Russia, China, and the Gospel Track.

Russia, China, and the Gospel Track Series

Announcing a new Group on Russia, China, and the Gospel Track (tract) series with 10 bad Hermeneutics of the Scofield Reference Bible.

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10 ways Scofield Mites practice bad hermeneutics on the Bible.

1.  Their most famous (or infamous) is Revelation 16, about which they have attempted to build one-third of their bad theology of the millennium kingdom.

NOTE: Scofield mites are called mites for termites because not only have they entrenched themselves deeply in the SBC to undermine the foundation, but also in the red headings shown below in other versions of the Bible. Those are mistakes, for there is no MILLENNIUM KINGDOM and rapture and dispensationalism. It was hatched by Oxford Press and C.I. Scofield in 1909. How did the “faith once for all delivered to the saints” in the first century get along with such a theology for over 1900 years?

“Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while.

The Saints Reign with Christ 1,000 Years

And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for [a]a thousand years. But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ and shall reign with Him a thousand years.

Satanic Rebellion Crushed

Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea. They went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them. 10 The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where[b] the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

10 deceptive mistakes of Cyrus Scofield

(1) From this 20:1-10 passage with the only six times in the Bible thousand years is mentioned, not one thousand years or 1000 years which they like to deceive you into thinking, rather all six times it is either “a thousand” or “the thousand”, so that with proper reading it lends itself more to a variable, sort of like x.  Here as always in their beliefs they will claim literal Bible or rightly dividing up the Bible into pieces yet fail to admit that the three words about which they build their whole philosophy are not found once, one of which is millennium. which they base on this passage for which they label falsely a thousand years as the millennium.

(2).  When you carefully read what the Bible passage is all about you see it teaches a period of time from the first of the first resurrection (the first century) of those saved that died a blood death and the second resurrection at the Second Coming of Christ when the died in Christ shall rise first and then we which remain shall be caught up with them in the air, so shall we ever be with the Lord. You see why the variable x has to be in the “a thousand” or “the thousand”. Because Christians are still dying a violent and blood death throughout the world today, and therefore are participants in the first resurrection.  (It is a shame that Scofield mites strive to deny them this heritage.)

2.  Scofield mites are in the company with a lot of other Bible readers in that they fail to see “the last days” as starting with the first day of Pentecost after the Ascension and going all the way to shortly before the END and Second Coming when Satan is released from bondage.  This makes the last days approximately the same as the so-called millennium, which is really the variable of “a” or “the” thousand years.

3.  They fail to mention the withdrawal of the Holy Spirit at all of II Thessalonians which is the only way Satan can be released from bondage or captivity, as it was in the first place the coming of the Holy Spirit in great power with the 3 powers to convict of sin, righteousness, and judgment, that put Satan in bondage, restricting him from taking the whole world captive as by the power of the Holy Spirit some are saved.  The binding of Satan until the loosing of Satan also marks the x variable of the millennium, x variable primarily because Jesus refused to tell the exact time even in the book of Revelation; and it is  a time lodged only in the mind and heart of our God the Father, who is blessed forever, Amen.

4.  They play, like Satan, on the emotions of Christians by providing a false means of escape for the tribulation.  They with a philosophy of dispensationalism have falsely re-written both history and Bible history so that the final tribulation is put off for an equally false one thousand years.

5.  Correlated with this, they fantasize to mix up the great tribulation which happened during the first two hundred years of Christianity, and of which Jesus warned His disciples to flea to the mountains when they saw it coming…mix the great and the final tribulation.

6.  Stringing along with their dreams, they use charts to scare Christians who must go through the real final tribulation shortly before the Second Coming by painting horrible pictures.  No wonder after reading of the Scofield theology and hearing it preaching, they want to move the final tribulation away far, far from them after a false rapture and one thousand years.  However the true story of the tribulation that is dealt with extensively in the book of Revelation is a very limited tribulation, say on one third, or one fourth of the world, or some other limited from the total world.  AND THE MAIN FACT they ignore is that a voice holds back the four angels about to dish out the final tribulation until another angel can put a seal of salvation on the head of every living Christian.

7.  They practice an art born of Satan and ‘Seducing spirits” that majors in Bible half-truth, sort of like Satan did with Jesus in quoting Scripture out of context.  A good example is Zechariah 23 where they try to read in a millennium kingdom when in reality clearly seen by the content, it is talking about the FOREVER KINGDOM.  Likewise in the context, you see this is the great last battle and the END of the world, including the Second Coming of Christ.

8.  They play with Israel and God’s promises to Israel which was the main goal of the scoundrel and immoral Scofield when he took the contract for money to do a re-write of the Bible with his notes.  Rich Hebrews in New York, Oxford Press and other Brits, and 2 gay Greek scholars at Oxford University with the help of the Darby writings wanted to restore the kingdom to the Zealots, something Jesus refused to do; and in fact told them that the kingdom was removed from Israel and given to another country.  You can get a good straightening out by reading Romans on how not all Israel are of the nation of Israel, and all Jews are not those of the circumcision; and the study of Ephesians where there is along with local churches, One Church of both Jews and Gentiles.

9.  In the process of all these false additions to and taking away from the Bible, the bad and cursed mathematics of the Scofield mites, they have misled southern Baptist and others on the meaning of the one church and of the kingdom.  Paul clearly writes that Jews in the first century, and now, become fellow citizens with the saints, in other words of the same Forever Kingdom.  And it was the usage of the word “invisible” by Scofield that enraged by Dr. B. Carroll and Dr. Lee, when it is obvious from the 128 times the word church is mentioned in the NT about 22 refer to the one body of Christ of Jews and Gentiles, very visible now as seen by some in the many Christian congregations across the land.

10.  This false rapture, not a word in the Bible, has hidden the present existent great apostasy of the Falling Away from the eyes most churches, preachers, and Christians.  So many verses teach and preach the Falling Away like Paul in II Thessalonians with “Brethren, be not deceived, Christ will not come again unless there by first the falling away…”  So what did Scofield do in return for churches and pastors believing a millennium kingdom especially for the Zealots, he gave Christians a way out of the Falling Away by putting it off more than one thousand years, along with the final tribulation by striving to shackle another later generation of Christians with it.  Yes, it is true that the present return of the Jews to their homeland in predicted in the Bible in the very same passages that (1) tell of the Forever Kingdom after the Second Coming; and (2) that tell of the great last battle of all nations with the invasion of Jerusalem where one half of the population will be taken captive and the other half saved.  That is the straight poop that TBN, Swaggart, and other Scofield mites should be telling their people.

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Ann Mac Memorial Set of 7 Bible Commentaries Volume 4: The Book of Hebrews

Ann Mac Memorial Set of 7 Bible Commentaries Volume 4: The Book of Hebrews

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Eternal Security

Security of the Believer

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Chapter 35: Security of the Believer from the Apostles John and Paul. 3
Chapter 36: 47
Complete Outline of I John. 47
Division Three Faith Contending Versus Security Verses 47
“Little Children”. 78
Some Matters of Outline Exegesis. 80
Outline of I John Continued. 81
Chapter 37: 84
Faith and Faith Contending in the Bible. 84
The Word “Faith” in the Old Testament 90
“Faith” in Hebrews 11. 92
The Context of Romans 8:22. 102
Dead Faith versus Living Faith. 116
Chapter 38: 118
The Sound of a Sound Faith. 118
Chapter 39: 212
What Do You Do?. 212
Chapter 35: Security of the Believer from the Apostles John and Paul.

Years ago, I wrote a commentary entitled, IF TWO AGREE, A HARMONY OF JOHN AND EPHESIANS, because I thought the ultimate in an illustration of agreement or the harmony of the Bible would be books like John and Ephesians where the two Apostles never met. After all these years I am still impressed with the harmony of all the 14 books from Paul, the three Paul edited, and the 5 books from the Apostle John. Indeed, I am impressed with the harmony of the Bible as a collection of 66 books from one author, the Spirit of Christ.

35-1: A PARAPHRASE OF SIX SMALL EPISTLES FROM PAUL and JOHN.

The security of the believer is taught throughout the Bible. Six books, three from Paul and three from John, are chosen to illustrate the security of the believer.
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Paul and Timothy to Philemon, to Apphia, Archippus, and to the church in your house, grace and peace from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God that the knowledge of your faith becomes even more effectual as the good from your faith is acknowledged as what is in you is in Christ Jesus. Brother, all the saints are encouraged by your faith.
I, Paul the aged and a prisoner, beseech you more than enjoin you for the sake of Onesimus that you might receive him even as me. He departed for a season that you might receive him forever: receive him as myself, your partner, and receive him as above a servant, as a brother. Any wronging of you or debt, put that on my account. Let me have joy of you in the Lord, refresh my bowels in the Lord. I have confidence that you will do more than I say and prepare me to lodge as I trust to be delivered to you. At your house salute: Epaphras, Marcus, Aristarchus, Demas, Lucas. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

III John:
The elder to Gaius: Beloved, I wish that you may prosper and be in good health directly proportional to the prospering of your soul. It was rejoicing to listen to the brethren tell of the truth in you and of the walk-in truth. That my children walk in the truth, there is no greater joy. What you have done for brethren and strangers has been witnessed before the church.

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Paul and Erosions of Sound Doctrine.

CHAPTER 2     Paul and Erosions of  Sound Doctrine

 NOTE:  This is chapter 2 of the SunGrist book “Believe and Be Baptized, the life and 14 NT letters of the Apostle Paul, at the end you can download either the chapter or the whole book in PDF, and links will be given to you to buy this third volume of the Learn Christ Bible Commentaries at Amazon in Kindle or Paperback.

erosions of sound doctiine

I know that the Apostle Paul cried quite often about what happened to him before he became a Christian, how he persecuted the church.  No doubt he confessed his sins, God forgave his sins, God forgot his sins; but to a certain extent–at least in Paul’s memories–the load was still on his back.  Let us be careful here–this matter is very practical for daily Christian and church life–there is no need for Paul or us to carry around any “care” of any kind, including past weights and sins.  The Apostle Peter made that clear.

“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”  (I Peter 5:6,7)

However, in spite of forgiveness; in spite of God’s forgetfulness; in spite of the getting of Paul’s cares off his back, something remained in his memory and on his back related to his persecution of the church.  I don’t think we have all the answers, but we do not it clearly remained.  Paul wrote that he was not any worthy to be called an Apostle because he persecuted the church of God.  Of course, we did know that part of the problem was because Christians had difficulties initially accepting Paul as an Apostle.  Some were afraid of him because they knew as Saul how he had dragged Christians into prison.  Remember Ananias when God told him to go talk to Saul, “Lord, I’ve heard about this man, and how much harm he has caused the saints in Jerusalem.”  (Acts 9:13)

Even though God forgives our past sins and forgets them, casting them as far as the east is from the west and promising to remember them no more, I think there are certain inevitable laws that exist here on earth such as the law of gravity, the law of supply and demand, the law of inertia, and the law of sowing and reaping.  We simply continue to reap certain consequences of our past here on earth and in the history of earth.  And no matter how much we cast our cares on Christ, realizing the assurance of forgiveness and forgetfulness, the memories even if in our subconscious remain.  Listen to it straight from one of Paul’s letters.

“For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.  But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.” (I Corinthians 15:9,10)

When we consider doctrine, alias the teachings of the Bible, and especially as related to our past and present weights or sins, we need something of the attitude of the Apostle Paul as reflected in I Corinthians 15:9,10. 1.  By the grace of God, past and present I am what I am.

This assumes that he has confessed his sins, asked and received forgiveness and God’s forgetfulness.

  1. Considering himself the least in his group, the least of the Apostles, only made Paul work even harder to prove that the grace of God toward him was not wasted. He worked harder than all the others.  Even there, he pauses to acknowledge that in the work it was not really him, but the grace of God that was working in him.

2-1:  Doctrine, often a Tight Shoe that Crimps our Style.

Now, I have mentioned all this in order to say that doctrine is often a “Tight Shoe” that puts a crimp in our walking and living style, especially that doctrine that I discuss now that seems to have become a major problem for us in the more recent years.  It is by no means a new problem as I can recall it from the 1960’s in Tucumcari, FBC, and Portales at Emmanuel Baptist Church as well as other places.  Which doctrinal problem am I speaking of?  That of, marriage, divorce, and the biblical requirements for pastors and deacons.  In particular we think of two scriptures in I Timothy 3:2 and 3:12.

“A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife…”  (I Timothy 3:2)

“Let deacons be the husbands of one wife…”  (I Timothy 3:12)

Now, before we proceed on the “Tight Shoe” of this doctrine, realizing that our nation is approaching the point where over 50% of marriages end in divorce and knowing that some of our most respected and active church members have been divorced as well as  close loved ones; and at the same time knowing that we must hold high the standard of marriage from our Creator from the beginning, in spite of the allowance in the time of Moses of a writ of divorcement because of the hardness of the peoples heart, we must preach, teach, and write the whole counsel of God, being concerned quite often about the totality of doctrine,  You know what our most important concern must be:  the erosion of our endurance for sound doctrine. This matter of marriage and divorce in general and specifically as related to the qualifications for pastors and deacons is just one example of the battles that we must fight today and in the future of the soundness of doctrine.  As the Apostle Paul wrote 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 away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.”  (II Timothy 4:3,4)

Wow!  I will come back to this latter as a main point; but before I pass on I want to ask you the question, “Are we there already?”  Have we significantly eroded our endurance for sound doctrine, and do we continue to significantly erode that endurance.  Do we often find what we want in the Bible instead of an exegesis of what is really in there?  And do we go looking for teachers that will tell us what we want to hear?  Clarence W. Kerr writes in GOD’S PATTERN FOR THE HOME.

“Decade by decade the problem of divorce becomes more and more acute. It is hard for us to realize that a century ago divorce was well nigh unheard of in this country.  We are not saying that there were not marriage problems, but few of them reached the courts of the law.  Now our divorce rate vies with death as a dissolver of the marriage relationship.  If the rate keeps on increasing as it has, it will not be long until each license for a new marriage is counter-balanced by a certificate of divorce for the legal dissolution of another.  The problem is more acute in Christian America than in many pagan lands.”

2-2:  Marriage, Divorce, and Qualifications of Leaders.

What do reliable commentators say on this Doctrine of Marriage, Divorce, and Qualifications for Pastors and Deacons? Okay, enough meddling, let us get into some comments for respected commentators.  And I remind you, don’t change horses in mid-stream.  Don’t change you reliable commentators when there is a possibility that you have encountered a doctrine that is a tight shoe on your feet.  Now for me, the most reliable of all commentators is Dr. B. H. Carroll.  Dr. Carroll was the founder of Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth where he established a seminary that would teach all the way through the Bible.  Many of you know that Commentaries on those lectures have been written, published, and re-printed as AN INTERPRETATION OF THE ENGLISH BIBLE.

Dr. Carroll, as a high school friend of mine presently teaching at Southwestern reminded me, is part of our Christian and Baptist heritage.  Here is Dr. Carroll on I Timothy 3:3 and I Timothy 3:12.

“First, ‘the husband of one wife.’  Does that mean that he must be the husband of a wife–is that what it means?  In other words, that an unmarried man ought not to be a pastor?…We had an old deacon once that put his foot right on it that it meant:  ‘I am willing to give that young preacher a place, I am willing to recognize him and even ordain him to special mission stations to preach, but no unmarried man can be pastor of this church.” And continuing about deacons Carroll writes.

“The deacon.  So far as moral qualifications go, there is little difference between the qualifications of preacher and deacon.”

How about Barclay and his commentaries,  I know many of you like him.

“The Christian leader must have been married only once.  The Greek literally means that he must be ‘the husband one wife.’  Some take this to mean that the Christian leader must be a married man, and it is possible that the phrase could mean that…But in this context here we can be quite certain that the phrase mean that the Christian leader must be a loyal husband, preserving marriage in all its purity.  In later days the APOSTOLIC CANONS laid it down:  ‘He who is involved in two marriages, after his baptism, or he who has taken a concubine, cannot be an episkopos, a bishop.”

How about your pastor as a Bible commentator?

He has labored as your overseer or pastor for 15 years, through the hard times and the easy.  You listen to him teach and preach every Sunday and more.  Why should you suddenly stop listening to him because you feel a tightness in your shoes?  I don’t understand why any active member of this church, even if honestly persuaded of another interpretation can not say to the pastor, “I don’t agree on

this matter, but I am willing to go along with your leadership.”

2-3:  What Can Happen if We Erode our Tolerance of Sound Doctrine. Now, let me come to the main point of the message (chapter), and that is some of the dangers of tampering with this doctrine or any other doctrines of the Bible.

It  can hamper Friendship with Jesus.

Recall how that Jesus in John 14-16 in some of the most significant and last teachings to the Apostles emphasized how that He wanted them to pass from being servants, who did not know the will of the Master, to being friends who knew the plan of the Creator.  And Jesus told what the qualifications are for being a “Friend”. Parenthetically, you know if I had to make a choice between being a pastor, a deacon, or a Friend of Jesus, I think I would chose being a friend of Jesus.  For one thing Friendship with Jesus which comes from love and keeping the commandments or teachings of Jesus, gives great boldness on the day of judgment.

It is true that those that inherit the office of the deacon also inherit “great boldness in the faith”, but I think I would prefer boldness on the day of judgment.  Just think about the matter of memories, sins, weights and the judgment day.  The Bible tells us “it is appointed unto man once to die, and after this the judgment”.  We are told in the book of Revelation that all the books of our works are going be opened on the day of judgment, the recorded memories of all that we have done.  And the world will be judged out of those books.  But don’t fear!  There is another book, the book of life, and if our names are written in book because of our faith in Jesus, the previous books will be set aside and the book of life with our name in it will be the only book that gives us basis for boldness on the day of judgement. “You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.”  (John 15:14) “Jesus answered and said to him, If anyone love Me, hew ill keep My word, and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My words…”  (John 14:23,24)

Eroding our tolerance for sound doctrine can deny our heritage in the New Testament Church, in Church History, in Baptist faith and beliefs, and in the Southern Baptist Convention.

I can recall at Ouachita Baptist University in 1961 when writing a senior research paper.  I asked the Professor, Dr. Blackmon, if I could write on “Baptist Distinctives”.  I took a step back and thought to myself, “you old reprobate”, when his replay was “Is there any such thing?” But you know after over 40 years in the ministry as both a military chaplain, a pastor of churches, and a Bible professor he had a point, that on the practical level in talking to members of different denominations on doctrine it is quite often hard to tell the difference.  And if this was true in 1961, with the trend obvious of erosion of tolerance for sound doctrine, what must be the situation in this day and time.  You know that I have interim pastored approximately 16 churches in New Mexico from the size of Yeso Baptist Church, twice, to the size of First Baptist Church of Tucumcari, also twice; and I use to have the habit as a young man–don’t worry, I don’t do that anymore–of asking people in the congregation on Sunday night to list 10 major doctrines of the Bible.  What I was looking for was the great truths on God the Father, the Lord Jesus Christ, salvation on the cross, heaven, hell, the second coming, the Holy Spirit as a Comforter, and so on; but what did I get:  go to Sunday School, go to worship, tithe, be on time–all good practices but hardly major doctrines of the Bible.  We can allow tolerance for sound doctrine to erode by (1) negligence, (2) ignorance, or (3) just plan purpose or desire.

(1).  Neglect of the Bible.

