Tuesday, February 9, 2016


Word of God
But he replied and said, "It is written, 'It is not by bread alone that a man lives, except by every word that issues from the mouth of God
The Gospel According to Matthew 4:4

The Gospel According to Mark 9:7
All commentary and study notes are prefaced/edited by Dr. Riktor Von Zhades

And there was a cloud that shadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.

Brethren:

It is urged that you think also this day upon 2 Chronicles 15:2, 4. Hear the voice and the words of the Lord your God. Likewise act upon them to the best of your ability. - Dr. RVZ

God owns him, and accepts him, as his beloved Son, and is ready to accept of us in him; we must then own and accept him as our beloved Saviour, and must give up ourselves to be ruled by him.” Matthew Henry - 17th Century Theologian

This was the voice of God the Father, bearing a testimony to the sonship of Christ; and was directed, not to Moses and Elias, but to the disciples, enjoining them to hear and obey him, who was the end of the law and prophets; was the great prophet Moses had spoken of, and was to be hearkened to, and whom all the prophets had testified of, and in whom they all centred.”
John Gill - 17th Century Theologian

Monday, February 8, 2016


Word of God
But he replied and said, "It is written, 'It is not by bread alone that a man lives, except by every word that issues from the mouth of God
The Gospel According to Matthew 4:4

The Gospel According to Mark 9:3
All commentary and study notes are prefaced/edited by Dr. Riktor Von Zhades

And his raiment did shine, and was very white as snow, so white as no fuller can make upon the earth.

Brethren:

Herein read of Christ revealed in ALL his glory. So bright that His disciples cannot look upon Him without shielding their eyes. Recall also Moses when he came down from the mount, how his face was radiant and every time he communed and conversed with our Creator it was likewise so. (Read Exodus 34:29-35)

Allow this to sink in, Moses a mere man, after speaking with God, would need to put a cloth over his own face for the glory of God was reflected upon him. How much more so then that Christ Jesus must have shown because He was seen in His own Glory.

We read how Jesus has said that He is indeed to the true light to the Father, and a light to the world. Nothing that is hidden will not go unseen, but all things will be revealed, whether they be of good or of evil. Additionally in our studies we have put forth the proposition that the true light can penetrate all darkness that even the smallest of candles can be seen from the farthest corner of a room. How very much more so can the light of the Gospel, as revealed in the glory of Christ can all things be seen from a distance. - Dr RVZ



Saturday, February 6, 2016


Word of God
But he replied and said, "It is written, 'It is not by bread alone that a man lives, except by every word that issues from the mouth of God
The Gospel According to Matthew 4:4

The Gospel According to Mark 8:34-38
All commentary and study notes are prefaced/edited by Dr. Riktor Von Zhades

34 And he called the people unto him with his disciples, and said unto them, Whosoever will follow me, let him forsake himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 35 For whosoever will save his life, shall lose it: but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the Gospel’s, he shall save it. 36 For what shall it profit a man, though he should win the whole world, if he lose his soul? 37 Or what exchange shall a man give for his soul? 38 For whosoever shall be ashamed of me, and of my words among this adulterous and sinful generation, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed also, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy Angels.

Brethren:

Recall also the writings of the Apostle Paul who stated “I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ” (Read Romans 1:16). Likewise meditate upon this thought; it behooves us to empty ourselves of our fleshly desires and thoughts and replace them with the thoughts of God and Christ, thereby becoming more like Him and less of ourselves. As written in verse thirty seven, what indeed does it profit us to be in this earthen vessel of the flesh and deny the Holy Spirit residence? Have we not read that the body is the temple of the living God and as such should be sanctified. Friends, why would we house such righteousness in the decaying tombs of our bodies as opposed to glorious new temple which we receive upon accepting Christ and giving our lives over to Him. Remember friends His yoke is indeed easy to bear (See Matthew 11:30) - Dr RVZ

