Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Gospel According to Matthew chapters 3 and 4 notes

Chapter 3- 28 years between the end of chapter 2 and the beginning of 3.

Chapter 3 breaks 400 years of silence

John the Baptist

Sent from God/His message was repentance (Jesus preached the same message after John's arrest)

Details on John and his calling: Isaiah 40:3-9, Matthew 11, John 1:19-30, Acts 19 (John's wandering disciples),

Jesus' baptism; Could you have done it without protest? (John 13:4-9).

Why? Philippians 2, 2 Cor. 5:21, Hebrews 2:6-9, 4:14-15

The Trinity was announced

Jesus led by the Holy Spirit to be tested, proved to be the Messiah. See Strong's G1598 ekpeirazō (Tempt, Test, or Prove) or

Satan uses the same tactics here as he did on Eve and on us today. See Genesis 3, 1 John 2:15-16 and James 1 (lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh, and the pride of life).

Jesus combated the devil with Scripture all from Deuteronomy, do we know Scripture well enough to combat temptation. The devil will use Scripture out of context, beware.

Satan has dominion over this world which was stolen from Adam (See Ephesians 2:1-2, 6:11-13, 1 John 5:19, Daniel 10:13)

The beginning of Jesus' ministry, was teaching, preaching (repentance), and healing.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

The Gospel According to Matthew/Notes from October 3, 2012

Matthew (Levi), tax collector Matthew 10:14

Historical Jesus Matt.1:1,18 Luke 1:1-4
Son of David, Son of Abraham

42 generations 14/14/14, the 42nd is not connected to the 41st
See Isaiah 7:14, 9:6-7, 11:1

5 women included in the genealogy
Tamar Gen.38
Rahab Heb.11/Jos.2
Ruth Dt. 23:3
Uriah's wife Psalm 51

Jeconiah's line cursed Jer. 22:30

Mary's generations are listed in Luke 3
For another theory on Luke's genealogy see link

Matt.1:18 conceived by the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:31-35,38)

Matt. 1:19 Joseph righteous, Romans 4:1-3

Dreams: Matt. 1:20, 2:12-13,19,22

Chapter 2
Herod: Rome made him king of the Jews in 37 BC
Killed anyone who was a perceived threat to his throne including 3 sons, wife, mother-law
When Herod became disturbed the whole region was disturbed

Matt. 2:2 Star/perhaps a prophecy from Num.24:14

Wise men or Magi; possibly men from Persia familiar with the signs of the Messiah from Daniel 5

Chapter 2 shows the providence of God's will. How he allows people free will to accomplish His will. Also how God directly is involved in events

Augustine "The New Testament is concealed in the Old Testament and The Old Testament is reveled  in the New Testament."

The prophecy of the Jesus being called a Nazarene.
Perhaps from Isaiah 11:1, John 1:43-46, Psalm 22:6-8, Isaiah 49:7 and 53:3


S. Lewis Johnson

H.A. Ironside's commentary on Matthew

J. Vernon McGee's edited notes on Matthew

Martyn Lloyd Jones: Great Doctrines of the Bible

Saturday, August 25, 2012


You can do more than pray, after you have prayed.

But you can do no more than pray until you have prayed.

-John Bunyan

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

How Sweet and Awful Is the Place by Issac Watts

How Sweet and Awful Is the Place

1. How sweet and awful is the place
With Christ within the doors,
While everlasting love displays
The choicest of her stores.

2. While all our hearts and all our songs
Join to admire the feast,
Each of us cry, with thankful tongues,
"Lord, why was I a guest?"

3. "Why was I made to hear Thy voice,
And enter while there's room,
When thousands make a wretched choice,
And rather starve than come?"

4. 'Twas the same love that spread the feast
That sweetly drew us in;
Else we had still refused to taste,
And perished in our sin.

5. Pity the nations, O our God,
Constrain the earth to come;
Send Thy victorious Word abroad,
And bring the strangers home.

