Saturday, December 28, 2019

Dr Lloyd-Jones documentary on George Whitefield

It is an honor to preach such a gospel.

Romans 7:1-6 "The Believer and The Law" - 3/22/2018

Excellent as always...

Romans 7:1-6

Romans 7:1-6
You Have Died to Law and Now are Free in Christ

Rom 7:1  Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth?
Rom 7:2  For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband.
Rom 7:3  So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.
Rom 7:4  Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.
Rom 7:5  For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.
Rom 7:6  But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.
  1. Only the Living Have to Answer to the Law. The Dead are Beyond the Reach of Justice – vs. 1*
    1. Paul is speaking to the believer that thinks his sanctification can be accomplished by following a morality. The truth is no amount of morality, whether it be God’s or man’s, can reform a man’s soul.
                                                              i.      Romans 6:14 
                                                            ii.      Romans 8:3 
  1. A Woman Whose Husband has Died Owes Him No Allegiance. – vs. 2-3*
    1. Paul knows that there is such thing as divorce, but universally it is accepted that marriage should be ‘until death do you part.’ He is demonstrating that is only death that can separate us from the dominion of morality.
                                                              i.      God’s intention for the marriage covenant is that it be permanent and only be broken by death.
1.      Genesis 2:23-24 
2.      Mark 10:2-9 
  1. If We are Dead to the Law, then We Are no Longer Under its Legal Binding. – vs. 4*
    1. While it may appear that Paul is confused here as to who is dead, the law or us as believers, he is actually not. In fact, his point is precisely made. If we are dead to the law than we are free to marry another. Death breaks the legal binding of the law and sets us free.
                                                              i.      1 Corinthians 7:39 
    1. We can be legally married to Christ so that we can bring forth the fruit of God
                                                              i.      2 Corinthians 11:2 
                                                            ii.      Ephesians 2:10 
  1. The Law Only Encourages More Sin and Death – vs. 5*
    1. Morality cannot save man, nor can it purify him. In fact, if you give rules to an unregenerate man it will only fan the flames of rebellion in his heart. We can only overcome sin by yielding to the work of the Spirit in our heart.
                                                              i.      James 4:5-8 
  1. We Are Freed Through Death to the Law, So We Can Serve the Holy Spirit – vs. 6*
    1. The only way to live a godly ethic, which is the true spirit of the law, is by the help of the Holy Spirit. Without the work of regeneration in the heart, a man will only misinterpret and eventually misuse the moral law of God for his own wicked ends.
                                                              i.      Ezekiel 36:25-27 
                                                            ii.      Galatians 5:22-26 
                                                          iii.      Galatians 5:13-14 

Steven Lawson: The Passionate Preaching of Martyn Lloyd-Jones

An introduction to Dr. MLJ if you are interested.

Joan Bakewell Interviews Dr. Martyn Lloyd Jones

It is hard to trap the old Doctor. His words seem truly prophetic in 2019.

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Revelation of the Logos

My latest message from Zachariah

Friday, December 20, 2019

The Canonical Argument for the Received Text, Part 2

I think Truelove has a point in the discussions of textual criticism...

The Canonical Argument for the Received Text, Part 1

This is interesting...

Zechariah 1:7-11

Zechariah 1:7-11
The Revelation of the Logos

Zec 1:7  Upon the four and twentieth day of the eleventh month, which is the month Sebat, in the second year of Darius, came the word of the LORD unto Zechariah, the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo the prophet, saying, 
Zec 1:8  I saw by night, and behold a man riding upon a red horse, and he stood among the myrtle trees that were in the bottom; and behind him were there red horses, speckled, and white. 
Zec 1:9  Then said I, O my lord, what are these? And the angel that talked with me said unto me, I will shew thee what these be. 
Zec 1:10  And the man that stood among the myrtle trees answered and said, These are they whom the LORD hath sent to walk to and fro through the earth. 
Zec 1:11  And they answered the angel of the LORD that stood among the myrtle trees, and said, We have walked to and fro through the earth, and, behold, all the earth sitteth still, and is at rest. 

