New Testament & Psalms 2019

Private Interpretation

Truth is these Private Interpretations are so common. They range from the full blown interpretations that are found in “new” revelations that become sacred books used by those who create new “religions” or “churches” or ways to “God”, or spirituality, or just those personal “words” from God or the Spirit which get repeated or proclaimed in churches of all types, small groups, books or conferences. We so easily reach for and grab hold of so many of these….everybody loves hearing about these personal spiritual journey experiences….or the latest new book, with new insights, but few want to read just the Bible, or even fewer the historic Reformed confessions and catechisms, which are based on the Biblical text.

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

13 But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. 14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you. John 16:13-14 (NASB)

Even though it is discounted by many today, the Protestant Reformation was a wonderful work by God in that the Gospel was freed from the captivity of the apostate Roman Catholic Church. Over the centuries the Gospel had become obscured as the Bishop of Rome was declared perfect with authority over Scripture. Any resistance to his authority was dealt with through excommunication followed by being burned at the stake. The Reformation not only recovered the Gospel and Justification by Faith, the Bible became available…

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New Testament & Psalms 2019

Not Peace, but a Sword

The Bible speaks of the tension between having an attitude of peace and persecution. Almost a full half of the Beatitudes, speaks to this earlier that Matthew records in Chapter 10.

Mat 5:9  Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Mat 5:10  Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Mat 5:11  Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Mat 5:12  Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

Paul speaks of peace this way.. and we know from the Bible the level of persecution he first projected on the Church, and how much he himself experienced in Preaching in the name of Jesus.

Rom 12:18  If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
Rom 12:19  Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
Rom 12:20  Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
Rom 12:21  Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

Old John Gill wrote….

Romans 12:18
If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably,…. Or be at peace, seek after peace, pursue it, and cultivate it:
with all men; with those that we are immediately concerned with, in a natural relation; so husbands should live peaceably with their wives, and wives with their husbands; parents with their children, and children with their parents; masters with their servants, and servants with their masters; and one brother, relation, and friend, with another: and so with all we are concerned with in a spiritual relation, as members of Christ, and in the same church state; such should be at peace among themselves, 1Th 5:13; peace should rule in their hearts, Col 3:15, and they should study to keep “the unity of the Spirit, in the bond of peace”, Eph 4:3, yea, with all we are concerned in a civil sense; saints should live peaceably in the neighbourhood, towns, cities, and countries, where they dwell, and show themselves to be the quiet in the land; should pray for the peace of the place where they are; and do all that in them lies to promote it, by living themselves peaceably and quietly, in all godliness and honesty; yea, they should live peaceably with their very enemies, “if it be possible”; which is rightly put, for there are some persons of such tempers and dispositions, that it is impossible to live peaceably with; for when others are for peace, they are for war; and in some cases it is not only impracticable, but would be unlawful; as when it cannot be done consistent with holiness of life and conversation, with the edification of others, the truths of the Gospel, the interest of religion, and the glory of God; these are things that are never to be sacrificed for the sake of peace with men: the apostle adds another limitation of this rule, “as much as lieth in you”; for more than this is not required of us; nothing should be wanting on our parts; every step should be taken to cultivate and maintain peace; the blame should lie wholly on the other side; it becomes the saints to live peaceably themselves, if others will not with them.

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

34 “Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. Matthew 10:34 (NASB)

The character and the mission of our Lord Jesus Christ is not well understood by the majority of people on planet Earth. In fact, many professing “Christians” have an image of Him in their understanding that is based upon fleshly reasoning. This “other” Jesus is not Biblical for the most part. They have given their Jesus a whole new set of values and traits that conflict sharply with the Jesus presented in the Gospels in His own words.

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Psalm 19…… The Law of the Lord Is Perfect

Psa 19:1  To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Psa 19:2  Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. Psa 19:3  There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. Psa 19:4  Their line is gone out through all… Continue reading Psalm 19…… The Law of the Lord Is Perfect

New Testament & Psalms 2019

Faith Comes from God

John 6 has become a most profound chapter to me.
Mike’s article is excellent.
But the chapter does not end well as verse 6:66 says….

John 6:66  From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

28 Therefore they said to Him, “What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God? John 6:28 (NASB)

Genuine Christians will be very interested in getting the answer to the question posed to Jesus from John 6:28. If a professing Christian is not interested in that answer then there’s a problem. On the other hand, there are many professing Christians who have answered that question without reading Jesus’ response to it. Instead, they have jumped head foremost into “religous” work that they believe pleases God and is earning them bonus points in eternity. Their “works” may look good to most people, including non-Christians, but are they what Jesus tells us are the genuine works of God? Let’s look at this passage in context.

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