Sunday, August 20, 2017

Weekly Bible Study – August 21, 2017


Being a soldier for the Word of God.

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Prepare yourself for learning the Word of God!

Before we begin, if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ (that is; you have believed [trusted] in Him for His promised gift of eternal life), it is important to prepare yourself to learn God's Word so take a moment to name, cite or acknowledge (confess) your sins privately to God (i.e.; with your thoughts directed only to God the Father).

1 John 1:9 says: "If we confess our sins, He (God) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins (known sins) and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness [unknown or forgotten sins]." NKJV (New King James Version) [italics added]; we call this REBOUND, read the full doctrine as to “why” we need to use 1 John 1:9 to grow spiritually. REBOUND

If you have never personally believed in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior (that is, believed in Him for eternal life), the issue for you is not to name your sins; the issue for you is to have faith alone in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life: John 3:16, 5:24, 6:47, 20:30, 31.

John 6:47 says: "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me (Jesus Christ) has everlasting life." NKJV [italics added]

Notice again what Jesus said in John 6:47: "…he who believes in Me (Jesus Christ) has everlasting life." It doesn't say, "will have"; it says, "has." Therefore, the very moment you believe in Jesus Christ for His promise of everlasting life, you have it (it's really just that simple; nothing more and nothing less), and it can never be taken away from you (John 10:28-29). Furthermore, the gift (Ephesians 2:8c) of everlasting life (also called eternal life in scripture) is available to every human being; there are absolutely no exceptions.

John 3:14-15, 16, 17, 18, says: "14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." NKJV

Let us now bow our hearts and take a moment to prepare for worship and learning God's Word. If there is any known sin in your life, this is the time to just cite it privately to God the Father with your thoughts directed towards Him. With your head bowed and your eyes closed, you have total privacy in your mind and soul:


Study to show yourself approved to God!

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Being a soldier for the Word of God.



Remember Luk 6:40, A pupil is not above his teacher; but everyone, after he has been fully trained, will be like his teacher.

Hos 4:7, The more they multiplied, the more they sinned against Me; I will change their glory into shame.

These people had no knowledge of the Word of God. Their darkness was a result of their own ignorance (Hos 4:6; Cf. John 3:19; Rom 13:12; 2Co 4:6).
Hos 4:6, My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.

John 3:19, And this is the judgment, that the light is come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light;

Rom 13:12, The night is almost gone, and the day is at hand. Let us therefore lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.

Hos 4:8, They feed on the sin of My people, And direct their desire toward their iniquity.

They set their heart on their iniquity, people not only sinned, they bragged about it (Cf. Isa 5:18).

Isa 5:20, Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

Hos 4:9-11, And it will be, like people, like priest; So I will punish them for their ways, And repay them for their deeds. And they will eat, but not have enough; They will play the harlot, but not increase, Because they have stopped giving heed to the Lord. Harlotry, wine, and new wine take away the understanding.

Phil 2:25, Now I consider it necessary to send face to face with you Epaphroditus, my brother also my fellow worker and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger and minister to my need;

The point is that a soldier does not lead a normal life and that is what Paul is saying here. The Ministry is not a normal life. I want to point out to you some of the similarities of being a soldier as far as the Word of God teaches!

2Ti 2:1-5, You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, these entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also. Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier. And also if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not win the prize unless he competes according to the rule.
As believers, we have been commanded to fight the good fight of faith under the command of our Lord Jesus Christ.

2Ti 4:7-8, I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.

The point is that every believer has been enlisted in the spiritual army of God as a spiritual soldier of Jesus Christ. Most believers have not been listening. They have not been sensitive and respectful to God’s book. They have not been learning from His truths. In fact, as believers they have gone AWOL. They have not been acting like a soldier.

So, there are some interesting analogies concerning a soldier in the natural realm and a soldier in the spiritual realm. For example, a soldier must give up his freedom to serve his country and a believer is to give up his freedom to serve the Lord Jesus Christ. This is the principle behind passages like Matt 16:24-25, Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life shall lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake shall find it.”

Gal 5:13 says, For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through virtue-love serve one another.

1Pe 2:16 says, Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bondslaves of God.

So, a soldier must give up his freedom to serve his country and therefore the Christian soldier is to give up his freedom to serve the Lord Jesus Christ. A soldier must leave all of his worldly affairs behind as he goes forward to serve his country. That’s what Paul is referring to when he says in 2Ti 2:4, No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier.

The first thing that a soldier does is to go into training after he has enlisted in the military and the first thing all believers need is spiritual training through the intake of doctrine. As believers we are to be are armed with the full armor of God.

Eph 6:11-17, Pick up and put on the full armor from God, so that you may be able to hold your ground against the strategies of the devil. For our warfare is not against blood and flesh, [against human beings] but against the rulers [demon generals, commanders like Abaddon and Apollyon, Beelzebub], against the authorities, against the world rulers of this darkness [demon ambassadors to world rulers and demon conspirators], against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens. These are the rank and file demons. Therefore, pick up and put on the full armor from God, so that you may be able to hold your ground in the day that evil attacks you, and having done everything, hold your ground. Hold your ground therefore, after you have buckled on your combat gear around your waist with truth [a reference to the P.M.A. of B.D.], and [after] having put on the breastplate of righteousness, [hold your ground] after you have put on your combat boots on your feet with the readiness, [or preparation, equipment] of the gospel of peace. In addition to all, [all of these items of military equipment] taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish [intercept and destroy] all the flaming missiles of the evil one. And take or receive favorably and welcome the helmet of salvation, and [receive favorably and welcome] the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.

The point is that there is a great and powerful kingdom surrounding you and doing its best to stop you from going forward in the plan of God for your life, and to try and hinder your spiritual growth. It is called the kingdom of darkness and it is controlled by your adversary, the devil in 1Pe 5:8. Satan is a very powerful king on earth whose desire is to first, seduce us and then to ultimately defeat us. That’s why many believers are being seduced today.

The king of this world, Satan, with his many philosophies will keep on throwing them in your direction until he finally sees one hit. We know that Satan is a king because he has a kingdom according to Matt 12:26, and he is the ruler of that kingdom. You can try and hide from this as much as you want, but if you listen long enough to the shouting of Satan, the god of this world, eventually your life will cave in. And the shouts keep coming from all directions.

The philosophies are thrown at you from every angle. Human viewpoint rationalization comes from family and friends. Remember what our Lord said to the religious Jews in John 8:23, “You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world.”

If you live the life that the Lord has called you to live, you will live of life that is from above. If not, you will end up being attacked by the great king of this earth surrounding your soul and trying to stop your momentum in the Christian way of life. nd you’ll know that Satan is succeeding when all of a sudden you’ve lost your peace, composure, poise, happiness or contentment.

