Daily Bible Nugget #350, Proverbs 15:3

The Nugget:

Proverbs 15:3 The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.

My Comment:

The fifth attribute of God in my list of over 40 attributes is the attribute of omnipresence, which I have keyed to Proverbs 15:3.

From what I read in the Bible, God is everywhere present at the same time (Psalm 139:7, 8). That is in great contrast to Satan, who is ubiquitous–often present in many places but not every place at the same time, only one place at a time. Of course, Satan has helpers, so we need to be aware of his devices (2 Corinthians 2:11).

There is no place to hide from God (Psalm 139:11, 12). He sees all, both the evil and the good (Proverbs 15:3). What is more, God keeps a record of all (Malachi 3:16, 17; Hebrews 6:10). This ought to be one motivation to follow holiness–living a life that is above reproach and honoring to God in all we say and do (Hebrews 12:14; 1 John 3:1, 2, 3).

If more people were fully acquainted with the Bible, and the God of the Bible, we would see a great change for the better everywhere. That is the real change and hope we can believe in, and God has placed the access to these wonderful life transforming truths in reach of everyone who can read in the pages of the Bible.

If you want to see such change for the better, do your part to encourage others to make Bible study and Bible reading a priority in life. Be an example to others by reading and studying the Bible yourself!

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 666 for Proverbs 15:3.

(2) Consult the cross references given in The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 707 or in Logos 5 or 6 Bible software for Proverbs 15:3.

(3) Consult the cross references given in the original Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 413 of the OT or on line at www.blueletterbible.org for Proverbs 15:3.

(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:

Proverbs 15:3. eyes of. ver. Pr 15:11. *Pr 5:21. Ge 16:7, 13. *2 Ch 16:9. Jb 24:23. 28:24. 31:4. *Jb 34:21, 22. +Ps 11:4. Je 16:17. *Je 23:24. *Je 32:19. Ezk 1:18. *Zc 4:10. *He 4:13. every place. T#220. God the Father is omnipresent. Ge 16:13. 28:15, 16. Dt 4:39. Jsh 2:11. 1 K 8:27. Jb 28:24. Ps 33:13, 14. 139:2-10. +*Is 57:15. 66:1. Je 23:23, 24. Am 9:2-4, 6. +Mt 18:20 (T#76-6). +*Mt 28:19n. Ac 7:48, 49. 17:27. Ep 1:23. 1 Tim 2:1-3. Re 5:6. beholding the evil. Ge 3:8, 9. 6:12. 16:7, 13. 22:11, 15-18. 28:11-16. 39:21. 46:1-4. Jsh 7:10-18. 1 K 22:34, 35. 2 K 5:26. 20:5, 13-18. 2 Ch 7:1-3, 12-16. 14:11, 12. 18:31. 33:12, 13. Jb 33:27. Ps 10:14. 73:11. 139:7-13, 23, 24. Is 29:15. 37:28. Ezk 3:22. Da 4:29, 32. 5:5. Ho 7:2. Am 2:1. 9:8. Jon 2:10. Mt 22:11-13. Jn 1:48. Ac 7:55. 8:29. 10:9-16. 12:23. 16:13, 14. 27:23, 24. 2 T 4:17. and the good. +*Ps 40:17. +*Ml 3:16, 17. +*He 6:10. 1 P 3:12.

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The Deity of Christ

A most important subject of Bible doctrine is the Deity of Christ.

To study this subject from the Bible you cannot simply use a concordance! That is because the word “deity” is not used as such in the Bible text. Certainly the word is not used in the KJV translation of the Bible.

If you are fortunate enough to own a copy of The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, its indexes are a goldmine of information about what the Bible teaches about the Deity of Christ.

I just posted the following information in the Logos Forums in answer to how to search for the subject of the Deity of Christ using Logos software:

I always am the late-comer when it comes to reading forums, answering questions!

I have as part of my Logos library my own book, The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge. Because the Jehovah’s Witnesses deny the deity of Christ I placed much material in my book on the subject, for I studied with them for four years straight. My notes can be accessed by consulting the Subject Index entry, “Jehovah’s Witnesses: Answers to Doctrinal Errors,” on page 1562. The third numbered point in that index outline pertains to the Deity of Christ, Colossians 1:16 note; (a) Christ received worship, Matthew 14:33; John 20:29 note; Acts 7:59 note. (b) Lesser degrees of worship untenable, Philippians 2:6 note. (c) Not a lesser “god,” John 1:1 note; Philippians 2:6 note. (d) Called God, John 20:28 note. (e) Charge of blasphemy for claim to deity, John 10:32 note. (f) Deity required to qualify as our substitute in the atonement, Hebrews 10:4 note.

Also in the Subject Index on page 1554 is the entry, “Deity of Christ, 1 Peter 2:3 note.”

Further material will also be found in the Subject Index on page 1551 under “Christ’s Divinity,” with ten lines of further entries under that heading which I won’t reproduce here.

I lived in south-west Detroit on the corner of Fort Street and Hubbard. It was an easy bicycle ride in those days to Dearborn, where there was and is a large Muslim community. I was in contact with that community because at that time I not only sponsored the Bible Discussion Club but also the Comparative Religions Club at Cass Technical High School where I taught English. The Jewish students who asked me to sponsor their Comparative Religions Club asked my permission to invite a Muslim speaker to speak to the club, and I readily gave my permission. The man who came was then the head of the Islamic Center in Dearborn. I bought his book at the time, and he autographed it for me. My brother had more direct contact with the Muslims than I did. He influenced me to place a note at John 3:16 pertaining to the keywords only begotten son (KJV), because the concept of that sonship is little spoken of and largely not understood by ordinary Bible readers, and is a major point of difference with what Muslims are taught about Jesus. So I would encourage those here that might be interested in such matters to carefully study that note.

My book is no longer available in print, but it is available in Logos software. I thought it might help someone to know there is more in my book than what is advertised. Sometimes I enter into discussions or create posts at my Real Bible Study site where I answer questions and share how to use my cross reference Bible study resources more effectively. [End of my actual post]

I just learned yesterday that the price for a printed copy of The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge ranges from nearly $100 to almost $500 a copy. So, if you happen to have one, I hope you will take good care of it and not lose it. I had many copies stolen from me when I first had copies myself for sale. I trust that wherever those copies might be now, that the Lord is blessing their use to those who may now possess them.

The Muslims claim God cannot have a Son. Well, their false god probably does not have a son indeed, no quibble there. But the Jehovah of the Bible clearly does have a Son, mentioned in the Old Testament (Psalm 2:7; Proverbs 30:4). God also publically declared that Jesus Christ is His beloved Son, in whom He was well-pleased (see Matthew 3:17).

The Muslims sometimes claim that the Bible has been changed, and does not say now what it did when it was originally written. Nonsense. The text of the Bible in its original manuscripts varies very little from the oldest manuscript copies to our modern printed Greek and Hebrew Bibles. Such claims by some Muslims are therefore not grounded on fact, but contrary to fact.

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What is Reformed Theology?

Dr. R. C. Sproul has been teaching a very helpful, informative series of lessons on “What is Reformed Theology?” He is an excellent teacher, and I learned some new things today.

He began the series with a discussion of the idea of salvation by faith alone. He also gave a lesson about how we must go by Scripture alone as our final authority in matters of doctrine.

On these two points I think almost all genuine Christians would agree with his teaching.

Today he spoke on the subject of Covenant Theology. He said that those of the Reformed faith believe there are three basic covenants that pertain to our salvation: (1) The Covenant of Redemption, agreed to among the Trinity before the creation of the world; (2) The Covenant of Works, set forth in the Garden of Eden with Adam when Adam was forbidden to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil; (3) The Covenant of Grace, whereby God announced and provided the means of grace whereby mankind can be saved. That is the best my limited short-term memory lets me recall about what Dr. Sproul taught in his message today on his Renewing Your Mind program.

