Leaven

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"Leaven is a substance which ferments. In the Scriptures it is always a symbol of secretly spreading evil." Harold Paisley

"This leaven referred to ideas from Jewish sources ready to captivate the mind." John Heading

"Leaven is always a type of evil ... invading silently, secretly and not stopping until the entire lump of dough is leavened. Leaven puffs up, greatly increasing the size without adding weight or value, and eventually it sours all that it touches ..." Norman Crawford

1. The Leaven of the Pharisee (Matt 16:12, Mark 8:15, Luke 12:1) - legalism, hypocrisy through eternal forms

2. The Leaven of the Sadducces (Matt 16:12) - materialism, denial and unbelief of supernatural

3. The Leaven of Herod (Mark 8:15) - patronising, compromise of religion and politics

4. The Leaven of the Woman (Matt 13:33) - apostasy, profession without reality

5. The Old Leaven (1 Cor 5:7) - immorality of the unregenerated

6. The Leaven of Malice and Wickedness (1 Cor 5:8) - injury to the saints

7. The Leaven of the Judaisers (Gal 5:8-10) - perversion of the Gospel

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The Word Part 2

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"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God." John 1:1-2

Co-eternal - In the beginning was the Word
Co-essential - the Word was with God
Co-equal - the Word was God

Co-equal - The same
Co-eternal - was in the beginning
Co-essential - with God

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Parable of the Sower Part 2

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Four Kinds of Ground
1. Trodden Ground (Luke 8:12)
2. Thin Ground (Luke 8:13)
3. Thorny Ground (Luke 8:14)
4. True Ground (Luke 8:15)

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The Lord is Great

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1. The Supremacy of the Great God
"For the LORD your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward." Deuteronomy 10:17

2. The Sanctuary of the Great God
"Be it known unto the king, that we went into the province of Judea, to the house of the great God, which is builded with great stones, and timber is laid in the walls, and this work goeth fast on, and prospereth in their hands." Ezra 5:8

3. The Scriptures of the Great God
"And Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God. And all the people answered, Amen, Amen, with lifting up their hands: and they bowed their heads, and worshipped the LORD with their faces to the ground." Nehemiah 8:6

4. The Songs of the Great God
"For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods." Psalm 95:3

5. The Secrets of the Great God
"Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure." Daniel 2:45

6. The Salvation of the Great God
"Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ" Titus 2:13

7. The Supper of the Great God
"And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God" Revelation 19:17

Outline by David Gilliland, taken from the Scripture Sevens Volume 2

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The Lord is Good

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1. Trust Him
"O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him." Psalm 34:8

2. Thank Him
"For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endureth to all generations." Psalm 100:5

3. Testify of Him
"Praise the LORD; for the LORD is good: sing praises unto His name; for it is pleasant." Psalm 135:3

4. Try Him
"The LORD is good to all: and His tender mercies are over all His works." Psalm 145:9

5. Thirst after Him
"The voice of joy, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the voice of them that shall say, Praise the LORD of hosts: for the LORD is good; for His mercy endureth for ever: and of them that shall bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the LORD. For I will cause to return the captivity of the land, as at the first, saith the LORD." Jeremiah 33:11

6. Think of Him
"The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh Him." Lamentations 3:25

7. Tell Him
"The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and He knoweth them that trust in Him." Nahum 1:7

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The Worthy Walk

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"Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white: for they are worthy." Revelation 3:4

Walk worthy of the vocation (Eph 4:1)
Walk worthy of God (1 Thess 2:12)
Walk worthy of the Lord (Col 1:10)

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The Cup of Bitterness

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1. Announcement of the Cup (Matt 20:22)
2. Assignment of the Cup (John 18:11)
3. Awfulness of the Cup (Matt 26:39)
4. Acceptance of the Cup (Matt 26:42)

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Two Pay Days

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"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 6:23

Two Pay-masters : God and Sin
Two Pay-envelopes : Gift and Wages
Two Payments : Eternal Life and Death

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The Word

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"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God." John 1:1-2

The Word is
* Pre-existent - In the beginning
* Co-existent - was with God
* Self-existent - was God

Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7.