This great and powerful king, Satan uses thoughts and projections to do so. That’s why we are told in Eph 6:16, in addition to all [the armor of God], taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one.

Those flaming missiles are the philosophies of life. Those flaming missiles are the weapons of the king surrounding your soul. Satan has invisible missiles that attack the soul and cause human viewpoint on the part of believers which neutralizes them and draws them away from the PPOG. The kingdom of darkness throws thoughts and ideas at us through the media, friends, family members, believers, unbelievers, enemies, and sometimes even from our own presumptuous ideas.

Then if that doesn’t work, there is a direct attack made upon you which is much closer as we will see in the Christian soldier! The ultimate goal of the kingdom of darkness which attacks your soul is to do whatever it can to take you away from the PPOG and the teaching of Bible doctrine.

Why?

Because doctrine exposes its lies.

2Co 2:11, in order that no advantage be taken of us by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his schemes.

As the god or the ruler of this world, Satan has placed foolish individuals in positions of authority so that he can try and control the entire world system. This is how he fulfills Rev 12:9, And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world;

You can’t deceive the whole world unless you control it, or most of it. Satan has the power and the ability to put whomever he desires in prominent positions. We are not told to fight with those in positions of authority or rulership, but instead become more occupied with God’s plan for our life. This is why throughout the Bible we are commanded not to fight the devil or try to dethrone him or to dethrone those who are in positions of authority that Satan has placed them in. But rather we are told to rise above it all and execute God’s plan.

Eph 6:11, Pick up and put on the full armor from God, so that you may be able to hold your ground against the strategies of the devil.

Eph 6:13, …hold your ground in the day that evil attacks you.

James 4:7, Submit therefore to God [execute the PPOG]. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

1Pe 5:9, But resist the devil by being firm in your doctrine.

The point is that we are not to attack the rulership of this world but to resist the attacks that they make upon our soul by rising above it all and living the Christian way of life in spite of the pressure placed upon us.

A soldier is also known by his discipline, his armor, and his weapons. So the Christian soldier must be disciplined, have his armor on and know how to use his weapons. In fact, the soldier is trained to do the same thing over and over and over again. Through this repetition he is trained if he gets into a stressful situation and he cannot think immediately, he will automatically do what he has been trained to do under pressure. This is true for the spiritual soldier as well. This is security for you because, when you get under pressure, you will think the right thing, do the right thing, and apply the right doctrine because you have repeatedly learned the doctrine.

The more doctrinal things you can do automatically, the greater your life will be.
If you make good decisions from a position of strength in normal times, you will be able to do so in time of pressure and disaster. The difference between fear and courage is the ability to concentrate under pressure.

If you have trouble concentrating under normal situations, you will have trouble concentrating under pressure situations. If you don’t think doctrine under normal circumstances, you will be filled with fear during abnormal circumstances. But, those of you who take the course under normal circumstances have a chance to learn how to handle disaster. This does not necessarily mean that you will. There are many who will sit through the course but will not metabolize the lesson or if they do, they will fail to apply it at the appropriate time.

In combat, a man has to be trained for the job and that takes time. He has to know how to do his job under normal conditions before he is given the job under abnormal conditions. It’s the training that makes him victorious not his lack of fear or his courage. Soldiers are also clothed by the military they represent so the Christian soldier is said to be clothed by the Lord Jesus Christ.

Matt 6:25-33, “For this reason I say to you, do not be anxious for your life, {as to} what you shall eat, or what you shall drink; nor for your body, {as to} what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns, and {yet} your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a {single} cubit to his life’s span? And why are you anxious about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory did not clothe himself like one of these. But if God so arrays the grass of the field, which is {alive} today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, {will He} not much more {do so for} you, O men of little faith? Do not be anxious then, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘With what shall we clothe ourselves?’ For all these things the Gentiles eagerly seek; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.”

That takes care of being clothed in the natural realm! In the spiritual realm, Gal 3:27, For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. Every believer has been enlisted in the spiritual army of God and is a spiritual soldier of Jesus Christ. A soldier is also told who to go to war with and he understands who his enemies are. The Christian soldier has his warfare appointed to him and his enemies are made known to him by the scriptures! Basically, our enemies are said to be the world, the flesh and the devil. For example, we are told that the devil makes war against the Lamb and His followers, in Rev 17:14, “These will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful.”

The world is the enemy of the Christian soldier insofar as the things of the world, the pleasures or the profits of the world take the believer away from the plan of God. This is why John wrote in 1Jo 2:14-17, I have written to you, fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one. 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. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. And the world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God abides forever.

A soldier is also supplied logistically for as he goes forward in training, discipline and warfare, so the Christian soldier is provided logistical grace for his spiritual walk and warfare. The military bears the expense of the war and furnishes the soldier with whatever is necessary for his calling. Our Lord has given us clothes, armor, weapons, and whatever we need to handle what we are going to face.

This is why the apostle Paul said in 1Co 10:13, No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, that you may be able to endure it.

Everything we need both in the natural realm and in the spiritual realm has been provided for us by God.

So let’s look at some analogies between a natural soldier and a spiritual one:

1. A soldier must give up his freedom to serve his country and a believer is to give up his freedom to serve the Lord Jesus Christ, Matt 16:24-25.

2. A soldier must leave all of his worldly affairs behind as he goes forward to serve his country, 2Ti 2:4.

3. The first thing that a soldier does is to go into training after he has enlisted in the military and the first thing all believers need is spiritual training through the intake of doctrine, 1Ti 4:6-8.

1Ti 4:7-8, the apostle Paul uses physical exercise as an analogy to self-discipline!

1Ti 4:7, But have nothing to do with worldly fables fit only for old women. On the other hand, discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness;

Again we see the importance of self-discipline. Why does it say to discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness? Because it requires self-discipline and organization to execute the Pre-designed Plan of God even if you have Bible doctrine as your number 1 priority. If it is high on your scale of values it requires a lot of self-discipline. There are many times when you do not want to come to Bible class. Many legitimate and even illegitimate reasons are given. However, it takes a lot of self-discipline to get here. Then once you get here it takes more self-discipline to listen, especially if it’s not your favorite subject.

1Ti 4:8 for bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things,

There is profit in physical exercise but it’s only for a short time. The reason why we have exercise used as an analogy to godliness is because exercise requires self-discipline. You have to have a priority slot for exercise. You have to exercise (if you take it seriously) whether you feel like it or not. This is why there are all kinds of gadgets and pills on the market that really are trying to monopolize on inconsistency. However, you have to be consistent for exercise to be profitable.

