Wednesday, August 31, 2016

PRAYER PROMISES - Joel Finck


Scripture Reading: Matthew 21:22; Philippians 4:6, 7

It is popular these days to "claim" the great prayer promises of Scripture, regardless of to whom these promises were addressed. For example, we read in Matthew 21:22, "And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive." This is certainly a remarkable promise, and countless thousands have attempted to claim it as their own. However many have experienced great disappointment when their prayers went unanswered. Some suffer great disillusionment and conclude that "the Bible just doesn't work." Others undergo spiritual depression as well meaning "friends" tell them that they "just didn't have enough faith." In a few cases.some have even turned against God, concluding that He went back on His promise.

The solution to all these problems, of course, is to "rightly divide the word of truth." Christ's promise to His disciples in Matthew's gospel pertained specifically to them as participants in the kingdom program for Israel. God's prayer promises to the body of Christ in this dispensation are found in Paul's epistles; and in these, we never read that God will give us whatsoever we ask. Rather, God promises us that when we truly leave our requests with Him, then "the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:7). Sometimes God's withholding of what we ask is actually a blessing in disguise, "for we know not what we should pray for as we ought" (Romans 8:26). Who knows what trouble we would heap to ourselves if we got everything we asked for? But praise God, He gives peace to the trusting child!


How God Saves Men
Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
Read Romans 1:16, Romans 10:9-10 and 1. Corinthians 15:1-4


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DISPENSATIONS - By Joel Finck



Scripture Reading: Ephesians 3:1,2

"What is a dispensation?" If we were to ask this question to some average church members, we would probably get answers like this: "I don't know," "I don't like to talk about theology," or "I think it is a period of time." Of course, none of these answers tells us what a dispensation is, including the last one.

The Bible word, "dispensation," is a combination of the Greek words for "house" and "law." Therefore a dispensation is the "household law" at any given time. In Old Testament times, the "household law" was the Law of Moses. At that time, God dealt with man according to the precepts and principles set forth in this law, and by this law those people will be judged: "as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law" (Romans 2:12b).

Today, the "household law" is Grace. "For this cause I Paul the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward" (Ephesians 3:1, 2). According to this text, God's household law today is the grace message committed to the Apostle Paul. This is the principle by which God deals with men at this time, and it is by this message that we will be judged: "In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men qy Jesus Christ according to my gospel" (Romans 2:16).

The dispensation of the grace of God, then, is not a period of time, but rather it is the method by which God deals with us during this present time. Praise God! It is by grace!


How God Saves Men
Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
Read Romans 1:16, Romans 10:9-10 and 1. Corinthians 15:1-4


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NOT ALL TO US - By Joel Finck



Scripture Reading: James 1:1

We can be thankful that postal employees are more faithful than some Bible interpreters. If they were not, we might never get our mail! You see, postal employees must be careful to read the address on the envelope to make sure the right people get the right messages.

The Bible is no different. God has been very careful to address His Word to the people He intended to instruct. When He was about to reveal the Law to His chosen nation, the Lord God carefully told Moses, "these are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel" (Exodus 19:6). Yet, some would try to impose Israel's religious rituals and ordinances to Gentiles in this dispensation of grace. When Peter preached his powerful sermon on the day of Pentecost, he was careful to address it, "Ye men of Israel" (Acts 2:22). Yet, some would try to apply his instructions to them just a few verses later-"Repent and be baptized forthe remission of sins ... " (Acts 2:38)-to Gentile believers today. James carefully addressed his epistle, "James ... to the twelve tribes" (James 1:1). Yet, some try to apply his instruction to anoint the sick with oil (James 5:14) to Gentile believers in this present age.

As was pointed out in yesterday's lesson, all Scripture is profitable and contains valuable lessons for us to learn; but as seen in today's texts, not all Scripture is addressed to us as Gentiles living in this dispensation of the grace of God. Let us be faithful "postal workers" as we sort God's mail, the Word of God.



