BENT TO THE GROUND

A city boy visited his cousin who lived on a farm in the country for the first time. The city boy had never seen wheat growing in a field. It was an impressive sight for him, the wheat golden brown and ready for harvesting. He noticed that some of the wheat stood tall in the field, whereas some of it was bent low, touching the ground. The city boy said to his cousin, “I bet the ones standing tall are the best ones, aren’t they?” His cousin smiled knowingly and reached over and plucked the head of one of the tall-standing wheat stalks and one that was bent to the ground. He rubbed each of them and the city boy saw that the tall one was almost empty of seeds. But the one bent to the ground was full of the promise of a rich harvest.

Christians are like this wheat ready for harvest. Those who stand tall in pride and arrogance have little to offer for the cause of Christ. But Christians who are bent over in humility are full of good needs and promise. There are too many Christian who throw their shoulder out of socket patting themselves on the back. Many are looking for the “high profile” job – wanting to be noticed. But, the truly faithful servant will serve even when no one is looking. The humble servant will not want to draw attention to himself but unto the Lord.

Jesus said, “Even so ye also, when ye shall have done all the things that are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants; we have done that which it was our duty to do” (Lk. 17:10), and “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Mt. 5:3). “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time” (1 Pt. 5:6).

Think About It!

Have A Great Day!

Tom Moore
http://www.fromthepreacherspc.org
http://www.harrisandmoore.org
http://www.parkheightscoc.com

“A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and sings it back to you when you have forgotten how it goes.”

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THE PURPOSE OF THE COMMANDMENT

THE PURPOSE OF THE COMMANDMENT

1 Timothy 1:5

INTRODUCTION

The idea of “commandment-keeping” is not a popular one among many people today

  1. Some equate it with what they call “legalism”
  2. Others look at keeping any kind of commandment as an unpleasant task
  3. Perhaps a carry-over from childhood?
  4. Where they feel like they were constantly being “commanded” to do things?

Yet keeping the commandments of God should not be looked upon by Christians in this way…

  1. 1 Timothy 1:5
  2. What is the purpose or goal of any commandment from God?
  3. Is it only to enjoin blind obedience?
  4. Or is there a noble purpose behind the commands?

Our text, 1 Timothy 1:5, says there is a purpose, so let’s examine what Paul reveals about “The Purpose of the Commandment”

DISCUSSION

THE PURPOSE IS TO PRODUCE LOVE

Not for “disputes”

  1. Which is as far as some go with the Word of God!
    • They study it, discuss it, debate it, defend it
    • In Bible class, conversations, publications, etc.
  2. But, unless they obey it, all is in vain!
    • They fail to fulfill its ultimate purpose: to produce love!
    • Their religion is a vain religion, not a pure religion… James 1:22-27
  3. The purpose of all revelation and the test of all religion is character and conduct.

The goal of God’s commands is love

  1. Both love for God and love for man… Matthew 22:35-40
  2. Concerning our love for God
    • It begins with, but goes beyond adoration, praise and devotion
    • True love for God is realized when we keep His commands
      • 1 John 5:3
      • John 14:15, 21
  3. Concerning our love for man
    • It begins with, but goes beyond any active good will or affection we might have
    • True love for man is also realized when we keep God’s commands… 1 John 5:2

So the goal of any command of God is love. Not just any love, but a love that springs forth from a good source

FROM A PURE HEART, A GOOD CONSCIENCE, AND SINCERE FAITH

From a pure heart…

  1. Pure” can also be translated “clean,” suggesting that which is from impurities
  2. To love with such a heart requires purification, which comes obedience to the truth… 1 Peter 1:22-23
  3. Have our souls been purified by obeying the truth? If not…
    • We will be plagued by spiritual impurities (e.g., greed, covetousness, envy, pride)
    • We will be unable to love God and man as we should
  4. Those with ‘pure hearts’ are the ones who will be truly blessed… Matthew 5:8

From a good conscience

  1. Conscience” is defined as “that process of thought which distinguishes what it considers morally good or bad, commending the good, condemning the bad, and so prompting to do the former, and to avoid the latter.” – Vine
  2. The love God desires is that which comes from a person with a “good conscience
  3. To have a “good” conscience, it must be properly set
    • Like a clock, it is accurate only when properly set
    • Otherwise it might lead us astray
  4. To have a “good” conscience, it must be properly cleansed
    • For no matter who we are, we are sin
      • God says so… Romans 3:23
      • So does our conscience… Romans 2:14-15
      • Any who deny this have “rejected” or “seared” their conscience… 1 Timothy 1:19; 4:2
    • What can ‘cleanse’ our conscience?
      • Not any OT sacrifice or worship… Hebrews 9:9-10
      • Rather, the blood of Christ… Hebrews 9:14
  5. Only with a conscience “cleansed” from dead works can we really:
    • Love both God and man
    • Love with a pure heart and good conscience!