Godliness or living the spiritual life is the result of consistency in the perception of doctrine. Your consistency is very important because the doctrine you learn today is going to carry you for a short time. That’s another reason why doctrines have to be repeated and are repeated in certain books of the Bible. There must be the repetition of doctrine. Even the Bible repeats doctrine. Repetition therefore, becomes vitally necessary in the Christian life.

1Ti 4:8, for bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things,

In other words, the most important thing in your life is your consistency in the spiritual realm.

Godliness holds the key to this life. Your happiness depends on godliness or spiritual living. Your capacity for life depends on godliness or spiritual living. Your success in life depends on godliness or spiritual living. Your promotion in life depends on godliness or spiritual living. So, godliness is said to hold promise for the present life and also for the life to come. The life to come is a reference for all eternity.

For all eternity because some of you were consistent and faithful in the little things you are going to have the uniform of glory, the order of the morning star, the various different crowns, your name recorded in the historical section of heaven, you are going to rule cities for a 1,000 year in the Millennium. Godliness is profitable in time, but even more it is profitable for the life to come. Verse 8 says – it holds promise for this life and the life to come.

So, the one thing that you have in this life as a believer which will be profitable for you for ever and ever and ever is godliness or spiritual living. Again, godliness or spiritual living is compared to physical exercise. Exercise tones up the muscles, just like Godliness or spiritual living tones up the spiritual life. The believer needs spiritual power much more than physical power. Physical power is a dime a dozen, and anyone can have it if they desire. However, spiritual power is hard to find.

So, self-discipline means:
Dedication
Commitment
Instruction
Discipline.

The word discipline means to drive on or something performed or practiced in order to develop skill. Anyone can exercise, even in the spiritual realm, but for a person to stick with it consistently takes character. It takes training, self-discipline, spiritual exercise.

Exercise for the Royal family in the congregation of the local church means:
1) Self-discipline
2) Assembling together
3) Concentrating on the teaching
4) Good-manners
5) Silence.
6) Not commenting
7) Not disturbing
8) Not moving-around
9) Objectivity
10) Persistence in spite of distraction.


All of this is part of the spiritual exercise that takes us from salvation to Spiritual Self Esteem (SSE) to Spiritual Adulthood (SA) to Spiritual Maturity (SM).

A soldier is also known by his discipline, his armor, and his weapons so the Christian soldier must be disciplined, have his armor on and know how to use his weapons, Eph 6:10-17. Soldiers are also clothed by the military they represent so the Christian soldier is said to be clothe by the Lord Jesus Christ, Matt 6:25-33, Gal 3:27. A soldier is also told who to go to war with and he understands who his enemies are so the Christian soldier has his warfare appointed to him and his enemies are made known to him by the scriptures, 2Co 2:11. Basically, our enemies are said to be the world, the flesh and the devil.

A soldier is also supplied logistically for as he goes forward in training, discipline and warfare, so the Christian soldier is provided logistical grace for his spiritual walk and warfare, 2Pe 1:3. The military bears the expense of the war and furnishes the soldier with whatever is necessary for his calling. Our Lord has given us clothes, armor, weapons, and whatever we need to handle what we are going to face. Everything we need both in the natural realm and in the spiritual realm has been provided for us by God.

A soldier must also be an expert and well-skilled in his field so the Christian soldier ought to be well-skilled in all things necessary for his calling, Luk 14:31.

Luk 14:25-32, Now great multitudes were going along with Him; and He turned and said to them, “If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple. Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost, to see if he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation, and is not able to finish, all who observe it begin to ridicule him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ Or what king, when he sets out to meet another king in battle, will not first sit down and take counsel whether he is strong enough with ten thousand {men} to encounter the one coming against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks terms of peace.

A soldier must also know his place and how to keep both rank and file so the Christian soldier must know his place and particular station, where he has been placed in the body of Christ by God the Holy Spirit, 1Co 12:18. Military discipline has appointed every officer in the army his proper place, and every private soldier is to abide in the same rank and file, or the place where he is set by his commander.

In the military, you’re not free to change your station or post on your own…especially in a time of battle when you expose yourself and others to great danger if orders are not followed accurately and precisely. The Christian soldier must keep his place and particular station, where he has been placed in the body of Christ by God the Holy Spirit.

1Co 12:18, But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired.

The believer is not to quit his command when he pleases. Or because he or she doesn’t like the personality of the officer above them. The average Christian soldier has gone AWOL because of no humility, and this is especially true when it comes to keeping his place in the body of Christ. Staying with his training. Staying with his commitments. Staying with the intake of doctrine and the execution of the PPOG.

The Christian soldier is to discover God’s plan for his life and stick with it while he is growing spiritually. Pastors must keep their places, deacons must keep their places, members of each church must keep their places, and not withdraw when they please. This does not mean that you will not be promoted, it simply means you need to hold the ground that you have gained.

Soldiers must also follow their leader. So every Christian soldier follows the Lord Jesus Christ and ought to have his eye upon Him through the intake of doctrine, see Matt 10:38.

Rev 14:1-4, And I looked, and behold, the Lamb was standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His name and the name of His Father written on their foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven, like the sound of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder, and the voice which I heard was like the sound of harpists playing on their harps. And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders; and no one could learn the song except the one hundred and forty-four thousand who had been purchased from the earth. These are the ones who have not been defiled with women, for they have kept themselves chaste. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These have been purchased from among men as first fruits to God and to the Lamb.

So, every Christian Soldier is to follow the Lord Jesus Christ and ought to have his eye upon Him through the intake of doctrine. As Christian soldiers, we must be willing to follow the Lord Jesus Christ in His reproaches, afflictions, difficulties and even dangers if necessary. And remember that this is the intensified stage of the angelic conflict and therefore many of these principles take place in the invisible realm as well. This is why the Christian soldier ought to be well skilled and an expert in God’s wisdom so that he is not ignorant of Satan and his devices.

2Co 2:11, in order that no advantage be taken of us by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his schemes.

There is a spiritual war made against the soul of the believer and it is something that none us can afford to be ignorant of. Nothing is more necessary for spiritual soldiers than wisdom and power from God especially when we are faced with internal adversaries. For example, you need to understand that not only does the kingdom of darkness try to put things in our mind but in reality their best work is done by keeping things out….namely doctrinal viewpoint.

Remember that our adversary the devil is compared to a serpent because he is sly and deceitful. The devil is a subtle enemy and the Christian soldier is his main target. If Satan could overcome man and woman when they were in a perfect state without an OSN, just think of how easy he can do it now. Therefore, divine wisdom is needed or else we will become fools.

