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Day of Rest 3-31-13

How He Loves – David Crowder Band (Music Video-Passion of the Christ)

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Christ in His Resurrection — Part 2

The Resurrection Body

The facts concerning the resurrection body of Christ have been obscured by the modern rejection of the details of Christ’s resurrection as recorded in the Scripture. Liberals and neo-orthodox scholars have summarily rejected the facts of the Scriptural records, often with hardly any supporting argument. Common among such scholars is the view that Christ arose only in a spiritual sense—continued existence after His death, but not a bodily resurrection.

Though no new evidence has been advanced in support of this rejection of Scripture, the technique has been to assume that the gospel narratives are in serious contradiction of each other, and that what actually happened is that Christ appeared to the disciples in visions or dreams. With no documentary proof whatever, they consider the accounts of the appearances of Christ on the resurrection day and immediately subsequent to it as later fabrications. Even Filson, who seems to accept the fact of the resurrection of Christ, in one sentence sweeps all the resurrection-day appearances into discard in his statement: “Most likely the first appearances to the apostles were in Galilee, and this led to a rallying of the believers in Jerusalem where such appearances continued.”1

Though many liberal arguments have been so soundly refuted as to have fallen into discard even among liberals (such as the swoon theory, the imposture theory, the wrong-tomb theory, and the wishful credulity of the disciples), the mind still assumes that the resurrection is an impossibility and that early Christians were deceived either by their own senses or by other men. On the contrary, conservative scholarship has demonstrated for many generations that the Scriptural accounts are self-sustaining, that they do not contain differences which cannot be reconciled, and in fact offer a web of interrelated facts which make the resurrection of Christ one of the best attested facts of the ancient world. If Scripture may be considered as reliable and infallible revelation, it is found to unfold a marvelous doctrine of resurrection as illustrated in the resurrection of Christ Himself.

The resurrection body of Christ is not only an important aspect of Scriptural revelation unfolding the nature of Christ’s resurrection, but is significant of the fact and character of the resurrection which believers in Christ may anticipate. The resurrection of Christ is at once an apologetic for His deity and His substitutionary death on the cross, and at the same time is substantiating evidence of the important place of the future resurrection of saints in the eschatological program of God. Although, the doctrine of resurrection is discussed theologically in 1 Corinthians 15:12-50, the principal source of information is found in the accounts of Christ after His resurrection. Here, for the first time in history, occurs bodily resurrection which is more than restoration—the creation of a new body similar in some respects to the body laid in the tomb but in other important aspects dramatically different. Christ is given a new kind of body in contrast to those restored to life miraculously prior to the resurrection of Christ, such as Lazarus whose body was restored to what it was before he died.

The resurrection body of Christ identified with the body laid in the tomb. At least eight features identify the body of Christ raised from the dead as the same body which was laid in the tomb.

1. The nailprints in His hands and feet were retained in the resurrection body of Christ (Ps 22:16Zech 12:10John 20:25-29). The Scriptures both prophetically and historically record this important fact which would lead to the conclusion that the resurrection body is the old body transformed rather than the creation of a new body entirely different.

2. According to John 20:25-29, the resurrection body also retains the wound which was inflicted in His side on the cross. It was this identification which distinguished Christ from the others who died with Him and was one of the signs demanded by Thomas as proof of His bodily resurrection (John 20:25).

3. In His various appearances after His resurrection, Christ was readily recognized by His disciples as the same person who died and rose again. Any hesitation in recognizing the resurrection of Christ is given special explanation in the Scriptures. Mary Magdalene who, because she was in tears did not immediately recognize Christ, identified Him as her Lord by His voice (John 20:16), even though she apparently had her back turned when He spoke to her. There seems to be no hesitation on the part of the women who met Him or in any of the other appearances except in the case of the disciples who met Him on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35). Here their delay in recognizing Him is attributed to the fact that they were supernaturally blinded (Luke 24:16, 31). The disciples were so certain of their identification of their risen Lord that they were willing to lay down their lives for this truth.

4. In Christ’s appearance to His disciples in the upper room, He deliberately ate food to prove to them that He was not just a spirit and had actually risen from the grave (Luke 24:41-43).

5. The resurrection body of Christ had a material nature which could be felt. According toMatthew 28:9, the women held Him by the feet when they worshipped Him. In the appearance of Luke 24:39, He invites them to handle Him. In His first appearance to Mary Magdalene inJohn 20:17, it is implied that Mary clung to Him in a physical embrace prompting Christ to say to her “Touch me not,” literally, “do not cling to me.”

6. It is evident from these facts already itemized that the resurrection body of Christ was visible to the natural eye though it also had the capacity of disappearing in a miraculous way. This is illustrated in John 20:20, “The disciples therefore were glad, when they saw the Lord.”

7. According to John 20:22, the resurrection body of Christ had the ability of breathing and to this extent corresponded to a natural body.

8. Christ specifically states of His resurrection body that it possessed flesh and bone (Luke 24:39-40), thereby refuting the idea of the disciples that they were seeing merely a spirit when Christ appeared to them. Confirming these identifying features of the body of Christ raised from the dead is the fact of the empty tomb. Christ in His resurrection did not receive another body but the same body.

