Brief Outline of Zephaniah

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Zeph 1 Great Day of The Lord
- Announcement of Retribution

Zeph 2 Grievous Day of the Gentiles
- Appeal to Repentance

Zeph 3 Glorious Day of the Kingdom
- Anticipation of Redemption

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Remembrance in 2 Peter

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Peter reminds the believers, especially the older ones of not having a
2 Pet 1:12 Reduction of Profit ("in the present truth")
2 Pet 1:13 Retirement of Participation ("in this tabernacle")
2 Pet 1:15 Redundancy of Presence ("after my decease")
2 Pet 3:1-2 Recourse of Position ("of the words ... of the commandment")

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Chiastic Outline of Acts 12

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A Three men of Jerusalem - Peter, James, John (Acts 12:1-3)
B   Death of James at the hand of man (Acts 12:2)
C     Peter in the Prison - Supplicants prayed for him (Acts 12:4-6)
C     Angel of the Lord smote Peter, saved him (Acts 12:7-10)
D        Rhoda the chambermaid (Acts 12:11-15)
E            Deliverance of Peter (Acts 12:16-17a)
X              Departure of Peter from Jerusalem (Acts 12:17b)
E'           Death of the Keepers (Acts 12:18-19)
D'        Blastus the chamberlain (Acts 12:20)
C'     Herod in the Palace - Subjects praised him (Acts 12:21-22)
C'     Angel of the Lord smote Herod, slain him (Acts 12:23a)
B'   Death of Herod at the hand of God (Acts 12:23b)
A' Three men leaving Jerusalem - Barnabas, Saul, Mark (Acts 12:24-25)

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Five Greek Words of Christ

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μορφη (Phil 2:6) What God is, Christ the same.
εικων (Col 1:15) What God does, Christ the same.
χαρακτηρ (Heb 1:3) What God has, Christ the same.
λογος (John 1:1) What God knows, Christ the same.
υιος (John 5:19) What God wills, Christ the same.

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Beloved in 2 Peter 3

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Admonition -  "Beloved ... be mindful" 2 Pet 3:1-2
Awareness - "Beloved, be not ignorant" 2 Pet 3:8
Alacrity - "Beloved, ... be diligent" 2 Pet 3:14
Alertness - "Beloved, ... beware" 2 Pet 3:17

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Many Antichrists, False Prophets & Deceivers

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1 John 2:18 "Many Antichrists" - Their Opposition
1 John 4:1 "Many False Prophets" - Their Operation
2 John 7 "Many Deceivers" - Their Objective

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Mediator, High Priest and Advocate

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The Lord Jesus Christ is the Mediator between God and men (1Tim 2:5), He is the High Priest to God (Heb 2:17) and Advocate with the Father (1John 2:1).

As Mediator, He made the link between God and men.
As High Priest, He maintains the link.
As Advocate, He mends the link.

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The Word Part 4

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Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

The Word - Person of the Word (John 1:1)
The Word of Life - Provision of the Word (1 John 1:1)
The Word of God - Power of the Word (Rev 19:13)

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Confidence and Boldness

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1John 2:28 Anticipation of His Coming
1John 3:21 Assurance of our Hearts
1John 4:17 Absolution in Judgement
1John 5:14 Answer to our Prayers

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Witness of the Holy Spirit

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"Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that He had said before" Heb 10:15
"The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God" Rom 8:16
"He that believeth on the Son of God hath the Witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son." 1 John 5:10

Witness of the Holy Spirit
- to us (Heb 10:15)
- with us (Rom 8:16)
- in us (1 John 5:10)

Full confirmation of the Holy Spirit in the experience of believers.

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Overcomes the World

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"For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?" 1 John 5:4-5

Power - whatsoever is born of God
Principle - even our faith
Person - Jesus is the Son of God

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Brief Outline of Obadiah

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Obad 1-16 House of Esau reduced by God
- Edom's Contempt
- Edom's Condemnation

Obad 17-21 House of Jacob restored to God
- Jacob's Repossession
- Jacob's Rule

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Barnabas and His Contribution

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"For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and much people was added unto the Lord." Acts 11:24

Stream - he was a good man
Source - he was ...  full of the Holy Ghost
Secret - he was ...  full of faith
Significance - much people was added unto the Lord.

