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SIH’s Think On These Things: Ephesians 6:14b

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 Preparedness (6:10-20)

 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.   

Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

 

 This devotional, continues to look at the second main 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 (6:10-20)

 

The next effect of God’s grace we will be looking at is the grace of PREPAREDNESS (6:1-10-20)…

One of the greatest needs for Christians is to prepare beforehand for the spiritual warfare in which they face. The Bible clearly speaks of the need to recognize our enemy, the devil, and properly prepare for his attacks upon us …

 1Pe 5:8-9 KJV – “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:   Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.”

 

Keeping all this in mind, let’s turn our attention to this is a very basic outline of this section of Scripture:
I.        The Need For The Armour Of God (vs 10-13)
II.        The Identity Of The Armour Of God (vs 14-17)
III.        The Empowerment Of The Armour Of God (vs 18)
IV.        The Ministry Enabled By The Armour Of God (vs 19-20)

 

 EXPOSITION:

Now Paul turns our attention to a description of this armour…

 (Eph 6:14) Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

 In this devotion, we will be looking at the second piece of the armour of God, the Breastplate of Righteousness that is placed on the chest.   There are three main aspects to this piece of spiritual armour.

The Breastplate of Righteousness:

1. It is called the “breastplate of righteousness” – this breastplate represents “righteousness”, in other words it means “to be just, proper, fitting, pleasing or right in the sight of the Lord”. This applies to the Christian warrior in two different ways:

a. A sinner must be found righteous in God’s sight to enter into His presence throughout eternity. The sinner can only be looked upon as “righteous” in God’s sight, based upon the gracious intervention of God in their lives, as God applies the shed blood of Christ to their account which covers their sins. In doing so, the righteousness of Christ is placed upon the account of sinful man.

This is known as “positional righteousness”; in other words, it is describing OUR POSITION (OR STANDING) BEFORE GOD.  (Roms 3:20-27, Phils 3:7-10)

 

b. Once saved, the Christian is given the responsibility to live their lives in a way that is pleasing and acceptable to God. This can only be accomplished through the gracious enabling of the Lord.

This is known as “experiential righteousness”; in other words, it is describing OUR EXPERIENCE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS IN OUR DAY TO DAY WALK. (Phils 1:9-11, James 3:17-18)

Both types of righteousness are acts God’s intervening grace and is involved in this piece of armour.

 

2. It covers the “chest” – the chest is the container of many vital organs (heart, lungs, liver, etc.) that support the life we have within us. The righteousness of Christ that is placed in our life (Positional righteousness) is the core, basis, foundation of our eternal life and right standing before the Lord (Prov 11:4, Prov 12:28, Roms 8:10)…

For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)

Therefore as by the offence of one [judgment came] upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one [the free gift came] upon all men unto justification of life.For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.

Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.(Romans 5:17-21)

 

However, the existence of works that are pleasing in God’s sight (experiential righteousness) in our lives is the natural result, and absolute proof, of our possession of Christ’s righteousness and the eternal security that is found in Him (John 15:5, James 2:14-26)

But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

[This is] a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.(Titus 3:4-8)

 

3. It is a defensive piece of spiritual armour – When we minister to the Lord, having a righteous standing before Him and assured of its possession through our works of righteousness, we are ministering to Him in a pleasing way and are made insusceptible to Satan’s attacks which bring doubts of our salvation into our mind.

