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1 The Tried and Proved Faith of God's Own Note 1 Cor 15:54 DocTrinsograce Thu 02/11/16, 6:44pm 242922
  "Men must interpret to the best of their ability each particular part of Scripture separately, and then combine all that the Scriptures teach upon every subject into a consistent whole, and then adjust their teachings upon different subjects in mutual consistency as parts of a harmonious system. Every student of the Bible must do this, and all make it obvious that they do it by the terms they use in their prayers and religious discourse, whether they admit or deny the propriety of human creeds and confessions. If they refuse the assistance afforded by the statements of doctrine slowly elaborated and defined by the Church, they must make out their own creed by their own unaided wisdom. The real question is not, as often pretended, between the word of God and the creed of man, but between the tried and proved faith of the collective body of God’s people, and the private judgment and the unassisted wisdom of the repudiator of creeds." --Archibald Alexander Hodge (1823-1886)

2 What is a Creed? Note Phil 2:15 DocTrinsograce Wed 02/10/16, 2:59pm 242921
  "There never was a man in the world without a creed. What is a creed? A creed is what you believe. What is a confession? It is a declaration of what you believe. That declaration may be oral or it may be committed to writing, but the creed is there either expressed or implied." --B. H. Carroll (1843-1914)

3 The Christian Worldview Note Rom 12:2 DocTrinsograce Tue 02/9/16, 3:06pm 242920
  "People have presuppositions, and they will live more consistently on the basis of these presuppositions than even they themselves may realize. By presuppositions we mean the basic way an individual looks at life, his basic world-view, the grid through which he sees the world. Presuppositions rest upon that which a person considers to be the truth of what exists. People's presuppositions lay a grid for all they bring forth into the external world. Their presuppositions also provide the basis for their values and therefore the basis for their decisions." --Francis A. Schaeffer, from "How Should We Then Live?"


4 Law and Gospel Note Jer 44:10 DocTrinsograce Mon 02/8/16, 3:21pm 242919
  Dear Ed,

A friend of mine made a meme of me after in a sermon I said, "The balm of the gospel can only be applied to someone wounded by the Law."

Sound bites are always need qualification.

The worst thing you can do is call a Jew lawless. The Rabbis teach that the goyim (nations; i.e., the gentiles) are without Law. Hence, calling a Jew lawless is tantamount to calling him the worst kind of Gentile. Of course, our Lord sunk that whole boat on the Sermon on the Mount!

Anyway, your post made me mindful how over the years we've had people come to the forum and ask (if not in these words) "What is the least I must do?" When people are saved, they see the majesty of our God, I've always thought they should be, like the women in Luke 7, ought to be asking, "Lord, how much can I do for you?"

I have to admit that in my heart, I have sooner asked the former question rather than the latter.

Have you ever read the little novel "In His Steps" by Charles M. Sheldon? It is, of course, fictional, but it speaks to what you've mentioned here about Christ-like living. I also found a great deal of value in "The Practice of the Presence" by a monk known as Brother Lawrence. Neither of these authors would be people with whom I would identify theologically. Nonetheless, their simple words on rightly loving our Saviour have touched me deeply.

Thank you for your comments, Ed.

In Him, Doc
5 Law and Gospel Note Jer 44:10 EdB Mon 02/8/16, 10:16am 242918
  While I understand what Luther was saying.
Without law we become a society of anarchist.

As David said in psalms 119 Gods laws are wonderful. They give us precepts, standards, direction, ordinances, commandments, statutes, judgment, to teach us righteousness.

Many of the very things missing in today's society and most unfortunately in many churches.

In a "if it feels good, do it" society, Christ-like living often gets lost in the grace message.
6 Law and Gospel Note Jer 44:10 DocTrinsograce Sun 02/7/16, 10:27am 242917
  "The Law is for the proud and the Gospel for the brokenhearted." --Martin Luther (1483-1546)

7 The New Creature's Worship and Knowledge Note 1 John 5:2 DocTrinsograce Sun 02/7/16, 7:16am 242916
  "To know this God, who both condescends to share all that we are and makes us share in all that He is in Jesus Christ, is to be lifted up in His Spirit to share in God's own self-knowing and self-loving until we are enabled to apprehend Him in some real measure in Himself beyond anything that we are capable of in ourselves. It is to be lifted out of ourselves, as it were, into God, until we know Him and love Him and enjoy Him in His eternal Reality as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in such a way that the Trinity enters into the fundamental fabric of our thinking of Him and constitutes the basic grammar of our worship and knowledge of the One God." --Thomas F. Torrance from his book "The Ground and Grammar of Theology"

