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WHY IS BIBLE TRUTH SO IMPORTANT?

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THE IMPORTANCE OF BIBLE TRUTH

Is Bible Truth important to your Faith and Salvation ie. will you be saved despite what you believe the bible teaches or does it matter what you believe?

Well the word “truth” appears 237 times in the bible, that alone says it must be important!

Therefore it must be important to understand what “truth” is.

A quick scan of the passages using this word “truth” leave us in no doubt that it is not only important, but vital to our salvation.

John 17:3

3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

1 John 5:20

20And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true,even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

1 Timothy 2:3-4

3For thisis good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

 

Clearly then knowing what is Bible Truth is important and vital, in addition to this we are also warned that some would depart from the “truth”…

1 Timothy 4:1

1Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; 3 Forbidding to marry,and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.

1 John 4:6

6We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

From these passages it is very clear that we need to know the “truth” about God and His Son as it is taught to us in the Bible.  This means we must learn what this is from the Bible itself.

 

Don't let your HOPE of LIFE ETERNAL rest with someone else eg. your pastor or minister, YOU owe it to yourself and your family to be fully convinced of what it is you believe to be sure it HOLDS something REAL for you.

We have all been warned by God that there would be many false teachers and Jesus himself has told us that "Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it."  See Matthew 7:14

 

Sadly when Christ returns to this earth, many will only then realise that they have believed in lies Jeremiah 16:19

"19 O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come unto thee from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit."

Don't let this be you or your family!

 

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“And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.”  John 17:3

 

Our Commitment to all True Bible Teaching Seekers is that all our teaching will be supported by consistent and clear Bible Passages.

 

The Greek word for "know" in the passage above is 'ginosko' and it means to have a thorough and deep understanding of the subject. 

 

So if you seek "life eternal" then you must truly "know the only true God and Jesus Christ".

 

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  1. The Bible is God's word and the only message from him. It is without error, except for copying and translation errors.
  2. There is only one God - the Father. The Holy Spirit is God's power.
  3. Jesus is the Son of God, and a human being, through his mother Mary.
  4. Man is mortal, having no existence when dead.
  5. By living a sinless life, ending with his sacrificial death by crucifixion, Jesus has opened the way of salvation from death.
  6. Belief and baptism are essential steps to salvation.
  7. God raised Jesus from death. Jesus is currently in Heaven, on God's right hand. He will one day return.
  8. When Jesus returns, he will raise his "sleeping" followers from death and grant immortality to the faithful who have tried to live by God's precepts.
  9. His followers will help him to rule, bringing justice, righteousness and peace to the whole world - the Kingdom of God.

 

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The OFFER of LIFE or DEATH

God's Offer of LIFE or DEATH

“Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. It is not up in heaven, so that you have to ask, “Who will ascend into heaven to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” Nor is it beyond the sea, so that you have to ask, “Who will cross the sea to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it.   See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him… This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life…"  Deuteronomy Chapter 30:12-20

 

From this passage we see how important it is to each one of us that we seek after God and His Word the Bible to us.

 

Without this we have no hope of LIFE, but only a future of DEATH.

 

This Word of God was originally given to the Nation of Israel and later it spread via the Apostles of Christ to the World, that even we today might have this same HOPE of LIFE ETERNAL.

 

It is UP to YOU then to seek out God’s Word, to KNOW what is the TRUTH of God’s Word so that you and your family might KNOW the way of LIFE ETERNAL and the great HOPE of living in God’s Kingdom on EARTH.

 

Do not let your HOPE rest upon others and most importantly on what others teach, search it out for yourself because we have been warned that the churches would be astray from God’s word in the last days.

 

"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”   2 Timothy 4:3-4

 

Too much is at stake for you to not act yourself to seek out the TRUTH.

 

Christ himself has told us to do this when he said…

 

But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. Godis a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” John 4:23-24

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The Bible is our only true source for the Truth!

