Introduction to Christ for Individuals (CFI)

Introduction to Christ for Individuals (CFI)

 

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The contemporary gap between Christ and church membership should be obvious to all. It hardly matters which church or denomination as you look at church members around you, and then look at the Christ of the Bible and the teachings of Christ, there is little similarity. The discouraging aspect of the gap is that it is getting larger each year. That means that it is diverging; and if it is diverging, it is conceivable that shortly the churches and Christ will be going in opposite directions. Horrible, yes; but what is the answer. What is the cure for this obvious and serious problem that has gripped the world of Christians? The answer is for church members to Learn Christ. Which Christ? The Christ from the apostles and prophets of the Bible. If one passage of the Bible were chosen as a gist or theme for this set of Bible commentaries, LEARN CHRIST FROM THE APOSTLES AND PROPHETS, it would be Ephesians 2:19-22. “Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.” (Ephesians 2:1922 NJKV) I know the classic reply for church leaders. “No human can be perfect”, and“at least they are trying.” No, that is the point: church members are not trying. They are doing what they want to do. They are not making positive efforts to be like Christ and to be like God, which is demanded in the Bible from the apostles and prophets. The description of what is presently happening to church members is like the description from the Apostle Paul in II Timothy 4:3,4: “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap
up for themselves teachers, and they will turn their ears from the truth…” (II Timothy 4:3,4 NJKV) You see it is no longer a negative thing of “we are trying…our heart is in the right place…but we just cannot reach perfection.” No, that is not it! It is a positive matter of first, a lack of tolerance for sound doctrine–church members will not listen to sound doctrine, church members will not go to hear sound doctrine, and church members will not tolerate preachers and teachers who preach sound doctrine. Church members, according to the Apostle Paul’s description, are motivated not by any effort to be like Christ and any effort at perfection, but are motivated by their own human desires; that is, “according to their own desires,” and “because they have itching ears.” In short, church members are doing what they want to do and they are believing what they want to believe. What they want to believe is things that will tickle their ears. Things that will give them pleasure like, “nobody is perfect” and “you are the people of God”, and “at least you are trying”. Maybe 20 or 30 years ago that was true; but not now. And the apex of the gap in Paul’s description is that they pile up or heap to themselves teachers. It is much like building a dirt fortress or batiment around themselves in order to protect themselves from sound doctrine. They buy books from teachers that feed their desires; they run off teachers and preachers that offend their itching ears with the truth; and they call as pastors, teachers, and administrators those “teachers” that will teach according to their own desires. The whole motivation is to turn away from the truth. Now, brother, that is a positive thing. It takes a lot of effort for so-called “Christians” to turn away from the truth of the Bible. It takes a lot of effort for church members to cease to Learn Christ; and in the place of learning Christ to learn some kind of church membership that is based on “desires” and “itching ears”. Some today, like among Presbyterians, are worried about an intolerance caused by the preaching of Christ as the only way of salvation. Brothers, you had better be concerned about the intolerance of sound doctrine that is growing. Being the third volume of the LEARN Christ commentaries, it is centered around the five books of the Apostle John with the emphasis on the book of Revelation. This approach helps to support the title theme of “Christ for Individuals”. As churches and denominations are “falling away” from God, Christ, and the Bible (not falling away from churches as church attendance may actually go up during the falling away), it is important that the few sound doctrine church members remaining of the seven Christian thousand adopt to themselves the Christ of the individual that is presented in Revelation 2-3. The approach to the eschatology of Revelation is simple. The outline is taken from the teachings of Jesus as given in Matthew 24 with the major divisions of the History of Christianity all the way to the end given by the natural divisions of“and then”: (1) Beginning of Sorrows; (2) Period of Persecution Tribulation (the tribulation of the fourth period is primarily physical tribulation and from God as the heavens and earth fall apart, the shaking of heaven and earth); (3) The Period of Offences, often the most neglected, when God’s people are offended by sound doctrine, betray and hate one another; and (4) The period of the Falling away which includes lawlessness and all the end time events. Remember, however, that whatever is in one period continues into the other periods.

In the Table of Contents of CFI, Christ for Individuals, you will notice the 3 major divisions of (1) The Book of Revelation., (2) The Gospel of John, and (3) The Three Little Epistles of John.  (Actually John’s little epistles are harmonized in part 3 to once again illustrate the harmony between John and Paul in 3 each little epistles, and to set forth both Faith Contending and the Security of the Believer.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

LEARN CHRIST FROM THE APOSTLES AND PROPHETS

Volume 2:   Christ for Individuals

Introduction:   Christ for Individuals pg 5

The Book of Revelation

chapter 1:   Eschatology in the book of Revelation pg 8

chapter 2:  Pride or Worship God, Revelation 1-3 pg 24

chapter 3:  Number the People of God or Worship Christ, Revelation 4-7 pg 46

chapter 4:  The Seventh Seal, The Completion of History, Revelation 8-12 pg 60

chapter 5:  War Against the Remnant, Revelation 12-20 pg 71

chapter 6:  “How Long” pg 94

chapter 7:   New Heaven and New Earth,Revelation 21,22 pg 109

chapter 8:  The Overcomers are the Seven Thousand pg 127

The Gospel of John

chapter 9:  “Come and See”, the Gospel of John pg 146

chapter 10:  Revelation, the Gospel of John, and the Epistles.

chapter 11:  Signs for Believing in Jesus pg 171

The Little Epistles of John Plus

chapter 12:   Security of the Believer pg 197

chapter 13:  Complete Outline of I John pg 214

chapter 14:  Faith and Faith Contending in the Bible pg 230

chapter 15:  Some Sounds of a Sound Faith pg 244

chapter 16:  What Do You Do? pg 282

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Introduction to Christ for Individuals (CFI)

 

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The contemporary gap between Christ and church membership should be obvious to all. It hardly matters which church or denomination as you look at church members around you, and then look at the Christ of the Bible and the teachings of Christ, there is little similarity. The discouraging aspect of the gap is that it is getting larger each year. That means that it is diverging; and if it is diverging, it is conceivable that shortly the churches and Christ will be going in opposite directions. Horrible, yes; but what is the answer. What is the cure for this obvious and serious problem that has gripped the world of Christians? The answer is for church members to Learn Christ. Which Christ? The Christ from the apostles and prophets of the Bible. If one passage of the Bible were chosen as a gist or theme for this set of Bible commentaries, LEARN CHRIST FROM THE APOSTLES AND PROPHETS, it would be Ephesians 2:19-22. “Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.” (Ephesians 2:1922 NJKV) I know the classic reply for church leaders. “No human can be perfect”, and“at least they are trying.” No, that is the point: church members are not trying. They are doing what they want to do. They are not making positive efforts to be like Christ and to be like God, which is demanded in the Bible from the apostles and prophets. The description of what is presently happening to church members is like the description from the Apostle Paul in II Timothy 4:3,4: “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap
up for themselves teachers, and they will turn their ears from the truth…” (II Timothy 4:3,4 NJKV) You see it is no longer a negative thing of “we are trying…our heart is in the right place…but we just cannot reach perfection.” No, that is not it! It is a positive matter of first, a lack of tolerance for sound doctrine–church members will not listen to sound doctrine, church members will not go to hear sound doctrine, and church members will not tolerate preachers and teachers who preach sound doctrine. Church members, according to the Apostle Paul’s description, are motivated not by any effort to be like Christ and any effort at perfection, but are motivated by their own human desires; that is, “according to their own desires,” and “because they have itching ears.” In short, church members are doing what they want to do and they are believing what they want to believe. What they want to believe is things that will tickle their ears. Things that will give them pleasure like, “nobody is perfect” and “you are the people of God”, and “at least you are trying”. Maybe 20 or 30 years ago that was true; but not now. And the apex of the gap in Paul’s description is that they pile up or heap to themselves teachers. It is much like building a dirt fortress or batiment around themselves in order to protect themselves from sound doctrine. They buy books from teachers that feed their desires; they run off teachers and preachers that offend their itching ears with the truth; and they call as pastors, teachers, and administrators those “teachers” that will teach according to their own desires. The whole motivation is to turn away from the truth. Now, brother, that is a positive thing. It takes a lot of effort for so-called “Christians” to turn away from the truth of the Bible. It takes a lot of effort for church members to cease to Learn Christ; and in the place of learning Christ to learn some kind of church membership that is based on “desires” and “itching ears”. Some today, like among Presbyterians, are worried about an intolerance caused by the preaching of Christ as the only way of salvation. Brothers, you had better be concerned about the intolerance of sound doctrine that is growing. Being the third volume of the LEARN Christ commentaries, it is centered around the five books of the Apostle John with the emphasis on the book of Revelation. This approach helps to support the title theme of “Christ for Individuals”. As churches and denominations are “falling away” from God, Christ, and the Bible (not falling away from churches as church attendance may actually go up during the falling away), it is important that the few sound doctrine church members remaining of the seven Christian thousand adopt to themselves the Christ of the individual that is presented in Revelation 2-3. The approach to the eschatology of Revelation is simple. The outline is taken from the teachings of Jesus as given in Matthew 24 with the major divisions of the History of Christianity all the way to the end given by the natural divisions of“and then”: (1) Beginning of Sorrows; (2) Period of Persecution Tribulation (the tribulation of the fourth period is primarily physical tribulation and from God as the heavens and earth fall apart, the shaking of heaven and earth); (3) The Period of Offences, often the most neglected, when God’s people are offended by sound doctrine, betray and hate one another; and (4) The period of the Falling away which includes lawlessness and all the end time events. Remember, however, that whatever is in one period continues into the other periods.

