Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Speaking Revelation



As I explained in my December 7, 2019 post, I am reading the entire Bible out loud over a one year period and proclaiming it over the land. I'm also writing down summaries of the chapters and books as I read. Here are the summaries for Revelation.

Revelation Summaries

The book records the revelation of Jesus Christ which John received while on the Island of Patmos to show things which must soon take place. He was told to write to the seven churches of Asia what he saw. He says the Lord is coming with clouds and every eye will see Him. He sees the Lord and describes Him. A part of His description is addressed to each church. The stars and lampstands to Ephesus. The One who's dead, but risen to Smyrna. His sword to Pergamum. His eyes and feet to Thyatira. The seven Spirits of God and stars to Sardis. The Holy and True who holds the key of David to Philadelphia. The Amen, Faithful, and True Witness, Beginning of creation to Laodicea.

He tells each one what He knows about them--the good and the bad, what to do, and the reward of their overcoming. He mentions His coming in some way which appears to be a progressive revelation of the Lord and His coming to each church age. To Ephesus He says to REPENT OR HE'LL COME AND REMOVE YOUR LAMPSTAND out of its place. To Smyrna He says to be faithful until death. (The only one that doesn't specifically mention His coming, but mentions death which seems to indicate that some will die before He comes so BE FAITHFUL IF YOU DIE BEFORE HE COMES). To Pergamum He says to REPENT OR HE'LL COME QUICKLY AND MAKE WAR WITH THE SWORD of His mouth. To Thyatira He says He will deal with Jezebel and HOLD FAST UNTIL HE COMES. To Sardis He says to WAKE UP OR HE'LL COME LIKE A THIEF. to Philadelphia He says HE'S COMING QUICKLY SO HOLD FAST SO NO ONE TAKES YOUR CROWN. To Laodicea He says HE STANDS AT THE DOOR AND KNOCKS. HEAR AND OPEN AND HE'LL COME IN AND DINE. So it is a progressive revelation of Jesus Christ to His church, with the revelation of His coming being addressed. Repent. Be faithful until death. Repent. Hold fast. Wake up. He's coming quickly so hold fast. He's at the door.

Then John saw a door open in Heaven and was told to 'Come up here' so he could be shown what was going to happen after that. He saw the Creator on the throne with 24 elders and 4 Cherubim around, worshiping. The Creator had a book in His right hand that no one was worthy to open. John wept because of that, but an elder told him the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome and is worthy to open it. The Lamb came and took the book and the elders and Cherubim fell down and worshiped with song, harps, and golden bowls which are the prayers of the saints. Many angels joined in and every created thing in heaven, earth, under earth, and the sea worshiped Him.

Then He began to open the seven seals. With each one of the first four seals a Cherubim said "Come" and John saw a horse with each one--white horse conquering, red horse killing, black horse-inflation, ashen horse-death to kill 1/4 of the earth with sword, famine, pestilence and wild beasts. 5th seal--the martyrs asked how long until their blood is avenged. 6th seal--a great earthquake, black sun, blood moon, stars fell, sky split, every mountain and island moved, everyone hid themselves from the One on the throne, the presence of the Lord.

An angel told the four angels who were holding back the wind not to hurt anyone until the 144,000 were sealed from the 12 tribes. Then John saw a great multitude before the throne worshiping with palm branches. An elder told him these came out of the great tribulation and washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb, making them white. They serve Him day and night and He will be their God.

7th seal--silence for 1/2 hour and then began seven trumpets. An angel came with a golden censor--the incense went up to God. The angel added fire from the altar and threw it to the earth--thunder, sounds, lightning, earthquake and then began the seven trumpets. The first four destroyed 1/3 of the earth, sea creatures and ships. Drinking water sources--rivers and springs--and 1/3 of the sun, moon, and stars so it was dark for 1/3 of the day. An eagle said three woes were coming with the last three trumpets. The bottomless pit was opened and smoke with an army of locusts came to torment those without the seal of God-the first woe. 

The second woe was the Euphrates dried up. Angels were there to kill 1/3 of mankind. An army of 200 million came. The riders breathed out three plagues which killed 1/3 of mankind. The ones not killed did not repent. 
An angel came with a book saying no more delay. At the seventh trump the mystery of God is finished. John was told to eat the book and he did and was told he would prophesy again concerning the nations and given a rod to measure the temple, altar, and those who worship in it. But not the court because the nations will trample it for 42 months. His witnesses will prophesy for 1260 days. They will have power and when their testimony is done the beast will kill them. Their bodies will be in the street for 3 1/2 days then resurrected in front of everyone and ascend. An earthquake will kill 7000. The city split in three. 1/10 will fall. The second woe is done.