The disadvantage that the cause of Christ labours under this world, is, that it is to be owned and professed in an adulterous and sinful generation; such the generation of mankind is in the impure embraces of the world and the flesh, lying in wickedness; some ages, some places, are more especially adulterous and sinful, as that was in which Christ lived; in such a generation the cause of Christ is opposed and run down, and those that own it, are exposed to reproach and contempt, and every where ridiculed and spoken against.” - Matthew Henry - 17th Century Theologian





Friday, February 5, 2016


Word of God
But he replied and said, "It is written, 'It is not by bread alone that a man lives, except by every word that issues from the mouth of God
The Gospel According to Matthew 4:4

The Gospel According to Mark 8:24
All commentary and study notes are prefaced/edited by Dr. Riktor Von Zhades

And he looked up, and said, I see men: for I see them walking like trees.

Brethren:

Today we read from the commentary of John Gill a 17th century theologian.

He saw some objects at a little distance from him, which, by their motion, he supposed to be men; otherwise his sight was so imperfect, that he could not have distinguished them from trees: he was capable of discerning the bulk of their bodies, and that they walked, or moved forward; but he could not distinguish the particular parts of their bodies; they seemed to be like trunks of trees, in an erect posture, and which he should have took for such, had it not been for their walking. As this man immediately, upon Christ's putting spittle on his eyes, and laying his hands on him, had sight given him, though it was very obscure and glimmering; so, as soon as ever the Gospel comes with power, it dispels the darkness of the mind, and introduces light; though at first it is but very small; it is let in gradually. The sinner is first convinced of the evil of his actions, and then of the sinfulness of his nature; he first sees the ability and suitableness of Christ as a Saviour, and after that his willingness, and his interest in him as such; and all this is commonly before he is so well acquainted with the dignity and infiniteness of his person, as the Son of God: and it is some time before he has his spiritual senses exercised to discern between good and evil, between truth and error; or arrives to a clear and distinct knowledge of Gospel truths, and a stability in them. Hence it is, that such are greatly harassed with Satan's temptations; are disquieted in their souls; are filled with doubts and fears, and are in danger of being imposed upon by false teachers.”

Tuesday, February 2, 2016


Word of God
But he replied and said, "It is written, 'It is not by bread alone that a man lives, except by every word that issues from the mouth of God
The Gospel According to Matthew 4:4

The Gospel According to Mark 8:27-28
All commentary and study notes are prefaced/edited by Dr. Riktor Von Zhades

27 And Jesus went out, and his disciples into the towns of Caesarea Philippi. And by the way he asked his disciples, saying unto them, Whom do men say that I am? 28 And they answered, Some say, John Baptist: and some, Elijah: and some, one of the Prophets. 29 And he said unto them, But whom say ye that I am? Then Peter answered, and said unto him, Thou art that Christ.

Brethren:

Contained within the Gospel According to Matthew is a likened passage wherein Simon continues His statement and adds the words “ Son of the living God”. Jesus responds that only the Holy Spirit of the Father can reveal this to whom He chooses.

And so it is also true today. Brethren, we are led by the Holy Spirit to make disciples of all men, but it is the same Spirit that brings those men to the understanding of the offer of redemption and grace of the Father. They can choose to accept it, or reject it, but they cannot say they know naught of it. - Dr. RVZ

They prove that he is the true Messiah, the Son of God, and Saviour of the world: this the works he did witnessed concerning him; and this his disciples, who were the eye-witnesses of those works, here profess their belief of; which cannot but be a satisfaction to us in making the same inference from them.

Christ inquired of them what the sentiments of the people were concerning him; Who did men say that I am? Note, Though it is a small thing for us to be judged of men, yet it may sometimes do us good to know what people say of us, not that we may seek our own glory, but that we may hear our faults. Christ asked them, not that he might be informed, but that they might observe it themselves, and inform one another.

