These Three Men Part 2

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"Though these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they should deliver but their own souls by their righteousness, saith the Lord GOD." Ezekiel 14:14

Noah (Preacher) - Stood to preach (2 Pet 2:5)
Daniel (Petitioner) - Knelt to pray (Dan 6:10)
Job (Pioneer) - Prostrated to praise (Job 1:20-21)

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Benaiah

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The Man against All Odds
Read 2 Sam 23:20-21, 1 Chr 11:22-23

Daunting Opponents - slew two lionlike men of Moab
Deadly Beast - slew a lion
Dangerous Place - in the midst of a pit
Dreary Time - in time of snow
Deceptive Enemy - slew an Egyptian, a goodly man
Domineering Foe - a man of great stature, five cubits high
Destructive Weapon - the Egyptian had a spear like a weaver's beam in his hand
Disadvantageous Situation - he went down to him with a staff
Difficult Task - plucked the spear out of the Egyptian's hand and slew him with his own spear

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The Christian's Looks

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Upward - Looking unto Jesus (Heb 12:2)
Onward - Looking for the Saviour (Phil 3:20)
Outward - Looking upon the fields (John 4:35)
Forward - Looking for the blessed hope (Tit 2:13)
Homeward - Looking for eternal things (2 Cor 4:18)

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The Lord's Supper

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1. Representation (Matt 26:26,28, Mark 14:22,24)
2. Commemoration (Luke 22:19-20)
3. Participation (1 Cor 10:16)
4. Communication (1 Cor 10:17)
5. Examination (1 Cor 11:28)
6. Proclamation (1 Cor 11:26)
7. Anticipation (1 Cor 11:26)

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Daily Things

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Daily Bread (Matt 6:11) - Do you feed on it?
Daily Cross (Luke 9:23) - Do you carry it?
Daily Preaching (Acts 5:42) - Do you exercise it?
Daily Searching (Acts 17:11) - Do you enjoy it?
Daily Dying (1 Cor 15:31) - Do you believe it?
Daily Exhorting (Heb 3:13) - Do you practise it?
Daily Watching (Prov 8:34) - Do you do it?

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John Three Sixteen Part 2

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"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16

God so loved, He gave - the richest possible mercy
the world, whosoever - the largest possible number
His only begotten Son - the highest possible price
believeth in Him - the easiest possible term
perish - the darkest possible doom
everlasting life - the greatest possible blessing
should not, but have - the best possible security

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Paul and Saul

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Paul suffered what Saul inflicted
Saul stoning (Acts 7:58), Paul stoned (2 Cor 11:25)
Saul persecuting (Gal 1:13), Paul persecuted (2 Cor 11:24)
Saul binding (Acts 22:4), Paul bound (Acts24:27)
Saul imprisoning (Acts 8:3), Paul imprisoned (2 Cor 11:23)
Saul delivering to death (Acts 22:4), Paul in death oft (2 Cor 11:23)

"Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." Galatians 6:7

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These Three Men

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"Though these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they should deliver but their own souls by their righteousness, saith the Lord GOD." Ezekiel 14:14

Noah demonstrated his righteousness during universal catastrophe
Daniel demonstrated his righteousness during national catastrophe
Job demonstrated his righteousness during family catastrophe

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Keys of the Scriptures

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Keys of the kingdom of heaven (Matt 16:19)
Keys of hell and of death (Rev 1:18)
Key of knowledge (Luke 11:52)
Key of David (Rev 3:7, Isa 22:22)
Key of the bottomless pit (Rev 9:1, 20:1)

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David's Mighty Men

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Distinction in Service - Adino/Jashobeam (2 Sam 23:8, 1 Chr 11:11)
Dedication to Duty - Eleazar (2 Sam 23:9-10, 1 Chr 11:12-14)
Defence of the Inheritance - Shammah (2 Sam 23:11-12)
Devotion despite Dangers - Three mighty men (2 Sam 23:16, 1 Chr 11:18)
Defiance of the Enemy - Abishai (2 Sam 23:18, 1 Chr 11:20)
Determination against All Odds - Benaiah (2 Sam 23:20-21, 1 Chr 11:22-23)

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Whom say Ye?

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"He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?" Matthew 16:15

John the Baptist: "This is the Son of God" (John 1:34)
Nathaniel: "Thou art the Son of God" (John 1:49)
Martha: "Thou art Christ, the Son of God" (John 11:27)
Simon Peter: "Thou art Christ, the Son of the Living God" (Matt 16:16, John 6:69)
The Centurion: "Truly this was the Son of God" (Matt 27:54)
The Demons: "Thou Son of the most high God" (Mark 5:7, Matt 8:29, Luke 8:28)
The Father: "Thou at my beloved Son" (Luke 3:22, Mark 1:11, Matt 3:17)
The Lord Himself: "I am the Son of God" (John 10:36)

The Lord Jesus asked "Dost thou believe on the Son of God"?

