November

First Corinthians - Part 9

Introduction

Last time we looked at the passages below (Welch). This structure allows us to see the scope of the verses. A couple of points pop right out as we compare and contrast words and phrases in the structure. This process brings to our attention useful insights which remind us and augment what we have learnt. 

  • b: Man's wisdom equates to the spirit of the world while in c the spirit of God is the Holy Spirit
  • a: Things of God revealed corresponds with explained by by spiritual means. 
  • C: Revelation -- Discernment -- God reveals through spiritual discernment
  • B: None knew -- they had the spirit of the world BUT "we" have the mind of Christ. 
  • A: Wisdom can only be spoken to the mature -- the reason Paul could not speak this wisdom to the Corinthians was that they were Babes.

This time we shall comment on what the Holy Spirit says next as He speaks through the human instrument of Paul.

First Corinthians - Part 8

Introduction

Last time we looked at the mystery of 1 Cor. 2:7. 

7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: (1Co 2:7 KJV)
7  ἀλλὰ λαλοῦμεν σοφίαν Θεοῦ ἐν μυστηρίῳ, τὴν ἀποκεκρυμμένην, ἣν προώρισεν ὁ Θεὸς πρὸ τῶν αἰώνων εἰς δόξαν ἡμῶν· (1Co 2:7 TBT)

Before the ages God had pre-marked out the strategy He would use in destroying the enemy and accomplishing the redemption of all that would respond to His call. This was a mixture of prophecy and hidden wisdom.

Today we will look at the the remainder of the chapter.

Ephesians - Part 7

The lesson on November 17, 2013 continued the "Ephesians" study with part 7.  This lesson reviewed what we had learned in the previous lesson and added new material from the remainder of chapter 1.  We reviewed the three prayers Paul cites in Ephesians where two are where he prays and the other he asks for prayer.  The structure of the book is reviewed again and we look at the hope of His calling, the riches of the glory, and the exceeding greatness of His power.  This power that is demonstrated is the power over death in the resurrection.  Even further, we learn of a special reward that Paul strived for in Philippians 3:11... The resurrection out from among the dead!  The scripture reading was in Ephesians 1:19-23 KJV

Ephesians - Part 6

The lesson on November 10, 2013 was part 6 of the "Ephesians" study and continued in chapter one with verses 15-19. This lesson looks at the three prayers of Paul.  The review of the previous lesson recalled the mystery (or musterion) of his will which had been revealed for the first time in Ephesians after the close of Acts.  This was a secret that was hidden in God before the foundation of the world.  The exhaulted position and hope has been revealed through PAul the prisoner of the Lord and is relevant truth for today.  Two of Paul's prayers are in the doctrinal part of Ephesians and involve being enlightened.  Paul prays that the Lord may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him. The prayer in 1:15-19 involves the eyes.  The second prayer in 3:14-21 involves the heart and the last prayer in 6:19-20 involves the mouth.  Isn't it interesting that the first two involve enlightenment in the doctrinal section and the third prayer involves getting the word out, and that is in the practical section. The sinners most important need is Christ Jesus.  The Christian's greatest need is right division so he or she may be given this revelation and become enlightened of the secret revealed to them. The scripture reading was in Ephesians 1:15-19 KJV

Ephesians - Part 5

The lesson on November 3, 2013 was part 5 of the "Ephesians" study and covered chapter 1 through verse 14.  In this section we learn of the witness of the spirit and the security of our salvation when it speaks to the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession.  We looked at the word "mystery" or "musterion" when Paul says the mystery of His will. Some charts were presented showing how many times "mystery" was used and we learn from that analysis that you have to distinguish between Pauls two ministries (Paul - prior to Acts 28, and PAul, post Acts 28, when PAul wrote Ephesians). We learn that all the primary hopes (the Land, New Jersualem, and Heavenly Places) will come together in Christ in the dispensation of the fullness of times!  Ephesians is such the meat of scripture and here we find wording that make is personal to us when it says in verse 13... "the gospel of YOUR salvation".  This book is written to you!  The scripture reading was from Ephesians 1:11-14 KJV

Four Days in Scripture - Part 11

The lesson on November 24, 2012 was part 11 of the "Four Days in Scripture" study and it continued to look at the Day of Christ.  It is important to see the distinction between the Day of Christ and the Day of the Lord and this lesson looks at the detail surrounding the events of the Day of Christ and the scripture that shows the distinction.  Reference was made to the book Coming of Elijah and the study that was recorded in that publication showing how Elijah is crucial in restoring Isreal so that the events of the Day of Christ are fulfilled before the Day of the Lord. This lesson looked at the 70 weeks of Daniel 9. The scripture reading was in Daniel 9:24-27 KJV

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