Familiarity- more we read, the more familiar wlll be with themes of Bible
Humble attitude in study of Bible-(Psalm 103, Philliipians 2:1-11, John 10:... Read more
Familiarity- more we read, the more familiar wlll be with themes of Bible
Humble attitude in study of Bible-(Psalm 103, Philliipians 2:1-11, John 10:27), allowing me to hear His voice when He speaks to me through His word. Requires:
1- Make self dependent on God for insight into His Word.
2- Confess sin and ensure heart fully devoted to Him. A bad conscience creates internal block for student of Scripture because God has promised understanding to those who obey Him (Matt 5:8. John 14:21)
3- take study of Scripture seriously. Without hard work, the Bible remains a second-hand, pre-digested book only available to us through teaching of others. While good Bible teaching is pre-requisite of spiritual maturity, God also desires to meet us one on one in His Word (Tim 2:15).
1. immediate setting (reason for writing)- clues to what was on author's mind- recurring ideas signals main idea, key to meaning,
Who is author? To whom writing to? Why did he write? When did he write? Where was he when he wrote? Dig in to expose logic and flow of ideas.
Dig in and turn over the "soil" of the immediate setting until discover living, life-changing ideas God planted in passage.
2. normal usage of words- says language of BIble can be taken at face value, no need to decode to find deeper, hidden meanings, but determined by usage in the context or setting; can use figurative language, but unless clear it's being used, take the literal meaning
3. Bible as whole- Use each verse, chapter, book- in light of the whole---all 39 OT books and 27 NT books
Procedures- 1st, read and examine passages before and after what studying
2nd, ask how passage studying fits into author's setting or context for entire book
Ex. To understand 2 Tim 1:13-2:2, read 1:3-12 and 2:3-13 as well.
4. foundational truths of sound doctrine- provide orientation, background, and backdrop --- in order to see the whole picture of what God has revealed.
Two great truths- Law and Grace
Law- Law of God ...His revelation to human race...God's will....not just the 10 commandments...only 1 aspect of God's law (Galatians 3:1-5)...all of Scripture is God's law, revealing God's character. telling humans how to relate to Him, to other people, and to God's creation. If one could keep all of God's laws, there would be no need for a Savior, making one as perfect as Jesus. Cannot go to the Father without His supernatural help. God is gracious to His people... Grace means getting something we do not deserve to get. WIthout his grace, no one can be saved/have relationship with God/or ever grow to be like Christ. But by His grace, God lives His life through all those who humble themselves and surrender themselves to Him.
Justification- act of God where He declares a believing sinner righteous because he trusts in Jesus...because of what Jesus did when he died on the cross and rose again from the dead. We only confess we are sinners and trust Jesus alone to take the punishment we deserve.
Sanctification- Process and act if Gid where we are identifies as one of His children. 1st, sets apart a believer for God forever 2nd, progressive process of being set apart from sin and for God on a daily basis.
Israel and the Church-
Israel= nation trace heritage back to Abraham, gave law of Moses, prophets, OT Scriptures, Jess....chosen by God to be the insturmentt of his revelation until the coming of Christ.
Church=GOd's newly chosen instrument f r kingdom at Pentecost (Acts 2, no single ethnic ID but ALL who confess Jesus as Lord! the body, royal priesthood, God's household. Universal...always exists in various places all over earth at same time but Local since exists in locale where believers gathered to worship, teach, fellowship, and reach out to people who are not believers. ..
1. WHy is attitude of worship and humility essential in study and interpretation of the Bible? Requires total dependency on God, confession of sin (so bad conscience will not block what God is trying to say), and taking study seriously through work (God wants to meet me one on one). One must take on an attitude of worship and humility for meaningful study and interpretation because only when a person is dependent on God through humility and worship will God reveal HImself. Showing this obedience in devotion to God ensures there will not be a block between me and God because God promised understanding to those who are obedient (Matt 5;8, John 14:21)
2. c (Justification/sanctification) major foundational truths that helps us to understand the overall teaching of the Bible---Without choices, I would have said Law and Grace.
