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The Doctrine of Man – Part 10

VIII. The Human Heart

Without a doubt, the most often mentioned part of our being, and the most important part of our being is the heart. It is mentioned 600 times in the Old Testament! It is mentioned 103 times in the New Testament! The plural, “hearts,” is mentioned 54 times in the Old Testament and 61 times in the New Testament. Other forms of the heart besides these include:

  • Wise hearted – 7 times
  • Willing hearted – 1 time
  • Broken hearted – 2 times
  • Faint hearted – 3 times
  • Hard hearted – 1 time
  • Merry hearted – 1 time
  • Stiff hearted – 1 time
  • Stout hearted – 2 times
  • Tender hearted – 2 times
  • Heartily – 1 time
  • Hearty – 1 time

All in all, that comes to about 840 references in the Scriptures to the heart. Obviously, the heart of our being is the part of us that the Bible gives the most attention to, and we should do the same – Proverbs 4:23 “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” We are not speaking of the physical muscle, or pump, that circulates the blood in a person’s body. Almost without exception, the Scriptures refer to “the core of our being” when it refers to the heart.

Sometimes you will hear someone say, “with all my heart and with all my soul.” They mean “with all their being.” They do not say “with all my body and with all my spirit.” Those are often very shallow.

The heart is what we are – “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he…,” Proverbs 23:7a.

The heart is what we say – “…for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh,” Matthew 12:34b.

The heart is what we will not do – Daniel 1:8, “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the King’s meat, nor the wine which he drank.”

The heart is what we will do – 2 Corinthians 9:7, “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.”

The heart is where evil originates from within us – Mark 7:21-23, “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.”

The heart is the origin of a God-implanted faith that can believe unto righteousness – Romans 10:10, “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Romans 6:17, “But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.”

Sufficeth to say, the heart is what we are, and who we are.

A. Hebrew words translated into the English word “heart” and their definitions, from the Old Testament:

1. Leb – the feelings, will, intellect of the heart or center of someone, the midst.

2. Lebab – the heart, the most interior.

3. Nephesh – the vitality, soul, heart.

4. Sekviy – the mind or heart.

5. Meah – the bowels, intestines, stomach.

6. Labab – to be enclosed.

7. Gereb – the center or nearest part.

8. Lebab (chaldee) – corresponding to the heart.

9. Bal – anxiety seated in the heart.

10. Libbah – the heart.

B. Greek words translated into the English word “heart” and their definitions, from the New Testament:

1. Kardia – the core of the thoughts or feelings. The Latin derivative of Kardia is cor from which we get the English word “core.” The heart is the core of our being.

2. Sklerokardia – hard-heartedness, destitute of spiritual perception.

3. Psuche – the soul as where the heart is seated.

4. Kardiognostes – one who knows hearts.

5. Apopsucho – to breathe out, the failure of the heart.

C. We are made in the image of God. God has a heart. Some examples include:

1. Genesis 6:6, “And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.”

2. Genesis 8:21, “And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.”

3. Jeremiah 3:15, “And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.” The Lord Jesus was troubled in spirit at times in His ministry. John 11:33, “When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in his spirit, and was troubled, ” John 13:21, “When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.”

The Lord Jesus was troubled in His soul once. John 12:27, “Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.”

Never is it said that Jesus was troubled in heart. In fact, He taught the opposite: John 14:1, 27, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. Peace I leave with you, my peace I unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid,” and also in Luke 24:38, “And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts?”

Some things should trouble our spirits and our souls; things like our sins or our burdens. Nothing should be allowed to trouble our hearts.

If we obey the word of God, Jesus should be allowed to dwell in our hearts richly. Why then should the heart be troubles? Ephesians 3:16-19, “That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.”

 
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The Doctrine of Man – Part 8

VI. The Mind of Man

The word “mind” comes from 6 different Hebrew words (Old Testament), and 17 different Greek words (New Testament).