 

If we claim to follow Christ we should trust in the Scriptures as confidently as Jesus and his Apostles did:

Jesus said that: The Scripture cannot be broken.  (John 10:35)

 

Paul said that: All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. (2 Timothy 3:16)

 

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An independent study of the Bible will reveal that the following are key True Bible Teachings:

  1. The Bible is God's word and the only message from him. It is without error, except for copying and translation errors.
  2. There is only one God - the Father. The Holy Spirit is God's power.
  3. Jesus is the Son of God, and a human being, through his mother Mary.
  4. Man is mortal, having no existence when dead.
  5. By living a sinless life, ending with his sacrificial death by crucifixion, Jesus has opened the way of salvation from death.
  6. Belief and baptism are essential steps to salvation.
  7. God raised Jesus from death. Jesus is currently in Heaven, on God's right hand. He will one day return.
  8. When Jesus returns, he will raise his "sleeping" followers from death and grant immortality to the faithful who have tried to live by God's precepts.
  9. His followers will help him to rule, bringing justice, righteousness and peace to the whole world - the Kingdom of God.

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The Rapture - True or False?

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The Rapture - True or False?

There are many books available today which state that the Bible speaks of a time when a certain group of people, willThe Rapture is False Bible Teaching experience a removal from the planet earth to enjoy a blissful experience with Christ in heaven.  This period is known as the Rapture. While this is taking place the remainder of the world's population will undergo, it is stated, the 'Great Tribulation'.  The purpose of this article is to demonstrate that best selling publications such as 'The Late Great Planet Earth', which advance such teaching, are astray from an understanding of the prophetic plan that God has revealed to man in the Bible.

THE RETURN OF CHRIST

In unmistakable and precise terms the Bible demonstrates that Jesus is to return to the earth, and with this we have no quarrel.  In Acts 1:11, the angel said to the disciples "...this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven."  But for what purpose is he to return?  Before the birth of Jesus, the angel Gabriel announced to Mary that God would give unto him the throne of David, that he would reign over the house of Jacob for ever. Shortly before his death, Jesus in response to Pilate's question as to whether he was indeed the King of the Jews, explained "My kingdom is not of this world" (Greek kosmos - Order of things).

The Law of Moses, the order of things then in existence, was not the form of government over which Jesus is to rule.

However, implied in his answer nevertheless, was the teaching that he would be a king over a kingdom at a future period.  Other examples could be cited where the Bible confidently predicts that Jesus will return to earth to reign.

THE RAPTURE THEORY IS INCONSISTENT WITH BIBLE TEACHING ABOUT THE RETURN OF CHRIST

The Bible promises men and women a reward if they are obedient to the commandments that are contained in its pages for their guidance.  This reward is eternal life, not in heaven but on earth, for example.  "Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the EARTH". This being so, we would ask, how then will believers be "raptured"?  In fact nowhere in the Bible do we find the notion that believers go to heaven!  Furthermore, if Christ is to return to the earth, why should his followers go to heaven?  Ought they not to be with him on earth?  Jesus promised his disciples that they would sit on twelve thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.  This points emphatically to the revealed will of God to restore the former kingdom of Israel, in a day when people will call "Jerusalem the throne of the Lord" (Jeremiah 3:17).

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The Offer of LIFE and DEATH

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The Offer of LIFE and DEATHThe Offer of Life or Death

“Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. It is not up in heaven, so that you have to ask, “Who will ascend into heaven to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” Nor is it beyond the sea, so that you have to ask, “Who will cross the sea to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it.   See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him… This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life…  Deuteronomy Chapter 30:12-20

From this passage we see how important it is to each one of us that we seek after God and His Word the Bible to us.

Without this we have no hope of LIFE, but only a future of DEATH.

This Word of God was originally given to the Nation of Israel and later it spread via the Apostles of Christ to the World, that even we today might have this same HOPE of LIFE ETERNAL.

It is UP to YOU then to seek out God’s Word, to KNOW what is the TRUTH of God’s Word so that you and your family might KNOW the way of LIFE ETERNAL and the great HOPE of living in God’s Kingdom on EARTH.

