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Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “was in all points tempted like as we are”

SIH HALTAL ICONJesus Submitted To Temptation For Our Benefit

 

Heb 4:15 KJV – 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 2:18 KJV – For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.

 

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If Possible, Do We Work To Meet Our Needs?

SIH HALTAL ICON(Eph 4:28)  Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.

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Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “Jesus, the Son of God”

SIH HALTAL ICONJesus (“Jehovah Is Salvation”)… the only begotten Son of Jehovah 

 

Hebs 4:14 - Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast [our] profession.

 

Matt 3:16-17 – And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

 

Matt 17:1-8- And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart,And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him.
Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.
While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.
And when the disciples heard [it], they fell on their face, and were sore afraid.And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid.And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only.

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Ephesians 4:28

SIH TOTT ICON“Reflections Of His Grace”

“That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”

The Grace Of Renewal: Ephesians 4:17-32

 

“This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,  Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:  Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. 

But ye have not so learned Christ;  If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:  That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;  And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;  And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour:  for we are members one of another.    Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil.    Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.    Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.    And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.     Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

With this devotional, we are beginning the second division of the book of Ephesians.  Previously, we have looked at “Reflections Of His Grace Revealed” (chaps 1-3).  It that section, Paul revealed to us the gracious works of the Lord in the lives of His chosen people.

In this new section “Reflections Of His Grace Applied” (chaps 4-6) Paul will be explaining to us the practical effects of God’s grace in the lives of His people.

  1. The Grace Of Unity (4:1-6)
  2. The Grace Of Maturity (4:7-16)
  3. The Grace Of Renewal (4:17-32)
  4. The Grace Of Imitation (5:1-14)
  5. The Grace Of Wisdom (5:15-21)
  6. The Grace Of Relationships (5:22-33)
  7. The Grace Of Authority/Submission (6:1-9)
  8. The Grace Of Preparedness (6:10-21)

The next effect of God’s grace we will be looking at is the grace of RENEWAL (4:17-32).  The word translated “renewed” is a Greek word that carries with it the ideas of:
1. to reform
2. to make fresh
3. to restore youth

When these are viewed together we can see that the idea of renewal is “a renovation that restores to a previous condition which results in renewed power, refreshment and perception.”

In the context of this study, our mind is spoken of as being “renewed” with the receipt of the new nature given to us at our salvation.   Basically this is teaching us that our mind is changed to resemble our minds before the fall of man.  Some of these would include:
1.  a mind with a greater desire to think on things pleasing to God,
2.  a mind with an ability to more clearly perceive and apply God’s Word and will to the life
3.  a mind with an ability to perceive and oppose wickedness, temptation and other evil influences.

Keeping all this in mind, lets turn our attention to this is a very basic outline of this section of Scripture:
I.        The Walk Of Our Old Man (vs 17-22)
II.        Our New Man with a Renewed Mind (23-24)
III.        The Walk Of Our New Man (vs 25-32)

EXPOSITION:

 

(Eph 4:28)  Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.

 

Paul continues looking at several characteristics of the new man…

 

 

Principle #5 – Labor To Meet Our Physical Needs
 

Let him that stole steal no more:
We should no longer selfishly steal, taking from another for our personal gain…

Solomon in all his wisdom understood the dangers of excessive riches and extreme poverty.  Both can cause us to forsake the ways of the Lord…

Two [things] have I required of thee; deny me [them] not before I die: Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me:  Lest I be full, and deny [thee], and say, Who [is] the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God [in vain].”  (Proverbs 30:7-9)

 

In the above passage we come face to face with the need to be content with the necessities of life:
1.  For us to have excess leads to reliance upon ourselves instead of the Lord.
2.  For us to be in extreme poverty leads to stealing to meet our needs.

but rather let him labour,

“labour” comes for a greek word that means “tired”, “faint” or “weary”.
Instead of stealing for our needs, we are to work until we grow weary and faint.  This emphasizes to us that it is far better to work, even to exhaustion. to meet our needs than to resort to stealing.

 
The Word gives us many texts that encourage us to work for our living (Prov 13:11, 14:23, Acts 20:34-35, 2 Thess 3:6-8, 12-13 etc).

And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;  That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and [that] ye may have lack of nothing.”   (1 Thessalonians 4:11-12)

 

working with his hands the thing which is good,
accomplishing with our hands that which is pleasing to God and beneficial to us.
 