A. Hebrew Words:

1. Nephesh – usually translated “soul,” so the mind relates to the soul

2. Ruwach – usually translated “spirit,” so the mind relates to the spirit

3. Peh – the “mouth,” the mind affects and relates to the mouth, it fashions the words we say

4. Leb – the “heart,” the mind relates to and affects the heart

5. Lebab – the “heart,” as the most interior organ, the midst, the core of our being

6. Yetser – the “conception” or “imagination”

B. Greek Words”

1. Dianoia – deep thought, imagination

2. Sophroneo – sound mind, right mind, sober mind

3. Sophronismos – discipline, self-control, sound mind

4. Anamimnesko – to remind, recollect, remember

5. Nous – meaning, the intellect, will

6. Phroneo – to exercise the mind, exercise or have a sentiment, opinion, to interest oneself in

7. Phronema – Inclination or purpose

8. Homothumadon – unanimously, with one accord

9. Epanamimnesko – to remind of, put in mind

10. Prothumia – predisposition, forwardness of mind (as in convictions)

11. Prothumos – willingly

12. Psuche – usually translated (spirit) The mind relates to and affects the spirit.

13. Tapeinophrosune – humiliation of mind, humility, modesty

14. Hupomimnesko – to remind quietly, to suggest to the memory

15. Gnome – opinion, resolve by counsel or consent, advice, judgement, purpose

16. Homophron – like-minded, harmonious

17. Ennoia – thoughtfulness, intent, understanding.

Thus, the mind can produce thoughts, imaginations, concepts, opinions, discipline, self-control, recollection, remembrance, meaning, intellect, will, sentiments, interests, inclinations, purpose, predispositions, humility, modesty, resolve, advise, judgement, intent, understanding, etc. The truth is: Only God can understand the potential of the human mind, for He created it a masterpiece. It is generally agreed that the average human only uses a fraction of his mind’s potential in his life.

