Rightly dividing the word of truth timeline diagram

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. – 2 Timothy 2:15

Excellent timeline diagram showing from Adam to Eternity. Make sure you are rightly dividing the Bible as commanded by God to do so. If you don’t divide it properly, then you will get into all sorts of trouble – false doctrine, false teaching, fear of losing your salvation, working for your salvation, etc.

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Divine power of the Bible

Power to Save

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. – Romans 1:16

Power to Comfort

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. – Matthew 11:28

Power to Give Joy

These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. – John 15:11

Power to Give Wisdom

The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple. – Psalms 119:130

Power to Give Courage

Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them. – Joshua 1:6

Power to Inspire Activity

Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay. – Jeremiah 20:9

Power to Equip for Service

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: – 2 Timothy 3:16

The ‘Lord’s Prayer’ is NOT what you think it is

READ: Matthew 6:9-15.

Pretty much every person today (Christian and non-Christian), thinks that the ‘Lord’s Prayer’ is the “Our Father” of Matthew chapter 6 and Luke Chapter 11.

After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. – Matthew 6:9-10

In verse 9, at the beginning of the prayer, notice the words “pray ye”.

Jesus never classified Himself with His listeners. Here, Jesus is telling His listeners to call God “Our Father”, distinctly showing us that this is NOT the ‘Lord’s prayer’ at all, since the Lord Jesus Christ never prayed it, is not praying it now, and never will pray it. It is a ‘Disciples’ Prayer’ given to Old Testament, Jewish disciples before the crucifixion, resurrection, and the Church Age.

“Our Father” again refers to Israel, and is never given to a Gentile to pray, nor does Christ anywhere in the Sermon on the Mount even intimate that God is “Father” to anyone but an Israelite! Gentiles do not pray this, and as Christians we don’t pray this.

Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. – Matthew 6:11-13

You cannot force the Sermon on the Mount and the so-called ‘Lord’s prayer’ into Christian practice. The Christian can follow the prayer to verse 11, but verse 12 offers some difficulties, as no Christian is forgiven on the basis of forgiving others; they are forgiven, and cleansed, when they judge their own sin and confess it to Jesus (1 Cor. 11: 30–33; 1 John 1: 9).

If a Christian’s forgiveness is conditional on forgiving others, then the atonement of Christ (not yet accomplished at this point!) is insufficient, for “forgiveness and remission” of sins are clearly said to be part of the finished work of Christ in the believer (Col. 1: 14; Acts 13: 38–40).

For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. – Matthew 6:14-15

If there was any doubt as to the ‘salvation’ involved in verse 12, it is now dispelled. The passage is teaching salvation from sin and forgiveness on the basis of WORKS.

If it isn’t ignorance, pride, or lack of study, then perhaps the reason why Christians pray this prayer is that they don’t believe in the finished work of Christ on the cross; they don’t believe in eternal security. They refuse to accept the Pauline revelation on the death and atonement of Christ for sinners.

This prayer then is addressed to God as the “Father” of a physical nation that He begat, and to which He gave birth.

READ: Isaiah 63:16, 64:8; Deuteronomy 32:5-6, 18.

Unless this Matthew passage is left in its Jewish setting, with a primary doctrinal application to the Second Coming (and an outline for a doctrinal prayer for the entire nation of Israel during the Tribulation), it will destroy the soul of the person who seeks to justify him or herself by ‘following’ its example.

READ: 1 Kings 8:22-53 for the actual model for the ‘Lord’s prayer’.

READ: John 17 for the true ‘Lord’s Prayer’.

Challenge 1

 


The challenge is to …

Read Philippians 4:8 each day and do 15mins of exercise during that day whilst meditating on one of the “whatsoever things” mentioned in the verse, e.g. Sun=”true”, Mon=”honest”, and so on. Start to memorise the verse as you read it everyday.


 

What will I need to complete this challenge?

  • King James Bible.
  • 20mins free time every day.
  • A place or places to exercise.
  • Notebook to keep track of your progress and to jot down all the thoughts, verses, etc., that come into your mind as you are doing the challenge.

How much time should I allocate?

At least 20mins per day.

