Proverbs (Program #7) – Coming to Proverbs to Cultivate Our Regenerated New Man
Paul, the apostle tells us that the Bible has the potential to affect us when we read it in two very different ways. In 2 Corinthians 3:6 he says “Who has made us sufficient as ministers of a new covenant, ministers not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.” Do we have this realization when we come to the word of God? The same words can either become Spirit and life to us or they can become dead letters to us. It all depends on how we come to the Bible and what kind of persons we are that will determine what we receive. We’re all fallen creatures with an old fallen nature and an old life the Bible calls the old man. When this old man comes to the Bible in order to find help to improve itself before God, the result will be predictable, the result of death.
Matthew (Program #55) – The Kingdom Reward and the Parable of the Kingdom Reward
A rich young man who desired to do something in order to receive eternal life approached the Lord Jesus about this matter. But the Lord’s word to him caused him to leave in utter discouragement at the impossibility that he could ever meet such requirement. Jesus then use this occasion to review the matter not of salvation but of the reward awaiting those who follow Him into the kingdom.
The reward of the kingdom is NOT our salvation and the hope of our salvation. This is something altogether different many believers have missed…
Proverbs (Program #6) – The Detailed Precepts for Man To Live a Proper Human Life (2)
The book of Proverbs is a collection of gems which are detailed precepts for man to live a proper human life. Today we are going to use the majority of our radio program on the life-study of Proverbs to hear a reading of these gems categorized. Today we’re going to cover the second part of these readings entitled “Admonitions and Teachings”.
Lust, pride and the love of riches, these are 3 scorpions that plague virtually every human being. Many people come to Christ motivated by the desire to be free from the sting of these scorpions. As God’s people, we must ultimately experience this kind of freedom. But deliverance from these can never be attained by mere will power or determination. As we consider this account in Matthew 19 and how much these things will affect our ultimate standing in God’s kingdom.
Proverbs (Program #5) – Touching the Word of God by Our New Man
The book of Proverbs is a wonderful collection of gems of wisdom concerning nearly every aspect of human life. As such, people of many persuasions appreciate Proverbs and often quote these nuggets of wisdom. While we’re thankful for such a book in the Bible, it also presents a dilemma. And that is that an ethical person, even one who has no personal knowledge or experience of our dear Saviour Jesus, can apply these moral precepts to build himself up and enhance his fallen human life. While we may say that society would surely benefit if all men practice these principles and employ the wisdom expressed in Proverbs, yet God’s goal of bringing us, His children, not into an improved condition but into a new creation will be no closer to reality. While we extol God for the wisdom of His word, our real need is not self-improvement but rather that we put off our old man and put on the new man.
Matthew (Program #53) – Relationships in the Kingdom (2)
Who can possibly describe the depth of God’s forgiveness of our debt to Him. Yet we frequently find it very difficult even impossible to forgive others who would even slightly offended us. Matthew 18 reveals that if we fail to forgive others after we have received God’s forgiveness of us, we are in serious jeopardy and we will face a very harsh reality when we meet Christ. You may say as many do, “I don’t have to worry, I have been forgiven of everything and on my way to heaven”. Well, if this is your thought we hope, we even pray that you stay tune today because this chapter like much of Matthew is not dealing with our eternal destiny but rather our practical participation in the kingdom of the heavens.
Proverbs (Program #4) – The Detailed Precepts for Man To Live a Proper Human Life (2)
The book of Proverbs contains gem after gem of detailed precepts concerning how to live a proper human life. Many proverbs touch similar topics – consider these few gems that touch the benefit of learning to restrain one’s speech. First in Proverbs 10:19 “When there are many words transgression does not cease, But he who restrains his lips is prudent.” And this one from Proverbs 13:3 “He who guards his mouth keeps his soul, But he who opens wide his lips will have destruction.” And Proverbs 14:23 “In all labor there is profit, But mere talk leads only to poverty.” These nuggets gleaned from Proverbs all concern the same subject. In this case related to our loose talk. Being able to consider the Proverbs topically arranged in this way, gives a strong and lasting impression. And we are devoting three special programs to present this marvelous aid for our own study and appreciation of the book of Proverbs.
Matthew (Program #52) – Relationships in the Kingdom (1)
In Matthew 18 the disciples asked the Lord Jesus, “who is the greatest in the kingdom of the heavens?” What would we say? The one with power to heal or the gifted preacher? Well, the Lord Jesus answered the question in this way; “and He called a little child to Him and stood him in their midst.. He therefore who will humble himself like this little child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of the heavens.”
Proverbs (Program #3) – The Detailed Precepts for Man To Live a Proper Human Life (1)
Whenever we come to God’s word, whether to a deeply spiritual book such as Ephesians or to a book with easy to understand, ethical and moral precepts such as Proverbs, the kind of person that we are will have much to do with what we take away from our reading of the Bible. In fact, the Bible itself tells us that the words of Scripture can be spirit and life to us as we see in John 6, “The words which I have spoken to you are spirit and are life”. But the same New Testament also provides a strong word of caution in 2 Corinthians 3, “Who has made us sufficient as ministers of a new covenant, ministers not of the letter but of the Spirit, for the letter kills but the Spirit gives life”. Spirit and life or dead letter, the Bible can be either. And the determining factor as to which we will experience has everything to do with us and how we approach this word of God.
The gospel of Matthew is somewhat different than the other 3. It chronicled many of the same events but the arrangement of these events in Matthew has little to do with the actual sequence in which they happened. Rather Matthew presents these cases carefully and strategically and has ordered them to portrait a full revelation of God’s kingdom. We will see the wonder of the divine arrangement in Matthew again today.