Dr. Sproul in passing made mention of the Covenants with Noah, Abraham, and the Covenant at Sinai. He mentioned the New Covenant. All these are found in the Bible, like Dr. Sproul said. I noticed right away that he did not mention the Davidic Covenant.

Most of the very informative (at least to me) program was spent sketching out the three covenants important to Reformed Theology. Dr. Sproul said he does not like the term “Covenant Theology.”

Now I know what is wrong with Reformed Theology. It is based upon three imaginary covenants that are nowhere named as such in the Bible. These imaginary covenants are apparently necessitated by the exigencies of Reformed Theology. They form no part of Biblical Theology.

It is possible to formulate correct doctrine from the Bible by necessary inference using terms, names, or labels not found in the Bible itself. The doctrine of the Trinity would be an example of that. The doctrine of the Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ might also fit this category. But the three covenants proposed by Reformed Theology are not formulated this way, to the best of my knowledge. They are the logical outcome of mistaken presuppositions.

I have not mentioned the Robinson Crusoe Test lately. In the classic work by Daniel Defoe, The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, you will recall that Robinson Crusoe was stranded on a deserted island. He was there by himself, the only survivor of a shipwreck. He managed to salvage several seamen’s chests, and was able to plant a garden and tend it. Among the items Robinson retrieved from the chests were “three good Bibles.” In the story he spent some time reading the Bible for himself, using the three plain text Bibles. He was surprised to discover no direct evidence in the Bible as he read it for some of the controversial views promoted as Christian theology in his day.

My Robinson Crusoe Test is the principle that if Robinson Crusoe could not discover a doctrine by long and careful study of the Bible, such a doctrine may not be true.

I would apply this to the three underlying covenants of Reformed Theology: Robinson Crusoe in his day, and anyone else since then, would be very hard pressed to derive such doctrines from a study of the Bible itself, alone, and in its entirety.

In his next program, Dr. Sproul intends to teach about “Total Depravity.” I believe that is the “T” in the “TULIP” acronym which summarizes the so-called “Doctrines of Grace.” These doctrines are: Total Depravity, Unconditional Election, Limited Atonement, Irresistible Grace, Perseverance of the Saints. Each of these five doctrines is utterly mistaken, and not in agreement at all with what the Bible teaches.

1. Total Depravity

This false doctrine is better called “Total Inability.” It is false to the Scriptures because every person is able to seek and find God by reading the Bible, particularly the New Testament, for themselves. John tells us he wrote the Gospel of John so that whoever reads it may be saved (John 20:31). Some argue on the basis of Romans 3:11 that no person is able to seek God. That is taking this verse totally out of context. Romans 3:11 is a quotation from Psalm 14:2, and Psalm 14:1 speaks concerning a special kind of person, not everyone in general, namely, the fool who in his heart has said “There is no God.” God tells us we are to seek Him (Isaiah 55:6, 7). Does anyone have the gall to suggest that God would command or even encourage what He very well knew man could not do?

Some who believe in “Total Inability” defend this mistaken notion by appealing to Ephesians 2:1, which speaks of all of us before we were or before we become saved as being “dead in trespasses and sins.” They fail to properly apply the metaphor Paul is using. Paul is not speaking of physical death, but spiritual death. Spiritual death can be reversed when one hears and believes the Gospel (John 5:24). Physical death cannot be reversed in this life; it can only be reversed by the resurrection (John 5:28, 29).

Many people are led into thinking that they believe in “Total Depravity” because they know the Bible teaches that all have sinned (Romans 3:23), and that our own righteousness is accounted by God as filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). And these things are certainly true and Biblical. That is why I believe the expression “Total Depravity” is misleading, if not deceptive. Surely the Bible teaches we are all born with a sin nature (Psalm 51:5), and that no one (Proverbs 20:9; Ecclesiastes 7:20) except the Lord Jesus Christ has lived an absolutely sinless life (Hebrews 4:15). But these facts do not negate the fact that God has given all men the ability to seek Him, believe, and be saved.

2. Unconditional Election

This false doctrine asserts that God chose the destiny of every individual before they were born, and no one can change that decreed destiny, even if they want to. This is a doctrine sometimes known as the doctrine of Predestination. The Bible does speak of the doctrine of Predestination. But nowhere in the Bible is a person ever said to be predestined to Hell or Eternal Punishment. Read your Bible and see. The only predestination known to Scripture is the glorious fact that God has predestinated those who believe in Christ to be conformed to His character (Romans 8:29).

3. Limited Atonement

This false doctrine asserts that Jesus Christ died only for the Elect, not the whole world. The Scripture teaches to the direct contrary. God so loved the world (John 3:16). “The world” clearly means every human being, not a limited set of persons called the Elect. The lamb of God takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29). Paul wrote that Christ died for all (2 Corinthians 5:14, 15). Paul asserts that if Jesus died for all, then all were dead in sin. The logic underlying the Greek grammar requires us to assert that all were dead. No true, informed, Bible believing Christian will deny that all are born dead in sin. But Christ died for all who are born dead in sin. Therefore, all are dead. If He did not die for all, then there must be some who are not included in the number of those who are born, for they must not have been born in sin, and for such Christ did not need to die. But that “set” of individuals is the “empty set.” Therefore, Christ of necessity died for all according to the Scriptures. Furthermore, John in 1 John 2:2 states that Christ did not die for our sins only, writing to believers, but for the sins of the whole world. This includes everyone. Therefore, the doctrine of the Limited Atonement is not compatible with the clear teaching of Scripture.

4. Irresistible Grace

This doctrine holds that all who are the elect and chosen of God will unfailingly respond to the call of the Holy Spirit and be saved. Those who hold this doctrine teach that there is a “General Call” issued to everyone, but to which no one ever responds; there is an “Effective Call” to which the Elect and only the Elect will unfailingly respond. This is not only an artificial but a false distinction not taught anywhere in the Bible. To suggest that the Holy Spirit ever would or even could issue a “General Call” to which He certainly knows no one can respond (according to this false doctrine) is tantamount to suggesting the Holy Spirit is deceitful, which is utter blasphemy.

Those who teach such mistaken doctrines fail to pay close attention to the underlying Greek grammar of the verses they cite in support of such doctrine. They fail to account, for example, for the subjunctive mood, which among other things marks a contingency in context which must be met to receive a benefit promised. This is especially the case in such passages as John 6:37, 44, 65 and similar passages. What appear in our often faulty available English translations to be unconditional promises or positive declarations are in Greek marked by the subjunctive mood which specifies a contingency which must be met, a contingency nearly always stated in the immediate context.

That the Holy Spirit can indeed be resisted is evident from Acts 7:51. For more evidence carefully consult the cross references provided there (including Isaiah 63:10; Luke 7:30; 19:27).

5. Perseverance of the Saints

Those who are the elect of God chosen by Him from eternity, chosen by God not on the basis of any foreseen action the individual may or may not do, will unfailingly persevere unto eternal life.

Some less-informed persons who suppose they believe in the “P” of “TULIP” equate this doctrine with what is popularly called “Once Saved, Always Saved.” This doctrine is even more false to the Scriptures. “Once Saved, Always Saved” is the teaching of Unconditional Eternal Security. This doctrine is false to the Scripture because (1) it denies the possibility of the apostasy of a believer; (2) it ignores the grammatical distinctions preserved in the Inspired Greek text of the New Testament.

To suggest that a believer cannot stop believing is nonsense, not only contrary to the many warnings addressed to believers of the dangers of apostasy (2 Peter 3:17; 1 Timothy 4:1), but directly opposed to the clear statement of our Lord Jesus Christ to the contrary in Luke 8:13.

Stop fooling yourself. This truth is most uncomfortable to those who have been taught otherwise by such teachers as Dr. R. C. Sproul and Dr. John MacArthur, and perhaps by your own pastor and Sunday school teachers. Come to an understanding of the irrefutable fact that the Bible teaches the absolute eternal security of the believer, not the unbeliever.

