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From Jim McGuiggan... PROPHECY AND PRE-WRITTEN HISTORY


PROPHECY AND PRE-WRITTEN HISTORY


I overheard a Christian scholar claim that Matthew’s use of Hosea 11:1 (in Matthew 2:13-15) was an abuse of OT scripture. He wasn’t saying anything like: “Matthew was making an ‘application’ of Hosea 11:1.” If he’d been saying that, the remark would almost have been harmless because it’s what preachers do all the time. They go to a text that is there for one purpose and they “apply” it in an entirely different direction and for an entirely different reason. [I’m not suggesting that that’s always harmless—far from it.]

No, this scholar was quite exercised about it. The Hosea 11:1 text, he insisted, wasn’t even a prophecy (in the sense of a specific prediction)—it was a reference to an event about half a century before Hosea. Anyone with a bit of sense can see that, he said, and I wondered why Matthew hadn’t seen it?

Maybe Matthew did see it but didn’t care and just threw it in for “filler” material. Maybe Matthew didn’t see it and in his eagerness to make a point he picked on a text he hadn’t really done his homework on. However you construe it Matthew comes out on the losing end.

Hmmm. Maybe there’s more to the text and the event in the life of Jesus than this scholar had seen. I tend to side with Matthew who was writing to Jews who believed in Jesus as the Messiah and who were living among Jews who did not. I tend to think Matthew wouldn’t have made points to enrich and strengthen the faith of Messianic Jews when a non-believer could as easily see what this Christian scholar so easily saw. Imagine a Jewish Christian using Matthew’s abusive point to a non-believing Jewish brother. Would the non-believer not simply poke his finger through the flimsy falsehood and shame the believer? [“You poor fool, Hosea 11:1 is no ‘prophecy’ and it certainly has nothing to do with Jesus of Nazareth and Egypt.”] I purpose a little piece on Hosea 11:1 later.

Maybe Matthew saw more in Hosea 11:1 and the person and life of Jesus than the scholar saw. Part of the reason for that, I’m supposing, is that we tend to reduce “prophecy” to “prediction” and then we reduce prediction to something like, “pre-written history” about some event or other. The NT use of OT prophecy has so many angles to it and certainly to think of “prophecy” as pre-written history that must be fulfilled as written takes leave of how the NT works with OT prophecy.

Biblical prophecy is set within the context of God’s character and purpose toward the human family which he seeks to finally bless with peace and joy in deathless life under Jesus Christ. That life and blessing can only be completed in relationship with God and must be shaped by the nature and character of God. It’s that truth that lies mostly unspoken behind all that the prophets (OT and NT) have announced to us.

It’s because the Holy Father cannot (because he will not) live at peace with sin and unrighteousness that he brings judgments on his human children. To see his judgments as something other than his redemptive love at work is a profound mistake. The Holy Father’s “wrath” is another face of his holy love and redeeming grace and its aim is to destroy what makes that “wrath” necessary. 

God’s wrath is his response to a specific problem as he works to bring to fulfillment his overarching purpose. It is not to be isolated from that Fatherly intention nor is it to be denied its place.

This means that “prophecy” of a blessed future is to be understood as “promise” and promise must be understood in light of the nature and character of the Holy Father who will not live at peace with evil or make a covenant with impenitent unrighteousness. Therefore, this means that all prophecy/promise of future blessing presumes a mutual loving relationship between the Holy Father and his human family rather than God waving his magic wand like a good fairy and changing everything into something other than it is.

A blessed future under the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ requires a free and glad allegiance to him from his children.

There’s no blessed future without God but there is no blessed future with God without free human righteousness! And unless you believe humans are mere pawns in God's great chess-game this means that by his grace we must freely choose to live together in love for him and one another.

Satan, Job, and a False Implication by Kyle Butt, M.A.

http://apologeticspress.org/APContent.aspx?category=11&article=1889

Satan, Job, and a False Implication

by  Kyle Butt, M.A.

The Bible describes Satan as the accuser of the righteous, who has accused them before God day and night (Revelation 12:10). In one of the most vivid scenes portraying Satan’s accusatory nature, the patient patriarch Job bore the brunt of Satan’s slander. The sons of God had come to present themselves before God, and Satan came also. God asked Satan if he had considered Job, a righteous man who hated sin. In answer to God’s question, Satan retorted: “You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. But now stretch out Your hand and touch all that he has, and he will surely curse You to Your face!” (Job 1:10-11).
Satan’s comments seem fairly easy to understand—God had blessed Job with physical and financial blessing and it was due to those blessings that Job served God. But, if one is not careful, he or she will miss one of Satan’s false implications embedded in the statement. Satan subtly implied that it is easier for a man to serve God if he is rich and his possessions are increased, than it is for him to serve God if he is poor. Unfortunately, this idea has been maintained by many in the past and the present. In truth, however, Satan’s implication is false. It has never been easier to follow God if a person is financially wealthy. On the contrary, wealth often has great potential to have a negative effective on a man’s relationship with God.
First century listeners to Jesus were quite shocked to hear that such was the case. After the sad refusal of the rich young ruler to sell his possessions, Christ made some startling comments. He said: “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God” (Mark 10:25). When Christ made this statement, His hearers “were astonished beyond measure, saying among themselves, ‘Who then can be saved?’” (vs. 26). Jesus explained that it was possible for such to happen, but it was not easy.
In Job’s case, Satan had done everything he could to tempt him with riches and physical wealth. God allowed Job’s wealth to accumulate and Job proved he could do what few have done—serve God faithfully as a rich man. Satan’s attempt to lure Job into sin with riches had failed, and he realized that the man’s soul was not for sale.
The idea that riches and physical blessings make serving God easier is a false notion and Satan knew it. So did God. And so should we. Let us all “be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8).

From Mark Copeland... An Exposition On Brotherly Love (1 John 4:7-21)

                      "THE FIRST EPISTLE OF JOHN"

                An Exposition On Brotherly Love (4:7-21)

INTRODUCTION

1. Who is best known as "the apostle of love"?
   a. The apostle Paul is certainly worthy of such an appellation in
      view of his discourse on love in 1Co 13:1-13
   b. But because of the many references to love in his first epistle,
      John has come to be known as "the apostle of love"

2. We have already seen where John declared that love is evidence of...
   a. Abiding in the light, i.e., having fellowship with God - 1Jn 2:10; cf. 1:5-7
   b. Being children of God - 1Jn 3:10,14

3. And we have already seen where John has touched upon...
   a. The definition of love - 1Jn 3:16
   b. The value of love - 1Jn 3:18-19

4. But now, in the passage which serves as the text for our study, John
   expounds upon the theme of brotherly love in much greater depth - 
   1Jn 4:7-21

[In "An Exposition On Brotherly Love", John begins by reminding us 
that...]

