First the Question: The Body of Christ is NOT Israel. True or False?
Take a moment to respond at the LLM Question of the Day
And now the answer to the LLM Question of 6-25-2012
Question: Can a Christian be active in the work of God, but grow very little, because they are not regularly studying the Bible? Yes or No?
Answer: YES! Christians often are unceasingly active in "Church" work, but grow very little, because they are not regularly and systematically studying the Word of God. A healthy Christian has a healthy appetite for the Word of God, an appetite satisfied by constantly feeding upon that Word. Jeremiah said, “Thy Words were found, and I did eat them, and Thy Word was unto me the joy and the rejoicing of my heart.” Jeremiah 15:16. Now, out of the 692 responses we received to this question, 93.1% of you got it right! Therefore, NOW, let us take a look at...
Precious Things in the Bible
Some young Christians, as well as old ones, are unceasingly active, but growing very little, because they are not regularly and systematically studying the Word of God.
One of the signs of a healthy Christian is a real appetite for the Word of God, an appetite satisfied by constantly feeding upon that Word. Jeremiah said, “Thy Words were found, and I did eat them, and Thy Word was unto me the joy and the rejoicing of my heart.” Jeremiah 15:16.
Please read Leviticus 17:11; 1 Peter 2:4-9; 1 Peter 1:7; 1 Peter 1:18-20; 2 Peter 1:4
This is the study of some very precious things. First look at, Leviticus 17:11, "For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one's life." Now, let us prayerfully consider 2 Peter 1:4 and 1 Peter 1:19-20: “Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and PRECIOUS PROMISES; that by these ye might be partakers of the Divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” “Redeemed with the PRECIOUS BLOOD of Christ, as of a Lamb without blemish and with¬out spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you.”
Let me just say at this point, that there are pastors, preachers, and teachers, that do not believe that it was the Blood of Christ, the actual shedding of that Blood on the cross of Calvary that saves us.
There is no way a man can be saved and DENY the very precious Blood of Christ, that saves. These types of men are deceptive, and will say that the Blood of Jesus is very important; but, the truth is that they believe Christ's blood is only REPRESENTATIVE of His death. These are the type of modernists which we need to avoid and expose. And THESE are the liberals and modernists that have taken over this nation’s seminaries.)
The first PRECIOUS PROMISE in the Bible is the promise that the Seed of the woman would bruise the serpent’s head. (Genesis 3:14-15). That meant the death and the resurrection of the Seed of the woman. He is now alive in heaven and will come to earth again.
So many events have already taken place, in fulfillment of this PRECIOUS PROMISE, and many more are yet to be fulfilled.
When Christ was in the shadow of the cross He said, “Now is the prince of this world cast out.” (John 12:30-32). We read what the Holy Spirit said through the Apostle Paul, when he wrote, “And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly” (Romans 16:20). Satan is having a good time now, but we read in 1 John 3:8 that the Son of God was manifested that He might destroy the works of the devil. We certainly see the works of the devil all over this earth and he is also active as the head of spiritual wickedness in the heavenlies (Ephesians 6:11-14). But, now, read Christ’s victory over Satan in Luke 4:1-9. And then read of Satan in the bottomless pit (Revelation 20:1-3).
The Lake of Fire has been prepared for the devil and his angels. (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:10). However, the devil, now, like a roaring lion, is walking about, seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8-9). But he has a very special deadly work to do on this earth after the Body of Christ goes home to glory. (Revelation 12:10-12). Then, after one thousand years in the bottomless pit, he will reach his final abode (Revelation 20:1-10).
Make a special note as to what Christ had to do in order to destroy Satan’s “death” power, “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood. He also Himself took part of the same; that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil.” (Hebrews 2:14).
That meant that Christ had to shed His PRECIOUS BLOOD. (1 Peter 1:18-20).
Christ was God’s own ELECT PRECIOUS CHIEF CORNERSTONE. (1 Peter 2:6). Chosen of God and PRECIOUS.” (1 Peter 2:4).
In addition to His Divine nature Christ took upon Himself human nature (John 1:14; Philippians 2:5-8; Hebrews 2:14) that believers might be partakers of His Divine nature in addition to their human nature and be delivered from the fear of death, and ultimately from death of any kind.
This Faith in God’s PRECIOUS PROMISES and HIS PRECIOUS STONE and the PRECIOUS SHED BLOOD OF CHRIST is called “PRECIOUS FAITH.” (1 Peter 1:7).
Is it any wonder that God says “PRECIOUS in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints?” (Psalms 116:15).
The Lord Jesus Christ, Who is God’s Elect, PRECIOUS STONE, and Who is PRECIOUS to believers, is the STONE of stumbling and ROCK of offence to the unbeliever. Note in the last five verses of the ninth chapter of Romans how Christ was the STUMBLING STONE for blind Israelites. With these five verses read 1 Peter 2:2-11.
In Ephesians 1:13 the Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul declares that men are saved and sealed by hearing and BELIEVING the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your Salvation. Therefore, here, now, is declared unto you the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your Salvation: "that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures" 1 Corinthians 15:3-4. BELIEVE today. The time is short.
So There You Have it!
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Grace be to you and peace, from God: our Father, and The LORD Jesus Christ.
In The LORD Jesus Christ,
The Lion and Lamb Ministry
Pastor David Picos, D.D.
Minister and Ambassador for Christ in the Ministry of Reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18-20)