Showing posts with label Christian Life. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Christian Life. Show all posts

23 November 2020

A Few Thoughts about John 14:15

John 14:15 ESV If you love me, you will keep my commandments.

Judas has left Jesus and his fellow apostles. He has joined with satan and turned against the Lord Jesus.

Jesus brings His farewell message to His followers. This is recorded in John 13:31-John 16:33.

In John 13:31-16:33, the Lord Jesus uses the word love 19 times. 18 times it is the Greek word ἀγαπάω agapáō, which is the highest love. It is a choosing to love and loyalty. 1 time it is the Greek word φιλέω philéō, which means personal affection and personal attachment.

Jesus teaches them that if they really love Him, they will keep His commandments.

The Greek word for keep is τηρέω tēréō. It means to guard in the sense of

B1 Some thoughts

C1 Wuest Word Studies: Keep" is tēreō, "to keep by guarding, to guard by exercising watchful cafe." It speaks of guarding something which is in one’s possession.

C2 Examples:

D1 John 17:12 CSB While I was with them, I was protecting them by your name that you have given me. I guarded them and not one of them is lost, except the son of destruction, so that the Scripture may be fulfilled. [Emphasis added. The word guarded is φυλάσσω phylássō, which means be on guard (literally of figuratively); by implication, to preserve, obey, avoid].

D2 John 17:15 CSB I am not praying that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.

B2 In a sense, there is the idea of conforming our lives in body, soul, and spirit to do His commandments in love and loyalty for Him.

The Greek word for commandments is ἐντολή entolḗ. It means

B1 generally, a charge, injunction, order, command [Source is Greek Lexicon Of The New Testament, Abbott-Smith].

B2 From TDNTa

C1 entolḗ in the General Usage of the Greek and Hellenistic World. The meaning is “command,” “commission,” a. as the command of a king or official, b. as the instruction of a teacher, c. as a commission, and d. as authorization.

C2 Keeping Christ’s entolaí is a mark of love for Christ (Jn. 14:15, 21). If we love him, we both “have” and “keep” them. In view of the basis, the plural entolaí is not legalistic. The many commands are summed up in the one command of love, which comes to expression in the multiple spheres of the obedient life. In the light of Jn. 15:10 “task” or “commission” might also be embraced by entolḗ, but tereín tás entolás means “keeping the commandments,” not “fulfilling a commission.” Comparison of the disciples’ keeping of the commandments with the Son’s doing of the Father’s work shows that a personal relationship is involved, especially in view of the common abiding in love. [Source is TDNTa]

B3 Commandment is the verbal or written desire of an authority and backed by that authority. Law is the sum of verbal or written commands. Command is to one person or more depending on the context, while law is for all those under that authority. It is the set of commands.

Some thoughts

B1 Robertson: Continued love prevents disobedience.

B2 Adam Clarke: Do not be afflicted at the thought of my being separated from you: the most solid proof ye can give of your attachment to and affection for me is to keep my commandments. This I shall receive as a greater proof of your affection than your tears.

B3 One of the proofs that we are a believer is to conform, do, keep, observe the commandments and rules of the Lord Jesus. One of the purposes of 1 John is for us to examine our lives to see if we are in the faith. We cannot be sinless but can be blameless. If we sin, we confess and with God’s help do not sin again. We often do but we must ask forgiveness again. 1 John 5:1-3 NRSV Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the parent loves the child. 2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. 3 For the love of God is this, that we obey his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.

B4 This might seem impossible, but the Lord Jesus reveals something: And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever (John 14:1 ESV). [Emphasis added]. Jesus was the helper while ministering on earth. He now intercedes for us (Hebrews 7:23-25 ESV The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office, 24 but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever. 25 Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them). The Holy Spirit is our helper now. He encourages, reminds, gives strength to resist, protects, etc. Note, too, that He will be with us forever. God’s grace never ends. We need grace every moment of our life. See Hebrews 4:16, 2 Corinthians 12:9-12, James 4:6, and John 1:16.

John 14:15 ESV If you love me, you will keep my commandments.

B1 With God’s help our love will be seen in what we do.

B2 The standard of these doings is Jesus’s commands.

B3 We are loyal to God because of love, not force, bullying, gun, sword, fist, abuse, threats, etc.

B4 To John there is only one test of love and that is obedience. It was by his obedience that Jesus showed his love of God; and it is by our obedience that we must show our love of Jesus. C. K. Barrett says: "John never allowed love to devolve into a sentiment or emotion. Its expression is always moral and is revealed in obedience." We know all too well how there are those who protest their love in words but who, at the same time, bring pain and heartbreak to those whom they claim to love. There are children and young people who say that they love their parents, and who yet cause them grief and anxiety. There are husbands who say they love their wives and wives who say they love their husbands, and who yet, by their inconsiderateness and their irritability and their thoughtless unkindness bring pain the one to the other. To Jesus real love is not an easy thing. It is shown only in true obedience. [Source Barclay Daily Bible Study. Be cautious].

B5 Let us be joyful, be encouraging to each other, be helping each other, be faithful and steadfast until the end utilizing God’s good grace. Colossians 3:12 NLT Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.

We grow by reading, studying, and living the Scriptures: 2 Peter 3:18 GNB But continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory, now and forever! Amen.

We are to be a light to the world of God’s best ways for living. Ephesians 5:8-9 GNB You yourselves used to be in the darkness, but since you have become the Lord's people, you are in the light. So you must live like people who belong to the light, 9 for it is the light that brings a rich harvest of every kind of goodness, righteousness, and truth.