I. BROTHERLY LOVE IS EVIDENCE OF SONSHIP (7-8)

   A. WE SHOULD LOVE ONE ANOTHER, FOR LOVE IS OF GOD...
      1. As will be illustrated shortly, true love (the Greek word is 
         agape, "active goodwill") emanates from God - 1Jn 4:7a
      2. That is because "God is love" - 1Jn 4:8b
         a. Every action of His is motivated out of an "active
            goodwill" toward us
         b. This does not mean He overlooks sin, for God is also
            "light" - cf. 1Jn 1:5-6

   B. THOSE WHO LOVE, DEMONSTRATE THEIR SONSHIP...
      1. They demonstrate that they are "born of God" and "know God" -
         1Jn 4:7b
      2. But if one does not love as God does, then they have not yet
         come to truly know God - 1Jn 4:8a

[But lest any misconstrue the kind of love being discussed, he expands
upon the definition of true love mentioned earlier in 1Jn 3:16...]

II. BROTHERLY LOVE IS DEFINED BY GOD'S LOVE (9-11)

   A. GOD MANIFESTED HIS LOVE THROUGH THE GIFT OF HIS SON...
      1. He sent His "only begotten Son" - 1Jn 4:9; cf. Jn 1:14,18;
         3:16,18
      2. He sent His Son, not because we loved Him, but because He
         loved us - 1Jn 4:10; cf. Ro 5:8
      3. He sent His Son for two reasons:
         a. That we might live through Him - 1Jn 4:9; Jn 10:10
         b. That He might be the propitiation (an appeasing sacrifice)
            for our sins - 1Jn 4:10
         -- Jesus died not just to provide forgiveness, but also to 
            provide new life!

   B. THIS IS THE KIND OF LOVE WE SHOULD HAVE...
      1. If this is kind of love God has had toward us...
         a. I.e., active goodwill
         b. I.e., manifested unconditionally (to a certain extent, of 
            course)
      2. Then this is the kind of love we should have toward one 
         another!
         a. Where we love, not because we are loved first
         b. But as God is love, so we are to be as His children! - cf. 
            Lk 6:35

[With "brotherly love" properly defined, John continues to point out 
that...]

III. BROTHERLY LOVE IS EVIDENCE OF FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD (12-16)

   A. THROUGH BROTHERLY LOVE, GOD'S ABIDING IS POSSIBLE...
      1. No one has seen God at any time - 1Jn 4:12a; cf. Jn 1:18
      2. However, when we keep the command to love one another, God 
         will abide in us, and His love will be perfected in us! - 1Jn 4:12b; cf. 1Jn 3:24a
      3. We know this is true because of the Spirit which God has given
         - 1Jn 4:13; cf. 1Jn 3:24b
         a. The Spirit was to remind the apostles of all that Jesus 
            taught - Jn 14:26
         b. This included Jesus' teaching on how the Father and the Son
            would abide in them (i.e., through keeping the 
            commandments) - Jn 14:21,23

   B. THIS IS NOT THE ONLY NECESSARY REQUIREMENT FOR GOD TO ABIDE IN 
      US, BUT IT IS AN ESSENTIAL ONE...
      1. The apostles have testified that Father sent the Son to be our
         Savior - 1Jn 4:14
      2. And so we must be willing to confess Jesus as the Son of God -
         1Jn 4:15
      3. Then, when we have known and believed the love God has for us
         (manifested in the sending of His Son), we are in a position 
         to fully accept two basic principles of the gospel:
         a. God is love
         b. He who abides in love abides in God and God in him - 1Jn 4:16

[In the next section of this "exposition on brotherly love", John 
touches again on a theme mention back in 1Jn 3:19-21...]

IV. BROTHERLY LOVE PROVIDES ASSURANCE (17-19)

   A. WHEN BROTHERLY LOVE IS PERFECTED, WE CAN HAVE BOLDNESS...
      1. As we grow and become more complete and mature in brotherly 
         love, we will be able to have boldness in the day of judgment
         - 1Jn 4:17a
      2. The boldness will come from knowing that as His children we 
         were like Him in this world - 1Jn 4:17b

   B. AS BROTHERLY LOVE IS PERFECTED, FEAR IS DISPELLED...
      1. Because the prospects of torment naturally produce fear, the 
         more we grow in God's love, to that degree fear is dispersed 
         - 1Jn 4:18a
      2. If we fear the day of judgment, that is an indication we need
         to grow in love! - 1Jn 4:18b
      3. Growing in love is made so easy for us, however, because God 
         first loved us! - 1Jn 4:19

[Finally, John ends this "exposition on brotherly love" by proving...]

V. BROTHERLY LOVE IS ESSENTIAL TO LOVING GOD (20-21)

   A. TO CLAIM TO LOVE GOD AND STILL HATE ONE'S BROTHER IS A LIE...
      1. Like those who claim...
         a. To have fellowship with God while they walk in darkness - 
            1Jn 1:6
         b. To not have sinned - 1Jn 1:10
         c. To know Jesus while not keeping His commandments - 1Jn 2:4
         ...so is one who claims to love God while hating his brother:
            John says that they are all liars! - 1Jn 4:20a
      2. For to love one whom we cannot see (God) requires that we 
         first be able to love those whom we can see - 1Jn 4:20b

   B. TO LOVE GOD, THEREFORE, MEANS WE MUST DEVELOP BROTHERLY LOVE...
      1. This is why we have the commandment from Jesus - cf. Jn 13:
         34-35
      2. Indeed, Jesus taught that loving God and one another were the 
         two greatest commandments of the old law! - Mt 22:35-40

CONCLUSION

1. If "brotherly love" is...
   a. Evidence of sonship
   b. Defined by God's love for us
   c. Evidence of fellowship with God
   d. A means of providing assurance in the day of judgment
   e. Essential to loving God
   ...then how dare we neglect this most essential commandment of God?

2. While there are other commands of our Lord that we must be careful
   to obey, none is so important, so essential to our spiritual life as
   God's children, as this one:

         "This is My commandment, that you love one another
            as I have loved you." - Jn 15:12

Are we letting the love that God displayed toward us through His Son
Jesus to teach us how to love one another?

Executable Outlines, Copyright © Mark A. Copeland, 2011

From Mark Copeland... Test The Spirits! (1 John 4:1-6)

                      "THE FIRST EPISTLE OF JOHN"

                       Test The Spirits! (4:1-6)

INTRODUCTION

1. So far in this epistle, John has discussed what our relationship 
   should be (or not be) in regards to:
   a. God - 1:5-6
   b. Jesus - 2:3-4
   c. The things in the world - 2:15
   d. Sin - 3:4-5
   e. Our brethren - 3:11

2. As chapter four begins, we find John exhorting us concerning a very 
   real danger:  false prophets! - cf. 4:1-6

[With another term of endearment ("beloved"), then, John exhorts his 
brethren to...]

