Acts (Program #28) – The Propagation in Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria through the Ministry of Peter’s Company (20)
Many times, Christians tend to view the outward circumstances in their life as an indication of how pleased or how displeased God is with them spiritually. But this line of thinking may lead us to the conclusion that when our outward environment is the most difficult, then we are missing God’s blessing. But the book of Acts shows us that possibly just the opposite is true. Stay with us today for an enlightening life study of the Bible.
We have our second program today on a life of faith. Our message will begin with Abraham building his second altar. What is the significance of Abraham building altars while human society was building cities and high towers?
The book of Acts records one of the most remarkable personal reversals in all of history. Saul of Tarsus was highly educated, respected, and feared. He was the fierce and outstanding persecutor of the early Christians. But in the space of 72 hours, he became the strongest proponent of the One whom he had persecuted. We bring you another look at this most incredible conversion on today’s life study of the Bible.
This one should be very instructive and helpful to anyone desiring to live by faith. We’ve seen before that we really need to look at Abraham, Isaac and Jacob collectively if we are going to get a full picture of God’s calling.
One of the classic lines of New Testament scripture is when Paul, anticipating martyrdom, declares, “I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision”. And, surely he did remain faithful to the vision. But, when did he receive this heavenly vision? And, can we enter into the same vision?
Genesis (Program #49) – The Progress in Answering God’s Calling
Our life study today is dealing with progress in answering God’s calling. A central item in God’s call to Abraham was the necessity for him to cross a river. What does this mean? The explanation should take into account both literal and the spiritual significance of this. Literally, Abraham had to cross a great river in order to go from one realm, the land of Chaldea into the realm, the good land into which God was calling him. Spiritually speaking, this points to the reality of the experience of baptism. Elsewhere in the Scriptures, when God’s people were to go from one realm to another, they pass through water. Noah passed through water to get into the realm of God’s new creation. The children of Israel passed through the water of the Red Sea and again through the water of the Jordan. All of these may be understood and rightly as types of baptism. When God calls us, we began in an old fallen realm. God wants to bring us out of that realm into a realm where Christ is everything to us. In order to make this transition by the Lord’s grace, we need so to speak to cross a river. We need to pass through water which spiritually signifies death and resurrection. So in summary, Abraham’s crossing the river indicates our need to go through death and resurrection in Christ signified by baptism in order to be transferred out of the realm of old creation into the realm of God’s new creation…
One of the many magnificent stories recorded in the passages of the New Testament is the account of the conversion of the fierce persecutor of the church, Saul of Tarsus. The book of Acts gives a rather detailed account of how the Lord gained this fierce opposer. These details, when opened up from the scripture and in God’s shining, afford us one of the most inspiring accounts in all the Bible.
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.
Acts (Program #24) – The Propagation in Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria through the Ministry of Peter’s Company (19)
The real Gospel preaching is preaching from the Word of God with Christ, His person and His work as the center, and always paying attention to the leading of the Spirit by remaining in fellowship with Him moment by moment.
The book of Acts relates many marvelous stories of the experiences of the first-century believers. These stories can entertain but more important, they are a pattern, an example to us that we see from the church life as the Lord initiated it on the earth. One such story is that of the Ethiopian eunuch, and how Philip happened upon him and lead him to a full and meaningful salvation. We will pick up that story and all its meanings for us on today’s life study of the Bible.
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…