Salt. Salt is mentioned many times in scripture, and it has typical significance. We find that salt speaks of inward, unchanging holiness that has a gracious outflow and results in preservation. Up until the 20th century and before the invention of refrigeration, salt was used not only for seasoning (Job 6:6) but as a preservative. […]
Legality or Legalism. The term “legality” is not found in scripture, although the substance of it is addressed repeatedly. The term refers to the error of putting oneself or others under a legal standard as a rule for justification or practical holiness before God or man. It makes that which is external the basis of […]
Bk Sec Outline Sec Bk Second Giving of the Law Exodus 34 Exodus 34. In this chapter we have the second giving of the law. Previously we had the law given in Exodus 20 – 23, then the instructions for the tabernacle. Afterwards Moses came down from the mountain and found Israel committing the sin of the […]
Bk Sec Outline Sec Bk Introduction: The Charge Committed to Timothy 1 Timothy 1 1 Timothy 1. In this first chapter, Paul gives Timothy his apostolic charge. He warns the young man of those who would oppose him, and the character of the false teachers that were making inroads in Ephesus. The error took two forms: (1) […]
Bk Sec Outline Sec Bk Personal: Defense of Paul’s Apostleship Galatians 1 – 2 Galatians 1-2. Unlike other epistles, in chapter 1 we have no commendation, no confirmation of love, and no prayer requests. This is because the subject and error of the Galatians was so serious. There is a certain calmness about those types of greetings […]
The wilderness experience is that aspect of our Christian life in which we learn to depend fully on God.
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 “Living”, never becomes dead or outdated, carries means of giving spiritual life, adapts to different needs and situations (John 6:63).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 Scoffers and Materialism 2 Peter 3 2 Peter 3. In the final chapter Peter addresses the second of two evils. Having covered the false teachers in ch.2, he now deals with the materialistic and skeptical world around, characterized by denying the return of the Lord in judgment, an influence which can impact […]
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 […]