Thursday, October 31, 2013

Out of town

FYI, I won't have access to a computer for the next 9-10 days and won't be making any posts during that time.


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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Matthew 5:31-32 Divorce and Remarriage - Steve Gregg



Steve quickly teaches on the biblical principles concerning divorce, marriage, adultery & remarriage. The fullest rundown in the Bible may be in 1 Corinthians 7. Steve goes into more details in his "Towards a Radically Christian Counterculture" series on AUDIO | VIDEO.

He also has a detailed series of biblically-based written articles on Divorce and Remarriage.

Matthew 5:31-32

 

New King James Version (NKJV)

Marriage Is Sacred and Binding

 

31 “Furthermore it has been said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ 32 But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual immorality[a] causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery.

Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 5:32 Or fornication

Monday, October 28, 2013

Matthew - Grace & Works - Steve Gregg



Steve Gregg focuses on some hard sayings of Jesus that seem to oppose the idea that you can get saved by grace then live your life however you want. Steve gives a more thorough explanation in this episode.

Titus 2:11-12

New King James Version (NKJV)

11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age,


Hebrews 10:28-30

 

New King James Version (NKJV)

28 Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,”[a] says the Lord.[b] And again, “The Lord will judge His people.”[c]
 

Footnotes:

  1. Hebrews 10:30 Deuteronomy 32:35
  2. Hebrews 10:30 NU-Text omits says the Lord.
  3. Hebrews 10:30 Deuteronomy 32:36

 

1 Timothy 6:3

 

New King James Version (NKJV)


If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness, 

2 John 1:9

 

New American Standard Bible (NASB)

[a]Anyone who [b]goes too far and (A)does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son.

Footnotes:

  1. 2 John 1:9 Lit Everyone
  2. 2 John 1:9 Lit goes on ahead

Matthew 28:18-20

 

New King James Version (NKJV)

18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore[a] and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.[b]

Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 28:19 M-Text omits therefore.
  2. Matthew 28:20 NU-Text omits Amen.
 
 

Acts 11:26

New King James Version (NKJV)

26 ... And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.


John 8:31

New King James Version (NKJV)


31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.
 


Friday, October 25, 2013

Matthew 5:29-30 · If Your Right Eye Causes You to Sin - Steve Gregg



What does it mean for your right eye to cause you to sin? Jesus doesn't want you to literally pluck your eye out does he? What application does this teaching have?

Matthew 5:29-30

 

New King James Version (NKJV)

29 If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Matthew 5:27-28 - Adultery and Lust - Steve Gregg



Steve Gregg explains why the almighty loving God forbids sexual lust.

Matthew 5:27-28


New King James Version (NKJV)

Adultery in the Heart


27 “You have heard that it was said to those of old,[a] ‘You shall not commit adultery.’[b] 28 But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.


Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 5:27 NU-Text and M-Text omit to those of old.
  2. Matthew 5:27 Exodus 20:14; Deuteronomy 5:18

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Matthew 5:21-26 - Anger and Reconciliation - Steve Gregg



Steve Gregg goes into the teaching of Jesus on how unrighteous anger is a sin and is murder in the heart.

Matthew 5:21-26

 

New King James Version (NKJV)

Murder Begins in the Heart

 

21 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder,[a] and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’ 22 But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause[b] shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire. 23 Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. 25 Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with him, lest your adversary deliver you to the judge, the judge hand you over to the officer, and you be thrown into prison. 26 Assuredly, I say to you, you will by no means get out of there till you have paid the last penny.

Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 5:21 Exodus 20:13; Deuteronomy 5:17
  2. Matthew 5:22 NU-Text omits without a cause.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Matthew 5:17-20 The Righteousness of the Pharisees - Steve Gregg



Weren't the Pharisees really righteous? Didn't they go to extremes to make sure they kept God's law?
How can our righteousness possibly surpass their righteousness and what hope do we have of entering the kingdom of heaven? Steve Gregg answers.

Matthew 5:17-20

 

New King James Version (NKJV)

Christ Fulfills the Law

 

17 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. 19 Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Matthew 5:17-20 Jesus Fulfills the Law - Steve Gregg

Part 1




Jesus didn't come to destroy the law. Steve Gregg explains how Christians are not commanded to keep the Mosaic Law/Old Covenant because Messiah fulfilled it.

