Archive for January, 2006

Joseph and Jesus

Monday, January 9th, 2006 at 12:17 pm

Joseph is a type or picture of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Joseph and Jesus
Similarity Joseph Jesus
Sent by his father Genesis 37:14 And he said to him, Go, I pray thee, see whether it be well with thy brethren, and well with the flocks; and bring me word again. So he sent him out of the vale of Hebron, and he came to Shechem. John 20:21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.
Came unto his own Genesis 37:23 And it came to pass, when Joseph was come unto his brethren… John 1:11 He came unto his own…
and his own received him not Genesis 37:24 And they took him, and cast him into a pit… John 1:11 …and his own received him not.
Conspired against to be killed Genesis 37:18 And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him. Matthew 27:1 When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death:
Sold for silver Genesis 37:28 Then there passed by Midianites merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmeelites for twenty pieces of silver: and they brought Joseph into Egypt. Matthew 26:15 And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.
Falsely accused Genesis 39:14 That she called unto the men of her house, and spake unto them, saying, See, he hath brought in an Hebrew unto us to mock us; he came in unto me to lie with me, and I cried with a loud voice: Mark 14:56 For many bare false witness against him, but their witness agreed not together.
Public ministry begins at age 30 Genesis 41:46 And Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh, and went throughout all the land of Egypt. Luke 3:23 And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age…
People come to for bread Genesis 41:57 And all countries came into Egypt to Joseph for to buy corn; because that the famine was so sore in all lands. John 6:35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
Came to him for life Genesis 42:10 And they said unto him, Nay, my lord, but to buy food are thy servants come. John 7:37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
Gives life as a free gift Genesis 42:28 And he said unto his brethren, My money is restored; and, lo, it is even in my sack… Romans 6:23 …the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Purchased the people Genesis 47:23 Then Joseph said unto the people, Behold, I have bought you this day and your land for Pharaoh… Acts 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
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Self-righteousness

Sunday, January 8th, 2006 at 12:36 am

We are naturally prone to account ourselves very good. Our own opinion of ourselves is seldom too low; most generally it is a rather high one. But just as a stern pedagogue would say to a boy who was getting a little proud, “Come along, sir; I must take you down a little;” so the Law takes us down. It says, “Look at that precept; you have not kept that; and consider this other precept, for you appear to have forgotten it.” “Look,” says the Law, “you talk about your holiness, but have you loved the Lord your God with all your heart, and all your soul, and all your might? And have you loved your neighbor as yourself?” And then, when consience, which is a great friend of this pedagogue, replies, “Indeed, I have done nothing of the kind,” the conviction of sin comes home to the soul, and sadness reigns. You will tell me, “This is very unpleasant, – to be made to feel that you are sinful.” Ay, but it is very necessary. There is no getting to Christ in any other way. Christ died for sinners, and if you are not sinners, what interest can you have in his death? Why should you think that He died for you? You must be convinced of your sinfulness before you can possibly realize the value and need of salvation. It is the business of the Law to lay before you the straight line, that you may see your crooks, and put before you the pure gold, that you may discern the humbling fact that what you thought to be pure metal is only so much worthless dross. It is the part of this pedagogue to bring you down, to humble you, and make you feel how sinful you have been.

Nothing can damn a man but his own righteousness; nothing can save him but the righteousness of Christ.

– Charles Spurgeon

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The Raven and Dove

Saturday, January 7th, 2006 at 12:06 am

Genesis 8:6-11 And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made: 7 And he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth. 8 Also he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground; 9 But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him into the ark, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth: then he put forth his hand, and took her, and pulled her in unto him into the ark. 10 And he stayed yet other seven days; and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark; 11 And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf plucked off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth.

The raven represents the law; the dove represents grace. Both went out at the same time but the dove returned because it could find no resting place. Until the law goes forth and does its work in convicting the sinner, the dove – God’s grace – will find no resting place. We must first break up the fallow ground using the law so that when we sow the seed of God’s grace, it will fall on good soil.