How difficult is this challenge?

The reading and meditating on the word part of the challenge is easy enough. The effort required for the physical exercise part will depend on your current fitness level. If you are not used to working out in any form at all, then just take it slowly and perhaps go for a walk, or just move your body on the spot if that’s really all you can do. Just as long as you are physically moving for those 15mins that’s all that matters.

What other advice do you have for me?

  • Your body may feel like ‘giving up’ on the physical exercise part of this challenge, but DON’T allow it to!
  • The reading of and meditating on the word of God is indeed the most important thing, but the physical exercise at the same time will help you to remain actively focussed on the task at hand. Plus, it is helping to keep you physically fit and healthy in order for you to be able to continue doing the Lord’s work for many year’s to come (if the Lord tarries and spares our lives that is!).
  • Remember to drink plenty of water throughout the day as well.

 


If you did this challenge, please let us know how you got on, or leave a comment below.

Did you know that Easter has nothing to do with the crucifixion?

Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church. And he killed James the brother of John ‘with the sword. And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.) And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people. – Acts 12:1-4

Herod had just beheaded James, it made the Jews happy. Now Herod desires to kill Peter also, but he wants to wait until after “Easter” according to the King James Bible. Every other modern ‘bible’ perversion has the word “Passover” instead of “Easter.” But “Easter” IS actually CORRECT, and is the proper word to use. How do we know this? The Bible evidences it. Notice again in the passage of Acts 12:1-4 that King Herod killed James. When he saw that it pleased the Jews, Herod also had Peter arrested. Notice that Herod took Peter DURING the DAYS OF UNLEAVENED BREAD and was going to bring him forth to the people AFTER Easter.

NOTE: Don’t forget that text in brackets ( ) in the Bible are ‘extra little personal notes’ to us from the Lord, to help clarify things for us even further – and boy do they here!

The Old Testament teaches that the DAY OF PASSOVER started the FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD. Notice in the following Scripture that the Day Of Passover occurred on the 14th day of the first month, but the Feast Of Unleavened Bread began on the 15th day of the month:

In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the LORD’s passover. And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the LORD: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread. – Leviticus 23:5-6

So we learn from this Old Testament Scripture that the day of Passover fell on the 14th day of the first month, and then the “FEAST of UNLEAVENED BREAD” began upon the 15th day of the first month.

The days of unleavened bread came AFTER Passover! Acts 12:3 tells us that Peter was apprehended DURING the “days of unleavened bread.” This means that the day of Passover had ALREADY occurred. “Easter” could not have been Passover, because Passover occurs BEFORE the days of unleavened bread. Passover had come and gone. Herod decided to bring Peter forth AFTER Easter.

This is the proper time sequence:

  1. PASSOVER
  2. DAYS OF UNLEAVENED BREAD
  3. EASTER

The day of Passover always kicks off the seven days of unleavened bread, happening the day before the feast begins. So if Herod arrested James during the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Passover was already over. Easter is correct. Of course, Easter is a pagan holiday and the Bible doesn’t deny that. The Bible is simply teaching that James was taken by Herod during the days of unleavened bread, and Herod was planning to kill Peter after Easter.

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Easter was originally a pagan holiday

The word “Easter” here does NOT refer to “Easter” as we know it nor does it refer to the “Passover” as it is wrongly translated in other Bible versions. Though many Christians celebrate “Easter” in remembrance of Christ’s resurrection, Easter was originally a pagan festival (etymology of your dictionary should confirm this), which is what Acts 12:4 refers to and not the Passover. We will determine this by looking at the passage.

The Webster’s New World Dictionary gives the following etymology (origin and development of a word), for the word “Easter”:

“originally, name of pagan vernal [spring time] festival ALMOST COINCIDENT in date with paschal [Passover] festival of the church”
SOURCE: Eastre, dawn goddess—Austro, dawn

In other words, Easter was originally a pagan festival celebrated in the spring time. When the King James Bible says “EASTER” in Acts 12:4, it is correct; when the other versions say “PASSOVER” in Acts 12:4, they are incorrect. Again, “Easter” in this passage is referring to a pagan festival.

