1 Peter (Program #15) -Christian Life and Its Sufferings (2)
The word “grace” bears tremendous significance in the New Testament, yet like so many biblical terms, it has become almost a clichéd to many people and it’s been greatly devalued in the understanding of most Christians. God’s unmerited favor has become the most common definition among believers. While this does convey a certain limited sense of the word, it’s obvious by considering Scriptures that this definition is grossly inadequate.
Consider Peter’s use of the word “grace” in 1 Peter 2:19-20 “for this is grace” he writes “if anyone, because of a consciousness of God, bears sorrows by suffering unjustly. For what glory is it if, while sinning and being buffeted, you endure? But if, while doing good and suffering, you endure, this is grace with God.“
Exodus (Program #149) – The Holy Anointing Oil (1) Significances
Many Christians realize that the book of Exodus gives us many types of the Savior Jesus Christ. It’s here that we see Him as the Passover Lamb, the Heavenly Manna and the Living Water. But another marvelous type has been nearly missed by Bible scholars and interpreters through the ages, yet God has recovered it for all of His seekers in these days. Please set the next 30 minutes aside for an unveiling of the holy anointing oil on today’s life study of the Bible.
Exodus (Program #101) – The Curtain for the Door of the Tent (1)
Exodus shows us that the tabernacle represents God’s dwelling place and the place where He can meet with man. But separating God from man are two curtains or veils. Before man can meet with God, he must first pass through these layers of separation. What is the significance of these curtains of blue, purple and scarlet? Please set the next 30 minutes aside for your own journey through the veil.
We’ve been looking at the tabernacle according to the biblical account. As we’ve done so, the order that the book of Exodus presents these things is very interesting. It always seems to start from the inside out and from the top down. This is backward it seems to our natural way of looking at things describing things. This pattern is going to very much be maintained today. Let’s spend a minute or two discussing the significance of how these description are ordered.
Exodus (Program #99) – The Veil Within the Tabernacle (1)
The tabernacle is a marvelous, vivid picture of the deepest experiences of Christ by His loving believers. The time spent to see the meaning and significance of its aspects and details is well worthwhile and will be richly rewarded by a deeper love and appreciation for Christ and His incomparable word.
Today we are going to consider the veil that was located within the tabernacle as a separation between the two chambers, the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies. This aspect of the tabernacle is really quite mysterious to most people. Both chambers contain items that clearly represents Christ and our experience of Christ.
Exodus (Program #96) – The First Layer of the Covering (2)
All of God’s saved ones have surely seen the Christ of the Gospels, the Son of God who loved us and gave Himself up for us that we might be saved. This in itself surely is marvelous, but have you seen the same Christ revealed in even greater details through the types and symbols of the Old Testament? To do so is to have our faith in God’s word strengthened and our love and appreciation of Him, much much deepen. Stay with us as we see the very Christ of our salvation in the details of the tabernacle, God’s dwelling place with man on today’s life study.
From Exodus 26, there were 4 layers of covering over the tabernacle. We did look at the first layer; ten curtains, made of fine linen, colored blue, purple and scarlet and then with the cherubim embroidered on them. Today we’re going to look at the other three layers. But we really need to keep in mind all the significance of these details that we saw.
1 Thessalonians (Program #3) – The Triune God Embodied in the Word to Produce a Holy Life for the Church Life (1)
The word of God is so marvelous, the more you discover its’ infinite riches and hidden treasures the more you realize that there is far more to see than we can ever possibly exhaust. Its’ structure, its’ order even the subtle ways in which several passages begin are full of meaning and significance.
For example consider a passage that you may have read hundreds of times and never really stop to consider. Paul begins his letter to the Church in Thessalonica not in a general way, but in way that it is unique from the way he open any of his letters to the other Churches.
“Paul and Silvanus,” he writes, I Thessolonians 1:1, “and Timothy to the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace.” Even in a simple greeting we just read we will see there is a lot of meaning here.
Exodus (Program #81) – The Vision of the Tabernacle and Its Furniture and Concerning the Materials and the Pattern (1)
Chapter 25 of Exodus brings in a major turn of Old Testament Economy. After giving Moses the 10 commandments and the addition ordinances on Mt. Sinai, God reveals the plan for the building of the tabernacle, God’s dwelling place among men. This building occupies the central focus in the history of God’s people in the Old Testament. But it also has tremendous significance and importance for us, God’s New Testament people today.
Our main topic for the next several months is going to be the tabernacle.
We made quite a journey from chapter 1 to chapter 24, we saw how the children of Israel were in slavery in Egypt under Pharaoh. God prepared and called Mosses to be the sent ones to deliver them, there was the passover, the Exodus, the crossing of the Red Sea then there was the experience with the bitter water at Marah, the water becoming sweet through the application of the crucified Christ in resurrection. Then we have Elim with the 12 springs and the 70 palm trees. We had the change diet with eating the Manna, the war with Amalek, the establishment of the kingdom and eventually God’s people was brought to the mountain of God. Where we saw the day and night aspects of the giving of the law. more…
The redemption of Christ is mysterious and well beyond our natural understanding in all its rich significance. Without the Old Testament picture of the Passover we have no way of seeing all the wonderful and mysterious details and aspects of Christ eternal redemption. How we thank the Lord for this portrait of redemption from the book of Exodus.
We are being treated to some tremendous insights and deeper appreciation of our redemption in Christ. As we are seeing it through this picture of the Old Testament Passover. What strikes me is that it’s the details of the Passover, properly interpreted that really hold the key to our understanding.
Our last program open up the matter of the two kinds of light that God brought forth in creation. May be we can begin today with a short review of the significance of these two kinds of light.
It is a sad fact that great many genuine children of God grow minimally, if at all after their rebirth experience. They may increase in knowledge, they may improve their behavior, but they may be far behind in the genuine increase of Christ as life within them. One reason for this is the lack of what we may call following Brother Lee’s exposition of Genesis; the fourth day lights. This is a more solid light a more intense light. Whereas the light of the first day was the light for rebirth, the light of the fourth day is the light for growth. To be regenerated we need the divine light. If we are to grow in the divine life we received through regeneration, we need a brighter light, a more intense light a more solid light. This kind of light is signified by the lights on the fourth day; the sun, the moon and the stars…
1 Corinthians (Program #42) – An Overview of 1 Corinthians
In the entire book of 1 Corinthians of course there are many wonderful verses. We may each have our favorites. But two verses are particularly worth a special consideration. Particularly because they carried great import and meaning but are so often overlooked.
1 Corinthians 12:13 “For also in one Spirit we were all baptized into one Body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and were all given to drink one spirit.”
We may have heard this verse mentioned but usually only the first portion, in one Spirit we were all baptized.
And then the other verse demands our attention is found in chapter 15:45 “So also it is written, “The first man, Adam, became a living soul”; the last Adam became a life-giving Spirit.”
If you’ve never considered these two verses before been of great significance, we hope you stay with us today.