The resurrection body of Christ changed. After His resurrection Christ manifested certain characteristics which were not seen before His death. Though there seems to be little question in the Bible of the identity of the resurrection body, new qualities were added which distinguished it from the body laid in the tomb.

1. Christ in His resurrection body had a newness of life and a deliverance from the sufferings of His death to such an extent that on several occasions His recognition was somewhat delayed as in the case of Mary Magdalene who mistook Him for the gardener and the disciples on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:31John 20:15). The delay in recognition, however, is explained by other factors and is no greater than one would naturally expect considering the tremendous transformation of resurrection.

2. The ordinary limitations of transportation and distance did not seem to restrict Christ after His resurrection. Though before His death He would become weary from long journeys, there is no evidence that His various appearances to His disciples required such ordinary means of transportation. He apparently was delivered from many of the limitations of time and space.

3. The resurrection body of Christ was characterized as having flesh and bones, but He did not seem to be restricted by physical barriers. This is evident in the fact that He could enter closed rooms without apparent difficulty (Luke 24:36John 20:19).

4. Christ was able to appear and disappear at will after His resurrection (Luke 24:17John 20:19).

5. No proof is offered in the Scriptures that the resurrection body of Christ required either rest or food to sustain it. Though He could eat, there is no evidence that He needed food to supply nourishment, and there is no mention of Christ sleeping after His resurrection. In so far as Christ’s resurrection body accommodated itself to the conditions of time and space, it was in keeping with the evident purpose of Christ to minister to His disciples prior to His ascension. Some of the features of a resurrection body which were ultimately His such as the glory of heaven were delayed in manifestation.

The glory of the resurrection body. Although many of the features of the resurrection body of Christ are revealed in the Scriptures immediately after His resurrection, it is evident that some aspects are delayed in manifestation until after His ascension. During the forty days of His ministry between the resurrection and His ascension, there was no unusual outward appearance of glory such as had occurred prior to His death on the Mount of Transfiguration. It is evident that His ultimate glory is veiled in order to make possible a ministry to His disciples in scenes of earth. After His ascension into heaven, Christ never appears again apart from His glory. In Acts 7:56, Phillip saw Christ standing at the right hand of the Father in the midst of the glory of God. In the appearance of Christ to Paul recorded in Acts 9:3-6, the glory of Christ was such that Paul was blinded. A similar experience befell the Apostle John in Revelation 1:12-20, where John fell at the feet of Christ as one dead when He beheld the glory of Christ in His resurrection. From these indications, it is safe to conclude that the resurrection body of Christ possesses an intrinsic glory which mortal man cannot behold under ordinary circumstances. This glory was temporarily veiled until the time of Christ’s ascension, but is now a permanent aspect of His resurrection body. The hope of believers for a resurrection body includes not only the features of the resurrection body manifested in Christ prior to the ascension, but also that our resurrection bodies will be glorious and suited for the glorious presence of God. In the case of believers the resurrection body not only includes the physical and visible aspects attributed to Christ but also that our resurrection body will be similar (Eph 5:27Phil 3:211 John 3:2).

Who Raised Christ from the Dead?

Like other important acts of God foundational to the Christian faith, the resurrection of Christ is related to each member of the divine Trinity. God the Father is said to have raised Christ from the dead in numerous passages. This is implied in the Old Testament prophecy of the resurrection of Christ found in Psalm 16:10-11where His deliverance from Sheol and corruption is attributed to God. Peter cites Psalm 16 in Acts 2:24-32 in relating the resurrection of Christ to God. A similar statement is made in Acts 13:30 where Paul states, “God raised Him from the dead.” The resurrection of Christ is specifically related to the Father in Romans 6:4andEphesians 4:19-20.

Without contradicting the participation of the Father in the resurrection of Christ, the Scriptures also reveal that Christ raised Himself from the dead. In John 2:19Christ declared, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” A similar statement is made in John 10:17-18 where Christ claimed not only to have power to lay down His life but to take it up again. The work of the Holy Spirit in relation to the resurrection of Christ is less clear. The only reference to it inRomans 8:11 draws a parallel between the resurrection of Christ and the giving of life to the believers, which, in both cases is accomplished “through his spirit that dwelleth in you.” Some have interpreted this passage, however, to refer to the resurrection on the part of the Father in which the Holy Spirit somehow participated.

The relation of the resurrection of Christ to the Three Persons of the Trinity is not, however, a contradiction. In other important works of God, such as the creation of the world and the incarnation of Christ, a similar participation of each member of the Trinity can be observed. In revelation, however, the unity of the Trinity as well as their distinction in persons is carefully supported, and no contradiction remains for one who accepts the doctrine of the Trinity. It is indeed the work of the Triune God.

The Significance of the Resurrection of Christ

All branches of systematic theology have tended to underestimate the significance of the resurrection of Christ. Orthodox scholars usually emphasize the apologetic significance of the resurrection as an attestation to the deity of Christ and the value of His substitutionary death. The resurrection of Christ is normally held to be a proof of the future resurrection of the saints. Often neglected, however, is the relation of the resurrection of Christ to His present work.