Seven days later, the dove was sent out again and brought back an olive leaf. Olive leaves and olive branches represent peace. The raven – the law – must first go out and when it is complete, the dove – God’s grace – can go out and bring back peace with God.

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The Ten Commandments: part of the gospel?

Friday, January 6th, 2006 at 1:30 am

We’ve always heard that the gospel is the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. That’s what it says in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4:

1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

So what do I mean that the Ten Commandments are part of the gospel? Am I adding to the gospel? Before you judge me as a heretic, consider this:

1 Timothy 1:5-11 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned: 6 From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling; 7 Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm. 8 But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully; 9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, 10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; 11 According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.

Notice in verse 11: “according to the glorious gospel.” That means the preceeding verses are an explanation of the gospel. Let’s look at the preceeding verses so we can see how the Ten Commandments are part of the gospel.

In verse 5, it says “Now the end of the commandment…” Paul is getting ready to explain what the end – or the result – of the commandment is. In verse 8 we learn that the law – the Ten Commandments – is good if we use it lawfully. What does it mean to use the law lawfully? It does not mean we are to try to make the saved live by the Ten Commandments. Verse 9 tells us the law was not made for the righteous – the saved. Using the law lawfully means we are to give the law to those for whom it was made. Verses 9 and 10 gives a list of people for whom the law was made: the lawless, disobedient, ungodly, sinners, unholy, profane, murderers, whoremongers, sodomites, adulterers, liars – in other words, for the unsaved, the lost.

For whom is the gospel? The lost. So how does the law fit in as part of the gospel? Look back to 1 Corinthians 15:3: “Christ died for our sins.” What is sin? Sin is the transgression of the law (1 John 3:4). How is a lost person going to know he or she is a sinner unless he or she knows the law? A person will not know he or she is guilty if he or she does not know the law. A lost person will not know why the Lord Jesus Christ submitted himself to the death penalty unless that person knows why he or she deserves the death penalty under the law.

The law is a very important part of the gospel. The law brings us to Christ (Galatians 3:24). The law stops the sinner’s mouth from self-justification (Romans 3:19). The law brings knowledge of sin (Romans 7:7). Nowhere in the Bible are we told to tell lost people they have a God-shaped hole that only he can fill. Nowhere in the Bible are we told to tell lost people God has a wonderful plan for their lives. Nowhere in the Bible are we told to tell lost people to give Jesus a try. We do, however, see plenty of examples of the lost being given the law (the rich, young ruler, the woman at the well, etc.) to prepare their hearts for the grace of God.

Please, when you witness to someone, do not leave out the law. Throw the book at him or her. When he or she sees that he or she is guilty and condemned before a holy and perfect judge, he or she won’t need to be prodded into saying a sinner’s prayer. He or she will be like those in Acts 2 who were pricked in their hearts and said “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” or the Philippian jailer in Acts 16 who said “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” And remember, a lost person can’t see the law by the way you live. Walking the walk is great, but you need to open your mouth and talk the talk too.

Now, go out there and be a spiritual police officer, find a transgressor, and inform him or her of the law he or she has broken and there is a judgment day coming before a holy, righteous, and perfect judge. And then tell him or her how to get a pardon.

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by Gordy

Washing of regeneration : Titus 3:5

Thursday, January 5th, 2006 at 12:31 am

Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

Some people believe that “washing of regeneration” refers to baptism. They believe that it is the act of baptism that regenerates or brings about the new birth of the lost sinner. Neither of these is true.

“Washing of regeneration” is not “washing for regeneration.” It can be rephrased “regeneration’s washing” – in other words, the washing that came about by or as a part of the regeneration. It is not the washing that causes the regeneration; it is the regeneration that causes the washing. When God quickens our spirit – when he saves us – when he regenerates us, he washes us clean. Consider what the Lord Jesus Christ said when he washed the disciples feet in John 13:

John 13:3-10 Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God; 4 He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. 5 After that he poureth water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded. 6 Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet? 7 Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter. 8 Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me. 9 Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head. 10 Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all.