Many cite John 10:28 as proof of the doctrine of unconditional eternal security. To cite John 10:28 apart from John 10:27 is most deceitful or careless. Our Lord Jesus Christ promises eternal security to those who continue to hear His word and who continue to follow Him, and no one else!

Whether you think I am right or I am wrong, I invite you to leave a comment below.

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Daily Bible Nugget #349, Revelation 19:6

The Nugget:

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

My Comment:

This verse, Revelation 19:6, surely makes it clear that God is omnipotent, the fourth attribute of God on my list of the divine attributes of God.

The Omnipotence of God is that unlimited power which he possesses to do whatever is consistent with the other perfections of his nature. (Samuel Wakefield, Wakefield’s Christian Theology, Vol. 1, p. 146)

He alone is almighty. God possesses what no creature can: an incomprehensible plenitude of power, a potency that is absolute. (A. W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy, p. 71)

Contrary to what some like the Jehovah’s Witnesses teach, the attribute of omnipotence is possessed by all three members of the Godhead, the Trinity: the Father, Genesis 17:1; the Son, Revelation 1:8; the Holy Spirit, Romans 15:19. I have placed extensive cross references at each of these verses (Ge 17:1; Re 1:8; Ro 15:19) in both The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge and Nelson’s Cross Reference Guide to the Bible.

Cross reference Bible study is absolutely essential to understanding what the Bible itself teaches. The Bible is not written in the form of a systematic theology. The Bible contains the material required to form a systematic theology, but is itself not arranged that way. To learn what the Bible has to say about any subject it refers to, one must study all the statements found in the Bible about that subject. To do this, you can start with a Bible concordance and find all the verses that have the word connected with the subject you want or need to study. But you will miss much material if you only use a concordance.

You can make use of a topical Bible, such as Nave’s Topical Bible and more recent equivalent resources, in print or on line or in Bible software. These resources will help you find still more of the material in the Bible about a particular subject.

Another most excellent Bible study tool that fits this category is the Thompson Chain Reference Bible. You can start with any verse that you know pertains to a subject you want to study further, and it will lead you to many more verses on that subject. The Thompson Chain Reference Bible has an excellent subject index too. But even using these resources, you will miss much material in the Bible on the subject of your study unless you also use a source of very complete cross references like those in The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge.

I gave Revelation 1:8 as a verse which shows that our Lord Jesus Christ possesses the attribute of omnipotence, for he is called the Almighty. The Jehovah’s Witnesses disagree with me about this. They try to re-paragraph Revelation chapter 1 in a way to make the statement in Revelation to apply to God the Father, but not to our Lord Jesus Christ. In reference to Revelation 1:8, Jehovah’s Witnesses argue that Jesus is the “Mighty God” (Isaiah 9:6), but He is never called the “Almighty God.” Now, how can you determine in a factual manner who is right about this?

Careful cross reference Bible study will lead you to the Biblical answer. In the cross references given for Revelation 1:8, for the keywords “the Almighty,” a reference is given to Amos 4:13, LXX. The symbols I use in the New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge alert you to the fact that Revelation 1:8 quotes Amos 4:13. This is a most important fact.

The Hebrew text followed by the KJV for Amos 4:13 uses the divine title for God, “The God of hosts.” But John, when writing the book of Revelation, quotes this verse at Revelation 1:8 from the Greek Septuagint, which uses the title “The Lord God Almighty.” The Septuagint at Amos 4:13 reads in our English translation:

“For, behold, I am he that strengthens the thunder, and creates the wind, and proclaims to men his Christ, forming the morning and the darkness, and mounting on the high places of the earth, The Lord God Almighty is his name.”

Amos thus states directly that the name of Christ is the Lord God Almighty. And that is the very verse that the Apostle John quotes at Revelation 1:8.

I bet you never read, and never will read that in the Watchtower Magazine! I’ll bet again (though I’m not really a betting man!) that neither your pastor nor your Sunday school teacher has explained anything about this either. They should. If our everyday Christians in the pew were armed with a knowledge and understanding of these facts, the Jehovah’s Witnesses would not make the headway they now make by stealing untaught sheep from Bible-believing, Evangelical churches. Now if a retired English teacher like me can figure these things out, why are our pastors not doing the same? One secret of mine: I do not play golf! Now, I know our dear pastors need to get exercise. But they also need to exercise their skill in learning and teaching the Bible. Preaching is not enough!

My book, Nelson’s Cross Reference Guide to the Bible, contains more cross references here than what I knew to supply when I created my first book, The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge. But my newest though not yet quite complete project contains still more help on Amos 4:13, help probably not available at this verse in any commentary:

Amos 4:13. he that. Note: This is a most powerful description of the majesty of Jehovah, the God of hosts. Jb 38:4-11. Ps 65:6. *Is 40:12. 42:5. *Zc 12:1. and createth. Heb. bara, Ge 1:1. Some modern critics allege that this word was not used before the time of Jeremiah; but it is used, besides the Pentateuch, in Ps 51:10. 89:12, 47. 102:18. 104:30. 148:5. Ec 12:1; and in Isaiah frequently (CB). Ps 135:7. 147:18. +Is 45:18 (*S#1254h). Je 10:13. 51:16. wind. or, spirit. Pr 30:4. Ec 3:21. Ezk 37:9mg. **Jn 3:8. and declareth. Ps 7:9. *Ps 139:2. +*Je 17:10. Da 2:28. Mt 9:4. Lk 7:39, 40. +*Jn 2:25. unto men. LXX. adds, “his Christ.” that maketh. *Am 5:8. 8:9. Ex 10:22. 14:20. Is 5:30. Je 13:16. darkness. +Ex 10:22. +Pr 20:20. and treadeth. Dt 32:13rp. Dt 33:29rp. *Mi 1:3. Hab 3:19. The Lord. Am 3:13. 5:8. 6:8. 9:6. Is *47:4. 48:2. *Je 10:16. 51:19. The God of hosts. LXX. renders, “The Lord God Almighty.” 2 S 7:26, 27; Je 31:35; 50:34; Ho 12:5; Zc 2:8, 9, 11; 3:7, 10, 11; 13:7; Ml 3:1 all have “Lord (or Lord God) Almighty” where the Hebrew reads “Lord of Hosts” (+Ps 24:10). The Watchtower claim that Jesus is called “the mighty God” (Is 9:6) but never “Almighty God” is proven false for John cites this very passage (Am 5:13) from the LXX. in Revelation 1:8 and applies this title to our Lord Jesus Christ. The LXX. usage and renderings show that “Almighty God” and “Lord of Hosts” were by them considered equivalent. Re 1:8n. is his name. +*Ex 6:3n. Ex 15:3rp. +Ps 68:4. +*Ps 83:18.

Now that is a lot of compressed material on one verse. But if you realized the peril of the souls in your circle of influence, you would take the time to carefully study these cross references and learn this answer to the false doctrine pedaled by the Watchtower Society.

It is very important to learn how to dig deeper into your Bible. God has placed all the answers there. One way I have found to get motivated to learn more about what the Bible teaches is to be forced to find the answers to mistaken doctrines taught by false cults like the Jehovah’s Witnesses, and false doctrinal systems taught by what otherwise seem to be orthodox, Bible believing Christians. Each time I engage people or books that present a different view of what I have so far learned that the Bible teaches, it forces me to dig deeper, and it expands my knowledge and understanding of much Scripture I had not noticed before. Sometimes I am forced to change my opinion because I get a better understanding of the Bible subject or doctrine involved. Usually I learn what the underlying error is behind a false system of theology. The Bible is a self-interpreting, self-correcting Book. If you happen to fall into error, continued serious study of the Bible will point the way out of the error, because no system of false doctrine can stand the full light of all the testimony of 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 pages 1514-1515 for Revelation 19:6.

(2) Consult the cross references given in The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 1532 or in Logos 5 or 6 Bible software for Revelation 19:6.

