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People Generally Don’t Know That They Know Something Important!

(Ver 1.1)  I was watching the news on TV and there was a policeman speaking about a crime that had just occurred.  He was on the news asking for people who were near the crime scene to come forward.  He then made this statement, “People don’t know what they know”.  In other words he was saying you might have been a witness to the crime and not realized that you were because you did not know it was a crime.  Maybe you happened upon the crime right after it happened and saw the culprits walking or running away from it.  Maybe you saw a car drive away from the scene and this is the key that will unlock the identities of the guilty parties.  He was clearly saying that someone saw something and that if they would come forward with this information it might be very important to solving the case.  When he said that statement, God spoke to me and said this is the way the Bible is.   People will read something in the Bible and not realize how important it is because they do not understand what it says and how it relates to other subjects in the Bible.  I wrote a very similar lesson a long time ago called “People Generally Don’t Know What They Don’t Know”.  If you did not read that article you should go back and review the concepts given.  They are very profound revelations.  Today’s subject while being very similar to this concept is also diametrically opposed to it.  In the first lesson you have the concept of not knowing the bridge is out and driving off of the missing expanse in the dark to your death.  If you would have just known that the bridge was out, then you would have been spared the tragic outcome.  This is a concept found in the prophet Hosea.  In this verse God reveals some very significant Bible truths to us:

Hos 4:6  My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

It would appear to me from this verse that “Knowledge” is the key to not being destroyed in this world.  While this could apply to natural knowledge, this verse is speaking of spiritual things as being what is important to know.  The Law of God at the time of this writing represented the Words of God.  The Words of God are what is important for us to know.  Knowledge of the Word of God is the opposite of Ignorance of the Word of God.  A Lack of Knowledge is totally related to your current ignorance level.  So in the one case God says people perish from this world because they do not esteem the Word of God and count it as valuable to know.  They in effect kill themselves because they have rejected the truth.  This in effect, is not knowing what you do not know.  But, we also have the lesson today, which is very similar in nature.  You might know a little bit, but not understand the importance or significance of that knowledge because you lack the knowledge of how important it is to know or to share with others.  In the case of the policeman on the news someone held the missing link to identify the perpetrators but did not know that they had it.

Take for example, the virgin birth of Jesus.  There have actually been churches who have taught that the virgin birth is not important to know to be saved.  However, if Jesus was not born of a vrigin then He was just a man like me.  If you have read my lessons on “Understanding the Virgin Birth” then you already know this is not true.  To listen to an ignorant preacher who teaches something is not important in the Bible, is a very foolish thing to do.  You should never let any preacher do your Bible study for you, and that includes me!  If you hear me say something from the Bible then go and read your Bible and study it for yourself to see if it is true or not.  It is only the Bible that you have seen for yourself that will do you any good in life.  Your pastor’s Bible knowledge will not do you any good when Satan comes and attacks you.  If you are a Christian then the Spirit of God is also inside of you and if I say something wrong the Spirit of God inside of you will bear witness that I am wrong.  So you will have two witnesses that will always agree to show you the reality of every truth in the Bible.  The Bible says the Word of God and the Spirit of God will always agree and bear witness to the truth (1 John 5:7).

So today’s Bible lesson is not a long or complex something to do or understand.  It is actually a very simple concept of seeing what you have seen and then going back and figuring out if it was important.  I do this all the time when I study the Bible.  I constantly review my past Bible readings and notes for things that I may have learned but not fully understood.  I then use these little facts to build a greater knowledge of the truth when reading today’s Bible studies.  I think I have said this before, but it bears repeating for those to remember, that truth always builds upon truth.  When building a house of truth if your house is built upon false teachings then these are weaknesses that will cause your house to topple like a house of cards.  If you build your foundation on the rock of the Word of God, then your foundation is firm and unshakeable.  God’s Word is Truth, Jesus is Truth, but yet the Bible is written in a complex spiritual way that forces us to divide the truth correctly.  I wish I could say this was easy, but after over 20 years of studying the Bible, I am only a little bit closer to understanding everything that the Bible says.  So learn the lessons given today about recognizing that what you don’t know is important.  Then go and continue in your Bible studies to learn more.

Binary Systems in the Bible! God and Computer Concepts to Learn and Live By!

(Ver 1.2)  This is now “Part 2” of the lesson series concerning modern computer concepts found in the Bible.  In the first lesson I talked about how computers are rules based systems.  Nothing exists by chance or by random within a computer by design.  Every component of a computer system interacts with the other parts using strict rules and guidelines.  What I have been doing is attempting to show how these same principle conform to God’s design of the Bible.  Therefore I desire to teach computer concepts and show you how to apply them in your relationship with God and to increase your understanding of His Word.  I believe that God understands computers far better than we do and I also believe that He knew that we would have computers in these last days before He comes back to the earth.  I strongly believe that God created these amazing machines for us to learn with and to share the Gospel with others and that is why I take the time to write things that some of you may not fully understand if you are not a computer programmer also.  I have learned that computer programmers have a different approach to Bible study, usually more logical because we are forced by our jobs to think this way.  It is not necessarily a better way to think, but it is certainly very different.  In my last computer related post I talked about “Rules Based Systems”.  This is a vast complex subject that applies to the Bible and interpreting the Bible correctly in very direct ways.  If you would like to read this lesson first before continuing with today’s lesson, you can go and start with “Part 1”.

In today’s lesson I want to discuss some very basic computer concepts and show how they also apply to the Bible.  A computer in its simplest form is a binary machine.  What may you ask is a binary machine?  This is a machine that relies entirely on one of two numbers, either a 0 (zero) or a 1 (one).   At the most rudimentary levels of every computer that is all there is; just two numbers.   The computer is therefore solely dependent upon the simplest of all number systems the binary number system.  You see the most rudimentary element of a computer is a single “bit” of information and this “bit” can either be off or on (zero or one).  Computers of course are tremendously more complex by the sheer numbers of these “bits” that exist within a modern computer, but that is not my subject today.  What I want to do is focus on Binary concepts in relationship to the Bible.  The Bible is very much like a complex computer system.  It is probably the most complex book that you will ever attempt to understand, but many of the concepts given in it can be reduced to a simple binary number system choice.   Today I want you to focus on what is a Bible binary system?  Here are some definitions of a “Binary System” from the internet:

  • The number representation system, used in computers, with only two digits, 0 and 1
  • A system of arithmetic used with computers, also called base 2, that is based on the digits 0 and 1.
  • A system in which information can be expressed by combinations of the digits 0 and 1 (corresponding to “on” and “off” in computers).