We just do not study the Bible itself as much as we ought to.  As Dr. Wolber use to say, “Study your Bibles, they will shed a lot of light on the commentaries.”  Large corporations are now telling their employees that whereas the reading level of the average American a few years ago was sixth grade, now it is the third grade; and that is the reason that you see USA TODAY written for a third grade reader level. That is also the reason we enjoy it so much.  Now, do you think that this obvious lack of reading and reading skills does not affect also Christians reading of the Bible.  Certainly it does.

(2).  Ignorance of the Bible.

How many times have we heard things like a old farmer outside Hot Springs, Arkansas tell me.  It is in the Bible that “you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink”.  I don’t know where, but it is in there.  The problem is that we do not take the effort to check of understanding of the Bible by reading and re-reading it.  By looking it for ourselves.

(3).  Desire to erode sound doctrine.

We hate to think it but some are in the category of the seared conscience of the Bible, who simply desire to distort, mis-interpret and mis-apply the teachings of the Bible.  It was also the Apostle Paul who warned about this group of eroders. Isn’t it amazing that this is also in I Timothy, I Timothy 4:1,2.

“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…”  (I Timothy 4:1,2)

Obviously this seared conscience is related to doctrine–in this case the doctrine of demons.  In conclusion we will look at  some doctrines from demons such as the doctrines of Balaam, of the Nicolaitans, and of the Prophetess Jezebel.

Eroding our endurance of sound doctrine can put us in the category of those that desire to hear something new, seeking after other teachers.   Boy, that scripture in II Timothy 4:3,4 should get our attention lest there be any hint that we may be doing the same thing.  Here is a point by point summary of II Timothy 4:3,4 of the “every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God”:  (1).  The time must come, or is already here, but God forbid that we are a part of it, when Christians and churches will have no, zero, endurance for sound doctrine; (2).  At that time, or at this time, how then will Christians or church members make decisions about what doctrines are valid.  The answer is there!  “according to their own desires”. What they want to believe because of a life style, or preference, they will come to believe; (3).  Their ears itch, and this is rather difficult.  You would think that the itch or hitch is in the conscience or in the heart or even in the mind.  But since it follows the desire for different doctrine, we can conclude that there is an immediate link between the emotions, that is the desires for different doctrines, and the itch in the ear.  (I wonder if tight shoes can cause an itch in the ears!)  But it is a line of continuity:  the emotions and the itchy ears lead to the next step; (4).  They will heap up teachers that say what they want said.  They won’t find just one, but call them, and elect them, and seek the preaching and teaching of preachers and pastors of a similar low tolerance for sound doctrine.

Eroding our tolerance for sound doctrine can indicate that concretely we do not care that much for the Inspiration of Scriptures.

Our adherence to sound doctrine, even when the shoe is tight and hurts, really proves how much we believe in the inspiration of the Scriptures as the Word of God. We hear a lot in this day and time about “fundamentalists” and about being “conservative” on the Bible; and many give it lip service; but how do they stand on issues like this about marriage, divorce, and the qualifications of pastors and deacons.  This is the proof of the pudding.  This tells how much we believe the Bible is the Word of God!

Such erosion of endurance from sound doctrine can put us in the category of the less desirable church examples of Revelation 2 and 3.

There were more churches in Asia Minor than the seven listed, but these were typical of all the churches in Asia Minor and typical of our churches today.  If we erode our endurance for sound doctrine, we can place ourselves in the category of the five out of seven that were on the verge of having their pastor removed by Christ and having the churches place in the church (candlestick) removed.

(1).  The church at Ephesus had left their first love even though there were many good things to say about, and recall that a loss of love can also mean a loss in the Friendship of Jesus. They did have enough endurance for sound doctrine to hate the doctrine and deeds of the Nicolaitans, a  heresy of doctrine related to Christian behavior and to church leadership.   Jesus threatens that if they do not repent to come and remove their candlestick, their place among the other churches.

(2). There were a lot of good things to say about the church at Pergamum, but there was among the minority a doctrinal problem, called the doctrine of Balaam, Balaam being the prophet of the Old Testament who showed for profit how Balak could seduce the children of Israel to go after other gods and to sexual immorality.  And the second doctrinal problem was the doctrine of the Nicolaitans.  If the church had voted on these two doctrines, it appears that the majority would have suppressed the doctrines of Balaam and the Nicolaitans.  Of course, in this church Christ promised to distinguish between the majority of sound doctrine and the minority, saying that He would fight against them with His Words.

(3).  Likewise Thyatira had a doctrinal problem:  Jezebel, as she called herself, a prophetess as she called herself, was being allowed to teach unsound doctrine in the church.  There, Jezebel was playing the role in the church that Balaam played for Balak, misleading the church in false worship and sexual immorality.  Again this must have been a minority that had lost this endurance for sound doctrine, because Christ threatened only the prophetess and the few who supported her, to the rest of the church (Revelation 2:24) that did not have this doctrine He would put on them no other burden.

(4).  What can we say about the church at Sardis?  Wow, there were in trouble! They had a name, a reputation in the community and possibly even in the association, state, and convention; but they were dead.  It sounds like the attendance was good, which within itself can keep the spirits up; but that the doctrine was bad.  It definitely looks like if that church had voted the majority would have voted in terms of holding on their reputation, ignoring the call to repentance from Christ and the call to hold fast to the sound doctrines which they had heard.  Why do we conclude that?  Because it said that there were a few, obviously a minority, that had not defiled their garments.

(5).  The problem in the church at Laodicea was that they were neither hot nor cold, either a love problem or a doctrinal problem, or both.  It is obvious that they were proud of their accomplishments, saying they were rich, that they needed nothing and nobody.  It is hard to know how the vote would have gone in that church!

  1. The Erosion of Sound Doctrine can be an assist to the way Satan works. Boy, how hard Satan tries. He was gullible enough to believe that he could erode Jesus’s confidence in the sound doctrines of God during the temptation in the wilderness.  He even quoted Scriptures out of context.

(1).  The Doctrine of the Priority of Word of God over physical well-being.  Satan told Jesus prove that the are the Son of God by turning these rocks to stone. Jesus was out there to fast for 40 days and nights, and in doing so to concentrate on the Word of God.  You remember Jesus famous reply, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”  (Matthew 4:4)

(2). The Doctrine on the testing of  God.   Satan said, “It is written in the Scriptures that the Son of God has been given angels to care for Him, if you are the Son of God throw yourself down from the temple to prove that you will be rescued and that you are the Son of God.  (Matthew 4:5-7)

(3).  The Doctrine of Worship of God over Satan.  The last temptation, Satan took Jesus to a high place–here you see some of the power of Satan–and said “all that you see I will give you if you will worship me”.  The supreme affront to God is to worship Satan.  Jesus replied quickly, “Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.:  (Matthew 4:10)

In short, if Satan were at work in your church today, he would not deny truth per se; for that is too obvious.  What he would do would be to quote scripture out of context and mis-apply it!  And don’t you think that any place that the work of God has been going on steadily for 15 years, that Satan is going to neglect it.  The prince of this world, who is a lion that goes about seeking whom he can chew on, maim and destroy, will be active where Jesus is, where the work of God is going on.  It simply remains for Christians who can discern the spirits to figure out where Satan is working!

Erosion of sound doctrine is  an assault on the character of God.

We often say and pray–and certainly it is true–that God forgives us when we confess our sins because it is recorded in the Bible; but ultimately the real reason is because it is based on the character of God.  It is the character of God that wants to forgive sins when they are confessed.  And you can say the same of any doctrine in the Bible.  All the principles, doctrines, teachings, and instructions of the Bible are based on the character of God:  that is the reason we call it the Word of God or the Book of God.  It reflects what God is and what God wants us to be.  Now when we in any way malign, distort, or erode the doctrines of the Bible we are making an assault on the character of God.   God can certainly withstand the assault, but can we?

Erosion of sound doctrine is an attack on the Bible as the Word of God.

Here is where we prove how deeply and sincerely we believe the Bible to be the Word of God.  Do we believe it is inspired only in the sense of many books like Robert Browning or the poets are inspired, or do we really believe that it is divine in origin, absolute in authority, and sufficient in its message?

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”  (2 Timothy 3:16,17)

Notice that if the first given reason for the existence of the Bible is heed, “for sound doctrine”, some of the others will follow like reproof and correction will not be needed, and the righteousness and Christian maturity will follow behind sound doctrine.

Erosion of sound doctrine indicate superficiality, instability in the faith, and immaturity.

When a church changes it mind because of the practices of the people or because of the pressures of the world in the American Society, they start fitting into the category of those that are blown back and forth by every wind of doctrine.

“…that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness by which they lie in wait to deceive…”  (Ephesians 4:14)

You can quickly see what the opposite of this erosion of sound doctrine is, in what precedes 4:14.  The very purpose that God sent pastors, teachers, apostles, and evangelists is for the work of the ministry–in which each member has a part–for the building up of the body of Christ, and to promote unity among all Christians.

Erosion of sound doctrine isolate a church from church history, Baptist History, and the heritage of the Southern Baptist Convention; and at the same time it puts us more in the mainstream of American Society where now over 50% of all marriages end in divorce.  You just cannot get away from the conclusion that all we trust as commentators, preachers, and statements of faith in church and Baptist history lead us to the sound doctrine of marriage for life and pastors and deacons as the husband of one wife, notwithstanding any teacher or preacher of itchy ears that we might dig up to justify our lives and desires.

Erosion of sound doctrine is an affront to and grieves the Holy Spirit who came to take the place of Jesus on earth, reproving the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment.  Where you can see that affront to the Holy Spirit most obviously is in the matter of righteousness.  I am not talking about the legally declared and external righteousness of Jesus with which we are cloaked through justification by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, but in the actual outworking of righteousness, or right doing, in our lives that is the natural consequences of the inworking of the Holy Spirit.  It is ordinarily called sanctification, the process by which the Holy Spirit increases the actual righteousness in our lives.

2-4:  “The Office Should Seek the Man, not the Man the Office.”

When Paul wrote that he was not worthy to be an Apostle but by the grace of God that is exactly what he was, he was saying in another way what I read from B. H. Carroll, “The Office should seek the man, not the man the office.”  Paul did not seek to be an Apostle.  The only thing he was seeking was to do the service of God, and he thought by persecuting Christians he was doing exactly that.  Jesus on the road to Damascus struck him down, spoke to him, caused him to temporarily be blind until Ananias came to talk to him; and then let Paul know that he was a chosen vessel to deliver His message.

Paul practiced what he cautioned over Christians on the attitude about yourself in the church, writing for each member not to think more highly of themselves than they should.

“For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly that he ought to think, but to think soberly, as

God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.”  (Romans 12:3)

We need to be able to see ourselves in the eternal perspective of God’s truth and timeline.  All of this truth and doctrine in the Bible existed long before we were born.  We have, by the grace of God, inherited the Word of God from over two thousand years of writing, interpretation, teaching, and preaching.  We are inheritors of Church History, Baptist History, and the History of the Southern Baptist Conventions.  Primarily, we are Creators and re-creations of God.  It is nothing personal, and it should not be taken personal, if doctrine is a tight shoe that we must wear; for it existed long before we were on the face of this earth!

Pride is what can serve to mislead us on doctrine.

What Paul was talking about when he said that he was not worthy to be an apostle was humility and pride:  what he was talking about in urging Christians to think soberly of themselves was pride and humility.  Pride is the internal enemy that can mislead us to do what we desire or want to do on the matters of doctrine.  It is true that we live in a changing world.  Each decade now we seem to live in a new world of technology and information explosion.  Our friends change, we lose many of them to death.  Our environments change; but we must remember that in a world where truly there is a social evolution, God does not change.  He is the same yesterday, today, and forever more.  And there are certain things that God hates or despises:   those things do not change.  At the head of the list if pride, or a proud look.

(1).  “Whoever secretly slanders his neighbor, Him I will destroy; the one who has a haughty look and a proud heart, Him I will not endure.”  (Psalm 101:5)

(2).  “Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.”  (I Corinthians 10:12)

(3).  “But He gives more grace.  Therefore He says:  God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”  (James 4:6)

(4). “These six things the LORD hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him: A proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil, a false witness that speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren.”  (Proverbs 6:16-19) Notice how connected the proud look at the beginning with the sowing discord among brethren in the church at the end are and with the matter of the erosion of sound doctrine!

  1. We can easily put ourselves in the category of the religious leaders of the time of Christ who had substituted the commandments of men for the doctrines of God. It was on the very issue of marriage and divorce where Jesus condemned the Pharisees, Sadducees, and their historical traditions of the world of putting the commandments of men in the place of the doctrines of God.

“The Pharisees came and asked Him, ‘Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?’ testing Him.  And He answered and said to them, ‘What did Moses command you?’  They said, ‘Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce, and to dismiss her.’  And Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Because of the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept.  But from the beginning of the creation, God made them male and female.  For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh; so then they are no longer two, but one flesh.  Therefore what God has joined together, let no man separate.’  And in the house His disciples asked Him again about the same matter.  So He said to them, ‘Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her.  And if a woman divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.” (Mark 10:2-12)

God does the joining; and no matter how we may desire or rationalize or seek other teachers, God intended that there be no separation of what He joined together.

2-5:  Creations, Christians, and Christian Leaders.

We naturally expect a progressive of expectations from God as history developed from all humanity to Christians to Christian leadership.  You would think normally that the requirements, standards, or expectations from God would become more stringent.

  1. God’s expectations for all Humanity.

As far as we can tell, since before Moses recorded it in the Pentateuch, there were only two requirements that God placed on all humanity, before the recorded of the written law.  It was word of mouth or custom and tradition that carried those two requirements forward until Moses wrote the book of Genesis.

(1).  Both requirements were given by God so close together that it is almost difficult to tell which was first; however it appears at least the germ of the first great expectation for humanity is given first.

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”  (Genesis 1:27)

The full explanation of all the implications comes later in the recorded Word.

“Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife:  and they shall be one flesh.”  (Genesis 2:24)

In a few paragraphs we will find that Jesus amplified on this, re-enforced it, laying the requirements once again on the chosen people of God and Christians in particular in spite of the lapse on the requirements by the nation of Israel as Moses for generations allowed a “writ of divorcement”.  Surely the standard that Christ and God placed on Christians had to be greater than that on all humanity.  However, first and briefly, let us look at the other great expectation that God placed on all humanity, a commission for dominion over all the universe.

(2).  Second Great Commission to all Humanity.

This great expectation follows immediately behind the first.  In fact, in the next verse.

“And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it:  and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”  (Genesis 1:28)

  1. Clyde Turner in THESE THINGS WE BELIEVE calls man (man in the generic sense of male and female) the “crown of Creation. Notice that immediately after the first great expectation from God in Genesis 1:17–the joining by God of the man as a male and female–the record states that “God blessed them”. Do you think this is incidental?  Don’t you think that somehow the blessings of God on societies of history in their efforts to have dominion over all creation is contingent of how well they live up to the first great expectation.  Look at the United States for example:  no other country on the face of the earth in inventions and creative efforts has extended humanity’s dominion of the earth as has the United States, and in such a shorter period of time; and surely we must see the connection to the Christian heritage and roots (biblical foundations) where the marriage vows were honored–up until recent history where over 50% of marriages end in divorce–in respect to the great expectation of God.
  2. Jesus in His teachings on earth re-enforced the original expectation of God, and surely we will find for the chosen people of God and for Christians in particular a greater expectation from God about marriage than on all humanity. Indeed as we have read the history of the chosen nation of Israel, often the prophets would warn them against polygamist marriages; and what distinguished the people of God from the heathen (Gentiles) around them was often God’s great expectations for marriage.  Moses at one historical point did allow a “writ of divorcement” because the people out of their own desires were bugging him out of a hardness of heart.

{NOTE:  I would caution you to see that this was probably due to a majority vote or will from the nation of Israel.}

(1).  The Writ of Divorcement Under Moses.

“When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favor in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her:  then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house.  And when she is departed out of his house, she may go and be another man’s wife.  And if the latter husband hate her, and write her a bill of divorcement, and giveth it in her hand, and sendeth her out of his house; or if the latter husband die, which took her to be his wife; her former husband, which sent her away, may not taker her again to be his wife, after that she is defiled; for that is abomination before the LORD:  and thou shalt not cause the land to sin, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance.” (Deuteronomy 24:1-4)

How Moses must have travailed before the law was passed to allow for these divorces, and how that the people must have murmured.  You can see the “hardness of heart” in the indifference to the feelings of the wife who is flippantly given a piece of paper and passed around the land from one household to another. [1].  Even here in the case of a divorce, God does not recognize the right of the first husband to re-marry the wife he divorced.

[2].  Such an act of re-marriage, like pride and a proud look, is considered an abomination to God.  You see, He sees and knows.

[3].  This is not a personal preference:  the husbands and wives have an objection to society–”not cause the land to sin”.

(2).  Even then the law was not completely insensitive to the needs of a wife, Deuteronomy 24:5.  Immediately after the giving of the law of the “writ of divorcement”, consideration was given for a new wife.

“When a man hath taken a new wife, he shall not go out to war, neither shall he be charged with any business:  but he shall be free at home one years, and shall cheer up his wife which he hath taken.”  (Deuteronomy 24:5)

(3).  How Jesus dealt with the original requirements of marriage, and surely we would expect for the chosen people of God during the life of Jesus and for Christians in particular for the expectations to be greater than those originally on all human humanity.

“The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?  And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife:  and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh.  What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.”  (Matthew 19:3-6)

At this time there were two groups of rabbis divided on the issue of divorce, the Shammais that advocated divorce only in cases of sexual immorality and the Hillels that allowed divorce for any trivial reason (which sounds like the United States now).  Once again Kerr writes in GOD’S PATTERN FOR MARRIAGE:

“Jesus had already expressed himself briefly on this matter.  We find it in the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5:31,32:  ‘It was said also, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement:  but I say unto you, that every one that putteth away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, maketh her an adulteress:  and whosoever shall marry her when she is put away committeth adultery.”

And on fornication and adultery Kerr adequately summarizes the Bible and church history for us.

“Let us note, however, that in the Bible, the word ‘fornication’ is not used in the restricted sense that we use it.  (Unlike the dictionary definition of fornication as committed by unmarried couples.)  Jesus used the word ‘fornication’ twice, in the passage already quoted, and in Matthew 19:9, ‘And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery:  and he that marrieth her when she is put away committeth adultery.’  Quite evidently Jesus used the word ‘fornication’ in a class sense as referring to all illicit sexual intercourse, including both fornication and adultery as we understand the terms.  Such is the general Biblical use of the word.  It is for this reason that such modern translators of the Bible as Weymouth, Goodspeed, Moffatt, and those of the Revised Standard Version use such words as ‘unchastity’ or ‘unfaithfulness’ rather than ‘fornication’ in the translation of these verses to which we have referred.”

But Jesus goes back to God’s original and great expectation.  God made a man to be male and female; they become one flesh; and the union between husband and wife takes priority over parents.  Also Jesus cautions them again that no judge, or law, or society should allow a divorce on a marriage that God has joined together.  Is this last part–”what therefore God hath joined together, let no man put asunder”–a more stringent requirement than what was originally laid down by God at Creation in Genesis.  Yes, we can not find no other statement so that we appears to be a higher standard placed on man and societies.

(4).  Now surely you would expect the most stringent requirement of all to be placed on Christian leaders, on pastors and deacons.

