Quick Reference For Bible Study

Rightly dividing the Word   /   5 Basic rules:

1) Let scripture interpret scripture. (i.e. tongues = foreign language Acts 2:4 & Acts 2:8,11)

2) Let the simpler, clearer verses take interpretive precedence over any difficult, more complex verses when discerning the meaning or application of any subject. (i.e. Lord’s flesh and blood Jhn 6:54-56 & Mtt 26:26-28)

3) Let all the words in a passage be understood in their literal sense unless the context would comfortably lend itself to a figurative interpretation. (i.e. literal = Act 2:12-16 & figurative = Act 2:17-21)

4) Look at all of what the Bible has to say on a certain subject to get a clearer understanding of that subject. If it seems to be contradicting itself, more study in a broader context should clear it up. (i.e. do not judge = Mt 7:1  &  judge = Jhn 7:24)

5) Understand who is speaking, when they are speaking, and who is being spoken to. (i.e. Gen 6:14 = Noah was told to build an ark. That does not apply to us today.)

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Commands

#) Direct Command: Acts 2:38

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#) Approved Example: Acts 20:7

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#) Necessary Inference: Mtt 22:31-32

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#) Silence of The Scriptures: Heb 7:14

Before You Throw That Marriage Away:

There is nothing more heartbreaking than when a brother or sister determines to bring shame on the name of Jesus Christ and His church. We all sin and fall short in this life, but God forbid that we would do so on purpose (Rms 6:1-2). When a person makes a conscience effort to brake a marriage covenant outside the only biblical reason (i.e. fornication), my spirit trembles for that person. I realize that some people diligently wrest the scriptures thinking they have found some justification for what they are doing, but in the end it will be to no avail. I would ask that they might at least read this letter and and meditate on some other scriptures and thoughts before making such a monumental decision that will effect them eternally .

The following are a few key points I would ask you to consider and pray about.

Marriage (as instituted by Jehovah God, Creator and sustainer of all things):

  • Gen 2: 24 = Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

  • Mat 19: 4-5 = 4 And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ 5 and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’ 6 So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”

Responsibilities as a Christian husband:

  • Eph 5:25-28 = 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. 28 So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself.

  • 1Pe 3:7 = Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.

A righteous man can not be a covenant breaker but must live with honor:

  • Num 30:2 = 2 If a man makes a vow to the Lord, or swears an oath to bind himself by some agreement, he shall not break his word; he shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth.

  • Zec 8:17 = Let none of you think evil in your heart against your neighbor; And do not love a false oath. For all these are things that I hate,’ Says the Lord.

  • Phil 4: 8-9 = 8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

A faithful christian must live to do God's will:

  • Rms 12:2 = 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

  • Col 4:12 = 12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a bondservant of Christ, greets you, always laboring fervently for you in prayers, that you may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.

  • 1Pet 4:19 = 19 Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator.

One of our main duties as a Christian is to edify, not tear down:

  • Eph 4:29-32 = 29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. 32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

  • Rms 15:2-3 = 2 Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification. 3 For even Christ did not please Himself;

As a Christian we must live a holy life:

  • EPH 1:3-4 = 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,

  • 1Pet 1:13-16 = 13 Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 14 as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; 15 but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”

Ask yourself these questions?

  1. Am I honoring, or dishonoring God and His church?

  2. Am I behaving as a person who is called to be holy would act?

  3. Am I breaking a covenant between me, my wife, and my God?

  4. Will God accept my justification for this action at the throne of judgment?

  5. Do I really believe this is God's will for my wife and I?

  6. Who is this for? Is my motivation for self, or for someone else?

  7. What effect will this have on my wife? my children? my extended family? The church?

  8. Who will be smiling at the end of this action, God or Satan?

  9. Will this actually bring you happiness – or haunt you the rest of your life?

Dear brother or sister, I plead with you to reconsider this path that you may choose as I believe it will effect you negatively in this life and the life to come. Seek out advice and prayer from godly brethren, and may God be with you in your decision on this matter.

Mike Sullivan (2012)

Other scriptures dealing directly with divorce:

Gen 2:24 / Mal 2:14-16 / Mat 5:32, 19:1-11 / Luk 16:18 / Rms 7:2-3 / 1Cor 7:10-11 / Heb 13:4

LET THE BIBLE SPEAK - about the return of Christ

2Pet 3:8-10: But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 3:9: The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
3:10: But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

Mth 24:35-39: Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
24:36: But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. 24:37: But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.  24:38: For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, 24:39: And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

Mth 25:31-32,46: When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
25:32: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: 25:46: And these (the goats) shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous (the sheep) into life eternal.

Jhn 5:28-29: Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,
5:29: And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.
Jhn 6:40: And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.

Jhn 12:48: He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

Acts 1:9-11: And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.
1:10: And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;
1:11: Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.
Acts 24:15: And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.

1Cor 15:50-52: Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

15:51: Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
15:52: In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

2Cor 5:10: For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

1Thes 4:14-17: For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
4:15: For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
4:16: For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
4:17: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

2Thes 1:7-10: And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,
1:8: In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
1:9: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;
1:10: When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.

