God wants to fill us with Himself to such an extent that we are swallowed up by His life even in our mortal bodies until we become in full His many sons to glorify Him.
There are probably more studies and expositions of the book of Romans than nearly any other New Testament book. But this study is unique in that we want to take the view of how we want to enjoy Christ as our life and life supply so that He can be everything to us for the building up of the Body of Christ to consummate the New Jerusalem as God’s unique goal in this universe. more…
Psalms (Program #28) – The Desolation of God’s House and Christ as the Solution
The apostle Paul writing in his epistle to the Colossians is the very interesting phrase related to the Holy Word, the Bible. He told them that God had imparted to him the task of completing the Word of God. Actually we know from history that there were other books added to the canon of Scripture that were written after Paul’s fourteen epistles. So we need to understand Paul’s word in the sense that his writings were a conclusion not to the written record but to God’s divine revelation. The books that came later like Revelation and John’s epistles merely strengthened and confirmed that divine revelation. All this is to day that the divine revelation has a progressive aspect to it. more…
Our God is a God of newness and we enjoy Him and apply Him for this new start in the Life-Study series.
Historically, Romans has been presented and studied as one of the great books of Christian doctrine and theology. Certainly we will recognize it in this way and touch these bulwarks of the truth in the weeks ahead, but that will not be our primary emphasis in this Life-Study of Romans. Although we in no way intend to minimize the significance of Romans as a basic book of doctrine and theology – more…
Psalms (Program #27) – The Suffering Christ and the Reigning Christ
The Psalms are wonderful portion of God’s word. They are treasured by countless lovers of God and His Holy Word. In this collection of poetry, praises and hymns is found a wide range of expressions. We might turn to our favorite Psalms during times of trial or suffering and seek comforting words. And surely many of the Psalms do convey such comfort and solace. But at their height or peak are those Psalms that clearly and definitely reveal Christ in much detail and richness. For those Psalms preceded the incarnation of the God-Man Jesus by many centuries. The eternal Son is clearly found in the Psalms, if we know where to look and how to recognize it.
From his prison cell in Rome, the Apostle Paul wrote stirring words to the saints in Philippi. “Even now, Christ will be magnified in my body whether through life or through death”, and then again, “For me to live is Christ and to die is gain”. Was Paul speaking matters of doctrine and theology for our future study and contemplation, or was this the living reality of a genuine witness of Christ? Welcome to our final program of the life study of Acts, a program you will surely not want to miss.
Psalms (Program #26) - Christ as the Center of God’s Move on the Earth
Did you know that the book of Psalms actually contains 150 different Psalms in all? So many poetic and prophetic utterances. Of course, as we have seen, some of these Psalms have a very high and profound content expressing the divine thought revealing Christ in brilliant detail. Others are not so high. In fact some are very low in the thought that they convey. Bit by bit as we read and study this book, we can learn to cultivate a taste for the high peaks contain in the Psalms. Perhaps the highest peak of all in the divine revelation of Christ in the book of Psalms is found in Psalms 68. This oft quoted Psalm actually begins with a quotation of its own. David the Psalmist quotes Moses from Numbers chapter 10 “as he sets out with the completed tabernacle to lead the children of Israel away from Sinai and ultimately into the good land of Canaan with the ultimate destination being Zion in the midst of Jerusalem and the cloud of Jehovah was over them by day when they set out from the camp”, Moses writes in Numbers 10. “And when the Ark set out, Moses said, Rise up, O Jehovah, and let Your enemies be scattered; And let those who hate You flee before You.”
Acts (Program #71) – The Propagation in Asia Minor and Europe through the Ministry of Paul’s Company (37)
After an arduous and perilous voyage with threatening so extreme that they must have been attacks directed by Satan himself against God’s chosen witness. The Apostle Paul arrives at Rome amidst the warm and genuine greetings of the saints of God. Despite his continued imprisonment, Paul rejoiced in God’s sovereignty, the divine arrangement and entered into the most productive stage of his ministry. Stay tuned for a delightful and masterful unveiling of the riches of God’s word on today’s life study of the Bible.
Psalms (Program #25) – The Pious Expressions of the Psalmists Uttered Out of Their Complex Sentiments While Enjoying God in His House
It’s always remarkable isn’t it, how an expert gemologist is able to exam what may to the untrained eyes appear to be just an ordinary stone or rock. But to his trained eye, is the realization that he is holding something of great value. The ability to distinguish the rare gem from the ordinary is primary a matter of training and experience. Knowing what to look for is the key and having a master to point the way is indispensable. In many ways, this our life study of the Psalms. 150 poems, psalms and praises many of which are full of gems. Many others are full of ordinary and more common expressions. But the question is, can you tell the difference? How we thank the Lord for those experienced masters that have gone before and who have left us with so much help to learn how to spot the gems.
Acts (Program #70) – The Propagation in Asia Minor and Europe through the Ministry of Paul’s Company (36)
From the Epistles of the Apostle Paul in the New Testament come profound and inspiring passages such as “For me to live is Christ”, “Whether in life or in death, Christ shall be magnified in my mortal body,” and also “that I may be found in Him”. Where did these incredible utterances come from? Was Paul simply a mouthpiece of the Holy Spirit as the word of God came forth? Or where these phrases the expressions that flowed out of his own experience of the living Christ? We will view the living of the Apostle Paul under the most extreme circumstances as recorded in the pages of Acts on today’s life study of the Bible.
Psalms (Program #24) – Three Categories of Persons Regarding the Enjoyment of God in Christ
To study the Psalms it’s helpful to know their arrangement, many of the Psalms are grouped for us in order to help our understanding. Psalms 49, 50 and 51 form such a group and show us three categories of persons in their experience and enjoyment of God. Those depicted in Psalms 49 actually do not have God as their enjoyment but rather are those who put their trust in riches, in their wealth. Such one missed the real experience and enjoyment of God. Psalms 50 show us ones who call on the Lord according to His covenant. This is to call on the Lord Jesus Christ as our mediator between us and God and surely result in deep enjoyment. Finally Psalms 51 shows us a person in the full realization of his sin. Repenting, confessing even begging God’s cleansing, forgiveness and washing. This Psalms give us a real pattern of genuine repentance and will lead us into a richer and deeper experience and enjoyment of God.