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Discussion in 'Bible Study' started by Daniels, Nov 13, 2008.

  1. Study!!!!


    2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

    Most of the resources for study will be off-site links, but before you go, here are a few tidbits for you.
    There are few things of equal value to the life of a Christian as the study of the word of God, and I don't mean just reading it, I mean truly studying it. Reading it is only the beginning of study, but true study includes all of the following:

    1) Reading of scripture in humility, as though you are meeting directly with God.
    2) Searching scripture out to build a web of connections, allowing scripture to interpret scripture.
    3) Much quiet meditation on what you have found.
    4) If need be, consult trusted commentaries for additional insight.
    5) Application of what you have learned, to your life.
    6) Measuring and contemplation of what has happened in your life because of it.
    7) A continual adjustment and conformity to newfound understanding of God's word.
    8) Having the whole process all the way through, bathed in prayer.
    The key thing to remember is that we are doing our studying to learn of God, who is much higher than we are. His very nature being so much higher than us requires us to seek Him earnestly, not haphazardly, or when we get around to it. But He has promised that if we seek Him, we will find Him....
    Jeremiah 29:13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

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  4. 16 Facts About Grace
    1. God is gracious (Exodus 34:6).
    2. His throne is described as a throne of grace (Hebrews 4:16).
    3. In the Old Testament those who served God were under grace (Psalm 84:11; Proverbs 3:34).
    4. Noah (Genesis 6:8), Lot (Genesis 19:18, 19), Moses (Exodus 33:13; 34:9), and Gideon (Judges 6:17) were all under grace.
    5. The Israelites in the wilderness were under grace (Jeremiah 31:2).
    6. The post-exilic Jews were under grace (Ezra 9:6-8).
    7. Grace has been offered to all men (Titus 2:11).
    8. Salvation comes only by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8).
    9. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile; all must be justified by grace (Romans 3:22-24, 29, 30).
    10. We are justified by grace, not be works (Titus 3:5-7).
    11. Some, however, turn God’s grace into lasciviousness (Jude 4).
    12. Grace does not give us license to sin (Romans 6:15).
    13. Grace teaches us to deny ungodliness, to live righteously, and to be zealous of good works (Titus 2:11-14).
    14. Grace is the power of Christ (2 Corinthians 12:9).
    15. Grace looses us from sin’s dominion (Romans 6:14).
    16. Never despise the power of God’s grace (Hebrews 10:29).
  5. Covetousness
    kuvAet-us-nes: Has a variety of shades of meaning determined largely by the nature of the particular word used, or the context, or both. Following are some of the uses:
    (1) To gain dishonestly
    ( ˆCÁbÆ),e.g. AV Ex 18:21; Ezk 33:31.
    (2) The wish to have more than one possesses, inordinately, of course
    (pleoneciÂa ),e.g. Lk 12:15; 1 Thess 2:5.
    (3) An inordinate love of money
    filaÉrguroj‰ AV Lk 16:14; 2 Tim. 3:2; filarguriÂa‰ 1 Tim. 6:10); negative in Heb 13:5, AV.
    Covetousness is a very grave sin; indeed, so heinous is it that the Scriptures class it among the very gravest and grossest crimes (Eph 5:3). In Col 3:5 it is "idolatry," while in 1 Cor 6:10 it is set forth as excluding a man from heaven. Its heinousness, doubtless, is accounted for by its being in a very real sense the root of so many other forms of sin, e.g. departure from the faith (1 Tim. 6:9,10); lying (2 Ki 5:22-25); theft (Josh 7:21); domestic trouble (Prov 15:27); murder (Ezk 22:12); indeed, it leads to "many foolish and hurtful lusts" (1 Tim. 6:9). Covetousness has always been a very serious menace to mankind, whether in the OT or NT period. It was one of the first sins that broke out after Israel had entered into the promised land (Achan, Josh 7); and also in the early Christian church immediately after its founding (Ananias and Sapphira, Acts 5); hence, so many warnings against it. A careful reading of the OT will reveal the fact that a very great part of the Jewish law — such as its enactments and regulations regarding duties toward the poor, toward servants; concerning gleaning, usury, pledges, gold and silver taken during war — was introduced and intended to counteract the spirit of covetousness.
    Eerdmans maintains (Expos, July, 1909) that the commandment, "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house" (Ex 20:17), meant to the Israelite that he should not take anything of his neighbor’s possessions that were momentarily unprotected by their owner. Compare Ex 34:23 ff. Thus, it refers to a category of acts that is not covered by the commandment, "Thou shalt not steal." It is an oriental habit of mind from of old that when anyone sees abandoned goods which he thinks desirable, there is not the least objection to taking them, and Ex 20:17b is probably an explanation of what is to be understood by "house" in 20:17a.
    Examples of covetousness: Achan (Josh 7); Saul (1 Sa 15:9,19); Judas (Mt 26:14,15); Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:1-11); Balaam (2 Pet 2:15 with Jude 1:11).
    William Evans

