Daily Bible Nugget #359, Psalm 50:23

The Nugget:

Psalm 50:23 Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God. (KJV)

Psalm 50:23 Whoever makes an offering of praise gives glory to me; and to him who is upright in his ways I will make clear the salvation of God. (Bible in Basic English)

My Comment:

There is much instruction, even spiritual meat (Hebrews 5:14), in this verse! I just lately came upon Psalm 50:23 in my work of expanding the cross references available for effective Bible study. I was amazed at the truth encapsuled in this verse. I will share my cross references for this verse below. If you will study each reference by hovering your mouse pointer over each cross reference verse given, you will find that the Bible does indeed explain itself.

I like to compare different English translations when I study a verse of Scripture. I have shared above the Bible in Basic English translation of Psalm 50:23 because it seems to be the clearest English version I could find.

I believe God has promised in this verse to reveal Himself and His salvation to those who are upright in their ways. This is a significant idea. God promises to give more light to those who will seek Him by reading His written word recorded in the Bible. As a result, such a person will truly find God and come to experience God’s salvation and will know they have become truly saved as they read the Bible. I know by experience that God does exactly that, for it happened to me.

So what is needed today, everywhere, is for each person who believes the Bible and who is truly saved to reach out to another person and share the truth of the Bible with them, or at least get them to read the Bible, particularly the New Testament, repeatedly and continuously for themselves. If every Christian would do that, the number of Christians would be doubled in short order.

I read a quotation from Spurgeon recently that in essence said that you can tell who is a true Christian because a true Christian will bring others to Jesus. If that has not been happening in your life, make it a matter of prayer, asking the Lord to open the right door of opportunity to share with someone else what you know of Christ. Spurgeon’s idea is surely Biblical, because we see exactly this happening in chapter one of the Gospel of John. I have seen this happen in real life when a newly-saved high school student came to me and asked me how to lead other young people to Christ. I showed him. He did so. A group of these young people pooled their personal financial resources to buy New Testaments and other sound Christian literature and Gospel tracts to give to new believers, and their budgets could not keep up with the demand. These young people at the time were members of the Bible Discussion Club at Cass Technical High School in Detroit, where I was asked to be the club sponsor by the school administration upon the request of three young ladies who wanted to have such a club at their high school.

It may well be that many people both in and out of the church think they are Christians, but in reality they have never been saved. If you ask them, “Do you know for sure that you will go to heaven when you die?” many of them are really not sure. You can tell, because they will say “I hope so,” or “I try to keep the commandments,” or “I hope my good deeds outweigh my bad ones,” and similar comments. If this is what you feel, you would be helped spiritually if you would do what I did, and read the New Testament for yourself, repeatedly, until God fulfills His promise to you by showing His salvation to you. The Bible promises that if we draw near to God, He will draw near to each of us (James 4:8).

I have shown you God’s Word. Now you know what to do.

For those who desire to DIG DEEPER into this subject:

(1) Consult the cross references given in Nelson’s Cross Reference Guide to the Bible on page 572 for Psalm 50:23.

(2) Consult the cross references given in The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 621 or in Logos 5 or 6 Bible software for Psalm 50:23.

(3) Consult the cross references given in the original Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 377 of the OT or on line at www.blueletterbible.org for Psalm 50:23.

(3) Most people today do not have access to those three print resources, so I have posted cross references for this passage as I have developed them even more completely for your study as given below:

Psalm 50:23. Whoso offereth. Le 7:12. Am 5:22. Jon 2:9. Ml 3:3. Jn 4:24. 1 P 2:5. praise. ver. *Ps 50:14, 15. Ps 22:3, 23. 27:6. 69:30, 31. 86:9, 12. 92:1. +*Ps 119:171. Song 2:14. Da 2:20. **Ro 12:1. 15:6, 9. Ga 1:24. *He 13:15. *1 P 2:9. glorifieth me. Is 43:7. +Mt 9:8. 15:31. Mk 12:33. Lk 5:25. *Lk 17:18. Ro 1:21. 2 Cor 4:15. 9:13. to him. Ps 24:4, 5. *Ps 25:14. *Ps 85:9. +*Ps 119:166. 1 S 2:30. **Jn 7:17. **Jn 8:31, 32. *Ac 10:2-4. 11:14. 13:26. Ga 6:16. ordereth his conversation. Heb. disposeth his way. +*Ps 15:2. 25:10. +**Ps 66:18. +*Ps 119:166. Is 40:3-5. 43:19. 56:1. %+*Is 66:4. +*Lk 21:36. Jn 4:24. +*Jn 9:31. *Phil 1:27. +**Phil 2:12, 13n. +**Col 1:10. 3:1-3. 1 Th 4:1. *James 3:13. 4:8. 1 P 1:15. 2:12. *2 P 3:11. 1 J 3:3. will I shew. Ps 85:7. 107:43. Ac 8:30, 31, 35. +**Phil 2:12, 13n. **James 4:8. the salvation of God. Ps 14:7. 51:12. 85:7. *Ps 91:16. *Is 12:2. 45:17. 49:6. 51:5, 6. *Lk 2:25, 29, 30. Phil 1:28. +*He 9:28n. *1 P 1:13.

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Daily Bible Nugget #358, Psalm 139:7

The Nugget:

Psalm 139:7 Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?

My Comment:

Think you can hide from God? Better think again! God is spirit (John 4:24). He is everywhere present at the same time, yet He is separate from the universe He created, not a part of it–which is what is meant by the transcendence of God, the ninth attribute of God on my list of over forty of His attributes or qualities.

In order to understand God, at least as far as He has chosen to reveal Himself to us, we must carefully consider all that the Bible tells us about Him. God has revealed Himself to us two ways: His attributes may be in part understood by the Creation (Romans 1:20), but in far greater depth and specificity by what God has told us in His written word, found only in the Bible. Psalm 19:1 refers to the fact that God’s creation declares God’s glory, and His handiwork. Psalm 19:7 declares that God has savingly revealed Himself in His written word, the Bible. So to really get to know God, you would be greatly helped by getting to know the Bible to learn what God has said about Himself.

One of the most helpful verses I have found in the Bible that explains how to get to know God better, and how to learn to trust Him, is Psalm 9:10.

(1) And they that know thy name

Knowing God’s name means understanding his attributes and his character. That is why I am presenting this extensive list of over forty attributes of God as they are revealed in Scripture.

