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Three Questions Jesus Might Ask

1. Why do you spend so much time Criticizing other Christians Teachings and ways instead of reading my Word and seeking my Transformation in your own Life? Romans 14:4

 

2. Why do you Mistreat people who serve you in fast-food, retail, grocery stores and Church by complaining about them instead of praying for and honoring them? Romans 12:10

 

3. Why do you get offended so easily and freakout when others do or say things about you or your friends? 119:165

 

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We recommend the Cambridge Clarion ESV Reference Bible

Biblical Study requires an accurate translation if we are to get the clearest understanding possible. Among current translations the English Standard Version offers a clear accurate translation. Bible study also requires a quality Bible that is of the Highest quality for it is to last years of rigorous of daily use. We have received an exam copy from Cambridge and after several months of use Highly recommend it.

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To this end each word and phrase in the ESV has been carefully weighed against the original Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek, to ensure the fullest accuracy and clarity and to avoid under-translating or overlooking any nuance of the original text. The words and phrases themselves grow out of the Tyndale-King James legacy, and most recently out of the RSV, with the 1971 RSV text providing the starting point for our work. Archaic language has been brought to current usage and significant corrections have been made in the translation of key texts. But throughout, our goal has been to retain the depth of meaning and enduring language that have made their indelible mark on the English-speaking world and have defined the life and doctrine of the church over the last four centuries.

 The ESV is an "essentially literal" translation that seeks as far as possible to capture the precise wording of the original text and the personal style of each Bible writer. It seeks to be transparent to the original text, letting the reader see as directly as possible the structure and meaning of the original. 

Seeing Through The Eyes of The King

What do you see when you look around today? I see wars and rumor of wars Matthew 24:6, I see the flood of darkness (in every form of wickedness) and the battle for the elect of God is being waged by a seemingly endless flood of false causes and doctrines. If we look to Jesus the author and finisher of your faith what might we see? Hebrews 12:2.

 If we look through the Eyes of the King we will see a three-layered or three-dimensional blue print.

The 1st layer our daily life where mankind seeks to plan, rule and to be as God.  

The 2nd layer contains the plans and schemes of the Satan, to kill, steal and destroy all that God has established. John 10:10.

 The 3rd layer revealed the plans and strategy of The Great I Am Exodus 3:14, The Father of Lights James 1:17.  

 We must look past the our earthly sight or the glimpse we may see of our adversary the devil who prowls around like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour.1 Peter 5:8 and look to ‘God the builder of everything’ Hebrews 3:4 He is the Great I Am, the King of Kings. His Word tells us The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. John 1:5. So as much as Satan knows he does not comprehend the ways or plans of God.

Look to God’s Word and see God’s plans and ways so that you might see through the Eyes of the King. Understand that it is ‘Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of hosts’ Zechariah 4:6.  God’s ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts Isaiah 55:8. He knows the beginning from the end and every scheme of the evil one is laid bare before Him who from everlasting to everlasting is God.

Become a friend of God because God shows His plans to those He calls His friends John 15:15. His plans come to us with His provision, wisdom and His timing.

 In the book of Joshua we see that Israel never lost a battle when they sought the Lord and his strategy.

Look and See through the Eyes of the King, then say with Job “I know that you can do all things! No purpose of yours can be thwarted”. Job 42 2 

So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic because of them (what you see in the first two layers). For the LORD your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you." This is an applied paraphrase of Deuteronomy 31:6

The Amazing Christian

In the introduction to the book, " LIVING AS A CHRISTIAN" by A.W. Tozer, James Snyder gives us the following start to this study on 1st Peter. 

"What is a Christian?  The contemporary scene is flooded with all kinds of erroneous ideas of what it means to be a Christian, most taken from the culture around us.  For some, the Christian is simply a cleaned-up person trying to do the best he can.  Some have crafted a template into which they try to squeeze the Christian.  But the Christian does not fit, and the result is a caricature, without any power or authority.

