Category: Bible Words Spiritually Discerned

Sabbath October 12, 2013

Today is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God. 

Will you enter the fiery furnace?
Will you enter the Sabbath rest?
Jeremiah evidently was in that rest, as this verse testifies.

Then I said, I will not make mention of him,[the Word] nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay. Jeremiah 20:9

What an amazing text! God teaches us gently, repeating, repeating his instruction and repeating the lesson using other words, laboring to surround us with clear understandings of his will.

We learn that the phrase “I will not make mention” is the same as “nor speak any more.”

Then we have “him,” which is “the word,” which is “his name.”

And back to our lesson of days past, “his word” is “a burning fire!”

That word being “in mine heart” is the same as “shut up in my bones.”

“Weary with forbearing” is the same as “could not stay.”

It’s small wonder then that James has this to say of the Advent people.

Our object is to revive these sweet testimonies, that were written in the pure, cheering and soul-stirring spirit that attended the Advent movement from it’s commencement, hoping that many will be led to see the “old paths” clearly, and once more stand on the “ORIGINAL FAITH.”

The Lord with a powerful hand, brought the Advent people out from the bondage and corruption of the nominal churches, and they were free; but alas! how many of those free, honest and precious souls have been allured back into what is called the “ADVENT CHURCH!!”

Once the Advent lecturers, as the held forth the word of life, being filled with the Holy Ghost, spake with power, and the happy hearer was often heard to respond, amen; and, at times, shouts of praise to God would ring through the assembly. But Oh! how changed! The pure testimony is crushed, and in many Advent congregations, if one should dare to shout and praise the Lord, and “GIVE GLORY TO HIM,” as we did during the flying angel’s message, Rev. xiv, 6,7, he would be silenced as a fanatic, as having mesmerism, or some wicked spirit, and told perhaps, that all the Spirit of God there is, is the Spirit of the Word, and that God does not teach us at all, separate from the Word.

O, that all the true children had stood fast in the liberty wherewith Christ set them free in 1843, and 1844, and not been entangled in the cruel yoke of bondage. The Advent Review, Vol.1, No.1, page 112 (16, old version).

Having been buried six feet deep in formalism for the first fifty years of life, it must have been something to have witnessed whereof James speaks.

God Bless your study

Friday October 11, 2013

Our spiritual understanding is paramount for our salvation. If we are so spiritually blind that we do not believe there is a God in Heaven who set his word in the world to save us, we will not be saved. Much of the world is in this condition.

Then there are various steps all the way up the ladder of professed spiritual understanding. On every step there are persons who can be found in various stages of deception commensurate with their position. But from God’s view, the higher up the ladder their profession, the greater will be their punishment.

Apparently, according to The Day-Star, people will be falling off that strait and narrow way “all the way” “until we heard the voice of God.” When Christ appears the cry will be “Who shall be able to stand? Is my robe spotless?”

Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; Jeremiah 23:29

I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire. Daniel 7:9

You might like to investigate the things said in Ezekiel about the wheels. It seems to be something pointing up the beautiful harmony between the various words of God. Interesting.

And there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. Revelation 4:5

Many would like to make these seven into one. I’m not sure we have that liberty. Reading this partly spiritually, we might say there were seven parts of God’s words. The depth of God’s word is truly amazing.

Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning; Luke 12:35

Shades of being like John the Baptist, God’s word teaching God’s word. John 5:35

I beheld then because of the voice of the great words which the horn spake: I beheld even till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame. Daniel 7:11

For every battle of the warrior is with confused noise, and garments rolled in blood; but this shall be with burning and fuel of fire. Isaiah 9:5

What is Christ’s image? FIRE!! BURNING DEVOURING FIRE!!!! at least in part. The fires of Hell, in that final day, must be also some form or symbol of God’s word. Interesting.

God Bless your Study

Thursday October 10, 2013

Time for a little Bible lesson.

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalms 119:105

We are going to focus on the word lamp. God’s word is a lamp.

And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces. Genesis 15:17

Spiritually, God’s word is a lamp. Here we are being taught by God that his lamp is burning.

The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar; it shall never go out. Leviticus 6:13

Spiritually, God’s word shall ever be burning. Period. Don’t be afraid to eat one small bite of God’s words.

He [John the Baptist] was a burning and a shining light: John 5:35

Spiritually, John the Baptist was God’s word teaching God’s word. (Psalms 119:135 shine is to teach)

John the Baptist is a representative of the 144,000, Spirit of Prophecy, Vol.2, page 44. Check out this verse.

Then stood up Elias [Elijah] the prophet as fire, and his word burned like a lamp. Eccleasiasticus 48:1 That’s right, from the authentic Apocrypha.

Spiritually, Elijah was God’s word. And his word was God’s word not his own.