Fortunately for most programmers today, we are not required to program a computer at the bit or binary machine level.  If you have ever done this you know how complex it can be.  We do not even use the computer machine’s language to program a computer anymore, because we have higher level languages that are translated to the machine level.  While some of today’s computer languages can still manipulate information at the binary level, most do not normally do this.  So why am I talking about binary systems in a Bible study Blog?  That is probably the biggest question that you have right now.   While not everything in the Bible can be simplified to a binary state, many things in the Bible can.  For example, God says this:

Deu 30:19  I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:

If you do not yet understand binary concepts, you probably just read over this verse and missed the basics that God is trying to get you to see.  In this verse found in Deuteronomy God places before all people a choice.  A choice involves making a selection between two or more things.  In this case there are just two choices that can be selected and this is a binary decision.  One choice is “Life” and the other is “Death”.   This is a very basic binary concept; we could say that life is the number 1 (one) and death the number 0 (zero).   This is the way all computers work.  It is based upon a simple light switch on or off idea.  You flip the switch on you get light, you turn the switch the other way and you get darkness.  It is the most basic choice in life that you can make.   Another binary concept found in this verse is “blessings” = 1 and curses = 0.    So God suggests that we choose life and blessings and that sounds much better to me too.  There are a number of binary concepts like this found throughout the Bible.  Starting in Genesis 1, there is the mention of Light and Darkness.  Light = 1 and Darkness = 0.  Day and Night are the same concepts in different words.  Here is the binary concept in this verse:

Gen 1:5  And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

The Binary theme in God’s Word is used extensively throughout the Bible.  You might also remember in Genesis 2 God put two trees in the Garden, one the Tree of Life and the other the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.  What we can see from these trees is that they represent a choice.  God says do not eat from one or you will die, which implies the other is good to eat from.  These are very simple concepts given yet they have far reaching consequences based upon what you choose in this life as you can recognize from Adam’s poor choice to eat from the wrong tree.  What I find interesting about God is that He never forces you to solve a complex riddle to be saved for example.  God simply says here is my Son Jesus Christ sacrificed for your sins, make Him your Lord and believe I raised Him from the dead and live.  Don’t believe and die and go to hell. These are the basis of a simple binary choice but with very, very severe consequences to making the wrong choice.  A binary number can only be 0 or 1, off or on.  So they are directly opposed opposites.   You cannot be in both categories simultaneously.  It is a universal truth that you are either in one or the other states of existence.  It is a classic division of opposition.  Zeros are always the opposites of Ones.   Light is the complete opposite to darkness and you do not have both at once.  Back when I was an Assembler programmer I used binary bits as flags to the state of something.  If set to “off” the state would be false, “on” the state would be true.  That is probably too much computer terminology for many of my readers, but it is useful to describe what God has presented us in the Bible.  I pray that you understand the simplicity found in the Bible.  Here is a list of some of the Binary States that I have found as common themes in the Bible:

Binary 0

Binary 1

Evil Good
Death Life
Curses Blessings
Night Day
Darkness Light
Lies Truth
Unbelief Faith
Flesh Spirit
Sin Righteousness
Kingdom of Satan Kingdom of Heaven
Wide Path Narrow Path
Captivity Freedom

That of course is not a complete list, just introductions to some things that you can clearly see are taught in the Bible that represents a clear binary choice from every man or woman.  So I believe that the Bible is a highly complex book of information which also contains very simple binary choices being presented to everyone.  You just don’t have to understand the whole Bible to become saved!  It is more a simple choice or acceptance of some of the basic Bible information, called the Gospel.  Too many Christians want to say that people are not saved because they do not believe exactly like we do.  All that does is prove your ignorance of the Bible.  You assume that you are God and that you know everything when you preach with this attitude and you are sadly mistaken.  God will demonstrate your ignorance on judgment day if you are not very careful.  Do not cause other Christians to stumble because they do not believe what you do.  I try to teach this way, but I have had many religious spirited people attack me for what I say sometimes.  I have decided not to post negative critical comments on my blog anymore.  I read them, see if I can learn anything from them, and sometimes respond privately or in a follow-up post on my blog.  It is very difficult to help people who criticize other people because they think that they know everything already.  However, since they do not know everything that I know, or have experienced everything that I have experienced, they really should not try to judge me.   You can learn from Moses and the children of Israel in the wilderness.  What did they do right and what did they do wrong?  God only met with Moses on the mountain top and the others were not in on the private conversations unless Moses shared them.  The people one time gave up on God and Moses because Moses was gone too long for them.  They started to build idols and worship other false gods.  Why was this?  Was it a lack of Patience?  Was it a lack of knowledge?  I mean it could have been several problems combined.  They obviously mumbled and complained and probably criticized God and Moses while he was gone.  What was the net result of all of their opposition?  Most of them died in the wilderness and never saw the promise land.  So what is different today with some Christians mumbling and complaining about other Christians today?  What do you think the result will be for those who do this?  Do you think it will be the same as the children of Israel in the wilderness?  I guess I should get back on the subject that I’m supposed to be on.

Maybe I’ll wrap this up for today.  I do not want to overwhelm you with new concepts.  When I say that the Bible is like a large complex computer system most people will not understand my analogy.  However, I know it is true.  Within this complex spiritual book of information God has placed a series of simple Binary choices before all mankind.  These are the basics of life; the simplest choices can make the greatest differences in our life.  By choosing life, blessings, light, salvation and Jesus you have gone through a binary selection and made the right choice.  It is a simple choice that turns you from one state to another and I pray that you choose wisely.  God Bless you today as you learn to choose!

Are there Any Rules in Life to Follow? A Rules Based System To Life!

(Ver 1.3)  This Part 1 in a series of lessons on modern computer concepts that are found in the Bible.  If I learned anything from being a computer programmer for over 20 years, I learned that everything in this life has very strict rules or it is useless. In this life you do not get to do everything that you can do just because you can do them.  You do not get to drive on any side of the street that you want to.  You do not get to drive through any intersection as fast as you want to when you want to.  You do not get to do many things because rules exist to keep you from hurting yourself and others.   This is the basis of the majority of the problems in this world today. The problems of the world are caused by people who do stuff to other people just because they have the ability or power to do them. It comes from a self-centered ME mentality! The world is all about ME! What I need, what I want, what feels good to ME! People then use their attitudes of Me to take what they need or want from others without thinking about what they are doing to the ones that they are hurting. If everyone takes this attitude, then only the strongest survive to live. This attitude of ME is a self-centered absence of the feelings of the God kind of “LOVE” for anyone else. As long as people care more about themselves than they do about others, they will remain apart from the life of God. Today I want to talk about a computer programming concept called “Rules Based Systems” in relationship to what God and the Bible say about the concepts of them or the absence from them. Why are rules important to live by? Why do rules exist? The Bible is a highly complex book of spiritual information and it cannot be interpreted correctly without knowing God’s rules for interpretation. I’ll start by giving you a definition of this term from the internet:

rule-based systems are used as a way to store and manipulate knowledge to interpret information in a useful way.