But the Bible does not discuss the attributes of God together as a list in a single chapter. God’s attributes are spoken of and demonstrated throughout the Bible, but not in an organized way. To learn about them, they must be sought out carefully. No single attribute is discussed fully in any one place. You must compare Scripture with Scripture and find all the places in the Bible that speak of whatever attribute is under consideration. You cannot find the places where a particular attribute is discussed by using a Bible concordance. But you can find the passages in the Bible that pertain to any of the attributes of God by using cross references, which is why I have been sharing with you the most extensive collection of cross references on the attributes of God right here, though little by little! Thank you for your patience in awaiting each additional installment in this series on the attributes of God.

God does have many names in Scripture. Each name reveals some aspect of His character. Some would argue God has just one name, and that the rest of what appear to be His names are actually His titles. But in my study of the Bible I have found more than one “title” referred to in the Bible as a “name” of God, so I think those who believe God has but one name, Jehovah, may not have examined the Biblical evidence thoroughly enough.

(2) Will put their trust in Thee

Just how can you reach a point in your life where you really trust God? The answer is given right here. To trust God, you must know more completely than you do now the qualities or attributes of God’s character. There are many examples in the Bible of individuals who acted as they did because they failed to understand the character of God. The most prominent example I hold in my memory is found in Matthew 25:24, 25 where the man who was given just one “talent” hid it in the earth and failed to use it to produce more wealth. He did not even place it in the bank to earn interest. The reason for his failure and his condemnation is that he had a wrong concept of who God is, and therefore could not serve Him. He did not trust God. Like many today who question God, they do not believe God is fair, and cannot receive what God has plainly declared in the Bible that He will do if we fail to believe in Him. They need to come to grips with what God is like, following the example of Abraham in Genesis 18:25, where Abraham declared, “Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?” And the answer is, of course, that He will. God is not unjust. But God sets the standard for justice, not us.

Notice the cause/effect relationship expressed here: Knowing God’s name (the cause) results in trusting God (the effect).

(3) For thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them

Have you ever felt that God has forsaken you? Have you felt that He does not care for you? Have you felt that you have sinned so grievously and are so far from God that there is no longer any basis for hope in God? If so, I would urge you to pay close attention right here. God does know each of us by name, and the Bible clearly reveals that He thinks about each one of us individually and specifically (Psalm 40:17). Jesus said plainly that He came to seek and to save those who are lost (Luke 19:10).

(4) That seek thee.

Notice the major promise here: God does not forsake those who seek Him.

Please abandon the Calvinistic nonsense which declares that you cannot seek God. Calvinists love to quote Romans 3:11 which declares in part, “there is none that seeketh after God.” They have forgotten to check the context of this quotation Paul makes from the Psalms. Paul’s reference is to Psalm 14:2. But to understand the proper scope of the assertion that there are none that seek God, we must consult Psalm 14:1, a famous verse which focuses upon those who the Psalmist calls fools. This has no reference to you specifically if you are trying to seek God. Fools in the sense of the Psalmist don’t do that.

That it is possible to seek God is obvious. God states in 1 Chronicles 16:11, “Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his face continually.”

Does God issue a command that it is impossible for anyone to obey? Hardly. You most definitely can seek God. And if you will seek Him in the right place, you most certainly can and will find Him. The place to seek God is in His written Word found only in the Bible. The Bible is brim full of instruction about this. Check out Isaiah 55:6, 7. See Jeremiah 29:13. Above all, don’t miss what Jesus promised in Luke 11:9, 10.

Notice once again the cause/effect relationship expressed here: Those who seek God have God’s promise that He will not forsake them.

I have shown you God’s Word. Now you know what to do.

For those who desire to DIG DEEPER into this subject:

(1) Consult the cross references given in Nelson’s Cross Reference Guide to the Bible on page 642 for Psalm 139:7.

(2) Consult the cross references given in The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 685 or in Logos 5 or 6 Bible software for Psalm 139:7.

(3) Consult the cross references given in the original Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 404 of the OT or on line at www.blueletterbible.org for Psalm 139:7.

(3) Most people today do not have access to those three print resources, so I have posted cross references for this passage as I have developed them even more completely for your study as given below:

Psalm 139:7. Whither. Ex 20:18. 2 Ch 16:9. *Je 23:23, 24. 43:8. Jon 1:3, 10. Ac 5:9. from thy. Ps 51:11. Ge 1:2. Jb 26:13. Is 11:1, 2. Ac 5:3, 4. spirit. Heb. ruach. A reference to God as being invisible. Jn 4:24. Similar possible references include 2 S 23:2. Is 40:13. But this may be a reference to God the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Trinity, +Is 48:16. flee. Jsh 10:16. Ho 7:13. Am 9:2. thy presence. FS22A4, +Ge 19:13. God the Holy Spirit is omnipresent, and possesses the attribute of immensity. Ps 51:11. 1 K 8:27. 2 Ch 6:18. *Is 57:15. *Je 23:23, 24. Mt 2:19. +*Mt 28:19n. Jn 14:16, 17. 1 Cor 3:16. 6:19. Scripture teaches both the immanence of God (He is everywhere present at the same time) and the transcendence of God (He is separate from the universe, not a part of it, and is entirely above it, such that there is an immeasurable, if not infinite, gulf between Him in all his perfections, and creation); thus to suppose man can become “God” or is “God” is, from a Biblical standpoint, absurd (see Ps 8:5n). That men are called “god” or “gods” in Scripture does not suggest man can become or is divine or deity; rather, the Hebrew word “elohim” has multiple meanings, and is sometimes used of false gods and idols (2 Ch 35:22n), of divinely appointed (though very mortal, Ps 82:7) judges and magistrates (+Ps 82:6n), and is used of angels (+Ps 8:5n).

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Daily Bible Nugget #357, Psalm 71:19

The Nugget:

Psalm 71:19 Thy righteousness also, O God, is very high, who hast done great things: O God, who is like unto thee!

My Comment:

Here is another verse which touches upon the ninth attribute of God on my list of over forty attributes of God. The attribute under discussion is God’s transcendence. God is far above our full comprehension. He is separate from and above and outside of the universe He created, though at the same time He is very near to each of us. Notice the Psalmist exclaims, “O God, who is like unto thee!” The note provided with the cross references for this verse given below may increase your understanding of this attribute and other things about God we can learn from the Bible.

For those who desire to DIG DEEPER into this subject:

(1) Consult the cross references given in Nelson’s Cross Reference Guide to the Bible on page 588 for Psalm 71:19.

(2) Consult the cross references given in The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 635 or in Logos 5 or 6 Bible software for Psalm 71:19.

(3) Consult the cross references given in the original Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 382 of the OT or on line at www.blueletterbible.org for Psalm 71:19.

