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The Necessity of a Pure Bible

In my study of 2 Timothy 3 back in July of this year, I found this treasure chest of truth that makes relevant sense. Its an exceptional book, this Bible, nothing like it ever comes close. Truly more than 400 years old, the KJV is older than the American nation, the papyra where the words came from is way older than that. Through all that time, God’s providence and outpouring of grace has always allowed us to know the truth in spite of the changes in our lifestyles since the world began. Some of us have kept the old paths of wisdom with a dependency on God to run our daily matters of simple but fulfilling lives, others have slowly trusted on the work of their hands and by steady gaining of wealth and prosperity, others with pride have fully turned their backs on the now known ‘archaic’ ways of the Christian life and has denounced God’s very existence. Which ever way we fit the category, we need to know that Truth never left our midst.

Why is there a need for a Pure Bible? 
1.) ALL scriptures is where we get our doctrine, reproof, correction, instruction in righteousness, making us perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works…2 Timothy 3 says:

16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

2.) The Gospel of Salvation to Eternal Life comes from the scriptures…the following passages are consistent all throughout the bible…

Romans  16 says:

26 But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:

1Corinthinans 15:

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:

3.) You can be wrong in your thinking by not knowing the scriptures…

Matthew 22 says:

29 Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.

Mark 12 say the same thing:

24 And Jesus answering said unto them, Do ye not therefore err, because ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God?

4.) Because there are unlearned and unstable men who pervert the scriptures…this is a persistent warning all over the passages pertaining the coming days before the Lord returns.

2Peter 3 describes how they disregard the truth :

16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.

For they resist the truth as 2 Timothy 3 says…

1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,

7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.

If we didn’t have the true record of God’s word, we have a false hope, miserable and lost in our sin. Its truly a great gift that God has given us, His preserved word from a time where we “weren’t” until the time when we “aren’t”.

David in Psalm 138 says God magnified His word above His name…

2 I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.

And Psalm 12 says he preserved His words forever…

6 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

7 Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.

The harmony of the gospels show why we are sure we have God’s Word that He preserved…

  • Matthew 24:35 ~ Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
  • Mark 13:31 ~ Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.
  • Luke 21:33 ~ Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.

From the mouths of three witnesses shall a word be established…

  • 2 Corinthians 13:1 ~ This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.

Don’t Be a Hypocrite – Secret to overcoming temptations

I recently scored this wonderful nugget of unearthly treasure from the Lord – a message about overcoming temptation… don’t be a hypocrite!!!

This pure gold of a message was harvested from the first chapter of the book of James in the New Testament:

1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.

1.) How to expect Temptations: Walking in life, we expect temptations and find them as detours that lead away from the path of truth, but we need to keep walking on through the path where not too many has trodden and may be a really hard path to follow. Know though that when we pass through overcoming the temptations, we learn patience as a bonus. But before you scoot off to say this is another typical lesson, wait, patience when perfected in us makes us content and our desires are then aligned with those of the Spirit of God, the secret to avoiding falling.

2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;

3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.

4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

2.) How to deal with the humps: Now while being tempted, we may come to a point when we become unsure on how to handle the situation, we have trouble deciding whether to wait or move forward.

a.) Ask the Lord for wisdom, stand by it: The word tells us to ask for guidance, for wisdom, because the Lord gives freely, we must stand firm and believe that He gives it to us as we wait, we need to discern and not rush. God will see us through..those who change their mind and decide on their own will fail as God will not honor their decision, He’s not giving anything to them, check Saul’s story early in his career.

5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.

b.) Be Single Minded – Let God’s Spirit run your life in every case: Have a single mind the Bible says and do not let the spirit of the flesh run together with the Spirit of God in you, for God is the owner of you and must rule supreme no matter how boring, how tiring or how painful it may seem as we live in Him (at times, by the world’s standards it can be all of those things and worse). Be stable like Kent Hovind’s example of how to fire the rubber band long distance.

8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

c.) Remember, it will all pass, be happy with what you have, you don’t need more stuff: We’re told to rejoice when were low and be humble when were high, noting that being rich or alive is not forever for all are appointed one day to die. See the example of the flower passing away, all the beauty will fade when the sun rises up with the burning heat.

9 Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted:

10 But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away.

11 For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways.

3.) Remember the Prize: Now going back to temptations- here is the promise, endure and receive the crown of life, The Lord promised this to those who love Him.

12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

4.) Remember the Lord who loves you and got your back: Don’t blame God when you are being tried, if you fail, that’s you running a fleshly mind and running without God in the forefront. Your flesh gets enticed and seduced through lust and this becomes sin and brings death. These temptations are merely Satan’s use of the worldly things around us. All these things that God made for us. He values us so much from the beginning, He wanted us to be perfect without forcing us. He didn’t make us like robots. He created these for us and wants us to have them but the devil uses them to make us take the detour, to get us out of the straight path and have us to sit down, drink a little, eat a little, a little comfort, a little slumber…do not make this mistake and instead be discerning.

13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:

14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.

17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

5.) Watch yourself: He warns us to be vigilant, swift to hear but slow to speak and anger.

19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:

Note below – He specifically dwells at ‘wrath’ and singles it out that it worketh not the righteousness of God, to say that it doesn’t get you closer to the Lord when you’re angry. He mentions this before he tells of fixing filthiness and naughtiness. We need to be meek and receive the engrafted word that saves our souls. we need to have the love for the truth…

20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.

21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.

In summary, we’re told of the basic things to watch inorder to overcome being tempted: we need to be quick to hear His calling, control our speech, be slow to anger, repent and turn away from the fleshly works of sin, then receive the word and trust everything it says. This last verse to me is saying, be saved first! (click how).