6. We long to see Thy churches full,
That all the chosen race
May, with one voice and heart and soul,
Sing Thy redeeming grace.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Spiritual Warfare

Spiritual Warfare/Outline

Commentaries used:

Martyn Lloyd Jones; Great Doctrines of the Bible

S.Lewis Johnson; Systematic Theology

Kurt Koch; "Between Christ and Satan

John Bunyan; Pilgrim's Progress

Opening: Hebrews 5:13-14

Poem by Matthew Arnold: "Blood and Battles"

Paul counsels Timothy to "fight for the faith" (1 Tim. 4:1-3, 6:12, and 2 Tim. 4:7)

Satan's sin is unbelief, he thinks he can defeat God (Isaiah 14:12-15). Contrast to the humilty of our Lord in Phil. 2:5-11.

Genesis 2:1 - 3:5 God knew Adam would sin and did not catch Him off guard

Anti-Christ; Instead of Christ or against Christ (2Thess. 2:4)
Angelic conflict around us: 2 Kings 6, Daniel 10:12-13, Mark 5;1-13 (100% of demons believe that Jesus is the Messiah)

Satan and demons works

1) Counterfiet teaching; Jude, Matthew 13:37-38, 2 Cor. 11:13-15, John 13:26-27

2) Blinds minds/ decieves the world; 2 Cor. 4:4, 2 Thess. 2:10, 2 Cor. 11:3, Acts 7:56-60 and 8:1-4

3) Performs false miracles; 2 Thess.2:7-12, Matt. 7:22-23, Acts 19:13-16, Acts 16:16-18, Exodus 7:8-12, 1 Samuel 28

4) Tempts and accuses; Matt. 4, Luke 4, Mark 1, Zec. 3:1-2, Job 1-3, Matt.16:21-23, 2 Cor. 12:7-9

Luther "even the devil is God's devil"

Satan God's instrument; 1 Tim. 1:18-20, 1 Cor. 5:5


1 John 4:4

Revelation 12:7-12

Luke 10:17-18

Colossians 2:14-15

Thursday, July 5, 2012

What is a Boy?

Between the innocence of babyhood and the dignity of manhood we find a delightful creature called a boy. Boys come in assorted sizes, weights, and colors, but all boys have the same creed: to enjoy every second of every minute of every hour of every day and to protest with noise (their only weapon) when their last minute is finished and the adult males pack them off to bed at night.

Boys are found everywhere—on top of, underneath, inside of, climbing on, swinging from, running around, or jumping to.

Mothers love them, little girls hate them, older sisters and brothers tolerate them, adults ignore them, and Heaven protects them.

A boy is Truth with dirt on its face, Beauty with a cut on its finger, Wisdom with bubble gum in its hair, and the Hope of the future with a frog in its pocket. When you are busy, a boy is an inconsiderate, bothersome, intruding jangle of noise. When you want him to make a good impression, his brain turns to jelly or else he becomes a savage, jungle creature bent on destroying the world and himself with it.

A boy is a composite—he has the appetite of a horse, the digestion of a sword-swallower, the energy of a pocket-sized atomic bomb, the curiosity of a cat, the lungs of a dictator, the imagination of a Paul Bunyan, the shyness of a violet, the audacity of a steel trap, the enthusiasm of a firecracker, and when he makes something, he has five thumbs on each hand. He likes ice cream, knives, saws, Christmas, woods, water (in its natural habitat), large animals, Dad, trains, Saturday mornings, and fire engines.

He is not much for, books without pictures, music lessons, neckties, barbers, girls, overcoats, adults, or bedtime. Nobody else is so early to rise, or so late to supper. Nobody else gets so much fun out of trees, dogs, and breezes. Nobody else can cram into one pocket a rusty knife, a half-eaten apple, three feet of string, an empty Bull Durham sack, two gum drops, six cents, a slingshot, a chunk of unknown substance, and a genuine supersonic code ring with a secret compartment.

A boy is a magical creature—you can lock him out of your workshop, but you can’t lock him out of your heart. You can get him out of your study, but you can’t get him out of your mind. Might as well give up—he is your captor, your jailer, your boss, and your master—a freckled-faced, pint-sized, cat-chasing, bundle of noise. But when you come home at night with only shattered pieces of your hopes and dreams, he can mend them like new with two magic words, "Hi Dad!"

