Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Psalm 18

 A verse-by-verse teaching on Psalm 18. David, the author of this psalm, pens a psalm to the Chief Musician. This writing celebrates the Lord's hand in delivering David from Saul and from his many other enemies. This is the fourth longest of the Psalms. Only 78, 89, and 119 are longer.

Psalm 18:1-19

Psalm 18:20-36

Psalm 18:37-50

Colossians 1:3-14

 A verse-by-verse study of Colossians 1:3-14. Paul exhorts believers to be people-persons. Ready to serve others, giving them the gospel of Jesus Christ and helping them to mature in the faith.

Colossians 1:13-14

Colossians 1:1-2, introduction

The Book of Colossians. An introduction of who wrote the book, why the book was written, where the book was written from, and other pertinent facts to create a foundation for our study. We move to the first two verses we which look at exegetically, verse-by-verse. Paul greets the believers at the church of Colossae while also reminding them of his authority for writing.


Colossians 1:1-2, introduction

Friday, November 6, 2020

Jude 3

 

v.3 Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.

(The majority of footnotes are from the Ryrie Study Bible. They are provided to give further insights on Scripture that is quoted.)



A continuation of our study of Jude. Jude writes to his recipients the reason why the letter is necessary.

v.3 Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.

Beloved- A very tender conveyance of Jude’s feelings for his readers. They are extremely close to his heart.

Every effort- Whether Jude was thinking about writing concerning salvation or had actually began the writing is not clear from the Greek or from the context, but something changed his mind.

To write you…salvation- Salvation was to be Jude’s topic for this letter. Obviously, this would have been more pleasing for Jude, however, necessity dictated otherwise. What he wrote was the letter he did not want to write.

Common- Not in the sense that it is cheap, or everyone has it. Each believer stands in righteousness because of the same salvation that Christ paid the price for. One believer is not saved one way while another is saved another.

An individual Christian may not know it, may not realize it, or may not understand it, but to be a Christian is not to be a lone believer. It is to be a part of a world-wide community.

Common salvation- This is the salvation we all share now. All believers share in an identical salvation. All have been born and bought by the blood of Jesus. While the majority of world religions and cults maintain that there are steps to salvation Christianity is different. Christianity is unique in the fact that there is only one way for salvation, not one way for the rich and one way for the poor or not one way for men and one way for women.

And this one way is an experience that is shared by all true believers.

Islam

Mormonism

Jehovah’s Witnesses

The Creed- "There is no god but God, and Muhammad is the Messenger of God" is central to Islam

Faith in Jesus- Our spiritual brother and the physical son of God the Father and the virgin Mary.

Jesus Christ when he said in prayer to his Father: "This means everlasting life, their taking in knowledge of you, the only true God, and of the one whom you sent forth, Jesus Christ." (John 17:3)

Prayer 5 times a day facing Mecca. dawn, noon, mid-afternoon, sunset, and after dark. 

Repentance- “spend the balance of your lives trying to live the commandments of the Lord so he can eventually pardon you and cleanse you.”

Obey God's laws, which they will decide if you have been doing correctly

Alms giving. Muslims donate a portion of their income to community members in need.

Water baptism must take place in the Mormon Church and is “the gateway through which we enter the celestial kingdom.”

Be associated with God's channel, his organization.  Jehovah is using only one organization today to accomplish his will. 

Fasting-Ramadan. During the daylight hours of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar

Laying on of Hands by a Member of the Melchizedek Priesthood in Order to Receive the Holy Ghost

God requires that prospective subjects of his Kingdom support his government by loyally advocating his Kingdom rule to others.

Pilgrimage to Mecca

And other steps

 

 

I felt- Jude felt a compelling to write on a different topic. He was driven to this change of topic.

The sudden change must have been a prevalent problem in the church at this time, since the topic had been changed from salvation to the problem of the churches slipping. Jude realized the great need to keeps the churches from moving to the solid rock of Christian doctrine to the more esoteric beliefs that were beginning to be promulgated about Jesus Christ.

Jude was forced by his concern for believers, the overwhelming majority who were baby or maybe teenage Christians. Very few solid, mature believers were in the church at this time considering the church was only about 40 years old or so. Circumstances had arisen that demanded immediate action, thus presenting an emergency situation. Jude addressed himself to a recognized problem and exhorted the believers to respond with positive determination.

The necessity- The letter of Jude is a sermon that preaches against the dangerous practices and doctrines that put the gospel and Biblical truth in peril.

To you- The responsibility of each and every Christian.

Appealing- Jude does not mince words. He has a point to make that is an extremely urgent point that he will not delay in making.

