12 March 2015

Periodic Table of the Bible

I found this online today and though it was interesting. I only have a partial image so click the link for the full image and a download link for the PDF version.

This in the link to the Periodic Table of the Bible. It is a nice, little visual of the layout of the Christian Bible.

10 March 2015

Is It Right to Shame People?

Is It Right to Shame People?

People have the tendency to want revenge. They may seek revenge by physical, emotional, verbal, or financial means. They may use sarcasm or shade the truth by emphasizing those details they want to prove their point.

There is, however, a down side to it.

There article shows the downside of shaming customers who give a negative review or perhaps a low tip. 5 Reasons Restaurants Should Think Twice About Shaming Bad Customers. Reasons like "The satisfaction is usually temporary, and often not worth it" as this may lead to backfiring when more details are known.

An application can be made to Christians. Do we seek revenge by shaming someone?

There are some problems.

  1. What are the facts (truth)?
  2. Why do you/I want to do this?
  3. Is it right in God's view?

What does the Bible say?

  1. It is not our place. "Never take revenge, my friends, but instead let God's anger do it. For the scripture says, "I will take revenge, I will pay back, says the Lord." (Romans 12:19, GNB92)
  2. We should one for that person to repent, so we are to treat our enemies with kindness. "But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who mistreat you. If anyone hits you on one cheek, let him hit the other one too; if someone takes your coat, let him have your shirt as well." (Luke 6:27-29, GNB92)
  3. It smacks of pride as if we are the Judge. Maybe they will repent. "So watch what you do! "If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him. If he sins against you seven times in one day, and each time he comes to you saying, 'I repent,' you must forgive him." (Luke 17:3-4, GNB92)
  4. We might ourselves guilty of bad behavior ourselves. "Why, then, do you look at the speck in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the log in your own eye? How dare you say to your brother, 'Please, let me take that speck out of your eye,' when you have a log in your own eye? You hypocrite! First take the log out of your own eye, and then you will be able to see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye." (Matthew 7:3-5, GNB92)
  5. We need to make things right with our brethren. "So if you are about to offer your gift to God at the altar and there you remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar, go at once and make peace with your brother, and then come back and offer your gift to God. (Matthew 5:23-24, GNB92)

Shaming people is a form of manipulation and is wrong. We must not do it. There are better ways of dealing with conflicts. "Do everything possible on your part to live in peace with everybody." (Romans 12:18, GNB92)

06 March 2015

Sunday School Lesson--Responding to Jesus

Responding to Jesus. Jesus is the only way of salvation.

A1 Objectives

B1 Describe the two ways people reacted to Jesus's message.

B2 Explain the importance of believing in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.

A2 Scriptures

B1 Luke 4:16-30 Jesus's rejection at Nazareth

B2 John 4:1-42 Jesus with the Samaritan Woman and Townsfolk

B3 John 8:58-59 The great I AM

B4 John 10:25-33 Jesus at the Feast of Dedication, rejected, and a stoning attempt

A3 Notes

B1 Luke 4:16-30

C1 Setting

D1 Jesus's hometown--Nazareth

D2 The place of Jesus's carpentry business

C2 Date--The Sabbath

C3 Synagogue

D1 Origin in Babylonian Captivity

D2 Not a place of worship. The place of worship was Jerusalem at the Temple.

D3 On Sabbath every Jew came.

D4 The men sat on one side and the women on the other.

D5 The Elders (including the Chief Ruler) the Rabbi's sat at the front

D6 The order of service

E1 The Confession of Faith ("Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one! "You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. (Deuteronomy 6:4-5, NKJV)

E2 The Congregational Prayer

E3 The Reading of the Pentateuch (These readings could be done by any adult Jewish male 12 years and older).

E4 The Reading of the Prophets

E5 The sermon which was based on the readings

E6 The Blessing on the Congregation

E7 The Alms for the poor which was given as they left.

C4 Jesus reads

D1 "The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, Because the LORD has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn, (Isaiah 61:1-2) When Jesus read this passage, He stopped at "the acceptable day of the LORD." He did this on purpose.

D2 Then hands the scroll back to the attendant

C5 Jesus's sermon

D1 While all are watching

D2 His sermon

E1 "...and He began by saying to them, "Today, this Scripture in your ears has been fulfilled". (Luke 4:21, WPNT)

E2 "Then He said, "Assuredly I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his hometown. But I tell you truly, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and there was a great famine all over the land; but to none of them was Elijah sent except to Zarephath, in the region of Sidon, to a widow woman. And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian." (Luke 4:24-27, EMTV)

C6 The reaction

D1 Their emotion--Well, upon hearing these things everyone in the synagogue was filled with fury, (Luke 4:28, WPNT)

D2 Their action--and rising up they drove Him out of the town and took Him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw Him off the cliff. (Luke 4:29, WPNT)

D3 Their failure--But He, passing through the middle of them, went on His way. (Luke 4:30, WPNT)

A4 Questions

B1 Why did these Jews get so angry?

