The Vocabulary of Salvation

The Vocabulary of Salvation is a list of 15 key words that describe the Christian experience. Each one tells of the work of the Spirit as we walk the path of faith. As ambassadors of Christ, we need to have a firm grip on the meaning of each of these words, results they bring in our sanctified lives, and the ability to share them with those who have just begun their walk with Christ.

September 3, 2021

#1

Good morning!

Our topic this morning is Christian conversion. It’s long, but so is the process!

We will read the word “converted” in verse 13 of this psalm. The Strong’s definition is #7725 to turn back (hence away) literally or figuratively, but not necessarily with the idea of returning to the starting point, generally to retreat.

Webster gives the definition as something changed in form or character or function.

The Biblical sense of the word is to return to what we were initially created to be. When God created Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden they were to be immortal, but the entrance of sin brought death to them and all of mankind to follow. Genesis 1:26a “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…” Through sin we lost the image of God, but retained the likeness. Conversion helps us regain the image that Adam lost to sin. Jesus came in order to make the way for us to once again be in fellowship with God. Romans 8:3 “For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” Jesus took on the likeness of flesh, but He also had the image of God while in the flesh. Hebrews 1:3 “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; 4 “Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.”

While studying the Scriptures that my search engine gave for Christian conversion verses, verse 12 of this psalm of David came up and I would have stopped there but one of the golden rules of Bible study is to view all precepts of the Scripture in context. Had I not done that this gem of Christian conversion would have been lost to me! This entire psalm IS about conversion. David as guilty as he was for the death of Uriah, tells us exactly the process necessary for conversion. (For that whole story please read 2 Samuel chapters 11 and 12.)

Psalm 51

1 “Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.

2 Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.

3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.

4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.

5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.

6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.

7 “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

8 Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.

9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.

12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.”

First: Admitting we are sinners. David acknowledges the fact that like all of us, he too was born into a sinful state. The “desire” of God is truth, and the beginning of “wisdom” is the fear of the Lord. (Psalm 111:10) David’s “sin” was “ever before” him. He tried to deny and suppress it but the conviction of the Spirit kept him from having fellowship with God. If our sin did not bring conviction and distress, we would be in a far worse condition! Thank God for conviction that brings godly repentance! Notice too in verse 12 he did not need salvation restored to him, but he desperately wanted the “joy” that comes with salvation once again; a “right spirit” that longs for fellowship with the Creator.

13 “Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.

14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.

15 O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.”

What conversion requires: Action! After the relationship and heart are renewed; after the joy is restored; after the right spirit is in place, “Then” we can “teach” others how to be “converted” to God. How easy is it to teach something you yourself have not experienced or have a working understanding of? It is impossible. But with God all things are possible. 2 Corinthians 5:20 “Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.” An “ambassador” represents a country or nation and seeks others to come there to live and work. We that have been converted are to seek others to come to our beloved kingdom; the kingdom of God.

16 “For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.

17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

18 Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.

19 Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.”

These verses tell us plainly that David lived in a time before the perfect Lamb of God was slain; but he gave us in verse 17 what we can do to please God while in this flesh. David’s spirit was indeed broken and his heart was “contrite” or full of regret for what he had done. When we feel the weight of our sin through the Spirit, we can turn only to the one able to forgive.

God did not desire animal sacrifice, He desired His people to be obedient through the sacrifice. Our works are a byproduct of our obedience to God. It is not about the works, but about our willingness to obey, and an understanding that we cannot save ourselves. Then, O LORD , will I be able to sing and show forth praise unto thee!

The goal of conversion: Help others regain the image! Ephesians 4:11″And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:”

What a day that will be!

Take my word for nothing; go to the Source and read it for yourself. And as always to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ be all the glory forever.

#2

September 9, 2021

Good morning brother, sisters and friends,

Last week we spoke about the process of conversion. This morning’s word of the day is substitution. Noah Webster gives this definition:

The act of putting one person or thing in the place of another to supply its place; as the substitution of an agent, attorney or representative to act for one in his absence.

There is a wonderful song titled His Life For Mine that tells of this wonderful substitution.

His life for mine,

His life for mine,

How could it ever be,

That He would die,

God’s Son would die,

To save a wretch like me,

What love divine,

He gave His life for mine!

Today we use the term “scapegoat” as someone who being falsely accused bears the brunt of someone else’s mistake. In the Old Testament God first instituted the practice of substitutionary atonement (also known as Yom Kippur) in the book of Leviticus. In chapter 16 we read beginning in verse 6:

“6 And Aaron shall offer his bullock of the sin offering, which is for himself, and make an atonement for himself, and for his house. 7 And he shall take the two goats, and present them before the LORD at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. 8 And Aaron shall cast lots upon the two goats; one lot for the LORD, and the other lot for the scapegoat. 9 And Aaron shall bring the goat upon which the LORD’S lot fell, and offer him for a sin offering. 10 But the goat, on which the lot fell to be the scapegoat, shall be presented alive before the LORD, to make an atonement with him, and to let him go for a scapegoat into the wilderness.”

Aaron as the priest had to first make an offering for himself and the altar, but then the LORD instructs him on how to offer a sin offering for the people of Israel. The casting of lots was a practice of allowing God to decide which animal was to be sacrificed, and which was to be used as the “scapegoat”. The practice was akin to rolling dice but done prayerfully and reverently. The goat determined to be for the LORD and tabernacle was then sacrificed and its blood sprinkled on the altar.

The instructions for the goat determined to be the scapegoat:

“20 And when he hath made an end of reconciling the holy place, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and the altar, he shall bring the live goat: 21 And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness: 22 And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness.”

The congregate sin of the people was symbolically placed upon the scapegoat which was then released outside of the camp to carry the sin of the people away.

(side note: The Hebrew word for scapegoat is azazel. If you are using a bible that replaces scapegoat with the name Azazel, please get rid of it! Azazel according to Jewish folklore was a fallen angel that was appeased by the practice of sending the scapegoat into the wilderness. Our God would not sanction or condone ANY sacrifice to false gods or angel worship! The Bible never denies the fact that there are false gods, but any worship of these gods was strictly forbidden.)

God’s use of the scapegoat was for the people’s benefit and a foreshadowing of the permanent removal of sins He would accomplish through the sacrifice of the perfect Lamb of God.

John 1:29 “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. 30 This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me. 31 And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water. 32 And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him. 33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. 34 And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.”

Only the perfect, pure blood of the Son of God can permanently take away our sin. The scapegoat never could fully take away sin; the ritual was repeated every year. Christ’s sacrifice endures to this day.

1 Peter 2:21 “For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: 22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: 23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: 24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. 25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.”

We are called unto His gospel to be as He was in the flesh. He is our example to follow. We are to offer our lives to His service. He no longer requires death; but gives life!

Romans 12:1 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

The will of God is life through His Son Jesus, the Christ. Only by His willing substitution of His life for ours can we look forward to our heavenly home. He is the WAY, He is THE TRUTH, He is the LIFE!

We have only scratched the surface. The substitutionary atonement is THE theme of the Bible. We could spend weeks speaking of it and indeed we will spend an eternity praising Him for it!

Take my word for nothing. Go to the Source and read it for yourselves. And as always to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ be all the glory forever!

~Terrie~

#3

September 23, 2021

Good morning Brother, Sisters and friends,

This morning we will be looking at another word in our study of the vocabulary of salvation: reconciliation.

First for a clear definition from Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary:

1. The act of reconciling parties at variance; renewal of friendship after disagreement or enmity.

Reconciliation and friendship with God, really form the basis of all rational and true enjoyment.

2. In Scripture, the means by which sinners are reconciled and brought into a state of favor with God, after natural estrangement or enmity; the atonement; expiation.

Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression and to make an end of sin, and to make reconciliation for iniquity. Daniel 9:24. Hebrews 2:17.

3. Agreement of things seemingly opposite, different or inconsistent.

I highly recommend this dictionary for Bible study; not only does it give definition to the word but also adds where the word can be found in Scripture. I got it as an app on my phone and computer from the app store.

Why we need to be reconciled to God:

1. In the garden of Eden, God and man faced each other in fellowship.

2. After Adam’s fall God and man turned from each other.

3. At Calvary God turned back toward man in mercy and grace.

4. At conversion man turns back to God.

Sin broke man’s fellowship with God. Our Holy God could not look upon sin or upon Adam in his then sinful state. Only by the work of the Spirit can we find reconciliation with God.