I. TEST THE SPIRITS! (1)

   A. "DO NOT BELIEVE EVERY SPIRIT"
      1. I.e., don't believe everything you hear, or everyone who 
         claims to be from God
      2. How foolish it would be to do so should be obvious...
         a. We would be in a constant state of confusion (believing one
            thing one moment, and another thing the next)
         b. We would be easily misled by those teaching error

   B. "TEST THE SPIRITS, WHETHER THEY ARE OF GOD"
      1. The word "test" ("try", KJV) means...
         a. To examine, prove scrutinize (Thayer)
         b. To see whether a thing is genuine or not
      2. So don't just accept what some teacher or preacher is saying;
         examine what is being taught
      3. Those who have this attitude are highly commended in the 
         Scriptures
         a. The Bereans - Ac 17:11
         b. The Ephesians - Re 2:2

   C. "BECAUSE MANY FALSE PROPHETS HAVE GONE OUT INTO THE WORLD"
      1. This is the reason we must "test the spirits"
      2. Others have also warned us of this fact...
         a. Jesus - Mt 7:15
         b. Peter - 2Pe 2:1-3
         c. Paul - 2Co 11:13-15
      3. So we must examine, prove, and scrutinize those who would 
         teach us!
         a. Even though some teachers might consider it insubordinate
         b. Even though some might not like the possible controversy it
            can cause
      4. Whether one teaches in our classes, pulpits, radio, 
         newspapers, etc., we must "test the spirits!"

[But HOW shall we test the spirits?  In our text, John shares with us 
several tests...]

II. THE TESTS (2-3, 6)

   A. DO THEY CONFESS THAT JESUS CHRIST HAS COME IN THE FLESH?
      1. Verses 2-3 are best understood in light of the Gnostic-like
         errors that were prevalent at that time...
         a. In which some denied Jesus Christ actually came in the 
            flesh - cf. 2Jn 7
         b. Whose doctrine was leading many astray, possibly because 
            the false teachers claimed inspiration by the Spirit
      2. But those who would teach such falsehood are not led by the 
         Spirit of God, but possess the spirit of the Antichrist! - 
         again cf. 2Jn 7

   B. DO THEY LISTEN TO THE APOSTLES OF CHRIST?
      1. Verse 6 reveals how we can distinguish between "the spirit of
         truth" and "the spirit of error"
         a. Those who truly know God listen to the apostles
         b. Those who are not of God will reject them
      2. I.e., does the teaching agree with what the apostles teach?
         a. For Jesus taught that to receive them was to receive Him 
            and God - Jn 13:20
         b. Thus the early church continued steadfastly in the 
            apostles' doctrine - Ac 2:42
         c. For they recognized their words as the commands of the Lord
            - 1Co 14:37
         d. And even the apostles recognized their fellow-apostles' 
            writings as equivalent to inspired scriptures - e.g., 2 Pe 3:15-16
         -- Therefore, those who are of God will heed the apostles, and
            agree with their teaching!
      3. This is a test that we can easily apply today on virtually 
         every issue!
         a. But it implies knowledge and understanding of the apostles'
            doctrine on our part
         b. Yet that should not be a problem if we follow the example 
            of the first church in Jerusalem - cf. Ac 2:42

   C. THOUGH NOT MENTIONED BY JOHN, HERE ARE TWO MORE "TESTS"...
      1. The test of Deut 18:21-22
         a. To be used when a person claims to be a prophet of God
         b. If their prophecy fails, they are shown to be a false
            prophet
      2. The test of Deut 13:1-4
         a. To be used when wonders are performed, and prophecies seem 
            to be fulfilled
         b. If their doctrine contradicts what God has already 
            revealed, they are to be rejected (this is akin to what 
            John wrote)

CONCLUSION

1. In the midst of these warnings to "test the spirits", John provides
   some comforting words in verses 4-5
   a. By being of God (because they have heeded the words of His 
      apostles)...
      1) They can overcome the false prophets
      2) For the One in them is greater than he (Satan?) who is in the
         world
   b. Don't be surprised to see the world following after the false 
      prophets...
      1) For the false prophets are of the world and speak in a way as
         to appeal to the world
      2) Therefore don't be deterred by the "apparent success" of the 
         false teachers (size and numbers are not a proper measure of 
         truth!)

2. In view of the proliferation of religions and various doctrines 
   bombarding us today, all in the name of Christ and the Spirit of 
   God, the exhortation of John is very relevant and important for us:

            "Beloved, do not believe every spirit,
               but test the spirits, whether they are of God"

Are you continuing steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine so you can 
properly apply the test?

Executable Outlines, Copyright © Mark A. Copeland, 2011

From Mark Copeland... The Definition & Value Of Brotherly Love (1 John 3:16-24)

                      "THE FIRST EPISTLE OF JOHN"

           The Definition & Value Of Brotherly Love (3:16-24)

INTRODUCTION

1. The apostle John has given us two reasons in 1Jn 3:10-15 for why
   it is necessary that we love the brethren:
   a. Along with practicing righteousness, it distinguishes the
      children of God
   b. It signifies a passing from death to life

2. But what does it really mean to love the brethren?  And what 
   benefits do we receive in return when we possess brotherly love?

3. These two questions are answered by John in 1Jn 3:16-24, which 
   serves as the text of this lesson entitled "The Definition And Value
   Of Brotherly Love"

[Beginning in verse 16, we find...]

I. THE DEFINITION OF BROTHERLY LOVE (16-18)

   A. JESUS EXEMPLIFIES WHAT IT MEANS TO LOVE THE BRETHREN (16)
      1. The word for love (Grk., agape), has often been described as 
         "active goodwill"
      2. In giving His life for our sins, Jesus certainly demonstrated
         goodwill in an active way
      3. By meditating upon His example, we are "taught of God to love
         one another" - cf. 1Th 4:9
      4. With Jesus' example, then, we come to understand what 
         brotherly love is all about:  sacrificially serving others!
         a. Therefore we should be willing to lay down our lives for 
            one another
         b. In some cases, it may indeed involve "dying" for our 
            brethren; but it can also be "living" for them through 
            serving

   B. AN EXAMPLE OF FAILING TO SHOW BROTHERLY LOVE (17)
      1. John uses the example of not helping a brother when it is 
         within your power to do so
      2. In view of Christ's love, how we can claim to have love if we
         are not willing to sacrifice for a brother in need?
      3. This illustrates that brotherly love is not only being willing
         to "die" for someone, but willing to "live" for them as well,
         through active service on their behalf

   C. THEREFORE, AN ADMONITION TO "TRUE LOVE" (18)
      1. An admonition prefaced by John's favorite term of endearment:
         "My little children"
      2. To love, not just in words, but truly, through deeds!

[We see, then, that "brotherly love" which 1) distinguishes the 
children of God, and 2) signifies one as having passed from death to 
life, must go beyond the spoken word or occasional hymn.

Patterned after the example of Jesus, "brotherly love" is manifested by
what one does, not just by what one says (cf. 1Co 13:4-8).

The blessedness of such love is not only for the recipient, but also 
for the giver, as we learn beginning in verse 19...]

