God’s Division of His Word – Testimony/Testimonies

By Chette Nichols Jr

As we continue to look at how God rightly divided the word of truth we come to the second word of the nine we found in Psalm 119, testimonies/testimony.  I pray these word studies help in your deeper study of God’s word.

Testimonies – found 36 times in the OT only and 23 of those times in Psalm 119.

Testimony is found 73 times in the Bible 42 times in the OT, 31 in the NT, and only used by Paul 5 times.

Testimony was used first in Scripture in Exodus 16:34 and it is singular, while the plural Testimonies was first used in Duet 4:45. So we will take a look at these verses to determine the first usage meaning then look at the other verses for additional meanings.

 Exo 16:34 As the LORD commanded Moses, so Aaron laid it up before the Testimony, to be kept. While the first usage verse says that Moses and Aaron laid up a pot of manna before the Testimony. But the next two uses that came after Exodus 16 tell us that he has not given them the testimony yet.

Exo 25:16 And thou shalt put into the ark the testimony which I shall give thee. Future tense

Exo 25:21 And thou shalt put the mercy seat above upon the ark; and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee. Future tense

Deut 4:44, 45 And this is the law which Moses set before the children of Israel:  These are the testimonies, and the statutes, and the judgments, which Moses spake unto the children of Israel, after they came forth out of Egypt, Present tense

So from this we can determine is that Moses wrote of how God had brought them out of Egypt with a mighty hand. And later God gives them the 10 commandments on two tables of stone twice and the second time there are more things written. The narratives of Israel’s journey which are a testimony and the commandments which are called the testimonies also. The ark is called the ark of testimony because it carries those writings and tablets. The Tabernacle is called the tabernacle of the Testimony which is the inner vail and covering of the Holy of Holies. Most of the uses speak of the commandments and law and the recordings of Israel’s exodus as the testimonies.

Ruth 4:7 Now this [was the manner] in former time in Israel concerning redeeming and concerning changing, for to confirm all things; a man plucked off his shoe, and gave [it] to his neighbour: and this [was] a testimony in Israel.

Ruth is the first place we see the word testimony is used differently. It is used as a means of recording a witness between two people. And the commandments, law and statutes, precepts were all given between God and Israel. So testimony can mean a witness, a covenant, a contract, and it can mean the two stone tablets of the 10 commandments , the law and statutes as well.

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The Battle’s Afoot

By Chette Nichols Jr

As I continue in our work to declare unto the lost and saved all the counsel of God, I am met not just with the physical opposition of the lack of our daily needs but with the spiritual bombardment of the enemy and his fiery darts.  I have discovered that it is far easier to fight an enemy that is without than the enemy that is within, that is my flesh.  As i anticipate with clockwork the coming of the multiplicity of my responsibilities and commitments and see those days approach, my flesh becomes my worse nightmare and enemy.

The scenarios begin to race through my mind, I become fearful and anxious at the prospect of not being able to complete my monthly commitments and knowing the result is not to have the things we need to function normally. The thought that my children will not have their daily bread is heartbreaking or that we wont have electric or water to see, wash and drink, these begins to chip away at my very soul even unto despair.  I begin to question did I do the right thing?  Have I made the right choices?  Am I following the right course?  And as these questions pound in my head and my heart the fear and anxiety begin to kill my spiritual vitality and sap what little strength I have left.  I awake in the night and I begin to doubt and to cry out, Oh my Lord, why hast thou forsaken me .  I even want to raise my voice in opposition to what the Lord has allowed to take place.  And more importantly, why is it, the Lord remains so silent at this time of trial and tribulation.  The flesh and the devil begin to rattle their sabers in preparation of their victory to cry havoc and to destroy.

Then suddenly as a dry well that fills in Spring, God’s very words begin to well up as from a darkened pit within my soul.  Verses like, “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.  And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.  Romans 8:26-28.   And as God’s word begins to restore unto me the lost vigor from the fight others verses begin to make their way to the surface, like, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Phl 4:6, 7   They come tumbling like stones that avalanche off a great mountain and hit my spirit with full force, wiping at least for the moment the enemy from the field. This help, that comes only from him and is not of me, only causes me to cease from fighting and to drop to my knees and praise him for his goodness and grace.  I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.  My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1, 2  I cry out unto him I know these verses, I have been taught them and memorized them.  These very simple words strike against the swords of my enemy and back them in the field of battle and for the moment abate their attack.  