3. A Law and Grace
8. Philippians 4:4-9...Explain meanings of Paul's instruction...by writing down questions under rules of context:
*immediate setting- Who is author? To whom writing to? Why did he write? When did he write? Where was he when he wrote?
*Plain and normal meaning of words- Are there any figures of speech? (If so, what do they mean?
*Bible as a whole- What is the context of Philippians 4:1-3 and Philippians 4:10-23?
*foundational truths- How does the law and grace work into this scripture? What truth about God is this revealing? What is this scripture asking me to do? Read less
See Matthew 23:37-39 and associated notes. This appears to be another case of Jesus having expressed similar thoughts on a different occasion, howeve... Read more
See Matthew 23:37-39 and associated notes. This appears to be another case of Jesus having expressed similar thoughts on a different occasion, however, as there are significant differences between the passages. First, in Luke's account the word "desolate" is supplied by the translators and is not part of the original text; second, the words "from now on" are also omitted. Luke's passage is not in the context of kingly judgment, and so the thought is not that Jerusalem was to be devastated following its rejection of the King, but that it was being left to itself because of its own blindness to the One it was supposedly awaiting. Even though Jesus would come to the city this last time, its people would not truly perceive or know Him. Read less
While the Pharisees' words to Jesus suggest a friendly warning, the context in which they approached Him indicates otherwise. They may even have been... Read more
While the Pharisees' words to Jesus suggest a friendly warning, the context in which they approached Him indicates otherwise. They may even have been in collusion with Herod, as Jesus' reply to them suggests. Both had their reasons for wishing Jesus elsewhere: while Herod may well have feared Jesus' popularity and reported miraculous powers as a threat to his political interests, the Pharisees hated His continued insistence that their heritage, traditions, and religious piety were not enough to ensure them favor with God. Jesus' reply made it plain that while He intended to continue moving, He would do so according to His own program and not because of outside threats which had no real power against Him. Read less
Compare Matthew 7:13-14, 8:5-13, 19:30-20:16, and 25:1-13; John 8:37-45; and associated notes. G. Campbell Morgan makes the point that while Jesus an... Read more
Compare Matthew 7:13-14, 8:5-13, 19:30-20:16, and 25:1-13; John 8:37-45; and associated notes. G. Campbell Morgan makes the point that while Jesus answered His questioner, He did not answer the question asked. He made no comment regarding the number who would be saved; instead, He urged the questioner to make sure of his own salvation. Luke's presentation of Jesus' words may be considered a summary of all He taught regarding entry into the kingdom of God. Such entry is contingent on coming by the means God has provided (symbolized by the narrow door) and while grace to enter is still available; once death or Jesus' return among the living has closed the door, those who have chosen not to enter previously will find themselves obliged to abide by that choice.
Jesus also made clear that mere acquaintance with Him, whether on an intellectual level or through the adoption of Christian customs without the basis of a personal relationship with Him, will not suffice to gain entry into blessedness. The meal must include Him and not be merely in His presence; the teaching must be made part of life and not merely heard as something passing. Nor would physical kinship with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (see Matthew 3:7-10 and associated notes) or a culture steeped in the words and histories of the Prophets suffice; reliance on being Jewish would result only in exclusion, while believing Gentiles would be not only admitted but welcomed to the King's table. Read less
This parable continues the theme of the need for personal repentance, but it also expands the picture to the need for national repentance and the sure... Read more
This parable continues the theme of the need for personal repentance, but it also expands the picture to the need for national repentance and the surety of judgment in its absence. The unfruitful fig tree is portrayed as having been planted within a vineyard, a symbol of the nation of Israel; thus, it may stand for the individual Jew. But as the fig tree itself was also a symbol of the nation, it may also stand for all of Israel. The three year period is not insignificant, for this was the period of Jesus' earthly ministry, which even then was drawing towards its close; G. Campbell Morgan believed this discourse to have been given within the last six months of Jesus' life on earth. It does not take much imagination to see the Father as the vineyard's owner and the Son as its keeper, or that the reprieve of the fig tree was contingent on its response to the proposed treatment it would receive.
