GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM AND GOSPEL OF THE GRACE OF GOD

(this is a topic many are confused with and I feel this is a simpler understanding is needed at time to convey the truth as simple as possible.  Pastor Chette Nichols)

THINGS TO COME, A Journal of Biblical Literature. No. 37., JULY, 1897., Vol. IV., No. 1., pp. 9, 10. Questions and Answers.

(This is an excellent article from 1897 on the difference between these two gospels. However, I have taken the liberty to edit some remarks which are not related to the issue. –Dave Reese )

“There are some who maintain that there can be only one Gospel. Such forget that the word Gospel means good news, and that news may be of various kinds, though it may concern the same person.

The difference between the good news concerning the Kingdom and the good news concerning the Grace of God may be briefly stated thus:In the Gospel of the Kingdom the Lord Jesus is proclaimed as the seed of David, the Man raised up and Anointed by God to reign over the people of Israel and over the Gentiles (Rom. xv. 12).

In the Gospel of the Grace of God, the Lord Jesus is declared to be the Son of God, the Man in whom God came down to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself, that sinful men might be justified and sanctified, made fit for the presence of the glory of God (Col. i. 12).

The former was preached to the Jews and in association with Jerusalem. The latter is the present testimony of God among the Gentiles while Jerusalem is trodden down of the Gentiles.

Jesus was born into the world, King of the Jews (Matt. ii. 2), to reign over the house of Jacob (Luke i. 33). The kingdom which John the Baptist proclaimed as at hand was the kingdom foretold by Daniel the prophet (chap. ii. 44) : “The God of heaven shall set up a kingdom.” This kingdom is the literal and yet future reign of Christ over the earth when He “shall sit upon the throne of His glory” (Matt. xxv. 31), as “King of kings and Lord of lords” (Rev. xix. 16)—the time commonly spoken of as the Millennium.

The kingdom, which is the subject of the Old Testament prophets (Acts iii. 24), was proclaimed to the Jews ; by John the Baptist, by the Lord Jesus, by the twelve apostles, from Matt. iii. 2 into Acts.

The rulers of the Jews, those responsible for the nation rejected the testimony in all its phases ; they crucified the Lord Jesus, and persecuted His apostles. Consequently as a nation they were cast out (though not “cast away forever”), Jerusalem was destroyed, and testimony to Christ Jesus as the King, as an official testimony from God was ended.

There is no proclamation to the world of Christ as King, with Divine authority and power while the people of Israel are not a nation. Through the fall of Israel “salvation is come unto the Gentiles” (Rom. xi. 11), and the grace of God is manifested to those who were “without God in the world” (Eph. ii. 12). This ministry of grace was not committed to the twelve apostles, whom the Lord sent to preach the kingdom (Acts i. 3), but to Paul.

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The Authorized Bible Believers Check list of Beliefs

By Chette Nichols Jr and George Anderson Jr

July 17, 2013

1)   Believes that the AV in English Contains the Preserved words of God for all generations

2)   Believes that the words in AV English are exactly what God meant for mankind

3)   Believes that they can hold in their hands a BOOK (the AV) that contains ALL of the words of God

4)   Believes that there are no problems with the text of the AV – some words or doctrines may be hard to understand, but there are no problems with the text

5)   Believes that the AV in English is Without Error

6)   Believes that the English words in the AV are Inspired

7)   Believes the AV English can correct the underlying Greek or Hebrew

8)   Believes that they don’t have to go to “the Greek” or “the Hebrew” to better understand the English

9)   Believes that the AV has a built in Dictionary to Define the English words used in the AV text

10) Believes that the AV has a divine built in cross-reference for establishing Bible Doctrine

11) Believes the Scriptures when they say: “It is written” or “Thus saith the Lord”

12) Believes they should use only AV terminology and words when establishing Bible Doctrine

13) Believes ALL other Bibles in English today are inferior to the AV text

14) Believes that no scripture is of private interpretation

Developing a Heart after God

By Chette Nichols Jr

When I first got saved one of the things that troubled me most were not my outward appearance of sin as that was something that was evidently seen.  But it was the inward acceptance of certain sins and attitudes that I still struggled with.  It took many years to slowly recognizing that I am dead to sin and alive to the Holy Ghost.  This recognition process was not easy but in order to for it to begin I first had to recognize that my heart is not into recognition of sin and attitudes that are not godly or acceptable to God.  It is in this area of recognition of the heart that one will begin to affect true and godly change in ones sin and attitude.  The lack of recognition of these heart sins and attitudes are the core to why so many feel so far from God or feel they have failed him.  While these emotions are good to drive us to God in deeper ways the enemy of our soul will also use them to drives our hearts away from God.

To begin to develop a heart after We need to start with a set of core verses that will need to be memorized, meditated on and prayed through regularly that you begin to understand the deep implications of the thought and intent of the heart.

First off, we must understand that the heart is more than the center of emotion it is the center of all thought and if we are going to change it must be with the word of God.  There are many programs out there that are based upon the individual going through a process of analyzing of ones thoughts and words, attempting to rephrase certain “command phrases”.  But this leaves it up to man to do the work.  The activity of changing our heart is not that of mans, it is the job of the Holy Ghost.  So we need to recognize our sinful, self-centered thoughts that lead to sin only enough to allow the Holy Ghost to make the change as this is done you will be developing a moment by moment prayer life.

