Today we will have either one or two lessons again.  If you follow me on the

one I present over radio and television only, we will have one.  It is a continuation

of Raised and Secured from the last two weeks when we were considering who

Jesus Christ is, the one who died on the cross, was buried and after three days was

raised from the grave, lived afterwards on earth for forty days, appearing to many,

one time appearing to over 500 people at once, thereafter, appearing to many,

thereafter ascending back into heaven from which He originally came!   If you go

to the website at http://www.adultbibleclass.com (you are on it now) and study on

your own, the April 19th and the April 26th lessons, the latter I have scheduled for

today and entitled Saveed, you will have had two lessons.  I would gladly do both

for you today, but I have not the air time to do so.  

 

Here are the notes from today’s lesson which I did over the air.

 

 

The Ascension –

 

The Day of  Pentecost

 

The Church Age –

 

In Heaven at the Father’s right hand making intercession for us –

Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25; Colossians 3:1; numerous passages

 

Intercession/Prayer are synonymous terms.

 

The End Times

 

Psalm 91:1-12  - His policy from the beginning to the end.

 

Revelation 11:15 – “...the kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms

of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever.”

 

Hallelujah Chorus – And He shall reign for ever and ever, Hallelujah; Hallelujah,

King  of Kiugs – for ever, for ever, Hallelujah, Hallelujah,

Lord of Lords – for ever, for ever, Hallelujah, Halleljah.

 

I Corinthians 15:20-28

 

 

Revelation 6:12-17

 

Revelation 11:15-19

 

I Corinthians 6:9-11

 

Revelation 9:20-21

 

Isaiah 8:19

 

The Overcomers   Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 26, 3:5, 12, 21

 

 

 

 

φαρμακαpharmakiaEnglish = pharmacy – primarily the use of medicine,

drugs, spells, then poisoning, then sorcery.  (Revised Version – sorcery;

Authorized Version – witchcraft)  In sorcery, the use of drugs, whether simple

or potent, was generally accompanied by incantation and appeals to occult

powers, with the provision of various charms, amulets, etc., professedly

designed to keep the applicant or patient from the attention and power

of demons and to impress the applicant with the mysterious resources and

powers of the sorcerer.

 

Next week I hope to hone in on The Drug Culture, Our Times, COVID – 19

and the beginnings of sorrows as described in the end times.

 

 

The second lesson is below and is analogous to serious students, in high school or

college, who go out of their  way to do research, from which, only they will personally

benefit!   i.e. homework or extra credit!

 

 

 

                                                            Saved

                                                    Romans 10:5-15

                                                      April 26, 2020

 

 

 

                                                            CH. 10:6-9

 

·         THIS RISEN SAVIOUR IS EASILY FOUND. (vs. 6-9.) The idea

of the human heart is that by some prodigious effort salvation must be

secured. Abana and Pharpar are further off, as well as likelier rivers, than

this brawling Jordan hard by, and so Naaman cries out, “May I not wash in

them, and be clean?” (II Kings 5:12)  Only ask us to do some great thing in

order to salvation, and our self-righteousness will be secured, and we shall be

satisfied (ibid. vs.12-13). A far-off salvation suits man’s taste the

best. Set it in heaven, and he will rack his brains for some ingenious device

by which he will fly away and be at rest. Set it beyond the sea, and boats

will be built and the voyage undertaken with cheerfulness (compare

Deuteronomy 30:11-13). Make salvation to consist in a bringing of Christ down

from above, and men like Titans will try to scale Olympus. Make salvation to

consist in a descent to the lower world to bring Christ up from the dead,

and many will try a journey like Orpheus after the lost Eurydice, to bring

the Saviour from the shadows. But we have got to see that the risen

Saviour is not so far away or so hard to find as this. As Charles Kingsley

once wrote to a lady, “My object has been and is, and I trust in God ever

will be, to make people see that they need not, as Paul says, go up into

heaven, or go down to the deep, to find Christ; because He, the Word

whom we preach, is very near them, in their hearts and on their lips, if they

would but believe it; and ready, not to set them afloat on new and untried

oceans of schemes and projects, but ready to inspire them to do their duty

humbly and simply where He has put them — and, believe me, the only way

to regenerate the world is to do the duty which lies nearest us, and not to

hunt after grand, far-fetched ones for ourselves.  In the Word of the

gospel the risen Saviour comes near to every one of us. We do not require

any prodigious effort to reach Him. We have simply to open the eye of

faith, and there He is.

 

 

 

                                                            vs. 5-10

 

APPLICATION. Let the hearer of the gospel think, not merely of the

mysteries which belong to religion, but of the simplicity of what is most

essential for him to believe. You have not to climb a lofty tree in order to

pluck the fruit; the bough hangs low, and you have but to reach out your

hand. You have not to climb the mountain crag, and cross the dangerous

bog, in order to come at the water of life; the stream flows by your side,

and YOU HAVE BUT TO STOOP AND TO DRINK!