(3) Most people today do not have access to those three print resources, so I have posted cross references for this passage as I have developed them even more completely for your study as given below:

Psalm 71:19. Thy righteousness. Ps 36:5, 6. 57:10. 139:6. Pr 15:24. 24:7. Is 5:16. **Is 55:9. *Ro 3:26. who hast. Ps 72:18. 126:2, 3. Jb 5:9. +Da 4:3. who is like. Note: God is alone, who can resemble Him? He is that eternal, illimitable, unimpartible, unchangeable, incomprehensible, uncompounded, ineffable Being, whose essence is hidden from all created intelligences, and whose counsels cannot be fathomed by any creature. Ps 8:5n. 35:10. *Ps 86:8. **Ps 89:6-8. +Ex 8:10. *Ex 15:11. Dt 32:31. Is 40:18, 25. +*Is 57:15. Je 10:7. +*Mic 7:18. *Ro 11:33.

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Daily Bible Nugget #356, Psalm 8:5

The Nugget

Psa 8:5 For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.

My Comment:

The ninth of well over forty attributes of God on the list I am sharing in this series of Bible Nuggets is the attribute of God’s transcendence. This important attribute describes the fact that God is above all creation. He is not a part of the creation. God was never “made” or “created.” Transcendence is not a word you will find in the text of your Bible, but the idea is there using different words. The cross references I share below will lead to all I have found in the Bible that relates to this attribute or characteristic of God. It is my intention to share the cross references marked with an “n” for note in the very next Bible Nuggets, also about this attribute.

For those who desire to DIG DEEPER into this subject:

(1) Consult the cross references given in Nelson’s Cross Reference Guide to the Bible on page 534 for Psalm 8:5.

(2) Consult the cross references given in The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 587 or in Logos 5 or 6 Bible software for Psalm 8:5.

(3) Consult the cross references given in the original Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 364 of the OT or on line at www.blueletterbible.org for Psalm 8:5.

(3) Most people today do not have access to those three print resources, so I have posted cross references for this passage as I have developed them even more completely for your study as given below:

Psalm 8:5. For thou. Ps 103:20. *Ge 1:26, 27. +*Ge 2:7. 2 S 14:20. Jb 4:18-20. *Phil 2:7, 8. He 2:7, 9, *He 2:16. a little lower. or, lack but little. Such is the literal rendering. The verb only occurs in one other place (Ec 4:8): “and deprive my soul of good,” or make it lack the enjoyment of good. So the present passage would mean, “Thou withheldest him only a little from the enjoyment of God;” “Thou gavest so freely to him of the treasures of Divine bounty and goodness that Thou leftest him little more to desire.” He had not immediate access to the glorious presence of God, as the angel’s had; but to the angels was not committed the wondrous dignity of wearing that nature in which the Son of God was to be incarnate (Kay). Ps 102:23-27. %**Lk 20:36. Jn 1:14. He 1:10-12. than the angels. or, than God. Heb. Elohim. Ge 1:26. This rendering, favored by Young, and found in several versions, is not acceptable from a doctrinal standpoint, for it is out of harmony with what the Old Testament, and the Bible as a whole, teaches about the transcendence (Jb 36:26. *Ps 71:19n. **Ps 139:7n. Is 28:29. 40:12-26. +*Is 57:15. +*Ezk 28:9. Ro 9:5. 1 Tim 6:16) of God—that there is an infinite gulf between man the creature and God the creator. Compare Jn 1:18mg. Elohim here is used in the sense of angels, as at Jb 1:6; 2:1; Ps 29:1mg; Ps 89:6; 97:7; 138:1. He 1:6. 2:6, 7. hast crowned him. Ps 21:3-5. 45:1-3, 6. 103:4. Zc 14:3, 5, 10. Jn 13:31, 32. Ep 1:21. Phil 2:9-11. He 1:3. 2:9. 1 P 1:20, 21. 2 P 1:17. Re 19:12. glory. +*Ps 30:12mg. and honour. Ge 32:10. Jb 41:4. Mt 10:31. Lk 12:7. 1 Cor 11:7.

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Daily Bible Nugget #355, Jeremiah 23:24

The Nugget:

Jeremiah 23:24 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.

My Comment

The eighth of more than 40 attributes of God on my list is the attribute of immensity. Now this is not a word likely to be found in your Bible, but it is described at Jeremiah 23:24.

God more than fills heaven and earth. By virtue of His immensity, God is omnipresent. I wish I could tell you more about this attribute, but that is all I know, and all I have been able to find out using what resources I have in my own personal library.

The cross references given for this verse below may be of some help in exploring what the Bible has to say about all this.

Clearly, there is nowhere anyone can go to hide or escape from God. He knows all that goes on in every part of the universe in detail all at the same time. It is good to know he cares about each of us individually and specifically (Psalm 40:17).

For those who desire to DIG DEEPER into this subject:

(1) Consult the cross references given in Nelson’s Cross Reference Guide to the Bible on page 821 for Jeremiah 23:24.

(2) Consult the cross references given in The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 846 or in Logos 5 or 6 Bible software for Jeremiah 23:24.

(3) Consult the cross references given in the original Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 481 of the OT or on line at www.blueletterbible.org for Jeremiah 23:24.

(3) Most people today do not have access to those three print resources, so I have posted cross references for this passage as I have developed them even more completely for your study as given below:

Jeremiah 23:24. Can. FS85C, +Ge 18:14. hide. Je 49:10. *Ge 3:8. *Ge 16:13. Dt 27:15. 1 S 28:8. 1 K 22:30. *2 K 6:12. 19:27. 2 Ch 18:29. *Jb 22:13, 14. *Jb 24:13-16. 33:27. *Jb 34:22. *Ps 10:11. +Ps 11:4. *Ps 90:8. +*Ps 119:168. 139:3, 7, 11-16. *Pr 15:3. *Is 29:15. *Ezk 8:8, 12. 9:9. Da 2:22. 10:7. Am 9:2, 3. Ac 5:3. Ep 5:12. 1 J 3:20n. not see him. Je 7:11. 16:17. 29:23. 32:19. Ge 13:13. 39:11. Ps 10:14. 33:13. 44:21. 53:2. 94:9. Pr 5:21. Is 37:28. 47:10. Mt 6:4. Do not I fill. FS85B, +Ge 13:9. For the omnipresence of God the Father, see +Pr 15:3 (T#220). God the Father possesses the incommunicable divine attribute of immensity (+*Mt 28:19n). Shedd categorizes this attribute as one of the immanent or intransitive attributes “which do not go forth and operate outside of the Divine essence, but remain internal. Such are immensity, eternity, simplicity, self-existence, etc.” (Dogmatic Theology, Vol. 1, p. 337). “The Immensity of God is his essence as related to space. The Divine essence is not measurable, because not included in the limits of space. God’s immensity is spiritual, having no extension of substance. By virtue of God’s immensity, he is Omnipresent” (Shedd, Dogmatic Theology, vol. 1, pp. 339, 340). 1 K 8:27. 2 Ch 2:6. 6:18. Ps 104:1. 148:13. +Pr 15:3. **Is 57:15. 66:1. Da 4:35. +*Mt 28:19n. *Ep 1:22, 23. heaven. +Dt 10:14. Ac 7:49. 17:24, 27.