I believe that God taught me about rules based systems as I learned computer programming.  A rules based system is one that adheres to a strict set of laws in order to work correctly.  When I first started learning computer programming in High School, I started with the Basic programming language.  I also played with another early computer language called FORTRAN.  Then I started working for a company and going to night school to learn mainframe programming.  I learned Mainframe Assembler and COBOL and became an expert in both of these languages.  This was of course way before there were any PC’s in the world.  What I learned from programming languages, is that they have very strict rules that must be followed, or guess what they do not work.  You create your program and then compile your program and get nothing but a long list of errors back.  This is not fun, when this happens, but it happened a lot until I learned to follow the rules more closely.  As I became more detailed oriented, I learned to pay attention to the little things that use to be where I made most of my mistakes.  I would just automatically learn to look for them and try not to repeat them.  I do not think that I ever got so good that I wrote a new program that complied cleanly the first time, but I did get much better.  So why am I describing my work experience to you?  Because it helps me more with Bible interpretation and understanding the Bible that you can imagine.

Did you notice two key words in the definition of what a rules based system was?  The two key words are “knowledge” and the “interpretation” of the knowledge.  A rules based system helps us to process vast amounts of information and then come up with the correct interpretations of that information.  So what is the Bible?  The Bible is the Spiritual knowledge of God written down in a book for us to read.  However, the Bible is widely interpreted in many different ways resulting in contrasting and conflicting points of view.  That is probably the major problem in the church today.  Everybody has their own opinion to what the Bible means.  Why is that?  It is because of a complete disregard to the rules of Bible interpretation.  Some people know one rule and they sometimes follow it and then sometimes they do not.  They are very inconsistent.  Other people know of no rules and they are all over the board with their interpretations.  Only a few know more than one rule to Bible Interpretation and try to adhere to them consistently.

While I read and studied the Bible, I started to recognize patterns of a rules based system.  Since God does not give us a list of the rules in any one place in the Bible, the correct understanding of the Bible must start with figuring out what are the rules that God has established for us to follow.  You see I know that every computer language has their own individual set of rules to follow.  However, I also learned that many of these rules cross languages and apply to other languages.  Even though each language was uniquely defined, the application of the rules applied across the board.  So in order to even begin to understand the Bible, you must first establish God’s rules for interpretation and not your rules.  This is the first step of understanding God and the Bible.

Do you realize that God follows the rules that He has established?  That is the beauties of God; He is a highly intelligent being.  His ability is so far beyond our most powerful computer.    I see the world around us and I recognize an intelligently designed world full of natural laws, systems and sub-systems.   This is the basis of any large complex computer programming system also.  Anything with an intelligent design has organization and rules.  So why do people not recognize that the Bible is also an intelligently designed rules based system?  Obviously they do not understand the importance of rules and following them.  If you are a Christian you should be following rules in everything that you do.  Following rules does not save you; it just helps you live the life that God intended for you on this earth.  Christians who do not follow rules are no different than unsaved people who rob banks because they want money or rape women because it feels good to them.  I know that is an extreme examples of bad Bible interpretations, but yet I feel that strongly about the subject.  I do not mean to reduce rape and robbery to minor offenses, I hope you understand the point and forgive the analogy.

So what ire my main points today?

  1. Start by Recognizing that the Bible is a Rules Based System.
  2. Then find out what the rules are!
  3. Next follow the rules with all diligence!

When I was computer operator, on the top of our mainframe CPU, there was a big sign that said “THINK”.  Wow, if more people would do that one word!  To think before you act or speak is a widely ignored talent of many people in the world today.  I have many blogs on the subject of Bible Interpretation, I hope you that you will go and read them and then learn to follow them.  Life is a rules based system of existence.  This is the intelligent design of God.  If you learn the rules and follow them there will be great benefits to being a doer of the word of God and not just a hearer only.  By learning the rules and following rules I believe that the Body of Christ will finally come into agreement to what the Bible says.  So I challenge you today to apply what you’ve read today.  By learning rules and living within their guidelines you make the Bible useful as God had intended it to be.  You take the words of an intelligent God and you can finally begin to understand them.  There is no greater benefit than knowing the real God.

If you would like to continue reading in this series you may go to “Part 2” now.

 

Learning and Following the Spiritual Laws of Bible Interpretation!

(Ver 2.4) People generally do not like to follow rules.  If the speed limit is 35 they like to push it 41 or 42 and see if they get away with it.  Life is full of rules and we should begin to realize that these laws have benefits and reasons for existence.   Laws should be viewed as positive things in the world.  You live by them every day, they govern what you do and if you violate them, you pay the consequences.  Without laws we would live in a world of chaos.  There are natural laws, scientific laws, laws of gravity, laws of aerodynamics, laws of governments and these all provide structure to our world.  When we abide with them and cooperate with them, we usually live in a world that is safer and generally a better place to exist.  So do people not realize that the spiritual laws in the Bible are also given to us for these same reasons.  By learning about the spiritual laws of God in the Bible we can better understand what the Bible means.  By ignoring these spiritual laws, we have what we have a lot of today,  we have a church of chaos, disagreement, contention, arguing, controversy,  and the lack of agreement and harmony.

Without people following the laws of Bible interpretation, we have hundreds of possible interpretations available about what the Bible means.  I’ve got bad news for most people, not every Bible interpretation is the truth.  A lot of the teaching in the church is just someone’s opinion of what they think the Bible says and this is not how God intended it to be.  If God was interested in your opinion, he would have asked you to write the Bible.  Your opinion is not worth a dime, in the eyes of God.  Your intelligence is so far below that of God, that it is probably humorous to God to hear what you have to say and what you think is right.

NO PRIVATE INTERPRETATIONS

So what are these laws of Bible interpretation that we should learn to follow?  I hope you understand the importance of laws, for I will not expand that part of the discussion any further.   Up until now I have just introduced you to some basic concepts of the usefulness of laws.  Now I will talk about a couple of the major rules of correct Bible interpretation that not too many are following.  The first law of Bible interpretation should be one that everyone knows, because I think it is the most important to know and use.   I’ve already touched on it a little bit in the introduction and it has to do with keeping your opinion out of your interpretations.  An interpretation represents a biased opinion of the facts given.  People cannot interpret the Bible without putting what they know and have experienced into it.  Your personal experiences, your prejudices, your upbringing, even the words of your pastor are all factors into how you view the Bible.  What you see in the Bible is always slanted by the many complex factors of influece and these are sometimes very difficult for people to get out of their minds in order to see clearly what God is saying.