Elijah is a representative of the 144,000, Spirit of Prophecy, Vol.2, page 337.

Shifting gears a bit. Often the spiritual definitions have two sides, just like a coin. Here are a few verses on the other side of this spiritual definition.

Out of his mouth go burning lamps, and sparks of fire leap out. Out of his nostrils goeth smoke, as out of a seething pot or caldron. His breath kindleth coals, and a flame goeth out of his mouth. Job 41:19-21

That would be Satan, the leviathan.

An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire. Proverbs 16:27
Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with silver dross. Proverbs 26:23

Clearly this is not a reference to God or his words. As you study remember that often the definitions you learn have a good and a bad side. It’s just a part of God’s plan.

God Bless your Study

Friday October 4, 2013

It’s an amazing thing to me as I notice how Christ talked to the Jews.

Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things? Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? John 2:18-20

Christ did not try and tell them which words were to be spiritually understood and which were to be physically understood. Perhaps they should have understood them spiritually because what Christ said in this instance was, for man, a physical impossibility.

But he was often speaking to them in parables, dark sayings, and these stories were listened to by the masses, but they were charmed by the storyteller, not the part they didn’t understand. And Christ did not explain it to them, he let them go, the ones who wanted to, were anxious to get to bed, back to work, home in time to eat something, whatever it was, they did not ask him for an explanation.

But some did.

And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable. And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: Mark 4:10-11

So it was, that after the meeting some stayed, to ask. And for them, Christ explained it all. They got the mystery of the kingdom of God, they got the meat!

The real kicker to this whole thing is this, anybody could have got the same thing, it was free! for the asking!!

Here are some good questions.

How about you?
Are you willing to ask?
Are you willing to cherish what you do have now?
Why should God give you more light if you are doing nothing with what you have?
Are you just wanting some excitement?
What exactly are you doing now? spiritually?
How is this going to help you in working out your own salvation?
Is that Ok?

We live on the threshold of eternity…. With a God who so loved us that he gave his only Son to save us, so that we can become immortal, like him, and we can live together, enjoying each other, forever….

God Bless your Study

Tuesday October 1, 2013

We stand in the gap between a physical reality and a spiritual reality. Our state of mind determines if we are IN THE WAY, blocking, hindering, obscuring, being a stone of stumbling, one of Satan’s agents, or, IN THE WAY, of Christ, following his footsteps, helping those he connects with us to see spiritually, believe the truth, reading the Word and rightly dividing it.

Judas yielded to the temptations of Satan, and betrayed his best friend. Peter learned and profited by the lessons of Christ, and carried forward the work of reform which was left to the disciples when their Lord ascended on high. These two men represent the two classes whom Christ connects with himself, giving to them the advantages of his lessons, and the example of his unselfish, compassionate life, that they may learn of him. p. 144, Para. 2, [29OT].

The more man views his Saviour, and becomes acquainted with him, the more he will become assimilated to his image, and work the works of Christ. The age in which we live calls for reformatory action. The light of truth [God’s Word] which shines [teaches] upon us calls for men of determined action, and sterling moral worth, to labor diligently and perseveringly to save the souls of all who will hear the invitation of the Spirit of God. p. 145, Para. 1, [29OT].

It thrills my soul to continually see this beautiful harmony between the authentic Spirit of Prophecy and the Bible! God has done marvelous things with his Word! By beholding our thoughts are drawn to God and he changes our thoughts to purity, that we might be prepared for translation. He changes our acts by changing our thoughts through our reading of his words; we eat the true bread of life, the flesh of Christ, John 6.

The word of God is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” The heart preoccupied with the word of God is fortified against Satan. Those who make Christ their daily companion and familiar friend will feel that the powers of an unseen world are all around them; and by looking unto Jesus [the Word] they will become assimilated to his image. By beholding [the Word], they become changed to the divine pattern; their character is softened, refined, and ennobled for the heavenly kingdom. p. 134, Para. 1, [30OT].

Look how God repeats the same teaching using different words in this paragraph! not once, not twice, but four!! (4)!! times! Amazing!

In order for things to change I must change, I must renounce the world, their ways, practices, methods, or I will die with them. I must embrace God, his ways, practices, methods, and I shall live, a new life, a life to live forever with him. It’s a choice.

God Bless your Study

Monday September 30, 2013

Someone was running around fretting about others leaving the lights on, wasting the electricity and the expense thereof. It must have been potluck that day at the church. I was standing chatting with a man who carried some weighty responsibilities with his business. He was actually a part of the GC. In response to this fretting he turned to me and said, “Man, I just leave the lights on, it’s just a cost of being in business. You got to have light, to do anything.” Yeah, that’s right….

It’s amazing to me to contemplate the word light.

Truly the light is sweet, Ecclesiastes 11:7

How can light be sweet?