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The Lamb of God

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The Work of the Lamb (John 1:29)
The Wonder of the Lamb (John 1:36)
The Way of the Lamb (Acts 8:32)
The Worthiness of the Lamb (Rev 5:6,12, 1 Peter 1:19)
The Worship of the Lamb (Rev 5:8,13)
The Wrath of the Lamb (Rev 6:1,16, 14:10)
The Welcome of the Lamb (Rev 7:9-10)
The Warfare of the Lamb (Rev 12:11, Rev 17:14)
The Wedding of the Lamb (Rev 19:7,9, 21:9)

Read Things of the Lamb.

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John Three Sixteen

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"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16

The breadth of God's love - God so loved the world
The length of God's love - He gave His only begotten Son
The depth of God's love - should not perish
The height of God's love - have everlasting life

Its breadth has no confinement
Its length has no conclusion
Its depth has no conditions
Its height has no comparisons

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The Story of the Good Samaritan Part 4

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"And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, and went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee." Luke 10:30-35

Luke 10:33 - His Coming (1 Tim 1:15)
Luke 10:33 - His Compassion (Matt 9:36)
Luke 10:34 - His Cure (Matt 9:12)
Luke 10:34 - His Care (1 Peter 5:7)
Luke 10:35 - His Coming again (John 14:3)

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Aspects of Rest

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"Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light." Matthew 11:28-30

Rest obtained - Come unto Me
Rest retained - Learn of Me
Rest maintained - Yoked with Me

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The Will of God in Ephesians

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The good pleasure of His will (Eph 1:5)
The mystery of His will (Eph 1:9)
The counsel of His will (Eph 1:11)
The understanding of His will (Eph 5:17)
The doing of His will (Eph 6:6)

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Christian Armour

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Armour of Light (Rom 13:12) - against the flesh
Armour of Righteousness (2 Cor 6:7) - against the world
Armour of God (Eph 6:11) - against Satan

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The Gathering to Him

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"... unto Him shall the gathering of the people be." Genesis 49:10

Past - The Cross (John 12:32)
Present - The Communion (Matt 18:20)
Future - The Coming (Rev 5:9,11)

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He Gave the Church

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"And He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ" Ephesians 4:1-12

Apostles - Receive the Word
Prophets - Reveal the Word
Evangelists - Relay the Word
Pastors - Reactivate the Word
Teachers - Re-iterate the Word

Read Part 1, Part 2.

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Paul's First Prayer for Ephesians

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"Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him: the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of His calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of His mighty power, which He wrought in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be the head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fulness of Him that filleth all in all." Ephesians 1:15-23

Eph 1:17 - Something to enliven
Eph 1:18 - Something to enlighten
Eph 1:18 - Something to encourage
Eph 1:18 - Something to enrich
Eph 1:19 - Something to enpower
Eph 1:20 - Something to emphasize
Eph 1:21 - Something to elevate
Eph 1:22 - Something to ensure
Eph 1:23 - Something to envisage

Read Paul's Second Prayer for Ephesians.

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Mysteries of the New Testament

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Doctrinal
1. The Gospel (Rom 16:25, Eph 6:19)
2. Christ (Eph 3:4,8-9)
3. Bride (Eph 5:32)
4. Seven Stars and Seven Churches (Rev 1:20)
5. Godliness (1 Tim 3:16)

Devotional
6. The Faith (1 Tim 3:9)
7. The Indwelling Christ (Col 1:27)

Dispensational
8. The Kingdom of Heaven (Matt 13:11)
9. The Blindness of Israel (Rom 11:25)
10. Rapture of the Church (1 Cor 15:51)
11. God's Will (Eph 1:9)
12. God (Rev 10:7)

Diabolical
13. Iniquity (2 Thess 2:7)
14. Babylon the Great (Rev 17:5)

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Crowns of the Lord and His people

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Crown of Rejection for the Suffering Christ
- Crown of thorns (Matt 27:29, Mark 15:17, John 19:2,5)

Crowns of Race for the Striving Christians
- Crown of Incorruptible Gold (1 Cor 9:25, Rev 4:4)
- Crown of Rejoicing (Phil 4:1, 1Thess 2:19)
- Crown of Righteousness (2 Tim 4:8)
- Crown of Life (James 1:12, Rev 2:10)
- Crown of Glory (1 Peter 5:4)

Crown of Rule for the Sovereign Christ
- Crowns (plurality of majesty) of royal dignity (Rev 19:12)

