And the Spirit & the bride say, come.... Reveaaltion 22:17

And the Spirit & the bride say, come.... Reveaaltion 22:17
And the Spirit & the bride say, come...Revelation 22:17 - May We One Day Bow Down In The DUST At HIS FEET ...... {click on blog TITLE at top to refresh page}---QUESTION: ...when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? LUKE 18:8

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

DESIRE OF AGES: Audio & Pull Quotes- Chapter 55

Not With Outward Show

Audio:
https://www.youtube.com/embed/kgultwCkYK4?list=PL4ByrircmXL6qt2QplU6IudoOYVgzBS3C

It is as true now as in apostolic days, that without the illumination of the divine Spirit, humanity cannot discern the glory of Christ. The truth and the work of God are
unappreciated by a world-loving and compromising Christianity.
But today in the religious world there are multitudes who, as they believe, are working for the establishment of the kingdom of Christ as an earthly and temporal dominion. They desire to make our Lord the ruler of the kingdoms of this world, the ruler in its courts, its legislative halls, its palaces and market places. They expect Him to rule through legal enactments, enforced by human authority. Since Christ is not now here in person, they themselves will undertake to act in His stead, to execute the laws of His kingdom. The establishment of such a kingdom is what the Jews desired in the days of Christ.
The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 1 Corinthians 2:14

What Enoch Knew

"Through holy angels God revealed to Enoch His purpose to destroy the world by a flood, and He also opened more fully to him the plan of redemption.
By the spirit of prophecy He carried him down through the generations that should live after the Flood, and showed him the great events connected with the second coming of Christ and the end of the world."
Patriarchs & Prophets p.85, E.G.W.

And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam,
prophesied of these, saying,
Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,..
Jude 1:14
 

ARK / ANTI-TYPE

"ANTI-TYPE: The original Greek word ἀντίτυπος (antitypos) has the meaning of a ‘representative’
or a ‘figure’. The dictionary definition of the English word ‘antitype’ is ‘something that is represented by a symbol’. It comes from ‘anti’ meaning ‘opposite’, as well as ‘in place of’, and ‘typos’ an impression like from a die or stamp. So an opposite to the die is a representation or symbol of the original. In short, the Bible makes it clear that the Ark, which saved eight souls through the deluge, is a figure, or ‘type’, of Christ and His salvation. Through entering the Ark, all who responded to Noah’s preaching could be saved from the waters of judgment. Even so, by entering into Christ, the ultimate Ark of salvation, we are saved from the judgment to come." CMI

… when once the long-suffering of God waited in the days of Noah, an ark having been prepared, into which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water. Which antitype now also saves us, baptism (not a putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God through the resurrection of Jesus Christ …  Peter 3:20–21

Papal Notes - Francis said WHAT?

"Here’s a list of things that are actual idols:
  • Icons of Mary and the Saints
  • Supposed holy relics
  • Dead people, when you pray to them
  • Rosary beads and holy water
Those are idols; physical objects or created beings who are worshiped, prayed to, or ascribed with spiritual power.

But, according to Pope Francis the real threat of idolatry is from the truth. Specifically, the Pope argues that if you care too much about truth, you’re idolizing it.

 The message from the Pope took an odd turn.
We must be careful not to fall into the temptation of making idols of certain abstract
truths. They can be comfortable idols, always within easy reach; they offer a certain prestige and power and are difficult to discern. Because the “truth-idol” imitates, it dresses itself up in the words of the Gospel, but does not let those words touch the heart. Much worse, it distances ordinary people from the healing closeness of the word and of the sacraments of Jesus.
Jesus said that he was the truth in John 14:6. It is through Jesus that truth comes (John 1:17). That which is true comes directly from God, so much so, that it is only barely indistinguishable from God Himself; truth is the emanation of God’s glory.
 