It is there that these verses become so much more richer and more meaningful than they ever were over the years, yet they only comfort for the day.  And as the day sets upon the battle I realize that in the morn a new line will be drawn and once again the enemy will strike and strike hard he will, ever pushing forward to take back any and all ground he can to deprive me of peace, to tire and weary me into submission at his mighty blows.

As I arise to face the new day I gaze upon the field to survey the enemies attack, I am often surprised that I have the vitality to carry on this difficult battle, yet at other times I find myself as weak as a child, as a David would seem against a Goliath.  I find the strength each day in him, to stand, to take up my sword, my shield, my armour of God on the right and the left, to wear the helmet of my salvation with honour, and as I ready myself his word again rolls across my hearts banner, “But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.” Acts 20:24

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LOVE – What it means to the Body of Christ

By Chette Nichols Jr

Love is a primary aspect of the Body of Christ. The body exist to some degree because of God’s love for man.

But the Church, the body of Christ, the fullness of him, has a enormous lack of love for one another,  an anti-love thing that is going on.  I believe one of the reasons we have so many denominations is because of a lack of love, not an abundance but a lack.  A better understanding of love is needed.  And instead of running to a shrink, a dictionary or our mothers, the best thing to do is look at the verses and contexts of all the uses intended to teach love to the body of Christ as found in Paul’s writings to the Body of Christ.

A surprising truth that came out in the preparation for this teaching was that Paul never once used the term “Love thy brother” or “love thy brethren” to commanded or instruct the Body of Christ as to their love to one another.  The closest he gets is when he uses the term brotherly love twice in instructing the church the kind of love we are to show one another.  However the commandment to love thy neighbour is part of Paul’s church age teaching and it covers loving one another in the body of Christ.  Another truth that came to light is Paul never once tells us to love those who are not part of the Body of Christ. 

The Word “love” or one of its forms loveth, loved, loving, and lovely as found in the AV text, are used by Paul 84 times in his writings to the church.  Out of that there are 51 times he uses them where they directly apply to the body of Christ, the fulness of him.  Paul never used the word “loves” which is possibly a very important thing to understand so deep meditation on that will be required of  the reader.  I have divided (rightly divided) the verses of  that show how to love the brethren the Body of Christ, the verses consist of commandments, instructions, examples, the work of God.

The final conclusions of how the body is to love one anther is left to each reader being led by the Holy Ghost to compare spiritual things with spiritual and come to a understanding of how you are to love one another.  I have made that easier for you by getting the vesres prepared for you to study.  remember it is not just me who is to study but we are all commanded to study 2Tim 2:15 Study…. .

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A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

By Chette Nichols Jr

You have heard it said a Picture is worth a thousands word but what if the picture is only “half true” in its depiction?

As I teach I often remind people that a half truth is a whole lie.

Take the picture above for example.  You can find this on numerous blog spots and web pages but what none of them tell you is that it has been taken out of the context of the book of which they took the Bible verses from for the depiction.  Now I don’t know the original artist intentions or his heart or the heart of all those who used this picture but this I do know they are promoting a half truth and a half truth is a whole lie.   The large title at the bottom of the pictures states “Biblical Family Law” and again I don’t know the artist heart but one thing is clear this statement is totally 100% inaccurate and un-Biblical.

First let’s take the picture as a whole and then we will dissect it into its four parts and explain the whole truth about each of them.  As a whole picture what is being portrayed here is that God and his word, the Holy Bible, approves of some acts of men but disapproves on one in particular.  That being the one with the “X” across it Homosexuality and in that is also the issue of same sex marriage.  I want to make a comment before we move into the individual four parts.

No where in the Bible has God delegated “marriage” to the institutions of man or his governments.  No man, religion or government set up Biblical marriage and as such none of these has God’s approval of instituting it.  Matthew 19:4-6 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?   Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

By this we can determine that God is the author of marriage and it is only to be between one man and one woman.  this is a work of God by faith for those who are Christian and they are joined together forever by God’s power and not by any human institution of Government.

