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19 May 2020

A Few Thoughts About Exposing Sin

1 Corinthians 5:1-7 WEL It is commonly reported that there is sexual sin among you, and such sexual sin as is not even mentioned among the Gentiles that one should have his father’s wife. 2 And you are proud of this? You should have mourned instead, so that he who has done this deed might be removed from you. 3 For truly I—while absent in the body but present in spirit—have already judged, as if I were present, he who has been committing this. 4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when you are gathered together along with my spirit and the power of the Lord Jesus Christ 5 To deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. 6 Your rejoicing [in this] is not right. Don’t you know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough? 7 Therefore, cleanse out this old leaven that you may be a fresh lump of dough, since you are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, has been sacrificed for us.

Sometimes named and sometimes not named
B1 Named
C1 Achan (See Joshua 7:10-26).
C2 King David (See 2 Samuel 12:1-14).
C3 Ananias and Sapphira (See Acts 5:1-11)
C4 Hymenaeus and Philetus (See 2 Timothy 2:16-18).
B2 Unnamed (These are people whom the writer knew. There were some that the writer probably did not know as in Proverbs 7:6-23, which I interpret as Solomon did see a young man, etc.).
C1 The prophet who confronted Jeroboam about his sin (See 1 Kings 13:11-34).
C2 The man who married his step-mother (See 1 Corinthians 5:1-7).

God knows our sin: Psalm 90:8 NLT You spread out our sins before youour secret sinsand you see them all.

God wants people to repent, so He exposes their sins and convicts/convinces them.
B1 All to repent: 2 Peter 3:9 EMTV The Lord does not delay concerning His promise, as some reckon slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
B2 Convicts of sin: John 16:8-9 EMTV And when He comes, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 of sin, because they do not believe in Me.
B3 The light exposes: John 3:19-21 EMTV And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness more than the light, because their works were evil. For everyone that does evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his works may be revealed, that they have been done in God.

It’s important to know that are not to use exposure of sin
B1 Unless it is for the well being of the person (so privately or 2 witnesses).
B2 Unless it is to protect the innocent, maligned, or abused, etc.
B3 Unless it is to preach the Gospel.

Exposure needs to be
B1 Done in truth
B2 Done with good motives
B3 Done with the thought that we might be guilty of the same sin
B4 Done according to God’s standard, not a church standard or a personal standard.
B5 Done in wisdom, love, and holiness.
B6 Done after prayer.
B7 Done in gentleness.
B8 Done with an approach of humility.

Some verses
B1 Ecclesiastes 12:14 NRSV For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil.
B2 Luke 12:2-3 NRSV Nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known. 3 Therefore whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be proclaimed from the housetops.
B3 Jeremiah 2:22 NRSV Though you wash yourself with lye and use much soap, the stain of your guilt is still before me, says the Lord GOD.
B4 Hosea 7:2 NRSV But they do not consider that I remember all their wickedness. Now their deeds surround them, they are before my face.
B5 Romans 8:3-4 AMPC For God has done what the Law could not do, [its power] being weakened by the flesh [the entire nature of man without the Holy Spirit]. Sending His own Son in the guise of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, [God] condemned sin in the flesh [subdued, overcame, deprived it of its power over all who accept that sacrifice], [Leviticus 7:37] 4 So that the righteous and just requirement of the Law might be fully met in us who live and move not in the ways of the flesh but in the ways of the Spirit [our lives governed not by the standards and according to the dictates of the flesh, but controlled by the Holy Spirit].
B6 Jesus exposes sin
C1 John 15:22 NRSV If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin.
C2 To Nicodemus: John 3:10-12 NRSV Jesus answered him, "Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things? 11 "Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not receive our testimony. 12 If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things?
C3 Samaritan women: John 4:16-17 NRSV Jesus said to her, "Go, call your husband, and come back." 17 The woman answered him, "I have no husband." Jesus said to her, "You are right in saying, 'I have no husband';
C4 Woman caught in adultery: John 8:10-11 NRSV Jesus straightened up and said to her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?" 11 She said, "No one, sir." And Jesus said, "Neither do I condemn you. Go your way, and from now on do not sin again.
C5 Invalid man: John 5:14 NRSV Later Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, "See, you have been made well! Do not sin any more, so that nothing worse happens to you."
B7 Jesus’s motive: John 3:17-18 NRSV Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18 Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God.