Pray: Psalms 86:6 ESV Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer; listen to my plea for grace.

Thank you, Lord, for your blessings and help. Give us strength to live for you.

08 October 2020

A Few Thoughts on Colossians 1:9-14


9 Also, for this reason, since we heard, we do not stop praying for you and asking that you might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding,

10 So that you may live for the Lord in a worthy manner pleasing in every way, being fruitful in every good deed, and increasing in [your] knowledge of God.

11 May you be made stronger with all strength according to His glorious power for steadfastness and longsuffering with joy,

12 Giving thanks to the Father who has made us qualified to be partakers of the inheritance for the saints in the light,

13 And who has rescued us from the power of darkness and has moved us into the kingdom of His dear Son

14 In whom we have redemption through His blood—the forgiveness of sins.

B1 Epaphras

C1 Colossians 1:7-8 WEL You also learned [this] from Epaphras, our beloved fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ for you. 8 Who also told us about your love in the Spirit.

C2 A Colossian and servant of God: Colossians 1:12 WEL Epaphras, who is [one] of you, a servant of Christ, greets you. He is always working diligently for you in prayers, so that you may stand mature and complete in the full will of God.

C3 An evangelist: Colossians 1:7 NIV You learned it from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf.

B2 The basics:

C1 Paul heard that a number of Colossians had believed the Gospel.

C2 From the time he heard this, he has prayed for them.

C3 He prays

D1 That they would be filled with the knowledge of God’s will.

E1 God’s will is known by the Scriptures.

E2 There are God’s rules of what we must do and must not do.

F1 An example of a rule we must do: Colossians 3:15 NIV Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

F2 An example of a rule we must not do: 1 Peter 2:1 NIV Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.

E3 There are principles of what we must do and must not do.

F1 An example of a principle we must do. Luke 3:14 NIV Then some soldiers asked him, "And what should we do?" He replied, "Don't extort money and don't accuse people falsely—be content with your pay.

G1 This is a rule that soldiers must do, but a principle that the rest of us must do.

G2 The principle is not to extort money, nor to accuse people falsely. We are to be content with our pay.

F2 An example of a principle that we must not do. 2 Corinthians 6:14 NIV Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?

G1 The rule of we must not do is worshiping falsely. Psalm 106:28 NIV They yoked themselves to the Baal of Peor and ate sacrifices offered to lifeless gods.

G2 The principle is not to yoke ourselves, joining ourselves with unbelievers in marriage, business partnerships, ministry, etc.

F3 The book of Proverbs gives many principles.

E4 There are examples of people’s actions that God blesses or does not bless.

F1 An example of a person’s action that God blesses: Revelation 2:13 New Matthew Bible I know your works and where you dwell, even where Satan’s seat is; and you keep my name and have not denied my faith. And in my days Antipas was a faithful witness of mine, who was slain among you, where Satan dwells.

F2 An example of a person’s action that displeases God: 2 Timothy 4:10 NIV for Demas, because he loved this world, has deserted me and has gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia.

D2 This knowledge will be in wisdom and spiritual understanding.

E1 Knowledge is awareness of the facts and truth.

E2 Wisdom is the application of these facts in a situation to the glory of God in love, truth, and holiness.

E3 Understanding is comprehending the why this a fact is and how it works.

C4 The reason for God’s knowledge is to

D1 Live for the Lord which is what we do and say in accordance with His worldview, lifestyle, and rules.

D2 Living like this results in

E1 Being fruitful which is the result of living God’s way.

E2 Increasing in the knowledge about God, which is God’s character traits known and done by us.

C5 The strength to do this is from God. He is omnipotent and omnibenevolent giving grace to remind us and to complete it. (Regarding the problem of evil see here). God’s strength is so powerful that we can be steadfast in the faith regardless of deception or seduction and to be patient with joy. (Happiness is related to events; joy is related to peace, contentment, patience, rest in whatever circumstance. Note that this is God’s joy, not just joy. It is a character trait of God).

C6 Having this knowledge, understanding, and strength should result in thankfulness. We liked to be thanked for things we do and so does God.

C7 God is the one who qualified us. Qualified has the idea that we meet God’s standards of righteousness. Ephesians 2:10 CSB For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time for us to do.

C8 Our inheritance is to be citizens of God’s kingdom, living with God, enjoying all of who He is, serving and loving Him forever with other like-minded beings.

C9 Light has the idea of purity, truth, holiness in all things.

C10 God is the rescuer. Jesus, the Son of God and Son of Man, has been, is, and always will be Messiah. (For more about Messiah, there are many topics and verses. You can start here at Manser’s Dictionary of Bible Themes.

C11 We are no longer in the “power of darkness” but in the Kingdom of His dear Son.” These are opposite worldviews and lifestyles.

C12 Jesus meet all the qualifications needed to be our Messiah to bring us forgiveness of sins. He is a volunteer, sinless, and a human. His blood was shed indicating death and fulfilling the penalty from sin.

B3 In summary, Paul prays for the believers in Colossae to have the knowledge of God’s will for the purpose of having a godly worldview and lifestyle with the help of God’s enabling strength resulting in a steadfast faith, patience, thankfulness, for God’s work in redemption, removal from the devil’s kingdom into God’s kingdom which is an everlasting inheritance.

Praise God for His good mercy and promises of the Kingdom of God which is coming. See Revelation 21.