Isaiah chapter 59 clearly states man’s wretched condition:

1 Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: 2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. 3 For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness. 4 None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity. 5 They hatch cockatrice’ eggs, and weave the spider’s web: he that eateth of their eggs dieth, and that which is crushed breaketh out into a viper. 6 Their webs shall not become garments, neither shall they cover themselves with their works: their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands. 7 Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths. 8 The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace.

As we read this we may say, I don’t have blood on my hands! I don’t do these horrible things! Yet we must remember what Jesus taught in His Sermon on the Mount discourse in Matthew chapter 5. Six times Jesus taught how the people had always heard it said in the law and traditions of men, but then would add, “But I say unto you…” Just one example: Matthew 5:43 ¶ “Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? 47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? 48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”

The word “perfect” here means complete. We are complete in Him and lack nothing.

If we were to follow only this one example, the rest of His admonitions would be easier.

The Law stated:

Do not murder: but the Spirit says if we have anger in our hearts for our brother, we have murdered him in our heart.

Do not commit adultery: but the Spirit says do not lust after anyone, for it is adultery of the heart.

Divorce is accepted: but the Spirit says to honor our covenants. Jesus tells us that divorce for any reason other than “fornication” or sexual relations outside of the marriage breaks the marriage covenant.

Make no oaths: but the Spirit says speak truth.

An eye for an eye: but the Spirit says forgive.

Hate your enemy: but the Spirit says to love your enemy.

We may never actually have blood on our hands, yet we are guilty and in need of reconciliation.

Where then is our hope?

Romans 5:10 “For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. 11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.”

With the atonement made in our behalf we now can come boldly into the presence of God. We will one day stand before our Holy God and see our Lord Jesus just as He is without fear of our sin separating us from Him. But, while here we have also have been given a ministry to fulfill.

2 Corinthians 5:16 “Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. 17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. 20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.”

We are to be ambassadors for Christ; one who represents the kingdom of Heaven here on earth. This message of reconciliation is to be shared for it is our hope and peace in this troubled world.

Thank you Lord for reconciliation!

Take my word for nothing, go to the Source and read it for yourself. And as always to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ be all the glory forever.

~Terrie~

#4

October 12, 2021

Good morning Sisters,

I have fallen behind in my posts lately. I have had a busy schedule the past week, everything from funerals to singing engagements for my David. I am trying to post the Vocabulary of Salvation words on Thursday’s after we discuss them on Wednesday night at our church, but as I said, I am behind!

Today we will be looking at a word we do not often, (if ever) use in every day conversation, but what a word it is!

Propitiation

Noah Webster’s 1828 dictionary defines it this way:

1. The act of appeasing wrath and conciliating the favor of an offended person; the act of making propitious.

2. In theology, the atonement or atoning sacrifice offered to God to assuage his wrath and render him propitious to sinners. Christ is the propitiation for the sins of men.

God sent Jesus to be the complete satisfaction for our sin debt.

The word propitiation is not in the Old Testament but the same word in the Greek is used for mercy seat in Hebrews 9:5. Jesus is our Mercy Seat!

Isaiah 53 tells of the work and atonement Jesus made for us on the cross even though it was written 700+ years before Christ walked this earth.

“1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? 2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. 3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

4 ¶ Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. 7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. 8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. 9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.

10 ¶ Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. 11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.”

“It pleased the LORD to bruise him” for our sakes. He bore in His body our sin and thereby made reconciliation with the Father for us. We have all been guilty of Adam’s original sin and we cannot on our own come back into relationship with the Father.

Romans 3:21 “But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; 22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: 23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; 26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.”

What does it mean to have faith in His blood?

The Bible tells us that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. But, do we all have ears to hear? Jesus uses the statement “He that hath an ear to hear, let him hear” sixteen times in the KJV. Most all of us have physical ears, but do we have the Spiritual Ears to hear the Spirit speak? This is one of the reason I add to these blogs to take my word for nothing but rather read it for yourselves and let the Spirit guide you into all truth.

1 John 4:1 “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: 3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. 4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. 5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. 6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.”

Discernment is a wonderful gift of God. With it we are protected from the spirit of error that is so pervasive in the world today; with it we can have faith in His blood, for it is the blood that saves. Faith in His blood is to know that His blood is sufficient to completely cleanse us from all unrighteousness. It is our propitiation and hope. Will we still slip from time to time? Absolutely! Will the blood still be sufficient when we return and ask His forgiveness? Absolutely!

Now….your assignment is this: Use propitiation in a sentence today. As you are telling someone of the grace that saved you would be a perfect time!

Thank you Jesus for being our perfect propitiation!

Take my word for nothing; go to the Source and read it for yourself. And as always to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ be all the glory forever!

~Terrie~

#5

October 15, 2021

Good morning Sisters and Friends!

This morning’s word in the vocabulary of salvation is remission.

This word is often used in this world but not from the biblical definition. I would say that most everyone has heard this word used when speaking of an illness being in remission; a time when the disease has eased its progression for a time. This type of remission bring renewed physical life, but there is remission that brings eternal life.

Remission is defined by Noah Webster as:

1. Abatement; relaxation; moderation; as the remission of extreme rigor.

2. Abatement; diminution of intensity; as the remission of the sun’s heat; the remission of cold; the remission of close study or of labor.

3. Release; discharge or relinquishment of a claim or right; as the remission of a tax or duty.

4. In medicine, abatement; a temporary subsidence of the force or violence of a disease or of pain, as distinguished from intermission, in which the disease leaves the patient entirely for a time.

5. In theology: forgiveness; pardon; that is, the giving up of the punishment due to a crime; as the remission of sins.

6. The act of sending back. [Not in use.]

Dr. Strong’s Concordance lists remission as #G859– freedom; (figuratively) pardon:—deliverance, forgiveness, liberty, remission. This word appears only in the New Testament but there is a set of verses in Isaiah that corresponds in Hebrew.

Isaiah 61:1 “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; 2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; 3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.”

The word “liberty” in verse 1 is the same as the word for remission in the New Testament. We have confirmation of this in the words of Jesus in Luke 4:16 “And he (Jesus) came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. 17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, 18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. 20 And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.”

It took 700+ years for this Scripture to be fulfilled by our LORD but He indeed is our Remission. Jesus tells us in Matthew what His work in faithfulness to the Father will bring.

Matthew 26:26 “And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. 27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; 28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. 29 But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”

The act of this communion was to symbolize the coming event when the broken body of our LORD was on the cross and the shed blood necessary for the remission of sin. The blood of animals ran for centuries for the temporary remission of sin, but Jesus’s blood is the perfect propitiation for our sin debt.

Hebrews 9:13 “For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: 14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. 16 For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. 17 For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth. 18 Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood. 19 For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people, 20 Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you. 21 Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry. 22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. 23 It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: 25 Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; 26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: 28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.”

Only once did Jesus suffer the shame and torture of the cross. One time was sufficient to cover our sin and give us liberty from it. Blood is life; without blood there is death. No one can live without blood flowing through the veins: and indeed no one can live eternally without the blood of Christ giving us remission of sin.

Once was enough for Jesus, but our work continues. Because of this great sacrifice and remission of our sin we should be willing to tell others also. Which brings us back again to our key verses for this study:

2 Corinthians 5:20 “Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. 21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”

Represent your Kingdom as Christ’s ambassador wherever you go. Let others see that you are not of this world; that your hope lies in another.

Thank you LORD for the remission of my sin!

Take my word for nothing; go to the Source and read it for yourself. And as always to our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ be all the glory forever!

~Terrie~

#6

October 20, 2021

Good morning Sisters and friends!

Our word for today in our vocabulary of salvation is: Redemption (oh, how I love to proclaim it!)

Noah Webster gives a lengthy definition:

1. Repurchase of captured goods or prisoners; the act of procuring the deliverance of persons or things from the possession and power of captors by the payment of an equivalent; ransom; release; as the redemption of prisoners taken in war; the redemption of a ship and cargo.

2. Deliverance from bondage, distress, or from liability to any evil or forfeiture, either by money, labor or other means.

3. Repurchase, as of lands alienated.

4. The liberation of an estate from a mortgage; or the purchase of the right to re-enter upon it by paying the principal sum for which it was mortgaged with interest and cost; also, the right of redeeming and re-entering.