It is worth noting that the vineyard owner was not content with merely having a fig tree, no matter how flourishing it might look; he expected it to produce its proper fruit and had the right to do so. Even so, it is not enough to refrain from open sin or behavior that is clearly harmful to others; saving faith is necessary, and through it a life that is actively producing the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).
The point of Jesus' parable was clear: the Father was not pleased with either the unrepentant attitude of individual Jews or the course of the nation at large, and the day of grace for both was drawing to a close. Within the next year, He would make the ultimate sacrifice for His people and for all mankind, and after that there would be no further excuse; either repentance must come to the individual and the nation, or both would face judgment. Read less
Luke's arrangement of his material continues on the need for personal repentance, combined with another of Jesus' startling rearrangements of His audi... Read more
Luke's arrangement of his material continues on the need for personal repentance, combined with another of Jesus' startling rearrangements of His audience's perspective. When some form of disaster strikes, why is the question in everyone's mind. From a human perspective, this is logical: if one can determine why some misfortune happened, one may be able to avoid it in the future by not triggering its cause.
Unfortunately, one common assumption that repeatedly crops up is that victims somehow deserved their fate – if not through the commission of some specific mistake or piece of wrongdoing, then on a more general basis of being worse morally than their peers. This seems to have been the attitude of those who reported to Jesus; as the Scottish expositor G. Campbell Morgan suggests, the fact that they reported this information to Jesus at this time may have been an attempt to dodge the need for personal repentance that Jesus had just presented to them by contrasting themselves with those who "clearly" had come under some kind of judgment.
But Jesus demolished their assumptions, flatly denying that calamity is necessarily a sign of divine displeasure. The Galilean victims of Pilate's political oppression and the victims of what was probably a construction accident in Jerusalem were simply men, neither better nor worse than their peers. As Jesus saw it, the significance of their deaths lay not in some supposed judgment for sin but as a reminder that all men will die and, without Him, will remain without hope of anything but eternal separation from the Father. Further, just as the murdered Galileans and the accident victims did not arise from their beds that morning expecting to die that day, Jesus' statement is a call to repentance on becoming aware of the need for it, not putting it off for another time which may never come. Read less
Isaiah's words castigate the willful blindness of his people to spiritual matters. While they continued to perform the rituals prescribed by the Law ... Read more
Isaiah's words castigate the willful blindness of his people to spiritual matters. While they continued to perform the rituals prescribed by the Law of Moses, they had no real desire for God in their lives. In response, God revealed to Isaiah that He would confirm His people's choice, deepening the blindness and spiritual insensitivity they had chosen and allowing them to learn the hard way of the folly of their reliance on their own perception and wisdom. Read less
In order for me to stay true and faithful to my Lord,, my mind must be focused. I cannot forget what Jesus has done for me, it must be at forefront o... Read more
In order for me to stay true and faithful to my Lord,, my mind must be focused. I cannot forget what Jesus has done for me, it must be at forefront of my mind, ever present and always there. I cannot allow any impure, immoral hateful, dishonest thought to stay in mind.
Focused on spiritual things that will keep me from temptation and make me strong. The source of my spiritual strength begins and ends with my thoughts. My life will be focused on what I focus my mind on. Lust, Anger, Materialsm, or spiritualness and everying that goes with it.
5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
6. Be careful for nothing, but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
8. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, good report, virtue and praise, think on these things.
True, Hones,Just,Pure,lovely, good report, virtue, praise think on these things and
9. those things, which ye have both leanred, and received, and heard, and seeen in me, do, and the God of peace will be with you.
11 Not that I speak in respect of want for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
12. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound, every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
13. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Read less