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Brief Outline of 1 John 5

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1John 5:1-5 Victory of Faith - We can be courageous
1John 5:6-12 Veracity of the Testimony - We can be certain
1John 5:13-17 Virtue of Prayers - We can be confident
1John 5:18-21 Verity of Eternal Life - We can be committed

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Brief Outline of Nahum

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Nahum 1 - God is Jealous
- Verdict of Vengeance
 - Downfall of Nineveh Decreed

Nahum 2 - God is Judge
 - Vision of Vengeance
 - Destruction of Nineveh Described

Nahum 3 - God is Just
- Vindication of Vengeance
- Doom of Nineveh Defended

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As He is

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1 John 1:7 Partnership of His Light
1 John 2:6 Prototype of His Walk
1 John 3:2 Person of His Appearance
1 John 3:3 Purity of His Hope
1 John 3:7 Pattern of His Righteousness
1 John 3:23 Precept of His Commandment
1 John 4:17 Perfection of His Plan

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Via Veritas Vita Part 12

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 Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11.

"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me." John 14:6

Christ is the way of enrichment (ct. Eccl 1:16-17 vexation)
Christ is the truth of enlightenment (ct. Eccl 1:13 travail)
Christ is the life of enjoyment (ct. Eccl 2:1 vanity)

True enrichment, enlightenment and enjoyment are only found in the Father through Christ. 

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Brief Outline of Jonah Part 2

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Read Part 1.

Jonah 1 - Jonah's Refusal shows God's Patience
Jonah 2 - Jonah's Reflection shows God's Power
Jonah 3 - Jonah's Repentance shows God's Pardon
Jonah 4 - Jonah's Resentment shows God's Pity

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Barnabas and His Confirmation

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"Then tidings of these things came unto the ears of the church which was in Jerusalem: and they sent forth Barnabas, that he should go as far as Antioch.  Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord.  For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and much people was added unto the Lord." Acts 11:22-24

Eligibility - they sent forth Barnabas
Exercisethat he should go as far as Antioch
Encounter - when he came
Evidencehad seen the grace of God
Excitement - was glad
Exhortation - exhorted them all
Encouragement - that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord
Example - he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith
Expansion - much people was added unto the Lord

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Five Gardens of the Bible

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Garden of Eden (Gen 2:9) - Appearance of Sin
Garden of Gethsemane (John 18:1) - Atrocity of Sin
Garden Tomb (John 19:41) - Annulling of Sin
Watered Garden (Isa 58:11) - Antidote of Sin
Garden of Eternity (Rev 22:2) - Absence of Sin

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The Living God in Hebrews

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Heb 3:12 - Be not Unbelieving
Heb 9:14 - Be not Unfruitful
Heb 10:31 - Be not Unrepentant
Heb 12:22 - Be not Unsettled

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Sins of Esau against Jacob

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Derision - shouldest not have looked (Obad 12)
Delight - neither shouldest thou have rejoiced (Obad 12)
Despising - neither shouldest thou have spoken proudly (Obad 12)
Destruction - shouldest not have entered into the gate (Obad 13)
Disdain - shouldest not have looked on their affliction (Obad 13)
Deprivation - nor have laid hands on their substance (Obad 13)
Disruption - neither shouldest thou have stood in the crossway (Obad 14)
Deception - neither shouldest thou have delivered up those (Obad 14)

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The Liar in 1 John

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A Make God a Liar with regard to Sin (1John 1:10)
B   Know God and keep not His Commandments (1John 2:4)
X     Denial of Jesus Christ and the Anti-Christ (1John 2:22)
B'   Love God and loath his brother (1John 4:20)
A' Make God a Liar with regard to His Son (1John 5:10)

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Barnabas and His Consecration

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"Having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the apostles' feet." Acts 4:37

Assets - having land
Action - sold it
Affectionbrought the money
Attitude - laid it at the apostles' feet

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Brief Outline of Colossians

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Col 1:1-2:7 Doctrinal: Deeper Life in Christ
Col 2:8-23 Polemical: Higher Life in Christ
Col 3:1-17 Spiritual: Inner Life in Christ
Col 3:18-4:18 Practical: Outer Life in Christ

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People of God

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"But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvellous light" 1 Peter 2:9

Salvation - chosen generation (called)
Service - royal priesthood (shew forth)
Sanctification - holy nation (into His marvellous light)
Separation - peculiar people (out of darkness)

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I Come Quickly

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Rev 22:7 Reliance on the Word 
Rev 22:12 Reward for the Work
Rev 22:20 Response of a While

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