Now take a moment to read and meditate on this verse.  Put it to memory if you have not already.

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

This verse must be accepted as a foundation of Changing our heart.  Memorize, meditate and believe this verse for in so doing you will enforce in your heart to have trust in the word of God for change, and not in man or humanistic ways.  The key here is “the word of God” this entails that you must have familiarity with God’s word for the Holy Ghost to work with.  You will be surprised how much you have in your mind/heart and the Holy Ghost will bring it to remembrance as needed.

Secondly, this next verse is necessary and possibly the hardest one for many to accept it is Jeremiah 17:9.  This verse is true of you and I and we must admit this before we can go any further in developing the Christ like attitudes and love, a true heart after God.  The whole process of deep heart development pivots on this verse.  If you do not believe this is true about you, you are already deceived and will not be able to overcome sin and hurtful attitudes.

Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

I ask that you will memorize this verse and deeply meditate on it.  Come to the point of acceptance that God’s word is true even for the born again Saint of God.  Just because you got saved and are in a new position before God does not mean you are practically walking that out.  If that were true Saints wouldn’t sin but we do.  The cause of our sin is our heart.  I have had people tell me they have a heart after God but in the very next statements lie to me.  How can one say these things when they are not walking the talk?  Well it is because their heart is deceitful above all things even a born again heart with God indwelling it.

The truth of this verse must be accepted by the man of God if he truly desires to develop a heart after God.  I understand that at first you may want to rebel at this verse and claim it just can’t be true for the born again man of God but that is simply in your inability to separate position from practical.  You are fully saved and a new creature in Christ but at the same time you are still living in a body of flesh with all the same desires, drives and motives that you have developed through your heart since you were born.  It is this heart that God wants to change but one must first recognize that change takes time and doesn’t change easily.  So memorize Jeremiah 17:9 and accept it as God’s truth.

A third is a set of verses needed is a key to the understanding that sin starts in the heart.  Seeing nor touching causes a person to sin it is the mind that is connected to seeing and touching that lusts and sins first then if left unchecked comes tot he surface and manifests itself outward.

It is James 1:14, 15 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.  Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.  

Inward thinking is where right or wrong actions and attitudes begin.  What is true about sin can be used to conquer sinfulness and wrong attitudes.  Don’t misunderstand the word lust used in this verse.  Lust means to have strong desire for something or someone.  It is not just limited to sexual drive as many have come to understand it today.  But when ever you have strong feeling or desires that cause you to have a wrong attitude or sin that is a form of lust.

A strong desire to have peoples attention or admiration leads many to the sin of lying.  We don’t recognize it mainly because we have developed an attitude of embellishments or enhancement of personal abilities, situations and circumstances for the benefit of the hearer.  That is as we share we will add to the narrative embellishments to make the story more interesting but these embellishments while not wrong in and of themselves may not be entirely true and a partial truth is a whole lie.

Three things we have seen in all three of these verses is that all thought starts in the heart.  It is here that the Holy Ghost will work and it is in the heart that change must take place if it will show on the outward.

Another verse that is helpful for our understanding as we start to recognize sin that we may proclaim that we are dead to sin and alive to God Romans 6 is 1Cor 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.  Realizing this is always helpful in that as you are tempted to given it any heart development of thoughts that may eventually lead you to sin.  Also remembering  1John 4:4 ¶ Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.  And Romans 8:28 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. This verse is a recognition that even when you struggle and fail that it is all part of the Process of recognition of your sin and your desire to be dead to it and alive to God Romans 6:11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

So lets take a moment to present a sample process by which you will want to follow.  This is not doing it yourself it is a daily and moment by moment habit you will want to develop to help you to recognize and realize your thoughts that are wrong that will lead to sin if not addressed by the Holy Ghost.

1) Start your day with prayer making sure you add your desire that the Holy Ghost help you to recognize your erring thoughts and self centered attitudes.
2) Read, meditate and memorize the verses above.  But don’t stop there remember the Holy Ghost can use the word of God so take time to read through the Holy Bible chapter by chapter so that God can use the scriptures to divide the thought and intents of the heart.
3) Set your mind to recognize that thoughts lead to sin.  This process comes by sometimes falling (but not necessary) into the sin you are trying to have victory over don’t get discouraged but remember Romans 8:28 that this fall was the working of good in your life so you could look at the sin or recognize it and the processes of thought that led up to your failing.  Then confess it to Jesus, Rehearse your desire to repent of it, and ask for the Holy Ghost to help you to repent, overcome and change the thoughts that proceed the sin.
4) End your day with prayer and remember what God has done for you in this area of your life.  Ask him to reveal any sinful thoughts or sin that you were unable too and meditate on his words.  And do some more Bible reading.

Now before I conclude there is one thought that must be overcome.  It is said by well meaning Pastors and Christians alike but reenforces a thought pattern that gives people a reason to sin.  While this statement is true it structures your attitude toward sin and falling that gives you the ability to see it as normal.  Here is the statement “I am a SINNER saved by grace”.  While this is true the problem it causes is that this thought is what is termed a negative in calling yourself a sinner that reinforces the fact that yo0u sin and allows your unconscious mind to accept sinful behaviour and not see it as it is sin.  If you enforce the negative statement like I am a sinner, the sinful flesh will use it to take advantage.  It is best to make it a positive to enforce a positive.  A positive statement would be “I am saved by Grace so that I can live unto righteousness.  Read 1 Peter 2:24 on the purpose of Christ’s death for you.