8 Grace to Follow the Lord in Missions Note Gal 1:16 DocTrinsograce Sat 02/6/16, 1:26pm 242914
  "If nothing in providence appears to prevent, I must spend my days in a heathen land. I am a creature of God, and He has an undoubted right to do with me, as seems good in His sight... He has my heart in His hands, and when I am called to face danger, to pass through scenes of terror and distress, He can inspire me with fortitude, and enable me to trust in Him. Jesus is faithful; His promises are precious. Were it not for these considerations, I should sink down with despair." --Ann Hasseltine (Fiancée to a Missionary)

9 Continuing in the Word Note John 8:31 DocTrinsograce Sat 02/6/16, 11:20am 242913
  "But when a Man is renewed by Divine Grace, tho there is no force put upon the Will, yet it is made willing, and acts freely, in the day of God's Power: tho the Work is not perfect in any Faculty in the Regenerate, nor will be in this Life." (sic) --Benjamin Keach (1640-1704)

10 What We Mean by Choice Note Col 1:21 DocTrinsograce Sat 02/6/16, 11:15am 242912
  Dear Ed,

Jonathan Edwards treats of this, as to what feeds the mind, resulting in a choice, of a thing that "seems right." You describe it correctly: that our knowledge (correct or otherwise), our affections (fixed on God or something else), our reason (sound or otherwise), contribute to the choices we make; i.e., the mind in action (the will). Plus there is the world, the flesh, and the devil.

There's a synergistic aspect of our faith: We pursue Him (1 Corinthians 9:24-27; 2 Timothy 2:5; Colossians 1:29), because He is the author and finisher of our faith (Psalm 138:8; 1 Corinthians 1:7-8; Philippians 1:6; Hebrews 12:2a). To that end we petition Him daily (Mark 9:24; Luke 17:5) that He would grant grace (power) to persevere. This is also why we examine ourselves (1 Corinthians 11:28; Galatians 6:4) to insure that we are in the faith.

The book of Hebrews treats of this thing that could happen, turning away from Christ, back to the old, comfortable, idols.; a loosening of our grip, like the church in Ephesus.

Thank you for the anecdotes. I've seen the same sort of things (in churches, in prisons, and in friendships). I still pray for many of these who have slipped away into apostasy. Perhaps they will return to our Lord.

In Him, Doc

11 What We Mean by Choice Note Col 1:21 EdB Sat 02/6/16, 8:57am 242911
  "You, being a rational person, will always choose what seems to you to be the right thing, the wise thing, the most advisable thing to do"

This is the fly in the oniment, "what seems to you".

What seems correct,smart and logical to me or you may not seem the same to others and vice versa.

Through years of ministry I have seen people make decision / choices that to me were horrendous, illogical, and totally without merit. Yet they thought it was the correct, most logical and the choice with the most merit.

I have seen people which in my opinion literally destroyed their life yet they were never able to see the problem or that something they did went wrong.

Likewise I have seen people make decisions that I viewed as the worst possible but worked in ways I never thought possible.

I have seen people faithfully and sacrificially serve God for 20 - 25 years or longer only to walk away. To me it makes no sense, I can't understand how it happens but it does. They simply stop presevering something scripture warns against in more than one place.

12 The Good News Note Acts 13:32 DocTrinsograce Sat 02/6/16, 7:55am 242910
  "There is no greater message to be heard than that which we call the Gospel. But as important as that is, it is often given to massive distortions or over simplifications. People think they're preaching the Gospel to you when they tell you, 'you can have a purpose to your life', or that 'you can have meaning to your life', or that 'you can have a personal relationship with Jesus.' All of those things are true, and they're all important, but they don't get to the heart of the Gospel.

"The Gospel is called the 'good news' because it addresses the most serious problem that you and I have as human beings, and that problem is simply this: God is holy and He is just, and I'm not. And at the end of my life, I'm going to stand before a just and holy God, and I'll be judged. And I'll be judged either on the basis of my own righteousness – or lack of it – or the righteousness of another. The good news of the Gospel is that Jesus lived a life of perfect righteousness, of perfect obedience to God, not for His own well being but for His people. He has done for me what I couldn't possibly do for myself. But not only has He lived that life of perfect obedience, He offered Himself as a perfect sacrifice to satisfy the justice and the righteousness of God.

