Bk Sec Outline Sec Bk The Reality of Faith Proved in Works: the Care for the Poor James 2 James 2. In ch.1 we saw that trials bring those of high degree down and those of low degree up to the same place, to have fellowship with Christ. At the end of ch.1 we saw that receiving […]
Bk Sec Outline Sec Bk Perseverance through Persecution 2 Thessalonians 1 2 Thessalonians 1. Before Paul gets into the doctrinal issue of the epistle, he seeks to strengthen the hearts of the saints. Although the technical problem was false eschatological teaching, there was a deeper result of this false teaching the needed to be addressed first. The […]
Bk Sec Outline Sec Bk Abraham Offers Isaac: The Death of Christ Genesis 22 Genesis 22. As we remarked in Genesis 12, the life of Abraham in Genesis is divided into three series of chapters. Ch.12-14 deal with Abraham’s public history, in which Abraham is tested as to his willingness to live as a stranger and a […]
Bk Sec Outline Sec Bk Jacob Blesses the Sons of Joseph Genesis 48 Genesis 48. In this chapter we have the event that is perhaps the highlight of Jacob’s life. In blessing the sons of Joseph, Jacob demonstrates once and for all that he has learned the lesson God was seeking to teach him throughout his lifetime. It […]
Hebrews 3 – 4
Moses and the House of God (3:1-6)
The Wilderness: Warning Against Unbelief (3:7-19)
The Rest of God & Need of Faith (4:1-11)
Three Provisions to Help Us Reach the Rest (4:12-16)
- An Active Agent. “Living”, never becomes dead or outdated, carries means of giving spiritual life, adapts to different needs and situations (John 6:63). “Operative”, works (by Holy Spirit), accomplishes God’s purpose (Isa. 55:11).
- A Discerning Agent. Compared to a sword (Eph. 6:17), pierces, also cuts or makes divisions. Word of God is “sharper”. Two edges: works on the external level (actions), and on the internal level (motives). Division of soul and spirit takes supernatural discernment. Soul: seat of consciousness, identity, responsibility, and desire (Rom. 7:15). Spirit: above the soul, capacity to reflect on his soul, gives God-consciousness. Animals have no spirit (Psa. 49:20; Isa. 31:3). True worship (John 4:24). Humanly impossible to discern, by scripture can. Illustrates with a physical image: “of joints and marrow”, intricate parts of the skeletal system, difficult to locate from periphery, hard to distinguish where one ends, other begins. Only the Word of God can penetrate and separate. Motives and intentions are often disguised (Jer. 17:9; 1 Cor. 4:5). The Word through Holy Spirit identifies the activity of the flesh with conviction.
- A Revealing Agent. Brings us into the presence of God, our soul is laid bare (1 John 3:20; Jer. 17:9; 1 Sam. 2:3). We are fully known of God. Nothing of the flesh is allowed to pass unnoticed, new nature rejoices, any sin we tolerate spoils communion (Psa. 139:23-24). Puts us into responsibility, “with whom we have to do”.
Bk Sec Outline Sec Bk The Life of Faith: A Great Cloud of Witnesses Hebrews 11 Hebrews 11. Having brought out the principle of Hab. 2:4 that “the just shall live by faith”, the writer enters into a digression on the subject of the life of faith. The principle that a believer can only continue for God’s […]
eBk Sec Outline Sec Bk Doctrinal: Defense of the Gospel Galatians 3 – 4 Galatians 3-4. The general subject of ch.3-4 is defense of the gospel, showing that justification is not by the law. Chapter 3 lays out the doctrinal side of things (our standing), and it presents the Christian’s connection with Abraham and his seed. This […]