5. Repurchase of notes, bills or other evidence of debt by paying their value in specie to their holders.

6. In theology, the purchase of God’s favor by the death and sufferings of Christ; the ransom or deliverance of sinners from the bondage of sin and the penalties of God’s violated law by the atonement of Christ.

The word redeem in all its forms appears 139x in the KJV.

Why do we need to know about redemption?

Without being redeemed we would still be in our sin. Adam gave his most prized possession in exchange for a lie from the devil; God gave His most prized possession to redeem us from Adam’s sin.

Psalm 49 gives the perfect explanation of why we need a Savior:

“1 Hear this, all ye people; give ear, all ye inhabitants of the world: 2 Both low and high, rich and poor, together. 3 My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding. 4 I will incline mine ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying upon the harp. 5 Wherefore should I fear in the days of evil, when the iniquity of my heels shall compass me about? 6 They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches; 7 None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him: 8 (For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth for ever:) 9 That he should still live for ever, and not see corruption. 10 For he seeth that wise men die, likewise the fool and the brutish person perish, and leave their wealth to others. 11 Their inward thought is, that their houses shall continue for ever, and their dwelling places to all generations; they call their lands after their own names. 12 Nevertheless man being in honour abideth not: he is like the beasts that perish. 13 This their way is their folly: yet their posterity approve their sayings. Selah. 14 Like sheep they are laid in the grave; death shall feed on them; and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their beauty shall consume in the grave from their dwelling. 15 But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me. Selah. 16 Be not thou afraid when one is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased; 17 For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away: his glory shall not descend after him. 18 Though while he lived he blessed his soul: and men will praise thee, when thou doest well to thyself. 19 He shall go to the generation of his fathers; they shall never see light. 20 Man that is in honour, and understandeth not, is like the beasts that perish.”

Key verses here are 7 “None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him: 8 (For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth for ever:) 9 That he should still live for ever, and not see corruption.”

No amount of money and riches could ever buy us a ticket to heaven. No amount of work on our part can secure our salvation. All these things are going to be taken by another when we die and eventually burn away in the regeneration.

Paul tells us in Romans 3: 21 “But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; 22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: 23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; 26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.”

There’s our word “propitiation” again. Only by the “faith in His blood” can we acquire grace that brings redemption. We must have faith that the shed blood of our Savior is sufficient to cleanse and redeem us from the hold of sin. It is the power of God to keep us until the day that Christ returns for His church.

Ephesians 4:29 “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. 30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: 32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”

Having been redeemed by faith in His blood we are then “sealed unto the day of redemption”. When I think of being “sealed” it reminds me of preserving vegetables in Mason jars. The thing preserved is protected from outside contaminants and spoilage. When properly sealed a jar of veggies can last years or until the seal is broken. Who is it that has the power to break all seals?

Revelation 5:1 ” And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. 2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? 3 And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. 4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon. 5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. 6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. 7 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne. 8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. 9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; 10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.”

When God places His seal on anything only Jesus can break that seal.

1Peter 1:3 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: 7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: 8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: 9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.”

We are “kept” by the power of God! The word “kept” here is Strong’s #G5432:

(to be a watcher in advance, i.e. to mount guard as a sentinel (post spies at gates); figuratively, to hem in, protect:—keep (with a garrison).)

God has placed a hedge of protection around those who are “kept by” His power. Who can penetrate the walls of defense God has placed about His children?

Romans 8:34 “Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Paul seemingly searches all of the world to find something that could “separate” us from the “love of God” and finds nothing! Notice that he even includes “things to come”. Nothing at that time could separate us, and nothing ever will!

Thank you LORD for redeeming me from my sin, and for your seal that is upon me!

Take my word for nothing, go to the Source and read it for yourself. And as always to our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ be all the Glory forever!

~Terrie~

#7

October 22, 2021

Good morning Sisters and friends!

This morning our word for the day is: Regeneration

Noah Webster’s definition:

1. Reproduction; the act of producing anew.

2. In theology, new birth by the grace of God; that change by which the will and natural enmity of man to God and his law are subdued, and a principle of supreme love to God and his law, or holy affections, are implanted in the heart.

The word regeneration is only found twice in the KJV however, the concept and workings of regeneration are throughout its pages. Regeneration deals with the heart of man; it is a renovation of the heart. The Bible deals with the subject of the heart 830x with 38 of those times in the book of Ezekiel where we will begin our study today.

The nation of Israel was sinking deeper into idolatry and had defiled the land God had given them. But, with every promise of judgment on His wayward people there is also a glimmer of hope for them. Through the prophet Ezekiel God tells the people of Israel what His judgment on them would be for defiling His holy name in verses 1-20 but…..verse 20 begins with the word “but”.

Ezekiel 36:21 “But I had pity for mine holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the heathen, whither they went. 22 Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name’s sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went. 23 And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, saith the Lord GOD, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes. 24 For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.

25 Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. 26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them. 28 And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God. 29 I will also save you from all your uncleannesses: and I will call for the corn, and will increase it, and lay no famine upon you.”

The prophecy given here is of the New Covenant. This blessedness will come without the works of the people but because God made a promise to Abraham centuries ago. Our Holy God cannot lie or go back on His promises, so not according to the works of the people, but because of the nature of God He will bless them and place a “new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you”. The works of the law were outside of the body; what man could physically do for the LORD, but the problem lies within the heart of man.

The first mention of the word regeneration occurs in Matthew 19 beginning in verse 27 “Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore? 28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life. 30 But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.”

In these verses Jesus is speaking of THE Regeneration; the future state of when Jesus will reign after His return.

Strong’s #G3824 pal-ing-ghen-es-ee’-ah; (spiritual) rebirth (the state or the act), i.e. (figuratively) spiritual renovation; specially, Messianic restoration:—regeneration.

Thayer’s Lexicon gives this explanation for this verse:

the restoration of a thing to its pristine state, its renovation, the renovation of the earth after the deluge; the renewal of the world to take place after its destruction by fire.

The last mention of our word regeneration is found in Titus chapter 3 beginning in verse 1 “Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, 2 To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men. 3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. 4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, 5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; 6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; 7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”

Titus deals with the subject of the heart in these verses. Regeneration here is the same Strong’s number, but it is defined in the Lexicon as being:

“moral renovation, regeneration, the production of a new life consecrated to God, a radical change of mind for the better”

Here we can see the concept first given in Ezekiel; a regeneration of the heart and mind; a new spirit at work in the believer. Again, “not by works of righteousness that we have done” for we have been no better than the children of Israel. All have sinned and come short of His glory, BUT! God gave His only begotten Son to bring mercy and grace to us.

These are the verses where we find the word regeneration, but the very best explanation for this wonderful blessing is found in John chapter 3 where we find our LORD trying to explain rebirth to Nicodemus. Jesus tells him that without having this regeneration or being “born again” that no one can ” cannot see the kingdom of God” and one cannot “enter into the kingdom of God”. 6 “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. 8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.” We cannot see the wind when it blows; we can see the effect the wind has on objects it blows upon, but not the wind itself. The Spirit of God is the same. We cannot see the Spirit but we can certainly see the effect it has on the believers life! As the Lexicon stated it is that “radical change” in the believer’s life that makes all the difference. This too points us back to Ezekiel. The children of Israel were as hedonistic as they could be, but with a new heart and new spirit working in them God would bless them again. We cannot please God while subject to this flesh, but with His Spirit dwelling in us we have as Titus said, “being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”

Thank you LORD for the gift of the Spirit and the regeneration of my heart!

Take my word for nothing; go to the Source and read it for yourself. And as always to our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ be all the glory forever!

~Terrie~

#8

October 28, 2021

Good morning Sisters and friends!

This morning our word for the day is: Imputation

Noah Webster’s definition of Impute:

1. To charge; to attribute; to set to the account of; generally ill, sometimes good. We impute crimes, sins, trespasses, faults, blame, etc., to the guilty persons. We impute wrong actions to bad motives, or to ignorance, or to folly and rashness. We impute misfortunes and miscarriages to imprudence.

And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness. Romans 4:22

2. To attribute; to ascribe.

I have read a book imputed to lord Bathurst.

3. To reckon to one what does not belong to him. It has been held that Adam’s sin is imputed to all his posterity.

So then imputation is the act of imputing.

Strong’s #G3049 to take an inventory, i.e. estimate (literally or figuratively):—conclude, (ac-)count (of), + despise, esteem, impute, lay, number, reason, reckon, suppose, think (on).