Thy words were found, and I did eat them; Jeremiah 15:16

Son of man, cause thy belly to eat, and fill thy bowels with this roll that I give thee. Then did I eat it; and it was in my mouth as honey for sweetness. Ezekiel 3:3

And since God’s words are light….

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalms 119:105

Therefore, it is very true— that the light is sweet!

Besides, “You got to have light, to do anything!”

God Bless your Study

Sabbath September 28, 2013

“The pen is mightier than the sword” is often heard through the halls of time. Man comes up with some true thoughts; God comes up with truth, in it’s purist form.

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

I really like this following example.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. John 1:1-5

Note carefully the words in red from the above passage.

This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 1 John 1:5

Now note these words in red. Are they saying the same thing?

Well, let’s stack another precept on top of that and see what happens.

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalms 119:105

How amazing!
God’s word is a light! Psalms 119:105
The Word was God! John 1:1
God is light! 1 John 1:5

Certainly we can not be that far off the mark in our discussion about God’s word. This is worthy of major thought.

God Bless your study

Friday September 27, 2013

Here are three more passages on image, all from No. 26.

If we poor mortals reach Heaven, we must overcome as Christ overcame. We must be assimilated to his image, and our characters be spotless. p. 45, Para. 4, [26OT].

It seems that character is very closely associated with thoughts. While we are judged on our acts, it is our thoughts from which our acts spring.

You need more human sympathy. This is a quality of our natures which God has given us to render us charitable and kind to those with whom we are brought in contact. We find it in men and women whose hearts are not in unison with Christ, and it is a sad sight indeed when his professed followers lack this great essential of Christianity. They do not copy the Pattern, and it is impossible for them to reflect the image of Jesus in their lives and deportment. p. 74, Para. 1, [26OT].

A snapshot of one element of character, human sympathy. It’s interesting that people can profess all they want. But, human words are not the pure words of God. We have to examine the acts, which is the fruit on the tree.

Certain unsympathizing disciples commanded that the children be taken away lest they should trouble the Master; but as they were turning away in sadness, Christ rebuked his followers, saying, “Suffer little children to come unto me and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” p. 206, Para. 1, [26OT].

He knew that these children would listen to his counsel and accept him as their Redeemer, while those who were world-wise and hard-hearted, would be less likely to follow him and find a place in the kingdom of God. These little ones, coming to Christ and receiving his advice and benediction, had his image and his gracious words stamped upon their plastic minds, never to be effaced. We should learn a lesson from this act of Christ, that the hearts of the young are most susceptible to the teachings of Christianity, easy to influence towards piety and virtue, and strong to retain the impressions received. But these tender, youthful ones should be approached with kindness, and taught with love and patience. p. 206, Para. 2, [26OT].

The proximity of these two terms we have been studying is notable. In fact, we have the peg word “his” to indicate that image and gracious words are actually synonymous! And this is the whole point in a nutshell.

The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. John 6:63

In order to be pure, our thoughts must be pure, in order for our thoughts to be pure, we must choose pure things to think. And, there is only one source for that purity.

Every word of God is pure: Proverbs 30:5

God Bless your study

Thursday September 26, 2013

Amazing things are said in the Bible and in the authentic Spirit of Prophecy. Sometimes we need to slow down and really absorb what the individual words are saying. Perhaps the subject passage we have today is such a one. This comes to us from Original Testimony (that is the “OT” at the end of the reference) No. 25.

“Now if any man have not the spirit of Christ, he is none of his.” This is close language. Who can stand the test? The word of God is to us a daguerreotype [This word was the name used for photograph in those days.] of the mind of God and of Christ, also of man fallen, and man renewed after the image of Christ, possessing the divine mind.

The last sentence above states an amazing fact. We have been steadily examining the ideas surrounding the word word. Now we find God’s instruction plainly stating that the Bible is to us a picture “of the mind of God and of Christ!” Then it goes on to state it is a picture “of man fallen and man renewed after the image of Christ, possessing the divine mind.”

This last phrase “possessing the divine mind” tells us that “man renewed after the image of Christ” is a man who has the Word(s) of the Bible in his mind, by choice, willingly, cherishing the words of Spirit and Life, seeking how to apply those words to his own actions, that…, (look below at this next two sentences.)

We may compare our thoughts, feelings, and intentions, with the picture of Christ. We have no relationship with him unless we are willing to work the works of Christ. p. 118, Para. 1, [25OT].

…we might “work the works of Christ.” Since thought is parent to act it is imperative that we change our thoughts. We change our thoughts by the law of indirect action. We leave the undesirable thoughts as they are, unchanged, and take other, new, more desirable thoughts, and focus our mind on them. This is where God’s word comes in. We become children of the Word, living, breathing, eating, these words from God’s table, the Bible, which words are Spirit! and Life! John 6:63, and are, in fact, (spiritually, not physically) the flesh and blood of Christ! John 6:47-58.