From a sincere faith

  1. Some translations use “unfeigned” instead of “sincere” (ASV, KJV)
  2. Notice how it is translated elsewhere… Romans 12:9 (without hypocrisy)
  3. The word “faith” involves two interrelated concepts:
    • A strong conviction in that which is believed
    • A strong trust in the object believed
  4. A “sincere faith” or “faith unfeigned” would be:
    • A true, honest to God, conviction
    • A true-hearted trust in God and Jesus
  5. This kind of faith comes only from the Word of God
    • Romans 10:17
    • John 20:30-31
  6. Without such faith, the love God desires is not possible!

CONCLUSION

What kind of religion do you have?

  1. One that consists in little more than religious talk?
  2. Or one that produces genuine love for God and man, manifested in deeds?

If you desire the religion that pleases God, it must be the kind that expresses itself in love:For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love” (Ga 5:6)

  1. Yet that kind of love comes “from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith”
  2. This is the goal of every command of God

Who dare says that keeping the commandments of God are not important?

Are you willing to let the commands of God create in you “love from a pure heart, from a good conscience and from sincere faith”?

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BUILD ME A SON

General Douglas MacArthur wrote…

“Build me a son, O Lord, who will be strong enough to know when he is weak, and brave enough to face himself when he is afraid; one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat, and humble and gentle in victory.

“Build me a son whose wishbone will not be where his backbone should be; a son who will know Thee and that to know himself is the foundation stone of knowledge. Lead him, I pray, not in the path of ease and comfort, but under the stress and spur of difficulties and challenge. Here let him learn to stand up in the storm; here let him learn compassion for those who fail.

“Build me a son whose heart will be clean, whose goal will be high; a son who will master himself before he seeks to master other men; one who will learn to laugh, yet never forget how to weep; one who will reach into the future, yet never forget the past.

“And after all these things are his, add, I pray, enough of a sense of humor, so that he may always be serious, yet never take himself too seriously. Give him humility, so that he may always remember the simplicity of greatness, the open mind of true wisdom, the meekness of true strength.

“Then I, his father, will dare to whisper, I have not lived in vain.”

Paul said, “And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Eph. 6:4).

Think About It!

Have A Great Day!

Tom Moore
http://www.fromthepreacherspc.org
http://www.harrisandmoore.org
http://www.parkheightscoc.com

“A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and sings it back to you when you have forgotten how it goes.”

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A BRIDGE TO SAFETY

In the aftermath of one of the most tragic ferry accidents in recent history, a story of heroism and selfless sacrifice is beginning to take shape. It’s the story of a young woman, Park Jee Young, just 22 years old.

Two years after the death of her father, Park dropped out of college to help support her family. She took a job with a ferry company, and was just recently promoted to serve on the ill-fated Korean ferry, the Sewol, which sank off the coast of South Korea last week (April 16, 2014).

The ferry was carrying 476 people, most of them high school students from the Danwon High School in Ansan City. The students were on a class trip to a nearby resort Island. After initial search and rescue attempts, more than 300 of the passengers are either dead or missing and presumed dead.

While nearly half of the ferry’s 22 crew members have been arrested in connection with negligence and dereliction of duty, Park gave her life to save as many passengers as possible. CNN reports:

By witness accounts [she] helped passengers escape and distributed life jackets — one after the other to students — as the stricken ferry began to sink. When she ran out of jackets, she ran to the next floor to grab more. When she was asked why she wasn’t wearing a life jacket, Park said that crew members would be last and that she had to help others first …

Even more amazingly, it was her quick thinking and assessment of the gravity of the situation which led so many to safety.

In an interview with CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield, survivors described the scene and her actions. They recounted how the severe listing of the ship nearly immediately turned walls into floors. Passengers were panicked and disoriented. A large, open door now created a gaping hole in the new “floor,” and it was too wide for passengers to safely step or jump over it. One crew member was laying on the floor nearby, grasping a mic and instructing passengers to stay put, and telling them they would be fine if they just stayed where they were.