The entire chapter of Romans 4 deals with imputation. In fact, there are nine times the Apostle uses either the word “impute” in all its forms but the words “counted” and “reckoned” carry the same Greek meaning. This chapter describes how Abraham received righteousness in God’s eyes before the Law was even instituted.

Romans 4:1 “What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found? 2 For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God. 3 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. 4 Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. 5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. 6 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, 7 Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. 8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin. 9 Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness.”

We know that here Paul is speaking to Jewish converts when he calls Abraham “our father, as pertaining to the flesh” God is their Heavenly Father too, but in the flesh the Jews are descendants of Abraham; those of the covenant from Isaac and the those born from Abraham’s son Ishmael born to Sarah’s handmaid Hagar. Paul is laying the foundation to explain to his readers that it is through faith that one obtains righteousness; not by any works of the flesh.

Paul uses a quote from Psalm 32:2 as a witness. “Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.” Paraphrasing: Happy is the man to whom the LORD does not lay to his account his sin, and has no deceit in his spirit.

Now in verse 9 Paul asks his readers if this is only reserved for the ones who are circumcised, or that have the outward evidence of being of the Jewish faith.

Romans 4:10 “How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision. 11 And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also: 12 And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised. 13 For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. 14 For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect: 15 Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.”

Righteousness is “reckoned” or imputed or laid to the account of all those who “walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham.”

(To find the Scriptures detailing Abraham’s great act of faith please read Genesis chapter 22 and compare the story of Isaac with our LORD Jesus!)

Nothing in the Law could save or completely expunge the record of guilt we all held; but some One could! Jesus came in the flesh to destroy the works of the flesh. Jesus completely fulfilled the Law as He died on Calvary.

” for where no law is, there is no transgression.” No one can be charged for a crime when no law exists prohibiting the crime. Our civil laws are adapting and changing as time goes on; as new technologies emerge. Imagine having one of the first automobiles and driving through the countryside. Suddenly you are met with a police officer who tells you that you have broken the speed limit, but at that time no such law exists because automobiles are a new invention and not yet regulated. There would have been no fault because there was no law.

When Christ died the Law died with Him. When He said, “It is finished” the Law was abolished. Just as Abraham’s faith brought righteousness to all of his seed; Jesus’s faith brought righteousness to us.

Galatians 2:16 “Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. 17 But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid. 18 For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor. 19 For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God. 20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. 21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.”

Verse 20 is my favorite Bible verse. It is the Gospel message in a nutshell. It is no longer “I” who lives but “Christ liveth in me”. This flesh can bring me no righteousness; only by the imputed righteousness of Christ do we stand. IF we thought ourselves to be able to work our way to righteousness then “Christ is dead in vain” or He would have shed His blood for nothing. What can wash away my sin? NOTHING but the blood of Jesus!

We could go on and on about the grace that was imputed to us, but this has already been long enough for one setting! Trust completely in Jesus and His righteousness….(sigh) the Scriptures just keep coming to mind but I will close for now.

Take my word for nothing; go to the Source and read it for yourself. And as always to our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ be all the glory forever.

~Terrie~

#9 Adoption

November 4, 2021

Good morning Sisters and friends!

We are continuing our study on the vocabulary of salvation. Today’s word is: Adoption.

First we will look at how Noah Webster defines both adopt and adoption,To adopt is to:

1. To take a stranger into one’s family, as son and heir; to take one who is not a child, and treat him as one, giving him a title to the privileges and rights of a child.

2. In a spiritual sense, to receive the sinful children of men into the invisible church, and into God’s favor and protection, by which they become heirs of salvation by Christ. While adoption deals with the act:

1. The act of adopting, or the state of being adopted; the taking and treating of a stranger as one’s own child.

2. The receiving as one’s own, what is new or not natural.

3. God’s taking the sinful children of men into his favor and protection.Although the Old Testament does not use the word “adoption” we find a wonderful example of it in the pages of Exodus.

In their time of bondage in Egypt the Hebrew people remained blessed by God. Their numbers grew even in the harshest of conditions. The Egyptian Pharaoh feared the people would continue to be strong and one day mount an attempt to overthrow the Egyptian people. In the hardness of his heart he made a decree that all males born in Israel would be put to death. It is here that we pick up our Scripture verses. Exodus 2:1 “And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi. 2 And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months. 3 And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river’s brink. 4 And his sister stood afar off, to wit what would be done to him.5 ¶ And the daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself at the river; and her maidens walked along by the river’s side; and when she saw the ark among the flags, she sent her maid to fetch it. 6 And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, the babe wept. And she had compassion on him, and said, This is one of the Hebrews’ children. 7 Then said his sister to Pharaoh’s daughter, Shall I go and call to thee a nurse of the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for thee? 8 And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, Go. And the maid went and called the child’s mother. 9 And Pharaoh’s daughter said unto her, Take this child away, and nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy wages. And the woman took the child, and nursed it. 10 And the child grew, and she brought him unto Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. And she called his name Moses: and she said, Because I drew him out of the water.”

Now, let us picture ourselves in that “ark” or basket that is set adrift on a danger-filled river, not knowing what should become of us. Such is our life before the LORD Jesus saves us. Pharaoh’s daughter played the part of savior to the infant Moses. “She had compassion on him” and took him as her own, not knowing or caring about his birth or heritage. What a wonderful picture of Jesus. Please do not discount the stories of the Old Testament for in them we can find Jesus if we look deeply into them.

The word “adoption” appears five times (which happens to be the number for grace!) in the New Testament and only by the Apostle Paul.

Dr. Strong gives his definition as #G5206: the placing as a son, i.e. adoption (figuratively, Christian sonship in respect to God):—adoption (of children, of sons).

Our focus verses are found in Romans chapter 8 beginning in verse 14 “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. 16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. 18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. 20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, 21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. 23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.”

While Moses was physically adopted into the family of Pharaoh, we are spiritually adopted into the family of God. The sacrifice of Jesus bought our freedom from the bondage of sin. Now we can boldly come before our Heavenly Father and “cry, Abba, Father” which is a term of endearment much like calling our earthy fathers Daddy. We have become “joint-heirs” with Christ. Wrap your mind around that if you can! Everything that Jesus is heir to, so are we!

Let’s follow up with these verses in Galatians chapter 4 beginning at verse 1 “Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; 2 But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. 3 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world: 4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, 5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. 6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. 7 Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.”

We know that Paul is speaking to the converted Jews in these passages, but we have all received the bondage of sin passed down through the sin of Adam. We have all been subject “under the elements of the world”. The Law pointed man to what sin was; the things that were offensive to God this is what Paul means by “tutors and governors” that taught the precepts of the Law. God sent Jesus into the same bondage, being “born of a woman made under the law” so that He could fulfil the Law and “redeem” us all from sin’s hold. He paid the price of our sin debt and “sent forth the Spirit of his Son” so that we can have a close relationship with our heavenly “Abba” Daddy.

Now let’s look at what this brings into the believer’s life in Ephesians chapter 1 beginning at verse 3 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. 7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; 8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; 9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: 10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: 11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: 12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.”

Ephesians chapter 1 should thoroughly convince the reader that it is according to God’s “good pleasure and will” that we enjoy these blessings. In the KJV we find no less than 34 times when the pronouns He, Him, Himself, and His are used in this one chapter. In chapter 2 Paul kicks it through the goal post with “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.”

Just as Moses had been set adrift on the troubled waters of the river, we too have been floating along in the troubled seas of life; tossed about by sin: But God! In His mercy and grace drew us out, set our feet on the dry ground giving us His name and the full blessings of adoption. Thank you LORD for calling me into the family.

Take my word for nothing; go to the Source and read it for yourself. And as always to our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ be all the glory forever.

~Terrie~

#10 Supplication

November 11, 2021

Good morning Sisters and friends,

Today we continue our study of the vocabulary of salvation with the word supplication.

Noah Webster’s definition:1. Entreaty; humble and earnest prayer in worship.

2. Petition; earnest request. We will be starting with an excellent example of supplication given by David in the Psalms. For the Old Testament Hebrew definition: Dr. Strong’s #H2603 properly, to bend or stoop in kindness to an inferior; to favor, bestow; causatively to implore (i.e. move to favor by petition)

Psalm 31:9 “Have mercy upon me, O LORD, for I am in trouble: mine eye is consumed with grief, yea, my soul and my belly. 10 For my life is spent with grief, and my years with sighing: my strength faileth because of mine iniquity, and my bones are consumed. 11 I was a reproach among all mine enemies, but especially among my neighbours, and a fear to mine acquaintance: they that did see me without fled from me. 12 I am forgotten as a dead man out of mind: I am like a broken vessel. 13 For I have heard the slander of many: fear was on every side: while they took counsel together against me, they devised to take away my life. 14 But I trusted in thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my God. 15 My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me.”

