Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Directional Devo - 3.29.22

Seven Reasons for Right Division
Reason #1: The Bible must be rightly divided in order for it to make sense and not contradict.


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Sunday, March 20, 2022

God's Timeline, Part 2

Knowing what belongs to you is just as important as knowing what does not belong to you. If we are going to grow in our knowledge of the Bible, we must understand that it must be rightly divided for it to make sense and not contradict. The church today fails to do this on so many levels. In today's study we are looking at how to divide truth for the nation from truth for the church.


This is what should have happened if they had accepted the offer of the kingdom. 


This is what did happen as a result of their rejection of the offer of the kingdom. 


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God's Timeline, Part 1

Knowing what belongs to you is just as important as knowing what does not belong to you. If we are going to grow in our knowledge of the Bible, we must understand that it must be rightly divided for it to make sense and not contradict. The church today fails to do this on so many levels. In today's study we are looking at how to divide truth for the nation from truth for the church.



This is what should have happened if they had accepted the offer of the kingdom. 


This is what did happen as a result of their rejection of the offer of the kingdom. 


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Sunday, March 6, 2022

Ephesians | Session 3 | 1:14b-23

In today's study we begin in the latter part of verse 14 to discuss redemption, the purchased possession, Paul's prayer for those who love the saints, the inheritance of the nation, the hope of our calling, God's exceeding greatness and mighty power in raising Christ from the dead sitting him at his right hand above all principality and power, and that Christ is the head of the church which is his body.

Verse 14: Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. Follow this from verse 13 which ended with a comma and both together read Ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritanceIn other words, we were sealed, or promised to be preserved, in the same way that Israel was. 

Notice also that he wrote our inheritance and not your inheritance. This has to be because of what he already clearly stated in verse 11 that they, the nation of Israel, has obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will. 

So, the primary point of the verse is not Israel's inheritance, but the sealing. Just as God sealed them, he has sealed us. We both, the nation and the Body of Christ, have the promise of preservation if you will. Realistically, the church does not have an inheritance because we are not the heirs (we already talked about that), but we, like them, have the promise that God will protect us just like he promised to protect them. 

Notice, that it says until the redemption of the purchased possessionWhat I find interesting is that the word translated redemption is apolutrosis and it is only used ten times in the KJV, three of them here in Ephesians. It is also a compound word which means the act of ransomI find it significant because who normally pays a ransom? - The one to whom it belongs or the one from who is was taken.

With that in mind, Israel is the purchased possession that was ransomed (Exodus 15:16; Deuteronomy 32:6; 2 Samuel 7:23; Psalms 74:2) to the praise of his glory

Of course, I believe while the direct interpretation of the verse is Israel, it also has application to us in the Body of Christ as well in that we too have been bought, not necessarily ransomed (1Corinthians 6:20; 1Corinthians 7:23). 

Verse 15: Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Paul is pleased by their faith and love for their Jewish brethren. 

Verse 16: Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; As a result he is thankful for them and prays for them. 

Verse 17: That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: His prayer is that the Ephesian believers would have a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of himWisdom is by definition just good sense. Revelation is a revealing or enlightenment. Knowledge is the fact or condition of being aware of something, i.e., information. His prayer was that we Gentiles would have a spirit of good sense and enlightenment that comes only through a knowledge of him. 

Man, that explains a lot in the wicked world in which we live! They have no wisdom or revelation because they do not know God (Proverbs 1:7; Proverbs 9:10; Psalms 111:10; Proverbs 2:1-5; etc). 

Verse 18: having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, Paul's prayer that he prayed for the ones who had faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all saints (verse 15) was that through the knowledge of God they would would have the spirit of wisdom and revelation (verse 17) and that their eyes now in verse 18 would be opened to the hope of his calling and the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints.  

What is the hope of his calling? He goes on to mention this calling two more times in the book in Ephesians 4:1 and in Ephesians 4:4. His prayer was that we, both Jew and Gentile, would have our eyes enlightened to know what is the hope of his calling for us. 

Paul wrote about this in 1 Corinthians 7:18-20; Romans 11:29. Remember that election applies to the nation only and calling is for us both. Of course, the ESV goes out of its way to make calling and election the same to make it fit their theology. 

Jim Philips wrote that "those who do not understand the hope of his calling will wonder around thinking they are spiritual Israel, and they will be confused doctrinally and be divided as is the body of Christ today. His calling for us today in the dispensation of grace, is to be a part of Christ’s body."

Notice also what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints. To me this just means that Paul's prayer is that the Gentile believers would be able to see just what a rich inheritance God has in Israel. 

Verse 19: And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Paul further prays that the gentile believers might know the exceeding greatness of his power to usward who believe. Based on the way that Paul has been addressing two groups thus far: Jew and Gentile; the us-ward (1st person plural) must be a reference to the Jews 

Notice verse 18 says that ye may know and now verse 19 says his power to us-ward.

Verse 20: Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Paul know writes that God's power was wrought in Christ when he raised him from the deadThe word wrought is the old past tense form of work, e.g., brought, taught, bought, etc. 