 

APPLICATION:

One of the greatest ways we can strengthen our testimony and service to Christ is through the possession and assurance of His righteousness in our lives. Think of it this way:

1. If we do not possess the righteousness of Christ, all of our service to Him is simply looked upon as “filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6)

2. If we do not possess works of righteousness in our lives, we cannot be pleasing Him in our ministry, because it is through living Godly lives (possessing a clean vessel) that we can be used of Him. (2 Tim 2:19-21)

3. But also, if we do not possess works of righteousness in our lives, we will be in a state of constant doubting of our salvation and unable to enjoy boldness and confidence in our service to Him. (Hebs 4:16,1 Thess 2:2, Phil 1:14-20)

 

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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Making It Plain: “Sin” = To Miss The Mark God Has Set For Us

SIH TOTT ICONThe term “sin” is found many times in both the OT and the NT of the  KJV Bible…

In the Old Testament, it is translated from the Hebrew words:
1.  chatta’ah – to offend
2. rah – bad or evil
3. rasha` – wicked, guilty
4. `avon – perverse depraved
5. pesha` – rebellion
6. shagah – to go astray
7.  ta`ah – to wander, to depart

In the New Testament, it is translated from the Greek words:
1.  hamartia – to miss the mark
2.  paraptoma – to fall beside, to lapse
3. parabasis – to pass over, to disregard
4.  asebeia – impiety, ungodliness
5.  poneros – to labor under hardship
6.  kakos – to be ugly, evil
7.  adikos – to violate law, unjust
8.  anomos – without the law
9.  enochos – to be controlled by, to be indebted
10.  planao – to roam

Please note there are many terms from which “sin” is translated.  By this we can see that “sin” has many different aspects to it and therefore manifests itself in our lives in differing ways.

Based on the above original languages, here is what we can learn about the term “sin”:

Sin is described as:
1. bad (displeasing to God and man )
2. evil, wickedness (opposed to morality of God)
4.  a failure, lapse (failure to keep God’s will, a lapse in obedience to the Lord)
5. ungodliness (actions that are not reflected in the character and works of God)
6. ugly (undesirable, abhorrent)
7. violation of law. lawlessness (to break the law of God)

Sin takes place by:
1. perverting God’s laws (to twist the law of God
2. rebellion (unwillingness to submit to God’s instructions to us)
3. wander or roam from the path (to depart from God’s revealed will for us)
4. to miss the mark God has set for us (to fail to hit the target God has given to us)
5. disregarding God’s will for us (to ignore God’s desires for our lives)

Sin’s affects are:
1.  offensive to both God and  man (to be rude and insulting toward God and man)
2.  judicially guilty (guilty before God and deserving judgment)
3. experentially guilty (experiencing conviction of conscience and Spirit)
4. to labor under hardship (to be brought into slavery)
5. to be controlled (to be dominated by evil, fallen nature of man)
6. to be indebted (to deserve judgment for sin committed)

The basic principle is this….

God has clearly revealed to us His will for our lives. He shows us His will to glorify Himself, to protect us and enhance our lives on earth…

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this [is] the whole [duty] of man.  For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether [it be] good, or whether [it be] evil.”  (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14)

Due to our fallen nature, we all have failed in following these instructions, and in doing so has committed sin…

“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:”
(Romans 5:12)

Because of our condition and acts of sin, we have become indebted to God and enslaved by this wickedness….

“Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.”

(John 8:34)

Only through the work of Christ can we escape the debt of sin and be liberated from the enslavement of sin….

“Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with [him], that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.  For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:  Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.”  (Romans 6:6-11)

“Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.  And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: [but] the Son abideth ever.  If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”
(John 8:34-36)

This has been a very basic look at sin, its results and its remedy.

Have you been made free from your sin?  If not, turn from your sins and look to Christ by faith.

Making It Plain: “Grace” = Undeserved Favor

SIH TOTT ICONThe word “grace” comes from the Latin word “gratia” which means:
1.  “favor”
2.  “thanks”
3.  “pleasing”
4.  “grateful”

The term “grace” is used many times in both the OT and the NT of the  KJV Bible…

In the Old Testament, it is translated from the Hebrew word “chen” which means:
1. precious kindness
2. pleasant favor

In the New Testament, it is translated from the Greek word “charis” which means:
1.  undeserved benefit or gift
2.  that which produces happiness, rejoicing, thankfulness
3.  to be made acceptable

The idea is this…
The term “grace” means “undeserved favor that makes one acceptable and produces a thankful and joyous attitude.

