Every detail of the Bible is under the sovereign arrangement of God. Not only the words themselves have God as their source even the arrangement of the Bible is significant.
Romans for example gives us a full and complete sketch of both the Christians life and the church life. Then immediately following Romans we 1 Corinthians. What we have is the illustration of the same church life in the Christians life. What Romans reveals 1 Corinthians illustrates.
As we begin the life study of 1 Corinthians, a book that on the surface seems to be mainly focus on the problems of this 1st century gentile church in the city of Corinth but actually we will come to appreciate there is a very positive message in this book that is critical in God’s economy.
Exodus (Program #78) – The Blood of the Covenant (1)
All genuine believers in Christ who experienced redemption are familiar with and surely have a deep appreciation for the blood of Christ. But listen to Moses’ word in Exodus 24, “And Moses took the blood and sprinkled it on the people and said, Here is the blood of the covenant, which Jehovah has made with you in accordance with all these words.” What is the blood of the covenant? Stay with us as we explore this divine reality and marvelous truth on today’s life study of the Bible.
We come again today to the broadcast, the recording actually in the holy land today from the hotel room in Jerusalem.
It’s good to be here especially here in Jerusalem. All the things we’re seeing here are just pictures of the divine realities in God’s economy. The listeners are in for real treat because we will see the highest function of the Lord’s precious blood in this broadcast. more…
1 Corinthians (Program #34) – Dealing with Marriage Life (2)
The philosophical and cultured believers in the church in Corinth had many questions concerning a topic that people today also struggle to cope with and understand. That topic is marriage.
His words in answering to their many questions were found in 1 Corinthians chapter 7 where on the one hand he gave them the principle where universally is applicable today as there were in apostle’s time.
On the one hand we see the spirit of the writer, the spirit of a man absolutely one with the Lord and one with His economy, a man who had learned the secret of contentment in what ever circumstance or situation that God would bring to him.
Exodus (Program #71) – The Implications, Indications and Significances of the Ordinances of the Law (2)
After the giving of the Ten Commandments in Exodus chapter 20, the Lord continued for 3 more chapters to give item after item of regulations regarding man’s relationships. These added items are called “ordinances”, many if not most, seem to us to have nothing whatsoever to do with us as New Testament believers. They deal with such things as treatment of slaves and the ancient feasts and rituals of Jewish religion; and, even such things as “not boiling the kid in its mother’s milk”. So how do we as Christians regard these Old Testament details? Do we just skip over and dismiss them? Or, in the light of God’s New Testament ministry, is there a real and meaningful application of these items for us? We return once again today to the book of Exodus and the remarkable journey of God’s people out of their bondage of worldly captivity and through the wilderness.
We’re continuing today to look at Exodus chapter 22 and 23, chapters that as we said offer many items all contain in these ordinances that were supplements or additions to the basic ten Commandments that we’re all quite familiar with. In an earlier message, we heard that though we cannot directly see Christ in the ten original commandments, these supplemental ordinances contain all of the rich details of Christ – what do we mean by this kind of speaking? more…
1 Corinthians (Program #19) – Growth in Life Needed (2)
In first Corinthians the apostle Paul confronts the difficult situation in the church there in a very wise way. He first identifies that their problems would due primarily to a shortage of the growth in the divine life. Although they had received the initial gifts of the divine life and the Holy Spirit they were still infants or babes in Christ.
He then unveils to them the marvelous progression of God’s economy. First they need to realize that they are all plants growing on God’s farms. Then the goal is to be built up together into a building and finally that this building is destined to become God’s dwelling place, His temple.
How about you and me? Have we received such a vision, such a revelation or are we like the Corinthians satisfied to remain in our spiritual infancy and hang on to personal preferences in our own traditions?
Romans (Program #61) – The Dispensation of the Triune God for the Fulfillment of His Purpose
Today we come to one of the treasures hidden in the depths of God’s word. God work to change or transform man fully into His image can only be accomplished through a process. This process is sometimes call God’s economy or God’s dispensation. What is it all about?
We use the word “dispensing” before on this program but we are really going to focus on it today. What the Biblical background for this word. Does it ever appear directly in the New Testament?
The book of Romans in its final three verses concludes with a beautiful offering of praise to God. Theologians have dubbed it a doxology; though it might aptly be called a melody, a melody of praise that we can fully enter into. It’s the peak of the gospel of God as presented in Romans.
This message begins with a concise overview of the entire book. The perspective is that of the revelation of God’s entire economy revealed in the New Testament. And the feeling is that in our experience and practice, we should have a book of Romans with sixteen chapters, that is with all of the stations or all of the sections, and not just part. We appreciate the fact that when the reformation began, God used a segment of the book of Romans to recover a tremendous truth – that of justification by grace, through faith. This is the first major station in the book of Romans. The station or section of justification. The importance of this can hardly be over-emphasized…
Romans (Program #25) – God’s Economy in His Selection
Seemingly there are many hard to reconcile statements in the Bible. We are going to be looking at one of those statements today.
Today once again we are going to look at God’s selection. What can be a hard topic for many people, probably ourselves included by virtue of the fact that God has selected some, it seems that others must not be selected. Yet the Word says that whosoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How do we reconcile these two items?
God’s selection is not according to our work, our effort, our labour but altogether it is of God who shows mercy.
We begin a new chapter in our life study of Romans today which marks a whole new section of Romans. At the beginning of this life study of Romans, sections of this book has been pointed out. We have covered the section of condemnation – this section showed us that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God and are under condemnation. This was followed by the section on justification and this happily pointed out how God’s wonderful way in which justifies us freely through the redemption of Christ Jesus can be our experience and justifies us before God. more…