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God our Rock

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1. The Rock is our Stability (Deut 32:4)
2. The Rock is our Salvation (Deut 32:15, 2 Sam 22:47, Ps 18:46, 62:2,6, 95:1)
3. The Rock is our Source (Deut 32:18)
4. The Rock is our Strength (Deut 32:30-31, 2 Sam 22:32-33, Ps 18:1-2, 62:7, Isa 17:10)
5. The Rock is our Security (2 Sam 22:2-3, Ps 31:2-3, 71:3)
6. The Rock is our Shield (Ps 28:1,7)
7. The Rock is our Satisfaction (Ps 42:1,9)
8. The Rock is our Shelter (Ps 94:22)
9. The Rock is our Shadow (Isa 32:2)

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The Writings of God

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The Commandments (Exodus 24:12, 32:15-16)
The Condemnation (Daniel 5:25-28)
The Conviction (John 8:6,8-9)
The Cancellation (Col 2:13-14)
The Covenant (Hebrews 10:16-17)

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The Blood of Christ

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1. The Validity of the Blood for Remission (Matt 26:28, Mark 14:24, Luke 22:20)
2. The Value of the Blood for Redemption (Acts 20:28, Eph 1:7)
3. The Verity of the Blood in Propitiation (Rom 3:25, Heb 9:12,14)
4. The Virtue of the Blood in Justification (Rom 5:9, Rev 12:11)
5. The Victory of the Blood in Sanctification (Heb 13:12, 1 Pet 1:2)
6. The Vitality of the Blood in Reconciliation (Eph 2:13, Col 1:20, Heb 12:24)
7. The Vigour of the Blood in Cleansing (1 John 1:7, Rev 1:5, 7:14)

Read Part 1, Part 2.

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Gospel of the Trees

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Hiding - Adam and Eve amongst the trees (Genesis 3:8)
Seeking - Zacchaeus up the tree (Luke 19:4)
Confessing - Nathaniel under the tree (John 1:47-48)
Suffering - Jesus Christ on the tree (1 Peter 2:24)

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The Ten Commandments

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The first five are Godward. The second five are manward.

First Commandment (Exodus 20:3, Deuteronomy 5:7)
Principle : Solitariness of God
Lesson : Responsive to the Uniqueness of God

Second Commandment (Exodus 20:4-6, Deuteronomy 5:8-10)
Principle : Supremacy of God
Lesson : Recognition of the Jealousy of God

Third Commandment (Exodus 20:7, Deuteronomy 5:11)
Principle : Sovereignty of God
Lesson : Reverence for the Name of God

Fourth Commandment (Exodus 20:8-11, Deuteronomy 5:12-15)
Principle : Sanctity of God
Lesson : Respect for the Rest of God

Fifth Commandment (Exodus 20:12, Deuteronomy 5:16)
Principle : Sagaciousness of God
Lesson : Regard for the Order of God

Sixth Commandment (Exodus 20:13, Deuteronomy 5:17)
Principle : Respect for life
Value : Brotherhood

Seventh Commandment (Exodus 20:14, Deuteronomy 5:18)
Principle : Respect for marriage
Value : Purity

Eighth Commandment (Exodus 20:15, Deuteronomy 5:19)
Principle : Respect for possessions
Value : Honesty

Ninth Commandment (Exodus 20:16, Deuteronomy 5:20)
Principle : Respect for truth
Value : Integrity

Tenth Commandment (Exodus 20:17, Deuteronomy 5:21)
Principle : Respect for boundaries
Value : Contentment

Adapted and Edited from Present Truth Magazine

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The Holy Spirit in Romans 8

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What the Holy Spirit does
1. Liberates (Romans 8:2)
2. Indwells (Romans 8:9)
3. Quickens (Romans 8:11)
4. Leads (Romans 8:14)
5. Witnesses (Romans 8:16)
6. Helps (Romans 8:26)
7. Intercedes (Romans 8:27)

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Wings of the Lord

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1. Salvation (Psalm 36:7)
2. Shelter (Psalm 57:1)
3. Stay (Psalm 61:4)
4. Strength (Psalm 63:7)
5. Security (Psalm 91:4)
6. Satisfaction (Psalm 17:8)

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What the Hebrews Have

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1. Great High Priest (Heb 4:14, 8:1)
2. Strong Consolation (Heb 6:18)
3. Anchor of the Soul (Heb 6:19)
4. Boldness (Heb 10:19)
5. Knowledge of the Truth (Heb 10:26)
6. Better Substance (Heb 10:34)
7. Altar (Heb 13:10)

8. Good Conscience (Heb 13:18)

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