II. THE VALUE OF BROTHERLY LOVE (19-24)

   A. IT GIVES ONE ASSURANCE BEFORE GOD (19-21)
      1. Love of the brethren is an indication that one is "of the 
         truth", just as it was an indication that one had passed from 
         death to life (1Jn 3:14)
      2. It is certainly not the only indicator (cf. 1Jn 3:10), but
         it does help to provide one with assurance of their salvation
      3. The importance of such assurance
         a. If our own hearts condemn us...
            1) Because we know we do not love the brethren as we ought
            2) Certainly God, who is greater and knows all things, will
               know of our shortcomings in this area ("If conscience 
               condemn us in known sin, or the neglect of known duty, 
               God does so too." - Matthew Henry)
         b. But if our hearts do NOT condemn us...
            1) Because we are loving the brethren as we know we should
            2) This will make us able to approach God with joyful 
               confidence!

   B. IT LEADS TO POSITIVE ANSWERS TO PRAYER (22-23)
      1. Our prayers are more likely to be answered according to our 
         requests
      2. Because we are keeping the commandments of God (of which 
         loving the brethren is one), and thereby pleasing Him
      3. "Commandment-keeping" is a condition upon which God hears 
         prayer, just as it is a condition upon which Christ promises 
         His abiding love - Jn 15:10
 
   C. IT ENSURES THAT ONE ABIDES IN CHRIST (24)
      1. Abiding in Christ is contingent upon keeping His commandments
         (and loving the brethren is certainly one of His commandments)
         - cf. Jn 14:23
      2. And how do we know that Christ truly abides in those who keeps
         His commandments?
         a. By the Spirit whom Christ has given
         b. He (the Spirit) is the one Who reminded the apostles of the
            key to abiding in Christ - cf. Jn 14:19-26

CONCLUSION

1. Aren't these three blessings what every true Christian desires...?
   a. Abiding in Christ, and He in us?
   b. God answering our prayers?
   c. Confidence concerning our standing before God?

2. For these blessings to be ours...
   a. We must allow Christ to teach us by His example what it really 
      means to have "brotherly love"
   b. And then manifest such sacrificial service in our lives!

       "My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue,
        but in deed and in truth."

Does the love of God abide in you?

Executable Outlines, Copyright © Mark A. Copeland, 2011

From Mark Copeland... The Necessity Of Brotherly Love (1 John 3:10-15)

                      "THE FIRST EPISTLE OF JOHN"

               The Necessity Of Brotherly Love (3:10-15)

INTRODUCTION

1. In our previous study ("Sin And The Child Of God"), we saw where
   John described two different kinds of people...
   a. One who continuously practices sin, and is therefore "of the 
      devil" - 1Jn 3:8a
   b. One "born of God," who does not continuously practice sin - 1Jn 3:9

2. John continues to illustrate the contrast between "the children of 
   God" and "the children of the devil" in 1Jn 3:10, presenting two 
   criteria which distinguishes them:
   a. Practicing righteousness
   b. Brotherly love

3. Both of these "criteria" have already been introduced earlier in 
   this epistle...
   a. John enjoined "brotherly love" as necessary to "abiding in the 
      light" - 1Jn 2:9-11
   b. He connected "practicing righteousness" to being "born of Him" 
      - 1Jn 2:29; 3:7

4. It is primarily the subject of "brotherly love" that John expounds 
   upon throughout the rest of this epistle, including that which 
   serves as our text for this study - 1Jn 3:10-15

[In these verses, John describes "The Necessity Of Brotherly Love",
giving us two main reasons why we MUST love one another.  The first of 
which is...]

I. IT DISTINGUISHES THE CHILDREN OF GOD (10-13)

   A. TWO THINGS "MANIFEST" THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GOD'S CHILDREN AND 
      THE DEVIL'S CHILDREN (10)
      1. The word "manifest" means:
         a. To show or demonstrate plainly; reveal
         b.  To be evidence of; prove
      2. That which clearly demonstrates the children of God are:
         a. The practice of righteousness
         b. The love of the brethren
      3. Whereas those who are the children of the devil are clearly 
         revealed when they:
         a. Do not practice righteousness
         b. Do not have brotherly love

   B. THE COMMAND TO LOVE IS "FROM THE BEGINNING" (11)
      1. I.e., from the beginning of the gospel, spoken by Jesus 
         Himself - cf. Jn 13:34-35
      2. Note that Jesus also stressed how loving one another would 
         make the children of God (His disciples) "manifest" to the 
         world:  "...by this all will know" - Jn 13:35

   C. EXPECT SOME CONFLICT BETWEEN THESE TWO "CHILDREN" (12-13)
      1. Just as Cain killed his brother Abel
         a. He who was of the wicked one killed his brother
         b. The murder was sparked by the contrast between the works of
            the two
      2. So don't be surprised if the world hates you as well - cf. 
         also Jn 15:18-20

[When we follow the teachings of Jesus, especially His command to love 
one another, it soon becomes evident ("manifest") that we are different
from those of the world.  But that difference sometimes leads to 
jealousy and its unpleasant consequences.

What imperative is there, then, to heed a command that makes us stand 
out so?  Well, as John continues...]

II. IT SIGNIFIES A PASSING FROM DEATH TO LIFE (14-15)

   A. IT IS A MARK OF TRUE CONVERSION (14a)
      1. Certainly brotherly love is not the ONLY indicator
      2. Remember that we must also practice righteousness - cf. Ga 5:
         22-23
      3. But love for the brethren is a positive sign that true 
         conversion has occurred

   B. WHEREAS LACK OF LOVE IS AN OMINOUS SIGN (14b-15)
      1. That one "abides in death"
      2. As we saw earlier, one who hates his brother "is in darkness 
         until now" - 1Jn 2:9,11
      3. Indeed, hating one's brother makes one a murderer! (just like 
         Cain)
      4. And it should be self-evident that a murderer does not possess
         eternal life!

   C. WHEN CHRISTIANS DO NOT LOVE THEIR BRETHREN...
      1. It MAY be an indication that true conversion never occurred, 
         and that they are Christians in name only
      2. It MAY be that there was true conversion...
         a. But the Christian is still a "babe in Christ" - cf. 1Co 3:1-3
         b. Or that what the writer of Hebrews feared has occurred - 
            cf. He 3:12-14
      3. In ANY circumstance, it is not what God desires for us!

CONCLUSION

1. Two compelling reasons are therefore given by John for why we should
   love one another:
   a. It distinguishes the children of God
   b. It signifies a passing from death to life

2. John will have more to say about love and its value, but may these 
   two reasons compel us to examine our hearts and our attitudes toward
   our brethren!
   
                "Let brotherly love continue."  (He 13:1)

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From Mark Copeland... Sin And The Child Of God (1 John 3:4-9)

                      "THE FIRST EPISTLE OF JOHN"

                    Sin And The Child Of God (3:4-9)

INTRODUCTION

1. In our previous study ("The Children Of God"), we saw that the true
   child of God purifies himself because of the hope of seeing Jesus
   one day - cf. 1Jn 3:2-3

2. In discussing "purity", the subject of "sin" naturally arises...
   a. Which may be why John moves right into a discussion of "Sin And
      The Child of God" - 1Jn 3:4-9 (READ)
   b. It also fits into John's overall theme of combating the Gnostic-
      like influences that were teaching that sinning did not affect 
      one's relationship with God

3. How shall the true child of God regard sin?  Is it something to be 
   taken lightly? Not if the apostle John has anything to say about it!

