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Habits of the Highly Effective Intercessor – The Word of God

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Habits of the Highly Effective Intercessor

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There are several successful habits of the Highly Effective Intercessor.

 

The first is reading and studying the word of God regularly.

 

We are commanded to both read and study to show ourselves approved as workers or ministers of God and particularly as effective Intercessors.

In my opinion, every Christian should read the bible through at least once in their lifetime and if called to a leadership ministry at least once every couple of years while pursuing specific areas of study along the way.

 

As an Effective Intercessor the habit of reading and studying the Word of God helps you in:

 

1) Having Accurate and Comprehensive Knowledge of the Word of God

 

Being accurate means not misquoting or misrepresenting scriptures, for instance: Saying that money is the root of all evil when the scripture actually says that THE LOVE of money is the root of all evil.

It also means understanding the meaning of the scripture and not just being able to repeat it like a parrot.

For instance, a very simple example is the 6th commandment: “Thou shalt not kill.” Have you ever killed… a Mosquito, a Fly, an Ant? Of course you have, so it doesn’t mean exactly what it says, does it?

 

No it doesn’t, it needs to be interpreted, do you see that?

What the 6th commandment actually means is, “You must not UNLAWFULLY take the life of a human being.”

 

Having a comprehensive knowledge of the bible means being familiar with the entire word of God from Genesis to Revelation and is necessary in order to fully understand the mind of God.

For instance, the book of Revelation is written with lots of signs and symbols and is generally very difficult to understand.

However, there are a lot of concepts in the book of Revelation that are also discussed in other parts of the bible like the books of Ezekiel, Daniel and Matthew, so if you were also familiar with these books it would be much easier to understand the book of Revelation.

 

Having an accurate and comprehensive knowledge of the word of God therefore, will aid you in knowing the will of God in any particular situation.

And knowing God’s will and the mind of God obviously will increase your level of effectiveness as an intercessor.

 

2) Knowing the Will of God.

 

When you are in intercession and receiving impressions from the spirit realm you must be able to match up what you receive to what the will of God actually is according to His word.

 

The reason is, you may hear not just the voice of God but also ANY voice in the spirit realm.

For instance, the enemy is always trying to trip you up and cause you to pray contrary to God’s will, so he sends you impressions that may seem like they’re coming from God but are contrary to God’s will, that’s why you’ve got to be very discerning and know God’s written will.

 

Also, you may be praying with someone who desire’s a certain thing from the Lord but what he desires is NOT the will of God for him at that time.

And this person’s thoughts and emotions may be so strong that as a prayer warrior with a very sensitive spirit you may actually pick up this person’s thoughts and feelings from the spirit realm and NOT the thoughts and emotions of God.

So, you’ve got to be intimate with the mind of God in order to keep yourself from going into error.

 

You also need to know God’s will in order to effectively judge the prayers of anyone else.

 

This may come as a surprise to some of you but you’ve got to be able to accurately judge the intelligence and godliness of the prayers that people pray.

Why, you ask?

For two reasons, first, when young or immature Christians pray they will make mistakes due to their inexperience and ignorance, this is to be expected.

So it’s the responsibility of the more mature Christians to guide these younger Christians to pray more effectively as time goes by.

 

Secondly, there are witches being sent out into churches specifically to infiltrate the prayer groups and do the enemy’s work.

While every body else is praying they may be calling up demonic spirits to oppress Christians and hinder the work of that church.

This is one reason why it is very dangerous to have prayer meetings where everyone just goes and prays alone or in which everyone just prays out loud together at the same time with no one monitoring the prayers of anyone else.

 

This environment is ripe for Satanists to cast spells and do incantations against the very prayer group and the church that it represents.

For this reason you must be able to listen and intelligently judge the content of someone else’s prayer.

“Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.” 1 Cor 2:13

 

3) Possessing an Alert Mind.

 

The overall quality of your mental processes are enhanced – more speed and efficiency.

You are able to process information coming from the spirit realm and articulate it in natural speech more fluently.

Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation. Ps 119:98-99

 

Remember, in intercessory prayer your spirit connects with God and receives instructions from Him, then your mind has to interpret what your spirit received making sense of it before you can speak it out loud.

The capability of your mind and quality of your mental processes will either help or hinder the effectiveness of your intercessory prayers.

 

4) Practicing Wisdom and Spiritual Maturity.

 

Zeal without wisdom is a very dangerous thing.

When God begins revealing information to you about someone that you are praying for, some of the information may be personal and sensitive and one requires wisdom to know how and when to apply that information.

Not everything that you sense from the spirit realm needs to be prayed for immediately!

It can be kept and prayed for later, in private.

 

“And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” 2 Tim 3:15

 

“All of us do many wrong things. But if you can control your tongue, you are mature and able to control your whole body.” James 3:2 (CEV)

 

I have been in several prayer meetings where someone prayed aloud about something that needed to be kept quiet and prayed about later in private because it was of a sensitive and personal nature.

This eventually caused more problems than solving them and was directly caused by  a lack of experience and wisdom.

 

5) Cultivating Discernment.

 

You are in tune with the spirit realm around you and have your spiritual senses enhanced.

You have the ability to distinguish between right and wrong, truth and error, according to the word of God and sense if a manifestation is of the Spirit of the Lord or a different spirit.

 

“But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” Heb 5:14

The spirit of Religion is a demonic spirit which imitates the Holy Spirit almost to perfection.

If you are not discerning it’s easy to get caught up believing some of the manifestations of this spirit and be fooled into accepting its doctrines.

The Bible says, “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.” 2 Cor 11:14

 

When Peter, Jesus’ trusted right hand man began dissuading Him from going to the cross Jesus immediately recognized that this was not just Peter speaking but he was being influenced by a satanic spirit and rebuked it accordingly.

 

Accurate discernment is an invaluable tool in becoming an effective Intercessor and having a comprehensive and accurate understanding of the word of God goes a long way in developing Godly discernment.

 

For a detailed discussion on Intercessory Prayer and the Word of God see my Ebook:

Understanding How to Pray Effectively

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Where is Hell Located and When was it Created?

Where is Hell Located?

When was Hell Created?

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Where & When

 

The Bible is not precisely clear on where hell is located or when it was created so I cannot give you a scripturally definitive answer.

But I will share my observations from the bible with you and you can determine for yourself how accurate they are.

 

Question 1) Where is Hell Located?

 

I believe Hell is located in the center of the earth but existing in the spirit dimension.

It cannot be a natural or physical place since it was created for the devil and his angels who are all spirit beings. Matthew 25:41

Hell, therefore must be a spiritual place existing in another dimension.

I believe it is located in the center of the earth for several reasons:

 

1) In Luke 16:23 Jesus said of the rich man “In hell he lifted up his eyes”

 

2) Many scripture verses describe it as being located beneath the earth and for it to be under the earth from all points on the surface it must be located at earth’s center.

 

Here is a list of scriptures to consider:

Deuteronomy 32:22 – the lowest hell

Job 11:8 – deeper than hell

Psalm 55:15 – go down quick into hell

Proverbs 7:27 – the way to hell, going down

Proverbs 9:18 – in the depths of hell

Proverbs 15:24 – from hell beneath

Isaiah 5:14 – shall descend into it

Isaiah 14:9 – Hell from beneath

Isaiah 14:15 – brought down to hell

Ezekiel 31:16 – I cast him down to hell

2 Peter 2:4 – cast them down to hell

 

3) Ephesians 4:8-9 says, “Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.

(Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?”

These verses say that Jesus descended into the lower parts of the earth but Acts 2:27 says about Jesus “thou wilt not leave my soul in hell”

I submit to you that the “lower parts of the earth” is a specific reference to hell.

Furthermore, in Acts 2:31 the Apostle Peter specifically said, “He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell”

These verses in Acts are not referring to the physical grave because they specifically say “His soul” not “His body”

His body (being physical) could be left in the grave (a physical place) but His soul (not being physical) could not be left in a physical grave.

So, when the Bible says “his soul was not left in hell” it must be referring to actual Hell, the non-physical realm located in the spirit dimension.

 

Question 2) When was Hell Created?

Based on my answer to the first question I surmise that hell was created at the same time the physical earth was created.