Some articles

16 November 2019

1 Year Through the Bible Series—Romans Part B

B3 Teaching about sin 1:18-3:20
C1 The remainder of chapter 1 deals with the downhill course of humanity.
D1 All people know of God’s existence at some point in their life.
D2 The downhill course begins with rejection and suppression of truth.
E1 Truth is reality.
E2 All know truth at some point, but most suppress it.
E3 The Greek word for suppress is κατέχω katéchō. It means
F1 Restrain, hold down, hinder, keep secure, etc.
F2 Truth is something in the open, not secret, not hidden.
F3 Truth is being suppressed.
F4 Robertson’s Word Pictures on this word in our passage writes: ...but wicked men, so to speak, put it in a box and sit on the lid and “hold it down in unrighteousness.” Their evil deeds conceal the open truth of God from men.
F5 John 3:20-21 NLT All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed. 21 But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants.
E4 God cannot lie. It is not a trait of His character. He cannot lie. Hebrews 6:18 NET so that we who have found refuge in him may find strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us through two unchangeable things, since it is impossible for God to lie
D3 Rejecting and suppressing truth has a consequence
E1 Imagination, that is thoughts not based on reality, becomes reality.
E2 People who reject and suppress truth then worship a different god, an idol, or perhaps only themselves.
E3 Romans 1:21-23 NLT Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn't worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. 22 Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. 23 And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles.
E4 If truth is rejected, deception is the result. In the first days of the Tribulation, it is prophesied that the Lawless One (anti-Christ) will easily deceive people because they have rejected truth. Rejection of truth finally leads to being easily deceived. People become easily deceived, because they want to hear something that agrees with their desires. 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 WEL This [Lawless] one is coming according to the energy of Satan with all lying miracles, signs, and wonders. 10 [He comes] with all unrighteous power to deceive those who perish, because they didn’t receive the love of the truth that they might be saved. 11 For this reason God will send them strong delusion, so that they would believe a lie, 12 And that they might all be judged, who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
D4 They keep rejecting and suppressing truth, so it gets worse, for God punishes sin with allowing their desire for sin. Sinful desires are their first love.
D5 All of God’s categories of law are broken (10 Commandments). Sin comes from our hearts. Mark 7:21-23 NLT For from within, out of a person's heart, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, 22 adultery, greed, wickedness, deceit, lustful desires, envy, slander, pride, and foolishness. 23 All these vile things come from within; they are what defile you.
D6 Finally, many end here: Romans 1:28-32 NLT Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, he abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done. 29 Their lives became full of every kind of wickedness, sin, greed, hate, envy, murder, quarreling, deception, malicious behavior, and gossip. 30 They are backstabbers, haters of God, insolent, proud, and boastful. They invent new ways of sinning, and they disobey their parents. 31 They refuse to understand, break their promises, are heartless, and have no mercy. 32 They know God's justice requires that those who do these things deserve to die, yet they do them anyway. Worse yet, they encourage others to do them, too.
D7 Then they die: Hebrew 9:27 PickNT Also, inasmuch as men are destined to die but once, after which the judgment
D8 Please, do not come to the end of your life in this predicament.
C2 Chapter 2 deals with
D1 God’s judgment against sin.
E1 If I break the law, I must be punished.
E2 If I break God’s law, I must be punished. God is King of the Universe.
E3 Romans 2:6-8 NLT He will judge everyone according to what they have done. 7 He will give eternal life to those who keep on doing good, seeking after the glory and honor and immortality that God offers. 8 But he will pour out his anger and wrath on those who live for themselves, who refuse to obey the truth and instead live lives of wickedness.
D2 The Jews felt they were special and in the Kingdom of God, but they are sinners, too. They need a savior. They need to believe and trust in Jesus. Romans 2:28-29 NLT For you are not a true Jew just because you were born of Jewish parents or because you have gone through the ceremony of circumcision. 29 No, a true Jew is one whose heart is right with God. And true circumcision is not merely obeying the letter of the law; rather, it is a change of heart produced by God's Spirit. And a person with a changed heart seeks praise from God, not from people.
C3 Chapter 3
D1 God is faithful.
E1 The Jews knew God’s law because they had God’s message, thus their sins are worse than the ignorant heathen.
E2 Obeying the law outwardly is not enough to please God.
E3 The Jews need to believe in their Messiah, just as all people must.
D2 All people are sinners. All people are hopelessly addicted to sin. 2 Peter 2:19 NLT They promise freedom, but they themselves are slaves of sin and corruption. For you are a slave to whatever controls you.
D3 No one seeks for God. No one is able to seek for God. If God did not initiate salvation, no one would ever be forgiven. Romans 3:21-22 NLT But now God has shown us a way to be made right with him without keeping the requirements of the law, as was promised in the writings of Moses and the prophets long ago. 22 We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.