2Pe 1:20  Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

God writes this as being something that we should know first.  That makes it sound very important for us to know.   Some do not know how God writes the Bible and therefore come to the wrong conclusions.  God can hide the most important things in obscure verses deep in the middle of the Bible.  I wish I could give you a good reason why God does some of the things that He does, but I’m not God and I do understand all of them, by far.  I just do the best that I can with what I have learned so far, and you should do the same.  Anyway, this verse in 2 Peter tells us very clearly that the Bible is not open to our private interpretations.  In other words, God is not interested in your opinion or what you think that it means.  If people would learn this one simple rule, it would help them tremendously.  You see in the word “private” carries the meaning of “self”.  That means that people are putting their own spin on what God has said.  Instead of learning what God says about the subject, they want to ignore God’s words for what they think is correct.

What we learn from this verse in 2 Peter is that the Bible interprets itself.  What does that mean?   It simply means that God is smarter than you and I, and He has given us His own explanations on what He has said in the Bible.  While this sounds good on the surface, it is also a challenge to us.  Finding God’s explanations and definitions are not always as easy as you would like to think.  It involves an effort and a level of work to study the Bible and find out what God has said.  God could have made the Bible easier to understand, but He didn’t, so we work with what He has given us.  We bow to His greater wisdom on the subject and submit to His design.  If you do not do this you will continue to be lost in your mindless reality and you will miss what God has for you.  So learn this first rule and it will change your perspective greatly.  It will also cause you to ignore what other people think the Bible means.   That alone is worth a fortune of your time and Bible study effort.  People on the internet who do not give Bible verses, I very quickly just turn off and do not read.  It sure saves a lot of time not to have to listen to the opinions of ignorant people.

Another aspect of what a private interpretation is, can be the use of any other book or source other than just reading the Bible.  You see I talked to a guy on the internet the other day and he gave me his interpretation for some prophetic scriptures in the Old and New Testaments.  His major problem was the fact that his interpretation was dependent upon information from history books, internet calendars and way too many sources that did not include God or the Bible.   That is an obvious example of interpreting the Bible in error.  Once you set foot outside of the Word of God you are treading on Satan’s realm and domain of deception.  Another example of error is interpretations that name modern individuals, entities, governments, organizations or whatever else you care to interpret into the Bible.  I have heard repeatedly the reference to the Pope being  the antichrist and this is crazy speculation and a clear example of a private interpretation.  The pope did not exist when the Bible was written, but Satan did exist.

Some like to read that God knows the end from the beginning and therefore in Revelation He can tell us of caoming things that do not yet exist like the Pope.  While this is certainly possible we must still attempt to interpret the Bible with the Bible and the Pope interpretation is a major conflict with many other verses in the Bible that teach us something differently.  Understand that the Bible does not contradict itself in the proper correct understanding of the words written.   In other words one verse is not going to conflict with another vese so we must balance the correct interpretation between both truths given.  First, God says there is nothing new under the sun (Ecc 1:9).  The thing that has been is the thing that shall be again.  That right there tells me that the Pope is not God’s enemy and to declare him the anti-Christ is in opposition to God’s Word that there is nothing new.  Then there is this verse in the N.T. that says “While we look not at the things that are seen, because the things that are seen are temprorary and the things that not seen are eternal” (2 Cor 4:18).  God is basically telling us if we are looking for natural signs and ignoring the spiritual world you are going to miss it.  Can you see the Pope?  If you can see the pope then the pope is not what we should be focused on.   What God is teaching us in this verse is that we should change our focus and not be fixated on the external things and try to perceive the spirit behind the external visible person.  Ok, do not misunderstand what I am saying.  We do live in a natural world but we should be dominated with the Spiritual things of God and not the flesh.  If the anti-Christ comes in the flesh, people are only going to be able to discern him with their spiritual awareness and not by looking at the outward appearance that will easily deceive many.   

Therefore learn to change your perspective to God’s point of view and see scriptures and things in the spiritual realm first and then you will understand what is happening in the natural realm.  Correct bible interpretation is not easy, but it is achievable by simply learning the rules and this was only one small aspect of the subject and it is impossible to cover it fully in this one lesson.

IN THE MOUTH OF TWO OR THREE WITNESSES

The next thing that I would like to discuss is often misused and ignored.  This law is a law found in the Bible and one that God has clearly spelled out.  However, I guess people do not apply it to Bible study and Bible interpretation.  Did you know everything in the Bible is not plainly laid out?  God gives us some very valuable information in some very minor scriptures.  For example, the virgin birth of Christ, which is a basic foundational Christian theological position and critical to the identity of Jesus, is only mentioned a couple of times in vague references.  You would think that God would talk about this more clearly and give us many more verses that told us about this, but yet He does not.  I was reading a blog the other day and this very deceived man was speaking about “homosexuality” not being mentioned in the Bible clearly so therefore he concluded that it was not important to God and that he could still be a Christian and a homosexual at the same time.  What people do not understand is that it only takes two verses in the Bible to say the same thing and that means it is an established truth of the Bible.  Because this man only found two or three verses against homosexuality, he came to the wrong conclusion and said it is OK to stay in sin.  This is what God says:

2Co 13:1  This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.

Did you see what God says in this verse?  God says that if you can find at the least two references in the Bible to the same subject, then that establishes the truth that you should live by.  This is a basic truth that our courts and legal system needs to abide by.  If it is just the word of one against the other, then you will have a very hard time figuring out what the truth is.  But, if you can find two witnesses who agree, then that establishes the basis of the truth.  So we learn that we cannot just go read a single Bible verse and try to make it say something that it does not say.  We are required by God’s design to get a corresponding and collaborating witness to every truth.  Knowing this fact will change almost everything found in many church doctrines.  That means the people who try to teach snake handling in churches have a major problem with what they teach.  They do err in their interpretation of the Bible by selectively preaching a single verse out of context.  I’ll go even further than that today risking offending someone in the Catholic church.  The Bible does not teach we need a Pope.  Peter was not the first pope that they claim that he was.  They take one verse out of context and try to make a man-made doctrine to establish the office of the pope and this is a dangerous way to treat God and the Bible.  You can make the Bible say anything that you want it to.  There is proof of this in every denominatio of the church.  However, if people would only read and study the Bible using the rules of God to understand what is written we would all benefit and come closer to a unified set of beliefs.  Learn to search your Bible for at least two verses to establish the truth and this will help you tremendously in how you view the truth.