17 August 2020

1 Timothy 6:11-16


B4 Live the Christian life consistently

C1 Verse 11

D1 We are to run away from evil things.

D2 We are to seek and cultivate righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance, and meekness.

E1 The Greek word diligently follow/pursue is διώκω diṓkō. It means to run after and by application depending on the context ideas as pursue, harass, etc.

F1 Matthew 5:10 NIV Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

F2 Following the teachings of false teachers/prophets. Luke 17:22-23 NIV Then he said to his disciples, "The time is coming when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it. 23 People will tell you, 'There he is!' or 'Here he is!' Do not go running off after them.

F3 Similarly, we read: 2 Timothy 2:22 CSB Flee from youthful passions, and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.

E2 Righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance, [and] meekness

F1 Righteousness is thoughts, desires, words, and deeds in alignment with God’s standards.

G1 God’s standard. Matthew 6:33 NIV But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

G2 Based on God’s law as given in the Old Testament.

H1 The standard: Romans 8:4 NIV in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

H2 All has been fulfilled by the Lord Jesus: Romans 10:4 NLT For Christ has already accomplished the purpose for which the law was given. As a result, all who believe in him are made right with God.

G3 We can read the standard and know the standard: 2 Timothy 3:16 NIV All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.

F2 Godliness is imitating God’s ways. These are the ways of His character, worldview, lifestyle, rules, and kingdom.

F3 Faith is believing God. God knows how to communicate perfectly.

F4 Love is a choice to be caring and fulfilling the description in 1 Corinthians 13.

F5 Perseverance is remaining loyal to God and His ways. It includes the ideas of patience and endurance.

G1 God strengthens us to do this. Colossians 1:11 NLT We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy.

G2 Our strengthened by being tested. The Christian life has afflictions, sufferings, persecutions, etc. James 1:3 NLT For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.

F6 Meekness is not being abusive, pushy, being stubborn, and demanding your own way. It is not throwing childish temper tantrums. It has the attitude of yielding rather than bullying and demanding. 1 Peter 3:15 WEL Instead, sanctify the Lord God in your hearts. Always be ready to answer with gentleness and respectfulness anyone who asks you about the reason for the hope that is in you.

C2 Verse 12

D1 Timothy is commanded to do two things—being vigorous in the battle of faith and holding on tightly to eternal life.

E1 Give vigorous effort in the good battle of faith.

F1 We don’t use force, physical weapons, bullying, threats, money, false promises, etc. to bring conversion. We rely on the Holy Spirit to bring conviction of sin.

F2 We live the Christian life not because of threats, etc. but because of love and loyalty for Jesus.

G1 As others have said that it is horrifying when our mind changes from thinking about Messiah to thinking mostly about the world.

G2 Colossians 3:1 WEL So then, if you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sits at the right hand of God.

E2 Holding on tightly to eternal life

F1 The Greek word implies a grip like the grip of death. A grip that will not quit.

F2 Here is an illustration using the same Greek word: Matthew 14:29-31 NLT Yes, come," Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. "Save me, Lord!" he shouted. 31 Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. "You have so little faith," Jesus said. "Why did you doubt me?"

D2 The good confession

E1 Our example is the Lord Jesus.

E2 This confession is totally true, given honestly, believed sincerely, and lived consistently.

E3 It is living as a witness for Jesus and being a light to the world, the salt of the earth in thoughts, desires, words, and deeds.

E4 There are true confessors for Jesus and fake ones.

F1 True

G1 Matthew 10:32 NLT Everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven.

G2 1 John 4:15 NLT All who confess that Jesus is the Son of God have God living in them, and they live in God.

F2 Fake Matthew 7:21 KJ2000 Not every one that says unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father who is in heaven.

E5 A blessing and a warning. Luke 12:8-9 NLT I tell you the truth, everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth, the Son of Man will also acknowledge in the presence of God's angels. 9 But anyone who denies me here on earth will be denied before God's angels.

C3 Verse 13

D1 As the Lord Jesus gave an open confession, so should we.

D2 You can read the good confession that the Lord Jesus gave in John 18:33-40. Jesus answered the Roman governor respectfully, truthfully, and clearly.

C4 Verse 14

D1 This commandment refers to verses 11 and 12.

D2 Spotlessly and blamelessly

E1 Spotlessly

F1 The Greek word for spotlessly is ἄσπιλος áspilos. It means spotless in the sense of cloth with no flaws or discolorations, thus keeping this rule perfectly. Since we cannot be perfect, we must ask forgiveness, but the Lord Jesus knows how we pray to do His will, try to do His, and repent when we fail.

F2 It is also used

G1 For us to be spotless from the world’s lifestyle and worldview. James 1:27 NET Pure and undefiled religion before God the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their misfortune and to keep oneself unstained by the world.

G2 In looking forward to the time sin is punished, creation is renewed, and death and curse has been removed. 2 Peter 3:14 NIV So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.

E2 Blamelessly. The Greek word for blamelessly is ἀνεπίληπτος anepílēptos. It means cannot be blamed for anything, above reproach.

E3 This is God’s standard. No one can do this perfectly in this life. See Romans 7:13-25.

D3 Lord’s appearance

E1 Paul expected the return of Jesus in his lifetime.

E2 Imminency is taught in Scripture. More on this topic here (The Doctrine of Imminency: Is it Biblical)?

E3 We always need to be ready.

F1 1 Thessalonians 1:10 NLT And they speak of how you are looking forward to the coming of God's Son from heaven—Jesus, whom God raised from the dead. He is the one who has rescued us from the terrors of the coming judgment.