C. Types of Minds Mentioned in Scripture:

1. The steadfast mind – Ruth 1:8

2. The carnal mind (fleshly-minded) – Romans 8:6-7

3. The spiritual mind – Romans 8:6

4. The sober mind – Titus 2:6 (Gaining in Godly intelligence and stability)

5. The double mind (mind on God sometimes, on the world other times) – James 1:8, 4:8

6. The despiteful mind – Ezekiel 36:5

7. The blinded mind (has not heard the Gospel) – 2 Corinthians 3:14, 4:4

8. The corrupted mind – 2 Corinthians 11:3; 1 Timothy 6:5; 2 Timothy 3:8

9. The kept mind (kept by the peace of God through prayer) – Philippians 4:7

10. The quitting mind (fainting begins in the mind) – Hebrews 12:3

11. The pure mind – 2 Peter 3:1

12. The feeble mind – 1 Thessalonians 5:14

13. The high-minded – Romans 11:20; 1 Timothy 6:17; 2 Timothy 3:4; Romans 12:16

14. The like-minded – Romans 15:5; Philippians 2:2, 2:20; Romans 15:16; 2 Corinthians 13:11

15. The unmindful – Deuteronomy 32:18

16. The grieved mind – Genesis 26:35

17. The sorrowful mind – Deuteronomy 28:65

18. The willing mind – 1 Chronicles 28:9; Nehemiah 4:6; 2 Corinthians 8:12

19. The single mind – Job 23:13

20. The wicked mind – Proverbs 21:27

21. The uttered mind (always have their mouth in gear) – Proverbs 29:11

22. The alienated mind – Ezekiel 23:17, 18, 22, 28; Colossians 1:21

23. The hardened mind – Daniel 5:20

24. The changed mind – Habakkuk 1:11

25. The whole mind – Matthew 22:37; Mark 12:30, Luke 10:27

26. The right mind – Mark 5:15; Luke 8:35

27. The pondering mind – Luke 1:29

28. The doubtful mind – Luke 12:29

29. The ready mind – Acts 17:11; 2 Corinthians 8:19; 1 Peter 5:2

30. The humble mind – Acts 20:19; Colossians 3:12

31. The reprobate mind – Romans 1:28

32. The serving mind – Romans 7:25

33. The fleshly mind – Romans 8:5; Colossians 2:18

34. The renewed mind – Romans 12:2; Ephesians 4:23

35. The same mind – Romans 12:16; 1 Corinthians 1:10; Philippians 1:27, 2:2, 4:2; 1 Peter 3:8, 4:1; Rev. 17:13

36. The persuaded mind – Romans 14:15

37. The fervent mind – 2 Corinthians 7:7

38. The forward mind – 2 Corinthians 9:2

39. The desiring mind – Ephesians 2:3

40. The vain mind – Ephesians 4:17

41. The lowly mind – Philippians 2:3

42. The Christ-like mind – Philippians 2:5

43. The earthly mind – Philippians 3:19

44. The shaken mind – 2 Thessalonians 2:2

45. The sound mind – 2 Timothy 1:7

46. The defiled mind – Titus 1:15

47. The law-filled mind – Hebrews 8:10

48. The wise mind – Revelation 17:9

49. The stayed mind – Isaiah 26:3

As we can see, there are many types of minds that a person can have, some good, some bad. For the sake of emphasis, the most important types of mind to have would include, but not limited to:

  • The whole mind – Mark 12:30 “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.”
  • The spiritual mind – Romans 8:6 “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.”
  • The stayed mind – Isaiah 26:3 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”
  • The law-filled mind – Hebrews 8:10 “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:”
  • The pure mind – 2 Peter 3:1 “This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:”
  • The Christ-like mind – Philippians 2:5 “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:”
  • The lowly mind – Philippians 2:3 “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.”
 
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The Doctrine of Heaven – Part 1

Introduction

Deuteronomy 10:14 “Behold, the heaven and the heaven of heavens is the LORD’s thy God, the earth also, with all that therein is.”

All of the heavens and heaven belong to God. The earth belongs to God, and we belong to God. The thief, satan, tries to steal them from God and claim ownership. Yet God is the Maker and Owner of all things. Heaven is the Lord’s. The word “Heaven” comes from the Greek word “ouranos” (oo-ran-os). Thus, the Doctrine of Heaven is called Ouranology.

What does heaven mean? The word heaven means “lofty” or “elevation.” Heaven is used in the Bible 551 times. It is used 313 times in the Old Testament, and 238 times in the New Testament. Consider that hell is mentioned only 54 times in the Bible. The Bible speaks of Heaven over 10 times more than it does hell. Hell was created for satan and his minions. Heaven is where God wants us all to end up! Let us rejoice in that fact. Be sure that you are saved from your sins, so that you can go to our Heavenly home some day!

The word heavens (plural) appears an additional 127 times in our King James Bible (it, along with many other words and verses have been removed or changed in the other corrupt versions of the Bible). Thus, the total times heaven is mentioned is 678 times.

God the Father 21

I. The Creation of the Heavens

  • The heavens were made by God

Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” They did not always exist as God has. They were made. Their making marked “the beginning.”

Nehemiah 9:6 “Thou, even thou, art LORD alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee.”

  • They were made by the Son of God

Colossians 1:16 “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:”

  • They were made by the Holy Spirit

Job 26:13 “By his spirit he hath garnished the heavens; his hand hath formed the crooked serpent.”

  • They were made by the Word of the Lord

Psalm 33:6 “By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.”

The whole Trinity was involved in the creation of Heaven. They spoke it into existence. Man cannot speak anything into existence, but God can. That is the power of His Word. God uses His Word to do His work! We should do the same!

Holy Trinity

Next Entry will begin study of “The Three Heavens.”

