As I learn your righteous regulations, I will thank you by living as I should!
  • How to know God’s ways: 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.
  • By learning and apply it, we receive: Proverbs 14:14 NLT Backsliders get what they deserve; good people receive their reward.
  • We learn and apply it: Proverbs 14:22 NKJV Do they not go astray who devise evil? But mercy and truth belong to those who devise good.

  • The Lord Jesus says: John 13:17 PickNT If you understand these things, you are blessed if you do them.
  • The Apostle says: James 1:22 NKJV But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
  • We do what we believe. Doing does not forgive sins. Doing shows we are forgiven and changed: James 2:18 NLT Now someone may argue, "Some people have faith; others have good deeds." But I say, "How can you show me your faith if you don't have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds."
  • Finally, Matthew 7:24-27 NLT "Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won't collapse because it is built on bedrock. But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn't obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash."
We need and He gives grace to help us: Hebrews 13:9 NLT So do not be attracted by strange, new ideas. Your strength comes from God's grace, not from rules about food, which don't help those who follow them.

02 January 2019

Ephesians 6:5-9

A1 Scripture
B1 Ephesians 6:5-9 WEL Servants be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh with deep respect and trembling in single loyalty of your heart as to Christ. 6 Not pleasing them only when they are watching, instead, be servants of Christ doing God's will from the heart, 7 With a cheerful willingness doing your work as to the Lord and not to men. 8 Knowing that whatever good thing anyone does, he will receive from the Lord, whether he is a freeman or servant. 9 Masters, you must do the same to them, stay away from threatening, knowing that your Master is also in heaven, neither is there any partiality with him.
B3 Ephesians 6:5-9 GNB Slaves, obey your human masters with fear and trembling; and do it with a sincere heart, as though you were serving Christ. (6) Do this not only when they are watching you, because you want to gain their approval; but with all your heart do what God wants, as slaves of Christ. (7) Do your work as slaves cheerfully, as though you served the Lord, and not merely human beings. (8) Remember that the Lord will reward each of us, whether slave or free, for the good work we do. (9) Masters, behave in the same way toward your slaves and stop using threats. Remember that you and your slaves belong to the same Master in heaven, who judges everyone by the same standard.
A2 Outline
B1 Servants/Slaves/Employees
C1 Obey
C2 Fear and trembling
C3 Simplicity of heart
C4 As to Christ
C5 Not with eyeservice
C6 As men pleasers
C7 But as slaves of Christ
C8 Doing the will of God wholeheartedly
C9 With good will
C10 As to the Lord
C11 Not to men
B2 God's principle
C1 Knowing that whatever good thing anyone does
C2 The same will receive back from the Lord
C3 Whether slave or free
B3 Masters/Employers
C1 Do the same towards them
C2 Do not threaten
C3 Know that your Master is in heaven
C4 Your master has no partiality
A3 Notes
B1 Slaves, Bond-servants
C1 Defined
D1 The main idea is service.
D2 This is not the cruel slavery as was practiced in the Old South. Compare: Some Initial Reflections on Slavery in the New Testament by Dr. Daniel B. Wallace.
D3 Female slaves in the Old Testament
E1 Scripture: Exodus 21:7-9 GW Whenever a man sells his daughter into slavery, she will not go free the way male slaves do. (8) If she doesn't please the master who has chosen her as a wife, he must let her be bought back by one of her close relatives. He has no right to sell her to foreigners, since he has treated her unfairly. (9) But if he has chosen her for his son, he must treat her like a daughter.
E2 Explanation
F1 Especially referring to getting a wife by slavery laws.
F2 The father owns a man money.
F3 The man who wants to marry the daughter has no money to pay a dowry.
F4 So the father sells her to the man as a slave for the purpose of being the man's wife, and the man who gets the wife doesn't have to pay a dowry.
F5 The daughter can walk free if the man who wants to marry her treats her badly.
D4 Most slaves in the Old Testament were slaves because of debt. God required them to be free from slavery after 7 years and debt free. Compare Deuteronomy 15:1-9.
D5 Slaves could be bought out of slavery by kinsman redeemer or after 7 years of service.
D6 By the Jubilee (Leviticus 25).
D7 By injury of the slave. If the slave owner injury a slave, the slave was free. Exodus 21:26-27 GW Whenever an owner hits his male or female slave in the eye and the slave is blinded, he must let the slave go free to make up for the loss of the eye. 27 If the owner knocks out the tooth of his male or female slave, he must let the slave go free to make up for the loss of the tooth.
D8 By escape. Deuteronomy 23:15 GW If a slave escapes from his master and comes to you, don't return him to his master.
