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1 He is Risen! Note Luke 24:34 DocTrinsograce Sun 04/20/14, 6:50am 240244
  Christ is risen! Christ is risen!
He hath burst his bonds in twain;
Christ is risen! Christ is risen!
Alleluia! swell the strain!
For our gain he suffered loss
by divine decree;
he hath die upon the cross,
but our God is he.

See the chains of death are broken;
earth below and heaven above
joy in each amazing token
of his rising, Lord of love;
he for evermore shall reign
by the Father's side,
till he comes to earth again,
come to claim his Bride.

Glorious angels downward thronging
hail the Lord of all the skies;
heaven, with joy and holy longing
for the Word Incarnate, cries,
"Sun and stars and earth rejoice!
Christ is risen again!
All creation find a voice;
he o'er all shall reign."

--Archer Thompson Gurney (1862)
2 Word of God Incarnate Note Heb 10:7 DocTrinsograce Sat 04/19/14, 5:54pm 240243
  O Word of God incarnate, O Wisdom from on high,
O Truth unchanged, unchanging, O Light of our dark sky:
We praise You for the radiance that from the hallowed page,
A Lantern to our footsteps, shines on from age to age.

The Church from You, our Savior, received the Gift divine,
And still that Light is lifted over all the earth to shine.
It is the sacred Vessel where gems of truth are stored;
It is the heaven drawn Picture of Christ, the living Word.

The Scripture is a banner before Godís host unfurled;
It is a shining Beacon above the darkling world.
It is the Chart and Compass that over lifeís surging tide,
Mid mists and rocks and quicksands, to You, O Christ, will guide.

O make your Church, dear Savior, a lamp of purest gold,
To bear before the nations Your true light as of old.
O teach your wandering pilgrims by this their path to trace,
Till, clouds and darkness ended, they see You face to face.

--William W. Howe (1867)
3 How can I understand the Bible? Note Bible general Ed O. Fri 04/18/14, 10:48pm 240242
  Hi Wendy,
A very good source of understanding the Bible from Genesis to Revelation quickly, is "The New Panorama Bible Study Course #1". By Fleming H. Revell division of Baker Book House Grand Rapids, Michigan 49516 ISBM 0-8007-1578-0 It's a visual aid to bible study. It's a book of about 15 pages (8" x 16") When each page is spread open you'll be able to visualize about a 1,000 years of Bible history. Then starting with the creation until the new heavens and earth it's a summery of the 6,000 years of Bible history. It's like a road map it gives a birds eye view of the entire Bible. Following the creation story, it begins with Adam and Eve and throughout all of the pages a red line is used to show how God used various individuals until the birth of Christ followed by His ministry then up until the present day. The study is very effective to visualize and understand what will take place during the Great Tribulation period. In picture form along with the accompanied Bible verses it explains what the Bible is all about.----After knowing this then yes if you are Christian ask the Holy Spirit to teach you as you read the Scriptures and don't get bogged down when you don't understand something because the next time around you'll get it. Ed O.
4 Tenebrae Note John 12:46 DocTrinsograce Fri 04/18/14, 3:37pm 240240

O people, lament your great sin,
for the sake of which Christ
left His Fatherís bosom
and came to earth.

Of a pure, gentle virgin
Jesus was born for us;
He gave life to the dead
and put aside all sickness
until the time arrived
that He should be sacrificed for us.

He bore the heavy burden of our sins
stretched out on the cross.

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

5 We are not lonely, but He was...for us! Note Mark 14:34 DocTrinsograce Fri 04/18/14, 5:38am 240238
  Amen! Thank you, Sister Azure.
6 How can I understand the Bible? Note Bible general DocTrinsograce Fri 04/18/14, 5:38am 240237
  Good, Jalek... this is what is called the historical-grammatical method of interpretation. That is an essential presupposition to the doctrine of sola Scriptura.