(3) Consult the cross references given in the original Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 186 of the NT for Revelation 19:6.

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

Revelation 19:6. voice of a great multitude. ver. Re 19:1. Re 5:11. *Re 7:9. Ps 95:1. 96:7. 98:4. 149:2, 6. Da 10:6. He 12:22, 23. and as the voice of many waters. +Re 1:15. *Re 14:2. %Re 17:1. Ezk 1:24. 3:12. *Ezk 43:2. +*Jn 3:23. and as the voice of mighty thunderings. +Re 4:5. +Re 6:1. 8:5. 10:3, 4. 11:19. Ex 20:18. Jb 40:9. Ps 18:13. 29:3-9. 77:18. Alleluia. ver. Re 19:1. Ps 104:35. for. *Re 11:15-18. 12:10. 21:22. Ps 47:2, 7. 93:1. 97:1, 12. 99:1. Is 52:7. +*Mt 6:13. the Lord God. +Re 4:8. Ps 8:1. Ac 21:20. omnipotent. or, the omnipotent; “Almighty” in ver. Re 19:15 (CB). T#218. +*Re 1:8n. 4:8. 11:17. 15:3. 16:7, 14. 19:15. 21:22. Ge 1:1. 17:1. 18:14, +**Ge 18:25n. Ex 15:7. Dt 3:24. 32:39. 1 S 14:6. 1 Ch 16:25. *1 Ch 29:11. 2 Ch 20:6. Jb 9:12. 40:2, 9. +*Jb 42:2. *Ps 33:9. 68:34. 135:6. Is 26:4. +*Is 40:12. 43:13. *Je 32:17-19, 27. Ezk 10:5. Da 3:17. 4:35. Am 4:13n, LXX. Am 5:8. +*Zc 12:1n. *Mt 19:26. +*Mt 28:19. Mk 10:27. Lk 1:37. *Lk 18:27. Ac 26:8. Ro 1:20. +Ro 9:18 (T#234). +*Ro 15:19. +1 Cor 1:24 (T#76-5). +2 Cor 9:8 (T#588). Ep 1:19. *Ep 3:20. Col 1:16, 17. +He 11:3 (T#259). 1 P 1:5. reigneth. Literally, “reigned”: hence reigneth once for all (JFB). First aorist active of basileuō. Probably ingressive prophetic aorist, “God became king” in fulness of power on earth with the fall of the world power (Robertson). *Re 11:15, 17. 1 Ch 16:31. Ps 47:8. +Ps 93:1. 96:10. 97:1. 99:1. 146:10. +*Is 24:23. 52:7. +*Ob 21. **Zc 14:9. +*Mt 6:10. Lk 11:2.

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Daily Bible Nugget #348, Job 42:2

The Nugget:

Job 42:2 I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee. (KJV)

Job 42:2 “I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted. (ESV)

My Comment:

The fourth attribute or characteristic of God is (4) His omnipotence. God is all-powerful, and is able to do anything that is in harmony with His character.

I’ve heard amateur atheists and agnostics ask the question, “Can God make a rock so big that He cannot lift it?” The idea is nonsense. You might just as well ask, “Can God make a square circle?”

My student friends in the Bible Discussion Club at Cass Technical High School were challenged to a debate by the editors of the school newspaper. Those editors claimed to be atheists, possibly agnostics. My students gave them more than a run for their money. The atheists raised a question something to the effect, “If God can do anything, why doesn’t He eliminate all suffering and pain.” My students gave a thoughtful answer. Then the editors raised the question, “Since God has predestined everything, how can I know He has not predestined me to hell, unfairly at that.” The Bible club students tore into the atheists on that one. The Bible club students told the editors that God wants everyone to be saved (2 Peter 3:9; 1 Timothy 2:4). Therefore, if the editors ended up in hell it would be their own fault. All they need to do is read the Bible, believe its message, and trust our Lord Jesus Christ for salvation just like the Bible club students had done. The student editors were very honest and honorable, and wrote an article in a subsequent issue of the school paper admitting they had lost the debate because the Bible Discussion Club students were far better prepared for the debate than they were. The atheists said they would be better prepared the next time, and would show they could win. The next debate was even announced in an article in the Michigan Chronicle in Detroit, but that debate was never held. By the way, the Bible Club students handled the debate very well on their own with no help or coaching from me.

The character of God and His attributes are knowable from two sources: (1) from God’s creation, Psalm 19:1; Romans 1:19, 20; (2) from the Bible, Psalm 19:7, 8. Those are the only two sources of valid information about God.

You must not go outside the Bible to seek genuine information about God. Today, God does not reveal Himself through dreams. God has not concealed information about future events or predictive prophecy in ancient sources outside the Bible itself.

This week a new poster referred me to a resource about the Tribulation by an author I had not heard of before, Dr. Scott McQuate. I have not read his book, or his books, though I did visit his website. If I recall correctly, Dr. McQuate’s website makes reference to Daniel 12:4. That is a most interesting verse. I have learned in my studies of that verse that an alternate rendering based upon another way to read the Hebrew text gives a reading that connects very strikingly with what Paul has said in his New Testament writings. I placed a note about that in my book, The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, at Daniel 12:4.

Unlike this website, his site is full of advertising and what to me are annoying pop-up ads for special offers, but his site is very short on content. It is his privilege to reserve the fruits of his extensive research for those who will pay for it; I also have spent much time in research, but here I offer it free. Here, too, you can always ask me a question, and you will get a personal answer from me!

I also searched for him using Google Search. I believe this author is mistaken because (1) he makes use of sources from outside the Bible to establish his position; (2) at least from what others have written about him, he appears to reject the writings of the Apostle Paul; (3) he believes he has through his extensive research discovered truth not found in the Bible that sheds light on aspects of Bible prophecy; (4) he believes all churches are very mistaken in their understanding of the Bible, but he has a set of books which if we should purchase and study them will bring us to a more correct view.

Now, it is very possible to research the Bible carefully enough that you discover new truth in the Bible that has not been recognized or well understood before, but that is not the same as discovering ancient, possibly occult, sources to refine the Bible’s message.

I noticed among the testimonials supporting his work the post by a pastor, if I recall correctly, who had attended Liberty University for four years, who has come to believe this author is correct, and among the best authors he has read on the subject of Bible prophecy.

Let me warn you: as soon as anyone is going to extra-Biblical sources, even ancient ones, to supplement what the Bible declares about future events, watch out! This is the wrong path to take. We must go by the Bible alone and in its entirety, studied by the usual methods advocated here at Real Bible Study (see the category to the right on “How to Study the Bible”) by carefully following the “Rules of Interpretation” I list in the October 2010 archives, also found to the right.

Ancient sources can well be used to confirm the truth the Bible already teaches. This is an interesting field of study in Apologetics. Ancient sources in languages related to the Bible language of Hebrew can shed light on the meaning of some Hebrew words and expressions. But this is not the same as going to ancient sources to supplement the Bible’s message with supposedly new truth the Bible itself does not contain.

On another note, God does not today reveal Himself or His plans through supposed supernatural visions. I’ve argued this at length against Roman Catholics, some of whom believe that Mary is revealing special messages today to which we all should give heed, something about The Warning. Such an idea is the practice of occultism forbidden in the Bible itself (Deuteronomy 13:1-3; 18:10, 11, 12, 13, 14; Jeremiah 23:16, 21, 22, 25, 28, 29). As far as this earth is concerned, Mary is as dead physically as the Apostle Paul. No doubt both these persons are alive and very conscious in heaven now with all true believers who have died physically. But Mary is not omniscient. In heaven, she knows no more about what is going on here on earth than Abraham does (Isaiah 63:16).

God is omnipotent. He is the Creator. He is our Creator. The only way to get to know Him personally is through the message of the Bible. Get to know God better by taking regular time to read the Bible for yourself.

Only an infinite Creator could create an infinite universe. God must therefore be omnipotent.