D9 By the rejection of a female slave by her owner. Deuteronomy 21:14 GW But if it happens that you are no longer pleased with her, let her go wherever she wants. You must never sell her or mistreat her as if she were a slave, since you've already had sex with her.
D10 By paying off his (own) debt.
D11 By God's command. Jeremiah 34:8-10 GW The LORD spoke his word to Jeremiah after King Zedekiah and all the people in Jerusalem promised to free their slaves. (9) Everyone was supposed to free his Hebrew slaves, both male and female. No one was supposed to keep another Jew as a slave. (10) All the officials and all the people agreed and promised to free their male and female slaves and not to keep them as slaves anymore. So they set them free.
D12 New Testament laws were similar. Slaves were to obey and do their work as unto the Lord, and masters had to treat them as brothers.
D13 Slavery was taught to be wrong (1 Corinthians 7:23 GNB God bought you for a price; so do not become slaves of people), but if a person was a slave, God had strict rules to follow.
C2 The difference between God's version of a Master/servant relationship and humanity's
D1 God's version
E1 Trusts His servants. Delegates to His servants. Matthew 24:45 GNB Who, then, is a faithful and wise servant? It is the one that his master has placed in charge of the other servants to give them their food at the proper time.
E2 Rewards His servants for good work. Matthew 25:23 GNB 'Well done, you good and faithful servant!' said his master. 'You have been faithful in managing small amounts, so I will put you in charge of large amounts. Come on in and share my happiness!'
E3 Is moved by compassion. Forgives debts. Matthew 18:27 GNB The king felt sorry for him, so he forgave him the debt and let him go.
E4 Avoid being slaves of anything (sin, etc. These are addictions to any sin as addicted to lying, stealing, blaspheming God, idolatry, hate and so on. 1 Corinthians 7:23 GNB God bought you for a price; so do not become slaves of people.
E5 To be fair and just. Colossians 4:1 GNB Masters, be fair and just in the way you treat your slaves. Remember that you too have a Master in heaven.
D2 Man’s version is the opposite.
B2 Obey
C1 Defined: To do what was asked. Romans 6:16 GNB Surely you know that when you surrender yourselves as slaves to obey someone, you are in fact the slaves of the master you obey—-either of sin, which results in death, or of obedience, which results in being put right with God.
C2 Example: Hebrews 11:8 GNB It was faith that made Abraham obey when God called him to go out to a country which God had promised to give him. He left his own country without knowing where he was going.
B3 According to the flesh. This refers to fellow humans like ourselves. The other Master is God himself, and He is not flesh. While Jesus became flesh for us, He nonetheless is God who is spirit, not flesh.
B4 Simplicity of heart/singleness of heart/sincere heart. This refers to not having any ulterior motivations, making a facade to prevent loyalty and faithfulness but in heart being the very opposite. This is a type of hypocrisy, but God wants honesty or as worded here simplicity of heart. God also expects us to have this attitude towards Him, our Master. The word also signifies an attitude of freely giving without strings attached. Compare James 1:5 NRSV If any of you is lacking in wisdom, ask God, who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and it will be given you.
B5 Eye service. This means someone works only when the boss is around and otherwise they do little.Proverbs 18:9 GNB A lazy person is as bad as someone who is destructive.
B6 Men pleasers. Sucking up to the boss, but not really doing any work.
B7 Servants of Christ. As we would serve the Lord Jesus, we need to serve our masters on earth.
B8 Doing the will of God from the heart. This means with a good attitude and motivation with honesty. A boss can trust a person like that. Matthew 25:21 NKJV His lord said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.'
B9 Good thing...Lord. God watches us and will reward us for out faithfulness in how we live our life here.
B10 Bond or free. God doesn't give a better reward to a rich than to a poor person, nor a free person more than a servant.
B11 Masters. This means that the master has to have the same good attitude and actions that his slave/servant/employee must do. There are two types of leaders. The first is the control freak bully who treats those under him with abuse. He is like Nimrod—a mighty hunter. The second type of leader is the shepherd type who is firm and monitoring but delegates duties and gives freedom to obey or disobey. He is like the Lord Jesus.
B12 Forebear threatening. As above it reflects a type of leadership. A good leader does not have to threaten, because those under him will want to obey.
B13 Master in heaven. This means that a leader/master/employer is being watched by God. God is the master's Master and will reward or punish depending how he/she leads here on earth.
A4 Applications
B1 God is our Master. We must learn His ways and live His ways.
B2 We are to treat every as God treats us.
B3 God does not play favorites.
B4 God knows what we think and do.
B5 We are bond-slaves of Jesus, who is the King of the Universe and Head of the Church.