Ironically, the next words out of the Pope’s mouth encourage people to turn from idolizing truth an instead turn to Mary
Here, let us turn to Mary, Mother of priests. We can call upon her as “Our Lady of
Closeness”. “As a true mother, she walks at our side, she shares our struggles and she constantly surrounds us with God’s love”, in such a way that no one feels left out. Our Mother is not only close when she sets out “with haste” to serve, which is one means of closeness, but also by her way of expressing herself.
Turn away from truth, because it’s an idol. Instead turn to Mary. Got it." P&P

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6
 

Dissecting the Psalm about Absalom SERIES: 2

"A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his Son.

Many there be which say of my soul,
There is no help for him in God.
Selah.
Psalm 3:2


Verse 2. David complains before his loving God of the worst weapon of his enemies' attacks, saith David, "many there be that say of my soul, There is no help for him in God."

Some of his distrustful friends said this sorrowfully, but his enemies exultingly boasted of it, and longed to see their words proved by his total destruction. This was the
unkindest cut of all, when they declared that his God had forsaken him.

It is the most bitter of all afflictions to be led to fear that there is no help for us in God. And yet remember our most blessed Savior had to endure this in the deepest degree when he cried, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" He knew full well what is was to walk in darkness and to see no light. This was the curse of the curse. This was the wormwood mingled with the gall. To be deserted of his Father was worse than to be the despised of men.

    "Selah." This is a musical pause; the precise meaning of which is not known. Some think it simply a rest, a pause in the music; others say it means, "Lift up the strain—sing more loudly—pitch the tune upon a higher key—there is nobler matter to come, therefore retune your harps." Harp-strings soon get out of order and need to be screwed up again to their proper tightness, and certainly our heart-strings are evermore getting out of tune, Let "Selah" teach us to pray."
Charles Spurgeon

Health Note - Gogi Berries

Beloved,
I wish above all things that thou mayest ...be in health...
3 John 1:2

"The goji berry, also known as the wolfberry commonly grown in the north-central and western areas of China.


The ripe berry is easily damaged during picking, so it’s common for them to be carefully dried to preserve them before export.

Goji berries contain complex starches called Lycium barbarum polysaccharides, which may benefit the immune function, and may reduce fatigue associated with living at high altitude.
Antioxidants temper the destructive power of free radicals, substances occurring naturally in our body but if produced in excess accelerate cell damage and destruction. Chinese research has shown a standardised dose of goji berry extract given over a month-long trial helped boost levels of protective anti-oxidant liver enzymes, and reduced by-products of oxidative damage in the blood by almost 10%.

--WARNING--
Do goji berries have any dangerous side effects?
There are herb-drug interactions with goji berries. If you take warfarin (a blood thinner) you should avoid goji berries.
Goji berries may also interact with diabetes and blood pressure drugs, so check with your pharmacist about possible interactions." WebMD

Creation Moment - White Tiger

"White tigers lack the capacity to produce red and yellow pigments (called ‘pheomelanin’)—caused by a single mutational change in a gene.

All living white tigers are descended from descendants of a single male white tiger (named ‘Mohan’) captured in India in 1951. Black pigment (eumelanin) production is not affected, which is why white tigers still have their characteristic dark stripes.

Stripes, by the way, represent a challenge to evolution, as there’s increasing evidence now that mutations degrade (not produce!) stripes, resulting in spots and other broken patterns—representing a loss of genetic information.

This begs the question: how did cats get their stripes in the first place? From a biblical perspective, there’s no problem—although it would be nice if all Christian artists were aware they should portray at least one of Noah’s pair of felids with stripes when boarding or disembarking from the Ark." CMI
For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
Romans 8:22
 

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

DESIRE OF AGES: Audio & Pull Quotes- Chapter 54

The Good Samaritan

Audio:
https://www.youtube.com/embed/TOCUY1fDrU8?list=PL4ByrircmXL6qt2QplU6IudoOYVgzBS3C

His name have lost sight of the fact that Christians are to represent Christ.
In the story of the good Samaritan, Christ illustrates the nature of true religion.