Eph 5:14-17, For this reason it says, Awake, sleeper, And arise from the dead, And Christ will shine on you. Therefore, be careful how you walk, not as unwise men, but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So, then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

Satan is a master at choosing the proper time and the most advantageous season for tempting and attacking the believer. Satan knows when to make his attacks and the time when he is most likely to prevail.

The following link is to a good news message describing how one can receive eternal life: Ticket to Heaven, it was written for anyone not absolutely certain about their eternal future.

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Preparing yourself for the study of God’s Word

Before we begin, if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ (that is— you have trusted in Him for eternal life), it is important to prepare yourself to take-in God’s Word or participating in a Communion Service, so take a moment to name, cite or acknowledge your sins privately directly to God the Father. This will assure that you are in fellowship with God the Father and the Holy Spirit’s convicting ministry, also called the convincing ministry will then be able to teach you as the Holy Spirit is the real teacher and the pastor’s message is the vehicle the Holy Spirit uses to convince you what you are learning is true or not.

1 John 1:9 says—“If we confess [simply name, cite or acknowledge to God the Father] our sins [known sins], He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins [known sins] and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness [all unknown and forgotten sins].” NKJV (New King James Version)

If you have never personally believed in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior (that is, believed in Him for eternal life), the issue for you is not to name your sins to God; the issue for you is to believe by faith alone in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life and you will be saved the very second you believe in Him:

John 6:47 says: “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life.” NKJV

Notice again what John 6:47 says, “he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life.” It doesn’t say, “will have”; it says, “has.” Therefore, the very moment you believe Jesus Christ’s promise of everlasting life, you have it (it’s really just that simple), and it can never be lost or taken away from you (John 10:28-29). Furthermore, the gift of everlasting life (also called eternal life in scripture) is available to every human being; there are absolutely no exceptions.

John 3:14-18 says: “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” NKJV

Let us now bow our hearts and take a moment to prepare for learning God’s Word, if there is any known sin in your life, this is the time to just cite it privately to God the Father with your thoughts directed towards Him. With your head bowed and your eyes closed, you have total privacy in your mind and soul:

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The Doctrine of the Sins of the Tongue. Part 2.


Point 1 dealt with definition and classification.

Sin is a violation of the law or standards of God and these divine standards are revealed in the Word of God.

Still under Point 1 we need to note the essence of the old sin nature.

(1) The area of weakness.

(2) The area of strength.

(3) The trends of the sin nature:

(4) The lust pattern of the OSN.

First, emotional sins. For instance sins related to fear, which includes worry and anxiety. Sins related to hatred, which includes anger, violence, and murder. Sins related to self-pity and guilt.

The second category of sins are mental attitude sins.
These include arrogance, pride, jealousy, implacability, bitterness, vindictiveness, inordinate ambition and inordinate competition, all motivational sins, and sinful thoughts.

The third category is our subject verbal sins which include gossip, maligning, slander, judging, lying, and verbal deception.

The fourth category is overt sins = chemical sins, sexual sins, criminal sins.

All of this information leads us to Point 2. – The source of verbal sins.

All verbal sins originate from mental attitude sins,
Which lead to motivational sins;
Which lead to the sins of the tongue;
Which are designed to destroy your life.

Point 3. Out of the seven worst sins from God’s viewpoint, not man’s but Gods’ three are related to the tongue as verbal sins, Prov 6:16 19.

A right lobe that devises evil plans [anti-authority sins, conspiracy, and revolution], feet which run rapidly to evil [a trouble-maker], a false witness who utters lies [perjury], and a person who spreads strife among the brethren [gossip, slander, maligning, judging].”

Point 4. The double standard related to the sins of the tongue.
The “emptiness” here is gossip, slander, maligning, judging from self-righteous arrogance; hence, the conversation of the believer involved in legalism and immoral degeneracy.

The legalism of self righteous arrogance has rejected the grace standards of doctrine.

The tongue is used to flatter those you are trying to persuade with regard to your slander, while at the same time slandering someone else.

Self-righteousness sets up a double standard of self vindication on the one hand, while judging and maligning on the other hand.

Flattery and hypocrisy toward those that you are speaking evil to.
Gossip and maligning that you do toward the one that you are speaking evil against.

The double standard also means that in arrogance the carnal believer ignores his own sins, while slandering, maligning, and judging the sins of others.

(a) Through subjective arrogance by creating a role-model and then destroying it through gossip, slander, maligning, and judging.

(b) He becomes a distraction to others through the function of legalism, in the slander, maligning, and judging of another believer, the self-righteous arrogance does not vindicate self, but condemns self without knowing it.

The self righteous Pharisees thought it was “their duty” to destroy the perfect Son of God.

The legalistic judaizers thought it was “their duty” to discredit the grace ministry of Paul and stone him.

Rom 2:1 “Therefore, you are without excuse, every person who keeps on judging others; for in that you judge another, you condemn yourself, because you who judge practice the same things.”


The blindness of arrogance is that you are committing the worst of sins when you malign, slander, or judge someone else of committing some sin.

The self righteous arrogance of the evil believer assumes the prerogative of replacing our Lord Jesus Christ as the presiding Judge of the supreme court of heaven.

Legalism judges the sins of other believers, real or imagined, which are different from his own sins.

Respectability maligning others is one of the most evil functions in the Christian way of life.

Prin – It is a double standard of arrogance to judge, slander, malign, condemn the sins of others, while at the same time being blind to or ignoring your own sins.

It is neither the duty, responsibility or prerogative of the believer to assume the role and function of Jesus Christ as the Supreme Court Judge.

It is the responsibility of every believer to judge his own life in the light of Bible doctrine.

Grace-righteousness and self righteousness are mutually exclusive.

However, in the case of criminality, that responsibility has been delegated by our Lord to the government.

After the resurrection of the church all believers will be evaluated by our Lord Jesus Christ.

The condemnation of all of the wrong things we have done.
This is the ashamedness which is described as related to the judgment seat of Christ. 1Jo 2:28.

This is when we, that is “IF” we are winner believers, will receive rewards and blessings for all the things we have done to execute God’s plan if we have done so.

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Preparing yourself for the study of God’s Word

Before we begin, if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ (that is— you have trusted in Him for eternal life), it is important to prepare yourself to take-in God’s Word or participating in a Communion Service, so take a moment to name, cite or acknowledge your sins privately directly to God the Father. This will assure that you are in fellowship with God the Father and the Holy Spirit’s convicting ministry, also called the convincing ministry will then be able to teach you as the Holy Spirit is the real teacher and the pastor’s message is the vehicle the Holy Spirit uses to convince you what you are learning is true or not.