12 December 2018

Ephesians 5:16-21

  A1 Scripture
B1 Ephesians 5:16-21 WEL Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore, don't be foolish but understand what the Lord's will is. 18 Do not be drunk with wine, which is immoral excess, instead be filled by the Spirit: 19 Speaking among yourselves in psalms, hymns, spiritual songs, singing and making music in your heart to the Lord, 20 Always giving thanks to the God and Father for all things, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 21 Place yourselves under one another in the fear of God.
B2 Ephesians 5:16-21 GNB  Make good use of every opportunity you have, because these are evil days.  17  Don't be fools, then, but try to find out what the Lord wants you to do.  18  Do not get drunk with wine, which will only ruin you; instead, be filled with the Spirit.  19  Speak to one another with the words of psalms, hymns, and sacred songs; sing hymns and psalms to the Lord with praise in your hearts.  20  In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, always give thanks for everything to God the Father.  21  Submit yourselves to one another because of your reverence for Christ.

A2 Outline
B1 Living the Christian life
C1 Circumspectly
C2 Not as fools
C3 But as wise
C4 Redeeming the time. Because the days are evil
B2 Some rules
C1 Do not be unwise but understand what the Lord's will
C2 Do not be drunk with wine but be filled with the Spirit
D1 Speaking to one another in
E1 Psalms
E2 Hymns
E3 Spiritual songs
D2 Singing and making melody
E1 In heart
E2 To the Lord
D3 Giving thanks                            
E1 Always
E2 For all things
E3 To God the Father
E4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ
D4 Submitting to one another in the fear of God.

