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Entry for April 4, 2007

A Short on Bible Doctrine:


 


Many things amaze us about the temptations of Jesus by Satan, not the least of which is that Satan actually had the power to give Jesus all the things of the world.  This should lead us to realize how much power Satan has in this world as the prince of this world.  Instead we might call him in a sense of the word, the only other god of this world; at least the only superpower of spiritual wickedness in high places of this world.  Since there are only two spiritual superpowers at work in this world, the Godhead of the Trinity and Satan, when idols are worshipped which are not really gods, that worship turns to Satan automatically that is not to God the Father through the Lord Jesus Christ and with assistance to pray as we ought to from God the Holy Spirit.  How much of inadequate prayer not properly addressed to God the Father, like in the model prayer from Jesus, and not in the name of Jesus actually goes to Satan only God knows and can count.


 


Where we are hearing Satan through his preachers and Bible teachers most often tempt Christians today is in the temptation to turn these stones into bread.  In other words today in the form of innumerable and heaped up teachers with itching ears, Satan is tempting Christians to prayer and plant seed for material gain, say for a million dollars or so depending on the magnitude of the blessings offered by false apostles and teachers.  Are we really saying that Satan is working through his false prophets today in spite of how often they mention the Bible and the name of  Jesus.  Yes, even as Satan quoted the Bible to tempt Jesus so Satan through his spokesmen today will also quote Bible; and these false prophets are less subtle today in that they quickly come to the point that if you plant a seed in their ministry for God, a plea for money, then you will receive more blessings from God than other similar charlatans or more from any other source.


 


This power of Satan over the world and to answer misguided prayer and advice is also shown by how in the temptation story of the Bible, neither Jesus or the Bible questions the power of Satan to:  (1) that anyone mentally and visually up to a high mountain where they can see all that the world has to offer, and in a “moment of a time” (Luke 4:5); (2) give power and glory over all these things in the world; (3) that all these things in the world have been delivered by God into the hand of Satan until the end of this world age; and (4) that it is now strictly up to Satan to whom he wants to deliver money, things, and the mammon of this world.  “If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.”  (Luke 4:7)  Furthermore it is hard to believe that an ordinary Christian can really worship the devil without ever make a commitment to devil worship, it is hard to believe that lust after money or things and prayer for such, could result in the worship of Satan.  That the worship of things of this world by placing them ahead of God the Father and His will and His wishes could be consider as the worship of Satan.  The Apostle John clearly identifies what is of the world and therefore under the control of Satan and what is not of this world and under the control of God the Father when he writes:  “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.  All that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life is not of the Father but of the world.  The world passeth away and the lusts thereof, but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever.”


 


Signs of the Times


 


Just as many have tried for years to explain the adverse affects from global warming in more natural and temporal terms as “el Niño” or “la Nina”, so we might also accept such natural explanations as the current storms, hurricanes, tsunamis, and tornadoes rather than accept them as warnings from God.  We can hardly deny however that the Bible does teach that God permits acts of nature, or “acts of God”, to wake up His people to the facts that the end of this world age in drawing nigh.  In fact, God tells us in the Old Testament that “He will never do anything without warning His people.”  Well, you are being warned that the “signs in the heavens above and the earth beneath”, “fire, blood, and vapor of smoke”  (Acts 2:19), are primarily from God to tell you that the end is near, even to tell you that we must already be in the approximately 40-80 year last period of the Falling Away.  How many Scriptures from the Word of God do you need to realize this?  How about one clear one?


 


“And I will show wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke—the sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the LORD come….”  (Acts 2:19,20)


 


Did you catch the “I will show wonders” message above from God Himself as recorded in both the prophesy of Joel 2:28-30 and in the Sermon with a quote from the Apostle Peter on the first day of Pentecost after Christ’s Ascension.  God says, “I will show”; and what part of “I will show” did you not understand.  If you think that God spoke the words of the Bible, did you must believe that God shows the wonders of tornados, hurricanes, storms, and tsunamis.  Before you lament a mean and unjust God that can destroy property and kill humanity, at least permissively, you should be grateful for the grace of God that delays what comes next in the complete darkening of the sun, moon, and stars, with the melting of the earth with a fervent heart, the delay of time which gives you the chance to make things right or repent; and further you should be grateful that the day of the Lord which follows the final shaking of heaven and earth has been delayed for you to develop a habit of:  (1) putting a priority for every Word of the Bible that proceeds out of the mouth of God as a priority for living by bread alone; and (2) of seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness over things.


TOP TWELVE TOPIC # 4:  “GOD, MAN, AND THE SON OF MAN”


 


When we talk about this as a “Magic Outline of the Bible”, there is not the attempt to really look for magic in the Bible in the false sense of those who have looked for a secret code in the Bible or even the lady more recently who finds a sort of algebra in the Bible whereby the S sound warns you to stay away from anything but the King James Version.  The word “magic” is used for this Top 12 Outline of the Bible to show you that there is more to the way the Bible was originally written and even more importantly is now understood, than most Christians or scholars think.  What is that method?  Well, it centers around Old Testament quotes in the New Testament which generally also give the proper interpretation of those quotes.  What do you think Peter meant when he said, “no scripture is of any private interpretation”?  Well, the answer is that God gave the proper interpretation right there with the quote.  Check it out.  With any OT quote in the NT, you will find the proper interpretation; and put all those quotes together in a single outline as in the Magic Outline of the Bible and you will find the proper interpretation of the Bible.  It will not eliminate all problems with Bible understanding, as you still have to be willing to do the will of God and you still have to spend sincere time with the internal evidence and you still must have the help of the Holy Spirit; but it will eliminate almost all problems with proper Bible interpretation.


 


Well, the Topic #4 under discussion in this month’s newsletter is one case in point, just one of the 12 major topics that outlines the whole Bible of quotes.  These quotes are sequenced by the books of Job and Psalms, so that if you take the proper interpretations of all these quotes from Job and Psalms in the NT then summarize them in top topics and sub-topics you come up with the top topics of “God”—what Job and Psalms tells us properly about God and what He is like, “Man”—from God’s perspective how He looks at the status and wisdom of men, and “Son of Man”, yes as indeed all the way back to Job, perhaps the oldest book in the Bible, and Psalms there is much mention of the Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of Man.  Then also derived from these quotes with proper interpretations are the sub-topics that make up the generalized top topics.  Such sub-topics we find in Job and Psalms as:  (1) How God deals with men and men through Christ in Job 1-42, I Corinthians, James, and Mark 10:27; (2) God the Creator observes man, men, and then testifies to men based on what He has observed in Psalms 1-15, Matthew 3:17,5, Hebrews 1:5 and 5:5, II Peter 1:17 and Mark 9:7; (3) what God can tell us about ourselves as men and women in Psalms 8, Hebrews 2:6, and I Corinthians 15:27; (4) what did God find during the time of David when He looked down to observe man in Psalm 14:1-3 and Romans 3:10.  {Please check out some of those quotes given above to see if you don’t also find the proper interpretation, and to also see if you start with the same subject of a quote with interpretation, then derive the sub-topic and then generalize to the top topic.  Well, that is the way the Bible was written, and that is the way the Bible is to be understood.  Away with all these excuses to ignore the Bible in terms of many versions, which can all speak to you, and many interpretations as there is only one; and the Bible gives this with the quote.  And if you don’t have a copy of this Magic Outline, please download it for a complete look from www.biblecombibleman.com or request it by email from SunGrist_Bible@netscape.com.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

2007-04-04 19:22:27 GMT
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