One can almost physically feel the pain David expresses in this Psalm. He is crying out to the only One he knows that can help him. All of his “neighbors” have forsaken him; he is feeling utterly alone in his grief. Have you been there? I certainly have. He claims he is “forgotten as a dead man out of mind” there is no care in anyone’s heart for his plight. He acknowledges too that he is not completely innocent in this matter: “my strength faileth because of mine iniquity”. His life is in shambles because of his own sin and the sin of those who persecute and seek to destroy him. BUT! “I trusted in thee, O LORD” Here is his supplication to God; “my God”. In humility he seeks the hand of God to deliver him. So here we see that supplication is a personal cry to God for help.

Now, let’s turn to the New Testament where Dr. Strong gives us this definition for our Scripture verse: #G1162 a petition:—prayer, request, supplication.

Philippians 4:4 “Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. 5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. 6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

In these verses we find a difference drawn between prayer and supplication. Prayer: Strong’s #4335 prayer (worship); by implication, an oratory (chapel):—pray earnestly, prayer.

Supplication is a part of prayer, but prayer is conversation with the Living God. It is the connection we keep between us and the God of Heaven. When we pray we must first acknowledge that He is the God of all creation, and we address Him as such. We offer Him praise for being OUR God as David did in our Psalm today. Notice too Strong’s definition: an oratory (chapel). An oratory is a small, private place to give prayer. Remember in Matthew chapter 6 before the LORD tells us the model prayer He states in verse 6 “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.” It is personal and it is to be private. We use the word prayer today to cover all of our conversations with God but prayers can certainly be different day to day depending on the circumstances we face.

Now we will look into another aspect of prayer; intercessory prayer. Romans 8:24 “For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? 25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. 26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. 28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

Noah Webster defines intercession as: The act of interceding; mediation; interposition between parties at variance, with a view to reconciliation; prayer or solicitation to one party in favor of another, sometimes against another.

I have had numerous occasions where I did not know what to pray for in a given situation. I did not know what outcome would be best and I was troubled in my heart because of it. These are the “groanings which cannot be uttered” we simply do not know what to say or even to ask for. But, we know where to turn for help! Paul tells us here that even though we do not know how to pray God always knows the best outcome for us. “ALL THINGS work together for good” even the things that seem too hard to cope with. This is when our spirit cries Abba, Father and our LORD Jesus intercedes for us, fashioning our prayer to fit the will of God. If it is God’s will that all things work together for good for us then we should have no problem accepting that will. It may not make sense at the time, but God has a perfect purpose for your life.Where could I go, oh where could I go but to the LORD?

Take my word for nothing, go to the Source and read it for yourself. And as always to our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ be all the glory forever.

~Terrie~

#11 Justification

November 18, 2021

Good morning Sisters and friends,

Wow, this month is scooting right along! Next week is Thanksgiving! I hope that you will experience the thanksgiving today that this blog has brought me as I typed it out. Our word today in our continuing study of the vocabulary of salvation is justification.

Noah Webster’s definition of justification:

1. The act of justifying; a showing to be just or conformable to law, rectitude or propriety; vindication; defense.

2. Absolution.

3. In law, the showing of a sufficient reason in court why a defendant did what he is called to answer. 4. In theology, remission of sin and absolution from guilt and punishment; or an act of free grace by which God pardons the sinner and accepts him as righteous, on account of the atonement of Christ. First for our Old Testament witness we will be looking at the entire chapter of Isaiah 53 to get the complete context for our justification with attention given to verses 10-12.

Isaiah 53:1 “Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? 2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. 3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.4 ¶ Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. 7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. 8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. 9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.10 ¶ Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. 11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.”

Our human senses may be taken aback by the notion that this horrific act of crucifixion “pleased the LORD”, but God who is omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent is able to see a matter from beginning to the end. He saw so much more than the present time’s suffering of His only begotten Son while He hung on the cross. He is able to see from creation and the fall of man, where the need for a Savior began, to the uttermost reaches of eternity; all is in His control.

“He shall see the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied:”

When sin entered into the world enmity was born between our Holy God and sinful man. Sin separated us from God; but the perfect sinless sacrifice of His Son “satisfied” the sin debt Adam incurred for us all. God’s own blood flowed through the veins of Jesus and our justification came as it spilled to the earth. Adam’s sin brought death, but Christ’s death brought life eternal! Now, on to our New Testament witness in agreement with the prophecy of Isaiah: Romans 5:8 “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. 10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. 11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement. 12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: 13 (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. 14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come. 15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. 16 And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification. 17 For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) 18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. 19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.”

In the KJV the phrase “But God” appears 43 times and it should be everyone’s favorite phrase in the Word of God! There may be all manner of hardship, peril, and doom pronounced on the unbelieving and disobedient, but then we read “But God!” But God always has a way of redemption; but God always loves and wants to forgive His children; but God desires life and not death! “Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him” BUT GOD knew it would bring life to us all. Justification changes our legal standing before our Holy God. We were hopelessly guilty, and hopelessly condemned, BUT GOD gave His only begotten Son and bought our pardon. John 8:36 “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” Some of the newer translations of this verse substitute the word “set” for the word “make” but I take exception to that. Anyone can “set” something free, but it is Christ’s blood that makes us free from all sin’s debt and the guilt in the mind and heart of the redeemed. Many a prisoner has been set free yet still carried the guilt of their offense, but with Christ we are made free indeed (completely)!

Take my word for nothing; go to the Source and read it for yourself. And as always to our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ be all the glory forever!

~Terrie~

#12 Sanctification

December 2, 2021

Good morning Sisters and friends and Happy Thanksgiving!

This will be our 12th installment of our vocabulary of salvation series. Let’s compare how our last week’s word of justification differs from sanctification.

Justification deals with our standing, while sanctification deals with our state.

Justification is that which the blood of Christ does for us, but sanctification is that which God does in us.

Justification is an act of God, while sanctification is a work in the Spirit.Justification is the means, while sanctification is the end result.

Justification makes us safe, while sanctification makes us sound.

Justification declares us innocent, while sanctification makes us good. Justification removes the guilt and power of sin, while sanctification keeps unrighteousness in check.

Justification lays the track to Heaven, while sanctification furnishes the train cars.

As we always do, we will check in with Mr. Noah Webster, his definition of sanctify is lengthy but he includes a lot of Scripture to help us understand what it means to be sanctified. The Scripture verses can be clicked on and read if one so desires. They were just too good to leave out!

SANC’TIFY, verb transitive [Low Latin sanctifico; from sanctus, holy, and facio, to make.]

1. In a general sense, to cleanse, purify or make holy.

2. To separate, set apart or appoint to a holy, sacred or religious use. God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it. Genesis 2:3. So under the Jewish dispensation, to sanctify the altar, the temple, the priests, etc.

3. To purify; to prepare for divine service, and for partaking of holy things. Exodus 19:10.

4. To separate, ordain and appoint to the work of redemption and the government of the church. John 10:36.

5. To cleanse from corruption; to purify from sin; to make holy by detaching the affections from the world and its defilements, and exalting them to a supreme love to God. Sanctify them through thy truth; thy word is truth. John 17:17. Ephesians 5:26.

6. To make the means of holiness; to render productive of holiness or piety. Those judgments of God are the more welcome, as a means which his mercy hath sanctified so to me, as to make me repent of that unjust act.

7. To make free from guilt. That holy man amaz’d at what he saw, made haste to sanctify the bliss by law.8. To secure from violation. Truth guards the poet, sanctifies the line. To sanctify God, to praise and celebrate him as a holy being; to acknowledge and honor his holy majesty, and to reverence his character and laws. Isaiah 8:13. God sanctifies himself or his name, by vindicating his honor from the reproaches of the wicked, and manifesting his glory. Ezekiel 36:23.

~~First mention of the word sanctify come to us in Exodus 13: 2 “Sanctify unto me all the firstborn, whatsoever openeth the womb among the children of Israel, both of man and of beast: it is mine.”~~This is God speaking to Moses and commanding him to “sanctify” or set apart for God every first- born among them. The same idea applied to the “firstfruits” of the harvest. Exodus 34: 26a “The first of the firstfruits of thy land thou shalt bring unto the house of the LORD thy God.”