F2 Titus 2:13 NLT while we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed.

F3 Hebrews 9:28 NLT so also Christ died once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him.

C5 Verse 15

D1 A time is coming when Jesus will return in glory, power, honor, and truth. There is deliverance or judgment depending if one believes or does not believe.

D2 The Greek word show is δεικνύω deiknýō. It means to reveal, expose to sight. Many times, someone will say, “Prove it. Let me see him.” Well, that time is coming. Revelation 1:7 NIV Look, he is coming with the clouds," and "every eye will see him, even those who pierced him"; and all peoples on earth "will mourn because of him." So shall it be! Amen.

D3 All will know when He returns (Daniel 7:9-14 and Revelation 19:11-21).

D4 Jesus is King of all kings and Lord of all lords.

E1 Psalm 115:3 NIV Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him.

E2 Proverbs 21:1 NIV In the LORD's hand the king's heart is a stream of water that he channels toward all who please him.

C6 Verse 16

D1 This is a list of some noncommunicable character traits of God. Only God has these traits. Some communicable character traits of God are traits humans have as mercy, reason, intelligence, love, anger, etc.

D2 Immortality

E1 The Greek word for immortality is ἀθανασία athanasía.

F1 It means deathless.

F2 This is a character trait of God. It is a non-communicable trait; humans do not have it.

F3 We have to have to be clothed with immortality. Only God can clothe us. 1 Corinthians 15:53-54 CSB For this corruptible body must be clothed with incorruptibility, and this mortal body must be clothed with immortality. 54 When this corruptible body is clothed with incorruptibility, and this mortal body is clothed with immortality, then the saying that is written will take place: Death has been swallowed up in victory.

D3 Living in unapproachable light

E1 The Greek word for unapproachable is ἀπρόσιτος aprósitos.

F1 It means literally unable to go to, so unapproachable or inaccessible.

F2 Light is associated with purity—purity in truth, love, mercy, justice, judgment, etc.

F3 1 John 1:5 NIV This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.

F4 Habakkuk 3:3-4 NRSV God came from Teman, the Holy One from Mount Paran. [Selah] His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise. 4 The brightness was like the sun; rays came forth from his hand, where his power lay hidden.

D4 Invisible

E1 The Greek word for invisible is οὐδείς oudeís (no one/nothing) and εἴδω eídō (the common word for see/seeing).

E2 Colossians 1:15 NLT Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation.

E3 John 1:18 WEL No one has ever seen God. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, declared him.

E4 Matthew 11:27 WEL All things have been entrusted to me by my Father, and no one fully knows the Son except the Father, neither does anyone fully know the Father except the Son and to whoever the Son is willing to reveal him.

D5 Honor

E1 The Greek word for honor is τιμή timḗ. It means something valued, prized, reverenced, precious, etc.

E2 The highest honor should always be to Yahweh. There is only one God, and He deserves the honor given to a god. Since there is only one God, all honor goes to Him.

E3 We are to honor God because of our salvation. 1 Corinthians 6:20 WPNT Because you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.

E4 We are to honor Him with our giving. Proverbs 3:9 NRSV Honor the LORD with your substance and with the first fruits of all your produce.

E5 We are to honor Him in our private and public actions. 1 Corinthians 10:31 WPNT Therefore, whether you eat or you drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

E6 We are to honor Him personally. Isaiah 25:1 NLT O LORD, I will honor and praise your name, for you are my God. You do such wonderful things! You planned them long ago, and now you have accomplished them.

E7 We are to honor Him in groups, public, and before leaders. Psalm 107:32 NLT Let them exalt him publicly before the congregation and before the leaders of the nation.

E8 We are to honor Him by our preaching the Gospel. 2 Thessalonians 3:1 NRSV Finally, brothers and sisters, pray for us, so that the word of the Lord may spread rapidly and be glorified everywhere, just as it is among you.

D6 Everlasting power

E1 The Greek word for everlasting power is αἰώνιος aiṓnios (everlasting, without a beginning and without an end) and κράτος krátos (strength).

E2 Regarding God:

F1 Everlasting

G1 This means eternal:

H1 No beginning and no end. Yahweh is the only being who has this character trait.

I1 Isaiah 40:28 LEB Have you not known, or have you not heard? Yahweh is the God of eternity, the creator of the ends of the earth! He is not faint, and he does not grow weary! There is no searching his understanding.

I2 1 Timothy 1:17 WEB Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

H2 He is life and the giver of life. He is always living. Psalms 102:12, NKJV But You, O LORD, shall endure forever, And the remembrance of Your name to all generations.

H3 He is infinite.

I1 He never changes. He never grows older. He never learns anything. There are no surprises. He has need of nothing. James 1:17 PickNT every good giving and every perfect gift is from Above, coming down from the Father of the lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.

I2 He is the Eternal Now. Isaiah 46:10 GNB From the beginning I predicted the outcome; long ago I foretold what would happen. I said that my plans would never fail, that I would do everything I intended to do.

G2 This is aseity:

H1 God exists, not because He was caused or made by another, but simply exists without any cause.

H2 He is self-existent and unchangeable. There was never a time when He did not exist. Exodus 3:14 LEB And God said to Moses, "I am that I am." And he said, "So you must say to the Israelites, 'I am sent me to you.

H3 He is Life.

