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Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth
(2 Timothy 2:15)
This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 1Timothy 2:3-4
The Communication of the Remnant (Part 4)
We’re three lessons into this new series so I think it’s time for a brief review for our sake and for the sake of those who may be visiting our Bible study via the World Wide Web for the first time.
The Bible verses above are our “banner verses,” if you will.
These words from our Lord and Savior are the guiding standard which supports this teaching series on the Communication of the Remnant.
Jesus is telling everyone who has “ears to hear” that when humanity is given a choice between believing God and what He has accomplished the majority time and time again chooses the self destructive path.
Throughout history people have shown a propensity to disbelieve the Word of God.
The aim of this Bible series is to reveal this Truth.
Now I didn’t intend to do this but a Bible verse just popped into my head and I’m a man who tends to believe that the Holy Spirit put it there to be used. So lets’ do that.
This is a perfect example of what I’m trying to teach and it says it so clearly.
Jesus Christ’s ministry on earth lasted approximately 3 years.
There is no complete record of the amount of miracles and works He performed.
But thousands of people came from miles around to hear Him teach, to be healed, and to watch/witness the events.
This reminds me of my younger days when the circus came to our town.
I couldn’t afford a ticket to the circus and my parents couldn’t afford to purchase one for me. The next best thing for us kids was to walk downtown to watch the circus parade on Main Street and then follow it out to the parade grounds.
We found a comfortable spot and watched the workers set up the Big Top and the smaller tents for the big show that evening. We watched them wash and feed the elephants too. We weren’t the only ones there. Kids came from all over town to get an eye-full. And some grown-up kids were there too…
It was an event; a “happening” on an otherwise uneventful summer day.
My point: when the masses knew Jesus was coming to their area or town, not everyone who came to see Jesus was there to hear His words or believed what He was saying.
Most of the people there came only for the “show” and the “free lunch.”
It’s been 40 days since The Lord Jesus Christ’s resurrection.
He has seen and visited many people during that time.
But now it’s time for Him to return to the Father.
After His Ascension, those who had gathered on Mount Olivet, near Jerusalem, to be with Jesus and to watch Him go into heaven, returned to Jerusalem.
12: Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey away. (Skip to verse 15)
15: At this time Peter stood up in the midst of the brethren (a gathering of about one hundred and twenty persons was there together), and said,
120 men and women! That was the number of devoted followers the Lord Jesus Christ gathered together to be with Him on His final day on earth. This was the same number who stayed together, with one mind, continually devoting themselves to prayer.
These represent “the few” in this instance.
120 devoted people out of thousands/tens of thousands. Do you see?
This “thread of Truth” runs throughout the entire Bible.
We looked at the Noahic Flood and then we reviewed the sad account of Sodom and Gomorrah. Both of these Bible examples occur in the book of Genesis.
Recently we reviewed the disciples asking Jesus for a sign of His returning.
Of all the things Jesus could have said, the very first thing He uttered was this,
4b: “See to it that no one misleads you.”
In our last Bible lesson, we studied what Scripture had to say about those people in the church who developed a case of “itchy” ears.
The Bible says the day will come when these folks will not “endure” sound doctrine and will “turn away” from the truth to myths. At that point they will accumulate “teachers” in accordance with their own desires (2 Timothy 4:3-4).
This “spiritually unhealthy anxiousness” has infiltrated our homes, our communities, our judicial system, our government, our universities, and it certainly has breached the walls of the church.
Let’s open our Bibles to Matthew chapter 7.
If you continue reading in your Bible beyond Matthew 7:13-14, when you reach verse 15 Jesus’ very next words are also a warning.
It’s no accident this teaching follows the one above it.
A couple lessons ago, if you’ll remember, I made a point of saying there are only two camps in this world. There are Believers and unbelievers.
There is no middle ground when you are put to the question concerning faith in what God has said. Your response determines which of these two camps you partner with.
I also mentioned that “fence-sitting” is not an alternative – even though many people practice this activity in the world today. Why people think this is a safe option I’m not sure.
The Bible does not speak of granting special favors to those who decide to put off making their decision until the Lord Jesus Christ returns.
Scripture does say, “Today is the day of your Salvation!” That’s good advice.
Where do I get this idea of the Two Camps perspective? It’s Biblical.
Please turn in your Bibles to Matthew chapter 25.
31: “But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. (this verse speaks of the time when the Lord Jesus Christ will return to establish His kingdom here on the earth, so this event is at the end of the Tribulation.)
32: “All the nations will be gathered before Him (some people will survive the terrible tribulation; not everyone will die. But there will be no unbelievers in God’s Kingdom); and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats;
33: and He will put the sheep (Believers) on His right, and the goats (unbelievers) on His left.
34: “Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
(Skip to verse 41)
41: “Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels;
There are only two camps in this world – sheep and goats; Believers and unbelievers.
Take heed all ye fence-sitters. Opting not to make a selection is a choice.
We were beginning to look at Jesus’ comments concerning false prophets; those who act and look like the real thing but are not. Jesus said this,
15: “Beware of the false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.
16: You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathers from thorn bushes or figs from thistles, are they?”
Before Jesus sent His disciples out to the lost sheep of Israel He cautioned them,
16: “Behold, I send you out as sheep (Believers) in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves.
Jesus was instructing them, since they were following the Good Shepherd, even though they would be ministering and doing good works in an evil world and facing opposition from the devil while doing so, they were not to return evil for evil.
Jesus ministered from this platform:
Jesus spoke the truth and offered the people a choice to follow Him.
He beckoned them, He drew them, but He never forced, or rushed them into a decision.
The apostles followed His example.
Lest we assume Jesus was concerned about false prophets in His era only think again.
Please turn to Acts chapter 20.
29: “I know that after my departure savage wolves (wolves are the enemy of sheep; they literally tear them to pieces before they are eaten by them) will come in among you, not sparing the flock;
30: and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them.
31: “Therefore be on the alert…”
Here we see the Apostle Paul deliver the same message.
Jesus and the Apostle Paul warn us about those coming from within the church that would essentially tear it apart. They will accomplish this by their false teaching.
In other words, since they are in the church they would teach from the Bible but they would distort its truths. The Apostle Paul writes,
2 Corinthians 11
12: But what I am doing I will continue to do, so that I may cut off opportunity from those who desire an opportunity to be regarded just as we are in the matter about which they are boasting.
13: For such men are (what) false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.
14: No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.
15: Therefore it is not surprising if his (Satan’s) servants of righteousness, whose ends will be according to their deeds.
These false prophets and deceitful workers may look like the real deal and they may sound good but believe me they are not motivated to provide for or to support your spiritual needs and never will be.
Their focus will always be on themselves, their church, and their organization.
“Therefore be on the alert…”
(To be continued.)
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