1 John 1:9 says—“If we confess [simply name, cite or acknowledge to God the Father] our sins [known sins], He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins [known sins] and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness [all unknown and forgotten sins].” NKJV (New King James Version)

If you have never personally believed in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior (that is, believed in Him for eternal life), the issue for you is not to name your sins to God; the issue for you is to believe by faith alone in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life and you will be saved the very second you believe in Him:

John 6:47 says: “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life.” NKJV

Notice again what John 6:47 says, “he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life.” It doesn’t say, “will have”; it says, “has.” Therefore, the very moment you believe Jesus Christ’s promise of everlasting life, you have it (it’s really just that simple), and it can never be lost or taken away from you (John 10:28-29). Furthermore, the gift of everlasting life (also called eternal life in scripture) is available to every human being; there are absolutely no exceptions.

John 3:14-18 says: “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” NKJV

Let us now bow our hearts and take a moment to prepare for learning God’s Word, if there is any known sin in your life, this is the time to just cite it privately to God the Father with your thoughts directed towards Him. With your head bowed and your eyes closed, you have total privacy in your mind and soul:

Romans12.2

Our Pastor-Teacher is:




This ministry is non-denominational and is dedicated to
teaching the Word of God from the original languages and
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The Doctrine of the Sins of the Tongue.


“Why” people say what they say, “think” how they think and do what they do.

Their thoughts, words and actions depend upon the shoes on their feet…. or what they personally are going through in their own life.

The Doctrine of the Sins of the Tongue. Point 1. Definition and classification.

Sin is a violation of the law or standards of God.

Sin is also a transgression against divine law.

The sinfulness of sin lies in the fact that it is against God even when the wrong we do is to others or to ourselves.

Since God’s character and standards are perfect, anything that violates that has been defined in the scripture as sin.

When God gives soul-life at birth, He also imputes Adam’s original sin to the old sin nature so that he can deal with man’s #1 problem, rejection of the divine commands from headquarters in heaven.

Adam could only sin in the garden; He could not produce good or evil for he did not have a sin nature and once he did, the Lord expelled him from the garden.

Good and evil can only be produced after man has a sin nature.

We are spiritually dead before we commit our first sin.

The total depravity of man is given in Psa 51:5; 58:3.

Psa 51:5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me.

Psa 58:3 The wicked are estranged from the womb; These who speak lies go astray from birth.

The fact that the baby is safe and secure is given in passages such as 2Sa 12:23 “But now he has died; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he will not return to me.”


They are safe because they have not reached accountability. John 4:11 “And should I not have compassion on Nineveh, the great city in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know the difference between their right and left hand, as well as many animals?”

They are saved because they have been protected by one or both parents in 1Co 7:14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified through her believing husband; for otherwise your children are unclean, but now they are holy.

We are also totally helpless to understand spiritual phenomena because we are dichotomous, having only a body and soul but no human spirit.

This is why we need to be born again so that we can become trichotomus, having a body, soul, and spirit as taught in 1Th 5:23.

1Th 5:23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

It’s also why our Lord said in John 3:3 “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Then in John 3:6-7, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’

(1) Spiritual death at birth. (2) The function of human volition.

All sins prior to salvation are blotted out at the moment of salvation; Isa 44:22, 43:25.

Isa 43:25 “I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake; And I will not remember your sins.

Isa 44:22 “I have wiped out your transgressions like a thick cloud, And your sins like a heavy mist. Return to Me, for I have redeemed you.”

(1) Sins of cognizance, in which a person, recognizing the temptation as a sin, wants to do it, and he does it.

(2) Sins of ignorance, in which a person is not aware that the old sin nature is tempting him to sin; but he desires to do the sin, and he does it. An unknown sin is still sin and that is why our Lord forgives unknown sins in 1Jo 1:9.

Because all sin is related to the function of human volition, the believer is responsible for both categories of sin in his life.

You must understand that Jesus Christ was judged on the cross for both sins of ignorance and sins of cognizance.

When the believer acknowledges or names a sin of cognizance in rebound, he is simultaneously forgiven the sins of ignorance committed during the time of being out of fellowship.

1Jo 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all righteousness.

With volitional involvement, ignorance is no excuse, because both the sin nature and human volition are involved in the committing of sin.

Point 1. The essence of the old sin nature.

(1) The area of weakness. This is the source of all temptation to sin.

It is not sinful to be tempted; But it is sinful to succumb to the temptation.

(2) The area of strength. This produces a negative type good called human good. This is also called “dead works” and “wood, hay, and stubble; 1Co 3:11-15.

(3) The trends of the sin nature: legalism, which results in moral degeneracy; antinomianism, which results in immoral degeneracy.

(4) The lust pattern includes power lust, approbation lust, social lust, sexual lust, chemical lust, monetary lust, crusader lust, inordinate ambition resulting in inordinate competition, lust for revenge, criminal lust, and pleasure lust.

This includes power lust, approbation lust, social lust, sexual lust, chemical lust, monetary lust, crusader lust, inordinate ambition resulting in inordinate competition, lust for revenge, criminal lust, and pleasure lust.

(a) The lust pattern of the sin nature eliminates or destroys Bible doctrine as the number one priority in life.

(b) lust destroys the motivation of the believer to execute the PPOG. He neglects the principle of PMA of B.D.

(c) Lust is a distraction to the normal operation of the Christian way of life.

(d) Lust divorces the believer from reality, which nullifies the understanding and use of the problem solving devices of the PPOG.

(e) Lust turns the believer into a tricky and deceitful person.

(f) Lust destroys the believer’s motivation to glorify God, and turns the believer’s motivation into self-promoting motivation.

2Ti 2:15 Study to shew yourselves approved unto God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth.

1Pe 3:15 but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;

Psa 119:46 I will also speak of Thy testimonies before kings, And shall not be ashamed.

Psa 81:10 “I, the Lord, am your God, Who brought you up from the land of Egypt; Open your mouth wide and I will fill it.

First, emotional sins. fear, worry, anxiety, hatred, which includes anger, violence, and murder, self-pity and guilt.

Mental attitude sins = These include arrogance, pride, jealousy, implacability, bitterness, vindictiveness, inordinate ambition and inordinate competition, all motivational sins, and sinful thoughts.

The third category is our subject verbal sins which include gossip, maligning, slander, judging, lying, and verbal deception.

The fourth category is overt sins They include chemical sins, sexual sins, criminal sins.

Now, all of this information leads us to Point 2. – The source of verbal sins.

All verbal sins originate from mental attitude sins, Which lead to motivational sins; Which lead to the sins of the tongue; Which are designed to destroy your life.