We have all heard the saying, “You are what you eat!” And so it is! If you eat the flesh of Christ, which is the words of the Bible, and drink his blood, which is the words of the Bible, you will be “renewed after the image of Christ!” This eating of Christ’s flesh, the Word, and drinking of his blood, the Word, at God’s table, must be done with Faith and a heart to do the works. Christ’s righteousness does not do the works man can do.

Christ came to do his Father’s will. Are we following in his steps? All who have named the name of Christ should be constantly seeking for a more intimate acquaintance with him, that they may walk even as he walked, and do the works of Christ. We should appropriate the lessons of his life to our lives. “Christ gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people zealous of good works. Hereby perceive we the love of God; because he laid down his life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” Here is the work of self-denial which we must enter upon with cheerfulness, in imitation of the example of our Redeemer. The Christian’s life must be one of conflict and of sacrifice. The path of duty should be followed; not the path of inclination and of choice. p. 119, Para. 1, [25OT].

Jesus said he only spoke words that the Father gave him, John 14:24. And now these follow.

I am come a light [Psalms 119:105] into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness. And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak. John 12:46-50

Oh! Beautiful! Harmony! I praise God that he, and not Ellen, is the true author of the authentic Spirit of Prophecy! She was called the weakest of the weak and that included her mental ability. Un-learned but humble in God’s sight. Willing to follow the path of duty. Someone God could use. She did not possess in herself the ability to create this harmony between the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy. Only God could do such!

God Bless your Study

Tuesday September 24, 2013

“And when thou art converted.”

You will remember that, that’s what Jesus told Peter. But Peter had been with the Word all this time, about three years. Why is it that he was not converted? Apparently ten of the twelve were converted.

Daniel says, “Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried.” Under the second angel’s message about 50,000 people came out of the fallen churches and waited on October 22, 1844 for Christ to come. He did not come. They were “purified, and made white, and tried,” and many of them failed the test. They left the faith. By some estimates there were only about fifty who remained faithful.

What is it in the heart of man that “I” would fail the test?

It’s amazing that Christ said this about Nathanael, “Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!” How could he say that about the man? Because he is God. God reads our hearts and knows who should be saved and who should not get the hidden words of God, the mystery of kingdom of God, Mark 4:11.

On this site we are following God’s instruction in Matthew.

There is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops. Matthew 10:26-27

You might get a lot of information, you might be witness to much, as was Simon in Acts 8, but, you might not be right with God. Remember that he reads every secret of your heart. All this might be the source of these words.

I turned to look for the Advent people in the world, but could not find them, when a voice said to me, Look again, and look a little higher. At this, I raised my eyes and see a strait and narrow path, cast up high above the world. On this path the Advent people were traveling to the City, which was at the farther end of the path. They had a bright light set up behind them at the first end of the path, which an angel told me was the Midnight Cry. This light shone all along the path and gave light for their feet so they might not stumble. And if they kept their eyes fixed on Jesus, who was just before them, leading them to the City, they were safe. But soon some grew weary, and said the City was a great way off, and they expected to have entered it before. Then Jesus would encourage them by raising his glorious right arm, and from his arm came a glorious light which waved over the Advent band, and they shouted, Hallelujah! Others rashly denied the light behind them, and said that it was not God that had led them out so far. The light behind them went out which left their feet in perfect darkness, and they stumbled and got their eyes off the mark and lost sight of Jesus, and fell off the path down in the dark and wicked world below. It was just as impossible for them to get on the path again & go to the City, as all the wicked world which God had rejected. They fell all the way along the path one after another, until we heard the voice of God like many waters, which gave us the day and hour of Jesus’ coming. The Day-Star

The words in red communicate certain things without stating them explicitly. The word “they” indicates those who profess the truth. The path is the strait and narrow way to the City, and it should be remembered that it goes all the way to the City. The falling off the path is, of course, leaving the faith.

Here is the critical point, people are falling off the path, or, leaving the faith “until we heard the voice of God.” This hearing of God’s voice happens AT the deliverance of the saints, 1858 Great Controversy, page 205. Meaning that some, apparently, will be giving up the faith during the time of trouble such as never was, the time of Jacob’s trouble. It would appear that they were not sealed even though professing the faith and going through, or nearly through, the time of trouble. God, who knows all things, knows what none of the rest of the saints knows, that is, that this person is not right with him and should not be saved.

Like Peter, they know not themselves. They withstand some trials, some of the time of trouble such as never was, some hardships, but God reads their hearts, their inner secrets, and there is no more time for character formation. If this be so, doubtless they will not suffer much in the fires of the last day. We have so much to be grateful for that God is just and righteous altogether.

Be careful with God. This is not a game, not a social club, this is real.

God Bless your study