In liberal theology, the resurrection of Christ is rejected as a nonessential, and the conclusion is reached that Christ continues to exist after His death but not in a body. Scriptures relating to the subject are spiritualized or explained away. As James Orr noted a generation ago, the tendency now is to deny the resurrection as impossible, and therefore untrue.2

More important, however, than the liberal view in contemporary theology, is the neo-orthodox concept of the resurrection of Christ. Though the more conservative of neo-orthodox scholars tend to recognize the resurrection of Christ as a historic fact, they claim that in itself it does not have historic significance. Emphasis is placed upon the experience of Christ in the believer rather than in the fact of the empty tomb. The answer to all problems is found in the complete revelation of the Scriptures themselves which, if accepted in the normal meaning of words, establishes the orthodox position concerning the resurrection as a proof of His person and His offices and at the same time demonstrates that the resurrection of Christ is the key to all of His present work as well as the consummation of the divine plan in the prophetic future. For the present discussion, only the major facts can be itemized.

The resurrection a proof of the person of Christ. It is significant that the meaning of the three official names of Christ, namely, Lord Jesus Christ, is substantiated by His resurrection from the dead. The title of “Lord,” usually regarded as a declaration of His deity and authority over all creation is based on the assumption that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Though in His life He offered many substantiating evidences, the supreme proof of His deity is the solid fact of His resurrection. It was this argument which Peter used in His Pentecostal sermon when he declared on the basis of the fact of His resurrection that Jesus is “both Lord and Christ” (Acts 2:36). Peter uses the same argument of the resurrection of Christ in his presentation of the gospel to Cornelius (Acts 10:40). In the introduction to the Epistle to the Romans, the Apostle Paul states that Christ “was declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.” The early disciples considered the resurrection of Christ as the final and convincing evidence that Jesus was all that He claimed to be, the very Son of God who existing from all eternity had become incarnate to fulfill the plan of God in His life, death, and resurrection. The resurrection of Christ is, therefore, an important proof of His deity and has been so regarded by orthodox scholars from apostolic days to the present.

In the title “Christ” as attributed to the Lord Jesus is embodied the hope of Israel for a Messiah to deliver them from their sins. Though the death and resurrection of Christ was anticipated by Old Testament prophecies, Jewish leaders in the time of Christ did not realize the necessity of it to fulfill His role of Messiah to Israel. It was only by His death that He could provide redemption and claim victory over Satan, and it was in His resurrection that He demonstrated the power of God which was to be ultimately manifested in the deliverance of Israel and the establishment of His righteous kingdom in the earth. The promise to David that He would have a son who would reign forever is now made possible of fulfillment by Christ in His resurrection body and is in keeping with the claim of Christ that He was the Messiah of Israel (John 4:25-26). The specific relationship of resurrection to His Messianic character is also revealed in His conversation with Martha in John 11:25-27. In a word, it was necessary for Christ to die and to be raised from the dead in order to be what the prophet had anticipated, a Messiah who would be Israel’s deliverer and Savior throughout all eternity. If Christ had not been raised from the dead, it is evident that His claim to Messiahship would have been thus destroyed and conversely the fact of His resurrection establishes His right to be Israel’s Messiah in the past as well as in the future.

“Jesus,” the third title attributed to Christ, meaning “Jehovah saves,” was His human name bestowed by the angel. He was given this name because He would “save his people from their sins” (Matt 1:21). His work as Savior, however, while inevitably related to His death on the cross, demanded also His resurrection. It was for this reason that Christ was commanded not only to die but to rise from the dead in John 10:17-18. According to John 12:27, where Christ prayed in regard to His death, “Father, save me from this hour,” He did not anticipate merely deliverance from death but prayed that if it were necessary to die, He would experience complete deliverance in His resurrection.

Milligan notes that the Greek is literally “save me out of this hour” (italics added). Milligan adds: “Our Lord prayed not merely that, if possible, He might escape suffering, but that, if it was impossible for Him to escape it, He might pass through it to a glorious deliverance,—that through death He might be conducted to that life beyond death in which the purpose of His coming was to be reached.”3 It is the uniform presentation of Scripture that His resurrection is a necessary counterpart to His work in death, and apart from His resurrection His death would have become meaningless (John 11:25Rom 5:108:3410:9Phil 2:9, 11Heb 5:7). The resurrection of Christ is, therefore, the proof of His person and of that which His person affected, namely His work on the cross.

The resurrection a proof of His offices. The three offices of Christ, that of prophet, priest, and king are each related to His resurrection. The offices of Christ are one of the major themes of the Old Testament as they relate to Christ. Moses anticipated Christ’s office as a prophet inDeuteronomy 18:18. The priestly office of Christ is prophesied in Psalm 110:4 4 and His kingly office is in fulfillment of the promise to David in 2 Samuel 7:16 (cf. Luke 1:31-33).