The account they gave him, was such as plainly intimated the high opinion the people had of him. Though they came short of the truth, yet they were convinced by his miracles that he was an extraordinary person, sent from the invisible world with a divine commission. It is probable that they would have acknowledged him to be the Messiah, if they had not been possessed by their teachers with a notion that the Messiah must be a temporal Prince, appearing in external pomp and power, which the figure Christ made, would not comport with; yet (whatever the Pharisees said, whose copyhold was touched by the strictness and spirituality of his doctrine) none of the people said that he was a Deceiver, but some said that he was John Baptist, others Elias, others one of the prophets. All agreed that he was one risen from the dead.

[However], the account they gave him of their own sentiments concerning him, intimated their abundant satisfaction in him, and in their having left all to follow him, which now, after some time of trial, they see no reason to repent; But whom say ye that I am? To this they have an answer ready, Thou art the Christ, the Messiah often promised, and long expected. To be a Christian indeed, is, sincerely to believe that Jesus is the Christ, and to act accordingly; and that he is so, plainly appears by his wondrous works. This they knew, and must shortly publish and maintain; but for the present they must keep it secret (Read Mark 8:30), till the proof of it was completed, and they were completely qualified to maintain it, by the pouring out of the Holy Ghost; and then let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this same Jesus, whom ye crucified, both Lord and Christ. (Read Acts 2:36) - Matthew Henry 17th Century Theologian

Sunday, January 31, 2016




Of the Worship of God
By John Gill
Edited by Doktor Riktor Von Zhades

The object of worship is the Lord God, God essentially and personally considered.

First, God essentially considered, or as considered in his nature and essence, which is the foundation of worship. Many are the directions and instructions given to "worship God", without specifying any of the persons in the Deity particularly to be worshipped; (see Revelations 14:7; 19:10; 22:9). The "Lord" is to be worshipped; the Lord, who is the one Jehovah, and whose name alone is Jehovah (See Deuteronomy 6:4; Psalm 83:18). The word "Lord" in the New Testament answers to "Jehovah" in the Old, a name expressive of the existence or being of God, and of him as the fountain of being, and the author of being to all others; who is the everlasting "I am, which is, and which was, and which is to come"; these words of John are a proper deciphering of the word "Jehovah", or the "I am that I am" in (See Exodus 3:14). Now he whose essence is simple, uncompounded, immutable, infinite, eternal, &c. is to be worshipped, even the Lord "thy" God, thy Creator, thy Benefactor, thy Supporter, and Preserver. Thus the apostle describes the proper object of worship unknown to the Athenians, as he who made the world, and all things in it; and gives life, and breath, and all things to his creatures; and in whom they live, move, and have their being (See Acts 17:23,25,28). Thus Jacob invoked God, which to do is a part of religious worship, who had "fed" him "all" his "life long to that day" (See Genesis 48:15). David says, his prayer, which is a part of worship, should be to the "God of his life", who had given him life and upheld him in it (See Psalm 42:8), he who is the "true God", the "living God", and the "everlasting King", is the object of worship; the true God, in distinction from nominal gods, from such who are falsely so called; the living God, in distinction from idols of gold and silver, the work of men's hands, lifeless statues, in whom there is no breath; but the true God, and who is to be worshipped, has life in and of himself, originally and underivatively, and is the fountain and giver of life to others, and from everlasting to everlasting he is God. He is by nature God; there are some who are not so, and therefore not to be served and worshipped (See Galatians. 4:8), but God is a spirit, is of a spiritual nature, and to be worshipped in spirit and in truth; his nature is most perfect, has all perfections in it, though there is no finding him out unto perfection; his nature is infinite and incomprehensible, beyond all conception and thought, beyond all words and expressions, exalted above all blessing and praise. The name of God, the very first name by which he is called in scripture, "Elohim" (See Genesis 1:1), implies worship, and that he is to be worshipped who created the heavens and the earth, for it comes from a word which signifies to worship. And to this the apostle seems to allude when he says that Antichrist exalts himself "above that is called God", or "that is worshipped", intimating that the name of God signifies “sebasma” [that is to say] the object of worship (See 2 Thessalonians 2:4).

Secondly, God personally considered, or God considered in the three persons, is the object of worship. "The Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost, and these three are one", are one God, and so equally the object of divine worship.