Again Jesus refused to be drawn into controversy. He did not denounce the bigotry of those who were watching to condemn Him. But by a simple story He held up before His hearers such a picture of the outflowing of heaven-born love as touched all hearts, and drew from the lawyer a confession of the truth.
In the story of the good Samaritan, Jesus gave a picture of Himself and His mission. Man had been deceived, bruised, robbed, and ruined by Satan, and left to perish; but the Savior had compassion on our helpless condition.
 Beloved, if we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and His love is perfected in us. 1 John 4:20
 

"Testimony of Jesus"

Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw. Revelation 1:2

The Testimony of Jesus:
Not Words about Christ
Rather Words from Christ

Does the Testimony have to be Canonical? John the Baptist wasn't Canonical...yet...
For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist:....But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves,...
Luke 7:28,30


"Little heed is given to the Bible,
 and the Lord has given a lesser light
to lead men and women to the greater light."
RH January 20, 1903, ELLEN WHITE

1)- And the dragon was wroth with the woman,
and went to make war with
--the remnant of her seed,
--which keep the commandments of God,
--and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
Revelation 12:17
2)-  I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus:
worship God:
for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
Revelation 19:10

Dissecting the Psalm about Absalom SERIES: 1

"A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his Son.

LORD, how are they increased that trouble me!
many are they that rise up against me.
Psalm 3:1

Verse 1. The poor broken-hearted father complains of the multitude of his enemies: and if
you turn to 2 Samuel 15:12, you will find it written that "the conspiracy was strong; for the people increased continually with Absalom," while the troops of David constantly diminished! "Lord how are they increased that trouble me!"

"Many are they that rise up against me."
Let us here recall to our memory the innumerable host which beset our Divine Redeemer.
The legions of our sins,
the crowd of bodily pains,
the host of spiritual sorrows,
and all the allies of death,
set themselves in battle against the Son of Man.
 O how precious to know and believe that he has routed their hosts, and trodden them down in his anger! 
 The dragon lost his sting when he dashed it into the soul of Jesus."
Charles Spurgeon

IN the NEWS - Barbara Bush on God

"Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida, revealed that his mother, former first lady Barbara Bush,
talked to him about Jesus Christ in their last meeting before she died last week.
Speaking before close to 1,500 attendees at his mother's funeral at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston on Saturday, Bush said that in their last visit together, they talked about their Christian faith. 
"Jeb, I believe in Jesus and he is my savior," she told him when he asked her about her feelings on death.

During a C-Span interview in 2013, the then-88-year-old Bush affirmed that she is a "huge believer
in a loving God."
"And I don't have a fear of death for my precious George or for myself because I know that there is a great God," she added, referring to her husband.

During the service, six of Bush's grandchildren, all women, each read a section from the Book of Proverbs, beginning with the lines, "Her children rise up and call her happy; her husband too, and he praises her: 'Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.'"
Proverbs 31:28,29/CP

 

Creation Moment 4/25/2018 - Kitty Cats Can't Roar

"The cat family is placed within the order Carnivora, which comprises nine extant families (or ten if mongooses are considered a separate family; Herpestidae).

The carnivores are grouped into two suborders:
--the catlike carnivores, or Feliformia, including the Felidae (cats), the Hyaenidae (hyenas), the Viveridae (civets), and the Herpestidae (mongooses);
--and the dog-like carnivores, or Caniformia, including the Canidae (dogs), the Ursidae (bears), the Procyonidae (raccoons), and the Mustelidae (weasels), as well as two marine families, the Otariidae (sea lions) and the Phocidae (seals).

Intro
The 38 species of extant cat have a very characteristic phenotype readily distinguished from other species of animals. Recently, the clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa) was separated into two species, which, if acknowledged, brings the total number of species to 39.


The earliest cat-like carnivore family, the Nimravidae (paleosabers), includes two lineages that suddenly appear in the late Eocene jungles of North America.
--One lineage, represented by Hoplophoneus, was saber-toothed; the other lineage, represented by Dinictis, was rather like a modern serval. So convincingly cat-like are these fossils that originally they were called paleofelids and designated the first cats.
--The more recent cat family, the Felidae, include the modern cats, Felinae; and the neosabers, Machairodontinae, e.g. Smilodon.

