2 Timothy 2:19 No Confusion Here

2 Timothy 2:19 (KJV)
Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.

Once in a while a person needs to step away from all the confusion and anxiety of daily life to simply focus on what is true and sure. The Apostle Paul gives us two of those sureties in this verse. 

The LORD Knows them that are His

  • Do you belong to the Lord? 
  • Have you called upon Him to save you? 
  • Does the Holy Spirit of God witness to your own spirit that you are the child of God? 
  • Do you hear His voice? 
  • Are you constrained to follow His voice? 

The Lord knows His own. You haven’t been out of His sight. You are not lost to God. You are not wandering your path alone. 

Let every one that names the name of Christ depart from iniquity 
There’s nothing to pray about here. A Christian walks away from sin, iniquity, and transgressions. He or she quits them in his or her own life. They avoid the influence of those that would lead them into sin. They remove themselves from the fellowship of those that do iniquity. 

Life is confusing sometimes. We do not have to be confused about these. 

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Psalms 61:4 In God’s House Always

Psalms 61:4 (KJV)
I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.

Some Bible preachers make great distinctions between the Tabernacle, the court of the Temple and the Temple, assigning to each one a particular place in the New Testament Christian experience 

  • The court is the church in their teaching
  • The Temple is our individual soul
  • The tabernacle I suppose they would assign to our physical bodies

Such teaching stretches what is allowed in typology a bit too far for my liking. I see each of the three as synonymous and as a type of the New Testament house of God, the local church. 

With that in mind notice that The Psalmist, David, said he would abide in God’s tabernacle forever. I have no difficulty seeing this as his confidence in eternal life. I also believe it represents his heart’s dwelling while alive on earth. Though it cannot be said he never left the place of worship physically, it may be said he never left it in spirit.

Now learn a lesson. Even as David could not have lived never leaving the place of worship neither can we. We have to work; we have to provide for our families. We have to reach out in Christian love for the lost. But, while our bodies necessarily must remove from God’s house from time to time, our spirit, our heart, our love need never.[1] This is true in every earthly scenario when we hold church services at scheduled times. It is equally true today when government entities and world opinion request that we do not assemble. 

Our bodies may not freely assemble. That need never prevent our spirits. 


 

[1] 1 Corinthians 5:3 (KJV)
For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed,

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1 Timothy 6:20-21 Avoiding Science (so-called)

1 Timothy 6:20-21 (KJV)
O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:
Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen. 

Two “sciences” seem to be on the front of everyone’s minds these days:
One of them is medical science
Every day a medical expert tells us what we have to do to avoid dying of the Chinese coronavirus. It is sometimes difficult to remember that these so-called scientists are merely giving their opinions. It is a practice, not a perfection. They make guesses and, though educated ones, there is an equal number of medical experts whose guess is almost the opposite. 

The other is political science 
It shows up mostly in the form of opinions concerning what the U.S. Constitution does and does not allow. Every one of us can read the Constitution for ourselves. The fact is, the U.S. Supreme Court has long embraced a dynamic interpretation of it. This means that it is not what the Constitution says that is enacted as law, but what the current SCOTUS decides the Constitution means in our time. 

It is an error of faith for a preacher to become too heavily engaged in either of these sciences. It’s not our work. That which has been committed to our trust is the Word of God. We will not err concerning the faith if we keep to that.

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Psalms 57:1 Til These Calamities are Passed

Psalms 57:1 (KJV)
Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.

Seldom has this generation of Christians (for that matter, Americans in general) experienced a calamity of such magnitude that they must hide from it. It is against our nature, but it is not unprecedented in our history, pre or post the War for Independence.  

  • Martin Luther wrestled with how to perform ministry during the Black Plague
  • Richard Baxter faced a pestilence in England in the 1600’s
  • 1917 saw the Spanish Flu in the US. 
  • Polio was as recent as my parents

Polio, if it were not for vaccinations, would still be a killer in our country. It still exists, controlled only through vaccination. I just heard about the Amish, who were exempted from the vaccine for religious reasons, but live in relative isolation, a drawbridge separating them from the rest of the world. 

My whole generation was vaccinated without an argument. I remember well the long lines at school where we received injection after injection. It was mandatory. Our parents would not have considered questioning it. It is, for all practical purposes, the reason we live with so little fear of death by disease today. 

But now a generation exists who, at the same time, resist vaccinations and fear germs. It’s just not going to work that way. When pestilence comes, we must quarantine the ill and the vulnerable. We ought to wisely practice vaccination. And then we ought to live without fear in the shadow of God’s wings. 

What ought we to do while we await the passing of this calamity?

  • We ought to shelter under the wings of God
  • We ought to practice prayer as we have never before and
  • We ought to engage in His Word

This is a time to learn to wait on God. He will reveal Himself if we will but trust Him. 

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1 Timothy 4:12 Be An Example

1 Timothy 4:12 (KJV)
Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

Timothy was a preacher and it is certainly true that preachers, above all people, ought to be an example. But I wish to contend that this is true of all Christians, not just preachers. 

Be thou an example
In word
My, how our words ought to become godliness. These days, with the Chinese Coronavirus testing our faith as well as our patience this is especially true. Even more so because, with social media, we can “vent” to the whole world. 

Be thou an example
In conversation 
This means lifestyle. I don’t imagine it hurts anything more repeat from the first point how important it is that we are an example in our verbal conversations but in this case, the point is that we are an example in our day to day life. 

Be thou an example
In charity
We commonly call this love, but it really is more specific than that. It is love for our church. 

Be thou an example
In spirit
The spirit is that part of us that connects with God. Walk with God. Follow God. Obey God. 

