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How Did The Devil Fall?

How Did The Devil Fall?

January 21, 2017

In this study, we seek answers to the following questions.

Where did evil come from?
How did the devil fall?
How can God make everything, yet not be “to blame” for the evil?

These are the following foundational universal truths that lead us to the answer.

All Creation is Obligated, Indebted to Its Creator.
God Actively sustains all Creation.
God is not obligated to Sustain a Creatures “holiness” yet, a creature remains obligated to its Creator.

Please listen carefully and study the Scriptures like good Bereans.

Let me know your thoughts!

Semper Stabilis! James 1:12

Where did evil come from?

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New Year, New You, Think About It

New Year, New You, Think About It

January 14, 2017

Happy New Year! New Year, New Creation!

New Years is a Great times to stop and think.
Youth group story: prayer and meditation challenge at camp.
Oh how we hate silence.

Atheists and existentialism: They have nothing to look forward to, they have no hope.

God wants to
[Isa 1:16 ESV] Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil,
[Isa 1:17 ESV] learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow's cause.
[Isa 1:18 ESV] "Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.

Hebrew
Pro 6:6 Observe: the ant
to learn thoroughly, examine carefully
to consider well

Psalm 77: Meditate
to meditate, devise, muse, imagine
to moan, growl, utter, muse, mutter, meditate, devise, plot, speak

Greek
Consider/observe Matt 6:28 “consider the lilies”
to learn thoroughly, examine carefully
to consider well

Consider = Luke 12:24. consider the ravens. . .
to perceive, remark, observe, understand
to consider attentively, fix one's eyes or mind upon

Actively THINK ABOUT IT

[Psa 8:1 ESV] To the choirmaster: according to The Gittith. A Psalm of David.

O LORD (יְהֹוָה Yĕhovah), our Lord (דֹנָי 'Adonay),
how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.

Jehovah = "the existing One"
the proper name of the one true God
unpronounced except with the vowel

Adony “Lord”
Lord - title, spoken in place of Yahweh in Jewish display of reverence

how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.
Majestic:
great, majestic
of waters of sea
of a tree
of kings, nations, gods
great one, majestic one

[Psa 8:2 ESV] Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger.

Babies & Infants?
[1Co 1:26 ESV] For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth.
[1Co 1:27 ESV] But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong;
[1Co 1:28 ESV] God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are,
[1Co 1:29 ESV] so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.
[1Co 1:30 ESV] And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption,
[1Co 1:31 ESV] so that, as it is written, "Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord."

[Psa 8:3 ESV] When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
[Rom 1:19 ESV] For what can be known about God is plain to them (ungodly, unrighteous men), because God has shown it to them.
[Rom 1:20 ESV] For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.

[Psa 8:4 ESV] what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?
[Psa 8:5 ESV] Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.
[Psa 8:6 ESV] You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet,

The Typological Interpretation.
Near/immediate fulfillment & a Christ Fulfillment. Hebrews 2:6-8

[Psa 8:7 ESV] all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field,
[Psa 8:8 ESV] the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas.
[Psa 8:9 ESV] O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

[Psa 19:1 ESV] To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
[Psa 19:2 ESV] Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.
[Psa 19:3 ESV] There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard.

[Psa 19:4 ESV] Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them he has set a tent for the sun,
[Psa 19:5 ESV] which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber, and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.
[Psa 19:6 ESV] Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them, and there is nothing hidden from its heat.

[Psa 19:7 ESV] The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul;
the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple;

[Psa 19:8 ESV] the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes;

[Psa 19:9 ESV] the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever;
the rules of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether.

[Psa 19:10 ESV] More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.
[Psa 19:11 ESV] Moreover, by them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.

[Psa 19:12 ESV] Who can discern his errors?
Declare me innocent from hidden faults.

[Psa 19:13 ESV] Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins;
let them not have dominion over me!
Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression.

[Psa 19:14 ESV] Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.

Celebrate Communion: we are called to examine our self.

[1Co 11:28 ESV] Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup.
[1Co 11:29 ESV] For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself.
[1Co 11:30 ESV] That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died.
[1Co 11:31 ESV] But if we judged ourselves truly, we would not be judged.

[1Co 11:23 ESV] For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread,

[1Co 11:24 ESV] and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, "This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me."