[Using verses 4-9 as our text, then, let's consider what John has to
say about "Sin And The Child Of God".

We begin by noticing...]

I. THE "DEFINITION" OF SIN (4)

   A. AS UNDERSTOOD BY SOME...
      1. Sin is nothing more than a violation of human relationships
      2. Which can be easily resolved by correcting relationship
         problems
      -- While SOME sins may be a violation of "human" relationships,
         the true meaning of sin goes much further than that

   B. THE LITERAL MEANING OF THE WORD "SIN"
      1. The Greek word for "sin" is hamartia {ham-ar'-tee'-ah}, and it
         literally means "to miss the mark"
      2. E.g., as when an archer fails to hit the center of the target
      3. So "sin" is some kind of action (or lack of it) in which one 
         fails to meet the goal intended by God - cf. Ro 3:23

   C. AS DEFINED BY JOHN...
      1. Sin is "lawlessness" (NKJV), or "transgression of the law" 
         (KJV)
      2. The word for lawlessness (transgression) is anomia {an-om-ee'
         -ah}, which means "illegality, i.e. violation of law"
         a. I.e., to break or violate a law, such as the law of God
         b. E.g., to steal when the law says "Thou shalt not steal"
      3. So sin occurs when you DO WHAT IS FORBIDDEN (commonly called 
         "a sin of commission")

   D. AS DEFINED BY JAMES...
      1. James describes another kind of sin - cf. Jm 4:17
      2. So sin is also committed when you FAIL TO DO WHAT IS GOOD OR
         COMMANDED (often called "a sin of omission")
         a. E.g., failing to love your brother
         b. While you may not do ill toward your brother, failure to do
            good is just as much a sin!

   E. IN BOTH OF THESE DEFINITIONS OF SIN...
      1. One has failed to meet a certain standard (they have "missed 
         the mark")
      2. In this case, the standard is the "law of God"
         a. Which, when carefully noted, is designed to help us in our 
            relationships with...
            1) God
            2) Other people
            3) Even self
         b. Every command of God, both negative and positive, affect 
            these relationships in one way or the other

[Failure to understand the true nature of "sin" is one reason why there
is so much apathy toward it today.  But every time we sin, we adversely
affect our relationship with either God, others, or our own selves!

Further insight into the terribleness of sin is gained by considering 
what John says about...]

II. THE "ORIGIN" OF SIN (8a)

   A. SIN IS OF THE DEVIL!
      1. "He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from 
         the beginning."
      2. This statement of John is reminiscent of one made by Jesus in 
         Jn 8:44
      3. From the beginning the devil has been the "father" or origin 
         of sin ("he is a liar and the father of it")

   B. THOSE WHO SIN ARE OF THE DEVIL!
      1. Since he is the "father" of sin, those who practice sin are 
         his children
      2. "You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your 
         father you want to do" - cf. Jn 8:44a
      3. So when we "miss the mark" by either...
         a. Doing what is forbidden
         b. Failing to do what is commanded
         ...we demonstrate the influences of the devil in our lives!

[If sin can make one to be "the children of the devil", that ought to 
tell us something about the terribleness of sin!

But there is something else that describes sin's terribleness, and that
is seen as we consider what John says about...]

III. THE "DEFEAT" OF SIN (5a, 8b)

   A. THIS WAS THE PURPOSE OF CHRIST'S COMING...
      1. "He was manifested to take away our sins" - 1Jn 3:5a
      2. "For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might
         destroy the works of the devil." - 1Jn 3:8b
      3. As John the Baptist declared:  "Behold!  The Lamb of God who 
         takes away the sin of the world!" - Jn 1:29
      -- To continue to walk in sin, therefore, is to undermine the 
         purpose of our Lord's coming!

   B. CONSIDER WHAT IT COST JESUS TO ACCOMPLISH THIS PURPOSE...
      1. Nothing less than His own death! - cf. 1Co 15:3
      2. Nothing less than His precious blood! - cf. Ac 20:28; 1Pe 1:
         18-19
      -- Does not this tell us something about the terribleness of sin?

[When we properly understand what sin is, and how terrible it must be
in God's sight, then for the "child of God" there can only be one goal:
what John describes as...]

IV. THE "REFRAINMENT" OF SIN (6-7, 9)

   A. WHOEVER "ABIDES IN HIM" DOES NOT SIN... (6)
      1. The phrase "does not sin" is present tense in the Greek,
         suggesting a practice of not sinning
         a. John has already affirmed that Christians sin - cf. Jn 1:
            8,10
         b. To say we have no sin is to lie, and to make God a liar
         c. So John is talking about one who does not "continuously
            practice sin"
      2. Such is true of those who "abide in Him"
         a. Those who "abide in Jesus" do not continuously engage in 
            sin
         b. That is because they...
            1) Let that which they have heard from the beginning abide 
               in them (i.e., the words of Jesus) - cf. 1Jn 2:24
            2) Strive to walk even as Jesus walked - cf. 1Jn 2:6
      3. But the one who continuously practices sin has neither seen 
         Jesus nor known him (despite any claims to the contrary!)

   B. WHOEVER "HAS BEEN BORN OF GOD" DOES NOT SIN... (9)
      1. Again, John uses the present tense when he says "does not sin"
         a. He is not suggesting that one "born of God" never sins
         b. But that one truly "born of God" does not continuously 
            practice sin
      2. And why is that?  Because "His seed remains in Him"
         a. The "seed" is that life-giving principle that makes one a 
            child of God
         b. Which clearly involves the Word of God - cf. Jm 1:18; 1 Pe 1:22-23
      3. As long as one allows the "seed" (the Word of God) to remain 
         in him, he is "born of God"
         a. As such he does not continuously practice sin 
         b. Nor can he continuously practice sin, if the "seed" is 
            remaining in him
         c. Instead, he continuously practices righteousness! - 1Jn 3:7

CONCLUSION

1. Again, it helpful to remember that John is dealing with precursors 
   to Gnosticism, and the idea that one can claim to be "born of God" 
   and not be concerned about sin in their life

2. But when we are aware of:
   a. The "definition" of sin
   b. The "origin" of sin
   c. The "defeat" of sin
   d. The "refrainment" of sin
   ...our attitude toward sin will certainly be different than those 
   John was having to combat!

3. What is your attitude toward sin?
   a. Have you been born again through obedience to the Word of God 
      (the incorruptible seed)?
   b. Are you letting that "seed" remain in you so that you do not 
      continuously practice sin?

How you answer can reveal whose "child" you really are!