Remember you have three enemies once you were saved the world, the flesh and the devil and these three will be a work against the Christian’s victory and development of a heart after God.  There is no put on and peal off way to developing a heart after God it takes prayer, perseverance and the power of God.  Just be open to him and you will find it a less painful and more joyful procedure.

The Conditions in “Unconditional Love”

By Timothy S Morton

Does God’s Love Have Conditions?

Unconditional Egomania

The term “unconditional love” has become one of the catchwords of recent years. It is used by nearly every segment of society to describe the kind of love they desire from others and “aspire” to give in return. The Christian world is caught up in this frenzy as well, including Fundamentalists. What is unconditional love? Is there such a concept in the Scriptures? Can man give such a love? Does God bestow such a love upon anyone? We will examine these questions in the following.

The use of “unconditional” as a description of “love, ” according to one source, cannot be found in use before the “hippy” movement of the 1960s. As often as the words are used together today one would think the concept is of ancient origin, but that is not the case. It is a product of the 60s along with LSD, “free love, ” and the “new age.” “Unconditional” simply means “without condition or reservation.” That is one is to “give love” without any physical, emotional, and especially moral judgments. “Love me for who I am” is a common request. Another way of saying this is, “It doesn’t matter what I do, say, or believe, as a human being, I deserve unconditional love.”

This unconditional love philosophy is really just and extension of the modern concept of self love. The basis of the self love craze is the mistaken notion that a person has intrinsic worth. That is, just because a person exists he is owed unconditional love by both God and man regardless of his actions, and he above all things must unconditionally love himself. This has to be one of the most diabolical schemes ever hatched out of the mind of Satan. Self-love, self-worth, and self-esteem are just forms of self-gratification. They make the person “feel good.”

This self love philosophy is openly promoted in the secular world. Here is an example of the “teaching” found at www.coping.org,

To accept and love yourself unconditionally is to:
  • Place no condition on yourself as to how to behave or what to be in order to receive self acceptance and self love.
  • Not use “if – then” clauses in establishing conditions for accepting and loving yourself.
  • Take a risk to be open and vulnerable to who you are with no preset limits or expectations.
  • Accept and love yourself for the fact that you exist rather than for what you do.
  • Give yourself the respect and latitude to be yourself rather than to be what others want or expect you to be.
  • Set the stage for yourself to feel warmth, caring, and concern for yourself which results in your growing in self-esteem and self worth.
When you are the recipient of unconditional self acceptance and self love from yourself, you feel:
  • Free to be yourself.
  • You have value and worth.
  • Wanted and desired for you as you are rather than for what you do.
  • Listened to and understood.
  • That you have yourself to offer others which in itself is worthwhile.
  • Warm, cared for, and nurtured.
  • You are OK just the way you are.
  • That there is no need to wear a mask or to act in any way just to please another.
  • Free to be yourself and to open up your feelings with no fear of rejection or non-approval.
  • That it is possible to take the risk to be vulnerable in order to have open and honest relationships with others.
  • No fear of retribution or reprisal from others if you should make a mistake or experience a failure.
  • That there are no conditions set on your relationships with yourself.

Blah, blah, blah. Needless to say, anyone who continues to adhere to these beliefs cannot be saved. You must see yourself a sinner [Rom. 5:8], lost in sin [Luke 19:10], and without hope apart from Christ to be saved [Eph. 2:12]. You must see you have a desperate need. These deceived self-reliant kooks who are in love with themselves have no hope. How is their self-love and “coping skills” going to help them at the Great White Throne judgment?

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The Christians Chastisement

By Chette Nichols Jr

Introduction
Chastisement of the Christian does not seem to be as active as Paul saw in his day.  Yet the word of God is clear that we will be and are supposed to suffer chastisement.  If we will look at Chastisement as a privilege instead of punishment we may learn a greater spiritual blessing than we have come to know in our lives today.

Let’s look at the four points found in our Scriptures today I) The Example of our Chastisement, II) The people of Chastisement, III) The duty of Chastisement and IV) The Purpose of Chastisement.

Vv 1-4 The Example of Chastisement

Heb 12:1-4 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.  For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.  Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.

Christ the example of Chastisement
Here we see that it instructs us to consider him, that is Jesus Christ as an example of endurance lest we be weary and faint in our minds and hearts.  Having Jesus as our roll model and the fact he lives in us we can and will by the Holy Ghost have victory over any trial, tribulation and affliction that may come our way and they will.  

While this is true that we go through the chastening of the Lord many of us have not resisted unto the giving of our life for what we believe, yet many others have and will.

First we understand Isa 53:4, 5  Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.  Jesus bore the chastisement of our peace.  That is he endured to the giving of his blood, the death on the cross so that we could have peace with God.  As you know this peace is made for all men but only those who accept this peace treaty made by Christ on the cross will actually have this applied to their lives.

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COMMENT

Confession of Sins

By Dave Reese

A short answer on “confession of sins” and “forgiveness of sins”:

Our sins have all been paid for by Christ’s death–past, present, future and we are now seated in heavenly places in Christ (Ephesians 2). That is a POSITIONAL, eternal guarantee of never needing any more of anything to PAY that debt and have this position.

