2 Chronicles 18:1 How to Say “No”

2 Chronicles 18:1 (KJV)
Now Jehoshaphat had riches and honour in abundance, and joined affinity with Ahab.

We will soon learn that God was not pleased with Jehoshaphat’s affinity with Ahab. However, at this point in Scripture we have heard nothing negative concerning him. He walked with the Lord; led in a movement to publish God’s Word around the land and God had blessed him with both riches and peace.

Jehoshaphat had, as I see it, just one problem; he was too kind. Reaching out to influence Ahab with the Word of God may have been a noble act. But Jehoshaphat didn’t know how to say “No”.

  • Maybe he didn’t want to offend Ahab.
  • Maybe he was afraid if he said no he would not have another chance to witness to Ahab.
  • Maybe he was just not a confrontational type of person

Whatever it was that would have possessed him to agree to go to war with Ahab and even openly make himself the target by wearing royal clothing while Ahab was disguised, Jehoshaphat was playing the fool.

Too many Christians have a Jehoshaphat type personality. They earnestly seek to walk with God and honestly attempt to reach the lost and backslidden but they are too kind to tell them what they need to hear and they are too soft to say “No”. More often than not it leads them, not into the saving of the one they hope to reach, but into their own separation with God.

Jude 1:23 KJV
And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.

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Romans 5:10 Reconciliation and Salvation

Romans 5:10 (KJV)
For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

Every aspect of the Gospel has some key and vital component toward our new birth:

Christ’s life
Fulfilled the righteousness of the law. Jesus obeyed the whole law without offending in even one point.

Christ’s death and burial
Fulfilled the penalty of death sentenced upon sin. He took upon Himself, as only the God/man could do, all of our sins. When He died and was buried He received the wages for all sin.

Christ’s resurrection
Completed the transaction. When Christ arose it was as if God stamped in the heavens, “Paid in full.”

Our text speaks of two parts of the gospel and says that reconciliation with God was accomplished through Christ’s death. Final and complete salvation was accomplished through His life (after death).

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Romans 4:9-10 Before, During and After

Romans 4:9-10 (KJV)
Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness.
How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision.

There are a number of things that transcend past the Mosaic law because they were before the law.

  • They were before the Law
  • God carried them into the age of the law and
  • They continue on into the New Testament era

The tithe is like that.
Abraham tithed to Melchisidek centuries before the law of Moses.

Justification by faith is like that too
Abraham was justified by faith centuries before the Mosiac law and even before his own circumcision (a foreshadow of the law which was to come).

The relationship between Abraham and the New Testament believer, though spiritual in nature, is as real as the relationship Jews have with him. The Jews have a relationship based on blood and culture. The Christian has a relationship with him based on faith and practice.

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What other Biblical principles transcend Bible ages?

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Romans 3:1-2 The Bible is an Advantage

Romans 3:1-2 (KJV)
What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision?
Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God.

The apostle says that the main advantage the Jews have had over Gentiles is that they had the Word of God. There were, of course, some who didn’t believe it. This became truer with Christ and the New Testament. Their lack of believing, however, did not change the truth of it.

The New Testament was written by Jews but it was believed and spread primarily by Gentiles.

The Bible is an advantage for anyone who will

  • Possess
  • Learn and
  • Practice

its message. The advantage that once belonged to the Jews is now ours.

Take advantage of this advantage.

 

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2 Chronicles 11:4 When We Are In The Right

2 Chronicles 11:4 (KJV)
Thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not go up, nor fight against your brethren: return every man to his house: for this thing is done of me. And they obeyed the words of the LORD, and returned from going against Jeroboam.

There is no question that Jeroboam rebelled and was in the wrong. The frustration that Israel had with Rehoboam had been an undercurrent ever since David replaced Saul. Saul’s jealousy of David had become their own and, though submissive to David when they had to be, they always sought opportunity to break free of the Davidic rule.

Jeroboam and the issue of taxes became their opportunity.

However, when Rehoboam set out to squash their rebellion (and could likely have done it) he was prevented by the Word of God. Jeroboam and Israel were their brethren and this whole thing was of God. God would use their rebellion for His own purposes (it is a picture of the sin nature that turns from God) and He would judge it in His own time.

We are often hurt by those we call brethren in the faith. Many are the times we feel we are in the right to go after them and force their compliance to what we believe is right. I do not believe we should do so. These things are in the hand of God. Let them go their way. He will:

  • Use it for our learning
  • Strengthen us in grace and
  • Judge it as necessary in His time

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Romans 1:2 Rooted to the Old Testament

Romans 1:2 (KJV)
(Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,)

The apostle insisted, and will spend a great deal of this book proving, that the gospel was no new thing but promised in the Old Testament.

