Human Anatomy

AnatomyToday, the Doctor is going to give us a full physical examination, so He can give us a full diagnosis of our health.  He is going to check our eyes, our mouths, our throats, and check on the aptitude of our hands and feet.

Below, you will find the Doctor’s summary diagnosis.  On the plus side, He has let us know the diagnosis of everyone on this planet.  That means that you already are able to know some of the characteristics of the woman, or, for you ladies, of the man that you will marry.  We can always think that it is good to go into anything with a good amount of knowledge.  Being forewarned is forearmed, so carefully read the Doctor’s diagnosis before continuing:

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The World to Come

Hebrews 2:5 – 8 — “For unto the angels hath He not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak. But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him? Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, 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.”

The world to come here, is the future that God has in store for this world.  There is “this present evil world” that the apostle Paul speaks of regarding this time (Galatians 1:4), and a “world to come”. Continue reading “The World to Come”

I AM the Resurrection

On this past Resurrection Sunday, I had the privilege to speak to Grace Bible Fellowship in Menomenee Falls, Wisconsin.  What you will see below is a written version of the message that I gave to the saints gathered together there.

John 11:1, 5, 11, 18 – 27 — “Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.

“Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus.

“These things said He: and after that He saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.

“Now Bethany was nigh unto Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off: And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother. Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met Him: but Mary sat still in the house. Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if Thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. But I know, that even now, whatsoever Thou wilt ask of God, God will give it Thee. Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. Martha saith unto Him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die. Believest thou this? She saith unto Him, Yea, Lord: I believe that Thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.”

All Under Sin

Romans 3:5 – 9 — “But if our unrighteousness commend the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unrighteous Who taketh vengeance? (I speak as a man) God forbid: for then how shall God judge the world?

“For if the truth of God hath more abounded through my lie unto His glory; why yet am I also judged as a sinner? And not rather, (as we be slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say,) Let us do evil, that good may come? whose damnation is just.

“What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin…”

In chapter 1, verses 18 – 32, Paul states God’s case for man’s need of the gospel of Christ, against the backdrop of the wrath of God revealed against the ungodliness of men.  The Gentile, i.e., pagan, or heathen nations are mostly in view.  In chapter 2, verses 1 – 16, the fact that some of these nations have become “civilized” in no way removes them from this need, it only increases their guilt.  Then, in 2:17 – 29, the elect Nation is brought before the court, and this nation, while given great privilege as God’s people on the earth, has also shown themselves lacking in personal righteousness.  “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall much be required” (Luke 12:48). Continue reading “All Under Sin”

On Repentance 

Exodus 13:17 — “And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God led them not through the way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, Lest peradventure the people repent when they see war, and they return to Egypt…”

Notice that in this verse, God does not want the people to repent.  The question is repent from what?  It is very important to remember that if one is to repent, something must be repented from or repented toward, or both.  The act of repentance must have an object.

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The Architect

Exodus 25:40 — “And look that thou make them after their pattern, which was shewed thee in the mount.”

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When the Lord gave Moses instructions for building the tabernacle and the related components, the instructions were quite explicit.  As we read through the books of Moses, we find in Genesis interesting and intriguing stories. The beginning of Exodus is the exciting story of God’s redemption of the children of Israel from out of the bondage of Egypt.  Then we get to the later chapters, and begin to get into the details about the tabernacle, the altar, the ark, and so on.  We can begin to ask ourselves, “why is this here?”, and “why do I need to know this?”

When we get to a place like this, and we see all of these details and wonder why they are there, preserved for us, and how this information can be of use to us, we can count on finding the answer in God’s word. Paul, the apostle of the Gentiles, who was the prisoner of Jesus Christ for us Gentiles, (Ephesians 3:1, Romans 11:13), has this to say about that which was written in time past:

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Authorized Distributor

church-history-graphic{In my studies in Romans, we came to a studies speaking of the Jewish people as the stewards of the oracles of God.  Sir Robert Anderson, in his work “The Silence of God”, explains this a bit as he speaks of an agent.  I always thought that this was a good way to illustrate at the place that the Nation of Israel had in time past in God’s redemptive purpose.  This helped in my understanding, so I am taking a moment to pass it on.  In my occupation, I often need to purchase items, and often, when going to the manufacturer, they say they do not sell except through their authorized distributor, so his example about the winegrower and his agent was an example that I understood perfectly}

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A Greater Word

Hebrews 2:1 – 4  — “Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward; How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard Him; God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to His own will?”

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Stewards of the Oracles of God

Romans 3:1 – 4 — “What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision? Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God. For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.”

One might ask, that after all that we heard as Paul took those of his own nation to task about their failure to live up to their end of the covenant, what good is it then to be in a covenant with God?
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The Son at the Father’s Right Hand

Hebrews 1:13 – 14 — “But to which of the angels said He at any time, Sit on My right hand, until I make Thine enemies Thy footstool? Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?”

This “rhetorical” question about the angels actually has nothing to do with them. The Father made this statement to the Son!  We first read this statement in the 100th Psalm:

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