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Legion Dispossessed Author: John Newton

1 Legion was my name, by nature
Satan rag'd within my breast;
Never misery was grater,
Never sinner more possess'd:
Mischievous to all around me,
To myself the greatest foe;
Thus I was when Jesus found me,
Fill'd with madness, sin, and woe.

2 Yet in this forlorn condition
When he came to set me free;
I reply'd to my physician,
"What have I to do with thee?"
But he would not be prevented,
Rescu'd me against my will;
Had he staid 'till I consented,
I had been a captive still.

3 "Satan, tho' thou fain would'st have it,
Know this soul is none of thine;
I have shed my blood to save it,
Now I challenge it for mine;
Tho' it long has thee resembled,
Henceforth it shall me obey;"
Thus he spoke, while Satan trembled,
Gnash'd his teeth, and fled away.

4 Thus my frantic soul he healed,
Bid my sins and sorrows cease;
"Take (said he) my pardon sealed,
I have sav'd thee, go in peace:
Rather take me, Lord to heaven,
Now thy love and grace I know;
Since thou hast my sins forgiven,
Why should I remain below.

5 "Love (he said) will sweeten labours,
Thou hast something yet to do:
Go and tell your friends and neighbours,
What my love has done for you:
Live to manifest my glory;
Wait for heav'n a little space:
Sinners, when they hear thy story,
Will repent and seek my face."
Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of Christians, 1803

Thursday, June 21, 2012

8 Ways to share what Christ has done

These practical instructions are just that: instructions. This is not a formula. It is a way of preparing your heart and organizing your life for gospel impact in the life of others.

1. Prepare to Share

Pray, read the Word, study, and get instruction with the intention of sharing it with another. We often read, study, and pray with ourselves in view. That’s appropriate of course, but if it stops there, we fall short of the mission of Christ. When you read, pray, and study with others in view you’ll begin to see how the truth connects with those around you. You can become prayerful for them and relate to them in a way that accords with truth and love.

2. Get Involved

Go to where the people are. Find a way to put yourself in the middle of the action. Volunteer, serve, practice hospitality, introduce yourself to the barista. There’s innumerable ways of making this step, so be intentional in the steps you decide to take. You can’t get involved in everything. But with those things that you are involved with, make it count.

3. Be Attentive

Look for and walk through the open doors God gives. Many times we don’t see the open doors, because we’re not paying attention. Many times we don’t walk through the open doors we see, because we’re afraid. When you are afraid to share Christ, you have yourself in view and not Christ. When your fear keeps you from sharing Christ with someone, you are more in love with yourself than the one who needs Christ. Repent, push through the awkwardness, and trust God.

4. Get Close

Evangelism and discipleship are most effective when it’s a personal relationship. Disciple making is a way of living, not a solitary practice. Share your life with someone else and show Christ to be the centerpiece. Break down your self-protecting barriers, and go deeper than you’re comfortable. Strive to be a person that is easy to get close to. Live the love of Christ before them–toward them.

5. Share Christ

You are to share Christ in words and deeds, and often deeds before words. Consider the best way to love the person that is before you, so that Christ may be known to and experienced by the person you are with. A question you might ask: how might the person before me need to hear and experience the love of Christ? A lot more should be said here, but this is a start.

6. Wait on the Lord

Be patient and persistent. We often approach sharing Christ with another with particular expectations. We think, often subconsciously, “If I do this, this should happen, and it should happen within this time frame.” When it doesn’t happen that way (and it usually doesn’t), we can get discouraged and give up. Remember, you’re the messenger and nothing more. Fruit will come in God’s time and God’s way. Keep the course. God is always at work, even and sometimes especially when you can’t see it.

7. Celebrate

When God works, celebrate it. If it’s a small open door with a neighbor or a good friend that comes to know Christ, celebrate the work of God in others. Make known what Christ is doing, and give him the glory for the way He is showing up in the life of others.

8. Repeat

Don’t stop. Go back and prepare some more, get a little more involved, heighten attentiveness, get closer still, share Christ more, keep waiting on God, and celebrate.

Who are you going to share Christ with this week?

Monday, June 18, 2012

"My Old Man"

My old man!