Heb 9:27-28:And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:9:28: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them thatlook for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

The purpose of these tracts is for the words of man to say very little and for God’s word to speak to your heart. Please think, pray about, and study these matters diligently. In the end we will be judged by God’s word:

Jhn 12:48: He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

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Reverence For God

Bible Study / Sermon Outline - (Adapted from article by Terry Kee, FIRST CENTURY CHRISTIAN, 1/89:4)

INTRO:

1.  We live in a godless age (Past - Rom. 1:21-32; 2 Tim. 3:1-5).

2.  We have been affected - 1 Jno. 2:15-17 (2 Tim. 4:10).

3.  We have lost our reverence for God & His word.

4.  "Fear, awe, dread of displeasing Him;" a "falling down" before one who is superior (honor & homage, respect & deference).  Profound respect mingled w/awe; honor & adoration; godly fear, awe.

  a.  (aidos) - Heb. 12:28: Idea related to modesty (1 Tim. 2:9). It is "the fear of doing a shameful thing" which will "always restrain a good man from an unworthy act." (Trench) [Caution before God]

  b.  (entrepo) - Heb. 12:9: Idea of "self-valuation of inferiority" or shame, & sets forth an attitude of giving honor to, subjection.

5.  Given to God & all that attends Him. (Psa. 111:9; Lev. 26:1-2)

I.  WHY SHOULD WE REVERENCE GOD?

  A.  Because He Is Our Creator - Psa. 8:3-4.

    1.  He is our superior, we are His offspring - Acts 17:28-29.

    2.  That God would sacrifice for man is incredible! - Jon. 3:16

  B.  Because, Being Christians, He Is Our Spiritual Father. (sons & daughters)

    1.  Born into the kingdom of God by faith - Jno. 3:3; Gal. 3:26-27.

    2.  Revere Him as children should…and "live"! - Heb. 12:9

  C.  Because He Is Our Lawgiver, Master & Judge - Matt. 4:10.

    1.  He is judge - Fearful thing! - Heb. 10:30-31

    2.  So, serve Him with reverence! - 12:28-29

II.  WHERE SHOULD GOD BE REVERENCED?

  A.  The Presence Of God Makes Any Place Holy Ground.

    1.  Exo. 3:5-6 - God's presence made Sinai holy ground.

    2.  Lev. 26:1-2 - God's presence in sanctuary - Reverenced.

  B.  God Must Be Reverenced In His Temple - 2 Cor. 6:16-7:1.

    1.  God is to be reverenced in us & by us, His church!

    2.  1 Cor. 3:16-17 - In the local church by our doctrine, demeanor & conduct.

    3.  1 Cor. 6:19-20 - In our bodies by moral purity.

    4.  Wherever the Christian is Ù holy ground…we are in the presence of God!

    5.  This shapes our thinking, decisions, conduct! - Heb. 12:28

  C.  Example: Our Assembled Worship: Holy Ground - Psa. 89:7.

    1.  We are in the presence of God - Matt. 18:20 (Jno. 4:24).

    2.  Demeanor in worship:

      a.  cf. Funeral vs. worship service. (Respectful of the dead)

      b.  cf. At a movie (quiet, limited distractions).

    3.  How are we acting as we worship God? - Neh. 8:3, 5-6

      a.  8:3 - Listen quietly. (Avoid distractions that hinder reverence - habitually late, loud disturbances,

kids to rest rooms, etc.).

      b.  8:5 - Respect & honor.

      c.  8:6 - Participate appropriately.

III.  HOW DO WE SHOW REVERENCE FOR GOD?

  A.  Live With A Humble Spirit - cf. Titus 2:3; Jas. 4:10.

  B.  Keep A Modest Approach To Life - Heb. 12:28 (grace); Phil. 4:8.

      -(honest/honorable - "reverend"). Using caution - Eph. 5:15-16.

  C.  Submit To God In All Things - Heb. 12:9 (Col. 3:17, 23); Psa. 111:10.

  D.  Obey His Word - Psa. 119:161; Eccl. 12:13.

Conclusion

1.  1 Cor. 15:34 - We should "wake up" & avoid sin! Many do not know God & do not reverence Him. We must be different!

2.  We walk on holy ground - Our lives must reflect reverence for God! Or, we will be consumed by God's wrath against sin - Heb. 12:29.

The End

Peace On Earth

Text (Luke 2:8-20)

At this time of year when much of the world celebrates the Catholic holiday “Christmas”, we find much ado about the phrase “peace on earth” from Luke’s account of Jesus’ life (Lk 2:14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.).

Unfortunately, most people think of this “peace” as a physical state of non war between all the countries of the world. While this is a lofty ideal - it can never be accomplished on this side of Heaven. Jesus sheds more light on the subject in John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let it be afraid. The peace of Christ is far different than the way the world views peace.

True peace, the type that the Christ brings, is a three fold peace. First and foremost it is a peace between sinful man and a Holy God. We see this in Romans 5:1-2 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Second, it is a peace with self, an inner peace. Phil 4:6-7 shows this clearly as it states “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Thirdly, it is a peace between the nation of Israel (as the chosen of God) and the Gentiles (as those without hope). Eph 2:14-18 says “For he himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.”