A3 Notes
B1 Definitions
C1 Circumspectly—thinking carefully about possible risks before doing or saying something (Merriam-Webster)
C2 Dissipation—behavior that shows you are interested only in pleasure, money, etc. (Merriam-Webster)
B2 Walk carries the idea of living a certain lifestyle.
C1  1 John 1:7  (NKJV) But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
C2  Acts 21:21  (NKJV) ...but they have been informed about you that you teach all the Jews who are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise [their] children nor to walk according to the customs.
B3 The Bible has rules. The Bible is a revelation from God about Himself and His way of life. He wants us to have the same attitudes. He wants us to obey His laws and rules. Acts 15:20 GNB  Instead, we should write a letter telling them not to eat any food that is ritually unclean because it has been offered to idols; to keep themselves from sexual immorality; and not to eat any animal that has been strangled, or any blood.
B3 A fool is one who thinks he is smart, intelligent, clever but others know he is not. Some fools are naive, but many are premeditatedly evil. The word for "fool" here is used only one time. It is the opposite of being wise. σοφος asophos which is without wisdom.
C1 We can walk/live our life as a fool or in wisdom.
C2 What is our choice? It is foolishly or wisely?
B4 The time is evil. Read the headlines.
B5 What is redeeming the time?
C1 There is only so much time. What are we going to do with it? Live like God wants us or like the first verses of Chapter 5—
C2 The word "redeeming" here as the idea of using an opportunity.
C3 There is a reason to be redeeming the time/using the opportunity that we have. It is because the days are evil. The evil heart of humanity shows itself more clearly every day in thoughts, desires, words, and deeds.
B6 The word unwise in verse 17 is a different word than in verse 16. It is to be mindless, making a decision without any foresight or insight. Choices do have consequences.
B7 The word understand has to do with finding out something. We are to find out God's will. How do we do this?
C1 Some verses to consider:
D1 Jeremiah 4:22 GNB92 The LORD says, My people are stupid; they don't know me. They are like foolish children; they have no understanding. They are experts at doing what is evil, but failures at doing what is good.
D2 Romans 12:2 NASB77 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
D3 1 Thessalonians 4:1 GNB92 Finally, our friends, you learned from us how you should live in order to please God. This is, of course, the way you have been living. And now we beg and urge you in the name of the Lord Jesus to do even more.
D4 1 Peter 4:2 GNB92 From now on, then, you must live the rest of your earthly lives controlled by God's will and not by human desires.
C2 The Old Testament is God's will for a NATION, while the New Testament is God's will for a PEOPLE, the Church.
C3 Somethings in the New Testament we MUST do. Some things in the New Testament we must NOT do. Some things we learn by example that we MUST do or must NOT do.
C4 Illustrations/examples abound in the Old Testament. We read of foolish decisions and wise decisions (from God's point of view). We MUST do the wise and must NOT do the foolish.
C5 God, the Holy Spirit, helps us, convicts us, disciplines us, encourages us what to do. If we are doing wrong, we must repent and not do it anymore. If we still fail at times, make sure we have the right attitude that it is wrong and seek the prayers and even the counsel of a BIBLE believing Christian.
C6 Consider this advice: Just as children follow the example of their parents, so Christians must follow the example of their heavenly Father. Their love, then, will not be mere words, but will show itself by self-sacrifice, just as Christ’s love did (5:1-2).
Converted pagans had a special problem in that many of the sinful practices they once engaged in were still widespread in the society in which they lived. One way to overcome the temptation to such practices was not even to speak about them. They should certainly not joke lightheartedly about them, because people who practice such things are enemies of God’s kingdom (3-5).