Notice that he then set him at his own right hand. The right hand is the position of honor (1 Peter 3:22).  

Interestingly, Ephesians is the only book that uses the term heavenly places and that four times (Ephesians 1:3; Ephesians 1:20; Ephesians 2:6; and Ephesians 3:10). 

Verse 21: Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: Here we see where he is seated and what he is seated above. The verse also looks to the future in which Christ will also reign over all.

Verse 22: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, As such all things are under his feet. This means that all things are in subjection to Christ. Of course, one day it will be subdued completely when he rules with a rod of iron. this is mentioned in Psalms 2:9; Revelation 2:27; Revelation 12:5; and Revelation 19:15. 

Also notice that there are a lot a italics in this verse. Remove them and it says And hath put all under his feed, and gave him the head over all to the church. This verse clearly states that Christ is the head of the church. The church spoken of here is the mystery that was revealed to the Apostle Paul (Ephesians 5:32). 

Verse 23: Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all. Notice that the church is his body the fulness of him. David Guzik says that he fulness of him is how Christ fills his church with his presence and blessings. 

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Friday, March 4, 2022

Ephesians | Session 2 | 1:10-14

In today's study we discuss what exactly is the mystery of his will is, the inheritance that Israel is predestined to receive, the word of truth and how it is shared, and the sealing of the Holy Spirit.

Verse 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: Here is the explanation from the previous verses. This is speaking of a future event that is the Messianic Kingdom. The NIV translates it to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment. Hebrews 2:5-8 seems to be describing this future event. The writer is referring to Psalms 8:5-6.

Interestingly, other than the NKJV, all of the other translations avoid the word dispensation in this verse and I believe for obvious reasons, i.e., the subject would have to be dealt with otherwise.

Sorry, but they can be a heady bunch that doesn't take kindly to questioning.  

Verse 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: Again, I believe this verse has everything to do with the nation who will receive the inheritance that they have been predestined to receive (Galatians 3:14-18; Romans 4:13-14). I believe that verse 14 says that we partake in a small way in this inheritance as well.  

Verse 12: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. This verse is the clincher for me as to the subject of verses 3-12. The Jews first trusted in Christ (Romans 1:16; Romans 2:10). 

Verse 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, The first thing I notice in this verse is the change in pronouns from 1st person plural with us and we to the 2nd person plural with ye and your. Some do not see the significance, but I do, and will continue to do so until I am convinced otherwise. 

Again, Randy White points out that ye and yours is used 11 times in verses 13-23 and 0 times in verses 3-12. Conversely, in verses 3-12 us and we is used 9 times in verses 3-12, and only 3 times in verses 13-23. 

Also, notice in verse 12 when it says who first trusted in Christ and now verse 13 says ye also trusted. Obviously, he is comparing and contrasting two groups. Of course, some will say that he is speaking of those who he knew there from his first visit and those who had been added to the group since. 

Randy White points out something at this point that trust can only come about after hearing the word of truth. The gospel must be shared with words because "the gospel is not love that can be displayed but logic that must be accepted." That is point on in my opinion and aligns with Romans 10:13-14.

And the word of truth for the Body of Christ today is that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the Scriptures (1Corinthians 15:4). Again, this message must be shared with words, not just actions. 

Notice that is says ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise. That word sealed means to stamp for security or preservation. In the book of Revelation we see just that when the 144,000 are sealed during the Tribulation period (Revelation 7:1-8). This is just one of many reasons that I believe in eternal security. Bear in mind that any argument that is made against this is the result to rightly dividing. 

Notice also that it is directed at ye meaning us. This sealing is also mentioned in Ephesians 4:30. 

Also notice that he says that holy Spirit of promise. He seems to be pointing back to when this happened to the nation when God repeatedly promised to preserve them. 

Verse 14: Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. Follow this from verse 13 which ended with a comma. Both together read Ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance. In words, we were sealed, or promised to be preserved, in the same way that Israel was. Again, notice that he wrote our inheritance. and not your inheritance. Just as God sealed them, he has sealed us. 

So, primary point of the verse is not the inheritance, but the sealing. We both have the promise of preservation is you will. To me, this has to be because of what he already clearly stated in verse 11 they have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: 

Realistically, the church does not have an inheritance because we are not the heirs (we already talked about that), but we, like them, have the promise that God will protect us just like he promised to protect them. 

Notice, that it says until the redemption of the purchased possession. What I find interesting is that the word translated redemption is apolutrosis and it is only used ten times in the KJV (three of them in Ephesians) and it is a compound word which means the act of ransom. I find it significant because who normally pays a ransom? - The one to whom it belong. Israel is the purchased possession that was ransomed (Exodus 15:16; Deuteronomy 32:6; 2 Samuel 7:23; Psalms 74:2) And he purchased them to the praise of his glory

Of course, I believe while the direction interpretation of the verse is Israel, it also has application to us in the Body of Christ as well in that we too have been bought, not necessarily ransomed (1 Corinthians 6:20; 1Corinthians 7:23). 

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