46.  Tell me about the Product LCC volume 2.

LCC, for the LEARN CHRIST COMMENTARIES, is a complete set of five
volumes to cover the whole Bible, and volume 2, called "Christ for
Individuals" covers the five books of the Apostle John:  Revelation, the
Gospel of John, and the three little epistles.  The LCC set is similar to the
approach of B.H. Carroll in AN INTERPRETATION OF THE ENGLISH
BIBLE, except the LCC does in 5 volumes what Carroll does in 17 volumes.  
This is possible for two reasons:  (1) the Magic Outline of the Bible based on
all the Old Testament quotes in the New Testament form a structure unity for
LCC like it does for the whole Bible--any time the OT is quoted in the NT, an
interpretation and explanation is given by Jesus or an Apostles {"no
scripture is of any private interpretation", so this method is called the ASPI
for Authorized Semi-Public Interpretation--you can see the Authorized, that is
from God; and the Interpretation as this turns out to be God's own
interpretation through the Holy Spirit; and to simply explain the Semi-Public
we must recall that never is the Bible properly understood by all people "for it
is spiritually discerned", in other words this would be the Authorized Public
Interpretation, public instead of private, if it were not for the single caveat that
pure academics do not work with the Bible; (2) The LEARN CHRIST, since
the Bible is primarily a book about God and Christ, provides a unifying
concept to the set of five, a theme taken from Ephesians 4:20,21 about the
proper way to Learn Christ.  Once the proper way to learn Christ is
appropriate from the Bible, it in turn assist in the proper learning of  the
whole Bible which is largely a book about God and God's Christ.  I guess
what is being said here is that these two unifying concepts and themes
make possible the condensation of the essentials of the Bible into five
volumes.
Now as stated often by SunGrist_Bible, there are two primary ways to study
the Bible, or preach the Bible, or teach the Bible:  (1) to talk about the Bible,
and many good recommended books like Hester on a survey of the NT and
Sampey on the heart of the OT teach about the Bible; and (2) to write in
commentaries Bible itself, in other words focus on the message and
messages from God to us.  Both types of commentaries are needed; and
you will find far more that us most of the pages of their commentary to talk
about the Bible, than to actually communicate the Bible itself as Carroll and
the LCC commentaries do.
Now, for a brief on volume 2 of the LCC, "Christ for Individuals" as a general
volume subject for the five books from the Apostle John.  You would think
that the book of Revelation itself would require a whole volume, but not when
the simplest teachings on eschatology, from Jesus and in Matthew 24, are
used as the basis for a complete look at all of these last things; and further
that the first chapter of the Revelation part, begins not only with Jesus from
Matthew but also with a harmony of these teachings with what existed on
eschatology, especially centered around the Day of the LORD and the Lord
Jesus Christ, in the Old Testament before Jesus came to earth.   You might
say that even as Robertson does a harmony of the Gospels which makes it
easier to cover the four books of the Gospels in one book, even so does the
"Christ for Individuals" Revelation part do a harmony of the rest of the Bible
and Jesus with Revelation, making it possible to cover the essentials in
one-third of one volume; and likewise this harmony of the OT with the NT
through the ASPI, makes it possible not only to cover all five of the books of
John in one volume, but also to do more than justice to the whole of the Bible
in five volumes of LCC.
You will find more about this "CFI" volume of the LCC on the
product page
and on the
outline page, also you will find sample pages of what to expect in
the
colorful format of FrameMaker and the large 8 and 1/2 by 11 format used
by large Aerospace companies and Mathworks for training on MATLAB.