The Nimravidae-Felidae ‘two-family’ hypothesis is supported less by ossifications and more by phylogenetic considerations; specifically, that the Felidae arose from Proailurus during the Miocene in the Old World. Proailurus, the animal currently nominated the first ‘true’ cat, was short, only 15 cm in length.

The next most recent cat, Pseudaelurus, had a clearly cat-like skull, based on its general morphology and dentition. It roamed Europe and North American during the Miocene. Several different forms of Pseudaelurus existed and these are believed to have formed the basis for the later radiation and diversification of the neofelid cats and the sabre-tooth tigers. Proailurus, from the Miocene, is the reason why New World paleosabers from the Eocene cannot be cats. As a result the origins of the paleosabers have had to be placed elsewhere; e.g. within the dog-like carnivores or even outside the carnivores. It is easy to see how the two-family hypothesis could be specious, based on preconceived notions.

Kitty Cats Can't Roar
Differences in ossification of skeletal features are not necessarily diagnostic of family status. A case
in point is the early attempt to separate small cats and big cats into separate subfamilies based on ossifications in their hyoid apparatus and their ability to roar. Sir Richard Owen was the first to explore hyoid anatomy and felid vocalization. The hyoid apparatus consists of two chains of seven bones, joined at the fifth (basihyoid). These stretch from the auditory bullae to the larynx, support the voice box, and confer characteristic vocalizations.
--In small cats (the felines) the third bones (epihyoids) are ossified and short, and they cannot roar.
--In the larger big cats (the pantherines) the third epihyoids are cartilaginous and extended, and all but one of these cats can roar. In snow leopards the epihyoids are cartilaginous; however, they still cannot roar because they lack additional pads in their vocal folds.

Saber Tooth Extinction
Today both the paleosabers (Nimravidae) and neosabers (Machairodontinae) are completely extinct.
Only in the extant clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa) can a vestige of the saber tooth phenotype still be observed; although both the upper and the lower canines are pronounced, this is a unique occurrence in the cat family. Why these animals became extinct is something of a mystery. These large carnivores would have required large prey; saber teeth are inefficient for capturing and killing small prey. Biome change may have led to an imbalance in predator–prey relations, resulting both in the loss of sustainable populations of large prey and in the extinction of these remarkable cats.

Cat Color
Weigel believed that all of the extant melanistic coat colors and patterns arose from a single original type of relatively large dark spot. Werdelin and Olsson replaced Weigel’s proposal with evidence
indicating that the original cat family coat pattern was actually small spots or ‘flecks’. This is highlighted by changes observed in pelage patterns of jaguars and leopards during their development. Juveniles possess a simple spot pattern but adults display a range of complex rosettes. A recent theoretical study by Liu and colleagues, using mathematical models, confirmed that in both the jaguar and leopard a single mathematical function (based on a Turing-Model) could simulate both the simple fleck-pattern of juveniles and the complex rosette-pattern of the adults. It appears that differences in pelage patterns can be traced back to subtle variations of the basic pattern. These can adequately explain the changes observed during both the development of individuals and the radiation of cat lineages.
In other words, mechanisms of change such as recombination and natural selection appear sufficient to explain the variation in melanistic spot patterns observed within the cat family. Other patterns like the stripes of the tiger were not investigated in the study, but the same kind of mathematical modeling has been used to simulate formation of stripes in other animals.
Whole coat melanism in the domestic cat, jaguar and jaguarundi has been elucidated at the molecular level. These pelage pattern studies seem to reinforce the general observation that cats form a unique and well-defined group of animals.

Kitty Cat Lineage
Felis catus, the domestic cat, is believed to have arisen from the African wildcat, F. lybica, and not from the European wildcat, F. silvetris.
 F. lybica is easier to tame; it is far less shy of man.