And speaking of God as Creator, some of our media personalities and perhaps political figures need to go back to school–probably home school at that–and learn a few things. I saw a young Mr. Cuomo on a short video yesterday debating Roy Moore, Supreme Court Justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama. Mr. Cuomo argued that we do not get our rights from God. Mr. Roy Moore argued we do get our rights from God. Our founding fathers wrote a document that declared this fact as the basis for our country, the United States of America. “All men have been created equal, and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights…” is what I recall they wrote. These rights, enumerated in part in our Bill of Rights, are not granted by government. They are given by God. The government has as its chief job to protect those rights. This is the fundamental law of our land. Mr. Cuomo, and no doubt many more like him, are utterly lacking in their education, and by such a stance as Mr. Cuomo supported against Roy Moore, make themselves look rather foolish. I hope for his sake that Mr. Cuomo is better informed about the Bible than he seemed to be about the foundational organic law of our country.

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 528 for Job 42:2.

(2) Consult the cross references given in The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 582 or in Logos 5 or 6 Bible software for Job 42:2.

(3) Consult the cross references given in the original Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 362 for Job 42:2.

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

Job 42:2. I know. Jb 19:25. 23:5. thou canst do every thing. Ge 17:1. *Ge 18:14. +Ps 115:3. 135:6. Is 40:12. 43:13. *Je 32:17, 27. Hab 3:6. Mt 15:27. *Mt 19:26. *Mk 10:27. *Mk 14:36. Lk 1:37. *Lk 18:27. Ac 26:8. %**Titus 1:2. *Re 19:6. no thought. *Ps 44:21. *Ps 139:2. Is 66:18. *Je 17:10. Ezk 38:10. Lk 6:8. +*Jn 2:24, +Jn 2:25. +Jn 21:17. **He 4:12, 13. can be withholden from thee. or, of thine can be hindered. *Jb 23:13. +*Pr 19:21. +*Pr 21:30. *Ec 3:14. Is 8:10. *Is 14:27. *Is 46:10. *Da 4:35. +*Ep 1:11.

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How to get in to the Bible to get more out of it

Of course, the first step is to start reading the Bible. If you are a very good reader, and an experienced reader generally, you can probably succeed by starting anywhere in the Bible that interests you.

If you are new to reading the Bible, my personal suggestion is to start reading in the New Testament first. Starting with the Gospel of Mark, the shortest Gospel, is probably best. It has 16 chapters, so if you were to read 3 chapters each day, it would take just over five days to read it. Reading fewer chapters each day just means you will take longer to read all the way through.

Ezra Pound said that “Literature is news that stays news.” He was most certainly right. The Bible, as the world’s greatest work of literature, is still news today, and well worth reading.

The second step is to start studying the Bible. There are many ways, and many strategies which can be used, to study the Bible. I have outlined quite a number of these ways in the category to the right, “How to Study the Bible.” Read those directions, and try a way that interests you.

I personally believe the best, the most fruitful method of Bible study is cross reference Bible study. My suggestion is that as you do your Bible reading, when you come upon a verse that strikes you, look up the cross references for that verse. You will find cross references in the center column of a reference Bible for starters. The NIV Study Bible, the ESV Study Bible, and many editions of the King James Version come with very good cross references.

Unfortunately, Thomas Nelson Publishers have allowed both of my expansions and corrections of the original work, The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, to go out of print. The software version of my book, The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, is still available. It runs on Logos software and works very well. The print version of my book is still available on Amazon, but the price is quite high. My second book, Nelson’s Cross Reference Guide to the Bible, has just recently gone out of print, and there are no signs currently to indicate it will be in print again. Copies are available from Amazon, but again, at quite a high price whether used or new.

Fortunately, the original work, The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, is still in print and very inexpensive. It is available from Amazon, and no doubt it can be ordered from your local Christian bookstore. It is a good source of extensive cross references. It is not nearly as complete, accurate, or readable as my printed editions of cross references were, but since my books are no longer available in printed form, I highly recommend that you get the original Treasury of Scripture Knowledge to have access to enough cross references to make such study worthwhile.

The original Treasury of Scripture Knowledge is available online at the Blue Letter Bible website. It works well.

I find that though I have read the Bible in canonical order, that does not give me the best understanding of what happened when. I recently bought the Chronological Life Application Study Bible in the New Living Translation. It is in full color, and has a most handy table of contents at the front of the Bible where you can quickly find where in its pages any verse is found. That will be an excellent tool to get a better handle on the chronological order of the events in the Bible.

Another kind of resource to help you understand more about the Bible is the study Bible. I have several, and just a week or two ago when I wanted to get a better general understanding and overview of 1 and 2 Chronicles, I found the new ESV Study Bible to be quite superior to many of the other study Bibles I have in my personal library.

I have argued here quite often that the best place to start is to read from a plain text Bible. I still believe you should read directly from the Bible itself first. After you have learned as much as you can by personal direct study of the Bible, or a Bible book, it will be helpful to learn more background from a study Bible or two by reading the introductory material they supply for each Bible book.

Another area of great concern is the doctrinal study of the Bible. Many try to avoid this department of Bible study, but it is unavoidable. Most, if not all, general use study Bibles only present the most generic and minimal information on Bible doctrine. Some study Bibles edited by such authors as Dr. R. C. Sproul and Dr. John MacArthur do delve more deeply at times into matters of doctrine.

An instructive example is the widely different handling of the subject of baptism in Dr. R. C. Sproul’s study Bible compared to what you will find in Dr. John MacArthur’s study Bible. Though both of these men are Calvinists, Dr. Sproul holds to the viewpoint of the Reformed position more consistently than Dr. MacArthur. Upon careful study of all the evidence I have been able to learn about in my extensive personal library of Bible study reference works, it is absolutely clear to me, hands down, that Dr. Sproul is right, and Dr. MacArthur on this point is wrong.

As a young person, a new believer, the subject of the mode of Christian baptism was the first of many controversial doctrinal issues I had to face. I asked my Methodist pastor which view was correct. He would not tell me. He said he would arrange for whatever mode of Christian baptism I believed was correct in the light of what the Bible teaches. I opted for sprinkling, since this was the customary mode practiced in my local Methodist church. Not long after, the dear folks at Highland Park Baptist discovered that I was teaching Sunday school there, but my name was not on the membership roll. I asked how I was to solve that. They said I would have to be baptized by immersion. So I followed through and did that. My parents were most upset at my decision to be immersed, but did not argue about it with me. But in any case, which ever mode is correct, I’ve experienced both, so on that score I might be safe. Of course, water baptism is not a salvation issue, though some think it is.

Logos Software just now has a Community Pricing offer of a set of 40 books or so on the subject of baptism for about $80 as I recall. Not many have yet “bid” on the set. I wish they would wake up and do so. I have some of those books already in my print library, and they are very, very good. Many other volumes I know about, but have never been able to get in hard copy.

Why should you study books about Bible issues on more than one side of the issue involved? You will learn much by studying the evidence marshaled in defense of each of several sides. Such study will help you dig far deeper into the Bible than you ever thought possible. Having such knowledge will enable you to spot error in the teaching of others, will help you discover some errors in your own viewpoint, and will help you more accurately teach the truth. It will help you guide young people when, as happened to me right off as a new Christian, a young person must make a decision which way to go on an issue.

The Discipleship Bible, published, I think, by Zondervan, is one of the most complete study Bibles I have which handles Bible doctrine strictly Biblically for the most part. The Dake Annotated Reference Bible is another study Bible that covers Bible doctrine quite well, though Mr. Dake has some interesting but mistaken views of his own on a few things.

With all the wonderful resources available to us today, we have no excuse not to get better acquainted with the Bible!

How to find the time? For many, just watch less television. Reduce your commitment to keeping up with sports. Take time for Bible study. If necessary, start by reading or studying the Bible for as few as five minutes a day. Once you get into it, you will easily be able to devote 20 minutes a day. Beyond that, you will find ways to take a whole evening for Bible study at least once a week, sometimes more often, and you are well underway to getting more acquainted with the most important Book in the world, God’s Word in the Bible.