7th trumpet--the kingdoms of this world have become the kingdom of God and His Christ. The elders worship and the temple in heaven opens. The ark of the covenant appears. Then a sign--Israel giving birth to the Messiah and the dragon wanting to devour it, but He's caught up to God. The dragon fights Michael. The dragon is thrown out of heaven knowing he has a short time. 1/3 of his angels with him. He persecutes Israel. She goes to the wilderness with eagle wings for 3 1/2 years. So the dragon goes to persecute the Christians. 

The beast comes out of the sea with seven heads and ten horns like the dragon has. He has authority over the saints for 42 months--to overcome and kill them. He is worshiped by those whose name is not written in the book of life. The false prophet arises from the earth. He has the authority of the beast and makes an image of the beast--even so it can speak. Everyone who doesn't worship the beast or its image and take the mark will be killed. The mark is needed to buy and sell. The number of the beast is 666. 

John saw the 144,000 on Mt. Zion. Angels fly and announce the gospel, judgement and the fall of Babylon, don't take the mark. Those who die from now on are blessed--they can rest. Jesus reaps the earth from a cloud and an angel reaps the earth and throws into the winepress of the wrath of God.

Another sign--seven angels with seven bowls of the last plagues of the wrath of God. The victorious saints stand before God--who didn't take the mark. The seven bowls of wrath--sores from the mark, everything in the sea dies, the water source is blood, scorching heat and fire, the throne and kingdom of the beast darkened, the Euphrates dried up making way for the army of the East. Three spirits from the mouth of the dragon, beast, and false prophet to gather kings to war against God at Armageddon. 7th bowl--It is done. Lightning, thunder, earthquake, city split in three, nations fell, Babylon-the cup of God's wrath, Islands fled, mountains disappeared. 

An angel came and took John to see the judgment of the harlot. She sat on the beast on many waters. Immorality, drunk on the blood of the saints. The beast is a king who used to be, then wasn't then returns. From the abyss. Unbelievers wonder at him and worship him. 10 kings with no kingdom give their authority to the beast and have authority from him for one hour to wage war against the Lamb and are defeated. The beast and kings unite and destroy the harlot. She is the great city which rules over the kings--Babylon. An angel announces her fall. Pestilence, mourning, famine, fire. Kings and merchants weep over her. They watch her smoke from a distance. Saints, apostles, prophets rejoice. God has pronounced judgment against her for you. All the blood of the saints, prophets, and all who were slain found in her.

John heard a loud voice--great multitude singing four hallelujah's. The marriage of the Lamb has come and the bride has made herself ready--clothed in fine linen, white and clean. Heaven opened--white horse with the Word of God riding. The armies of heaven following Him in white linen. The beast and kings assembled to fight Him. The beast and false prophet are seized and thrown into the lake of fire. The rest killed with the sword of the Rider's mouth. The birds ate the flesh. Satan bound in the abyss for 1000 years.

John saw thrones and judgment given to them. He saw martyrs and those who overcame the beast and did not receive the mark. They came to life--priests of God and reigned with Christ 1000 years. The first resurrection. The second death has no power over them. The rest of the dead (wicked) didn't come to life until the 1000 years completed. After 1000 years Satan released to deceive the nations. He gathers them for war surrounding the camp of the saints and the beloved city. Fire from heaven devours them and Satan thrown in to the lake of fire. 

Then John saw the great white throne. Heaven and earth fled from Him who sat on it. All the dead stood before Him and were judged out of the books that were opened according to their deeds. Death and Hades were thrown in to the lake of fire. Anyone not written in the Lamb's book of life was thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

John saw a new heaven, a new earth and the holy city coming down as a bride adorned for her husband. The tabernacle of God is with men. Those who overcome will dwell with Him. The others--lake of fire. John saw the city, measured and described its beauty. No one wicked allowed in, only those whose names are in the Lamb's book of life. He is coming quickly and bringing His reward with Him. Blessed are those who wash their robes so they may eat of the tree of life and enter the city by the gates. Outside are the immoral. Come quickly Lord Jesus.
  • Jesus is coming and every eye will see Him, once His people have fully received the revelation of Him.
  • The revelation began at His first coming and has been partially, slowly revealed to each church age.
  • Take heed and overcome and the revelation will come to completion.
  • Repent, be faithful, hold fast, wake up, He's standing at the door. Hear and open and dine with Him.
  • Only the Lamb is worthy to take the book and open it. He will, once He is fully revealed to His church.
  • The seals will be broken and opened, revealing His coming to the earth.
  • Conquering, killing, and death in many forms will occur. 
  • The sky will split open, His presence revealed.
  • Use this tribulation to wash your robes in the blood of the Lamb and He will be your Shepherd and God.
  • The prayers of the saints prepare for the sounding of the trumpets.
  • The trumpets bring destruction and torment with the last trump bringing the reign of Jesus Christ to the world, opening the temple of God and revealing the ark of His covenant.
  • During the great persecution and forced worship, idolatry, when provision is withheld and martyrs are made, the goal is not to stay alive physically, but spiritually--to remain pure, blameless, and meet the Lord on the mount.
  • Persevere and keep the faith until the end.
  • The worldly spirit which entices with wealth, sensuality, sinful pleasures, and lusts, deceives the people of the earth, kings, merchants, and all who do not reject the mark to serve the living God.
  • The world will unite against the Lamb but will be defeated.
  • Those who remain true to Him, gaining victory over the worldly beast, will stand before Him and His throne singing the Song of Moses. 
  • Wash your robes, make them white in the blood of the Lamb.
  • Make yourself ready.
  • He is coming quickly.
  • Practice righteousness--righteous acts and deeds. 
  • Keep yourself holy, for a priest of God who reigns on the earth is one who overcomes the world.
  • This holy one will inherit new things and will dwell among God Himself and His people with no more death, mourning, crying, or pain.

