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09 Mar 2017 Genesis (Program #48)

Genesis (Program #48) – The Motive and Strength of Being Called

Today we are going to look at the God of glory appearing to Abraham.   When you consider Abraham’s entire life, when you look at him in his entire history.  You’re looking at a person just like us.  He is called the father of faith.  There seems to be quite an impression from the Word that he is really a person of faith.  But when you look at the details of his living, he was a person just like us and actually very unbelieving.  If it weren’t for the appearing of God, he would just be in his unbelief.  But the very appearing of God infused him to the uttermost.   In principle, I would say, what kind of person was he?  He was really like a kind of unbeliever; the Lord would say something, he would say yes but then actually he just live out the opposite.  Really what was required, what was needed for God, the God of glory to appear to him over and over and over again and it’s just like us.  I am so grateful that the Lord came to me again and again and again so that we can be infused with Him as the unique faith in this universe.  Abraham is called the father of faith but actually he did not have one drop of faith.  All of his faith came from the appearing of the God of glory, infusing him with Himself as the very believing element.  This is the kind of person he was, apart from the God of glory, he had no faith.  He was not a believing person.  But Hallelujah, the God of glory appear to him over and over and over again, so he has been infused with this dear person as the very believing element.

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08 Mar 2017 Revelation (Program #65)

Revelation (Program #65) – The New Jerusalem (7)

The universe, at its centre, is being administered by God. And God’s desire in this universe is to be expressed. These two items – His administration and His expression – are not only important to Him now, but they will remain together for eternity.

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08 Mar 2017 Genesis (Program #47)

Genesis (Program #47) – The Background and Origin of God’s Calling and the Experience of the Called Ones

Genesis is broken into three sections and now we are just beginning to get into the third section, a very encouraging section that deal with God’s calling.

Although Genesis is a rather lengthy book, it is divided into 3 main sections.   The first concerns God’s creation.   The second deals with Satan’s corruption and his leading man into a corrupted state.  The third concerns God’s coming in to save man through His calling and His all-sufficient grace.  God’s creation deals not only with the original creation but as we have pointed out in several earlier messages, God’s re-creation and further creation climaxing in mankind created in God’s image.

The second section concerns Satan’s activity mainly behind the scene to lead man further and further into the fall in at least 4 stages.  Man fell in Genesis 3 away from God by disobeying Him.   Man fell again in Genesis 4 by turning away from God’s ordain means of salvation.  In Genesis 6, man fell unto the flesh and became polluted and then even after the flood and the institution of human government, man continue to fall and the whole human race rose up in defiant rebellion against God.  At that point, God no longer dealt directly with humanity as a whole but determine to work along another line by calling out a new people, a new race for Himself…

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07 Mar 2017 Revelation (Program #64)

Revelation (Program #64) – The New Jerusalem (6)

The final two chapters of the Bible reveal the final destination for both God and man. Not heavenly mansions, but the living, built up city composed of God and His redeemed people. Rev 21:22 says “And I saw no temple in it, for its temple is the Lord God, the Almighty and the Lamb.”  This city of course is the New Jerusalem, the focus and subject of the final pages of the Bible. As such we do well to focus on it ourselves…

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07 Mar 2017 Genesis (Program #46)

Genesis (Program #46) – The Significance of God’s Calling

Our life study today is dealing with the significance of God’s calling.

For our introduction today, we will say something about the relationship between the great figures of the Old Testament in the accomplishment of God’s purpose.  God had a fresh start with Noah in chapter 9 and He seems to be starting new again here in chapter 12 with Abraham.  What is the significance of these new starts?

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06 Mar 2017 Revelation (Program #63)

Revelation (Program #63) – The New Jerusalem (5)

The New Jerusalem is the consummation of the divine revelation in the Bible. But how practical is it to you?  If it’s something that is far away from your daily experience, then you’ll especially want to stay with us today for this life study of Revelation.

We are talking today about the New Jerusalem in particularly two aspects; the gates and the street – one street in the city but many gates…

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06 Mar 2017 Genesis (Program #45)

Genesis (Program #45) – The Fourth Fall of Man

Today we come to a life study in Genesis that will review the 4 steps of man’s fall which conclude at Babel.

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05 Mar 2017 Revelation (Program #62)

Revelation (Program #62) – The New Jerusalem (4)

What is the appearance of God?  According to Revelation chapter 4 verse 3, it’s jasper – the same substance as the New Jerusalem in Revelation 21 verse 11. On today’s life study of the Bible from Revelation, we are going to talk about this unified or unique appearance of God and His people.

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05 Mar 2017 Genesis (Program #44)

Genesis (Program #44) – Life in Resurrection (3)

Today we are going to continue in Genesis chapter 9 and we want to see more of God’s move related to Noah.  All of us, no doubt are familiar with the Sunday school version of Noah and his family.  But what is the deeper significance that we’ve been seeing related to God’s purpose?

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04 Mar 2017 Revelation (Program #61)

Revelation (Program #61) – The New Jerusalem (3)

Revelation, the final book of the Bible, opens many things to us in its 22 chapters. But the key to unlocking these revelations is to realize that primarily, this is a book of signs and symbols. The final sign, that of a city called New Jerusalem reveals God’s ultimate intention and our ultimate destiny. To see this, however, requires not just our natural understanding. Rev 21:10 says, “And he carried me away in spirit onto a great and high mountain and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.” If we can be in spirit as John was, and in a sense, be carried away to a high mountain by the Lord’s mercy, we can see this city as well.

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