Further evidence from the Book of Numbers

Passover only comes once a year on one day, the 14th of Abib ( Numbers 28:16). After the Passover, then comes the seven days of unleavened bread (Numbers 28:16-17), extending from the fifteenth day through the twentieth day… Numbers 28:16-17, And in the fourteenth day of the first month is the passover of the LORD. And in the fifteenth day of this month is the feast: seven days shall unleavened bread be eaten.

So when Peter was arrested during the days of unleavened bread (Acts 12:3), Passover had come and gone! This evidences 100% that “Easter” is the correct word that should be rendered in Acts 12:4. The Bible says that Herod was going to bring him forth AFTER Easter (which had not come yet). The angel of the Lord rescued Peter in response to the prayers of the church, who were gathered together praying for Peter after they heard that James had been killed. The Bible says in Acts 12:19 that the keepers of the prison were put to death by Herod for Peter’s escape from the prison. In Acts 12:23 the Holy Spirit struck Herod and He was eaten by worms and died. Herod is in Hell this moment in torments.


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How To Spot a Fool

He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed. – Proverbs 13:20

The history of ‘April Fool’s Day’ is usually traced back to a change in the calendar, when the first of the year was moved from April 1st to January 1st. Traditionally, it is a day when it is considered acceptable to deceive people, just as long as no harm is done.

The Bible does have something to say about a “fool”, “fool’s”, “foolish”, and “foolishness”. And as Christians, we are warned about becoming a companion of fools. The Bible gives us plenty of characteristics of a fool, so that we can avoid the companionship of fools and also avoid the characteristics of fools.

“Birds of a feather flock together.”, the old saying goes. Paul says in 1 Cor. 15:33 that evil communications corrupt good manners. There are people in this world whose respectability is mistaken for ‘character’; they blacken everything and everybody they touch.

A young lady swished through the living room in a “formal” on the way to a dance. Her father, sitting beside a cold fireplace, remarked, “Now honey, you know that I don’t approve of this, and….” The daughter laughed and came out with the usual line: “Oh daddy, don’t be silly! Jane will be there and you said that she was a Christian, and Jim is taking her. He sings in the choir, and….” “Honey,” said her father, “reach in the fireplace and pick up one of those coals.” The girl studied the fireplace for a minute, and believing that she had outwitted her father, she picked up a coal that had been dead more than twenty-four hours. “See there,” she said gaily, “it doesn’t burn me!” She threw it back in the fireplace. “Now look at your hands,” her father said. “See there? Bad company will smut you every time.”

READ: Proverbs 14:7.

When you hear a person shooting off their mouth who obviously has no respect for God or the Bible, excuse yourself and leave the room. You may stay and ‘hear them out’ if you have some time to waste, but if you are there for learning, do not waste valuable time with them (Eph. 5:16).

A fool is revealed by their speech

READ: Ecclesiastes 5:3 and 10:14.

The fool has a surplus of words

Who talks the most in your family, or within your circle of friends, or during meetings with your work colleagues? That person is probably the most foolish person in the group.

The fool has slanderous words

READ: Proverbs 10:18.

To slander someone is to say an accusation against someone without verifying that it is true. Both things mentioned in the verse are equally bad. One is using flattery to cover hatred, and the other is lying about a person in order to damage their reputation.

The fool has scoffing words

READ: Psalms 14:1.

An atheist does not truly BELIEVE there is no God; they just SAY there is no God.

The fool has swift words

READ: Proverbs 29:11, 20.

A fool talks without considering a matter first. Prov. 18:13 – one of the most foolish types of programmes on television is the average news commentary with two or more people “debating” the issues. They have nearly every characteristic of a fool’s speech that the Bible gives.

A fool is revealed by their steps

READ: Ecclesiastes 10:3.

  • A fool has stumbling steps – Ecclesiastes 2:14.
  • A fool has sinful steps – Proverbs 26:11.

In the story of the Prodigal son, the fool was the young man who decided to leave home and waste his inheritance. When he came to himself, he decided to return to the Father’s house. The most foolish thing a man does is to reject the gospel. The most foolish thing a Christian does is to reject his Father’s fellowship and go the way of the world.

