Friday, March 27, 2015

Word of God
Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth from the mouth of God
Matthew 4:4

Read, Study, and Understand

15 Study to show thyself approved unto God a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, dividing the word of truth aright. 16 Stay profane, and vain babblings: for they shall increase unto more ungodliness. 19 But the foundation of God remaineth sure, and hath this seal, The Lord knoweth who are his: and, Let everyone that calleth on the Name of Christ, depart from iniquity.
2 Timothy 2:15-16, 19

Study to show thyself approved unto God

Not unto men, as pleasing them; for such who study to please men, are not the servants of Christ; and sometimes those that are approved to and by men, are disapproved of by God and Christ: but unto God, showing all fidelity and uprightness; speaking out the Gospel openly, and freely, with all sincerity, as in the sight of God; commending themselves to him, and to every man's conscience, by manifestation of the truth; and such will hear, "Well done, good and faithful servant" another day.

A workman that needeth not to be ashamed;

The ministry of the word is a work, and it is a good work; and those that perform it aright are worthy of honour and esteem; and it requires industry, diligence, and application, and for which no man is sufficient without the grace of God; and those who are employed in it are workmen, workers together with God, and labourers in his vineyard: and such who are faithful and diligent ones, "need not to be ashamed"; such do not cause shame, neither in themselves nor in others, as false teachers do, who foam out their own shame, and as negligent ministers of the word, and such whose lives are not agreeable to the doctrines they preach; nor have they any reason to be ashamed, neither of the Gospel, which they preach, nor of their sufferings, which they endure for the sake of it, nor of their upright ministrations of the word; and as they are not afraid to suffer shame for the sake of Christ now, they will not be ashamed before him at his coming.

Rightly dividing, the word of truth.

That is, the Scriptures of truth, which come from the God of truth, are concerning Christ, who is the truth, and are dictated and led into by the spirit of truth, and contain in them nothing but truth: to divide the word, is not merely to divide the text into its proper parts, though care should be taken that this be done aright; by one that is well versed in the Bible, and knows every part of it, and readily uses it, in speaking or writing; and such an one was Timothy. Moreover, to divide the word of truth, or to cut it, is to cut it open, and dissect its several parts, and search and look into the inside and bottom of it, for to find out every truth contained in it, and lay them open to others, and so the ministers of the Gospel are to distribute the spiritual food of the word to babes in Christ, and to grown Christians, according to their capacities, and suitable to their cases and circumstances, dividing to everyone what is proper for him: in short, one that divides the word of truth rightly, is, as the Vulgate Latin version renders it, one that "rightly handles"; or, as the Syriac version, that "rightly preaches the word of truth"; who gives the true sense of Scripture, does not pervert and wrest it, and take from it, or add to it; who points out the truth in it, and shows unto men the way of salvation, and plainly and faithfully preaches the Gospel contained in it, without keeping back anything that is profitable, but declares the whole counsel of God. And may here design a plain and open interpretation of the word of God: and to answer these several characters in the text should be the studious concern of every Gospel minister; and study is necessary thereunto; it requires great care that a man take heed to himself, and to his doctrine; and great industry, diligence, and application, and much reading, meditation, and prayer.

But shun profane and vain babblings

The ministry of false teachers is mere babbling; a voice, and nothing else, as the man said of his nightingale; a sound of words, but no solid matter in them; great swelling words of vanity, like large bubbles of water, look big, and make a great noise, but have nothing in them; contain nothing but vain, empty, idle, and trifling stuff; what is unprofitable and unedifying, yea, what is profane, contrary to the nature and perfections of God, and not agreeable to the doctrine which is according to godliness; and being palmed upon the Holy Scriptures, is a profanation of them. And all such wicked and empty prate, and babbling, is to be shunned, avoided, and discouraged, refused, and rejected; and, as much as can be, a stop should be put to it, both by ministers and hearers of the word.