There is too much disparaging of the Old Testament in today’s Christianity. There is:

  • Too little preaching of it
  • Too little application of it
  • Too little instruction concerning its place in New Testament faith

The foundational truths of the gospel are rooted in the Old Testament. Therefore a proper understanding of the gospel is not possible without an understanding of the Old Testament.

Paul, preaching to a Gentile church, began by assuring his audience his message was rooted to the Old Testament. We must do no less.

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2 Chronicles 10:17 Dwelling Near

2 Chronicles 10:17 (KJV)
But as for the children of Israel that dwelt in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them.

Each of the tribes of Israel had a piece of the Promised Land apportioned to them. It was theirs and they had a right to dwell on it. But they were not obligated to do so and some of them had elected to live in Judah instead.

Israel as a whole had never been overly friendly with David as their King. They had been loyal to Saul and even when God gave the kingdom to David, they only followed grudgingly. Sentiments were ripe for division as soon as there was opportunity to do so.

But there were people among the tribes of Israel for which this wasn’t true. Those who dwelt in Judah had made their habitation closer to the God ordained authority and were thus not affected by the rebellion.

This reminds me of the circumstances for a backsliding heart. There dwells in every one of us the potential for backsliding and rebellion against the Lord. The sin nature is never so mortified that, given the right circumstances, we might turn back into the world. There is only one way to insure we are less likely to follow those who lead in a turning from Christ. That is to dwell closely with Him.

No truly saved person can ever lose their salvation any more than Israel’s rebellion made them no longer Jews. But by walking near to the Lord we are more than saved, we are faithful unto the end.

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2 Chronicles 7:21-22 An Answer for “Why?”

2 Chronicles 7:21-22 (KJV)
And this house, which is high, shall be an astonishment to every one that passeth by it; so that he shall say, Why hath the LORD done thus unto this land, and unto this house?
And it shall be answered, Because they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, which brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, and laid hold on other gods, and worshipped them, and served them: therefore hath he brought all this evil upon them.

When it came to disasters and difficult trials, people had the same questions in Biblical days as today. They asked “Why?” Specifically they asked why God would allow such suffering.

Though today the numbers of people who would evoke the name of God in a trial may seem fewer, this is still people’s first impulse, “Why would God allow or do such a thing?” But today people seem to have changed from then. God told Israel to tell the people that it was because they had turned against God to follow other gods. Today it is considered:

  • Hate speech
  • Politically incorrect and
  • Bad form

to insinuate that God would ever judge a person or that any god is better than another.

Bad form or not the truth is still true. Furthermore no advancement can be made if these truths are withheld. Before any of our troubles can really be put to rest we must demand that false gods be put in their place and that the true and living God be lifted up before the people.

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2 Chronicles 6:1-2 The Darkness Lifted

2 Chronicles 6:1-2 (KJV)
Then said Solomon, The LORD hath said that he would dwell in the thick darkness.
But I have built an house of habitation for thee, and a place for thy dwelling for ever.

Solomon must have meant by “thick darkness” the heavens.

We know that God dwells in the heavens and, when we look into them we see two distinct things – darkness and depth (thickness) By dwelling in this thick darkness we realize immediately:

The vastness of God
1 Kings 8:27 says,
But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded?

What awesome thoughts conjure in our heads when we think of the greatness of God. He is:

  • Too high for us to comprehend,
  • Too big for us to contain and
  • Too powerful for us to capture

The invisibility of God
We cannot understand Him. We come short of His glory. The natural man is hidden from the view of God and the saved man sees only through a glass darkly.

But then there is,
This gracious condescension of God
Though the heavens cannot contain Him, He chose to dwell in the house Solomon built for Him. This is a type of the grace of God who, though separated from man by sin, became a man to take away our sin. He who dwells in the thick darkness, lighted the world with His own glory in Jesus Christ.

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Acts 26:22 What the Faithful Preacher Preaches

Acts 26:22 (KJV)
Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come:

There is no doubt that Paul was:

  • Called of God
  • Filled with the Holy Ghost and
  • Possessed gifts of the Spirit

Paul was used of God to record for us more than half of the New Testament. God spoke to him directly and through dreams and visions. Peter testified that what Paul wrote is Scripture. But Paul carefully explained that nothing he said crossed outside the parameters of what was already the revealed Word of God in the Old Testament.

The modern day Charismatic and Pentecostal preachers should have taken a cue from Paul. Their claims at having the spiritual gift of prophecy and then to preach things not found in the Bible and, in some cases, contrary to the Bible, abuse and dishonor the very Spirit they claim has gifted them. Paul practiced what preachers today are bound to practice; the careful study of God’s Word and the exposition of that Word. Paul preached with confidence and authority but never with arrogance. He never strayed outside what God had already said. He never contradicted the prophets or countermanded their message.

A faithful preacher preaches “none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come.”

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