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From Mark Copeland... The Children Of God (1 John 3:1-3)

                      "THE FIRST EPISTLE OF JOHN"

                      The Children Of God (3:1-3)

INTRODUCTION

1. In 1Jn 2:29, for the first time John speaks of Christians as those
   who are "born" of God...
   a. It is an expression that will be used time and again throughout
      the remainder of this epistle - 1Jn 3:9; 4:7; 5:1,4,18
   b. It is a figurative expression, emphasizing that the Christian's
      spiritual life is a result of the redemptive work of God cf. Co 2:12-13; Tit 3:4-7
   c. As a result of this working of God in our lives, we have been
      "born again", and can therefore be properly called God's
      "children"

2. That we can be called "children of God" was amazing to John, and in 
   our text (1Jn 3:1-3) he desires that we reflect...
   a. Upon the significance of being called the "children of God"
   b. Upon the implications of what it should mean in our lives

[As we take the opportunity to reflect upon such things, we first 
notice that this passage reminds us of...]

I. WHAT WE "ARE" AS CHILDREN OF GOD (1)

   A. WE ARE RECIPIENTS OF GOD'S LOVE (1a)
      1. "Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, 
         that we should be called children of God!"
      2. It is through the love of God that we can even become His 
         children - Jn 3:16; Ro 5:8; 1Jn 4:9-10; Tit 3:3-7
      3. It is an honor for God to even take notice of us as one of His
         creatures (cf. Ps 8:3-4), how much love God must have to 
         allow us to become His children!

   B. WE ARE UNKNOWN BY THE WORLD (1b)
      1. "...the world does not know us..."
      2. That is, they do not truly recognize or appreciate what we
         have become in Christ
      3. They may even deem us as religious fanatics, fools - cf. 1Co 4:9-13
      4. But this is understandable...
         a. For the world did not (and still does not) really know 
            Jesus - Jn 1:11
         b. And for now, our lives are "hidden" in Jesus - Col 3:3-4

[Loved and honored by God, unknown and sometimes despised by the world;
that is what we are today as the children of God.

But as stated by Paul in Col 3:4, when Christ comes we will "appear 
with Him in glory"!  This speaks of our condition in the future, and 
John also writes of our future condition...]

II. WHAT WE "SHALL BE" AS CHILDREN OF GOD (2)

   A. IT HAS NOT YET BEEN FULLY REVEALED...
      1. Exactly what we shall be like has not yet been revealed
      2. Which may be that due to our finite capability to comprehend
      3. In general terms we have been promised a spiritual body and 
         immortality - cf. 1Co 15:42-44; 50-53
      4. But there is something else, hinted at by both Paul and 
         John...

   B. WE SHALL BE LIKE JESUS!
      1. "...we know that we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as
         He is."
      2. Paul also says that we will be like Jesus when He comes...
         a. We shall bear the image of the "heavenly Man" - cf. 1Co 15:49
         b. Our lowly bodies will undergo a wonderful transformation to
            become like Jesus - Php 3:20-21
      3. Though we cannot fully know what we will be like, it must 
         really be something, for as Christ is now, no man can really 
         see Him and live! - cf. 1Ti 6:13-16

[This wonderful hope of what we will be some day should encourage us to
"stand fast in the Lord" (cf. Php 3:20-4:1).

John also has something to say as to how this hope ought to influence 
how we live, as he describes...]

III. WHAT WE "SHOULD BE" AS CHILDREN OF GOD (3)

   A. OUGHT TO BE MOTIVATED BY OUR HOPE...
      1. "everyone who has this hope..."
      2. The hope of which John writes, of course, is the earnest 
         expectation that we will be like Jesus when He comes

   B. DILIGENTLY INVOLVED IN PURIFYING ONE'S SELF...
      1. The Greek word for "purify" is hagnizo {hag-nid'-zo} which 
         means "to make clean, i.e. (fig.) sanctify"
         a. It is closely related to the word for "holiness", which in 
            Greek is hagiasmos, {hag-ee-as-mos'}, meaning "holiness, 
            sanctification"
         b. It therefore involves the idea of being "set apart" for a 
            holy purpose, which Christians are taught to pursue - cf. 
            He 12:14
      2. Properly motivated by the hope that Jesus will "transform our
         lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body" (Php 3:21), the true child of God will work toward the purity 
         (holiness) seen in the Lord Himself
      3. How can Christians purify themselves?
         a. First and foremost by appropriating the cleansing power of 
            the blood of Jesus! - cf. 1Jn 1:9
         b. Only then can we hope to be truly holy and without blemish 
            - cf. Ep 5:25-27
         c. But we also have an obligation to remove ourselves from 
            things that would defile us - cf. 2Co 6:16-7:1

CONCLUSION

1. By virtue of God's love for us, and His working in us, we can truly
   be called the "children of God"!

2. However, to become a child of God, and truly remain such, we must be
   willing to cooperate with God...
   a. When our faith joins with the working of God, we can become His 
      children! - cf. Col 2:12-13; Ga 3:26-27
   b. As long as our faith remains strong, we have the assurance of 
      receiving the promises God has made - cf. He 3:12-14; 4:1-2; 
      10:35-39; Re 2:10

May the love our heavenly Father has shown in making us His children, 
serve to motivate us to remain faithful to Him!

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From Mark Copeland... Having Confidence At Christ's Coming (1 John 2:28-29)

                      "THE FIRST EPISTLE OF JOHN"

              Having Confidence At Christ's Coming (2:28-29)

INTRODUCTION

1. The time is coming when we shall have to stand before the judgment 
   seat of Christ
   a. God has ordained Christ to be the judge of the world - Jn 5:22, 
      26-27; Ac 17;30-31
   b. Therefore we must all appear before Christ - 2Co 5:10

2. Many people, if they think of the Day of Judgment at all, do so with
   great apprehension
   a. For some, it is probably for good reason they fear that Day, for 
      they know their lives are not right with God
   b. But there are some who fear the coming of that Day, who really 
      shouldn't, but can look forward to that day knowing they will 
      stand before Him with great boldness!
      
3. Indeed, John wrote his first epistle with the desire to help his 
   readers understand that they can have confidence before the Lord 
   when He comes...
   
   "And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, 
   we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His 
   coming."  (1Jn 2:28)

4. In this study, I would like for us to take a close look at...
   a. John's goal for his "little children"
   b. John's solution for obtaining this goal

[We begin, then, by determining...]

I. JOHN'S GOAL FOR HIS "LITTLE CHILDREN"

   A. TO HAVE "CONFIDENCE" WHEN CHRIST APPEARS...
      1. The word for "confidence" is parrhesia, {par-rhay-see'-ah}
         a. It means "all out-spokenness, i.e. frankness, bluntness, 
            publicity; by impl. assurance:--bold, confidence"
         b. It is used elsewhere to describe:
            1) The boldness of Peter and John before the council - Ac 4:13
            2) The boldness of Paul's preaching - Ac 9:27
      2. Even now, in Christ we can have...
         a. "...boldness and access with confidence" to God - Ep 3:12
         b. Bold access to the throne of God for mercy and grace to 
            help - He 4:14-16
      3. Therefore it is John's goal that we have the same sort of 
         "boldness" and "confidence" at Christ's appearing that we have
         now!
         a. Just as we can now boldly approach God's throne of grace...
         b. ...so we can then stand with confidence before Christ's 
            throne of judgment!