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God’s Division of His Word – Laws Part Two

By Chette Nichols Jr

Laws often need to be refined and clarified as to how they are to be followed. In our own constitutional laws we have seen this to the clouding of the basic constitutional rights of individuals and amendments give for jurisprudence.  This same process took place by the priests, scribes and religious elders of the people to the creation of the Talmud.  In which its traditions have replaced the basic laws with all sort of minute practices.

But as I studied the law angle out one thing seemed to stand forth.   The law consist of commandments  called the law and known as precepts, statutes, and ordinances.  These are laid out by God himself when he gave the law to Moses but sometimes not all at the same time.  So you may find a law of a certain sacrifice, then a statute is given to clarify the law, and a precept to make it workable to the individual but all relate to the original commandment or law.

Just as an example Numbers chapter 9 where they are commanded to keep the passover, some came to ask for further understanding of the commandments if they were defiled by a dead body.  So the conclusion was if they could not keep the passover because of being defiled or away, when they were clean or returned they were to keep the passover on the 14th day of the second month instead of the first month.

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God’s Division of His Word – Laws Part One

By Chette Nichols Jr

This post is a continuation of  “How God Via Inspiration Rightly Divided His Own Word”.  As stated therein God divided his word in Psalm 119 into nine divisions,  these are not the Only divisions but they are important.   The divisions in Psalm 119 are as follows: Laws, Testimonies, Way/Ways, Precepts, Statutes, Commandments, Judgements, Word/Words, and Ordinances.  We will start with the first word and go through all the terms God divided his word by. 

This series will be under the title of “God’s Division of His Word”  I will also add some quests post in this as some have given some good insight to divisions or certain aspects that we do what to look at.  So please return and visit from time to time to read the whole series.

Law/Laws Part One

This first term”law/Laws is in two parts.

Law is found 459 times is scripture and not all apply to the word of God but a majority of them do.  Laws in it plural form are found 19 times in scripture and 16 of them are direct references to God’s Laws.

The first use of the word Laws is found in  Genesis 26:5 Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.  This is the only use that occurs that does not include Israel.

Having read this verse we can add to God’s system of Rightly Dividing his word another two words or terms that is “my voice” and “my charge”.  The first term  “My voice” represents that which was given verbally to men like Adam, Enoch, Noah, Abram and later, to Moses, the Priests and Prophets.  Men  like Samuel, Nathan, Elijah, Elisha, Jonah, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, and lastly John the Baptist, for these men heard God’s voice.

The second term, “my charge” is a commands and instructions to do something.  In the case of Abram he kept Gods charge by leaving Ur and traveling to a land he knew not.  Genesis is filled with stories of how God communicated to Abram but it never tells us what laws Abram kept, but we see him trusting God, sacrificing to God, obeying God.  One he obeyed God when he asked him to circumcise himself and all men with him.  And When he asked him to sacrifice Isaac.  Also it represents the Law of Moses given both verbally to Moses and recorded from Exodus through Deuteronomy.

Now we see here in Genesis 26:5 an interesting point and that is there were commandments, statues and laws of God before the Law of Moses for all Israel.  What these were we are not to sure of, but they must have had some bearing on the sacrifices and faith Abram had in God during his pilgrimage in Canaan.  Here in this verse we have three of the 9 terms God used in Psalm 119 to show us his division of the word of truth.

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How Old is the Earth?

By Chette Nichols Jr

In order to get a true Idea of how old the Earth is we must compare spiritual things with spiritual. God’s word shows us a creation of the earth where the morning stars sang at it’s creation.

Job 38:7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

Now this would put the creation of Angelic beings like arch-angels, angles, cherubims, seraphim and cherubs before the earth’s creation. There are some who puts the creation of these during the six days work of God which is after the second beginning of Proverbs 8:23 during the time of Genesis 1:3-31.

Proverbs 8:22-24 The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.  I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.  When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water.

I believe Proverbs 8:22 – 24 gives us the Chronology of the creation of the Earth, depths and Fountains of Water.  There is one creation and two beginnings, One that is the Beginning of God’s way and the other is the beginning of his creation process prior to Gen 1:2 & 3 which could have taken place far before the Gen 1:2 events because what ever it was it took place after the Fountains of Water were created and as these fountains contained the water prior to some Judgement event which I link to Lucifer, a cherub who was a morning star and a son of God who was created before the earth was. Because in Gen 1:2 we find the water not in fountains but covering the face of the deep.

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