The longer answer…

However, the problem is that we are still down here on earth and drag around an old man who can get us in a lot of trouble (he can’t get us out of Christ down here because we are sealed by the Holy Spirit until the day God redeems this flesh. ( Romans 8; Ephesians 4:30). Because of this many try to deal with this problem and pull anything they find to answer it. Of course without right division, there is confusion and error.

When we sin NOW, after being saved, we are walking according to the flesh. We are acting just like the old man before we were saved and sealed. The old man (what the Bible also calls “the flesh”) is running the show.

Ephesians 2 gives us our eternal security question answer. Ephesians 4 gives us our what happens when we sin AFTER salvation question, which sin is more often and other than most people think!!

Ephesians 4 says “put off the old man” and “put on the new man”. How do you do that? Reading the chapter makes it clear that we must do this not only daily but continually. IT IS NOT GETTING OR KEEPING SALVATION BECAUSE IF THAT IS SO–ALL THE OTHER SAID IN EPHESIANS 2 IS A LIE AND CHRIST’S WORK WAS IMPERFECT TO SAVE AND THE HOLY SPIRIT’S WORK OF SEALING UNTO THE DAY OF THE BODY REDEMPTION IS WEAK.

Putting off the old man and putting on the new man–the NEED and RESULTS are described in detail in Ephesians 4 but details on HOW are broadly given. Why? I think because men are not the same in many ways although they are in others. For me, I may need to pray for one hour to get done what you only need to pray for 10 minutes. I may need to read many verses and pray, meditate, seek, plead, whatever for some time before I can have confidence my attitude and action is right. Does this involve asking God to forgive you for disobedience? YES. Does it mean that if you do not do it, you are lost? NO.

Scripture forbids us in this age of Grace to think our prayers and works of righteousness save us in addition to Christ’s work and Righteousness. (Titus 3:5). In other ages a man’s faith was his righteousness (Hab 2:4) and required for salvation because he was not sealed by the Spirit and he was only under the blood of bulls and goats. Romans 11:5-6 is clear that salvation is NO MORE of works, which is a good indication it WAS OF WORKS in the past. And, indeed when you read the passages regarding those times, faith with works were required. God tells us in Eph 2:8-9 that salvation in “NOT OF WORKS” in Romans 11:6 “NO MORE OF WORKS” and Titus 3:5 “NOT BY WORKS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS”. Praying, living right, going to church, etc., etc., are WORKS of righteousness.

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Spiritual Depression

By Chette Nichols Jr

Ever get depressed to the point of not wanting to go on in life?

Ever feel like you’re the only one in all the world going through what your going through?

That is Spiritual Depression.

Well spiritual depression is a condition of all men, even among the saved, because we have an enemy that would seek to rob us of our vitality and strength.  There are cycles in a Christians life, well anyone’s life for that matter, and we go through times of plenty and times of want (Ecc 3:1-8).  And it always seems that during the times of want we see wickedness prevail in our lives but God uses all things to work for good in our lives Romans 8:28.

Depression is common to all men, secular psychiatrist call it a “mental or nervous breakdown”.  However God has given us a way of escape.   1Cor 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God [is] faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear [it].    We only fail to recognize this and go quickly to him with all things.  I like the attitude of Job when wickedness and evil befell him he said, “What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?”  We must always remember for us these events are nothing more than a form of chastisement for he who trust in God and Christ for salvation. The symptoms of a nervous breakdown or spiritual depression include despairity, worry, anxiety, fear, sinfulness, thoughts of suicide, and anti-social behavior.

The greatest example of the spiritual depression that we all experience is that of one of the greatest prophets ever known.  He did great deeds, his words came true and yet he was just a man like you and me.  This man was Elijah.  We have no record of his birth, though we know he is a Tishbite from Gilead.  He seems to come from obscurity and in the pages of scripture he jumped into action and when he has completed his course God carried him away.  

James wrote this about him. James 5:17 Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, . . .  Did you get that he was a regular guy and man like any other troubled the same way as we.

A little context might help.  He just finished proving to Israel that the LORD was the true God and that the people should serve him.  After the Baalite priest were unable to get their god to answer with fire upon their sacrifice.  Elijah not only built an alter and set in place the sacrifice but he drenched it with so much water that no man could ever get it to ignite with a gallon of gas and a large box of matches.  After God answered and consumed the sacrifice he then killed the 400 Baalite priests.  He has gone home and receives word that the queen is out to get him.

Let’s look at this moment in the life of this enigmatic man, lets see how one gets into a spiritual depression and what it takes to get out of it.  Like all problems in our lives there are generally steps that lead to its onset and to its end.

1Kings 19:1-18

I.   Vv 1-5 The Cause and Symptoms of Spiritual Depression

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COMMENT

Biblical Prayer

By Chette Nichols Jr

Prayer is probably the most important doctrine for the church today and is the most neglected of all. I too am negligent in prayer. But I praise my God that he is merciful and gracious unto us even when we fall short in prayer.

In the writings of Paul he makes mention of the terms of prayers 28 among the 13 books he wrote that is an average of 2.1 times in each book he penned. He gives instruction to pray or makes mention of his prayer or the prayer of others or a prayer request at least once in each of the books he was inspired to pen. That makes it a doctrine for the body of Christ.