C1 Their pet interpretation was a physical one.

D1 Plenty of money

D2 Plenty of food

D3 Plenty of health

D4 Plenty of freedom

C2 Jesus wanted them to know the truth. This is a prophecy about Messiah and His spiritual kingdom.

D1 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts. (Romans 13:14)

D2 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. (Romans 14:17)

D3 Jews and Gentiles are to be in God's Kingdom.

B2 Why did they want to kill Jesus?

B3 What became of their attempt? (He passed through their midst).

B4 Do people today get angry at the Gospel?

B5 Do most people, even Christians, understand the Gospel?

B6 When Jesus said, "Today, this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing," did Jesus exaggerate?

B7 In Luke 4:18, the Lord has _______________ me. What does anointed me mean in this context? (Specially chosen and gifted by God to do a commissioned work)

B8 What was Jesus anointed to do? (Preach the Gospel). So we know that what Jesus was preaching is the Gospel.

B9 Who is Jesus to preach to? (The poor). Who are the poor in this context? (people humbly listening and believing the words of God. It is the opposite of being proud and believing our way is right).

C1 "The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But he who heeds counsel is wise." (Proverbs 12:15)

C2 "Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, But the LORD weighs the hearts." (Proverbs 21:2)

C3 "One can see the results of doing this. In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes." (Judges 21:25)

B10 What was sent out to do?

C1 Heal brokenhearted.

D1 Most modern translations leave these words out.

D2 Wilbur Pickering informs us that only 1.5% of Greek manuscripts leave these words out, thus 98.5% have these words.

D3 Who are the brokenhearted?

C2 Proclaim liberty to the captives.

D1 What liberty is this?

E1 "...because even the creation itself shall be freed from the slavery of corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God.

(Romans 8:21)

E2 "Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom." (2 Corinthians 3:17)

E3 "...and that was because of false brothers secretly brought in (who slipped in to spy out our freedom which we have in Christ Jesus, so that they might reduce us to slavery)." (Galatians 2:4)

E4 "Stand fast therefore in the freedom in which Christ has made us free, and do not be loaded down again with a yoke of bondage."

(Galatians 5:1)

E5 "For you, brothers were called to freedom; only do not use freedom for an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another."

(Galatians 5:13)

D2 Who are the captives?

E1 Sin

F1 Before salvation, our self and our choice is first.

F2 After salvation, then doing what God wants is first.

F3 "But I see a different law in my members, waging war against the law of my mind, and capturing me by the law of sin which is in my members." (Romans 7:23)

F4 "For there is not a just man on earth who does good And does not sin." (Ecclesiastes 7:20)

F5 "For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish." (Galatians 5:17)

E2 Devil

F1 "...and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will."

(2 Timothy 2:26)

F2 "And supper being ended, the devil having already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray Him," (John 13:2)

C3 Open prison to those who are imprisoned, bond, tied up, and chained.

D1 What is this prison?

E1 Natural humanity is going to hell.

E2 "...and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free." They answered him, "We are descendants of Abraham and have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean by saying, 'You will be made free'?" Jesus answered them, "Very truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not have a permanent place in the household; the son has a place there forever. So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed." (John 8:32-36)

E3 "...to hear the groans of the prisoners, to set free those who were doomed to die; (Psalms 102:20)

E4 Some interpret it to be the prison of darkness, that is, spiritual darkness. "...to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness." (Isaiah 42:7)

D2 Can any human open the doors of such a prison?

C4 To proclaim--speak out, teach, tell others

D1 The acceptable year of the Lord.

E1 God has initiated salvation. He has opened the hearts and eyes of every person. It is at that point that the time is acceptable. Any person can then resist or not resist the Gospel call.

E2 "And working together with Him, we also urge that you not receive the grace of God in vain. For He says: "In an acceptable time I have heard you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you." Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation." (2 Corinthians 6:1-2)

D2 The day of vengeance of our God. This is in the Isaiah passage, but our Lord did NOT quote this. The reason is that Jesus's first coming was for salvation, the next for punishment.

E1 Speaking of Messiah. "The Lord is at Your right hand; He shall execute kings in the day of His wrath. He shall judge among the nations, He shall fill the places with dead bodies, He shall execute the heads of many countries." (Psalms 110:5-6)

E2 Speaking of God's judgment and punishment for the world. "...and to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power,

(2 Thessalonians 1:7-9)

C5 To comfort all who mourn.

D1 All those who mourn and repent.

D2 Compare--"To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified." (Isaiah 61:3)

B11 Was that prophecy/passage in Isaiah fulfilled? In what way?