Because, we all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, the “wages we deserve to receive is physical, spiritual, and eternal death.  Yet the Lord, by grace makes salvation available to any that repent of their sin and believe on His name….

For the wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of God [is] eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”   (Romans 6:23)

But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,  Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)  And hath raised [us] up together, and made [us] sit together in heavenly [places] in Christ Jesus:  That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.  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 2:4-9)

Salvation for our sins and the receipt of eternal life is one of the greatest displays of the Lord’s grace given to us in the Scripture, but His grace touches every area of our life.  The eternal blessings that await us throughout eternity, the spiritual blessings we receive while yet on the earth, and the temporal blessings that meet our physical needs are all acts of grace.

ANYTHING that takes place in our life, apart from entrance into the Lake of Fire is an undeserved blessing that in given to us by the gracious hand of Almighty God.

That is why we are told…

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.  (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

Making It Plain: “Death” = Separation

SIH TOTT ICONThe term “death”  is used many times in the KJV Bible…

1. In the Old Testament, the word “death” is commonly translated from the Hebrew word “maweth”.
2. In the New Testament, the word “death” is commonly translated by the Greek word “thanatos”.
Both the Hebrew and Greek word holds the same meaning: the condition of the body without a soul, or the act of taking a life.

The Bible contextually describes three different types of death that we can experience.  All of these types of death have one thing in common.  They are describing some type of separation that takes place….

1. physical death – when the body is separated from the immortal part of man. This is a POSITIONAL separation. One example of this type of usage is found in Philippians 1:20-21…
“According to my earnest expectation and [my] hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but [that] with all boldness, as always, [so] now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether [it be] by life, or by death.  For to me to live [is] Christ, and to die [is] gain.”

2. spiritual death – when the individual is separated from a God because of their sinful condition.  This is a RELATIONAL separation. One example of this type of death is found in Ephesians 2:1-3…
“And you [hath he quickened], who were dead in trespasses and sins;  Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:  Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.”  

3.  eternal death – when an individual is separated from God for an eternity in the Lake of Fire. This is both a RELATIONAL and POSITIONAL separation. This type of death is described in Rev 20:11-15…
“And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.  And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is [the book] of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.  And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.  And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”  (Revelation 20:11-15)

This great victory over death was won by Christ on behalf of His people and can be applied to us through repentance and faith in Him…….

O death, where [is] thy sting? O grave, where [is] thy victory?  The sting of death [is] sin; and the strength of sin [is] the law.  But thanks [be] to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”  
(1 Corinthians 15:55-58)

Making It Plain: “Evangelist” = One that proclaims the good news of Christ

SIH TOTT ICONThe term “evangelist”  is used 3 times in the NT of the  KJV Bible…

All  three times it is used, it is translated from the Greek word, “euaggelistes”…
1. A close relative of this word is “euaggelion” which means  “the gospel (good news) of Christ”
2. Therefore “euaggelistes” means “one that declares, proclaims or hands over, the gospel of Christ”

The idea is this…
1. The gospel message (Jesus’ death, burial, resurrection and the witnesses of His resurrection – 1 Cor 15:1-8 ) is the message that will secure salvation from the penalty, power, and presence of sin (Rom 1:16).
2. This same gospel message is to be proclaimed to the world, thereby giving the world access to this wonderful salvation through faith. (Mark 16:15)
3. An “evangelist” is one that fulfills this calling of the Lord to proclaim the gospel. This can be understood in two different ways:

a. In a general sense, anyone who shares the gospel with lost mankind can be described as an “evangelist”…
“But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an EVANGELIST, make full proof of thy ministry.”  (2 Timothy 4:5)
Here, Paul is speaking to Timothy, who held the office of Pastor, to proclaim the gospel to the lost as a part of the responsibilities of being a Pastor. Although Timothy did not hold the office of evangelist, he was encouraged to “do the work of an evangelist”.

b.  In a strict sense, there are men who are called specifically to the office of evangelist….
“And the next [day] we that were of Paul’s company departed, and came unto Caesarea: and we entered into the house of Philip the EVANGELIST, which was [one] of the seven; and abode with him.”  (Acts 21:8)

“And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, EVANGELISTS; and some, pastors and teachers;  For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:”  (Ephesians 4:11-12)
In today’s time the “missionary” is the common title that we give to the men who are specifically called to this office.  They go into an area that does not have access to the gospel message and they go specifically to proclaim the gospel, win souls for Christ and help them to form local assemblies.