The prophetic ministry of Christ, though largely fulfilled on earth prior to His death, needed the authentication of His resurrection to give authority to what He had already said as well as His continued ministry through the Spirit whom He would send (John 16:12-14). If Christ had not been raised from the dead, He would have been a false prophet and all of His ministry as recorded in the Gospels would have been subject to question. In like manner, His postresurrection ministry, bringing into climax much that He had taught before, would have been impossible apart from His bodily resurrection. The resurrection, therefore, constitutes a proof of the validity and authority of His prophetic office.

The resurrection of Christ is clearly related to that of His continuance of a priest. This was anticipated in Psalm 110 where Christ is declared to be a priest eternal in character, “Jehovah hath sworn, and will not repent; Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek” (Ps 110:4). The concept of Christ as a priest who continues to live forever is further substantiated inHebrews 7:25 where it is said of Christ, “He ever liveth to make intercession for them.” In contrast to ordinary priests, who have their priestly office terminated either by death or retirement as in the Levitical order, the resurrection of Christ made possible His continuance forever as our high priest. This is the teaching of the New Testament as well as the anticipation of the Old. Hebrews 7:24 states it explicitly: “But he, because he abideth for ever, hath his priesthood unchangeable.” It is evident from the Scriptures, that apart from the resurrection of Christ, His office of priest would not have been capable of being fulfilled.

The third office, that of king, fulfilled especially the anticipation of the Old Testament of a Son who would have the right to rule. Christ was not only to rule over Israel, fulfilling the promise to David of a son who would reign forever, but over the entire world as the one to whom God has given the right to rule over the nations (Ps 2:8-9). Christ’s continuance on the throne forever after His death, in fulfillment of the plan of God that He should reign over all nations as well as the nation of Israel, would have been impossible if He had not been raised from the dead. His resurrection was essential to His unique fulfillment of each of His divine offices.

Footnotes:

1. Floyd V. Filson, Jesus Christ the Risen Lord, p. 49.

2. James Orr, The Resurrection of Jesus Christ, pp. 14 ff.

3. William Milligan, The Resurrection of Our Lord, p. 125.

Day of Rest 2-3-13

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus….”  Hebrews 12:1-2

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New England Primer 1691, was entering its second edition, as advertised by Benjamin Harris of Boston.  This famous little book was used to teach colonial era children the alphabet, using rhyme and illustrations.

C Christ crucify’d, For sinners dy’d.

Day of Rest 1-27-13

“The magnet of mercy does not draw us so near to God as the cords of affliction.  When Absalom set Joab’s corn on fire, then he came running to Absalom (2 Sam. 14:30).  When God sets our worldly comforts on fire, then we run to Him, and make our peace with Him.  When the prodigal was pinched with want, then he returned home to his father (Luke 15:18).  When the dove could not find any rest for the sole of her foot, then she flew to the ark.  When God brings a deluge of affliction upon us, then we fly to the ark of Christ. Thus affliction makes us happy, in bringing us nearer to God.  Faith can make use of the waters of affliction, to cause us to swim faster to Christ.”  Thomas Watson, All Things for Good, p. 31

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January: A Proverb a Day – Keeps Stupidity at Bay!

Pro 27:1 Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth.

Pro 27:2 Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; A stranger, and not your own lips.

Pro 27:3 A stone is heavy and the sand weighty, But the provocation of a fool is heavier than both of them.

Pro 27:4 Wrath is fierce and anger is a flood, But who can stand before jealousy?

Pro 27:5 Better is open rebuke Than love that is concealed.

Pro 27:6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.

Pro 27:7 A sated man loathes honey, But to a famished man any bitter thing is sweet.

Pro 27:8 Like a bird that wanders from her nest, So is a man who wanders from his home.

Pro 27:9 Oil and perfume make the heart glad, So a man’s counsel is sweet to his friend.

Pro 27:10 Do not forsake your own friend or your father’s friend, And do not go to your brother’s house in the day of your calamity; Better is                                 neighbor who is near than a brother far away.

Pro 27:11 Be wise, my son, and make my heart glad, That I may reply to him who reproaches me.

Pro 27:12 A prudent man sees evil {and} hides himself, The naive proceed {and} pay the penalty.

Pro 27:13 Take his garment when he becomes surety for a stranger; And for an adulterous woman hold him in pledge.

Pro 27:14 He who blesses his friend with a loud voice early in the morning, It will be reckoned a curse to him.

Pro 27:15 A constant dripping on a day of steady rain And a contentious woman are alike;

Pro 27:16 He who would restrain her restrains the wind, And grasps oil with his right hand.

Pro 27:17 Iron sharpens iron, So one man sharpens another.

Pro 27:18 He who tends the fig tree will eat its fruit, And he who cares for his master will be honored.

Pro 27:19 As in water face {reflects} face, So the heart of man {reflects} man.

Pro 27:20 Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied, Nor are the eyes of man ever satisfied.

Pro 27:21 The crucible is for silver and the furnace for gold, And each {is tested} by the praise accorded him.

Pro 27:22 Though you pound a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with crushed grain, {Yet} his foolishness will not depart from him.