A fool is revealed by their spirit

READ: Proverbs 14:16.

A fool has a stout (haughty, proud) spirit

A fool promotes him/herself; a wise person humbles him/herself and lifts up Jesus – Proverbs 28:26 and 14:3.

A fool has a stubborn spirit

A fool is stubborn; therefore, they are not teachable – Proverbs 12:15. A fool is stubborn in rejecting the truths of the Bible about salvation, about service, about sin and separation, about service – Proverbs 15:5 and 23:9.

A fool has a swift spirit

A wise person is swift to hear, but slow to speak, slow to get angry, and slow to make a decision that requires contemplation – Proverbs 13:16, 29:20, and 19:2.

A fool has a seething (soon-angry) and striving spirit

A fool gets into arguments all the time – Proverbs 20:3; Ecclesiastes 7:9; Proverbs 12:16.

A fool is revealed by their sport

READ: Proverbs 10:23.

Sport is what makes a person happy. It is pleasure.

A fool enjoys mischief

We think of mischief as a harmless joke or prank, but in the Bible, it is more serious than that. Mischief is anything that is harmful to another person, and this is one of the seven things that are an abomination to God, according to Proverbs 6:18.

A fool enjoys meddling in the affairs of others

They are willing to lie about others in order to stir up a fight. They gossip and are always talking about other people to try to make people angry at them – Proverbs 26:17-19.

In closing

Many of us have been unaware of what marks a fool, and many of us are companions of fools. And many of us are foolish in our own ways.

It is essential to choose your friends wisely. Just as good friends have good influences, a friend who gets into trouble generally gets his friends into trouble with him.

Let us not be foolish, but wise. Let us be kind and witness to all people, but let us not have fools, but wise men, as our companions.

50 Reasons Why a Saved Christian Can Never Be Lost

READ: Romans 5:1-5 and 1 Peter 1:6.

As a SAVED Christian you can NEVER lose your salvation. It is a free gift from God, which He can never take back. No matter what trials, tribulations, and persecutions you go through in this life, it does NOT affect your standing in Christ.

There are so many Christians today who live in fear of losing their salvation. Perhaps they have heard it said from false teachers that “if you keep sinning then you are not really saved!”, or the Christian believes that God is still angry with them for some reason (and that He didn’t really save them in the first place) and will send them to Hell anyway, or, most probably, they have not read and studied the true word of God and don’t know what the Bible actually says. Whatever the case may be, it is unscriptural to say or think that a Christian can lose their salvation once they are saved.

Below are just 50 reasons why a saved Christian can never be lost (unsaved) again. There are many other verses for each of these 50, and indeed many other reasons, but this should be enough to show you that you are eternally secure in Christ once you are saved.

1. Eternal life is eternal

John 3:15, 10:28; Romans 6:23; 1 John 2:25, 5:11 & 13 – ‘Eternal’ means never ending. Once you have eternal life it can never be taken away. If it could be it would not be eternal.

2. Everlasting life is everlasting

Daniel 12:2; John 3:16 & 36, 5:24, 6:40 & 47; Romans 6:22 – Everlasting life can never end. It is everlasting regardless of your behaviour.

3. It is God’s Will

John 6:39 – It is God’s will that Christ lose none of those who come to Him.

4. Heaven is reserved for you

1 Peter 1:4 – An inheritance in heaven is reserved for you.

5. Salvation (inheritance) is incorruptible

1 Peter 1:4 – No one can corrupt something God has made incorruptible.

6. Salvation (inheritance) cannot be defiled

1 Peter 1:4 – No one can defile something which God says cannot be defiled.

7. You are sealed by the Holy Spirit

Ephesians 1:13 – No power in Heaven or earth can break God’s seal.

8. You are sealed unto the Day of Redemption

Ephesians 4:30 – You are sealed until the day God redeems your body.

9. Holy Spirit will abide forever

John 14:16-17 – The indwelling of the Holy Spirit is permanent.

10. You are preserved forever

Psalms 37:28 – God preserves you forever.

11. You are born of God

John 1:12-13 – You actually become God’s child and cannot be “unborn”.