For they will increase unto more ungodliness

Meaning either that such babblings, if used and encouraged, will grow more and more profane and wicked; or the persons that use them, the unruly and vain talkers, will grow more daring, bold; and impudent, will wax worse and worse, and from one error will proceed to another, for such seldom stop; and having abused one passage of Scripture, will go on to attack another, and will not cease, till they have wrested the whole Scripture to their own destruction, and that of others.

Nevertheless, the foundation of God standeth sure

That faith, which is the faith of God's elect, is of the operation of God, and is the gift of his grace, and of which Christ is the author and finisher, is firm and immovable as a foundation; it is solid and substantial; it is the substance of things hoped for; and it is permanent and abiding; it stands sure, being supported by the power of God, and prevalent mediation of Jesus Christ; and so cannot be overthrown by false teachers, when an historical faith, or the faith of temporary believers may: or the doctrine of the resurrection of the dead is here meant, which was said to be past by the above false teachers; which is a fundamental doctrine of the Gospel, without which the preaching of it is vain, and faith is vain; and which is a doctrine of God, of pure revelation; and this will be effected by his power: this stands sure upon the testimony of the patriarchs, prophets, and of Christ, and his apostles; upon the sure word and writings both of the Old and New Testament; and will stand its ground against all opposition, and will have its certain effect; for the Lord Jesus knows who are his distinctly and perfectly; nor will he lose them, nor anything that belongs to them; not their bodies, any more than their souls, nor any dust of theirs, but will raise it up at the last day. Or else the doctrine of eternal election may be here designed; which is the foundation of all spiritual blessings, of faith and of holiness, of joy and comfort here, and happiness hereafter, and even of complete and everlasting salvation; and is of God's laying, and is owing to his sovereign pleasure and free rich grace; and stands sure, not on the foot of works, but upon the unchangeable and unfrustrable will of God; and this secures from a final and total deception by false teachers: and also into the account may be taken the persons of God's elect themselves; who are of God's founding, and are as immovable as the firmest foundation whatever, even as rocks and mountains, and stand sure upon the rock of ages, Christ Jesus, and shall never perish; nor can they be deceived by false Christs and false prophets, but will remain safe and sound, when the faith of ever so many is subverted by them.

Having this seal, the Lord knoweth them that are his

Faith is sealed and insured to God's elect, by his foreknowledge and predestination of them; so that they certainly have it, and shall never lose it: and their election is according to God's foreknowledge of them; which designs not a foresight of their faith, holiness, and good works, as the motives of his choosing them; nor a bare prescience of their persons; but such a foreknowledge as includes special love to them, which is distinguishing, unchangeable, and everlasting; and this being a seal affixed to all the elect, shows the distinguishing grace of God in their election, the secrecy of it, and its firmness and irrevocableness, and also the safety of the chosen ones; things being sealed, to distinguish one thing from another, and to keep things secret, or to render them firm and authentic.

And let everyone that nameth the name of Christ; depart from iniquity

Both from doctrinal iniquity, the errors and heresies of the above false teachers, which increased to ungodliness, and ate as a gangrene, and were the subversion of the faith of some; and from all practical iniquity, which those men, and their followers, were guilty of; and, generally speaking, when men make shipwreck of faith, they put away a good conscience, and that all such should depart from iniquitous men, from men whether of bad principles or practices, or both, and have no fellowship with them, it being unworthy of the name by which they were called.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Word of God

For man does not live by bread alone but by every word that proceedeth forth from the mouth of God - Matthew 4:4

He is faithful

If we are faithless He remains faithful. He cannot deny Himself - 2 Timothy 2:13

If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. - 1 John 1:9

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope with wavering, for He who promised is faithful.
Hebrews 10:23

Through the Lord's mercies we are not consumed. Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning. Great is your faithfulness.

Herein what says the Apostle Paul? It is this writer's thought that he speaks on three types of persons.