Point 3. Out of the seven worst sins from God’s viewpoint, not man’s but Gods’ three are related to the tongue as verbal sins, Prov 6:16 19.

A right lobe that devises evil plans [anti-authority sins, conspiracy, and revolution], feet which run rapidly to evil [a trouble-maker], a false witness who utters lies [perjury], and a person who spreads strife among the brethren [gossip, slander, maligning, judging].”

Point 4. The double standard related to the sins of the tongue.

The “emptiness” here is gossip, slander, maligning, judging from self-righteous arrogance; hence, the conversation of the believer involved in legalism and immoral degeneracy.

The legalism of self righteous arrogance has rejected the grace standards of doctrine.

The tongue is used to flatter those you are trying to persuade with regard to your slander, while at the same time slandering someone else.

Self-righteousness sets up a double standard of self vindication on the one hand, while judging and maligning on the other hand.

Flattery and hypocrisy toward those that you are speaking evil to. 2. Gossip and maligning that you do toward the one that you are speaking evil against.

The double standard also means that in arrogance the carnal believer ignores his own sins, while slandering, maligning, and judging the sins of others.

(a) Through subjective arrogance by creating a role-model and then destroying it through gossip, slander, maligning, and judging.

(b) He becomes a distraction to others through the function of legalism. in the slander, maligning, and judging of another believer, the self-righteous arrogance does not vindicate self, but condemns self without knowing it.

For example, the self righteous Pharisees thought it was “their duty” to destroy the perfect Son of God.

The legalistic judaizers thought it was “their duty” to discredit the grace ministry of Paul and stone him.

Rom 2:1 “Therefore, you are without excuse, every person who keeps on judging others; for in that you judge another, you condemn yourself, because you who judge practice the same things.”

The blindness of arrogance is that you are committing the worst of sins when you malign, slander, or judge someone else of committing some sin.

The self righteous arrogance of the evil believer assumes the prerogative of replacing our Lord Jesus Christ as the presiding Judge of the supreme court of heaven.

Legalism judges the sins of other believers, real or imagined, which are different from his own sins.

However, respectability maligning others is one of the most evil functions in the Christian way of life.

Prin – It is a double standard of arrogance to judge, slander, malign, condemn the sins of others, while at the same time being blind to or ignoring your own sins.

It is neither the duty, responsibility or prerogative of the believer to assume the role and function of Jesus Christ as the Supreme Court Judge.

It is the responsibility of every believer to judge his own life in the light of Bible doctrine.

Grace-righteousness and self righteousness are mutually exclusive.

However, in the case of criminality, that responsibility has been delegated by our Lord to the government.

After the resurrection of the church all believers will be evaluated by our Lord Jesus Christ.

The condemnation of all of the wrong things we have done. This is the ashamedness which is described as related to the judgment seat of Christ. 1Jo 2:28.

This is when we, that is “IF” we are winner believers, will receive rewards and blessings for all the things we have done to execute God’s plan if we have done so.

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The Doctrine of Jealousy. Part 2.

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Prepare yourself for learning the Word of God!

Before we begin, if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ (that is; you have believed [trusted] in Him for His promised gift of eternal life), it is important to prepare yourself to learn God's Word so take a moment to name, cite or acknowledge (confess) your sins privately to God (i.e.; with your thoughts directed only to God the Father).

1 John 1:9 says: "If we confess our sins, He (God) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins (known sins) and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness [unknown or forgotten sins]." NKJV (New King James Version) [italics added]; we call this REBOUND, read the full doctrine as to “why” we need to use 1 John 1:9 to grow spiritually. REBOUND

If you have never personally believed in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior (that is, believed in Him for eternal life), the issue for you is not to name your sins; the issue for you is to have faith alone in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life: John 3:16, 5:24, 6:47, 20:30, 31.

John 6:47 says: "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me (Jesus Christ) has everlasting life." NKJV [italics added]

Notice again what Jesus said in John 6:47: "…he who believes in Me (Jesus Christ) has everlasting life." It doesn't say, "will have"; it says, "has." Therefore, the very moment you believe in Jesus Christ for His promise of everlasting life, you have it (it's really just that simple; nothing more and nothing less), and it can never be taken away from you (John 10:28-29). Furthermore, the gift (Ephesians 2:8c) of everlasting life (also called eternal life in scripture) is available to every human being; there are absolutely no exceptions.

John 3:14-15, 16, 17, 18, says: "14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." NKJV

Let us now bow our hearts and take a moment to prepare for worship and learning God's Word. If there is any known sin in your life, this is the time to just cite it privately to God the Father with your thoughts directed towards Him. With your head bowed and your eyes closed, you have total privacy in your mind and soul:


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The Doctrine of Jealousy. Part 2.


We are still noting the doctrine of Jealousy which as we have seen is a very serious doctrine that can really destroy the spiritual life of the believer.

Point 1. Our Definition: Basically, the first sub-point describes the main definition of jealousy which is that jealousy is a mental attitude sin which demands exclusive devotion and is intolerant of competition.

Point 2. For the believer rejection of Bible doctrine produces envy and jealousy, 1Ti 6:3-4.

Point 3. Jealousy is a self-destructive mental attitude and a system of thinking from the Cosmic system.

Point 4. Jealousy, like many of the other mental attitude sins, can produce physical sickness as well as mental disorder.

Prov 14:30, A tranquil heart is life to the body, But jealousy is rottenness to the bones.

Point 5. Jealousy is the worst of all the mental attitude sins because it is the strongest of all mental attitude sins. Jealousy is the strongest mental attitude sin says Prov 27:3-4. Pride is the worst sin, and is the other side of the coin with jealousy.

Prov 27:3-4, A stone is heavy and the sand weighty, But the provocation of a fool is heavier than both of them. Wrath is fierce and anger is a flood, But who can stand before jealousy?

Point 6. So great was the sin of jealousy in Israel that a special offering was made for it in Num 5:11-31.

This now lead us to Point 7. Jealousy is the basis for the destruction of category two love (personal love of a member of the opposite sex), SOS 8:6 7.

In Psalms Solomon 8:6, the Shulamite woman is speaking and she says, “Put me like a seal over your heart, Like a seal on your arm. For love is as strong as death,

The seal signifies she belongs to a certain man and she is waiting for a certain man. The phrase “strong as death” indicates that the man’s love for the woman and her response to that love serves as a fortification and protection for the woman’s soul and body. Each protects the other, satisfies the other, fulfills the other.