Because domestic cats have a smaller adrenal gland, less epinephrine is produced and the animals are much quieter than wild cats.
These studies parallel observations by Trut et al. in studies of fox domestication. Together the studies suggest that the domesticated phenotype lies dormant within the genetic potential of many wild species.
A recent extensive study of mitochondrial DNA sequences from hundreds of domestic and wild cats across Europe, Asia, and Africa (including the domestic cat (F. catus), the European wildcat (F. silvestris), the African wildcat (F. libyca) and the Chinese desert cat (F. bieti), using the desert (sand) cat (F. margarita) as an outgroup, has clarified with great certainty the various ancestral relationships.
 In addition, the domestic cat, the European wildcat, the African wildcat, and also the Chinese desert cat all appear to belong to a single species. Cementing this idea is the fact that mitochondrial DNA from domestic cats is routinely found in all three wild cat populations. Natural hybridizations between them are frequent events.

Hybrids/7 Steps
Hybrids between cats are often given unique names. Many of these names are contracted fusions of their common names; the first part indicating the male parent and the second part, the female parent.
These include: P. leo × P. tigris (Liger or Tigon), P. leo × P. pardus (Liard or Leopon), P. tigris × P. pardus (Tigard).....Female hybrids of lions and tigers are fertile and reproduce. Their offspring also enjoy a clear nomenclature. Li-ligers, li-tigons, ti-ligers, and ti-tigons are all readily bred from female ligers and tigons, and the female offspring of these crosses are also fertile.
P. concolor × L. pardalis (puma × ocelot) bridges the gap between larger and smaller cats. --Hybridization data connects the largest cats, P. tigris and the massive Liger (400+kg), to the smallest cat, F. nigripes, via seven documented hybrid steps:
P. tigris (110–320 kg) × P. leo (120–250 kg) × P. pardus (30–85 kg) × P. concolor (35–100 kg) × L. pardalis (11–16 kg) × L. wiedii (3–9 kg) × F. catus (3–7 kg) × F. nigripes (1.5–2.5 kg).
Intralineage hybrids of the lynx always involve the bobcat (L. rufus) and are referred to as Blynx or Lynx cats. Five cat hybrids are bred commercially as pets: F. chaus × F. silvestris (Euro-chaus), L. rufus × F. chaus (Jungle lynx), L. rufus × F. catus (desert lynx), F. catus × P. bengalensis (Bengal cat), and Bengal cat × F. chaus (Jungle bob).

Feline-Specific Viruses
Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), the feline equivalent of HIV, has been shown to infect 30 of
37 felid species. At least four FIV strains are species-specific. However, it also infects Crocuta crocuta (the spotted hyena) a member of the felids’ taxonomically closest family. Nevertheless, the studies confirm that FIV transfer, even between cat species, is an infrequent event.
The deadly viral disease, Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP), is specific to cats. Its causative agent, Feline Corona Virus (FCoV), is very similar to the human respiratory virus responsible for SARS and to coronaviruses from other animals.
 FCoV is an infallible indicator of the felid basic type, from house cats to lions, with cheetahs being especially susceptible. Currently, host specificity of viruses is not considered diagnostic of a basic type. Nevertheless, these are additional pieces of evidence supporting the unique character of the feline basic type because, essentially, cats alone are susceptible, with rare exceptions.

SUMMARY
Ability to hybridize is the most important criteria for including species within a common basic type. This criterion cannot be used directly on fossil forms.
Therefore, reports of
--extant cat hybrids,
--fossil skeletal evidence, and various other features, including
--molecular sequencing data,
--pelage patterns, and
--unique virus sensitivities,
all seem to suggest that the family Felidae represents a single clearly delineated basic type.