Monday, January 18, 2021

Speaking 1, 2, 3 John and Jude


1, 2, 3, John & Jude

As I explained in my December 7, 2019 post, I am reading the entire Bible out loud over a one year period and proclaiming it over the land. I'm also writing down summaries of the chapters and books as I read. Here are the summaries for 1, 2, 3, John and Jude.

1 John Summaries

John wrote this letter, possibly as late as 90 A.D. He writes about what they have personally witnessed concerning the Word of life who was with the Father and manifested to them. They proclaim it to the readers so they too may fellowship with them, and their fellowship is with the Father and Son. The message is that God is light. There is no darkness in Him. So if we walk in darkness, while saying we have fellowship with Him, we lie and don't practice truth. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we say we haven't sinned, we make Him a liar and His Word is not in us. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship and His blood cleanses us from all sin. If we confess our sin, He forgives us and cleanses us.

John says he writes this so they don't sin, but if we do, we have an advocate with the Father--Jesus Christ. We know we know Him if we keep His Word. If we say we know Him and don't keep His Word, we lie and the truth is not in us. The love of God has been perfected in the one who keeps His Word. The one who says he's in the light, but hates his brother, is in darkness. The one who loves his brother is in the light and there is no cause for stumbling in him. Darkness blinds the eyes of those who hate. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. The lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, are all passing away, but whoever does God's will lives forever.

Many antichrists have appeared. They went out from them, but were not really of them. The antichrist is the one who denies the Father and the Son. Don't believe every spirit. Many false prophets have gone out into the world. The antichrist does not confess Jesus. The Spirit of God confesses Jesus has come in the flesh. Those of the world speak like the world and the world listens to them. We are from God. He who knows God listens to us. This is how to know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error. 

Whoever denies the Son doesn't have the Father. Whoever confesses the Son has the Father also. The anointing is in you and teaches you. What a great love the Father has given us that we would be called His children. When He appears we will be like Him. Having this hope fixed on Him purifies us. There is no sin in Him. He who is born of God does not practice sin. He can't because His seed abides in him. We know we've passed from death to life because we love the brethren. If your brother has need, and you have goods, but close your heart to him, how does the love of God dwell in you? 

Don't love in word, but in deed and truth. If our heart doesn't condemn us, we have confidence before God that what we ask of Him we receive because we keep His commandment and do what pleases Him. The commandment is that we believe in the Name of His Son Jesus and love one another. Then we abide in Him and He lives in us, and we know it by the Spirit.

Jesus came by water and blood and the Spirit testifies because He's truth. The Spirit, water, and blood all agree. He who believes has this testimony in himself. The testimony is that God gave us eternal life and the life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life. He who doesn't have the Son, doesn't have life. He hears us if we ask according to His will. We may pray for a brother who committed a sin not leading to death, and God will give Him life. But not for a sin leading to death. No one who is born of God sins. God keeps him and the evil one doesn't touch him. Keep from idols.
  • Fellowship with the Father and the Son, and walking in the light, enables us to love our brothers and sisters.
  • He who confesses the Son has the Father, is born of God, contains His seed, and doesn't sin.
  • All things exposed to the light and the blood are cleansed.
  • Darkness blinds the eyes of those who hate.
  • The one who loves is in the light and there is no cause for stumbling in him.
  • Believe in the Name of Jesus and love one another, you will have the fellowship and walk in the light.

