By David Watson

Benchley, January 3, 2018

  • Context and harmony, continued:
    • Practice using context and harmony together, continued:
      • John 14:26; 16:13 – Does the Holy Spirit miraculously guide people?
        • Context: Jesus and the apostles
        • Harmony: John 13:1; Luke 22:13-14; Matthew 26:19-21; Mark 14:16-18; Acts 8:14
        • Conclusion: Jesus was speaking directly to the apostles and specifically to them. This does not mean the Holy Spirit miraculously guides us today.
      • I Corinthians 1:17 – Is baptism necessary for salvation? Paul said Christ did not send him to baptize!
        • Context: Paul was discussing division that was coming from people being baptized by different people.
        • Harmony: I Corinthians 12:13; Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3-4; I Peter 3:21
        • Conclusion: Baptism is essential for salvation. Here, Paul was addressing a controversy that was springing up and causing division with people dividing over who baptized them. I Corinthians 10:17 is a not-but passage emphasizing preaching over baptism.
      • Ephesians 4:31 – Is all anger sinful?
        • Context: Ephesians 4:25-31 – All anger is not condemned.
        • Harmony: Mark 3:5; Psalms 97:10
        • Conclusion: No, all anger is not sinful. Jesus Himself expressed anger.
      • Luke 14:26 – Are we really supposed to hate our families?
        • Context: Luke 14:23-33 – Jesus is trying to get people to understand the depth of commitment required to follow Him.
        • Harmony: Matthew 22:39; 10:37
        • Conclusion: We are to love Christ the most. We should love Him so much that all other relationships look like hate in comparison.

Soul and Spirit

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, September 24, 2017

  • Introduction
    • Are soul and spirit used interchangeably? No
    • Does the work soul always mean the same thing? No
    • Does the word spirit always mean the same thing? No
  • Soul, its meanings
    • The whole man – Genesis 46:22; I Peter 3:20; Acts 7:14
    • Mind, passions, emotions – Numbers 21:4; I Samuel 1:10-15
    • The body – Job 33:22
    • One mindedness – Acts 4:32
    • The eternal spirit – Matthew 10:28; Ezekiel 18:4; Hebrews 16:9
  • Spirit, its meanings
    • Holy Spirit – Acts 2:4
    • Mind, disposition – Romans 8:15; Matthew 5:3; I Kings 21:5; Romans 8:9
    • The gospel in contrast to the law – II Corinthians 3:6; Hebrews 10:1-10
    • The eternal spirit – Ecclesiastes 12:7; James 2:26
  • Soul and spirit sometimes used interchangeably
    • Saved – Hebrews 10:29; I Corinthians 5:5
    • Purified – I Peter 1:22; II Corinthians 7:1
    • Departs – James 2:26; Genesis 35:18
  • I Thessalonians 5:23
  • Have I appropriated the blessings for the soul and spirit to myself?
    • Luke 6:46; Matthew 7:21

2 Corinthians, Part 2

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, February 15, 2017

  • II Corinthians 1:11-2:16
  • II Corinthians 1:21 – See I Samuel 10. God anointed the apostles by setting them in place to do their work.
  • II Corinthians 1:22 – God sealed the apostles as belonging to Him and gave them the Holy Spirit as a guarantee that their task was from God and not from man. See also Galatians 1:12.
  • II Corinthians 2:6-8 – Paul is warning against being overly righteous and refusing to forgive a person because their sin is too great. When someone repents, we must forgive and not lay his past life to his charge any more.  When we forgive someone, we should reaffirm our love for them.
  • II Corinthians 2:11 – The enemy is Satan – not the sinning brother!

1 Corinthians, Part 4

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, June 15, 2016

  • I Corinthians 2:7-3:5
  • I Corinthians 2:11 – This seems to be referring to the Holy Spirit because I Corinthians 2:12 talks about receiving this Spirit of God and we know the Holy Spirit was specifically sent to reveal God’s Word.
  • I Corinthians 2:14-15 – The “natural man” is a man that closes his mind to spiritual things and wants to direct his own steps. The spiritually-minded man discerns all things and cannot be judged by those who do not.
  • I Corinthians 3:2 – See Hebrews 5:12-14.
  • I Corinthians 3:3 – The Corinthians were not able to bear the strong meat of God’s Word because they were still losing their battle with fleshly lusts.

Galatians, Part 4

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, January 6, 2016

  • Galatians 3:1-14
  • Galatians 3:1 – The word “foolish” here means, “having poor judgment.”
  • Galatians 3:2 – See II Corinthians 3. Spirit here most likely means the work of the Holy Spirit, i.e., the gospel.  Many take the view that this is talking about the personal indwelling of the Holy Spirit, which conflicts with other passages.
  • Galatians 3:10 – Those who were trying to find salvation by keeping the law of Moses were under a curse because they could not keep the law perfectly. The blood of Christ allows us to be saved even though we have sinned.  Jesus came to redeem us from the curse of the law.  See Joel 2:32.