The Father, of whom Christ expressly says, that men shall "worship the Father" (See John 4:21,23), and of the propriety of this there can be no doubt, since his Deity is not denied by any, and was it, they would easily be confronted; he is expressly called "God the Father" (Phil. 2:11), and sometimes "God even the Father" (See 1 Corinthians 15:24; 2 Corinthians 1:3), all the perfections of Deity are attributed to him, as immutability, eternity, &c. and the works of creation, providence, and grace; and he has undoubtedly a proper claim of worship from his creatures, and accordingly worship is given to him, and acts of it are exercised on him. Baptism, which is a solemn act of religious worship under the New Testament dispensation, is administered in his name; and his name stands first in the form of it, baptizing in the name of the Father", &c. which signifies not only its being done by his authority and command, but the persons, by submission to it, devote themselves to him, profess to be his, and lay themselves hereby under an obligation to serve him; and because to do this in the name of a creature would be idolatry and irreligion, the apostle Paul was thankful that he had baptized no more of the Corinthians than he had, when he found they were for setting him up as the head of a party among them, lest they should think they were baptized in his name. Prayer is another part of divine and religious worship, which is made to the Father, and indeed is generally made to him; the access and address are most frequently to him, not but that they may be equally made to the other two persons, as will be presently seen; but the reason why they are usually to him is because he bears no office, whereas the others do, and an office which is concerned in the business of prayer. Christ is the mediator through whom the access is, and in whose name the petition is put up; and the Spirit is the spirit of supplication, by whose aid and assistance prayer is made: the whole of this may be observed in one passage; for "through him", through Christ the mediator, "we both", Jews and Gentiles, "have an access" at the throne of grace "by one spirit", who helps and assists us in our supplications "unto the Father", the Father of Christ and of us (See Ephesians 2:18), see an instance of a large prayer of the apostles to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ in (See Ephesians 3:14-21), and it is easy to observe, that at the beginning of many of the epistles such a prayer or wish is made, as "Grace be to you, and peace from God our Father", as distinguished from the Lord Jesus Christ; which is a petition for grace, an increase of grace, and all necessary supplies of it, and for all spiritual prosperity and happiness. Thanksgiving, another act of religious worship, which is sometimes included in prayer, and sometimes performed as a distinct part of worship, is made to the Father. "Giving thanks always for all things" for all temporal and spiritual blessings, "unto God and the Father", the Father of Christ and of us in him, "in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ" (See Ephesians 5:20). Acts of faith, hope, and love, which are acts of worship, are exercised on him; "ye believe in God", that is, in God the Father (See John 14:1), who raised Christ from the dead; that "the faith and hope" of saints "might be in God" the Father, who raised him from thence (See 1 Peter 1:21), and where those graces are love is, and is exercised on the same object; and as the Father was the object of Christ's love as man and mediator, so he is the object of the love of those that believe in him (See John 14:31).

