Wednesday, August 31, 2016

BY COVENANT OR BY GRACE? - Joel Finck



  BY COVENANT OR BY GRACE? 
Joel Finck


Scripture Reading: Ephesians 2:11-13

Israel was a nation blessed beyond measure. She was chosen being the fleshly seed of Abraham to be a light and a testimony to the rest of the earth (Genesis 12:1-3). In order to carry out this task, God established many promises or covenants with her, signifying the special relationship between Him and this nation. Israel was God's "Covenant People," a relationship which the Gentiles did not have. In fact, for a Gentile to come to God at that time, he had to joinhimself to the Jews. This is illustrated in the Old Testament Scriptures. "Thus saith the LORD of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you" (Zechariah 8:23).

In today's text, Paul outlines the dilemma the Gentile was formerly in: "That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world" (Ephesians 2:12). There was simply no way around it. Gentiles did not have access to the blessings of the covenants except through Israel; but Israel herself failed to enter into these blessings because of her unbelief. How would God now bring salvation to the Gentiles? The answer is, not by covenant, but by grace. "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" (Ephesians 2:8, 9). We Gentiles should thank God for His matchless wisdom and 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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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



  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!


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Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
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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.



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Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
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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.
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BAPTIZED INfO CHRIST - Joel Finck




  BAPTIZED INfO CHRIST
Joel Finck


Scripture Reading: Romans 6:3, 4

It is truly sad that one of the most precious truths of Scripture is also one of the least understood. The truth we are referring to is the believer's identification with Christ.

In today's text (Romans 6:3, 4), we read of our baptism into Christ. Unfortunately, most commentators, and therefore most Christians, do not understand the true meaning of "baptism." To these, baptism always means "water," but the original word actually means "identification." This can be demonstrated from I Corinthians 10:2, "And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea." The children ofIsrael were not made wet in the sea, but they were identified with Moses' leadership through the Red Sea experience.

Likewise, when we trust in the death, burial and resurrection of Christ, the Holy Spirit baptizes (identifies) us into the Body of Christ (I Corinthians 12:13). This is why Romans 6:3 says we "were baptized (identified) into his death." This means Christ's death for our sins is made affective in our life. Next, we are identified with His burial ("buried with him by baptism into death" Romans 6:4a). When Christ's human body, laden with the sins of the world, was put away in that tomb, it is as though we were there too. Finally, we are identified with His resurrection "that like as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we should walk in newness of life" (Romans 6:4b).

How tragic that many Christians miss these blessed truths and substitute a man-made water ceremony for troe, spiritual baptism.




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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THE CHURCH WHICH IS HIS BODY - By Joel Finck


  THE CHURCH WHICH IS HIS BODY -
 By Joel Finck

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 1:22, 23

Many Christians believe that every time the word "church" appears in Scripture, it refers to the same thing. This is unfortunate, for this thinking has led to much error and confusion -. The fact is, at least three churches can be distinguished in Scripture.

The first church we find in the Bible is "the church in the wilderness" (Acts 7=38). This was the Old Testament congregation of Israel. Some would object to calling Israel a church, but this is exactly what the Holy Spirit calls her. In fact the Hebrew word for "congregation," found numerous times in the Old Testament, is equivalent to the Greek word for "church." (See Psalm 22:22 & Hebrews 2:12.) Yet, the Old Testament Israelite church is not the church of today.

The next church we read of in Scripture is yet future. Christ spoke of it in Matthew 16:18 where Christ told Peter, "I will build my church; and the gates of hell (Greek hades) shall not prevail against it." This church is still future, for it is begun with a resurrected people. The "gates of hades" is not a reference to Satan's forces, as many teach, but a reference to the entrance (and exit) of the place of the dead (confer with Isaiah 38:10 where "gates of the grave" is literally "the gates of sheo!" - sheol being the Hebrew equivalent to the Greek hades).

The third church is the church of today. Paul calls it "the church which is his body" (Ephesians 1:22, 23). All true believers today are members of the Body of Christ, the one true church in this dispensation of grace. Are you a member of this church?



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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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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

What About Foot Washing?- by Pastor Ricky Kurth



“What about foot-washing (John 13:1-17)?”
The text you cite has prompted several Christian denominations to practice foot-washing as a religious ceremonial rite. We feel the Lord was merely teaching the apostles a lesson about humility, a lesson they sorely needed (Lk. 9:46; 22:24).

In Bible days, feet that walked in sandals on dusty ground needed washing when they arrived at their destination (Gen. 19:2; 24:32). This humble task was often rendered by a servant (Gen. 18:4) or those willing to serve as a servant (Lk. 7:38; I Tim. 5:10). Proud men would of course refuse to wash a man’s feet (Lk. 7:44), and since this was sadly true of the apostles, the Lord washed their feet as “an example” (John 13:15) of humility.