2 John Summaries

John writes to a 'lady' and her children saying he was glad to find some of her children walking in truth. He is writing in regards to truth. He asks for her to keep the commandment they've had from the beginning. This is love--that we walk in His commandment. He warns against deceivers who don't acknowledge Jesus has come in the flesh. This is the deceiver and antichrist. Anyone who doesn't remain in the teaching of Christ does not have God. Don't receive him into your house and don't greet him. He says he has more to say, but wants to do it in person.
  • Be sure to stay true to the teaching of Jesus Christ and refuse the teachings of the deceiver and antichrist.
  • Stay on guard and walk in His commandments.
  • The influence you have over others is not to be taken lightly.
3 John Summaries

John wrote to Gaius praying that he prospers and is in good health just as his soul prospers. His greatest joy is to hear of his children walking in truth. He was glad to hear it from the brethren. He says they have been faithful in their love for the brethren and to send them out in a worthy manner for we ought to support such men who go out for the sake of the Name. He wrote to the church, but Diotrephes does not accept what they say--unjustly accuses them, forbidding those who desire to see the brethren, even putting them out of the church. Do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. He says he has much to say but not with pen and ink. He hopes to see them soon.
  • Be faithful to support the brethren who work for the sake of the Name, being fellow workers with the truth.
  • Don't follow those who reject the brethren who do good--those who unjustly accuse.
  • Follow what is good for the one who does good is of God.

Jude Summaries

Jude says he feels the necessity to write to them asking that they contend earnestly for the faith which was once handed down. For certain people have crept in unnoticed who deny Jesus. He then reminds them of some throughout history who have ben destroyed--those who came out of Egypt and didn't believe, the angels who abandoned their proper place, the gross immorality of Sodom and Gomorrah, Cain, Balaam, Korah. These men also defile the flesh, reject authority, and revile angelic majesties. They revile what they don't understand. What they know by instinct--like unreasoning animals--by these things they'll be destroyed.

Enoch prophesied about them saying the Lord comes with many thousands of His holy ones to execute judgment on all, to convict the ungodly of their deeds and what they've spoken against Him. But you, remember the words of the apostles, who said these would come in the last days. Build yourselves up on your faith, praying in the Holy Spirit. Keep in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the Lord. Have mercy on some who doubt, save others, snatching them out of the fire. On some have mercy with fear, hating even the garment polluted by the flesh. He ends with praise to God.
  • Contend earnestly for the faith.
  • Judgment will come to those who reject the Lord.
  • Pray in the Spirit.
  • Stay in the love of God.
  • Wait anxiously for the mercy of the Lord.
  • He will return with many thousands of His holy ones.

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Speaking 1 & 2 Peter


1 & 2 Peter

As I explained in my December 7, 2019 post, I am reading the entire Bible out loud over a one year period and proclaiming it over the land. I'm also writing down summaries of the chapters and books as I read. Here are the summaries for 1 & 2 Peter.

1 Peter Summaries

Peter wrote this letter possibly around 66-67 A.D. from Babylon. He speaks of the mercy of God which called us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus to an imperishable and undefiled inheritance. He speaks about going through trials and suffering. He says to submit to authorities by doing right. This will silence the ignorance of foolish men. He says its better to suffer for doing right, then wrong. When we do, and patiently endure, we find favor with God. Christ was our example in this. He didn't threaten when reviled. He bore our sins so we may die to sin and live to righteousness.

Do not live for the flesh. Christ suffered in the flesh. Do the same, for he who suffers in the flesh has ceased from sin. The proof of their faith through trials will result in praise and glory. He says they are being built up as living stones to a spiritual house, a royal priesthood. They're born again by an imperishable seed. The end of all things is near so be of sound judgement and sober spirit for prayer. Cast your anxieties on Him and resist the devil firm in the faith.
  • Suffering, trials, and difficulties are ingredients to strong faith.
  • They strengthen the living stones which build the house of God--the royal priesthood, the holy nation of God.
  • It is an imperishable seed which gives birth to the new heart. The heart which is able to resist sin and be of sound mind and sober judgment.
  • The end result of your faith will be praise and glory--and you will be strengthened, established, perfected, and confirmed.

2 Peter Summaries

Peter wrote this letter around 68-69 A.D. about a year after his first one and not long before the destruction of Jerusalem. He says that God has given us all things that pertain to life and godliness, and by these things He has given us precious promises so we may be partakers of His divine nature. Because of this, apply diligence, moral excellence, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love, for these things will make you fruitful in the knowledge of Jesus and if you practice them you'll never stumble.

Peter says he'll be leaving Earth soon and wants them to remember this. He has made known to them what he heard for himself and no prophecy of Scripture is for man's own interpretation, but God speaking through the Holy Spirit. He warns of false teachers arising. Many will follow but God will judge them. He describes those who indulge the flesh and despise authority--for whom the black darkness has been reserved. They entice with words, sensual and fleshly desires, promising freedom while they are enslaved. They will mock in the last day, saying He won't come, but He will. He's patient, not wanting any to perish. 1000 years is as a day and a day as 1000 years to Him. So behave in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening His coming.
  • God's nature, which we have through His promises, and the knowledge of Him, through which we can practice godliness, will keep us from stumbling.
  • His nature will keep us from falling for false teaching and being led astray by indulging the flesh.
  • Look for Him. He will return.
  • Look for and hasten His coming.
  • When you see someone who is deceived, you know they have fallen after the lusts of the flesh.