(Gleanings from the Inner Life of Ruth Bryan)

"that you put off, concerning your former conduct,

the old man which is corrupt according to its deceitful

lusts" Ephesians 4:22

I plainly see that neither my old man nor my new man

can be mended. The one is too bad--the other too good.

There is no patching or painting the old man to advantage;

it will still be "corrupt, according to its deceitful lusts."

The new man needs neither patching nor painting, for it is

"created in righteousness and true holiness." (Ephes. 4:24)

What is "born of the flesh is flesh"--and will act after its nature.

What is "born of the Spirit is spirit"--and will aspire to its source!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

A Beeline to the Cross

Charles Spurgeon: From the sermon "Christ precious to believers"

The best sermon is that which is fullest of Christ. We never like to hear a sermon unless there is something of Christ in it.

A Welsh minister who was preaching last Sabbath at the chapel of my dear brother, Jonathan George, was saying, that Christ was the sum and substance of the gospel, and he broke out into this story:—

A young man had been preaching in the presence of a venerable divine, and after he had done he went to the old minister, and said, "What do you think of my sermon?"

"A very poor sermon indeed," said he.

"A poor sermon?" said the young man, "it took me a long time to study it."

"Ay, no doubt of it." "Why, did you not think my explanation of the text a very good one?"

"Oh, yes," said the old preacher, "very good indeed."

"Well, then, why do you say it is a poor sermon? Didn't you think the metaphors were appropriate and the arguments conclusive?"

"Yes, they were very good as far as that goes, but still it was a very poor sermon."

"Will you tell me why you think it a poor sermon?"

"Because," said he, "there was no Christ in it."

"Well," said the young man, "Christ was not in the text; we are not to be preaching Christ always, we must preach what is in the text."

So the old man said, "Don't you know young man that from every town, and every village, and every little hamlet in England, wherever it may be, there is a road to London?"

"Yes," said the young man.

"Ah!" said the old divine "and so form every text in Scripture, there is a road to the metropolis of the Scriptures, that is Christ. And my dear brother, your business in when you get to a text, to say, 'Now what is the road to Christ?' and then preach a sermon, running along the road towards the great metropolis—Christ. And," said he, "I have never yet found a text that had not got a road to Christ in it, and if I ever do find one that has not a road to Christ in it, I will make one; I will go over hedge and ditch but I would get at my Master, for the sermon cannot do any good unless there is a savour of Christ in it."


Monday, April 23, 2012

The Simple Gospel/Charles Spurgeon

When I was about fifteen or sixteen years of age, I wanted a Savior, and I heard the gospel preached by a poor man, who said in the name of Jesus—"Look unto me and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth." It was very plain English, and I understood it, and obeyed it and found rest.I owe all my happiness since then to the same plain doctrine.Now, suppose that I were to say, "I have read a great many books, and there are a great many people willing to hear me. I really could not preach such a commonplace gospel as I did at the first. I must put it in a sophisticated way, so that none but the elite can understand me."I should be—what should I be? I should be a fool, writ large.I should be worse than that, I should be a traitor to my God; for if I was saved by a simple gospel, then I am bound to preach that same simple gospel till I die, so that others too may be saved by it.When I cease to preach salvation by faith in Jesus put me into a lunatic asylum, for you may be sure that my mind is gone.

Charles Spurgeon

Friday, April 6, 2012

Good Friday summed up in one verse

“This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.” (1 Timothy 1:15)

Friday, March 30, 2012

Spurgeon on Depression

From The Soul Winner (chapter 9, "The Cost of Being a Soul Winner")