Besides being careful about what they say, Christians should be careful about what they hear. They must examine what people say, whether concerning religion, morals or anything else, to see whether such people are on the side of Satan (darkness) or Christ (light). Only by careful testing will Christians know whether a thing is pleasing to God or not, whether it belongs to the light or to the darkness (6-10). If the lives of Christians are pure, they will show up the sins of others, just as light shows up dirt. Any who stir themselves from their moral laziness can be cleansed, if they allow themselves to be examined in the light of Christ (11-14).
Christians must be alert at all times. They must act wisely and display the worth of Christianity to a sinful world (15-17). In former days they might have tried to overcome depression or find enjoyment by drinking till they became drunk. Now that they are Christians, they should open their lives to God and allow God's Spirit to control them. They will find true joy in having fellowship with other Christians, singing praises together and giving thanks to God (18-20)."Bridgeway Bible Commentary by Don Fleming. The comment is on Ephesians 5:1-20.
B8 We know what drunk with wine means, so what does filled with the Spirit mean? Acting drunk with Holy laughter?
C1 Being drunk means not be clear headed. It is a person who has their judgment clouded, standards loosened, and the central nervous nervous system depressed.
C2 Being filled with the Spirit would be the opposite of being drunk with wine.
C3 It is the Holy Spirit helping and empowering us to do God’s will, a holy boldness, faithfulness, etc.
D1 Philippians 2:13 NRSV  For it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
D2 Ephesians 3:16 NLT - I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit.
D3 Acts 4:31 NRSV  When they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God with boldness.
D4 Galatians 5:22-23 NKJV - But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
C2 Being drunk with wine leads to acting stupid without judgment or insight or even a memory of what happened (Proverbs 23:35 GNB92 I must have been hit,” you will say; “I must have been beaten up, but I don't remember it. Why can't I wake up? I need another drink).
C3 Here are some examples from the Scriptures of people filled with the Spirit. I ask you; as they acting like they are drunk (with wine)?
D1 Exodus 31:3 NKJV And I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all [manner of] workmanship.
D2 Luke 1:15 NKJV For he will be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink. He will also be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother's womb.
D3 Luke 1:41 NKJV And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.
D4 Luke 4:1 NKJV Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness.
D5 Acts 4:8 NKJV Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders of Israel.
D6 Acts 13:9 NKJV Then Saul, who also [is called] Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him.
C4 It means instead to be doing things the way God wants us to. Galatians 5:22-25 NKJV But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those [who are] Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
C5 Being filled with the Spirit leads to the activities of verse 19
B9 Ephesians 5:19 NKJV ...speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord...
C1 Even if we are gagged and unable to speak, we can still sing in our hearts.
C2 Acts 16:25 GNB  About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.
B10 We are commanded to give thanks for ALL things. How is this possible seeing all the evil, troubling, sad things in life?
C1 We cannot thank God for the evil things that happen to us, because those things come from a world cursed because of sin.
C2 We can thank God that in the midst of evil we can
D1 Thank Him for His holiness: Psalms 97:12 GNB  All you that are righteous be glad because of what the LORD has done! Remember what the holy God has done, and give thanks to him.
D2 Thank Him for His mercy: Psalms 107:1 NKJV  Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.