Please note…another type of “evangelist” that we see in existence today is a minister of the Word that speaks at various churches holding special meetings that reach out to the lost of the community.  Since this type of ministry is not found in the New Testament, there is some debate about whether these men actually hold the office of evangelist or whether they are evangelists in the general sense.

Making It Plain: “Transfigured” = To Change In Form Or Appearance

SIH TOTT ICON“Transfigured” comes from a Latin word made of two parts:
1. “trans” which means “to change”
2.  “figurare” which means “form, shape, appearance”

The term “tranfigured”  is used 2 times in the NT of the  KJV Bible…

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It is translated from a Greek word made up of two parts:
1.  “meta” – “with”, “among”, “amidst”, “from/to”
2. “morphoo” – means “to alter”, “to change”
We get the English word  “metamorphosis” from this Greek word.

The idea is this…  to be transfigured means to be changed in appearance from one form to another.  Much like a caterpillar changes its appearance to that of a butterfly when it undergoes “metamorphosis”.

Here are a few samples of Biblical usage….

Both times the word “transfigured” is used it is speaking of the change in appearance of Christ on the mount…

“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.”  (Matthew 17:1-2)

“And after six days Jesus taketh [with him] Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and he was TRANSFIGURED before them.  And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them.” (Mark 9:2-3)

But the same Greek word is used in two other texts….

1.  Here, it is translated by the word “transformed”.  This text teaches us the need to change our appearance to the lost world around us. We do this by living holy lives separated to God’s use through a renovation of our mind and thought processes.  By thinking differently about sin and Christ’s lordship we become living sacrifices for God’s glory and honor…
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service.  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye TRANSFORMED by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”  (Romans 12:1-2)

2. Here, it is translated “are changed”…
Once again holy living is being discussed.  In this text we are being taught that, once saved, we are able to begin to understand and perceive the holiness of our Lord Jesus.  As we behold His glory we will slowly be changed from sinful to righteous living.   This takes place through the indwelling Spirit within us…“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, ARE CHANGED into the same image from glory to glory, [even] as by the Spirit of the Lord.”  (2 Corinthians 3:18)

Making It Plain: “Apostle” = One Sent To Be A Representative

SIH TOTT ICONThe term “Apostle” is used only in the KJV New Testament…

1. In the OT the word “apostle” is not used.

2. In the NT the Greek word translated “apostle” is “apostolos”.  This word means “a delegate”, “ambassador”, “messenger”, or “sent one”

The idea is this… when we speak of  an “apostle”… we are describing a man that has been sent as a representative of Christ to perform a specific ministry…
“he might send them forth to preach,  And to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils:” (Mark 3:14)

There was a characteristic that was found in common with all the men that held the office of apostle…
“Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us,  Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection.”  (Acts 1:21-22)
In other words, to hold the office of Apostle, a man must have accompanied Christ during His earthly ministry that took place between His baptism and His ascension.

There were 14 men who held the title of apostle found listed in the New Testament….