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Daily Bible Nugget #354, Ephesians 1:11

The Nugget:

Ephesians 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

My Comment:

One of the amazing things about the Bible is just how much information is packed into a single sentence, or, as here, a part of a sentence. Sometimes Paul wrote quite long sentences, as here. This verse, too, makes a statement about the seventh of over forty attributes of God on my list, the Sovereignty of God.

I just lately read a book by Palmer on the Five Points of Calvinism. I noticed especially how he linked the doctrine of the sovereignty of God to his exposition of those points. If Palmer’s exposition of those Five Points is representative of the Reformed doctrine of Scripture, it surely demonstrates both how and why theologians of this school of thought place such an emphasis upon the doctrine of God’s sovereignty.

Clearly the Bible declares God is sovereign. But the Bible does not contain the kind of emphasis and prominence given to the doctrine of Sovereignty by many Calvinists. The same thing is true of the doctrine of Predestination. The Bible declares the wonderful and gracious truth that God has predestinated us to be conformed to the character of His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible nowhere declares that anyone is irrevocably or irretrievably predestined to eternal punishment in hell even before they were ever born!

Try studying Ephesians 1:11 by means of the cross references I have furnished below. Consider also the explanatory notes I have given for other parts of the verse, solidly backed by Scripture.

For those who desire to DIG DEEPER into this subject:

(1) Consult the cross references given in Nelson’s Cross Reference Guide to the Bible on page 1358 for Ephesians 1:11.

(2) Consult the cross references given in The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on pages 1377-1378 or in Logos 5 or 6 Bible software for Ephesians 1:11.

(3) Consult the cross references given in the original Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 137 of the NT or on line at www.blueletterbible.org for Ephesians 1:11.

(3) Most people today do not have access to those three print resources, so I have posted cross references for this passage as I have developed them even more completely for your study as given below:

Ephesians 1:11. obtained an inheritance. Gr. eklērōthēmen, *S#2820g, only here. See related word, prosklēroō, Ac 17:4 (consorted). From klēroō, to assign by lot, to make a heritage. See +*Jsh 14:2n. **Ezk 45:1. Care must be taken not to spiritualize this inheritance. In Scripture there is but one inheritance, promised to Abraham, not yet accomplished (+*Ac 7:5), but certain of fulfillment, being confirmed by an oath (Ge 15:8-18. Mic 7:20. He 6:13, 18), whereby Jesus Christ the Messiah (Zc 14:4, 9), and Abraham personally upon resurrection (+*Mt 8:11, 12) through Him, together with we the saints as co-heirs and co-inheritors (Ro 8:17) of the same promise given in the Abrahamic covenant (Ro 4:11, 12, +*Ro 4:13), shall inherit the land forever (**Da 7:14. **Lk 1:32, 33. 1 Cor 15:24n. **Re 11:15), not some ethereal mansion (+*Jn 14:2, 3) in the third heaven (2 Cor 12:2), as the following reference passages abundantly confirm. ver. *+Ep 1:14, 18. **Ep 5:5. Le 25:23. =Nu 18:20. Dt 4:20. =Dt 10:9. *Dt 32:9. 1 S 2:8. +*Ps 37:18. 68:16. **Ps 69:35, 36. +*Ps 94:14. 106:5. **Ps 132:11-14. =Song 2:16. Is 8:8. *Is 60:21. +*Ezk 38:16. =Ezk 44:28. Joel 2:18. +**Mt 5:5. +*Mt 25:34. Jn 1:11. Ac 7:5n. +*Ac 20:32. +*Ac 26:18. *Ro 8:17. **Ga 3:16-18. *Col 1:12. *Col 3:24. *Titus 3:7. He 1:14. 9:15. +*James 2:5. **1 P 1:4. *1 P 3:9. being predestinated. See on ver. Ep 1:5. Lk 22:29. +*Ro 8:29, +Ro 8:30. 1 Th 2:12. according to. *Ep 3:11. +*Dt 2:30. +*Ps 115:3. +*Pr 21:1. +Is 14:27. 46:10, 11. *+Ro 8:28. +*Ro 9:18. *2 Tim 1:9. Re 4:11. the purpose. Gr. prothesis [S#4286g: Rendered (1) purpose: Ac 11:23. 27:13. Ro 8:28. 9:11. Ep 1:11. 3:11. 2 T 1:9. 2 T 3:10. (2) shewbread: Mt 12:4. Mk 2:26. Lk 6:4. He 9:2]. See on ver. Ep 1:9. Ep 3:11. 1 S 12:22. 2 Ch 25:16. Jb 9:12. Is 23:9. Je 4:28. 25:28. Lk 12:32. Ro 8:28. 9:11. +*2 Tim 1:9. who worketh. Gr. energeō (S#1754g, Mt 14:2). ver. Ep 1:20g. Ep 2:2. Ec 9:11. *Is 43:13. *La 3:37. +Mt 14:2. Ro 7:5. 1 Cor 12:6. all things. T#260. +Dt 2:30 (T#267). +1 S 2:7 (T#3). +2 S 7:14 (T#265). *1 Ch 29:12. +2 Ch 18:31 (T#264). Jb 33:29. 42:2. *Ps 135:6, 7. 147:8, 9, 15-18. *Pr 16:33. Is 26:12. +*Is 45:7. Je 10:13. +Da 1:9 (T#266). +*Am 3:6. *Mt 10:29, 30. Ac 15:18. +*Ro 8:28. 11:36. 1 Cor 12:6. *Phil 2:13. *He 13:20, 21. the counsel. Gr. boulē (S#1012g, Lk 7:30). See on ver. Ep 1:8. Jb 12:13. 36:23. *Ps 33:11. Pr 8:14. 19:21. Is 5:19. 9:6. 25:1. 28:29. 40:13, 14. **Is 46:10-13. Je 23:18. 32:19. 49:20. 50:45. Da 4:35. Zc 6:13. Mt 1:19g. *Lk 7:30. 10:21. Ac 2:23. 4:28. *+Ac 20:27. *Ro 11:34. Col 2:3. He 6:17. 1 J 2:1. Re 3:18. his own will. God the Father is sovereign. Ps 24:1. 115:3. Ec 7:13. Is 45:9. Da 4:25, 35. 11:3. Jon 1:14. Mt 11:26. 20:15. +*Mt 28:19n. Lk 4:25. +*Ro 9:18 (T#234). 1 Cor 12:11. Ga 1:4. *Phil 2:13. Re 4:11.