[1].  I Timothy 3:2.

“A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife…”

Blameless is certainly a highest of all expectations from God, and comparable is the “husband of one wife”  Here we must consider what Jesus said to the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well.

[2].  John 4:16-18.

“The woman answered and said, I have no husband.  Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband:  for thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband:  in that saidst thou truly.”  (John 4:16-18)

What does this mean plain and simple?  It means that Christ and God do not accept any wives or husbands past the original, except in the case of sexual immorality. Does it mean that person can not be a Christian, and receive forgiveness?  No, we notice that all the indications is the record of John 4 is that the woman believed, and furthermore she had a good Christian testimony in that many of the Samaritans believed because of what she told them about Jesus.  You see it would not matter how we interpreted I Timothy 3:2 above, or mis-interpreted it, or the similar requirement for a deacon, the most strict standard of one wife would still be on Christian leadership.  (This is a basic principle of Bible interpretation, to compare scripture with scripture in order to get the full meaning; and this is part of the reason that the Bible states that we will know of the doctrine if we do His will.)

[3].  Titus 1:6.

“If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly.”

Once again blameless is right in there with the husband of one wife.  Don’t you see the connection that there can be no possible grounds on which a pastor or deacon can be accused as related to any doctrine.  In the book THE CHRISTIAN PASTOR, Wayne Oates has a chapter on “The Personal Qualifications of the Pastor” in which he discusses these scriptures.  By the way, Wayne Oates was years was Professor of the Psychology of Religion at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, also this book has been used at southern Baptist colleges and seminaries to teach pastors and prospective pastors.  Wayne Oates thoroughly discusses the three possible interpretations.

“First, polygamy and concubinage were prevalent practices in the communities of which the early churches were a part, and the writers evidently were insisting that their leaders be an example of the Christian principles of monogamic marriage.”  “Secondly, this passage may be interpreted less directly to mane that the early Christians preferred a married minister to a single one.”  “Thirdly, this passage may be interpreted in the light of another prevalent social problem at the time of the writing:  divorce.”

Then Wayne Oates gives us a good and short history of the church on this matter as well as Baptist beliefs.

“The statements of Paul in I Corinthians, chapter 7, reflect that the early churches were very tender and sensitive to the plight of people who became involved in pagan marriage prior to having become Christians.

They most certainly did not consider divorce or even remarriage as an unpardonable sin for which they would break fellowship with an individual Christian.  However, the early Christians had a higher standard, and seemingly legalistic attitude about divorced persons, especially those who had remarried, becoming the shepherds of the rest of the ‘flock of God’.  By their word, no divorced man who had remarried could hold such a place of responsibility.  This seems to be a harsh measure, but the study of the present-day experience of divorced men in the ministry vindicates it as the kindest measure in the long run.” [4].  I Timothy 3:8-13.

“Likewise deacons must be reverent, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy for money, holding the mystery of the faith with a pure conscience.  But let these also first be proved; then let them serve as deacons, being found blameless.  Likewise, their wives must be reverent, not slanderers, temperate, faithful in all things.  Let deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.  For those who have served as deacons obtain for themselves a good standing and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.”

Wow, those are most stringent requirements on deacons; and you will notice once again the “blameless” and “husband of one wife”.

  1. Since this chapter is on Paul and Doctrine, we must also give Paul another say about marriage.

“For the woman that hath a husband is bound by the law to the husband while he liveth; but if the husband die, she is discharged from the law of the husband.  So then if, while the husband liveth, she be joined to another man, she shall be called an adulteress, but if the husband dies, she is free from the law, so that she is no adulteress though she be joined to another man.”  (Romans 7:2,3)

Kerr can be used again to summarize much of what Paul wrote on marriage.

“Marriage was designed of God to be a monogamous, holy institution.  In I Corinthians 7:2 Paul writes of each man having ‘his own wife,’ and each woman having ‘her own husband.’  The holiness of the relationship, under God, is likened to that existing between Christ and His Church.  (Ephesians 5:31,32)  Christian believers are admonished to marry only believers.  In I Corinthians 7:39 Paul writes of marrying ‘only in the Lord.’  His admonition in II Corinthians 6:14, ‘Be not unequally yoked with unbelievers,’ surely applies to marriage.  Marriage is designed above all else to be a holy relationship.”

2-6.  “Believe” in the Letters of Paul Continued.

The numbering of these references below takes up where the believe references in the writings of Paul left off at the end of chapter 1.

Romans 6:8.  Here is something we “believe” as disciples. We believe that we shall only live with Christ to the extent that we have also died with Christ.  Of course, the died with Christ like in Galatians 2:20 is another way to say repentance or to express the one salvation of the one baptism.  {NOTE:  Isn’t it amazing that we have so many problems related to these major doctrines of faith, believe, baptism, and salvation when the Bible is so straightforward and repeats itself so often.  It is another sign of the contemporary departure of Christians and church members from God, Christ, and the Bible.  The Falling Away is not from church, church attendance will no doubt go up as more see end events; however the Falling Away from God, Christ, and the sound doctrine of the Bible will escalate.

Romans 9:33.  Wow, what a statement of faith here!  “Whoever” believes in Jesus will not be ashamed; God will not allow that individual to be ashamed in His presence and eternally; and this confidence–the opposite of ashamed–is based on the words and Word of God.

Romans 10:4.  Sure, today you do not seem but a few Jews who believe in Christ. Paul says they have much religion and zeal, but they need salvation.  Further they are ignorant Paul says, ignorant of God’s way of acceptable righteousness through faith in Christ.  Everyone who believes receives the righteousness.

Romans 10:9.  What is necessary for the salvation of the one baptism, only.  To believe in your heart the Gospel story of Jesus, that which requires the most faith is to believe that God raised Him from the dead–this is faith in God and Christ; and two to confess with your mouth that the Lord Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.

Romans 10:11 and Isaiah 28:16.  How about that the “whoever believes in Christ shall not be ashamed” is a quote from long ago in the book of Isaiah, noting that faith in Christ has always been the plan of God for the one baptism of salvation.

Romans 10:14. Praying or calling on Jesus for salvation demands “believing “first; and “believing” demands the hearing of the Gospel of Jesus.

Romans 10:16.  Very few Jews of Old Testament times believed the reports of the Gospel of Jesus and the Jesus of the Gospel given to them by Prophets like Isaiah.

Romans 13:11.  Yes, even more true today than when Paul wrote:  our completed salvation of glorification and heaven is much nearer now than when we first believed.

Romans 14:2.  There are some fine points of distinction on beliefs like on the eating of certain meats and other religious practices, not on major doctrines.

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http://www.biblecombibleman.com/LCCvolume4.pdf 23 0 11 21,141

http://www.biblecombibleman.com/LCCver1c.pdf 19 0 11 25,448

http://www.biblecombibleman.com/LCC_v1a_part1.pdf 20 0 10 38,862

http://www.biblecombibleman.com/LCC_v1a_part2.pdf 21 0 10 32,998

http://www.biblecombibleman.com/LCC_3.pdf 20 0 10 21,150

http://www.biblecombibleman.com/CFIfreedist.pdf 19 0 9 35,203

http://www.biblecombibleman.com/LCC_vol1b.pdf 18 0 9 3,518

10 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/LCC_v1d.pdf 18 0 9 6,360

11 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/GodsGreatDesignOfTheBible3.pdf 15 0 8 9,310

12 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/JeremiahOutline2.pdf 11 0 8 893

13 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/BalaamDoctrine.pdf 9 0 7 641

14 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/Science_ScriptureRamm.pdf 8 0 7 4,389

15 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/ssosf.pdf 14 6 6 14,168

16 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/SatanAndLawlessOne.pdf 8 0 6 769

17 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/EphesiansPreface.pdf 8 2 5 1,401

18 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/PurposeWeb.pdf 7 0 5 21,118

19 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/END.pdf 7 0 5 2,580

20 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/BaalBalakBalaamBlessings.pdf 6 0 5 537

21 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/JesusGodsSon.pdf 7 0 5 489

22 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/TPP.pdf 6 0 5 1,657

23 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/O_ManNoPartiality.pdf 4 0 4 323

24 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/ReportsWithRivers.pdf 5 0 4 13,548

25 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/LearnChristVolume1.pdf 6 0 4 8,069

26 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/BibleKJVpart2.pdf 6 0 4 19,476

27 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/reportstoc.pdf 6 0 4 832

28 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/ReligionAtheism.pdf 6 0 4 6,501

29 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/FrogsAndMegiddo.pdf 6 0 4 693

30 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/LiteralBibleBookOne.pdf 6 0 4 2,289

31 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/wayless_opt.pdf 5 0 4 21,211

15

32 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/OneChap2.pdf 9 0 4 2,586

33 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/LiteralBibleBookFour.pdf 6 0 4 1,296

34 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/LiteralBibleTopic4.pdf 6 0 4 5,258

35 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/ephesians.pdf 7 0 4 682

36 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/faithandchurch.pdf 6 0 4 602

37 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/chp5_gospel_in_isaiah.pdf 6 0 4 510

38 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/DictatorshipOfWealthy.pdf 5 0 3 878

39 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/DavidPsalmsPart1_opt.pdf 5 0 3 151

40 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/WHOisJesus_2c.pdf 5 0 3 864

41 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/DreamersOfDelayAndDeceit.pdf 5 0 3 294

42 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/ResumePlusTAC_TOC_opt.pdf 5 0 3 15,955

43 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/BELIEVEandBeBaptized.pdf 5 0 3 5,751

44 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/RealBibleProsperity.pdf 4 0 3 304

45 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/Revelation.pdf 6 1 3 3,422

46 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/Galatians.pdf 5 0 3 1,081

47 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/OneChapter1.pdf 5 0 3 1,188

48 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/PrinciplesForElection2012.pdf 5 0 3 889

49 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/OutlineIITimothy.pdf 5 0 3 1,019

50 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/PrefaceAndOutline5.pdf 4 0 3 1,149

51 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/10Cs_2.pdf 5 0 3 624

52 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/AppendixNDTpart1.pdf 6 1 3 12,944

53 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/LiteralBibleBookTwo.pdf 5 0 3 4,611

54 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/ProphetMessiah.pdf 5 0 3 801

55 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/ErosionSoundDoctrine2.pdf 4 0 3 771

56 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/LiteralBibleBookThree.pdf 5 0 3 1,965

57 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/Trinity.pdf 4 0 3 14,899

58 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/SoundBibleIsSoundDoctrine.pdf 6 0 3 1,686

59 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/TACcorrespondenceCourse.pdf 5 0 3 2,029

60 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/6Psalm23.pdf 5 0 3 785

61 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/TheText.pdf 5 0 3 1,107

62 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/hidetoc.pdf 5 0 3 497

63 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/BibleEschatology.pdf 5 0 3 4,054

64 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/CROSSandComforter.pdf 5 0 3 1,114

65 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/LCCn4.pdf 5 0 3 9,407

66 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/ChristOurPeace.pdf 4 0 3 11,187

67 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/Righteousness.pdf 5 0 3 592

68 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/SecondComingSoundDoctrine.pdf 5 0 3 467

69 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/reportstitlepage.pdf 5 0 3 186

70 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/LongitudinalStabilitywithMatlab.pdf 4 0 2 263

71 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/MacMichael1.pdf 4 0 2 9,822

72 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/MacMichael2.pdf 4 0 2 9,791

73 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/MiddleEastFuture.pdf 4 0 2 327

74

http://www.biblecombibleman.com/NationalLeadershipDrunkOnPowerAn dPrivilege.pdf

2 0 2 439

75 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/LivingWaters.pdf 4 0 2 3,732

76 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/OTperNT.pdf 4 0 2 84

77 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/PaulsMinistry.pdf 2 0 2 105

78 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/chp24_NDT.pdf 4 0 2 524

79 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/cow.pdf 4 0 2 6,860

80 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/dotchp28.pdf 4 0 2 280

81 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/chp1_of_volume1.pdf 4 0 2 558

16

82 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/WhatSort.pdf 2 0 2 459

83 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/challenge.pdf 4 0 2 3,238

84 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/chp16_of_volume5.pdf 4 0 2 268

85 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/ssatfa.pdf 4 0 2 1,985

86 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/turning.pdf 4 0 2 348

87 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/wcdwyth.pdf 4 0 2 3,587

88 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/reportscover.pdf 4 0 2 706

89 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/friendspdfweb.pdf 3 0 2 3,271

90 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/magic.pdf 4 0 2 329

91 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/mychurchchp7.pdf 4 0 2 685

92 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/S.2014.101ChurchMembership.pdf 4 0 2 484

93 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/SheepLeadership2.pdf 4 0 2 542

94 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/SonOfManSonOfGod.pdf 4 0 2 683

95 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/RomansFlightPlanDebrief.pdf 4 0 2 3,591

96 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/PaulsStatementFaithPractice.pdf 4 0 2 278

97 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/ProphesyVsTongues.pdf 4 0 2 557

98 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/Rapture.pdf 4 0 2 352

99 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/TopTopic6.pdf 2 0 2 534

100 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/UsingTransferFunction.pdf 4 0 2 211

101 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/WHOaddsAndWhere.pdf 4 0 2 693

102 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/TopTopic4.pdf 4 0 2 712

103 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/TACworkingAppendixPart3.pdf 2 0 2 3,998

104 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/TempleMessageJeremiah7.pdf 4 0 2 3,013

105 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/TopTopic1.pdf 4 0 2 228

106 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/BibleKJVpart1.pdf 4 0 2 9,730

107 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/BiblePhilosophy.pdf 4 0 2 600

108 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/CFI_freedistRevelation.pdf 3 0 2 5,033

109 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/BareNakedIslam.pdf 4 0 2 1,022

110 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/BelievingSigns.pdf 4 0 2 381

111 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/BibleAfterthougtsAnnEulogy.pdf 4 0 2 476

112 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/EphesiansChp2ONE.pdf 3 0 2 543

113 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/Faith_Hope.pdf 3 0 2 665

114 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/GnosticismHedonismCesspool.pdf 4 0 2 736

115 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/ComeSeeJohn.pdf 4 0 2 344

116 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/CupWater.pdf 4 0 2 6,908

117 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/DownloadJeremiahPreface.pdf 4 0 2 506

118 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/3BiblePhilosophy.pdf 4 0 2 595

119 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/47FormerMuslims.pdf 4 0 2 1,392

120 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/4MessagesForMasses.pdf 4 0 2 614

121 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/101ProphetsToNatons.pdf 4 0 2 523

122 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/10CommandmentsAtheism.pdf 4 0 2 4,116

123 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/11FAITHandHOPE.pdf 4 0 2 4,722

124 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/7cHermeneutics.pdf 4 0 2 342

125 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/A12BalancedLife.pdf 4 0 2 616

126 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/A1Paul.pdf 3 0 2 387

127 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/6AddsToTheChurch.pdf 4 0 2 9,166

128 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/7AmensRomans.pdf 4 0 2 362

129 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/7MessagesFor7Miracles.pdf 4 0 2 290

130 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/GoodLife.pdf 4 0 2 128

131 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/HighlandMacMichaels.pdf 4 0 2 1,345

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132 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/HopeInWhichLife_Table11-1.pdf 4 0 2 626

133 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/KingdomGospel.pdf 4 0 2 169

134 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/JeremiahOutline.pdf 4 0 2 197

135 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/den_opt.pdf 1 0 1 4,794

136 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/completechristmasstorySEE.pdf 3 0 1 405

137 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/7aFirstCorinthians.pdf 3 0 1 98

138 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/NUMBERSforLIFE.pdf 3 0 1 76

139 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/fear_and_faith.pdf 3 0 1 148

140 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/JesusMuslimProphet.pdf 3 0 1 892

141 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/dentoc.pdf 3 0 1 238

142 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/7WHOaddsAndWhere.pdf 3 0 1 346

143 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/7MiracleSigns.pdf 3 0 1 186

144 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/YourNeedsAreKnown.pdf 3 0 1 246

145 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/AllBlessingsAwareness.pdf 2 0 1 170

146 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/NotWinJustFight.pdf 3 0 1 283

147 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/AppendixNDTpart2.pdf 3 0 1 3,923

148 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/WhatIsRefreshing.pdf 3 0 1 149

149 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/AmarKhanFormerMuslim.pdf 3 0 1 2,337

150 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/chp3_WoundedChristians.pdf 3 0 1 446

151 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/JESUSandISRAEL.pdf 1 0 1 86

152 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/coc.pdf 1 0 1 35

153 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/chp1_PurposeOfFriends.pdf 3 0 1 377

154 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/NewSoundsFaith.pdf 3 0 1 229

155 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/7messages7miracles.pdf 3 0 1 200

156 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/john2.pdf 3 0 1 267

157 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/LAWvsGRACE.pdf 3 0 1 2,423

158 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/title_friends.pdf 3 0 1 109

159 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/163.pdf 3 0 1 249

160

http://www.biblecombibleman.com/1_DataAnalysisSystemsIntegration.pd f

3 0 1 164

161 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/showdown.pdf 1 0 1 124

162 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/toptoj.pdf 3 0 1 67

163 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/LCLPNT.pdf 3 0 1 3,376

164 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/wotud.pdf 3 0 1 43

165 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/LCCV2_CFI.pdf 3 0 1 2,108

166 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/10SandyHook.pdf 3 0 1 953

167 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/vol1_chp8.pdf 3 0 1 259

168 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/Justification.pdf 3 0 1 3,596

169 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/ndtchp9.pdf 1 0 1 815

170 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/JezebelDoctrine.pdf 3 0 1 3,759

171 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/john4.pdf 3 0 1 141

172 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/judging.pdf 3 0 1 382

173 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/newearthchp10.pdf 3 0 1 167

174 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/3zingers.pdf 3 0 1 151

175 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/2TPMandTHS.pdf 3 0 1 264

176 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/pop.pdf 3 0 1 208

177 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/part4a.pdf 3 0 1 2,326

178 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/part4c.pdf 3 0 1 4,325

179 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/CassCountyWagonTrainExcert.pdf 1 0 1 1,604

180 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/RomansSin.pdf 3 0 1 245

181 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/ComeSee.pdf 2 0 1 168

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182 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/ConfusionInCongregation.pdf 3 0 1 125

183 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/RevelationForIndividuals.pdf 2 0 1 110

184 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/CassCountyTexasMcMichaels.pdf 3 0 1 574

185

http://www.biblecombibleman.com/HowAboutScottishHighlanderNames.p df

3 0 1 378

186 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/CFI_freedistJohn.pdf 3 0 1 523

187 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/CHRISTforIndividuals.pdf 3 0 1 2,108

188 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/Sanctification.pdf 3 0 1 314

189 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/CalamitiesChaseChastisement.pdf 1 0 1 1,119

190

http://www.biblecombibleman.com/ConservativeResurgenceInIsaiah11.p df

1 0 1 188

191 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/FaithFaithContending.pdf 3 0 1 76

192 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/Psalm37.pdf 3 0 1 54

193 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/PeterPopsBubbles.pdf 2 0 1 269

194 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/God.pdf 3 0 1 215

195 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/PrefaceThievesDen.pdf 1 0 1 93

196 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/Psalm37part1.pdf 3 0 1 289

197 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/ContinuitywithChrist.pdf 1 0 1 3,521

198 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/ReligionSearedConscience.pdf 1 0 1 144

199 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/RefreshingEvangelism2.pdf 3 0 1 703

200 http://www.biblecombibleman.com/Hideout.pdf 1 0 1 2,480

Subtotal 1,381 10 N/A 625,825

Total 1,440 10 N/A 646,485

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Gospel of The King and Kingdom from Romans and Hebrews.