"It will greatly help you to understand scripture if you note not only what is spoken and written, but of whom and to whom, with what words, at what time, where, to what intent, with what circumstances, considering what goes before and what follows." --Miles Coverdale (1488-1569)
7 We are not lonely, but He was...for us! Note Mark 14:34 azurelaw Thu 04/17/14, 8:34pm 240233
  "Could ye not watch with me one brief hour? Could ye not pity my sorest need? Ah! If ye sleep while the tempests lower, surely, my friends, I am lone indeed."(The Agony from the Cruxificion by John Stainer)

What a lonely Jesus, sorrow Jesus! Yet, He is the Joy of men's desiring....
8 Humbling Doctrine Hard to Receive Note John 6:66 EdB Wed 04/16/14, 7:20pm 240229
  I suspect this is a comment is in a veiled rebuttal to something I said earlier. However I never said draw people to Jesus when I commented about Jesus feeding the thousands.
I said what I said because that is what happened. Jesus' disciples wanted to send the people away so they could find food. But Jesus not finished with his teaching told them to stay and then provided for them.
They were drawn to Jesus not by promise of food but by the drawing of the Holy Spirit. However reality is still reality and they needed to eat.

As in my example reality is what it is today in our society and many times the church must learn it needs to meet physical needs along with spiritual needs.

There is nothing the church can do in the physical to top the drawing of world. And yes it is foolishness to try. However that does not mean the church can't use some things of the world to make church life more enjoyable. If not then perhaps we should get rid of our heat and air conditioning. :-)
9 Humbling Doctrine Hard to Receive Note John 6:66 DocTrinsograce Wed 04/16/14, 6:58pm 240228
  I read recently where a "preacher" actually suggested that the feeding of the 5,000 was an effort by Christ to draw non-believers to Himself! Really? A cursory -- very cursory indeed -- reading of John 6 will make such a theory as shipwreck as the seeker sensitive techniques themselves.

Our Lord Jesus did, indeed, feed the 5,000 (v10b). Furthermore, there was a great response to this miracle: "This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world," they said (v14b) and they were going to forcibly make Him king. As a consequence, our Lord left them. Now, these folks weren't about to leave it be. Indeed, they followed Him all the way to Capernaum (v24).

What a perfect opportunity to draw all those seekers in! But Christ doesn't do that. Instead, He faults their motives (vv26-33). Even that does not deter them, however, they want in (v34). Jesus presses them, asserting His own purpose (vv35-59). This teaching was so problematic, in fact, that even His followers had issues with it (vv60-65).

Christ finally explicitly says, "No one can come to Me unless it has been granted him from the Father" (v65b). "As a result of this," John then tells us, "many of His disciples withdrew and were not walking with Him anymore" (v66).

All manner of techniques may be employed by one group or another. With little understanding of the purpose of the church, they rest their success by counting noses. Such efforts are probably not to be unexpected in groups that draw their thinking from the world. What is far more worrying is the final destruction of the untaught and unstable who twist the Scriptures (2 Peter 3:16). How much worse will it be for those who teach! (Matthew 23:14; James 3:1)

As we are particularly in this time of year in remembrance of our Saviour's death and resurrection, let us remember Paul's admonition to pray for all men (1 Timothy 2:1-2). Let's petition our Lord to grant mercy and grace to such as these and the many who follow them. Further, let us ask that the Lord will grant that we rightly use the treasure of His Word to His glory (2 Peter 3:18).
10 Resurrection or Easter sunday? Note 1 Cor 15:32 justme Wed 04/16/14, 11:55am 240226
  Edb: Oh how well I remember that so many insisted on all the "stuff with trimings" at the "but we have always done it for the kinds" blessings to you dear friend.

11 Resurrection or Easter sunday? Note 1 Cor 15:32 justme Wed 04/16/14, 11:52am 240225
  Doc: You are a wealth of great information, thank you, and blessings to you.

12 Resurrection or Easter sunday? Note 1 Cor 15:32 DocTrinsograce Wed 04/16/14, 10:30am 240224
  Hi, justme...

I do not believe that the origins of holiday has much to do with how it is commemorated ages later. Nobody sees a Christmas tree in someone's home thinks, "Oh, that family must be Druid." :-)

Nonetheless, I have attached a response by R. C. Sproul, Jr. that might be of interest.