Be thou an example 
In faith
This is both how we trust God and what we believe about God. Faith is our doctrine. Be an example in the absolute assurance of Whom you trust and what you believe. 

Be thou an example
In purity
Holiness, blameless, righteousness. If the world is to accuse you in this evil day let it be because of your convictions and not for other reasons. 

The world is living in fear today. In every area of life be above board. That way when you obey God rather than men, they must see that it is not your nature to be disobedient. 

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Psalms 51:15-19 Then Shalt Thou Be Pleased

Psalms 51:15-19 (KJV)
O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.
For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.
Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.

This Psalm is so famous for its connection to David’s sin with Bathsheba. David’s confession is powerful indeed but there is another lesson to be learned. David knew the way to make right with God was not through religious deeds. A sacrifice offered for wrong reasons and with a wrong heart would be useless. He would happily have done it if it would have worked. He simply knew it wouldn’t. 

  • There needed first to be an attitude of praise
  • There needed to be a broken and contrite heart
  • There needed to be a God given place of worship

Then and only then would God be pleased with the sacrifices. 

We have been restricted from church today. This is a perfect time for us to evaluate what church is and why we attend. 

  • If we will learn to praise God now, perhaps our praises and songs in the church will be more meaningful to the Lord. 
  • If we allow God to break our hearts now, perhaps our prayers and worship in the church will bring Him more pleasure. 
  • If we stop making church about us and realize it is His church, perhaps He will allow us to return. 

We haven’t done anything (much) wrong in our church practice so far. But perhaps we do need to re-examine our motives and our heart. 

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Psalms 50:22-23 Have We Forgotten Him?

Psalms 50:22-23 (KJV)
Now consider this, ye that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver.
Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.

I am very concerned that, in this time of crisis in the Christian world, we may be the very ones who forget God. Mankind in general never knew God. They go about their way, having the many gods of their own making: those things that matter to them, those things they sacrifice their time talents and treasures to.

But what about the sheep of God’s pasture? What happens when we, who know the Living God, forget Him? Could that not happen in this time of crisis? Is it possible that, at a time when we are not able to attend church as normal, that we have made church attendance our true God? I am convinced that it is not possible to rightly worship God without church. I am equally convinced that it is possible to be dedicated to church and not worship God. 

Have we turned our pleas in this crisis in the wrong direction? Some I hear are pleading the Constitution. Some are appealing to the President or to the Attorney General. Some are pleading with our governor to be sensible. Some have plead for gatherings for demonstration and solidarity. Some are pleading with the pastors to ignore the orders for shelter. 

I do not want to say any of these have completely neglected God. I merely wish to ask that we consider whether we have forgotten Him. 

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Psalms 48:9 Mr. Governor, Let Us Go

Psalms 48:9 (KJV)
We have thought of thy lovingkindness, O God, in the midst of thy temple.

When Moses came to Pharaoh, he asked that Israel be allowed to go three days journey from Egypt. I think that would have placed them into the Promised Land. They could not sacrifice to their God; they could not worship their God in Egypt. God had given them a place and it was in that place they could think of His lovingkindness. 

Years passed. 
In the time of the Psalmist, they had conquered Zion and established that it would be the place of the temple. It was in that temple the people of Israel were to worship, to think of the lovingkindness of God. 

Years have passed since then. 
The temple has given way to the New Testament church. Since the death of Christ, the veil of the temple was rent to two. With the resurrection of Christ, a new standard for worship was established. It is a local, assembled congregation of believers united in common faith and baptism. It is there the New Testament believer is to worship God and remember His lovingkindness. 

Mr. Governor, let us go that we may assemble once again. God has taught us we must do so. 

It is essential that we do so.

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Psalms 45:1-3 Bubbling Over

Psalms 45:1-3 (KJV)
My heart is inditing a good matter: I speak of the things which I have made touching the king: my tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
Thou art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee for ever.
Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O most mighty, with thy glory and thy majesty.

From passages like Psalms 43:5 (KJV) 
Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God. 

The Psalmist moves to, Psalms 44:1 (KJV) 
We have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us, what work thou didst in their days, in the times of old. 

This leads him to the uplifted and joyful spirit of Psalm 45. The word “indicting” means bubbling or boiling over. He is filled to the top and spilling over with good things. God has blessed and it is time for Him to put up His sword. 

I cannot say that I am certain the pestilence is over or that our government will quickly allow life to return. I am not inspired as the Psalmist was. I can say that I appreciate the positive tone of this Psalm. It is: 

  • uplifting, 
  • encouraging and 
  • hopeful. 

With God all things are possible. I still cry out for reviving, but I believe reviving is possible. 

Psalms 45:17 (KJV)
I will make thy name to be remembered in all generations: therefore shall the people praise thee for ever and ever. 

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Psalms 43:1-5 I Shall Yet Praise Him

Psalms 43:1-5 (KJV)
Judge me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation: O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man.
For thou art the God of my strength: why dost thou cast me off? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?
O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles.
Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy: yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God.
Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

Five verses in this Psalm, and every one of them critical. 
An ungodly nation
Whether America has ever been a godly nation has been debated. What cannot be debated is that it is not a godly nation today. 

Why go I mourning?
It is not because of the deceitful and unjust man. It is because we have lost touch with God. 

Send out thy light
Let the truth of God do what it does, bring us to God’s holy hill. God’s light and truth will always lead one to the house of God.

Then will I go
I’m going to do two things when I am at church: I am going to go to the altar and I am going to praise God with song.

Hope thou in God
It might be a difficult time, but God is still our hope and His promises are still true. 

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