A14-1:  ASPI Bible Outline on the Gospel of the King and the Kingdom.

Indeed, I think after this preliminary context of the Bible on the kingdom, especially in the teachings of Jesus, we are really to get into the teachings of the Apostle whose ministry it was to make things clear based on the Old Testament, and whose ministry it was to personally write 14 out of 27 of the NT books, sponsoring 3 others.  We will do it in much the same manner that the Apostle Paul started his research for those books during the 7 silent years at Tarsus where he recorded on parchments all the OT quotes that he would later include in books.  Of course, we have that body in our total Bible book outline of the Appendix, but now we focus largely on where Paul quotes from the OT in Hebrews and Romans.  We found a large bulk of that was in the 3 out of 12 topical outlines based on the book outline, and previously decided that for now that can be summarized as the Gospel of the King and the Kingdom.  Those three sections of the topical outline are included here for further development and expansion.  {You will also recall that the topical outline is found in chapter 3.}  The three subjects were respectively:  (1) what happened to the Jews as the chosen people of God’; (2) the salvation of God; and (3) the New King of Israel.

A14-2:  Divine Glory, Human Pride, and Self-destruction.

In this section we look particularly about this subject in Romans 1-3 & Hebrews 1-6.  {We can never appreciate how much better the new covenant  and the new sanctuary is than the old, how much easier it is for the children of Jesus not to fall like the children of God in the wilderness, until we see how much better our priest is than theirs, Jesus Christ the High Priest.}  Before we proceed deep into Romans and Hebrews guides by the 3 sections of the topical outline of the Bible, we need to determine how much Isaiah and God through Isaiah put in that book in the first place.  In other words, we need to both get a total feel for the subject content of Isaiah and make ourselves a simple outline. Isaiah is the most quoted prophet in the New Testament, and I think you have already noted some of its eloquence as compared to Jesus in Matthew.  John Oswalt writes of Isaiah in the NEW INTERNATIONAL COMMENTARY, “a revelation of the inevitable conflict between divine glory and human pride, of the self-destruction which that pride must bring, and of the grace of God in restoring that destroyed humanity to himself.”  And you can see how Paul would get a similar total message from reading Isaiah at Tarsus with the blinders removed, then writing notes for Romans 1 on the downward spiral of civilizations as “they knew God, but honored Him not as God”, and of how “God gave them up to a reprobate mind to do that which is inconvenient”.  And also it was a similar pride of the Jews of Romans 2 that led them to blaspheme God all over the world; and that would guide Paul in Romans 3 to prove that “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” {it is here in Romans 3 that you will find quotes from Isaiah and Psalms, and of how the name of God is blasphemed among the nations is a direct quote from Isaiah 52:5, also from Ezekiel 36:22.}  Do we then have an outline heading for Romans 1-3 which also correlates with Isaiah, and which might be called something like “Divine Glory, Human Pride, and Self-destruction”, Romans 1-3’  And if so where would we have a similar section in Hebrews’  In a way, the whole book of Hebrews apart from Jesus as the High Priest is the story of the falling away of the Hebrew children in the wilderness because of unbelief, so that in order to narrow down to the cause in pride, and based on Isaiah, we must look at Hebrews more carefully.  For example, can we find the word “pride” per se in Hebrews when we look at a complete concordance’  No, pride is more an individual sin than labeled as a national sin in the Bible, but certainly in Hebrews 3 the “going astray in their heart” of the Hebrew children in the wilderness is an equivalent of national pride.  Hebrews does not outline 1-3 like Romans, the first 2 and 1/2 chapters must be considered a positive and straightforward presentation of the Son of God as King {although King is not mentioned, the concept of reigning, dominion, and subjection is there} with His kingdom {called His assembly} with a challenge to a faithfulness from the children of Jesus comparable to the faithfulness of Jesus Himself; then in 3:7-15 that awesome condemnation by God after He tested His original children in the wilderness that “they shall not enter My rest”. (Hebrews 3:19)

Hebrews 4:1-13 cautions present day children of Jesus not to fall into the same hardness of heart, and “hardness of heart” would be an equivalent of pride, and more.  You no doubt have noticed that the great subject of Jesus as High Priest with the supporting lawyer-like arguments from the OT and Paul start in 4:14-11, and continue in 6:13 thru 8:6.  The little interlude between 5:12 and 6:12 would be the equivalent of the Jewish chastisement of Romans 1-3, although the focus on Hebrews is less general here, being directed to the contemporary Hebrews, as you would expect, where Paul delivered his synagogue message.  Therefore:

  1. Divine Glory, Human Pride, and Self-destruction (Romans 1-3 and Hebrews 5:12-6:12)
  2. The de-evolution of civilizations that start off with a knowledge of God then without thought and honoring of God spiral downward to the point that God gives them over to a reprobate mind, Romans 1.
  3. Because of the history of the Jewish people and how they let God down, they blasphemed the name of God throughout the Gentile world, Romans 2.  They claimed God to be there God, and indeed He was at one time, but by their lack of faith in God, what happened inevitably to their nation was the blasphemy of the name of God.  We might briefly look at this in the context of the book of Isaiah, Isaiah 52:5; and what we find is by the mention of both the bondage in Egypt and the captivity in Assyria that the other nations of the world are saying, “God is the God of Israel and yet He cannot take care of them”, thus causing the name of God to be blasphemed among the Gentile nations.   Indeed, God could take care of them, and God did take care of them during the short periods when they kept the old covenant with Him, so that the real culprit was not a lack of power and love in God but rather in an “evil heart of unbelief” in the children of Israel.  Exactly what God had in mind is found in Ezekiel 36:22, where in captivity God through the Prophet Ezekiel promises a restoration of Israel to their own land.

“Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying:  Son of man, when the house of Israel dwelt in their own land, they defiled it by their own ways and deeds {there, obvious is how it all started, during that approximately 1000 years in Palestine, or whatever it was called at the time, they defiled the land “by their own ways and deeds, and in a minute God is going to tell us through Ezekiel that the restoration of them to their land is going to be in order to protect His own name–of course, we know that He needed to get them there for Christ to be born, likewise another way in which He promoted and protected His own name}…”

“…to Me their way was like the uncleanness of a woman in her customary impurity. {pretty crude example but we get the picture}

“Therefore, I poured out My fury on them for the blood they had shed on the land {now, we get the bloody picture}, and for their idols with which they had defiled it.  {Israel actually defiled the chosen land of God, and I don’t know if I will ever understand why God loves that particular land so much} The fury of God on the land in two ways:  (1) the innocent blood of their own people and strangers in the land that they unjustly spilled on the land; and (2) by setting up places in the land for the worship of the idols.  Does God care more about the land than the people’  No, I don’t think so; it is only that He blesses and curses the land and the people at the same time, and that He does it based on the good and bad behavior of the people.  You must see in idols a violation of the first commandments of God, and mistreatment of the people as the violation of the rest of the ten commandments!

HERE IS WHAT GOD DID AND NOBODY ELSE, because He only is the Great Maker of Nations and History–”So I scattered them among the nations, and they were dispersed throughout the countries; I judged them according to their ways and their deeds.”

“When they came to the nations, wherever they went {the northern kingdom of Israel was scattered into Assyria and the southern kingdom of Judah was taken captive into Babylon and Persia}, they profaned My holy name–when they said of them {okay here it comes, exactly how Israel blasphemed the name of God and what Paul back at Tarsus read for later writing of Romans}, ‘These are the people of the LORD {what a sorry looking lot, the nations were saying}, and yet they have gone out of His land.’  {We must acknowledge that land as God’s in a special way even though we now Israel to have been cut off from God shortly after they cutoff the Messiah.}

“But I had concern for My holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the nations wherever they went.  Therefore, say to the house of Israel, ‘Thus says the Lord God:  I do not do this for your sake, O house of Israel, but for My holy name’s sake {don’t forget at any time that Jesus was the seed and the namesake of God the Father}, which you have profaned among the nations wherever you went.”  {Paul certainly did not exaggerate when he skirted over this with one short verse!}  “And I will sanctify My great name, which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst; and the nations shall know that I am the LORD,’ says the Lord God, ‘when I am hallowed in you before their eyes.’”  {when any of the children of God are living in such a way as to bring glory to God, God is hallowed in the eyes of the people and nations around them}

  1. The Son of God and His children of the house of God and the assembly, His ministry as High Priest, and how those present children could fall away from the living God as the children of Israel did in the 40 years of wilderness wanderings, Hebrews 1-8:6.

(1).  The Son of God, Angels, man, and salvation.  Hebrews 1:1-2:9.

(2).  The children whom God gave to Jesus, Hebrews 2:10-5:11, and the provision of a competent High Priest to keep those children as faithful as Jesus was faithful in the carrying out of His obligations to God.

(3).  It is a worrisome sign when the Hebrews cannot be real spiritual teachers, having the need to look again at the first doctrines of God, Hebrews 5:12-6:12.  It comes close to being a blasphemy of the name of God of Romans, Isaiah, and Ezekiel.  We know the famous saying, “if you can’t do, then teach”; well, the equivalent of what God is saying, and God through Paul is, “if you can’t teach then you can’t do!”

  1. There is none that can claim to be righteous, Jew or Gentile, for “all have sinned and come short” of what God meant for humanity, Romans 3.

A14-3: Appendix OT Book Outline of the Bible on Romans 1-3 and Hebrews 1-6.

{By the way you know Paul and how his lawyer-like arguments run on and on across chapters and verse, remembering also that the chapters and verses came much later and were not part of the original manuscripts; there will be serious overlaps, and an outline is only for our convenience to somewhat isolate the subjects in order to eventually get at the same truth.  What I am saying is that there are many ways to outline Romans and Hebrews as you know, and as I have done in previous commentaries.  And these are not efforts to impress you with the complete Bible outlines that have been made during the writing of Bible commentaries over the last 20 or more years, but just to allow both of us to benefit from the Bible research of the past.}  Recall that the OT book outline of the Appendix is different from the Topical Bible Outline of chapter 3 primarily in that the OT quotes of the Appendix outline relate more to the Gospel.  Of course, expect a lot of overlap as both outlines came from a complete outline of the OT in the NT arranged in a most probable outline of OT books.  While you will notice that in our Bibles, the major Prophets regardless of historical periods are grouped together, likewise the minor Prophets, and the literature of praise and poetry, so on and on.  Well, in the outline of the OT quotes, the controlling column of their location in the OT, runs from Genesis to Malachi in a more probable historical sequence.  It was from this top outline, generated in my original ONE Commentaries, that a topical outline was developed, and based on that outline, of the Bible.  {That is the one you see in chapter 3.}  Now, the Gospel outline of the appendix, likewise has the more historical sequencing; however, the quotes are less and more selective in that they center around the Gospel in the Old and New Testaments.  However, you must see from your Bibles that there is not a large difference between the total message of the Bible and the Gospel of the Bible.  It is only that the Gospel in the Old and New Testaments is a subset of the larger total story of the Bible.

Scanning through those 12 tables of the Appendix from Genesis to Malachi, we find that Romans 1-3 and Hebrews 1-6 are found 17 times:  (1) Hebrews 1:5 from Psalm 2:7 with Matthew 3:17 and Luke 9:7; (2) Romans 2:6 from Psalm 8:4-6; (3) Romans 3:10 from Psalm 14:1-3; (4) Hebrews 2:12 from Psalm 22:22; (5) Hebrews 1:11 from Psalm 42:1; (6) Hebrews 1:8 from Psalm 45:6,7 {notice by the way how most of these quotes stand-alone; that is only in Hebrews and Romans, and if it were not for the life and writing of Paul, we would never have had the Christian interpretation of those OT quotes, that is not the ASI, but that is one of the major reasons Jesus called Paul to the ministry}; (7) Hebrews 3:15 from Psalm 95:7,8; (8) Hebrews 3:7 from Psalm 95:7-11; (10) Hebrews 1:7 from Psalm 104:4; (11) Hebrews 1:8 from Psalm 104:8,9; (12) Hebrews 1:13 from Psalm 110:1 {and can’t you just see Paul at Tarsus reading through the book of Psalms as listed above from say 44 to 95 and 110 making notations on a research manuscript for later incorporation into letters, then checking them off as they were included, but finding in prison that he had some that still needed to be utilized to write three additional books of the Bible, one for John Mark and two for Dr. Luke, perhaps even one for the Apostle John}; and (13) Hebrews 5:6 and Hebrews 7:21 from Psalm 110:4–and here we must briefly pause since we have an obvious overlap between Hebrews and Romans much like those that were mentioned at the beginning of chapter 7.

What is so significant about the subject of Psalm 110:4 that Paul would duplicate his efforts by quoting the same verse in both Hebrews 5:6 and then in Hebrews’  First, we should look at Psalm 110:4, and perhaps even in the larger context of Psalms.

“The LORD has sworn and will not relent, you are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.” (Psalm 110:4)

Melchizedek is introduced in Genesis 14:18 whereas king of Salem, also the priest of the Most High God, he brought out bread and wine to Abraham, blessed Abraham, and then received tithes of Abraham.  And I hope you have certainly seen the importance of children of Jesus not falling away like the children of Israel in the wilderness because the children of Jesus have the High Priesthood of Jesus.  He was in all points tempted like as we are yet without sin; He was declared to be the Son of God by God Himself and made higher than the angels with the angels as His ministers; He was appointed by God to reign at His right hand with the large haul plan of putting all His enemies as His footstool {it is difficult to know whether to call this the long haul or not since while it was long in history from before the Creation of the earth and man through all the sins and ups and downs of the chosen people of Israel, through the kingdom of Jesus which He made obvious on earth, through the great commission of believe and be baptized being carried across the earth, to the Falling Away; however, eternity is so much longer than those thousands of years that in an eternal perspective it may not seem like a long haul}.

And the last four quotes in Romans 1-3 and Hebrews 1-6 are:  (14) Hebrews 2:13 from Isaiah 8:17; (15) Romans 2:24 from Isaiah 52:5; (16) Hebrews 5:33ff from Isaiah 66:1; and (17) Romans 1:17 from Habakkuk 2:4.

A14-4:  17 Old Testament Quotes in Romans 1-3 and Hebrews 1-6.

This will have to be a Rapid Subject Scan of those 17 quotes from the OT in Romans 1-3 and Hebrews 1-6.  It would require far too many pages of this commentary to list those seventeen passages from both the Old Testament and Romans and Hebrews.  Instead I will read through them in New Testament sequence, first Hebrews and then Romans {the most probable order of writing for Paul or at least original development as the book of Hebrews is obviously his synagogue address}, with the total context scanned in order to get first a gist of the OT context, then a gist of the NT interpretation by Paul, and lastly a summary of the gist of both.  Perhaps you as a reader with your Bible at hand would like to do the same thing.  After all, this commentary, volume 3 of the LEARN CHRIST commentaries is considered to only be a study guide to the Bible.  Each must read and study the Word of God for himself!

  1. Hebrews 1:5 and Psalm 2:7. {By the way does it sort of surprise you that a beginning quote in the first chapter of Hebrews, would also come from one of the first chapters of the book of Psalms, like Paul was reading through Psalm and made a note for the beginning of a book of Hebrews.}

(1).  A gist of Psalm 2:7 and the context:  Although we do not know for sure when the “today” was that God made the decree that Jesus was His only begotten Son, we know at least it had to be before creation of the universe since Jesus was there as the mediating cause {John 1}, but we know also from the context of Psalm 2 that God has already decreed all the nations as Jesus inheritance and the ends of the earth for His possession.  This, without a use of the word king except to mention the kings of the earth who had best kiss the Son while they can, is an inheritance of kingship and an everlasting kingdom as you see from such words as “He shall break them with a rod of iron” and “He shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel” (Psalm 2:9)  While we do not see that yet, and did not see it when Jesus refused to fight during His first life on earth; we will see it when He comes again, not so much with fighting but rather in the use of the forces of nature as the old universe disintegrates and in the use of the angels to gather all humanity for judgment at the Second Coming.  {You remember how the angels will gather the sheep and the goats, separating them, the tares and the wheat separating them; and then Jesus will pronounce the group judgment.  I am sure the angels based on the roll call of the book of life in heaven have studied and taken their assignments before they deploy to the four corners of the earth.}

(2).  A gist of the ASPI of Hebrews 1:5:  the context is that Paul shows how much greater Jesus is than the angels, amassing one quote after another from God decreed Him begotten and His Son from Psalm 2:7 to the Father and Son relationship of II Samuel 7:14 to the call for the angels of God to worship Jesus of Psalm 97:7 to how serious even the angels are as ministers of fire of Psalm 104:4 to Jesus as the King of the Kingdom of Psalm 45:6,7 with a scepter of righteousness to a reminder that how Jesus was there as part of Creation in Psalm 102:25-27 right up to domination with His kingship and kingdom as all enemies become His footstool of Psalm 110:1.  {Did you notice how that also generally progresses through the book of Psalms, and by the reading of Paul, from Psalm 2 to Psalm 110 with only a few minor permutations that Paul found necessary in order to present the arguments like a lawyer that he was.}

(3).  A gist of both summarized:  As great as is the subject of Jesus, His Kingship and His Kingdom, Paul knows that Christians can read this for themselves in the OT, but what he wants to do for us is to show how that is in order “to minister for those who will inherit salvation” (Hebrews 1:14), wow!  It is of course, a very introduction to the book of Hebrews and to the message that he delivered to the Jewish synagogue {I guess their favorite word was Hebrews} all over the Roman Empire.  You do not need to fall away as the Hebrews did in the wilderness as you have so much more going for you with the angels as ministers, with Jesus as your perfect and competent high priest at the perfect position on the right hand of God to make intercession always for your sins, with the perfect new covenant and the perfect new tabernacle, and with so many examples of faith for you like a large cloud of witness.  How can you lose, if you beware of a possible “evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God”?  You can get a “god” whom you can deceive yourself and your church into thinking is the real God, a God unlike that of the Bible and of Jesus, that allows whatever you want; but he or it is not the living God like Phillips warned in “Your God is too Small”.  {In this day and time, a “god”, not living except inside contemporaries, has been made of conscience–I do what my conscience tells me to do–which accuses and excuses like it should, but imperfectly; and that American conscience with the weight of the American Democratic Faith has been placed as a substitute for the living God.}

  1. {Since we effectively covered all those quotes of Hebrews 1 above, we will pass on to Hebrews 2 and following.} There are 3 great quotes in Hebrews 2 with some greater ASI:  Psalm 8:4-8 in Hebrews 6-8 where the glory, praises, and dominion of man over the works of creation are saluted–a work that is still incomplete in that “now we do not yet see all things put under him” (Hebrews 2:8b), so that we know the promise of that is still to come in Hebrews; Psalm 22:22 in Hebrews 2:12 where Jesus establishes an assembly where He praises the name of God before His chosen brethren {that is an assembly and worship service where we would like to be when Jesus praises God as we are in the congregation, but that is one of the main points that Paul is making–we are, we are in the assembly of the firstborn that Paul comes to in Hebrews 12, and that is what we have come to as we have gone through the truth of the 12 chapters of Hebrews}; and third  Isaiah 8:17, 18, and II Samuel 22:3 in Hebrews 2:13.