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Daily Bible Nugget #347, James 1:17

The Nugget:

James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

My Comment:

One of the attributes or qualities of God emphasized in the Bible is His quality of (3) immutability or unchangeableness. James tells us with God there is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. He uses this truth to emphasize and confirm the truth that “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above.”

If you would read this verse from different English translations, you would see each translation sheds an additional light upon the meaning in the original Greek text which underlies our English versions.

Young’s Literal Translation:

James 1:17 every good giving, and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the lights, with whom is no variation, or shadow of turning;

The NET Bible:

James 1:17 All generous giving and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or the slightest hint of change.

The English Standard Version (ESV):

James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

The Murdock translation:

James 1:17 Every good and perfect gift cometh down from above, from the Father of lights, with whom is no mutation, not even the shadow of change.

The Contemporary English Version (CEV):

James 1:17 Every good and perfect gift comes down from the Father who created all the lights in the heavens. He is always the same and never makes dark shadows by changing.

You can see that each translation sheds its own additional light upon the meaning of this verse.

James introduces this thought just after he has written about the problem of temptation and its source in human lust and desire, not God. He follows his statement about the unchanging nature of God with a statement about how God has brought us to the new birth from above by means of the word of truth. That word of truth is the message of the Gospel. We may receive that truth by hearing it, or we may receive it by reading it from Scripture itself, that is, the Bible, or even an effective Gospel tract.

We can absolutely depend upon the unchanging nature of God. That means we have every reason to fully trust Him, no matter the changing conditions and circumstances we face from day to day (Psalm 9:10).

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 1447 for James 1:17.

(2) Consult the cross references given in The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 1465 or in Logos 5 or 6 Bible software for James 1:17.

(3) Consult the cross references given in the original Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 165 of the NT for James 1:17.

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

James 1:17. Every good. See on ver. James 1:5. James 3:15, 17. Ge 41:16, 38, 39. Ex 4:11, 12. 31:3-6. 36:1, 2. Nu 11:17, 25. 1 Ch 22:12. 29:19. 2 Ch 1:11, 12. %+*Jb 2:10. +*Ps 37:24. 85:12. **Ps 104:28. +*Ps 145:9. Pr 2:6. Is 28:26. +**Je 29:11. Da 2:21, 22, 27-30. Mt 7:11. 11:25, 26. 13:11, 12. +*Lk 6:35. 11:13. Jn 3:27. Ac 5:31. 11:18. *Jn 17:25. Ro 6:23. 11:36. 12:6-8. 1 Cor 4:7. 12:4-12. 2 Cor 9:15. Ep 2:3-5, 8. 4:8-11, 29. Phil 1:29. *1 Tim 6:17. Titus 3:3-5. He 6:4. 1 J 4:10. **1 J 5:11, 12. gift. Gr. dosis (S#1394g, only here and Phil 4:15), a giving; by implication (concretely) a gift (Strong); the act of giving, or the gift in its initiatory stage (JFB). Pr 21:14. Phil 4:15g. perfect. Gr. teleios (S#5046g, Mt 5:48). ver. James 1:4. **Ps 19:7. gift. Gr. dōrēma (S#1434g, only here and Ro 5:16), bestowment (Strong); the thing given, the boon, when perfected (JFB). 2 Ch 32:23. Da 2:6. 5:17. Jn 4:10. Ac 2:38. 8:20. 10:45. Ro 5:16g. 2 Cor 9:15. Ep 3:7. 4:7. He 6:4. from above. Gr. anōthen [(S#509g): Rendered (1) from above: Jn 3:31. 19:11. James 1:17. 3:15, 17. (2) top: Mt 27:51. Mk 15:38. Jn 19:23. (3) again: Jn 3:3, 7. (4) from the very first: Lk 1:3. (5) from the beginning: Ac 26:5. (6) Not translated: Ga 4:9]. James 3:15, 17. Jn 3:3g. and cometh down. Gr. katabainō (S#2597g, Ac 8:38n). Present tense, active voice, participle. As usual, this union of the participle with the finite verb denotes something habitual (Vincent). James 3:15. Ex 28:3. 31:6. 35:30, 31, 34. 1 Ch 29:14. Jb 28:12, 20. 36:3. 38:36. 39:17. *Ps 10:17. 87:7. +*Ps 119:176. Is 40:13, 14. Mk 1:10. Lk 15:17. Jn 6:65. 15:5. Ac 6:3. 7:23. 10:11-15. 11:18. +*Ac 16:14. 18:27. Ro 3:12. Ep 2:8. Phil 1:6. +*Phil 2:13n. Col 2:12. 1 Th 1:5. 2 Th 3:5. 2 Tim 2:25. Re 3:12. 21:2-10. from the Father. James 3:9. *Ge 1:2-5, 14, 15. +*Nu 16:22. Dt 4:19. 1 S 10:12. 1 K 4:29. 2 Ch 9:23. Ezr 1:5. 7:27. Ne 2:12. Jb 1:21. *Jb 38:28. Ps 19:1-8. 27:1. *Ps 84:11. 135:6. *Pr 19:14. Ec 2:19. Is 45:7. 60:19. Je 4:23. 10:12. Da 1:17. Ho 14:8. Mt 19:17. 21:3. Mk 10:18. Lk 18:19. *Jn 1:9. 8:12. 19:11. 1 Cor 1:3. 2 Cor 3:5. 4:6. 5:18. Ep 1:17, 18. Col 2:12. 1 Th 3:12. He 12:9. **1 J 1:5. Re 1:4. 21:23. 22:5. of lights. FS96F2, +Ge 4:10. FS22J, +Ps 27:1. The heavenly bodies. Jb 25:3. 38:7, 28. Ps 8:3. 36:9. +*Ps 119:105. 135:7. 136:7. *Is 9:2. *Is 49:6. Je 4:23. 31:35. Am 5:8. **Mt 5:14, 16. Lk 16:8. *Jn 1:4. 3:19. 5:35. *Jn 8:12. 12:36. Ep 5:8. Phil 2:15. 1 J 1:7. no variableness. Gr. parallagē (S#3883g, only here), transformation (of phase or orbit), that is, (figuratively) fickleness (Strong). T#217. Ex 3:14. *Nu 23:19. Dt 32:4. 33:14. 1 S 15:29. Jb 23:13. 38:33. +Ps 33:11 (T#250). +*Ps 89:34. **+Ps 102:25-28. +*Ps 119:89-91. Pr 19:21. Ec 3:14. Is 14:24. +*Is 31:2. 46:4, 10. Je 2:17. Ezk 24:14. Da 6:26. +*Mal 3:6. Jn 8:58. 13:1. *Ro 11:29. He 1:11, 12. 6:17, 18. +He 13:8 (T#76-4). shadow. Gr. aposkiasma (S#644g, only here), a shading off, that is, obscuration (Strong). of turning. Gr. tropē (S#5157g, only here), a turn (“trope”), that is, revolution (figuratively variation) [Strong]. %Ge 6:6. Jb 23:13. 34:22. Ps 139:9, *Ps 139:12. +*Je 32:40. *Ho 13:14.

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Daily Bible Nugget #346, Malachi 3:6

The Nugget:

Mal 3:6 For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

My Comment:

This verse (Malachi 3:6) speaks of a very important attribute of God, attribute (3) in my extensive list of God’s attributes I am presenting in a series of very important Bible Nuggets. It is the attribute of God’s immutability or unchangeableness.

One way to look at God’s unchangeableness is to consider that God is perfect (Matthew 5:48). If He were to change, He could not get better, for if He could, then He could hardly speak of Himself as perfect now! God could in our imagination get worse, which would be to retreat from His present perfection, but since God is now perfect, He cannot do that either. There are some things God cannot do. He cannot act contrary to His character. Therefore, God cannot change or be changed. God cannot lie (Titus 1:2). This is a most important concept to grasp about God as you consider His attributes, His character. When you really understand God’s character, you will find you can trust Him fully (Psalm 9:10).