One of the thing I learned about prayer is this. Nowhere in all of the Holy Bible is prayer ever mandated. It is never commanded or forced upon Israel or the Christian church, the body of Christ, the fulness of Him or anyone. This marks a major difference between the God of the Bible and all other so called gods in every world religion. In each of the major and sub major religions of the world their god or gods require their followers to pray unto them.  But the God of the Bible never makes prayer a requirement, mandate or a command.

Why is that?

Because real true prayer is a heart condition, it must be of a free and willful heart that is desiring God to hear and to help. Mandated prayers become ritualistic and routine. Here is what Jesus Said about this type of prayer. Matt 6:7, 8 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. You see the true and living God already knows what you have need of, and what your situation is. What he wants is a person whose heart is turned to him in sincerity and truth, broken and humble willing to come to him in faith. Psalm 34:17, 18 The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. God is not near them who offer mandated and commanded prayers he is near them that are broken heart and contrite spirit. So a man can be commanded to pray many times a day but the true and living God is not the one that commanded that.  That would make it a doctrine of man but it is not a requirement or a doctrine of a Holy and righteous God.

An interesting note is that prayer or any of its terms are only used 3 times in the books of the law of Moses and only in Numbers just making mention of Moses praying. I would tend to guess that the reason prayer is not mentioned in the law is that prayer cannot be commanded. It must be voluntary, it must be from the heart, it must be from a person wanting to communicate with God.   God will hear the prayer of a lost person to be saved, and once that takes place then they are through Christ given direct access to heaven to pray but a lost person is not limited to just the prayer of salvation see the word study below as it indicates that anyone can pray unto God if their heart is in the right place. And even then I would think by my own experience that prayer must be in God’s will, one should be spiritually willing to hear and be under conviction of the word of God, and ones prayer should be Biblical. So right heart, right motive, right desire, and his will all play a part in God hearing and answering our prayers.

I. How to pray

A. Physical Position

1) Standing

 Mt 6:5 ¶ And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites [are]: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

Lu 18:10-13 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner

1Kings 8:22 ¶ And Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward heaven: . . 1Ki 8:54 ¶ And it was so, that when Solomon had made an end of praying all this prayer and supplication unto the LORD, he arose from before the altar of the LORD, from kneeling on his knees with his hands spread up to heaven. Solomon went from a standing position to kneeling during this prayer.

2Chron 6:12 ¶ And he stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands:. . . 2Ch 7:1 ¶ Now when Solomon had made an end of praying, the fire came down from heaven, and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the LORD filled the house.

Mr 11:25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.

2) Kneeling with hands spread

1Ki 8:54 ¶ And it was so, that when Solomon had made an end of praying all this prayer and supplication unto the LORD, he arose from before the altar of the LORD, from kneeling on his knees with his hands spread up to heaven. Started his prayer standing and ended on his knees but his hands were spread the whole time.

2Ch 6:13 For Solomon had made a brasen scaffold, of five cubits long, and five cubits broad, and three cubits high, and had set it in the midst of the court: and upon it he stood, and kneeled down upon his knees before all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward heaven,

Ezr 9:5 ¶ And at the evening sacrifice I arose up from my heaviness; and having rent my garment and my mantle, I fell upon my knees, and spread out my hands unto the LORD my God

3) Sitting

1Ch 17:16 ¶ And David the king came and sat before the LORD, and said, Who am I, O LORD God, and what is mine house, that thou hast brought me hitherto? . . . 1Ch 17:25 For thou, O my God, hast told thy servant that thou wilt build him an house: therefore thy servant hath found in his heart to pray before thee. David was sitting before the Lord when he prayed.

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Pray/Praying/Prayer – A Word Study

First thing a student of the Bible should do on any given subject is to list out all the verses pertaining to ones subject of Biblical study. In this case we are studying on Prayer and all its term uses like pray, praying, prayeth etc… should be listed so we can see how these terms are used.

The different forms of the word pray are found 156 times in the Old Testament(OT) and 124 times in the New Testament (NT).

A word study is necessary in order to understand what prayer is all about, this would include the when, who, what, when, where, why, which and how questions (Read Post on the Seven Divine Tools for studying the Bible) as we go through verse by verse and explore how prayer and all it terms are used in Scriptures. Once done clear doctrine of prayer can be laid out for practice for Israel and by the church, the body of Christ the fulness of Him.

The verses that follow shall not have to much interpreted but are placed in order so that YOU the student of God’s word can read them through look up their context and learn from God’s word about prayer. My study on “Biblical Prayer” is a conclusion from my own study of this vast topic. I will post it after this Verse/word study to give you time to do some of your own work. Yes studying the Bible is hard work. But we would not be called a workman that needeth not be ashamed (2Tim2:15) if everything was spoon fed to us.
Pray – Found 83 times in scripture OT 42 NT 41 Present active verb

The term pray is found in scriptures more that 2000 times. However in the majority of its uses it means nothing more than “request or ask” i.e. “I pray thee”.

Gen 20:7 Now therefore restore the man [his] wife; for he [is] a prophet, and he shall pray for thee, and thou shalt live: and if thou restore [her] not, know thou that thou shalt surely die, thou, and all that [are] thine.

