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The Sabbath: For Christians To Keep?

The word Sabbath is from the Hebrew root “to cease” or “to desist.” It is the holy day of the week for Jews when they stop work, rest and go to the synagogue. It was given to the Jews, along with circumcision, as a sign of the covenant that God had made with them. Orthodox Jews are still very conscientious about observing this day.

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Isaiah 53:7-9 God’s Servant Will Be Submissive Part 4 of 5

The Ethiopian eunuch was reading the fourth stanza of this servant song when Philip met him. He admitted that he didn’t understand what he was reading and “Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him” (Acts 8:35). This is a prophecy about the Lord Jesus and more specifically about His attitude to His sufferings. In one sense, men were responsible for those sufferings: He was despised and rejected (v3), wounded and bruised (v5), oppressed and afflicted (v7) at the hands of men. In another sense God did it: “the Lord laid on Him the iniquity of us all” (v6). But the focus in this stanza is that through it all the Lord Jesus submitted to what was happening without any resistance or retaliation.

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How To Study The Scriptures: Reprinted from Short Papers, Volume 1

It is a very difficult thing for any one to attempt to prescribe for another the proper method of studying scripture. The infinite depths of holy scripture, like the exhaustless resources that are in God, and the moral glories of the Person of Christ, are only unfolded to faith and need.

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The Glories of Christ: His Eternal Glories

We have previously considered the Pre-Incarnate and Incarnate Glories of Christ, and we now come to consider His Eternal Glories. Needless to say such is the brilliance and the extent of these glories, that here as before, we find ourselves overwhelmed, and feeling that the only possible response is to cast ourselves prostrate at His feet. In John 17, the Lord says to His Father, “And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.” (John 17:5 AV) However, in that same prayer, the Lord went on to say, “Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovest me before the foundation of the world.” (John 17:24 AV) Note the two statements “…the Glory which I had with thee,” and ..”my Glory which Thou hast given me.” We learn from these statements, that there are two aspects of the Lord’s eternal glory: First, the recovery of His pre-incarnate Glory, but now in addition – those glories which the Father has given Him upon the completion of the work He had given Him to do at Calvary. We could call them the “acquired” glories of the Lord Jesus. Let us consider some of these glories together:

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The Ministry Of Priests And Prophets

As we read through the Old Testament we discover that God used various channels through which he conveyed His mind to His people Israel, the most prominent of these channels being the priests and the prophets.

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Heaven

People often mention the word ‘Heaven’ in their conversation, but it is usually in connection with expressions of surprise or exclamations of disbelief as in, for example, Heavens above’, ‘Good heavens’, ‘Heaven forbid’, ‘For heaven’s sake’, or ‘Heaven knows’. Again, it may be used as an adjective to describe something excellent or wonderful like, ‘That piece of cake was heavenly’. But ask them to tell you something about Heaven and it is unlikely they will be able to do so without lapsing into fantasy. Even Christians have difficulty in articulating their thoughts! Their idea of Heaven is perhaps rather vague.

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Isaiah 53:4-6 – God’s Servant Will Be Smitten – Part 3 of 5

In a coming day the Lord will gather the people of Israel to Himself, the scales will be removed from their eyes, they will look upon Him Whom they pierced, and then, God says, “You shall know that I am the Lord, when I have dealt with you for My name’s sake, not according to your wicked ways nor according to your corrupt doings, O house of Israel” (Ezekiel 20:44). The language of this third stanza in Isaiah 53 no doubt expresses what they will feel in that day. But it describes the attitude of all believers in the Lord Jesus towards Him.

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The Glories of Christ: His Incarnate Glories

In our previous study we considered the pre-incarnate glories of Christ. Those glories that He had with the Father before the world was. Little is revealed to us of this glory, but even as we looked “through a glass darkly,” we felt provoked to worship and praise. In this study, we will consider the glories of Christ associated with His humanity.

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Two Men and You

The Story Of The Bible

The Holy Scriptures consist of sixty six books. Thousands of years lie between the first human author and the last, but the way its history, its prophecies, its songs and its teachings blend into a cohesive story calls for the superintendence of one Person. He must have existed throughout the years of its production! The Bible claims for itself that it is “God-breathed” or inspired. What is its story all about? Serious students of its pages have made various suggestions as to its overall purpose and plan according to which of its themes interested them. Every valid idea put forward is like a thread woven into the overall fabric of Scripture. It becomes possible to trace these themes throughout its pages like the colored strands in a tapestry. The topics of the glory of God, the sinful condition of mankind, the need for a sufficient sacrifice etc., all contribute to the total impression left on the mind of the thoughtful reader. And each strand of truth that begins in the first book has its counterpart, contrast, and climax in the last.

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The Seven Churches: Part 3

This is the third of four articles examining the seven churches by way of exposition and practical application. All Bible study should have these two elements: what does the passage mean to those who received it and what can I do about it today? None of us live in any of these cities, our location and circumstances are different but there are lessons for us.

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