“And again:  ‘I will put My trust in Him.’  And again:  ‘Here am I and the children whom God has given Me.’”  (Hebrews 2:13 with Isaiah 8:17,18 and II Samuel 22:3)

  1. That is a good introduction to Hebrews: here we are, us and Jesus, and that is exactly what Paul encouraged Jews with night and day when he had the opportunity.  It either is or can be, You and Jesus!  It is also a good introduction to Hebrews and Romans as the Gospel of the King and the Kingdom as the King is introduced here as the Reigning Son of God, and the kingdom is introduced as us, the children of Jesus.  What exciting things remain for us to see in Hebrews of how through Jesus, and under the plan of salvation from God, we mortals who have been ordained to have dominion over all the things of the earth, will ultimately have all these things put under us.  This in Hebrews is truly the equivalent of Romans 8 and the thought that “all things work together for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose”.  (Romans 8:28)

A14-5: “Man Dominions” of Hebrews and “all things work together” of Romans.

In particular we look at the similarities of the man dominions of Hebrews with the all things work together for our good of Romans.  I think we will find some of those same things of Jesus, God, and the Holy Spirit, predestination, foreknowledge, and the calling working together for us in both Romans and Hebrews; and this is another overlap, perhaps even a major focus point between Hebrews and Romans.

  1. First we look at the similarity of thought of Hebrews 2:8-18 and Romans 8. Obviously when in Hebrews 2:8 Paul quotes from David to the extent that God has “put all things in subjection under his feet” {and you recall how the first commission of God to man was to have dominion over all His other works of Creation}, then immediately saying after the quote to the extent THAT WE DON’T SEE IT THAT WAY YET, and that you immediately suspect that what we do not have dominion over is death, sin, and eternal life which before Paul discusses those very things in Hebrews 2:14-18, he must show in the context how Jesus and Us have come together, “I and the children whom God has given me”.  Hebrews 2:14 mentions how that Jesus as He accepted this oneness with us, partaking of flesh and blood, was able to establish dominion over (1) the power of death; (2) over the fear of death which held humanity in bondage that prevented real victory over the earth and the things of the earth; (3) over the devil himself; and (4) over sins in that Jesus Himself with that full identification with man also became “propitiation for the sins of the people” (2:17); and (5) provided help in the temptations that come this way on earth.

A14-6:  Now, how similar is that to Romans 8?

In other words what are “the all things” of the “all things that work together for our good” of Romans 8’  God gave the first commission to man to have dominion over the earth at the moment of the creation of man as recorded in Genesis 1:26.

“Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth….Then God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.’”  (Genesis 1:26,28)

And God renewed that first commission to man by way of Noah after the Flood as recorded in Genesis 9:1,2.

“So, God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them:  “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.  And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be on every beast of the earth, on every bird of the air, on all that move on the earth, and on all the fish of the sea.  They are given unto your hand.”  (Genesis 9:1,2)

This first commission is echoed with different words in Psalms 8:4-6 as quoted in Hebrews 2:6-8, and we especially see that with the last words of that quote, in the “And set him over the works of Your hands”, amplified by the following sentence of “You have put all things in subjection under his feet”.  There is an astounding significance to the way the argument flows by Paul in the rest of verse 8 as Paul explains “put all things in subjection under his feet” {and you hear Paul talking in the same kind of wording as of II Corinthians 15 where all things are put in subjection under the feet of Christ, but excepted is God the Father}, but as yet we do not see all things put under Man.  We stop to wonder whether Man Himself or the Son of Man, the Lord Jesus Christ, is going to do this; for we know that immediately Paul launched back off into Jesus:  made a little lower than the angels when coming to earth, like man is a little lower than the angels; and for suffering and death in order that Jesus might taste death for “everyone” (2:9)  God, the argument continues, chose the method of bringing “many sons to glory” to make Captain Jesus, the captain of their salvation, perfect through sufferings. (2:10)  Jesus calls them “brethren” because He and they “are all of one” (2:11), Jesus is the He who sanctifies, and they are the sanctified.  The children partake of flesh and blood (2:14), Jesus shared in the same; that through death He might destroy him, the devil, who had the power of death {we often think of Satan or the devil as the prince of the power of the air, seldom do we stop to think of him likewise as controlling the power of death}; and release the brethren from the fear and bondage of death (2:15).

“Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.  For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.”  (Hebrews 2:17,18)

The real question is that in all of the rest of Hebrews, and also where else in the whole Bible, is there a repeat of the argument of the second half of 2:8b, based on the quote of 2:8a.  First, we will check for the key words of “subjection under his feet” of 2:8b.  The only close similarity we find in Hebrews is in 12:9 where the subjection is of the children to God the Father, who like earthly fathers chasten us, but the Heavenly Father to make us partakers of His holiness.  However, we do in Romans 8:18,19 see a similar argument from Paul of passing from a lack of dominion over all things on the earth to a dominion over death and sin. {It is only complete in considering all the way from 5:12 through 8:39.}

“For I consider the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.  {Rather than from the perspective of all men trying to have dominion on the whole earth, it is a more a present time start with the sufferings of this earth–which could be close to the things not overcome–and then progressing all the way to the glories that shall be revealed in our future of eternal life, of course which we most generally call “glorification”.}  “For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly awaits {and certainly you can see in this reference to creation some of the first great commission to have complete dominion, though now it is an inward thrust, an eager expectation} for the revealing of the sons of God.”  {You cannot miss how the brethren here become also the sons of God, much like Jesus.}  And this is consistent with the Apostle John.

“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God {we also like the KJV of “sons of God”}, to those who believe in His name:  who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”  (John 1:12,13 NJKV)

A14-7: Some Definitions in Romans 4-8 and Hebrews 7-12:2.

Definition of Righteousness by Faith, Peace, and the New Covenant, and New Sanctuary, Romans 4-8 and Hebrews 7-12:2.  The argument above of Romans 8:18,19 continues all the way to the “all things work together for our good” of 8:28 in the following manner:  (1) the whole creation was subjected to futility by God, but by God in hope, and it is that whole creation that will be delivered from the bondage of corruption {you see the similarity of the Hebrew argument of under dominion instead of over it} into a glorious liberty of the children of God {of course you see the children of Jesus that are called brethren and which Jesus identifies of Hebrews in this}; (2) the whole creation together–the earth, the man, the woman, the animals, the plant life, and the forces of nature–like a woman in birth pangs “groans and labors” (8:22) right up to this very moment of time of the life of Paul, and the assumption is that will continue in time until the end of the age {by the way talking of more of the similarities between Romans and Hebrews, we have here in the “whole creation groaning and laboring with birth pangs” a similarity to Hebrews 12:25-29 where the whole heaven and earth will be shaken; and also by the way, what shall we receive in that passage of Hebrews but “a kingdom which cannot be shaken” (12:28)}; (3) we that have the firstfruits of the Spirit {the new birth, of course is the firstfruit, the process of Christlikeness called sanctification is the continuing fruit, and the final fruit is the glorification when we shall be like Christ for we shall see Him as He is} also groan inwardly like the rest of creation groans as we look forward to the complete redemption of our physical bodies; (4) The Holy Spirit helps us during these struggling’s and makes intercession for us; (5) Jesus in touch with the Spirit makes intercession to God for our sins.  Now, these are all the things that work together for the good of those who love God and are the called according to His purpose.  For this point, and in 8:28-30 it progresses passes from (1) the purpose of God to (2) the foreknowledge of God of those whom He would call from before the foundation of the earth to (3) the predestination of God for those called to be conformed to the image of Christ, Christ the firstborn and the others His brethren sounding again like Hebrews to (4) the Christian calling with the hope of the one calling to (5) the legal justification in the sight of God to (6) the glorification.

NOTE:  We are in the process of receiving a kingdom, although within us now and cannot be seen as it is in heaven, cannot be shaken like this old earth and heaven will continue to shake until disintegration, because this kingdom of God and heaven and which will be lowered form earth to heaven is unshakable, much like God Himself.

  1. From this point of harmony between Hebrews 2:8-18 and Romans 8:18-39, we can proceed backwards through the rest of Romans 8, then 7, then 6, and then 5:12-21 thru the argument developments of respectively (1) Sonship through the Spirit, the adoption; (2) freedom from inward sin; (3) freedom from the law; (4) slave hood to sin or to God; (5) death to sin and alive to God; and (6) death in Adam and life in Christ.

(1).  We are the Sons of God if we are led by the Spirit of God, Romans 8:12-17.

(2).  Freedom from the condemnation of God if we live according to the Spirit instead of according to the flesh, Romans 8:1-11.

(3).  Jesus Christ will deliver us from this body of sin and death, Romans 7:13-25.

(4).  Another dominion that has been overcome is that of the law, Romans 7:1-12

(5).  From a slave to sin to a slave to righteousness, Romans 6:15-23.

(6). The One Baptism by which we are baptized spiritually into the death and resurrection of Christ Himself, Romans 6:1-14.

  1. Again working backwards to cover all of Romans 4-8, we go from 5:12-21 as the last part of the above through the rest of 5:1-5 on how faith triumphs over trouble, after considering the short passage of 5:6-11 where Christ died for the ungodly; then to 4:9-25 where Paul makes another legal argument, this time of how Abraham was justified before circumcision; and then right up to 4:1-8 on justification by faith.

A14-8: The Word “Baptism” in the New Testament.

Since we have discussed “believe” more than “baptism” in the chapters since chapter 4 on BAPTISM, this would be a good point at which to look at all the references in the New Testament where “baptism” is used.  The word in the King James Version is found 23 times in the New Testament, and it is easily grouped into several major divisions.

  1. The Baptism message from John the Baptist, both a water baptism and an immersion (baptism) in repentance before water baptism.

(1).  Matthew 3:7.  When John the Baptist saw Pharisees and Sadducees, the religious leaders of the day, coming for his baptism (s), he called them “vipers” and told them to bring to the water baptism a prerequisite of “fruits worthy of repentance.”

(2).  Matthew 21:25. (also repeated in Mark 11:30 and Luke 20:4) When later some of these same religious leaders , this time the chief priests and elders, questioned the authority of Jesus to deliver His teachings, asked them whether the “baptism of John” had the authority of being from heaven or from men.

(3).  Mark 1:4.  (also repeated in Luke 3:3) You have in this verse the two distinct baptisms of John, not unlike the two baptisms into Jesus of water baptism with a prerequisite baptism of salvation:  (a).  Water baptism, “John came baptizing in the wilderness”; and (b) Baptism of repentance, “and preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins”.  Since there is some repentance in real faith and some faith in real repentance, you would have to say that the two baptisms of John the Baptist were almost the same as the two baptisms from the Apostles.  However, where there is any element of doubt such as Paul encountered in believers who had only know the two baptisms of John, then they were more carefully instructed on salvation and then baptized.

(4).  Luke 7:29.  There were cases of people, like the tax collectors, who having participated in the two baptisms of John the Baptist, were doubtless saved in that they “justified God”, those two baptisms having, Jesus taught, come from God; and there were the opposite cases of the Pharisees and lawyers who rejected “the will of God for themselves” by rejecting the baptism of John the Baptist.

(5).  Acts 1:22.  This baptism of John was as much a part of the Gospel of Jesus Christ that an Apostle selected to take the place of Judas Iscariot must know about as well as all that Jesus did and said in the presence of the disciples, from that beginning time of the Gospel until the Ascension, and witness of the Resurrection.

(6).  Acts 10;37.  We must be careful that those who know only the baptism of repentance of John, sorrow for sins toward God, know also the baptism of faith of the Gospel.  What is most important again, is not the two water baptisms, but the inward baptism of both repentance and faith.  The Apostle Peter does in this verse in telling what has just happened in Israel make a fine point of distinction between “the preaching peace through Jesus Christ” and the start of that preaching that God gave Jesus “after the baptism which John preached”.

(7).  Acts 13:24.  You can also see in the early preaching of the Apostle Paul in Antioch in Pisidia that fine point of distinction between before the coming of Jesus, when “John first preached before His coming the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel”, and the point in history after that when Jesus made His public appearance to John and Israel, where the message of John became more that he was not the Christ but the Christ came shortly after Him.  In order to participate in the One Baptism of salvation, it is important to know both repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ; and then water baptism is to be an enacted sermon and act of faith in a work that comes behind it.  And then if there was any question as to whether that one baptism of salvation actually happened in the individual because they did not hear all the words of faith necessary for that salvation to happen, then after they really hear and believe, let them be baptized again.  Baptism by water and immersion is so easy; and while it has nothing to do with salvation, it should be done properly and only after sufficient faith baptism.

(8).  Acts 19:1-5.  When Paul rebaptized disciples at Ephesus, it was after they admitted that they did not receive inwardly the Holy Spirit which always comes with the One Baptism.  In other words, it was obvious that there was no real salvation in their life.  Unfortunately, the Pentecostals in just one of their major departures from sound doctrine–and they have many similar violations of Scripture as given in I and II Corinthians all generated by a unjustified pride in the uniqueness of their church membership such as “the Word came out of them”, “the Word came to them only”, “everyone has a song, a prophecy, or a word”, worship that draws attention to themselves, has an uncertain sound and breeds confusion, and a speaking in tongues which are not really languages, always of questionable motivations–have run amuck with a baptism for salvation and then a second blessing baptism of the Spirit. No, the consistent message of the Bible is that the One Baptism of Salvation is also an immersion of the Holy Spirit, most often called the new birth.  Of course, the work of the Spirit does continue through the many years, however not instantaneous, as He works to make the believer more Christ-like.  In all these cases sound doctrine dictates:  first comes the Baptism of Salvation, and then comes Water Baptism.

  1. Jesus used the word “baptism” for immersion to refer to the blanketing of persecutions that would come His faith in rejection and crucifixion, which also would be the type of immersion that the Apostles would have.

(1).  Matthew 20:22 and 20:23 (also repeated in Mark 10:38 and 10:39 and Luke 12:50) refer to this kind of baptism of the cross and suffering that the Apostles would share with Him.

  1. The Baptism of Salvation, the One Baptism.

(1).  Romans 6:4.  As Paul’s great treatment and definition of the One Baptism in Romans 6 and Romans before he refers back to it in Ephesians as the One Baptism, and where by the way as discussed in this commentary where all the great basic doctrines of the Bible are mentioned as “ONEs” and where there is not One for salvation.  There is no need, that is the One Baptism.  Read Ephesians 4:4-6 and then come back to Romans 6 to define the one baptism.  Well, here is some of it:  (1) when we are “baptized into Jesus” we are baptized into the death of Jesus–another way Paul says this in Galatians 2:20 is that “we are crucified with Christ”.  How are we crucified with Christ’  When we go down into the river or the baptistry to be immersed, or even when we have a nudge to start speaking in tongues’  No, how can we be crucified in water or speak tongues in water!  (2)  Even as Christ was raised from the dead by the power of God, so are we in the new birth raised by the power of God to walk the style of a new life.

(2). Ephesians 4:4-6, the Great Major Doctrines of Faith.  Ephesians is a condensed summary of all the 10 letters that Paul wrote before it with the great truths, teachings, and doctrines of the Christian Faith, and Ephesians 4:4-6 summarizes in turn Ephesians.

“There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”  (Ephesians 4:4-6)

Is there only one baptism in Scripture; certainly not, there is only one major baptism that exceeds all the others in importance because it is the salvation of God.

(3).  Colossians 2:12.  In this similar language of Romans 6, “buried with Him in baptism”–by the way the message of Ephesians is also repeated in Colossians, so that Colossians like Ephesians is a summary of the first 10 books including Romans–you have a comparison of this salvation not only in terms of a one baptism but also for emphasis in terms of a “circumcision without hands”.  Even as the one baptism is a baptism without any words and any hands, so also is the one baptism like an inward circumcision where no hands work on the flesh and there is no work on the flesh.  You are reminded again of Peter’s statement about “not the putting away of the filth of the flesh”–in other words no water involved in this baptism–but rather the inward answer of a good conscience toward God.  So much of this distortion of water baptism as part of salvation, or as necessary for salvation, has come from the desire of church leaders, primarily at first the Catholics and then the Episcopalians and Lutherans and Anglicans and now the church of Christ and even others, to have control over and a part in your salvation.  Do not let them!

(4).  Hebrews 6:2.  These talks of the “doctrine of baptisms” {plural for baptisms} in such a way as to visit up to the realities of many baptisms in the Bible; but also, in such a way with “doctrine”, the singular, to note how they are related.  Does this allow for any such deceptive thing as a “baptism in the Spirit”, so called by the Pentecostals, which comes after the one baptism of salvation and even after water baptism. No!  However, it does allow as you read the context of the rest of Hebrews for a complete immersion in the Spirit over a period of time which most generally in Scripture is “sanctification”–a lifelong process–most often referred to, especially in Ephesians, as a growth into the full stature of Christ.  The problem with these Pentecostals is that they want sanctification instantaneously; they want to have the pride of a second blessing as unique Christians beyond what others have as they like the Gnostics gain a spiritual knowledge not possessed by other church members; and they want instant and easy evidence that they are the real children of God.  {You see that over and over in I and II Corinthians.}

(5).  I Peter 3:21.  You saw the exegesis of this in chapter 4 in this famous Scripture from the Apostle Peter of how the One Baptism is not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, therefore having nothing to do with water baptism.  Well, not nothing; they are related as one doctrine of many baptisms to the extent that the opposite of salvation, the immersion of the whole world in a flood, is related to the one salvation.

 

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Thank you for your time and attention,

Jerry McMichael for SunGrist

 

 

ONE Chapter 1:  Introduction to the ONE Commentary.

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1-1:  12 reasons why One Commentary should be your one in depth college level Bible Commentary.