H4 Because He is life, He can give eternal life: John 3:36 LEB The one who believes in the Son has eternal life, but the one who disobeys the Son will not see life—but the wrath of God remains on him.

F2 Strength

G1 Omnipotent. This is perfect power and strength. There is no strength greater.

G2 Matthew 19:26 WEL But Jesus looked right at them and said to them, “With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

G3 Jeremiah 32:27 ESV2011 “Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me?

C7 We need God’s grace to continue in the faith. Let us be mindful of that and be careful about temptations. Sin is addictive. 1 Corinthians 10:13 NLT The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.

C8 We must always have a good confession, not being ashamed of the Lord Jesus, His teachings, and His way of life.

C9 The time WILL when all will know for sure—they will see it with their own eyes—Jesus reigning in power. He is King of kings and lord of lords. God alone has:

D1 Immortality

D2 Living in light (a clear mind, a clear conscious, and no evil)

D3 The light that is so bright, no one can stand in His presence

D4 Perfect and everlasting honor

D5 Omnipotence

C10 Questions:

D1 Why are we to run away from evil things?

D2 How do we know what evil is?

D3 Why are Christians loyal to Jesus?

D4 What are some ways we can honor God?

16 July 2020

Devotional Notes Romans 6

B1 What does this mean?
C1 What We Were—Dead In Sin, Now Alive in Jesus
D1 The Apostle asks if we should continue a life of sin, because the more we sin, the more God gives grace, and the greater the glory to God for His forgiveness.
D2 He answers, “How can we sin, if we are dead to sin?” Dead people’s flesh is compost, so it cannot sin. Adam Clarke [scroll down to verse] comments: The phraseology of this verse is common among Hebrews, Greeks, and Latins. To Die to a thing or person, is to have nothing to do with it or him; to be totally separated from them: and to live to a thing or person is to be wholly given up to them; to have the most intimate connection with them.
D3 We are new. We are resurrected with Christ (the idea that we are in Christ as in
E1 Ephesians 5:30 NIV for we are members of his body.
E2 Romans 12:5 NIV so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
D4 Note the contrast between life and death and righteousness and sin. ISBE has this comment: In his anthropology Paul uses four groups of descriptive adjectives in contrasted pairs: (1) the old man and the new man (Romans 6:6; Ephesians 4:22; Colossians 3:9; Ephesians 2:15; 4:24; Colossians 3:10); (2) the outward man and the inward man (2 Corinthians 4:16; Romans 7:22; Ephesians 3:16); (3) the carnal man and the spiritual man (Romans 8:1-14; 1 Corinthians 3:1, 3, 4); (4) the natural man and the spiritual man (2 Corinthians 2:14; 3:3-4, Ephesians 2:3; 1 Corinthians 2:15; 3:1; 14:37; 15:46; Galatians 6:1). A study of these passages will show that the adjectives "old," "outward," "carnal," and "natural" describe man, from different points of view, prior to his conversion; while the adjectives "new," "inward" and "spiritual" describe him, from different points of view, after his conversion. To elucidate the meaning, the expositor must respect these antitheses and let the contrasted words throw light and meaning upon each other.
D5 Verse 6, because our old sinful nature is killed, we now are to live according to our new nature. We are a new creation to live by God’s grace according to the rules of God’s kingdom. What was impossible before we believed in Christ, is now possible.
D6 We were addicted to sin with no hope. Now, because of the ministries of God, we are a new creation. We are no longer slaves to sin but servants of God.
D7 Verse 12: there are still sinful desires, but by the grace of God, we do not have to obey those desires. In the Biblical Illustrator we have this thought: Meanwhile we must not let it [sin] reign.
(1) If it reigned over us it would be our god. It would prove us to be under death, and not alive unto God.
(2) It would cause us unbounded pain and injury if it ruled only for a moment.
D8 God’s grace and new creation brings many joys.
D9 There is a Christian life we must live.
D10 I briefly wrote about this before.
C2 Are We Slaves To Sin or To God’s Righteousness?
D1 Verse 16, we are already Christians. Now, do we live a life of sin or a life of righteousness? Let us choose wisely.
D2 Sin always leads to death. A person can be a Christian and still sin, but if we continue to live a life of sin, we have no blessings, no spiritual growth, no future awards.
D3 1 Corinthians 3:11-15 NLT For no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already haveJesus Christ. 12 Anyone who builds on that foundation may use a variety of materialsgold, silver, jewels, wood, hay, or straw. 13 But on the judgment day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done. The fire will show if a person's work has any value. 14 If the work survives, that builder will receive a reward. 15 But if the work is burned up, the builder will suffer great loss. The builder will be saved, but like someone barely escaping through a wall of flames.
C3 Questions:
D1 What does dead to sin mean?
D2 When and how do people have a new point of view (as described by ISBE quote above)?
D3 Are we required to live a Christian life? If so, what is a Christian life?

How do I apply this to my life? Help us, O Lord to live our lives for you in the way you want

03 March 2020

1 Year Bible—1, 2, & 3 John

The epistle of 1 John, written by John the Apostle, deals with the subject of—do we know if we are a Christian. 1 John 5:13 MKJV I have written these things to you who believe on the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have everlasting life, and that you may believe on the name of the Son of God.

