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03 INTEGRITY WITH GOD – DISCOVERYING GOD’S TRUTH FOR THE CHURCH

BE SURE TO LOOK TO THE LORD TO OPEN THESE TRUTHS OF HIS TO YOU…

“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.” (1 Corinthians 2:9-10).

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What we want to take from this study is the Lord’s very high value of integrity. And how integrity is intimately connected to all areas of the Christian Faith and practice.

It must be said right from the beginning that there is no magic formula to quickly discover God’s Truth. It takes a life dedicated to the Lord, and to the discovery, and obedient response of God’s Truth as we discover it for ourselves.

The Outline of this mini series of studies will be along the following lines:

  • The Bible is perfectly accurate
  • God’s Truth is in the Bible only
  • The Bible must be taken literally, except where it says otherwise
  • The dispensational divisions of Scripture must be understood
  • The Holy Spirit has been commissioned by the Lord to lead us to discover His Truth.
  • It takes honest, responsible reading, studying and meditating on God’s Word, with the goal of not simply trying to understand what we find there, but asking the Lord to guide us into His Truth.

Our daily studies will be introducing a number of very large subjects and often will need additional study to properly examine that which is only introduced by the morning studies. I will be making addition, more extensive materials available for more thorough examination of the subjects that we cover.

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(The links to download this study are at the end of The Table Of Content.)


The Table Of Contents

INTEGRITY WITH GOD  – 3. DISCOVERYING GOD’S TRUTH FOR THE CHURCH

I. The Bible Is Perfectly Accurate

A. The Lord Has Given Us The Bible By Inspiration

1. The Extent Of God’s Inspiration Is Not Conceptual, But Verbal – The Very Words Were Inspired By God

B. God’s Word Has Been Preserved

1. Principles Of Bible Preservation

a. Preservation Must Be Approached In An Attitude Of Faith
b. Preservation Extends To The Actual Words
c. Preservation Makes It Possible for Copies of The Scriptures to Still be Called “The Scriptures”

2. The Quality Of God’s Provision So That Man May Discover HIS Truth
3. The Texts Behind The Translations

Modern Versions Original Language Source – Referred To As The ‘Revised Text’
The King James Version
An Example Of KJV And Modern Version Serious Differences

C. Summing Up…

II. The Holy Spirit Sent By The Lord To Guide Us Into All Truth

A. Wooing The Lost
B. Indwelling And Leading Obedient Children Of God

1. The Reality Of Being Led By The Holy Spirit
2. Some Examples Of What He Will Lead Us To Add To Our Lives (if not already there):
3. Scriptures Teaching The Specifics Of Being Led By The Holy Spirit

a. Romans 8:1-16 …

i. The Lord’s Goal In Each Of His Children
ii. The Challenge Of Our Flesh
iii. The Lost Walk After Their Flesh And Are Carnally Minded
iv. Those Who “In Christ” Walk After The Spirit, And Are Therefore Spiritually Minded
v. Summing Up So Far

b. Galatians 5:1, 16-25

i. The Lord’s Goal In Each Of His Children
ii. Illustration

4. The Child Of God’s Challenge
5. Dealing With Failure
6. The Works (deeds, ways) Of The Flesh
7. The Fruit Of The Spirit

III. Important Principles For Discovering God’s Truth As A Christian …

A. The Bible Is To Be Interpreted Literally

1. Examples

a. Literal Interpretation

Example 1 – Israel loved Joseph more than his brothers
Example 2 – The Prophecy of The Virgin Birth Of Christ
Example 3 – Our World Was Created In Six Literal Days
Example 4 – The Israelites Crossed The Red Sea On Dry Land

Figurative Passages

b. Allegorical Interpretation

i. Therefore The Bible Cannot Be Interpreted Allegorically

B. The Bible Must Be Interpreted Dispensationally

Definition Of Dispensation

1. The Dispensation Of Innocence

a. Man’s state in the beginning – Genesis. 1:26-29 – Made in the image of God – sinless
b. His responsibility – Genesis 2:15, 16-17 – To look after the Garden of Eden; Not to eat from the Tree of the knowledge of good and evil
c. His failure – Genesis. 3:6 – Ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of good and evil
d. The Judgment – Genesis 3:23-24 – Were driven from the Garden of Eden forever

2. The Dispensation Of Conscience

a. Man’s state in the beginning – Genesis 3:7, 22-23, Rom. 5:12 – Knew good and evil, Separated from God by sin
b. His responsibility – Genesis 4:7a  – To do well in the eyes of God – i.e. to live by enlightened conscience.
c. His failure – Genesis 6:5, 11, 12  – Man fell from obeying God into gross sin
d. The Judgment – Genesis 7:11, 12, 23  – All except Noah’s family destroyed in a worldwide flood

3. The Dispensation Of Human Government

a. Man’s state in the beginning – Genesis 7:1; Hebrews 11:7 – Noah and his family were righteous
b. His responsibility – Genesis 9:1, 6  – To repopulate the earth; The Lord institutes capital punishment for murder; To continue to live by his enlightened conscience.
c. His failure – Genesis 11:1-4  – They failed to spread over the earth.  They build the Tower of Babel to keep themselves together and to make a memorial to themselves.
d. The Judgment – Genesis 11:5-8  – The Lord divided them with different languages

4. The Dispensation Of Promise

a. Man’s state in the beginning – Genesis 12:1-3; 13:14-17; 15:5 – God was guiding Abram; Land given to Abram; Abram’s seed will be equal to the stars
b. His responsibility – Genesis 26:2, 3 – Not to go down into Egypt, but to stay in the land that the Lord was about to show Isaac
c. His failure – Genesis 47:1 – To stay in the provided land when they went into Egypt
d. The Judgment – Exodus 1:8-14 – Became the slaves of the Egyptians

5. The Dispensation Of Law

a. Man’s state in the beginning – Exodus 19:1-4 -In fellowship with the Lord
b. His responsibility – Exodus 19:5, 6; Deuteronomy 4:5-9 – To obey the voice of God and keep His commandments. To be an example to the world of the blessedness of having Jehovah, the one true God, as their God.
c. His failure – 2 Kings 17:7-17; 19; Acts 2:22, 23  – Disobeyed God; Worshipped idols; Failed to be a positive example to the nations of the world; Crucified their Messiah.
d. The Judgment – 2 Kings 17:1-6, 20; 25:1-11 – The Lord delivered both halves of the nations into captivity

6. The Dispensation Of The Church

a. Man’s state in the beginning – Matthew 18:11; Romans. 3:19, 23 – Guilty sinners before the Lord
b. His responsibility – John 1:11-13; Acts 20:21; Romans 8:14 – Must be repentant towards God, and receive Christ as Saviour; Those who have been born again to follow the Holy Spirit’s leading
c. His failure – Luke 19:12-14; 18:8; Matthew 24:37-39  – Saviour rejected
d. The Judgment – John 3:16-18; Revelation 20:15 – Eternal damnation

i. Those Who Will Not Believe In Christ Will Be Damned To Hell
ii. The Rapture Of The Church

7. The Dispensation Of The Kingdom

a. The Lord Jesus Will Reign Personally Over Israel, And Establish World Peace During That Age
b. This Reign Will Begin With The Second Coming Of Christ With The Church
c. Satan Bound For One Thousand Years
d. The Battle Of Gog And Magog, And The Great White Throne Judgement

Summary of the dispensations
Conclusion

 

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