  1. It is like a Study Bible as it is so thorough on both the Old Testament (Prophets) and New Testament (Apostles).
  2. It is a free book in PDF with the options of later owning it in Paperback and Kindle for a lifetime of reference.
  3. Since Seminary students after six years or more of study of Theology and Bible find the Bible is a closed book because (1) a lack of will to do the will of God, and (2) failures of spiritual discernment, in Prophets and Apostles you are encouraged to find the open Bible of Authorized Semi-Public Interpretation (ASPI) of II Peter 1:21,22.
  4. All the Bible is important; however since what is most important in the Old Testament to be known is quoted in the New Testament (NT) with over 200 quotes, then in the NT the meaning of those quotes is explained and implemented.
  5. Counter to the recent trend to ignore the OT, SunGrist in Prophets and Apostles, recognizes the approach of Jesus of neither jot nor tittle will be neglected in the totality of the Bible.
  6. In the approximately 400 pages, you are reading and studying the Bible Itself and not about the Bible, a remedy for the bad habits of superficial theology filled with the wisdom of men. Yet the scholarly work of men like Sampey, Hester, and B.H. Carroll are honored.
  7. Prophets and Apostles is written around the internal structure of the Bible Itself, one might say that structure is the backbone of the Bible and the method through which God the Holy Spirit worked in over two thousand years of history with dedicated Prophets and Apostles and Jesus.
  8. Old and New Testament is about the Lord Jesus Christ, consistently teaches on the Gospel with a focus on How to Properly Learn Christ.
  9. Prophets and Apostles recognizes that the Bible is more a guidebook for living than a doctoral dissertation, with internal requirements to be understood as no more book, personal requirements for the individual in touch with the Holy Spirit.
  10. The Reader and/or student can visualize in 12 Tables the internal structure of the Bible from Genesis to Malachi, and provides an easy topical outline of the Bible in 12 major subjects, starting in Genesis with The Living God of the Living and ending in Malachi and Prophets with The Living God wants Others to Live.
  11. President Mohler says, “Preachers today do not know what to do with the Old Testament; that is sad, from the get-go in ONE there is preaching and teaching from the OT accoding to the NT, the 19 Writing Prophets of the OT become very relevant as you can preach them each Sunday or teach them on Wednesday night, with a comparison of the nation of Israel to the United States in “National Dens of Thieves, Jeremiah and Prophesy” you of course get Jeremiah, Amos, Joel, and other prophets, the Literal Forever Kingdom is started on the Prophet Isaiah, going all the way through the Bible on King Jesus and the Kingdom. You have to only take one look at the Master Tables of OT quotes in the NT, to see they run all the way from Genesis to Malachi.
  12. You will learn of many things from the Bible that you do not ordinarily hear because of custom and tradition, like: (1) the 9 month new birth that Jesus taught, and which explains why in churches today as always in the Bible only 1 out of 4 seeds of the Word sowed is fruitful; (2) in the Civic Religion of contemporary America, often called MTD for Moralistic Therapeutic Deism, herein refered to the American Democratic Faith (ADF) from American Studies, we are reminded that Christians are never in the majority, that while the ADF does not, the Bible does divide all citizens into two groups, the chilren of light and the children of the world; (3) II Peter 1:19-21 and other verses teach there is only one interpretation of the Bible and from Peter is labeled the ASPI for Authorized Semi-Public Interpretation.  Even Christian Smith, a Notre Dame professor of Sociolgy, in his “Soul Searching” book of the MTD shows no mature insight on the Bible or Christian faith, in making the same excuse as to why Evangelistic Bible Thumping is not a solution to MTD—that is, what you hear all the time from Americans that either have not regeneration or discernment of the Holy Spirit, there are too many interpretations of the Bible, they say wrongly.
  13. SunGrist pushes past all the PRE-, Post, and A millennium hype, just like the unecessary preoccupation with calvinism verses arminism recognizing that such words and concepts of “rapture”, “millennium”, and “dspensationalism’ are not even found once in the Bible, and are the products of man-made Theology. In Christ for Individuals, the 5 books of the Apostle John, the first covered on Revelation, you will find what comes natural from good Bible study (similar to our great SBC scholar on Revelation, Dr. Ray Summers in his book and Baylor course, “Worthy is the Lamb”)  without the magic words of the Scofield Mites.

NOTE:  By the way for you teachers and preachers, or would be, there are many outlines for Bible teaching.

1-2:  Prophets to the Nations.

The only way the Old Testament Prophets can be out of date is if nations of the world are out of date, for God the ruler of the universe made the Prophets International Prophets, the “Prophet to the Nations”.  Since God is eternal, immutability, and determinative in world history, if you want to see and know where nations are ultimately headed then the Prophets are the key, and further if you want to know then end goal of all history, it is:  (1) the literal Forever Kingdom to such up all other nations and kingdoms, (2) the Day of the Lord with a “cup of wine of wrath” (Jeremiah 1:5;1:10; and 25:15) for most nations, and (3) After the Second Coming of Christ, God the Father plants New Jerusalem on His favorite spot of Mount Zion in its present location of Israel.

NOTE:  Lest you think the nations are out of date, the oft repeated islands of the seas takes care of many including the US, however in the language it again shows God preference for Mount Zion in Israel to plant both Himself and New Jerusalem.

Since God thinks that spot is so important, as we near the End of the world you notice that focus more and more becomes centered on the Middle East and in particular on Megiddo Israel and the Jezreel valley as the site of World War III, the terminal war to end all wars.  Take Damascus as an example, now in Syria and the attention of much of the internal strife in Syria, and you must stop to consider that once it was part of the Northern Kingdom (10 tribes) of Israel as they separated from Judah of the Southern Kingdom, that in the Samaria of the first century Roman Empire, Jesus preached at Jacob’s well to the Samaritan woman about the water of life, and later in Damascus of Samaria Paul on the way to persecute Christians there saw a vision of the Ascended Christ and was converted, later believers were first called Christians in Antioch of Samaria.

“Let the nations be wakened, and come up to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; for there I will sit to judge all the surrounding nations.  Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe.  Come, go down; for the whimpers is full, the vats overflow–for their wickedness is great.  Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision!  For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.  The sun and moon will grow dark, and the stars will diminish their brightness.  The LORD also will roar from Zion, and utter His voice from Jerusalem; the heavens and earth will shake; but the LORD will be shelter for His people, and the strength of the children of Israel.”  (Joel 3:12-16)

It is easy to tire of all these predictors of the END, such as the one correlating Turkey with Damascus and Israel as Turkey (we have no evidence now that Turkey will be the prime attacker, but the indications are for Syria, Iran, and Russia); however this sensationalist bases his predictions of the Old Testament Prophets on the complete destruction of Damascus, perhaps the oldest continuance city in the world.  Take for example the Prophet Isaiah’s proclamation against Syria and Israel, in particular against Damascus once a powerful and prosperous city in the world from Isaiah 17.

“The burden against Damascus.

“Behold, Damascus will cease from being a city,
And it will be a ruinous heap.” (Isaiah 17:1)

Granted that Damascus has been destroyed and rebuilt many times, one notable being when Assyria took the Northern Kingdom captive and deported most of the residents filling the city and Northern Kingdom with other foreign immigrants, but as you read these words and the rest of Isaiah 17 you get as Carroll states a sense of partial fulfillments of a prediction to be completely fulfilled at or near the END.  If you have opportunity read please Isaiah 17 and you will note that it stresses often “in that day” with a reminder of the Day of the LORD and Lord of the whole Bible; and you can not help but think with the total message of 17, especially with the bottom line of 17:12-14, that this is the same cup of wine of the wrath of God as with the other Prophets.

Woe to the multitude of many people
Who make a noise like the roar of the seas,
And to the rushing of nations
That make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters!
13 The nations will rush like the rushing of many waters;
But God will rebuke them and they will flee far away,
And be chased like the chaff of the mountains before the wind,
Like a rolling thing before the whirlwind.
14 Then behold, at eventide, trouble!
And before the morning, he is no more.
This is the portion of those who plunder us,
And the lot of those who rob us.  (Isaiah 17:12-14)

1-3:    To the Nations — Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, and Isaiah.

We must distinguish between these four major Writing Prophets.  If God called Jeremiah to be a Prophet to the nations, and He did, how is it that Daniel, Ezekiel, and Isaiah also had much to say about the destiny of the nations, yet were not called Prophets to the nations; or were they?

First, the call of Jeremiah, the priest, to be a Prophet.

“I have appointed thee a prophet unto the nations….I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to pluck up and to break down, to destroy and to overthrow….Take this cup of wine of wrath at my hand, and cause all the nations to whom I send thee to drink it.”  (Jeremiah 1:5;1:10; and 25:15)

Our problem is that nowhere are we told that Jeremiah actually visited other nations, except Egypt near the end of his ministry.  Somehow we know that Jeremiah delivered these messages to the 21 nations that are named after 25:27, since he tells us in 25:27 that he did take the cup at Jehovah’s hand and caused all those 21 nations to drink of it.  He must have either visited these nations or wrote down the messages and sent them to the nations to read.  Is there the possibility that he did some of the work through Ezekiel and Daniel.  Ezekiel and Daniel were already captives to the North.  Ezekiel was taken captive to Babylon in 598 B.C. where he like Jeremiah preached the destruction of Judah and Jerusalem.  Daniel was taken captive earlier, in 605 B.C., the first year of Nebuchadnezzar invasion of Syria and Palestine.  While Jeremiah and Ezekiel were both priests, Daniel was a statesman and governor.  Ezekiel was called to be a Prophet five years after with King Jehoiachin he was taken captive to Babylon.

It is clear from the call of Ezekiel to be a Prophet recorded in Ezekiel 1,2 that Ezekiel was called to be a Prophet only to Israel in Exile.  The call begins with in the first chapter a vision from God.

“Such was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD.  And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard the voice of one speaking (Ezekiel 1:29)…And he said to me, ‘Son of man, sand upon your feet, and I will speak with you.’  And when he spoke to me, the Spirit entered into me and set me upon my feet; and I heard him speaking to me.  And he said to me, ‘Son of man, I send you to the people of Israel, to a nation of rebels, who have rebelled against me; they and their fathers have transgressed against me to this very day.  The people also are impudent and stubborn:  I send you to them; and you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD.’  And whether they hear or refuse to hear (for they are a rebellious house) they will know that there has been a prophet among them.”  (Jeremiah 2:1-5 RSV)

What a ministry as a Prophet, to Israel a nation of rebels who may not listen to him, and that the bottom line of his ministry is that the people must know that there is a prophet of God among them.

The beginning of Daniel is more historical that a call to be a Prophet like Jeremiah and Ezekiel.

“In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it.  And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with some of the vessels of the house of God; and he brought them to the land of Shinar, to the house of his god, and placed the vessels in the treasury of his god.  Then the king commanded Ashpenaz, his chief eunuch, to bring some of the people of Israel, both of the royal family and of the nobility, youths without blemish, handsome and skillful in all wisdom, endowed with knowledge, understanding learning, and competent to serve in the king’s palace, and to teach them the letters and language of the Chaldeans….Among them were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah of the tribe of Judah.”  (Daniel 1:1-4,6  RSV)

I think herein we have found a way that some of Jeremiah’s messages to the nations could get at least to the Chaldeans.  As we know from the history of Daniel in Chaldea,  Daniel became a leader in the palace of the kings.

1-4:  Messages to Five Nations.

Also Jeremiah 27 tells us of how the messages got to five kings of the 21.

“In the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, this word came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, ‘Thus says the LORD to me:  ‘Make for yourselves bonds and yokes, and put them on your neck, and send them to the king of Edom the king of Moab, the king of the Ammonites, the king of Tyre, and the king of Sidon, by the hand of the messengers who come to Jerusalem to Zedekiah king of Judah.”  (Jeremiah 27:1-3 NJKV)

It is interesting that the word came to Jeremiah as to what to do at the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim, but it was to actually happened during the reign of Zedekiah.

Following the commission of Jeremiah of how to get messages to five of the nations, God gives the message.

(1).  The Great Maker of History explains Who He Is.

  1. LORD of hosts, the God of Israel.
  2. Creator of earth, man, and animals.
  3. By His power and His arm that is active in history, this God has given the works of His Creation to whomever it seemed proper to Him.  (Wow, what a Great Maker of History!)

(2).  God tells them that He has given all these lands over into the hands of Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon who is His Servant.  (Jeremiah 27:5)

NOTE:  Hopefully in this context and the verse of Jeremiah 27:5, our concept and knowledge of progressive revelation in the Bible leads us to see how early in ancient history God let Himself be known, not only as the God of Israel, but also as the LORD of Hosts, alias the God of all nations and the Universe.

“I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are on the ground, by My great power and by My outstretched arm, and have given it to whom it seemed proper to Me.”  (Jeremiah 27:5)

And if you fail to see the control of God in human history and among nations operating here undeniable, then I feel sorry for you. Either you have a severe problem with intellectual honesty, or you have failed to comprehend this Scripture and many others which teach God as always and ever at work in human history.

  1. All nations shall serve him, his son, and his grandson
  2. The end of this reign is determined as “until the time of his land comes”.
  3. God will punish the nation that will not serve the king of Babylon with sword, famine, and pestilence.
  4. A warning not to listen to your nation’s prophets, your diviners, dreamers, soothsayers, and sorceress who tell you not to serve the king of Babylon.
  5. The nations that serve the king of Babylon, God will let them remain in their own land to till it and live in it.

These same words were spoken to King Zedekiah of Judah, also to the priests and the people., “Until the Time of His Land Comes”, no doubt a phrase that we have never heard and perhaps never read in the Bible; however, which not only implies but states:  (1) God sets the lands of the nations, past and present; (2) God determines the time in history that a nations will rise and fall.  The implications of this phrase and this scriptural context are awesome:  it implies, yes demands, that the same God who determined in detail all the nations and their boundaries will do the same today for the United States and their neighbors.  It would far harder to prove that God dealt that with nations in the Sixth Century B.C., then stopped.  In fact, we cannot possible believe that as we know that another Prophet about to considered in this chapter, Daniel, prophesied concerned the Greek and Roman nations as well as the everlasting kingdom of Christ.

Edom?  At first, it may confuse us to find that the promise is also to Edom as well as the other close neighbors of Judah, for we know that hundreds of years ago, the Prophet Obadiah, 840 B.C. recorded for God the prediction of the destruction of Edom, to the extent that the nation would disappear.  Now, here in Jeremiah during the reign of the last king of Judah,  Zedekiah (597-587 B.C.), it is finally in the patience and work of God to be executed.  Jeremiah 49:7-22 is almost identical to Obadiah, and the message of complete destruction the same.

“As when Sodom and Gomorrah and their neighbor cities were overthrown, says the LORD, no man shall dwell there, no man shall sojourn in her.”  (Jeremiah 49:18 RSV)

1-5:  Isaiah on Edom, Other Nations, and Earth’s End.

Like Carroll indicates, you go to Isaiah for the whole spread of Prophesy, both predictive and the message for the time.  The introductory words of Isaiah place it at a time before Jeremiah.

“The vision of Isaiah the sons of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.”  (Isaiah 1:1  RSV)

For one thing the well-established historical event of 710 B.C. from secular and Biblical history, the destruction of Sennacherib’s army, is at the center of Isaiah.  Also it is known from both histories that this same year marked the beginning of a great political movement in the Gentile World, the foundation of the Median monarchy that finally broke the yoke of Babylon.  Sampey writes of the period of Isaiah.

“Isaiah’s prophetic ministry covered the stirring period during which Assyria, under the leadership of Pul, Shalmaneser IV, Sargon, and Sennacherib, repeatedly invaded Syria and Palestine,  From his watch-tower Isaiah surveyed the nations, from Assyria and Elam on the east to Egypt and Ethiopia on the southwest, and Jehovah asserted by the mouth of His prophet, His sovereignty over all the earth.” 

Isaiah is the great landmark writing Prophet of the Bible, considered the prophet of Prophets.  Before him were Obadiah, Joel, Jonah, and Amos; contemporary with Isaiah were Hosea in Israel and Micah in Judah.  B.H. Carroll in his volumes of AN INTERPRETATION OF THE ENGLISH BIBLE divides the Writing Prophets into three Periods:  first, the Prophets of the Assyrian Period–Obadiah, Joel, Jonah, Amos, Hosea, Isaiah, Micah, and Nahum; secondly, the Prophets of the Chaldean Period–Zephaniah, Habakkuk, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel; and thirdly the Persian Period–Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi.  Isaiah 13-23 is called “The Book of Foreign Prophecies” as it deals with these other nations around Judah and Israel.  Messages are recorded for ten foreign nations and in this order:  Babylon, Assyria, Philistia, Moab, Damascus, Ethiopia, Egypt, Dumah, Arabia, and Tyre.

Dumah is Edom in this list:  that is found in Isaiah 34.  Yet the passage of Isaiah 34 implies much more scatological judgement than on Edom, as if Edom has become a symbol of all on whom God will rain out His final wrath.  You see both the eschatological and the general nature of world judgment at the beginning of chapter 34.

“Come near, you nations, (see, to all nations), to hear; and heed, you people!  Let the earth hear, and all that is in it, the world and all things that come forth from it.  For the indignation of the LORD is against all nations, and His fury against all their armies;  He has utterly destroyed them, He has given them over to the slaughter….All the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled up like a scroll; all their host shall fall down.”  (Isaiah 34:1-4 NJKV)

In the last verse you see God’s judgment on the heavens as well as the earth, definitely an eschatological event of the end of the last days.  But one thing that will help us in our study is that we can see judgment against the particular nation named Edom has already been pronounced.

Isaiah deals with many nations in his book.  A summary follows.

  1. A Prophesy Against Babylon (Isaiah 13)
  2. A Prophesy Against Assyria (Isaiah 14:24-27)
  3. A Prophesy Against the Philistines (14:28-32)
  4. A Prophecy Against Moab (15:1-16:13)
  5. An Oracle Against Damascus (Isaiah 17)
  6. A Prophesy Against Cush (Isaiah 18)
  7. A Prophesy Against Egypt (Isaiah 19)
  8. A Prophecy Against Egypt and Cush (Isaiah 20)
  9.   A Prophesy Against Babylon (Isaiah 21:1-10)
  10. A Prophesy Against Edom (Isaiah 21:11-12)

“An oracle concerning Dumah:  Someone calls to me from Seir, ‘Watchman, what is left of the night?  Watchman, what is left of the night?’  The watchman replies, ‘Morning is coming, but also the night.  If you would ask, then ask; and come back yet again.’”  (Isaiah 21:11-12 NIV)

  1. Prophecy Against Arabia (Isaiah 21:13-16)
  2. A Prophesy About Tyre (Isaiah 23)

1-6:  Isaiah on Devastation of the Earth

While God is letting Isaiah know and tell all about the destruction of nations, and some with eschatological content, He lays the ultimate devastation on the earth.  This is one of the few times that it is so clearly spelled out and with so many details.  We need to know the message; and we need to know the words so that we recognize those word when they are being quoted in the words of other books of the Bible.  This will enable us to distinguish between predictions that have more short time and then final time fulfillment.

  1. This is a judgment on the earth and its inhabitants.

“See, the LORD is going to lay waste the earth and devastate it; and scatter its inhabitants–”  (Isaiah 24:1 NIV)

  1. It will be a democratic judgment on all peoples.

“it will be the same for priest as for people, for master as for servant, for mistress as for maid, for seller as for buyer, for borrower as for lender, for debtor as for creditor.”  (Isaiah 24:2 NIV)

  1. The earth completely laid waste and totally plundered.

(1).  You must see that this word is spoke by the LORD Himself.

(2).  The earth dries up like a drought and withers, and at the same time the exalted people of the earth languages (it takes time).

“The earth dries up and withers, the world languishes and withers, the exalted of the earth languish.”  (Isaiah 24:4 NIV)

  1. A curse has come on the earth because of the guilt of the people. (Isaiah 24:5-10)

(1).  The Earth has been defiled by the people:  they have disobeyed laws, violated statutes, and broken “the everlasting covenant.”

(2).  Earth’s inhabitants are burned up with very few left; wine and merriment are gone; gone also is the sound of music instruments and revelers, and of the joyful harp.

(3).  Gone is wine and song, the taste of the beer, cities lie desolate, houses boarded up, cries come for wine, joy turns to gloom, and there is no gaiety on the earth.

The city is left in ruins, its gate is battered to pierced.  So will it be on the earth and among the nations, as when an olive tree is beaten, or as when gleanings are left after the grape harvest.  They raises their voices, they shout for joy; from the west they acclaim the LORD’s majesty.  Therefore in the east give glory to the LORD; exalt the name of the LORD, the God of Israel, in the islands of the sea.  From the ends of the earth we hear singing:  ‘Glory to the Righteous One.’  But I said, ‘I waste away, I waste away!  Woe to me!  The treacherous betray!  With treachery the treacherous betray!’  Terror and pit and snare await you, O people of the earth.  Whoever flees at the sound of terror will fall into a pit; whoever climbs out of the pit will be caught in a snare.”  (Isaiah 24:12-18 NIV)

  1. The Heavens are Shaken and the Earth is Shaken “in that day” (like the “one day of the LORD” of many other predictions), and the spiritual wickedness in high places will be punished as well as the people on the earth; and the sun and the moon will be affected; and the LORD Almighty will reign on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem with the elders, gloriously (Isaiah 24:18-23)

1-7:  Jeremiah on Other Nations.

