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Christ in the Prophets Part 1

“And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.” Luke 24:27.

One of the greatest proofs of the inspiration of the scripture lies in the realm of fulfilled prophecy. Indeed there is indisputable and overwhelming evidence in scripture that the Old Testament prophets spoke with divinely given accuracy concerning events that were yet to come in their day. Human history itself testifies to the fact that what these prophets foretold has already been substantially fulfilled, which gives us great confidence that the things they spoke about that still lie in the future, will be likewise fulfilled with pin-point accuracy.

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Blessed in Christ

In a previous article “Two Men and You” we saw that we are either represented by Adam and what he did in Eden (sin) and what he in consequence became (a sinner), or by Christ and what He passed through in His death and resurrection. The multiple benefits of the Saviour’s work on behalf of those who have faith in Him are the subject of large sections of the New Testament. Believers are taught there to see themselves as “in Christ” for He fully represents what they now are before God. They should never consider themselves apart from that fact, it is one that puts them —

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The Seven Churches

This is the second of four articles examining the Seven churches expositionally and practically. The Lord Jesus, the One in the midst of the seven lamp stands, is seen in all His glory. The lamp stands are interpreted for us in 1:20 as the seven churches. The Lord Jesus is in the central place, the place of concern, cognizance and control.

He views the various churches and sees them as they really are from heaven’s perspective. He looks to commend what can be commended and also adds words of condemnation and correction where needed. The Lord gives a call to hear and also offers compensation to those who belong to Him.

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God Knoweth

I know not what awaits,
God kindly veils mine eyes,
And o’er each step of my onward way
He makes new scenes to rise;
And every joy he sends me, comes
A sweet and glad surprise.

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The Last Words of David

As we read through scripture, we discover that the Holy Spirit has been careful to preserve the ‘last words’ of many men of God before they left the scene. For example Moses, 1 Jacob, 2 The Lord Jesus, 3 and the Apostle Paul, 4 were careful to leave ‘last words’ which imparted words of wisdom, warning, assurance and advice concerning the future, for the benefit of following generations. In our present study we wish to consider the ‘last words’ of David the Shepherd King of Israel .

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Advice or Command

While reading a commentary recently I was struck by a comment that emphasized that since Christians are not under the law but under grace that the commands of the N.T. are instruction or advice, not law. Is that true? Now it is true that believers today are not under the law of Moses as a basis for salvation. “But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed…being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus (Rom . 3:21, 24 NKJ).” We are saved through faith in the Lord Jesus and His finished work on Calvary. We glory in the grace of God and the gift of salvation (Eph. 2:8-9). But believers acknowledge Jesus as Lord (Rom. 10:9-10). He is our Sovereign, our King. A man in the army does not view his officer’s commands as advice which he feels free to ignore. It is sad that too many who profess to be Christians take the commands of our Lord simply as advice which they may choose to follow or to ignore. Many marry unbelievers, ignoring the warnings of Scripture (2 Cor. 6:14). They divorce freely, disregarding Jesus’ warnings (Matt. 19). They trample under foot the verses which stress moral behavior and holiness.

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Are the “Lost 10 Tribes” of Israel Really… Lost?

In the year 2000, NOVA/PBS produced and aired a special entitled the “The Lost Tribes of Israel.” This television special concluded that tribal peoples in Africa are the lost tribes of Israel! For many years the late Herbert W. Armstrong, founder of the World Wide Church of God, taught that the so-called lost ten tribes were no longer Jewish people but the Anglo-Saxon people of Great Britain and the United States. The “Christian Identity Movement”, a growing white-supremacy hate group, teaches that the white people are the lost ten tribes of Israel. Down through history various ethnic groups in Japan, China, Afghanistan, and Persia have been identified as the lost ten tribes of Israel. What does the Bible teach? Who are the alleged lost ten tribes of Israel today? Allow us to first examine the meaning of the phrase the “Lost Ten Tribes of Israel.”

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The Bible

THIS BOOK contains the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers. Its histories are true, and its decisions are immutable. Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, and practice it to be holy. It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you. It is the traveler’s map, the pilgrim’s staff, the pilot’s compass, the soldier’s sword, heaven opened, and the gates of hell disclosed. Christ is its grand object, our good its design, and the glory of God its end. It should fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the feet. Read it slowly, frequently, and prayerfully. It is given you in life, will be opened in judgement, and be remembered forever. It involves the highest responsibilities, will reward the greatest labour, and will condemn all who trifle with its sacred contents. – ANONYMOUS

“For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when he received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.” (1 Thessalonians 1:13)

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The Blessed Secret: Philippians 4:11

I have learned the blessed secret

Of the soul that’s satisfied,

Since the Saviour dwells within me,

And in Him I now abide.

I have learned the joy of trusting

In the sureness of His Word,

Knowing that each promise spoken,

Will be honoured by my Lord.

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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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