Gen 20:17 So Abraham prayed unto God: and God healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his maidservants; and they bare children.

First use of the word pray in the Bible is found in Genesis and it is concerning Abraham. Remember Abraham had told a half truth to Abimelech concerning Sarah but never the less God will at times hear the prayer of a sinner. Remember Abraham was said to be righteous because he believed God.

The first prayer is made to the One True God Almighty

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Sermon on Hell – James W. Knox at Orlando Rescue Mission

Clear and honest preaching on Hell is seldom heard today. Most preachers are afraid to touch the subject. Brother James goes to the heart of the matter with this sermon preached at the Orlando Rescue Mission on September 15, 2012.

For More from Pastor James Knox – Please go to www.jamesknox.com or click the link in our Blogroll

THE KINGDOM OF GOD & THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN

By George Anderson Jr

The following comments are in reply to some questions concerning the subject of the “kingdoms” found in the New Testament. While this issue may be of some interest to genuine Bible believers (and might be of some help in “rightly dividing the word of truth”), it is not a principle (or major) doctrine that is necessary for Christian fellowship (Please See: “THE BIBLICAL BASIS OF OUR FELLOWSHIP – Parts I, II, III). I can fellowship with brethren who disagree with me on this doctrine as long as they do not make it a bone of contention between us.

The subject of the “kingdom” is one of the major themes (possibly the main theme) of the Bible. Alongside of the Grace of God, the subject of the “kingdom” is central in God’s plan for the ages; and its importance should never be underestimated. The study of the subject of the “kingdom” (or “kingdoms”) in the Holy Scriptures is also one of the most difficult of all the studies in the Bible to undertake and the undertaking of such a study should be done with caution and carefulness because a spiritual “mystery” [Matthew 13:11; Mark 4:11; Luke 8:10] is involved; which simply means that the understanding of the subject must come from God Himself and not from some school, or some commentator, or some book – other than the Holy Bible.

In regards to the subject of “kingdoms” in the Bible, the Scriptures clearly reveal WHEREthe kingdoms of the world” are – i.e. in “the world”; and they plainly define WHAT they are – i.e. the kingdoms: “of men”; “of nations”; and “of the heathen”, etc.

And although the Bible declares “the kingdom of God” to be a “mystery”; the Scriptures clearly state, without a doubt, WHEREthe kingdom of God” is – i.e. in the “third Heaven” and within each and every born again child of God, and definitely “NOT OF THIS WORLD”; and a reading of the 69 verses in the New Testament regarding WHATthe kingdom of God” is reveals much about its nature – i.e. the kingdom of God”:cometh not with observation”; “is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost”; “is not in word, but in power”; “flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God”; etc.  Bible believers recognize that no one can know all there is to know about the nature of “the kingdom of God” simply because it is one of “the mysteries of God”.

But just exactly WHAT is “the kingdom of heaven”; and WHERE and HOW does “the kingdom of heavenFIT into the scheme of things?

SOME QUESTIONS CONCERNING THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN

Which “heaven” is being spoken of in the phrase “the kingdom of heaven”?

1. The “heaven” wherein the birds fly {i.e. our atmosphere}?

[Deuteronomy 30:4; Job 35:11;Genesis 27:28; Deuteronomy 11:11; 2Samuel 21:10; Jeremiah 49:36; Ezekiel 31:6]

2. The “heaven” wherein resides the Sun the Moon and the Stars (the Universe)?

[Deuteronomy 4:19; Isaiah 13:10; Genesis 26:4; Exodus 32:23; Deuteronomy 1:10; 10:22; Jeremiah 8:2]

3. The“thirdheaven” spoken of by the Apostle Paul wherein Almighty God resides? {HEAVEN}

[2Corinthians 12:2; Job 22:12]

4. Is “the kingdom of heaven” equal to, or the same as, “all the kingdoms of the world”?

5. Are “all the kingdoms of the world” a part “the kingdom of heaven”? Or is “the kingdom of heaven” a part of “all the kingdoms of the world”?

6. Is “the kingdom of heaven” different (i.e. separate) from “all the kingdoms of the world”?

7. Is “the kingdom of heaven” the same as “the kingdom of God”?

8. Is “the kingdom of heaven” a part of the “the kingdom of God”?

9. Are “the kingdom of heaven” and “the kingdom of God” different (i.e. separate) from each other?

As you can see this subject is extremely complex; and the answers to these questions must come solely from Scripture and not from the commentators.

{NOTICE: When dealing with the subject of the “kingdom” in the Holy Scriptures most Bible commentators engage in a great deal of speculation, hypothesis, and theories as they attempt to figure out a workable solution to the issue that will make some kind of sense to them.}

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Biblical Fasting

By Chette Nichols Jr

I had a lot of emails asking about how to fast according to the Bible after I posted the Word Study on Fasting.  This is a good question and on top of the heart reason for fasting this may be the second most important point of fasting.  Both will be addressed in this study along with some other subjects as well.

We want to see how people in the Bible fasted but at the same time we will have to answer why they were fasting as well.  To understand the reason why persons in the Bile fasted will help us to understand their purpose in fasting.  The purpose of fasting is more important than the fast itself.  True fasting in the Bible is of a true heart condition and not for any physical benefit.

Because there are connecting and interlacing teachings of men we will look at the following during this study.