A look back at our outline of chapter 5 of the book of Jeremiah, we will see that Jeremiah 46 is a prophecy about Egypt, Jeremiah 47 about the Philistines, chapter 48 about Moab, chapter 49 about Ammon, Edom, and others; and then in chapters 50 and 51 the fall of Babylon is predicted.

Daniel on the Nations

First, we should note a very significant change in Daniel 5:30 as Belshazzar, king of the Babylonians is killed, and Darius, the Mede took over the kingdom at the age of 62.

“That very night Belshazzar, king of the Babylonians was slain, and Darius the Mede took over the kingdom, at the age of sixty-two.”  (Daniel 5:30 NIV)

1-8:  Jesus and the Apostles complete the Gospel story that God the Holy Spirit started in the Prophets.

Where then do the Apostles come in?  They complete the Gospel story that God the Holy Spirit started in the Prophets, and of course the Lord Jesus Christ fulfills as the Prophet Messiah predicted by the Prophet Moses, the Gospel and all things.

NOTE:  Do not forget that the Magic Outline, or the Outline of the Old Testament according to the New Testament, and New Testament quotes is in this Top 12 Topics of the Bible outline, placed under the headings of (1) the Old Testament quote itself under “The Gospel Proclaimed”,  (2) “Presented” From Matthew, the location in this most thorough gospel as related to quotes, often by Jesus, (3) “Explained” with quotes in Hebrews and Romans, (4) “Reinforced” with the Old Testament quotes in Luke, and (5) Append sized with the Old Testament quotes in Mark. Or from the top headings of the Appendix of this volume 1, below.

Hebrews and Romans are as surely as much the Gospel, the Gospel according to Paul as are Matthew, John, Luke, and Mark.  Hebrews being Paul’s original Gospel address to the Jewish synagogues is the Gospel especially to the Jews, and Romans is the expanded Gospel version of Hebrews to the Gentiles.  You have previously noted that while Psalms quotes dominate the book of Hebrews, the quotes from Isaiah dominate that of Romans.  {It should be added that before Paul from imprisonment in Roman published Hebrews, he made certain additions for the Christians to whom it was sent.}

1-9:  Hebrews and Psalms, an example of what quotes in Hebrews from Psalms can not for you in your Bible reading and study.

In this section of Bible, on Wisdom of God and Man, and the wisdom literature is part of Isaiah and Psalms.  Even as Paul quotes often from Isaiah in Hebrews and Romans, so often also he quotes from Psalms in Hebrews and Romans.  Recall that when Paul sat down at Tarsus during the seven silent years to write a parchment as a basis for his future addresses to the Jewish synagogues, he had at his disposal:  (1) The Old Testament; (2) The Gospel of Matthew; (3) Testimonies to Jesus from Peter and James at Jerusalem which he also recorded on parchments; and (4) Direct revelations from the Ascended Christ which he received in Saudi Arabia.

“But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace, To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heath (Gentiles), immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood; Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus.  Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days.  But other of the apostles saw I none, saved James the Lord’s brother.”  (Galatians 1:16-19)      

It should be obvious that when at Tarsus Paul made parchments to record the most relevant Old Testament quotes to be recorded in his 14 New Testament letters and on the parchments that he left for Dr. Luke and John Mark, that on the parchment for the writing of Hebrews was a deference to the book of Psalms.  From a previous table we take the quotes from Psalms in Hebrews as shown in Table 6-1.       A look at Table 6-1 will illustrate that there are 15 direct quotations from Psalms, and that these 15 direct quotations are interspersed throughout the book of Hebrews, starting with Hebrews 1:5 and running all the way to Hebrews 10:5.  Recall that these 15 quotes under the direction of the Ascended Christ in Arabia and the assistance of the Holy Spirit in Tarsus would be what God considered MOST important for the Jews to hear about the Gospel of Christ!

  1. Psalms 2:7 and Hebrews 1:5.

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

(1).  The LORD God the Father said to the Lord Jesus Christ, “You are my Son, this day have I begotten you.”

(2)  It is the Spirit of Christ that is speaking here through the Prophet David, another case of the double or more meaning of Old Testament prophecies.  It is this same Spirit of Christ speaking through the Old Testament Prophets that the Apostle Peter writes of in I Peter 1:10,11–

“Of which salvation the prophets have inquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you; Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.”  (I Peter 1:10,11)

(3).  The “day” that the Father begot Jesus as His Son may forever remain a mystery to us while still on this earth; for that day must be well before the beginning of the universe when Christ, the Word, dwelt with God and through all things were made, and before the actual babe of Jesus was placed in the womb of Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit.

“Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.  For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee?  And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?”  (Hebrews 1:4,5, Psalms 2:7, and II Samuel 7:14)

As powerful and as respected as are angels, the power and respect for the name of Jesus as the Son of God is much greater.

  1. Psalms 104:4 and Hebrews 1:7.

“Bless the LORD, O my soul, O Lord my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty.  Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment; who stretchiest out the heavens like a curtain:  who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters; who maketh the clouds his chariot; who walketh upon the wings of the wind:  Who maketh his angels spirits, his minister a flaming fire; Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever.”  (Psalms 104:1-5)

Master Table 6:  Psalms in Hebrews.

Proclaimed Established Explained Reinforced Appendix
(Old Test) (Matthew) (Heb/Rom) (Luke) (Mark)
Psalm 2:1,2 Insert from Act s:      Acts 4:24-26
Psalm 2:7 3:17 Hebrews 1:5 9:7
Hebrews 17:5
Romans 5:5
Psalm 8:4-6 Romans 2:6
Psalm 8:7 20:42
Psalm 12:36 Hebrews 8:7
Psalm 14:1-3 Romans 3:10
Psalm 16:20 1:24
Psalm 18:3,4 1:67-73
Psalm 18:25 5:7
Psalm 18:49 Romans 15:9
Psalm 22:1 27:46 Hebrews 5:34 22:18 15:24
Psalm 22:19 27:35
Psalm 22:22 Hebrews 2:12
Psalm 24:3-5 5:8
Psalm 34:12-16 Insert from  the Apostle Peter:      I Peter 3:10-12
Psalm 34:20 Insert from the Apostle John:     John 19:36
Psalm 35:19 Insert from the Apostle John: John 15:25
Psalm 41:9 Insert from the Apostle John:     John 13:18; 17:12

Master Table 7:        Gospel in Psalms 37-118.

Proclaimed Established Explained Reinforced Appendix
(Old Test) (Matthew) (Heb/Rom) (Luke) (Mark)
Psalm 37:11 5:5
Psalm 40:608 Hebrews 10:5
Psalm 41:9 Hebrews 14:18
Psalm 42:1 Hebrews 1:11
Psalm 42:6 Hebrews 14:34
Psalms 45:6,7 Hebrews 1:8
Psalm 48:2 5:33ff  
Psalm 55 Hebrews 5:6
Psalm 62:12 16:27 8:38
Psalm 69:9 Romans 15:3
Psalm 69:21 27:34
Psalm 69:22 Romans 11:9
Psalm 72:18 1:67-73
Psalm 78:2 13:35
Psalm 82 21:16
Psa 16:18
Psalm 91:11 4:6 Romans 4:10
Psalm 95:7,8 Hebrews 3:15
Romans 4:7
Psalm 95:7-11 Hebrews 3:7
Psalm 102:25-33 Romans 1:10
Psalm 104:4 Hebrews 1:7
Psalm 104:8,9 Hebrews 1:8
Psalm   1:67-73
Psalm 110:1 Hebrews 1:13 12:36
Psalm 110:4 Hebrews 5:6 /Romans 7:21
Psalm 111:9 1:67-73
Psalm 117:1 Romans 15:11
Psalm 118:22 21:42 Romans 9:33 20:17
Psalm 118:22f 12:10,11
Psalm 118:26 21:9 23:38ff 11:9

 

TO APPRECIATE SOME OF THE GREATNESS OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, WE MUST SEE SOMETHING OF THE GREATNESS OF GOD THE FATHER–

(1).  The LORD God the Father is clothed as His very character with “honour and majesty”.

(2).  So extensive and mysterious in understanding is the Father that it is as if His very clothing is the light that permeates the whole universe.

(3).  The heavens of stars and planets beyond the earth are a curtain, or backdrop, for heaven where the Father and the Son dwell.

(4).  Heaven extends from the curtain in the vast universe to the waters on the earth.

(5).  God in heaven walks on the wings of the wind, making the clouds His chariot.

(6).  The angels as the ministers of God in heaven are spirits and flaming recipients of vast powers.

(7).  God the Father through Jesus the Son, the Word, (John 1), laid the foundations of the earth.

(8).  While the old earth will be made new, this foundational earth will survive forever.  (It is the surface of the earth that will be consumed with fire.)

“And again, when he bringeth in the first begotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.  And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.  But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever; a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of thy kingdom.”  (Hebrews 1:6-8)            

(1).  Jesus as the Word was the “first begotten” of God the Father before He was sent into the world.

(2).  Yet the Father did say at that point when He brought Jesus into the world that the angels of God which ministered on earth as well as in heaven should worship the Son even as the Father is worshipped.  You note how they did this before the shepherds at the birth of Jesus (Luke 2:13,14).

“And suddenly there was with the angel’s a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”  (Luke 2:13,14)

NOTE:  Also note that while Paul would have established in Hebrews this worship of the angels of Jesus as a fact, it would be Dr. Luke later who would elaborate on it in terms of what actually happened in the presence of the shepherds at the birth of Jesus.              

(3).  Notice what the Father said to the Son–

  1.   Jesus is also God as the Father addresses Jesus as “O God”.
  2. The Father establishes Jesus throne and Lordship as being forever.
  3. Jesus’ kingdom is established and maintained based on righteousness.
  4. Psalms 104:8,9 and Hebrews 1:8.

“Thou coverest it {the foundations of the earth} with the deep as with a garment; the waters stood above the mountains.  As thy rebuke they fled; at the voice of thy thunder they hasted away.  They go up by the mountains; they go down by the valleys unto the place which thou hast founded for them.  Thou hast set a bound that they may not pass over; that they turn not again to cover the earth.”  (Psalms 104:6-9)                      

(1).  In the beginning the void where the earth was Created by God the Father through Jesus the Word was covered with water so that God separated the waters above from the waters below, and established locations on earth for that water.

(2).  God allowed the waters to cover the earth during the Flood of Noah’s day; but God through the Prophet David is re-establishing the fact that earth will never again be covered by water.  In fact, a characteristic of the end time is that vast bodies of water will be no more (Revelation 21:1,2).

NOTE:  You are beginning to see that what we have in the sequence of Psalms as quoted by the Apostle Paul is the history of the universe form the perspective of God the Father:  (1).  Jesus the Son is begotten; (2) The angels as ministers are begotten; (3) The universe is Created; (4) The first earth is destroyed, the surface wiped clean, with the Flood; (5) Jesus is begotten on earth; and (6) The old earth will again be wiped clean, this time with fire.

  1. Psalms 45:6,7 and Hebrews 1:8.

“Thy throne, O God, if for ever and ever:  the scepter of thy kingdom is a right scepter.  Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness; therefore God, thy God, that anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.”  (Psalms 45:6,7)                        

(1).  Although the Father calls the Son, O God, it is still that the Father is the God of the Son.  This is perhaps the most fundamental concept of the whole Bible–that God the Father may be all in all; and is as Paul makes clear in I Corinthians 15:27,28–

“For he (God the Father) hath put all things under his feet.  But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him.  And when all things shall be subdued under 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 Cor. 15:27,28)                

(2).  The Son like the Father loves righteousness as the very nature of His character and hates iniquity.

(3).  The Father has anointed the Son with gladness and majesty above all the “fellow-heirs”, or second borns, with the “firstborn”.

  1. Psalms 102:25-28 and Hebrews 1:10.

“Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the work of thy hands.  They shall perish, but thou shalt endure; yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shall thou change them, and they shall be changed.  But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end.  The children of thy servants shall continue, and their seed shall be established before thee.”  (Psalms 102:25-28)

(1).  You learn even more about the Creation of the Universe, and the relationships of the Father and Son to that Creation, in the book of Psalms than in Genesis; but recall that Psalms even as any other book of the Bible is best understood in the total context of the bible.

(2).  This waxing old as a garment of the old earth and the changing of the old earth is the equivalent of the new earth coming into existence as the old earth is purged with fire from heaven, as the elements of earth and the heavens are melted with a fervent heat.

(3).  The great immutable in the Universe are the existence of God the Father and God the Son.

(4).  While the old earth and the old heavens will change drastically at the end of time, even as the Father and the Son will remain above it all and unaffected, so will also the children of faith that the Father through the firstborn Son has established during the history of the earth will like the Father and Son become immutable in that they will live forever.

  1. Psalms 110:1 and Hebrews 1:13.

THE PLAN OF GOD THROUGH ALL THESE CHANGES ON EARTH AND IN THE HEAVENS, AND WITH THE NEW CITIZENS PREPARED FOR THE NEW EARTH, IS KEEP JESUS, THE ASCENDED CHRIST ON HIS RIGHT HAND UNTIL ALL THOSE THAT REJECT THE KINGDOM OF GOD ON THE NEW EARTH WILL BECOME THE FOOTSTOOL OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST!

  1. Psalms 8:4-6 and Hebrews 2:6.

“But unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak.  But one in a certain place testifieth, {that one is the Prophet David in Psalms and in Psalms 8:4-6} saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him?  or the son of man, that thou visitest him”  Thou mayest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honor, and didst set him over the works of thy hands:  Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet.  For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him.  But now we see not yet all things put under him.”  (Hebrews 2:5-8 and Psalms 8:4-6)

THE BOTTOM LINE OF THIS PASSAGE IS THE REALITY ON EARTH THAT PAUL AND OTHER CHRISTIANS DID NOT SEE DURING THEIR TIMES ALL THINGS UNDER THE FEET OF CHRIST, NOR DO WE TODAY; DEMANDING A GREAT EVENT IN THE FUTURE WHEN INDEED ALL THINGS WILL BE PUT IMMUTABLE UNDER THE FEET OF CHRIST!

  1. Psalms 22:22 and Hebrews 2:12.

“But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels {by birth into the human race on earth} for the suffering of death {crucifixion}, crowned with glory and honour {resurrection and ascension to the right hand of the Father}; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man {the atonement in the crucifixion}.  For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory {the adoption of the second borns by the firstborn and the Father}, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.  For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified {firstborn and the second borns} are all of one; for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,  {the fellows become brethren} saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.”  (Hebrews 2:9-12)

  1. Psalms 95:7-11 and Hebrews 3:7.

“Wherefore (as the Holy Spirit saith, To day if ye will hear his voice.”  (Hebrews 3:7) Paul starts to make the Gospel of Jesus and the Father very personal to the Jews he is addressing in the synagogues!

  1. Psalms 95:7,8 and Hebrews 3:15.

“O come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD our maker.  For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.  To day if ye will heart his voice, Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness:  When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my work.  Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, it is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways:  Unto whom I sware in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest.”  (Psalms 95:6-11)

“While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.  For some, when they had heard, did provoke ; howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses.  But with whom was he grieved forty years?  was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcasses fell in the wilderness?  And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not?  So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.”  (Hebrews 3:15-19)

(1).  The Holy Spirit of God now as then woos people toward faith in the Father and the Son.

(2).  Even as the multitude of the children of Israel which saw the works of God which brought them of Egypt and preserved them in the wilderness had some which believed and some which did not, even so today among those who know of the works of God some believe and some do not.

  1. Psalms 95:7,8 and Hebrews 4:7. Paul repeats the quotation of Psalms 95:7,8, trying to make it personally clear that individual choice and faith must be exercised in response to the inward wooing of the Holy Spirit on the human spirit.
  2. Psalms 2:7 and Hebrews 5:5.

“So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee.  As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.”  (Hebrews 5:5,6, Psalms 2:7 and Psalms 110:4)

“The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent (will not change His mind), thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek (a priest of such a high order that even Abraham, the father of the believing Jews and Gentile, gave tribute).”  (Psalms 110:4)

  1. Psalms 110:4 and Hebrews 5:6.

We looked at this above as Jesus is established as the Great High Priest of the order of magnitude above Abraham and all!

  1. Psalms 110:4 and Hebrews 7:1.

“For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him; To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem which is, King of peace; Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life, but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.”  (Hebrews 7:1-3)

Ways in which Jesus is a Great High Priest according to the order of magnitude of Melchizedek–                  (1).  Jesus like Melchizedek is the ordained Priest of the Most High God the Father.                  (2).  Jesus is to accept tribute of all of the order of Abraham and below.                   (3).  Jesus is the King of righteousness.                         (4).  Jesus is the King of Peace.                   (5).  Jesus’ descent is difficult to trace from earth’s perspective; for it goes right up to the heavenly throne where God dwells.              (6).  Jesus is a High Priest forever!

  1. Psalms 40:6-8 and Hebrews 10:5.

“For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.  Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:  In burnt-offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.  Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.”  (Hebrews 10:4-7 and Psalms 40:6-8)

THIS DISTINGUISHES BETWEEN THE GOSPEL PROCLAIMED IN THE OLD TESTAMENT AND ESTABLISHED ON EARTH!  Jesus didn’t say it first when He came on earth; but said it through His Spirit first in the Old Testament–that is when it was established, then proclaimed it as a fact when He came on earth!

1-10:  Likewise in Romans and Isaiah.

Even as the quotes from Psalms dominate Hebrews and the Gospel to the Jews, the quotes from Isaiah dominate Romans and the Gospel to the Gentiles.  The quotes from Isaiah in Romans are shown in Table 6-2 on the next page.  Look at Table 6-2:  amazingly there are 15 direct quotes of Isaiah in Romans even as Psalms in Hebrews.  Another characteristic of Isaiah in Romans in that there are numerous double quotations where one verse or series of verses in Romans quotes from more than one reference in Isaiah:  there are two such cases with three repeats of Isaiah, of Isaiah 28:16.  Let us look at this portion of Isaiah first to see where in the Old Testament Paul wants to place so much emphasis on the Gospel to the Gentiles.

“Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation:  he that believeth shall not make haste.”  (Isaiah 28:16)

(1).  Jesus is the foundation stone for faith in that He is laid as that foundation by God the Father.

(2).  Jesus is the foundation stone for faith in that He is a tried stone in whom God the Father is well pleased, in all points tempted like as we are yet without sin.

(3).  Jesus is the foundation stone for faith in that He is the precious stone of the Father, beloved of the Father as His only begotten Son.

(4).  Jesus is the foundation stone for faith in that He is the only sure foundation for faith.

(5).  Jesus is the foundation stone for faith in that He is the only means of faith that prevents people from being ashamed or being nervous as they make haste through life without a foundation.

            Table 1-2:  Isaiah in Romans.