However, notice next it says in SOS 8:6, “Jealousy is as severe as Sheol [or the grave]; Just as the grave robs you from a loved one so jealousy robs you of capacity in relationship with your loved one. And when it says in SOS 8:6, Its flashes are flashes of fire, The {very} flame of the Lord, it’s not a reference to jealousy but to category two love. Its flashes represent her responses to her right man are hot.

She is turned on first in her soul which carries over to her physical response. And these flashes she says are…the very flame of the Lord. Please note that the flame is from the Lord not the flesh.

Notice how strong jealousy is because in verse 7 “Many waters cannot quench love [however, verse 6 tells us jealousy can], Nor will rivers overflow it; If a man were to give all the riches of his house for love, It would be utterly despised.”

Water ordinarily puts out fire. And many waters simply refers to pressures, disasters, difficulties, etc. Rivers refer to the most horrible disasters of life which cannot destroy it. And there’s one more phrase here, this love cannot be bought.

If a man were to give all the riches of his house for love, It would be utterly despised.”

Solomon could not conquer this woman because she was protected by the love for her man. Now, the whole point here is that jealousy can destroy love between the right man and the right woman, that’s how powerful jealousy is. Think about it, pressures, disasters, difficulties, and the most horrible disasters can’t but jealousy can. Jealousy is the great enemy of love. No one with pride or jealousy has capacity for love. Jealousy has great power just as the fear of death has power.

Point 8. Jealousy is related to the suppression of pride, which is part of a trigger mechanism producing both false motivation and discord, Phil 1:15a.

Phil 1:15-18, Some, to be sure, are preaching Christ even from envy [or jealousy] and strife, but some also from good will; the latter [the ones who teach from good will] do it out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel; the former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition, rather than from pure motives, thinking to cause me distress in my imprisonment. What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed; and in this I rejoice, yes, and I will rejoice.

Here we have a right action, like witnessing, with wrong motivation, jealousy. Arrogance creates hang ups of the soul. These hang ups are the source of false motivation in life. These people are petty, jealous, and have inordinate competition. Pettiness is the little sister of jealousy; they are closely related.

Point 9, Jealousy is related to the three categories of love.

a. Jealousy, as an anthropopathism, is legitimate only by God, who demands all your attention and concentration when you reach maturity. This is why we read in many passages that God is said to a jealous God.

Exo 20:1-6, Then God spoke all these words, saying, “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

b. In category two love toward a member of the opposite sex, the jealous person can be so possessive they smother the other person’s love and destroy it.

c. Then in category three love toward friends, the jealous person wants you to be friends only with them. They get upset when you associate with other people.

Point 10, Jealous people rejoice in the misery or fall of others.

Prov 24:17-18, Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles; Lest the Lord see {it} and be displeased, And He turn away His anger from him.

The evil instincts such as jealousy or envy cause more sufferings and miseries to people than many physical diseases. For example, a person who is jealous or envious of others feels painful and resentful at their betterment, and feel happy only when some miseries take place in the lives’ of others. And this demonic instinct of jealously or enviousness is born from a false ego and a false opinion of self.

The jealous person is deceived because they think more highly of themselves than what they ought to. Gal 6:3, For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself.

And because of this, his false ego gets hurt upon seeing others enjoying an advantage.

Jealousy is like a serpent’s venom. It destroys the body, the soul and the personality of the individual. The body, mind and intellect of a person with such malicious instincts become nothing more than a “trash basket.” As a result, the jealous person looks for faults in others and never sees their good qualities and they think themselves faultless.

They disown their own faults and elude responsibility for those faults and throw them on others. They continually burn inside upon seeing others enjoy advantage. The jealous person can be compared to a “sanitary inspector”. A sanitary inspector spends his time inspecting filth. And therefore, the jealous ridden person spends time inspecting faults in others.

You see, jealousy is like a cancer, it grows and grows and grows until eventually it turns into outright hatred.

Gen 37:3-5, Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his sons, because he was the son of his old age; and he made him a varicolored tunic. And his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers; and so they hated him and could not speak to him on friendly terms. Then Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him even more.

Then in Gen 37:9-11, Now he had still another dream, and related it to his brothers, and said, “Lo, I have had still another dream; and behold, the sun and the moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.” And he related it to his father and to his brothers; and his father rebuked him and said to him, “What is this dream that you have had? Shall I and your mother and your brothers actually come to bow ourselves down before you to the ground?” And his brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the saying in mind.

Gen 37:18-20, When they saw him from a distance and before he came close to them, they plotted against him to put him to death. And they said to one another, “Here comes this dreamer! “Now then, come and let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits; and we will say, ‘A wild beast devoured him.’ Then let us see what will become of his dreams!”

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Weekly Bible Study – August 7, 2017


The Doctrine of Jealousy.

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Prepare yourself for learning the Word of God!

Before we begin, if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ (that is; you have believed [trusted] in Him for His promised gift of eternal life), it is important to prepare yourself to learn God's Word so take a moment to name, cite or acknowledge (confess) your sins privately to God (i.e.; with your thoughts directed only to God the Father).

1 John 1:9 says: "If we confess our sins, He (God) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins (known sins) and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness [unknown or forgotten sins]." NKJV (New King James Version) [italics added]; we call this REBOUND, read the full doctrine as to “why” we need to use 1 John 1:9 to grow spiritually. REBOUND

If you have never personally believed in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior (that is, believed in Him for eternal life), the issue for you is not to name your sins; the issue for you is to have faith alone in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life: John 3:16, 5:24, 6:47, 20:30, 31.

John 6:47 says: "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me (Jesus Christ) has everlasting life." NKJV [italics added]

Notice again what Jesus said in John 6:47: "…he who believes in Me (Jesus Christ) has everlasting life." It doesn't say, "will have"; it says, "has." Therefore, the very moment you believe in Jesus Christ for His promise of everlasting life, you have it (it's really just that simple; nothing more and nothing less), and it can never be taken away from you (John 10:28-29). Furthermore, the gift (Ephesians 2:8c) of everlasting life (also called eternal life in scripture) is available to every human being; there are absolutely no exceptions.

John 3:14-15, 16, 17, 18, says: "14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." NKJV

Let us now bow our hearts and take a moment to prepare for worship and learning God's Word. If there is any known sin in your life, this is the time to just cite it privately to God the Father with your thoughts directed towards Him. With your head bowed and your eyes closed, you have total privacy in your mind and soul:


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The Doctrine of Jealousy.


We have now begun Num 12:1 where we read after all the bitterness and lack of appreciation for what God has done for the Jews that Then Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married (for he had married a Cushite woman);

Now, who married the Cushite woman? Moses did.

And what did Moses teach?