In the Table of Contents of CFI, Christ for Individuals, you will notice the 3 major divisions of (1) The Book of Revelation., (2) The Gospel of John, and (3) The Three Little Epistles of John.  (Actually John’s little epistles are harmonized in part 3 to once again illustrate the harmony between John and Paul in 3 each little epistles, and to set forth both Faith Contending and the Security of the Believer.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

LEARN CHRIST FROM THE APOSTLES AND PROPHETS

Volume 2:   Christ for Individuals

Introduction:   Christ for Individuals pg 5

The Book of Revelation

chapter 1:   Eschatology in the book of Revelation pg 8

chapter 2:  Pride or Worship God, Revelation 1-3 pg 24

chapter 3:  Number the People of God or Worship Christ, Revelation 4-7 pg 46

chapter 4:  The Seventh Seal, The Completion of History, Revelation 8-12 pg 60

chapter 5:  War Against the Remnant, Revelation 12-20 pg 71

chapter 6:  “How Long” pg 94

chapter 7:   New Heaven and New Earth,Revelation 21,22 pg 109

chapter 8:  The Overcomers are the Seven Thousand pg 127

The Gospel of John

chapter 9:  “Come and See”, the Gospel of John pg 146

chapter 10:  Revelation, the Gospel of John, and the Epistles.

chapter 11:  Signs for Believing in Jesus pg 171

The Little Epistles of John Plus

chapter 12:   Security of the Believer pg 197

chapter 13:  Complete Outline of I John pg 214

chapter 14:  Faith and Faith Contending in the Bible pg 230

chapter 15:  Some Sounds of a Sound Faith pg 244

chapter 16:  What Do You Do? pg 282

You are welcome to receive the CFI book by free PDF download from the SunGrist website, or order it from several bookstores included the two listed below of Amazon and Barnes and Noble. 

  1.  The free download on the SunGrist website at http://www.biblecombibleman.com .   You can either free download the complete volume 2 of LCC at http://biblecombibleman.com/CFIfreedist.pdf
  2. Or free download any or all of the 3 parts of Revelation, John, and the Epistles.   (a) The book of Revelation at http://biblecombibleman.com/CFI_freedistRevelation.pdf (b) The Gospel of John at http://biblecombibleman.com/CFI_freedistJohn.pdf , and (3) The Little Epistles of John and Paul at http://biblecombibleman.com/CFI_freedistEpistles.pdf
  3. If you wish to own CFI in a paperback to increase or start your Bible book library, you can get it at a number of local bookstores including Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.  (a)  On Amazon.com at                                          https://www.amazon.com/Christ-Individuals-Learn-Commentaries-Apostle/dp/0692120556/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1538746170&sr=1-1&keywords=Jerry+mcmichael and                                                                                      (b) on Barnes and Nobel at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/Jerry+McMichael?_requestid=3937941  .

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You Owe it to Yourself and Your Christian Influence.

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Before you buy, promote, or tolerate the Scofield Reference Bible, you owe it to yourself to learn something about C.I. Scofield and his theology.  It has become very influential today because of the connections of Scofield with Dallas Theological Seminary–“he was also head of the Southwestern School of the Bible in Dallas, forerunner of Dallas Theological Seminary—and because Oxford Press recently added an addition with the Scofield image on it and Thom Rainer’s Lifeway books promotes it with many pages.

“Higher Criticism divides Scripture up into documents which differ from or contradict on another. Dispensationalism divides the Bible up into dispensations which differ from or even contradict one another; and so radical is this difference as viewed by the extremist that the Christian of today who accepts the Dispensationalist view finds his Bible (the part directly intended for him) shrunk to the compass of the Imprisonment Epistles” (Allis, Evangelical Quarterly, Jan., 1936).

Both tear apart the unity of Scripture by cutting and pasting either Scripture itself (as does higher criticism) or biblical history (as does Dispensationalism) to suit their theories. The methods of both undermine biblical unity, albeit different aspects of biblical unity. While higher criticism cuts the Bible into pieces and destroys its unity, so Dispensationalism cuts biblical history into pieces and destroys its unity. And interestingly enough, both share the same roots-theologically, historically, and denominationally. There are two concerns here: 1) dispensationalism as theology, and 2) Scofield, the man. Since the theology comes from the man, let’s consider the man first.”

http://pilgrim-platform.org/2010/c-i-scofield/

About Philip Ross
by Phillip Ross • July 27, 2010
What in the world is Ross doing?
In 1983 I had an experience that culminated in 1985 in what is called regeneration. Ordained at First Congregational Church, Berkeley, California, after earning a Master of Divinity degree at Pacific School of Religion, I was confronted by the reality of the Bible as I taught the Bethel Series Bible Study Program at a church I was serving in St. Louis, Missouri. I had read and studied the Bible for many years, but the Bethel Series opened it up to me in a new way. It became real, and it changed me.
I began preaching differently from that time forward, as if the Bible was real history about real people. My preaching disturbed some of the people in various liberal churches that I served. Others in those same churches came to life, much as I had. I decided to preserve my preaching for later reflection and evaluation. That effort turned into a two-volume book, The Work at Zion — A Reckoning, which provides a kind of record of my changing theological perspective.
At the same time, the simple-minded, pie-in-the-sky, other-worldly, wishful-thinking of some of my new conservative friends disturbed me. It seemed to me that people from both ends of the political spectrum had misunderstood the Bible, albeit in different ways. So, I set out to see if the kind of biblical misunderstanding that I observed among various people I knew was new. Were the contemporary churches involved in something new? I discovered that they were not. There is a long history of misunderstanding the Bible.
I turned to the book of James which provided a corrective to the early church. Already in the First Century the church had veered from the truth of the gospel. James saw it and spoke to it. I brought James’ corrective to light in Practically Christian—Applying James Today.

http://pilgrim-platform.org/2010/ministry-overview/

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Apostate Local Churches Whose Candles are Flickering!

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Seducers as used in the Bible (Jude 11 and Numbers 16) are Christian leaders who strive to mislead the congregation, large and small, rebelling against God and the real God appointed leadership of God. It would also include divorced pastors and deacons who usurp authority, and deacons who call themselves a “board”, and the evil seducers who run off faithful pastors with a vote, thinking like Korah and his followers whom God destroyed that they were “holy” and right since there were many of them. Had Moses and Aaron not made intercession, God would have destroyed the whole assembly that is how right and democratic a vote is among God’s real people. And of course, now many evil seducers of unsound doctrine are leading the people astray because “they will not endure sound doctrine, heap up teachers with itching ears, and vote on what they want”.  (II Timothy 4:3,4).

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All doctrine is not positive and pleasant as Preaching the Word is to reprove, rebuke, and exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. And sometimes, even often, we must pause from writing about the “faith once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3) to deal with the evil seducers (Jude 11), waxing worse and worse (growing) as they persistently deceive and are being deceived..

So…fasten your seat belt for this brutal but true.  Too long these local apostate churches and the leadership of larger assemblies of local churches have made judgment calls on other churches and church members:  It is time for them to walk the line, and for us to make a list of easily known apostate local churches and leaders whose candles are either flickering or have gown out, and like six out of seven of the churches of the book of Revelation that don’t even know it.

Get used to it you are going to hear more about Korah, about Numbers 16, about the book of Jude and faith contending..  Furthermore A SPADE IS GOING TO CALLED A SPADE, our Christian membership in the body of Christ and our reception of the faith once for all delivered to the saints will be the primary authority for criticisms of some Baptist and other leaders who have grown too big for their britches starting with the Pressler-Patterson Dark Ages in the SBC falsely called the conservative resurgence unless you can call the Scofield Bible of 1909 as a conservative standard.

 

Dictionaries – Easton’s Bible Dictionary – Korah

Korah
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The third son of Esau, by Aholibamah ( Genesis 36:14 ; 1 Chronicles 1:35 ).
A Levite, the son of Izhar, the brother of Amram, the father of Moses and Aaron ( Exodus 6:21 ). The institution of the Aaronic priesthood and the Levitical service at Sinai was a great religious revolution. The old priesthood of the heads of families passed away. This gave rise to murmurings and discontent, while the Israelites were encamped at Kadesh for the first time, which came to a head in a rebellion against Moses and Aaron, headed by Korah, Dathan, and Abiram. Two hundred and fifty princes, “men of renown” i.e., well-known men from among the other tribes, joined this conspiracy. The whole company demanded of Moses and Aaron that the old state of things should be restored, alleging that “they took too much upon them” ( Numbers 16:1-3 ). On the morning after the outbreak, Korah and his associates presented themselves at the door of the tabernacle, and “took every man his censer, and put fire in them, and laid incense thereon.” But immediately “fire from the Lord” burst forth and destroyed them all ( Numbers 16:35 ). Dathan and Abiram “came out and stood in the door of their tents, and their wives, and their sons, and their little children,” and it came to pass “that the ground clave asunder that was under them; and the earth opened her mouth and swallowed them up.” A plague thereafter began among the people who sympathized in the rebellion, and was only stayed by Aaron’s appearing between the living and the dead, and making “an atonement for the people” ( 16:47 ).
The descendants of the sons of Korah who did not participate in the rebellion afterwards rose to eminence in the Levitical service.

