Friday, November 11, 2011

Hope has No Power. . .

Faith goes far beyond hope. Faith is the evidence of things hoped for. . . Hope has no power. Faith moves mountains and casts them into the sea. . . While Jesus spoke of faith on many occasions, he only uttered the word 'hope' once:

(Luke 6:34) And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again.

As if to illustrate the powerlessness of hope. When you lend someone money, all you can do is hope that they pay you back. They have the power. . . they have the money and can decide whether to repay you. You have nothing really. 

Rather than clinging to faint and powerless hope. . . come to Jesus and appropriate for yourself a great measure of saving faith. . .

(Luke 7:50) And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace. . .

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

A Righteous Man. . .

What does the Bible say about a righteous man?

(Psalms 37:16)  A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.

(Proverbs 10:11)  The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.

(Proverbs 12:10)  A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.

(Proverbs 13:5)  A righteous man hateth lying: but a wicked man is loathsome, and cometh to shame.

(Proverbs 21:12)  The righteous man wisely considereth the house of the wicked: but God overthroweth the wicked for their wickedness.

(Proverbs 25:26)  A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring.

(Isaiah 41:2)  Who raised up the righteous man from the east, called him to his foot, gave the nations before him, and made him rule over kings? he gave them as the dust to his sword, and as driven stubble to his bow.

(Ezekiel 3:20)  Again, When a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumblingblock before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thine hand.

(Ezekiel 3:21)  Nevertheless if thou warn the righteous man, that the righteous sin not, and he doth not sin, he shall surely live, because he is warned; also thou hast delivered thy soul.

(Ezekiel 18:26)  When a righteous man turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and dieth in them; for his iniquity that he hath done shall he die.

(Matthew 10:41)  He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward.

(Luke 23:47)  Now when the centurion saw what was done, he glorified God, saying, Certainly this was a righteous man.

(Romans 5:7)  For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.

(1 Timothy 1:9)  Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,

(James 5:16)  Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

(2 Peter 2:8)  (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)

Monday, November 7, 2011

What Does God Know? (New Testament)

What does God know? What does the Bible say? I searched the Bible for words containing 'know', this included 'knoweth', 'knowing', 'knows', 'knowledge'. This search came back with over 500 New Testament verses. I then looked at each verse to see if it was God who was doing the knowing. It was a very fascinating and powerful study for me.

(Matthew 6:8)  Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

1. God knows what you need.

(Matthew 6:31-32) Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?  (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

2. God knows your physical requirements

(Matthew 9:4)  And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?

3. God knows the thoughts of men.

(Matthew 11:27)  All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.

4. God knows who the Son is, and He knows who the Father is.

(Matthew 24:36)  But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

5. God knows when Jesus shall return to the earth.

(Mark 12:15)  Shall we give, or shall we not give? But he, knowing their hypocrisy, said unto them, Why tempt ye me? bring me a penny, that I may see it.

6. God knows the untruth of men's words.

(Mark 13:32)  But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.

7. God knows when Jesus shall return to the earth.

(Luke 10:22)  All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him.

8. God knows who the Son is, and He knows who the Father is.

(Luke 11:17)  But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth.

9. God knows the thoughts of men.

(Luke 12:30)  For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.

10. God knows what you need.

(Luke 16:15)  And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.

11. God knows men's hearts.

(John 1:48)  Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee.

12. God knows you before you think He does.

(John 5:32)  There is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me is true.

13. God knows the truth of a testimony.

(John 5:42)  But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you.

14. God knows you and He knows if the love of God is in you.

(John 7:29)  But I know him: for I am from him, and he hath sent me.

15. God knows God.

(John 8:14)  Jesus answered and said unto them, Though I bear record of myself, yet my record is true: for I know whence I came, and whither I go; but ye cannot tell whence I come, and whither I go.

16. God knows where He came from and where He is going.

(John 8:37)  I know that ye are Abraham's seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you.

17. God knows your ancestry.

(John 8:55)  Yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep his saying.

18. God knows God.

(John 10:14)  I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.

19. God knows His sheep.

(John 10:15)  As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.

20. God knows God.

(John 10:27)  My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

21. God knows His sheep.

(John 12:50)  And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.

22. God knows that God's commandment is life eternal.

(John 13:3)  Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God;

23. God knows that God placed everything into His hands and that He came from God and the He went to God.

(John 13:18)  I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me.

24. God knows His chosen.

(John 16:30)  Now are we sure that thou knowest all things, and needest not that any man should ask thee: by this we believe that thou camest forth from God.

25. God knows all things.

(John 17:25)  O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.

26. God knows God.

(John 18:4)  Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye?

27. God knew everything that would befall Him.

(John 19:28)  After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.

28. God knew that everything was fulfilled.

(John 21:15)  So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.

