As I go my way I leave behind the gleanings of hours spent noting unpolished gems of truth in God’s Word. Maybe you can see what I saw and bring out their full beauty.
GIST, the acronym for Gems I’ve Saved and Treasured, a random casting to the winds of my collection of notes from over fifty eight years of Bible study. I want to be very sure they are not lost when I am gone and can be seed thought for young men after me if Jesus tarries.
No fancy formatting – only tons of Biblical bits downloaded from megabytes of my notes.
Jesus told the disciples after He fed the multitudes that they should gather up what was not eaten
which indicates that nothing should be lost but saved for later.
The Mush god of the modernists
WHAT LOVE (AGAPE) IS NOT
1 Corinthians 13; 1 Samuel 15:22; John 14:15; Romans 13:8-10; 1 John 3:5.
The misconception many Christians today have of the love of God is robbing them of the power.
In the last days, Paul said, 2 Timothy 3:1 mankind would fall into deep depravity; Having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof. 2 Timothy 3:5 This implies that the gospel will not bring the world great improvement after 2000 years of hearing God’s Word. Instead it will depreciate and turn against the God of Calvary. The trend in modern Evangelicalism is to make God a Mushy God and like the Marcion and his followers in the second century of the church. He eliminated all the books of the Bible that mentioned law and obedience and had his own canonized bible with only non offensive writings. These are called Antinomians meaning, against law. In 1 Corinthians 13 Paul wrote these inspired words, Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. (2) And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. (3) And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Paul is saying what Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. 1 Samuel 15:22.
WHAT LOVE (AGAPE) IS
(4) Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, (5) Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; (6) Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; (7) Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. (8) Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. Romans 14:7. (Explain the context of this verse) We see that it’s the Love of God, not a love for God, produces obedience. This is seen in Jesus’ words, If ye love me, keep my commandments. John 14:15. The key to this verse is the word, keep. It is tereo and comes from the root word teros, to be diligent or to guard against suffering injury or loss; to hold fast, watch, preserve. I will take the freedom to paraphrase what Jesus said here by extending the statement to include the fullest meaning; If you love me, be diligent to preserve and hold fast my commandments if you want to avoid suffering painful loss.
When Paul describes behavior and attitudes of agape love here in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. he is describing the behavior and attitudes that come out of obedience to the commandments. For, as we have taught in so many expositions and on so many occasions, God’s love and God’s law are synonymous – they mean the same thing and both express God’s love. God’s love wrote the moral precept; The Lord came from Sinai, and rose up from Seir unto them; he shined forth from mount Paran, and he came with ten thousands of saints: from his right hand went a fiery law for them. (3) Deuteronomy 33:2-3. Read also Romans 13:8-10 and 1 John 3:5.Yea, he loved the people; all his saints are in thy hand: and they sat down at thy feet; every one shall receive of thy words.
WE HUMANS THINK OF love as a feeling, an emotion, an affection of some sort and even what we say about God or to God as being the evidence of faith. BUT, GOD declares it to be something far beyond that. He sees diligence to obey his Word as being the supreme evidence of faith. It is to execute the act and not merely assent to it. James 2. A theology that places love above truth immediately identifies them as Antinomians!!! We who believe God are Bible activists! We believe and show our love and devotion to God by our actions and not by mere expressions of out feelings, or even praise to God. Why call ye me Lord, Lord, and do not the things I say. Luke 6:46. Jesus is saying that serving Him is more than oral worship. Note the opposites here in the words, call and do. Faith is not saying you believe God, but doing what God’s Word commands us. Again Matthew 7:21 Jesus said, Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter the kingdom of God, but he that doeth. We are warned in Romans 2:13 and then again in James 1:22 that it is not the hearers of the Word but the doers of the Word that are just in God’s eyes. James says that hearers who are not doers deceive themselves. That is, they have values that are reversed and contrary to reality. Deception is when I believe the truth is a lie and that the lie is the truth. Paul then goes on to describe the behavior of love (agape). It is interesting that all of the negative descriptions of love is the behavior that results from obedience to the moral laws and precepts of God in both the Old and New Covenants.
Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, (5) Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; (6) Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; (7) Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Conclusion:
Matthew 7:13 Enter in at the strait gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction and many there be that enter in there at. Is Jesus speaking here of the broad way being the course of the world and that the narrow way is the Church? The narrow way represents the way upon which the true and pure will walk, a remnant few. According to much of Jesus’ teaching and the apostles, there will be an apostate church that will also choose the broad way. The broad way will include all who did not choose the narrow way! That means the backslidden church, the apostate church, the worldly and modern churches who have abandoned the born again life will be there. The crowd outside of these two gates choose a gate to enter. The crowd outside is the world. The two ways; The broad and narrow represent the two churches – the narrow being the church of pure doctrine The broad representing the the message of liberalism. Before the crowd outside has two gates they can enter. So we have three groups of people; (1) Those outside the gates who may enter one of the two gates, the strait gate or the wide gate; Then you have (2) the second massive group who choose to enter the wide and broad way; And (3) the small number who chooses the straight and narrow way.The strait gate speaks of the teachings of Christ and the apostles. The wide gate speaks of the gospel corrupted by human preference by expedience and vain imagination. The broad way refers to a gospel that has been perverted and muddied by very human and ambitious men. The world is everything outside of the gates and then two gates the people of the world enter into or stay with the wandering crowd outside not choosing the apostolic gospel of pure doctrine or the broad and easy man-made religion. On the broad way there are many religions who all serve the same god. Broadness is a reference to the false unity called for through the ages. Today it is called ecumenis. The World Council of Churches picked this theme up from modernism that was prevelant in the 40’s and 50’s. This devilish unity philosophy was then relayed to the pentecostals in the evangelicals and Pentecostals (thoughtlessly) in the early fifties when the Catholic church started claiming the Pentecostal experience of speaking in other tongues. Billy Graham Oral Roberts and Charismatic Pentecostal leaders as well as such contemporary notables as Pat Robinson and Robert Schuller, and of course, Paul Crouch have all called for unity and recognition of the Catholic church. The broad way speaks of broadness in thinking. This concept of unity is leaving the impression that we are all Christians so long as we all believe in Christ. This philosophy destroys the preservation principle that will keep the church pure up to the coming of Chrsit again for the redeemed by casting off the disciples command to separate from those who come with corrupting doctrines. The nature of this unity which includes everything from infallible popes to Charismatic heretics has so departed from the apostle’s teaching that they believe and want others to believe we are all the same and believe in the same things. That will work as well as fitting a square peg into a round hole. Unity will only occur when any man surrenders himself to those truths contained in the Word of God. All who meet there on the premise that it is the final authority of God’s Word will then, and only then and under that condition experience unity.
When Jesus speaks of the broad way He is addressing all people and implying that these people He is speaking to are choosing one of two ways. When He speaks of a way He is spaeaking of more than the difference between sin and holiness. He is speaking of the difference between religions. To have life at the end of even Christianity is through one straight gate and by one narrow way. It is hard to find and narrow in it’s disciplines. You are not allowing more people to get into heaven by making the way broader. You are putting them on a road that leads to destruction! Christianity is no place for moral sissies. To make it so is damnation. People can be deceived and fooled but the foundation of God remains sure! We have a lot of converts in the church today but few of these become disciples of Christ walking the narrow way of the Master’s disciplines Disciplined Chrsitians are becoming rare and curious spectacles. Disciples who are true to the truth are so peculiar we don’t know what they are. We don’t know what to call them. The evolved kind of Christian who is the product of the influence of the worldly envionment and ecumenism think materialistically and does not even think in terms of there being a form of Christianity which Christ rejects. But the Bible is replete with references to this wayward bunch of “Jesus lovers” who fit the description of apostates described in Scripture. One classic Scripture is Jesus stern warning in Matthew 7:21-23. They teach against tradition but their loaded with their own traditions that are their spiritualized corporate methodology – taken from the business world – certainly not from the Word. They teach about the power of God that can heal the sick and do mighty miracles but then deny that God can perform the greatest miracle of all – a morally transformed person with supernatural character entirely sanctified and separated from the world system. They preach faith – but not the faith that can overcome style, extravagance, banqueting and reveling and myriad little foxes of worldliness. All liberalism is synonimous with broadness. All teaching that advocates a broad ecceptance of Christian religions is a classic example of the broad way. The narrow way is not something that is going on along the broad way. It is another way! It is a separate gate with a separate route to be taken. It is opposite of and in contrast to the broadly eccepted religions. Anything everybody is traveling on will be broadly eccepted. Anything that so few travel on would be considered peculiar and a contrast to what is popular and acceptable by the majority. The broad way is generic Christianity.