Some years ago, I was the subject of fearful depression of spirit. Certain troublous events had happened to me; I was also unwell, and my heart sank within me. Out of the depths I was forced to cry unto the Lord. Just before I went away to Mentone for rest, I suffered greatly in body, but far more in soul, for my spirit was overwhelmed.Under this pressure, I preached a sermon from the words, "My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?" I was as much qualified to preach from that text as ever I expect to be; indeed, I hope that few of my brethren could have entered so deeply into those heart-breaking words. I felt to the full of my measure the horror of a soul forsaken of God. Now, that was not a desirable experience. I tremble at the bare idea of passing again through that eclipse of soul; I pray that I may never suffer in that fashion again unless the same result should hang upon it.That night, after sermon, there came into the vestry a man who was as nearly insane as he could be to be out of an asylum. His eyes seemed ready to start from his head, and he said that he should utterly have despaired if he had not heard that discourse, which had made him feel that there was one man alive who understood his feeling, and could describe his experience. I talked with him, and tried to encourage him, and asked him to come again on the Monday night, when I should have a little more time to talk with him.I saw the brother again, and I told him that I thought he was a hopeful patient, and I was glad that the word had been so suited to his case. Apparently, he put aside the comfort which I presented for his acceptance, and yet I had the consciousness upon me that the precious truth which he had heard was at work upon his mind, and that the storm of his soul would soon subside into a deep calm.

Now hear the sequel. Last night, of all the times in the year, when, strange to say, I was preaching from the words, "The Almighty hath vexed my soul," after the service, in walked this self-same brother who had called on me five years before. This time, he looked as different as noonday from midnight, or as life from death. I said to him, "I am glad to see you, for I have often thought about you, and wondered whether you were brought into perfect peace." I told you that I went to Mentone, and my patient also went into the country, so that we had not met for five years.To my enquiries, this brother replied, "Yes, you said I was a hopeful patient, and I am sure you will be glad to know that I have walked in the sunlight from that day till now. Everything is changed and altered with me."Dear friends, as soon as I saw my poor despairing patient the first time, I blessed God that my fearful experience had prepared me to sympathize with him and guide him; but last night, when I saw him perfectly restored, my heart overflowed with gratitude to God for my former sorrowful feelings. I would go into the deeps a hundred times to cheer a downcast spirit: it is good for me to have been afflicted that I might know how to speak a word in season to one that is weary.Suppose that, by some painful operation, you could have your right arm made a little longer, I do not suppose you would care to undergo the operation; but if you foresaw that, by undergoing the pain, you would be enabled to reach and save drowning men who else would sink before your eyes, I think you would willingly bear the agony, and pay a heavy fee to the surgeon to be thus qualified for the rescue of your fellows.Reckon, then, that to acquire soul-winning power you will have to go through fire and water, through doubt and despair, through mental torment and soul distress. It will not, of course, be the same with you all, nor perhaps with any two of you, but according to the work allotted you, will be your preparation. You must go into the fire if you are to pull others out of it, and you will have to dive into the floods if you are to draw others out of the water. You cannot work a fire-escape without feeling the scorch of the conflagration, nor man a lifeboat without being covered with the waves. If Joseph is to preserve his brethren alive, he must himself go down into Egypt; if Moses is to lead the people through the wilderness, he must first himself spend forty years there with his flock. Payson truly said, "If anyone asks to be made a successful minister, he knows not what he asks; and it becomes him to consider whether he can drink deeply of Christ's bitter cup and be baptized with His baptism."And from the same book, chapter 14: often feel very grateful to God that I have undergone fearful depression of spirits. I know the borders of despair, and the horrible brink of that gulf of darkness into which my feet have almost gone; but hundreds of times I have been able to give a helpful grip to brethren and sisters who have come into that same condition, which grip I could never have given if I had not known their deep despondency.

So I believe that the darkest and most dreadful experience of a child of God will help him to be a fisher of men if he will but follow Christ.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Wordless Book by Charles Spurgeon (Psalm 51)

"Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow."—Psalm 51:7.

Dare I say you have most of you heard of a little book which an old divine used constantly to study, and when his friends wondered what there was in the book, he told them that he hoped they would all know and understand it, but that there was not single word in it. When they looked at it, they found that it consisted of only three leaves; the first was black, the second was red, and the third was pure white. The old minister used to gaze upon the black leaf to remind himself of his sinful state by nature, upon the red leaf to call to his remembrance the precious blood of Christ, and upon the white leaf to picture to him the perfect righteousness which God has given to believers through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ his Son.I want you, dear friends, to read this book this evening, and I desire to read it myself. May God the Holy Spirit graciously help us to do so to our profit!I.