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Three Questions

As I write this post, today is Easter Sunday morning.

Some faith groups strenuously object to the term “Easter.” It is true, as they object, that the term “Easter” does not occur in the original language (Greek) of our Bible. It does occur in the English of the King James Version at Acts 12:4.

But when you wish or need to check out the validity of any faith group, I have three questions which most innocently will ferret out falsehood in a hurry, whether in your own chosen faith group, or the faith group of someone who may come to your door.

Here are the questions:

(1) Why did Jesus come?

(2) What is the central focus of the witness given by the apostles and disciples? That is, to what did they give witness?

(3) What is the Bible definition of resurrection?

If the “witness” who comes to your door cannot immediately from his or her knowledge of the Bible come up with a Bible verse or verses which directly answer these three questions you will know:

(1) They do not know their Bible well.
(2) Their faith group does not match in its emphasis the emphasis or balance of truth set forth in the Bible.
(3) The faith group in question may well be a false cult if it denies any of the truths pointed to by these three questions.

If you yourself cannot answer these three questions, here are the Biblical answers to them.

(1) Why did Jesus come? Jesus himself said he came to seek and to save those who are lost (Luke 19:10).

What are the ramifications of this question and answer? If your focus is not upon seeking out and bringing to salvation those who are lost, then your emphasis does not match what Jesus stated was his purpose!

Without question, this is the area which is most lacking in the lives of individual Christians today as well as their churches. We who truly believe in Christ need to be actively engaged in reaching the lost for Christ.

How can we do this? We must utterly forsake the mistaken notion that reaching the lost is the job of the pastor, not us!

We must learn to share our faith with others.

This can be done by praying personally for those we know who are unsaved. This can be done by sharing the Scripture, the Bible, in the form of printed material written for that purpose, such as a Gospel tract or pamphlet. It can be done by encouraging spiritually hungry individuals to read the Bible for themselves. It can be done through your own verbal testimony to others of how your faith in Christ has brought you to a knowledge and certainty of your own salvation. You can readily share what Christ means to you and how He has changed your life. You can invite others to join you in the study of the Bible. If they see you are excited about the Bible, they will have reason to learn to share your interest.

If these things do not mark what is going on in your spiritual walk and experience, then you may need to pray to ask God’s guidance about how God can make these things a real part of your daily Christian life. There is a Gospel hymn with words something like “Lead me to some soul today, teach me, Lord, just what to say.” Study that hymn for more insight.

(2) What is the central focus of the witness given by the apostles and disciples? That is, to what did they give witness?

This most important question has a most important answer. The Biblical answer is found in Acts 2:32, “This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.”

THAT is what is to be the subject of our witness to Christ: God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Any faith group which fails to witness steadfastly to the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4) is not proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ as contained in our New Testament!

Study carefully the cross references given for Acts 2:24 as I share them immediately below. Many reference Bibles provide a similar set of cross references at this verse. Notice particularly the references for the keywords hath raised. These numerous references clearly show the emphasis of the New Testament witness to the resurrection of Christ throughout the whole New Testament.

Acts 2:24. Whom God. Here Christ’s resurrection is ascribed to God the Father; in John 10:18 it is ascribed to Christ himself, while in Ro 8:11 it is ascribed to the Holy Spirit. Thus we have the Trinity acting in unity in the resurrection of Christ. ver. *Ac 2:32. Ac 3:13. 4:10. Ge 45:5. Jn 5:19. **Jn 10:18. Ro 3:25. 4:24. *Ro 6:4. *Ro 8:11. hath raised. Notice the single, consistent note present in all their witness: the bodily resurrection of Christ. Any religious faith which claims to be Biblical must share the same balance and emphasis the Bible itself contains (+*Is 43:10n. +*Jn 16:13n). ver. Ac 2:32. Ac 3:15, 26. 4:10, 33. 5:30. 10:40, 41. *Ac 13:30, 32, 33, 34, 37. **Ac 17:30, 31. 26:23. Ps 40:2. =Ps 105:20. Mt 17:23. 27:63. Mk 9:31. Lk ch. *24. Lk 24:3, 5, 6, 15, 25, 26, 39, 40. +*Jn 2:19-22. *Jn 10:17, 18. 20:9. Ro 1:4. 4:24, 25. *Ro 6:4, 9. *Ro 8:11, 34. **Ro 10:9. 14:9. *1 Cor 6:14. 15:4, 12, 13, 14, 15. *2 Cor 4:14. Ga 1:1. Ep 1:20. 2:5. Col 2:12. 1 Th 1:10. 2 Tim 2:8. *He 13:20. *1 P 1:21. loosed. Jb 39:2. Ps 69:15. 71:20. *Ps 116:3, 4, 16. 142:7. Is 49:8. pains. or, birth-pangs. Gr. ōdin (S#5604g, +Mt 24:8). Ps 116:3 (LXX, sorrows). +Mt 24:8. Mk 13:8. 1 Th 5:3. of death. +*Mt 24:8g. 2 S 22:6. Ps 18:5. 116:3. Col 1:18. because. Lk 24:5. **Jn 10:18. 20:9. 2 Tim 1:10. He 2:14. Re 1:17, 18. not possible. Ac 1:16. *Is 25:8. +*Is 26:19n. Is 53:10. *Ho 13:14. *Lk 24:5, 6, 46. *Jn 10:35. 12:39. Col 2:15. *He 2:14. *Re 1:18. be holden. Ac 12:7. Jn 20:23g (retain). Ro 6:9. Col 2:15.

(3) What is the Bible definition of resurrection?

A careful study of the Bible demonstrates that the only resurrection known to Scripture is bodily resurrection. What is it the disciples were looking for when they went very early to the tomb of Christ on that resurrection morning? (Luke 24:1). Clearly they went to anoint His body. But when they got there, what was missing? Clearly, His body (Luke 24:3). When Jesus Christ appeared before them, notice how he most carefully demonstrated that it was He Himself in His own body that stood or sat before them, and ate before them (Luke 24:36, 37, 39, 40). He asked for food, and ate before them (Luke 24:41, 42, 43).