Matthew 7:13-14 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate and narrow is the way which leadeth unto life and few there be that find it.
Did you enter in through the wrong door?
How do you know if you have the right door?
Was it easy to enter?
Did you have any difficulty finding it?
Is it crowded and popular with a happy throng?
Do you really know what is at the end of this broad way?
If your answer to the last four questions was yes you came in through the wrong door!
What to do to save yourself from your error?
Make a quick emergency exit and quickly proceed to the highway of Holiness! You will not find many people who know it this late in the evening. WE recommend that you go by the map. People are not so good at giving directions when they have not traveled that way themselves. You may have to take some secondary roads through a humble countryside but when you see the highway through the eyes of faith and truth it is a glistening spectacle! Once you enter the highway of holiness you will marvel at the straightness of it and have a desire to meet it’s architect. He has His residence where you are going at the end of the highway. In fact He personally greets all who arrive at the end of the highway of holiness. As you enter the highway of holiness you will notice two things about it; First it is very straight. Secondly you will notice that it is much narrower than the broad popular way of the world which you just came off of. But you will soon be comforted in realizing that there are not that many traveling the highway of holiness anyway so it’s narrowness is a blessing and the sights along the way are gorgeous!
The most important thing about the story of the two gates is what is at the end of them.
The end of the broad and popular way is destruction.
The end of the narrow way is life.
THE STRAIGHT GATE: Not So Easy To Find
Hard To Find But Easy To Enter.
Not Many Go In but a glorious end.
THE WIDE GATE: Not Hard To Enter. (Many enter into this gate.)
Easy To Find And Easy To Enter. Multitudes entering it – Popular.
The BIG point in this parable is what is at the end of each of these two avenues of life.
Israel is “Cut Short”
To develop a truth buried in the words of Scripture, try this method that an old white headed pastor passed on to me that he used to find hidden treasure in some intriguing phrase or verse.
First: Define what it is.
Second: Define what it is not.
Third: Apply it to the life of Christ or a Bible character.
Apply it to life as people live it today.
2 KINGS 10:11
Then he slew all the priests of Baal and the worshipers of Baal and brake down the images to other gods, and then God spoke to Jehu in verse 30: “Because thou hast done well in executing that which is right in mine eyes, and hast done unto the house of Ahab according to all that was in my heart, thy children of the fourth generation shall sit on the throne of Israel.” Verse 31: “But Jehu took no heed to walk in the law of the Lord God of Israel with all his heart: for he departed not from the sins of Jeroboam, which made Israel to sin.” In those days the Lord began to cut Israel short V. 32
I. “THEN HE SLEW ALL THE PRIESTS OF BAAL AND THE WORSHIPERS OF BAAL…AND BRAKE DOWN THE IMAGES TO OTHERS GODS.” (v.11)
Jehu hated the Baal worshipers and the religion of Baal, but this does not necessarily mean that he loved God! In this area of his life, his moral preferences aligned with God’s moral preferences.
II. “AND THEN GOD SPOKE TO JEHU” (v.30) God spake to Jehu! God spake openly to very few men, and to whom He speaks in such a manner He holds responsible. God condemned Solomon for turning aside from the commandments of the Lord because, “And the Lord was angry with Solomon because his heart was turned from the Lord God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice.” (I Kings 11:9) Therefore, God’s personal appearance and revelations to a man does not make that man infallible, nor does it indicate that man is incapable of becoming corrupted and leading others into error. To the contrary, if God reveals Himself to a man and that man errors, that man comes under a terrible judgment. See Deuteronomy 13:1-3.