It is reasonable to assume that all felids arose from a single founder species and that they have passed through one or more adaptive radiations, exploiting their inherent morphogenetic potential to produce all of the known extant and extinct species of cat."
Barnabas Pendragon & Niko Winkler/CMI

Of the birds according to their kinds, and of the animals according to their kinds, of every creeping thing of the ground, according to its kind, two of every sort shall come in to you to keep them alive.
Genesis 6:20

Monday, April 23, 2018

DESIRE OF AGES: Audio & Pull Quotes- Chapter 53

The Last Journey From Galilee

Audio:
https://www.youtube.com/embed/wc9CqrW5UcM?list=PL4ByrircmXL6qt2QplU6IudoOYVgzBS3C

To the heart of Christ it was a bitter task to press His way against the fears, disappointment, and
unbelief of His beloved disciples. The one law of His life was the Father's will. And Satan was at hand to press his temptations upon the Son of man.
 It is no part of Christ's mission to compel men to receive Him. It is Satan, and men actuated by his spirit, that seek to compel the conscience. Under a pretense of zeal for righteousness, men who are confederate with evil angels bring suffering upon their fellow men, in order to convert them to their ideas of religion; Every human being, in body, soul, and spirit, is the property of God. Christ died to redeem all. Nothing can be more offensive to God than for men, through religious bigotry, to bring suffering upon those who are the purchase of the Savior's blood.
The rainbow of promise encircling the throne on high is an everlasting testimony that God so loved the world, that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16. It testifies to the universe that God will never forsake His people in their struggle with evil.

3 Lesson's of Enoch's Walk

And Enoch walked with God:
Genesis 5:24
 
"Enoch must have been a man of profound knowledge and great wisdom as to Divine things.
--He must have dived into the deep things of God beyond most men.

--His life must also have been a holy life, because he walked with God, and God never walks out of the way of holiness. If we walk with God, we must walk according to truth, justice, and love. 

--Did Enoch walk with God? Then his pilgrimage must have been safe. Nothing can harm the man who is walking with the Lord God at his right hand."
Charles Spurgeon

At the Root of the Great Controversy

At the Root of the Great Controversy:

Lucifer wanted God's POWER without God's CHARACTER

For thou hast said in thine heart,
I will ascend into heaven,
I will exalt my throne above the stars of God:
I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds;
I will be like the most High.
Isaiah 14:13,14

Creation Moment 4/24/2018 - Yatsar / Poieō

"Two examples of design language in the Bible.
--One is from the Hebrew Old Testament yatsar יצַָר (Genesis 2:7),
--the other from the Greek New Testament poieō ποιέω (Acts 17:24-29).

This shows that Scripture does speak of God as a craftsman, perhaps as the potter of Adam in Genesis 2, and the author of life in Acts 17.

Yatsar in Genesis and the Old Testament

In the second chapter of Genesis God is described as forming (Hebrew yatsar יצַָר) man from the dust of the earth (Genesis 2:7). The Lord God formed (yatsar יצַָר) the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

The same word, yatsar, is incidentally used for the creation of the animals and birds with Adam given the task of naming his fellow creatures. The metaphor used in Genesis 2 for the creation of Adam,
then, might appear to be one of God acting as a potter, where the imagery is that of God taking raw matter from the earth and shaping man directly from the ground and giving him the breath of life.

In the wider Old Testament passages the verb yatsar is sometimes specifically used to refer to the work of a potter in relation to God’s activity in shaping and forming the people of Israel. It appears as a noun to refer to the pottery of Israel that had been formed by God in Isaiah 29:16 (also Jeremiah 18:4-6).

Irenaeus, for instance, spoke of Adam as the ‘protoplast’ of humanity, ‘the first-formed,’ out of virgin soil; and it followed that Jesus also needed to be born without a human father in a virgin’s womb in order to act as the last Adam.

consider the context in his preaching to the Greeks in Athens.

Paul’s speech in Athens and poieō

In the Athens speech Paul seems to emphasize the language of poetry and workmanship by comparing analogically the works of mankind with that of God, but also highlights the relational aspect with mankind identified as ‘God’s offspring’.