Romans 3:23-26, 28 NLT For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God's glorious standard. 24 Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. 25 For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, 26 for he was looking ahead and including them in what he would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate his righteousness, for he himself is fair and just, and he declares sinners to be right in his sight when they believe in Jesus. ... 28 So we are made right with God through faith and not by obeying the law.

26 September 2019

A Few Thoughts on Spiritual Warfare

God’s way of alertness, knowledge, truth, and action versus the other way of passivity, experiences, feelings, etc.

Ephesians 6:10-18 WEL
10 Finally, my brothers, be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the Devil.
12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood but against the highest spiritual forces, powers, rulers of darkness of the world, and spiritual wickedness in the heavenlies.
13 Therefore, take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and after doing everything possible to still stand.
14 Therefore, stand having truth fastened around your loins and having the breastplate of righteousness on,
15 And your feet shod, prepared by the Gospel of peace.
16 Most importantly taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts from the wicked.
17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.
18 In every situation be praying in the spirit with all prayer and earnest requests, and be alert in the same with persistence and earnest requests for all saints.

B1 There is no victory without God’s grace: 2 Corinthians 1:21 NLT It is God who enables us, along with you, to stand firm for Christ...
B2 Know and study the truth. This includes
C1 Facts and abilities about ourself
D1 The source of sin of any type is me. We have to look in the mirror and realize that. Deception is common to us, so we must study the truth.
D2 Pride is easy; humility hard. We must face the truth.
C2 Doctrine
D1 God’s character and traits
D2 God’s views on Himself (theology proper) and other teaching
C3 WorldviewGod’s versus any other
C5 What deception is and how to avoid it
C6 Knowing the truth, studying the truth, gives victory: 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 GNB The weapons we use in our fight are not the world's weapons but God's powerful weapons, which we use to destroy strongholds. We destroy false arguments; 5 we pull down every proud obstacle that is raised against the knowledge of God; we take every thought captive and make it obey Christ.
B3 Know the weapons of the enemy.
C1 Essentially, these are the character traits opposite of God’s.
C2 God’s desires versus the enemy’s desires
D1 God want us to be alert; the devil not alert.
E1 1 Peter 5:8 GNB Be alert, be on watch! Your enemy, the Devil, roams around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.
E2 We have to be alert to fight a spiritual fight: 2 Corinthians 6:7 NLT We faithfully preach the truth. God's power is working in us. We use the weapons of righteousness in the right hand for attack and the left hand for defense.
D2 God wants us to enjoy, but He does not want us to follow fleshly desires; the devil does want us to:
E1 1 Peter 2:11-12 NLT Dear friends, I warn you as "temporary residents and foreigners" to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls. Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world.
E2 Galatians 5:17 NLT The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions.
C3 Methods of deception
D1 Lies (of any type for only a few are presented here. Often, we hear what we want to hear, instead of seeing if it is true).
E1 Something is good and pleasant when it is not
E2 Something is safe when it is not
E3 No one will know
E4 Everyone one does it
E5 Bad advice as
F1 Follow your heart
F2 This is your only opportunity
F3 You will lose your opportunity
F4 I don’t see anything wrong with it: 2 Corinthians 10:12 NLT Oh, don't worry; we wouldn't dare say that we are as wonderful as these other men who tell you how important they are! But they are only comparing themselves with each other, using themselves as the standard of measurement. How ignorant!
F5 God love us anyway
E6 Quoting some incorrectly on purpose or even ignorantly. (See this article: Scripture Twisting Methods of the Cults).
E7 Pretend that God is withholding something for your pleasure as “He does not want you to enjoy what others enjoy.”
F1 Genesis 3:4-5 GNB The snake replied, "That's not true; you will not die. 5 God said that because he knows that when you eat it, you will be like God and know what is good and what is bad.
F2 1 John 2:16 NIV For everything in the worldthe lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of lifecomes not from the Father but from the world.
