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19 Apr 2019 Hebrews (Program #9)

Hebrews (Program #9) – The Captain of Salvation (1)

God’s goal is not to bring us to heaven. The goal of God’s salvation is to bring us into the very glory which in Christ has been sown into us at the time of our regeneration. Christ is many things to His saved ones. We may appreciate Him as our Savior and our Redeemer or may be even as our friend. But Hebrews unveils Him as the Captain of our Salvation. We’ll see Him as the fighting captain in today’s life study of the Bible.

Logically, we think that for salvation you need a savior or a redeemer but why do we need a captain for our salvation?

We need to make it emphatically clear that we surely need Christ as the Savior and we absolutely need Christ as the Redeemer. There’s no way to be saved without this personal Savior, the God-man. And we surely need Him as the Redeemer who bought us back with His precious blood and has brought us back to God that we may enjoy God as everything to us in Christ as the Spirit. Regrettably, many believers have a shallow even elementary concept of salvation. If we understand salvation merely as a rescue from hell to heaven then we don’t really need a captain. We just need a savior and a redeemer, one who allegedly who brings us out of the likelihood of going to hell and brings us to heaven. However, the goal of God’s salvation is not heaven. We are told in the book of Hebrews that God is bringing many sons into glory. For this we need a captain. Why? more…

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19 Apr 2019 Genesis (Program #79)

Genesis (Program #79) – Being Chosen (2)

Today we are going to hear about the corporate aspect of God’s calling.

It is quite interesting to see Abraham, Isaac and Jacob all put together are showing us one corporate man.  With Abraham you see a person who lives a life of faith.  With Isaac you see a person who lives a life of enjoyment and with Jacob you can see a person who has experienced transformation for the sake of the fulfillment God’s eternal purpose.  Eventually, Jacob’s name was Is-ra-el.  El on the end means God.  It means God has been added to this man.  So the wonder thing here you put these 3 together and you see what’s on God’s heart.  God’s eternal purpose is the main topic of the whole Bible.  And that is He wants to dispense Himself, and work Himself into a corporate humanity for what purpose?  So that He could be expressed.  God is working Himself into a corporate humanity so that He could be expressed through this humanity, because this is what is on His heart according to His eternal purpose which He made in eternity past.  So we see these 3 representing one corporate person in God’s purpose.

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18 Apr 2019 Hebrews (Program #8)

Hebrews (Program #8) – Jesus in Incarnation, Crucifixion, Glorification and Exaltation

The gospel includes the entire process of God’s eternal purpose. His purpose is to impart Himself and dispense Himself into man. Hebrews chapter 2 may be one of the deepest chapters in the entire Bible. Yet it’s not often studied and perhaps even less understood. We’ll see this chapter open in a tremendous way in today’s life study of the Bible.

Some or all of the terms maybe familiar to all – incarnation, crucifixion, resurrection, glorification and exaltation. I believe you all know these five terms deeper but my burden is to show you in no other chapters, no other portion of the Holy word that has put all these five things together. In some of the chapters, you can see a part of Christ’s crucifixion, in some the chapters you could see Christ’s resurrection, in some portions you could see He is glorification, He is exaltation and so forth. But in no portion so short you can see all these main items – incarnation, crucifixion, resurrection, glorification and exaltation. Not only so, these five major points of what Christ has passed through are presented in this chapter in a very particular way. Not in the way as the four Gospels did, not in the way as Acts did, not in the way as all the other Epistles did. This chapter presented these five things in a very very strange way.

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18 Apr 2019 Genesis (Program #78)
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Genesis (Program #78) – Being Chosen (1)

We have been looking at Abraham and Isaac and now we are going to spend quite some time as the Bible does dealing with Jacob.

One way to describe Jacob’s history recorded in Genesis is a long journey with much experience under the Lord’s hand.  A journey in which he is gradually transformed from a self-seeking supplanter into a prince of God, mature in life, reigning in life, able to bless others in the name of the Triune God…

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17 Apr 2019 Hebrews (Program #7)

Hebrews (Program #7) – Jesus as the Son of Man – as Man Superior to the Angels

There is a certain fascination with angels in this present age and the Bible certainly confirms that angels and the angelic realm exist. But the Bible also confirms that man occupies an even higher place in God’s eternal plan. Are you surprised? Don’t be. We’ll see that and much more in today’s life study of the Bible.