Well, look at Deut 7:1-4, “When the Lord your God shall bring you into the land where you are entering to possess it, and shall clear away many nations before you, the Hittites and the Girgashites and the Amorites and the Canaanites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and stronger than you, and when the Lord your God shall deliver them before you, and you shall defeat them, then you shall utterly destroy them.

You shall make no covenant with them and show no favor to them. Furthermore, you shall not intermarry with them; you shall not give your daughters to their sons, nor shall you take their daughters for your sons. For they will turn your sons away from following Me to serve other gods; then the anger of the Lord will be kindled against you, and He will quickly destroy you.”

Please notice that intermarriage, which is marrying a person from another race was forbidden according to what Moses taught. And yet Moses seems to have violated the very command he gave to the Jews.

The point today is that under the dispensation of grace, we are no longer under this prohibition. But, even if we were, the principle is still the fact that god is sovereign and He has the right to allow that which He wills without having to give us the reason for doing so.
Why?

Because he is sovereign and as we read in Rom 9:14-23, What shall we say then? There is no injustice with God, is there? May it never be! For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.”

So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy. For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I raised you up, to demonstrate My power in you, and that My name might be proclaimed throughout the whole earth.” So, then He has mercy on whom He desires, and He hardens whom He desires. You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault? For who resists His will?” On the contrary, who are you, O man, who answers back to God? The thing molded will not say to the molder,

Why did you make me like this,” will it? Or does not the potter have a right over the clay, to make from the same lump one vessel for honorable use, and another for common use? What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction? And He did so in order that He might make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory,

In order to analyze this subject, it must be divided into parts:

1. What was the basis for the opposition to intermarriage?

2. How can a Jew oppose intermarriage without contradicting the natural instinct that he has to fight discrimination, especially after all that we have suffered throughout history as a result of racial discrimination?

Now, in the ancient world, the primary source upon which the prohibition for a Jew to marry a non-Jew was found in the Deut 7:3, “You shall not marry them (the gentiles, about which the Bible speaks in the previous verses), you shall not give your daughter to their son and you shall not take his daughter for your son.”

The reason for this prohibition is clearly spelled out in the following verse: “Because he will lead your son astray from Me and they will serve strange gods…”

Deut 7:4, “For they will turn your sons away from following Me to serve other gods or literally strange gods ; then the anger of the Lord will be kindled against you, and He will quickly destroy you.”

“Other gods or strange gods” can also be interpreted to mean those ideals that did not conform to the dictates of the Torah, and before which one bows his head and dedicates his heart and soul.

However, today because of the times we live, we do not have to be concerned with this passage because the Gospel is taught everywhere.

The only true basis and justification for marriage is that it is a Divine institution and the Bible makes it crystal clear that in spite of your race, it is not good that you are unequally yoked.

The phrase “unequally yoked” comes from 2Co 6:14 in the King James Version: “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?”

The New American Standard Version says, “Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?”

A yoke is a wooden bar that joins two oxen to each other and to the burden they pull. An “unequally yoked” team has one stronger ox and one weaker, or one taller and one shorter. The weaker or shorter ox would walk more slowly than the taller, stronger one, causing the load to go around in circles. When oxen are unequally yoked, they cannot perform the task set before them. Instead of working together, they are at odds with one another.

Paul’s admonition in 2Co 6:14 is a part of a larger discourse to the church at Corinth on the Christian life. He discouraged them from being in an unequal partnership with unbelievers because believers and unbelievers are opposites, just as light and darkness are opposites. They simply have nothing in common, just as Christ has nothing in common with “Belial,” a Hebrew word meaning “worthlessness” (2Co 6:15). Here Paul uses it to refer to Satan.

The idea is that the pagan, wicked, unbelieving world is governed by the principles of Satan and that Christians should be separate from that wicked world, just as Christ was separate from all the methods, purposes, and plans of Satan.

He had no participation in them; He formed no union with them, and so it should be with the followers of the one in relation to the followers of the other. Attempting to live a Christian life with a non-Christian for our close friend and ally will only cause us go around in circles. It is possible that you can still have a successful marriage but it will be very difficult for you to able to do so. There are the complications of how the children will be brought up and what will the family’s religion or spiritual life be based upon. I know quite a few mixed couples that were very much in love until the moment that their children were born.

All of a sudden they have very heated arguments regarding the education of their children, even though they had long ago resolved the issue theoretically. However, this is really not our subject, our subject deals with the jealousy of mainly one woman, Miriam.

Miriam is the leader. She is the gossip. She is judgmental. She is the one who is maligning Moses, and Aaron is merely the mouse. Now why were they maligning Moses?

Well, back in Num 12:1.

Num 12:1, Then Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married (for he had married a Cushite woman);

A Cushite was an Ethiopian at the time that Moses lived. They spoke a Semitic language and they were a dark skinned people who were a very powerful black race. Josephus records for us that she was a Cushite or an Ethiopian princess, and she was very beautiful and intelligent. She was not Jewish and she definitely aroused the jealousy of Miriam. After all, the Jews were being called out of Egypt to become a client nation to God and here is their leader marrying someone who is not a part of the Jewish race.

What do we have here?

First of all we have the criticism of someone because they got married again and to a woman who was not Jewish. What was our Lord’s response?

In Num 12:2-10, and they [Miriam and Aaron, Moses’ sister and brother] said, “Has the Lord indeed spoken only through Moses? Has He not spoken through us as well?” And the Lord heard it. (Now the man Moses was very humble, more than any man who was on the face of the earth.) And suddenly the Lord said to Moses and Aaron and to Miriam, “You three come out to the tent of meeting.” So the three of them came out. Then the Lord came down in a pillar of cloud and stood at the doorway of the tent, and He called Aaron and Miriam. When they had both come forward, He said, “Hear now My words: If there is a prophet among you, I, the Lord, shall make Myself known to him in a vision. I shall speak with him in a dream. “Not so, with My servant Moses, He is faithful in all My household; With him I speak mouth to mouth, Even openly, and not in dark sayings, And he beholds the form of the Lord. Why then were you not afraid To speak against My servant, against Moses?” So the anger of the Lord burned against them and He departed. But when the cloud had withdrawn from over the tent, behold, Miriam was leprous, as white as snow. As Aaron turned toward Miriam, behold, she was leprous.

Moses first wife was Zipporah. And it’s a very interesting question, but whose business is it? Is it your business if someone gets married again? Is it your business who they marry or what race they are? No, it’s none of our business. Is it your business if they get married 10 times? Whose business is it? Is it yours or theirs? In other words, I want you to ask yourself a question…are you a Miriam or a mouse like Aaron?

So, there are two doctrines that are in view here and that apply to us, one is the Doctrine of Privacy, the other is the Doctrine of Jealousy.

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