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Understanding the Attributes of Salvation

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Understanding the Attributes of Salvation

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The intimate fellowship Christians can enjoy with God is only possible because of some very specific principles that are activated every time a person confesses faith in Jesus Christ.

These principles are called the attributes of salvation and they are:

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1) Redemption – This is the literal re-purchase of a human being from the control of Sin and Satan, so that, instead of being under the dominion of Satan we’re now under the dominion of God, our freedom paid for with the blood of Jesus.

We were once owned by God through creation, became lost to Him through rebellion but now are re-owned by Him through redemption! We are re-purchased into the family of God, ransomed with the blood of Jesus.

“For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed… but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.” 1 Peter 1:18-19 (NIV)

Definition: Redemption is the buying back of a human being from the control of Sin and Satan with the blood of Jesus, so that the entire person is now completely owned by God; spirit, soul and body.

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2) Remission – Remission means forgiveness. Being now owned by God, He can literally do with you whatever He wants. And the first thing He does is to forgive you for all your sins, past, present and future.

When Jesus died on the cross 2,000 years ago your entire life was in the future therefore ALL your sins are presently forgiven.

Definition: Remission is the complete forgiveness of all a person’s sins, those he committed in the past, his present sins and those that he will commit in the future. Complete forgiveness!

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3) Justification – This is a further step in the same direction as remission.

Where remission is the forgiveness of sins, justification is the actual removing of all the evidence of sin. The person accused of sin can now be legally declared not guilty.

Why?

Because there is no evidence. All the evidence is gone!

That’s what the blood of Jesus does, it takes away the evidence of sin. It’s as if the person had never sinned. 

They are justified from all accusation of sin and declared… innocent!

Definition: Justification is the declaration of complete innocence and reinstatement in good standing with a clear conscience of one who was formerly judged guilty, through the complete removal of all the evidence of sin with the blood of Jesus Christ!

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4) Substitution – Is the divine exchange where Jesus takes your place and receives all the judgment of God for your sins and sin nature, thus absolving you of all guilt and condemnation forever.

 

Not only this but He also gave you His sinless perfection as a gift, along with His righteous standing before God, so forever when God observes you, He looks right past your humanity and sees Christ’s divinity within you.

 

Definition: Substitution is the divine exchange where Jesus allowed Himself to be nailed to your cross so you can sit on His throne. It’s where He took your guiltiness and gave you His righteousness so when God the Father looks at you, He sees nothing but the perfection of Jesus Christ.

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5) Regeneration – Is the pivotal point in the process of salvation.

It’s where your nature is actually changed from Sinner to Saint. Unrighteous to Righteous. Profane to Holy.

Remember, a person’s nature is synonymous with the condition of his spirit.

Regeneration is the recreation of your spirit and the releasing of the life of God in you.

Regeneration is when your separated and corrupted spirit ceases to exist and in its place a new spirit is instantaneously re-created and re-connected to God!

The Holy Spirit then takes up residence in your new spirit and continually releases the life of God in you.

You are once more in the image and likeness of God. This is what being born again means.

Definition: Regeneration is the instantaneous recreation of a human spirit in the image and likeness of God and the continual releasing of the Life and Nature of God in that spirit.

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6) Reconciliation – You are now re-purchased by God, forgiven, declared innocent and now possess a recreated, connected spirit stamped with the nature of God.

Now, you can finally have peace with God.

That’s what reconciliation is… peace with God.

Reconciliation means restoring a broken relationship. It is the resolving and dissolving of enmity between those that were once closely related but found themselves in opposition with each other. (Rom. 5:10)

Definition: Reconciliation is the complete tearing down and removal of everything that stood between you and God, so you are now reunited with your Father in total peace.

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7) Adoption – Ancient Roman custom dictated that a son, even though fully grown, could not inherit his parent’s wealth until he was legally adopted by the father.

 

The attribute of Adoption operates similarly in that even though we are regenerated and become sons of God we still need to be adopted into the family of God to be officially declared legal heirs to the throne of God and joint heirs with Jesus Christ.

 

Definition: Adoption is the culmination of the salvation of the human spirit. It is God declaring that you are now in a condition where He can accept and acknowledge you as a legal heir to His throne and co-heir with Jesus. With all the rights, duties, privileges afforded that position and title.

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8) Sanctification – Sanctification is the core principle of the salvation of the human soul. Sanctification means allowing the Holy Spirit to continue the work He started in you by submitting to His will without reservation and obeying Him without hesitation, resulting in the fruitful character of Christ.

Definition: Sanctification is the process of developing Christ-like character through the internal working of the Holy Spirit and the external application of God’s word in one’s life.

It terminates in separation from the effects of sin and the empowerment over it’s influences.

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9) Glorification – When we allow Christ’s nature within us to have dominion over our flesh, the holiness of His presence begins to manifest externally through a Godly radiance that is perceived rather than seen.

His Spirit within, glows with the glory of God and this spiritual light attracts others and exposes them to the character of Christ!

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven,” Matt 5:16 Here, the process of glorification begins!

It will escalate during the Rapture when God eliminates our tainted physical body and instantly recreates a brand new, perfectly sinless body.

Depending on our quality of service to God and our fellow men, we will radiate different levels of the glory of God in heaven.

Some will shine like the sky, some like the stars and some like Sun in its intensity? This is Glorification!

Definition: Glorification is the process where the holy nature of God on the inside of a Born Again Christian manifests itself as a divine outward glow, so that while on earth others can perceive it but when in heaven we can actually see it.

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Bible Facts

Facts About the Bible

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Meaning of the word –

The word Bible comes from the Greek word biblia, which means “books” which comes from another word, byblos, meaning papyrus, a material books were made from in ancient times.

The ancient Greeks obtained their supplies of paper from the port of Byblos, in what is now Lebanon.

Their word for book — “biblion” (the singular form of biblia)— was derived from the name of this port, and from this we get our English word Bible, meaning the Book of books.

Chapters and Verses – 

The system of chapters was introduced in A.D. 1238 by Cardinal Hugo de S. Caro, while the verse notations were added in 1551 by Robertus Stephanus, after the advent of printing. 

One Unified and Cohesive Text –

Even though comprised of 66 different books by 40 different Authors, the Bible is still one UNIFIED and COHESIVE literary work!

The 66 books of the Bible were written over span of 1500 years, by over 40 authors using 3 different languages, and living on 3 different continents.

It is UNIFIED in that every book describes the same aspects of the essence, expectations, and revelations of the One Triune God.

The major emphasis throughout are the prophesies of Jesus Christ’s coming, His work on the Cross, fulfilling God’s plan for mankind and His future comings, preparing the way for Jesus Christ the savior of mankind, and establishing the new heavens and the new earth.

COHESIVE, in that all the books tie together with a single theme demonstrating the sinfulness of mankind and his need  for salvation from an everlasting hell and with instruction how to secure a position in eternity with God.

The Bible has a common story line showing mankind’s march through history from a divine perspective and God’s solution to fallen man’s greatest need: salvation from an eternity in hell.

All this with no historical errors or contradictions.

One of many examples of God’s demonstrated love in the Old Testament is in how he dealt with the Israelites who continually defied and disobeyed Him. A short summary is given in Jeremiah 31:3.

How many books are in the Bible?

The Bible contains 66 books, divided among the Old and New Testaments.

How many books are in the Old Testament?

There are 39 books in the Old Testament.

How many books are in the New Testament?

There are 27 books in the New Testament.

What does “Testament” mean?

Testament means “covenant” or “contract.”

Who wrote the Bible?

The Bible was written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit by about 40 different authors from all walks of life: shepherds, farmers, tent-makers, physicians, fishermen, priests, philosophers and kings. Despite these differences in occupation and the span of years it took to write it, the Bible is an extremely cohesive and unified book.

Which single author contributed the most books to the Old Testament?

Moses. He wrote the first five books of the Bible, referred to as the Pentateuch; the foundation of the Bible.

Which single author contributed the most books to the New Testament?

The Apostle Paul, who wrote 14 books (over half) of the New Testament.

When was the Bible written?

It was written over a period of some 1,500 years, from around 1450 B.C. (the time of Moses) to about 100 A.D. (following the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ).

What is the oldest book in the Old Testament?

Many scholars agree that Job is the oldest book in the Bible, written by an unknown Israelite about 1500 B.C. Others hold that the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Bible) are the oldest books in the Bible, written between 1446 and 1406 B.C.

What is the youngest book in the Old Testament?

The book of Malachi, written about 400 B.C.

What is the oldest book of the New Testament?

Probably the book of James, written as early as A.D. 45.

What is the youngest book in the New Testament?

The Book of Revelation is the youngest book of the New Testament, written about 95 A.D.

What languages was the Bible written in?

The Bible was written in three languages: Hebrew, Aramaic, and Koine Greek.

When was the Bible canonized?

The entire New Testament as we know it today, was canonized before the year 375 A.D. The Old Testament had previously been canonized long before the advent of Christ.

What does “Canon” mean?

“Canon” is derived front the Greek word “Kanon,” signifying a measuring rod. Thus, to have the Bible “canonized” meant that it had been measured by the standard or test of divine inspiration and authority. It became the collection of books or writings accepted by the apostles and leadership of the early Christian church as a basis for Christian belief. It is the standard by which all Christians throughout the ages live and worship.

When was the first translation of the Bible made into English?

1382 A.D., by John Wycliffe.

When was the Bible printed?

The Bible was printed in 1454 A.D. by Johannes Gutenberg who invented the “type mold” for the printing press. It was the first book ever printed.

What is the most reliable manuscript of the Bible now in existence?

The Textus Receptus.
 
Textus Receptus (Latin: “received text”) is the name subsequently given to the succession of printed Greek texts of the New Testament which constituted the translation base for the original German Luther Bible, the translation of the New Testament into English by William Tyndale and also the King James Version of the Bible.

What is the longest book in the Bible?

The book of Psalms.

What is the shortest book in the Bible?

2 John.

What is the longest chapter in the Bible?

Psalm 119

What is the shortest chapter in the Bible?

Psalm 117

What is the longest verse in the Bible?

Esther 8:9

What is the shortest verse in the Bible?

John 11:35

Which book in the Bible does not mention the word “God?”

The book of Esther.

Who was the oldest man that ever lived?

Methuselah who lived to be 969 years old (Genesis 5:27).

Who were the two men in the Bible who never died but were caught up to heaven?

Enoch, who walked with God and was no more (Genesis 5:22-24). Elijah, who was caught up by a whirlwind into heaven (II Kings 2:11).

Who does the Bible say was the meekest man in the Bible (not including Jesus)?

Moses (Numbers 12:3).

How many languages has the Bible been translated into?

The Holy Bible has been translated into 2,018 languages, with countless more partial translations, and audio translations (for unwritten languages). (This is an enormous amount of translations. In comparison, Shakespeare, considered by many to be the master writer of the English language, has only been translated into 50 languages.)

Is the Bible still the best-selling book in the world?

Yes. Over 4 Billion copies sold and many more distributed for free!

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References

American Bible Society, 1865 Broadway, New York, NY 10023
Halley, Henry H. Halley’s Bible Handbook (Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1927, 1965).
Maxwell, Arthur. Your Bible And You (Washington D.C.: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1959).
Mickelson, A. Berkley and Alvera. Understanding Scripture (Peabody: Hendrickson Publishers, 1982, 1992).
Unger, Merrill F. TH.D., PH.D. Unger’s Bible Handbook (Chicago: Moody Press, 1967)

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Guide to the New Testament

Your Guide To The New Testament

 

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A brief summary of each book of the New Testament along with links to read the books and “Thru The Bible’s” study notes and outlines.

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Matthew

Summary: Jesus the Son of God and Lord according to Old Testament promise.

Read Matthew | Download Matthew Study Guide

 

 

Mark

Summary: Jesus is the Savior who meets Man’s needs.

Read Mark | Download Mark Study Guide

 

 

Luke

Summary: The Son of Man in His service to the world. The world’s Savior.

Read Luke | Download Luke Study Guide

 

 

John

Summary: The deity and moral perfection of the Son of God.

Read John | Download John Study Guide

 

 

Acts

Summary: What Christ continued to do and to teach by His Spirit in the Apostles. How the Church was gathered and built. The Progress of the Kingdom.

Read Acts | Download Acts Study Guide

 

 

Romans

Summary: How Man can be Justified before God.

Read Romans | Download Romans Study Guide

 

 

1 Corinthians

Summary: Church order and discipline. Our relationship to each other in the Church.

Read 1 Corinthians | Download 1 Corinthians Study Guide

 

 

2 Corinthians

Summary: Christian ministry in different circumstances. Our relationship to the world.

Read 2 Corinthians | Download 2 Corinthians Study Guide

 

 

Galatians

Summary: Christian blessing and liberty compared to the Law.

Read Galatians | Download Galatians Study Guide

 

 

Ephesians

Summary: Christ and His Church

Read Ephesians | Download Ephesians Study Guide

 

 

Philippians

Summary: Christian joy in all circumstances.

Read Philippians | Download Philippians Study Guide

 

 

Colossians

Summary: Christ as the Church’s Head.

Read Colossians | Download Colossians Study Guide

 

 

1 Thessalonians

Summary: Christ coming to and for the Church.

Read 1 Thessalonians | Download 1 Thessalonians Study Guide

 

 

2 Thessalonians

Summary: Christ coming with His Saints. The Eternal Judgment of Unbelievers.

Read 2 Thessalonians | Download 2 Thessalonians Study Guide

 

 

1 Timothy

Summary: Church order according to God.

Read 1 Timothy | Download 1 Timothy Study Guide

 

 

2 Timothy

Summary: Church disorder.

Read 2 Timothy | Download 2 Timothy Study Guide

 

 

Titus

Summary: Christian Qualification for the ministry and godly conduct.

Read Titus | Download Titus Study Guide

 

 

Philemon

Summary: Christian Love.

Read Philemon | Download Philemon Study Guide

 

 

Hebrews

Summary: Christ our Priest, Sacrifice, and Witness.

Read Hebrews | Download Hebrews Study Guide

 

 

James

Summary: Christianity lived out.

Read James | Download James Study Guide

 

 

1 Peter

Summary: Christian hope in times of trial.

Read 1 Peter | Download 1 Peter Study Guide

 

 

2 Peter

Summary: Knowledge of Christ

Read 2 Peter | Download 2 Peter Study Guide

 

 

1 John

Summary: Believe on the name of the Son of God.

Read 1 John | Download 1 John Study Guide

 

 

2 John

Summary: Christ the Truth and guarding against heresy.

Read 2 John | Download 2 John Study Guide

 

 

3 John

Summary: Christian Hospitality to the saints

Read 3 John | Download 3 John Study Guide

 

 

Jude

Summary: Apostasy traced down to the Last Days.

Read Jude | Download Jude Study Guide

 

 

Revelation

Summary: Things to Come.

Read Revelation | Download Revelation Study Guide

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Walking Through the Bible

Bible Study Notes and Outlines

For Each Book of the Bible

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The Notes and Outlines on each book of the Bible were prepared by Dr. J. Vernon McGee to assist listeners who wanted an even deeper and more thorough understanding of the Word of God. Free Adobe Acrobat is required to view.

 

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An Overview of the Bible

Overview of The Bible

Divided into 4 Main Sections

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Section 1:

The Bible Tells One Unified Story From Beginning to End

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7 Main Points Testify to It’s Unity

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1) From the Book of Genesis the Bible bears witness to one God. Wherever he speaks or acts he is consistent with himself, and with the total revelation of who He is.

2) The Bible forms one continuous story — the story of how humanity relates to God.

3) The Bible makes the most unlikely predictions concerning the future, and, when the centuries have brought round the appointed time, records their fulfillment.

4) The Bible is a progressive unfolding of truth. Nothing is told all at once. The law is, “first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn.” Without the possibility of collusion, often with centuries between, one writer of Scripture takes up an earlier revelation, adds to it, lays down the pen, and in due time another man moved by the Holy Spirit, and another, and another, add new details till the whole is complete.

5) From beginning to end the Bible testifies to one redemption.