  Romans                               Isaiah   Romans                               Isaiah
1 2:24                       52:5 9 10:20,21                65:1
2 9:27                       10:22,23 10 11:8                                      29:10
3 9:29                       1:9 11 11:26                     59:20,21
4 9:33                       8:14 12 11:27                               27:9
5   28:16 13 14:11                               45:23
6 10:11                               28:16 14 15:12                     11:1,10
7   49:23 15 15:21 52:15 
8 10:16                               53:1      

With this central focus point of Isaiah 28:16 and Romans 9:33 and Romans 10:11, we will proceed both directions in this Gospel to the Gentiles; and in the manner and outline as shown below–

  1. Isaiah 28:6, Romans 9:33, and Romans 10:11.
  2. Isaiah 28:6.
  3. Romans 9:33.
  4. Romans 10:11.
  5. Isaiah 1:9 (in Romans 9:29) and Isaiah 49:23 (in Romans 10:11).
  6. Isaiah 1:9.
  7. Romans 9:29.
  8. Isaiah 49:23.
  9. Romans 10:11

III. Isaiah 10:22,23 (in Romans 9:27) and Isaiah 53:1 (in Romans 10:16).

  1. Isaiah 10:22,23.
  2. Romans 9:27.
  3. Isaiah 53:1.
  4. Romans 10:16.
  5. Isaiah 52:5 (in Romans 2:24) and Isaiah 65:1 (in Romans 10:20,21).
  6. Having completed all those in the first half of Romans, it remains for those in the second half.
  7. Isaiah 29:10 and Romans 11:8.
  8. Isaiah 59:20,21 and Romans 11:26.
  9. Isaiah 27:9 and Romans 11:27.
  10. Isaiah 45:23 and Romans 14:11.
  11. Isaiah 11:1,10 and Romans 15:12.
  12. Isaiah 52:15 and Romans 15:21.  (Even as Paul started with the 52nd chapter of Isaiah, verse 5, he ends on that same chapter with verse 15.)

1-11:  The Bible is Christ, Jesus as the Foundation Stone.  (a message for you in 5 parts or a teaching outline that will preach, remember Carroll is a model for commentaries that teach and preach)

  1. Ways in which Jesus is the Foundation Stone.
  2. The Father established this corner stone.
  3. Jesus’s perfection was tested on earth.
  4. Jesus is precious as the beloved Son of the Father.
  5. The only foundation for faith laid by the Father.
  6. People are only made secure as they stand by faith on this foundation.
  7. Gentiles of the new remnant will not be ashamed of their faith in the foundation stone.
  8. Isaiah 1:9.

“Except the LORD of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah.”  (Isaiah 1:9)

  1. Romans 9:29.

“And as Esaias said before, Except the Lord of Sabbath had left us a seed, we had been as Sodom, and been made like unto Gomorrah.  What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith.  But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness.  Wherefore?  Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law.  For they stumbled at that stumblingstone; As it is written, Behold, i lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence:  and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.”  (Romans 9:29-33 and Isaiah 1:9 and Psalms 118:22 and Isaiah 8:14, and Isaiah 28:16)

  1. Isaiah 49:23.

“Thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles, and set up my standard to the people:  and they shall bring thy sons in their arms, and thy daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders.  And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers:  they shall bow down to thee with their face toward the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet; and thou shall know that I am the LORD; for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me.”  (Isaiah 49:22,23)

  1. Romans 10:11.

“For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.”  (Romans 10:11)

III.  The New Remnant of the New Foundation Stone of faith identified.

  1. Isaiah 10:22,23.

“And it shall come to pass in that day, that the remnant of Israel, and such as are escaped of the house of Jacob, shall no more again stay upon him that smote them; but shall stay upon the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, in truth.  The remnant shall return, even the remnant of Jacob, unto the mighty God.  For though thy people Israel be as the sand of the sea, yet a remnant of them shall return:  the consumption decreed shall overflow with righteousness.”  (Isaiah 10:20-22)

  1. Romans 9:27.

“As he saith also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved.  And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto the, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God.  Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved.”  (Romans 9:25-27, Hosea 2:23, Hosea 1:10, and Isaiah 1:9 and Isaiah 10:22,23)

  1. Isaiah 53:1.

“Who hath believed our report?  and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?”  (Isaiah 53:1)

WHO CAN BE SAVED AND WHO WILL BELIEVE THE REPORT OF THE GOSPEL IN ORDER TO BE SAVED?  THE NEW REMNANT OF JEWS AND GENTILES!

  1. Romans 10:16.

“But they have not all obeyed the gospel.  For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.  But I Say, Have they not heard?  Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.  But I say, Did not Israel know?  First Moses saith, I will provoke you to jealousy by them that are no people, and b a foolish nation I will anger you.  But Esaias is very bold, and saith, I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me.  But to Israel he saith, All day Long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people.”  (Romans 10:16-21 and Isaiah 53:1 and Psalms 19:4 and Deuteronomy 32:21 and Isaiah 65:1 Isaiah 65:2)

  1. Even as the real Captivity is spiritual, so also the real remnant of a few Gentiles and Jews is the real nation of the new earth.
  2. Isaiah 52:5.

“Now therefore, what have I here, saith the LORD, that my people is taken away for nought?  they that rule over them make them to howl, saith the LORD; and my name continually every day is blasphemed.  Therefore my people shall know my name:  therefore they shall know in that day that I am he that doth speak; behold, it is I.”  (Isaiah 52:5,6)

  1. Romans 2:24.

“For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you (the Jews), as it is written.”  (Romans 2:24)

  1. Isaiah 65:1.

“I am sought of them that asked not for me; I am found of them that sought me not:  I said, Behold me, behold me, unto a nation that was not called by my name.”  (Isaiah 65:1)

  1. Romans 10:20,21.

“But Esaias is very bold, and saith, I was fond of them that ought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me.  But to Israel he saith, All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people.”  (Romans 10:20,21 and Isaiah 65:1 and Isaiah 65:2)

  1. All the Gospel implications of Jesus as the new foundation stone for the new remnant.
  2. Israel as a nation has not been able to see and hear this Gospel, nor to become part of the new remnant.
  3. All of “Israel”, the new remnant, is not of the nation of Israel; but all of this “Israel”, the new remnant, shall be saved.
  4. The Covenant of God with this new remnant of the new nation of “Israel”, of a few Jews and Gentiles, includes that God will take away their sins.  Even as this new remnant is the real Israel, so the real Captivity and Restoration is the taking away of the bondage of this sin.
  5. God the Father has pre-determined and even sworn on the fact in the Old Testament that every single knee on this earth and in history shall bow to Him, and confess that He alone is God.
  6. It was predicted by the Prophet Isaiah that Gentiles would believe in the root of Jesse and David, Jesus the foundation stone.
  7. The ones that God has spoken of in Isaiah and the rest of the Old Testament, those of the new remnant of the new nation of Israel, will see, hear, understand, and believe the Gospel of the foundation stone of Jesus.

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Hebrews Preface

Preface:  Why is It So Difficult for Americans to See?

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In these days of Falling Away, it is indeed the those that would advance beyond the Doctrine of Christ into theology, ignoring both the good preaching (prophesy) of the Bible  and good Bible preaching today unhampered by the restraints of theology.  {This is not to say that our preaching today is synonymous with the preaching of Jesus, the Prophets, and the Apostles in the complete measure of the influence of God the Holy Spirit; however in reality, the closer those two come together, determines the reliability and accuracy of both our Bible understanding and preaching!)  One good and recent example of how theology tries to advance ahead of the doctrine of Christ is Mohler on the Atonement.

“Christ died not as a substitute for all sinners but only for those predestined to believe, a leading Southern Baptist Calvinist said in a weekend podcast explaining the atonement, a Christian doctrine that describes how sinners are reconciled to God.”

“As I understand God’s Word, if Jesus truly died for the sins of all mankind, if even one of those persons ends up in hell, then that would make a mockery of the sufficiency of Christ’s atoning blood on Calvary’s cross,” said a caller to Albert Mohler’s “Ask Anything” weekend edition of his daily news podcast May 3. “Could you help me on this subject, please?”  {https://baptistnews.com/article/mohler-says-christ-died-for-the-elect/#.XAggv2hKj-U}

This makes a mockery of John 3:16 and the simplicity of the Good News of the Atonement, that “Christ died for the sins of the world”.  Statements like this one in his defense of theology, stating that “I believe that theology rooted unapologetically in Scripture is the only sure foundation for the home, the church, and the Christian life.” And similar statements by the President of Truett Seminary come short of both the Doctrine of Christ and the authority of Scripture as being not only rooted but dominate and the sole criterion for faith and practice.  {Mohler for Christianity Today on the humiliation of the SBC, https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2018/may-web-only/al-mohler-humiliation-of-southern-baptist-convention-metoo.html  }  It truthfully seems that what we have is a humiliation of the shortcomings of theology to be the criterion that brings the Bible to the judgment bar of human wisdom and reasoning, no substitute for the preaching in the Bible and of the Bible.

Those conservatives have to appreciate most of what Mohler writes…however he over estimates and over states the importance of a dominance of theology in these words–

Because we hear a question ringing down through the corridors of time: “When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”

In answering that question, what could be more important than theological education? What greater cause could form our joy and sense of moment tonight? In no small way we gather tonight to answer Christ’s question with a faithful assertion of both word and will.

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How then does Jesus’ question in this text point to theological education as the most important endeavor on earth?

In its servant role to the church, theological education is the necessary means whereby pastors, preachers, teachers of the church, evangelists, missionaries, church planters, and church leaders are formed in the faith of the church – that faith that is orthodox, apostolic, biblical, and very much alive.

https://www.christianheadlines.com/columnists/al-mohler/why-understanding-theology-is-a-crucial-part-of-your-faith.html

THE ANSWER IS THAT WHAT IS MOST IMPORTANT IS A PRIORITY OF TIME AND EDUCATION FOR THE PREACHING OF THE WORD OF GOD, INTERNALLY AND AS ANDREW BLACKWOOD WROTE, PREACHING FROM THE BIBLE, THAT IS NOT FROM THEOLOGY.  To be and remain accredited seminaries have to conform to the liberal standards of Yale and Harvard, the largest in America.

Doctrine and Spirit Go Hand in Hand: “The Testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of Prophesy”.  About the title, it may seem strange to have a title from Revelation to begin this message from Hebrews; however the distortions of the Doctrine of Christ are as much “seducing spirits and doctrines of devils”  (I Timothy 4:3,4) as denying marriage for priests and forbidding good meat blessed by God for man’s needs.  Prophesy and preaching in the Bible are almost synonymous and inter-changeable:  when you have bad doctrine, their exist a bad human spirit even as when you have good and sound doctrine there is a good spirit sort of like the famous fiction book “The Good Spirit of Laurel Ridge” versus the bad spirit of the fiction based on fiction of the “Left Behind Series”.  Test the spirits, referring primarily to the spirit of men that are preachers, the Apostle John writes, for many evils spirits are gone out into the world.  From I Corinthians 14 we learn as churches and preachers are forbidden against unknown tongues that prophesy and preaching are about the same, and good preaching includes to exhort, comfort, and edify.  The Testimony of Jesus is the best sound doctrine of the Bible, and the Spirit of Prophesy or preaching is the best sound spirit.  Old Testament Prophets were the preachers of their day, and in spite of being unpopular compare to many preachers today, by and large they were rejected in their doctrines and spirit by God’s people.  Theology tries to replace the foolish nature of preaching as compared to the honor of the wisdom of this world, but buried in the very nature of “prophesy can not in old time by the will of man but by the spirit of God” is not only preaching but prediction, and the OT quotes in the NT explain what the Great Spirit of God the Holy Spirit is communicating, through Bible and through preaching.

NOTE:  In the interactive online method of SunGrist on WordPress, you can hear the well listened to “A Message on the Doctrine of Christ from the book of Hebrews”, in 3 approximately 20 Parts.

Look at our American society and the Bible:  first it is obvious that the Bible teaches a great apostasy called the Falling Away before the second coming.

Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition,  who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.”  (II Thessalonians 2:3,4)

While so many in American because of the falsehoods of the fictitious “Left Behind Series” are looking for a false rapture (rapture is not even a word in the Bible) before the falling away, above Paul and the Word of God through Paul clearly states the proper God ordained sequence of events as (1) first the falling away (what part of “for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first” do you not understand?); and (2) second the man of sin, the son of perdition, is made visible to the world on the world scene, and SunGrist votes for Scofield and his cohorts coming on the scene in 1909 with the Scofield Reference Bible.

Who is more stubborn as a nation, the majority in Israel because they even from the first century have refused to believe the Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of God, or America because they now can not see their own falling away; a falling away from the first love (Revelation 2:4 and Matthew 24:12) and priority of loyalty for Jesus, and a falling away from the sound doctrines of the Bible (II Timothy 4:3,4).

Stubbornness angers God on the part of Israel or America!

“And it came to pass, when the judge was dead, that they reverted and behaved more corruptly than their fathers, by following other gods, to serve them and bow down to them. They did not cease from their own doings nor from their stubborn way.”  (Judges 2:19)

 “You stubborn people! You are heathen at heart and deaf to the truth. Must you forever resist the Holy Spirit? That’s what your ancestors did, and so do you!” (Acts 7:51)

  1. One reason for this stubbornness which angers God is Americans for tolerance to the extreme, enamored with the American Democratic Faith, somehow continuing to believe in the inherent goodness of men, especially Americans; and they just will not get it in their head that there is a vast difference between American children of the world and American children of God.  The subject is the hard to see present falling away now, so there is not sufficient time or space to quote on the scriptures that make a distinction between Americans as children either of the world or children of God with a great gap fixed between them by the Eternal Judge, God our Heavenly Father and Creator, only a few are listed now.
  1. The children of the world are wiser than the children of light.

“The rich man had to admire the dishonest rascal for being so shrewd. And it is true that the children of this world are more shrewd in dealing with the world around them than are the children of the light.”  (Luke 16:8 New Living Translation)

  1. Do you think you can be a friend of the world and those in the world and get away with it?

New International Version
You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.”  (James 4:4)

Pastor James like Jesus and the other Apostles were of course Jews, and it is to Israel that we are indebted for the oracles of God, but they understood the difference.

  1. From another Christian Jew, the Apostle John, the Apostle of love, evangelism, and graciousness.

Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know [b]us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure”  (I John 2:1-3 NJKV)

NOTE:  See even here you Americans and church members have trouble distinguishing between the purified and the not purified.  Of course, we must admit that non believers sometimes make it hard to tell the difference because they are better at PR than believers.  Have you noticed that your friends of unbelief that you talk to about Jesus and refuse to heed want you to honor them more than the words of Jesus and God.  They seek to draw you into friendship with the world, and to deny any difference between yourself and them!

  1. That naturally brings up another reason for stubbornness to admit the falling away; that is self-love, self-image, and pride of life passions of this world, not of the Heavenly Father, have become such a staple in Christian lives that there is little or no difference between the children of light and the children of the world.  The forbidden “pride of life” of I John can easily be correlated with the self-image of an unbeliever, you thinks himself so highly and good that there is no need to trade “let this mind be in you which was also in Christ” for what he considers of himself, and being wiser than the children of light he convinces not only himself but others around him of a legend in his own mind for many different false reasons.
  2. Americans and especially the Southern Baptist Convention since 1909, and more so recently, have been bombarded with the Scofield mites false claim that the falling away can not take place until after some equally as false rapture of two false raptures.  THIS IS ACCORDING TO THE BIBLE A DEMONIC VEIL OF THE RAPTURE!  This is labored in many blogs and messages of SunGrist and SunGrist online at biblecombibleman.com for over 13 years, so here it will be only advised to please download the PDF and read it at http://www.biblecombibleman.com/Rapture.pdf.

NOTE:  Since the subject is the falling away now and how difficult to see and understand now, the false secret rapture will not be labored here, but the reader is referred to several references of Bible quotes at (1) a collection on Google plus called “The Demonic Veil of a Secret Rapture” at https://plus.google.com/collection/s7EubB ; (2) The real Day of the Lord and LORD on sungrist.org at http://sungrist.org/DayOfTheLORD.html ; (3) a study of II Timothy of “what sort” and “that sort” of persons that first taught a secret rapture and tracing them all the way through II Timothy to the Christian fables of II Timothy 4:3,4 at http://sungrist.org/IITimothyOutline.html ; and (4) efforts at many sound doctrines on last things or eschatology by using the SunGrist Topical Bible with its home page index of Bible topics, www.sungrist.org .

There are many other reasons for the reluctance of Americans to admit the Falling Away NOW, and an effort will be made to get to those in this following book on the Book of Hebrews, which by the way is the book of the Falling Away.  Listen to it for yourself as you enjoy reading the following many, many Bible quotes and the conservative, almost squeaky, Bible comments.  As in all 7 volumes of the LCBCommentaries, SunGrist never forms a conclusion or makes a statement without showing it is true in the actual words of the Bible.  Learn Christ Bible Commentaries follows the example of B.H. Carroll on first of all exegetical teaching, the preaching from the Bible over theology as theology comes from the wisdom of men and preaching the Word is both how to understand the Bible and is also the way of salvation for the world.  And Carroll’s love of history, you will find much from SunGrist with emphasis on Bible history, prediction, and prophesy.

http://sungrist.org/IITimothyOutline.html

As you break away from the Scofield Theology by an actual literal Bible method of hermeneutics, the ASPI for Authorized Semi-Public Interpretation of the Bible which is based on II Peter 1:19-21 and the way God the Holy Spirit meant for the Bible to be understood as evidenced by the internal structure of the Bible with OT quotes in the NT where Jesus and the Apostles provide us with not only proper interpretation but also application and implementation.  Some of the benefits of such Bible based hermeneutics can be listed:  (1)  respect for the teaching of Jesus on the new birth in a recognition that it must be a 9 month re-birth under the regeneration of the Spirit of God, the neglect of which has allowed Bible students to miss the truth in the parable of seed and sower that three-fourths of preaching or seed sown will be unfruitful (certainly most of the seeds of theology in spite of Baptist like Mohler the President of SBTS who has the audacity and pride of status to make the false claim that “Jesus is Theology”; (2) what the churches don’t want you to hear, that they are leaders in the falling away as they are the only ones to have anything to fall away from, primarily from first love of Jesus and sound doctrine; (3) that in the book of Revelation in context of the whole Bible, with the shortcoming Christians and churches from the very beginning and with what God told the discouraged Elijah, that each generation has only 7,000 overcomes and the rest like Dobbins of church administration said, “You can fill a church with empty people”; and so on and on in the Learn Christ Bible Commentaries you will find with this Bible preaching versus theology method you will find Bible truths beyond the norm of man’s wisdom to explain, much like Dr. B.H. Carroll in “An Interpretation of the English Bible” with his 17 volume complete set of commentaries, only bested in in 7 volumes with the assistance of the ASPI method of interpretation based on the internal structure of the Bible ITSELF, and the rules that great design of God has provided for self-interpretation.  In short, the Prophets were preachers; and in this kind of Bible preaching Paul pointed out that “when the world by wisdom (theology) knew not God it behooved God by the foolishness of preaching to save those that believe”.

Lastly, this book is dedicated to three of our heroes of youthful Christian faith from Galena Park, outstanding Christian scholars, who feel victim to the extreme unsound doctrines of the Theology out of Harvard, Yale, and other seminaries:  Dr. Raymond Vickrey of Baylor, Dr. Charles Fox of Harvard and NY University, and Dr. Bert Dominy of the Truett Seminary.  They initially did so much good work for Christ and His kingdom, and we should not allow if possible a duplication of such victims of theology.

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