1 & 2 Kings (Program #3) – The Reign of Solomon (2)
We all remember the inspiring story of King Solomon in the Old Testament. As the new king over Israel the Lord agrees to grant him one request. Solomon touches the Lord’s heart by asking for wisdom in order that he could rule over Israel in a just manner. For centuries, men have admired Solomon and long to be like him and have the wisdom that God blessed him with. Surely his wisdom was great, but consider for a moment: how it compares to the wisdom that is our blessing as God’s New Testament called ones. In 1 Corinthians 1:24, Paul writes “But to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.” and in verse 30, “But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became wisdom to us from God: both righteousness and sanctification and redemption.”
Hebrews (Program #64) – The Law of Life Spreading in Our Inward Parts
What kind of book is the Bible to you? Is it a collection of great stories and inspiring narrations? Or, is it a book that’s plain ethics and principles to live by? Is it a random collection or does it have unifying central theme? Stay with us today for what we guarantee will be an eye opening and solidifying life study of Hebrews.
Exodus (Program #135) – The Sanctification of Aaron and His Sons to be the Priests (6) Redemption and Germination, Feasting on Christ, Peace and Wave Offerings
There is a wonderful verse in Romans chapter 5 that is known and loved by most Christians. This is verse 1 “Therefore having been justified out of faith, we have peace toward God through our Lord Jesus Christ, ” Peace with God through Christ. This is a major theme of the good news of the gospel. The Old Testament picture of peace through Christ was the peace offering in Exodus 29. As we have seen again and again in our life study of Exodus, a picture is worth a thousand words. If you appreciate the peace that Christ has secured for you, you won’t want to miss today’s life study of the Bible.
Exodus (Program #134) – The Sanctification of Aaron and His Sons to be the Priests (5) Universal Priesthood, Redemption, Peace and Burnt Offerings
As genuine born-again Christians, we need to realize that it is possible to be saved and even forgiven of our sins yet fall short of God’s goal for our salvation. What is this goal? Revelation 1:5-6 tell us Jesus Christ has lose us from our sins by His blood and make us a kingdom, priests to His God and Father. Yes we are saved, but can we boldly declare that also we are priests to God? To see what it really means to be a priest, we have to look into the types and pictures in the Old Testament. We will, on today’s life study of the Bible.
Exodus (Program #132) – The Sanctification of Aaron and His Sons to be the Priests (3) Redemption and Germination, Sanctification by Hands Filled
The record given in Exodus is very detailed about many spiritual matters, like the service of the Old Testament priesthood. Chapter 29 in fact began this way “And this is what you shall do to them to sanctify them to serve Me as priests..”. The following verses gave items after items of instructions. But no where in the New Testament do we find such an account of how to sanctify the New Testament priests or even how to serve as the New Testament priests. Yet the Bible clearly tells us that all the believers in Christ are the real priests.
Exodus (Program #108) – The Altar of Burnt Offering (5)
The record of the Passover given in Exodus gives us a detail account of Christ’s redeeming death. But another picture in Exodus also touches redemption and that picture is the altar of the burnt offering in the tabernacle. These Old Testament pictures unveil redemption in its thorough and wonderful details. To see redemption and to see the redeeming Christ in the picture of the altar will make a deep and lasting imprint upon any lover of Jesus.
We come today to our 5th program dealing with the altar of burnt offering that was in the Outer Court of the tabernacle. It may seems to a lot of people, like this is too much time to spend on such an Old Testament item as the altar. But what we’ve really been spending our time on is the redeeming Christ. How is the altar a clear type of redemption and the redeemer?
God’s complete salvation includes redemption, escape from the world and baptism. These 3 elements are all vividly portrayed in the book of Exodus. As we see ourselves again and again through the depiction of this wonderful book. Pharaoh, representing God’s enemy plays a key role in God’s bringing His people Israel through these stages of complete salvation. How does He use Pharaoh in our lives today? That will be our focus on our life study of the Bible.
Today’s program brings us to a very marvelous presentation of the escape of the children of Israel from the pursuing Pharaoh and his Egyptian army. Through the first 14 chapters of Exodus, we have seen a lot of things but there are really 3 significant events related to the Lord’s people; the Passover, their exodus or exit out of Egypt and the crossing of the Red Sea. As pictures of our own experience, these are really unmatched in Scripture. What did these sections refer to in our experience?
Nearly all Christians know that Christ is the Lamb of God, who accomplished redemption for us. John 1:29 says “the next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. Though most of us may be familiar with Christ as the Lamb of God, we may not have seen all the rich and deep aspects presented in the details of His redemption. This picture is presented in Exodus chapter 12 and it is these details that will be our focus today, for in them are the deep and marvelous facet of this most blessed event.
We have the first of the two tremendous programs dealing with the passover in Egypt as a type of the redemption of Christ.
The New Testament speaks about redemption, where about Christ is our redeemer in many passages. But this picture in Exodus 12 is marvelously complete and comprehensive. Why is the passover depicted in Exodus such a good picture of redemption?
Ephesians (Program #23) – The Two Created Into One New Man
When the Lord Jesus gave His life on the cross or our redemption, what were the main items that the Bible tells us were dealt with by His death? Well, the first answer most people would give, of course is our sins. Then some might mention the devil, Satan. If you still would add the corrupted world, and our old fallen nature that the Bible calls our old man. These could be a good list an accurate one according to the New Testament but still incomplete. Or it is probably fair to say that the precious view would include on the list, the last item that the apostle Paul gives us in Ephesians Chapter 2 :15 “Abolishing in His flesh the law of the commandments in ordinances, that He might create the two in Himself into one new man, so making peace.” Isn’t this interesting? And isn’t it surprising? Included among the crucial items dealt with by Christ on the cross are ordinances. How could ordinances be included with such obvious matters as sins, Satan and the world. We’ll find out in today’s fellowship.
Ephesians (Program #8) – The Mystery of God’s Will
Ephesians opens with some of the highest speaking in the entire Bible. Our selection, our predestination and our redemption are all mentioned but not as isolated items rather as indispensable steps in the accomplishment of God’s plan which is the great mystery of the universe through the ages. So, we have been chosen, predestinated, and redeemed for what? Ephesians 1:9 says, “Making known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself.” What is God’s will, His purpose, His plan?