~~The first-born and the firstfruits of the harvest were considered to be the best and therefore were dedicated to God.

~~A place can be sanctified as well. Exodus 29:44 “And I will sanctify the tabernacle of the congregation, and the altar: I will sanctify also both Aaron and his sons, to minister to me in the priest’s office. 45 ¶ And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will be their God.”

Now for our word of the day; Sanctification: SANCTIFICA’TION, noun [See Sanctify.]1. The act of making holy. In an evangelical sense, the act of God’s grace by which the affections of men are purified or alienated from sin and the world, and exalted to a supreme love to God. God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation, through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth. 2 Thessalonians 2:13. 1 Peter 1:2.2. The act of consecrating or of setting apart for a sacred purpose; consecration.

~~What a blessed notion this is! That God Himself has “chosen us to salvation, through sanctification.” But, if we read the previous verses we find that it will come with perilous times for the believer. 2 Thessalonians 2:1 “Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, 2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. 3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. 5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? 6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. 7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. 8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”

~~ Do I understand all of this…nope! But I do know that there are many false witnesses that have come and gone throughout the ages since the manifestation of the Son of God; many antichrists. Paul’s admonition of “let no man deceive you” tells us that this person will not be readily recognized; it could be anyone around us. But Paul is warning us about THE Antichrist, “the son of perdition” that will be the one who stands boldly in open defiance of God. The only thing that is restraining this is the Spirit of God that “withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.” God has control over this situation; He has appointed a time for all of this to happen. It is the ultimate spiritual battle that will take place in the time appointed. BUT GOD! He has sanctified us through the Spirit to be able to stand in this evil day we now face and the time to come. 2Thessalonians 2:13 “But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: 14 Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle. 16 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, 17 Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.”

~~The need for spiritual sanctification today is great! The time for us to “stand fast, and hold the traditions” is now. How else can we have “good hope” if we do not understand and follow the teachings of the Word of God? The whole armor of God is needed today; the fight has never been as fierce as it is today. The shroud that the evil one wears is becoming thinner every day; he is becoming bolder in his actions. But we are forewarned and forearmed if we adhere to His Holy Word.

Philippians 4:1 “Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.”

Take my word for nothing, go to the Source and read it for yourself. And as always to our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ be all the glory forever!

~Terrie~

#13 Glorification

December 2, 2021

Good morning Sisters and friends!

This morning our word in the vocabulary of salvation is glorification. And first, as always, we will get our definition from Noah Webster’s 1828 dictionary. GLO’RIFY, verb transitive [Latin gloria and facio, to make.]

1. To praise; to magnify and honor in worship; to ascribe honor to, in thought or words. (Psalms 86:9)

God is glorified, when such his excellency, above all things, is with due admiration acknowledged.

2. To make glorious; to exalt to glory, or to celestial happiness. Whom he justified, them he also glorified. (Romans 8:1.)

The God of our fathers hath glorified his son Jesus. (Acts 3:1.)3. To praise; to honor; to extol.

4. To procure honor or praise to.

For the most part the Old Testament is silent about the believer receiving Heaven as a reward for a sanctified life. Paradise and Abraham’s bosom were the holding place for the saints of God, but there are a few references in the Psalms of seeing the glory of Heaven as in Psalm 73 where the psalmist contemplates the reward of the evil as well as the good. Beginning here in verse 23: “Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand. 24 Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. 25 Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. 26 My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever. 27 For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee. 28 But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.”

Notice that he himself is not glorified but God shall “receive” him into glory. Our glorification comes only by the shed blood of Jesus. So then our word glorification is the act of glorifying or exalting one to honor and dignity. It is the act of God whereby the believer is changed from this mortal to the immortal; the putting off of the old man of the flesh and receiving our celestial bodies. It is the act of God that completes the work of justification and sanctification. Christ has in the past saved us from the penalty of sin through justification; His imputed righteousness given to those who believe. In the present, Christ saves us from the power of sin through sanctification where we are set apart for His kingdom work. In the future, Christ shall continue and conclude our great salvation by saving us from the presence of sin through glorification. Our glorification is the ultimate and absolute physical, mental, and spiritual perfection of the saint of God. Where else could we turn but to 1 Corinthians 15 for our New Testament witness and explanation of God’s promise of glorification to His saints? I strongly encourage you to read the entire chapter, but for our purposes here we will begin in verse 34. 1 Corinthians 15:34 “Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame. 35 But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come? 36 Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die: 37 And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain: 38 But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body.”

Paul begins by giving us an example of planting seeds in a garden. We do not expect anything other than what we planted to spring up, i.e. a pumpkin seed will not yield a watermelon. The seed itself will not rise up “except it die” first. Just as it is appointed to us to die. (Hebrews 9:27)

39 “All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds. 40 There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. 41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory. 42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: 43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: 44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.

“We are told in the Scriptures that Jesus definitely had a body when He resurrected. He first had to ascend into Heaven to receive His glorified body but He appeared to the disciples in a body that was flesh but healed of all His wounds from the crucifixion. The difference now was that He could appear and disappear before them!

Luke 24:36 ¶ “And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. 37 But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. 38 And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? 39 Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have. 40 And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet. 41 And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat? 42 And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb. 43 And he took it, and did eat before them.”

I have heard many a debate about whether we will be recognized in Heaven as we were here on the earth. If we are to take this example from our LORD then I would have to say yes we will. God made us all to have a unique form and features, even identical twins have different fingerprints.

45 “And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. 46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. 47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. 48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. 49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. 50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. 51 Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.”

What a blessed truth to lean on! We have carried the image of Adam who fell from fellowship with God and brought sin to us all but as we travel this earth we strive to regain the image of the Almighty. Paul proclaims, “Behold, I show you a mystery,” in that we do not fully understand yet we believe it with all our hearts, that one day a “trump” of God is going to sound and we are going to be changed from this flesh into a glorified body that will live eternally with our LORD in Heaven.55 “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”

Physical death has plagued mankind from the beginning; we all must die some day. BUT GOD in His mercy sent His Son to take the “sting of death” for us all. He bore our sins; He shed His perfect blood so that the Victory belongs to the Victor! He defeated death and the grave making the Way for us to follow after Him and receive our glorification! Sometimes it seems as if no one is listening to our words; that our work to spread the Gospel message is in vain. But God has told us in the book of Isaiah the 55th chapter beginning in verse 8: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. 10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: 11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”

Take my word for nothing; go to the Source and read it for yourself. And as always to our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ be all the glory forever. ~Terrie~

#14

December 9, 2021

Good morning brothers, sisters, and friends!

Our word this week in the vocabulary of salvation is preservation.

 Noah Webster’s definition: PRESERVA’TION, noun The act of preserving or keeping safe; the act of keeping from injury, destruction or decay; as the preservation of life or health; the preservation of buildings from fire or decay; the preservation of grain from insects; the preservation of fruit or plants. When a thing is kept entirely from decay, or nearly in its original state, we say it is in a high state of preservation.

The word preservation does not occur in the KJV but the concept of preservation is a major theme of the Word of God.  It is the power and the promise of God to His children.  It is also a topic that comes with a great deal of debate.  But, once we understand that preservation comes with perseverance then we begin to see the entire picture of God’s saving grace.

     My grandma used to call her jams and jellies she made preserves.  The fruit was harvested, washed, and cooked.  Grandma would work with the fruit over the flame of the stove until it reached the desired consistency, then she sealed it in jars to be kept in storage for us to enjoy deep into the winter months.  This is a wonderful analogy of what preservation in the spiritual sense means! We are the desired harvest.  God washes us in His Son’s blood and we pass through spiritual trials until we reach the desired form and image He has us to be.  Then we are sealed by His Spirit!

Ephesians 1:7 “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; 8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; 9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: 10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: 11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: 12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. 13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.”

We are that “purchased possession”, purchased with the precious blood of the Savior on Calvary’s hill so long ago.  He has “sealed” and preserved us “until” the “redemption,” the day that He returns for His bride the body of believers, which is the church.  Our sealing is the “earnest of our inheritance” the down payment and promise of the coming redemption.

This saving, and sealing does not come without responsibility however.  This is where the perseverance of the saints comes in.  We cannot quit when the fire gets a little too warm for our comfort. 