These are just two of the most important basic spiritual laws of correct Bible interpretation that you need to learn and put into daily practice.  Once you finally do this, you will begin to see that there is a major difference between God’s Bible truth from what some people are trying to convince you is the truth.  There is a conept from our history that applies to today’s lesson on God’s laws.  The Law of aerodynamis always existed from the time of Adam, but no man knew or understood it so we did not benefit from it.  Do you see the application that I am getting at and the importance of knowing about God’s laws?  People who do not know that spiritual laws exist can never follow them or utilize them to their advantage to understand God’s Word.  However, once you discover them and learn to use them they have great potential for the same dramatic change in our lives as the invention of the airplane.  Just a short time ago no one knew how to fly and today it is a common occurrence that everyone participates in.  This is why I am teaching this subject today so that we can all benefit and begin to use God’s laws to understand the Bible.  Thanks for reading my Bible lesson on the Laws of correct Bible interpretation. God Bless!

What is a Bible Expert? Are there any Bible Experts?

(Ver 1.1)  I received a comment on one of my blogs a while back asking if I was a Bible expert.  I replied by asking for a definition of what he thought a Bible expert was.  So far I haven’t gotten an answer to my question.  You see it appeared by the arrangement of his question that this individual was not going to believe what I wrote, if he could not find an expert that also said what I was writing about.  In other words it looked like to me that he was looking for a man to be his source for what he believed.  I can only assume that if he found an “expert” based upon some unnamed criteria as to what makes one an expert, that he would suddenly accept something new to be the truth.   I do not know about you but I feel that is a very dangerous position to take.  You see anybody can say they are an expert.  However, I do understand being cautious about accepting something that someone has written on a blog.  If you do not know this person, their character, their background and their intention for writing the blog then you could be easily deceived into believing something that is not true.

So what do you do?  Are there any Bible experts?  What exactly is an expert?   I guess since I didn’t get an answer to my question I can look in the dictionary and can get someone’s definition for what they consider to be an expert.  So let’s start there.

Expert: A person with a high degree of skill in or knowledge of a certain subject

According to this definition this could apply to anybody about anything.  It is obviously a general definition that goes across many boundaries.  It also sounds very subjective.  Do you understand what I mean by that?  Something is subjective if it depends upon the perspective or opinion of someone else to whether or not anyone could be considered an expert.  Yo Yo Ma could be considered an expert cellist.   I guess this would be my opinion of the man based upon listening to him play the cello.  However, since I do not play the cello does my opinion count for anything.  Now there are other things like in certain sport fields like archery and target shooting, that people can be measured to determine if they are experts.  Based upon the number of perfect shots that they pull off and judging the result from looking at their targets.  This is not a subjective designation for being an expert.  Bowling is another example, if you can bowl a consistent perfect game and never miss you would automatically qualify to be called an expert bowler.  However, there is a huge difference in a subjective designation and a non-subjective designation that is quantifiable and measureable.

When you say somebody is a Bible expert, what are you saying?  Let’s see if we can quantify it or measure it.  You should understand that God is what I would call the ultimate Bible expert.  Only God knows everything the Bible says and exactly what everything in it means.  So if we would place God on the upper end of our scale as the ultimate Bible expert, where would you fall on the scale?  Where would any man fall on the scale?  I believe firmly that there are some men and women who know more than other people on this planet, but I would never call any of them experts as God is an expert.  That also means I do not consider myself to be an expert.  If I said I was an expert I would be saying I have confidence in my ability to figure out everything that I read in the scriptures.  That would in fact make me no different than the man who wrote and asked if I was an expert.   I would be placing too much emphasis on my skills and giving no credit to God who has given me the information that I blog in the first place.

I know men who are in their 80’s and who have studied the Bible and ministered for over 50 years.  But I also know that as much as they know, they do not know everything.  Sure I have learned from them and I do not say there is nothing that they cannot offer me.  But, I have learned that God can show me a single verse in the Bible and ask me a simple question and I learned more from that one question than I could ever learn from the 80 year old man in a much shorter period of time.  If you think that God doesn’t do that you would be wrong.  If you think God doesn’t do that for you, you would be wrong again.  I have studied the Bible in great depth for the last approximate 25 years.  I cannot even count the number of hours that I have spent exploring the Book and asking God questions.  In that time God has spoken some very direct things to me and revealed some awesome things that I have not told anybody.  Some of it is coming out in my blogs, simply because I can’t help it.  You have to teach what you know, that is just a basic principle of life.

So am I an expert?  You be the judge if you want to, I know I am not.  I am just a man who knows an expert God.   I know I write a lot of things that are radically different than anything you will find in any Bible commentary or seminary.  However, consider the source, if everybody got everything they taught from a seminary how would God ever introduce you to anything new?  You might be amazed to find out that God does not always work through man’s organized systems.  Why didn’t God recruit Jesus’ disciples from the priests, the scribes, the Pharisees, etc., the religious leaders of the day    Too many times men have established set procedures and traditions that keep God from doing anything to help them.  So what does God do?  You would be amazed at how God uses the most unlikely candidates to bring out a new message.  If you read your Bible and look you will see God selected a group of men, some fishermen, some business men, a doctor, a lawyer, every kind of profession God would surround himself with.  God chose a shepherd to be the King of Israel.  You can go on and on with who God used in the Bible and ask yourself, would any of these men have been your top candidate for the job?  So is God any different today?  I’ll ask you again, has God changed?  Does He do things differently than He did in the past?  Does God still use the foolish things to confound the wisdom of men?

What are you suppose to do?  Do you believe something based upon the source qualifications of an individual or do you simply just read the Bible for yourself and see if it says what is being taught?    I have written about this next scripture in several of my blogs and I’ll repeat it today because it applies to our subject.  What did the early church do?  Is this a pattern that we should be following?  If you think about the situation of the early church you can learn a significant lesson.  Here we have a group of people who do not have an organized seminary or theological group of experts to consult.  These people were handed something that was completely new to them, a totally radical change to anything that they had ever heard before.  They were taught about things that they had never imagined or even heard taught by anybody on the planet, especially the Jewish religious leadership of the day.  These people faced an extremely important decision and probably the most important eternal decision that they would ever face.  This is really no different than what you are facing right now.  So you can learn this lesson and apply it or you can choose to ignore it and do what you want to.

