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26 Sep 2019 Revelation (Program #4)

Revelation (Program #4) – The Triune God In Revelation

Of all the books in the Bible, Revelation is quite unique in the way that it reveals things.  John told us himself that this is a book of signs.  But these signs often convey not just the future events of prophecy, but the basic items of the faith as well. Among the basic and fundamental signs it gives us, is to show God to us in His Trinity.

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26 Sep 2019 Exodus (Program #109)

Exodus (Program #109) – The Altar of Burnt Offering (6)

On one end of the tabernacle was the Holy of Holies with the Ark of the Testimony.   This piece of furniture was the very spot where God dwelt with man and where He could meet with man and speak to man.  At the opposite end in the Outer Court of the tabernacle was the altar of burnt offering.  This spot represents the very redeeming Christ who died for us and became the ultimate offering to God for man’s sin.  These two items in the tabernacle represent the two most powerful aspects of the Christian experience; Christ’s redemption and God’s presence.

The message we are talking about is going to bring us into an appreciation of the altar and its relationship to the Ark of Testimony that we covered a few weeks ago…

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25 Sep 2019 Revelation (Program #3)

Revelation (Program #3) – The Testimony of Jesus Particular and Consummate

Revelation is a book that shows us many things in many unique ways and among the focal points of this book surprisingly is the churches of God.  Notice the term “churches” and not just the more generic term “church”.  What did these churches look like in Revelation.  What they look like is our subject today.   As we consider the 7 golden lampstands among other things in the book of Revelation.

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25 Sep 2019 Exodus (Program #108)

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?

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24 Sep 2019 Revelation (Program #2)

Revelation (Program #2) – The Revelation of Christ Unique and Ultimate

Of all the signs and pictures given to us in the book of Revelation the one that is most crucial for us to give our attention to is the one presented in the very first verse in this book, Revelation 1:1 “The revelation of Jesus Christ which God gave to Him to show to His slaves the things that must quickly take place; and He made it known by signs, sending it by His angel to His slave John”.

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24 Sep 2019 Exodus (Program #107)

Exodus (Program #107) – The Altar of Burnt Offering (4)

The first item that a person encountered when entering the outer court of the tabernacle in the Old Testament was the altar of burnt offering.  It was here that he brought an offer, his offering to Jehovah on account of his own sins and trespasses.  Bible teachers have long realized that this picture of the altar points to the very cross of Jesus Christ, where Christ offer Himself up to God for the sins of the people.  But within the altar was a grate, a bronze where the fire was burn, where the offering was actually consumed.  What does this grate represent and how about the four bronze rings on the corners of the grate?  If the altar is a clear type, so are these inner components, a much more mysterious type of Christ’s redemption.

Today we want to come back to this matter dealing with the altar and particularly this bronze grate that was the inner component of the altar.

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23 Sep 2019 Revelation (Program #1)

Revelation (Program #1) – Foreword

This will be the most enlightening and surprising life study.

This life study will be very different from other studies of Revelation.  Mainly because of a difference in focus.  The focus of this life study will be a Person, the wonderful Lord Jesus Christ.  And it is a focus on Him in relation to God’s economy that brings in the newness and the freshness because this focus is in line with the focus of the Bible and the central thought of God in the Scriptures.  Of course, the prophecies will be considered, but everything will be considered in relation to the preeminence of this Person.  And this Person is the center of the divine administration according to the divine economy.  So we will focus on Christ.  The prophecies, the symbols and revelations, all the events to come, the kingdom everything, must be and will be related to Christ.   If we in our study of Revelation pay attention to matters other than Christ, we are fundamentally defective in our approach.  We must be Christ-centered and understand everything in relation to Him.  This is our burden and this is our intention.

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23 Sep 2019 Exodus (Program #106)

Exodus (Program #106) – The Altar of Burnt Offering (3)

Just like the law of life produces peaches, what doe the law of the divine life produce?  The law of the divine life produces the sons of God.

Perhaps no richer picture of the reality of the Christian life is present in Scripture than the type of the tabernacle.  This Old Testament structure reveals untold insights into the reality of our experience of Christ.

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22 Sep 2019 Jude (Program #6)

Jude (Program #6) – The Basic Structure of the Epistles of Peter and Jude (2)

The epistles of 1 and 2 Peter and Jude have occupied us now for the past nine weeks on this program. And today we conclude the life study of these three short but very significant books in the divine record. But not with the systematic or academically summary but rather by following the spiritual thread that links these three books. Though they are separated in the canon scripture by the three epistles of John in their subject and basic structure they bear a striking similarity and easily warrant being considered as a group.

All three were written against the back drop of the degradation and decline of the church, a time of apostasy. And therefore all three can be considered as an inoculation against the heresies that were damaging the testimony of the church at that time. Yet they also shared a basic structure that is one hundred percent positive and absolutely in concert with the central focus of the entire New Testament. And that is that we would all be brought into the real enjoyment of the Triune God. In order that through His operation in us we would be transformed that we would be built up into His spiritual habitation so that He could indwell us and that we would express Him for eternity.

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22 Sep 2019 Exodus (Program #105)

Exodus (Program #105) – The Altar of Burnt Offering (2)

Of all the items associated with the tabernacle in the Old Testament, the altar is the most easily identified with its New Testament counterpart, where the altar is a clear type of the cross of Jesus Christ.  It was here the offerings for God’s people to satisfy His righteous demands were made.  Nearly all Bible teachers and most Christians understand this parallel.  But this picture is only the beginning of all that the altar represents.  The details shows much much more.  How we thank the Lord for the picture and the ministry that we have today to unveil the picture.

To most people, the altar may seem to be, may be the easiest to understand of all the items that we’ve looked at in the tabernacle.  It is a very clear picture of the cross.  Christians probably feel by enlarge that they have a reasonably good understanding of the cross.  But our listeners are going to be a little bit surprise today by some of the things they hear.

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