Park instinctively knew that staying put was not an option. Witnesses say she grabbed some keys from her fellow crewman and forced the door shut, then locked it to be sure it stayed that way. She then led nearly 50 desperate passengers across it, creating, as one grateful survivor described it, a “bridge to safety.” She was standing right by the exit, he said, yet she refused to save herself, insisting that the needs of the passengers came first.

Alongside the flowers at her memorial is a simple message, “We will always remember your sacrifice.”
Spiritually speaking, Jesus is our “bridge to safety.” While the whole world was saying stay put and everything will be fine, He realized the gravity of the situation and took action. He knew that staying put in our separation from God was not an option, so He gave His life to close the gap between us and God. Like Park Jee Young, He put himself last in order to save as many as possible.
Just as Park Jee Young’s family “will always remember [her] sacrifice,” we are called to perpetually remember Jesus’ sacrifice each Lord’s Day as we gather at the Lord’s Table to observe communion.

“And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he brake it, and gave to them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me” (Luke 22:19).

Think About It!

Have A Great Day!

Tom Moore
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TWO KINDS OF TEACHING

TWO KINDS OF TEACHING

1 Timothy 1:3-7

INTRODUCTION

Paul wrote 1 Timothy to guide one’s conduct in the house of God… 1 Timothy 3:14-15

  1. Note that the church serves as “the pillar and ground of the truth
  2. It is imperative our teaching reflects that responsibility

1 Timothy 1:3-7

  1. Paul reminded Timothy of the charge given him
  2. Concerning some who evidently were not teaching as they should!

In our text we note “Two Kinds of Teaching”

  1. There is that which causes dispute
  2. There is that which produces godly edification
  3. What makes the difference? This question should concern…
  4. All those who teach or preach God’s Word
  5. All Christians, who as students by their personal study or comments in classes:
    • Can contribute to the rise of disputes
    • Or develop thoughts which result in godly edification

Let’s note the difference between the two, beginning with…

DISCUSSION

TEACHING THAT CAUSES DISPUTES

  1. Disputes occur when we are driven by the desire for novelty…
    • Not content with the simple gospel and doctrine of Jesus Christ – cf. Galatians 1:8-9
    • Ignoring the charge that we are not to “teach a different doctrine” (1 Tim. 1:3)
    • Delving into that which is “new”
      • New in the sense of new revelation, not supported by the Scriptures
      • For old truth may be often be new to us who are still learning
  2. Disputes occur when we stress the “talk” at the expense of the “walk” …
    • It is easy to become interested only in intellectual arguments
      • Focusing more on argument rather than action
      • Failing to make application of what we teach or study
    • In such case our teaching and study become “vain talking” [idle talk – NKJ] (1 Tim. 1:6)
      • Against which Paul also warned Titus – Titus 1:10; 3:9
      • Which James described as “vain or useless religion” – James 1:22-27
        • Teaching that is not accompanied with action is of little value
        • Mathew 23:1-3 … we do not want to be like the Pharisees
  3. Disputes occur when we are moved by pride rather than humility…
    • Disputes are easily caused by those who:
      • desiring to be teachers of the law” (1 Tim. 1:7)
      • Seek to impress others with their “knowledge” of the Word – contrast James 3:13-18
    • Knowledge is not without its dangers
      • We can be motivated more by pride than a sincere desire to serve God
      • Without love, knowledge simply puffs up rather than truly builds up – 1 Corinthians 8:1-2
  4. Disputes occur when we display dogmatism without knowledge…
    • Often the most dogmatic are the most misinformed!
      • Like those “understanding neither what they say nor whereof they confidently affirm”
      • 1 Timothy 3:7
    • Yes, we must stand fast in the defense of the truth…
      • But “a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing”
      • Let’s be sure that we truly know and understand what is truth!