While Paul moulds his speech to the Greek mindset, he presents a message of material discontinuity in relation to the creation and Resurrection that would have challenged the Greek ways of thinking.
So, creation, including Adam, did not arise through self-generation from lower life-forms, as the works of Homer suggested; rather, the whole of creation owes its existence to a special act of the divine will.

This is what God the Lord says—the Creator (Greek ὁ θεὸς ὁ ποιήσας) of the heavens, who stretches them out, who spreads out the earth with all that springs from it, who gives breath to its people, and life to those who walk on it: (Isaiah 42:5).

The God who made (Greek ὁ θεὸς ὁ ποιήσας) the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth … because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. (Acts 17:24-25).

Paul’s quotation of the Isaiah passage correlates with his own stated commission that he was called as a “light to the gentiles” (Acts 13:47); a verse taken from Isaiah 42:6. Thus there is a link between Paul’s earlier calling and the Athenian speech, as Fudge notes. So, there appears to be awareness in Paul’s mind that in preaching to the Athenians he is fulfilling his calling to enlighten the Gentiles and lead them out of idolatry.

God as the author of life, and this is something beyond human skill or trade. In Paul’s mind there is something more sacred about the creation than the work of human crafts. God is also seen as the performer of the formed creation, which points to direct divine activity in creation, as opposed to the claims of those who hold that God must act indirectly through natural processes.
it is worth now looking at how poieō is used in the text of Acts 17.
[24] The God who made [poiēsas and cheiropoiētois] the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands [xeiropoiētois χειροποιήτοις].

[25] And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else.
[26] From one man [of one blood ἐξ ἑνὸς αἵματός] he made [epoiēsen ἐποίησέν] every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live.
[27] God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.
[28] ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets [poiētōn ποιητῶν] have said, ‘We are his offspring.’
[29] Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone—an image made by man’s design [technēs τέχνης] and skill. (Acts 17:24-29).

Sunday, April 22, 2018

DESIRE OF AGES: Audio & Pull Quotes- Chapter 52

The Divine Shepherd

Audio:
https://www.youtube.com/embed/cQya3cLDZvA?list=PL4ByrircmXL6qt2QplU6IudoOYVgzBS3C

Christ is the door to the fold of God.
His pilgrimage on earth, from the manger of Bethlehem to Calvary's cross, and the sight of Him attracts, it softens and subdues the soul.

I am the Good Shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. John 10:11
Again Jesus found access to the minds of His hearers by the pathway of their familiar associations.  Now in a beautiful pastoral picture He represents His relation to those that believe on Him.
The Pharisees had not entered by the door. They had climbed into the fold by another way than Christ.
In Jesus, as shown in types, as shadowed in symbols, as manifested in the revelation of the prophets, as unveiled in the lessons given to His disciples, and in the miracles wrought for the sons of men, they have beheld the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. John 1:29
Jesus knows us individually, and is touched with the feeling of our infirmities. He knows us all by name. He knows the very house in which we live, the name of each occupant.
The distress of every one touches His heart.
 

Danger of Heresies

"Of the Danger of Heresies:

 1) The Scriptures charge sin, perniciousness, and damnation upon them. Paul reckons them among those works of the flesh which shut persons out of the Kingdom of God (Galatians 5:20-21). Peter calls them pernicious and damnable, and such as bring swift

destruction; and, speaking of the authors of them, he says that their damnation slumbers not (2 Peter 2:1-3).

 2) Heresies are compared in Scripture sometimes to gangrene or canker, 2 Timothy 2:17, “Their word will eat as doth a canker.” The canker is an invading ulcer, creeping from joint to joint, corrupting one part after another till, at length, it eats out the very heart and life.


 3) Christ and His apostles give special charges and caveats against them, to take heed and beware of them, which they never would have done had they not been dangerous. Mark 8:15, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees.” Matthew 7:15, “Beware of False Prophets.” Philippians 3:2, “Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision.” 2 Peter 3:17, “Beware, lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness.”

Obadiah Sedgwick