Do not let your HOPE rest upon others and most importantly on what others teach, search it out for yourself because we have been warned that the churches would be astray from God’s word in the last days.

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”   2 Timothy 4:3-4

Too much is at stake for you to not act yourself to seek out the TRUTH.

Christ himself has told us to do this when he said…

But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. Godis a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” John 4:23-24

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How Confident is your Faith?

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How Confident is your Faith?

Do you have Faith that your Bus will arrive?We all have faith. Not everybody recognises this, but it’s true. We can’t exist without faith.

When you go out in the morning, you have faith that the bus will turn up, or the car will start. You have faith that the shops will be open. If you had no faith, you wouldn’t bother getting out of bed.

Of course, your faith is based on facts – it’s not blind faith. Suppose you want to go into town. You could sit down by the side of a random road and wait for the right bus to come along – that would be blind faith.

You’d probably be waiting for a long time. Or you could look at the timetable to check where and when the bus goes, then wait at the bus stop at the right time – that’s faith based on facts. And that way you’d be much more likely to get to town.

The point is, as you stand and wait at the bus stop you don’t know for certain that the bus will turn up, but you have faith that it will, based on your knowledge of the facts.

The Christian life is also a life of faith. This is not blind faith, but confident faith based on knowledge and experience.

Christian Faith

A friend once said to me, “I wish I had your faith!”

This was a very sad thing to say – it implied that my faith was somehow out of reach for him. That’s not true. I think what he really meant was, “I’d like to have your faith but I’m not prepared to give it a go.”

Faith in God is not difficult to achieve. The apostle Paul puts it succinctly:

“Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17).

That’s all there is to it! Read the Bible with an open mind and a teachable attitude. God’s word will then do its job and it will instil faith. It may not happen overnight, but it will happen.

Here are three ways in which it can do this:

1 – Fulfilled Prophecy

“You are My witnesses”, says the LORD, “and My servant whom I have chosen. That you may know and believe Me, and understand that I am He. Before me there was no God formed, nor shall there be after Me” (Isaiah 43:10).

In this chapter God is talking to the people of Israel. He is saying, if you want evidence of My existence just look at yourselves!

Whatever you think of the Jews, you cannot deny that they are a remarkable people with a remarkable history.

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THE NATURE OF CHRIST...

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The NATURE of Christ - Who is he?

Christ in agony in the Garden of GethsemaneThere has been much controversy about the nature and character of Jesus Christ.

It began in New Testament times when many people were asking who he was and where he came from.

Once Jesus asked his disciples the question: “Who do you say that I am?” and it was Peter who answered correctly, that Jesus is the Son of the living God (Matthew 16:16).

Since then the question has been asked many times and has been answered quite differently in creeds and confessions.

In this article  Derek Vyse looks at some of the creedal statements and then explains what the Bible really teaches.

A Brief History

The Apostles Creed (the oldest surviving confession of faith) uses simple language to explain who Jesus is:

1.      I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

2.      I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord.

3.      He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.

4.      He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.

It was much later on that a controversy arose between two priests in the church at Alexandria, in Egypt.  Arius and Athanasius worked there together and responded very differently to a sermon they heard.  The Arian view was that “If the Father begat the Son, he that was begotten had a beginning of existence: and from this it is evident, that there was a time when the Son was not.  It therefore  necessarily follows, that he [the Son] had his substance from nothing.”

Controversy

That controversy lasted for centuries and was said to hinge on one Greek letter making the difference between a word meaning ‘of like nature’ (Arius) and another word meaning ‘of the same nature’ (Athanasius).  It eventually resulted in the formulation of the Creeds relating to God and Christ.

The Nicene Creed (AD 450) introduced terms like “the Son Incarnate”.  The Athanasius Creed (6th century AD) used very complex language to declare the belief that Jesus was “God the Son”.  So, in the space of 600 years, a complete reversal of doctrine had taken place compared to the message that had been preached by the Apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ.

By now the Creeds have been recited many times and are viewed as a fundamental part of established Christianity.  But it should never be forgotten that they emerged as the result of great and sharp controversy using the full range of Greek philosophical methods which were applied to the interpretation of the New Testament.

These later Creeds were forced upon the established Churches.  This is why a Bible scholar could say that ‘The doctrines of the Nicene and Athanasius Creeds find no part in the original Gospel.

These Creeds would sound strange in the ears of the apostles Paul and John.’

Bible Teaching

If we take a brief look at what the Bible teaches we can compare the various propositions that were negotiated in the Creeds with what the Bible actually says.

1.    Was Jesus Co-Equal with God?

Nathan the prophet made this remarkable prediction concerning a descendant of King David, and he made it about one thousand years before Jesus was born of the virgin Mary:

“When your days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom … I will be his Father, and he shall be My son (2 Samuel 7:12–14).

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GOD'S Promises for YOU

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GOD’S PROMISES FOR YOU

God's Promises for YOU

What do we need to be saved from?

Sin and its final result: eternal death.

The intention and benefit to us of God’s Promises

2 Peter 1:4

God’s power and goodness has “given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” Hence our salvation depends on these promises.

The importance to us of God’s Promises

Having an understanding of God’s promises affects:

1.     Our attitude to the Old Testament.

2.     Our belief about life after death.

3.     Our understanding about the place and timing of reward for faithful people.

4.     Our appreciation of the future role of Jesus Christ.

5.     Our understanding of God’s ultimate plan for this earth.

So, understanding and believing in the promises of God has profound and positive effect upon the whole structure of our religious faith.

WHY WE CAN HAVE CONFIDENCE IN GOD’S PROMISES

So many of God’s promises have already been fulfilled.  Details of Christ’s birth, life, death and resurrection were accurately predicted in the Old Testament.  They confirm the Divine Truth of the Bible.

JESUS CHRIST IS THE FOCUS OF GOD’S PROMISES

Acts 13:32-33

God has confirmed the good news of His promises “made to the fathers” by raising Jesus from the dead.

Romans 15:8-9

Jesus has confirmed the “promises made to the fathers” for the benefit of Gentiles as well as Jews.

2Corinthians 1:19-20

“For all the promises of God in him (Jesus) are Yes, and in him Amen…”

1.     GOD’S PROMISES IN EDEN

Genesis 3:15

The seed of the woman would bruise the head of the serpent, and in the process he himself would be brused in the heel.  This foreshadowed the mission of Jesus Christ, a very special “seed of the woman”, who would deal sin and death a mortal blow, and so reverse the process begun in Eden.  This would not be without cost to himself.

2.     GOD’S PROMISES TO ABRAHAM

Genesis 12:1-3 & 7

Genesis 12:14-17

Genesis 15:1-7

Note: Abram’s belief was counted for righteousness (Gen 15:6)

Genesis 15:13 and 18

Genesis 17:1-8

Note: Abram’s name was changed in Gen 17:5 to “Abraham” (father of many nations). His personal possession of the land will be everlasting Gen 17:8.

Genesis 22:15-18

Note: The promise was confirmed with an oath. A singular seed in Gen 22:17 (the AV, RV and ESV translations are correct: other versions are incorrectly pluralise it).

  1. All nations will be blessed in Abraham and his seed.
  2. Abraham and his seed are to possess the land for ever.
  3. Abraham is to be the father of an innumerable seed.
  4. Abraham is to be the father of a singular seed who will conquer all enemies.
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The Promises to David

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The promise to David

The promise to David is the third of the great promises made by God upon which all further revelations are based. This promise isKing David of Israel essential if one it to understand the Bible and especially if one is to appreciate what the Bible teaches about Jesus Christ.

Background to David’s life

David was a divinely nominated King of Israel and described in the scriptures as “a man after God’s own heart” (1 Samuel 13:14). Although he was not perfect he had an amazing faith in God and desired to see God glorified above all else.

David, by conquest had extended the Kingdom of Israel to its greatest extent and God had given King David “rest from his enemies” and had made his house to prosper. In light of this David wanted to build a temple for the worship of God.

In response to this God told him, through the prophet Nathan that He would not allow him to build the temple but his son, Solomon would. However God promised David that He would actually build David a house and this promise, along with its details forms another foundation promise of the gospel. The most significant part of this promise is that the seed of David would sit upon his throne, as king, ruling over an everlasting Kingdom. This is in fact the further unfolding of a previous promise God gave to Abraham:

“In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:” Genesis 15-18

The promised seed (descendant) therefore is connected with the land of Israel.

Why is this important?

If you study what the Bible says about Jesus, you will note that there are lots of references to King David and the promises made to him. Jesus is to fulfil these promises and therefore to understand them is to appreciate what Gods purpose through Jesus Christ’s is. Consider the following:

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.” Isaiah 9:6-7

“And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will. Of this man’s seed hath God according to his promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus:” Acts 13:22-23

“I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.” Revelation 22:16

What was promised to David?

The promise to David is recorded in 2 Samuel 7. It’s different aspects have been defined below:

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The Promises to Abraham

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The Promises to Abraham

The promise to Abraham is grossly ignored by most of Christendom.  Yet it is the foundation of the gospel Abraham - The Man Promised the Worldmessage and any understanding of God’s purpose with the earth, mankind and Jesus Christ, must operate upon the axis of the promise to Abraham. The promise to Abraham was also made by God to “the fathers” of Israel, Abraham, Issac and Jacob and constitutes the second of the three great promises that God has made.

The background of Abraham’s life

The Bible teaches how that Abraham lived and grew up in an ungodly land called “Ur of the Caldees” near the ancient city of Babel or Babylon(see Genesis 11:27-32, Joshua 24:2). God appeared to him an made a promise with him if he would leave this country and go to a land God would show him. Abraham did this and it is recorded in scripture as a great act of faith.

“Now THE LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’ house, unto a land that I will shew thee” Genesis 12:1

“By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.” Hebrews 11:8

Why is the promise to Abraham relevant?

The importance of the promise to Abraham is massively relevant to all believers in the Bible. Consider these points:

  • This promise to Abraham is described by Paul as THE GOSPEL:

And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. Galatians 3:8

  • The apostle Paul, when imprisoned for preaching the gospel claimed that it was because of his hope in the promises to the fathers of Israel (Abraham, Isaac and Jacob) that he was being condemned:

“And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made of God unto our fathers” Acts 26:6

  • When a person is without Christ, it means that they are strangers to the “covenants of promise”, meaning that to be in Christ is to be related to them:

“That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world” Ephesians 2:12

  • One of the reasons for Jesus Christ’s work was to fulfil and confirm this promise to Abraham.

Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers: Romans 15:8

What was the promise to Abraham?

The details of the promise to Abraham unfolded gradually throughout his life. Abraham’s faithful obedience was rewarded by further details being revealed to him.

Here is an outline of the promise and it’s different aspects:

  • The initial promise given at UR – Genesis 12:2-3
    • Abraham would become a great nation and a great name.
    • God would bless those that blessed him and curse those that cursed him.
    • That in Abraham eventually ALL nations will be blessed.
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The Promise in Eden

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The promise in Eden

The foundation promise

Most people are fairly familiar with the early chapters of Genesis. How that the serpent’s ("was more subtil than any beast of theThe Garden of Eden field" we note here that the serpent was a four footed beast of the field, but later as part of its punishment became a snake without legs crawling on its belly) reasoning ignited a temptation within Eve which led to her sinning by taking of the forbidden fruit. What most people do not realize is that contained within the condemnation of both the woman and the serpent, lies a promise, or covenant, from God. This promise is the foundation promise of the Gospel, and is expanded upon in God’s later promises to Abraham and David. We read of it here:

“And I will put enmity between thee (the serpent) and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” Genesis 3:15

Genesis 3:15 explained

Here we have depicted two “seeds”, or descendants. The seed of The Serpent versus the seed of The Woman. There is to be enmity between these two classes, enmity meaning strife, contention, hostility and war. It is clear then that they represent opposites in conflict.