God argues His case in behalf of Israel in Malachi 3:6. God states that because He does not change, therefore the people and nation of Israel are not consumed. It is only a relatively small nation. Yet Israel has kept its identity for thousands of years in good times and bad.

God argues His case on the basis of His own faithfulness to the promises He has made to Abraham in the Abrahamic Covenant and to David in the Davidic Covenant. Nowhere in the Bible has God retracted the promises to Abraham, David, and Israel contained in these covenants. Most Christians, Christian pastors and theologians, think these promises now belong to the Church and are no longer valid for Israel. Nonsense. Malachi 3:6 alone is sufficient to demolish that mistaken view.

God claims in no uncertain terms that the Land He has promised to Abraham, and therefore to Israel, is His own (Deuteronomy 32:43). He has promised that the Jewish people likewise belong to Him and are His exclusively (Deuteronomy 32:43). God clearly states that He will be merciful to His Land and to His People (Deuteronomy 32:43). God tells us that our duty, by the way, is to pray for the peace of Jerusalem (Psalm 122:6).

Many foolish theologians of today, especially among Calvinists, would deny the truth and application I just made of Malachi 3:6 and Deuteronomy 32:43. They need to go back and do their homework in Bible study. They won’t dare come on this site and post comments contrary to what I assert. I have noticed a few of them have tried, but they soon give up and lose interest, because I do not support their mistaken views whatsoever, and neither does the Bible.

Remember my personal commitment to the truth of the Bible: If I am wrong about what I believe the Bible teaches, I will change my mind if anyone can provide sufficient Bible evidence to show I am mistaken. Will you?

The Jehovah’s Witnesses invited me to have them hold a study in my home, and I gladly accepted their offer to teach me more about the Bible. They think they know something about Bible prophecy. They do not. They do not understand Malachi 3:6 and the assertion God makes about His people, the Jews. If they would read even one more verse from the Hebrew Scriptures, what the rest of us call the Old Testament, and believe what the verse says, they would immediately see they must be wrong: take a look at Isaiah 41:9.

Lazy Bible believing Christians will claim Isaiah 41:10 as a promise they can bank on. I would imagine that verse would be a good candidate for placement on a card in a box of Bible Promises cards. But they would almost never think to read the verse that comes before it! God promises Israel in many places in the Bible, but especially very plainly in Isaiah 41:9, that He will never cast His people Israel away.

Now, we have ignorant followers of false religions like Islam, which is not a religion of peace, but a death cult, aptly so named within the past week or so by an official from Japan. Followers of Islam don’t believe Israel has a right to the land where they are, and threaten to push Israel into the sea (Psalm 83:4), to cut them off from being a people. Seven times the Bible tells us God laughs (Psalm 2:4 is one of them), and each time it is not a laughing matter. False religionists, such as Seventh Day Adventists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, Roman Catholics, most Calvinists, and many more need to wake up and start digging into their Bibles and learning what God has said about these things. They had better all get to know God through what He has revealed about Himself in the Bible. You cannot know God without understanding His attributes.

Now we also have fools for politicians (especially John Kerry and President Obama) who have no knowledge of the Bible. At this very moment we have five American officials in Israel trying to convince the people of the nation of Israel to vote their current leader out of office in a soon-coming election. From what I have read, the people in Israel are growing even stronger in their support of the current leader, the opposite effect our government aimed for. The United States of America and its leadership need to keep their nose out of Israel until they understand very clearly what the Bible has to say about what God will do to any nation that works against Israel. President Obama, John Kerry, and the rest of the mindless leadership need to come to this site and learn how to read and study the Bible. Then they could take intelligent positions with regard to the nation of Israel. Israel is our ally. Our current president is a Muslim in his worldview, not a Christian, who supports Islamic extremism, and before it is too late, he needs to get better informed before God takes some rather unpleasant action against him too (Genesis 12:3).

Whenever I visit a news website that has an article that makes reference to Israel, I notice that there are a group of posters who post on the comments below some very derogatory comments against Israel, and against Jews. Just now, probably no one is perfect. The nation of Israel is not right with God. Some Jewish people, individuals, may have done or may be doing some things that are not entirely right. That does not change the fact that they are God’s people, and that the land where they reside is God’s land. In the light of the Bible, the Palestinians basically do not have a leg to stand on. A so-called two-state solution is absurd and will not work. Gaza is mentioned in the Bible. It is mentioned in Bible prophecy. So is Damascus, Syria. You must not take a position that is on the wrong side of what God declares in the Bible. It is foolishness to make broad claims against Israel as if that nation is at the root of all our ills. But that is what these uninformed or misinformed posters do on other sites I read on the Internet. Of course, they won’t come here and enter into debate with me. I dare them to do so, based on the Bible. They don’t know the Bible, that may be why they won’t come here. But this is the place they need to be to learn something for once about what the Bible really has to say.

God’s whole history of Israel was written before it happened in a marvelous chapter to be found in the book of Leviticus, chapter 26. That chapter spells out in detail just what God has in mind for the people and land of Israel.

Has the pastor of your church ever taught you, line by line, just what Leviticus 26 has to say about Bible prophecy? I bet not. It is about time every pastor did.

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 1006 for Malachi 3:6.

(2) Consult the cross references given in The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 1026 or in Logos 5 or 6 Bible software for Malachi 3:6.

(3) Consult the cross references given in the original Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 585 for Malachi 3:6.

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

Malachi 3:6. I am. Ge 15:7, 18. 22:16. Ex 3:14, 15. 6:2. Le 18:5. Ne 9:7, 8. Is 41:13. 42:5-8. 43:11, 12. 44:6. 45:5-8. 46:4. Je 32:27. Ho 11:9. I change not. God the Father is immutable (Ps 33:11. %Mt 12:32. +*Mt 28:19n. He 6:17. %He 13:8). Ge 6:6. *Nu 23:19rp. 1 S 15:29. Ps 102:26, 27. +*Is 31:2. 59:1. Da 6:26. Ho 13:14. +*Ro 11:29. He 1:12. *He 6:17, 18. +*He 13:8. **James 1:17. +*Re 1:8. 22:13. therefore. Nu 23:27. **1 K 8:23. Ne 9:19. Ps 78:38, 57. 103:17. 105:7-10. Is 40:28-31. La 3:22, 23. Ro 5:10. **Ro 8:28-32. 11:28, 29. *Phil 1:6. **2 Th 2:13, 14. not consumed. +*Le 26:42. **Ps 89:34. +**Is 41:8, 9. +**Is 54:7-10. +**Is 55:3. 64:5. +*Je 33:20, 21n. **La 3:22. Ezk 16:60. **Zc 10:6.

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Daily Bible Nugget #345, John 5:26

The Nugget:

John 5:26 For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;

My Comment:

I am continuing this series on the attributes of God. This Bible Nugget (John 5:26) speaks of (2) God’s self-existence.

That may be too deep of a concept for me to muster any further words about it. God has always existed. He possesses the attribute of self-existence. This is sometimes spoken of in terms of the fact that God is essential being, or necessary being, clearly uncreated and without beginning or end.

But notice carefully that God has given to His Son to have life in himself. No one else has that attribute. This would seem to be a good bit of evidence to prove that the Bible asserts the Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ. Now that idea does not sit well with Jehovah’s Witnesses, with Unitarians, or with any group or individual who would deny the Bible doctrine of the Trinity.

The Jehovah’s Witnesses published a booklet some years ago with a title something like The Trinity: Should You Believe It?. That may not be the exact title, but it is close enough to find that publication. Going by what the Bible itself teaches, I would have to pronounce their publication to be utter error, cleverly done, but still false.

The word “Trinity” is not found in the Bible. But the doctrine of the Trinity is found there by necessary inference.