Act 17:11  These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

Paul and the other disciples were travelling about the countryside preaching the Word of God.  They brought such a new radical teaching that I am sure it was immediately rejected by a lot of people just because it was completely new.   However, this verse in Acts describes a group of people that God calls very noble.  You could imply this also means brave and courageous.  These people we are told, kept an open mind to the new things that were being taught them by Paul and the other disciples.   Being open minded is an essential quality to a successful Christian growth process.  But that is not where the verse ends, that was just the key essential ingredient that allowed them to be more noble.  If you read the verse, we are given the key to Bible understanding in determining what we should believe and what we should reject.  This verse says these more noble people heard what was being spoken and then they looked in the scriptures to see it for themselves.  In other words they based their beliefs upon a personal knowing of what they saw in the verses and not based upon what an expert man was telling them to believe.  Did you hear what I just said?  Paul was probably the most expert man of his day and knew more about the scriptures than anyone else.  But Paul never said believe what I say, because I’m an expert and you are not.  Paul always pointed people to the scriptures and the Word of God.  The Bible should be your only source for what you ultimately believe.   You should never take the words of any man, even experts without finding out for yourself what the Bible really says.  If this lesson applied to the early church it still applies to us today.  We are still in the same church that they were in.  We are still in the same body of Christ that they started, and what we believe must be based upon what God has spoken and not any man.

Having said all of that I should also tell you that God does use teachers to help you learn.  God many times will pick one man, like a Paul and give him information and revelation from the scriptures to teach to His children.  So God has anointed some men and women as pastors and teachers and He has given many of them specialties in specific areas of Bible knowledge.  But, if they are not showing you Bible verses for you to see for yourself and for you to study, you should run away from them very, very fast.  Stop looking for an expert to follow and follow God and your Bible.   Use your relationship with God, the author of the Bible to help guide you into the truth that you need to learn today.    Don’t try to make me or anyone else do your Bible studying for you.  If you are depending on what I know for what you believe you will soon be deceived, if you are not already.  I believe what I believe because I have studied it out in the scriptures for endless hours and I am confident in what I teach as being the truth because of this intimate and personal scriptural knowledge.  You of course do not know everything that I know and cannot have the same confidence in anything that I say.  I also understand that concept fully, and I hope that you do to.  As we continue to follow God’s leadership through his Holy Spirit who indwells us, we will continue to grow in spiritual strength and faith and finally become the mature Christian that God is seeking.

So do I think that I am an expert, No!   Are there really any experts in the world?  None that I know of!  After all what is there that we can measure that determines a Bible expert?  Is it a title from a seminary or university?   Is it a duration of a time of study?   Does studying the Bible for 10 years make you an expert?  How about 50 years of studying the Bible does that make you an expert?   I hope that you see the problem with man’s qualification system.  Make God your expert, and use the Bible as your source of knowledge and beliefs.  Listen to God’s anointed teachers and then check out every word that they teach using your Bible and you’ll continue to grow spiritually with the rest of us.  This is God’s system and design for getting people to see and understand the Bible.  I have a responsibility and you have a responsibility.  It is an equal partnership working with God and He will bring the increase from our labors.

Recognizing that God Uses People

Here is an interesting topic to consider when thinking about keys to understanding the Bible.  One of the keys to understanding the Bible is understanding the systems and methods that God uses in our everyday lives.  The Bible says God is not willing that any should perish, so we know that God wants everyone to be saved.  So what is He doing to solve this problem, how does God try to reach people and get them to believe and know Him?  That is a question I think many have never thought of.  God is of course capable of solving the atheist and agnostic beliefs in everyone in an instance of time, by suddenly appearing and proving His existence.   Why didn’t Jesus when He rose from the dead, go to everyone and prove His existence?  Why did He only appear to a select few?  If He would have walked into the synagogue in Jerusalem, every Jew would have had no choice but to believe on the one that they crucified.  There would have been an instant establishment of a kingdom of God on the earth.  There would have been no room for any other religion in the world.  But, God chooses to do things differently.  God has implemented a system based around people.  Throughout the Bible we see that God selected certain individuals to bring His message to the rest of the people.  We can see this in the life of Moses, Joshua, David, Daniel, Isaiah, Ezekiel, etc.   Here is a verse that demonstrates God’s system to us:

 Rom 10:14  How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?

 God created a faith based system of beliefs for the human race.  We can see in this verse that it speaks of people calling on God to save them.  But how can they call if they haven’t heard of Him.  No one has ever seen God so we are all in the same boat.  We can clearly see a reference in this verse to the human element in God’s plan of salvation.  We can see that unless men and women preach and teach about God and His ways, no one will be able to hear, no one will be able to believe, and therefore no one will be saved.  The weakest link in the chain is people.  God has left the process in the hands of people.  Those that teach the Word of God have been called by God, selected by God, given the responsibility by God to get His message out.   No man or woman on this planet can save anyone, yet God has chosen a system that is totally dependent upon people who are imperfect and capable of failing.  On one hand you can see that God is either crazy or He has great faith in the ability of His Word to accomplish change in the hearts of men.

 Eph 4:11  And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

 We can see in Ephesians 4:11 that the verse contains one key repetitive word, this word is “SOME”.  Some means not everybody, it could even mean a few, as in a small percentage.  The key emphasis is that not everyone has the same function, the same level of responsibility, the same knowledge, the same spiritual growth level, the same whatever.  God selected some people to specifically teach His Word.  That implies the rest are responsible to learn what is taught.  If everyone was a teacher no one would need to be taught, no one would need to teach.  If everyone knew everything God wouldn’t need to say anything. 

 So the point to today’s blog is for you to recognize that God uses people.  Just as he did throughout the Bible.  We can see David the giant slayer, Samson, even Saul of Taurus, who wrote 2/3 of the New Testament.  God has always selected specific men and women to get His message out to His people.   This is still happening today, your challenge should you choose to accept it is to recognize those whom God has sent and ignore those that just went.  So understanding the Bible will depend upon you understanding how God works and the systems that He has implemented and working with Him to accomplish His goals and purposes.  I hope this has been a blessing to you.

Does It Matter What You Search For In The Bible?

(Ver 1.1) When it comes to Bible interpretation and understanding the Bible, did you know it matters how you search the Bible?  Did you also realize it matters what you search for in the Bible?  You can apply this same principal to searching for gold or oil under the earth’s crust.  Does it matter where you drill for oil?  Does it matter what type of soil you are drilling through?  Does it matter how deep you go?  Could you drill a mile down and miss the oil by 10 feet?  You know natural things say you can do the right thing but do it the wrong way or at the wrong time, or at the wrong place and the net results will be as if you had done nothing at all.  There is a biblical principal or as I call it a spiritual law that applies to us and how we search the Bible and what we search for in the Bible.  Jesus said “He who seeks will find”. 

Matthew 7:7 Ask and it shall be given to you; seek and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you.

