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Wednesday Night Class: 2 Peter 2:1-2

I once again had the honor of teaching in the "Midweek Renewal" Class at First Assembly of God. Here is the Audio and below are the notes:


  1. 1But false prophets also arose among the people
      • He gave us the realities of the true Word of God in the last chapter and now he wants to talk about those who CLAIM to have Gods word but really do not.
    • , just as there will be false teachers among you,
      • THERE WILL BE FALSE TEACHERS - this is a sad statement but a true one.  He doesnt say might be  he says there WILL BE"
      • Jesus made this same horrible promise - Matthew 24:5 - "For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray”  Matt 24:24 - "For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect."
      • we are told this so that we can pay attention and run after the truth - some people make it thier life’s duty to call search out and understand false teaching - this should not be our goal.  We should be so acquainted with truth that we cannot be fooled by the false hood
      • the secret service study the real dollar - not the fake ones
      • 2 Peter 2:19 "We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts."
    • who will secretly bring in destructive heresies,- 
      • the greek here says “to lead in along side the others” - in other words they will preach some things true and some things destructive - that is how they get you.  They sound right until they take that little jaunt to the right or left.
      • heresies which bring destruction
      • the language alludes to teachings that create sects and or parties - divisions in the church that are based on a small but real shift from orthodoxy - watch for this!  If there are people in your church that are suddenly acting and talking like they know something more than everybody else it is a warning sign.  When the unity of the body is being warred against it is almost always the enemy at work.
    • even denying the Master who bought them,
      • denying - may mean denying that he is master, denying his divinity, denying his ability to save, we don’t know for sure
      • the Master - there is some disagreement between scholars as to whether this refers to Jesus or the Father but it doesnt matter in the end
      • this is one of the verses which speaks against the idea of the perseverance of the saints - the idea that once someone is saved they cannot be lost again.  
        • this phrase is not enough to build or tear down a doctrine with.  He could have been facetious
      • the point is that these heresies eventually lead people away from the faith entirely - any teaching that leads us away from a focus on "Christ and Him Crucified is suspect.
      • the picture of Jesus at the center of the table.
    • bringing upon themselves swift destruction.
      • every commentary I looked at says this refers to the final judgement i.e. hell 
  2. 2And many will follow their sensuality, 
    • Matt 24:12 - the love of MANY will grow cold - this is a scary scary statement of the Lords
    • their sensuality - this is another sign of false teaching - it leads to sensuality - the greek word is better translated lasciviousnesses 
      • (outrageous conduct, conduct shocking to public decency, a wanton violence), wantonness, lewdness.
      • properly, violent spite which rejects restraint and indulges in lawless insolence (wanton caprice)
      • ANYONE that says “Jesus doesn’t care about behavior” or encourages behavior that feeds the appetites of the flesh without thought or restraint is dangerous!
        • it is not by following the law that we are accepted
        • our lives when led by the Holy Spirit will look like wisdom and love - they will look like law but will not be motivated by FEAR but by JOY - they will look like Christ going over and ABOVE THE LAW.
    • and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed
      • If we have the TRUTH it will SHOW
      • If we are on the right track the image of CHRIST will shine out from us
      • The reputation of the church as hypocrites comes from this place.
      • If your life does not look like LOVE - then you need to go back and examine what TRUTH you are carrying around.

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Men's Training Center - Don't Waste Your Life Wk 2

Chapter 2 - 

The Bible has real meaning - its not just open for any interpretation that anybody wants to give it.  The Bible is saying some things and NOT saying others.

  • The Word of God then must tell us what it looks like to NOT WASTE OUR LIVES
  • The Bibles answer to this question is the only correct one.

 

Daniel Fuller says that all of scripture is pointing to Gods desires both to glorify himself AND to delight mankind.

  • The Westminster Catechism begins with this phrase - "The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy him forever."
  • Pg 28 "Enjoying God supremely is one way to glorify him.  Enjoying God makes him look supremely valuable."
  • Pg 31 Unspoken for years, there was in me the feeling that these two were at odds.  Either you glorify God or you pursue happiness. Compounding the problem was that many who seemed to emphasize the glory of God in their thinking did not seem to enjoy him much. here was the greatest mind of early America. saying that Gods purpose for my life was that I have a passion for God’s glory and that I have a passion for my joy in that glory, and that these two are one passion."