 
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Posted by on July 20, 2013 in God's Truth

 

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Doctrine of Death – Part 6

Gutenberg Bible - detail from the Old Testament

Gutenberg Bible – detail from the Old Testament (Photo credit: National Library of Scotland)

IX. What happened when Old Testament Saints died? There is an interesting statement found on 11 occasions in the Old Testament. It speaks of one dead as being “gathered to his people.” This phrase is never used in the New Testament. Here are a few examples: “Then Abraham gave up the ghost, and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years; and was gathered to his people.” (Genesis 25:8) “And these are the years of the life of Ishmael, an hundred and thirty and seven years: and he gave up the ghost and died; and was gathered unto his people.” (Genesis 25:17) “And die in the mount whither thou goest up, and be gathered unto thy people; as Aaron thy brother died in mount Hor, and was gathered unto his people:” (Deuteronomy 32:50)

That statement has perplexed Bible students for years. Some believe it just means that the dead body becomes the possession of the living relatives to bury where they want. Others believe the statement refers to an afterlife reunion with loved ones.

Some of the newer “per-versions” of the Bible do not tackle the subject at all – they just delete these words without any explanation. Matthew Henry in his commentary explains it this way, “His body was gathered to the congregation of the dead, and his soul to the congregation of the blessed.” Where was this gathering of Old Testament saints? It was to the place referred to by Christ in Luke 16:19-31. As you read it, notice the 6 references to Abraham:

“There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.”

Christian views on Hell

Christian views on Hell (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This word hell comes from “Hades” which means “the place of departed souls.” It appears to be in 2 compartments within eyesight of each other. One for the damned, a place of torment. The other for the blessed, a place of comfort. The Old Testament saints were considered “captives” of that place within the heart of the earth until Jesus came and led them out at His Resurrection. Jesus’ soul went into hell (Hades) when He died: “Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.” (Acts 2:27) “He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.” (Acts 2:31) “For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” (Matthew 12:40)

This intriguing story of Samuel shows us how he was brought up from the lower parts of the earth by the request of King Saul with the help of the witch of Endor. “Then said the woman, Whom shall I bring up unto thee? And he said, Bring me up Samuel. And when the woman saw Samuel, she cried with a loud voice: and the woman spake to Saul, saying, Why hast thou deceived me? for thou art Saul. And the king said unto her, Be not afraid: for what sawest thou? And the woman said unto Saul, I saw gods ascending out of the earth. And he said unto her, What form is he of? And she said, An old man cometh up; and he is covered with a mantle. And Saul perceived that it was Samuel, and he stooped with his face to the ground, and bowed himself. And Samuel said to Saul, Why hast thou disquieted me, to bring me up? And Saul answered, I am sore distressed; for the Philistines make war against me, and God is departed from me, and answereth me no more, neither by prophets, nor by dreams: therefore I have called thee, that thou mayest make known unto me what I shall do.” (1 Samuel 28:11-15) Samuel said he was “disquieted” when he was brought up. He appeared to have been in quiet comfort, resting. This would reconcile Christ’s teaching about Hades with Abraham, who was comforted.

X. What happened when Old Testament sinners died? People in the Old Testament days were either converted or unconverted – Psalm 51:13 “Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.” The truths that we saw under the last point also apply here. These departed souls also go into Hades (hell), but into the place of torment where the Rich Man was – see Luke 16:19-31 again. The Old Testament saints were resurrected when Jesus rose from the grave. They ascended into Heaven. Those that were sinners remained in the same place. There is no reference to them ever coming out.

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2013 in God's Truth

 

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The Doctrine of Demons

The next part of our study is on demons; there is actually a doctrine of demons that we need to be aware of. We know that satan was once an angel, but he chose to challenge God’s authority and wanted to be like God. Because of his rebellion he and his minions were cast out of Heaven and became what we know as demons. It is important for us to understand who they are and the havoc that they wreak on this earth, and that we must call on God’s power and protection from them.

The devil’s fallen angelsDemonology. The word “devils’ is found 55 times in the Bible, 4 times in the Old Testament and 51 times in the New Testament. The New Testament word in the Greek is “daimon” from which we get the word demon. However, the word demon is not found in the Bible. “Devils” and “demons” are the same in today’s English vernacular, but “devils” is the Bible word.