D3 We can thank Him that He is with us through whatever we face: Matthew 28:20 MKJV  Teaching them to observe all things, whatever I commanded you. And, behold, I am with you all the days until the end of the world. Amen.
D4 We can thank Him that this life doesn't last forever. It ends, then eternal life begins. 1 Thessalonians 4:17 NLT - Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever.
D5 We can thank Him for the Lord Jesus. 2 Corinthians 9:15 NKJV  Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!
D6 We can thank Him that the Lord Jesus has suffered too.
E1 Hebrews 2:18 NKJV  For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.
E2 Hebrews 10:32-33 NKJV  But recall the former days in which, after you were illuminated, you endured a great struggle with sufferings:  (33)  partly while you were made a spectacle both by reproaches and tribulations, and partly while you became companions of those who were so treated.
E3 1 Peter 2:21-23 NKJV  For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps:  (22)  "who committed no sin, nor was deceit found in his mouth";  (23)  who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously.
E4 1 Peter 5:10 NKJV  But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.
B11 Submit. What is Biblical submission?
C1 The Greek word, G5293 Ὑποτάσσω hupotassō, means to place under. It does not imply overcoming resistance or that one is resisting and must be conquered. The English word does imply that meaning, but the Greek word does not. It is a placing under authority.
C2 It is so translated: Ephesians 5:21 GW  Place yourselves under each other's authority out of respect for Christ.
C3 Ephesians 5:21 WEL Place yourselves under one another in the fear of God.
C4 We are not to be stubborn to push, fight for our own way, thoughts, desires, words, and deeds.
C5 We are to place ourselves under each other’s authority.
C6 The Lord Jesus, when He was 12, placed himself under the authority of Joseph and Mary. It was not because God obeys humans, but it was in honor of them. The Lord Jesus did not say, “I have a right to be here. I will not do what you say. You need to grovel before me.” He simply went with them. Luke 2:48-51 GNB  His parents were astonished when they saw him, and his mother said to him, "Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been terribly worried trying to find you."  49  He answered them, "Why did you have to look for me? Didn't you know that I had to be in my Father's house?"  50  But they did not understand his answer.  51  So Jesus went back with them to Nazareth, where he was obedient to them. His mother treasured all these things in her heart.
B12 Fear of God
C1 Being afraid of God
C2 Why?
D1 Guilt from sin (as Adam)
D2 Judgment Day someday.
D3 Eternal punishment.
D4 God's majesty.
D5 God's power.
C3 The fear of the Lord is to run TOWARDS Him, not away from Him.
D1 Adam and Eve ran away from Him: Genesis 3:8 NRSV  They heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.
D2 The Prodigal Son went towards his father: Luke 15:20 GNB  So he got up and started back to his father. "He was still a long way from home when his father saw him; his heart was filled with pity, and he ran, threw his arms around his son, and kissed him.
C4 There is a contrast between the 2 attitudes: John 3:19-21 GNB  This is how the judgment works: the light has come into the world, but people love the darkness rather than the light, because their deeds are evil.  20  Those who do evil things hate the light and will not come to the light, because they do not want their evil deeds to be shown up.  21  But those who do what is true come to the light in order that the light may show that what they did was in obedience to God.
A4 Applications
B1 God wants us to know His will. We must read and study the Bible.
B2 God wants us to do His will.
B3 God wants us to be filled with His Spirit, so we can know His will, do His will, think His will, and be faithful to His will.
B4 God wants us to worship Him in song.
B5 God wants us to be thankful.
B6 God wants us to not push for OUR rights, but for truth and helpfulness to each other.

