To Judge or not to judge, that is the question? You will hear many quote the Word of God, “Judge not!” Then you will hear others quote the Word of God, “Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?”
So do we judge or don’t we? This discourse should clear up any problems understanding what, when, and whom we are to judge. “Just as there is a time for every purpose under heaven,” there is a time to judge, and as Christians it is our duty to understand these things and not be lazy when it comes to the Word of God and our understanding of it.
This study looks at various scriptures that speak about the “eyes of the Lord” and what they mean. The “eyes of the Lord” God run too and fro throughout the whole earth. He knows us before we know Him, and He loves us before we love Him. He beholds the rightous, the faithful, and those searching for God. Nothing escapes His attention and all things are under His control.
How did Jesus know Nathaniel while he was sitting under the tree praying before Philip brought him to see the Messiah? How did Jesus know that the Samaritan woman had five husbands, but the one she was then with was not her husband? Also how did Jesus know Zacheaus who he told that he was to dine with him?
To keep the Law or not to keep the Law? That is the question!
Two thousand years ago Judiazing Christians where trying to force the early Gentile converts into the keeping the Law and Christ. So what has changed in two thousand years? Today its Christians telling Christians you need to keep the Law in order to please God.
The heavens are the works of God’s fingers so we are told in Psalm 8. Scripture after scripture tells how God stretched out the heavens like a curtain and that he knows each star and planet by name.
To us the Universe is unlimited, but to God it is not. We say that the universe is so vast that it cannot contain God and we are right! God is not within our universe but above it. Psalm 148:13 gives us that clue. In Deuteronomy it makes a distinction between the heaven and the Heaven of heavens giving us another pause for thought. The great Creator, the one who created our physical universe is not constrained live within its boundaries. We are but like grass before Him, we are the proverbial bug in the rug and our universe is the rug. But thank God that Man’s importance is measured by his love and reverence for God, and that is why He is mindful of us.
The Word says that “no man can come to me except the Father draw him.” John 6:44 and in 1 John 4:19 that “we loved him because He first loved us.” This sermon looks in detail on various ones God called during Jesus’ ministry, such as Nathanael, the Israelite in whom there was no guile, Simon who was prophetically given the name Peter on his first meeting with Jesus. Zacchaeus who just wanted a glimpse of the master whom he had never seen, but when Jesus came by, he called him by name. The woman at the well who Jesus told her life story to. Upon meeting these people who God called, Jesus did some remarkable things to show God’s calling. 1) He told Nathanael what he was just doing. 2) He prophesied a name change to Peter. 3) He knew Zachaeus’ name and said he was going to have dinner at his house. 4) He knew the life story of a Samaritan woman. The four that we have just mentioned were searching for Messiah and God answered their prayers.
Bible Study/Discourse: Doctrines are a scriptural teaching or understanding. Not all doctrines carry the same weight of importance. For instance, there are fundamental doctrines such as: the Ransom, Baptism, Righteousness, Repentance, Salvation. Then there aredispensational doctrines that are relevant to different time periods. The doctrine “truth” that a great flood is coming to destroy everything is notrelevant to today, but it was of the utmost importance in the days of Noah. It was a matter of salvation!There are also doctrines of demons (universal salvation) and also unsound doctrine. A thing can be true, but is not edifying, such as “endless”genealogies.
As a Christian it behooves us to weigh and discern doctrines. 1) is it a fundamental doctrine–that is not open to interpretation and if not taught correctly will affect salvation? 2) is it a prophetic doctrine? Being that it has to do with future events, it by nature can be open to interpretations because the light is not yet clear on the matter. 3) Is it a doctrine of demons which will lead a Christiandown a very dangerous path of denying scripture or causes divisions (because of a bad heart motive not in accordance with the Word.), orunprofitable in that it does not edify anyone?
Once we categorize the doctrine what do we do? There is a time to speak and a time to keep silent, there is a time to embrace adn a time to refrain from embracing. This Bible study explores many different scenarios that a Christian may come up against and how to judge what one should do in that instance.
Sermon–Frank Shallieu–This sermon discusses Baptism from various aspects. First by looking at the Christian character, then by looking at different examples of baptism given in the Scriptures, beginning with the Flood in Noah’s day. We then see how Jesus expanded the meaning of baptism. It wasn’t only for the remission of sins anymore, which is why Jesus suffered it to be so that he was baptised, since he had nothing to repent of. Consider under the “new and living way” which Jesus opened up, the other significances of baptism. 1) Water, 2) Holy Spirit and 3) Blood.
The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked. When it comes to forgiveness of one another we need not rely on our own understanding, God knows we might have the tendency to try to justify sin in others to cover our own behavior, or we might have the tendency to be unmerciful, thankfully He spells out how we are to forgive. Jesus gives us the steps of forgiveness of trespasses against us, as we have no business in forgiving sins against other people or against God. Scriptures show the responsibility of each individual to go to the one who has offended them and tell them. Scriptures show the responsibility of “marking” and “avoiding” ones who cause disturbances. Scriptures show the responsibility of the teachers (elders) of rebuking, reproving and exhorting each of the congregation when occasion arises, and to do so publicly if the matter calls for it. So in studying the Scriptural guides of Forgiveness we see how our hearts must be right before God if we are going to be strong enough to follow the course He has set before us.
Christ our Ransom, the Son of The Man-Adam. As by one man sin and death entered the world, so by one man, Jesus our Ransom was sin canceled out and life restored to this dying race. Jesus truly was the “corresponding price (ransom)” for Father Adam. Each year at the anniversary of his death he asks us to remember him. This discourse is a remembrance of the agony and shame that our Lord and Savoiur born on our behalf to rescue us from sin and death. Halleluiah What a Savoiur!