Three Aspects of Eternal Life

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Titus 1:2 Past - A Promise
1John 5:13 Present - A Possession
Rom 6:22 Future - A Prospect

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Seven Looks from the Cross

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Ps 22:1-3 Upward Look
Ps 22:4-6 Backward Look
Ps 22:7-8 Outward Look
Ps 22:14-17 Inward Look
Ps 22:18 Downward Look
Ps 22:22 Onward Look
Ps 22:27 Millennial Look

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Aspects of Death

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Heb 2:9 Suffering of Death
Heb 2:9 Taste of Death
Heb 2:14 Medium of Death
Heb 2:14 Power of Death
Heb 2:15 Fear of Death

The fear of death was ours.  The power of death was Satan's.  The taste and suffering of death were Christ's.  Through the medium of death, Christ destroyed not only death itself, but also him who had power of death.

Read the Sentence of Death.

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The Gift

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"But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many." Rom 5:15

The Gratuitousness - the free gift
The Gloom - many be dead
The Greatness - much more
The Giver - grace of God
The Ground - gift by grace
The Gift - Jesus Christ
The Glory - abounded unto many

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Attitude towards Leadership

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1Thess 5:12 Know them - Their recognition
1Thess 5:13 Esteem them - Their regard
Heb 13:7 Remember them - Their report
Heb 13:17 Obey them - Their responsibility
Heb 13:24 Salute them - Their respect

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Things of Satan

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Rev 2:13 Satan's Seat - His political dominion
Rev 2:24 Satan's Depth - His philosophical deception
Rev 3:9 Satan's Synagogue - His priestly design

Satan's Seat - Roaring Lion (1Pet 5:8)
Satan's Depth - Subtle Serpent (2Cor 11:3)
Satan's Synagogue - Angel of Light (2Cor 11:14)

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Nicodemus Part 2

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 John 3: Conversion of Nicodemus
- Won for Christ in the city during midnight

John 7: Confession of Nicodemus
- Witness for Christ in the council during daylight

John 19: Consecration of Nicodemus
- Worship for Christ at the cross during twilight

Read Nicodemus.


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Brief Outline of Acts 13

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Acts 13:1-4 Commendation of the Servants
Acts 13:5-12 Confrontation with the Sorcerer
Acts 13:13-15 Coming to a Synagogue
Acts 13:16-41 Communication from the Scriptures
Acts 13:42-52 Consequences of the Sermon

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Brief Outline of Ezekiel

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Eze 1-3 Preparation of the Prophet

Eze 4-24 Portrayal of Apostate Judah
Disobedient nation (4-7)
Departed glory (8-11)
Disciplined nation (12-24)

Eze 25-32 Prophecy of Gentile Nations
Judgment on Ammon (25:1-7)
Judgment on Moab (25:8-11)
Judgment on Edom (25:12-14)
Judgment on Philistia (25:15-17)
Judgment on Tyre (26:1-28:19)
Judgment on Sidon (28:20-26)
Judgment on Egypt (29:1-32:32)

Eze 33-39 Prophecy of Israel
Caution of the Watchman Prophet (33)
Carelessness of the Shepherd Leaders (34)
Cruelty of Israel's brother Edom (35)
Conversion, New heart and spirit (36)
Comeback of the nation (37)
Conflict with Gog and Magog (38-39)

Eze 40-48 Promises of Restoration
New Temple (40-46)
New Territory (47-48)

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Peter's Sermon at Caesarea

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Acts 10:34-35 Common Ground of Acceptance
Acts 10:36-37 Commencement of the Gospel
Acts 10:38 Consecrated Life of Christ
Acts 10:39 Cruel Death of Christ
Acts 10:40 Confirmed Resurrection of Christ
Acts 10:41 Chosen Witnesses
Acts 10:42 Coming Judgment
Acts 10:43 Complete Salvation
Acts 10:44 Converted Company
Acts 10:45-46 Confounded Jews
Acts 10:47-48 Compulsory Baptism

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Three Great Joys

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Luke 15:6 - The Joy of the Saviour
Luke 10:20 - The Joy of the Saint
Phil 4:10 - The Joy of the Servant

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Old Testament Food Laws

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A widely held view has been that God did it because He was concerned for the health and hygiene of His people. In those far-off primitive days, so the argument goes, when people had no scientific understanding of germs and viruses, and no refrigeration to stop meat going bad, God forbade the eating of certain animals, birds, and fish, to protect His people from the poison that those creatures could easily carry.