14 November 2018

Ephesians 4:17-23

A1 Scripture
B1 NKJV: This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But you have not so learned Christ, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, (Ephesians 4:17-23)
B2 WEL: [17] Therefore I speak this and bear witness in the Lord, that from now on you walk not like other Gentiles walk in the emptiness of their mind. [18] Having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart. [19] Who being callous gave themselves over to lustful pleasure to do every kind of impurity with insatiable desire. [20] But you haven't learned Christ in this way. [21] If you learned Him and been taught by Him, then, as the truth is in Jesus, [22] Get rid of the former lifestyle, the old man, which is rotten from deceitful lusts. [23] Instead be renewed in the spirit of your mind. (Ephesians 4:17-23
B3 GNB: In the Lord's name, then, I warn you: do not continue to live like the heathen, whose thoughts are worthless and whose minds are in the dark. They have no part in the life that God gives, for they are completely ignorant and stubborn. They have lost all feeling of shame; they give themselves over to vice and do all sorts of indecent things without restraint. That was not what you learned about Christ! You certainly heard about him, and as his followers you were taught the truth that is in Jesus. So get rid of your old self, which made you live as you used to—-the old self that was being destroyed by its deceitful desires. Your hearts and minds must be made completely new, (Ephesians 4:17-23)
A2 Outline
B1 Lifestyle and Worldview
C1 Gentiles (unsaved)
D1 Futility of their mind
D2 Understanding is darkened
D3 Alienated from the life of God
D4 All the above from ignorance
E1 Blindness of heart
E2 Callous
E3 Addicted to fleshly pleasures―impurity of all sorts
C2 Gentiles (saved)
D1 Jesus is THE teacher
E1 We are the learners
E2 He the teacher
E3 Jesus tells the truth
C3 The old lifestyle must go, disappear, not be followed anymore, forsaken
D1 Because it is the "old man."
D2 It is rotten.
D3 All from deceitful lusts.
C4 We are to be renewed in the spirit of our mind
A3 Notes
B1 Definitions
C1 Gentiles: non-Israelites (Jews)
C2 Futility of their mind = the mind is our thinking ability, the place where we think. Futility is emptiness, non-thinking ability, "being stupid," etc. Futility is the idea of having no truth, sense of truth, interest in the truth, so that when truth comes along, it is suppressed ("For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness" (Romans 1:18 NKJV). It takes the Holy Spirit's initiative and action to open our minds and hearts to the truth.
C3 Understanding is darkened = understanding is comprehension, the ability to "catch on" to something. The idea of choices have consequences is not foreseen, and so they (we) make stupid choices that lead to unintended, perhaps consequences that are difficult, life threatening, death, pain in ourselves or others. Darkened because God's ways and thoughts are not present in us. When and if we hear about God and His ways, our unregenerate heart rebels and rejects it unless the Holy Spirit opens our hearts and minds.
C4 Alienated from the life of God = we are under God's curse because of our sin and the sin of the world. We are separated from God and doomed to destruction.
C5 Blindness of heart = What causes all this is humanity's ignorance from a blind heart (a heart that cannot see, understand, know God and His ways), callousness from sinning and suppressing the guilt (justifying ourselves), and addicted to pleasing our various and sundry desires. Sin is very addictive.
C6 The saved Gentiles are different because of Jesus teaching, the Holy Spirit's conviction of our heart, and opening the way to trust into Jesus Christ.
C7 Because we are now new creations, we must live that way. The Bible has the means and rules to do this. The Holy Spirit is our helper, encourager, prodder, rebuker (when needed) to keep going.
B2 Questions and applications
C1 How are you living your life in thoughts, desires, words, and deeds?
C2 Is there a difference in our lives now that we are Christians? Is this something that others can see? Matthew 5:14-16 HCSB You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
C3 Before the outpouring of the Holy Spirit humanity was divided into Jews or Gentiles. Now it is Jews, Gentiles, and Church. The church are all those who believe and trust in Messiah Yeshua for salvation, forgiveness of sins, and restored fellowship with God.
C4 We need reminders from each other and the Scriptures to keep faithful to New Testament doctrine and life. We should be teaching each other, praying for each other, encouraging each other, and reading/studying the Bible each and every day.
C5 A few of the rules that the Lord Jesus has given us in the New Testament: 1 Thessalonians 5:14-26 NRSV And we urge you, beloved, to admonish the idlers, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with all of them. 15 See that none of you repays evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to all. 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not despise the words of prophets, 21 but test everything; hold fast to what is good; 22 abstain from every form of evil. 23 May the God of peace himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do this. 25 Beloved, pray for us. 26 Greet all the brothers and sisters with a holy kiss. (Emphasis is mine).