This Bible truth tells you something that is so profound yet it can be so easily missed.  What you seek after is what you find.  The clear implication to this verse is that it matters what you are seeking after?  It matters what you are asking for?  It matters what doors you knock on.  It makes a huge difference to what you find.  If you search for the wrong thing in the Bible you will find the wrong thing.  It is a spiritual law from God.  There lies the primary problem of people searching the Bible just to prove something is true.  Instead of just looking for the truth, people search and look for scripture to support their opinion or their position or what they think it says or what they think they heard someone say.   I’ve seen people search the scriptures and give references to why they think abortion is OK scripturally and they supported their position based upon their findings in the Bible.  Any idiot can find scriptures that support whatever position they want to take but that doesn’t mean it’s the truth and what God intended for us to follow.  Always start by reading the Bible and asking God to reveal to you the truth and refuse to allow your pre-conceived ideas or opinions to sway or influence your search.

So the bottom line is this, it matters what you are searching for.  If you are searching for the wrong things, God said that you will find the wrong things.  If you search for the right things, God will make sure you find the right things.  So what you find is determined by what you are searching for and not so much as what is really there.  This might not make much sense to you, I don’t know.  However, people have proven this repeatedly.  Jesus didn’t lie, he who seeks will find.  He who knocks it will be opened to him and it doesn’t matter if he is knocking on the wrong door.  Make sure you are seeking the right things and knocking on only God’s doors.   So why is this law possible?  If the Bible contains the truth, why can’t we just read it and understand it.  It really all goes back to a recent Blog I did where I told you that God wrote the Bible in a fashion or style that would allow man to make a choice.  You see if the Bible was explicitly written in a textbook style, man would have NO other choice but to believe it.  Understanding some of these key principles and spiritual laws of how to study the Bible will help you gain a much clearer understanding of God’s word, if you truly apply them.

People Generally Don’t Know What They Don’t Know

(Ver 2.0)  Here is an interesting statement to ponder.  People generally don’t know what they don’t know.  I don’t remember where I heard that statement for the first time or if I got it from God.  I just realized that it was the truth.  It is certainly related to another subject that people are generally resistant to change.  In one of my last blogs on this subject I talked about the importance of having an open mind as being a key to understanding new things in the Bible.  Change is inevitable, but most of the time people like the status quo and are creatures of habit.  They learn something and then live it out on a daily basis, being repetitive and finding it hard to accept something new.  These days technology is changing so fast, that you either have to live in a cave somewhere to not realize that what you have today will be obsolete tomorrow.

Now back to what people know.  What makes one man a doctor and another man a homeless bum.  The main difference is knowledge.  One has extended an effort to learn and knows how to help other people and the other one lacks this knowledge and motivation to obtain and use the knowledge.  In effect he doesn’t know what he doesn’t know.  You know one thing I noted about doctors was that it appeared people who learned a lot to be a doctor are more readily able to accept that there is so much more to learn.  People who know little to nothing sometimes come across as the kind of people who talk the loudest and think they know everything they need to know.  The doctor is usually  smart enough to know when his expertise is exhausted and he needs to call in a specialist that knows more than he does.  These are all examples and lessons that can be easily applied to us and the Bible, knowing the Bible, understanding the Bible and applying the Bible to our lives.  Because people don’t know what the Bible says, when God sends a teacher with something new they resist it automatically, they criticize the speaker, they do stupid things that result in the rejection of Jesus himself.  When Saul persecuted the early church and he threw them into jail, beat them and stoned them, Jesus took that very personally.  Here we have an example of Saul not knowing what he didn’t know.  Being raised a Jew under the law he thought he was doing all the right things.  This is a very strong lesson for all of us to learn from even today.  God is not through with teaching His people new things so you need to be open to hear it and to accept it.  You need to keep your stones in your pockets and quit throwing them at God’s chosen servants. 

Act 5:38  And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought:

Act 5:39  But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.

Be as one of the wisest men in the Bible did, choose to keep your mouth shut and tell the others that if it is of God it will grow and prosper, if it is not of God it will die.  This man knew to fight against God was a very foolish thing to do.  If you read the verses prior to this statement, he gives examples of men who rose up with false messages and how they came to naught.  It is very much like the story of Balaam in the Old Testament, he said “How can I curse what God has blessed”.  This is a lesson for STUPID Christians in the world who are fighting against God’s servants.   Learn the lesson given in Acts 5 and ignore false teachers.  Do not attack false teachers, if they are from God they will prosper, if they are not from God they will come to nothing.   It is not up to you to put it down, God has not appointed anyone as the watch dog of the Theology that men are preaching and teaching.  The main reason for this, is the fact that you just do not know what you do not know.  So if someone comes around teaching something new, it could very well be of God and thus you will not be able to stop it.  If it is not of God, then it will die of its own self destruction.  Learn this lesson and it will cause you to be much wiser. 

Bridge Out!Here is a natural example of what I’m talking about today, of not knowing what you don’t know.  Say you are traveling down a dark highway in the middle of the night.  You are going along with little to no traffic on the road.  Up ahead a tragic accident happened and a barge hit the bridge and took the bridge completely out.  If you continue at your current speed in the dark you will soon come upon the missing span and be unable to stop and plunge into the river.  What is the lesson of this story?  The lesson is you don’t know what you don’t know.  You don’t know the bridge is out.   You don’t know you are about to die.  If you only had a flashing warning sign or cop in the road with flashing lights and a flashlight flagging the oncoming traffic down to stop you have a chance at being saved.  Otherwise, you are doomed to go to a tragic outcome in this life.  This is generally symbolic representation a true story of the situation of the world today.  We have a tremendous number of people traveling on the road that Jesus called the road to destruction.  This road is wide and long and many people will go that way not knowing the outcome that the symbolic bridge is out.  But God has sent certain individuals into the world to draw attention to the fact that the bridge is out and to try to warn them.  Jesus said that those who believe it will be saved and those that don’t believe will be damned.  Those are tremendously important words to consider today.  Try to figure out what you don’t know, because it just might save your life someday.

Is It A Good Idea to Teach The Bible Verse By Verse?

(Ver 1.2)  I’ve seen many pastors and teachers attempt to go through a book of the Bible and teach it independently verse by verse.  While you can certainly learn stuff by doing this, is this really the best way to approach the Word of God?  In my opinion it is not.  For example, take the book of Revelation.  Probably the most complex, confusing  and hard to understand book in the Bible.  I’ve seen teachers stand up and attempt to do a verse by verse walk thru of this book in isolation and the end result is usually just more confusion.   When you teach even a single verse of scripture independently of the rest of the Bible, many times you miss God’s commentary on the subject.  I believe one of the keys to understanding the Bible is letting the Bible interpret itself.  You do this by getting God’s definitions and commentary on all of the subjects that you are studying.  When you do this, you have a much better chance of getting it right.  For example, in books like Revelation that is filled with symbolism, you absolutely have to let the Bible define what these symbols mean or you will get it wrong.