47.  What Does the Bible Teach About Salvation?

As we approach the Christmas season, this is a timely question to ask from
the Bible, hoping that to more people a season that celebrates the birth of
Christ will be centered around like many songs on what the Bible teaches
about Christ; and indeed even the birth of Christ is a story of salvation as (1)
Joseph was told to name the virgin born son Jesus "because He would save
His people from their sins" (Matthew 1:21), and (2) the very implication of the
announcement from the host of heaven that today was born in the city of
David a "Saviour that is Christ the Lord" (Luke 2:11).  However we must
proceed beyond the superficial glances of Christmas at salvation, and in
order to understand like Paul presents in Romans who is the real Israel and
the people of God beyond a few of Christ's generation, also what the Bible
in the Old Testament presented about the "Christ" {Hebrew word is
Messiah} that Jesus of Nazareth came to fulfill.
Salvation like God and Christ are among the large and top subjects of the
Bible, all three  being among what is most generally considered the major
doctrines of the Bible; or if not, should be!  As such you will find salvation as
one of the top ten major doctrines of the Bible to be thoroughly presented in
the book of SunGrist_Bible entitled SOME SOUNDS OF SOUND FAITH.  
The word faith is used synonymously here with doctrine of major teachings of
the Bible such as what you will find in the book of Jude as "the faith once for
all delivered to the saints".  (Jude 3)
You would almost think that salvation has become more popular in the world
if it were not for the overwhelming weight of evidence which proves that we
are well into the Falling Away.  {Jesus foretold it in Matthew 24 when He told
of the time when "because sin shall abound, the love of many will wax cold",
and the Apostle Paul wrote Scripture on it when he said that "the time will
come when they will no longer endure sound doctrine" in II Timothy 4:3 and
4.}  Yet salvation has always been an interest of a few as the Holy Spirit right
up until the "little while" {II Thessalonians} continues to convict all citizens of
the world of "sin, of righteousness, and of judgement":  of sin because the
only fatal sin is not to believe in Jesus since God has ordained that it be that
way, and that way provides the only possibility of a new creation; of
righteousness because Jesus went back to heaven who was on earth the
standard of what is right; of judgement, because true justice is done when
Christ comes the second time.  {The reader is referred to the special
Christmas message,
"The Complete Christmas Story" on this website,
available for reading or downloading in PDF or also for listening to in audio.  
You will find access to the PDF for reading and the audio in The
Chapel-at_Large.  The complete Christmas Story tells the complete story of
salvation, since salvation as you saw in quotes earlier is a part of the
complete Christmas Story.}.
Essentially what you will find is that there far more to the salvation of God
than we generally think, according to the Bible; and that can be introduced to
you from the Bible with the words from Paul of "the whole creation groaneth
until now".  The earth needs the salvation of God from hurricanes, and
storms, and toil, and pain even as the other parts of creation like man; and
further the nations need healing, all of this to be done in that ONE DAY of the
Second Coming of Christ, as immediately after the destruction of the vast
army coming against Jerusalem and the camp of the saints, immediately
after the angels of the 4 corners of the earth gather from the earth and from
the grave and hades all the living and dead separating them into the two
groups for eternal life and eternal death, then or almost simultaneously will
come the new earth under the new heavens.
Now as far as personal salvation according to the Bible:  it has past,
present, and future connotations; and I would not dare to summarize in one
answer all the many facets of God's salvation plan which it has taken over 66
books written through approximately 40 God chosen writers over at least
1500 years.  Consider that this is a brief summary of what salvation can
mean to you based on over 50 years of experience in the reading of the
Bible, remembering the past, present, and future aspect.  With initial
salvation, that is by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour--and by the
way it can really be focused on what you think of the Lord Jesus Christ, I
mean really think or believe--you are forgiven by God of your sins, you are
justified in the sight of God as sinless in the sight of God like Jesus, you are
made to be a Son of God, and you are re-created inwardly to be a new
person {much of the Old Testament foretells this new birth as being given a
new spirit and the law written in your earth as the stony and evil heart is
taken away, but let me caution you that the new birth is not as instant as the
superficial fundamentalists who want instant conversions and instant
numbers to show their success would have you believe}; now, that is the past
aspect, the present or continuing aspect, often called sanctification and
mis-understood and mis-represented almost as much as God's salvation,
where according to Galatians 2:20 Christ lives in your heart and makes you
each year more Christlike and righteous; and then the future aspect is when
your salvation is completed as like the new earth you receive a new body to
go with your new spirit, both taking place on that one GREAT DAY OF THE
LORD AND THE Lord when Christ comes again.

48.  What Does Salvation Mean?

If you mean God's salvation and according to the Bible, and in order to give
a short and simple answer, the evangelist and Apostle John expresses it
best when writing the reason he wrote a gospel, also expressing for us the
purpose that God had the Bible written in the first place.

"And truly Jesus did many other signs {signs in John are miracles, and he
carefully chose only 7 miracles, and teachings of Jesus, and the acts He
preformed with the character He exhibited, that of the only Son of God} in the
presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book {the Gospel of
John}, but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the
Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name."  (John
20:30,31)

That is only one real question that must be answered by you to start the
salvation process; and by the way once that process is really started as
status as a child or son of God comes with the new birth, it can not be
stopped by anyone else or any other power.  The real question you must
answer in a way that is acceptable to God is what do you think or believe
about Jesus of Nazareth, the Lord Jesus Christ.  We believe, especially
since Jesus taught that in such a profession of faith Peter expressed the
foundation and means of growth for the church of the firstborn written in
heaven, the expression of Peter being, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the
Living God."  Yes, as complicated as salvation is--leave much of that up to
the God and the life you will continue as you grow in the sanctification of
grace and truth--you can start it all with a response to God in prayer that you
believe in what the Bible teaches about Jesus of Nazareth as the Son of
God,the promised Messiah of the OT, and the only begotten Son of the only
Living God.

{By the way, if you wish to read more of how the Apostle John has weaved
the whole life  of Jesus around 7 miralces with teachings and acts of Jesus,
you are referred to
volume 2 of the LEARN CHRIST commentaries which
includes the Gospel of John as well as the other 4 books of the Apostle
John.}

Something as important as God's salvation should never be taken lightly nor
should it demand less than the best in our efforts.  Paul expressed that as
writing one of the 14 books he wrote on God and salvation and in Hebrews,
"how shall we escape, if we neglect so great a salvation?"  (Hebrews 2:3)
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