The original 12…
“And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach,  And to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils:  And Simon he surnamed Peter;  And James the [son] of Zebedee, and John the brother of James; and he surnamed them Boanerges, which is, The sons of thunder:  And Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the [son] of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Canaanite,  And Judas Iscariot, which also betrayed him: and they went into an house.” (Mark 3:14-19)

Matthias the replacement for Judas…
“That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place. And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.”  (Acts 1:25-26)

The “one born out of due time”, Paul…
“For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how 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:  And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:  After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.  After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.   And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.  For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.”  (1 Corinthians 15:3-9)

The phrase “one born out of due time” means “one born prematurely”, or “one that was born without the proper preconditions”.   This is exactly what took place with Paul.  He was given the title Apostle without accompanying Christ from His baptism to His ascension. Just like a baby that comes into existence without the proper 9 months of growth in the womb of its mother.

Making It Plain: “Justification” = To Declare Innocent by Cleansing

SIH TOTT ICON“Justification” comes from a Latin word:
“iustificatio” which means “to avenge”, “to vindicate”, “to declare innocent”, “to pardon”

The term “justify” or “justification” is used in both the KJV Old Testament and New Testament…

1. In the OT the common Heb word translated “justify” is “tsadaq”.  This word means “to cleanse” or “to make pure”
2. In the NT the Greek word translated “justify” is “dikaioo”.  This word means “to make or declare innocent”, “to make right”, “to vindicate”

The idea is this… when we speak of  “justification”… we are saying that God pardons His people by cleansing of their sins through the shed blood of Christ.

Here are a few passages …

Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put [him] to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see [his] seed, he shall prolong [his] days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.  He shall see of the travail of his soul, [and] shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant JUSTIFY many; for he shall bear their iniquities.  Therefore will I divide him [a portion] with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.  (Isaiah 53:10-12)

But not as the offence, so also [is] the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, [which is] by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.  And not as [it was] by one that sinned, [so is] the gift: for the judgment [was] by one to condemnation, but the free gift [is] of many offences unto JUSTIFICATION.  For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)  Therefore as by the offence of one [judgment came] upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one [the free gift came] upon all men unto JUSTIFICATION of life.  For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.   (Romans 5:15-19)

Making It Plain: “Sovereignty” = Absolute Controlling Influence

SIH TOTT ICON “Sovereign” comes from a French word:
1. “soverein” which means “possessor of highest authority and control”

The idea is this… when we speak of the “sovereignty” of God… we are saying that God possesses the authority, and ability, that is necessary to control all things.

The term “sovereign” or “sovereignty” is not used in the KJV Bible…

“And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion [is] an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom [is] from generation to generation:  And all the inhabitants of the earth [are] reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and [among] the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?”   (Daniel 4:34-35)

“But our God [is] in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased.”    (Psalms 115:3)

“That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of [things] in heaven, and [things] in earth, and [things] under the earth;  And [that] every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ [is] Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”  Philippians 2:10-11)

Making It Plain: “Messiah” or “Christ” = Anointed One

SIH TOTT ICON1.  “Messiah” comes from Hebrew word:  “mashiyach” which means “to anoint, to rub, to apply”.
2.  The meaning of the word Messiah is brought into the New Testament by use of the Greek word “christos” which is translated “Christ”

Therefore Old Testament title “Messiah” is equivalent to the New Testament title “Christ”….. “He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the MESSIAS, WHICH IS, BEING INTERPRETED, THE CHRIST”
(John 1:41)

We find that there are three different Jewish offices that used the act of anointing to place an individual in the postion of service to God….
1. prophet
2. priest
3. king

By recognizing Jesus as THE “Messiah” or THE “Christ” it is saying that He is THE Anointed One, in other words the Ultimate, Superior Holder of the offices of Prophet, Priest and King.   Christ was publicly declared to hold these three offices when The Father anointed Jesus with the Holy Spirit at His baptism…  “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:”  (Matthew 3:16)

The term “Messiah” is only used in one 2 verse text in the Old Testament…. “Know therefore and understand, [that] from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the MESSIAH the Prince [shall be] seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. And after threescore and two weeks shall MESSIAH be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof [shall be] with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.” (Daniel 9:25-26)

The term “Christ” is used very frequently in the New Testament.  A few of those references are….