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Speaking James



As I explained in my December 7, 2019 post, I am reading the entire Bible out loud over a one year period and proclaiming it over the land. I'm also writing down summaries of the chapters and books as I read. Here are the summaries for James.

James Summaries

James was written possibly not long before he was martyred in 69 A.D. He addresses his letter to the twelve dispersed tribes, yet it is to believers in Jesus. He first speaks of trials and says that they produce endurance. He says if you need wisdom to ask for it, in faith, and God will give it generously. He says to rejoice in whatever your circumstance--rich or poor. When you persevere under trial and are approved, you'll receive the crown of life. Don't say God is tempting you--He can't be tempted with evil and He doesn't tempt others. Temptation comes when a person is enticed by his own lust. It leads to sin, then death. Every good gift is from God. Put off filthiness and receive the Word--being a doer, not just a hearer, and bridle your tongue. 

James says to care for the widows and orphans in their distress. Don't show favoritism to the rich. Love your neighbor as yourself. Faith without works is dead. Don't just tell your brother to be warmed and filled, give him what he needs. Like the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead. The one who is able to control his tongue can control his whole body. It sets on fire the course of our life and is set on fire by hell. We tame bests, but no one can tame the tongue. We bless God and curse man--this ought not to be.

A wise man should show his good deeds in the gentleness of wisdom. The wisdom which is from above, not the bad behavior of jealousy and selfish ambition or arrogance. The source of your quarrels is your pleasure. You don't have because you don't ask, but you ask and don't receive because you ask with wrong motives to spend on your pleasures. A friend of the world is the enemy of God. Submit to God, resist the devil, and he'll flee.

Don't speak against one another for there is one Lawgiver and Judge. Don't boast about your plans, but say, 'if the Lord will, we'll do this.' He tells the rich to mourn for the miseries coming upon them because of their stored up rotting treasures, withholding wages, living luxuriously, condemning the righteous. Be patient until the coming of the Lord. Consider the suffering of the prophets and Job. If you're suffering--pray. If you're cheerful--sing praises. If you're sick--call for the elders of the church to pray for you and anoint you with oil. The prayer of faith will save the sick and sins will be forgiven. Confess your sins to one another and pray for each other. The effective prayer of a righteous man accomplishes much--like Elijah. Know that if you turn back one who strays, you save his soul from death and cover a multitude of sin.
  • Rejoice.
  • Persevere.
  • Stay the course.
  • Resist the lusts of the flesh, the temptations to sin, to be selfish, to speak against your brothers and sisters.
  • Submit to God, resist the devil, and he'll flee.
  • Ask for wisdom.
  • Do good to others. Take care of them and treat them well.
  • Pray for each other.
  • Confess your sins and pray for each other.
  • Turn back those who stray.

Friday, January 15, 2021

Speaking Hebrews



As I explained in my December 7, 2019 post, I am reading the entire Bible out loud over a one year period and proclaiming it over the land. I'm also writing down summaries of the chapters and books as I read. Here are the summaries for Hebrews.

Hebrews Summaries

The writer of Hebrews is believed to be Paul and written in 60 A.D. from Rome. He starts out saying that God has spoken to our fathers in many ways in the past, but now has spoken to us in His Son--who is the exact representation of His nature. He is heir of all things, greater than angels, though for a little while He was made lower than angels. He suffered and was then crowned to bring many sons to glory. He was made like us, tempted like us, so He could be a merciful High Priest. He is the Son of God, not like Moses who was a servant. He is the builder of the house and we are the house. So we are to hold fast our confidence and hope to the end. Encouraging each other so we're not hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. 

There is still a promise of entering into His rest. Let's be diligent to enter into it, resting from our works as God did His. Nothing is hidden from His sight. His Word is alive and judges the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Let's draw near to His throne and obtain the mercy and grace we need. High priests are called by God and taken from among men on their behalf to offer gifts and sacrifices for sin--for themselves, as well as the people. But we have a High Priest after the order of Melchizedek--an eternal priesthood to which the Levitical priesthood honored and paid tithes. He was sworn with an oath--the promise of God--the guarantee and mediator of a better covenant. An eternal covenant of which the earthly priesthood was just a copy. His laws written in our minds and put on our hearts. 

The earthly sanctuary sacrifices were done daily and yearly with a remembrance of sin. It didn't cleanse the conscience of the worshiper. Yet Jesus entered the tabernacle in Heaven with His own blood and obtained eternal redemption which cleanses the conscience of those who receive it. His sacrifice was once for all with no more remembrance of sin. We can enter confidently into the holy place by the blood of Jesus, but if we continue in sin, there remains no more sacrifice for it. He will come again without reference to sin for those who eagerly await Him. 