 

If this is true; what does it look like to waste your life? - a life that is not spent seeking to enjoy God and helping others to enjoy God is a wasted life.

THATS A MASSIVE STATEMENT!!!  WHERE IS IT IN SCRIPTURE????

  1. God made us FOR HIS GLORY
    • Isaiah 43:6-7: 6I will say to the north, Give up, and to the south, Do not withhold; bring my sons from afar
      and my daughters from the end of the earth, 7everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.”
  2. Saved us for his glory
    • Isaiah 48:9-119“For my name’s sake I defer my anger, for the sake of my praise I restrain it for you, that I may not cut you off.  10Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have trieda you in the furnace of affliction. 11For my own sake, for my own sake, I do it, for how should my nameb be profaned?  My glory I will not give to another.
    • Ezekiel 20:14But I acted for the sake of my name, that it should not be profaned in the sight of the nations, in whose sight I had brought them out.
    • Romans 3:21-23:  21But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
  3. He answers our Prayers FOR HIS GLORY
    • John 14:13
  4. Our life and all we do is FOR HIS GLORY
    • 1 Cor 10:31 31So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
  5. To Please God we must be ready to be REWARDED by HIM
    • Hebrews 11:6
  6. EVERYTHING is about His glory
    • Romans 11:36 - For from him and through him and to him be all things to God be the Glory forever
  7. We glorify God most by enjoying and exalting His glory
    • Jeremiah 2:11-13: 11Has a nation changed its gods, even though they are no gods?  But my people have changed their glory for that which does not profit.  12Be appalled, O heavens, at this; be shocked, be utterly desolate, declares the LORD,13for my people have committed two evilsthey have forsaken methe fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.
      • doesnt this sound like this - Romans 1:21-23  21For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.
    • Matt 22:37: 37And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38This is the great and first commandment.
      • Isnt that what this means?  Can we love someone without enjoying them?
      • "It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased." CS Lewis the weight of glory

 

NOTE:

To Glorify God is NOT to ADD glory to him - its like magnify

if you magnify with a microscope you make a small thing bigger

if you magnify with a  telescope you make a HUGE thing look more like how big it actually is.

 

How is a God who cares about his own glory more than anything else a loving God? - Isnt that really selfish and mean?

  1. God is giving us his greatest gift - the greatest most valuable thing in all the universe - himself
  2. Love does not equal making much of someone - Loving someone is doing what is best for them - that is helping them to enjoy the most enjoyable thing the thing which they were created to enjoy - the glory of God
    • Pg 33 To make them feel good about themselves when they were created to feel good about seeing God is like taking someone to the Alps and locking them in a room full of mirrors!"
  3. Heaven is about enjoying God - Jesus said John 17:3 - and this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent"
  4. God is the one being in the universe for whom self-exaltation is the most loving act...
  • Pg 36 Now we see that in creating us for his glory he is creating us for our highest joy.  He is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him"
  • Pg 37 no child complains when his father delights to make the child happy with his own presence"
  • The First and Greatest commandment is to Love the Lord your God with all your heart mind soul and strength. That commandment must be obeyed by us AND BY GOD.

 

The Excellencies of Christ - all we have said about God thus far must be applied to Jesus Christ specifically as well - pg 38“God without Christ is no God.  And a no-God cannot save or satisfy the soul” 

  • Col 1:16 - All things were created through him and for him (Jesus)
  • The Cross is our only passport into the reason we were created. John 14:6 - I am the way the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.
  • Pg 40 if we would embrace the glory of God, we must embrace the Gospel of Christ.  The reason for this is not only because we are sinners and need a Savior to die for us, but also because this    Savior is himself the fullest and most beautiful manifestation of the glory of God.  He purchases our undeserved and everlasting pleasure, and he becomes for us our all-deserving, everlasting Treasure.

 

Think for a minute:

  1. Do you believe that the Bible holds the answers to the deepest questions of life? - Have you searched there to find them?
  2. When John Piper says that God does everything for His own glory - is that offensive to you, even in a small way?
  3. How would your life change if it was lived in an all out pursuit of joy in God?

 

 

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IMC Bible Study Song of Songs wk 2

We continue on in our study of the Song of Solomon.  Staring at the beginning of Chapter 2.  Notes are below the audio.

 

Song of Songs 2:1 I am a rosea of Sharon,
a lily of the valleys.

He

2As a lily among brambles, so is my love among the young women.

  • He calls her delightful among the punishing.  enjoyable among the difficult.  He says to her - my delight is in you!
    • The Lord loves all those he created - but there is a special love he has for those who have opened to him - Look at the difference here between the soft open lily and the hardened and difficult thorns and brambles - Jesus said it was the poor in spirit who would inherit the kingdom - the meek who inherit the earth - Psalm 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
    • also note the productivity of the flower which is the part of the flower that is fertilized - that brings fruit in the fruit trees - her openness and vulnerability is beautiful and a pleasing fragrance before the Lord.
    • Look at what his simple statement of affection does to open her heart!!!! - 1 John 4:19 - we love him because he first loved us! 

 

She

3As an apple tree among the trees of the forest,

so is my beloved among the young men.

With great delight I sat in his shadow,

and his fruit was sweet to my taste.

  • Apples were an aphrodesiac.  The fragrance represented virility and health.  He is fruitful.  He is beneficial
  • Being with him is a place of comfort, shelter, protection, peace, and pleasure

4He brought me to the banqueting house,b

and his banner over me was love.

  • In the Hebrew it literally means house of wine 
    • An upper room where all his treasure is kept Clarke
    • Esther took he king to the house of wine 
  • His banner over me is love
    • His eternal declaration over us is his love for us.
    • We wear on our heads a declaration of love

5Sustain me with raisins;
refresh me with apples,
for I am sick with love.

  • Raisins and apples were given for stamina in love making
  • This is the call of the bride to love him more - to be able to 
  • She is asking for the grace to stand under his outpouring of love for her 

6His left hand is under my head,
and his right hand embraces me!

  • Uh... I think you know what is happening here.  
  • Intimacy - 

7I adjure you,c O daughters of Jerusalem,
by the gazelles or the does of the field,
that you not stir up or awaken love
until it pleases.

  • A comment to the young virgin about loving inappropriately
  • This love demands everything don't ask for it until you are ready to become consumed by its fire

The Bride Adores Her Beloved

8The voice of my beloved!
Behold, he comes,
leaping over the mountains,
bounding over the hills.

  • Jesus overcoming every obstacle to our hearts
  • He has defeated all of our enemies to come for us and make us his own
  • All the distance between us and God has been removed by the love of Jesus

9My beloved is like a gazelle
or a young stag.

  • Fast
  • Never slipping or tiring
  • Powerful, wildly alive

Behold, there he stands
behind our wall,
gazing through the windows,
looking through the lattice.

  • Do you feel Jesus doing this for your heart?  
  • Gazing longingly past all our defenses, past all our apathy, past all our fear, shame, and guilt past all we put in his way
  • His eyes like fire - burning for us

behind our wall, - He is waiting for her. He desires her. He comes when she does not expect him . He is calling her out. He is standing there waiting for her. He is prepared for action and He wants a partner

gazing through the windows, - Every point of entry to her life He will use to influence her to come out. He is revealing Himself to her as much as He can to entice her out. He wants her with Him but she won’t come.

   looking through the lattice. – He is looking through the bars of our self created prison. He is the one that put us here but we have the choice to come out or not.

10My beloved speaks and says to me:

“Arise, my love, my beautiful one,
and come away,

  • Leave your place of comfort and jump over the mountains with me
  • Come with me to walk on the water and do the impossible 

11for behold, the winter is past;
the rain is over and gone.

12The flowers appear on the earth,the time of singingd has come,

and the voice of the turtledove
is heard in our land.

  • I have removed the barriers 
  • I have shifted the season
  • It is time for us

13The fig tree ripens its figs,
and the vines are in blossom;
they give forth fragrance.
Arise, my love, my beautiful one,
and come away.
14O my dove, in the clefts of the rock,
in the crannies of the cliff,
let me see your face,
let me hear your voice,
for your voice is sweet,
and your face is lovely.

  • Listen to this!  Your voice is sweet!  Your face is lovely!
  • He desires us, his heart burns for his people, his bride, you

15Catch the foxese for us,
the little foxes
that spoil the vineyards,
for our vineyards are in blossom.”

  • Remove all the small things that hinder the perfect flowering of love
  • Catch them now so that when the fruit does come it will not be stolen away

16My beloved is mine, and I am his;
he grazesf among the lilies.
17Until the day breathes
and the shadows flee,

turn, my beloved, be like a gazelle
or a young stag on cleft mountains.g

  • She says no
  • After all that she denies him and tells him to go back

Chapter 3

1On my bed by night
I sought him whom my soul loves;
I sought him, but found him not.

  • Typical woman she refuses him and now she is looking for him
  • So often the Lord calls us out of our complacency and we say no but then we wonder where he went.  He wanted intimacy we told him no.

2I will rise now and go about the city,
in the streets and in the squares;
I will seek him whom my soul loves.
I sought him, but found him not.

  • Now she will get up.  Now she gets out of bed
  • Sometimes when the Lord seems distant it is all about stirring us to the place of hunger and seeking

3The watchmen found me
as they went about in the city.
“Have you seen him whom my soul loves?”

  • She asks the watchmen - this is a picture of the church, ministers etc 

4Scarcely had I passed them
when I found him whom my soul loves.
I held him, and would not let him go
until I had brought him into my mother’s house,
and into the chamber of her who conceived me.

  • Now she finds him and now she wants him.
  • The Lord knows how to lead our hearts into desire for him

5I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem,
by the gazelles or the does of the field,
that you not stir up or awaken love
until it pleases.

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Men's Training Center - Don't Waste Your Life - Week 1

I am a part of the teaching team for the Men's Training Center at First Assembly of God in Fort Wayne IN.  We are starting a series walking through John Piper's book - Don't Waste Your Life.  You can find the book at www.desiringgod.com where it is available for download.  Join me and the other members of our team as we journey through this powerful book together over the next few weeks! - My notes are below the audio.  

Chapter 1 - 

  1. Page 12 - my fiery father told the story of a man converted in old age.  The church had prayed for this man for decades.  He was hard and resistant. But this time, for some reason, he showed up when my father was preaching.  At the end of the service during a hymn to everyone’s amazement he came and took my father’s hand. they sat down together on the front pew of the church and the people were dismissed.  God opened his heart to the Gospel of Christ, and he was saved from his sins and given eternal life.  But that did not stop him from sobbing and saying, as the tears ran down his wrinkled face - and what an impact it made on me to hear my father say this through his own tears - I’ve wasted it! I’ve wasted it!” 
  2. what would it mean to waste - or not waste - your life?  How do we live a life that is WORTH IT.  A life we won’t regret at the end?
  3. NO one sets out to waste their life - “I wanna be a junkie when I grow up"
  4. To NOT Waste our lives requires intentionality - "I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life” - I think about the movie “Dead Poet Society” this movie used to burn in my heart because it was all about NOT WASTING this gift of life.  About taking life by the horns and being EVERYTHING you want to be.  Living Passionately - not like some wimp that will never amount to anything.  Not giving your life to something weak and foolish that will make you look like a fool at the end.
    • "Somehow there had been wakened in me a passion for the essence and the main point of life.  The ethical question “whether something is permissible” faded in relation to the question “what is the main thing, the essential thing?”  The though of boiling a life around minimal morality or minimal significance - a life defined by the question, “what is permissible?” - felt almost disgusting to me. pg 14
    • What is life really all about? - what is the point? - Why am I here? - then that is what I want to give my existence to.
  5. "Only one life - ’twill soon be past - only what’s done - for Christ will last” - that plaque on his wall in his boyhood home
  6. Existentialism -
    • there is no meaning beyond what we are experiencing now - that human experience is the only truth we find and define our own truth through our experience of the world - focus on that only that leads people to throw away rules because they are not REAL and do life how they choose - because it is the experiences of life that matter.  Eat Drink and be Merry for tomorrow we die"
    • reflected in popular culture of the time - and still is.
  7. An answer 
    • Francis Shaeffer - The God who is THERE - a real God - truth does not come FROM YOU truth is outside of you and we discover it
    • CS Lewis - died on the day of Kennedy assassination - there is a realness to things - you cannot go on seeing through everything forever or there will be nothing left to SEE - pg 20
  8. John gets a finance - and gets mono - and God calls him to preach
    • isn’t it amazing to see the funny way that God leads us?

We live in a world of trivialities - a world of make believe.  It is so easy to build your life on absolutely nothing.  People who’s whole lives are consumed with vanity and nothingness.  Money, Fame, Pleasure, Power - they are all illusions and wasting away - Jesus said:

19“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and ruste destroy and where thieves break in and steal,20but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Make your life about something that MATTERS something that will BE THERE when everything else burns and blows away!

Think for a minute:

  1. Have you ever felt like you were wasting your life?  When? How?
  2. In what ways have you searched for meaning and purpose?
  3. Be honest with yourself right now - are you wasting your life?

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Song of Songs 1:1-2

In the last few weeks of our class together we are going to take a fly by of Song of Songs.  This controversial book is the key to a new fiery passion for the Savior King.

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2 Peter 1:5-9 Wed Night Class

Had the pleasure of teaching in the Mid Week Renewal class again this week.  Here is the audio from that class.  The notes are below as well:

In the notes below the actual words of scripture are bolded.  Everything else is an addition of mine

  •  For this very reason - Because of verse 3 - BECAUSE HE has given us everything - because of his generosity - in response to his generosity
  • Vs 5 - make every effort - This is VERY emphatic in the GREEK - Furnishing all earnestness and activity
    • to supplement your faith - 
      • This phrase is difficult - it may not seem to be at first but if you think through implications 
        • supplement or ADD to - We cannot add to what Christ has done.  We cannot earn grace.  If we attempt to earn it we lose it.  Imagine trying to pay someone for a gift.  you cannot do it.
        • Peter is saying - move to God’s rhythm and let faith form these things in you.  If these things aren’t being formed then you aren’t cooperating with faith
        • The Greek word comes from a picture of people dancing and joining hands together to make a chain of people all dancing together
        • but there is a place where we lean in - a place where we cooperate with what God is doing.  We don’t add to it but we dance with it - that’s what he is looking for
      • The order here is not the important thing - it sounds in the english like a chain of consequence “once this is in place then next expect this” that’s not the point - the point is to have all of these together - this is the dance of grace - the garden of grace will have all these vegetables growing out of it
    • with virtue - moral goodness - righteousness defined as “Doing Things Right”
    • and virtue with knowledge - again experiential knowledge of the character and nature of God
  • Vs 6 and knowledge with self-control - self control!  Being a master of your own words and actions - Paul said “their belly is their god” wow no all of my being serves One master - Jesus Christ
    • and self-control with steadfastness - a remaining behind - a patient enduring - I’m not quitting no matter how much it hurts or how long it takes
    • and steadfastness with godliness - a deep reverence for God “adoring, loving, and magnifying him in the heart” Clarke
  • Vs 7 and godliness with brotherly affection - Philadelphia - love for brothers and friends - the Christian family
    • and brotherly affection with love - agape - unconditional love for all men
  • Vs 8 For if these qualities are yours and are increasing - don’t just stop with the beginning - keep growing - keep going
    • they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ - these are the things that mark the fruitful Christian - these are the attributes that EVIDENCE the work of the Holy Spirit in you.  If you do not see these things then you need to question if He is at work in you or not?
  • Vs 9 For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind - almost literally "Can’t see past the end of his own nose” 
    • having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins - he does not remember what Jesus did for him.  This person has taken the grace of God for granted. 

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2 Peter 1:1-4 - Wednesday Night Class

So I am teaching some in the Midweek Renewal Class at the church where I am Discipleship Pastor.  I thought I'd put those times out here as well so the class can access them.  

In this class we begin the book of 2 Peter 

I pray God says some good things to you through His word.

The notes are below - in the notes the scripture is bolded anything not bolded is an addition of mine.

This is the second letter from Peter to a group of Churches in Asia minor - "Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia"

While the first letter was written to comfort and guide them during a time of persecution this letter seems to have been written to lead them away from false teachers.