D2 AddictionsSin is the greatest addiction:
E1 Romans 8:8-9 NLT That's why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God. But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you. (And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them do not belong to him at all.)
E2 John 8:34 NLT Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave of sin.
E3 Romans 6:16 NLT Don't you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living.
E4 2 Peter 2:19 NLT They promise freedom, but they themselves are slaves of sin and corruption. For you are a slave to whatever controls you.
C4 Assuming: Luke 12:45 NLT But what if the servant thinks, 'My master won't be back for a while,' and he begins beating the other servants, partying, and getting drunk?
C5 Not paying attention: Luke 21:34 NLT "Watch out! Don't let your hearts be dulled by carousing and drunkenness, and by the worries of this life. Don't let that day catch you unaware,
C6 Following a false leader, especially those who present themselves as great men/women of God or even Messiah: Luke 21:8 NLT He replied, "Don't let anyone mislead you, for many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am the Messiah,' and saying, 'The time has come!' But don't believe them.
C7 Following blind, ignorant leaders: Isaiah 56:10 NLT For the leaders of my peoplethe LORD's watchmen, his shepherdsare blind and ignorant. They are like silent watchdogs that give no warning when danger comes. They love to lie around, sleeping and dreaming.
C8 Following leaders who do not teach truth: Jeremiah 5:4 NLT Then I said, "But what can we expect from the poor? They are ignorant. They don't know the ways of the LORD. They don't understand God's laws.
C9 Following leaders who are hypocrites: Romans 2:21-22 NLT Well then, if you teach others, why don't you teach yourself? You tell others not to steal, but do you steal? You say it is wrong to commit adultery, but do you commit adultery? You condemn idolatry, but do you use items stolen from pagan temples?
C10 Following teachers who teach that the only law for a Christian is to love others. God does have rules for believers today: Romans 13:12-13 NLT The night is almost gone; the day of salvation will soon be here. So remove your dark deeds like dirty clothes, and put on the shining armor of right living. Because we belong to the day, we must live decent lives for all to see. Don't participate in the darkness of wild parties and drunkenness, or in sexual promiscuity and immoral living, or in quarreling and jealousy.
C11 Drifting into errors of a passive mind: 1 Thessalonians 5:6-8 NLT So be on your guard, not asleep like the others. Stay alert and be clearheaded. Night is the time when people sleep and drinkers get drunk. But let us who live in the light be clearheaded, protected by the armor of faith and love, and wearing as our helmet the confidence of our salvation.
C12 Ignoring warnings: Deuteronomy 29:19 NLT Those who hear the warnings of this curse should not congratulate themselves, thinking, 'I am safe, even though I am following the desires of my own stubborn heart.' This would lead to utter ruin!
C13 Associating with people who claim to be Christians but their lives are not Christian:
E1 1 Corinthians 5:11 NLT I meant that you are not to associate with anyone who claims to be a believer yet indulges in sexual sin, or is greedy, or worships idols, or is abusive, or is a drunkard, or cheats people. Don't even eat with such people.
E2 1 Corinthians 6:10 NLT or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat peoplenone of these will inherit the Kingdom of God.
C14 Having false priorities: Matthew 13:22 NLT The seed that fell among the thorns represents those who hear God's word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life and the lure of wealth, so no fruit is produced.
B4 Know those against who oppose God, for they do not want the best for you. They want to neutralize or destroy you.
B5 Ephesians 6:10-18 WEL
10 Finally, my brothers, be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might.
C1 Without God’s help, we will fail. It is God’s grace that gives us insight, wisdom, strength to do what is right.
D1 Hebrews 13:8-9 NLT Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. 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. [Emphasis is mine]
D2 2 Timothy 2:1 NLT Timothy, my dear son, be strong through the grace that God gives you in Christ Jesus.
C2 Jesus is our strength. He has proven Himself. John 16:33 NLT I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.
11 Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the Devil.
C1 We must have the whole armor.
C2 This is armor God has given us, so it is the best. He gives these things in wisdom and love.