  6. I thank Jesus for your love of God and His Word, and for using you to teach.
  7. The Preexistence of Jesus
    There are many Scriptures which teach that Jesus preexisted the incarnation. Such include Jesus’ statement, "What if you see the Son of Man ascend to where he was before?" (John 6:62). Jesus plainly said that He was in heaven before coming to the earth. On another occasion He said, "Before Abraham was, I am" (John 8:58). One very telling statement is, "I came forth from the Father, and entered the world; now I am leaving the world, and am going to the Father" (John 16:28). Finally, Jesus said, "And now, O Father, glorify me with yourself with the glory I had with you before the world was" (John 17:5).
    There is not enough space to deal with each of these passages individually, but some general observations will be given to help shed some light on this topic. It is obvious that Jesus was not referring to His humanity previously having glory, or being in heaven, since His humanity did not exist until the incarnation. In John 17:5, Jesus' reference to "me" includes His humanity. That this must be so is due to the nature of the incarnation. Jesus' deity was not speaking here, but the God-man was speaking. Since Jesus' humanity did not preexist, He must be referring to His deity. The question is, in what way did Jesus’ deity preexist the incarnation? Did He preexist as a distinct person from the Father and Spirit?
    As has already been demonstrated, as it pertains to the deity of the Son, He was YHWH. The Bible never says that the Son of God preexisted the incarnation, but Jesus as the Spirit did preexist as the logos, both in the morphe of God (Philippians 2:6), and as the expression of God. Just as Jesus can be said to be the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world (Revelation 13:8), without having a physical body until the incarnation and having been slain in time, God can give glory to His logos before the logos is ever made flesh to actuate the plan. God does call those things which are not as though they were (Romans 4:17). Jesus could rightly say that He came forth from the Father. The logos was with God, and then was made flesh, coming to the earth (John 1:1, 14). Jesus did return to heaven. He ascended to the Father, from whence He came some thirty-seven years or so before. Since the logos was God, He did not come as one of the three personalities in the Godhead, but it was the deity of the Father Himself who came.

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  8. I would understand this better if I knew what Incarnation meant. Is it when Christ was born? For a long time, I thought Jesus didn't exist before He was born as a baby.

  9. Sweets, Jesus was the human form that God the Son took when He became man. Before His conception He was not Jesus - that is, He did not have a human body. But He existed for all eternity as God the Son. Philippians 2:5-7 tells us, "Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, and being made in human likeness." The word "incarnation" means taking on human nature. Although Jesus never ceased to be fully God, He laid aside all the prerogatives of Godhead and became fully man, so that He could fully represent us.


  10. Time, space, creation itself where all made by Jesus Christ. He existed before all:

    Joh 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
    Joh 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God.
    Joh 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
  11. Things to Do Today
    Notice the following items in the Bible that are said to be DAILY responsibilities:

    1. Get saved - II Cor. 6:2
    2. Give yourself to God - Luke 9:23; Rom. 12:1-3
    3. Read your Bible - Acts 17:11; Psa. 119:97
    4. Pray - Mat. 6:11 (emphasis on "this day")
    5. Rejoice and be glad - Psa. 118:24
    6. Praise God - Psa. 35:28; 145:2
    7. Serve God - Mat. 21:28

  12. YHVH

    [​IMG] The Hebrew consonants Yod (Y) Hey (H) Vav (V or W) Hey (H), or Yahweh, in Winchester Cathedral. YHVH is called the Tetragrammaton, Greek meaning "four letters." The masoretic scribes left out the vowels so no one would pronounce this holy name. (Jehovah became a popular pronunciation in the 16th century through German translators although there is no "J" sound in the Hebrew).
  13. How was wine made in ancient times?