24 October 2018

Ephesians 3:14-21

A1 Scripture
For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what [is] the width and length and depth and height to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him [be] glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:14-21, NKJV)
A2 Outline
B1 He bows
C1 He acknowledges God’s superiority. God does not bow, which would mean humans are superior. He does not stand, which would mean they are equals. People bow because God is the superior.
C2 We bow because He is father. We profess His greatness.
C3 This does NOT mean we are to bow before our earthly fathers or any priest.
B2 He prays
C1 Paul bows his knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
C2 Of whom the whole family
D1 The believers, the church, are the family of God.
D2 Named
E1 This is a verb and means assigned a name.
E2 Some have interpreted family as
F1 The church
F2 Family in the sense of order
F3 Family in the sense of hierarchy
F4 The idea of what a family is
B3 His prayer
C1 To
D1 Grant you (give you)
D2 According to the riches of His glory (He is rich in ability, authority, and mercy)
E1 Riches that are not good
F1 Deceitful because they cannot meet the deepest needs of any human: Matthew 13:22 (WEB) What was sown among the thorns, this is he who hears the word, but the cares of this age and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.
F2 Earthly riches cannot and often prevent someone from truly believing in Jesus Christ for salvation: Mark 10:23 (WEB) Jesus looked around, and said to his disciples, “How difficult it is for those who have riches to enter into the Kingdom of God!
F3 Riches do not have a guarantee to help us: 1 Timothy 6:17 (WEB) Charge those who are rich in this present world that they not be haughty, nor have their hope set on the uncertainty of riches, but on the living God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.
F4 Do not last forever: James 5:2 (WEB) Your riches are corrupted and your garments are moth-eaten.
F5 Some believe that earthly riches indicate God’s blessing; they are wrong: Revelation 3:17 (WEB) Because you say, ‘I am rich, and have gotten riches, and have need of nothing;’ and don’t know that you are the wretched one, miserable, poor, blind, and naked.
E2 Riches that are good
F1 God’s goodness: Romans 2:4 (WEB) Or do you despise the riches of his goodness, forbearance, and patience, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?
F2 Our source for wisdom and knowledge: Romans 11:33 (WEB) Oh the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and the knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past tracing out!
F3 God’s grace for our salvation. Everything from initiation to completion is His grace. Ephesians 1:7 (WEB) in whom we have our redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace.
F4 Christians are adopted daughters and sons to whom God gives inheritance: Ephesians 1:18 (WEB) having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope of his calling, and what are the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints.
F5 His kindness: Ephesians 2:7 (WEB) that in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
F6 To give strength in discouragement, trial, and everyday life: Ephesians 3:16 (WEB) that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, that you may be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inward man.
F7 The blessing of knowing Messiah Jesus and His truth: Colossians 2:2 (WEB) that their hearts may be comforted, they being knit together in love, and gaining all riches of the full assurance of understanding, that they may know the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ.
F8 Moses suffered for believing in Messiah but judged that Messiah is better than all the riches of Egypt: Hebrews 11:26 (WEB) accounting the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he looked to the reward.
C2 For (Paul prays)
D1 The people of God to be strengthened
E1 With might (strength of ability and will)
E2 Through His Spirit (the source)
E3 In the inner man (the place of motivation)
E4 Note that this is grace. It is not something earned or deserved. It is a gift from our father.
D2 That Christ may live in your hearts through faith
E1 We are already Christians, believers.
E2 Live in the sense of being obviously a Christian to us and all others.
D3 Since we are rooted and grounded in love, we may be able to understand—along with all the people of God—His love
E1 The width, length, depth, and height
E2 Christ's love
E3 Which is greater than anything we can understand
D4 That we may be filled (to the brim) with all the fullness of God (everything that He stands for, not to be what He is. We are not God, nor do we become gods. We are to be in His image, so that all we do in thoughts, desires, words, and deeds are His way—like Him).
C3 His blessing/prayer for them
D1 To God
E1 Who can do more than anything we can think of (ability, authority, and mercy).
E2 According to the power in us (not some presence or ability in our own, but instead this refers to the Holy Spirit, who lives in us).
D2 For us
E1 To praise God (We, the church—the people of God—in all generations praise Him for His goodness to us).
E2 To remember that it is Christ Jesus who is our Savior for all these things that we do not deserve.
A2 Applications
B1 God is always supreme.
C1 The Bible teaches us that it is His will, not ours. We must yield to His will always.
C2 It is His timing, not ours.
C3 It is His results, not ours.
C4 We must recognize this and be content.
C5 It is for our peace and safety.
B2 His order and organization is always best.
B3 He wants us to be strengthened in our inner selves, our heart. We must read and study the Scriptures.
C1 James 1:2-4 NKJV My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
C2 Romans 5:3-4 NKJV And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope.
C3 2 Peter 1:5-8 NKJV But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, [you will be] neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
B4 He wants us to live an obvious Christian life as taught in the New Testament. This is an active faith, not a passive faith. Passive faith is the emergent church, progressive Christianity, and any other group, belief, or teaching that uses mysticism, silence, contemplative, bypassing the brain, etc.
C1 Matthew 7:15 NKJV Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.
C2 Colossians 2:8 NKJV Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.
C3 1 Peter 5:8 HCSB Be serious! Be alert! Your adversary the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour.
C4 Even IN prayer: Colossians 4:2 HCSB Devote yourselves to prayer; stay alert in it with thanksgiving.
B5 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 HCSB May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal encouragement and good hope by grace, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good work and word.