Not only is it important that we labor to meet our needs, but it is also important that our labor pleases the Lord and is beneficial to our family and selves.

There are many types of labor which are motivated by greed are displeasing to the Lord.  Pornographers, sellers of illicit drugs, lusts for fame and power, and many, many, others produce tremendous profits for those who are opposing God’s will.
Because these profits are motivated by sinful lusts, they never bring satisfaction and contentment but only produce greater acts of evil…

From whence [come] wars and fightings among you? [come they] not hence, [even] of your lusts that war in your members?  Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.  Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume [it] upon your lusts.  Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”  (James 4:1-4)

 

 

Not only does the Word emphasize the need for Godly labor to meet our physical needs, but it also recognizes that there are some people, due to their inability to work or make a viable living, are in need of help from others…

 

that he may have to give to him that needeth.
When we labor as we should, we can meet our own physical needs and also be a blessing to others who are in need.
 
I have coveted no man’s silver, or gold, or apparel.  Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me.   I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.”   (Acts 20:33-35)

 

APPLICATION:

Some of the characteristics of those who live according to the “new man” by a renewed spirit of the mind include:
1.  Truthfulness and Transparency
2.  Holding Anger Against Sin
3.  Prompt Cessation Of Ungodly Anger
4.  No Submission To Satan’s Use
5.  Labor To Meet Our Physical Needs

May we all recognize these characteristics are all a result of the Lord’s direct intervention in our lives creating in us the “new man” and giving us the grace to live according to it.

May we all get a clearer picture of our Lord and Savior, and the great grace He has shown to us. Let us be always watchful to keep His great acts of grace on our behalf in the center of our attention… In doing so, may we be motivated to LOVE Him more, APPRECIATE Him more and SERVE Him more! 

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Do We Have A “Guest Room” Set Up For Satan In Our Life?

SIH HALTAL ICON(Eph 4:27) Neither give place to the devil.

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“The First Principles” – How Can I Become A Christian?

SIHs HALTAL ICON FPMaster 457x453Assurance: When We Exercise A Genuine Faith In Christ We Can Be Certain We Will Never Lose Our Salvation

 

 

 

John 10:27-29 KJV
(27) My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
(28) And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
(29) My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.

Romans 8:29-39 KJV
(29) For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
(30) Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
(31) What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
(32) He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
(33) Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.
(34) Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
(35) Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
(36) As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
(37) Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
(38) For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
(39) Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “that is passed into the heavens”

SIH HALTAL ICONJesus Ascended To The Right Hand Of His Father.

Hebs 4:14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast [our] profession.

 

Acts 1:10-11 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

 

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Ephesians 4:27

SIH TOTT ICON“Reflections Of His Grace”

“That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”

The Grace Of Renewal: Ephesians 4:17-32

“This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,  Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:  Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.  

But ye have not so learned Christ;  If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:  That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;  And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;  And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour:  for we are members one of another.    Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil.    Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.    Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.    And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.     Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

 

With this devotional, we are beginning the second division of the book of Ephesians.  Previously, we have looked at “Reflections Of His Grace Revealed” (chaps 1-3).  It that section, Paul revealed to us the gracious works of the Lord in the lives of His chosen people.

In this new section “Reflections Of His Grace Applied” (chaps 4-6) Paul will be explaining to us the practical effects of God’s grace in the lives of His people.

  1. The Grace Of Unity (4:1-6)
  2. The Grace Of Maturity (4:7-16)
  3. The Grace Of Renewal (4:17-32)
  4. The Grace Of Imitation (5:1-14)
  5. The Grace Of Wisdom (5:15-21)
  6. The Grace Of Relationships (5:22-33)
  7. The Grace Of Authority/Submission (6:1-9)
  8. The Grace Of Preparedness (6:10-21)

The next effect of God’s grace we will be looking at is the grace of RENEWAL (4:17-32).  The word translated “renewed” is a Greek word that carries with it the ideas of:
1. to reform
2. to make fresh
3. to restore youth

When these are viewed together we can see that the idea of renewal is “a renovation that restores to a previous condition which results in renewed power, refreshment and perception.”