The Word, or Son of God, is also the object of worship; "he is thy Lord, and worship thou him" (See Psalm 45:11), yea, he is to be worshipped with the same sort of worship, and to be honored with the same degree of honour the Father is (See John 5:23), for he is the Lord, the Jehovah, thy God, as Thomas said, "My Lord, and my God"; the mighty God, the great God, God over the true God and eternal life; who has the same perfections his Father has; and the same works his Father does are done by him (See Colossians 2:9; John 5:19), and therefore to be worshipped with the same worship, and so he is. Baptism is administered in his name equally as in the Father's "baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son", &c. and sometimes his name only is mentioned (See Acts 10:48; 19:5). Prayer, which is an act of worship, is made to him; it is said, "prayer shall be made for him continually"; it may as well be rendered, as some think, "prayer shall be made to him continually" (See Psalm 72:15). Invocation of his name, which is a part of religious worship, is spoken of him; his disciples and followers are sometimes described by those that "called upon his name" (See Acts 9:14; 1 Corinthians 1:2) and it may be observed, that in the beginning of many epistles before referred to, the same prayer or wish for grace and peace to the saints, is made to Christ as to God the Father; Stephen, the proto-martyr, when expiring, called upon God, saying, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit" (See Acts 7:59), to which may be added the doxologies or ascriptions of glory, which are high acts of worship, are sometimes made to Christ separately (See 2 Peter 3:18; Jude 1:25; Revelation 1:5,6). Also the acts of faith, hope, and love, are exercised on him as on God the Father; "Ye believe in God" the Father, says Christ, "believe also in me" (See John 14:1). Trust and confidence are not to be put in a creature, for "cursed be the man that trusteth in man" (See Jeremiah 17:5). Christ is the object of the hope and love of his people, and as such is often represented (See 1 Timothy 1:1; 1 Peter 1:8), in whom they hope for happiness, and who have an affectionate devotion for him. And it is easy to give instances of adoration which have been made unto him; thus he was worshipped by Jacob, when he invoked him to bless the sons of Joseph, saying, "The angel which redeemed me from all evil bless the lads" (See Genesis 48:16). By the angel cannot be meant God the Father, for he is never called an angel; nor any created angel, whom Jacob would never have invoked; but the uncreated angel, Christ, the Angel of the covenant, his Redeemer from all evil. He was also worshipped by Joshua, who appeared to him, and made himself known to him as "the captain of the host of the Lord, who is the leader and commander of the people, the captain of our salvation"; upon which notice, "Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship", for which he was not reproved, nay, encouraged, yea was further ordered to "loose his shoe from off his foot", for it is said "the place whereon thou standest is holy, and Joshua did so"; which was never ordered to be done, but where God himself was, whose presence gave a relative holiness to the place where he appeared (See Joshua 5:13-15). Christ was also worshipped by the wise men who came from the east to seek him and see him; and so by others in the days of his flesh, and by his disciples when he parted from them and went up to heaven; yea he has been worshipped not only by men but by angels, and that by a divine order, "Let all the angels of God worship him" (See Hebrews 1:6). The first begotten; the same with the only begotten Son of God, who is God; or otherwise it would be a piece of idolatry to worship him; and we have an instance of many angels with others paying their adoration to him (See Revelation 5:12,13).

The Holy Spirit is also the object of worship equally with the Father and the Son. He is with them the one God. He is possessed of all divine perfections, such as eternity, omniscience, omnipresence, &c. he was concerned in creation, and is in the government of the world, and in the operations of grace (See Psalm 33:6; Isaiah 40:13,14; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11), and so worthy of worship, and it is given unto him. Baptism is administered in his name, equally as in the name of the Father and of the Son (See Matthew 28:19). Prayer is made unto him; not only is he the Spirit of grace and of supplication, and who helps the saints under their infirmities in prayer, but he is prayed unto; "the Lord", that is, the Lord the Spirit, "direct your hearts", &c. where all the three persons are mentioned as distinct (See 2 Thessalonians 3:5), so grace and peace, as they are wished and prayed for from God and Christ, so "from the Seven Spirits which are before the throne"; by which are meant the one Spirit of God so called, because of the fullness of divine perfections in him, and because of the perfection of his gifts and graces (See Revelation 1:4,5). Moreover his graces wrought in the saints, as they come from him, they are exercised on him, as faith, trust, and an holy confidence in him, that he who has begun the good work in them will finish it; and there is also the love of the Spirit, a cordial love of him, and a carefulness not to grieve him by whom they are sealed unto the day of redemption.

God only is the object of worship, to the exclusion of all others.