  1. Zechariah Receives Another Word From the Lord in the Form of a Vision. – vs. 7*
  2. Zechariah Sees a Vision of a Man in the Myrtle Trees. – vs. 8*
    1. The Man is riding on a red horse.
                                                              i.      When Christ comes the first time, it is on a red horse symbolizing the blood of His Sacrifice. Some day He will return again and the next time He comes it will be on a white horse symbolizing His judgment and power.
1.      Revelation 19:11-14 
    1. The Man is found in the Myrtle trees
                                                              i.      The myrtle trees are symbolic of the Jewish people. Although they are small like the myrtle tree, God plans to work through them. Also, it is to them first, He sends His Son.
1.      Zechariah 2:10-13  
    1. The Man is accompanied by an army of mounted angels.
  1. Zechariah Asks His Angel Guide for an Explanation of the Vision. – vs. 9*
                                                              i.      Zechariah 1:12-14 
  1. The Man in the Myrtle Trees Identifies the Riders that Follow Him and Their Mission. – vs. 10*
    1. The mission of the angel army is to see if the earth is ready for the coming of Christ. When they state that the earth is at rest in the next verse, I see this to mean Pax Romana (the era of peace under Roman Rule that Christ chose to come in.) The first advent of Christ would be His birth in Bethlehem under Roman rule.
                                                              i.      Micah 5:2
  1. The Followers of The Man in the Myrtle Trees Reveal The Timing of His Coming. At the Same Moment the Identity of the Man in the Myrtle Trees is Revealed. – vs. 11*
    1. The Man in the Myrtle Trees is Christ who is the Angel of the Lord (the Logos). We find Him all through the Old Testament and Revealed Completely in the New Testament.
                                                              i.      The Story of Hagar
1.      Genesis 16:7-13 
                                                            ii.      The Story of Abraham
1.      Genesis 22:15-18 
                                                          iii.      The Story of Moses
1.      Exodus 3:2-4 
                                                          iv.      The Story of Joshua
1.      Joshua 5:13-15 
                                                            v.      The Story of John
1.      John 1:1-3 

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Thursday, December 12, 2019

The 3rd epistle of John

The 3rd epistle of John
A Note of Loving Warning

3Jn 1:1  The elder unto the well beloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth.
3Jn 1:2  Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
3Jn 1:3  For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth.
3Jn 1:4  I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.
3Jn 1:5  Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatsoever thou doest to the brethren, and to strangers;
3Jn 1:6  Which have borne witness of thy charity before the church: whom if thou bring forward on their journey after a godly sort, thou shalt do well:
3Jn 1:7  Because that for his name's sake they went forth, taking nothing of the Gentiles.
3Jn 1:8  We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellow helpers to the truth.
3Jn 1:9  I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not.
3Jn 1:10  Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church.
3Jn 1:11  Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.
3Jn 1:12  Demetrius hath good report of all men, and of the truth itself: yea, and we also bear record; and ye know that our record is true.
3Jn 1:13  I had many things to write, but I will not with ink and pen write unto thee:
3Jn 1:14  But I trust I shall shortly see thee, and we shall speak face to face. Peace be to thee. Our friends salute thee. Greet the friends by name.

  1. A Greeting of Love (The letter is almost like a Christmas card. The whole intent is to send a loving greeting to an old friend) – vs. 1-4*
    1. Gaius is a respected leader in the church – vs. 1*
                                                              i.      Gaius is possibly mentioned many times in the NT
1.      Gaius was with Paul at the riot in Ephesus
a.        Acts 19:29 
2.      Gaius was also with Paul after Ephesus in his travels to Macedonia
a.       Acts 20:4 
3.      Gaius was likely baptized by Paul
a.       1 Corinthians 1:14 
4.      Gaius was also known to host Paul at his home
a.       Romans 16:23 
    1. John includes a blessing for Gaius which is probably the main intention for the letter – vs. 2*
                                                              i.      John desires Gauis to be blessed in three ways
1.      Prosper
a.       Psalm 1:3 
2.      Be in good health
a.       Proverbs 3:3 
b.      Speaking of mercy and truth Solomon continues
c.       Proverbs 3:8 
3.      That his soul prospers
a.       Proverbs 11:25 
    1. John expresses his joy to hear that Gaius is strong in the faith – vs. 3-4*
                                                              i.      A good report of Gauis
                                                            ii.      The good report brings no greater joy
1.      1 John 2:26-28 
  1. A Truth On Servant Leadership – vs. 5-12*
    1. John now is forced to add to his greeting a stern warning
                                                              i.      Gaius has personally done well – vs. 5-7*
                                                            ii.      We are to support and receive those that are after a godly sort because that is a help to the truth – vs. 8*
                                                          iii.      A Person that Gaius should not be receiving and supporting – vs. 9-10*
1.      Diotrephes is named because sometimes even the best of us get deceived
2.      Diotrephes loves self promotion
3.      Diotrephes does not listen to the teaching of those that are wiser and more experienced
4.      Diotrephes has treated the faithful with contempt
5.       Diotrephes has excommunicated those that would have received and supported the faithful
                                                          iv.      A Person that Gaius should be receiving and supporting – vs. 11-12*
1.      John points out the obvious – vs. 11*
2.      John names Demetrius because often we miss the truest of God’s faithful servants – vs. 12*
a.       Demetrius has a good report of all men
b.      Demetruis has a good report from John
c.       Demetruis is known by the church as being a man of good report
                                                                                                                                      i.      This is Jesus’ criteria for leadership (He demonstrated this when He came to this earth -  the first Christmas)
1.      Matthew 20:20-28 
  1. Ending Comments – vs. 13-14*
    1. John knows the best interaction is face to face
                                                              i.      Unplug from the media and spend some time with real people this Christmas
    1. Give a greeting of peace this Christmas – Jesus is the Prince if Peace
                                                              i.      Isaiah 9:6-7
    1. Greet each other by name, as individuals.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Romans 6:20-23

Romans 6:20-23
You are Now a Slave of God

Rom 6:20  For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. 
Rom 6:21  What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. 
Rom 6:22  But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. 
Rom 6:23  For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