    Evidence shows that the Hebrews made wine in a similar way as their sophisticated neighbors. The basic structure of the winepress was a pair of large pits or cisterns cut into the rock, one above the other. Workers crushed the grapes in the upper chamber with their feet. The juice ran through a channel to the lower pit, where it was then left to ferment in the late summer heat.
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    Over centuries of increasing sophistication and technology, gold has assumed many additional roles. Not only is it still prized as an essential component of jewellery, it also has many applications in contemporary modern day life.

    For example, gold has soared into space with the astronauts where its reflective ability has been used on the heat shields that are critical to life beyond the earth's atmosphere. This same reflective ability increases the aesthetic and practical beauty of modern skyscrapers as the gold in tinted windows makes the difference between obstructive glare and glamorous gleam.
    It has many other specific applications, including uses in telephones and telecommunications, television sets, computers and calculators. It also has important applications in medicine and dentistry.
    But above all, gold is most renowned in its ultimate form - jewellery. Every day men, women and children continue the centuries-old ritual of gold adornment. They are caught up in gold's allure through the acquisition and purchase of any number of pieces of gold jewellery, whether it be a ring, chain, necklace, earrings, bracelet or watch.
    Of all the world's precious metals, only gold combines the four basic characteristics that make it a universally and eternally treasured possession - lustrous beauty, rarity, durability and workability.
    1. Lustrous beauty
    The naturally intense colour and distinctive lustre of gold combine to give this precious metal its unique and lasting beauty. This beauty is further enhanced by the soft and exquisite shades of colour achieved by combining it with small amounts of other precious and base metals known as alloy. The many colours of gold include yellow, white, pink and green and, to a lesser extent, shades of blue and purple. All are beautiful in their own right, and in combination.
    gold & copper - soft rose colour
    gold & silver - green gold
    gold & palladium - white gold
    God wants the beauty of gold in our lives. We are to give out a distinctive "shine" to those who are not Christians. God combines the gold in our lives with other elements to produce distinctive in each Christian. We will never be 100% gold in this life. As it is pure gold is too soft for everyday use. God uses the gold combined with some "base" metals to his glory.
    2. Rarity or Purity
    Although gold is everywhere around us - in the earth's crust, in the seas, rivers and plants - the difficulty and expense of obtaining it makes recovery of any substantial amounts unlikely. Where gold is found to exist, as it does in several regions of Australia, several tonnes of ore may be required to extract just one ounce of gold. This rarity alone is enough to bestow a certain symbolism and status to gold, and when combined with its other inherent characteristics, it becomes an even more desirable possession.
    In a world when virtually anything is alright if you want to do it, the Christian is in the minority, a rarity. The Christian is to be in the world but not of the world. There is to be purity in the life of the Christian. This comes when we allow God to produce gold in our lives. This gold is produced when we suffer trials and tribulations. When we are crushed in our lives then God can extract gold. Too many Christian today seem to think that if they suffer they must be something wrong. If God is to produce gold in your life then you will suffer but you will also mature as a Christian.
    3. Durability
    Gold virtually lasts forever. It does not rust, tarnish or corrode. An example of its incredible durability is evidenced in the gold coins found in galleons sunk centuries ago. Each coin is as bright and shiny as the day it was made. Another familiar example that has overwhelmed millions of people are the treasures of King Tut. When the boy King Tutankhamen died in 1350BC he was buried with vast amounts of gold artifacts and jewellery. Today, more than 3000 years later, people marvel at the breathtaking array of items as gleaming and lustrous as when they were buried.
    God wants gold in our lives because it is durable. Many christians want to settle for lesser metals or even wood, hay and stubble. Why? To produce gold requires more work, more suffering and pain.
    4. Workability
    Gold has the best working qualities of any metal, thereby making it the ideal precious metal for fine jewellery. It is so soft and malleable that one ounce can be stretched into a wire an incredible 80 kilometres long, or hammered into a sheet so thin that it covers well over nine square metres and becomes transparent. It is this workability that enables it to be alloyed with other precious and base metals to produce special qualities or to achieve variations of colour. Gold can be remelted and used again and again and it can be made into a vast array of jewellery items. From the most intricate baby bracelet to the heaviest chain, gold's workability gives it the ability to exist in a multitude of forms and shapes.
    God wants gold in our live because it makes us more workable in his hands. The christian who produces gold in their life is like clay in the potters hand except God can make it into something even more valuable. it is gold's beauty, rarity, durability and wokability that makes it so valuable. Remember it is a "spiritual" gold that God is after which has an eternal worth.