How much more precious is the peace that Christ offers. All the peace in the world would be in vain if man was still separated from God. There ARE many peaceful people in the world, but without Christ, they will be lost in the end (Jhn 14:6, Acts 4:12). Christ offers a true and everlasting peace. The peace of knowing and embracing God’s gift of salvation. Therein lies the “good news” of Luke 2:10 “- - - good tidings of great joy which will be to all people” A spiritual peace is an eternal peace. Peace in the world is fleeting and temporary. May we take the peace of Christ to all who will hear. (See also Isa 9:6-7, Rms 8:6)

Mike Sullivan 12/04/02

Where Did Cain Get His Wife?

“Where did Cain get his wife (Gen 4:17)?” is the question of many today. This answer is not that difficult to find if we will just do a little “diggin’ in the scriptures”.

Note how Gen 3:20 tells us that Eve was the mother of all the living. Gen 1:28 records that one of the first commands given to Adam and Eve was to be fruitful and multiply (have children). Surely Adam and Eve did have many children.

Take note also that genealogies in the Bible often focus on lineages relevant to pertinent characters to God’s message, and, most importantly, to the lineage of the coming Messiah. As a relevant example, the main genealogical focus of the first few chapters of Genesis have not so much to do with Cain as they do with Seth (Gen 4:25- 5:32). Seth gives rise to a godly (spiritually minded) race (Gen 4:26) and eventually to Noah himself (Gen 5:30-32) who’s line eventually produces the Messiah. Cain however propagates a race of ungodly, selfish, physically minded people (Gen 4: 17, 23). We see the contrast in Gen 6:1-8 where the term “sons of God” no doubt refer to Seth’s descendants, and the “daughters of men” refer to Cain’s descendants. The mixing of these two in marriage produced a destructive, tyrannical people (“giants” in Gen 6:4) which eventually brought about God’s watery judgment upon the world.

Now, with this in mind, we can see that even though God’s word mentions only three of Adam and Eve’s children by name, they did have many sons and daughters (Gen 3:20, 5:4). From this large family Cain would have taken his wife. So, the answer is: Cain married one of his sisters! Now some of you are probably totally grossed out or crying “Incest!”, but God made no pronouncements against inter-family sexual relationships until the days of Moses in Leviticus 18:9 and Deut 27:22. You see, in the days of Cain, the human gene pool was not riddled with diseases and mutations which slowly entered humankind as a result of the curse of sin. It was not until later in the descent of man that harm would come from incestuous relationships. That is why from the time of Moses to today, it is not only spiritually dangerous to commit incest, it is physically and mentally dangerous as well. The world would have never been populated unless brother could lie with sister at the beginning. God’s plan always works! ----- Mike Sullivan

BIBLICAL JOY

A baby is born, a child excels in a talent, a friend sticks buy you through a difficult time, a son or daughter graduates highschool, a loved one gets married, and the list of events that can bring us joy goes on. But, have you ever wondered at the way Paul talks about joy in 2Cor 8:2 How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality. These folks were going through trials, afflictions, and poverty, yet they found joy in getting together and giving towards there needy brethren (read vs 1-7). Or, how about what James wrote in Jms 1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations. Why would we count it joy when we are tempted? Doesnt this all go against our very nature? The answer is "yes", it goes against our fleshly nature, but NOT against our spiritual nature, if we are born again of the water and the Spirit (Jhn 3:3-5). True joy comes from knowing our spiritual state before God Almighty. Rms 5:11 And not only [so], but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement. Read all of Rms 5:1-11. We can know we are saved from the wrath of God and have been given the promise of eternal life (1Jhn 5:20). Could there be anything more joyful than that?

Mike Sullivan 09/25/05

Do We Respect God?

From "thebibleteacher.net" =

QUESTION: Is there REVERENCE and RESPECT for God, when people GO BEYOND God's specific instructions and do what they want to do, rather than that which God has told us to do? NO! When people change, alter, or in some way circumscribe God's Divine Plan, they show no respect or reverence for God. If a person will do that, they demonstrate by those actions that they will change any of God's Laws.
Let's explore the story of a man taking a trip. Before he left he gave instructions to his sons about making some improvements to their home. He said, "Build a house, a Barn and Dig a well." In each case he gave the place where they were to put the house, the barn and the location of the well. When he returned, they had built the house and dug the well where the father had told them too, but had built the barn in a different place.
The father said to his sons, "You have not done one thing that I told you to do." The sons responded, "Yes, the only thing that we changed was the location of the barn." The father responded, "No! You built them where you wanted to build them. By your action, you have shown that if you had wanted the house and well in a different place, you would have put them there."
If people will violate God's Divine Laws of Worship, then they demonstrate to God that they will CHANGE any of His laws. How can one reverence God and NOT follow his directions or instructions? The simple FACT is, they cannot! Yes, we must reverence God in our worship.

My 2 cents worth: True obedience is doing ALL that we are commanded - ESPECIALLY the things we do not understand OR agree with!
Think about it.

Mike Sullivan 12/11/2005

Work in progress

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