  • Vs 1 - Simeon Peter - a bond slave and apostle of Jesus Christ - Paul and Peter both use this term for themselves - a slave, bound for life, by their own will, to one master - usually because of love.
    • To those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours - I LOVE THIS!  the roman catholic church elevates Peter to the supreme saint.  The one “on whom the church was built” etc.  Peter says - you have obtained a faith of equal standing with mine - he writes, not as one OVER us but as one in the same struggle as we are.
    • by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ - Our Salvation is born of the righteousness of God the Father and Jesus - he didn’t fudge anything.  He didn’t, just let that one by.  He proved and reinforced his own righteousness as he saved us.  He PUNISHED sin in the cross even as he forgave sinners!
  • Vs 2  May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord
    • Grace - anything that comes from God without our earning it, the divine power of God to say no to sin
    • Peace - shalom - nothings broke nothings missing - wholeness - wellness
    • IN the KNOWLEDGE OF GOD and Jesus - all graces - and all wholeness come from the knowledge of God - knowing who he is and what he has and what he wants - we will talk about this more in verse 2
  • Vs 3 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness - uh buh it says all things and that is what it means!  
    • His divine power has granted - given - bestowed  ALL THINGS that lead to - are advantageous for - both physical and spiritual life AND deep honor for God - reverence
    • through the knowledge of him
      • again the KNOWLEDGE - epignosis - specific experiential knowledge of HIM - this is NOT just head knowledge - this is experience and 
      • The direct experiential knowledge of God - given us as a gift by God - is our resource for life and godliness - WANT TO BE MORE LIKE GOD??? get to know him.
    • who called us toc (or by) his own glory and excellence 
      • we were drawn by the glory and excellence of Jesus - we saw his beauty and his holiness and we were called to it and by it.
  • Vs 4 by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises - OK Follow the language here - His divine power has granted all things — THROUGH the knowledge of Him — BY WHICH - goes back the the “All THINGS” that his divine power granted us in the beginning of verse 3
    • SO by his divine power he has granted to us his precious and VERY GREAT promises
  • so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature,
    • this phrase is unbelievable - we are partakers - SHARERS - WE SHARE IN
    • the divine nature - to give us BACK the image of God that was ours from the beginning.
    • in rulership over the earth - Gen
    • Rom 8:29,30 - For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.
    • Gal 5:16 if you walk in the Spirit you will not gratify the desires of the flesh
    • that our hearts would be like his
    • in his character - see further in the chapter
  • having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire
    • Rom 8:2 - for the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death
    • this word sinful desire has been mistranslated to lust many times the word means - inordinate Desire - out of place desire - OVER Desire - when ANYTHING becomes ultimate it becomes an idol

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Col 3:5 and following

We talk about the things that we s born again people are no longer to be ruled by!  Notes are below.

(in the notes the scripture is bolded everything else is an addition of mine)

  • Vs 5 Put to death therefore what is earthly in you - do not forget that you died with Christ - when these things try and rise up again from the grave HE put them in PUT THEM BACK
    • sexual immorality - fornication - ANY KIND sex outside of marriage
    • impurity - includes the thought and verbal life not simply the act of fornication
    • passion - this has to do with the physical and emotional life in regards to sex outside of marriage
      • Why the emphasis on the sexual?  not entirely sure but REMEMBER sex is temporary - it is by definition a “thing of earth” it will cease to exist in the age to come.  It is given FAR TOO MUCH attention and emphasis in human culture when it is such a SMALL part of life
    • evil desire - EVIL OVER DESIRE - desire things as much as they have worth not MORE than they deserve.  Like a kid
    • covetousness which is idolatry - inordinately craving anything that does not already belong to you - because it is idolatry - go back to the Augustine quote “He loves thee too little"
  • Vs 6 On account of these the wrath of God is coming - the world is being judged for calling all of these things more valuable than the glory of God - the wrath of God WILL be poured out on those who have not upheld the glory of God in the Cross of Christ.
  • Vs 7 In these you too once walked, when you were living in them - This WAS your life but there has been a CHANGE
  • Vs 8 But now you must put them all away: - another list NOT focussed on the sexual
    • vs 8-10 are very parallel to Eph 4:22-31
    • anger - settled anger - the inner emotion of anger - 
    • wrath - the outburst of emotion - the outward actions of an angry person
    • malice - the desire to harm another person for whatever reason
    • slander - lying about someone, gossip would fit here also
    • obscene talk - actually means ABUSIVE language so not specific words or phrases that are obscene but speaking to someone in a way that is abusive or mean
    • lying (vs9) - this fits in the list even though the verse mark ends there - "lying to one another"
  • Vs 9 Do not lie to one another , seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices - that is not who you are anymore - would a living person go lie down in a coffin?

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