Such are the attitudes and motives that contribute to disputes among brethren. Now let’s consider…

TEACHING THAT PRODUCES GODLY EDIFICATION

  1. Edification occurs when it is based on faith…
    • Godly edification is that “which is in faith” (1 Tim. 1:4)
    • Of course, faith comes from the Word of God… Romans 10:17
    • Godly teaching that edifies (builds up) comes from God’s Word
      • We must let the Word of God be the basis of our thoughts and comments
      • 1 Peter 4:11
  2. Edification occurs when it seeks to produce love…
    • Paul wrote “the end of the charge is love” [the purpose of the command – NKJ] (1 Tim. 1:5)
      • A love for truth certainly
      • But also, a love for God and man! … cf. 1 John 4:20-21
    • The desire should not be to just win arguments
      • Our approach will therefore be different… 2 Timothy 2:24-25
      • Because we are trying to win souls from the snare of Satan! … 2 Timothy 2:26
  3. Edification occurs when it seeks to create a pure heart…
    • Paul wrote that our goal should be love “out of a pure heart” (1 Tim. 1:5)
    • The goals of our teaching and study must be pure and not defiled by:
      • Trying to show how clever we are
      • Seeking to show what great debaters we are
      • Wanting to embarrass the ignorance of our opponents
    • Our desire must be pure, seeking to lead people closer to God
  4. Edification occurs when it seeks to develop a good conscience…
    • Our goal should be love out of “a good conscience” (1 Tim. 1:5)
      • Which comes from first applying the Word of God to ourselves
      • Like Ezra the priest sought to do – cf. Ezra 7:10
    • Yet one can easily stray
      • 1 Timothy 1:6; cf. 1:19-20
      • Especially when they do not practice what they preach
      • And when they expect others to do what they are not willing to do
  5. Edification occurs when it seeks to beget a sincere faith…
    • Our goal should be to love with “faith unfeigned” [sincere faith – NKJ] (1 Tim. 1:5)
      • Where we really believe what we teach or say
      • Not simply engaging in an intellectual exercise
    • Where what we are seeking is a living faith:
      • To which we commit our lives
      • And produces works of love to the glory of God – cf. Galatians 5:6

CONCLUSION

So what kind of teachers or students are we?

  1. Those constantly engaged in disputes, wrangling over words?
  2. Or those engaged in godly edification?

Let’s be sure that our teaching and Bible study is always that which produces…

  1. Love
  2. A pure heart
  3. A good conscience
  4. A sincere faith

Of course, this is not possible without Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior in our lives.

 

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Jesus Christ, our Hope

JESUS CHRIST, OUR HOPE

1 Timothy 1:1

INTRODUCTION

In reference to Jesus Christ, Paul uses a title which is very unique in the New Testament

  1. He calls Jesus “our hope” … 1 Timothy 1:1
  2. Nowhere else is Jesus so described, other than in Colossians 1:27
  3. Yet it came to be a precious title used by some in the early church…
  4. “Be of good cheer in God the Father and in Jesus Christ our common hope” (Ignatius)
  5. “Let us therefore persevere in our hope and the earnest of our righteousness, who is Jesus Christ. (Polycarp)

The word “hope” (Gr., elpis) …

  1. Means “a confident desire and expectation”
  2. Is closely aligned with the word “faith” … cf. Hebrews 11:1 

In what way is Jesus “our hope,” our basis for “confident expectation?”

 Jesus is “our hope” …

DISCUSSION

FOR FORGIVENESS OF SINS

  1. Man has a problem with sin
    • All have sinned
      • Romans 3:23
      • 1 John 1:8, 10
    • The consequences are grave… Romans 6:23
    • People deal with this guilt of sin differently
      • Some try to ignore it
      • Others seek to compensate for it by doing good works
      • Many look to different “saviors” or teachers (the Law, Buddha, Mohammed, Mary), but…
  2. Jesus is our only “hope”
    • He is the “Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (Jn. 1:29)
    • In Him we have “redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins” (Eph. 1:7)
    • Christians place their hope in Jesus’ blood as the atonement for their sins
    • By believing and being baptized into Christ
      • Mark 16:16
      • Acts 2:38; 22:16
      • Romans 6:3-6
    • By continuing to repent, confess, and pray
      • Acts 8:22
      • 1 John 1:7, 9
  3. Is Jesus your “hope” for salvation from the guilt of sin?
    • Unless you believe in Him, you will die in your sins (Jn. 8:24) – believe enough in Him to obey Him
    • Jesus is also our “hope” …

FOR RECONCILIATION WITH GOD

  1. Man has a longing for fellowship with God
    • It is something put in man by His Creator… Acts 17:26-28
      • Many, though, seek to fulfill this longing with the wrong things
      • Trying to satisfy it with material things
      • But such things only leave an emptiness
      • He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance, with increase: this also is vanity” ( 5:10)
    • Many seek to fulfill this longing in the wrong way
      • On their own
      • Through some man or man-made religion, ..
  2. Jesus is our only “hope”
    • He is the only “way” to the Father… John 14:6
    • Only in Him can we really come to know God
      • John 14:7-9
      • John 1:18
    • In Him we are reconciled to God… 2 Corinthians 5:18-20
  3. Is Jesus your “hope” for fellowship with God?
    • Without Jesus, you cannot have a close relationship with God
    • 1 John 2:23
    • 1 John 4:15
  4. Jesus is also our “hope” …