From our previous study on satan, we learned that the devils have a ruler over them, beelzebub, the prince of the devils, satan. And they followed satan in rebellion against God – one third of the angels followed him in his revolt. They are fallen angels now known as devils.

English: Man being attacked by demons and devils

Devil in Chains

The Devils Exist in Two Groups: I. Those that are Imprisoned in Chains in Darkness until the Judgment Day – 2 Peter 2:4 “For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;” Jude 6 “And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.” These devils are probably the angels referred to in 1 Corinthians 6:3 “Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?” Why some of the devils are chained and others are obviously free is not known. We should just be thankful for this truth and that it is not any worse than it is. Devils are angels that sinned and left their first habitation whether free or bound.

II. Those that are Free and go About doing Demonic Work:

A. These will also end up in hell for that is why hell was prepared originally – Matthew 25:41 “Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:” As we learned in earlier studies, hell was not created for man, but for satan and his minions.

B. They know that their time is coming – Matthew 8:29 “And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?” They also know that their time is very short, therefore, as God’s children we must persevere and be diligent in sharing the Good News of Jesus’ Salvation for mankind.

C. They know that they shall be tormented in hell – Matthew 8:29, Revelation 20:10 “And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.” It is their mission to take as many humans with them as possible to this place of eternal torment, because we are God’s beloved. Many are choosing to be deceived into believing that it will be an eternal party. God’s Word says it will be eternal torment, and God does not lie.

D. They know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God – Matthew 8:29, Mark 1:24 – “Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God.” Is it not very ironic that people choose to believe satan’s lies and reject Jesus as God’s Son? Even the devils know Him as God’s Son. See also Mark 3:11, Luke 4:41, Acts 19:15.

E. They are unwillingly subject to Jesus Christ – Mark 1:34 “And he healed many that were sick of divers diseases, and cast out many devils; and suffered not the devils to speak, because they knew him.” Matthew 8:30-32 “And there was a good way off from them an herd of many swine feeding. So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine. And he said unto them, Go. And when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters.” They did not want to be cast into the “pit.” There are many more examples in God’s Word of Jesus casting out devils. This proves that when they attack us, we can call on the name of Jesus Christ to rebuke them, and they must flee.

1. Amazingly, even the unsaved can cast out devils by the name of Jesus Christ – Matthew 7:22-23 “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

2. Those who are not part of our fellowship can cast out devils by the name of Jesus Christ – Mark 9:38-40 “And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbad him, because he followeth not us. But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me. For he that is not against us is on our part.” See also Luke 9:49-50.

3. Those in our fellowship can cast out devils in the name of Jesus Christ – Matthew 10:8 – “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.” See also Matthew 17:19-21, Mark 9:28-29. We must pray and fast for such miracles of deliverance.

4. The Spirit of God can cast out devils – Matthew 12:28 “But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.” This, I believe, is God’s main method today – through the power of the Gospel and the Word of God. Salvation delivers one from the kingdom of darkness.

5. Jesus himself cast out devils – Mark 1:39 “And he preached in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and cast out devils.” It is Jesus and the power of His name that wins against these demonic forces. It is a supernatural and spiritual warfare.

F. They believe in God and tremble at the thought of Him – James 2:19 “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.” Here again, very ironic indeed that some people call themselves atheists, while even those who they let deceive them know that God is real.

G. They love to control, indwell and possess bodies:

1. Humans, the phrase “possessed with devils” or “possessed of a devil” occurs 11 times in the Gospels – for example, Matthew 9:32 “As they went out, behold, they brought to him a dumb man possessed with a devil.”

2. Animals, 2000 swine – Mark 5:13 “And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea.”

H. They some times inflict an individual in large companies:

1. Legion – Mark 5:2-13 “And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains: Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him. And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones. But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him, And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not. For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit. And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many. And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country. Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding. And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them. And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea.”