Pro 27:23 Know well the condition of your flocks, {And} pay attention to your herds;

Pro 27:24 For riches are not forever, Nor does a crown {endure} to all generations.

Pro 27:25 {When} the grass disappears, the new growth is seen, And the herbs of the mountains are gathered in,

Pro 27:26 The lambs {will be} for your clothing, And the goats {will bring} the price of a field,

Pro 27:27 And {there will be} goats’ milk enough for your food, For the food of your household, And sustenance for your maidens.

Day of Rest 1-20-13

“Truth is the most orient pearl in Christ’s crown. Let us contend for the truth, as one would for a large sum of money, that it should not be wrested out of his hand.” – Thomas Watson, Body of Divinity

Therefore Pilate said to Him, “So You are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say {correctly} that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” John 18:37

“and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” John 8:32 & the CIA’s Official Motto

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January: A Proverb a Day – Keeps Stupidity at Bay!

Pro 20:1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, And whoever is intoxicated by it is not wise.

Pro 20:2 The terror of a king is like the growling of a lion; He who provokes him to anger forfeits his own life.

Pro 20:3 Keeping away from strife is an honor for a man, But any fool will quarrel.

Pro 20:4 The sluggard does not plow after the autumn, So he begs during the harvest and has nothing.

Pro 20:5 A plan in the heart of a man is {like} deep water, But a man of understanding draws it out.

Pro 20:6 Many a man proclaims his own loyalty, But who can find a trustworthy man?

Pro 20:7 A righteous man who walks in his integrity– How blessed are his sons after him.

Pro 20:8 A king who sits on the throne of justice Disperses all evil with his eyes.

Pro 20:9 Who can say, “I have cleansed my heart, I am pure from my sin”?

Pro 20:10 Differing weights and differing measures, Both of them are abominable to the LORD.

Pro 20:11 It is by his deeds that a lad distinguishes himself If his conduct is pure and right.

Pro 20:12 The hearing ear and the seeing eye, The LORD has made both of them.

Pro 20:13 Do not love sleep, or you will become poor; Open your eyes, {and} you will be satisfied with food.

Pro 20:14 “Bad, bad,” says the buyer, But when he goes his way, then he boasts.

Pro 20:15 There is gold, and an abundance of jewels; But the lips of knowledge are a more precious thing.

Pro 20:16 Take his garment when he becomes surety for a stranger; And for foreigners, hold him in pledge.

Pro 20:17 Bread obtained by falsehood is sweet to a man, But afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel.

Pro 20:18 Prepare plans by consultation, And make war by wise guidance.

Pro 20:19 He who goes about as a slanderer reveals secrets, Therefore do not associate with a gossip.

Pro 20:20 He who curses his father or his mother, His lamp will go out in time of darkness.

Pro 20:21 An inheritance gained hurriedly at the beginning Will not be blessed in the end.

Pro 20:22 Do not say, “I will repay evil”; Wait for the LORD, and He will save you.

Pro 20:23 Differing weights are an abomination to the LORD, And a false scale is not good.

Pro 20:24 Man’s steps are {ordained} by the LORD, How then can man understand his way?

Pro 20:25 It is a trap for a man to say rashly, “It is holy!” And after the vows to make inquiry.

Pro 20:26 A wise king winnows the wicked, And drives the {threshing} wheel over them.

Pro 20:27 The spirit of man is the lamp of the LORD, Searching all the innermost parts of his being.

Pro 20:28 Loyalty and truth preserve the king, And he upholds his throne by righteousness.

Pro 20:29 The glory of young men is their strength, And the honor of old men is their gray hair.

Pro 20:30 Stripes that wound scour away evil, And strokes {reach} the innermost parts.

Day of Rest 1-13-13

Thomas Watson – 1686

“If Christ appears for us in heaven, then we must appear for Him upon earth. Christ is not ashamed to carry our names on His breast, and shall we be ashamed of His truth? Does He plead our cause, and shall we not stand up in His cause?  What a might argument is this to stand up for the honor of Christ in times of apostasy!  Christ is interceding for us.  Does He present our names in heaven, and shall not we profess His name on earth?” – Body of Divinity, pg 185

Jeff, Sarah, and Mike
Jeff, Sarah, and Mike

January: A Proverb a Day – Keeps Stupidity at Bay!

Pro 13:1  A wise son {accepts his} father’s discipline, But a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.

Pro 13:2  From the fruit of a man’s mouth he enjoys good, But the desire of the treacherous is violence.

Pro 13:3  The one who guards his mouth preserves his life; The one who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.

Pro 13:4  The soul of the sluggard craves and {gets} nothing, But the soul of the diligent is made fat.

Pro 13:5  A righteous man hates falsehood, But a wicked man acts disgustingly and shamefully.

Pro 13:6  Righteousness guards the one whose way is blameless, But wickedness subverts the sinner.

Pro 13:7  There is one who pretends to be rich, but has nothing; {Another} pretends to be poor, but has great wealth.

Pro 13:8 The ransom of a man’s life is his wealth, But the poor hears no rebuke.

Pro 13:9  The light of the righteous rejoices, But the lamp of the wicked goes out.