1.      The Unbeliever is a Slave to Sin – vs. 20
a.       Those that are slaves to sin are free from righteousness. The righteous unbeliever or the moral atheist is a myth. There is no righteousness apart from Christ. While an unbeliever may appear to be a good person on the outward, they are only a whitewashed tomb that is inwardly full of nasty death.
                                                              i.      All of man’s righteousness amounts to nothing, his best is only useless.
1.      The Pharisees were probably the most outwardly righteous people ever, but in in actuality were hypocrites.
a.       Luke 16:14-15 
2.      Paul counts all of his righteousness apart from Christ as dung
a.       Philippians 3:4-8 
3.      Despite all that Solomon was able to attain he new he was dismally a failure before the righteousness of God
a.       Ecclesiastes 1:3 
b.      Ecclesiastes 2:11 
c.       Ecclesiastes 3:9 
d.      Ecclesiastes 5:15-16 
2.      The Fruit of that Slavery is Death – vs. 21
a.       All of man’s best efforts are useless and, in the end, earn him only death
                                                              i.      Ezekiel 18:4 
                                                            ii.      Romans 1:32 
                                                          iii.      Romans 5:12 
                                                          iv.      Romans 8:2 
                                                            v.      Romans 8:6 
                                                          vi.      Romans 8:10 
                                                        vii.      Romans 8:13 
3.      The Believer is Free from Sin – vs. 22
a.       Now that you are free from sin and a slave to God, because of the atonement of Christ, wouldn’t you want to begin to produce fruits of righteousness?
                                                              i.      2 Peter 1:3-8 
4.      The Wages of Sin is Death, but Eternal Life is a Free Gift of God Given to Us by the Sacrifice of Christ – vs. 23
a.       Death means separation from God. Whether that is a non-believer that goes to eternal hell or believer that is in need of chastisement. If a believer lives in sin he will suffer, in this life, the consequences of sin which is always death.
                                                              i.      Romans 8:5-10

Audio Sermon - Martin Lloyd Jones - Book of Romans #98


Romans 6:23 "The Final Outcome" - 3/16/2018

Exellent as always..

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Romans 6:15-19

Romans 6:15-19
You Have Been Made Free from Sin

Rom 6:15  What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. 
Rom 6:16  Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? 
Rom 6:17  But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. 
Rom 6:18  Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. 
Rom 6:19  I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness. 

1.      Is Freedom from the Law a License to Sin? – vs. 15*
a.       Absolutely not! It is through grace and forgiveness that we conquer sin and truly follow the spirit of the law through the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
                                                              i.      John 8:36 
                                                            ii.      Ezekiel 36:26-27 
2.      Christianity is Not Simply Accepting a New Ethic or Morality. It is the Recognition of a New Master. – vs. 16*
a.       The word yield means, prepared to serve. Just like a slave is standing by his master ready at a moment’s notice to serve his master’s every wish. When we were slaves of sin, this described our relationship to it. If sin beckoned, we obeyed it without question or argument. Now that we are in Christ and He is our master we must learn to have the same relationship with Him.
                                                              i.      1 Peter 1:18-25 

3.      How Do I Know that Christ is My Master and that I Am No Longer Under Sin’s Brutal Slavery? – vs. 17*
a.       Paul gives us, in a few short sentences, what it means to be a Christian in verse 17.
                                                              i.      A Christian receives the forgiveness and grace of God with thanksgiving
1.      Titus 3:4-7 
                                                            ii.      A Christian admits that they were once a slave of sin, blindly following its mastery without question.
1.      Romans 3:10-12 
                                                          iii.      A Christian is submitted to the doctrine of grace, which is redemption and forgiveness of sin through the completed work of Christ on the cross.
1.      Hebrews 9:12-14 
4.      Through the Completed Work of Christ, We are Now No Longer Slaves to Sin, but in Fact Slaves to Righteousness. – vs. 18*
a.       Paul is not talking about someday. He is defining your position in Christ NOW.
                                                              i.      Psalm 116:16 
                                                            ii.      Psalm 119:32 
                                                          iii.      Psalm 119:45 
                                                          iv.      John 8:31-32 
5.      Paul Purposely Uses the Illustration of a Slave to Show Us the Process of Sanctification and the Work of the Holy Spirit in Our Lives. – vs. 19*
a.       When you were not saved, you sinned because you were a sinner. Just like an apple tree produces apples. Every time you yielded to sin it led to more sin which increased in frequency and magnitude.
                                                              i.      Ephesians 2:2-3 
b.      The process of sanctification works very similarly. Now that you are defined by the nature of Christ, all you have to do is yield to Christ and He takes over growing you into the likeness of Himself. Just like sin grows with every act, grace grows the same way. Every time you yield to Christ’s work in your life, your spiritual walk grows in strength and power.
                                                              i.      James 4:5-6 
c.       When you choose to yield your body to righteousness, God can begin to build holiness in your life which produces sanctification.
                                                              i.      Colossians 3:9-12