This corresponds precisely to what Jesus famously predicted as recorded in John 2:19, 21, 22. Jesus predicted that though the Jews and Roman authorities would destroy “this temple,” a rare but very strong Greek grammatical construction which must be understood as referring to Himself, that in three days He would raise it–His body–up. John adds his witness to the fact of bodily resurrection when he writes “But he spake of the temple of his body” (John 2:21).

Souls and spirits cannot and do not die physically, only physical bodies die. Resurrection cannot, therefore, apply to spirits or souls, but always has reference to physical bodies. Those who teach otherwise are apostate, and deceivers. Do not follow them. Belief in the physical, bodily resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ in His own body is an ABSOLUTE REQUIREMENT for salvation, as plainly declared in Romans 10:9, 10. The Greek and English grammar of Romans 10:9 involving an “if” expression absolutely proves grammatically that this is an absolute requirement for salvation.

To suggest that “his body” is the Church, or the original group of disciples, and not His very own physical body is the heretical belief of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and other apostates and unbelievers, but can never be the belief of any who claim truly to be Christian. Neither the Church nor the original group of believers can claim to have been destroyed and then to have been raised up in three days. Only our Lord Jesus Christ can lay claim to have done that, and it is the central fact of true, Biblical Christian faith.

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An Example of Real Bible Study

Just a few days ago (March 23, 2015, to be exact) I was studying the Bible and I noticed a potentially very fruitful verse for further study at Judges 6:13,

Judges 6:13 And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the LORD be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt? but now the LORD hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.

Notice that Gideon had some very pointed questions. The conditions as he saw them in his day indicated the Lord had forsaken His people. Gideon saw that as evidence that the Lord was not with him, contrary to what the angel said.

Other significant people in the Bible likewise had such questions. If you wanted to find out who these persons are and what were their questions, how would you find out?

The answer is, make use of cross reference Bible study using a complete as you can find source of cross references.

I decided to study this verse to a greater depth, and it was a thrill to me to find out just how much interesting information in the Bible connects with this verse. I added many more new cross references for this passage. Let me share my results with you:

Judges 6:13. Oh my Lord. Da 10:16. if the Lord. Ge 25:22. Ex 34:14-16. Nu 14:8, 14, 15. *Ro 8:31. be with us. Jg 1:19. Nu 23:21. Jsh 3:10. Jb 29:5. why then. Dt 29:24. 30:17, 18. Ps 77:7-9. 89:49. Is 59:1, 2. 63:15. +*Je 12:1, 2. *Hab 1:3, 13. Lk 1:29. befallen us. +**Ru 1:13, 20. and where be. 2 K 2:14. *Jb 9:16. *Ec 7:10. Is 51:9. our fathers told us. Dt 32:7. Ps 13:1. 44:1. **Ps 78:3, 4, 12. 89:49. bring us up. Dt 7:18. Je 2:6. from Egypt. Ps 80:8, 12-14. forsaken us. Jg 16:20. Dt 31:17. 1 S 16:14. 28:6. **2 Ch 15:2. *2 Ch 30:7. Ps 27:9. 81:12. +*Pr 1:28. Is 41:17. Je 23:33. +**Mt 17:20. +*Mt 21:43. *Mt 23:38. *Lk 4:19, 20. +**Lk 13:35. Ac 7:42. Ro 1:24.

This set of cross references makes for a most remarkable real Bible study illustration of the power of cross references.

In this case, starting at Jg 6:13, the Bible gives us a full answer to Gideon’s question about the silence of God in his time, and by consulting the references given for Mt 17:20 and Lk 13:35 shows how and why that silence largely prevails in our own time.

Sir Robert Anderson wrote a most interesting book titled The Silence of God. I have read that book about three times. His opening chapter is most dramatic. But Sir Robert Anderson does not in his book provide as much Bible information as I would like to have seen to support his case.

I have done just that in the cross references supplied above.

Notice that I have provided special symbols with the cross references. These symbols tell you where to find more (that is what the “+” symbol stands for), and where are life-changing sets of references to be found (that is what the “+**” symbol alerts you to).

The references given for Judges 6:13 are an especially good example also of the three-level approach to digging deeper in your Bible study:

first level:

Jg 6:13;

second level:

+Ru 1:13; +Mt 17:20; +Mt 21:43; +**Lk 13:35;

and third level extends further from each of the second level passages based upon the “+” symbol at those references.

Matthew 17:20 is a wonderful promise about prayer:

Mat 17:19 Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?
Mat 17:20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

Pastor Cole featured on the Moody Broadcasting Network some years ago remarked that he saw many more specific answers to prayer as a new Christian than he did as a much more mature Christian then of many years. He wondered if that was the case for many.

When we don’t see specific answers to our prayers, does that mean we have prayed for the wrong thing? Does that mean that we don’t even have the faith of a mustard seed?

I have shared elsewhere on this site as much as you will likely ever find anywhere on what the Bible teaches about unanswered prayer. Just place Psalm 66:18 into the search box in the upper right hand corner and the search result should bring you to that article about the reasons for unanswered prayer mentioned in the Bible.

The cross references given for Matthew 17:20 will shed much more light on this Bible subject:

Matthew 17:20. Because. ver. Mt 17:17. +Mt 9:2. 13:58. 14:30, 31. Lk 17:6. Jn 11:40. He 3:19. unbelief. +Mt 6:30. 16:8. Nu 20:12. Jg 16:20. Mk 16:14. Lk 8:25. 12:28. for verily. +Mt 5:18. If. FS184C, +Mt 4:9. ye have. Christ does not say if ye believe, but if ye have faith, a much stronger expression of personal possession. Compare have love (Jn 13:35; 1 J 4:16); have peace (Jn 16:33); have trust (2 C 3:4); have boldness (He 10:19; 1 J 2:28); have fellowship (**1 J 1:3n) [see Vincent on Jn 16:22]. **He 7:28n. 1 J 3:3. faith. Note: That is, as Bp. Pearce well remarks, a thriving and increasing faith, like a grain of mustard seed, which, from being the least of seeds, becomes the greatest of all herbs. Mt 8:13. *Mt 21:21, 22. %Ho 5:15. Mk 5:36. *Mk 11:23. Lk 17:6. Ac 3:16. 1 Cor 12:9. 13:2, 8n. %2 Cor 5:7. 6:13. %2 Tim 4:20. He 11:32-38. James 5:15. a grain. FS138B, +Ge 13:16. Mt 13:31. Mk 4:31. Lk 13:19. this mountain. The Rabbins were termed rooters up of mountains, because they were dexterous in removing difficulties (CB). ver. Mt 17:1, 9. *Mk 11:22-24. Lk 17:6. 1 Cor 13:2. nothing. Mt 14:29. Jb 22:30. 42:2. Mk 9:23. Lk 1:37. 18:27.