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The Slave Onesimus

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A Runaway Slave (Philemon 1:15, 11)
A Regenerated Man (Philemon 1:10)
A Reliable Minister (Philemon 1:13)
A Respected Brother (Philemon 1:16, Colossians 4:9)

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Things that Paul Gloried In

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1. In the Lord (1 Cor 1:30-31)
2. In the Cross (Gal 6:14)
3. In his Infirmities (2 Cor 12:9)
4. In the Saints (2 Thess 1:4, 1 Thess 2:20)

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Bible Robes

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A Scarlet Robe - A Rejected King (Matt 27:28)
A Long Robe - A Religious Hypocrite (Luke 20:46)
The Best Robe - A Returned Prodigal (Luke 15:22)
A White Robe - A Redeemed Person (Rev 7:9)
A Clean Robe - A Rejoicing Bride (Rev 19:7-8)
A Red Robe - A Ruling King (Rev 19:13)

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The Capabilities of the King

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1. Power over Defilement (Matt 8:3)
2. Power over Distance (Matt 8:8,13)
3. Power over Disorders (Matt 8:14-15)
4. Power over Deep (Matt 8:26)
5. Power over Demons (Matt 8:31-32)
6. Power over Disabilities (Matt 9:6-7)
7. Power over Death (Matt 9:18,25)
8. Power over Diseases (Matt 9:20-22)
9. Power over Darkness (Matt 9:29-30)
10. Power over Dumbness (Matt 9:32-33)

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Without Blood of the Law

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"And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission." Hebrews 9:22

1. Fine flour used as an atonement for sin (Lev 5:11-13)
2. Incense was used to make atonement (Num 16:46)
3. Ashes mixed with water were used for purification (Num 19:9)
4. Fire could make things clean (Num 31:23)
5. Jewels were used to make atonement (Num 31:50)

"Most of these typically reflect on the character of Christ in His life leading up to, and in His resurrection deriving from, His death. His death was basic and central, as was the blood in the Old Testament." John Heading

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Overcome Evil with Good

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"Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good." Romans 12:21
1. Evil for Good - Demon Like
2. Evil for Evil - Beast Like
3. Good for Good - Man Like
4. Good for Evil - Christ Like

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Citations in Hebrews 1

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Seven Citations from the Old Testament
1. "Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten Thee" Ps 2:7, Heb 1:5
Coeternality with the Father
Coronation of the Son as King

2. "I will be to Him a Father, and He shall be to Me a Son" 2 Sam 7:14, Heb 1:5
Coessentiality of the Son with the Father

3. "Let all the angels of God worship Him" Ps 97:7, Heb 1:6, Deut 32:43
Coequality with the Father in worship

4. "Who maketh His angels spirits, and His ministers a flame of fire" Ps 104:4, Heb 1:7
Creatorship of the Son

5. "Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of Thy kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even Thy God, hath anointed Thee with the oil of gladness above Thy fellows" Ps 45:6-7, Heb 1:8-9
Character of the Son

6. "Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of Thine hands: they shall perish; but Thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; And as a vesture shalt Thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but Thou art the same, and Thy years shall not fail" Ps 102:25-27, Heb 1:10-12
Changelessness of the Son

7. "Sit on My right hand, until I make Thine enemies Thy footstool" Ps 110:1, Heb 1:13
Conquest of the Son

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The Light of the World

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"I am the Light of the world: he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the Light of Life." John 8:12

Sun of Righteousness (Malachi 4:2)
Dayspring from on High (Luke 1:78)
Day Star (2 Peter 1:19)
Bright and Morning Star (Revelation 22:16)

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Gifts of the Wise Men

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"And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary His mother, and fell down, and worshipped Him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto Him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh." Matthew 2:11

Gold - Full Deity
Frankincense - Faultless Humanity
Myrrh - Fragrant Death

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Christ and His Own

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As Lord, He calls us "My servants" (John 12:26)
As Master, He calls us "My disciples" (John 15:8)
As Shepherd, He calls us "My sheep" (John 10:14)
As Son of Man, He calls us "My friends" (John 15:14)
As Son of God, He calls us "My brethren" (John 20:17)

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Declension in the Last Days

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Deceitful Workers (2 Cor 11:13)
Disorderly Brethren (2 Thess 3:6)
Depraved Men (2 Tim 3:8, 13)
Damnable Heresies (2 Peter 2:1)
Dangerous Doctrines (2 John 1:9-11)
Domineering Personnel (3 John 1:9)
Destructive Religion (Jude 1:11)