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 1173 for John 5:26.

(2) Consult the cross references given in The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 1194 or in Logos 5 or 6 Bible software for John 5:26.

(3) Consult the cross references given in the original Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 67 of the New Testament for John 5:26.

(3) Most people today do not have access to those three 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 5:26. the Father. 2 P 1:17. 1 J 5:7. hath life. T#221. Jn 1:4. *Jn 6:57. Ge 1:1. Ex 3:14. Dt 32:40. *Ps 36:9. 42:2. 90:2. Is 41:4. Je 10:10. Da 4:34. Ac 14:15. 17:24, 25, 28. Ro 11:35, 36. *1 Tim 1:17. *1 Tim 6:13, 15, 16. Re 1:17, 18. so hath. *+Jn 1:4. 4:10. 7:37, 38. 8:51. 11:26. **Jn 14:6, 19. 17:2, 3. *1 Cor 15:45. *Col 3:3, 4. 1 J 1:1-3. Re 7:17. 21:6. 22:1, 17. have life. Jn 6:57. *Jn 11:25. +*Mt 28:19. Ac 3:15. Ro 5:10. 1 P 2:4. in himself. Jn 10:18. 1 J 5:11.

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Is anyone out there really interested in Bible study?

Frankly, I do not think so.

People are more interested in sports than they are in the Bible. I personally believe that sports (NFL, the stupidity about how much air pressure was used to inflate the football, and all the rest of the sports-related stupidity) is a waste of time. I believe that the real opiate of the people is sports, and has nothing to do with religion, and especially the Bible. Sports is a waste of time because too many people, even supposed Christians, spend more time following sports than they spend reading the Bible. And of those who do manage to read the Bible, most never study the Bible.

Now, when I attended Bob Jones University as an undergraduate student, my roommates in the dormitory tried very, very hard to help me with my “sports deficiency.” I will tell you, I absolutely hate sports of any kind. Why? Perhaps it is because as a child growing up during World War II there were no children who lived near me with whom to learn to play sports in the local neighborhood. My new home, built in 1940, was at that time on the outskirts of Detroit near Eight Mile Road and Dequindre. What young people there were I must say were not the kind of young people I had any interest in having any contact with. I had several close friends, but we were not into sports, especially group sports.

Upon returning home from World War II, my father tried his best to get me involved in sports. It was to no avail. At Bob Jones University my roommates Dale T. Hayes and Bob Bandy and others tried heroically to get me to budge. Dale kept after me, and I eventually qualified to get a “Letter” in Athletics. I was more interested in getting my Letter in Debate.

In elementary school and junior high school and high school I was always the last one chosen for any activity in gym class. I hated gym class. I stayed in the corner and did chin-ups and lifted weights, but never once played baseball or basket ball. For a little skinny kid, I could lift more weight than the class sports heroes. If gym teachers knew how to teach (and they don’t, in my experience), they would have coached me from elementary school on until I was successful. I remember elementary school. I got hit squarely in the stomach by the ball and I doubled over, and the class laughed. I did successfully complete the rope climb assignment.

The first time my father took me to a Baptist boys group like the Scouts to learn how to swim, I innocently ran and jumped straight in the pool, and sunk to the bottom. The leader, Mr. George Finch, saw me in time and rescued me from certain drowning. It was long after that before I ever learned to swim, and I have no interest in it whatsoever.

Gym class and the playground were the worst places for me, for there I encountered the school bullies who were always picking on me. I walked circuitous routes to and from elementary and junior high school to avoid these numbskulls. But even as a teacher, I was still subject to harassment by bullies. The bullies were students who belonged in class (but not my class) who spent their time wandering the halls causing trouble. Eventually enough students learned I was on their side, and the members of sports teams the coaches had me tutor told me they would have my back, and they literally served throughout the day as my unofficial but effective body guards.

Dale Hayes argued with me that if I had an interest in sports, that could be a means of ministry to reach others for Christ. He might be right. But I still hate sports with a passion. Nevertheless, at church, I had at least 22 young men who were virtual sports fanatics in my Sunday school class. They asked me that if I let them form a team, would I sponsor them and act as chaperone when they practiced in a gym in a nearby old church that had one. I said, I’ll be happy to, just so long as we have a brief, focused Bible study before you begin each practice. They agreed, and that is what we did.

In my high school English classes I always said I had sports all figured out. I could teach the football team and the basketball team how to win the championship hands down. Then I explained how I would do it. I would go to the school library and read all the books on sports to be found there. I would read about famous players. I would read books about each sport. I would read all about sports in the encyclopedias. At least, I told my class, I KNOW HOW TO READ, AND YOU DON’T! Then I’ll go out on the gym floor and show my stuff.

The kids all got a kick out of that. They told me, “Mr. Smith, you would not be able to do a thing. You’re not built for it. You haven’t had the practice or experience to do it. We can show you how its done and teach you what you cannot get from books.” Then I said to them, “You know, you might be right. But I still say, I KNOW HOW TO READ, AND YOU DON’T! So here is the deal, I KNOW HOW TO TEACH YOU HOW TO READ, and you will learn and be successful, IF you follow my directions.” You might know how to play sports, but if you plan to go to college, you better learn how to read. And though you may think you know how to read, I know better. Take a look out the window.

See those children on the way to school? What grade do you think they might be in?” They looked out, and said probably fourth or fifth grade. I said, “If they are reading at their proper grade level, then according to my testing results, they are reading better than you do. Think about it: you are all high school juniors and seniors walking around this high school with the ability level of normal elementary school students. You need my help in reading more than I need your help in sports!”

Some of them got the point. They used my reading program. They completed my assignments. I even tutored them after school. The coach came to me near the end of the school year and handed me a list of 21 students who had scored well enough on the ACT Test to secure full athletic scholarships to college.

Cortez Lett, a fullback for Denby’s football team, praises Smith’s methods. Cortez takes instruction from Smith in reading, English composition and writing. Twenty-one students now take the program at Denby.

No matter how good a player you are, you still need to get the right grades to succeed in college and in life,” said Cortez, 17. A senior, he is going to the Naval Academy on a full football scholarship to study sports medicine.

Cortez said the program works. “I’m a living witness,” he said. “I took the ACT and got a real good score the first time.

“All praises go to God first and to Mr. Smith. I’ve the chance to further my education with the scholarship.” The Detroit News, Section S, On Detroit, “Jerome Smith’s Reading Crusade,” page 6s, Wednesday, May 12, 1999

Now all that to say this. Eternity counts more than time. You will live someplace for ever, for all eternity. You MUST be sure you are ready for what is eternal. If you are wrong on this point, you will live to regret that fact forever and forever.

The Bible alone contains the truth you must know for eternity.

On this site, you can learn all you will ever need to know to live forever because you understood the Bible correctly enough to trust in our Lord Jesus Christ for eternal life. Nothing is more important than that.

It ought to be obvious then that the Bible is where you need to be spending time reading to get better acquainted with God.

To get the most from this site, take time to read what is posted here.

I even do that myself. I am amazed at what I have written in explanation of the Bible, and how to study it. You will learn more accurate Bible interpretation here concerning the subject of Bible prophecy, for example, than you will likely ever find anywhere else–but you have to take time to read it.

I was looking at the “Google Analytics” report for this site this evening and discovered that four visits to the page I link below averaged 29 minutes and 22 seconds per visit. That shows me that whoever visited the page link below took the necessary time to read what was there. I trust the Lord will bless that reader or those readers with an increased understanding of His written Word in the Bible as a result.

Here is the page link:

http://www.realbiblestudy.com/?p=106

I have never figured out how to make a link “live” in a main article like this. The deservedly unwise individuals who design this website and software stuff have not made it clear anywhere how to do a simple thing like that. So I will post the link again immediately below in the comment section so all of you reading this can easily access the wonderful article and following discussion there. It is more important, and ought to be far more interesting, than anything having to do with sports!

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