Pro 13:10 Through insolence comes nothing but strife, But wisdom is with those who receive counsel.

Pro 13:11 Wealth {obtained} by fraud dwindles, But the one who gathers by labor increases {it.}

Pro 13:12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But desire fulfilled is a tree of life.

Pro 13:13 The one who despises the word will be in debt to it, But the one who fears the commandment will be rewarded.

Pro 13:14 The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, To turn aside from the snares of death.

Pro 13:15 Good understanding produces favor, But the way of the treacherous is hard.

Pro 13:16 Every prudent man acts with knowledge, But a fool displays folly.

Pro 13:17 A wicked messenger falls into adversity, But a faithful envoy {brings} healing.

Pro 13:18 Poverty and shame {will come} to him who neglects discipline, But he who regards reproof will be honored.

Pro 13:19 Desire realized is sweet to the soul, But it is an abomination to fools to turn away from evil.

Pro 13:20 He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will suffer harm.

Pro 13:21 Adversity pursues sinners, But the righteous will be rewarded with prosperity.

Pro 13:22 A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, And the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.

Pro 13:23 Abundant food {is in} the fallow ground of the poor, But it is swept away by injustice.

Pro 13:24 He who withholds his rod hates his son, But he who loves him disciplines him diligently.

Pro 13:25 The righteous has enough to satisfy his appetite, But the stomach of the wicked is in need.

Day of Rest 1-6-13

“A godly man is heavenly in his disposition.  He sets his affections on things above (Col. 3:2). He sends his heart to heaven before he gets there; he looks upon the world as but a beautiful prison and he cannot be much in love with his fetters, though they are made of gold.  A holy person contemplates glory and eternity; his desires have got wings and fled to heaven.”  – Thomas Watson,Godly Man’s Picture, p. 104

The Master's Mission - Robbinsville, NC
The Master’s Mission – Robbinsville, NC

History and Development of TMM

January: A Proverb a Day – Keeps Stupidity at Bay

Pro 6:1    My son, if you have become surety for your neighbor, Have given a pledge for a stranger,

Pro 6:2    {If} you have been snared with the words of your mouth, Have been caught with the words of your mouth,

Pro 6:3    Do this then, my son, and deliver yourself; Since you have come into the hand of your neighbor, Go, humble yourself, and importune your                         neighbor.

Pro 6:4    Give no sleep to your eyes, Nor slumber to your eyelids;

Pro 6:5    Deliver yourself like a gazelle from {the hunter’s} hand And like a bird from the hand of the fowler.

Pro 6:6    Go to the ant, O sluggard, Observe her ways and be wise,

Pro 6:7    Which, having no chief, Officer or ruler,

Pro 6:8   Prepares her food in the summer {And} gathers her provision in the harvest.

Pro 6:9    How long will you lie down, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep?

Pro 6:10 “A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to rest”–

Pro 6:11  Your poverty will come in like a vagabond And your need like an armed man.

Pro 6:12 A worthless person, a wicked man, Is the one who walks with a perverse mouth,

Pro 6:13  Who winks with his eyes, who signals with his feet, Who points with his fingers;

Pro 6:14  Who {with} perversity in his heart continually devises evil, Who spreads strife.

Pro 6:15  Therefore his calamity will come suddenly; Instantly he will be broken and there will be no healing.

Pro 6:16 There are six things which the LORD hates, Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him:

Pro 6:17  Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, And hands that shed innocent blood,

Pro 6:18 A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that run rapidly to evil,

Pro 6:19  A false witness {who} utters lies, And one who spreads strife among brothers.

Pro 6:20 My son, observe the commandment of your father And do not forsake the teaching of your mother;

Pro 6:21  Bind them continually on your heart; Tie them around your neck.

Pro 6:22 When you walk about, they will guide you; When you sleep, they will watch over you; And when you awake, they will talk to you.

Pro 6:23 For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching is light; And reproofs for discipline are the way of life

Pro 6:24 To keep you from the evil woman, From the smooth tongue of the adulteress.

Pro 6:25 Do not desire her beauty in your heart, Nor let her capture you with her eyelids.

Pro 6:26 For on account of a harlot {one is reduced} to a loaf of bread, And an adulteress hunts for the precious life.

Pro 6:27 Can a man take fire in his bosom And his clothes not be burned?

Pro 6:28 Or can a man walk on hot coals And his feet not be scorched?

Pro 6:29 So is the one who goes in to his neighbor’s wife; Whoever touches her will not go unpunished.

Pro 6:30 Men do not despise a thief if he steals To satisfy himself when he is hungry;

Pro 6:31  But when he is found, he must repay sevenfold; He must give all the substance of his house.

Pro 6:32 The one who commits adultery with a woman is lacking sense; He who would destroy himself does it.

Pro 6:33 Wounds and disgrace he will find, And his reproach will not be blotted out.

Pro 6:34 For jealousy enrages a man, And he will not spare in the day of vengeance.

Pro 6:35 He will not accept any ransom, Nor will he be satisfied though you give many gifts.