In this book, Dr. Tozer is writing to the Christian whose love and affection for Christ is the all-consuming passion of his life . . . every day.  He is not writing about the carnal Christian who has not surrendered himself to Christ’s rule in his life.  Throughout this book, he makes one assumption: that he is talking to someone who has experienced a genuine conversion experience.  He insists that we must have the utmost confidence in our conversion experience and trust the Holy Spirit to guide us day by day in the way that brings the most glory to the Christ who died for us.  Tozer begins where most writers end.  To him, conversion is not the end but rather the beginning of a wonderful walk of faith and trust and, yes, of works.

 It was interesting to me to see Dr. Tozer’s comment about Hebrews 11.  Most of us look at that as the “faith chapter” of the Bible, but Tozer, in his inimitable way, calls it the “works chapter.”  Faith without works is dead, and there has to be a balance between what we believe and what we live.  Nobody can walk far on only one foot—we need the balance of both feet, and Dr. Tozer gives us quite a spiritual balance as he describes from God’s Word what the Christian walk is all about.

Certainly, we need to celebrate what we have been saved from.  That should bring to us a great deal of praise and thanksgiving that God has saved us from a life of wretchedness.  But, more important, we need to celebrate what we have been saved unto.  The Christian walk is the forward walk.  It is the “looking unto Jesus” that is most important.  Every redeemed person has a specific destiny to fulfill.  Discovering that destiny and fulfilling it in the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit is the joy of the Christian’s daily walk.

We must start with Christ, continue with Christ and, finally, end with Christ.  It is always Jesus Christ, our all in all; anything outside of Christ is not part of the Christian’s life and walk.

Throughout the book, Dr. Tozer spends time developing the theme of salvation as God’s master plan for man.  The preciousness of God’s plan of salvation reveals the value He places on man.  Salvation is not a casual thing to God, and should not be thought of carelessly by us.  To use a favorite Tozer illustration, it is not put a nickel in the slot, pull the lever, take a box of salvation and then go your separate way.  Rather, what salvation does to the person who embraces Jesus Christ is nothing short of revolutionary, and his walk from that moment on is nothing short of miraculous.

This amazing Christian is the reflection of salvation’s glory in the world around him.  Not only is salvation a precious and wonderful thing, but also so is the Christian.  Salvation is not an end in itself, but rather a plan for man to get back into the center of God’s love and favor.  Everything about the Christian reflects the glory of his salvation.  All heaven looks with pride upon this curious creature called a Christian.

This Christian can withstand anything that comes against him, including heresy of all kinds that have infested the Church from the beginning.  Tozer describes these heresies and how the Christian rises above them, including the blatant attack of Christianity’s archenemy the devil.  It also includes the Christian’s attitude toward persecution and suffering for the cause of Christ.  This remarkable Christian is in the world, but he is not of it.  Therefore, how he lives in front of the unsaved is crucial.

Because of the Christian’s position in Christ, seated in the heavenlies, no matter what befalls, he is above all harm and can rest in the security of Jesus Christ, the victor.  Dr. Tozer says, “No one, no thing, no circumstance can harm a good man.”  This “good man” is immortal, and when his destiny on earth has been completed, his destiny continues in what he has inherited through salvation."

Simon Peter

To start our Study

Read the Letter/Epistle of 1st Peter today. Seeking to discover what God is communicating to His people both originally and today through this letter? After you read the 1st letter of Peter let’s take a look at Peter its author as the events of his life as recounted in the NT will help us as we study 1 Peter and its importance in our lives today.