1) Those that openly deny and defy Christ as Savior, and refuse God's grace and offer of Salvation. They say there is no God we are our own men and women, none is above us.
2) Those who may believe in God and Christ do not the works ordained by the Father. That is to say to worship God and love they neighbors. Outwardly they take the form of Godliness but inwardly they deny Him through their lack of actions and thereby deny the power that is given unto them to preach and spread the Gospel of Christ.

3) The false convert. These are those who likewise take the name Christian but secretly do not believe in Him. Likewise they appear to be good, but inside they are full of dead men's bones. These are the scribes and pharisees of our day. Loving the praise of mankind more so than the praise of God.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Word of God

For man does not live by bread alone but by every word that proceedeth  forth from the mouth of God - Matthew 4:4

Not Chained

But the word of God is not chained -  2 Timothy 9c

So shall my word be that goes forth from my My mouth. It shall not return to Me void. But shall accomplish what I please and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.  - Isaiah 55:11

The apostle Paul in this epistle to Timothy makes it known that even when a man is in chains as he was at this time, (being under house arrest in Rome), that the word of God goes onward and forward.  But even deeper still, it seems the more mankind tries to wipe it out and make it disappear the more so it increases in power.  Throughout history from the Old Testament to present day our Creator always has a way of sending out his message. It does not return empty handed, but returns with increase in the way of new believers. 

It is not, nor cannot be restricted. It cannot be contained in any way by anything or anyone.  It has not nor will it ever be exterminated. It is unlimited in it's reach. There is no place where it can be hidden. nor can onne cannot hid from it, or outrun it. It expands to the very edge of the universe and is infinite yet is found in the smallest of atomic particles. It is a light unto all mankind and can penetrate the deepest darkness of night, and the darkest recesses of the mind of man. It is all powerful with the ability to fulfill itself. 

The word of God is alive and active bringing life eternal to the hearer and doer of it. It feeds the soul, nourishes the spirit and renews the mind. It is water to the thirsty, and mana to the hungry. It whispers to the deaf causing them to hear it, and gives sight to the blind so that they may see it. It is the very voice of God that can be heard in the loudest of thunders, or the quietness of a whisper. 

Have you read His word today?

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Word of God
Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth from the mouth of God
Matthew 4:4

Hold Fast, Be Strong, Remain Steadfast

When he taught me, and said unto me, Let thine heart hold fast my words: keep my commandments, and thou shalt live - Proverbs 4:4

Holding fast that faithful word according to doctrine, that he also may be able to exhort with wholesome doctrine, and convince them that say against it - Titus 1:9

But Christ is as the Son, over his own house, whose house we are, if we hold fast that confidence and that rejoicing of that hope unto the end. - Hebrews 3:6

Seeing then that we have a great high Priest, which is entered into heaven, even Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession - Hebrews 4:14

But that which ye have already, hold fast till I come. - Revelation 2:25

Remember therefore, how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast and repent. If therefore thou wilt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee. - Revelation 3:3

Have not I commanded thee, saying, Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be discouraged? for I the Lord thy God will be with thee whithersoever thou goest. - Joshua 1:9

Therefore shall ye keep all the commandments, which I command you this day, that ye may be strong, and go in and possess the land whither ye go to possess it - Deuteronomy 11:8

All ye that trust in the Lord, be strong, and he shall establish your heart - Psalm 31:24

Say unto them that are fearful, Be you strong, fear not: behold, your God cometh with vengeance: even God with a recompense, he will come and save you - Isaiah 35:4

Yet now be of good courage, O Zerubbabel, saith the Lord, and be of good comfort, O Joshua, son of Jehozadak the high Priest: and be strong, all ye people of the land, saith the Lord, and do it: for I am with you, saith the Lord of hosts - Haggai 2:5

Watch ye: stand fast in the faith: quit you like men, and be strong - 1 Corinthians 16:13

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might - Ephesians 6:10

Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus - 2 Timothy 2:1For then shalt thou lift up thy face without spot; yea, thou shalt be stedfast, and shalt not fear - Job 11:15

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord - 1 Corinthians 15:58

For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of  our confidence stedfast unto the end. Hebrews 3:14

Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness - 2 Peter 3:17

Friday, March 20, 2015

I Am Not Ashamed

17‭ ‬But Israel shall be saved in the Lord,‭ ‬with an everlasting salvation:‭ ‬ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end.‭ ‬18‭ ‬For this saith the Lord‭ (‬that created heaven,‭ ‬God himself that formed the earth,‭ ‬and made it:‭ ‬he that prepared it,‭ ‬he created it not in vain:‭ ‬he formed it I am the Lord,‭ ‬and there is none other‭ 
Isaiah‭ ‬45:17-18

22‭ ‬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.‭ ‬23‭ ‬And Kings shall be thy nursing fathers,‭ ‬and Queens shall be thy nurses:‭ ‬they shall worship thee with their faces toward the earth,‭ ‬and lick up the dust of thy feet:‭ ‬and thou shalt know that I am the Lord:‭ ‬for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me.
Isaiah‭ ‬49:22-24

7‭ ‬For the Lord God will help me,‭ ‬therefore shall I not be confounded:‭ ‬therefore have I set my face like a flint,‭ ‬and I know that I shall not be ashamed
Isaiah‭ ‬50:7

4‭ ‬Fear not:‭ ‬for thou shalt not be ashamed,‭ ‬neither shalt thou be confounded:‭ ‬for thou shalt not be put to shame:‭ ‬yea,‭ ‬thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth,‭ ‬and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood anymore.‭ ‬5‭ ‬For he that made thee,‭ ‬is thine husband,‭ (‬whose name is the Lord of hosts‭) ‬and thy redeemer the holy One of Israel,‭ ‬shall be called the God of the whole world.
Isaiah‭ ‬54:4-5

38‭ ‬For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation,‭ ‬of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.‭ 
Mark‭ ‬8:38

16‭ ‬For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ,‭ ‬for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes,‭ ‬for the Jew first and also for the Greek.‭ ‬17‭ ‬For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith‭; ‬as it is written,‭ “‬The just shall live by faith‭”
Also by every word that proceeds from the very mouth of God.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Matthew‭ ‬4:4‭ 
Romans‭ ‬1:16-17

8‭ ‬Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord,‭ ‬nor of me,‭ ‬His prisoner,‭ ‬but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according of the power of God.‭ 
2‭ ‬Timothy‭ ‬1:8

16‭ ‬Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian,‭ ‬let him not be ashamed,‭ ‬but let him glorify God in this matter.
1‭ ‬Peter‭ ‬4:16

28‭ ‬And now little children,‭ ‬abide in Him,‭ ‬that when He appears we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.
1‭ ‬John‭ ‬2:28

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The First Epistle of the Apostle Paul to Timothy
Chapter 6:20

20 O Timothy, keep that which is committed unto thee, and avoid profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called

Study Notes

Keep that which is committed to thy trust

That is, the Gospel, see ( 1 Timothy 1:11 ) which is a rich treasure put into earthen vessels, and ought to be kept pure and uncorrupt, and faithfully dispensed, and diligently preserved, that so it may be continued genuine and sincere, and not be either adulterated and depraved, or be taken away by false teachers. And it may also include his gifts for the ministration of it, which were to be kept in use, and stirred up, and not neglected, but cultivated and improved to the advantage of the church, and of the interest of Christ.

Avoiding profane and vain babblings

About the law, and circumcision, and other things, which the false teachers insisted much on, and amused their hearers with; and which were vain, empty, useless, and unprofitable talk. Some copies, and so the Vulgate Latin version, read, "profane newnesses of words"; or new words, which ought not to be introduced, for they often bring in new doctrines: the form of sound words, the wholesome words, the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, the words which the Holy Ghost teacheth, should be held fast; and especially all new words should be avoided, which are contrary to them, or in the least weaken them, or detract from them.