Day of Rest 12-30-12

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The LORD is My Banner

Fighting the Amalekites in the Shadow and Safety
Of the Strong Tower of Jehovah Nissi
Fighting the Amalekites in the Shadow and Safety
Of the Strong Tower of Jehovah Nissi.
Exodus 17:8-16
“Then Amalek came and fought with Israel at Rephidim.
So Moses said to Joshua, “Choose for us men, and go out and fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the staff of God in my hand.”
So Joshua did as Moses told him, and fought with Amalek, while Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill.
Whenever Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed, and whenever he lowered his hand, Amalek prevailed.
But Moses’ hands grew weary, so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it, while Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side. So his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.
And Joshua overwhelmed Amalek and his people with the sword.
Then the LORD said to Moses, “Write this as a memorial in a book and recite it in the ears of Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven.”
And Moses built an altar and called the name of it, The LORD Is My Banner,
saying, “A hand upon the throne of the LORD! The LORD will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.”


Jehovah Nissi in the Septuagint: kurios kataphugê mou…the Lord is my refuge

Meaning and Derivation: Jehovah is translated as “The Existing One” or “Lord.” The chief meaning of Jehovah is derived from the Hebrew word Havah meaning “to be” or “to exist.” It also suggests “to become” or specifically “to become known”…this denotes a God who reveals Himself unceasingly. Nes (nês), from which Nissi derived, means “banner” in Hebrew. In Exd 17:15, Moses, recognizing that the Lord was Israel’s banner under which they defeated the Amalekites, builds an altar named Jehovah-Nissi (the Lord our Banner). Nes is sometimes translated as a pole with an insignia attached. In battle opposing nations would fly their own flag on a pole at each of their respective front lines. This was to give their soldiers a feeling of hope and a focal point. This is what God is to us: a banner of encouragement to give us hope and a focal point.

Day of Rest 12-23-12

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Matthew 22:37-39

“And He said to him,  ‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’  This is the great and foremost commandment.  The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.'”

Love to others - The more we believe, the more we love: faith is the root, and love is the flower that grows upon it.  “Faith working through love” (Gal. 5:6). ATFG p. 98

Love of God – Christ suffered more for His spouse than ever any husband did for a wife.  he suffered poverty and ignominy.  He who crowned the heavens with stars was Himself crowned with thorns.  He was called a companion of sinners, so that we might be made companions of angels.  He was regardless of His life; he leaped into the sea of his Father’s wrath to save His spouse from drowning.  GMP p. 245

I Corinthians 13: 1-13

If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.  If I have {the gift of} prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.  And if I give all my possessions to feed {the poor,} and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not havelove, it profits me nothing.

Love is patient,

love is kind {and}

(love) is not jealous;

love does not brag {and}

(love) is not arrogant,

(love) does not act unbecomingly;

(love) does not seek its own,

(love) is not provoked,

(love) does not take into account a wrong {suffered,}

(love) does not rejoice in unrighteousness,but

(love) rejoices with the truth;

(love) bears all things,

(love) believes all things,

(love) hopes all things,

(love) endures all things.

Love never fails; …

But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.


It is interesting to note that If you replace the word “love” with “Jesus”  in the above verses.  It fits perfectly.  Try it.

Now, try it again but this time replace it with your name.

If your like me not only does it not fit… it’s almost embarrassing to the point of being laughable.  Our goal as believers is to become more Christlike.  May the love of God shine in and through you each and every day!

History has proved that a society based on loving it’s neighbor is more stable and productive than one that is based on killing it’s neighbor.” – James Teasdale, Christian Missionary, Kenya.

Day of Rest 12-16-12

Importance of the Dictionary

The dictionary defines the words that expound the theology and the vocabulary with which to describe the knowledge of God.  Consider the definitions of the word “sin.”

Sin

Modern Dictionary (1980) – An offense against religious or moral law; an action that is thought to be highly reprehensible.  Transgression of law of God.  A vitiated state of human nature in which the self is estranged from God.

Webster Dictionary (1828) – The voluntary departure of a moral agent from a known rule or rectitude or duty, prescribed by God; any voluntary transgression of the divine law, or violation of a divine command; a wicked act; iniquity. Sin is either a positive act in which a known divine law is violated, or it is the voluntary neglect to obey a positive divine command, or a rule of duty clearly implied in such command.  Sin comprehends not actions only, but whatever is contrary to God’s commands or law. 1 John 3; Matt. 15; James 4 (this definition goes for another column in the 1828 Dictionary)

Christian Scholarship

The home is the primary classroom for every child and according to Noah Webster, “Father of American Christian Education and Scholarship”, “Education is useless without the Bible.” When working with young, pliant minds, it is essential for the parent or educator to establish the habit of beginning the search for principles, answers, and solutions, in the Word of God, the Logo!  It is the Divine Word that consecrates and inspires the mind and builds intellectual virtue. This is why Noah Webster, Father of American Christian education, wrote the first American dictionary and established a system of rules to govern spelling, grammar, and reading. This master linguist understood the power of words, their definitions, and the need for precise word usage in communication to maintain independence. He researched every word in the original languages to provide the root meanings through his study of twenty-six languages. Eager for Americans to be free from the bondage of old world ideas which were being disseminated through our young nation’s educational system, Dr. Webster laid the foundation for uniquely American education and the American usage of English words in his dictionary that defined each word in light of its meanings and usage in the Bible and in the new Christian constitutional republic.