6) From beginning to end the Bible has one great theme — the person and work of the Christ.

7) And, finally, these writers, some forty in number, writing through fifteen centuries, have produced a perfect harmony of doctrine in progressive unfolding. This is, to every candid mind, the unanswerable proof of the divine inspiration of the Bible.

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Section 2:

The Bible is Many Books Compiled Into One Book

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There are 5 Great Divisions with Christ at the Center

 

Speaking broadly there are five great divisions in the Scriptures, Christ being the one great theme (Luke 24:25-27).

In other words, the Old Testament is the preparation for Christ. 

In the Gospels he is manifested to the world. 

In the Acts he is preached. 

In the Epistles his Gospel is explained. 

In the Book of Revelation all the purposes of God in and through Christ are consummated.

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The Old Testament Sub Groups


 

These Major Groups Also Fall into Sub-groups 

This is especially true of the Old Testament, where there are four well defined groups:

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REDEMPTION

Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy

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ORGANIZATION

Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther

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POETRY

Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon

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SERMONS

Lamentations, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi

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Redemption – Genesis is the book of beginnings, and explains the origin of Israel. 

Exodus tells the story of the deliverance of Israel.

Leviticus of the worship of Israel as delivered people.

Numbers the wanderings and failures of the delivered people.

Deuteronomy warns and instructs that people in view of their approaching entrance upon their inheritance.

 

Organization – The Books of Organization tell of Israel’s development from 12 nomadic Tribes into an established Nation with a fully functioning governmental system of Laws and a cohesive societal structure.

A true force among the Gentile Nations with a God to be feared who protected and defended them in times of crises.

 

Poetry – The Poetical books record the spiritual experiences of the redeemed people in the varied scenes and events through which the providence of God led them.

 

Sermons – The prophets were inspired preachers, and the prophetical books consist of sermons with brief connecting and explanatory passages. Two prophetical books, Ezekiel and Daniel, have a different character and are apocalyptic, largely.

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Section 3:

The Bible Tells the Story of the Human Family

 

Beginning with the creation of the earth and man, the story of the first human pair continues through the first eleven chapters of Genesis.

With the twelfth chapter begins the history of Abraham and of the nation of which Abraham was the ancestor. It is that nation, Israel, with which the Bible narrative is mainly concerned with from the eleventh chapter of Genesis to the second chapter of the Acts of the Apostles.

The Gentiles are mentioned, but only in connection with Israel. But it is made increasingly clear that Israel fills the scene only because they are entrusted with the accomplishment of great world-wide purposes (Deuteronomy 7:7-8). 

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Israel’s Appointed Mission

1) To be a witness to the unity of God in the midst of idolatry (Deuteronomy 6:5 ; Isaiah 43:10

2) To illustrate to the nations the greater blessedness of serving the one true living God

(Deuteronomy 33:26-29 ; 1st Chronicles 17:20-21 ; Psalms 102:15

3) To receive and preserve the Divine revelation (Romans 3:1-2)

4) To produce the Messiah, earth’s Savior and Lord (Romans 9:4). The prophets foretell a glorious future for Israel under the reign of Christ.

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Section 4:

The Central Theme of the Bible is Jesus Christ

 

It is Jesus Christ — “God manifest in the flesh” (1st Timothy 3:16) — his sacrificial death, and his resurrection, which make up the Gospel. 

All earlier Scripture points forward to Him – All later Scriptures point back at Him.

The Gospel is preached in the book of Acts and explained in the Epistles. 

Christ, the Son of God, Son of man, Son of Abraham and Son of David, thus binds the many books into One Book.

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The Person and Work of the Lord Jesus Christ

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As the Seed of the woman (Genesis 3:15) he is the ultimate destroyer of Satan and his works.

As Abraham’s Seed he is the Blesser of the world.

As the Seed of David he is Israel’s King. The “Desire of all Nations.”

He is exalted to the right hand of God and is head over all things to the Church, which is his body, the fullness of Him that fills all in all.

Meanwhile the Church looks for the fulfillment of his special promise: “I will come again and receive you unto myself” (John 14:1-3)

Thus we have an overview of the Bible the divinely inspired word of God!

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