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, December 13, 2015

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  • The five points of Calvinism all depend on each other. They stand or fall together.
  • Irresistible grace: the belief that when God chooses someone to be saved, they cannot help but to come to Christ.
  • It is not a question of whether the Holy Spirit leads man to salvation, but how He does it.
    • He effects:
      • The new birth by the Word (I Peter 1:22; John 3:5)
      • Cleansing (John 17:17) and sanctification by the Word (I Corinthians 6:11)
      • Convicts man of sin by the Word (Titus 1:9)
      • Salvation by the Word (Titus 3:5)
        • John 8:32; 17:17
      • Indwells the Christian by the Word (Ephesians 3:17; Romans 10:17; Colossians 3:16)
        • II Timothy 1:14
        • Revelation 2:13; II John 2:2
      • Romans 1:16 – The gospel is God’s power to save.
      • The doctrine of irresistible grace falls because it is built on a faulty foundation and because it undermines the power of the gospel for salvation.
      • Acts 7:51; Hebrews 10:29-31 – Both these verses show the doctrine to be false.

Word of the Day, Part 10:  Speak

By Ed Whitt

Benchley, July 19, 2015

  • Speak, continued:
    • God speaks (continued):
      • New Testament
        • Through His Son – Hebrews 1:1-3
        • Through His Holy Spirit – John 16:7-13
        • Through the writings of inspired saints
          • I Corinthians 2:1-7; II Peter 3:1-2; II Corinthians 13:1-3
          • Hebrews 2:3-4; I Thessalonians 2:13
        • Man also spoke, but not always inspired
          • The writer recording it was inspired
          • The person recorded might not be
            • The blind man Jesus healed – John 9:31
            • Job’s friends
              • Eliphaz the Temanite
              • Zophar the Naamathite
              • Bildad the Shuhite
              • Job 5:17; 42:7-8
            • Take care whether to speak
              • Takes contemplation – James 1:19
              • Takes caution – Ecclesiastes 5:2
              • Takes wisdom – Proverbs 10:19; 13:3; 15:2
            • Why?
              • Tongue is a dangerous weapon
                • Must be tamed – James 3:1-12
                • Can be unfitting – Ephesians 5:3-4
                • Can defile – Matthew 15:11
                • Brings evil back to life – Colossians 3:5-11
              • James didn’t say NOT to speak
                • Ecclesiastes 3:1
                • We need to take care how we speak
              • Take care how to speak
                • Things in “good taste” – Colossians 4:6
                • Things that are exemplary – I Timothy 4:12
                • Especially to brethren – Titus 2:6-8
              • There are things which must be said
                • Jeremiah 20:8-9
              • Be wary of how others speak
                • Romans 16:17-18

 

Sufficiency of God’s Plan

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, May 25, 2014

 

  • Ephesians 3:11
  • Jesus, a sufficient savior
    • Perfect life – Hebrews 4:15
    • Perfect sacrifice – Hebrews 10:1-10
    • Perfect high priest – Hebrews 7:25
  • Holy Spirit, a sufficient revelator
    • John 14:26; 16:13
    • Only gospel – Galatians 1:6-8
    • Once delivered – Jude 3
    • All the man of God needs for His work – II Timothy 3:16-17
  • Local church, a sufficient structure
    • Worship – I Corinthians 11:20; 14:23; Acts 20:7
    • Spiritual work – I Corinthians 9:7-14; Acts 20:28,32; I Corinthians 5:1-5
    • Organization – Acts 20:28; I Peter 5:1-3

 

The Conversion of Cornelius

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By Larry Bunch

Benchley, July 7, 2013

  • Three miracles
    • Angel
    • Housetop
    • Holy Spirit
  • Determine the difference:  circumstances or terms of pardon
    • Circumstances may vary (preacher, locale, or place)
    • Terms of pardon remain the same
  • Acts 9:36-11:18
  • The visit of the angel
    • The angel does not bring word that he is saved.
    • Does not leave him rejoicing in forgiveness of sins
    • Purpose:  to get the preacher and the sinner together so the preacher can tell the sinner words that will save him
  • The housetop
    • Purpose:  God is no respecter of persons
  • Denominational arguments
    • We are saved by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, etc.
  • Ask two questions:  When did the Holy Spirit fall on them and why did the Holy Spirit fall on them?
  • When did the Holy Spirit fall on Cornelius and his household?
    • Acts 11:15 – before Peter even began to speak saving words!
  • Why did the Holy Spirit fall?
    • Acts 11:17-18 – to prove to the Jews that God has accepted the Gentiles
  • Terms of pardon
    • Peter preached.
    • They heard the Gospel.
    • All accounts of conversion do not mention all steps.  Confession is not mentioned here.
    • Peter ordered them to be baptized.

I John, Part 18

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By Kevin Scott

Benchley, June 16, 2013

  • I John 5:6-8 – God consistently advises us to only believe a thing on the word of two or three witnesses.  See I Timothy 5:19; Deuteronomy 19:15.
  • I John 5:7 – Earlier translations such as the KJV and NKJV include additional language referring to the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit.  We now know that these words were added by Erasmus because of outside pressure.  These words made it into the Textus Receptus and thus the KJV.  The truth added by these words is found in several other places in the New Testament.