How can we know if we are Christians? Here are some of the points John writes.
B1 Obedience to God 1 John 2:3-6. Are we obeying the teachings of the New Testament?
B2 A Life of Love 1 John 2:7-11.
C1 Do we say we love?
C2 Do we show the characteristics of love as written in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a?
B3 How We Think and Live 1 John 2:12-14. Is what we think and do the same?
B4 Do We Love the World? 1 John 2:15-17 1 John 2:15-17 MKJV Do not love the world, nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him, because all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passes away, and the lust of it, but he who does the will of God abides forever.
B5 Do We Have Attitude of anti-Christ? 1 John 2:18-19
C1 Do we leave the core doctrines?
C2 Have we become proud?
C3 Do we seek power and control?
C4 Note there is THE anti-Christ, and there are many anti-Christs. These are wannabes and those having the same attitudes.
C5 They left us.
C6 1 John 2:18-19 BSB Children, it is the last hour; and just as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have appeared. This is how we know it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they did not belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us. But their departure made it clear that none of them belonged to us.
B6 Do We Affirm That Jesus Is Messiah? 1 John 2:22-23
B7 Are We Faithful to the Teachings of the Bible? 1 John 2:24-25
B8 Do We Continue to Do the Same Sins As Before Saved? 1 John 3:4-10
B9 Do We Love Other Christians? 1 John 3:11-12
B10 Does the World Love Our Christianity? 1 John 3:13-15.
C1 If the world (the nonbelievers) loves our Christianity, something is wrong.
C2 This does apply to the congregation, but it also applies to me and you.
B11 Do We Love Others? 1 John 3:16-18. This applies mainly to our brothers and sisters, so the context teaches. If we can help supply a need, we must. If we are unable, we can pray. We are a family and are to help each other.
B12 Do We Have a Clear Conscious? 1 John 3:19-24.
C1 This is not referring to past thoughts, desires, words, and deeds that have been confessed and forgiven.
C2 Compare the Apostle Paul:
D1 Acts 8:3 NET But Saul was trying to destroy the church; entering one house after another, he dragged off both men and women and put them in prison.
D2 1 Corinthians 15:9-10 NET For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me has not been in vain. In fact, I worked harder than all of them - yet not I, but the grace of God with me.
C3 The evil one often stirs up our memory to torment us, but we KNOW we are forgiven. Colossians 2:13 BSB When you were dead in your trespasses and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our trespasses,
B13 Do We Acknowledge That Messiah Came in the Flesh? 1 John 4:1-6. We must make sure we have the right Jesus as the creeds agree.
B14 Do We Love Our Fellow Christian Brothers and Sisters? 1 John 4:7-12
B15 Do We Want to Preach the Gospel? 1 John 4:13-21
B16 Do We Obey Jesus’s Rules in the New Testament? 1 John 5:1-5. There are over 1,000 rules for Christians in the New Testament. We need none other. See Colossians 3 for a number of the rules.
B17 Do We Have Eternal Life Through Jesus Christ Alone? 1 John 5:9-12. Many add some human effort, thought, ritual, etc. It is only, only through grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone.
B18 Do We Believe in the Son of God? 1 John 5:13 1 John 5:13 PickNT I have written these things to you who believe into the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life, really believing into the name of God's Son. [Emphasis is added]
B19 Do We Keep Sinning or Is There a Change? 1 John 5:18.
C1 Compare King Manasseh in 2 Chronicles 33.
C2 Do we and others see a change?
C3 Do they see this change: 1 Peter 2:1-2 ISV Therefore, rid yourselves of every kind of evil and deception, hypocrisy, jealousy, and every kind of slander. 2 Like newborn babies, thirst for the pure milk of the word so that by it you may grow in your salvation.

Some other topics in 1 John
B1 1 John 2:20-21 The Holy Spirit Teaches Us Truth
B2 1 John 2:26-27 Christians Can Understand the Bible With Help of the Holy Spirit
B3 1 John 2:28-29 The Need for Perseverance
B4 1 John 3:1-3 Blessing of Being God’s Children
B5 1 John 5:6-8 Jesus Truly Is The Messiah
B6 1 John 5:14-15 God Answers Prayer If It Is His Will
B7 1 John 5:16-17 Helping each other in this life when we sin.
B8 1 John 5:19-20 Identifying the True God.
B9 1 John 5:21 Avoid Idols
2 John deals with a personal letter urging believers to continue to obey the rules of Jesus Christ, live in truth, and live in love as exemplified by the Lord Jesus.
B1 It also gives a stern warning: 2 John 1:9-11 BSB Anyone who runs ahead without remaining in the teaching of Christ does not have God. Whoever remains in His teaching has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you but does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your home or even greet him. Whoever greets such a person shares in his evil deeds.
B2 We to not want to share in their evil deeds, teaching, actions, etc.

3 John is also a personal letter dealing with leadership. There are two type of leaders.
B1 The micromanager, the dictator, the controller, the power seeking person, etc. Their way or no way. One study I read revealed one of the top 10 occupations for narcissists is pastoral. If a pastor(?) is like this, we MUST leave that church. 3 John 1:9-11 BSB I have written to the church about this, but Diotrephes, who loves to be first, will not accept our instruction. 10]So if I come, I will call attention to his malicious slander against us. And unsatisfied with that, he refuses to welcome the brothers and forbids those who want to do so, even putting them out of the church. 11 Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. The one who does good is of God; the one who does evil has not seen God.
B2 The shepherd, like Jesus, is a delegator, not a dictator. 3 John 1:12 BSB Demetrius has received a good testimony from everyone, and from the truth itself. We also testify for him, and you know that our testimony is true.

Psalms 100:2 ULB Serve Yahweh with gladness; come before his presence with joyful singing.