B12 Why aren't prophets accepted in the hometown?

B13 Why are these two Gentiles mentioned in Jesus's sermon?

C1 Jesus wanted to show the Jews that God loves the Gentiles.

C2 Jesus wanted them to know the truth.

C3 Jesus spoke the truth, not some words that THEY would want to hear.

B14 What does "passed through their midst" mean?

C1 The people wanted a miracle, so here it is.

C2 We cannot assume that the people were blinded or that the Lord Jesus became invisible.

C3 Possibly the same as "But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not recognize Him." (Luke 24:16, EMTV)

B15 Why didn't Jesus "pass through their midst" earlier, instead of waiting until having been dragged out of the synagogue?

B16 Why do people reject Christ?

C1 They don't like who Jesus is.

C2 They think they are a good person. They think that they do not need a savior.

C3 They don't like His authority.

C4 They don't want Him to be their King or obey His rules.

C5 They fear persecution, ridicule, loss of life, job, family, money, position, authority, respect, etc.

C6 They love something else more like money, power, fame, their addictions to fun, etc. They love their sin.

C7 They feel God loves everyone.

C8 They want to be the boss of their lives.

C9 They cannot believe that God would send someone to hell.

C10 They blame God for their wrong choices. "Why would God let such and such happen to me?"

C11 They are a false convert. They have a wrong definition of what a Christian is.

D1 Christianity is only cultural. "I was born in a Christian country, so I am a Christian."

D2 Christianity was the home religion, the religion of their parents. "I grew up in a Christian home, so I am a Christian."

C12 They feel/believe that their religion is correct or superior.

C13 It isn't logical.

D1 Christianity is a reasonable faith.

D2 Christianity is not a blind faith.

B17 How do we respond to those who reject Christ?

B18 Why did the Samaritan woman accept Christ?

C1 She did believe what Jesus said.

C2 So did many of the Samaritans. "And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman testifying, "He told me everything I ever did." (John 4:39, EMTV)

B19 Do all religions lead to the same place?

B20 Is Yahweh and Allah the same God as many say?

C1 Allah has no son; Yahweh has a Son.

C2 Islam--Jesus is a prophet. Christianity--Jesus is God the Son and the redeemer.

C3 Islam--Allah did not die for humanity. Christianity--Jesus, God's son, did die for humanity.

Colossians 3:1-11

Colossians Chapter 3:1-11


A1 Scripture

B1 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life has been hidden with Christ in God. Whenever Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. Therefore put to death your members on the earth: sexual immorality, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and greed, which is idolatry. Because of which things the wrath of God is coming on the sons of disobedience, in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them. But now you yourselves are to put off all these: wrath, anger, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you have laid aside the old man with his practices, and have put on the new man who is renewed in full knowledge according to the image of Him who created it, where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all. (Colossians 3:1-11, EMTV)

B2 You have been raised to life with Christ, so set your hearts on the things that are in heaven, where Christ sits on his throne at the right side of God. Keep your minds fixed on things there, not on things here on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. Your real life is Christ and when he appears, then you too will appear with him and share his glory! You must put to death, then, the earthly desires at work in you, such as sexual immorality, indecency, lust, evil passions, and greed (for greed is a form of idolatry). Because of such things God's anger will come upon those who do not obey him. At one time you yourselves used to live according to such desires, when your life was dominated by them. But now you must get rid of all these things: anger, passion, and hateful feelings. No insults or obscene talk must ever come from your lips. Do not lie to one another, for you have put off the old self with its habits and have put on the new self. This is the new being which God, its Creator, is constantly renewing in his own image, in order to bring you to a full knowledge of himself. As a result, there is no longer any distinction between Gentiles and Jews, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarians, savages, slaves, and free, but Christ is all, Christ is in all. (Colossians 3:1-11, GNB92)


A2 Outline

B1 Resurrected with Christ

B2 Resolved on Christ

B3 Responsibility with Christ

B4 Renewed in Christ


A3 Notes

B1 Raised (Colossians 3:1)

C1 This has to do with our spiritual resurrection.

D1 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, so that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we also should walk in newness of life. (Romans 6:4, EMTV)

D2 "Having been buried together with Him in baptism, in which also you were raised together through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. (Colossians 2:12, EMTV)

D3 This is the resurrection of a new life. The old fleshly heart that sought to live according to self, now is a new heart that seeks to live according to God's rules.

D4 This only happens to those who believe God and have been given a new heart.

C2 Physical resurrection

D1 This happens to both the unsaved and the saved.

E1 "Do not marvel at this; for an hour is coming in which all those in the tombs will hear His voice and shall come forth--those who have done good, to a resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to a resurrection of condemnation." (John 5:28-29 EMTV)

E2 "Having hope in God, which even they themselves are waiting for, that there is going to be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust." (Acts 24:15 EMTV)

E3 "For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all will be made alive." (1 Corinthians 15:22 EMTV)

D2 The unsaved

E1 "And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, Some to everlasting life, Some to shame and everlasting contempt."