"The great misconception in our day is this: that God isn't concerned to protect His own integrity. He's a kind of wishy-washy deity, who just waves a wand of forgiveness over everybody. No. For God to forgive you is a very costly matter. It cost the sacrifice of His own Son. So valuable was that sacrifice that God pronounced it valuable by raising Him from the dead – so that Christ died for us, He was raised for our justification. So the Gospel is something objective. It is the message of who Jesus is and what He did. And it also has a subjective dimension. How are the benefits of Jesus subjectively appropriated to us? How do I get it? The Bible makes it clear that we are justified not by our works, not by our efforts, not by our deeds, but by faith – and by faith alone. The only way you can receive the benefit of Christ's life and death is by putting your trust in Him – and in Him alone. You do that, you're declared just by God, you're adopted into His family, you're forgiven of all of your sins, and you have begun your pilgrimage for eternity." --RC Sproul
13 Three Days and Three Nights Note Bible general Archive 4 rstrats Sat 02/6/16, 7:25am 242909
  With the new year upon us, maybe there will be someone new looking in who knows of examples as requested in the OP and clarified in further posts. And again, remember that the purpose of this topic is not to discuss how long the Messiah was in the heart of the earth. As stated, there are other topics that do that. However, there are those who say that Matthew 12:40 is using common Jewish idiomatic language. But in order to say that it was common, one would have to know of other instances where the same pattern had to have been used. I am simply looking for some of those instances, scriptural or otherwise. So far no one has come forth with any.
14 Praying Rather than Cursing Note Ex 22:28 DocTrinsograce Thu 02/4/16, 3:13pm 242907
  I am grateful to our Lord for the answer to prayer.
15 What We Mean by Choice Note Col 1:21 DocTrinsograce Thu 02/4/16, 3:02pm 242906
  "Your choices as a rational person are always based on various considerations or motives that are before you at the time. Those motives have a certain weight with you, and the motives for and against reading a book, for example, are weighed in the balance of your mind; the motives that outweigh all others are what you, indeed, choose to follow. You, being a rational person, will always choose what seems to you to be the right thing, the wise thing, the most advisable thing to do. If you choose not to do the right thing, the advisable thing, the thing that you are inclined to do, you would, of course, be insane. You would be choosing something that you did not choose. You would find something preferable that you did not prefer. But you, being a rational and sane person choose something because it seems to you the right, proper, good, advantageous thing to do." --John Gerstner (1914-1996) speaking on Jonathan Edward's seminal work, "The Freedom of the Will"
16 Praying Rather than Cursing Note Ex 22:28 EdB Thu 02/4/16, 8:19am 242903
  No one is denying sin or the effects of sin upon man, nor am I denying that without the working of the Holy Spirit we are blind to the truth.

What I'm saying as just as David had to call to Mephiboseth before he could fulfill the covenant with Johathan and bestow the gift of loving kindness on Mephiboseth, God likewise calls to each of us.

It was at that point Mephiboseth had to make the decision, to accept or reject the gift of David’s loving kindness, we each have to make the same choice. Once offered we must accept or reject God’s offer of salvation. As hard as it might be to believe any would reject it or that even more accept it at the time but reject it later. Hence the scripture that tell us we must persevere. The parable of the sower and seed is an excellent example. All hear the message(seed) but in some cases Satan snatches it from them, other hear it but allow this life to choke the life out of them, others hear and sprout but with shallow roots and when hard times come turn their backs on God. Still other hear, accept, grow and flourish. Matt 13

Doc this is old ground, ground we have both plowed many times. My first response in this thread was not an attempt to replow that ground but to present the other side of the story you presented. That side does exist and people need to hear it, to decide for themselves which best represents the true word of God.

Also I thank you for and covet your prayers! I'm told the teaching went well, I don't know, but what I do know is it blessed my heart. As I was speaking I was nearly overwhelmed with presence of the Holy Spirit.

Interestingly I was going to do this teaching about a month ago and something changed and I wasn’t able to so then. Then 2 weeks ago learned I was going to have an opportunity to do it last night. In that time God had me change the teaching constantly and even as late as yesterday afternoon God gave me insight into the story I had never seen before.