Faith is being assured of what we hope for, yet still unseen. The world was made from what is unseen. This faith--believing God exists and rewards those who seek Him--pleases God. Many heroes of faith died without yet receiving the promises, having suffered many things, yet they saw them far off and welcomed them. They did not receive the promise, but we do, so they are made complete in us. Because of their great witness, we ought to lay aside everything that entangles us and keep our eyes fixed on Jesus who endured such hostility of sinners. Resist sin to the point of blood. 

God disciplines us for our own good so we may share in His holiness. We've come to Mt. Zion, not Mt. Sinai where His Voice shook the Earth. Yet it will shake the Earth again and Heaven, so the things which can be shaken will be removed and what can't be shaken will remain. 

Paul gives closing remarks to continue in love, hospitality, remembering prisoners, honoring marriage, be free from the love of money, not carried off with strange teachings, continually offer a sacrifice of praise with your lips giving thanks to His Name. Do good and share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
  • God speaks to us today through His Son Jesus who became one of us. 
  • Jesus was tempted like us, yet without sin.
  • He is now seated at the right hand of the Father.
  • He is the faithful High Priest of our confession. Let us hold fast our confession and hope until the end.
  • Let us draw near to the throne of grace, receive His mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
  • Let us enter His rest by faith, encouraging each other so no one is hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.
  • God has made an oath, a promise--a hope set before us as an anchor of our soul.
  • Jesus was called and sworn in with an oath as the High Priest of this promise.
  • Draw near to Him and allow Him to write upon your mind and put upon your heart the laws of this New Covenant.
  • The earthly, fleshly, temporary copy is being replaced with the heavenly, pure, eternal sanctuary of God.
  • If earthly animal blood cleanses the flesh, how much more does the spotless blood of Christ cleanse our conscience from dead works to serve the living God?!
  • Enter the holy place with confidence and eagerly await His return for salvation.
  • He is and He does. He exists and He does good to those who seek Him.
  • This is faith--knowing the invisible spiritual and eternal things cannot be shaken. They will remain forever.
  • Whatever difficulties, whatever discipline occurs in this temporal realm is preparing the way for eternal rewards--eternal establishments--as we remain faithful and don't give up.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Speaking Titus and Philemon


Titus & Philemon

As I explained in my December 7, 2019 post, I am reading the entire Bible out loud over a one year period and proclaiming it over the land. I'm also writing down summaries of the chapters and books as I read. Here are the summaries for Titus and Philemon.

Titus Summaries

Paul wrote the letter to Titus around 63 A.D. or so, after being released from prison in Rome, most likely around the same time he wrote 1 Timothy, possibly from Corinth on his way to Nicopolis. He tells Titus to appoint elders in every city in Crete as he had directed. He gives qualifications for the overseer's behavior and also that they hold fast the Word so they are able to both exhort in sound doctrine and refute those who contradict. He says to reprove severely those rebellious ones, especially of the circumcision, who are upsetting whole families. They need to be silenced. Reprove them so they can be sound in the faith. 

All things are pure to the pure but the mind and conscience of the defiled and unbelievers is defiled and nothing is pure to them. They might profess to know God but their deeds deny Him. He tells him to speak what is fitting for sound doctrine and how the older men should behave, the older women, young men, and bondslaves so the Word of God is not dishonored and the opponents will be put to shame having nothing bad to say about them. The grace of God brought salvation to all, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires. To live sensibly, righteously, and godly. Looking for the blessed hope and appearing of Jesus Christ who gave Himself for us.

He says to remind them to be subject to authorities and to live peaceably, ready for every good deed. We were once foolish, disobedient, enslaved to lusts, and hateful, but when the kindness of God and His love appeared, He loved us according to His mercy, not our deeds, and washed and renewed us by the Holy Spirit. Avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, strife, and disputes about the Law. Warn the factious man. Paul ends with greetings.
  • If we profess to know God our actions must not deny Him.
  • We study and learn sound doctrine so we can align our lives with it.
  • We are not to dishonor the Word of God, but put to shame those who oppose it by our good conduct.
  • Exhort each other in sound doctrine and refute those among you who contradict.

Philemon Summaries

Paul wrote to Philemon in 61-63 A.D. while a prisoner in Rome. He sends greetings to him and others and the church in his house. He thanks God for them because of their faith and love towards God and the saints. He says he could order them to do what is proper yet for love's sake he appeals to them as the aged and imprisoned Paul. He asks that Onesimus be accepted as a free man, as a brother and not a slave. If he has wronged them or owes anything to charge it to his account. He says he expects to come to them soon and to prepare lodging for him.
  • Shall we order others to obey the Word of God, or shall we appeal to them for the sake of love?
  • Isn't it better for a person's goodness to be of their own free will and not because of force?

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Speaking 1 & 2 Timothy


1 & 2 Timothy

As I explained in my December 7, 2019 post, I am reading the entire Bible out loud over a one year period and proclaiming it over the land. I'm also writing down summaries of the chapters and books as I read. Here are the summaries for 1 & 2 Timothy.