12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood but against the highest spiritual forces, powers, rulers of darkness of the world, and spiritual wickedness in the heavenlies.
C1 Worldly war is not allowed. It is the spiritual war that we fight.
C2 It is a war against lies, sin, pride, etc.
C3 It is a war between God’s worldview and the worldview that is not God’s.
13 Therefore, take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and after doing everything possible to still stand.
C1 Even if it looks like we are failing, we must stand.
C2 Look how many times we have been tempted to give up, but God gives us the strength to continue. His grace might be our brothers and sister to encourage us.
D1 1 Thessalonians 4:18 NLT So encourage each other with these words.
D2 1 Thessalonians 5:11 NLT So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.
D3 2 Timothy 4:2 NLT Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching.
D4 1 Peter 5:12 NLT I have written and sent this short letter to you with the help of Silas, whom I commend to you as a faithful brother. My purpose in writing is to encourage you and assure you that what you are experiencing is truly part of God's grace for you. Stand firm in this grace.
14 Therefore, stand having truth fastened around your loins and having the breastplate of righteousness on,
C1 Truth
D1 John 8:32 NLT And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
D2 John 14:6 NLT Jesus told him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.
D3 Psalm 25:5 NLT Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you.
D4 John 17:17 NLT Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth.
C2 Righteousness
D1 This is living in alignment with God’s standards.
D2 Philippians 3:9 NLT and become one with him. I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God's way of making us right with himself depends on faith.
D3 Hebrews 11:7 NLT It was by faith that Noah built a large boat to save his family from the flood. He obeyed God, who warned him about things that had never happened before. By his faith Noah condemned the rest of the world, and he received the righteousness that comes by faith.
D4 2 Peter 3:13 NLT But we are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth he has promised, a world filled with God's righteousness.
15 And your feet shod, prepared by the Gospel of peace.
C1 This is the Gospel. We must know it, know why (to defend its truths), and believe God’s Gospel.
C2 1 Corinthians 15:2-4 NLT It is this Good News that saves you if you continue to believe the message I told youunless, of course, you believed something that was never true in the first place. I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said.
16 Most importantly taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts from the wicked.
C1 Shield of faith
D1 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NLT That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won't last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don't look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
D2 Hebrews 6:17-18 NLT God also bound himself with an oath, so that those who received the promise could be perfectly sure that he would never change his mind. So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us.
C2 Fiery darts of the wicked. These are to destroy and cause pain. Things as discouragement, memories of past failures, temptations, etc.
D1 Proverbs 25:18 NLT Telling lies about others is as harmful as hitting them with an ax, wounding them with a sword, or shooting them with a sharp arrow.
D2 Psalm 64:3-6 NLT They sharpen their tongues like swords and aim their bitter words like arrows. They shoot from ambush at the innocent, attacking suddenly and fearlessly. They encourage each other to do evil and plan how to set their traps in secret. "Who will ever notice?" they ask. As they plot their crimes, they say, "We have devised the perfect plan!" Yes, the human heart and mind are cunning.
17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.
C1 Helmet of salvation
D1 Romans 5:2-3 NLT Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God's glory. We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance.
D2 Galatians 5:5 NLT But we who live by the Spirit eagerly wait to receive by faith the righteousness God has promised to us.
D3 1 Peter 1:3 NLT All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation.
D4 Romans 13:11 NLT This is all the more urgent, for you know how late it is; time is running out. Wake up, for our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.
C2 Sword of Spirit: Hebrews 4:12 NLT For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.
18 In every situation be praying in the spirit with all prayer and earnest requests, and be alert in the same with persistence and earnest requests for all saints.
C1 Be alert
C2 Be persistent