I can’t think of anything that excites my spirit, heart and mind more that the Blood Covenant. Which makes sense since that is what the Bible is all about. Old Testament the Old Blood Covenant and the New Testament the New Blood Covenant.
17 Praying Rather than Cursing Note Ex 22:28 DocTrinsograce Wed 02/3/16, 3:54pm 242901
  Hi, Ed...

Actually repair means to put it back in functioning order. You see, our first parents, "...being the root, and by God's appointment, standing in the room and stead of all mankind, the guilt of the sin was imputed, and corrupted nature conveyed, to all their posterity descending from them by ordinary generation, being now conceived in sin, and by nature children of wrath, the servants of sin, the subjects of death, and all other miseries, spiritual, temporal, and eternal, unless the Lord Jesus set them free. (Romans 5:12-19; 1 Corinthians 15:21, 22, 45, 49; Psalms 51:5; Job 14:4; Ephesians 2:3; Romans 6:20 Romans 5:12; Hebrews 2:14, 15; 1 Thessalonians 1:10)

Thus, "...from this original corruption, whereby we are utterly indisposed, disabled, and made opposite to all good, and wholly inclined to all evil, do proceed all actual transgressions. (Romans 8:7; Colossians 1:21; James 1:14, 15; Matthew 15:19)" 1689 LBCF 6.3-4

Consequently, it is quite the contrary of your assertion. The repair -- something only God can do -- is a work by which the will becomes free indeed!

As Paul puts it, concerning the New Covenant, "Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God, who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life." (2 Corinthians 3:5-6) Our God makes us adequate... not our choosing.

You won't agree, but we should be cautious not to burn straw men, contrary to the very nature of Him with Whom we have to do.

In Him, Doc

PS We'll be praying for your teaching tonight. 2 Samuel 9 is a wonderful picture of covenants. Even ones made before the beneficiary is born!
18 Praying Rather than Cursing Note Ex 22:28 EdB Wed 02/3/16, 1:42pm 242900
  "We believe that God Himself repairs the believer's will such that he is enabled to choose God. That distinction makes a whole world of difference."

"Repairs" is a synonym for "takes away man's free will." " or render it void"

I'm working on a teaching about the blood covenant and tonight I'm talking on
Johathan and David and how their covenant touched Mephiboseth.

Jonathan and Saul are dead and Mephiboseth is living on the backside of nowhere, when David asks is there no one I can show covenant kindness to?
2 Samuel 9

The servants bring Mephiboseth who probably thinks he is being dragged in to be killed. David offers him a new life as a new person. Not because of anything Mephiboseth did but because of the covenant between David and Johathan.

Mephiboseth has to make a decision. To accept the offer, to love David and to become a completely different person or return to being the one that was living on the backside of nowhere.

This story is a Old Testament picture of New Testament truth. We are brought into covenant relationship with God because of the New Covenant, the covenant between Christ and God. We are brought in not because of anything we did but because of what Christ did. However we have to choose to become the new man that is being offered to us.

The free gift of becoming a men person in Christ (Salvation) seems like too good of deal to turn down, yet through the years I have witnessed many people flat out refuse it or walk away after having accepted it.
19 Praying Rather than Cursing Note Ex 22:28 DocTrinsograce Wed 02/3/16, 12:25pm 242899
  Dear Ed,

Yes, the 5 percent is significant.

However, Reformed folks do not deny the freedom of the will. Did you see the phrase "nor is violence offered to the [free] will of the creature" in my citation of the 1689 LBCF? We do not believe in fatalism or determinism. We believe that God Himself repairs the believer's will such that he is enabled to choose God. That distinction makes a whole world of difference.

Regardless of our 5 percent... I am sincerely glad that you are here in the forum. I am always grateful when you answer the 95 percent so succinctly.

Being very frank, here, over the last year or so I have learned to embrace you as brother, thank the Lord for your ministry, and become gladdened by your participation in the forum. I am now of the opinion that our distinctives provide a more balanced response to forum questions... and that without qualification.

God bless you, Ed!

In Him, Doc
20 Praying Rather than Cursing Note Ex 22:28 DocTrinsograce Wed 02/3/16, 12:21pm 242898
  Thank you, brother Ed! That is much appreciated.
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