 

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APOSTATE LOCAL CHURCHES WHOSE CANDLE IS FLICKERING, and remember there is no way for any august person or group to vote on the sound doctrine of the faith once for all delivered to the saints.  Jesus said, “Judge…judge…judge not according to the appearance but judge righteous judgment”, which bottom line means use the Bible as the standard for designated and necessary judgment.  We should take all of these evil seducers of the conservative resurgence, Scofield mites, Bible Baptist and other denominations coming into the SBC to get larger churches and salaries, that use Napoleon Hills book on getting rich as a guide for church growth, and any during the 10 year takeover plan of Stanley, Rogers, Criswell, Pressler and Patterson as an excuse to conduct warfare against other Christian brothers, detroying hundreds of career and reputations in the process, quite often base on the LIE that Scofield notes are literal Bible.  Here alone with their warfare based on the third words of rapture, dispensationalism, and millennium–WORDS NOT IN THE BIBLE THAT CAN NOT BE LITERAL, YOU CAN SEE THEM AS THE EVIL SEDUCERS LIKE KORA IN THE BIBLE.

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200 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/HowAboutScottishHighlanderNames.p df 1 0 1 378
Subtotal 1,991 164 N/A 964,678
Total 2,003 164 N/A 975,972

 

Writing Prophets 2: Prophet David in the Psalms

CHAPTER 2       The Prophet David in the Psalms .

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You may think of David as more a King than a Prophet, and indeed David was King after the first King in Israel, Saul, and father of the third and last kings of the United Kingdom before it split during the days of Solomon into the northern kingdom of Samaria and Israel and the southern kingdom of Judah and Jerusalem. Jesus often during His life on earth quoted from the Prophet David, and you will find in the first messages of the book of Acts that the Apostles and evangelists used quotes from the Prophet David to prove that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of God. With extensive study and hopefully from reading previous LEARN CHRIST commentaries, you know that the Apostle Paul in the 14 books he wrote often quoted primarily from Isaiah and David. You will see that especially in the Gospel of Hebrews and Romans, but also in I and II Corinthians. You know also that if you opened up the Old Testament, the probability because of their size would be that you automatically found yourself either in Isaiah or the Psalms.

2-1:  What God Considers Most Important from Psalms.

There is not the attempt to cover all 150 chapters of the book of Psalm as a commentary alone could be written alone on that one large book of the Bible, and indeed Charles Spurgeon has written many volumes on the book called the Wisdom of the Psalms. We will primarily chose those Psalms that God considered most important to have quoted in the New Testament, some by Jesus, some by other Apostles like Peter and James, but most by the Biblical scholar of all times, the Apostle Paul. I am aware how some fundamentalist, without sufficient experience with the total context of the Bible and neglecting the Authorized Semi-Public Interpretation, like to say that every verse of the Bible is equally important; but that is not true, since there is a very discrete number of verse quotes from the OT that God had included in the NT, approximately 155. God through the Spirit and through Jesus and the Apostles carefully chose this discrete number of quotes for the NT in order to have the world of Gentiles and Jews know what is most important. You might say that what was most important in the OT was repeated in the form of quotes and references in the NT, and beyond that all the quotes are explained either by Jesus or one of the Apostles. {I will explain later how Paul sponsored Dr. Luke and John Mark, the only two non-Apostle writers of the New Testament.} It is Jesus and the Apostles, in keeping with the statement by Peter and the Spirit that “no scripture is of any private interpretation”, give the non-private, that is public modified to be the semi-public interpretation of Scripture, the ASI. It is semi-public in that the “natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God”; and in that God does not want the PhDs and Th.Ds., independent of the discernment of the Spirit to know what is in the Bible anyway. They can and do study about the Bible and talk and write about the Bible, but the Bible is different from other scholarly books in that special conditions have to met for understanding. These special conditions called hermeneutics which the Bible itself establishes is for the whole world that God choses to do so to get at the ASI. So many would-be Bible scholars, and even Bible teachers, are like the tenderfoot who goes running through the woods without seeing the beauty or the wildlife; and they come out the trail on the other side of the forest thinking that they have seen it all!

One of those important principles of Biblical interpretation according to the ASI is to keep any verse, chapter, or book in the total context of the Bible. If you have read any of the other LEARN CHRIST commentaries you know how that is practiced, or if you have read one of the 4 books on Bible teachings, especially the efforts to keep Mark in the total Bible context. Therefore each of the chapters of this commentary, one for each of the Writing Prophets, will commence with that part of the Quicksweep by Quotes of volume 1 that applies to the OT book under consideration. However, a short reminder of what Q squared is all about. It has been generated in this manner: (1) first all the quotes of the OT in the NT are listed, the approximately 155; (2) then the list is sequenced according to a probable sequence in which the OT books were written {this although not perfect, it is more helpful than looking at the sequence in our Old Testaments were the majors and minors are grouped together}, and you will find that sequence in the Appendix at the end of this book {it actually was developed in volume 1, “The Prophets and Apostles”; (3) from that Appendix and the reading of those quotes with the ASI a topical subject outline was made while retaining the same historical sequence of the OT Prophets {at least, approximately}. For example the part of the topical outline imposed on the historical sequence for the first part of Psalm is entitled “God, Man, and the Son of Man”, and the second half of the book of Psalm has imposed on it a subject outline entitled “Wisdom of God”.

Proclaimed(Old Testament) Established (Matthew) Explained(Hebrews & Romans) Reinforced (Luke) Appendix (Mark)
Psalms 2:1,2 (Acts 8:28-26)
Psalms 2:7 3:17 Hebrews 1:5Romans 9:7
Psalms 8:8-6 Hebrews 2:6
Psalms 8:7 20:82
Psalms 12:36 Romans 8:7
Psalms 18:1-3 Romans 3:10
Psalms 16:20 1:28
Psalms 18:3,8 1:67-73
Psalms 18:25 5:7
Psalms 18:89 Romans 15:9

You should understand that the topical subject for each quote with NT interpretation and the topical subject for each book or group of OT books comes from exegesis. In other words, based on the historical sequencing of the Appendix, and with a reading of Old and New Testaments for those verses and books, a topical exegetical summary was made for each. You can find below an example of the Appendix for Psalms 1-18, and of course the whole Appendix at the end of this volume 5. You may want to briefly look at them before we get into the derived and exegetical topical outline in the next section.

You will notice that there are quotes in the NT from chapter 1-18 in Acts, from Jesus in Matthew, from Paul in Hebrews and Romans and also from Mark and Luke. You will also notice that only chapters 2,8,12,16, and 18 are quoted in general. {There is some overlap between topical subjects and since sometimes a particular quote from the OT with the NT explanation may fit under two general topics, but you will see those as we move along.}

If you look at the Bible as having only 12 major subjects, they are as determined by the historical sequence of the books {approximately} as follows: (1) the Living God of the Living {Genesis thru Exodus 19}; (2) The Righteousness of God and Man, which of course includes the 10 commandments and Law with Exodus 20-Numbers; (3) The Composite Witness of the Bible, how in the total context of Deuteronomy with where it is quoted in the NT truth and law is established at the mouth of two or more witness; (4) God, Man, and the Son of Man in Job and the first of Psalms, “Son of Man” being of course one of the favorite terms of Jesus for Himself and for the OT Prophets; (5) the Resurrection of Jesus, amazingly the subject of Psalms 16-35 as made clear with where it is quoted in the NT; (6) Wisdom from God, of course Proverbs and Psalms; (7) The Gospel also dominated by Psalms with much advance information for us on Jesus from David and the Spirit of Christ as well as with the explanations of the real and full meaning from Jesus and the Apostles; (8) Listening More Important than Sacrifice, a lesson the majority from Israel never learned and likewise the majority of the children of God today have never learned, from the historical books and Isaiah 1-39, Jonah, Joel, Amos, and Hosea {you can naturally see how we will begin this look at all the writing prophets, after this chapter on David in Psalms, with Isaiah and then 4 of the minor Prophets–Jonah, Joel, Amos, and Hosea; (9) What Happened to the Jews as the Chosen People of Israel, also in Isaiah 1-39, the answer of which in spite of NT explanations like by Paul in Romans and Daniel in Daniel are not only not understood but vastly misunderstood {but we will discuss this important subject in the chapter on Isaiah as assisted by the many NT explanations where Isaiah is quoted}; (10) The Salvation of God is the other big subject of Isaiah, especially in 40-52, and likewise the quotes in the NT from Jesus and the Apostles give us full insight based on Isaiah as to what that salvation is and is not; (11) The New King of Israel, you know that to be Jesus of Nazareth although the nature of His kingdom in spite of all the Old and New Testament explanations is still not properly comprehended, but we will discuss that as we look at the last part of Isaiah, then at the Prophets Micah, Nahum, and Jeremiah {you see how we will go through chapters from David [1] to Isaiah [2] to Jonah [3] to Joel [4] to Amos [5] and then Hosea [6]; and then to [7] Micah, [8] Nahum, and [9] Jeremiah}; and lastly the twelfth major topic of the Bible ends much like it began on The Living God Wants Others to Live, wrapping up the major prophet of Jeremiah with Habakkuk, another major prophet that of Daniel, also Haggai, the last of the major Prophets Ezekiel {last as far as topics}, also Zechariah and Malachi. We left out Zephaniah to complete the 12 minor prophets {so called because of the size of the books, and thus you can expect the chapters on the major Prophets such as Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel, and Ezekiel to be larger than the chapters on the minor prophets such as Zephaniah, and our chapters are summed up as: [10] Habakkuk, [11] Zephaniah, [12] Daniel, [13] Ezekiel, [14] Zechariah, and [15] Malachi; and then to be complete although they are seldom quoted or referenced in the New Testament, we will in chapter 16 cover Obadiah and Zephaniah.

2-2:  God, Man, and the Son of Man in Psalms 1-18.

Psalms, both the content and the subjects, is so large that it is included in three major topics of the 12 topic outline of the Bible: (1) Psalm 1-18 with Job in “God, Man, and the Son of Man”; (2) Psalm 16-36 {there is some overlap} in the fifth major topic of the Bible, “The Resurrection of Jesus” {always remember that the Bible is a gradual revelation of God, sometimes jumping a little ahead and sometimes going back to fill in gaps, coming to a great climax in Jesus and with the New Testament}; (3) some of Psalms in the “Wisdom from God” topic, chapters 37-77; and the book wrapped up, 78-150, in the topic “The Gospel”. As you would suspect every chapter of the book of Psalms is not quoted in the NT; for example in reality the topic of “The Gospel” only includes Psalm 78-118 as that is all that is quoted in the NT.

  1. How God deals with men and with men Through Christ!
  2. Some evident things about God in the Bible of Job and Psalms.

(1). God can do everything and anything without any limitations to His power in heaven and on earth.

(2). God knows every thought and every action of every man on earth.

(3). God tricks the wise men in their own methods of craftiness like an adult playing with toys and children.

(4). God exalts the humble in His sight. They can be down and out and still though humble in the ways of the world not necessarily be humble in the sight of God, and it is even harder for the up and out to be humble in Gods sight for they trust in their own riches or financial security.

  1. Job 5:13 and I Corinthians 3:19: God catches the wise in their own craftiness.
  2. Job 22:29 and James 4:10: God exalts the humble.
  3. Job 42:2 and Mark 10:27.

(1). Job 42:2.

“Then Job answered the LORD, and said, I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee. Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not. Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me. I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but no mine eye seeth thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.”   (Job 42:1-6 KJV)

(2). Mark 10:27.

{NOTE: TWO MOST IMPORTANT AND FUNDAMENTAL DOCTRINES OF ALL THE BIBLE ARE SET FORTH HERE: (1) THE POWER OF GOD, NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR GOD; AND (2) WHO THEN CAN BE SAVED SINCE IT IS SO DIFFICULT FOR A RELIGIOUS AND WELL ESTABLISHED LEADER IN SOCIETY TO BE SAVED?}

“And Jesus, looking around, said to His disciples, How hard it will be for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of God.  And the disciples were amazed at His words.  But Jesus answered again and said to them, Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God!  It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.  (Why, because most of them unlike Job can not say, ‘Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.)  And they were even more astonished and said to Him, ‘Then who can be saved?  Looking upon them, Jesus said, With men it is impossible, but now with God; for all things are possible with God.”   (Mark 10:23-27  NASV)

{NOTE AGAIN:  IF NO OTHER QUESTIONS ARE ANSWERED IN THIS BOOK, THE ESSENTIAL AND MOST ESSENTIAL QUESTION THAT MUST BE ANSWERED IS THAT OF THE DISCIPLES TO JESUS, WHO THEN CAN BE SAVED?  AND WHERE WE START IN THE REST OF THIS BOOK TO ANSWER THAT QUESTION IS WITH THE IMMEDIATE REPLY OF JESUS, WITH THE POWER OF GOD TO WHOM NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE.}

  1. God the Creator and Father looks at man, men, and then testifies to men.
  2. God the Creator notices that the Gentiles rage against Him and that the people of Israel imagine a vain thing and things about Him: Psalm 2:1,2 and Acts 4:24-26.
  3. God the Father has decreed and testified in the Bible as well as at the baptism of Jesus in the presence of many as the voice came from heaven that Jesus of Nazareth is, was, and is His Son: Psalm 2:7, Matthew 3:17 and 17:5, Hebrews 1:5 and 5:5, II Peter 1:17, and Mark 9:7.

(1). Psalm 2:7.

“I will declare the decree:  the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.”   (Psalm 2:7  KJV)         (2).  Matthew 3:17.

“And after being baptized, Jesus went up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming upon Him, and behold, a voice out of the heavens, saying,

This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”   (Matt 3:16,17  NASV)        (3).  Matthew 17:5.

“And Peter answered and said to Jesus, ‘Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, I will make three tabernacles here, one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah.  While he was still speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and behold, a voice out of the cloud, saying, ‘This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; hear Him!”   (Matthew 17:4,5  NASV)      (4). Hebrews 1:5.

“For to which of the angels did He ever say, ‘Thou art My Son, Today I have begotten thee?  And again, ‘I will be a father to Him, and He shall be a Son to Me?”   (Hebrews 1:5  NASV)

(5).  Hebrews 5:5.

“So also Christ did not glorify Himself so as to become a high priest, but He who said to Him, ‘Thou art my Son, Today I have begotten thee…” {NOTE: This is the first time in this Bible study of the progressive revelations of the Bible from Genesis to Malachi that we have encountered Jesus as the great high priest.}

“…just as He says also in another passage, ‘Thou art a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.”   (Hebrews 5:5,6 NASV) {NOTE CONTINUED: And we will come to this second quote in Hebrews 5:5,6 when we get in the progression to Psalm 110:6.}      (6). II Peter 1:17.

“Moreover I will endeavor that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance, For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received from God the Father honor and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him the holy mount.   (II Peter 1:15-18 KJV) {NOTE: So that the Apostle Peter in writing for a permanent record adds his own testimony as a witness to Jesus with the witness of God the Father and that of Jesus Himself!}      (7). Mark 9:7.

“Then a cloud formed, overshadowing them, and a voice came out of the cloud, ‘This is My beloved Son, listen to Him!’”   (Mark 9:7 NASV)

LISTEN TO HIM, JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE BELOVED SON OF GOD!

  1. God chooses men and ways less esteemed among men as far as status in order to receive Honor and Praise to His name: Psalm 8:2 and Matthew 21:16.
  2. What Can God tell us about ourselves as men and women?
  3. Psalm 8:3,4: When we consider the magnitude and vastness of all that God created in the Universe, how in the world can He give mind to a little man and beyond that visit man on the planet earth through the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ?
  4. Psalm 8:5,6: What does God specifically think of man based on the way He created him.

(1). God made man a little lower than the angels, and recall that this is the generic man of Genesis of male and female.

(2). God gave honor and glory to man by creating him in His own image or likeness, and God keeps that thought pattern in mind in all His dealings with man.

(3). God entrusted man with all the other works of His Creation, placing man in dominion over all these works of Creation.

(4). God remembers man.

(5). God visits man.

  1. Hebrews 2:6: We must go beyond the primary level of meaning about Man to that about the Son of Man, the Lord Jesus Christ, who in Himself fulfilled all that God originally meant for man and more; and you see that in Hebrews 2:8

“Thou hast put all things in subjection under His feet.  For in subjecting all things to him, He left nothing that is not subject to him, But now we do not yet see all things subjected to him.”   (Hebrews 2:8  NASV)      4. I Corinthians 15:27.

Granted that there are many stories, many chapters, verses, and books in the Bible; but the total subject matter for the practical purposes of Christian faith can be summarized as faith in God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Bible, and Salvation. Get that and you have enough of the Bible for life. The following important passage helps to establish the present and eternal relationship between God the Father and Christ the Son.

“The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things re put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.”   (I Corinthians 15:26-28 KJV)

(1). There are still some enemies such as death that has not be subjected to Christ as the Son of Man, or Christ as the Lord of heaven and earth.

(2). God the Father has ordained that all in heaven and earth be under the feet of Christ, and heaven is already there. May Gods will be done on earth as it is in heaven as more people still on earth are subjected to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.         (3). God the Father did not put Himself in subjection to the Lord Jesus Christ.     (4). After the Second Coming of Christ when everything on earth also comes under the actual Lordship of Jesus then Jesus will Himself be subjected to the LORDSHIP of the Father.

(5). God the Father may ultimately be all in all .

  1. When God Looks Down From Heaven.

What did God find during the time of David and before when He looked down from heaven to take a close look at man (I suspect this was and is all the time)?

  1. Psalm 14:1-3: (1) God found fools who said in their hearts that there is no God;(2) He found a corrupt humanity of abominable works and an absence of doing good; (3) When He searched again among men to see if any of man understood and sought God, He found that they all had missed the essential way, found filthiness, and a lack of doing good.
  2. Romans 3:10.

“As it is written, ‘There is none righteous, not even one; there is none who understands, there is one who seeks for God; All have turned aside, together they have become useless; thee is one who does good, There is not even one.” (Romans 3:10-12 NASV) {THIS IS HUMANITY WITHOUT FAITH AND RIGHTEOUSNESS THROUGH FAITH, HUMANITY WITHOUT JESUS CHRIST!}

2-3:  The Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus.

It will be apparent as we proceed how many of the OT quotes in the NT are about Jesus; and how much they really tell us about Jesus before we come in that context of the NT to the interpretation and explanation. For example, shortly you will look at how God could not during the 3 days in the grave after the crucifixion leave the soul of Jesus in Hades; the very words Christ would speak on the cross before burial and resurrection; and how also in the crucifixion not a bone in Christ’s body would be broken.

  1. What God did for Christ the firstborn and therefore what He also does for all that will believe in Christ as the secondborns!
    1. Psalm 16:8-11: God is at my right hand; I feel secure and realize that honor will be achieved; the pains of the flesh are assuaged by hope; God will not leave my soul in hell; and God will not allow His Holy One to see corruption in the grave; God will show me the path of everlasting life where in His Presence there is fullness of joy; and at His right hand there is pleasure forever. {NOTE: The only way Jesus could place the Father on His right hand and also be at the right hand of the Father is for the two to be facing in opposite directions which was true at the Crucifixion as Jesus became a curse for us!}
    2. Acts 2:25: Listen again to the witness of the Apostle Peter as he preached on the first day of Pentecost after the historical coming of the Holy Spirit in power and fullness.

“Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know this Man, delivered up by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death. And God raised Him up again, putting an end to the agony of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held in its power. For David says of Him, ‘I was always beholding the Lord in my presence; For He is at my right hand, that I may not be shaken, Therefore my heart was glad and my tongue exulted; moreover my flesh also will abide in hope; because thou wilt not abandon my soul to Hades, nor allow thy Holy One to undergo decay. Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; Thou wilt make me full of gladness with thy presence.”   (Acts 2:22-28 NASV) A Paraphrase on This Sermon from Peter

The Apostle Peters First Sermon was naturally on Jesus of Nazareth after he had explained what had been seen as manifestations of the historical coming of the Holy Spirit in power and fullness to take the place of Jesus on earth, Jesus immediately before having Ascended back to the right hand of God the Father. First what Peter had told them about the Coming of the Holy Spirit to take the place of Jesus with a quote and explanation from Joel 2:28-32 (Acts 2:14-21): These men who are speaking on other languages that so that all men present here can hear in their own language, are not drunk; but is that historical event predicted by the Prophet Joel. It is that at the beginning of the last days, in other words right now, God will pour out the fullness of His Spirit; and with this fullness of the Spirit will also come: (1) A more widespread and democratic knowledge of God through the widespread presence and power of this Spirit as young and old, servant and free, men and women receive the Spirit; (2) prophecy will also become more democratic as contrasted to the Prophets in the Bible who wrote Scriptures of the Apostles of the New Testament; (3) All this will happen between this beginning of the last days and the end of time when the old earth becomes the new earth as the sun and moon are turned into darkness at the end of time; and (4) The sole method of salvation from this beginning of last days to this end of time will be that “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Second what Peter told them about Jesus and salvation: God the Father gave His own testimony of witness to Jesus through miracles, wonders, and signs that obviously had to come from God and which Jesus performed as well as the voice that came from heaven at the baptism and transfiguration of Jesus. God did this in your midst in the midst of Israel and in the First Century as all Israel well knew. Yet Israel crucified Jesus on a tree, or cross, making Him a curse in the sight of God which was really the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God as we have seen predicted in the Old Testament long before the First Century A.D. God in order to complete salvation and the testimony to His own Son raised Jesus up from the dead. You see if He was His own Son, and He was, it was impossible that death and the grave could hold Him captive. And like David wrote in Psalms as a prediction of that which was to come and as a decree from God of what was already settled in heaven that remained to be fulfilled on earth was that God would not leave Christ’s soul in hell for more than three days, that He would not allow the physical body of Christ to suffer the corrupting influence of the grave, and that as the Firstborn He would be restored to life and the Presence of God.

  1. What God will do for humanity during the period of time from the beginning of the last days after the Ascension of Christ and the end of time!
    1. Psalm 18:25 and Matthew 5:7: God will bless the merciful by giving them mercy Blessed are the merciful; for they shall obtain mercy. (KJV)
    2. Psalm 18:49 and Romans 15:9: God will spread the praise of His name and the name of Jesus among the Gentiles, another aspect of the democratic ways of God after the Coming of the Spirit in fullness.
  • Now we are in a position to understand Jesus cry of “My God, my God why hast thou forsaken me?” of Psalm 22:1 and Matthew 27:46.
    1. It is to be understood in the total context of Psalm 22 which starts with the Crucifixion of Jesus and the words of Jesus on the cross in 22:1 and ends in 22:2831 with establishment of the kingdom of Christ on earth in its fullness.
    2. First we should realize that other portions of Psalm 22 relate ahead of time events about the crucifixion as they pierced the hands of Christ and as they cast lots for His garments: Psalm 22:16-18 and Matthew 27:35, also John 19:24.
    3. Psalm 22:22 and Hebrews 2:12: Both He, Christ, who does the sanctifying, or setting apart of Christian in salvation, and those sanctified, that is the Christians, has the same source from the One God the Father; and therefore Jesus as the Firstborn is not ashamed to call the secondborns Christians as brethren.
    4. So God the Father turned His back on Christ the Son was He was dying on the cross for the sins of the world, while Christ was being made a curse on the cross which a righteous God could not stand; and to that extent God the Father had to forsake Him for three days according to the plan that they had made in the counsels of eternity while Christ was on the cross being made a curse, and while Christ went to hell, the intermediary place after death for those who do not go immediately to heaven where He preached to the dead spirits. Who Then Will See God and Be Saved?
      1. Those who are sensitive the Conscience of others as well as his own Christian Conscience, seeking their good as well as his own good: Psalm 24:1 and I Corinthians 10:26.
      2. Those who have received a legally declared purity of heart through justification by faith and an inward potential of purity of heart through the daily process of sanctification, and that will also become the pure of heart with complete redemption or glorification at the Second Coming of Christ: Psalm 24:3-5 and Matthew 5:8.
      3. Those who learn to love life and see longevity of life: Psalm 34:12-16 and I Peter 3:10-12.
      4. Those who do not forget faith in Christ and in the Crucifixion of Christ for salvation and righteousness: Psalm 34:19,20 and John 19:36; and Psalm 35:19 and John 15:25.

(1). In the crucifixion they hated Christ without a cause.

(2). Not a bone in Christ’s body was broken like the Passover Lamb, but rather when His side was pierced out flowed blood and water, the sign of death by a broken heart.

2-4:  WISDOM FROM GOD

While we certainly think of the Proverbs from Solomon as a book of Wisdom, we should also think of the book of Psalms as also among the Wisdom literature, especially when we look at the details of that wisdom as in this section. I. Two Kinds Response/People.

  1. Let a man ask in faith and without a desire to consume it on his own lusts in order to get wisdom from God: Proverbs 2:3-6 and James 1:5. Although, of course, we are looking at the Prophet David in Psalms, we at the same time are practicing the habit of keeping the book of Psalms, even with NT interpretations, in the total context of the Bible. What better context than that of Proverbs from the son of David and the king that followed him, noted throughout the world for his wisdom, and from the Apostle James who wrote a book about the “wisdom from above”. James 1:5 and chapter context, with its admonition to ask of God wisdom, is more a paraphrase than a quote of Proverbs 2:3-6 with it’s “the LORD gives wisdom” (2:6). The chapter context of Proverbs 2 introduces knowledge, skill, and wisdom, and understanding. Wisdom is generally considered the ability to make decisions. The chapter context of James 1 makes the further clear that wisdom like so many other things we ask from God comes through faith; and we know the subject of the whole book of James to be primarily on faith, the faith which saves because it is faith that shows itself in works and then the other faith which the devils have and tremble because they know the intellectuals about God, but which does not save. Even as you have in James and Proverbs the two kinds of faith, so you have the two kinds of people responses in the believing faith and the faith which the devils have and tremble.
  2. The Wisdom of God includes discipline of the LORD, Proverbs 3:11,12 and Hebrews 12:5,6. Beyond this is “what the Bible says”, we should see that the Bible says it that way because God is that way. Bible truths, knowledge, skill, understanding, and wisdom are based on the character of God Himself. When we understand Bible truth we are understanding God. When we obey Bible truth we are getting closer to the character of God Himself. You know how God says, “Be holy, because I am holy.” Holiness is a big part of the character of God, and when we practice holiness and righteousness, we are following the example of God. The complete verses of Proverbs 3:11,12 are quoted by the Apostle Paul in Hebrews 12:5,6, introduced by Paul with “you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons” (12:5a). The point being, and that is the explanation of Paul in 12:7-11 being that you should be glad if God deals with you like sons, even when that is chastening for correction like any father would do for his son; because that means rather than being a bastard, you are a very adopted son of God. God does it for our profit in order to promote “holiness” in our lives; and while it may not seem joyful at the time, it does promote the peaceable fruit of righteousness. You might say that God is helping us along as we “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” as Jesus advised.
  3. To turn sinner from error of ways, Proverbs 10:12 and James 5:20. It takes the whole context of Proverbs 10 to see the relationship between 10:12, where “hatred” and “love” are contrasted while the outcome of hatred in “strife” and the outcome of love in the “covering for sins” is also contrasted, and with James 5:20 where the person who puts enough effort into turning a sinner from the error of his way also: (1) saves a soul from death, and certainly that is the ultimate in love; and (2) covers a multitude of sins, the salvation itself taking care of that multitude. However, if you look at the total context of Proverbs 10, you will find in verse 10:3 how righteousness delivers from death, in 10:4 how the righteous soul to prosper {you have to be careful here in using the word prosper or prosperity lest the advocates of the Gospel of Wealth, Prosperity, and Success, and there are many today in many different pulpits and on TV, take this to mean material prosperity when it is really referring to the soul growing rather than being famished}, and on through you can see the similarity of the two verses in the respective contexts.
  4. Some do the deed of their father the devil, Proverbs 18:4 and John 7:38. And this is the ultimate contrast here between saving faith and dying faith, between wisdom from above and wisdom that is world-centered, between life and death, and between deeds for God the Father, even after the chastening for holiness, contrasted to the deeds of the father the devil. Jesus shocked many of the religious leaders of His day by saying that “You are of your father the devil, and the deeds of your father you do.” When you come right down to the nitty-gritty all men are either a servant of God or of the devil, a servant of God of the mammon of men which also leads to servitude to the devil, the servant of righteousness or the servant under the bondage of sin. When Jesus quotes in John 7:38 “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture ha said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water”, the Apostle John explains that this is a reference to the Coming of the Holy Spirit which was not yet given, the Holy Spirit whom all believing in Jesus would receive. How much of that do we really find in the context of Proverbs 18, although we readily recognize the “wellspring of wisdom is a flowing brook” as that living water does flow from God as the Source of the Wellspring, more specially God the Holy Spirit. As Jesus gave the great commission to “believe and be baptized”, the believe was for us to do and the “be baptized”, the one baptism of Romans and of the one doctrine of baptism of Ephesians, is synonymous with salvation. It is the work of God through the Spirit of God in the life when the believer believes. This you would also find to be the theme of my volume 3 of the LEARN CHRIST commentaries on the 14 letters of the Apostle Paul, “Believe and Be Baptized”. That is a lot of Bs, but it is also a lot of being.
  1. Some wise and unwise responses to God.
    1. Those who have the knowledge of Jesus then return to worldly entanglements are like dogs returning to vomit: Proverbs 26:11 and II Peter 2:22.
    2. To plan on tomorrow apart from the will of God is foolish: Proverbs 27:1 and James 4:13.
    3. Rich foolishly fall into temptations and snares: Proverbs 28:20 and I Timothy6:9.
  • Making life’s decisions in terms of the terminal One Day.
    1. After tribulation the sun and moon will be darkened, the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of heaven will be shaken: Ecclesiastes 12:1-3 and Mark 13:24.
    2. Then the meek will inherit the earth: Psalm 37:11 and Matthew 5:5.
    3. In preparation for this new people of the new heavens and earth God has pro-vided a body, the body of Christ, as He took away burnt offerings and sacrifices: Psalm 40:6-8 and Hebrews 10:5.
    4. The unwise eats bread at the table of Christ while they lift up their heel against Him: Psalm 41:9 and John 13:18.
  1. God’s Eternal Wisdom rests in Christ.
    1. God the Father, Psalm 45:6,7 and Hebrews 1:8, says of God the Son:

(1). Your throne is forever, O God;

(2). Rule of your kingdom is righteousness; and

(3). You loved righteousness, hated iniquity.

  1. Some statements by Christ before made on earth:

(1). They hated me without cause: Psalm 69:4 and John 15:25.

(2). The reproaches of God fell on me: Psalm 69:9 and Romans 15:3.

2-5:  THE GOSPEL

Even as perhaps you did not expect the resurrection and crucifixion from the book of Psalms, perhaps you did not also expect the Gospel of Jesus Christ to be in Psalms.

  1. The Time Finally came.
  1. Christ in parables told hidden things: Psalm 78:2,24, Matthew 13:35, and John6:31.
  2. The Father charged to angels to care for Christ: Psalm 91:11 and Matthew 4:6.
  3. God knows the thoughts of the wise as vain: Psalm 94:11,12 and I Corinthians3:20.
  4. This is the time to hear the voice of God, not hardening the heart: Psalm 95:7-11 and Hebrews 3:15; 3:7; and 4:7.
  5. Some things God the Father says.
  6. Of The Son You are Eternal though the earth passes away: Psalm 101:25-33 and Hebrews 1:10.
  7. Of angels, ministers and a flame of fire: Psalm 104:4 and Hebrews 1:7,8.
  8. To Son, Sit on my right hand until I make your enemies your footstool: Psalm 110:1 and Hebrews 1:13.
  9. That Christ is a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek: Psalm 110:4 and Hebrews 5:6,7:21.

III. Believe and Speak.

  1. God made Jesus Lord and Christ: Psalm 110:1 and Acts 2:34,35.
  2. II Corinthians 9:9 and Psalm 112:9.
  3. II Corinthians 4:13 and Psalm 116:10.
  4. Romans 15:11 and Psalm 117:1.
  5. Psalm 118:22, Matt 21:42, and Luke 20:17.
  6. Psalm 118:26 and Matthew 21:9.

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THE 19 WRITING PROPHETS: CHAPTER 1 Preface to The 19 Writing Prophets

THE 19 WRITING PROPHETS

CHAPTER 1   Preface to The 19 Writing Prophets

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There is no substitute for the reading of the Writing Prophets themselves even as there is no substitute for the actual reading of the NT {New Testament} and the whole Bible. Like one Bible teacher said many years ago, “Read your Bibles, they will throw a lot of light on the commentaries.” Then again with something as difficult as the Writing Prophets, especially in order to ascertain the relevance for today, some guidance is helpful based on hours with those Writing Prophets. When Philip the evangelists caught the Ethiopian reading from the queen of the Writing Prophets, Isaiah, Philip asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” The Ethiopian replied, “How can I except some man should guide me?” Thus each reader of the Writing Prophets or of a commentary such as this on the Writing Prophets needs to have some nudge like for the Ethiopian in the direction of Christ and other things most clearly known in the NT to help with the OT {Old Testament}. Often you will find in the pages of this commentary the statement “What God considers most important in the OT in order to quote in the NT”; and that is the real “study guide”, that and the ASPI for Authorized Semi-Public Interpretation. While this is a day of “itching ears” Bible teachers with either “private” interpretations of the Bible, out of the total context of the Bible; or even more popular Bible teachers and preachers who claim for themselves extra-biblical interpretations. {You know what I mean, those who say “The Lord told me” or “God gave me a word”, as if, like Apostle Paul wrote in Corinthians, either “the Word came out of them or came to them only.”} Yet Peter wrote in II Peter 1:20, and that Word of God still stands like a prophecy against any man or woman who would claim to have a private interpretation that glories themselves and makes a profit, “no prophecy of the Scripture is of any private interpretation”. God Authorized a more public interpretation consistent with all the Apostles and Prophets; and it would be the API if it were not for the fact that academic scholarship or credentials or even popularity is not sufficient for the understanding and teaching of the Bible, hence the ASI for Authorized Semi-Public Interpretation. Perhaps the biggest mess ever made with the Bible of the OT among any society was by the religious leaders of Judaism during the life of Christ; and while we will not repeat here the labels Christ had for these scribes, Pharisees, Sadducees, and priests of His day, you will recall that they were blind, they could not understand, and they had come to substitute the teachings of men for the commandments of God. Well, that is happening again today as we see an unbelievable number of men and women who teach the Bible for profit; and we appreciate some of the extent today of the popular “heaping up of teachers with itching ears” of II Timothy 4:3,4, which matches if is not greater than the present intolerance among church members and denominations of sound doctrine.

1-1:  God’s Efforts to Collect a People for His Name.

The history of the OT, indeed of OT and NT times, is a struggle on the part of God to get a people for His name that will keep His covenants. Since like the Apostle James said at the Great Jerusalem Conference, “known unto God are all His works from the beginning”, God knew that it would be a struggle from the 80 years in the wilderness to cull a real people from Israel through the periods of judges, the united kingdom, the divided kingdoms, captivity, restoration, the time of Christ, the termination of the Jews for new people in the kingdom three and one-half years after the crucifixion, the increase in number of Gentiles as His people, all the way to the Fullness of the Gentiles with the spreading of the Gospel to every nation, and then the Falling Away of the Gentiles except for a remnant, much like what happened to two-thirds of the Jews during Daniel’s period of the probational covenant. God expected all this; no doubt, He has a certain number of people in mind for His eternal kingdom, and perhaps one reason that the Second Coming has been extended so long is because God has determined that certain number.   Even as He designated early in history and in Genesis that man would populate the whole earth, so He needs a certain number of kingdom members to repopulate the new earth. In short, all of the rebellion against God’s covenants was expected by God, planned on by God, and God knew that it would take thousands of years to repopulate His kingdom while taking only a small remnant out of each generation that claimed some association with God.

1-2:  19 Writing Prophets.

The impression that this is only the 16 Writing Prophets is somewhat of a simplification in that there is an introductory chapter on Psalms also, from the Prophet David, with a little of the Prophet Solomon from Proverbs, and even a little from the Prophet Job as dictated by the Magic Outline of the Bible under 12 topics as used in all five volumes of the LEARN CHRIST commentaries. However, we no way can such a chapter do justice to the extent of the messages in this Bible literature of Wisdom and Praise. In short, the bulk of this volume is on the 16 Writing Prophets, the 4 so called major prophets because of the size of their books–Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel, and the 12 minor prophets. Actually, to be more precise, this is on 19 Writing Prophets, the 16 major and minor with Moses, David, and Job.

1-3:  The Message of the Writing Prophets.

The message of the Writing Prophets, if we can consider that they have one most prominent and consistent message throughout all 16 books, as you will find discussed in the next chapter, goes something like this: “God’s people are not acting like God’s people; a more immediate disaster or disasters is here or on the way for punishment unless they repent as a nation, called a day of the LORD and Lord; and the ultimate and final day of the LORD and Lord is pending fulfillment with an eternal punishment for the unbelievers {this included God’s people that cultivate “an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God} and eternal reward for believers whose names are written in the book of life, the final disaster at the end of the Age after the Second Coming of Christ. Now all of this message is not in the 16 Writing Prophets per se; but the kernel is with slight explanations and further revelations to be given in the New Testament. As we study the message in these Prophets, having in this century as in the past two hundred centuries a complete Bible of 66 books, we reserve the right to use all of the Bible truth on each book.

There are two corollary messages to this “The Message” that we would seek to make clear from the writings of these 16 Prophets: (1) that God is in control of history, that God makes history on the daily and routine level as well as at the level of nations and the world, that God knows all His works of history from the beginning to the end, works on individuals and works on nations, and that God is actively and always involved in the making of history to the extent that the contemporary hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes with incidents also like 911 are under His immediate control {we will need to discuss how God has much of the natural and beyond world under automatic control, but always with the option of immediate intervention which He quite often exercises}; and (2) that the 16 Writing Prophets were writing words of God, and of Scripture, quite often they simply recorded words of direct dictation from God.