The above cross references, carefully studied, will shed much light on the subject of the “Silence of God.” Pay particularly close attention to the passages marked with the “%” symbol, which indicates a contrasting truth. For example, the Bible clearly teaches that God does in fact provide physical healing, even today. Acts 10:38 tells us that Jesus went about doing good, and healing all who were oppressed by the devil. Psalm 103:3 is a wonderful verse about healing also, and its cross references ought to be studied to learn what the Bible says about this subject. From what Jesus states in Matthew, and what Matthew cites from the Old Testament in that connection, it would seem the Bible teaches that healing is in the Atonement (see Matthew 8:17). Yet contrast 2 Timothy 4:20. It would seem that the special miracles experienced in the ministry of Peter and Paul where many were healed physically at the start of their ministry–those supernatural interventions of divine grace for healing were not as frequent, and in some sense may have ceased at the end of their ministry, for Paul left one of his fellow workers sick, not healed.

Luke 13:35 begins to help us see why that should be so. When God next speaks here upon earth, it will be a time of unbending judgment and wrath. Notice that when Jesus preached in the synagogue, as recorded in Luke 4:18 and context, he stopped his reading of the Isaiah passage in the middle of a verse, the middle of a sentence, because what followed which He left unread did not apply to the time of which He was speaking. There is an unannounced time gap in the prophecy, a time gap of undefined duration yet continuing even in our day. Now some have argued with me almost endlessly here in our discussions that there are no prophetic time gaps to be found in Scripture. To that, I simply respond, “Nonsense!” It is time for individuals with that point of view to get the blinders off and start doing real Bible study, instead of denominational Bible study!

I’ve barely scratched the surface of what a careful study of the cross references to Judges 6:13 can lead to. I invite you to continue that study on your own! I have furnished what are probably the most complete set of cross references for that verse that you will find anywhere.

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Daily Bible Nugget #353, Romans 9:18

The Nugget:

Rom 9:18 Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.

My Comment:

Romans 9:18 illustrates the seventh attribute of God on my list of 40 or more divine attributes of God, the attribute of sovereignty.

Another book by Arthur W. Pink which I have, The Attributes of God, has a brief chapter on the sovereignty of God. Pink begins by saying “The sovereignty of God may be defined as the exercise of His supremacy–see the preceding chapter.” In that preceding chapter Pink states “The absolute and universal supremacy of God is plainly and positively affirmed in many scriptures.” Pink cites 1 Chronicles 29:11, 12; 2 Chronicles 20:6.

Continuing the quotation from Pink’s first paragraph on the sovereignty of God, he writes: “Being infinitely elevated above the highest creature, He is the Most High, Lord of heaven and earth. Subject to none, influenced by none, absolutely independent; God does as He pleases, only as He pleases, always as He pleases. None can thwart Him, none can hinder Him. So His own word expressly declares.” Pink cites Isaiah 46:10; Daniel 4:35; Ephesians 1:11. At the end of the short chapter on divine sovereignty as an attribute of God, Pink cites Romans 9:18.

I must alert every reader that one must read Pink with great caution and exercise careful discernment, with Bible in hand, digging deeper into the Bible verses Pink cites by studying those verses by looking up their cross references. Much of what Mr. Pink writes is most scriptural and sound, but some of what he writes is very mistaken.

Romans 9 is a most difficult chapter for many interpreters to understand. They nearly all go wrong at essential points, reading past what it is that Paul under divine inspiration has written there. Those, like Mr. Pink, who subscribe to Calvinism, are especially prone to get things wrong.

In the first place, many interpreters fail to notice that Romans chapter 9, 10, and 11 form a distinct unit in Paul’s letter to the Romans. Romans has three major sections. The first section, Romans chapters 1-8, are doctrinal. Romans chapters 9-11 are prophetic. Romans chapters 12-16 are practical application to Christian living. This structure very likely is the model of instruction Paul used to build well-grounded disciples. In reaching others with the Gospel, to follow Paul’s pattern, thoroughly ground new converts and old converts who have not grown much in their spiritual life in solid Bible doctrine. Ground them in a full and accurate understanding of Bible prophecy. Teach them the practical application of Scripture to guide daily living.

Romans chapters 9-11 pertain to the subject of Israel. Paul answers the troubling question, if Jesus is the Messiah to Israel, how is it that Israel rejected their Messiah? Paul shows from Old Testament scripture, quoted abundantly in this passage, that God’s plan for Israel is not permanently derailed because of Israel’s rejection of the Messiah. It is most important to remember that God has not cast off His people Israel (Romans 11:1). The church has not replaced Israel in the promises of God. God has made irrevocable covenants with His people Israel which shall be fulfilled to them, not someone else (Romans 11:29).

From the very beginning, the Abrahamic Covenant promised that through the seed of Abraham the whole world would be blessed. God knew from the beginning just how He would reach the countless numbers of people in other nations. Now we can see in our own experience just how God has carried that out in fulfillment of the promises God made to Abraham (Genesis 12:2, 3).

Thus Romans 9:18 and its immediate context demonstrates the sovereignty of God as He fulfills His written Word in the Bible.

For those who desire to DIG DEEPER into this subject:

(1) Consult the cross references given in Nelson’s Cross Reference Guide to the Bible on page 1288 for Romans 9:18.

(2) Consult the cross references given in The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 1309 or in Logos 5 or 6 Bible software for Romans 9:18.

(3) Consult the cross references given in the original Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 111 of the NT or on line at www.blueletterbible.org for Romans 9:18.

(3) Most people today do not have access to those three print resources, so I have posted cross references for this passage as I have developed them even more completely for your study as given below:

Romans 9:18. hath. ver. Ro 9:15, 16. *Ro 5:20, 21. Ep 1:6. mercy. +*Ex 33:19. on whom. ver. Ro 9:21. Ge 19:16. Dt 7:7. Ps 86:2. 1 Cor 12:11. and whom he will. This is a judicial act against rebellion, not a decree of damnation. God hardens no one for His glory. God’s efforts are to redeem, not damn; and the proof of that is the cross. But did God harden Pharaoh? Yes! God’s act of hardening was judicial. But let it be noted that the Almighty God did so only after repeated acts of Pharaoh’s active refusal to obey! Numerous times Pharaoh hardened his own heart; so in consequence of self-hardening, he was visited with Divine judgment (cf. Ex 7:14; 8:15, 32; 9:34-35) [LNT, fn z]. T#234 (sovereignty, freedom, and independence of God). Ro 3:5. +Ex 20:5 (T#246). +Dt 32:35 (T#248). +1 S 15:3 (T#244). 1 Ch +6:15 (T#247). Jb 9:12. *Jb 23:13. *Jb 33:13. +Jb 38:33 (T#240). +*Ps 115:3. *Ps 135:6. Is 43:13. *Is 55:10, 11. *+Da 4:17 (T#245), Da 4:35. Ho 2:4. +Mt 4:10 (T#241). Mt 11:25, 26. *Mt 20:12-16. Jn 5:21. 12:39n. +2 Cor 11:19 (T#243). +*Ep 1:11. *Phil 2:13. +2 Tim 2:25 (T#242). he hardeneth. **FS108A4, +Ge 31:7. +*Ro 1:24, 25, 26, 27, 28. +*Ro 2:4, 5. 11:7, 8. See on +*Ex 4:21. 7:3, 13, +*Ex 7:14. %*Ex 8:15, 32. +*Ex 9:7, 12, %Ex 9:34. 10:20, 27. 11:10. %Ex 13:15. 14:4, 8, 17. +*Dt 2:30. Jsh 11:20. %*1 S 6:6. **2 Ch 32:31. %*Ne 9:16. Ps 69:27. %*Ps 95:8, 9, 10, 11. Is 6:9, 10. 63:17. %*Je 7:26. *Ezk 18:31, 32. +**Am 3:6. Mt 13:12, 14, 15. *Jn 5:40. +*Jn 12:40. +Ac 19:9. 28:26, 27, 28. **2 Cor 4:3, 4. %+*1 Th 5:9. **2 Th 2:10, 11, 12. %**1 Tim 2:3, 4. +He 3:8, +*He 3:13, 15. **James 1:13, 14. 1 P 2:7, 8. *2 P 2:12.

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Daily Bible Nugget #352, John 19:11

The Nugget:

John 19:11 Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.

My Comment:

The sovereignty of God is the seventh attribute of God in this series of forty or more attributes ascribed to God in the Bible. Divine Sovereignty is a most controversial subject in theology. I won’t get into any of those details. I understand that Arthur Pink some years ago wrote a book on the subject. I have only the modern reprints of that book in my print library, and those leave out his most controversial chapter. It is important to maintain a careful balance in our teaching, a balance that carefully reflects the emphasis given to the subject in the Bible itself. I suspect that some Calvinists have gone overboard on this particular attribute and Bible theme and interpret just about everything else in the Bible in the light of this subject. That won’t work when it comes to arriving at the truth as taught in the Bible. There is a harmony of the attributes taught in the Bible, and a careful study of all the attributes of God certainly does not lead to an over-emphasis upon one of the attributes or qualities or characteristics which describe God.

I have keyed the attribute, the sovereignty of God, to John 19:11. This verse is a very profound passage. As given in the Greek text, the grammar of this verse involving the word except is most interesting, and significant. In the New Testament, the word “if” in Greek comes in four different forms, grammatically speaking. That includes some other words as represented in our English translations, including the word except. This grammatical condition conveys the idea of impossible or contrary to fact. This makes for a most interesting series of studies for this class of “if,” meaning “impossible or contrary to fact,” which is found in some rather interesting passages. I am not aware of any English translation that conveys this important insight to English readers. I placed a complete set of notes on this matter in my first book, The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, and retained these notes in my second book, Nelson’s Cross Reference Guide to the Bible at the same places.

The cross references given below probably furnish the most comprehensive listing of Bible passages which pertain to the Sovereignty of God to be found anywhere.

For those who desire to DIG DEEPER into this subject:

(1) Consult the cross references given in Nelson’s Cross Reference Guide to the Bible on pages 1206-1207 for John 19:11.

(2) Consult the cross references given in The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 1224 or in Logos 5 or 6 Bible software for John 19:11.

(3) Consult the cross references given in the original Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 80 of the NT or on line at www.blueletterbible.org for John 19:11.

(3) Most people today do not have access to those three print resources, so I have posted cross references for this passage as I have developed them even more completely for your study as given below:

John 19:11. Jesus answered. *1 Tim 6:13. Thou couldest have no power. Jn 3:27. *Jn 7:30. **Jn 10:17, 18. Ge 31:29. 45:7, 8. Ex 9:14-16. 2 K 18:25. *1 Ch 29:11, 12. Ps 39:9. 62:11. Je 27:5-8. La 3:37. Da 4:17, 25, 32, 35. 5:21. Mic 2:1. Mt 4:5. +*Mt 6:13. 21:44. **Mt 26:53, 54. Lk 22:53. Ac 2:23. *Ac 4:28. Ro 11:36. *Ro 13:1-7. James 1:17. Re 6:4. *Re 13:7. except. FS184B3, +Mt 23:30. +Ge 18:25n, point 7, Sovereignty of God. Jn 10:29. Ex 15:18. Dt 4:39. 1 Ch 29:11, 12. 2 Ch 20:6. Jb 9:2-12. 25:2. 33:12, 13. Ps 29:10. 47:2. 59:13. 82:1, 8. 83:18. 89:11-14. 93:1, 2. 97:1-6, 9. 103:19. 105:7. 113:3-5. 135:5-21. 145:11-13. +*Is 36:10. 40:12-31. 66:1. La 3:27. 5:19. Da 2:20. 4:35. 6:26. Mic 4:7, 13. Mt 6:10, 13. 11:25. Lk 10:21. Ac 7:48-50. 12:3. 17:24-31. Ro 9:19-33. 11:33-36. He 1:1-14. Re 4:11. 19:6. given. Ge 9:6. 31:29. Ex 21:25. Jg 3:12. 1 S 15:28. 2 K 5:1. 9:3. Da 2:21, 37. 5:19. Lk 8:32. Ro 13:4. Re 9:5. from above. Jn 3:3, 7, 31. 2 K 18:25. Ezr 6:22. Jb 1:12. 32:13. Ec 3:14. Is 54:16. he that. i.e. Caiaphas. Judas had delivered Him to the Sanhedrin, the Sanhedrin to Pilate. Jn 11:49, 50. *Jn 18:3, +Jn 18:14, 28-32. Mt 26:65. 27:2. +Mk 10:33. 14:44. Ro 13:1, 2. delivered. See on ver. Jn 19:30, “gave up” (CB). Jn 18:35. Mk 10:33. Lk 9:44. 23:34. the greater. +Jn 9:41. 15:22-24. 2 K 17:21. +Mt 10:15. +*Mt 11:22. Lk 7:41, 42. 10:11-14. +*Lk 12:47, 48. **Ro 2:12. *He 6:4-8. **James 4:17.

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