02 March 2020

1 Year Bible—1 & 2 Peter

The theme of 1 Peter is salvation. This salvation is
B1 Past (when they believed), present, and future
B2 Doctrinal
B3 Practical

Chapter 1
We are to rejoice in our salvation.
B1 It was given to us because of our believing the Gospel and placing our trust into Jesus Christ.
B2 It is guaranteed through the resurrection of Jesus.
B3 It is a protection of our souls through God’s grace and desire.
B4 It is the goal, or the end result, of our faith.
B5 It was prophesied by the prophets in the Old Testament.

We are to be holy in our salvation.
B1 Our body, souls, and spirit are to be holy according to God’s standard.
B2 Our minds must be ready for action to live, clear headed (as opposed to be under the influence of anything), and fix our hope on Christ and His grace.
B3 Our bodies must not be given to actions contrary to God’s rules for us in the New Testament. There are sensual pleasures that are proper in God’s view, but outside what He has allowed, we must avoid.
B4 The standard of holiness is God Himself. We must not think ourselves to be holy in ourselves but only by God’s grace applied to our daily lives. How we use this grace determines failure or success.
B5 Our hope and faith is in God alone, not in ourselves.
B6 Our standards fail and fade away. We must not think that we are good except from God’s grace, the Son’s atonement, and the Spirit’s sanctification

Chapter 2
We are to grow in our salvation.
B1 The source of growth is God.
B2 The foundation has already been laid and is being built on. The foundation is Christ’s Apostles and prophets from His time on earth. The foundation is not built again.
B3 We grow spiritually by food and this food has been provided us in the Scriptures. The Holy Spirit has inspired them for our growth. He in wisdom, love, and holiness has perfectly chosen the words. We must believe Him. The plain, normal sense uncorrupted by human effects of false interpretive methods.

We are to live out our salvation
B1 Our salvation (what has been accomplished in the new birth) is to be lived in our thoughts, desires, words, and deeds.
B2 The standard is God Himself as recorded in the New Testament.
B3 We are to live it publicly towards government, our employers, our family and friends, our employees, and our enemies.
B4 When we suffer, we are suffer for living and speaking to honor God.
B5 How precious these words: 1 Peter 2:23-25 WEL When he was verbally abused, he did not verbally abuse in return. When he suffered, he did not threaten but committed it to him who judges righteously. 24 Who by himself carried our sins in his own body on the cross that we, now [being] dead to sins, might live for righteousness. By his wound, you were healed. 25 For you were like sheep wandering away but now have come back to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

Chapter 3
We are to live our Christian life with our family in the way we act among them and treat them. There can be no abuse or control (micromanaging).

We are to live our Christian life when we suffer for Christ or any other suffering.

Chapter 4
We are to live a Christian lifestyle. It has never changed. Its principles have been given to us in Scriptures. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 LEB All scripture [is] inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness, 17 in order that the person of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

Chapter 5
We are to live our Christian life in our church family, not only our local brothers and sisters but also those worldwide. Those gifted by God to teach and/or lead must do so God’s way.
B1 1 Peter 5:3-4 WEL Do not lord it over God’s heritage, but be examples to the flock. 4 When the Chief Shepherd does appear, you will receive a crown of glory that does not fade away.
B2 We are to be aware at all times. It is not a time for passivity or bypassing our minds. There is an enemy who wants to destroy us deceptively even coming as an angel of light. 1 Peter 5:8-10 WEL Be clear headed. Be alert, because your enemy, the Devil, like a roaring lion, walks around seeking whom he can devour. 9 Resist him, [be] immovable in the faith, realizing that the same kind of afflictions are being faced by your brothers who are in the world. 10 But the God of all grace, who has called us into his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, will mend you, make you resolute, give you strength, and support you.

2 Peter
Chapter 1
We can be successful in the Christian faith and life.
B1 God has given us great and precious promises.
B2 We are to avoid following evil desires. Our Book tells us how.

We can grow in our faith.
B1 How to grow spiritually. Here is right before us: 2 Peter 1:5-7 WEL Beside this, be diligent to add to your faith moral excellence; to moral excellence add knowledge. 6 To knowledge add self-control; to self-control add perseverance; to perseverance add godliness. 7 To godliness add brotherly love; to brotherly love add unselfish, unconditional love.
B2 If we have this, we are strong. If we lack these, we are weak: 2 Peter 1:8-11 WEL For if these qualities are in you and are plentiful, they will make you not to be barren or unfruitful in the thorough knowledge concerning our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But he who lacks these qualities is blind, short sighted, and become forgetful that he was totally cleansed from his past sins. 10 So now, be even more diligent to make your calling and election sure, because if you do these things, you will never fall. 11 For in this way the entrance will be abundantly supplied to you into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Chapter 2
We must know that false teachers exist.
B1 We must know truth from error. Most pastors do not teach the Scriptures anymore, and many of those who do teach, teach the Scriptures through the lens of their theology.
B2 We must be a little skeptical and test what they say.
B3 2 Peter 2:1-3 WEL But false prophets were among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly and deceptively bring in destructive heresies, even disowning the Lord that redeemed them. They will bring on themselves swift destruction. 2 Many will follow their destructive ways. Because of them, others will curse the way of truth. 3 Through selfish desires, they will use you to get rich with [their] deceptive words. For a long time now their judgment is anticipated, and their destruction is not asleep. [Emphasis is mine]
C1 Beware of false teachers.
C2 They love control and money, yes, and often sex. Look how many headlines reveal their grooming and unfaithfulness.
C3 Please read the whole chapter when you get home.