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  15. Acts of Satan

    • Gen. 3:1-14 He was disguised under the Edenic serpent
    • Gen. 3:15 He is the serpent’s seed
    • Isa. 14:12 He was Lucifer, son of the morning before the fall
    • Ezk. 28:14 He was the anointed cherub that covers
    • 1 Chr. 21:1 He energized David to evil
    • Job 1:7-2:10 He accused and afflicted Job
    • Zech. 3:1-9 He opposes unbelieving Israel, prefigured by Joshua the priest
    • Mt. 4:3 He is the tempter
    • Mt. 12:24; Acts 10:38 He is the prince of the demons
    • 1 Tim. 4:1-6 He instigates false doctrine
    • Mt. 4:4; Lk. 4:10-11 He perverts the Word of God
    • Mt. 12:22-29 He works in demon possession
    • Zech. 3:1 He is Satan, the Adversary
    • Lk. 4:13 He is the devil, the slanderer
    • Jn. 13:2,27 He caused Judas to betray Christ
    • Acts 5:3 and Ananias to lie
    • 2 Cor. 4:4 He blinds people spiritually
    • 1 Pet. 5:8 He seeks to harm believers
    • Eph. 6:11-12 He heads a celestial hierarchy of evil
    • Eph. 2:2 He indwells the unsaved
    • Jn. 8:44 He was branded “a liar” and “the father of lies” by Jesus
    • 2 Thess. 2:9 He works diabolic miracles
    • Jn. 8:44 He is a murderer
    • Jn. 12:31; 14:30 He is the prince of this world
    • Lk. 13:16 He blinds people physically and spiritually
    • Mt. 25:41 He is a fallen angel
    • Mt. 13:38-39 He sows tares
    • Mt. 13:19 and snatches away the Word
    • Rev. 20:1-3 He will be bound during the millennium
    • Mt. 13:39 He is “the enemy”
    • Mt. 13:38 “the evil one”
    • Eph. 6:10-20 He is routed by Spirit-directed prayer
    • 1 Pet. 5:8-9 He is overcome by faith
    • 1 Thess. 2:18 He hinders God’s will in believers
    • Rev. 12:9 He is the deceiver
    • Rev. 12:9; 20:2 He is the dragon, that old serpent
    • Lk. 10:18 He fell from a sinless high estate
    • Lk. 22:31 He viewed Simon Peter as a target
    • Rev. 2:9 He has a synagogue of legalists who deny God’s grace in Christ
    • Jn. 3:8, 10 His children are unsaved people
    • Mt. 25:41; Rev. 20:10 His ultimate fate is Gehenna
    The New Unger’s Bible Handbook, Merrill F. Unger, Revised by Gary N. Larson, Moody Press, Chicago, 1984, p. 407
  16. Gates in the New Testament.

    1. The "Strait gate" of salvation.

    Mat 7:13 "Enter by the narrow gate; for wide [is] the gate and broad [is] the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.

    2. The "Wide gate", Gate of sin.

    Mat 7;13 "Enter by the narrow gate; for wide [is] the gate and broad [is] the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.

    14 "Because narrow [is] the gate and difficult [is] the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

    3. The City gate...gate of sorrow.

    Lk 7:12 And when He came near the gate of the city, behold, a dead man was being carried out, the only son of his mother; and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the city was with her.

    4. The Luxuriant gate of sadness.

    Lk 16: 20 "But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate,

    5. The beautiful gate of need.

    Acts 3:2 And a certain man lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms from those who entered the temple;

    6. The closed gate of opportunity.

    Acts 10:17 Now while Peter wondered within himself what this vision which he had seen meant, behold, the men who had been sent from Cornelius had made inquiry for Simon's house, and stood before the gate.

    7. The iron gate of deliverance.

    Acts 12:10 When they were past the first and the second guard posts, they came to the iron gate that leads to the city, which opened to them of its own accord; and they went out and went down one street, and immediately the angel departed from him.


