Tuesday, September 12, 2017
It would seem that you as a group are camping on the subject of Bible Study and the ABCD method. I would like to suggest an easier one for you to do. It doesn't require any other book except the Bible and a paper to jot down what you are learning.
It is known as the chapter method. I would suggest you start this one with a shorter chapter such as I Corinthians 13.
Start out by reading it five times. Maybe one of the times you read it aloud to yourself. Notice the flow. Notice the main word or subject covered.
After reading it through at least that many times, preferably in a Bile you have not made notes in yet , give the chapter a name. Then next paraphrase it. Note down the key word (in this case, love). Ask yourself how you can apply it. The purpose of Bible study is application not so much interpretation.
Using a study Bible find the other places this topic is referred to.
Find a verse to memorize in the passage read. This is very important as God the Holy Spirit will use it in your life. "Thy Word I have hid in my heart that I may not sin against God. Psalm 119:6" Always remember to include the address of the verse.
Inform me how you are doing.
Thursday, August 24, 2017
Okay. Hold on to your hats. Here comes a big one in the doctrine world.
I have posted some on this in previous logs. But I would like to dig deeper into this one.
God became flesh. There was no other way to communicate so that we would understand.
In the past He sent prophets. He sent people He worked with, through imperfect as they were. Few listened. He did everything to get man's attention.
So, as you remember we talking about it, according to the plan He made in eternity past, before the world and time began, God Himself took on flesh. He was born in Bethlehem in an animal's feeding place. He grew up as part of a family. He learned about life the same way we do. He worked in a carpenter's work space. He was baptized by John in the Jordan. He had a following of twelve men whom He choose. He went around teaching and doing miracles. He did things the prophets had said the coming savior was to do. He was nailed to a tree as a common criminal although He had done nothing wrong ( it also was something the prophets said the coming savior of the world would have to suffer) and he died and was placed in a tomb. But the story goes on to say He rose out of the grave three days later. And He ascended to heaven in a human body.
Also He is coming back again.
Yes, God became flesh. And Jesus was His name. He is 100% God and 100% humanity. Not mixed. Not blended. Separate. At the same time the two were united. He didn't get the spiritual at His baptism as some so called Christian groups ( I shudder to use that word for them--Christian, because they aren't) teach. Not did the divine leave at the cross.
He was sinless. No one else is or has ever been.
conversation not a monolog .
On the other hand, maybe I am not connecting with any of you out there. If so, let me know that also.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
No longer was man in the garden. It was no longer easy for him to approach God. God did give them a way. Through sacrifice. Through a lamb. God even decided to work through a nation.
In the garden he was working through Adam and Eve. They sinned. They were the start of God's working in the world. But He had a bigger plan in mind.
So he chose Abraham and made from him a nation. The journey now lead through many centuries and many lands. But Abraham was promised some day a land, a people and a redeemer.
Remember--Abraham was near 100 when he had a son. From this son would come the Jews, a nation of God's choosing, A nation that was to bring about a redeemer.
I realize I am making this simple. I want you to grasp what I am saying. Since these postings are covering the subject of doctrine, I wish to make it so the little child can grasp it.
The people called Hebrews were charged to bring God to the heathens around them. They were also to stay pure. Not marry other nation's women or do what the nations around them were doing. No idol worship. No making of idols, no false tales. No lying-- Bearing false witness. They were given the ten commandments as guidelines. They broke them all.
God provided priests and prophets to guide them. Few listened.
God sent them into captivity so they would perhaps learn to listen to Him.
Finally, as per the discussion They (The Godhead) had in eternity past, God Himself entered into humanity. He became a baby. He felt every thing as a man. He bleed when cut. He cried. He felt pain. He felt sorrow. He felt disgust He was fully human. While at the same time He remained God. This is a mystery. It was just done.
This does not mean we humans are little gods. We aren't. We have within our bodies a broken sinful nature. God, who was given the human name, Jesus, did not have sin. By not having the seed of an earthly father, a male who carried the sin seed, He alone was born sinless. His human mother, Mary, had the seed of sin in her. But sin was not transferred to Jesus.
He lived thirty years here on the human plan fully man, fully God-- as I said above. Then He was killed on a cross. Buried in a tomb. On the third day after he was put in the tomb, He came out.
In a body He rose back to heaven. He will come back again some day soon.
Man can now approach God because of what God has done not what man does.
I know this is a lot to take in. Read it a few times. If you have any question, post them in the comment section. I will be happy to help you.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Man is now outside the garden. It is a struggle for him now to make a living. the weather has changed. It is n longer sunny every day. The ground no longer produces as much to eat as it used to. Adam and his wife argue now. They didn't use to. God is silent, it seems. They miss the daily walks with God.
But they are still alive and if they seek God through sacrifice and prayer, they can still connect.
I will let you in on another secret. God was not surprised when man listened to the serpent in the garden. Man at that time was innocent. He had no reason to know good and evil. God from the moment of the creation of man was his go-to man. Any question, any need, was supplied. God was their mediator. They had it good.
And along comes the serpent. Not just any serpent but a serpent in which the fallen angel Satan, aka, Lucifer, entered. Lucifer was trying to get God to reject His creation, man, as God had rejected him. Satan had done his homework. He had noticed that God had created a male and a female. He also noticed that it was to the man God spoke more often . He noticed that Adam would spend time transmitting the information to Eve.
This day Adam and Eve were walking through the garden. Adam tended the garden. Eve would work along side him. They were inspecting the trees.
And then they came upon the one tree in the garden God had told them not to eat of the fruit from.
Eve was ahead of Adam as they came to the tree. It was now that Satan spoke through the serpent. "Has God really said to you that you that you can eat of any tree in the garden?"