Chapter 3
We must remember that Jesus Christ WILL return.
B1 In the last days, many will question if He will return.
B2 Let us not be willingly ignorant.
B3 Judgment will come on the ungodly just as it did in the past.
B4 We need to make greater effort to live as Jesus told us to live. He will supply the grace that we need.

We must remember and apply this: 2 Peter 3:13-14 WEL Nevertheless, according to his promise, we look forward to the coming of the new heavens and a new earth where righteousness makes its home. 14 As a result, beloved, seeing that you look forward to such things, be diligent to be found by him in peace, spotless, and blameless.

We must remember Peter’s last written words: 2 Peter 3:17-18 WEL Therefore, beloved, seeing that you know this ahead of time, be on guard lest you also get led away with the error of the wicked and fall from your own steadfastness, 18 Instead grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory and honor both now and forever. Amen.

22 February 2020

1 Year Bible—James

James the half-brother of the Lord Jesus

Chapter 1
B1 Temptation/testing
C1 The Greek word is πειρασμός peirasmós. It means trials, temptations, etc. The word has the idea of testing a drug to see if it works as intended, thus, the various applications. Vocabulary Of The Greek Testament (Moulton & Milligan 1929) states: “trials” made of drugs to see their effect in certain diseases.
C2 The idea can be taken either way. A temptation is a trial, or a trial can be a temptation.
C3 We can be joyous mainly in the sense of producing endurance strengthening our spiritual muscles. Endurance has the idea of constancy, loyalty, etc. Romans 5:3-5 EMTV And not only that, but we also rejoice in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces endurance; and endurance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
C4 When we are tested, in trials, being tempt, remember
D1 Pray even if we do not want to
D2 Share our burden with brothers and sisters. We need to help each other. We are in the Christian life together.
D3 Read the Psalms. Some speak to this issue. For example:
Psalms 13:1-6 GNB92 How much longer will you forget me, LORD? Forever? How much longer will you hide yourself from me? How long must I endure trouble? How long will sorrow fill my heart day and night? How long will my enemies triumph over me? Look at me, O LORD my God, and answer me. Restore my strength; don't let me die. Don't let my enemies say, “We have defeated him.” Don't let them gloat over my downfall. I rely on your constant love; I will be glad, because you will rescue me. I will sing to you, O LORD, because you have been good to me.
D4 Ask for wisdom (James 1:5-8)
B2 Both rich and poor suffer alike. Let us be humble.
B3 If we endure (with God’s assisting grace), then at the Bema Seat we will receive a crown of life.
C1 2 Corinthians 5:10 ESV2011 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.
C2 The words judgment seat are the Greek word βῆμα bēma. The is a seat/throne on a raised platform for the official to judge.
C3 The Bema seat judgment occurs shortly after the Rapture.
B4 We cannot blame God for our temptation.
C1 The devil asked for permission to persecute Job. God gave him permission. The devil, however, did NOT have to do so.
C2 Jesus was tempted also.
C3 Regardless of what we face, God teaches us and strengthens us.
B5 James 1:22-25 ESV2011 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.
C1 We learn what we say and what we do must match.
C2 We learn what we do must be consistent in public and private.
C3 We learn that the perfect law, that is, the law of liberty is now our law, not Mosaic Law, nor the law of our sinful nature.
D1 If the Law of Liberty refers to the Gospel, then when we believe we are free from the requirements of Mosaic Law and its punishment, for Jesus suffered and shed His blood for our sins.
D2 The Law of Liberty might refer to the rules Jesus gave us to obey either directly or through His Apostles and recorded in the New Testament.
Chapter 2 deals with
B1 Treating everyone equally, especially believers. We know
C1 There is only one race—the human race.
C2 There are priorities. God is to have first priority, then spouse, then family, the local congregation, then the greater body of Christians, then everyone else.
C3 We should love and live in God’s ways. This is seen in our thoughts, desires, words, and deeds according to the characteristics in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a.
C4 God treats people equally, too according to His priorities: 1 Timothy 2:4 NIV who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
C5 Galatians 6:10 NIV Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
B2 In verses 14-17, it is taught that what we say and what we do must match in private and public.
B3 Works are not for salvation but are proof of a changed life by God’s grace. 2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! Some examples are the Abraham, Rahab, Prodigal Son, and King Manasseh.
Chapter 3 deals with
B1 If we teach the Scriptures, we are held accountable for what we teach.
B2 Rules of what we say.
B3 The 2 types of wisdom. The difference between God’s wisdom and any other.
Chapter 4 deals with
B1 The dangers of covetousness (lust). How covetousness leads to problems, arguments, fighting, scabbing, and a lot of disunity.
B2 There are only two worldviews, namely, God’s worldview and all others. We are servants of God and only His view is correct. The world is all other views. The foundation of that worldview is me first, God last.
Chapter 5 deals with
B1 The danger of riches, that is, trusting in money instead of God. Our love changes from God to stuff.
B2 Christians suffer. We must bear with this as the whole family of God does in every generation and in every part of the world. We need to pray and support each other.
B3 The need to pray. We are talking to God. We were created for fellowship with God and to serve Him forever. The Psalms show a wide variety of prayers. God is a wonderful Counselor/Adviser.

Trials make
the promise sweet,
Trials give
new life to prayer;
Trials bring me
to His feet,
Lay me low,
and keep me there
—William Cowper