Monthly Archives: April 2014

Lesson One Paragraph Seven Part One

These events happen on the third day. This declares, “Behold the Lamb of God!” John 1:36. This was stated in verse 29. After this is stated, John’s disciples follow Jesus. Jesus sees the two men coming toward Him, and Jesus asks them a question. Jesus wants to know what they are seeking. They call Him rabbi, which means “teacher.” They wanted to know where Jesus was living. Jesus responds by asking them to follow Him in order to see where He is living. They followed Jesus to where He lived at that time. It was two hours before evening. One of the men who followed Jesus was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. Before going to where Jesus lived, Andrew went to where his brother was staying. He tells Simon Peter that he has found the Messias. This word means the “Christ.” He then takes Simon Peter to Jesus’ place. Before Andrew can introduce his brother to Jesus, Jesus says that he is the son of Jona. Immediately Jesus changes Peter’s name to Cephas which means “…a stone.” John 1:42.

 

I would like to deal with a few phrases that are repeated in both this passage and the previous passage. The first phrase is the title of the Son of God. The phrase “Behold the Lamb of God” is presented in verse 29 and verse 36. The word “behold” comes from the Greek word eido means “to see, calling attention to what may be seen or heard or mentally apprehended in any way. Lo, behold, observe. It is a particle of exclamation and calling attention to something present. See Matt. 25:20, 22, 25; Mark 11:21; John 1:47; 19:5. “Behold the man,” 19:14. To contemplate; …to be an eyewitness…” [AMG’s Complete Word Study Dictionaries, New Testament, p. 755] The word amnos is a masculine noun. It means “lamb of sacrifice.” [Ibid.] It became usual to designate Christ as amnos. This word is only found in John 1:29, 36; Acts 8:32, I Peter 1:19. It is also found in the Septuagint Exodus 12:5.

 

This is the third day in the sequence. The seventh day included the wedding at Cana John 2:1; Jewish weddings traditionally were on Wednesdays. It would make this third day the Sabbath Day. [Bible Exposition Commentary, New Testament, Volume 1 – Be Alive (John 1-12) – John – Chapter One. God is Here!, p.8] It was not a day of rest for John or Jesus. John was preaching and Jesus was gathering disciples.

 

John was glad to lose his two disciples to Jesus. This was expected once Jesus the Christ was on the scene. John said “He must increase, but I must decrease” John 3:30.

 

When Jesus asked the question “What seek ye?” (KJV), He was forcing them to define their purpose and goal in following Jesus. What did they expect–a man who would start a revolution against Rome? Jesus did not come for that purpose. They had no idea that their lives would be transformed by the Son of God.

 

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Biblical View of Homosexuality

There are many discussions about homosexuality. There are those who say the Bible does not speak directly on this. This has stirred me to research this subject and present it in my blog.  I hope that you and I will come to terms concerning this subject and what the Bible says about it.

 

DEFINITION OF HOMOSEXUALITY

It is defined as relations between two people of the same sex. The Bible condemns such acts as sinful. See Leviticus 20:13.

 

BIBLICAL CONTEXT

“If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.”

 

Romans 1:26-27 (NASB)
“(26) For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, (27) and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.”

When discussing homosexuality, the biblical emphasis is on behavior, and the verdict is always that it is sinful. Homosexuality is a consequence of rejecting the created order. The prima facie case against homosexuality in the Scripture is found in God’s creative plan for human sexuality. God created mankind as male and female for the purpose of procreation within the context of marriage Genesis 1:27-28; 2:18-24. This is supported in Mark 10:6-9; Matthew 19:4-6. It is spoken of by the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 5:31. It is sinful because it violates God’s original plan for heterosexual monogamy.

 

Against this background of God’s creation scheme for human sexual expression, Paul makes a theological argument which is found in Romans 1:18-32. It is the consequence of rejecting God as Creator and His created order. Paul indicates in his writing that both male homosexuality and female lesbianism result from a denial of God. Paul begins by showing that through rejection of the creation Romans 1:20, and the “Creator” Romans 1:25 women “exchanged natural sexual intercourse for what is unnatural” HCSB. Men did the same thing. Paul goes on to say that God gives them over to the desires of their own sinful hearts. In the course of the context, Paul uses several negative terms to describe this condition. It is described as uncleanness, dishonor, vile passions, error, debased mind, and not fitting. It is listed in a serious list of vices that are deserving of death, not only for those who practice but also for those who approve. Romans 1:32.

 

God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. I realize that this is a hot subject, but I must speak the truth when it comes to the Bible. God loves the sinner, but He hates the sin. In these last an evil days, I must speak the truth, and allow it to take its course in the life of the reader. I have presented this topic out of love and not hate.

 

Including the Bible on Our Reading List

I was just reading a blog entry, which spoke of a reading list. The list contained 30 books. I found it funny that the Bible was not included. If we are to grow in our relationship with Jesus Christ, shouldn’t the Bible be a part of our reading?