1 Timothy Summaries

The exact time and location of Paul's letter to Timothy is unclear. Somewhere around 63-67 A.D. or thereabouts. Paul tells Timothy that he urged him to stay in Ephesus to instruct certain ones not to teach strange doctrines or pay attention to myths and endless genealogies which cause speculations. The goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart, a good conscience, and sincere faith. He mentions those who want to teach the Law, not knowing what they're doing. Law is not for the righteous, but for sinners. 

Paul thanks God that in spite of his ignorant, violent behavior in the past, God showed him mercy and made him an example of the Lord's patience. He encourages Timothy to fight the good fight according to the prophecies previously given him. He mentions two who have rejected faith and good conscience and have been turned over to Satan to learn not to blaspheme. Prayers, petitions, and thanksgivings should be made on behalf of all, for all in authority, so we may live a quiet life in godliness. God desires all to be saved and come to the knowledge of truth. There is one God, and one Mediator between God and man--Jesus. 

Paul, who has been appointed as a preacher, apostle, and teacher of the Gentiles, instructs the women to dress modestly and in good works, to receive instruction quietly. Adam being made first was not deceived, but the woman was deceived. He gives qualifications for overseers and deacons so its known how to conduct oneself in the house of God. The Spirit says some will fall away in the latter days--deceived and listening to doctrines of demons. Forbidding to marry or eat certain foods. In pointing these things out he will be a good servant of Christ and constantly nourished on the words of faith and sound doctrine. 

Don't listen to worldly fables but discipline yourself for godliness which holds promise for this life and the one to come. He tells Timothy not to let anyone look down on his youth, but let his speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity be an example. He tells him to read the Scripture publicly again and not to neglect the gift in him given through prophecy and laying on of hands. He says to pay close attention to himself and his teaching. 

Paul instructs how to treat older and younger men, women, widows, and what defines a true widow. He says how to treat elders and accusations against them. How slaves are to treat their masters. If anyone advocates a different doctrine, he doesn't understand anything. He thinks godliness is means of gain, which it is if accompanied by contentment. Be content with food and covering.

Those who want to be rich fall into a snare for the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil. Instruct the rich not to fix their hope in uncertain riches, but on God who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. Tell them to do good and be generous. He ends by telling Timothy to guard what's been entrusted to him and avoid worldly and empty chatter and the opposing arguments of what is falsely called "knowledge."
  • Pray for earthly authority to align with godly authority.
  • For all authority--in homes, churches, and business--to align with godly authority.
  • For sound doctrine to be studied, learned, and taught in alignment with the truth.
  • For deception and false teaching to be exposed and removed.
  • For accusations to be handled properly.
  • For people not to trust in money or pursue it without contentment, but to trust in God, to do good, and be generous.
  • For individuals to discipline themselves in godliness--which holds promise for both this life and the one to come.

2 Timothy Summaries

Paul wrote to Timothy again during his second imprisonment in Rome, probably around 67-68 A.D. shortly before he was martyred (68 A.D.). Jerusalem was destroyed in 70 A.D. Paul thanks God as he constantly remembers Timothy in his prayers day and night, longing to see him, remembering the faith of his grandmother and mother. He reminds him to kindle afresh the gift of God in him, given through Paul's laying on of hands. God hasn't given us a spirit of timidity but power, love, and discipline.

He says not to be ashamed of the Lord, or of Paul, but to join in the suffering. Retain the standard of sound words. Guard the treasure entrusted to him. He mentions that all of Asia turned away from him and blesses Onesiphorus who sought him out in Rome. He tells him to be strong and entrust what he's heard from Paul to faithful men who are able to teach others. Suffer hardship as a good soldier, one who doesn't entangle himself with the affairs of everyday life, so as to please the one who enlisted him.

Paul says he endures everything for the sake of the chosen so they also may obtain salvation. He says to remind them not to wrangle about words. Be diligent to present yourself approved to God--accurately handling the Word of Truth. Avoid worldly and empty chatter which leads to further ungodliness. Some say the resurrection has already come and upset the faith of some. He who cleanses himself from these will be a vessel of honor for the Master. The Lord's bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, correcting the opposition in gentleness, so perhaps God will grant repentance to the knowledge of truth.

Paul speaks of the last days--the difficult times. He describes the attitude and behavior of men and says to avoid them. They have a form of godliness, but deny its power, always learning but not coming to the knowledge of truth. Opposing truth, their folly will be obvious to all. He says to follow him. He had received him out of all the persecutions he endured. Evil men will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived, but continue in the Scriptures he's learned from childhood. All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, reproof, correction, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be adequate and equipped for every good work.

