Thursday, October 22, 2015

Reprobate Mind


We briefly talked about this Wednesday....

From: gotquestions.com

Question: "What does it mean to have a reprobate mind?"


Answer: The phrase “reprobate mind” is found in Romans 1:28 in reference to those whom God has rejected as godless and wicked. They “suppress the truth by their wickedness,” and it is upon these people that the wrath of God rests (Romans 1:18). The Greek word translated “reprobate” in the New Testament is adokimos, which means literally “unapproved, that is, rejected; by implication, worthless (literally or morally).”

Paul describes two men named Jannes and Jambres as those who “resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith" (2 Timothy 3:8). Here the reprobation is regarding the resistance to the truth because of corrupt minds. In Titus, Paul also refers to those whose works are reprobate: “They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate” (Titus 1:16). Therefore, the reprobate mind is one that is corrupt and worthless.

As we can see in the verses above, people who are classified as having a reprobate mind have some knowledge of God and perhaps know of His commandments. However, they live impure lives and have very little desire to please God. Those who have reprobate minds live corrupt and selfish lives. Sin is justified and acceptable to them. The reprobates are those whom God has rejected and has left to their own devices.

Can a Christian have a reprobate mind? Someone who has sincerely accepted Jesus Christ by faith will not have this mindset because the old person with a reprobate mind has been recreated into a new creation: “The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (2 Corinthians 5:17). Christians are basically “new” people. We live differently and speak differently. Our world is centered on our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and how we can serve Him. Also, if we are truly in the faith, we will have the Holy Spirit to help us live a God-honoring life (John 14:26). Those with reprobate minds do not have the Spirit and live only for themselves.


Recommended Resources: A Godward Life by John Piper and Logos Bible Software.

Monday, October 12, 2015

King Nebuchadnezzar

King Nebuchadnezzar

Nebuchadnezzar was the king of the Chaldean (also known as the Neo-Babylonian) Empire (see Ancient Empires - Babylon). He was born about 630 B.C., and died around 562 B.C. at age 68. He was the most powerful monarch of his dynasty, and is best known for the magnificence of his capital, Babylon (the photo below shows a restored section of the city's Ishtar (pronounced "easter") Gate, his vast military conquests, and his role in Bible History and Prophecy. Perhaps surprisingly, his own words are directly recorded in The Bible (Daniel 4:4-18).
Lions On The Ishtar Gate Nebuchadnezzar was the oldest son of Nabopolassar, the founder of the Chaldean Empire. After serving as commander of the army, Nebuchadnezzar became king upon his father's death in August of 605 B.C. By marrying the daughter of Cyaxares, he united the Median and Babylonian dynasties.

He wasn't just a warlord, he was also skilled in politics.During Nebuchadnezzar's time, Babylon was the largest city of the world. It has been estimated to have covered over 2,500 acres / 1,000 hectares, with the Euphrates River flowing through it. The name of the city came to symbolize the entire empire.

Nebuchadnezzar is best known to students of the Bible for his defeat of the southern kingdom of Judah (the northern kingdom of Israel was by then long gone, having been conquered and deported over a century earlier by the Assyrians - see Ancient Empires - Assyria). By 586 B.C., the Babylonian forces conquered the land, devastated Jerusalem, looted and burned the original Temple that had been built by Solomon (see Temples and Temple Mount Treasures), and took the people away into what became known as the "Babylonian Exile." (2 Kings 25:1-17).

As powerful as Nebuchadnezzar was, he did not conquer the people of Judah of himself. God didn't just allow it to happen, He actually brought it about. (2 Chronicles 36:15-20). The people had become extremely corrupt and idolatrous. They ignored all of the Prophets that God had sent to warn them (2 Chronicles 36:15-16), and they refused to repent. They trusted in themselves, in the city of Jerusalem, even in the physical Temple, rather than in The Lord Himself. So, God, through Nebuchadnezzar, destroyed it all in order to make them realize, in no uncertain terms, that they had turned their backs on Him (see Why Babylon?).Among the Jews who were deported from Judah to Babylon was a certain young man known as Daniel. From him, and the Bible book that carries his name, we get some of the most sensational prophecies for our time now


Finder: Were the prophecies given to Daniel for his time, or the end-time? 

Although I heard, I did not understand. Then I said, “My lord, what shall be the end of these things?
And he said, “Go your way, Daniel, for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.
Daniel 12:8-9

There is so much more to share about Nebuchadnezzar but let's not get ahead of our study.  Will share more as our study progresses.

Blessings,
MaryJane

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Friendship

Examples of Friendship in the Bible

I did this post several months ago with the intention of printing and giving as a handout...somehow, it got down on the bottom of all my 'stuff' and I just found it again.
It's a very short and simple study, I hope you enjoy it.
The Example of David and Jonathan


One of the most notable examples of friendship in the bible is that of David and Jonathan. David (son of Jesse) and Jonathan (son of Saul) were potential rival heirs to the throne, yet Jonathan loved David “as himself” (1 Samuel 18:3, NIV). He made a covenant agreement with David and as a symbol of the bond between them gave David his robe, tunic, sword, bow and belt. When we come to pray for our friends, Jonathan is a useful role model – somebody who put their friend first, above and beyond their own self-interests. When we take time to pray for somebody, we forget about ourselves and consciously think about the best possible future for them. Just as Jonathan loved David, we pray for them because we love them and care for them.

 
The Example of Christ in Friendship and Prayer




Jesus regards his followers as friends. In John chapter 15, we read:-
“This is my commandment, that you love one another, even as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends, if you do whatever I command you.  No longer do I call you servants, for the servant doesn’t know what his lord does. But I have called you friends, for everything that I heard from my Father, I have made known to you”.

John 15:12-15

Later in the Gospel of John, Jesus prays for those who will come to believe in Him through the work of the first disciples. Christ prays that there will be unity between them just as He and the Father are one (John 17:20-23) and that they will live with Him and see His glory (John 17:24). The writer of the book of Hebrews declares that Christ continues to pray for these believers:-
 
“Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them”.
(Hebrews 7:25 NIV)

We have all agreed that our 'coming together' was orchestrated by God.  He waited for the right time in our lives to bless us with the wonderful friendship and fellowship we share.  We are truly blessed and I think that because we appreciate our time together, and because we strive to give Him the glory, well, I think we bless Him.

((hugs)) and Blessings