Why did God originally forbid Israel certain foods?  The answer is: to teach them certain lessons by introducing the categories of ceremonial cleanness and uncleanness.

Leave aside for the moment these food laws. Israel as a nation was separated out from the other nations to enjoy a special relationship with God and to carry a special role among the nations. As Balaam put it, “I see people who live apart and do not consider themselves one of the nations” (Num. 23:9). As God explained to them at Sinai: “...out of all nations you will be My treasured possession. Although the whole earth is Mine, you will be for Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation” (Ex. 19:5-6). In accordance with this special role, therefore, they were commanded naturally enough to keep themselves pure from the moral and spiritual uncleanness that so polluted the Gentile nations. Listing and prohibiting the sexual immoralities, the religious idolatries, the commercial dishonesties, the infanticide, demonism, and incest prevalent among the Canaanite nations, God explained:

Do not defile yourselves in any of these ways, because this is how the nations that I am going to drive out before you became defiled. Even the land was defiled; so I punished it for its sin, and the land vomited out its inhabitants...And if you defile the land, it will vomit you out as it vomited out the nations that were before you (Lev. 18:24-28).

These, then, were moral and spiritual prohibitions. But to reinforce them, God added laws providing for ceremonial cleanness:

You must therefore make a distinction between clean and unclean animals and between unclean and clean birds. Do not defile yourselves by any animal or bird or anything that moves along the ground—those which I have set apart as unclean for you. You are to be holy to Me [or, to be My holy ones] because I, the Lord, am holy, and I have set you apart from the nations to be My own (Lev. 20:25-26).

These ceremonial and ritual laws would have both a positive and a negative effect. Positively, they reinforced in Israel’s thinking that as a nation they were separated to the Lord; specially set apart for Him. However morally and spiritually clean the members of another nation might have been, they did not have the role that Israel as a nation had. Israel’s role, as a kingdom of priests, was special, indeed unique. The ceremonial separation from certain kinds of food which other nations ate reinforced and underlined the fact that they were in a special sense separated to the Lord, especially “holy” in a ritualistic way.

Negatively, these food laws had an immediate practical effect: they made social mixing with Gentile nations difficult, since Israelites could not eat Gentile food. This would not only reinforce the fact that Israel was a special nation, but also act as a constant reminder that Israel was to avoid the moral and spiritual uncleanness of the Gentiles.

Now of course not all Gentiles were as corrupt and filthy as the Canaanites. But here too was a problem: many Gentiles were guilty of corrupt habits. How could Israel therefore be protected from their influence? The way God used was to build a wall between Israel and all Gentiles. Just as a parent will do with a child: not all men are child-molesters, but enough of them are to make it a wise and sensible thing for parents to do, to forbid their young children to take candy or money or car-rides from any man they don’t know.

And the analogy holds good for a further point. Parents may forbid their early-teenage daughter from going to certain sleazy parts of a city. They do so, not because they think their daughter is essentially better than other girls, but rather because they know that their daughter is essentially no better than others. She has the same human nature as others. She too could be corrupted as others have been. A good apple put among bad ones does not improve the bad ones: they corrupt it.

Israel under the law, says Paul, was like a child (Gal. 4:1-3); and God treated them appropriately. He put a wall of ceremonial food laws around them to remind them that they were a people separated to God, and to protect them as far as possible from Gentile pollution. The need for, and the importance of, that wall can be seen from their history: when they disregarded the wall, they generally became as corrupt as the other nations.

Taken from the book True to the Faith, by David Gooding

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Five Epistolary Writers

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A. Paul writes of and to the Church of God
B. Peter in his epistles feeds the Flock of God
C. John carefully instructs the Family of God
D. James comforts and warns Israel, the People of God
E. Jude addresses himself to the Saints of God

A. Members - Move together
B. Sheep - Feed together
C. Children - Grow together
D. Brethren - Live together
E. Saints - Strive together

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Divine Riches

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Riches of Goodness, Forbearance & Longsuffering (Rom 2:4)
Riches of Wisdom & Knowledge (Rom 11:33)
Riches of Grace (Eph 1:7)
Riches of Mercy (Eph 2:4)
Riches of Christ (Eph 3:8)
Riches of Assurance & Understanding (Col 2:2)
Riches of Glory (Phil 4:19)