1 Corinthians 1:3 NLT May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.

01 August 2019

A Few Thoughts on the Epistle of James—James 1:16-18

D5 Believers Should Know That God Is Steadfast James 1:16-18

James 1:16-18 WEL Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. 17 Every good common-gift and perfect special-gift is from above and comes down from the Father of lights with whom is no variation, neither shadow from turning. 18 Having willed it he gave birth to us by the Word of Truth, so that we should be a type of first fruits among his created things.

Deceived (err or misled in other translations)=
 This is the Greek word πλανάω planáō. It means
 In a passive sense, to go astray on your own initiative (Matthew 18:12, 1 Peter 2:25).
 To lead away someone usually in the sense of error through deception (Matthew 24:4, 1 John 2:26, 2 Timothy 3:13b).
 Here it is used in the passive sense. We are not to drift away from the Gospel, Christian doctrine (the teachings of the New Testament in its plain, normal sense), or the Christian life (as defined in the New Testament).
Gift=
 Two types
 Good and perfect
 It is difficult to know what these mean
 Commentators
 John Wesley comments on this verse: No evil, but every good gift - Whatever tends to holiness. And every perfect gift - Whatever tends to glory.
 JFB: gift ... gift — not the same words in Greek: the first, the act of giving, or the gift in its initiatory stage; the second, the thing given, the boon, when perfected. As the “good gift” stands in contrast to “sin” in its initiatory stage (Jas 1:15), so the “perfect boon” is in contrast to “sin when it is finished,” bringing forth death (2Pe 1:3).
 Hiebert: Although all good gifts that men enjoy come from God, the context suggests that James is thinking specifically of His gifts "with special reference to their action on the soul of man; for he is exhibiting the truth which stands opposed to the error that God is the author of sin." (James -- D. Edmond Hiebert) (Hiebert's Excellent Commentaries) (Source)
 From a devotion at Our Daily Bread (31 March 95):
When Satan tempted Eve, he did so by enticing her to doubt God’s character. He told Eve, “God knows that in the day you eat of [the forbidden fruit] your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil” (Gen. 3:5).
Satan was implying, “God has a hidden agenda, and it is an evil one.” The devil knew that once Eve doubted the goodness of God, the temptation would work.
We may not think we doubt God. But when events happen in our lives that make us question Him, that’s exactly what we do. We seldom stop believing in Him, but we do stop believing in His goodness. And that is a faith-poisoning idea!
Never doubt God’s goodness. Even when our trials seem beyond our understanding, we can trust God to give us perfect gifts (James. 1:17).
Variation=
 The Greek word is παραλλαγή parallagḗ.
 It means change.
 The Lord is steadfast and doesn’t change (Malachi 3:6, Hebrews 13:8).
 This is a character trait called immutability.
 Some more verses (Psalm 102:27 and Hebrews 6:18)
 This inspires our confidence, because we don’t have to worry if He thinks differently about us, maybe doesn’t love us anymore, has left us, He has changed His standards, He has changed His ways, and changed His Gospel, so now we are disqualified for heaven.
Birth=
 Regeneration, born again, born of the Holy Spirit
 The Greek word is ἀποκυέω apokyéō.
 It has the meaning of birth at the end of pregnancy (Abbott-Smith Greek Lexicon of the New Testament).
 Again, note the contrast between James 1:15 and James 1:18.
 James 1:15 speaks of sinful desires giving birth to sinful actions, and sinful actions grow into death.
 James 1:18 speaks of God’s work of regeneration. The Word of Truth is used by the Holy Spirit to bring conviction and open our hearts and minds to our true condition. (See 1 Peter 1:23-25).
Word of Truth=
 Truth is reality. God shows us reality. Truth is very important God. He is the non-lying God (Hebrews 6:18, 1 Samuel 15:29).
 Some things about truth
 What God speaks is truth even history and science when referred to in the Bible (John 17:17). God uses truth in the process of sanctification.
 Jesus, Himself, is truth (John 14:6).
 The Holy Spirit guides us into truth (John 16:13).
 Humanity’s natural sinful nature suppresses truth. We all want our sins covered up (hidden) (Romans 1:18).
 Truth is freeing (John 8:32). In Robertson’s Word Pictures on this verse, he writes: The freedom of which Jesus here speaks is freedom from the slavery of sin as Paul in Rom 8:2. See John 8:36. This freedom is won alone by Christ (John 8:36) and we are sanctified in truth (John 17:19). In John 1:17 truth is mentioned with grace as one of the marks of the gospel through Christ. Freedom (intellectual, moral, spiritual) is only attainable when we are set free from darkness, sin, ignorance, superstition and let the Light of the World shine on us and in us.
Type of fruits= the first century Christians.
Summary= God’s gifts are a great blessing. We may take food for granted (God forbid) but it is a great blessing. We need to be thankful for all that God gives us. The greatest blessings are salvation and reconciliation with God, fellowship with God and fellow believers, and the hope of heaven.
Questions
 Why is the scariest thing about deception?
 Why is it important to know the God does not change?
 How can we know absolute truth?