And oppositions of science falsely so called

The false teachers boasted of their science and knowledge, but it was not true, solid, spiritual, and saving; it was not an experimental knowledge of the Gospel; it was not the excellent knowledge of Christ, which has eternal life connected with it; it was merely notional and speculative; it was idle, empty, and useless, mere Pagan philosophy, and vain deceit, upon which they formed antitheses, or oppositions and objections to the truths of the Gospel; and even opposed themselves, and the word of God, as well as the faithful ministers of it

Editor’s thought - Knowledge is not determined by a "show of hands". Even though the majority of people believe something, that does not make it true. The majority today do not believe in Noah's flood, ( 2 Peter 3:4-6 ) . It was so in Noah's day also, but the unbelievers all drowned! Many fervently believe in evolution and try to compromise the scriptures with it. This verse stands as a stark warning to those who do not try everything through God's Word. ( Isaiah 8:20 )

Saturday, March 14, 2015

The First Epistle of Paul the Apostle to Timothy
Chapter 6:12

12 Fight the good fight of faith: lay hold of eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

Study Notes

Fight the good fight of faith

The apostle suggests to Timothy, that he had other business to do than to mind the things of this world; his life was a state of warfare; he was a soldier, and was not to entangle himself with the things of this life; he had many enemies to engage with, as Satan, and his principalities and powers; sin, and the lusts of the flesh; the world, and the men of it, and a great fight of afflictions to endure with them; as also false teachers, with, whom particularly he was to fight the good fight of faith, that so the truth of the Gospel, which they resisted, might continue with the saints. This fight is called "the fight of faith"; partly in opposition to the law, "the fight", or "war of the law" the Jews so much talk of; and in which the false teachers, in the apostle's time, were so much engaged, and against whom the apostles set themselves; and partly because the doctrine of faith, the faith of the Gospel, the faith once delivered to the saints, is what they earnestly contended, strove, and fought for; and because the grace of faith, as conversant with the Scriptures of truth, was the weapon they fought with: and this may be called a "good fight", because it is in a good cause, the cause of God and truth; and under a good Captain, Jesus Christ the Captain of our salvation; for which good weapons are provided, even the whole armour of God, and which are not carnal, but spiritual and mighty; to which may be added, that those who are engaged in this fight may be sure of victory, and the crown of glory, life, and righteousness: so that when they have done fighting they have nothing else to do but to;

Lay hold on eternal life.

As Timothy for his encouragement is here bid to do. Eternal life is the prize of the high calling of God, which is held up, and held forth to those who are fighting the Lord's battles; and this they should look unto as the recompense of reward; and this they may lay hold upon, even now by faith, believing their interest in it, their right unto it, and that they shall enjoy it; of which they may be the more assured, because of their effectual calling

Whereunto thou art also called

Not barely by the external ministration of the Gospel, in which sense many are called, but few chosen and saved; but internally, by the special grace and power of the Spirit of God; and such who are so called, are not only called to grace, but to eternal glory; and the God of all grace, who has called unto it, of his sovereign good will and pleasure, is faithful, and will bestow it. The word "also" is left out in the Alexandrian copy, and in the Vulgate Latin, and in all the Oriental versions; but it seems to be emphatic, and is used to strengthen Timothy's faith, as to the enjoyment of eternal life; since it was not only the reward of grace, following upon the good fight of faith, but was that also to which he was called by the grace of God.

And hast professed a good profession before many witnesses;

Both before the brethren at Lystra, at his baptism and admission into the church, before whom he gave an account of his faith, and made a profession of it; and who, upon this, and his agreeable life and conversation, gave a good report of him to the Apostle Paul, ( Acts 16:1 Acts 16:2 ) and before the apostle, and the rest of the elders, when they laid their hands on him, whereby an extraordinary gift was conveyed unto him, ( 1 Timothy 4:14 ) ( 2 Timothy 1:6 ) or it may be before the men of the world, some violent persecutors, before whom he bravely, and with great intrepidity, professed his faith in Christ Jesus; and which he continued constantly to do, in every place wherever he came; and which being done so often, and so publicly, is a reason why he should keep on till the battle was over.