Paul ends charging Timothy to preach the Word for the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but wanting their ears tickled will accumulate teachers to themselves according to their own desires. Paul says the time of his departure has come and he asks Timothy to come visit.
  • Be aware of the hardships and persecutions that come from those with a form of godliness, from those who are quarrelsome, from empty chatter, and foolish speculations.
  • Beware of the ungodly attitudes and behavior of others, from those looking to have their ears tickled. Don't get caught up in that.
  • Keep yourself as a vessel of honor.
  • Stay true to sound doctrine--to the Scriptures.
  • Be kind, patient, teach, and correct with all gentleness

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Speaking 1 & 2 Thessalonians


1 & 2 Thessalonians

As I explained in my December 7, 2019 post, I am reading the entire Bible out loud over a one year period and proclaiming it over the land. I'm also writing down summaries of the chapters and books as I read. Here are the summaries for 1 and 2 Thessalonians.

1 Thessalonians Summaries

Paul wrote this letter to the church of the Thessalonians in 50 A.D. from Corinth. He thanks God for them and says he prays for them remembering their faith, labor of love, and hope in the Lord. He says the gospel came to them not just in word, but in power, the Holy Spirit, and full conviction, and that they became an example to all believers in Macedonia and Achaia. Others reporting how they turned from idols to serve God and wait for His Son.

Paul says even though they came to them after being mistreated in Philippi, they spoke the Word boldly amid much opposition. They speak, not to please men, but God who examines their heart. They didn't speak to them in flattery, greed, or seeking glory, but cared for them gently and worked hard so they wouldn't be a burden to them. So they would walk worthy of God who called them into His kingdom and glory.

Paul thanks God they received the Word for what it really is--the Word of God. They, as the churches in Judea, suffered from hostile men. Paul and those with him were taken away from them for a little while and were eager to see them but Satan hindered them. Finally, when they could wait no longer, they sent Timothy to check on them. He returned and said they are well and they rejoice in that.

Paul prays God and Jesus would lead them there and that their love for all people abounds so they are established in holiness. He tells them to abstain from sexual immorality and to possess their vessel in sanctification and honor. The Lord is the avenger in this. They've been taught by God to love, and they practice that towards all the brethren in Macedonia, but he urges them to excel even more. To lead a quiet life, attend to their own business, work with their hands, so they behave properly towards outsiders.

Paul wants them to understand that those who have fallen asleep--died--in Jesus will return with the Lord when He comes. The dead in Christ will rise first, then those who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. The Day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While they are saying peace and safety, destruction will come suddenly and they won't escape. But you are not in darkness so it won't overtake you like a thief. God has not destined us to wrath, but salvation. 

He exhorts them to appreciate and honor those who labor among them and have charge over them in the Lord and instruct them. He says to admonish, encourage, help, be patient, and seek good for each other. Rejoice. Pray and give thanks always. Don't quench the Spirit or despise the prophetic, but examine everything carefully. He ends saying, May God preserve you blameless until His coming.
  • Endure opposition and sacrifice as a father would for the sake of his children--so they may not be burdened but walk worthy of God. 
  • So they learn to love and are established in holiness, possessing their vessel in sanctification and honor.
  • Walking in the day, so when the Lord returns, they are not caught off guard, but rise to meet Him in the air--destined for salvation.
  • Exhort, love, pray, rejoice.
  • Examine everything carefully.
  • May God preserve you blameless until He comes.

2 Thessalonians Summaries

Paul writes this letter to the church of the Thessalonians in 51 A.D. from Corinth. He thanks God for their faith and love and is proud of their perseverance and faith in the midst of their persecutions and afflictions, making them worthy of the kingdom. When the Lord is revealed from heaven those who afflict them will pay the penalty of eternal destruction. He will give relief to, and be glorified in, His saints. He prays that God counts them worthy of their calling.

He says not to listen to those who say the Day of the Lord has already come. It will not come until the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed--sitting in the temple, making himself as God. The mystery of lawlessness is already at work, but is restrained. When its time, he who restrains will be taken out of the way and the lawless one will be revealed. The Lord will slay him with the breath of His mouth and by the appearance of His coming.

This one will have shown power, signs, and false wonders with the activity of Satan, the deception of wickedness for those who perish--who were not saved by receiving the love of the truth. God will send a deluding influence so they believe what is false and will be judged. They didn't believe the truth but took pleasure in wickedness. So stand firm in the traditions you were taught--whether by their mouth or letter.

Paul asks for prayer for their work and says God will strengthen and protect them from evil men. He says to keep away from those who are undisciplined and won't work but are busybodies. Even Paul was an example to them and worked for his own provision. If they don't work, they shouldn't eat. If they don't, disassociate with them, yet not as an enemy, but admonish them as a brother.
  • There is no pleasure in wickedness. It is a deception.
  • Don't choose false pleasure over truth.
  • Love the truth.
  • Truth leads to life and salvation.
  • Believe the truth and you'll be saved from the strong, deluding influence which deceives and brings judgment.
  • Stand firm in the Word of God.