This word example is important. The Mona Lisa is an example of Renaissance art, but this does not mean all Renaissance art is characterized by portraits of women. It rather means that the Mona Lisa has the same spirit of other works of that era. Thus the Lord washed the apostles’ feet to exemplify how they should treat others in the same spirit of humility. While washing a man’s feet exemplified this spirit well in Bible days, paved walks and leather shoes have rendered this particular example of humility obsolete. Today, guests are shown the same humble spirit with a beverage, a meal, and other gestures. We feel those who insist on practicing the exact example of humility the Lord gave are emphasizing symbolism over substance. They sometimes ask why we observe the Lord’s Supper but not foot washing, but the former is never said to be an example of what to do. Paul rather says, “This do” (I Cor. 11:24,25).

Finally, there is a doctrinal significance to this ceremony that renders it exclusive to Israel. God promised Israel they’d be a kingdom of priests (Ex. 19:6), and priests had to be washed in an initial baptism ceremony to initiate them into the priesthood (Ex. 29:4). Later they had to wash their hands and feet as part of their daily service (Ex. 30:19-21). When John preached that the kingdom was “at hand” (Mt. 3:2), he meant the kingdom in which Israel would be a kingdom of priests, so he baptized them to initiate them into the priesthood. In John 13, the time for the twelve to minister to the world as priests was drawing nigh, so the Lord washed their feet so they could function as priests (cf. John 13:6-10).


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Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
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THE UNITY OF THE SPIRIT - By Robert E. Hanna



 THE UNITY OF THE SPIRIT
Robert E. Hanna


Scripture Reading: I Corinthians 12:4-6

In the realm of mathematical formulae, one does not equal three. God cannot be analyzed by scientific examination but must be accepted and believed on the basis of faith alone. Only thus can mortal man conceive of Go d's triune being, each of His three identities being distinct and unique. Proofs of this miraculous triple oneness can be found only in the very Word of God itself.

All three who comprise the Holy Trinity are scripturally identified as Deity. Of the Father we read, "Even from everlasting to everlasting, Thou art God" (Psalms 90:2b). The Son declares, "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last" (Revelation 22:13). And regarding the Holy Spirit we find, "Christ through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God" (Hebrews 9:14).

Each ofthe three Persons of the Godhead is credited with infinite power. It is the Father of whom Peter writes, stating thatthe elect "are kept by the power of God" (I Peter 1:5). And Paul declares, regarding the Son, "Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me" (II Corinthians 12:9). And of the Holy Spirit we read that mighty signs and wonders were wrought "by the power of the Spirit of God" (Romans 15:19).

As regards the inspiration of the Scriptures, all members of the Triune Body are recorded as the true source. "All is given by inspiration of God" (II Timothy 3:16). The Prophets searched "what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow" (I Peter 1:11). The Holy Spirit: II Peter 1:21

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Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
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PROGRESSIVE REVELATION - By Joel Finck



PROGRESSIVE REVELATION 
 By Joel Finck


Scripture Reading: Romans 3:21

Two of the smallest words in the Bible actually carry the greatest impact of how we understand Scripture. These two words are "but now." While the Bible is the Word of God from cover to cover, it was not all given at once or to the same audience. What was spoken to one group of people in an earlier time may not directly apply to another group of people in later times. This is called the principle of "Progressive Revelation," and we find many examples of this in Scripture.

In Romans 3:21, the Apostle Paul writes, "But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets." At one time, the law of Moses played an integral part in righteousness. Not that the law itself could bring righteousness, it could not; but before the dispensation of the grace of God was committed to Paul (See Ephesians 3:1, 2.), the law was God's prescribed method of demonstrating the righteousness which comes by \ faith. In other words, if a godly Jew under the law wanted to show that he believed God, there was only one way to do it: be in obedience to the law. Therefore, while the law did not bring righteousness, keeping the law went hand in hand with living a righteous life.

But according to Romans 3:21, God's righteousness is no longer associated with law-keeping. This is why Paul goes on to proclaim, "for ye are not under the law, but under grace" (Romans 6:14b). Those who do not recognize the principle of progressive revelation continue to drawpeople back under the law with its sabbaths and ordinances; but let us rather move on in grace!



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Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
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GREAT DIFFERENCE; NO DIFFERENCE - By Joel Finck




  GREAT DIFFERENCE; NO DIFFERENCE
By Joel Finck


Scripture Reading: Exodus 11:7; Romans 10:12

A popular slogan says, "The ground is level at the foot of the cross." This is a catchy way of saying what Paul proclaims in Romans 10:12, "For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him." What a blessing that all can come to Christ in simple faith regardless of national or racial origin, but there are many who do not realize that things were not always this way.

When God called Abram out of Ur of the Chaldees to become the father of His chosen people Israel, He made a great difference between Jew and Gentile. This distinction is illustrated in Exodus 11:7. "But against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog move his tongue, against man or beast: that ye may know how that the LORD doth put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel." When the Lord does something, He is very thorough! He maintained the dis- tinction between Israel and the Egyptians right down to keeping the dogs from barking at the Jews or their animals. This difference was maintained all the way through Israel's history, including the time of Christ and His apostles. When speaking to the woman at the well, the Lord affirmed that "salvation is of the Jews" (John 4:22). When sending out the twelve apostles, Christ "commanded them saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel" (Matthew 10:5, 6).

With the raising up of the Apostle Paul, however, God erased these distinctions and now offers salvation to all on the same basis: faith in the death, burial and resurrection of Christ (I Corinthians 15:1-4).





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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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