2. Mary out of whom the Lord cast out 7 devils – Mark 16:9 “Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.”

I. There are unclean spirits mentioned 20 times in the New Testament, example Revelation 16:13-14 “And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.” Those who dabble or get caught up in things like seances or ouija boards must be aware that they are dealing with unclean spirits.

J. They can work miracles – Revelation 16:14 “For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.” Be very cautious about believing that all miracles are of God! If we truly know Jesus as our Saviour and keep our eyes on Him, we will not be deceived.

K. They teach false doctrines through false prophets as seducing spirits – 1 Timothy 4:1 “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;” To seduce means to deceive, cause to rove, to be an imposter – 2 Corinthians 11:3-4 “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.” Also verses 13-15 “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” A good example of this is how it is so easy for anyone to become an ordained minister via the internet today. There are many calling themselves pastors, but deceiving people with lies such as, “It is okay to be homosexual; God made you that way.” They will stand before God and answer for their evil deceptions.

L. They are some times sacrificed to – Leviticus 17:7 “And they shall no more offer their sacrifices unto devils, after whom they have gone a whoring. This shall be a statute for ever unto them throughout their generations.” Deuteronomy 32:17 “They sacrificed unto devils, not to God; to gods whom they knew not, to new gods that came newly up, whom your fathers feared not.” Psalms 106:37 “Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils.” 1 Corinthians 10:20 “But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.” Be aware also that this still happens in our world today, because satan is harder at work today than ever before, as he knows his time is very short.

M. They are some times worshipped by man – Revelation 9:20 “And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk.”

If you have not done so, please turn to Jesus now! He died that NONE should perish with satan. He patiently waits with open arms but for a short time now. Do not wait until it is too late!

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Posted by on December 6, 2012 in Eschatology

 

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Reading and Studying the Bible

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I really love my Women’s KJV Study Bible. I began studying the book of Joshua this morning, and in chapter one is an article by Roberta Parham Hromas (from Passport to the Bible) that I feel led to share. It fits perfectly with my new series here on God’s Word, this must be more of God’s Perfect Timing! Enjoy!

Perspective – Beginning to Read and Study the Bible

The Bible tells us how to know God…how to find eternal life…and how to experience genuine life in our inner person. It gives health to our souls and tells us how to heal broken relationships. The answers to life’s questions are found in the Bible. But where does a person begin in reading and studying the Bible? Here’s an approach that has been effective in the lives of many people around the world:

Start by reading ten minutes a day. The truth of the Bible is like food for your soul. The Bible will literally become a part of you, and your hunger for God’s Word will increase if you begin reading God’s Word daily. If you find that ten minutes a day isn’t enough to satisfy your spiritual hunger for the Word, try ten minutes in the morning and ten minutes in the evening. You may need several ten-minute feedings throughout the day.

Make sure you have a small, readable copy of the Bible that you can carry with you. Ask God to guide your reading. If you have difficulty concentrating as you read, read the Bible out loud.

Read as if God is speaking directly to you. Always look for the personal application.God knows the number of hairs on your head, and he desires to make his Word come alive to you in practical, personal ways. This does not mean that you are the sole source of interpreting the Bible or that you can bend the Bible’s message to fit your own life and your own ideas. Bible truths are eternal and absolute. The Bible spans all cultures, history, social levels, and occupations, all ages, races, and nationalities. But the way in which a particular passage of the Bible applies to your circumstances and your experience is unique to you each day. If a verse stands out to you in a particular way, write it down on a card and carry it with you all day. Read it over and over. Think about why the verse stood out to you.

Five Ways to Study the Bible. In addition to your daily reading of the Bible, discipline yourself to engage periodically in a more in-depth study of the Bible. Here are five approaches to Bible study:   English: Personal bible study Português: Estud...