In the context of this study, our mind is spoken of as being “renewed” with the receipt of the new nature given to us at our salvation.   Basically this is teaching us that our mind is changed to resemble our minds before the fall of man.  Some of these would include:
1.  a mind with a greater desire to think on things pleasing to God,
2.  a mind with an ability to more clearly perceive and apply God’s Word and will to the life
3.  a mind with an ability to perceive and oppose wickedness, temptation and other evil influences.
Keeping all this in mind, lets turn our attention to this is a very basic outline of this section of Scripture:
I.        The Walk Of Our Old Man (vs 17-22)
II.        Our New Man with a Renewed Mind (23-24)
III.        The Walk Of Our New Man (vs 25-32)

EXPOSITION:

 

(Eph 4:27)  Neither give place to the devil.

 
 
 
Paul continues looking at several characteristics of the new man…
 
 
 

Principle #4 – No Submission To Satan’s Use
 

Neither give place to the devil.
 
This is one of the clearest and easiest to understand of all the characteristics of the new man.  Another way to say this is “do not willingly turn over any area of your life for Satan’s use”.   The Word gives us several practical principles on how this can be done.
Perhaps the most fundamental, and practical, of all the Biblical instructions concerning the opposition of Satan is found in Revelation 12:10-11…
 
And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
 (Revelation 12:10-11)

Here, we see three very fundamental principles that are absolutely necessary for success in resisting Satan…

1.  the blood of the Lamb – the blood of Jesus is the channel through which the blessings of God flow to man.
To be able to resist the workings of Satan we must be saved individuals.  It is only through the shed blood of Christ applied to our account that we can receive God’s intervention and gracious blessings.  Apart from God’s direct intervention and blessings in our lives we are the helpless captives of Satan (2 Tim 2:26, 1 John 4:4)

2.  the word of their testimony – an outward testimony of a changed life in Christ.
By always seeking to possess an unspotted testimony in the eyes of others, we will be motivated to stay away from many areas that Satan could use to tempt us.  Some of these areas would include ungodly friends, ungodly places, ungodly entertainment, ungodly life pursuits etc etc.  (Eph 5:1-16)

3.  they loved nor their lives unto the death – an attitude of willingness to submit ourselves entirely to the Lord.
It is only when we truly have Him as the first priority in our lives that we can begin to overcome the workings of Satan.  Anything we hold back from the Lord is fertile ground for Satan’s use.  By refusing to submit any area to Christ, we are actively inviting Satan to control it (Acts 5:1-5)

If the above three principles are at work in our lives, we will find ourselves following these specific principles that aid us to not “give place to the devil”:

1.  be sure to forgive others who offend us – 2 Cor 2:10-11
2.  be willingly submissive in every area of our lives to the will of the Lord – James 4:7
3.  be self-controlled and always on guard against Satan – 1 Peter 5:8
4.  be in prayer for God’s grace to oppose Satan – Luke 22:31-32
5.  (married couples) be in consistent intimacy unless agreed otherwise – 1 Cor 7:5
6.  be accepting of corrective instruction given to us by humble Christians – 2 Tim 2:24-26
7.  be certain we have put on the “whole armour of God” – Eph 6:11 (we look at this in more detail later in this devotional series)
…and others

On a daily basis do we find ourselves making certain we are saved;  making certain we have a Godly testimony in the eyes of those around us;  and making certain EVERY area of our lives are willfully submitted to the will of Christ?   If so, we can rest assured we are living according to the new man that has been graciously given to us.

APPLICATION:

Some of the characteristics of those who live according to the “new man” by a renewed spirit of the mind include:
1.  Truthfulness and Transparency
2.  Holding Anger Against Sin
3.  Prompt Cessation Of Ungodly Anger
4.  No Submission To Satan’s Use

May we all recognize these characteristics are all a result of the Lord’s direct intervention in our lives creating in us the “new man” and giving us the grace to live according to it.
May we all get a clearer picture of our Lord and Savior, and the great grace He has shown to us. Let us be always watchful to keep His great acts of grace on our behalf in the center of our attention… In doing so, may we be motivated to LOVE Him more, APPRECIATE Him more and SERVE Him more! 

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SIH Text Blog: http://settledinheaven.wordpress.com/all-about-salvation/
SIH Video Blog: http://youtube.com/settledinheaven/
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Does Our Anger Bring An End To The Sin In Our Lives?

SIH HALTAL ICON(Eph 4:26)  Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:

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“The First Principles” – How Can I Become A Christian?

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Submission To Christ As The Lord of Our Life

(This Is A Part Of A Genuine Repentance/Faith Experience)…

 

And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like:

He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.

But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.

(Luke 6:46-49)

 

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