Eve though through what she has been told God said. "Yes. Except for the fruit of this tree. And we are not even to touch it."
Satan came back. "He is holding out on you. He knows the day you do you will know Good and Evil and become like God."
Eve thought. Adam has not yet told her anything about that subject. Maybe the serpent was correct. So she took the fruit and ate.
All at once her appearance changed. Adam, who was there with her, noticed this. And he knew want has happened. He could see himself losing her. So he took of the fruit and ate. His appearance changed also.
The serpent laughed to himself. And he clapped his hands (Serpents had hands or feet at this time) I have done it, I have won.
Then they heard God walking in the garden. All at once Adam and Eve hide.
God found them and instructed them how to get back in fellowship with Him. And to the serpent, He took way the feet and had him crawl on the ground, slithering.
I told you earlier about the plan the Trinity had to restore fellowship. You can go back in the earlier posts and read about it.
Man was sent out of the garden to now work and sweat more when they did so.
We are told the woman was deceived and the blame for the fall falls on the man.
God also told the first humans that a Redeemer was going to be coming who would crush the serpent's head. In other words, man could be restored. Angels could not be. Crushing the head would stop the power and control.
Man now needed someone who could stand between him and God when it came to approaching Him. God set up the sacrifice system and the priest. But this was to be temporary. He Himself would have to come to earth , be born, live among us, be crucified as an innocent sinless creature, rise the third day, ascend back into heaven to become a link between God and man.
But that is another post down the line.
Thursday, July 27, 2017
|In The Book It Is Written|
But God had a plan. He was going to redeem man. Not because man was lovable. Not because man was good under the skin. No, the Bible says that there is none righteous, all righteousness that man is capable of doing is as rags that a woman uses to stop the flow during a period.. Would you like someone to offer you rags like that?
No, God wanted to redeem man because man still had the image of God and God loves that image.
So God gave Adam the command to do a sacrifice-- to kill an innocent lamb and offer that lamb as a sacrifice to Him in order to be allowed back on worship ground with Him. But this had to be done every time man sinned. Over and over. God even choose priests to do this for the people as a representative.
But God did not want a human sacrifice as seen in the other nation's attempt to approach their idea of god. God set apart a nation for Himself. The people known as the Jewish race. But they also walked away from God.
God even gave standards they could use to show them their need of righteousness. God gave them to Moses who gave them to the people. No one was able to keep them. I'll let you in on a secret. God didn't expect them to be able to do so. He just want to show that there was none righteous, no not one. God's plan from before time began, when God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit
decided together that God Himself was to become a man and die on the cross and rise again three days later and carry the blood of the sacrifice into heaven to present to God a completed act.
I better say so long for now and I'll post more later.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
And the outcome was death or separation from God. No longer could they have fellowship with Him. God is too holy and pure. Man lost his innocence. He was not to have learned evil that way.
That did not mean he lost the image. That got bent and distorted. From now on when ever he was to try to conceive of God he would sense something greater and wish to make contact, but he would be unable to. So he would make images of what he conceived this god in his image to be.
God wanted to restore to man what he had in the garden. In fact God--, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, had the solution already prepared, They had discussed this among themselves long before creation.
It would take the death of an innocent, sinless, creature. In the long run, God Himself would die on the cross for the sins of mankind. But at this point , since man was not able to fellowship with Him, God had to slowly work within history to woo mankind back to Him.
It was through blood that man could even attempt to approach God now. God Himself killed an innocent creature to clothe Adam and Eve before He drove them out of the garden. He instructed Adam and Eve that a sacrifice was needed to approach Him. Each and every time.
You see, God had given man something called free will. That meant he could choose to obey or not That is what the thing in the garden was all about. Man used his free will to not obey God. And men today do the same thing.
So, how are you doing? The story continues. Since this is a doctrine blog now for, I don't know how long,hang in there. More cool doctrines to come. And you can still comment to me and I will attempt to clarify for you .
Sunday, July 16, 2017
This is not the place to discuss sexuality. That will come in a later doctrinal discussion on humanity. This section--and I don't yet know how many more-- is on creation. I guess we should look at why God and man separated fellowship.
In the last posting I said God created man innocent or capable of learning for himself what he needs to know. That means part of God's image consists in knowing things.
It is not my plan to explain God's image. I don't know exactly all it is. But our ability to communicate must also be a part of that image.
So, what happened that God and man naturally no longer walk and talk together?
I call it a great divide.
To do that I must insert another doctrine here. All doctrine is interconnected.
Still I am talking about creation.
God also created angels. Angels are God's messengers. They were created to do nothing but glorify their creator. It was a vast number. He created them in ranks or divisions with each rank having a special job. God must have given them in the beginning the ability to choose where they wished to serve. The Bible says that one called Lucifer became prideful and thought himself independent. He somehow got a third of the angels to agree with him and they opposed God's authority. So Lucifer got thrown out of heaven and the other angels who followed him also were cast out.
Lucifer and his angels were thrown to earth. Lucifer because Satan (Accuser) and his angels became demons.
They watched as God created man.
They heard what God told Adam and Eve, the two innocent humans--"Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree, in which is the fruit of the tree yielding seed..." for they had watched as God created all the trees-- also the tree of life in the midst of the garden and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. God told them to eat of every tree in the garden except for that one which was in the midst.
It was a test of obedience
Satan saw a way he could get God to throw man out of the garden and separate Himself from them, just as he had separated Himself from fellowship with him.
Get them to doubt God and disobey a command.
And it worked. He went after the woman. He figured, rightly, that the man loved the woman so much he would follow in the disobedience.
And God did throw them out of the garden. But not before leaving a way open to restore fellowship--something He did not do for the angels.
This means there will be some more posts.