In Him, Doc

Question: "Should Christians celebrate eggs, bunny rabbits and candy with the risen Christ on Easter?"

Answer: "No, though it is possible that Christians ought to celebrate the risen Christ in and through colored eggs, chocolate bunny rabbits and candy. At least candy. Before we even begin to try to answer questions like these we need to be sure we are on solid ground on foundational issues. This particular application or that is less important than this bedrock commitment or that. The first principle here is that the resurrection of Jesus is something worth celebrating. This is why we celebrate it each and every Lordís Day. All of our lives should be marked by joy in light of this reality that changes everything.

"I would argue in turn that there is nothing wrong with devoting a particular Lordís Day to a particularly strong focus on this reality. It is true enough that the Bible does not command that the church set apart a solemn holy day each year to commemorate the resurrection. And it would be wrong for the church to impose such a thing. But there is nothing at all wrong with a service focusing on this event or that in the life and ministry of Jesus. Iím allowed, though not required, to preach from a resurrection text in the Spring, just as I am allowed, though not required to preach from texts regarding the birth of Christ in December.

"If we, either as a family, or as a church, do give peculiar attention to the resurrection of Christ in the Spring, it is fitting and proper that said attention should be marked by joy and feasting. We are not remembering a somber occasion, but the great definitive victory over the serpent, and the vindication of our Lord. This is why I suggest that candy may be perfectly fitting. It is a time to feast. We ought not let any concern over the way the rest of the world marks the day make us so reactionary that we are left being grumpy because they are having fun.

"What I would warn against, on the other hand, is an attempt to replace or fill in for the more secular versions of the worldís holidays. That is, I donít like the idea of Bible egg hunts or chocolate Reformers. One reason is that we donít want to take our cues from the world. The second is that our celebrations are genuine and purposeful, and so ought to shame theirs rather than mimic them. This, as we argued in a previous ask RC, is why we donít celebrate Halloween. We have something far more significant to celebrate in the Reformation. In like manner, though this may be picking at nits, we donít celebrate nor observe ďEasterĒ but rather we feast on Resurrection Sunday.

"Finally, remember this. While it could be argued that the birth of Christ is good news to all men, and thus it may be fitting that their celebration and ours has some overlap, the resurrection of Jesus is only darkness to those outside the kingdom. To join them in their ďcelebrationĒ is to be, in my estimation, unequally yoked, and to fail to love our enemies.

"To celebrate as we ought, on the other hand, is to recognize that the resurrection of Jesus has set us apart from the world. He will come again to judge both the living and the dead. For those found in Him, we will without shame or fear, rejoice to behold His appearing. They will cry out for the mountains to cover them. The difference is the resurrection." --R. C. Sproul, Jr (2012)
13 Why Passover? Note Rev 5:12 EdB Wed 04/16/14, 9:15am 240222
  On Passover what saved the children of Israel? Was it not the blood of the chosen Passover lamb. Jesus the Passover Lamb chosen by God shed his blood to save us from death. Just as the Passover lamb saved those of first Passover.
14 Resurrection or Easter sunday? Note 1 Cor 15:32 Jalek Tue 04/15/14, 10:01pm 240220

One explanation that I read once on why they call it Easter is because it was not only during Passover week, but also near a pagan holiday that paid honor to the ancient Babylonian goddess of sensuality Ishtar. Easter is apparently supposed to be a variant spelling of the name Ishtar.

How true that explanation is, I don't know, but it is one that I've read in the past.

15 Resurrection or Easter sunday? Note 1 Cor 15:32 justme Tue 04/15/14, 8:34pm 240219
  Doc: Do you know when or how it started calling Resurrection Sunday easter? Also we are exactally on the same page, it really hurts me, so how much more is the heart of the Holy father who sent His Son to carry my sins to the cross. Oh my what love I shall never understand how an unworthy person like me should be so loved.

16 Why Passover? Note Rev 5:12 DocTrinsograce Tue 04/15/14, 5:48pm 240218
  Read Spurgeon's sermon -- it might help. There's an old aphorism: "The main things are the plain things; and the plain things are the main things."
17 Why Passover? Note Rev 5:12 Jalek Tue 04/15/14, 5:43pm 240217
  Greetings Doc,

Thank you for the insight.