(Daniel 12:2 NKJV)

E2 "Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth— those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation." (John 5:28-29 NKJV)

D3 The saved

E1 "And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, Some to everlasting life, Some to shame and everlasting contempt."

(Daniel 12:2 NKJV)

E2 "Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth— those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation." (John 5:28-29 NKJV)

E3 "Who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself." (Philippians 3:21 NKJV)

E4 "For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord."

(1 Thessalonians 4:14-17 NKJV)

B2 Above (Colossians 3:2)

C1 We are to seek the things which are above.

D1 This would be God's rules from God's kingdom--the Kingdom of Heaven.

D2 The seeking is important. What we seek for is what we desire. If we desire the things of heaven, it will change us. If we desire the things of earth, it will leave us where we are.

C2 Sitting at the right hand of God

D1 Identifies the "above."

D2 Jesus is a separate person from the Father

D3 This is heaven itself

B3 Set your mind (Colossians 3:2)

C1 Infers continuous thinking about.

C2 Infers a high priority.

C3 What we think about is important

B4 Not on things of the earth (Colossians 3:2)

C1 We do think of things on the earth as food, clothes, etc.

C2 We have a priority to think about heaven's things.

C3 Thinking about heaven's things often provides a solution for the problems we face on earth.

D1 We may be despondent, but we can pray.

D2 We may be sick, but we can rejoice that someday we will not.

D3 We may be threatened, but we can forgive our enemies, pray for them, and be kind to them.

B5 Why are these things so? He is referring to Seeking and Setting our mind. (Colossians 3:3)

C1 "You died and your life is hidden with God."

D1 When Christ Jesus died, we died with Him.

D2 It refers to the old heart, the old man, the old nature that died.

D3 The new heart is the new creation of God. (Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. (2 Corinthians 5:17, EMTV)

C2 Christ is coming back again.

D1 He promised. (who also said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you watched Him go into heaven." (Acts 1:11, EMTV).

D2 We will find ourselves with Him. (Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we shall always be with the Lord. (1 Thessalonians 4:17, EMTV).

D3 We will not be living here anymore.

C3 We are citizens of the Heavenly Kingdom, so we might as well start living by the rules of that kingdom while we are living on earth. (For our citizenship exists in heaven, from which also we eagerly await for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body, that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subject all things to Himself. (Philippians 3:20-21, EMTV).

B6 Put to death (Colossians 3:3)

C1 So that the following things will not be seen in our life.

C2 If I put to death a drug addiction, say, then that addiction has died.

B7 Appear (Colossians 3:4)

C1 This must be read with Colossians 3:3.

C2 Jesus is going to come back again.

C3 Since He died and was raised to life. we also die and must be raised to life.

C4 If rising again, then we will appear alongside Jesus.

D1 "But each one in his own order: Christ the first fruits, then those who belong to Christ at His coming." (1 Corinthians 15:23 EMTV)

D2 "For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord shall by no means precede those who are dead. Because the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a word of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord." (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17 EMTV)

B8 The list of some things we must put to death (with God's help). (Colossians 3:5)

C1 Sexual immorality--both in the mind and in body.

C2 Uncleanness--anything that dirties our minds, souls, and bodies. This could be physical as in sexual, mental as in porn, spiritual as in idolatry.

C3 Passion--refers to a zest, impulsiveness, and non-thinking spontaneous activity to anything God would disapprove of as sexual, assault, etc.

C4 Evil desire--desires, wishes, etc. that God does not approve of as hurting someone, lying about someone, etc.

C5 Greed, which is idolatry--money becomes first place in a person's life. It is was they think about and seek first of all. It is unfulfilled, there is never enough. It can be money, lands, houses, or things.

B9 Wrath of God (Colossians 3:6)

C1 He disapproves of these things, which are listed.

C2 See Exodus 20:1-17, the Ten Commandments.

B10 Walked in them (Colossians 3:7)

C1 This is the way we lived either in person or in our minds.

C2 The word walk has the idea of living or lifestyle.

B11 Sons of disobedience (Colossians 3:6) Instead of being sons of God, they act and truly are sons of disobedience.

C1 "In which you formerly walked according to the age of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the senses, and were by nature children of wrath, as also the rest." (Ephesians 2:2-3, EMTV)

C2 God's wrath is not something to be slighted. ("...then he shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out undiluted in the cup of His wrath. And they shall be tormented with fire and brimstone before the holy angels and before the Lamb." (Revelation 14:10, EMTV)

B12 Put off. (Colossians 3:8) It is not enough to stop some sins but all sins.