[1Co 11:25 ESV] In the same way also he took the cup, after supper,
saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me."

[1Co 11:26 ESV] For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.

New Year New You 2017

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The Importance of The Incarnation

The Importance of The Incarnation

January 7, 2017

The first week of December, Andy Stanley stated the following.

“If somebody can predict their own death and then their own resurrection, I’m not all that concerned about how they got into the world.”

“Christianity doesn’t hinge on the truth or even the stories around the Birth of Jesus.”

Does it matter “Who” was born that day? Why and How?

Also if people might struggle with the “incarnation story” wouldn’t they also struggle with the “resurrection story”?

1 John 4:2
By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God;

[1Ti 3:16 ESV] Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness: He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory.

Necessity that God had to provide a solution to Genesis Rebellion
The proto-evangelium — the first Gospel (e- van –gel – yum)

[Gen 3:14 NASB] The LORD God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, Cursed are you more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you will go, And dust you will eat All the days of your life;
[Gen 3:15 NASB] And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel."
More than a talking snake; Great Cosmic battle, where the seed of Eve will have the tactical advantage.

Long Ago, many times, many ways, God spoke to our fathers.
[Heb 1:1 ESV] Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets,
[Heb 1:2 ESV] but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.

Did He? Oh Yes!
[Isa 9:6 ESV] For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
[Isa 9:7 ESV] Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.

[Mat 1:22 ESV] All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:
[Mat 1:23 ESV] "Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel" (which means, God with us).
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.

[Heb 1:3 ESV] He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
[Heb 1:4 ESV] having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.
[Heb 1:5 ESV] For to which of the angels did God ever say, "You are my Son, today I have begotten you"? Or again, "I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son"?
[Heb 1:6 ESV] And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says, "Let all God's angels worship him.”

Why couldn’t Jesus just step out of Heaven, go the cross and call it done?

The necessity of a God/Man!
[Heb 2:10 ESV] For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering.
[Heb 2:11 ESV] For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers,

[Heb 2:14 ESV] Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil,
[Heb 2:15 ESV] and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.

[Heb 2:17 ESV] Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.

Propitiate 1.
to make favorably inclined; appease; conciliate.

[Heb 2:18 ESV] For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

[2Co 5:18 ESV] All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation;
[2Co 5:19 ESV] that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.

[2Co 5:21 ESV] For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

“Jesus does this not only by dying the death we justly deserve but by living the life we should have lived.”

Imputation: God imputes our sinful life to Jesus account and Imputes Jesus’ Sinless life to our account.

Federal Headship
First Adam, Last Adam
We are condemned with our Father Adam,
We are Redeemed, through our Lord Jesus Christ.

More Than That!
[Rom 5:11 ESV] More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

The Son of Man Must Suffer
[Mar 8:27 ESV] And Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. And on the way he asked his disciples, "Who do people say that I am?"
[Mar 8:28 ESV] And they told him, "John the Baptist; and others say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets."
[Mar 8:29 ESV] And he asked them, "But who do you say that I am?" Peter answered him, "You are the Christ."
[Mar 8:30 ESV] And he strictly charged them to tell no one about him.
[Mar 8:31 ESV] And he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again.

The “Who” is important! The Son of Man; The Messiah! MUST SUFFER
Also, Matt 1 & Luke 3:23; Emphasis that Jesus had to be of the line of David.
Why all the work to demonstrate Who Jesus was, if it’s not important?

When Joseph heard that Mary was pregnant, Joseph was considering to call of the marriage.
[Mat 1:20 NASB] But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.
[Mat 1:21 NASB] "She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins."

It matters very much “Who” and it matters “How”!

John the Baptist,
[Jhn 1:29 NASB] The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

One more thing!
Be Thankful that God chose you to understand! Who are we?
[Luk 2:10 NASB] But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people;

Just like the blue collar works of Jesus’ time. God sent angels to shepherds who were working outside of town, working the night shift.

Of all the smart and popular and famous people,
[1Co 2:12 ESV] Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God.

God gathered you here at this church at this time, His Christmas morning, so we can celebrate!
So that you may know truths that is hidden from the “wise of this world”.

God wants you to know that a Savior is Born!
Who is Messiah! The Lord! The kü'-rē-os “cor-re-aws”

 

Christmas 2016

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