The results of this conflict are also revealed here – the serpent’s seed would be bruised in the head – this is a fatal wound. The woman’s seed would be bruised in the heal, a temporary wound.

To understand what this promise meant we need to consider the context. Adam and Eve had just sinned. They were now dying creatures, knowing what it was to disobey God they were no longer innocent knowing both good and evil. There seemed to be little way out of the situation – EXCEPT God had given them this promise. That one would come who would destroy the results of the serpent’s lie. One, who was to be bitten by the result of the serpent’s lie (i.e. he was to be mortal), but only temporarily in the heal, but he would rise above this to crush and destroy the serpent forever. This was a promise from Almighty God which they could hope and trust in.

The seed of the serpent

The seed of the serpent is figurative of all those who are motivated by the animal thinking of the serpent, or what is termed in scripture “the flesh”. Consider these verses:

“But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers (serpents), who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?” Matthew 3:7

“O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.” Matthew 12:34

“Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell (or the grave)?” Matthew 23:33

“Ye are of your father the devil (or as it should be translated “slanderer”), and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.” John 8:44-47

“Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.” Romans 8:7

The above verses show that to think, speak and act after natural fleshly lusts, in opposition to and in ignorance of God’s ways equates to being the seed of the serpent. This class of people and their philosophy has always been in conflict with the seed of the woman.

The seed of the woman

The seed of the woman is the opposite to the seed of the serpent. This, in the wider sense, denotes a class of people who are trying to walk in God’s ways. This promise in Eden shows that this class of people will eventually destroy the seed of the woman.

In its ultimate sense the seed of the woman was the Lord Jesus Christ, although bitten by having a sin cursed nature (2 Corinthians 5:21, Heb 4:15), triumphed over sin and death, triumphed over the results of the serpent’s lie.

Through this victory of Jesus Christ and the hope that it brings to all who put their faith in it, the whole world will be cleansed form sin and death:

“The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith, all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.” 1 Corinthians 15:26

This promise was the basis of hope for Adam and Eve and their descendants, as they looked forward for this promised seed – it is relevant for today as we too look forward to the time when God’s ways will overcome man’s ways and the seed of the woman triumphs completely over the seed of the serpent. God later expanded this covenant in his promises to Abraham and David, it is advised that these covenants are also studied.

Author: M. Davies, Nottingham, UK

 
 
 
 
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THE OFFER OF LIFE OR DEATH

 
 

The Offer of Life or Death“Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. It is not up in heaven, so that you have to ask, “Who will ascend into heaven to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” Nor is it beyond the sea, so that you have to ask, “Who will cross the sea to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it.   See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him… This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life…  Deuteronomy Chapter 30:12-20

From this passage we see how important it is to each one of us that we seek after God and His Word the Bible to us.

Without this we have no hope of LIFE, but only a future of DEATH.

This Word of God was originally given to the Nation of Israel and later it spread via the Apostles of Christ to the World, that even we today might have this same HOPE of LIFE ETERNAL.

It is UP to YOU then to seek out God’s Word, to KNOW what is the TRUTH of God’s Word so that you and your family might KNOW the way of LIFE ETERNAL and the great HOPE of living in God’s Kingdom on EARTH.

Do not let your HOPE rest upon others and most importantly on what others teach, search it out for yourself because we have been warned that the churches would be astray from God’s word in the last days.

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn awaytheir ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”    2 Timothy 4:3-4

Too much is at stake for you to not act yourself to seek out the TRUTH.

Christ himself has told us to do this when he said…

But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”   John 4:23-24

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Use this True Bible Teaching Resource to help understanding some of the more difficult passages that many take in isolation to the rest of the Bible and claim that they teach things that the Bible does not teach.

The Bible is a large book, but it teaches us the truth from beginning to end, therefore anything towards the end of the Bible eg. The New Testament must agree with what is taught in the Old Testament, also remember that the divisions of the Bible into Old and New Testaments is a manmade one, the whole Bible is God's WORD to us and must be undersood consistently as such.


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