1 John 2:15 “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. 18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. 19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us. 20 But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. 21 I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth. 22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. 23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also. 24 Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father. 25 And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life. 26 These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. 27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. 28 And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming. 29 If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.”

     The three evils we face in this life are all around us: “the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.”  Every sin can be attributed to at least one of these three, and the antichrist will be the king of them all….BUT “we have an unction from the Holy One”; we have an anointing from God to help us maintain in these evil times. 

“They went out from us, but they were not of us”  There are many that sit among us in the congregation that will not be able to stand the heat of the evil days; they will turn back.  By this they are made “manifest” or we can see them for who they really are.  Those who are truly “born of Him” will be able to persevere through the trials.  God never promises to keep us from the fire, but He does assure us He will be with us in the fire. His anointing will preserve us through it all and we will not be “ashamed” at the day of His coming. Trust in Him; abide in Him, and we shall see Jesus!

Take my word for nothing; go to the Source and read it for yourself.  And as always to our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ be all the glory forever.

~Terrie~

Good morning brothers and sisters in the Word!

We have come to the last word in our study of the vocabulary of salvation, but it is not the last.  The last word is a concept that has been hotly debated and often perverted throughout Christian history: origination.  By what means and for what reason did God put into action the plan of salvation?  Why are not all men saved?  Can all men indeed be saved?

Again we begin with Noah Webster’s definition:

Origination, noun

  1. The act of bringing or coming into existence; first production.
  2. Mode of production or bringing into being.

     For our Old Testament witness to the origination of all things we turn to 1 Chronicles 29 beginning in verse 10  “Wherefore David blessed the LORD before all the congregation: and David said, Blessed be thou, LORD God of Israel our father, for ever and ever. 11 Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all. 12 Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all. 13 Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name. 14 But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee. 15 For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding.”

David understood that everything he had originated in Heaven at the hand of an Almighty Sovereign God.

Is our God omnipotent?  Is He indeed Sovereign over ALL?

Is He omnipresent?  Is His Spirit everywhere at once?

Is He omniscient?  Does He know ALL before it happens?

If we can answer yes to all of these questions, the rest should not be hard to accept.

There are eight words we must consider in the Word of God:

  1. Decree
  2. Ordain
  3. Foreknowledge
  4. Election
  5. Counsel
  6. Predestination
  7. Purpose
  8. Called

Today, we will speak on decree.  Again we turn to Noah Webster.

DECREE, noun [Latin To judge; to divide.]

1. Judicial decision, or determination of a litigated cause; as a decree of the court of chancery. The decision of a court of equity is called a decree; that of a court of law, a judgment.

2. In the civil law, a determination or judgment of the emperor on a suit between parties.

3. An edict or law made by a council for regulating any business within their jurisdiction; as the decrees of ecclesiastical councils.

4. In general, an order, edict or law made by a superior as a rule to govern inferiors.

There went a decree from Cesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. Luke 2:1.

5. Established law, or rule.

He made a decree for the rain. Job 28:26.

6. In theology, predetermined purpose of God; the purpose or determination of an immutable Being, whose plan of operations is, like himself, unchangeable.

     Here is Paul’s New Testament answer to David’s praise of the Almighty:

Colossians 1:12 “Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: 15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.”

     A decree in the Word of God is a royal command.  The word decree is found 49 times in the KJV and only one of those times in the New Testament, in the Gospel of Luke the second chapter. The decree mentioned there is made by Cyrenius but powered by the Word of God Himself.  Through this decree His prophecy and will concerning the birthplace of Jesus would be accomplished; instituted by man, but founded in wisdom and purpose of our Sovereign God.

     The divine decree is eternal.  God does not change His purpose or plan for mankind or the earth as we know it.  God is not bound by time therefore everything purposed in Him is eternal.  Acts 15:18 “Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world.”

     The decree of God is effectual:

Isaiah 46: 8 “Remember this, and show yourselves men: bring it again to mind, O ye transgressors. 9 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, 10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: 11 Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it.”

Kings and kingdoms of this earth are all subject to our Sovereign God. 

Daniel 6:25 “Then king Darius wrote unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you. 26 I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he is the living God, and stedfast for ever, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the end. 27 He delivereth and rescueth, and he worketh signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from the power of the lions. 28 So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.”

His decrees are immutable (unalterable; not capable or susceptible of change.):

     Hebrews 6:13 “For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself, 14 Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee. 15 And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. 16 For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife. 17 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: 18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: 19 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; 20 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.”

Our hope is placed in this very fact, that our God cannot lie or go back on His Word.  Jesus is our High Priest according to the will and promise of God.

God’s decree for His will is universal:

     Psalm 48:10 “According to thy name, O God, so is thy praise unto the ends of the earth: thy right hand is full of righteousness.”

It is not dependent upon man’s opinion, the weather, the stock market, or any device or plan of man; God’s plan for the entirety of the world is unconditional and absolute. 

     We have already been told the end of all things with the coming again of our LORD Jesus.  God spoke and the world and all that is in it appeared; Jesus will have the final Word as we are told in Revelation 21:1 “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. 5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. 6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.”

If we believe that these Scripture verses are true, and for a time ahead, how can we not believe that God is completely sovereign?  How can we doubt that they will come to pass?  How can we doubt that an eternal decree has been put into place for this plan to come about?

I am fully persuaded!

Next week our word will be ordain.

Take my word for nothing; go to the Source and read it for yourself.  And as always to our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ be all the glory forever.

~Terrie~

December 23, 2021

#15A

Good morning!

We are continuing our study of the vocabulary of salvation with an extended look at the doctrine of origination.  Our word this morning is ordain.

Noah Webster:

ORDAIN, verb transitive [Latin ordino, from ordo, order.]

  1. Properly, to set; to establish in a particular office or order; hence, to invest with a ministerial function or sacerdotal power, to introduce and establish or settle in the pastoral office with the customary forms and solemnities; as, to ordain a minster of the gospel.  In America, men are ordained over a particular church and congregation, or as evangelists without the charge of a particular church, or as deacons in the episcopal church.
  2. To, appoint; to decree.  Jeroboam ordained a feast in the eighth month. (1 Kings 12:32)
  3. To set; to establish; to institute; to constitute.
  4. To set apart for an office; to appoint.   Jesus ordained twelve that they should be with Him.  (Mark 3:14)
  5. To appoint; to prepare.  For Tophet is ordained of old.  (Isaiah 30:33)

The verse we will be focusing on this morning is Acts 13:48, but let’s get this verse into context first. 

In the beginning of chapter 13, Paul and Barnabas along with others were at Antioch.  While they fasted and sought the will of God, “the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.  And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.”  (verses 2 and 3) This was to be their first missionary journey.  At Antioch Paul gives an impassioned speech to the Jews among them that begins with the wilderness exile of the Hebrew people and concludes with the ministry of Jesus. In verse 42 and 43 we read, “And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next sabbath.  Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.”

Paul’s habit was always to begin with the Jews.  He would first go into the synagogues and preach Jesus, but he always met with opposition.  We have to remember here that there was no source of entertainment to distract the mind as we have now.  When someone new came into town the entire town would turn out to hear the news of far off lands and the exploits of the traveler among them.  Paul’s message to the synagogue was no doubt fell upon the ears of many eavesdroppers outside of the synagogue.  These Gentile folks heard the Word and eagerly wanted more!

And now our focus:

Acts 13:44 “And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God. 45 But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spake against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming. 46 Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles. 47 For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth.”

Here, Paul gives second witness to the prophet Isaiah in chapter 42 beginning in verse 5 “Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein: 6 I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; 7 To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.”

The Gentile people (you and me!) were always a part of God’s plan of salvation.  Isaiah was given this prophecy 700+ years before the birth of our LORD.  We were not an afterthought nor did we receive a lesser salvation than that of His chosen people. 

48 “And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed. 49 And the word of the Lord was published throughout all the region.”

The Word preached in the synagogue to the obstinate Jew was received gladly by the ones on the outside looking in! How eager the heart is when it is not burdened with indoctrination!  Here we find our word “ordained”.  Notice that they were ordained first and then believed.  My study Bible, like most, is silent on this verse.   It is the Spirit of God that draws man to Him; He is the spark that ignites the flame in the heart that leads to belief.

Thayer’s Lexicon for the word ordain in this verse-“to place in a certain order, to arrange, to assign a place, to appoint”: as many as were appointed (A. V. ordained) (by God) to obtain eternal life, or to whom God had decreed eternal life.