Today we are on Christ as superior to the angels in two ways. First, as the Son of God which means as God He was superior. Second, as the Son of Man, which affects us a little bit more that as a man He was also superior to the angels. And in fact, it shows us man’s place in God’s plan and how the angels are really our servants. So it puts everybody in their proper place. I think as our listeners know, ours is not a topical study of the Bible, we are really going book by book. And it just happens that today the subject matter does line up with a topic that is currently very much of interest to a lot of people Christians and non-Christians alike. So, I believe our listeners will be very interested to stay tuned as we are going to see angels from the Bible.

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17 Apr 2019 Genesis (Program #77)

Genesis (Program #77) – Having Natural Weakness as Abraham and Living in the Natural Life as Jacob

Today’s life study is going to deal very much with natural life and the weaknesses of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

When we reconsider these Old Testament “heroes”, we don’t think of their weaknesses.  However, through these life studies we have come to see the real situation.  We have often heard of Abraham as the father of faith.  We have seen how he believed that God was able to call things not being as being, as in the case of the birth of Isaac.  And also believing in God being able to raise Isaac from the dead, after he offered him on Mount Moriah.  And we usually consider everything about Abraham happening to him because he was a good, God-fearing man, strong in the faith.  But if you have being following these life studies of Genesis, you found out that Abraham learned many lessons by his weaknesses and even his naturalness in the way he did things, the way he tried to help God and tried to enter into a clever solution to certain problems that came up as in the case of the birth of Ishmael and in his trying to have Eliezer to be in the place of his son.  These kind of things show that Abraham wasn’t that perfect.  He had some weakness that he acted in a natural way and he did things according to his natural cleverness…

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16 Apr 2019 Hebrews (Program #6)

Hebrews (Program #6) – So Great a Salvation

You have to look at Acts 7:56 where Stephen when he was being martyred, he looked up in the heavens and he said, “I see the Son of Man standing on the right hand of God”. Our Savior Christ in the victory of His resurrection today is in the heavens and on the throne of God. But is He there as God only or is He enthroned also as a man?   We will explore this profound item from the book of Hebrews on today’s life study of the Bible.

We’ve been given two keys in the early programs of our life study of Hebrews: (1) river-crossers; (2) seeing so great a salvation. What are these two keys about and how are they connected? more…

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16 Apr 2019 Genesis (Program #76)

Genesis (Program #76) – Resting and Enjoying

We have more marvelous pictures from the experience of Isaac.   Pictures is appropriate because anyone who has followed these life studies, I am sure has being able to see one picture after another.  And it’s amazing that the Old Testament book of Genesis that we have been in has been so much help to us with our New Testament experience of life.  What is the relationship between the Old and New Testament in the divine revelation?

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15 Apr 2019 Hebrews (Program #5)

Hebrews (Program #5) – Heirs of Salvation

So here in Hebrews we have Christ as the ladder, we have the joint heirs as the components of the house, and, we have the angels ministering to us as we are in the process of being brought into the glory of God. When we have all this, we have the gate of heaven.

Destiny is a concept that occupies many seeking people. As Christians, we may believe that our destiny is just to be saved. But Hebrews reveals that as saved ones, our destiny is to become joint heirs with Christ. We will explore our destiny and our inheritance on today’s life study of Hebrews.

We’re going to begin today’s message by seeing a comparison of Hebrews and Revelation – two books that are often avoided by many Christians. Why is it that many serious believers don’t like to get into these two books that deeply? more…

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15 Apr 2019 Genesis (Program #75)

Genesis (Program #75) – Inheriting Grace

Our life study today in Genesis brings us to somewhat of a transition.  Of course, we have been dealing for many many programs now with Abraham.  Today we begin to look at Abraham’s son Isaac.  Before we get to that I wonder in several places in Scriptures, God is referred to as the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  What is the significance of this particular title and what is it implied?

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