C1 No one can do this perfectly, of course, for we all have sinful thoughts, desires, words, and deeds.

C2 But it is the goal of the Christian to be less like that then the day before, the year before, and the decade before.

C3 We are to grow daily. This is done by Bible reading, study, memorizing. Prayer and worship are also important. These need to be done every day.

B13 The other things to be put off, that is, discarded, thrown away, buried, burned, and so forth. (Colossians 3:8)

C1 Wrath

D1 A very strong emotion of displeasure. and as the Scripture says, "...for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God. (James 1:20, EMTV).

D2 The word means a raging emotion of displeasure.

D3 We must remember, however, the Scripture which says, "...for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God. (James 1:20, EMTV).

D4 Example--"And looking around at them with anger, being grieved at the hardness of their hearts, He said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored as whole as the other." (Mark 3:5, EMTV)

C2 Anger

D1 The word means to breath hard. It is used when really angry.

D2 We can see the great anger in this use of the word. Speaking of Jesus, "So all those in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, and rising up they threw Him out of the city; and brought Him to the brow of the hill on which their city was built, in order to throw Him down." (Luke 4:28-29, EMTV). It is not best for anyone for God to be angry with them.

C3 Malice

D1 The word means a wish of ill will towards another with a desire to hurt someone.

D2 For example Simon the Great (Simon the magician, Simon Magnus) Repent therefore from this your wickedness, and make petition to God, if perhaps the intent of your heart will be forgiven you. (Acts 8:22, EMTV)

C4 Blasphemy

D1 Disrespectful speech which might include lies, character misrepresentation, mocking, and cursing.

D2 For example, "And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, and His dwelling, and those who dwell in heaven." (Revelation 13:6, EMTV)

C5 Filthy language out of your mouth

D1 The word has to do with obscene speaking.

D2 The would also include verbal abuse.

C6 Do not lie to one another

B14 Since (Colossians 3:9)

C1 This is the reason to lay aside, stop doing, these things.

C2 The old man has been put away.

C3 Since we now have a new created heart (spiritual heart, 2 Corinthians 5:17), we now do not do these.

C4 The old is gone.

C5 "...knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, so that the body of sin may be done away with, that we should no longer serve sin." (Romans 6:6, EMTV)

C6 "And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and lusts." (Galatians 5:24, EMTV)

C7 F. B. Meyer in his comments on this passage writes, "In Christ we profess to have put off the old man, i.e., the habits of our former life, Col_3:9; now let us actually do so, in the power of the Holy Spirit. We profess to have put on the risen Christ, Col_3:10; now let us don the attire and habits of the new man. Too many Christians resemble Lazarus, quickened from his death-sleep, but still arrayed in grave-clothes. Too few array themselves in the radiant beauty of the risen Lord, which is the common heritage of all who believe in Him, whatever their rank or nationality."

B15 Image (Colossians 3:10)

C1 Adam was created in the image of God, so all humans. Adam corrupted this image by sinning.

C2 Christians are recreated in the image of Jesus Christ. Jesus never corrupted this image because He never sinned.

B16 Neither Greek nor Jew, etc. (Colossians 3:11)

C1 We are all Christians.

C2 There are no longer Jewish Christians, Russian Christians, Indian Christians. We are all Christians no matter what language, what nationality, what culture we are one created in the image of Jesus Christ.

C3 Greek nor Jew

D1 The two great divisions according to the Jews.

D2 Jews were special to God and elected to perform a certain ministry.

D3 Gentiles are everyone else.

C4 Circumcised nor uncircumcised

D1 The Jews and Gentiles again.

D2 No special distinguishing mark between them now.

C5 Barbarian

D1 An uncultured person.

D2 As opposed to a cultured person (as Greeks, Romans, etc.)

D3 These would not be considered highly cultured.

C6 Scythian

D1 A nomadic people.

D2 Instead of a settled people.

C7 Slave nor free

C8 Christ is all and in all

D1 This is the wonderful part of being a Christian.

D2 It doesn't make any difference if one is

E1 Rich of poor

E2 Cultured or non-cultured

E3 Intellectual or common

E4 Nobility or peasant.

E5 Or any other comparison.

E6 We are have one leader, one head of the church--Jesus Christ.

E7 We are all the servants of Jesus.