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Jasper, Sardine and Emerald

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"And He that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald." Revelation 4:3

jasper - righteousness
sardine - redemption
emerald - rest

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Angelic Intervention in Acts

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1. Instructed the wondering disciples on the Lord's return. (Acts 1:10-11)
2. Liberated the imprisoned apostles. (Acts 5:19)
3. Led Philip to the Ethiopia eunuch (Acts 8:26)
4. Instructed Cornelius to send for Peter (Acts 10:3-7)
5. Set Peter free from fetters and prison (Acts 12:7-10)
6. Executed judgment on Herod (Acts 12:23)
7. Assured Paul of deliverance (Acts 27:23)

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The Transfiguration of Christ Part 6

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"And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with Him." Matthew 17:3
"And there appeared unto them Elias with Moses: and they were talking with Jesus." Mark 9:4
"And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elias:" Luke 9:30

"For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that He might be Lord both of the dead and living." Romans 14:9

Moses represents the dead.
Elijah represents the living.
Christ Jesus is the Lord of the dead and living.

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The Son of God and Angels in Hebrews 1

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The Son of God is
- the Master (Heb 1:5-6) and angels His servants
- the Monarch (Heb 1:7-9) and angels His subjects
- the Maker (Heb 1:10-12) and angels His worshippers
- the Messiah (Heb 1:13-14) and angels His ministers

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Judgment Seat of Christ Part 4

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"Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble" 1 Corinthians 3:12

Wood - foolishness (1 Cor 3:19a)
Hay - craftiness (1 Cor 3:19b)
Stubble - vain or emptiness (1 Cor 3:20)

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Judgment Seat of Christ Part 3

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What Sort of Works
"Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is." 1 Corinthians 3:13

Manifest - the exhibition of it
Declare - the evidence of it
Reveal - the exposure of it
Try - the examination of it

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Judgment Seat of Christ Part 2

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Gold, Silver and Precious Stones
"Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble" 1 Corinthians 3:12

Gold - The will of God
Silver - The work of God
Precious Stones - The witness for God

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Things of the Lamb

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The apostles of the Lamb (Rev 21:14)
The blood of the Lamb (Rev 7:14, 12:11)
The book of the Lamb (Rev 13:8, 21:27)
The bride (wife) of the Lamb (Rev 19:7, 21:9)
The marriage (supper) of the Lamb (Rev 19:7, 9)
The presence of the Lamb (Rev 14:10)
The servants of the Lamb (Rev 22:3)
The song of the Lamb (Rev 15:3)
The wrath of the Lamb (Rev 6:16)

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Woes unto the Pharisees, Scribes and Lawyers

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Woe on their Practices
"Woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone." Luke 11:42

Woe on their Position
"Woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye love the uppermost seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the markets." Luke 11:43

Woe on their Pretence
"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are as graves which appear not, and the men that walk over them are not aware of them." Luke 11:44

Woe on their Precepts
"Woe unto you also, ye lawyers! for ye lade men with burdens grievous to be borne, and ye yourselves touch not the burdens with one of your fingers." Luke 11:46

Woe on their Piety
"Woe unto you! for ye build the sepulchres of the prophets, and your fathers killed them." Luke 11:47

Woe on their Power
"Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered." Luke 11:52

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The Son in Hebrews 1

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"God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son, Whom He hath appointed heir of all things, by Whom also He made the worlds; Who being the brightness of His glory, and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high." Hebrews 1:1-3  Heb 1:1-3 Hebrews 1:1-3

1. His possessions - appointed heir of all things
2. His production - made the worlds
3. His praise - the brightness of His glory
4. His person - the express image of His person
5. His power - upholding all things
6. His passion - purged our sins
7. His position - on the right hand of the Majesty on high

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The Son of Man in Hebrews 2

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The Son of Man is
1. The Sovereign (Hebrews 2:8)
2. The Sufferer (Hebrews 2:9)
3. The Saviour (Hebrews 2:10)
4. The Sanctifier (Hebrews 2:11)
5. The Singer (Hebrews 2:12)
6. The Strong Man (Hebrews 2:14)
7. The Succourer (Hebrews 2:18)

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