12. You are a new creature

2 Corinthians 5:17 – God has made you a new creature and no one can “uncreate” you.

13. You are created in Christ Jeusus

Ephesians 2:10 – You were created in your Saviour.

14. You are preserved unto the Heavenly Kingdom

2 Timothy 4:18 – You are preserved like Paul since God is no respecter of persons.

15. You are kept by the power of God

1 Peter 1:5 – Since God is keeping you, you cannot fall from salvation.

16. Christ has prayed for you

John 17:11 – Jesus prayed that God would keep all who He had given Him.

17. Works cannot affect your salvation

Romans 11:6 – Salvation is not gained by works, so it cannot be lost by works.

18. Your faith is counted for righteousness

Romans 4:5 – It is faith which brings salvation to you.

19. Nothing can separate you from the love of Christ

Romans 8:38-39 – Nothing material, immaterial, past, present, or future can separate you from Christ’s love.

20. Salvation is of the Lord

Jonah 2:9 – Salvation is all God’s work. He bought it and provided it.

21. God is able to keep you

2 Timothy 1:12 – Your salvation rests on God’s omnipotent ability to keep you.

22. You are promised not to come into condemnation

John 5:24 – This promise would be broken if even one believer fell into eternal condemnation.

23. You are promised to never perish

John 10:27-28 – You have an unconditional promise to never perish.

24. You will never be cast out

John 6:37 – Under no condition will you be cast out from Christ or Heaven.

25. All things work together for good to you

Romans 8:28 – It would not be good for one to lose his salvation.

26. You are in Christ’s hand

John 10:28 – You are in your Saviour’s Hand.

27. You are in the Father’s hand

John 10:29-30 – You are in your heavenly Father’s Hand.

28. You are, and always will be, a sheep

John 10:27-28 – A sheep represents a saved person and cannot change from being one.

29. God’s mercy never dies

Titus 3:5 – You are saved by God’s mercy and it endures forever (Ps. 136).

30. God cannot lie

Titus 1:2 – Once God saved you, He cannot go back on His word.

31. Your sins are gone forever

Psalms 103:12; Micah 7:19; Isaiah 38:17, 44:22; Hebrews 10:17 – Your sins are gone.

32. You shall be like Christ

1 John 3:2 – It is a certainty that you will be like Christ.

33. God sees you as already glorified

Romans 8:30 – You are as good as glorified in God’s sight.

34. You are born of incorruptible seed

1 Peter 1:23 – Your new birth was from incorruptible seed.

35. You will appear with Christ in glory

Colossians 3:4 – You are promised to appear with Christ when He returns.

36. You are hidden in Christ

Colossians 3:3 – You are dead to the world and alive in Christ.

37. You are dead to and freed from sin

Romans 6:2-7 – Sin can no longer affect your destiny. You are freed from it.

38. The Lord is now praying for you

Hebrews 7:25 – The Lord is presently interceding in your behalf.

39. God will finish what He started

Philippians 1:6 – God began the work of salvation and will finish it.

40. You have eternal redemption

Hebrews 9:12 – You have been eternally redeemed from your sins.

41. Your life is Christ’s life

Colossians 3:4 – Your life is Christ’s very own life, so how could it be lost?

42. You have an everlasting covenant with God

Hebrews 13:20 – God made a covenant to give you everlasting life.

43. You are kept by Christ from falling

Jude 24 – You cannot fall from grace because Christ is keeping you.

44. Salvation is a free gift

Romans 6:23 – A free gift is given with no conditions.

45. You have imputed righteousness

Romans 4:6-7 – The righteousness you have is Christ’s perfect righteousness.

46. You are a part of Christ

Ephesians 5:30 – You are a part of Christ’s body. “Bone of His bone….”

47. Christ is the Author and Finisher of your salvation

Hebrews 12:2 – Christ began and will finish your salvation.

48. You have been predestinated to be conformed to Christ’s image

Romans 8:29 – After salvation you are predestinated.

49. Christ’s blood has made peace for you

Colossians 1:20 – You have peace with God through the blood.

50. The Bible was written so you could believe and know

1 John 5:13 – You can know you HAVE ETERNAL SALVATION!