29. God knew that Peter loved Him.

(John 21:16)  He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

30. God knew that Peter loved Him.

(John 21:17)  He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

31. God knows all things.

(Acts 1:24)  And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen,

32. God knows the hearts of all men

(Acts 15:8)  And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us;

33. God knows the hearts of men.

(Acts 15:18)  Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world.

34. God knows everything that He has done from the beginning.

(Romans 8:29)  For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

35. God knows us from the beginning.

(1 Corinthians 3:20)  And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.

36. God knows the thinking of the wise.

(1 Corinthians 8:3)  But if any man love God, the same is known of him.

37. God knows those who love Him.

(2 Corinthians 11:11)  Wherefore? because I love you not? God knoweth.

38. God knows whether one man loves another.

(2 Corinthians 11:31)  The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is blessed for evermore, knoweth that I lie not.

39. God knows whether you tell the truth or not.

(2 Corinthians 12:2)  I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.

40. God knows whether a man had a vision or if he was truly out of his body.

(2 Corinthians 12:3)  And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;)

41. God knows whether a man had a vision or if he was truly out of his body.

(Galatians 4:9)  But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?

42. When you come to God, God knows you.

(Colossians 2:3)  In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

43. God has all wisdom and information.

(2 Timothy 2:19)  Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.

44. God knows those whom are His.

(1 Peter 1:2)  Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.

45. God knows beforehand who will come to Him.

(2 Peter 2:9)  The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:

46. God knows how to save those who love Him from temptations and how to put aside judgement of the sinners to the day of judging.

(Revelation 2:2)  I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:

47. God knows the things you've accomplished, your work, the things you endure, how you cannot stand unrighteous men, and how you have been deceived by those who would mislead you and how you found them out.

(Revelation 2:9)  I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.

48. God knows the things you've accomplished, your troubles and lacks. He knows the depravity of those who claim a special relationship with Him.

(Revelation 2:13)  I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan's seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.

49. God knows what you have accomplished, where you live, where Satan resides, and how you hold true to Him in the face of trial.

(Revelation 2:19)  I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first.

50. God knows what you have accomplished, how loving you are and how you minister to others. He knows your growth in faith and patience.

(Revelation 3:1)  And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.

51. God knows what you have accomplished and He knows the that your good reputation is false.

(Revelation 3:8)  I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.

52. God knows what you have accomplished. He knows that you are weak, but that you have obeyed His commandments and have not denied Him.

(Revelation 3:15)  I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.

53. God knows what you have accomplished. He knows the tepid faith of the lukewarm.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Those Whom Jesus Touched. . .

I'm doing another Bible word study, looking for all those that Jesus touched. My search terms were for any verse containing the words: 'hand' and 'touch'. I was very surprised to find that, with that criteria, the Gospel of John contained no verses.

I arbitrarily included John 13:5 (Jesus washed the feet of the disciples) and John 13:23 (John leaned upon Jesus breast at the last supper)

I don't quite understand yet the significance of this finding (if any). . . it may have to do with the Gospel of John's focus upon the divinity of Jesus and maybe it was the humanity of Jesus with which He touched men's bodies physically. . . and by the divine nature of Jesus, He touched men's spiritual side. . .thereby touching their eternal souls. . . something to pray about and to ask the Lord for more clarity on. . .

(Matthew 8:3)  And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.

(Matthew 8:15)  And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them.

(Matthew 9:25)  But when the people were put forth, he went in, and took her by the hand, and the maid arose.

(Matthew 9:29)  Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.

(Matthew 14:31)  And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

(Matthew 17:7)  And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid.

(Matthew 19:15)  And he laid his hands on them, and departed thence.

(Matthew 20:34)  So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him.

(Mark 1:31)  And he came and took her by the hand, and lifted her up; and immediately the fever left her, and she ministered unto them.

(Mark 1:41)  And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean.

(Mark 3:10)  For he had healed many; insomuch that they pressed upon him for to touch him, as many as had plagues.

(Mark 5:41)  And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise.

(Mark 6:5)  And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.

(Mark 7:33)  And he took him aside from the multitude, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spit, and touched his tongue;

(Mark 8:23)  And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought.

(Mark 8:25)  After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly.

(Mark 9:27)  But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose.

(Mark 10:16)  And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.

(Luke 4:40)  Now when the sun was setting, all they that had any sick with divers diseases brought them unto him; and he laid his hands on every one of them, and healed them.

(Luke 5:13)  And he put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will: be thou clean. And immediately the leprosy departed from him.

(Luke 7:14)  And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.

(Luke 8:54)  And he put them all out, and took her by the hand, and called, saying, Maid, arise.

(Luke 13:13)  And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.

(Luke 22:51)  And Jesus answered and said, Suffer ye thus far. And he touched his ear, and healed him.

(John 13:5)  After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.

(John 13:23)  Now there was leaning on Jesus' bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved.