Hebrews 1:12 Just Like Changing Clothes

Hebrews 1:12 (KJV)
And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.

It is the fact that these words are inspired of the Holy Spirit that they are so interesting to me. People are given to hyperbole and exaggeration. Not so the Lord.

Given that, consider the ease, the casual nature of God’s description of that day when God destroys the current heavens and earth and creates them brand new. It will be for Him as uneventful as when we fold up our current garments to change into new.

  • It is effortless
  • It is normal
  • It is standard business

A child can change their own clothes by the time they are just a few years old. This is about the easiest, almost carefree thing a human being ever does.

God changes the heaven and the earth with such ease.

And He loves us.

He promises to save us from eternal hell and forgive us of our sins if only we will turn from those sins to Jesus Christ. He goes with us through our trials. He indwells us by His Spirit. He urges us to come to him in prayer.

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Philemon 1:15 Perhaps?

Philemon 1:15 (KJV)
For perhaps he therefore departed for a season, that thou shouldest receive him for ever;

The Apostle Paul seems to choose his words very carefully.

He says, “perhaps” giving room for reconsideration.
I believe Paul was confident that God had used the departure of Onesimus for the furtherance of the Gospel. By employing the word “perhaps” he allows Philemon a window to dispute the position and thereby think about it and come to the mind of God. If Paul had been too forceful or dogmatic Philemon may have just stiffened up and not given the proposition place to settle in.

He says “departure” rather than to refer to Onesimus as a runaway.
Philemon would have been smarting over the loss of Onesimus. His absence would have caused financial loss. It would also have impacted his personal ego. Possession of a slave was a matter of social standing. To have lost one is indicative of irresponsible handling of the slave and might imply abuse (if the slave feels the need to escape).

Paul chose to soften the blow by labeling it a departure and then to reference the possibility of positive consequences.

Perhaps all our trials and difficulties would become softer and easier to rejoice in if we viewed them all as “perhaps used of God for eternal blessing.”

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Titus 3:1 Give Him Influence

Titus 3:1 (KJV)
Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,

There is much content in this chapter but before we get into it the Apostle gives us a principle; the preacher’s job is to put people’s minds in a certain order.

People think about a variety of things:

  • Political
  • Social
  • Environmental
  • Economical

Sometimes people think about sports interests or family concerns.

Apostle Paul insisted that the preacher has the responsibility to influence and steer the minds of his congregation.

This leads me to suggest that believers ought to allow their preacher the influence God places upon him.

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Titus 3:1 Give Him Influence

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Titus 2:4-5 Teach “To”

Titus 2:4-5 (KJV)
That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,
To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

The lesson here is of course to the aged or more spiritually mature women. The encouragement is that they would conduct themselves in such a way that they may teach the younger women.

I notice that they are not told to teach these younger women “how to” but “to.” This is not a classroom setting. We miss the point when we picture a mature woman leading a course lecture entitled “How to love your husband”. She teaches “to” and not “how to.”

The distinction is important because the manner of teaching is different for each. In order to teach “how to” the instructor provided books, class notes lectures and facilitates discussion. In order to teach “to” the instructor provides example.

Maybe the most dramatic illustration of the difference is that of the medical professional advising the patient to stop smoking while the odor of their own clothes betrays that they had just left the doctor’s smoking lounge. It is possible to tell a person they should quit smoking, give them information about the dangers of smoking and provide them with methods on how to stop smoking while at the same time they smoke.

Teaching “to” is an entirely different sort. It likely had no class and surely will not pass out literature. It uses a much more powerful teacher’s aide; example. This teacher has no scheduled course time. There will never be an assembly of students. The teacher doesn’t advertise the program and no grade are issued when it is finished. The teacher probably won’t think of themself as teachers and likely very few view themselves as their student. They are learning nonetheless.

This is the biblical and most powerful way to teach.

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Titus 1:16

Titus 1:16 (KJV)

They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.

 

While a person’s profession of faith is important, it is not necessarily proof of a true and vital relationship with Christ. We profess Christ as much by our works as we do by our mouths. Little of spiritual and eternal value is accomplished by a profession of faith followed with works of denial. This passage classes such works as:

Abominable

Strong’s Concordance defines this as detestable, especially idolatrous. These are actions that place something else before God.

 

Disobedient

We all know what this means. Strong’s defines it as “contumacious” a term used most commonly in the legal field to speak of the “stubbornly rebellious”. This is the person who chooses disobedience to God despite judgment against it. We live in a contumacious society these days.

 

Reprobate

This means rejected or cast away. I think we can apply it from two perspectives:

  • They reject and cast away good work. They choose the evil over the good.
  • They are therefore rejected and cast away by God. He will not accept what good they might do. Eternally they are cast away into hell fire.

Titus 1:16 Contumacious?

Titus 1:16 (KJV)
They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.

While a person’s profession of faith is important, it is not necessarily proof of a true and vital relationship with Christ. We profess Christ as much by our works as we do by our mouths. Little of spiritual and eternal value is accomplished by a profession of faith followed with works of denial. This passage classes such works as:

Abominable
Strong’s Concordance defines this as detestable, especially idolatrous. These are actions that place something else before God.

Disobedient
We all know what this means. Strong’s defines it as “contumacious” a term used most commonly in the legal field to speak of the “stubbornly rebellious”. This is the person who chooses disobedience to God despite judgment against it. We live in a contumacious society these days.

Reprobate
This means rejected or cast away. I think we can apply it from two perspectives:

  • They reject and cast away good work. They choose the evil over the good.
  • They are therefore rejected and cast away by God. He will not accept what good they might do. Eternally they are cast away into hell fire.

 

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Titus 1:16 Contumacious?

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2 Timothy 4:14-15 Calling Alexander Out

2 Timothy 4:14-15 (KJV)
Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works:
Of whom be thou ware also; for he hath greatly withstood our words.

Once again we find Apostle Paul calling a man out by name. Apparently he wasn’t as concerned about lawsuits as people are these days! I see three thoughts of Paul concerning Alexander the coppersmith:

He had done Paul much evil
We know that he had spoken negatively and incited a riot. We know that Paul was forced to discontinue his very profitable ministry in that region because of him. What other evil he had done, we can’t tell.

Paul pronounced judgment against him
This is much like a phrase I use sometimes, “God will get you.” Those times I have said that have not been well received but I believe it to be truth.

Paul warned Timothy about him
Though God is keeping account and will do exactly as Paul claimed, for the present Alexander was still alive still evil and still a danger.

I have no doubt that God will reward evil treatment of his people. That doesn’t mean that we, His people will never be persecuted or that we will personally see the judgments of the evil ones.

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2 Timothy 3:2-4 Lovers Of…

2 Timothy 3:2-4 (KJV)
For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

These verses are framed by the words, “lovers of …”

It begins with the accusation that, in the lasts days, “…men shall be lovers of their own selves….”
I wonder if anyone today sees this as the sin God does. Self-love, I believe, is the root that leads to every sin listed below it.

  • It is the window through which wicked pride shines out and manifests itself.
  • It is the curtain by which the light of the glorious gospel is shut out and men are left in darkness.

The passage ends with “…lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God.”
This is the conclusion and the final outcome of the first. When self is loved then it is established as a god. Idolatry is never monotheistic so the one who loves and worships self loves and worships pleasure. When once the idol of self is set up other idols are collected with it. Soon the self-lover is so surrounded by false gods that the true and living God is barely a thought.

The most perilous times do not revolve around a vacuum of gods but around the increase of them.

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2 Timothy 2:1 When I Am Strongest

2 Timothy 2:1 (KJV)
Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

The all important grace is “in Christ Jesus.

  • It’s not merely of Christ Jesus belonging only to Him
  • It’s not in Timothy
  • It’s not in Paul
  • It is not the product of good works accomplished by any man.

Grace is in Christ Jesus.

Therefore if I want to experience this grace I too must be in Christ Jesus. I can be strongest in that grace when I am most hidden in Christ. Whenever I come out of hiding I come out of Christ and I come away from this grace.

This is how a believer falls from grace. It is not that they lose salvation but that they are out from the cover of protection Christ provides.

Like the soldier in the armored vehicle, I am strongest when I am hidden in Christ and letting Him be my strength.

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2 Timothy 1:6 All Stirred Up

2 Timothy 1:6 (KJV)
Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.

Timothy had a gift. It wasn’t a mere talent nor was it a skill. It was something that once he did not have, was imparted to him by another and was purchased by another. Timothy’s gift was, I believe, his calling into the ministry and his equipping for that ministry.

It was a gift of God
The ministry is not a vocational choice. Though if a man desires it he desires a good work, yet, he ought not to enter into it without clear direction from God.

It was given by Paul’s hands
This is where the idea of ordination originates and I grieve that modern day preachers tend to view it as a formality rather than a spiritual operation. One could claim that this work of Paul involved his years of training. I do not doubt that. But it is more than that. It is reminiscent of Elisha’s receiving Elijah’s mantel.

It must be stirred up
The phrase means to re-kindle. Every Christian, including those who are not called into pastoral ministry, has a gift of God. The gift is developed through the ministry of preachers and it requires out personal maintenance.

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