05 March 2015

Colossians 2:16-23

Colossians Chapter 2:16-23


A1 Scripture

B1 Therefore do not let anyone judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or of a new moon or of Sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the body is of Christ. Let no one rule against you, desiring to do so in false humility and in worship of the angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, in vain being puffed up by his carnal mind, and not holding fast to the Head, from whom all the body, supported and joined together by joints and ligaments, grows with the growth of God. If you died with Christ from the basic principles of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you submit to regulations— "Do not handle, nor taste, nor touch," which things are all for corruption with the using, according to the commands and teaching of men? These things indeed have a reputation of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and severity on the body, but are not of any value against the indulgence of the flesh. (Colossians 2:16-23, EMTV)

B2 So let no one make rules about what you eat or drink or about holy days or the New Moon Festival or the Sabbath. All such things are only a shadow of things in the future; the reality is Christ. Do not allow yourselves to be condemned by anyone who claims to be superior because of special visions and who insists on false humility and the worship of angels. For no reason at all, such people are all puffed up by their human way of thinking and have stopped holding on to Christ, who is the head of the body. Under Christ's control the whole body is nourished and held together by its joints and ligaments, and it grows as God wants it to grow. You have died with Christ and are set free from the ruling spirits of the universe. Why, then, do you live as though you belonged to this world? Why do you obey such rules as "Don't handle this," "Don't taste that," "Don't touch the other"? All these refer to things which become useless once they are used; they are only human rules and teachings. Of course such rules appear to be based on wisdom in their forced worship of angels, and false humility, and severe treatment of the body; but they have no real value in controlling physical passions. (Colossians 2:16-23, GNB92)


A2 Outline Standing against false judgment

B1 Do not let anyone judge you for

C1 What you eat

C2 What you drink

C3 What you celebrate (religious holidays)

C4 Not worshiping angels

C5 Not having visions

C6 Those who do judge you for these things are arrogant and are not holding to Christ.

B2 Do

C1 Know the Christ is the Head (the boss, the King) of the church

C2 Know that a true Christian has died with Christ from worldly views/beliefs

C3 Know that some rules are not required by Christ. "Do not handle, taste, or touch."

C4 Know that we do not follow the teaching/rules of humans.

D1 These appear to be wise and based on logic and wisdom.

D2 Examples

E1 A religion with made up rules.

E2 False humility

E3 False asceticism

D3 These have no effect on fleshly/worldly desires.

C5 Know that we do follow the teaching/rules of Jesus Christ.


A3 Notes

B1 Judge

C1 Is it right or wrong?

D1 God's rules are right. Murder is wrong.

D2 Any other rule might be wrong.

E1 Speed limits are not mentioned in the Scriptures, so speeding is breaking a government law. It is not a wrong law in God's eyes.

E2 Having a social security number. No Scripture or principle would say this is wrong.

C2 When to judge.

D1 A decision is necessary.

D2 Someone asks a question if something or someone is right or wrong.

C3 How to judge correctly

D1 Know the difference between Old Testament and New Testament

E1 Old Testament laws (all 613) are for a nation.

E2 New Testament laws (approximately 1,000) are for a people (the church)

D2 Right attitude

D3 Don't be a hypocrite.

"Judge not, lest you be judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with what measure you measure, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not notice the plank in your own eye? Or how will you say to your brother, 'Permit me to remove the speck from your eye'; and look, there is a plank in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck out of your brother's eye." (Matthew 7:1-5, EMTV)

D4 Ask good counsel by going to church first, secular law last.

Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to court before the unrighteous, and not before the saints? Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you incompetent to judge even the smallest matters? Do you not know that we will judge angels? Let alone ordinary matters! If then you have ordinary lawsuits, do you appoint those who are disdained within the church to judge? I say this to your shame. So is there not among you a wise man, not even one, who will be able to judge between his brother and another? But brother goes to court against brother, and that before unbelievers! Actually then, it is already a defeat for you that you have lawsuits against one another. Why not rather accept wrong? Why not rather accept being defrauded? (1 Corinthians 6:1-7, EMTV)

D5 Judge truthfully. We are to consider all the facts and testimonies, sort out truth from error in these, and base all decisions on truth.

D6 No bias or favoritism ever!

B2 These regulations relating to food, drink, religious holidays/festivals, and worship activities mentioned here refer to Jewish ones, and these are not necessary for the Christian. All these things are shadows, pictures not the real principle itself (Colossians 2:16).

B3 False humility.

C1 This is the idea of a humility before angels rather than true humility before God.

C2 This is also the idea of an outward humility in lifestyle, food, actions, etc. A false humility based on self-denial.

B4 Things he has not seen

C1 Things which they think they have seen.

C2 They believe that they have seen real visions from God, but these visions are not from God.

C3 The Greek word for intruding has the idea of entering into something, in this case false visions and other spiritual experiences.

C4 It might also refer to entering the "mysteries" of spiritual worship. Those who have gained this secret knowledge think themselves for spiritual than those who follow the Bible alone. This is the idea of early Gnosticism.

B5 Worshiping angels.

C1 Religious observance of angels.

C2 Maybe because they thought God to be too high, too far removed, and too great to be concerned with humans, so they worship intermediaries--angels.

C3 Maybe like Roman Catholics pray to the saints and Mary to intercede for them, to help them, to pray for them.