The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.  Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am [he].  (John 4:25-26)

But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.  (Ephesians 2:13)

And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, [even] in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.  (1 John 5:20)

Making It Plain: “Sanctify” = To Be Set Apart

SIH TOTT ICON“Sanctify” comes from Latin word:  “sanctus” which means “to make holy, to make separate”

The term “sanctify” is used many times in the KJV Bible…
1.  Old Testament word:  “qadash” means “to make clean, holy, to hallow, to separate”
2. New Testament word: “hagiazo” means to dedicate, purify, consecrate

The idea is this… “sanctify” means to separate for the use of God.  It speaks of separation from sin to God, to purify from sin, to dedicate to God’s use.

Here are a few samples of Biblical usage….

This term is used to describe an attribute of the Christ, Who is totally separated from sin to be perfectly used by the Father:

Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?
(John 10:36)

This term also speaks of an attribute that is given to saints through the work of Christ on the cross:

And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, [yea], and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:  That no flesh should glory in his presence.  But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:  That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.  (1 Corinthians 1:28-31)

It also describes an ongoing process of spiritual growth, separation from sin and greater service for Him:

Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.  As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.  And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.  (John 17:17-19)

Making It Plain: “Righteous” = The Condition of Being “Right” With God

SIH TOTT ICON“Righteous” comes from Old English word:
1. “riht” which means “condition, state, way or manner”
2.  “wis” which means “genuine or excellent”

The term “righteous” or “righteousness” is used many times in the KJV Bible…
1.  Old Testament words:
tsaddiyq – to be lawful, aligned with the law
yashar – to be straight or aligned

2. New Testament words:
dikaios – to be right, straight

The idea is this…  to be in an excellent condition, to be aligned with the law, to be right.  It speaks of the condition of being “aligned with God’s law”.  In the case of man, this righteousness makes us “right” (at peace with  and accepted by) God.

Here are a few samples of Biblical usage….

This term is used to describe an attribute of the Lord:
“Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins.”  (Psalms 7:9)
This teaches us of the Lord’s perfection and His justice.

This term also speaks of an attribute that is absent from fallen mankind.
“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. (Romans 3:10-11)

But can be obtained through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His work on the cross.
“For he hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”  (2 Corinthians 5:21)

“Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law [is] the knowledge of sin.  But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;  Even the righteousness of God [which is] by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”  (Romans 3:20-23)

 

Making It Plain: “Immutability” = without alteration, not capable of change

SIH TOTT ICONImmutable” comes from two Latin words:
1. “im” which means “not”
2. “mutabilis” which means “change”, “variance” or ”

The term “immutable” is used twice in the KJV Bible…

Both occurrences are found in the book of Hebrews and they are translated from the same Greek root word – “ametatithemi”  this word is made up of three parts:
1.  “a” – not
2. “meta” – around,
3. “tithemi” – to set in place, to establish, to set forth

The idea is this… “immutable” means “to not be moved around”, “to not be transferred”,  “to not be re-established”.   It is describing an unchanging character, position, mission, and/or activity.

“Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the IMMUTABILITY of his counsel, confirmed [it] by an oath:  That by two IMMUTABLE things, in which [it was] impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:  Which [hope] we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;  Whither the forerunner is for us entered, [even] Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.  (Hebrews 6:17-20)

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What Should Be Some Subjects For Our Bible Study / Video Lessons ?

SIH ICONWell folks, it is time for me to start planning upcoming postings for 2014.  I would greatly appreciate your input on what subjects you would like to see SIH cover in the upcoming year.

My desire is for us to study together subjects that will help us along life’s way and be better servants of Christ.  Therefore, I am not asking for you to choose what topic has the greatest interest for you.  Nor am I asking what subject would be the most pleasurable to study.

Here is what I am asking you to do… from the list below please choose up to 5 subjects that you believe would be the most spiritually beneficial for you. If your most spiritually beneficial subjects are not found on the list, you are welcome to make suggestions by leaving a comment for me.