   B. TO NOT BE "ASHAMED" WHEN HE COMES...
      1. The word here is aischunomai {ahee-skhoo'-nom-ahee}
         a. Which is from aischos (disfigurement, i.e. disgrace); to 
            feel shame (for oneself):--be ashamed
         b. It is used to describe the unjust steward's attitude toward
            begging - Lk 16:3
      2. To be "ashamed", then, is the opposite of having "boldness" 
         and "confidence"
      3. John does not want us to be ashamed of ourselves when Christ 
         comes again!

[To stand before Jesus at His coming, with confidence and no shame, 
that is John's goal for his "little children"!  Is that not the goal 
for ourselves as well?

How can we be sure that will be true of us?  Consider...]

II. JOHN'S SOLUTION FOR OBTAINING THIS GOAL

   A. "ABIDE IN HIM"
      1. Here is the key to having "confidence" at Christ's appearing
      2. This is the answer if we do not want to be "ashamed" at His 
         coming
      -- But how does one "abide in Christ"?

   B. ABIDING IN CHRIST...
      1. Involves letting His Word abide in us
         a. As John stated earlier - 1Jn 2:24
         b. And as explained by Jesus Himself - Jn 14:21,23; 15:10
      2. Letting His Word abide in us therefore involves two important 
         concepts:
         a. That we "know" His Word
         b. That we "keep" His Word
      3. I am persuaded that the lack of confidence many Christians 
         have is the result of not "knowing" the words of Jesus...
         a. It is akin to the apprehension many feel before taking a 
            test
            1) Not having properly studied the material, naturally they
               don't know it very well
            2) Whereas one who has mastered the material has confidence
               going into the test
         b. When brethren do not read and study God's word, the Bible, 
            it is understandable why they would be apprehensive about 
            being judged by it!
         c. But the solution to not knowing God's Word, and those of 
            His Son, is a simple one:  READ!
      4. It is not enough, though, to "know", we must also "keep" His 
         Word...
         a. We must be "doers" of the Word - cf. Mt 7:21, 24-27
         b. Only the one who "practices righteousness" is truly born of
            God and abiding in Jesus - cf. 1Jn 2:29
         c. But if you know what Jesus has actually taught, it is not 
            that "hard" to do what He says! - cf. 1Jn 5:3
         d. Add to this the promise of the cleansing power of Jesus' 
            blood when we sin (1Jn 1:9), we have every reason to 
            have "confidence"!

CONCLUSION

1. The story is told about a conversation between two little boys...
   
   One of the boys noticed that the other's grandmother spent a lot of
   time reading her Bible.  "Why does she read the Bible so much?" the
   boy asked his friend.  The other boy replied, "She is cramming for 
   her final exam!"

2. The more we "know", and the more we "keep" the words of our Lord, 
   the greater our confidence that we shall stand before our Lord on 
   that great Day of Judgment with all boldness!

3. As John says, "Abide in Him," which we have seen occurs when we 
   follow his earlier admonition:

   "Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the 
   beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you,
   you also will abide in the Son and in the Father."  (1Jn 2:24)

Are you letting the Word of God abide in you, so that you are truly 
abiding in the Son and in the Father?

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From Gary... Bible Reading October 14



Bible Reading  

October 14

The World English Bible

Oct. 14
Proverbs 15-17

Pro 15:1 A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Pro 15:2 The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouth of fools gush out folly.
Pro 15:3 Yahweh's eyes are everywhere, keeping watch on the evil and the good.
Pro 15:4 A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but deceit in it crushes the spirit.
Pro 15:5 A fool despises his father's correction, but he who heeds reproof shows prudence.
Pro 15:6 In the house of the righteous is much treasure, but the income of the wicked brings trouble.
Pro 15:7 The lips of the wise spread knowledge; not so with the heart of fools.
Pro 15:8 The sacrifice made by the wicked is an abomination to Yahweh, but the prayer of the upright is his delight.
Pro 15:9 The way of the wicked is an abomination to Yahweh, but he loves him who follows after righteousness.
Pro 15:10 There is stern discipline for one who forsakes the way: whoever hates reproof shall die.
Pro 15:11 Sheol and Abaddon are before Yahweh-- how much more then the hearts of the children of men!
Pro 15:12 A scoffer doesn't love to be reproved; he will not go to the wise.
Pro 15:13 A glad heart makes a cheerful face; but an aching heart breaks the spirit.
Pro 15:14 The heart of one who has understanding seeks knowledge, but the mouths of fools feed on folly.
Pro 15:15 All the days of the afflicted are wretched, but one who has a cheerful heart enjoys a continual feast.
Pro 15:16 Better is little, with the fear of Yahweh, than great treasure with trouble.
Pro 15:17 Better is a dinner of herbs, where love is, than a fattened calf with hatred.
Pro 15:18 A wrathful man stirs up contention, but one who is slow to anger appeases strife.
Pro 15:19 The way of the sluggard is like a thorn patch, but the path of the upright is a highway.
Pro 15:20 A wise son makes a father glad, but a foolish man despises his mother.
Pro 15:21 Folly is joy to one who is void of wisdom, but a man of understanding keeps his way straight.
Pro 15:22 Where there is no counsel, plans fail; but in a multitude of counselors they are established.
Pro 15:23 Joy comes to a man with the reply of his mouth. How good is a word at the right time!
Pro 15:24 The path of life leads upward for the wise, to keep him from going downward to Sheol.
Pro 15:25 Yahweh will uproot the house of the proud, but he will keep the widow's borders intact.
Pro 15:26 Yahweh detests the thoughts of the wicked, but the thoughts of the pure are pleasing.
Pro 15:27 He who is greedy for gain troubles his own house, but he who hates bribes will live.
Pro 15:28 The heart of the righteous weighs answers, but the mouth of the wicked gushes out evil.
Pro 15:29 Yahweh is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous.
Pro 15:30 The light of the eyes rejoices the heart. Good news gives health to the bones.
Pro 15:31 The ear that listens to reproof lives, and will be at home among the wise.
Pro 15:32 He who refuses correction despises his own soul, but he who listens to reproof gets understanding.
Pro 15:33 The fear of Yahweh teaches wisdom. Before honor is humility.