  17. Bible Quiz Answers

    1. How many books are in the New Testament?

    2. What was the 1st plague in Egypt?

    3. Who was David's father?
    JESSE 1 Samuel 16:19

    4. Where was the Apostle Paul born?
    TARSUS a city in CILICIA Acts 22:3

    5. What was created on the fourth day?
    THE STARS, SUN AND MOON Genesis 1:14-19

    6. Whose ass spoke to him?
    BALAAM'S Numbers 22:28

    7. Who saw the writing on the wall?
    BELSHAZZAR Daniel 5:5

    8. What does 'Emmanuel' mean?
    GOD WITH US Matthew 1:23

    9. Name the oldest man recorded in the Bible. (Half a point extra if you also know how old)
    METHUSELAH (969 years) Genesis 5:27

    10. In which Psalm is it written, "The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand,
    until I make thine enemies thy footstool"?
    PSALM 110

    11. How tall was Goliath?
    SIX CUBITS AND A SPAN 1 Samuel 17:4 (About ten feet)

    12. What are the walls of the New Jerusalem made out of?
    JASPER Revelation 21:18

    13. What does James say that no man can tame?
    THE TONGUE James 3:8

    14. Who was translated that he should not see death?
    ENOCH Genesis 5:24 Hebrews 11:5

    15. Which is the fifth church written to in Revelation?
    SARDIS Revelation 3:1

    16. Name Noah's sons. (Half a point for each)
    SHEM, HAM and JAPETH Genesis 7:13

    17. Of whom did Christ say, "Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no guile"?
    NATHANIEL John 1:47

    18. How many porches did the pool at Bethesda have?
    FIVE John 5:2

    19. Whose ear did Simon Peter cut off with the sword?

    20. Who are "Blessed" because they "...shall be called the children of God"?
    THE PEACEMAKERS Matthew 5:9

    21. What does Isaiah say can be bought without money and without price?
    WINE AND MILK Isaiah 55:1

    22. Name the fruit of the Spirit?

    23. Who was with Jesus when he was transfigured?
    PETER, JOHN and JAMES Luke 9:28

    24. Who saw men as trees walking?

    25. Who was Philemon's servant?
    ONESIMUS Philemon v10

  18. DEMONS

    Another name for fallen angels who joined the kingdom of Satan in rebellion against God.
    Origin. The origin of demons is not explicitly discussed in the Bible. But the New Testament speaks of the fall and later imprisonment of a group of angels (1 Pet. 3:19-20; 2 Pet. 2:4; Jude 6). The group that participated in the fall apparently followed one of their own number, SATAN. The fall occurred before God's CREATION of the world, leaving Satan and his angels free to contaminate the human race with wickedness (Gen. 3; Matt. 25:41; Rev. 12:9).
    Only part of the fallen angels took part in the wickedness at the time of the Flood (Gen. 6:1-4). These were the ones who were imprisoned. God left the rest free to try to undermine the cause of righteousness in the world.
    A symbolic view of this "initial" fall appears in (Revelation 12:3-4) where the dragon (a symbol for Satan) "drew a third of the stars of heaven" (a symbol for angels) and "threw them to the earth." Thus, Satan has his own angels, presumably these demons (Matt. 25:41; Rev. 12:9).
    Demons in the Old Testament. Because the Jews believed God's power was unlimited, the Old Testament contains little information about demons. The primitive status of the understanding of demons during this time is perhaps reflected in the way the Old Testament relates the fallen angels to God. It was a "distressing (or evil) spirit from God" (1 Sam. 16:15-16,23) that brought great distress to Saul the king. It was a "lying spirit" from the Lord about whom Micaiah, the prophet of the Lord, spoke (1 Kin. 22:21-23).
    Pagan worship is also related to demon activity in the Old Testament (Lev. 17:7; Ps. 106:37). Demons delight in making heathen idols the focus of their activities.
    Demons in the New Testament. The New Testament accepts the Old Testament teaching about demons and advances the doctrine significantly. Demons are designated in a number of different ways in the New Testament. Quite frequently they are called "unclean spirits" (Matt. 10:1; Mark 6:7).
    They are mentioned as the world rulers of this present darkness.
    Darkness in the Bible has always been associated with the dominion. There are only a few instances that this particular statement is not true. Darkness has a reference to Hell, the Pit, and the kingdom of the devil. In Revelation 9:2-3 the locusts come from out of darkness. In Revelation 18:2, Babylon is associated with the rule of Satan, here it is the world system that is in control. Thus, world rulers can be taken literally.
  19. Andrew Bonar

    Andrew Bonar, a great man of prayer, had three rules:
    1. Not to speak to any man before speaking to Jesus;
    2. Not to do anything with his hands until he had been on his knees;
    3. Not to read the papers until he had read his Bible.
    Keith L. Brooks, Essential Themes, (Moody Press, Chicago; 1974), p. 6

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