I am trusting the Lord to use this to help me to come to an understanding of the spiritual needs of the SIH readers.  I want your time spent reading the SIH postings to be of greatest benefit for you.  I appreciate so much your visiting the blog and the last thing I want is for your valuable time to be wasted during your visit.

(By the way, I do recognize that it is my responsibility to make all the final decisions on what subjects will be covered in the SIH blog.  I am simply trusting the Lord to use this survey as one of several pieces of information that will help me come to a final decision of the blog’s contents through 2014.)

This weekend we will post the survey for the next Bible Studies/Video Lessons.

All of the Bible Studies/Video Lessons will be taught late in 2013 and into early to mid 2014.

The survey will be available for one month.

PLEASE VOTE FOR UP TO 5 SUBJECTS or you can suggest others by leaving a comment…

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What Should Be The Subject Of Our Next Devotional?

SIH ICONWell folks, it is time for me to start planning upcoming postings for 2014.

I would greatly appreciate your input on what subjects you would like to see SIH cover in the upcoming year.

My desire is for us to study together subjects that will help us along life’s way and be better servants of Christ.  Therefore, I am not asking for you to choose what topic has the greatest interest for you.  Nor am I asking what subject would be the most pleasurable to study.

Here is what I am asking you to do… from the list below please choose up to 3 subjects that you believe would be the most spiritually beneficial for you.  If your most spiritually beneficial subjects are not found on the list, you are welcome to make suggestions by leaving a comment for me.

I am trusting the Lord to use this to help me to come to an understanding of the spiritual needs of the SIH readers.  I want your time spent reading the SIH postings to be of greatest benefit for you.  I appreciate so much your visiting the blog and the last thing I want is for your valuable time to be wasted during your visit.

(By the way, I do recognize that it is my responsibility to make all the final decisions on what subjects will be covered in the SIH blog.  I am simply trusting the Lord to use this survey as one of several pieces of information that will help me come to a final decision of the blog’s contents through 2014.)

This weekend we will post the survey for the next devotional subject.  Next weekend, Lord willing, we will post a survey that covers the longer video lessons we will be posting.

All of the devotional postings will be a verse by verse study of books of the Bible…. Our Proverbs series should end toward the end of 2013. Today’s survey will be for devotionals posted in 2014.

The survey will be available for one month.

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Making It Plain: “Omniscience” = To Have All Knowledge, To Be Aware of All Things

SIH TOTT ICONOmniscience comes from two Latin words:
1. “omni” means “all” or “complete”
2. “sciens” which means “to have knowledge”, “to be aware”

The term “omniscience” is not used in the KJV Bible.

“God understandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth the place thereof. For he looketh to the ends of the earth, [and] seeth under the whole heaven;”  (Job 28:23-24)

“Remember the former things of old: for I [am] God, and [there is] none else; [I am] God, and [there is] none like me,”  (Isaiah 46:9)

Making It Plain: “Omnipresence” = To Exist Everywhere At All Times

SIH TOTT ICONOmnipotence comes from two Latin words:
1. “omni” means “all” or “complete”
2.  “praes” which means “to exist”, “to be”, “to attend”, “to be present”

The term “omnipresent” is not used in the KJV Bible.

“Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD.”    (Jeremiah 23:24)

“Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?  If I ascend up into heaven, thou [art] there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou [art there].  [If] I take the wings of the morning, [and] dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;  Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. “(Psalms 139:7-10)

 

Making It Plain: “Omnipotence” = Almighty (possessing all ability and authority)

SIH TOTT ICONOmnipotence comes from two French words:
1. “omni” means “all” or “complete”
2. “potent” which means “power”, “ability”, “strength” or “vigor”.

In the KJV this term is only used one time  and is translated from two Greek words  (pantokrator):
1. “panto” means “all”, “absolute”, or “universal”
2. “kratos” means “dominion”, “strength”, “power”, sovereign”

“And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.”  (Revelation 19:6)