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If allowed for the truth to set in of Ephesians 4:20, there are at least two startling statements of the Word of God here:  (1) There is a right way and a wrong way to learn Christ, which leads the way to question, as did Paul, the conversion of the converts at Ephesus, under the ministry of Joel Osteen, J. D. Greear, and Swaggart who now attract public attention in amassing numbers, no new thing as J. D. Powell asked in the Southern Baptist Convention over 20 years ago “Where are the Converts” and the report was made at the 2018 SBC that numbers of baptisms and churches are increasing but attendance is going down; (2) Paul, and the word of God through Paul leave the example and the way for us to question the quality of the converts in terms of how well they learned Chirst.

You see, then as in today, Christians were external influence more by their culture than they were internally influenced by the sanctifying influence of Learning Christ.  The way to not learn Christ through culture is explained in the verses before 4:2.

“This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.”  (Ephesians 4:17-19)

The majority Gentile culture that they were surrounded by at Ephesus of the Roman Empire was much like the American majority culture churches are sorrounded by and influenced by today, noted by walking (a life style) that is: (1) of futility of mind: (2) darkened understanding; (3) alienation from God; (4) ignorance caused by a blindness of the heart; (5) have seared their conscience beyond real spiritual feeling culminating in lewdness, uncleanness, and greediness.  You don’t want a church full of those do you? Is it noticeable that the more democratic and humanistic any culture grows, it grows less moral demonstrating lewdness, uncleanness, the greediness of all pleasures.

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Sound 1-1: GRACE TO KNOW!

 

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Sound 1-1:    GRACE TO KNOW!

God through Christ gives us the grace to know sound doctrine and sound faith.  When I first mentioned THE SOUND OF A SOUND FAITH to people, the question was asked “What is sound faith?”  At that time I could only reply “that is a good question”; for we all know the different sounds of faith, churches, denominations, and religions that clamor in the world for attention. {This is the age of a proliferation of the heaping up of teachers with itching ears as we will look at in the fourth chapter.}  The immediate answer is that God gives us through Christ the grace to know sound doctrine, and then the grace to have confidence in what we know!  “For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of confidence, of love, and of a sound mind.”   The sufficient answer which demands some additional explanation is that SOUND DOCTRINE (this, of course, includes sound faith) IS “EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD”, to borrow some words from Jesus as quoted from the Apostles and recorded in the Bible.  Hardly anyone interested in the Bible as the Word of God would deny that sound doctrine is every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. However, it is much like the global statement that “Christ is the answer for all the problems of the world” which leaves unanswered many complementary questions such as which Christ:  the Christ of the Mormons, or the Christ of the Lutherans, the Christ of the Bible of most Christians, or the Christ of some television evangelist that are in Christ‛s work for the money?  (It should be obvious that there must be in the world today “wolves in sheep‛s clothing” that Paul told the Ephesian elders that would come immediately after his departure.  And when you also consider the danger of popularity in Christ faith [the difference between the majority of “many” and minority of “few” of Jesus‛ teachings, it seems most probable that the popular television evangelists are the “wolves in sheep‛s clothing”.}

Because of the many faiths in the world today, many religions, many interpretations of the Bible, we can not back away from the simple conviction that came from the teachings of Jesus Himself who said,  If any man will do His (God‛s) will, he will know of the doctrine if it came of God.  It is important to get the exact wording as recorded in John 7:17  by the Apostle John (who, by the way heard it for himself from Jesus): “If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority.”  The bottom line of this very fundamental principle of Bible understanding {hermeneutics, to use the word of preachers and Bible scholars} is that understanding of the Bible is an individual matter that is largely determined by a persons will to do what it teaches.  In other words, a good attitude promotes good understanding and a bad attitude promotes bad understanding.

Although we desire in our preaching and teaching of sound faith no to be brutal, there are some simple Bible facts that must be faced up to as we struggle with the problem of why so few people really understand the Bible: (1) God actually blinds the eyes of most people so that they can not understand as for example most of the Jewish nation up to this present except for a chosen few like Paul and the other Apostles and the first churches; (2) As Romans 1 informs us God gives up most people and civilizations to a “reprobate mind” that can not understand the things of God, do not care to understand, and in fact have a predisposed attitude to prevent an understanding of the Bible; (3) God plays with the wisdom of the world and of the university scholars as He chooses to save those through the foolishness of preaching to save those who believe (“When in the wisdom of God, the world by wisdom knew not God it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save those that believe…”); (4) The wisdom of this world of the universities and books (except a select few) are foolishness with God, and not many mighty or noble or wise are called to a proper spiritual understanding; and (5) It is necessary to face up to the fact that true Bible faith in Christ is a minority endeavor as “many are called but few are chosen”, and “broad is the way that leads to destruction and many go that way” while “narrow is the way that leads to eternal life”  and few there are that take that way of life.  It is the simple difference between the majority and the minority that we are talking about.

This applies to the United States also.  You can hardly make a legitimate case that this majority and minority thing of the Bible applies to the whole world apart from the United States.  Even as it applied also to Israel, the originally chosen nation of God, in the days of Christ, it also applies to the currently chosen nation of God, the United States, during this age of the fullness of the Gentiles.  What we have in the United States, to use the words of some of the American Studies scholars, is an AMERICAN DEMOCRATIC FAITH.  It can be summarized as spoken by former Prime Minister of Israel Begin, “You Americans are born Christians just as Jews are born Jews.” Neither is true, but it takes a close study of that part of the Word of God called the book of Romans, by the Apostle Paul and the Spirit of God, to understand it.  That will be explained in the third chapter, “God‛s Watershed of History: Choice of a Beloved and Foolish Nation”.  Suffice it to say for now as Paul, “not every Jew is born of Israel”, nor is every child of God born of Israel, and there is a spiritual Israel.  In other words, until the fullness of the Gentiles age is complete, there will be more children of God from among the Gentiles, the United States leading the way, than from among the physical nation of Israel.  {Enjoy it while you can.}

Second to the proper attitude, it is necessary to work hard to understand the Bible.  Jesus uses the words “asking”, “seeking”, and “knocking”. Another way to say it is that those who search after the truth from the

Bible are the ones most likely to find the truth.  One of the so-called “beatitudes” describes the way God will bless those who seek the truth of the Bible, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.”  Many like to talk about this as happiness or the beatitudes. No, it is the blessings of God; and if God Himself blesses you beyond that of the sun and rain, beyond that of the majority on the earth, it is indeed a blessing.  God can and will bless you by understanding of every word that proceeds out of His mouth if you will develop the right attitude and put out effort in knowing the truth.  We live among many who desire the instant spiritual blessings of salvation and special insight; however there is never and has never been a quick and easy way.  Many point to the salvation of Paul on the road to Damascus as an example of instantaneous salvation; but there would not have been a salvation experience of the road except for the extended time of that preceded it in which “he kicked against the pricks”.  And still his salvation was not complete as indicated by the physical blindness {a sign of incomplete spiritual insight}, until Ananias assisted him with more truth from the Ascended Christ.  Even so Paul was not yet ready to preach. He must spend time in the Arabian Desert with the Ascended Christ, and then go back to Tarsus to reread the Old Testament in the light of what Christ had taught him.

Paul teaches about the yearn in Hebrews for the sound doctrine of the Word of God as the equivalent motivation of a new born baby desiring to have milk.  All know of that yelling and screaming and crying of the baby for milk, and the person who yearns with that intensity after every word from the mouth of God as recorded in the Word of God will be rewarded in like manner as a mother cares for her child.  Someone besides Jacob must wrestle with the angel for a spiritual blessing, and that someone is the person, having established a proper attitude, who seeks to know the truth of God and Christ, the truth of the Word of God which is divine in origin, absolute in authority, sufficient in message, and high fidelity in communication.

A Few Biblical Statements About What Sound Doctrine Is!

  1. What is Sound Doctrine? Since doctrine is another word for teachings, and of course for Bible believers the teachings of Jesus and of God, which are the same, then sound doctrine is also sound teachings from God Himself and from the Lord Jesus Christ.  Jesus made it clear often during

His three years ministry on earth that His teachings or doctrines were not His own but belonged to God His Father, and furthermore that whatever God taught Him to say is exactly what He taught on this earth.  Parenthetically, it should be stated at this point that sound faith is a subset of sound doctrine. Even as sound doctrine includes all that comes from God and Jesus and all that can be known as truth about God and Jesus and their teachings, even so sound faith is a subset in that it is both beliefs and a process of confidence in that sound doctrine.  {This will be discussed more thoroughly from the Bible in the chapter on FAITH.}