FOR POWER IN HOLY LIVING

  1. People have long realized the need to live good lives
    • Yet the ancient world admitted their inability to do so
      • “We hate our vices and love them at the same time” (Seneca)
      • “We have not stood bravely enough by our good resolutions; despite our will and resistance we have lost our innocence. Nor is it only that we have acted amiss; we shall do so to the end” (Seneca)
    • Even the apostles described the difficulty of living godly lives
      • Paul described what it was like under the Law… Romans 7:21-24
      • He reminded Christians of the conflict between the flesh and the Spirit… Galatians 5:16-17
      • Peter wrote of the warfare between fleshly lusts and the soul
      • 1 Peter 2:11
    • So, we must realize that…
  2. Jesus is our only “hope”
    • In Christ we are freed from the law of sin and death… Romans 8:2
    • In Christ we have strength to do that which is good, and turn away from evil
    • Because of the Spirit of God… Romans 8:11-13
    • The means by which God strengthens the inner man… Ephesians 3:16, 20
  3. Is Jesus your “hope” for power in holiness?
    • In Jesus there is strength to do God’s will (Phil. 4:13).
    • Jesus is also our “hope” …

FOR PROVISION IN DAILY LIVING

  1. People often worry about the necessities of life
    • They worry about their food and clothing
    • They desire basic contentment, with true joy and peace
    • Jesus acknowledged this concern was common among men
    • Matthew 6:31-32a
    • It is imperative, then, that we understand that…
  2. Jesus is our only “hope”
    • His Father knows our needs… Matthew 6:32b
    • Jesus provides the secret to God’s care
      • Matthew 6:33
      • Mark 10:28-30
    • He also is the source to true joy and peace… Philippians 4:4, 6-7
    • In Him there is contentment, knowing that God will supply our needs… Philippians 4:11-12, 19
  3. Is Jesus your “hope” for God’s providential care in your life?
    • If you trust in your own riches, you cannot please God (Lk 16:13).
    • Finally, Jesus is our “hope” …

FOR VICTORY OVER DEATH

  1. The fear of death is common to mankind
    • People try to avoid it, delay it
    • Some try to ignore, even refusing to speak of the dead
    • Concerning death…
  2. Jesus is our only “hope”
    • He came to deliver us from the fear of death… Hebrews 2:14-15
    • This He did by His own resurrection, and continues to do through the promise of His coming again… 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

CONCLUSION

Jesus is many things to those who love Him; let’s make sure that He is “our hope!”

  1. Have you made Jesus your “hope?”
  2. If not, then you are still…
  3. In your sins
  4. Alienated from God
  5. Unable to live a truly righteous life
  6. Going through life without God’s providential care
  7. Unprepared for death, not ready for the Judgment to follow

Why not let Jesus become your “hope” today?

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Jesus Christ Personified

Inspired men prophesied.
He came to earth and complied,
And on God’s word totally relied​.
But by men He was denied,
Unjustly tried​, and horribly crucified​.
He cried, and died,
Blood poured from His side.
But death could not preside​,
And was nullified​.
Now in heaven glorified​,
He is our eternal guide​,
Through whom we are sanctified​,
Forever with Him identified​,
Our eternal salvation supplied​,
And our blessings multiplied​
And now you must decide​ –
Do you want His blood applied?
(By Ed Sterchi, Bridgeport Proclaimer, 1/26/2005)

Tom Moore
http://www.fromthepreacherspc.org
http://www.harrisandmoore.org
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“A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and sings it back to you when you have forgotten how it goes.”

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UNDER MY WINGS

Listen to these great hymns.”Hide me under the shadow of thy wings” (17:8). “In the shadow of thy wings I will take my refuge, until these calamities be overpast” (57:1). “Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings I will rejoice” (61:4). “In the shadow of thy wings I sing for joy” (63:7). “He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust” (91:4).

How do we know these songs were sung? They are the songs found in the book Psalms. Psalm 17, 36, 57, 61, 63, and 91 speak of the protective wings of God. So when Jesus expressed His desire to comfort Jerusalem He used an image widely understood, “How often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not” (Mat. 23:37). But Jesus’ desires go unfulfilled for Jerusalem was “unwilling” to be placed under His wings.