Many times people are guilty of introducing their own opinions into what the Word of God means.  God being so much smarter than us, knew we would do that, but yet did not make the information in the Bible any clearer or easier for us to understand.  There must have been a reason for that and I’ve addressed some of those in other lessons.  One of the reasons was to allow man to have the freedom of choice.  Another reason was to hide information from His enemies.  Finally, I think another reason was to give us a challenge to figure it out and allow God the opportunity to reveal it at His perfect timing.  It’s funny but humans are naturally curious and they like puzzles, riddles and intellectual challenges.  God did not create humanity to be cave men, they were just created ignorant of so, so many things.  Ignorance is a reality for everyone.  No matter how much you learn and know, you haven’t come close to what God knows.  Will Rogers said “We are all ignorant, just about different things.”  How incredibly true that statement is.

The information, clues, explanations and commentaries of God are spread throughout the Bible.  Sometimes or many times they are very difficult to find.  We are faced with challenges because God uses various techniques to conceal information in the Bible and I will get more into them in other lessons.  One technique that God uses is symbolism.  Another is allegory.  Another technique is calling one object by many different names and descriptions.  Another technique is to call multiple objects by the same name making it more difficult for you to figure out which one God is talking about.  There are many other techniques that God uses to hide the truth and I call this “hiding the truth in plain sight.”  The truth is all right there for anyone to view and read, but yet it causes so much debate as to what it all really means.  Isn’t this fun?  You see the other day I did a search on the just one subject on the internet.  I searched Google for “The Identity of the Woman in Revelation 12” and guess what I was returned with over 6000 opinions what she meant.  That is a classic of example of how 6000 different people can have 6000 different interpretations on what God calls only one truth.

So is it a good idea to teach the Bible verse by verse, I guess it depends on how you do it.  If you research, study and see what God says about a subject in other places in the Bible and include that also in the teaching I would say that it would be OK to do it that way.  If however, you isolate yourself into a verse, chapter or book of the Bible and teach it independently of what God says about it in other places, then you are making a huge mistake.  Don’t become a Robinson Caruso Bible teacher and strand yourself on a verse island.  When you do this you will eventually starve your spirit, which will cause you die of spiritual malnutrition.    I hope you enjoyed my little Bible lesson about teaching in isolation and that it will help you to learn more about God’s Word.

Concealing Information From God’s Enemies!

This will obviously be controversial to some.  But nevertheless this is what God says so I stand by it.  What I have been attempting to do is give you some keys to understanding the Bible.  If we can understand God’s intentions, motivations and purposes for the book, we will better understand what is written.  So in today’s blog I want to give you another perspective of why the Bible is so hard to understand, to many.  This principle is based upon the concept that God has enemies and that in order for God not reveal everything to His enemies, He has to write things in an encoded method.  , This encoded method allows God’s people to see the truth while at the same time keeping the information from His enemies.  It is a very tricky way of writing with many complex twists, mysteries, hidden meanings, symbolic representations and other tricky methods.  I call it God’s method of hiding the truth in plain site.

 James 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God?  Whosever therefore will be a friend to the world is the enemy of God.

 From this verse in James we see a fact revealed that God has enemies.  If you didn’t know that it would be good to study and find out who those enemies are.  I’ve heard some fools think and teach that Satan was just a pawn of God.  A spirit being that appears before God to get permission to make somebody sick or kill their children.  People read things like in the book of Job and make too many assumptions.  Satan is not working for God.  Satan doesn’t have to ask for permission to put some evil plan into work against you.  Most of the time it is our own fault when Satan attacks us.  We open the door to the enemy and let him do the things he does.  There are a lot of Bible verses that I could give you to back that statement, but I won’t spend a lot of time on that subject since that is not what we are talking about.

 This may also be news to some of you and maybe you’ve never heard anyone teach on this, but God has enemies.  The church has the same enemies.  Satan is still a spiritual force in the world in opposition to the church and our God.  Satan I think sometimes people look at him as this evil red suited, horned and pitch fork carrying spiritual entity that resides in hell and comes to earth to bug us when he wants to.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Satan does not live in hell, he has never been to hell, doesn’t want to go to hell and he’s doing everything in his power to stay out of there.  But there is good news Satan doesn’t know everything.  He can read the same Bible that we can but he doesn’t understand it any better than anyone else in the world.  As God gives new revelation to the church, that is the first time Satan hears about most of this stuff.  There are scriptures that back this up.  Look at this verse:

 1 Corinthians 2:8 Which none of the princes of this world knew for had they known they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

 You see from this verse that Satan and his fallen angels are ignorant of the plan of God.  This verse says clearly if they had known the consequences to killing God on the cross, they would not have done it.  So apparently we don’t yet fully comprehend the ramifications and consequences of God being nailed to the cross.  Not only did He provide salvation for us, he sealed the fate of Satan.  Interesting isn’t it?  So when Jesus said I didn’t come to do away with the law but to fulfill it he was saying that he was here to fulfill those things which were written about him.

 Luke 24:44 And he said unto them, These are they words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses and in the prophets, and in the psalms concerning me.

 John 5:39 Search the scriptures for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

 So couldn’t Satan read the Bible and see and hear what was being said in the synagogues?  Sure he could, the problem is he didn’t understand anything that was written and neither did any man.  Jesus fulfilled countless prophesies in his birth, life, death, burial and resurrection and Satan didn’t know any of them.  I can only assume that Satan thought by killing God he could rid him from his planet and now he could go on and continue to rule for as long as he wanted.  These are all interesting thoughts but these concepts are also applicable to the unsaved human race.   Notice what is written on this subject and the words spoken by Jesus himself:

 Mark 4:11 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.

 Jesus speaking to his disciples said the mystery is for only you to know, those that are on the outside they will never know or understand the things of God.  It has always occurred to me that people in hell don’t know why they are there.  They don’t have a clue that Jesus paid for their sins and they rejected the free gift of salvation.  I wonder if someday they will come to the knowledge and realize the things they missed out on.  So were we enemies of God before salvation?  Here is a scripture that says we were:

 Romans 5:10 For if, we when we were enemies , we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled we shall be saved by his life.

 So we discover a fact that God said that while we were still enemies, Jesus paid the price to reconcile us back to God.  This of course was one of the primary reasons for the death of Jesus on the cross.  Clearly it was not all that transpired, but I’m sure glad He did that for us.

 So what can we conclude from all of these scriptures?  If God had enemies, He was forced to conceal information in His Word in a manner that His enemies would not understand what He was doing that would effect them.  We will eventually discuss the methods in more depth that God used to accomplish this, but that is enough for now.