Page One; LET US LOOK AT THE BLACK LEAF.There is something about this in the text, for the person who used this prayer said, "Wash me," so he was black and needed to be washed; and the blackness was of such a peculiar kind that a miracle was needed to cleanse it away, so that the one who had been black would become white, and so white that he would be "whiter than snow."If we consider David's case when he wrote this Psalm, we shall see that he was very black. He had committed the horrible sin of adultery, which is so shameful a sin that we can only allude to it with bated breath. It is a sin which involves much unhappiness to others besides the persons who commit it; and it is a sin which, although the guilty ones may repent, cannot be undone. It is altogether a most foul and outrageous crime against God and man, and they who have committed it do indeed need to be washed.

Page Two; But now we must turn to the second leaf, THE BLOOD-RED LEAF OF THE WORDLESS BOOK, which brings to our remembrance the precious blood of Christ.When the sinner cries, "Wash me," there must be some fount of cleansing where he can be washed "whiter than snow." So there is, but there is nothing but the crimson blood of Jesus that can wash out the crimson stain of sin. What is there about Jesus Christ that makes him able to save all who come unto God by him? This is a matter upon which Christians ought to meditate much and often. Try to understand, dear friends, the greatness of the atonement. Live much under the shadow of the cross. For his Father to have to hide his face from him so that he cried in his agony, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" must have been a veritable hell to him. This was the tremendous draught of wrath which our Saviour drank for us to its last dregs so that our cup might not have one drop of wrath in it for ever. It must have been a great atonement that was purchased at so great price.

Page Three; This brings me to THE WHITE LEAF OF THE WORDLESS BOOK, which is just as full of instruction as either the black leaf or the red one: "Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow."What a beautiful sight it was, this morning, when we looked out, and saw the ground all covered with snow! The trees were all robed in silver; yet it is almost an insult to the snow to compare it to silver, for silver at its brightest is not worthy to be compared with the marvelous splendour that was to be seen wherever the trees appeared adorned with beautiful festoons above the earth which was robed in its pure white mantle. If we had taken a piece of what we call white paper, and laid it down upon the surface of newly-fallen snow, it would have seemed quite begrimed in comparison with the spotless snow. This morning's scene at once called the text to my mind: "Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow." You, O black sinner, if you believe in Jesus, shall not only be washed in his precious blood until you become tolerably clean, but you shall be made white, yea, you shall be "whiter than snow." When we have gazed upon the pure whiteness of the snow before it has become defiled, it has seemed as though there could be nothing whiter. I know that, when I have been among the Alps, and have for hours looked upon the dazzling whiteness of the snow, I have been almost blinded by it. If the snow were to lie long upon the ground, and if the whole earth were to be covered with it, we should soon all be blind. The eyes of man have suffered with his soul through sin, and just as our soul would be unable to bear a sight of the unveiled purity a God, our eyes cannot endure to look upon the wondrous purity of the snow. Yet the sinner, black through sin, when brought under the cleansing power of the blood of Jesus, becomes "whiter than snow."

(Excepts from sermon 3278 "The Wordless Book" January, 11th, 1866 C.H. Spurgeon) Thanks to

Saturday, January 21, 2012

The Lord's Prayer

From an unknown author on "the Lord's prayer;

"I cannot say our if I live only for myself in a spiritually watertight compartment, I cannot say Father if I do not endeavor each day to act like His child, I cannot say, who art in heaven if Iam laying up no treasure there, I cannot say hallowed be Thy name if I am not striving for holiness, I cannot say Thy kingdom come if I am not doing all in my power to hasten that wonderful event, I cannot say Thy will be done if I am disobedient to His Word, I cannot say in earth as it is in heaven if I'll not serve Him here and now, I cannot say give us this day our daily bread if I am dishonest or if I am seeking things by subterfuge, I cannot say forgive us our debts if I harbor a grudge against anyone, I cannot say lead us not into temptation if I deliberately place myself in its path, I cannot say deliver us from evil if I do not put on the whole armor of God, I cannot say Thine is the kingdom if I do not give to the King the loyalty due Him as a faithful subject, I cannot attribute to Him the power if I fear what men may do, I cannot ascribe to Him the glory if I'm seeking honor only for myself, and I cannot say forever if the horizon of my life is bounded
completely by time."