Notice verse 10: “He that is washed…is clean every whit.” In this passage, Jesus was talking about who was saved and who wasn’t – who was regenerated and who wasn’t. Jesus said he that is regenerated is clean every whit.

The washing came about as a result of the regeneration – not the other way around.

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by Gordy

Men: perfect examples of lost people

Wednesday, January 4th, 2006 at 1:38 pm

Most men, including myself, will not stop to ask for directions when we are driving somewhere and get lost – er, misplaced. As long as we think we can drive for a little bit, eventually get back on track, and get to our destination, we will not stop and ask for help. As long as we think we can still do it on our own, we think our way is still OK.

Lost people trying to earn their way to Heaven are the same. As long as they think they can get to Heaven on their own – going their own way, they will never repent and turn to God and God’s way.

It is our job to get the sinner hopelessly lost – to show them their way is not the right way – and then and only then will they realize they need help. When they see that they are lost, they will give their own invitation – their own altar call. When they realize that their attempts to get to Heaven are futile, they will cry out for help.

How do we get them to see they are hopelessly lost? They need to see that no matter how good they are or are trying to be, they can never be good enough in God’s eyes on their own. The most effective way for them to see this is to give them the Ten Commandments and show them how they are guilty of each and every one of them. The law will stop their mouths from justifying themselves (Romans 3). With the full weight of their sin upon them, they will see their own way is not the right way. Then and only then should we give them the grace of God. If we give them the good news of the gospel before they realize they need help, they will most likely not receive it with gladness. They will trample it under foot and continue on their own way.

Only when they see their need for help will they ask for the help you are offering.

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by Gordy

Counting the days

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2006 at 8:02 am

Psalm 90:12 So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

Assuming a 75 year life span, a 20 year old has about 20,000 days left, a 30 year old has 16,000, a 40 year old has just under 13,000, a 50 year old has a little more than 9,000, a 60 year old has almost 5,500, and a 70 year old has about 1,800. How many days left do you have in which you can serve the Lord? With days going by faster and faster as we age, no matter how many days we have left, it won’t be long.

James 4:14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.

Not only should we make a count of the days, but more importantly we should make the days count.

Ephesians 5:15-16 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

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For some things, you don’t need to call headquarters

Monday, January 2nd, 2006 at 11:46 am

Imagine, if you will, a firefighter arrives at a house on fire and people are trapped inside. Should the firefighter first call back to headquarters to see if the chief wants him to attempt to rescue the people from the fire? Of course not! The firefighter’s job is to rescue people from fires – he already has a charge to rescue them. He does not need to seek additional guidance before doing so.

We are spiritual firefighters. We have a charge given by the Lord Jesus Christ to rescue those who are trapped and condemned to eternal flames. When deciding if you should witness to someone, you don’t need to pray and seek direction from God. Just recall that God said to go and preach the gospel to every creature – then ask yourself if the person is included in “every creature” and you’ll know if you should witness to him or her. There is no need to call headquarters and ask our chief for guidance.

“Save some with fear, pulling them out of the fire.”

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by Gordy

The Battle

Sunday, January 1st, 2006 at 12:31 am

Galatians 5:13-17 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. 14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 15 But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. 16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

Romans 7:17-23 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. 19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. 20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. 22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.

As Christians, we are in a battle – actually, we are in two battles: one against powers and principalities, and another one that is personal – a battle between our flesh and our spirit. Until we die and leave the flesh behind, we will be in this battle. It is a battle that we must fight every day – every minute of every day. It is not a battle that we can win by accident or by chance. It is a battle we can win, but we must determine to win and we must do what is required to win.

Let us look at the combatants, the keys to winning the battle, and what happens when we win the battle.

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