Pro 16:1 The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from Yahweh.
Pro 16:2 All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but Yahweh weighs the motives.
Pro 16:3 Commit your deeds to Yahweh, and your plans shall succeed.
Pro 16:4 Yahweh has made everything for its own end-- yes, even the wicked for the day of evil.
Pro 16:5 Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to Yahweh: they shall certainly not be unpunished.
Pro 16:6 By mercy and truth iniquity is atoned for. By the fear of Yahweh men depart from evil.
Pro 16:7 When a man's ways please Yahweh, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
Pro 16:8 Better is a little with righteousness, than great revenues with injustice.
Pro 16:9 A man's heart plans his course, but Yahweh directs his steps.
Pro 16:10 Inspired judgments are on the lips of the king. He shall not betray his mouth.
Pro 16:11 Honest balances and scales are Yahweh's; all the weights in the bag are his work.
Pro 16:12 It is an abomination for kings to do wrong, for the throne is established by righteousness.
Pro 16:13 Righteous lips are the delight of kings. They value one who speaks the truth.
Pro 16:14 The king's wrath is a messenger of death, but a wise man will pacify it.
Pro 16:15 In the light of the king's face is life. His favor is like a cloud of the spring rain.
Pro 16:16 How much better it is to get wisdom than gold! Yes, to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.
Pro 16:17 The highway of the upright is to depart from evil. He who keeps his way preserves his soul.
Pro 16:18 Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.
Pro 16:19 It is better to be of a lowly spirit with the poor, than to divide the plunder with the proud.
Pro 16:20 He who heeds the Word finds prosperity. Whoever trusts in Yahweh is blessed.
Pro 16:21 The wise in heart shall be called prudent. Pleasantness of the lips promotes instruction.
Pro 16:22 Understanding is a fountain of life to one who has it, but the punishment of fools is their folly.
Pro 16:23 The heart of the wise instructs his mouth, and adds learning to his lips.
Pro 16:24 Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.
Pro 16:25 There is a way which seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.
Pro 16:26 The appetite of the laboring man labors for him; for his mouth urges him on.
Pro 16:27 A worthless man devises mischief. His speech is like a scorching fire.
Pro 16:28 A perverse man stirs up strife. A whisperer separates close friends.
Pro 16:29 A man of violence entices his neighbor, and leads him in a way that is not good.
Pro 16:30 One who winks his eyes to plot perversities, one who compresses his lips, is bent on evil.
Pro 16:31 Gray hair is a crown of glory. It is attained by a life of righteousness.
Pro 16:32 One who is slow to anger is better than the mighty; one who rules his spirit, than he who takes a city.
Pro 16:33 The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from Yahweh.

Pro 17:1 Better is a dry morsel with quietness, than a house full of feasting with strife.
Pro 17:2 A servant who deals wisely will rule over a son who causes shame, and shall have a part in the inheritance among the brothers.
Pro 17:3 The refining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold, but Yahweh tests the hearts.
Pro 17:4 An evildoer heeds wicked lips. A liar gives ear to a mischievous tongue.
Pro 17:5 Whoever mocks the poor reproaches his Maker. He who is glad at calamity shall not be unpunished.
Pro 17:6 Children's children are the crown of old men; the glory of children are their parents.
Pro 17:7 Arrogant speech isn't fitting for a fool, much less do lying lips fit a prince.
Pro 17:8 A bribe is a precious stone in the eyes of him who gives it; wherever he turns, he prospers.
Pro 17:9 He who covers an offense promotes love; but he who repeats a matter separates best friends.
Pro 17:10 A rebuke enters deeper into one who has understanding than a hundred lashes into a fool.
Pro 17:11 An evil man seeks only rebellion; therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him.
Pro 17:12 Let a bear robbed of her cubs meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.
Pro 17:13 Whoever rewards evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.
Pro 17:14 The beginning of strife is like breaching a dam, therefore stop contention before quarreling breaks out.
Pro 17:15 He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the righteous, both of them alike are an abomination to Yahweh.
Pro 17:16 Why is there money in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom, seeing he has no understanding?
Pro 17:17 A friend loves at all times; and a brother is born for adversity.
Pro 17:18 A man void of understanding strikes hands, and becomes collateral in the presence of his neighbor.
Pro 17:19 He who loves disobedience loves strife. One who builds a high gate seeks destruction.
Pro 17:20 One who has a perverse heart doesn't find prosperity, and one who has a deceitful tongue falls into trouble.
Pro 17:21 He who becomes the father of a fool grieves. The father of a fool has no joy.
Pro 17:22 A cheerful heart makes good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
Pro 17:23 A wicked man receives a bribe in secret, to pervert the ways of justice.
Pro 17:24 Wisdom is before the face of one who has understanding, but the eyes of a fool wander to the ends of the earth.
Pro 17:25 A foolish son brings grief to his father, and bitterness to her who bore him.
Pro 17:26 Also to punish the righteous is not good, nor to flog officials for their integrity.
Pro 17:27 He who spares his words has knowledge. He who is even tempered is a man of understanding. 
Pro 17:28 Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is counted wise. When he shuts his lips, he is thought to be discerning. 
 
Oct. 14
Ephesians 5

Eph 5:1 Be therefore imitators of God, as beloved children.
Eph 5:2 Walk in love, even as Christ also loved you, and gave himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling fragrance.
Eph 5:3 But sexual immorality, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not even be mentioned among you, as becomes saints;
Eph 5:4 nor filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not appropriate; but rather giving of thanks.
Eph 5:5 Know this for sure, that no sexually immoral person, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the Kingdom of Christ and God.
Eph 5:6 Let no one deceive you with empty words. For because of these things, the wrath of God comes on the children of disobedience.
Eph 5:7 Therefore don't be partakers with them.
Eph 5:8 For you were once darkness, but are now light in the Lord. Walk as children of light,
Eph 5:9 for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth,
Eph 5:10 proving what is well pleasing to the Lord.
Eph 5:11 Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather even reprove them.
Eph 5:12 For the things which are done by them in secret, it is a shame even to speak of.
Eph 5:13 But all things, when they are reproved, are revealed by the light, for everything that reveals is light.
Eph 5:14 Therefore he says, "Awake, you who sleep, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you."
Eph 5:15 Therefore watch carefully how you walk, not as unwise, but as wise;
Eph 5:16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
Eph 5:17 Therefore don't be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
Eph 5:18 Don't be drunken with wine, in which is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit,
Eph 5:19 speaking to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs; singing, and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
Eph 5:20 giving thanks always concerning all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to God, even the Father;
Eph 5:21 subjecting yourselves one to another in the fear of Christ.
Eph 5:22 Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord.
Eph 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, and Christ also is the head of the assembly, being himself the savior of the body.
Eph 5:24 But as the assembly is subject to Christ, so let the wives also be to their own husbands in everything.
Eph 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the assembly, and gave himself up for it;
Eph 5:26 that he might sanctify it, having cleansed it by the washing of water with the word,
Eph 5:27 that he might present the assembly to himself gloriously, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
Eph 5:28 Even so husbands also ought to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself.
Eph 5:29 For no man ever hated his own flesh; but nourishes and cherishes it, even as the Lord also does the assembly;
Eph 5:30 because we are members of his body, of his flesh and bones.
Eph 5:31 "For this cause a man will leave his father and mother, and will be joined to his wife. The two will become one flesh."
Eph 5:32 This mystery is great, but I speak concerning Christ and of the assembly.
Eph 5:33 Nevertheless each of you must also love his own wife even as himself; and let the wife see that she respects her husband.