The purpose behind my question came from reading up on the purpose of Passover. Passover wasn't the time when Sins were atoned for. That day was reserved for the Day of Atonement. Hebrews 9 describes Jesus as the High Priest, entering the Most Holy Place, and offering his blood as the blood sacrifice needed for atonement of sin. The thing is, Hebrews 9 is talking about the Day of Atonement, yet Christ's work for Salvation was done during Passover. See why I'm asking?

18 Lamb of God Note Mark 14:12 DocTrinsograce Tue 04/15/14, 5:32pm 240214
  "'I am the One,' says the Christ, 'I am the One that destroyed death and triumphed over the enemy and tried down hell and found the strong one and carried off man to the heights of heaven. I am the One,' says the Christ. Come then, all you families of men who are compounded with sins and get forgiveness of sins from Me, for I am your forgiveness. I am the pascha [Passover] of salvation. I am the lamb slain for you. I am your ransom. I am you life. I am your light. I am your salvation. I am your resurrection. I am your king. I will raise you up by my right hand. I am leading you up to the heights of heaven. There I will show you the Father from ages past. It is He who made the heaven and the earth and fashioned man in the beginning, who is proclaimed through the Law and the prophets, who was enfleshed upon a virgin, who hung upon a tree, who was buried in the earth and raised from the dead and went up to the heights of heaven, who sits at the Father's right hand, who has the power to save every man through whom the Father did His works from beginning to eternity. He is the Alpha and the Omega. He is the beginning and the end, beginning inexpressible and end incomprehensible. He is the Christ. He is the King. He is Jesus. He is the captain. He is the Lord. He is the One who rose from the dead. He is the One who sits at the Father's right hand. He carries the Father and is carried by the Father. To Him be the glory and power forever. Amen.'" --Melito of Sardis (170? AD)
19 Common Cultic Mistakes Note Jer 23:31 DocTrinsograce Mon 04/14/14, 4:47pm 240203

1. Hooking: Using a text in the Bible to lead to a cultic teaching not found in the text.

2. Putting texts together that were not meant to go together.

3. Over-squeezing a text to get something out of it that is not there.

4. Over-speculation; this is especially in common in dealing with prophetic passages.

5. Changing the definition of words in a passage or changing them from one passage to the next.

6. Using a twisted translation of the Bible.

7. Taking extra-biblical revelation as authoritative.

8. Failing to interpret a passage in context.

9. Failure to use Scripture to interpret Scripture.

"How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth"
By Gordon D. Fee and Douglas Stuart
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2003
ISBN: 0310246040
ISBN-13: 9780310246046
UPC: 025986246044
20 If "heaven" is a metaphor Note Phil 3:20 Beja Sun 04/13/14, 3:19pm 240199

Sorry it took so long for my reply. I've read over most, but not all, of the thread you pointed me to. I am no judge or jury on this forum nor do I intend to present myself as such. But since you have asked me regarding it, or at least I think you have...

It is quite easy to identify where that thread went wrong. The problem was that it began with an insincere question. When I say an insincere question I mean a question that was not actually seeking to learn something. You already had your answer resolved, you asked purely to bait somebody to answer so that you could then "instruct" the forum. Everytime this happens on the forum it leads to a confrontational thread. Usually it is the sign that the poster will stay briefly and argue much. I so hope you prove this wrong. I hope you stay long and are benefitted by this community. But I also hope you refrain from trying to make this forum your personal teaching ministry. So often somebody will come here and they don't come to study scripture and to grow with everybody. The arrive planning to teach us something they assume we have all missed. This never goes well. You will likely continue to find yourself in confrontational threads as long as it is your intentions to be a "teacher." So much more good could be done on this forum if we all simply had the mind to discuss particular texts of scripture together. But sadly more often we come to this forum not studying scripture, but to argue for our systematic theologies. Systematic theology is great, but when we debate systems rather than slowing down and discussing individual sections of scripture we learn little and debate much.

In Christ, Beja
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