C4 Maybe like charismatics who are in rapture with angels. They believe angels bring them messages and insights from God. Thus they don't worship them but hold them in such greatness and respect.

C5 Some feel this refers to people imitating how the angels worship God. They do not worship angels. They have obtained these methods, evidently, from visions and messages of angels (so called angels, that is).

B6 Puffed up

C1 Because of their experiences, visions, "superior" knowledge, they are proud. They believe they are the elite of God. They pity those who don't have this same level of the "deeper" spiritual life as they do.

C2 Pride of any sort is condemned.

D1 Being proud of God is not condemned.

D2 Being proud of myself, my superiority in spiritual matters is condemned.

D3 "Love is patient, love is kind; love does not envy; love does not boast, is not puffed up." (1 Corinthians 13:4)

D4 "To honor the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil ways and false words." (Proverbs 8:13)

D5 "If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness, he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself." (1 Timothy 6:3-5)

B7 Notice that it is the carnal mind that does this. The carnal mind is the mind that is natural, the self-thinking that we are all prone to.

B8 Holding fast. This is remaining dedicated to the doctrine that Jesus taught the Apostles and the Apostles to the people.

B9 The body refers to the whole church. The church is the sum of all true believers throughout all the times since the church began in the Book of Acts.

B10 Joined together, etc. refers to all the parts of the body. The parts of the body here refer to the different gifts of each Christian. "but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love." (Ephesians 4:15-16)

B11 Growth of God is the growth that happens from God's strength and blessing. It involves the Bible is believing it, reading it, studying it, and living it. It also involves prayer--prayer for thanksgiving, praying for others, then praying for ourselves.

B12 Died with Christ refers to His bearing of our sins, dying, burial, then resurrection. It is a spiritual picture of the spiritual work done in us by God.

B13 Basic principles of the world

C1 Some consider these to be angels.

C2 Some consider these to be the basics of Jewish worship.

C3 Some consider these too similar to what is spoken of in "Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world." (Galatians 4:3).

C4 Some consider these to be the world's religious ideas.

C5 Some consider these to be related to astrology and the supposed effects it causes.

C6 The verse teaches that we have been delivered from the basic principles of the world, so I take it to be false religious ideas and practices. Now we do not long have artificial lists of right and wrong but only God's rules in the New Testament.

B14 The list of do's and don'ts

C1 The rules

D1 Do not handle

D2 Do not taste

D3 Do not touch

C2 The reasons

D1 The wisdom of men instead of the wisdom of God

D2 When people just look at these they think, wow these are so insightful, so truth. What they forget is to see what the Bible says. They only take the list because of the leader's charisma, heavy handedness, superficial logic, and manipulation.

E1 Self-imposed religion

F1 A self-made religion

F2 Instead of the religion given by revelation--the Scriptures

F3 A religion that makes a person feel most comfortable

E2 False humility

F1 Not real humility

F2 We have all seen religious characters who walk around in such a "holy" way--slow and somber, flat affect, hands in prayer. They are so serious and holy on the outside, but what is in their heart?

F3 Do things to their body as walk on coals, sleep on the floor, eat only bread and water, etc. to give appearance of being holy.

E3 Severity on the body

F1 Abstaining from things that God has not placed limits on.

F2 Some groups have religious rules regarding fasting or what type of food you are allowed to eat.

F3 "Do not be carried away by various and strange doctrines. For it is good for the heart to be established by grace, not by foods, by which those having walked were not profited." (Hebrews 13:9, EMTV)



Some Things about Families

There is much to say about families in Scripture. There are rules, examples, and blessings (and promised difficulties) listed. Here are a very few plus a link to 8 Habits of the Happiest Families.

Teach the Scriptures:

  1. Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you are resting and when you are working. (Deuteronomy 11:19, GNB92)
  2. Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD. Who is the man who desires life, and loves many days, that he may see good? Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking deceit. Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it. The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry. The face of the LORD is against those who do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. (Psalms 34:11-16, NKJV)
  3. The living, the living man, he shall praise You, as I do this day; the father shall make known Your truth to the children. (Isaiah 38:19, NKJV)

Worship God together: "And you shall rejoice in your feast, you and your son and your daughter, your male servant and your female servant and the Levite, the stranger and the fatherless and the widow, who are within your gates. (Deuteronomy 16:14, NKJV)

Rules in the house: "…one ruling his own house well, having his children in submission with all reverence; (for if one does not know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the church of God?)." (1 Timothy 3:4-5, EMTV)

Learn to forgive:

  1. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as also God in Christ forgave us. (Ephesians 4:32, EMTV)
  2. Forbearing one another and forgiving yourselves, if anyone should have a complaint against any; just as Christ forgave you, so you also do. (Colossians 3:13, EMTV)

The state of the family is very important. God designed it that way. The 8 points in the article are meaningful.