Matthew 5:17-20

 

New King James Version (NKJV)

Christ Fulfills the Law

 

17 Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. 19 Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.

Part 2


Friday, October 18, 2013

Matthew 5:14-16 · You Are the Light of the World - Steve Gregg



How are Christians the light of the world and what are they to do with that light?

Matthew 5:14-16

New King James Version (NKJV)

14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.  16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Matthew 5:13 - Salt - Steve Gregg



Steve talks about what it means for Christians to be salt on the earth.

Matthew 5:13

 

New King James Version (NKJV)

Believers Are Salt and Light

 

13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Matthew 5:10 Blessed are Those Who are Persecuted - Steve Gregg



Matthew 5:10

New King James Version (NKJV)

10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
    For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

James 1:2-4


New King James Version (NKJV)

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. 

1 Peter 4:12-16


New King James Version (NKJV)


Suffering for God’s Glory


12 Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; 13 but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. 14 If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.[a] On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified. 15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a busybody in other people’s matters. 16 Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter.

John 16:33

New King James Version (NKJV)


33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will[a] have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Matthew 5:9 - Blessed are the Peacemakers - Steve Gregg



What is a peacemaker? What does it mean to be called a son of God? Steve Gregg teaches.

Matthew 5:9

New King James Version (NKJV)

Blessed are the peacemakers,
    For they shall be called sons of God.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the Pure in Heart - Steve Gregg



Who are the pure in heart and who is not? How are the pure in heart blessed?


Matthew 5:8

 

New King James Version (NKJV)

Blessed are the pure in heart,
    For they shall see God.


The Beatitudes


Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God (Matt.5:8)

I. Old Testament background for this idea—Psalm 24:3

II. The doctrine of “seeing God”
A. God is invisible (1 Tim. 1:17)
1. No one can see Him and live (Exod.33:20-23)
2. No one has seen God (John 1:18/1 Tim.6:16)
3. We love Him without having seen Him (1 Pet.1:8/1 John 4:20)
B. In certain cases, God can be “seen”
1. In theophanies (Gen.18:1/32:30/Judges 13:22)
2. In visions (Exod.24:10/Num.12:6/Isa.6:1)
3. In creation (Rom.1:20)
4. In Jesus (John 14:9/Col.1:15/Heb.1:3)
5. By inward revelation (John 14:21-23)
6. Faith is as good as sight (Heb.11:1, 13, 27/2 Cor.4:18)
7. At His coming (Job.19:25-27/1 John 3:2-3/1 Cor.13:12)
C. The qualification for seeing God (Hebrews 12:14)

III. The importance of the “heart”
A. The heart is the seat of all secret thoughts, emotions, and motives (Prov.23:6-7)
B. All of life’s issues emanate from the heart (Prov.4:23/Matt.15:18-19)
C. God’s primary interest is in the state of the heart (1 Sam.16:7)
D. Love out of a pure heart is the goal of Christianity (1 Tim.1:5/1 Pet.1:22/2 Tim.2:22)

IV. What constitutes purity of heart?
A. Purged of guilt (Heb.9:14/10:22)
B. Without guile (John 1:47/Rev.14:5/Matt.6:1-18/Eph.6:6)
C. Unpolluted
1. Wholly for God (Matt.22:37/James 4:8)
2. Simplicity (Acts 2:46/Luke 10:41-42)
3. Morally pure (Matt.5:28/Job 31:1)
4. Not loving money (Matt.6:21-24/13:22/1 Tim.6:6-10)
5. Trusting, not doubting (James 1:8/Mark 11:23)

V. Signs of heart pollution
A. Casual thought and speech (Matt.12:34/Jas.3:10-17/Ps.19:14)
B. Lukewarmness (1 Pet.1:22/Rev.3:15/Matt.24:12)
C. No confidence before man or God (Prov.28:1/1 John 3:20-21)

VI. Keeping the heart pure
A. Pray for it (Ps.51:10/Phil.4:6-7)
B. Walk in the light (1 John 1:7-10/Eph.5:13)
C. Hold fast your profession of faith (Heb.3:12/10:23)
D. Cast out idols (Ezek.14:3/Matt.5:29-30/19:21/1 John 5:21)
E. Fill the heart and mind: pro-active purity (Eph.5:19/Phil.4:8)