Lesson One Paragraph Six

http://ref.ly/Jn1.29-34

This passage has to do with the revelation of Jesus Christ as the Son of God. This is the second day of the week that is recorded by John the Baptist. Some of the same committee members may have been there. This time Jesus is called the “Lamb of God.” This same title is repeated the next day. http://ref.ly/Jn1.35. The message of the Bible can be summed up in this title. asks http://ref.ly/Ge22.7 the question “Where is the lamb?” In the four Gospels, this is answered.http://ref.ly/Re5.12 “Behold the Lamb of God!” Here He is! Note which states, “Worthy is the Lamb!”

John gives the details of the manifestation of the Son of God. This event takes place on the next day. Jesus is announced by John the Baptist. The word “behold” means to take notice, look, be aware. This was the Lamb of God, which would take away the sin of the world. Note the word “sin.” It is not sins plural, but sin singular. Every person is born in “sin” and shapen in iniquity. http://ref.ly/Ps51.5Sin is the nature of the individual. When the individual sins, they are manifesting their sin nature. In verse 30, John states the eternalness of the Son of God. Jesus was and is before all things. John did not know Jesus but by the sign that God the Father gave him . Note verse 32, which reveals the sign that John, was given. The Spirit would come in the form of a dove which would descend upon Jesus. John tells what the Father told him in verse 33. John would not have known Jesus except he was given a sign to look for according to the Word of God. John the Baptist saw and witnessed the fulfillment of the Father’s words.

Since sacrifices and offerings were still being done, Israel was familiar with lambs. At Passover, a family had to have a lamb. Two lambs each day were sacrificed at the temple altar. There were lambs brought for personal sacrifice. These sacrifices involved men only. “…here is God’s Lamb, given by God to men!” [Bible Exposition Commentary (Be Series) – New Testament, p. 287] This Lamb would be slain for the world. Our sins would be forgiven finally. Note http://ref.ly/1Co5.7 . This reminds me of a certain hymn, and it goes like this:

 

Jesus paid it all!

All to Him I owe!

Sin had left a crimson stain!

Jesus washes white as snow!

Some may ask the question what does John’s baptism services have to do with Jesus as the Lamb of God. Biblical scholars agree that in the New Testament, baptism was by immersion. It was a picture of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. “When John the Baptist baptized Jesus, Jesus and John were picturing the “baptism” Jesus, would endure on the cross when He would http://ref.ly/Is53.7 die as the sacrificial Lamb of God.” [Ibid.] Note and . The death http://ref.ly/Lk12.50, burial and resurrection of Jesus as the Lamb of God would “fulfill all righteousness. . http://ref.ly/Mt3.15

John the Baptist was well known now. John also knew that his ministry end with the introduction of Jesus Christ. He would decrease, and Jesus would increase. John the Baptist was truly humble. Are we this humble when we minister? Do we give God the praise when those who have been ministered to praise us? That is something to think about. Isn’t it? We must be content to do the will of the Father giving the glory to Him.

 

Reconciliation Through Jesus Christ

http://ref.ly/Co1.19-22

Jesus was sent into the world to reveal the Father of all creation. Jesus delivered us from darkness, and we have been translated “into the kingdom of his dear Son.” http://ref.ly/Co1.13 It has pleased the Father that all the “fullness” of the Godhead be manifested through the revelation of His dear Son, Jesus Christ. Through Jesus’ shed blood on the Cross, peace was made with the Father. Through this act, Jesus united God and humanity. All things were reunited. We were once alienated (set apart) because we were enemies through our sinful, disobedient lives. We walked in wickedness. The natural mind of the unsaved sinner is at war with God. http://ref.ly/Ro8.7 We have been reconciled in the body of Jesus’ flesh through His death. If we have confessed Jesus as our Lord and Savior, then we have been presented blameless, holy, and unreproveable in the Father’s eyes.

We have been accepted in the Beloved http://ref.ly/Ep1.6. For this reason, God can call “us” His beloved http://ref.ly/Co3.12. Paul declared that “all fullness” comes from the Greek word pleroma. It was a technical term in the vocabulary of the gnostic false teachers. It meant “the sum total of all the divine power and attributes. [Bible Exposition Commentary New Testament, Volume 2 – Be Complete (Colossians) – Colossians – Chapter Four. Crown Him Lord of All! – He is Beloved of the Father (Col. 1:19-20), p. 118] This word is used eight times in this letter.

The word dwell is equally important. It means to “reside.” The form is a verb, and it means “to be at home permanently.” [Ibid.] This fullness was part of Jesus’ very essential Being. It was a part of His very constitution making it permanent! This proves that Jesus Christ is God. Note http://ref.ly/Jn1.16 and http://ref.ly/Co2.9.

These verses prove that we have been placed into a special honor through our belief and faith in the finished work of Calvary. Calvary carried a lot of blessings that we are sometimes unaware of. For this reason, we should diligently study His Word. We must know without a doubt, what is ours through faith in Jesus Christ.