How God Saves Men
Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
Read Romans 1:16, Romans 10:9-10 and 1. Corinthians 15:1-4


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ALL FOR US - By Joel Finck



Scripture Reading: Romans 15:4

The Grace Movement and dispensationalists in general have often been accused of rejecting parts of the Bible. While we cannot speak for all who "rightly divide the word of truth," this writer has never rejected any part of the Bible, nor have we ever heard of a "Grace Dispensationalist" who does. Indeed we who claim to follow Paul as he followed Christ (I Corinthians 11:1) affirm that "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable ... " (IITimothY3:16). "For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope" (Romans 15:4). Notice that our text says the Scriptures (Old Testament) were written "for our learning," not "for our obedience." There is a big difference between the two.

We can learn much from the failures of Israel in the wilderness, as Paul points out in I Corinthians chapter 10. We certainly are not bound to bring the legal sacrifices and observe the rituals of the Law as they were bound to do. Yet Paul draws practical applications for us from their experiences: "Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them ... Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed ... Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted ... " (I Corinthians 10=7-9).

We believe the whole Bible is God's inspired Word and is to be read and studied from cover to cover. Learn from the moral principles of the Law; find inspiration in the Psalms; be instructed by the practical wisdom of the Proverbs, but remember that our personal instructions are in the epistles of Paul.


How God Saves Men
Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
Read Romans 1:16, Romans 10:9-10 and 1. Corinthians 15:1-4


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SAVED WITHOUT WORKS - By Joel Finck



Scripture Reading: Romans 4:4, 5

God has always offered salvation to mankind. Even before  man fell into sin, God planned to provide for salvation through  "the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world" (Revelation  13:8). Furthermore, God has always offered salvation on the  basis of faith, for "without faith it is impossible to please him"  (Hebrews 11:6).

However, throughout the ages, God has required various  methods of exercising faith in Him. Under the law, man was  required to obey the commandments in faith. To obey the law  out of mere tradition without exercising faith did not result in  righteousness. (See Romans 9:31, 32.) Likewise, to say you  had faith, but then did not obey the Law was also futile. (See  James 2:8-26.) So under the Law, men were saved by faith,  which in turn was demonstrated by a faithful obedience to the  Law.

But in this dispensation of grace, salvation is offered by  faith alone without any required outward response. In fact,  Paul is careful to separate works from faith entirely when it  comes to being saved. As he says in our text, "Now to him that  worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But  to him that worketh not but believeth on him that justifieth  the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness" (Romans  4:4,5). We must likewise be carefuLto present the gospel of  grace in a way that our hearers do not confuse works with  faith. Many preach that in order to be saved, we must "repent  of our sins" or "pray this prayer" or "make Christ Lord of your  life." These may be good things to do but should come as a  result of believing the gospel, not as a method of salvation.



How God Saves Men
Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
Read Romans 1:16, Romans 10:9-10 and 1. Corinthians 15:1-4


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UNSEARCHABLE RICHES - By Joel Finck



Scripture Reading: Ephesians 3:8

As the Apostle Paul traveled on his missionary journeys, his procedure was to go first into the synagogue of the Jews and reason with them out of the Scriptures, "Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ" (Acts 17:3). When the noble Bereans heard Paul's preaching, they "searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so" (Acts 17:11). Of course, these were the Old Testament Scriptures, for the New Testament was not yet written at that time.

However, God was in the process of giving further revelation to Paul, and these new truths could not be traced back to the Old Testament. This is why Paul calls them "the unsearchable riches of Christ" (Ephesians 3:8). The word "unsearchable" is a hunting term meaning, "unable to be tracked or traced." This describes the nature of the great mystery revealed to Paul for the Gentiles. It was hidden from ages and generations (Colossians 1:26; Ephesians 3:5), but now has been made known for all to see in the epistles of Paul.

What are these unsearchable riches? They are too numerous to mention in this short article, but they include the catching away (rapture) of the Body of Christ (I Corinthians 15:51), the joining of Jew and Gentile in one body (Ephesians 3:6), the unique Gentile program of God during the time of Israel's blindness (Romans 11:25) and many more blessed truths. These things were simply not revealed in the Hebrew Scriptures. Search and see; but thank God they are now made known to the saints!


How God Saves Men
Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
Read Romans 1:16, Romans 10:9-10 and 1. Corinthians 15:1-4


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