III. “BUT JEHU TOOK NO HEED TO WALK IN THE LAW OF THE LORD GOD OF ISRAEL WITH ALL HIS HEART:” (v.31) So,
1) Jehu had good works,
2) God appeared to Jehu, BUT ….
3) He had no heart for the law, (holiness). Obedience to the law produces holiness. Read Psalm 119 for starters!
IV. “FOR HE DEPARTED NOT FROM THE SINS OF JEROBOAM WHICH MADE ISRAEL TO SIN.” (v.31) So, while Jehu despised and destroyed the symbol of sin, he failed to destroy sin in his own life. You can be against sin outwardly, and then allow it to reign inwardly (need some examples here, such as Balaam, and Jesus speaking of those who will not allow others to enter in, and they themselves will not enter in – while they do not enter in themselves they will not allow others to enter in.)
V. “IN THOSE DAYS GOD BEGAN TO CUT ISRAEL SHORT.” (v.32)
See what happens when leadership turns from God’s Word! When a little man makes a mistake, it’s a little mistake. But when a big man makes a mistake, then it is a big mistake! Why? Because big men are visible to the people, the nation and cause the nation to follow their pernicious ways. When a little man makes a mistake he only harms himself – others don’t know and don’t care. Jehu sinned, but the people followed him. When we have wrong leadership, the people suffer and the entire nation is brought under judgment. “People deserve the leaders they elect.” (check on the meaning of “cut Israel short”) There’s a treasure in there somewhere! – End –
2 Samuel 18:15-33
2. CUSHI – arrived first, but;
He was not anointed one
He was not the choice of authority
But because he wanted to “show his stuff,” maybe.
He was a better runner (speaker) but he didn’t have the message!
He asked to go but void of a message.
CUSHI had everything but the message.
1. AHIMAAZ – arrived second
AND he was the anointed one.
He was the choice of Joab
He was sent under authority.
He had the message with truth
He wasn’t as fast and clever ( a speaker) as CUSHI but he had the message!
He was commissioned to go and had the message.
AHIMAAZ had the message but not much more than that.
It’s not who gets there first, but who has the message when he does get there! GIST
HOLINESS IN MAN 1. Holy Mindset; 2. How Is It Lived?
1. The person must have a holiness mentality, Mindset or sentiment! The desire to be holy.
2. The source of holiness which is the presence of God
The source is made contact with through prayer, the closet, fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much The Holy Spirit operates and functions in this sphere of holiness. He is the minister of holiness, He is the transmitter of truth from the Word of God to the heart when the Word is read.
3. The knowledge of holiness. There must be a source of knowledge that contains the facts about holiness, what it is and facts to satisfy our love for holiness.
Summary: The three elements of holiness consist of;
1. New birth – and the affect it has upon mindset! A holiness mentality which is mindset. That is received at conversion. There is a lot that happens to the psyche of man at conversion. a. Mind of Christ; b. Old things pass away (2 Corinthians 5:17) list other Scriptures that relate to the effect of conversion upon the mind.
2. Prayer: In prayer we practice being in His presence, fellowshipping with the presence of God in the garden.
3. The Word of God
It is easy to see here the three things that make up the power of salvation. Man, Truth and the Holy Spirit MAN He must have a new mind that will receive the truth.
TRUTH The Word of God contains all truth for the new man.
SPIRIT The of life and contact with God through prayer.
Concept of God – It should be seen that Scripture contains a revelation of God so that beneath all studies and whatsoever is thought, surmised or propagated as being holiness must be based on the revelation of God’s own holiness. He is the role model of holiness for every child of God. Being conformed to His image is the first conscious priority goal of each true Christian. But, before we can have His holiness we must form a right concept of God’s holiness.
Much, much, more GIST notes coming! Stacks of stuff that must be scanned or typed over as we are able.