 

 

 

Missionaries often find it hard to convey to heathen minds an idea of what

God is because of their notions being degraded.  Has America reached

The threshold of this condition yet?  - “The harvest truly is plenteous, but

the laborers are few; pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He

will send forth laborers into His harvest.”  - Matthew 9:37-38 -  CY – 2011)

 

 

·         THE GLAD TIDINGS HAVE NOT HAD A UNIVERSAL

RECEPTION. (vs. 16-18.) In some cases the heralds have had small

success. As Esaias cries, “Lord, who hath believed our report?”  (Isaiah 53:1)

so has many a minister lamented his scant success. For, amid the multitude of

competing things and persons palpable to sense, an unseen Saviour gets

ignored by many. The problem was not, in the missionary age of Paul, as to

many not hearing of a Saviour at all — rather was it that so many heard of

him, yet gave no heed. For the apostle in this passage quotes what in the

nineteenth psalm is applied to nature, as if the gospel message, at least in

his day, had been as widely proclaimed as the limits of the world allowed.

And when we consider the population of the world in Paul’s time, and how

it was practically within the grasp of the Roman empire, and that

information filtered down to the distant colonies more surely perhaps than,

though not so speedily as, news does nowadays; and when we add to this

the magnificent missionary spirit which animated Paul and his associates,

he had reason to take up the universal terms and apply them to the

propagation of the gospel. So that the gospel was more widely proclaimed

in the first century in proportion to the population of the globe than it is as

yet in the nineteenth (when this was written.  However in the twenty-first

century, things are different.  I turn on my television and there are numerous

channels that proclaim the Word of God in one way or another, I look on

Facebook and continually there are posts filled with the Word of God, it may

be that in the Bible Belt it is more so than in other parts of the United States

or world, but the capabilities are there!  Are not these fulfilling the words of

Jesus Christ when He said that the gospel will be preached to the whole world

before His return?  “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all

the world for a witness unto all nations, and then shall the end come.”

[Matthew 24:14]  And for good measure God makes sure in the Revelation

of Jesus Christ, ch. 14:6, by sending an angel flying “...in the midst of heaven,

having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell upon the earth,

and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people.”  CY – 2020)

The contrast which now obtains between the revelation of God in nature and

the revelation of God in the gospel in their respective relations to mankind —

the one being universal, the other partial in its application — has been largely,

if not entirely, due to the lack of enterprise and missionary spirit on the part

of the Church. And yet too much may be made of this contrast, and men may

fail to see that the proclamation of a revealed religion is the one way in

which God is likely to receive attention from His creatures. The following

quotation from  Archer Butler upon the point will be welcome. “If God were

to interfere at all, they [the deists] maintain, it would be by some universal

agency, simple, general, and obvious, as the laws of His visible creation.

They smile at the notion of God’s greatest exhibition of His will to man being

acted upon the reduced theatre of a petty province, and made dependent on the

chances of human testimony. ‘In the moral as in the physical world,’ exclaims

the leader of the sentimental school of deism, ‘it is ever on a great scale, and

by simple means, that Deity operates.’ But what if we retort that it is those

very laws of nature ‘on a great scale’ — those very ‘simple means’ — that

have caused God to be forgotten? Not justly, we admit; for they ought

eminently to have convinced men of His presence and power: but what of

that? We are not now speaking of argumentative propriety, but of actual

fact; not of man as he ought to be, but of man as he is. And it is an

undeniable fact that it is the permanence and uniformity of the natural laws

of the creation that have beguiled men into speculative, and, still more, into

practical atheism; that it is the very perfection of the laws which has hidden

the Legislator. The hand that God has constructed so wondrously can

write, ‘There is no God;’ let it be smitten with sudden paralysis, and the

notion of an intervening Avenger will arise; nay, let us at any time behold

some strange unique in any of the departments of experience, and it startles

our habitual slumber. (Corona virus; COVID – 19 of 2020??? – CY – 2020)

That is to say, as long as the work is perfect, we recognize no worker; but

the moment it becomes deficient (the very thing which ought logically to

produce the doubt), we begin to conceive and admit His reality. The more

apparently capricious the works of nature, the more they resemble man’s;

and the more they remind us of direct agency analogous to the human. Now,

if this be so, could it be expected that, to produce an acknowledgment of His

being and attributes, the Deity would continue to employ the same medium

of regular and ordinary laws, the same vast and uniform processes in the

physical and moral world, which in all ages have tended (such the miserable

subjection of man to an unreasoning imagination) to render His agency

suspected by some, and practically forgotten by the many? To make Himself

felt He must disturb His laws; in other words, He must perform or permit

miracles.’ But then He must likewise exhibit them sparingly, as, if they

continued to appear on assignable principles of stated recurrence, and in

definite cycles, nay, if they appeared frequently, though unfixedly, — they

would enter, or seem to enter, into the procession of the laws of nature, and

thus lose their proper use and character. What follows? It follows that miracles

cannot be presented to every successive age, far less to each individual person;

they must, then, be presented only to some particular age or ages, and to some

particular personal witnesses. But we have seen that they ought to be

publicly and continually known; therefore (there being but one way of

transmitting past events to present times) revealed religion and the

knowledge of God, which we have seen is only thus to be practically and

influentially attained, must be dependent upon human testimony. There is

no step of this deduction which might not be made by a man who had

never heard of any actual revelation having been given to man; it is

purposely built upon the simplest principles of our common nature This

seems to me to amount to something not unlike demonstration, that a

traditional REVELATION, built on testimony transmitted from man to man

that is, of a Bible and sermon religion — far from being improbable (as the

impugners of an ‘historical creed’ so eloquently insist), is actually the form

of religion imperatively demanded by the very structure of human

nature.

 

 

 

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