Contend- (Gr. Epagonizesthai). To contend, to struggle, to go to war. This is the only appearance of this word in the Greek New Testament. The basic meaning of this word is that of the intense effort in a wrestling match. This is a strengthened form of the word meaning “to agonize.”

The verb form is in a present infinitive, indication that the Christian faith is to be a continual struggle. Christians are to vigorously fight for the truth. We get to the point where we begin to take it for granted. We don’t think about how wondrous the glorious message is that has been delivered to us. We forget that the Bible is not just a book. It is not a feel-good collection of writings. It is God’s message, spoken then written down expressly for us.

Contend earnestly- Be an unflinching witness, distribute tracts, help make possible training for those in the ministry, strengthen the hands of pastors who are faithfully teaching and exegeting the Word of God.

When we withhold our support and encouragement from false teachers, we are not feeding the jackals and hyenas of the ministry.

We live uncompromising lives and let the world know it is Jesus that allows this, not our own flesh and desires.

The faith- This is why Jude was so concerned. The faith, the essential body of truth that has been given once and for all from the teachings of the apostles, is not to be added to or subtracted from. This truth, the Christian faith, cannot be changed. Its foundational truths are not negotiable. This conviction is not peculiar to Jude. Others wrote remarkably similar to what Jude is writing here:

            6 I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you[1] by the grace of Christ,                for a different gospel,

            7 which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you, and want to distort                 the gospel of Christ.[2]

            8 But even though we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to that                which we have preached to you, let him be accursed.[3]

            9 As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you’re a gospel                         contrary to that which you received, let him be accursed. Galatians 1:6-9

Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son. 2 John 9

These truths are of the ultimate value. We must guard these truths and fight for them.

                Once- (Gr. Hapax) Once only and forever. Though we deliver it over and over, we deliver the same message.

It has been done in the past and there is nothing to add to it now. There is nothing more to go along with what we have been given. Some descriptive words give a better idea of what we mean here:

1.       Complete- Does not need any extra work. We cannot improve upon that which is perfection.

2.       Inviolate- Not violated or profaned. This work is pure.

3.       Sufficient- We do not need to add to it. The Bible is complete concerning salvation, man does not need to add anything. The Bible is complete on the person of Christ. We do not need any extra.

4.       Eternal- There will never be a time when the Holy Bible and the truths it contains are irrelevant.

5.       Immutable- It does not change. Murder is wrong and always will be wrong.

The apostles gave us all that we needed to know. Erdman says, “There is no other gospel, there will be none, its content will be more fully understood, its implications will be developed, its predictions will be fulfilled; but it will never be supplemented or succeeded or supplanted.”

                For all- For every Christian. Every Christian should use the Bible to derive the truths that they live by. We do not have the option of accepting one part of the Bible but ignoring other parts that might not resonate with us. Nothing more is to be added (such as Papal proclamation, Studies in the Scripture, Dianetics, Book of Mormon) and nothing is to be taken away from it.

                This is not popular today. Many today want a “cafeteria” view of the Bible and the truths delivered to us. “I like the part of loving my brother, I really like the judge not part, but it upsets me the wars and battles of the Old Testament.” As Guzik writes, “More people believe in “the faith that is in my heart” than the faith once for all delivered to the saints.” Most of us want to listen to ourselves and decide what faith means to us. We want to make God in our own image. 

                Saints- (Gr. Hagiois). The ones set apart by God for Himself. All believers have been set apart for God’s own unique and special purpose.

                This holiness is broken down into two spheres of existence:

1.       Positionally- This was done by God when we accept Jesus Christ as the only way to God. We are set in the heavens and can never be taken away from them. We are given a new life in Christ and that can never be taken away from us.

2.       Experientially- Or, our walk, the path of our life. How we guide our lives while we reside in this mortal flesh. This is growing and maturing where our walk is more and more pleasing to Him. This growing is accomplished by the Holy Spirit and by the truths as revealed in Scripture that we live by.



[1] Deserting Him who called you. I.e., God the Father. They were deserting grace to retreat into law, and they bore the responsibility for their defection.

[2] The gospel of Christ. The good news of God’s grace in Christ, who gave Himself for our sins (who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us out of this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, Galatians 1:4). Those who taught any other way threatened the true gospel.

[3] Accursed. Literally, anathema, or devoted to destruction. Ecclesiastically, it was accompanied by excommunication.

Psalm 17

 A verse-by-verse study of Psalm 17. David, from an innocent heart,begs God's intervention against the wicked.

Psalm 17


Psalm 16

 A verse-by--verse study of Psalm 16. David expresses his ultimate confidence in God.

Psalm 16

Psalm 15

 A verse-by-verse study of Psalm 15. A guide on what it means to walk in this life and before God.

Psalm 15

2 Peter 2:14-22

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