Archive for March, 2016

Fasting

March 29, 2016

Following is a link to the audio of a sermon on fasting preached via the radio a week or two ago:

http://www.bibledebates.info/Sermons/SermonsAudio/Fasting20160320.mp3

Next is the full outline the fasting sermon was taken from:

http://www.bibledebates.info/Sermons/RegularSermons/Fasting.doc

And finally a link to a short article on the same subject (which deals with objections):

http://www.bibledebates.info/Articles/FastingShallCease.DOC

Acts 2:38 And The Gift Of The Holy Ghost

March 25, 2016

Peter said in Acts 2:38 “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”

This verse details two commands to be obeyed (repent and be baptized) and two promises to be received (remission of sins and the gift of the Holy Ghost). So each and every person who meets both conditions will receive both blessings … EVERYBODY!

The phrase “gift of the Holy Ghost” in Acts 2:38 has two possible meanings:

• a gift the Holy Ghost gives (as in “salvation is a gift of God” – Eph 2:8)

• the Holy Ghost itself is the gift – illustrations of this form are:

  1. “gift of money” – money is the gift
  2. “gift of his inheritance” – Ezek 46:17 – the inheritance is the gift
  3. “gift of prophecy” – I Cor 13:2 – prophecy is the gift

For example, I received the “gift of Carol” on my wedding day. That could refer to two different things:

• the wedding ring that was given to me by Carol, or

• Carol herself as a gift (her Dad “gave” her away)

But the following verses prove “gift of the Holy Ghost” in Acts 2:38 refers to the Holy Ghost himself as a gift:

Luke 11:13 give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him

John 7:39 the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive

Acts 5:32 the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him

Rom 5:5 the Holy Ghost which is given unto us

I Thess 4:8 hath also given unto us his Holy Spirit

I John 3:24 the Spirit which he hath given us

This point on Acts 2:38 then becomes crystal clear. God gives the Holy Ghost to everybody who repents and is baptized for the remission of sins. And of course that would include everybody today, as the very next verse says “For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.”

Preaching To The Choir

March 18, 2016

We all know what the expression “preaching to the choir” means. It is not always a bad thing to preach what your audience already agrees with – reminders are important (I Cor 4:17). But a problem results when all a gospel preacher does is preach to the choir. If he avoids touchy or controversial subjects, if he limits himself to only what his audience already adheres to, then …

· he is not preaching “all the counsel of God” – Acts 20:27

· he is not warning his audience as he should – Ezek 3:18

· their (spiritual) blood will be upon his hands – Acts 20:26

· he is (in effect) deceiving hearts because he is leading his listeners into a false sense of security – Rom 16:18

· he is falling right into the hands of the devil as he is pandering to only what his audience wants said – II Tim 4:3

· his audiences will praise him to no end Luke 6:26

Does Acts 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”) describe our teaching? How many Micaiahs (I Kings 22:8) are still among us? Looking back at II Tim 4:3, is it possible the most popular preachers among us are so popular because all they do is preach to the choir?

Isaiah 53:6b – Our Sins Laid On Jesus – What Does That Mean?

March 11, 2016

Last week’s Doctrine Matters quoted Isaiah 53:6:b to say “the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” What does it mean that our sins were laid on Jesus? We really don’t have to know exactly what it means to know it is an absolute truth – our sins were laid on Jesus.

But consider the following illustration …

Sometimes a basketball team craftily tries to get a foul charged to the wrong player, to a player with less fouls or with less ability. Suppose that happened and it was correctly said – “the referee hath laid on Tom the foul of Dan.” Wouldn’t that mean Tom took the penalty for Dan’s foul?

And that’s exactly what we see in Isaiah 53. Our sins were laid on Jesus in the sense that He received the punishment for our sins

· the chastisement of our peace was upon him (verse 5)

· wounded, bruised, stripes (verse 5)

· it pleased the Lord to bruise him (verse 10)

No doubt about it – the punishment due us was inflicted upon Jesus instead. That’s why we call it Substitution.

Isaiah 53:6b Our Sins Were Laid On Jesus

March 4, 2016

Isa 53:6b reads “the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.”

The correct way to determine if our sins were laid upon Jesus (or if that concept is Calvinism instead) should be based upon what the Bible actually says on the topic, not supposed consequences. With that in mind, why wouldn’t the words of Isaiah 53:6b settle this question once and for all?

Is there a verse elsewhere in the Bible that contradicts what Isaiah 53:6b is saying at face value, so that we must look for an interpretation other than the most obvious?

Or is it that we can’t accept the plain meaning of Isaiah 53:6b simply because Calvinists also teach it that way?

Our sins were laid on Jesus (spiritually) – Isaiah 53:6b makes that is an indisputable Bible fact.