M'Cheyne Bible Reading Notes

The Coming Day of the Lord

The “Day of the Lord”. Interesting phrase. I see there are 29 verses including 5 in the NT that have this phrase (at least in the KJV).

I only wish it was this simple, distinguishing between the sheep and the goats. Or wolves in sheep clothing. There are warnings against false teachers, and then there are passages where the disciples are cautioned against over reacting: Luke 9:54; mark 9:38. And passages where false teachers are confronted, and where disciples are warned they will be persecuted for Jesus’ names sake: Beatitudes and Mark 13. There are land mines in many places in the Bible. If one doesn’t take the time to understand the context and draws a personal interpretation out of a verse, or doesn’t let scripture from other passages interpret scripture, adds things or completely ignores or leaves things out it it easy to fall into a false teaching. This is never easy, and nothing new. Jesus warned:
Mark 13:37  And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.

And Paul boldly proclaimed, much the same:
Act 20:29  For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.
Act 20:30  Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.
Act 20:31  Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.

Old John Gill puts his finger on the key to the passage in Matthew 25:37 above..the word “Righteous” can’t be left out. “ Then shall the righteous answer him,…. From whence it appears, that only such shall be at the right hand of Christ, who are righteous persons, who have the righteousness of Christ imputed to them; and, in consequence of which, are created anew unto righteousness and true holiness; and, under the influence of divine grace, live soberly, righteously, and godly: and those, upon hearing such works ascribed unto them, will, with wonder and astonishment, reply, …..

…that they had put no confidence in their works, or depended upon them for their justification before God, and acceptance, with him; these were out of sight, and mind; their only trust being in the person, blood, righteousness, and sacrifice of Christ. “

Today it’s easy to focus on the work or the woke aspects but ignore the critical gospel teachings.
Another old baptist, John Bunyan wrote many books including Pilgrim’s Progress encouraging and warning Christian’s on path of salvation. I doubt many have read these lately. And Jesus had some very strong warnings found in what Matthew tells us in Chapter 7.

Mat 7:12  Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
Mat 7:13  Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
Mat 7:14  Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

We should not ignore these.

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

1 Behold, a day is coming for the Lord when the spoil taken from you will be divided among you. 2 For I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city will be captured, the houses plundered, the women ravished and half of the city exiled, but the rest of the people will not be cut off from the city. 3 Then the Lord will go forth and fight against those nations, as when He fights on a day of battle. 4 In that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which is in front of Jerusalem on the east; and the Mount of Olives will be split in its middle from east to west by a very large valley, so that half of the mountain will move toward the north and the other half toward the south. 5 You…

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New Testament & Psalms 2019

The Letter of Paul to the Philippians Chapter 2

Mike, Looking forward to your finishing this short series, and how to share it with both my wife and friends. So many don’t see the issues as you describe in the opening.

In the meanwhile, please send Paul, and if not him Timothy or even Epaphroditus…. but most of all, we need the risen Christ, our Lord and Savior.

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

1 Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, 2 make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. 3 Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; Philippians 2:1-3 (NASB)

There is much controversy within the Reformed Theology ranks at this time. I have written about this some and referred to it quite a bit. Many of former Reformed leaders have now become leaders of the Critical Race Theory and Social Justice movements within what used to be what Christians referred to as Conservative Christianity. It is troubling to be sure. Of course, there are those who have not “taken the bait”…

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