1. Word and Subject Studies – This approach to study begins with the question, “I wonder what the Bible has to say about…?” The word or topic you choose is the subject of your study! Use a concordance to look up various references from Genesis to Revelation. With pencil and paper in hand, begin to look up references, and as you read each one, write down a few words that summarize what you believe to be a practical meaning or application of the verse to your life. Be sure to look up a number of verses or passages in both the Old Testament and New Testament–perhaps a dozen or more verses or passages. You may also want to look up synonyms (similar words) and antonyms (opposite words). Word and subject studies make great devotional studies to share with others. They reveal the nature of God and God’s “opinion” on a wide variety of problems and issues.

2. Journey Studies – The Bible tells the story of many journeys–both journeys of individuals and the journey of the children of God. A study of these journeys can help us see that life happens in stages…situations do change…and that no circumstance lasts forever. Life has good times and bad times. You may want to study the journeys of these men and women: Joseph, the Children of Israel as they left Egypt, Abraham and Sarah, David, Paul, and most certainly, Jesus. Journey studies lead us to an understanding that life is in constant motion and that natural life has a progression to it.

3. Progression Studies – In progression studies we are concerned with progress in our spiritual lives. The Christian life must have an upward trend so that we are always growing more into the likeness of Christ, closer to God, and upward in spirit. Some very familiar passages may be read in a progressive way that reveals growth toward spiritual maturity, including the Beatitude portion of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:3-12), Psalm 22-24 (which gives insight into Jesus as our Shepherd), Galatians 5:22-23 (one character trait gives rise to the next as we bear the fruit of the Spirit), Ephesians 3:14-19 (a spiritual progression for those who pray with boldness and confidence), 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (for those who are living in the day of the Lord’s return). As you engage in a progression study, read the whole before dissecting the parts. Look for a strong relationship among the verses–don’t contrive a relationship that doesn’t exist; check your progression with other Scriptures; keep in mind that the last verse or last passage must bring you closer to Jesus than the first.

4. Type and Shadow Studies – A rewarding way to study the Old Testament is to look for the people, objects, and events that cast spiritual shadows. These studies reflect “types” of experiences and events that happen to us on a spiritual level today. In themselves, the stories are about Old Testament people and events. The shadows of these stories tell us more about God, outlining for us the nature and working of God on the spiritual level. As such, they tell us a great deal about our spiritual selves and help us understand our spiritual purpose. Type and shadow studies reveal the interplay of the Holy Spirit and Jesus in our lives as we make the steps.

How do these studies differ from Journey and Progression studies?

  • Journey studies show how God works in our natural lives; type and shadow studies, in contrast, show us the master plan for our lives in the context of eternity.
  • Progression studies make us aware of the steps that occur in spiritual growth. A type and shadow study, in contract, tells us how these steps occur and why.

The story of Ruth (Book of Ruth) is a good story for type and shadow studies. (Ask: who is Ruth? Who is Boaz? Who is Naomi?) The way in which God dealt with the Children of Israel in the Book of Deuteronomy makes a good type and shadow study, as do the stories of Esther, Jonah, and Job.

5. Symbol Studies – The Bible has many symbols, including numbers, colors, and tangible objects used as symbols in various places. In many cases, understanding a symbol is the key to understanding an entire story or teaching. Symbols indicate eternal value, eternal meaning, and eternal reasons. For an object to be a genuine symbol, the meaning associated with that symbol must run from cover to cover in the Bible. Among the symbols that make great studies are: gold and silver, wood, crown, seals, stone vs. dust. Objects that are filled with symbols make good studies, including the Ark of the Covenant, Noah’s ark, Nehemiah’s wall, and Daniel’s den of lions. Ask the Holy Spirit to make the meanings of the symbols known to you and be sure to check and cross-check your interpretation of a symbol to make certain that your interpretation is valid. A true symbol does not mean one thing in one place and another thing in another place–it must have a consistent meaning throughout the Bible.

The more you read and study your Bible, the more you will want to read and study it. Its spiritual riches cannot be fully mined in any one lifetime…that’s all the more reason to begin today and continue reading and studying every day for the rest of your life!

 

 
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Posted by on October 25, 2012 in Godly Women

 

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