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Godliness in the Pastorals

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1Tim 2:2 Peace of Godliness
1Tim 2:10 Profession of Godliness
1Tim 3:16 Person of Godliness
1Tim 4:7 Practice of Godliness
1Tim 4:8 Profit of Godliness
1Tim 6:3 Precept of Godliness
1Tim 6:5 Perversion of Godliness
1Tim 6:6 Perfection of Godliness
1Tim 6:11 Pursuit of Godliness
2Tim 3:5 Pretension of Godliness
Titus 1:1 Piety of Godliness

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Things Living Part 2

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Our Father, the Living God (1Tim 6:17) 
Our Foundation, Christ, the Living Stone (1Peter 2:4)
Our Food, Christ, the Living Bread (John 6:51)
Our Fullness, the Holy Spirit, the Living Water (John 4:11)
Our Faith, the Living Way (Heb 10:20)
Our Finish, the Living Hope (1Peter 1:3)
Our Fervor, a Living Sacrifice (Rom 12:1)

Read Things Living.

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In the Spirit

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Christian Development - Live in the Spirit (Gal 5:25)
Christian Dependence - Walk in the Spirit (Gal 5:16)
Christian Devotion - Pray in the Spirit (Eph 6:18)
Christian Dedication - Worship in the Spirit (Phil 3:3)
Christian Disposition - Love in the Spirit (Col 1:8)

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Kingdom in the New Testament

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Kingdom of God (John 3:3)
Kingdom of Heaven (Matt 3:2)
Kingdom of their Father (Matt 13:43)
Kingdom of Christ (Eph 5:5)
Kingdom of His Dear Son (Col 1:13)
Kingdom of our father David (Mark 11:10)

Heavenly Kingdom (2Tim 4:18)
Everlasting Kingdom (2Pet 1:11)

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Peter's Three Sleeps

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The Sleep of Unripe Confession (Luke 9:32)
The Sleep of Unfaithful Conviction (Mark 14:37)
The Sleep of Unquestioning Confidence (Acts 12:6)

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Jesus in Hebrews

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A  Sufferer and Saviour (Heb 2:9)
B   Great High Priest (Heb 4:14)
C    Forerunner (Heb 6:20)
X     Surety of Better Covenant (Heb 7:22)
X'    Entrance into the Holiest (Heb 10:19)
C'   Author and Finisher (Heb 12:2)
B'  Mediator of New Covenant (Heb 12:24)
A' Sanctifier and Sufferer (Heb 13:12)

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Brief Outline of Titus

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Titus 1 - Oversight of the Church (outline)
Titus 2 - Occupation in view of Christ (outline)
Titus 3 - Obedience of the Christians (outline)

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No More

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Believers
Rev 3:12 No more service
Rev 7:16 No more suffering

Demonic
Rev 12:8 No more dominance
Rev 20:3 No more deception

Eternal State
Rev 21:1 No more discord
Rev 21:4 No more death
Rev 22:3 No more damnation

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Brief Outline of Acts 12

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Acts 12:1-2 Death of James
Acts 12:3-6 Detention of Peter
Acts 12:7-11 Deliverance by the Angel
Acts 12:12-17 Dwelling of Mary
Acts 12:18-19 Discovery of Peter's Escape
Acts 12:20-23 Doom of Herod
Acts 12:24-25 Development of the Word

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But the Lord

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The expression "but the Lord" occurs seven times in the Psalms.

Ps 9:7 Reckoning
Ps 18:18 Repose
Ps 34:19 Rescue
Ps 37:17 Righteousness
Ps 94:22 Refuge
Ps 96:5 Renown
Ps 118:13 Resource

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It is Good

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The expression "it is good" occurs five times in Psalms.

Ps 52:9 - Strength of the Lord, wait upon Him
Ps 54:9 - Sacrifice of the Lord, praise Him
Ps 73:28 - Sanctuary of the Lord, draw near unto Him
Ps 119:71 - Statutes of the Lord, learn them
Ps 147:1 - Singing unto our God, praise Him

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Brief Outline of Psalms

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Book I (Ps 1-41) Israel's Redeemer & Remnant
Book II (Ps 42-72) Israel's Ruin and Redemption
Book III (Ps 73-89) Israel's Return and Restoration
Book IV (Ps 90-106) Israel's Relapse and Recovery
Book V (Ps 107-150) Israel's Regathering and Retrospect

Arthur G. Clarke

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