8 habits of the happiest families

By Megan Gladwell

Published March 4, 2015


03 March 2015

Playing the Hypocrite

All of us sometimes play the hypocrite. We criticize someone when we ourselves are doing the same, or we allow for ourselves something that we would not allow for others.

In this article, "Catholics shouldn't sue one another: Cardinal Burke comments on Fr. Rosica's lawsuit against blogger, a certain priest, Father Thomas Rosica, has threatened to sue a Catholic Blogger, David Domet, because the blogger criticized him. Fr Rosica is "the English language press officer for the Vatican and founder of the Toronto-based Salt and Light Television network" according to this article. The blogger is a Roman Catholic and a part-time blogger on the Rorate Caeli blog. The criticisms deal with some statements from "Fr. Rosica of perceptions of departure from Catholic orthodoxy." Fr Rosica sent a letter threatening legal action against blogger David Domet "to remove nine separate items from his blog and apologize, but added that this would not necessarily remove the threat of the civil action."

A quote from the article explains it well.

"Though Rosica publicly defends the right to freedom of speech and press, he is attempting to silence the blogger who has criticized him," Austin Ruse, president of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, wrote for Breitbart.

Thus my use of the word "hypocrite."

Fr Rosica should take the words of the Apostle when he refers to Jesus seriously—"…who, being verbally abused, did not return verbal insults, when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously." (1 Peter 2:23, EMTV). One example of this reviling of the Lord Jesus being "And those passing by were blaspheming Him, shaking their heads and saying, "Aha! You who destroy the temple and build it in three days, save Yourself, and come down from the cross!" Likewise the chief priests also, mocking Him to each other with the scribes said, "He saved others; Himself He is not able to save. Let the Christ, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross, so that we may see and believe." Even those who were crucified with Him were reviling Him." (Mark 15:29-32, EMTV).

It's time to take up the truth, face it, and repent. Even just thinking in a secular way Fr Rosica's response is not logical or reasonable. If he has a problem with the blogger's comments, he should address those points. Instead, Fr Rosica takes the approach of a bully to try and shut Mr. Domet up.

Another point is that we should not go to secular courts before we go to the brethren. "Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to court before the unrighteous, and not before the saints? Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you incompetent to judge even the smallest matters? Do you not know that we will judge angels? Let alone ordinary matters! If then you have ordinary lawsuits, do you appoint those who are disdained within the church to judge? I say this to your shame. So is there not among you a wise man, not even one, who will be able to judge between his brother and another? But brother goes to court against brother, and that before unbelievers! Actually then, it is already a defeat for you that you have lawsuits against one another. Why not rather accept wrong? Why not rather accept being defrauded? But you wrong and defraud, and these things to your own brothers!" (1 Corinthians 6:1-8, EMTV).

Cardinal Burke's interview is found here.

David Domet's blog is here.

A report on You Tube from "Church Militant TV is here.

According to Cyclopedia there are 4 types of hypocrites. There is 1 way to treat it.

Hypocrites have been divided into four sorts:

1. The worldly hypocrite, who makes a profession of religion, and pretends to be religious merely from worldly considerations (Mat 23:5);

2. The legal hypocrite, who relinquishes his vicious practices in order thereby to merit heaven, while at the same time he has no real love to God (Rom 10:3);

3. The evangelical hypocrite, whose religion is nothing more than a bare conviction of sin; who rejoices under the idea that Christ died for him, and yet has no desire to live a holy life (Mat 13:20; 2Pe 2:20);

4. The enthusiastic hypocrite, who has an imaginary sight of his sin and of Christ; talks of remarkable impulses and high feelings; and thinks himself very wise and good while he lives in the most scandalous practices (Mat 13:39; 2Co 11:14). — Robinson, Theol. Dictionary; Buck, Theol. Dictionary; Warner, System of Morality, 3, 323; Grove, Moral Philosophy, 2, 253; Gilfillan, Essays on Hypocrisy (1825); Ellis, Sef Deceiver discovered (1731); Edwards, Worls (see Index). (Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature by James Strong; John McClintock.

The best way to deal with our hypocrisy is found here when the Lord Jesus says, ""Judge not, lest you be judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with what measure you measure, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not notice the plank in your own eye? Or how will you say to your brother, 'Permit me to remove the speck from your eye'; and look, there is a plank in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck out of your brother's eye." (Matthew 7:1-5, EMTV).

The conviction that we are playing the hypocrite is from God. He may use others or open our understanding of what we have done. We must not then be proud but repent. Repentance is this case would be to tell the truth and apologize (confess our wrong).

I might mention about confession.

  1. If only God knows, confess to God.
  2. If only one or two know, confess to God and them.
  3. If more or even the whole world knows, then confess to God and the whole world (a public confession).

Let us be wise.