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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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21 Sep 2019 Jude (Program #5)

Jude (Program #5) – The Basic Structure of the Epistles of Peter and Jude (1)

Through the centuries believers and Bible scholars alike appreciated the epistle of Peter for giving us a clear presentation of God’s government. Surely this point is the subject of these books. But woven through out Peter’s epistles as well as the epistle of Jude is a basic structure, a central line of focus that if we neglect will leave us far removed from the reality of living a life that is actually under God’s government.  It’s this basic structure of these three books that is our subject for the final two programs.

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21 Sep 2019 Exodus (Program #104)

Exodus (Program #104) – The Altar of Burnt Offering (1)

The tabernacle of the Old Testament is a wonderful and vivid picture of God and His fellowship with man.  It was a structure with two ends; at one end was God Himself dwelling in the inner chamber, the Holy of Holies as it is called in the Bible.  AT the other end is the Outer Court, where even the common people can come and go.  As you enter into this tabernacle, the first thing you encounter is the altar of burnt offering.  It no doubt is meaningful that this first item confronting man as he approaches God is the altar.

This is a life study.  A life study really differs from a traditional or typical bible study.  These messages from Exodus probably demonstrates vividly as any that has been covered in these programs.  Today’s message dealing with the brass altar or the altar of burnt offering is particularly indicative of this principle.   Why is simply studying this matter academically and doctrinally not as relevant as looking at it in the way of life and according to our own experience?

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20 Sep 2019 Jude (Program #4)

Jude (Program #4) – Charges to the Believers (2)

The short epistle of Jude concludes with a marvelous charge to the believers. A charge that includes, “…building up yourselves upon your most holy faith,” and “praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God,” of course the Father, “awaiting the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ“, the Son.

The result or issue of this four fold charge is that it will be unto eternal life.  Actually some consideration of this passage may give raise to a very meaningful question. Is this really a formula for how to receive the eternal life?  Or rather is it a charge to those who already possessed the eternal life, is that how they should have their daily living in the eternal life that they already received?  A profound question.

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20 Sep 2019 Exodus (Program #103)

Exodus (Program #103) – Genesis Program 102, Life-study of Genesis 88

You may think I should ask God for things like patience or love or joy.  But we have to realize that God doesn’t desire to give you just little packages; love, joy, peace these things.  He desires just to give us Himself.

We have something a little different today, as we are going to take a departure from our life study of Exodus.  In this life study we’ve come to the curtains in the tabernacle.  They are a wonderful picture of Christ.  But these curtains were hung on the pillars.  Pillars, as we’ve seen many times are mentioned throughout the Bible, both in the Old and New Testament.  Pillar are always related to the building of God’s dwelling place, the church.

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19 Sep 2019 Jude (Program #3)

Jude (Program #3) – Charges to the Believers (1)

Jude a short book of only one chapter with twenty five verses is known primarily for the classic call in verse three “to contend for the faith”.

Yet in addition to this well known passage it also contains some marvelous utterances that help bring the believers into a rich and glorious experience of the divine life. And even some practical help on how not just to live a godly manner but how to live in the Triune God Himself. Listen to verses 20 and 21 – “But you, beloved, building up yourselves upon your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, awaiting the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”

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19 Sep 2019 Exodus (Program #102)

Exodus (Program #102) – The Curtain for the Door of the Tent (2)

The Old Testament tabernacle had two distinct sections with two curtains covering the entrances.  One curtain was called a veil, the other a screen.  Both of these curtains depict the death of Christ dealing with so many negative things.  Yet both curtains became the entrance for God’s people.  They are mysterious, yet marvelous.  The curtains in the tabernacle are our theme today.

We are back in the tabernacle today.  As we have seen, the tabernacle is a perfect picture of God’s dwelling place with man, so it is a good place to be.

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