Matthew Henry provides a clear discourse on this verse:

~Many of them became, not only professors of the Christian faith, but sincerely obedient to the faith: As many as were ordained to eternal life believed. God by his Spirit wrought true faith in those for whom he had in his councils from everlasting designed a happiness to everlasting.

(1.) Those believed to whom God gave grace to believe, whom by a secret and mighty operation he brought into subjection to the gospel of Christ, and made willing in the day of his power. Those came to Christ whom the Father drew, and to whom the Spirit made the gospel call effectual. It is called the faith of the operation of God (Col. 2:12), and is said to be wrought by the same power that raised up Christ, Eph. 1:19, 20.

(2.) God gave this grace to believe to all those among them who were ordained to eternal life (for whom he had predestinated, them he also called, Rom. 8:30); or, as many as were disposed to eternal life, as many as had a concern about their eternal state, and aimed to make sure of eternal life, believed in Christ, in whom God hath treasured up that life (1 Jn. 5:11), and who is the only way to it; and it was the grace of God that wrought it in them. Thus all those captives, and those only, took the benefit of Cyrus’s proclamation, whose spirit God had raised up to build the house of the Lord which is in Jerusalem, Ezra 1:5. Those will be brought to believe in Christ that by his grace are well disposed to eternal life, and make this their aim.~

Jamieson Fausset and Brown explain this verse also:

~and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed–a very remarkable statement, which cannot, without force, be interpreted of anything lower than this, that a divine ordination to eternal life is the cause, not the effect, of any man’s believing.~

Jesus tells us clearly who will come to Him in John 6 beginning at verse 43 “Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves. 44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.”

Take my word for nothing; go to the Source and read it for yourself.  And as always to our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ be all the glory forever. 

~Terrie~

December 30, 2021

The Foreknowledge of God

#15-B

Good morning brothers and sisters!

We are continuing our study of the vocabulary of salvation with another subtopic to origination: the foreknowledge of God. Our God is omniscient; He knows everything that is going to happen before it does.

Noah Webster:

Omniscient, adjective Having universal knowledge or knowledge of all things; infinitely knowing; all-seeing; as the omniscient God.

Foreknowledge, noun knowledge of a thing before it happens; prescience.

Foreknow, verb intransitive, To have previous knowledge of; to foresee. For whom he did foreknow he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son. Romans 8:29.

It is difficult for the human mind to wrap itself around the fact that our God has infinite knowledge of both things that came to pass, our present situation, and future events in this evil world. If He were not omniscient there would have been no prophecy. How could the great prophets like Isaiah have told of the coming Messiah? How could we have hope for our future if God had not told us of our complete salvation and our reward of Heaven? Hope would be completely lost without it.

The phrase foreknowledge of God only appears twice in the KJV; but God’s omniscience is throughout its pages. The entirety of Psalm 139 acknowledges this fact; here is only a portion:

1 O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me. 2 Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. 3 Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. 4 For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether. 5 Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it. 7 Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? 8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. 9 If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; 10 Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.

David knows that God not only knows every detail of his life (omniscient); but that God is everywhere at once (omnipresent).

139:16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.

“In thy book all my members WERE written”, God knew exactly what David would be; and it was according to His divine plan.

For our New Testament witness we need not look any further than John 17. Here is the prayer which our LORD gave before He was taken by the Roman soldiers to fulfill the Father’s will for His life. No less than 15x the LORD Jesus thanks the Father for what He has given Him and the ones who would come to Him after His resurrection.

John 17:1 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, (all red letter from here!) Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: 2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. 3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

We could just stop right here and call that sufficient but there is more to be had!

6 I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word. 7 Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee. 8 For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me. 9 I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. 10 And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.

Again, we could stop here and argue the point that Jesus was only speaking of the Disciples which God gave Him, but there is more!

20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;

Here we have our LORD praying for us as He faced certain death. As the Son of God He knew exactly what the next days would hold for Him, yet He prayed for us! “them also which shall believe” as the Disciples took the Gospel message forth and as the writers of the New Testament were inspired by the Holy Ghost so that we too could hear and believe. The Father continues to draw souls to Him. John 6:44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. 45 It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.

As you read these next verses know that He is speaking of YOU and the glory He promises that we should share with Him.

21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. 22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: 23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. 24 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 lovedst me before the foundation of the world.

“that the world may know” that God so loved that He sent Jesus because He loved us as He loved His Son “before the foundation of the world”. Notice the tense of the words Jesus uses throughout this prayer. “Gavest,” “hath given,” “hast loved them,” He speaks in the past tense because to Him it is already settled in Heaven. Our LORD prays that we too may be with Him, because He is our Way, the Truth, and the LIFE; because His foreknowledge seals us in Him.

John 14:1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. 4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.

Here is our hope; this is what keeps us standing in this evil day. This is not the end; we have a promise and a purpose; it is only the beginning of what God foreknew.

Take my word for nothing; go to the Source and read it for yourself. And as always to our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ be all the glory forever!

~Terrie~

#15-C

Good morning brothers and sisters!

Last week our topic was the foreknowledge of God and discussed the fact that our God is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent in the affair of His children.  Our subtopic today to origination is election.

The doctrine of election has always been hotly debated in and among the church.  It is one that is either completely accepted or entirely rejected, for the two together cannot be truth.

First, Noah Webster’s definition as elect being a noun:

1. Chosen or designated by God to salvation; predestinated to glory as the end, and to sanctification as the means; usually with a plural signification, the elect. 2. Chosen; selected; set apart as a peculiar church and people; applied to the Israelites. Isaiah 45:4.

The word elect in all its forms, appears 27 times in the KJV.  The first mention of elect is as a noun in the book of Isaiah chapter 42 beginning in verse 1 and is speaking of our LORD Jesus:  Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. 2 He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street. 3 A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. 4 He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.

The New Testament quotes this prophecy and declares it fulfilled in Christ.  Matthew 12:14 ¶ Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him. 15 But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from thence: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all; 16 And charged them that they should not make him known: 17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias (the Greek spelling of the name Isaiah) the prophet, saying, 18 Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles. 19 He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets. 20 A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory. 21 And in his name shall the Gentiles trust.

I am sure we can all get ahold of the fact that Jesus was elected by God to be the Messiah, but the Bible calls the children of God the elect also.  When Jesus is telling His disciples of the coming destruction of Jerusalem, He warns them of false christs and prophets that will arise before the end:  Matthew 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened. 23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. 24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. 25 Behold, I have told you before.

Here are the words of comfort in dire conditions and times, “but for the elect’s sake.”  God always makes provision for His children to endure to the end.  Often He does not remove us from “those days” of great affliction, but He will be with us through it. 

Now let’s look at election:

1. The act of choosing; choice; the act of selecting one or more from others. Hence appropriately,  2. The act of choosing a person to fill an office or employment, by any manifestation of preference, as by ballot, uplifted hands or viva voce; as the election of a king, of a president, or a mayor.  3. Choice; voluntary preference; free will; liberty to act or not. It is at his election to accept or refuse.  4. Power of choosing or selecting.  5. Discernment; discrimination; distinction.  6. In theology, divine choice; predetermination of God, by which persons are distinguished as objects of mercy, become subjects of grace, are sanctified and prepared for heaven.

Paul tells us in 1 Thessalonians of the power of the Holy Ghost working on those who are the elected of God:  1 Thessalonians 1:2 We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers; 3 Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father; 4 Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God. 5 For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake. 6 And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost: 7 So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia. 8 For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing. 9 For they themselves show of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God; 10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

Paul mentions the Thessalonians “faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope” the attributes the LORD gives to those who are counted among “the election of God.” 

Matthew Henry:  “The election of God is of his own good pleasure and mere grace, not for the sake of any merit in those who are chosen.  The  election of God may be known by the fruits thereof.” 

The fruit of these election was evidenced by how they had “turned to God from idols” and they now “wait for His Son from heaven” acknowledging that Jesus was “raised from the dead” with the confidence that God will “deliver us from the wrath to come.”  God does not force anyone into His elect, but He does effect a change in the heart and mind of man. It is the power of the Word of God and the Spirit’s effectual calling that causes the will of man to change and be conformed to that of God

Our LORD Jesus will have the final Word:

John 6:43 Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves. 44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

Take my word for nothing; go to the Source and read it for yourself.  And as always to our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ be all the glory forever.

~Terrie~

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