Having said that, finally, the secret to overcoming temptation: Do What the Word Says and Not Only Hear It for we deceive ourselves thinking we know what God wants but we actually forget it and do the opposite thing, running our lives ‘flesh’-style, its like being dressed up for a wedding we look at ourselves in the mirror then later forget our respectable appearance as we behave disgracefully in front of the other guests. This causes others to stumble because we’re being hypocrites. I thought of another crude example – We look like coat-wearing baptists but act like construction workers taking a break, not a neat holy sight to watch (no offense to the clean living construction folks out there).

22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:

24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.

We need to do the work of God in faith because without it, we wont last in this wicked world as our flesh will always be against us. Let’s not forget what manner of person we are to be and should be, we will be blessed in this.

25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

Confirmation of the mirror message: God defines pure religion, understandably – the true Christianity,which is our great commission, our focus that makes us look ahead and walk boldly forward doing God’s work instead of being distracted by the detours (temptations). This completes our claim of being true Christians:

  1. bridle your tongue,
  2. visit the lost and fatherless (literally as well as those who don’t know God as Father) and share the gospel of Jesus Christ’ salvation to them; as well as the widows (literally those who dont have a husband or a Saviour protecting them and comforting them in their afflictions), helpless for they need the true Savior Jesus Christ;
  3. lastly, if you consider yourself a child, kid or babe in the word to share the gospel at this time (which really is mostly an excuse anyway as anyone who loves his/her neighbor do share the gospel indeed as God puts it in their hearts, but just in case you don’t feel that encouraged to do so), this is for you – keep yourself from being spotted from the world. Do not love the world and be entangled therein, unequally yoked with unbelievers… Keep yourself from idols the word says!

Apart from this, your so called religion is all in vain.

26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.

27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

The whole set of messages above ties up very tightly with the message of the essential parable.

Note that to know what God wants us to do, we need to read His true Word and do what it says, receiving it and understanding it and doing it. Bear fruit with it.

Christian’s spiritual swiss knife – 1John 5

In 1John 5, there’s a little ‘obscure’ verse (last one) that seem to not make sense as you gloss over it, but if you read it again keeping your mind on the context of truth and heeding the warning about deceitfulness, you realise this is exactly what it’s all about. Another insight to why true Christians, a group of people who are going to heaven after they die, can only be such when they have God and His Word the Bible as their authority and not man’s made-up ideals.

This chapter is a compact portfolio of a Christian. I call it the ‘Christian’s spiritual swiss knife’. It explains it all over again…firstly the gospel is in here; then the doctrine of truth: let God be true and every man a liar; the doctrine of – the love of the truth; the doctrine of faith with works; and being doers of the word and not hearers only, even goes all the way back to the essential parable…so obviously a very apt ending verse otherwise…

Trying to dissect 1John 5, I found…

 A.) The First and Second Commandment of Jesus Christ explained:

1 Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.

2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.

3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

 

B.) The doctrine of Faith in God overcoming the world (Faith with works described in James 2):

4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

 

C.) The Trinity:

6 This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.

7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

8 And there are three that bear witness in earth, the spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.

D.) God be true and everyman be a liar: God’s record of His word is true:

9 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son.

10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.

 

E.) The truth of the gospel and Salvation through Christ alone:

11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

F.) Christians asking and praying in light of God’s will, answered by God:

14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:

15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

 

G.) Praying for the salvation of others:

16 If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.

17 All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death.

 

H.) How to tell what a true Christian is: He keeps himself from sin, and God protects him from evil:

18 We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.


I.) The stark difference between the world and true Christians

19 And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.

 

J.) Jesus gives understanding and the love of the truth, revealing the True God to His children:

20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

 

K.) Lastly the warning that other than the true God, there are deceitful idols everyone needs to avoid:

21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

No Schisms – the Wife and the Church

No schisms – A clearer biblical way to explain wives being the weaker vessel… our wives are to be treated as though husband and wife are both parts of the same body together. Though there has been a rhetoric about the equality of women in their role in modern society, for centuries in world history, the wife being compared to the husband always had a sort of dependency on him, being the ‘weaker’ vessel i.e. strengthwise, emotionally, endurance-wise, etc… Biblically, God designed it this way, thus we are further told to treat them with honor. see the ‘Bible puzzle pieces’ below…

1Peter 3: 7 says:

“Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.”

note: prayer is a cry to the Lord understandably for praise and petitions, if they are hindered, the cry may be in vain.  Below describes how the body works together, thus if husband and wife are one together, same mind, etc.., there will be no hindrance to prayer..

About the body, here’s a puzzle pair to Peter’s account above from Paul’s 1Corinthians 12. It explains the relationship of the parts of the body to each other.

20 But now are they many members, yet but one body.

21 And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.

22 Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:

23 And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.

24 For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked:

25 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.

26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.

27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

 

Paul, in the same Spirit says in Ephesians 5 (below). Notice how the following issues tie together: Submission of the parts to each other; Love between husband and wife; and Unity of Marriage.

1.) Submission – body parts analogy: husband is to his wife as Christ is to His church, the head

21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.

23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.

24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

 

2.) Love – the husband to the wife as Christ giving himself for His church.

25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.

29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:

30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

 

3.) Unity mystery – Husband and wife become one like Christ to His church

31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.

32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.

 

Reflection: These passages bear witness to the fact that the Word of God is alive and powerful. The wisdom that we are blessed with is consistent and accurate and is not a loose collection of ideas that float around to be interpreted in various ways. Here, the Body, the Husband and Wife and Christ and the Church are vividly represented in clear and understandable terms by two separate witnesses in one Spirit.