Sadly, today many are refusing the protection of our Lord’s wings. You can hear the sadness of the Lord’s words in Matthew 23:37, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem…” You know the Lord is still saddened today when man refuses His protection. Why not come under the protective wing of the Lord through obedience to the Gospel and through your continued obedience to His will? This protection is too grand and too wonderful, and the consequences too great to reject.

Think About It!

Have A Great Day!

Tom Moore
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THE NAMES OF GOD #1

ABRAHAM’S SEED. “Now to Abraham were the promises spoken, and to his seed. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ” (Gal. 3:16). The promise God made was to Abraham and his seed. The seed of Abraham is specifically identified as Christ. Paul pointedly affirmed that the original term “seed” was in the singular, not plural. The reference was not to the people of Israel, but to Christ who entered the human family through the lineage of Abraham, through Judah, through David, and finally through the virgin Mary, who brought the Savior into the world.

“And the angel of Jehovah called unto Abraham a second time out of heaven, and said, By myself have I sworn, saith Jehovah, because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son, that in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heavens, and as the sand which is upon the seashore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.”

If the promise had used the plural seeds, the Jews could have appropriated the term to themselves, and claimed that the promise found its ultimate fulfillment in them. They would have placed themselves as the fountain of God’s blessings to all humanity. But the singular seed deprives them of such a haughty claim. God’s blessings would flow through Christ, not through the Jews. God’s promises to Abraham could not be fulfilled until the Promised Seed came into the world. He must complete his earthly mission before the blessings could flow to lost mankind.

“But we behold him who hath been made a little lower than the angels, even Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that by the grace of God he should taste of death for every man. For it became him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the author of their salvation perfect through sufferings” (Heb. 2:9-10).

ADVOCATE. “My little children, these things write I unto you that ye may not sin. And if any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (1 Jn. 2:1). If a child of God commits sin, John reminds us that we have an Advocate who is with the Father. The term “advocate” is a word for lawyer (attorney), who represents another in court. The word “have” is in the present tense, which means we have an ever-present Advocate.

“But he, because he abideth for ever, hath his priesthood unchangeable. Wherefore also he is able to save to the uttermost them that draw near unto God through him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. For such a high priest became us, holy, guileless, undefiled, separated from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; who needeth not daily, like those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people: for this he did once for all, when he offered up himself. For the law appointeth men high priests, having infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was after the law, appointeth a Son, perfected for evermore” (Heb. 7:24-28).

This Advocate is “with” the Father; he is always present to offer us proper and constant representation. He is never in need of intercession for himself or else he could not influence the Father favorably in our behalf. He himself is a sinless Advocate: “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin” (Heb. 4:l5).

The word Advocate is the same in the Greek as Comforter. Christ is presently doing his work in Heaven in our behalf as he acts as mediator between mankind and God. The Holy Spirit did his work on earth as he revealed, confirmed, and recorded the inspired word.

Tom Moore
http://www.fromthepreacherspc.org
http://www.harrisandmoore.org
http://www.parkheightscoc.com

“A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and sings it back to you when you have forgotten how it goes.”

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LET THE BLESSINGS FLOW

There was a beautiful lake that lost its zesty freshness. The water formerly had been clear. It was alluring to animals and people alike. But it became covered with a green scum. The farm animals became ill from drinking the water. Finally, someone came by the lake who understood the problem. Debris collecting from the hard spring rains had stopped up the dam and prevented the free flow of water, not into the lake, but out of the lake. The spillway was cleared, and soon the lake was fresh and clean again. The flow in and out was necessary to keep the water pure!

Doesn’t the same principle apply to you and me as human beings? The blessings of life flow to you and me, but we fail to realize that most of these blessings are not meant just to flow to us, but through us, for the good of others around us, especially for those in need.

“So then, as we have opportunity, let us work that which is good toward all men, and especially toward them that are of the household of the faith” (Gal. 6:10). “See that none render unto any one evil for evil; but always follow after that which is good, one toward another, and toward all” (1 The. 5:15).

Let the blessings of God flow through you to others.

Think About It!

Have A Great Day!

Tom Moore
http://www.fromthepreacherspc.org
http://www.harrisandmoore.org
http://www.parkheightscoc.com

“A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and sings it back to you when you have forgotten how it goes.

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