Below is a quick outline of events concerning Peter from Nave’s Topical Bible

 Peter

• Also called SIMON BAR-JONA and CEPHAS (Matthew 16:16-19; Mark 3:16; John 1:42)

• A fisherman (Matthew 4:18; Luke 5:1-7; John 21:3)

• Call of (Matthew 4:18-20; Mark 1:16-18; Luke 5:1-11)

• His mother-in-law healed (Matthew 8:14; Mark 1:29, 30; Luke 4:38)

• An apostle (Matthew 10:2; 16:18, 19; Mark 3:16; Luke 6:14; Acts 1:13)

• An evangelist (Mark 1:36, 37)

• Confesses Jesus to be the Messiah (Matthew 16:16-19; Mark 8:29; Luke 9:20; John 6:68, 69)

 • His presumption

—In rebuking Jesus (Matthew 16:22, 23; Mark 8:32, 33)

—When the throng was pressing Jesus and the woman with the blood disorder touched him (Luke 8:45)

—In refusing to let Jesus wash Peter’s feet (John 13:6-11)

 • Present

—At the healing of Jairus’ daughter (Mark 5:37; Luke 8:51)

—At the transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-4; Mark 9:2-6; Luke 9:28-33; 2 Peter 1:16-18)

—In the garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26:36-46; Mark 14:33-42; Luke 22:40-46)

• Seeks the interpretation

• Of the parable of the steward (Luke 12:41)

• Of the law of forgiveness (Matthew 18:21)

• Of the law of defilement (Matthew 15:15)

• Of the prophecy of Jesus concerning his second coming (Mark 13:3, 4)

• Walks upon the water of Lake Galilee (Matthew 14:28-31)

• Sent with John to prepare the Passover meal (Luke 22:8)

• Calls attention to the withered fig tree (Mark 11:21)

• His treachery foretold by Jesus, and his profession of fidelity (Matthew 26:33-35; Mark 14:29-31; Luke 22:31-34; John 13:36-38)

• Cuts off the ear of Malchus (Matthew 26:51; Mark 14:47; Luke 22:50)

• Follows Jesus to the high priest’s palace (Matthew 26:58; Mark 14:54; Luke 22:54; John 18:15)

• His denial of Jesus, and his repentance (Matthew 26:69-75; Mark 14:66-72; Luke 22:55-62; John 18:17, 18, 25-27)

• Visits the gravesite of Jesus (Luke 24:12; John 20:2-6)

• Jesus sends message to, after the resurrection (Mark 16:7)

• Jesus appears to (Luke 24:34; 1 Corinthians 15:4, 5)

• Present at Lake Tiberias when Jesus appeared to his disciples; jumps into the water, and comes to shore when Jesus is recognized; is commissioned to feed the flock of Christ (John 21:1-23)

• Lives in Jerusalem (Acts 1:13)

• His statement in front of the disciples concerning the death of Judas, and his recommendation that the vacancy in the apostleship be filled (Acts 1:15-22)

• Preaches on Pentecost day (Acts 2:14-40)

• Heals the immobile man in the portico of the temple (Acts 3)

• Accused by the council; his defense (Acts 4:1-23)

• Foretells the death of Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:1-11)

• Imprisoned and scourged; his defense before the council (Acts 5:17-42)

• Goes to Samaria (Acts 8:14)

• Prays for the reception of the miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit (Acts 8:15-18)

• Rebukes Simon, the sorcerer, who desires to purchase this power (Acts 8:18-24)

• Returns to Jerusalem (Acts 8:25)

• Receives Paul (Galatians 1:18; 2:9)

• Visits Lydda; heals Aeneas (Acts 9:32-34)

• Visits Joppa; stays with Simon, the tanner; raises Dorcas from the dead (Acts 9:36-43)

• Has a vision of a sheet containing ceremonially clean and unclean animals (Acts 10:9-16)

• Receives the servant of the centurion; goes to Caesarea; preaches and immerses the centurion and his household (Acts 10)

• Advocates the preaching of the gospel to the Gentiles in the hearing of the apostles and elders (Acts 11:1-18; 15:7-11)

• Imprisoned and delivered by an angel (Acts 12:3-19)

• Writes two epistles (1 Peter 1:1; 2 Peter 1:1)

 Other Informative Resources concerning Peter.

 http://www.squidoo.com/peter-in-the-bible

 http://www.bible-people.info/Peter.htm

 http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/apostle-peter-biography-timeline-life-and-death/