First, all idols of whatsoever kind are excluded, not only images of things in heaven or in earth, or in the sea, and the idols of gold and silver, the work of men's hands, forbidden by the second command; but also the idols set up in a man's heart, to which such respect is paid as is due to God only; of such may be read in Ezekiel 14:4 and which God promises to cleanse his people from by his Spirit and grace (See Ezekiel 36:25), and which when converted they declare they will have no more to do with, in the manner they have, who before conversion served divers lusts and pleasures (See Hosea 14:8; Titus 3:3), and these perhaps are the idols the apostle John warns the children of God to keep themselves from (See 1 John 5:21). The idol the worldling is enamored with, and in which he places his trust and confidence, is gold and silver; hence covetousness is called idolatry, and such a man is said to be an idolater (See Ephesians 5:5; Colossians 3:5), nor can the true God and this idol mammon be served and worshipped by the same (See Matthew 6:24). The epicure, or voluptuous person, his god is his belly, which he serves, and in which he places all his happiness, and cannot be said to serve the Lord and worship him (See Philippians 3:19; Romans 16:18). The self-righteous man makes an idol of his righteousness, he sets it up and endeavors to make it stand, and to establish it, and then falls down to it and worships it, putting his trust and confidence in it (See Luke 18:9).

Secondly, every creature in the heavens, or on the earth, are excluded from divine worship. As the sun, moon, and stars; these seem to be the first objects of worship among the idolatrous heathens; and indeed when men departed from the true God what could they think of to place in his room but those glorious creatures so visible to them, from whom they received light and heat, and many blessings? hence the Israelites were cautioned against lifting up their eyes unto them, and gazing on them, lest they should be ensnared into the worship of them (See Deuteronomy 4:19. The next objects of idolatrous worship were men, heroes and mighty kings, famous for their exploits; these are the gods many and the lords many, the Baalim often spoken of in scripture, as Baalpeor, Baalberith, &c. Neither good nor bad men are to be worshipped; when an attempt was made to sacrifice to the apostles, they rejected it with the greatest vehemence and abhorrence (Acts 14:1-28), and it is the height of iniquity and blasphemy in Antichrist to suffer himself to be worshipped, yea, to command it; and a damnable sin in his followers to do it (See Revelation 13:4,8,15; 14:9-11). Yea, angels are excluded from divine worship; this sort of idolatry was introduced in the times of the apostles, but condemned (See Colossians 2:18), and rejected by angels themselves (See Revelation 19:10; 22:9). And much less are devils to be worshipped; and yet the worship of such has obtained among the blind and ignorant heathens, as in the East and West Indies; and even the sacrifices of the Jews to new gods their fathers knew not, and the sacrifices of the heathens are said to be offered to devils, and not to God; as the doctrine of it is called the doctrine of devils, so the practice is represented as if it was no other than worshiping of devils; it being contrary to the worship of the true God, who only is to be worshipped (See Deuteronomy 32:17; 1 Corinthians 10:20; 1 Timothy 4:1; Revelation 9:20).

Saturday, January 30, 2016


Word of God
But he replied and said, "It is written, 'It is not by bread alone that a man lives, except by every word that issues from the mouth of God
The Gospel According to Matthew 4:4

The Gospel According to Mark 8:17-18, 21
All commentary and study notes are prefaced/edited by Dr. Riktor Von Zhades

17 And when Jesus knew it, he said unto them, Why reason you thus, because ye have no bread? perceive ye not yet, neither understand? have ye your hearts yet hardened 18 Have ye eyes, and see not? and have ye ears, and hear not? and do ye not remember? 21 Then he said unto them, How is it that ye understand not?

Brethren:

In the preceding verses we about our Savior breaking bread and feed many people. The Pharisees seek after Him in non-belief demanding a sign from heaven to which Jesus replies that they will not receive any sign. Yet herein, we read that His own disciples are likewise confused and lost. He had already given many signs by healings that no man could ever hope to do and other miracles. As such He admonishes them by asking how is it that they still are not entirely convinced.

And so we find similar situations today. Wherein those that are non believers state or ask where is your proof? They, like those some five thousand years ago demand a sign. These are people that see through the eyes of the flesh, and not through the eyes of faith as provided by the Holy Spirit.

However my brethren and friends, they are not to be condemned by us, (for they would already be so by the curse of the Law, and by God Himself). Nay, instead we are to pity and show compassion, and do our utmost to open their eyes and their ears to the things of God, and not the things of the world. - Dr. RVZ