  1. What is Sound Doctrine? Sound doctrine is synonymous with “the faith once for all delivered to the saints” (verse 3) of the book of Jude. It was delivered once for all by Jesus and the Apostles who recorded what He said in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John; it was recorded once for all in the books written by the Apostles and Prophets; it has been sealed once for all in the history of the Christ faith in the book of 66 books, 39 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament, by the assembly of the Firstborn and their leaders as they have crystallized as the Holy Bible this book.  You see right here at this point at least half of the confusion is eliminated as on how to distinguish between sound doctrine and all the beliefs that clamor for recognition.  At least half of all of the religions and denominations did not subscribe to the Bible as the Word of God, and therefore do not subscribe to this as the only sufficient source of sound doctrine.  Then you can eliminate another one-fourth of so-called Christian denominations and religions who do not believe as stated in Jude 3, that the sound faith and doctrine was once for all delivered to the saints.  They believe in the evolution of sound doctrine; they believe that they like the Prophets and Apostles of old are the recipients of special revelations from God.  At the extreme of this spectrum are the Mormons who have replaced the single Bible of the faith once delivered with four Bibles, and also subscribe to constant new revelation from the Heads of the LDS churches.  To express it in the words of the Doctrine and the Covenants any time the Head Prophet of the Mormon church speaks, it is Word of God.  {Later, I will discuss how this places two curses from the Holy Bible itself on the head of the Latter Day Saints.}  And at the other end of the spectrum of the group who do not see sound doctrine and sound faith as “once for all delivered” are those people and groups who see knowledge of truth from God as sort of an evolution that comes as we learn more and as we acquire more scientific knowledge.  As an example, and this is very subtle, is the religious person who will take God‛s name in vain as excusable as if the words no longer apply, “the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain” as taught by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount.  Or the person that somehow sees God and His Word as outdated because this new generation is so much smarter than the last generation that lived.  B. Phillips expressed it years ago when he wrote the book, YOUR GOD IS TOO SMALL.  People did not believe that God understood radar or the modified Bohr Theory of the atom.  Today people do not believe that God understands computers and genetics and information technology.  You see we confuse some older Christ believers and what they understand with the God of this universe who understands and knows all things; and further who created the minds who can probe and invent these things and the fundamentals laws of the universe that make the understanding of these technical matters possible.
  2. What is Sound Doctrine? It is doctrine that comes from God through the work and will of the Holy Spirit of God.   Here, I must quote from the Word of God itself as found in II Timothy 3:16,17:

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness…”  You see it came from God is a gift from God for the profit of humanity in order that humanity may come to know the way that God wants us to live {that is the instruction, another word for teachings, and “instruction in righteousness” another way to correct our behavior and beliefs.}  As far as Scripture coming more specifically from the work on earth of God the Holy Spirit, we turn to the teachings of Jesus as recorded in John 14-16 where Jesus taught saying, “…when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth, for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.” (John 16:13)

  1. What is Sound Doctrine? It also helps to shift out the wheat from the chaff of sound doctrine to know not only the origin of sound doctrine as from God through the Spirit but that it must have come through an approved apostle or prophet.  How do we know who has been approved?  Once again it is from the Bible itself which tells of how Jesus chose both apostles and prophets.  If you believe about the Apostle Peter, then you believe that the Apostle Paul wrote Scriptures as much the Word of God as those of the Old Testament Prophets because Peter states that in his books, and so on epistle after epistle in the Bible the approximately 20 writing prophets of the Old Testament are confirmed and the approximately 7 writing Apostles of the New Testament confirm each other.
  2. What is Sound Doctrine? It is the doctrine or teachings or faith taught by the Holy Spirit of God Himself.  Refer again to John 16:13 above, “the Spirit of truth…will guide you into all truth.”  Isn‛t just a little bit of conviction and certainty like this from the Bible, from the teachings of Jesus Himself, from the book written by the Apostle John, and that has come to be believed by the great cloud of witnesses of the Christ faith that have gone before {Hebrews 11 and 12} worth a lot more than the tendency to wallow in he mud puddle of uncertainly and doubt of looking at all the teachings and beliefs in the world.  (Underlying all sound doctrine and the efforts to know and do sound doctrine is the fundamental belief based on the teachings of Jesus that the majority are wrong and the minority is right, and this applies in the United States as in all countries of the world.)
  3. What is Sound Doctrine? It is life related–can not be learned apart from the way life is lived–in that it must proceed from a deep-seated yearning to know the truth, with the confidence that the truth is more likely to be learned when it is passionately sought; can not be learned apart from a desire to know the will of God; and can not be learned unless equal life priority is given to “every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” to the life priority of making a living.

What are Some Obstacles to Learning Sound Doctrine?

  1. Pastor James, the pastor of the first church ever, in Jerusalem immediately after the life of Christ, and the half-brother of Jesus, had a lot to say in the little book of James about truth, doctrine, and what causes obstacles to sound doctrines in churches. It is very practical because Pastor James is dealing with the problems in a very real church, the First.  First of all the Apostle James says that the wars and battles over sound doctrine in local churches (and denominations) come from individual desires for pleasure and status.  Once again I must quote from the Word of God:

“Where do wars and fights come from among you?  Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members?  You lust (for control, for recognition, for power, etc.) and do not have.  You murder (that includes anger and fighting) and covet (desire to have and be what someone else in the church has and is) and cannot obtain.  You fight (in your home church) and war (in the denomination).  Yet you do not have because you do not ask.  You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.”  (James 4:1-3)

Wow!  It never can be said any better than that and never will be said any better than that.  Don‛t look for some deep meaning that causes the splits in churches and the warfare in the Southern Baptist Convention, it comes out of wars and battles for pleasure.  Crude, but true!

  1. Another obstacle to sound doctrine in individual lives, in beliefs, and in the practices of churches is the lack of wisdom. Contrary to the old wives tale “that if the majority of the church votes to do something, it is right” is the teaching of Pastor James in the Word of God that where there is no real prayer there is no real wisdom from God and from above, and further where in any church there is “self-seeking” and “confusion” that is the sure sign that the wisdom from above has never come.
  2. Another obstacle to sound doctrine is the “doctrines of devils”. Do the devils, alias the fallen angels and Satan, really have doctrine?  Oh yes, and that doctrine is subtle and often so close to the truth of Jesus that it is difficult to shift out from the truth.  Recall the way Satan tempted Jesus Himself in order to divert Jesus from the real will of God.  First of all, he quoted Scripture.  Do not be deceived, every quoter of Scripture is not on the side of Jesus.  In fact, it is very possible that Satan–especially in this time of intolerance toward sound doctrine–has as many people who quote Scripture as Jesus: the big difference being in the way they implement and interpret and apply the Scripture.  For example, Satan tempted Jesus (Luke 4:1-13) on three fronts with unsound doctrine from Scripture: first, the temptation or obstacle from Satan was to live by bread instead of by the will of God; second, the obstacle from Satan was to worship Satan and to get the whole world rather than worship God; and third, the obstacle was to tempt God by leading Himself into futile tests of God Himself, a very common practice today in very popular churches.
  3. The obstacle of seducing spirits. Along with the warnings of the Bible about doctrines of devils is also the warning of seducing spirits.  Once again to quote from the Bible, the Word of God:  “Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods, which God crated to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.”  (I Timothy 4:1-3)

This was expressly told to Paul by the Holy Spirit of God.  It is an inevitable prediction, called a prophesy, of what will take place in history: in fact is a accepted burden of proof of this book on THE SOUND OF A SOUND FAITH that has already happened, the time of intolerance toward sound doctrine.  It is generally referred to by Bible scholars as the Great Apostasy.  The only reason I do not like that phrase as it seems like something to happen way out in the future instead of now!

The short and simple of the meaning is: that is the doctrines of devils that come to you, and which must inevitable come as long as there is a Satan and other devils, if those doctrines of devils do not present obstacles to your sound faith and sound doctrine, then the seducing or deceiving spirts can get you.  The bad thing about a bad spirit is that it can be clothed in clothing that is very deceptive, say for example black clothing or sheep‛s clothing.

  1. The last obstacle to be mentioned to sound doctrine is the most serious obstacle to most Protestant, non-Mormon believers: it is the wall of intolerant doctrine built up in churches and denominations by itching ears teachers, preachers, and people that protects them from the sound of sound doctrine. When the Bible says in II Timothy 4:3,4, about the time of intolerance toward sound doctrine and mentions how those of itching ears will “HEAP” to themselves teachers of itching ears, the “heaping” has the implication of extensive effort to protect against sound doctrine.  For example the effort that the divorced in churches go to, who have not confessed divorce as adultery when there is remarriage, the effort they go to protect themselves from hearing the true words of the Bible and the teachings of Jesus on the matter.  The “heaping” is like building up a vast wall of protection against sound doctrine.  It reminds of what some of the New Jersey ladies who lost husbands in 9/11 were quoted as saying about the Bush administration, “they have built up around the White House a wall of secrecy.”  Well, the wall of intolerance toward sound doctrine is a wall for comfort, a wall built by itching ears.

Under Grace to Know

 

1. Some Sounds of Sound Faith (Doctrine) on Facebook.

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2. Download free the book Some sounds of Sound Faith at

www.sungrist.org/ssosf.pdf

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3. Number the People of God or Worship Christ, Revelation 4-7?
Chapter 3: Number the People of God or Worship Christ, Revelation 4-7?

Number the people

https://sungrist3in1.wordpress.com/category/book-of-revelation/

4. Bible for the World SunGrist Group on Facebook.

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Jerry McMichael
June 18 at 8:06 AM

“For God so loved the world that He gave His Son…” (John 3:16) And further God through providence and the Holy Spirit made sure this message would be available to the whole world, and His total message to the world, by creating the Bible for the total world, with the same message for all. It would be well among so many other days to honor this and that, to have a day or many days perhaps with prayer and fasting to thank our Heavenly Father not only for the sacrifice of His only begotten Son on the cross for our sins and the sins of the whole world to which this message in the Bible is targeted, but to also honor the Word of God: divine in origin, absolute in authority, sufficient in message, high fidelity in communication, self interpretative according to the Authorized semi-public interpretation of II Peter 1:20,21–” knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit…”

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5. Category: Faith Once for all Delivered at the 2018 SBC!

https://sungrist.net/category/faith-once-for-all-delivered-at-the-2018-sbc/

6.  Merchants of the World.

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