I.       Cleansing of the Body Temple
II.     What Constitutes a Fast
III.   Fasting to be Filled with the Spirit
IV.    Defiling of your Physical Body
V.      Diet and The Body
        A)   Did men live longer before the flood because of their diet?
        B)   Daniel’s Diet
VI.    Fasts In the Bible
        A)   Affliction of the Soul
        B)   Grief
            1. Sickness or Illness
            2.  For Safety of ones life and/or the life of others
            3.  For Expelling a Devil
        C.   Hearing the word of God or getting an answer from God        
            1. Hearing to turn from their sinfulness
            2. Hearing God’s decision and/or purpose

I.  Cleansing The Body Temple

I was involved in modern forms of Hinduism, Buddhism and the New Age movement from 1979-1991 when I got saved.  And I had a lot of spiritual garbage to throw out.  And over the years as I my self sought to find the Biblical fasting I soon discovered this one truth.  Fasting for cleansing the Body is not found in the Bible.

Does that mean I am against fasting to cleans ones body of toxin and chemicals that have accumulated via the processed food, medications and alcoholic beverages we take in?  No.  I would consider that under good stewardship of your body.  We should all care for our health by putting it at risk medical problems by the things we put into our bodies.

Having said that I will reiterate, The Bible does not teach fasting for cleansing the body.  And I would like to state that if anyone claims that we need to fast to cleans our “Body Temple” they should first  that this is promoted in the religions of Hinduism, Buddhism, and the New Age movement.  The term and its teaching are strongly connected with the practices of the New Age meditation’s and chanting techniques where one can achieve a place where they can receive a spirit guide, and attain their christ consciousness, this teachings is by and large promoted and taught by the Church Universal and Triumphant cult, under the teaching of the self proclaimed prophetess Elizabeth Clair Prophet and her adherents.  I was deeply involved with this group in the 1980’s visiting and having some various experiences at their facility in Malibu California during that time.  I had read, practiced and believed at that time the teachings of this group. I met weekly in a group in Riverside California with others for meditations, chanting and teaching.  I mention this only as proof of my knowledge of what I am talking of.  At that time I tried to practice many of their dietary and spiritual exercises to achieve oneness with my inner self and my christ consciousness.

These so called spirit guides are what the Bible refers to as Devils.  So a Christian does not want to start out fasting for the purpose of cleansing ones Body Temple so that you may achieve a deeper relationship with Jesus through the spirit.  Mainly because it is not Biblical.  As mentioned in my  study Fasting/Fast/Fasted there is nothing a Christian can do to get closer to Jesus than he has brought you via his blood  Eph 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.  The Holy Ghost dwells in us but not on a condition of body health or even the body itself.   The Holy Ghost indwells us not because of the condition of our body, nor because of any work we do.  The indwelling of the Holy Ghost is solely on the condition of what Christ did for us and our personal choice to make him our Saviour.

Also, the whole body temple issues is a misunderstanding of a few scriptures that need to be looked at so that we can simply understand them correctly.

1Cor 3:16, Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?  If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. This scriptures is often abused to make eating, drinking and taking medications defilement of the body as defiling the temple and in so doing the spirit is hindered or quenched.  That is because it is somewhat disconnected from the main body teaching that one will face judgement for how he builds on the foundation of Christ.  But it is actually not disconnected.  For the temple of God is your soul that resides in your physical body and if you are taught by someone a false teaching and follow their heretical practices therefor building on the foundation of Christ with the wrong materials, then God would be the one to judge and destroy that man.  See below for further understanding of what defiles a man.

1Cor 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?  Again this is part of the doctrine of the indwelling of the Holy Ghost in the believer.  We are not our own because he bought us with his own blood.   Acts 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. See also Eph 1:14 below.

2Cor 6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.   The context of these two verses is obvious and has to do with two things physical fornication and spiritual fornication.  Here the temple is defiled by spiritual and physical actions.  These physical actions represented their spiritual condition those actions were immoral sexual and eating of foods sacrificed to idols both of them first take place in ones soul, mind or heart.

The real purpose behind all the verses above is to establish the doctrine of the indwelling of God the Holy Ghost (1John 5:7 AV, NKJV) in the believer.  And that a believer though having liberty should be aware of his actions as they affect the testimony of God who lives in them. It simply means that God lives in the believer.  He comes to live in us when we first believed on the Gospel of Christ Eph 1:13, 14 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.  The indwelling is the seal and has nothing to do with our fleshly bodies. Except to guarantee that we are redeemed.

The temple of the body is not an issue of physical defilement that hinders communion with the Holy Ghost but rather one of a spiritual condition represented in physical actions.  So fasting to purify the body is not a Christian doctrine, it is not found in the Old Testament for Israel, and no one pre or post flood before Israel ever practice fasting that we know of for the scriptures are silent.

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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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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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Deception – Subtle and Unknown

By Chette Nichols Jr

How do we know the heart of a man except by the word of God and he says  Jer 17:9 The heart [is] deceitful above all [things], and desperately wicked: who can know it?

If this verse be true, and it is, then the deception of a mans heart is so deep into his subconscious that he rarely without the help of God would ever know if he is deceived.