Each learner develops the habit of research by beginning with God’s Word through the Word Study, in which words are defined in light of how they are used in Scripture.  This process gives pre-eminence to the Word of God in deducing the Biblical principles of the subject and clothes the learner’s ideas with truth.  This is the foundation upon which the pathway of logical thinking and just reasoning is established. It produces the acquired habits of Biblical scholarship, thinking cause (internal) to effect (external), and precise, lucid communication of ideas to others.

The Model Word Study – Heritage

1. The word is defined and key words in the definition are underlined: heritage, noun (Fr. from the root of heir.)

a. Inheritance; an estate that passes from an ancestor to an heir descent or course of law; that which is inherited.

b. In Scripture, the saints or people of God are called His heritage, as being claimed by Him, and the objects of His special care. (I Peter 5)

2. Key words within the definition are defined: heir, noun (L. haeres.)

a. The man who succeeds, or is to succeed another in the possession of lands, by descent.

b. One who inherits or takes from an ancestor.

c. On who succeeds to the estate of a former possessor. (Jeremiah 49; Mica 1)

d. One who is entitled to possess.  In Scripture, saints are called heirs of the promise, heirs of righteousness, heirs of salvation, etc., by virtue of the death of Christ and of God’s gracious promises.

3. Relevant Scriptures are recorded:

a. The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.  The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage. (Psalm 16:5-6)

b. Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord:… (Psalm 127:3)

c. And (He) gave their land for an heritage, an heritage unto Israel His people. (Psalm 135:12)

d.  Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage forever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart. (Psalm 119:111)

e.  The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: and if children,, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may also be glorified together. (Romans 8:16-17)

f. That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according t0 the hope of eternal life.(Titus 3:7)

4. Personal definitions written by the student require that the student “relate” the word to his life, for example: “A heritage is property that passes from an ancestor to an heir.  God called Israel His inheritance or heritage.  In the New Testament God’s people are His heritage.  We are called His children, thus His heirs, and joint-heirs with Christ.”

5. Biblical principles deduced from the study enable the student to “take possession” of the word:

a. Eternal life through grace is my heritage as a Christian.

b. God’s Word is also my heritage.

c. As a Christian, I am God’s heir and joint-heir with Christ and, therefore, should govern myself accordingly.

d. As an American Christian, I enjoy the heritage of Christian traditions and a system of law based upon the Bible as my inheritance from y earthly Christian ancestors that provides freedom to live as a child of God and exercise my God-given rights in my daily life.

e. I should guard and nurture my Christian heritage above all other possessions.

f. I have a responsibility to share the Gospel, leading others to their eternal inheritance as a child of God.

Day of rest 12-9-12

Provincial Congress of Massachusetts 1774, reorganized the Massachusetts militia, providing that over one-third of all new regiments be made up of “Minutemen.”  The minutemen, known as such because they would be ready to fight at a minute’s notice, would drill as citizen soldiers on the parade ground, then go to the church to hear exhortation and prayer.  many times the deacon of the church, or even the pastor, would lead the drill.  They proclaimed, “Our cause is just” and believed it was their Christian duty to defend it.  The Provincial Congress of Massachusetts charged the minutemen:

You… are placed by Providence in the post of honor, because it is the post of danger…. The eyes not only of North America and the whole British Empire, but of all Europe, are upon you.  Let us be, therefore, altogether solicitous that no disorderly behavior, nothing unbecoming our characters as Americans, as citizens and Christians, be justly chargeable to us.

Provincial Congress of Massachusetts April 15,1775, just four days before the famous Battle of Lexington, declared a Day of Public Humiliation, Fasting, and Prayer, signed by President of the Provincial Congress, John Hancock:

In circumstances dark as these, it becomes us, as men and Christians, to reflect that whilst every prudent Measure should be taken to ward off the impending Judgements…. All confidence must be withheld from the Means we use; and reposed only on that GOD who rules in the Armies of heaven, and without whose Blessing the best human Counsels are but Foolishness – and all created Power Vanity;

It is the Happiness of his Church that, when the Powers of Earth and Hell combine against it… that the Throne of Grace is of the easiest access – and its Appeal thither is graciously invited by the Father of Mercies, who assured it, that when his Children ask Bread he will not give them a Stone….

RESOLVED, That it be, and hereby is recommended to the good People of this Colony of all Denominations, that THURSDAY the Eleventh Day of May next be set apart as a Day of Public Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer… to confess the sins… to implore the Forgiveness of all our Transgression… and a blessing on the Husbandry, manufactures, and other lawful Employments of this People; and especially that the union of the American Colonies in Defence of their Rights (for hitherto we desire to thank Almighty GOD) may be preserved and confirmed…. And that AMERICA may soon be hold a gracious Interposition of Heaven.

By Order of the (Massachusetts) Provincial Congress,

John Hancock, President.