You can do a search of the internet and find literally a thousand site dedicated to exposing false teaching and heresy in and among the many denominations of the Body of Christ.  Yet each of these groups in and of themselves has some major flaw in their own doctrine and practice while pointing fingers at another.  I am reminded of Gal 5:14, 15 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.  There is an obedience to Rom 16:17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.   The whole point of the dividing of the body of Christ into divisions was in and of itself carnality according to Paul.  And today what has led to some of this dividing was either a lack of love on how one confronted another on their false teaching.  Keep in mind it was not a one sided affair the receiving party also was unable to receive and search the scriptures and see if these thing were so.  And because of the introduction of so many new versions of the Bible out there, it seems to leave each man to his conscious to decided what teachings and doctrines are false and which were not, and they had somehow left out one main ingredient in the whole mix, the Holy Ghost.  The Holy Ghost would have us all in unity not division.

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Guest Post – Forrest Wychopen – In Your Own Eyes

Forrest Wychopen was diagnosed as Multiple Sclerosis in 1990, and despite his disability he had blessed millions with his courage and and strength to live life as a true Christian one day at a time.  God has blessed him with some insight to His word that would take many a half century to glean.  The following is one of Forrest’s encouraging insights that speak of God’s marvelous grace in times of adversity and trial.  You may visit Forrest’s web page and see his work with “Christ Directed Ministries” at www.christdirected.com

In Your Own Eyes

We each live in our own frame of reference. What I mean by “frame of reference” is that our particular view in daily life is greatly influenced and formed by our personal experiences and circumstances. You cannot see through my eyes, and I cannot see through yours. That’s not a complaint, it’s simply a reality. I have borders and boundaries just like you. We should not trespass!

Let me make it very clear, I am not referring to the absolutes which are found in scripture. There are Biblical truths that apply to every single person who is reading this post. So please do not twist or distort my words to justify your particular life choices that are in direct opposition to God’s holy word. We each have the responsibility to read, study, obey, and apply the word of God.

What I’m specifically referring to is the God given differences we each have. Although things change throughout our life, like it or not our personal history has created some “borders” that are unique. In other words, my life is unique compared to your life. And our particular disposition in life is based on those specific realities. Some individuals have been blessed with great health. Others live with daily illness. Some individuals have financial stability. Others cannot meet there basic needs. Some have sharp and witty minds, others are dull and mentally challenged. Some have nice homes and nice vehicles, others do not. I could go on and on but I think you get the point. People are different. Some sail, others sink. Some laugh, others weep. Some are joyful, some grieve. Some are on the mountaintop, others are in the valley.

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Oracles – A Word Study

by Chette Nichols Jr

The following is part of an email conversation that was partially posted on Paul Becker’s “A voice in the Wilderness” weekly Q&A series.  You can find this at his site under “VW: Q/A -persecution/music (091)”‏.  He is also the author of the VW edition of the Bible.  I had been seeking his knowledge on Bible verses on a certain subject that he accused me of being compromised because I did not rebuke a certain group for their use of modern musical instruments and styles for worship.

As I sought his guidance on what Bible verses to use I said,  “that when I spoke to others to correct them I wanted to speak as the Oracles of God, by using Bible verses to do the correcting for the Scriptures are good for correction”.  He gave a pretty long answer but for the most Part it was from his own understanding using some scripture to support his ideas of what musical worship should be but not one verse to use for correction on proper instruments or style of worship.  In the end he says musical instruments and style is a matter of conscience.  So why the quick judgement I was compromised because I had not rebuked the others if it is a matter of conscience?  Well a question that will have to wait for another time.

However, it was my use of the word Oracles that got him into a bit of a quandary.  He politely derided me for using it saying he didn’t understand why I would use such a word and that it was Unbiblical.  here is Paul Becker’s response for my using “oracles”

VW ANSWER:
“First of all, let’s make a little correction here. The word “oracle” is  not a Biblical term. And I’m not sure how/why you have used it. I know, the KJV uses it, along with some other translations. But it is occultic and demonic. It is a place/process whereby, through various means, a practitioner becomes “high”, in a hypnotic state or trance or what-have-you, to emit vocal noises to whatever the purpose of the demon is.  http://www.a-voice.org/qa/kjoracle.htm#oracle”

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Guest Post – George Anderson Jr – THE HEART OF THE MATTER

George Anderson Jr Loves the Lord and Loves the AV Bible.  George has written numerous Studies and Articles on Biblical matters and Christianity.  He also helped pioneer and legalize Home Schooling in the State of Hawaii.  His webpage has lots of encouraging material and topics please visit www.thywordistruthkjv.com/

Heart of the Matter is “A Biblical inquiry into the nature of the heart”.

The Heart – Lesson One – The Introduction

Knowledge of the Lord God of the Bible is the most important thing that anyone, especially Christians, can learn. Knowledge of the Scriptures – God’s words (The Holy Bible) is essential in order for us to not only learn about God but know Him personally.  Knowledge of the human heart closely follows in order of importance.

Human nature is a reflection of mankind’s heart condition. The major pursuits of mankind: Self-preservation, self-propagation and self-gratification are all bound up in the heart. When it comes to understanding ourselves and others, knowledge of the heart is indispensable. Since the issues of life proceed from out of the heart (Proverbs 4:23) it is extremely important that we examine the Scriptures (God’s own words – from God’s Mouth) to see what God has to say about it.

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