Guest Post: Going Forward by Going Backward by R P Amos

arrow signsPeter wrote to the Christians, “To stir you up by putting you in remembrance.” Many times we are encouraged by the Lord to go back to what He has already said and done to guide us in our walk forward toward the kingdom of heaven. We’re in a day when new ideas are being introduced continually to the church so she can be considered relevant and progressive. But is it time to go back to His Word alone in order to go on faithfully for the Lord? Following are seven examples of knowing and the valuing past.

1. Israel Ready to Enter the Promise Land. “And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness … that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD …” (Deut. 8:2,3). Israel’s success in the Promised Land would come by following the Word of God, which, – they were to remember back – had guided them successfully through the wilderness.

2. Josiah’s Revival. “And the king commanded all the people, saying, Keep the passover unto the LORD your God, as it is written in the book of this covenant” (2 Kings 23:21). King Josiah led the people back to observe again the old-time feast of Passover as it was written in the Word.

3. Hezekiah’s Revival. “He appointed … the set feasts, as it is written in the law of the LORD” (2 Chron. 31:3). Similarly, Hezekiah went backward – to what was written in the book of the Lord. He restored the nation back to God, and back to His heart and ways.

4. Rebuilding of the Second Temple. “And builded the altar of the God of Israel, to offer burnt offerings thereon, as it is written in the law of Moses the man of God” (Ezra 3:2). Unlike their forefathers who built their own altars all over the place and introduced a new “great altar,” they now went back to God’s way – worshipping at THE altar of the Lord.

5. The Lord’s Supper. “For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come” (1 Cor. 11:26). As we wait for the Lord Jesus’ coming (looking forward), we do so by remembering His historical death for us to save us (looking backward).

6. The Thessalonian Christians. “Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle [written instruction]” (2 Thess. 2:14,15). As they focused on the coming Lord and glory, they were to hold (not let go) what they were already instructed.

7. The Church at Sardis.Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent” (Rev. 3:3). The church that was considered dead by the Lord was exhorted to look back in remembrance to what they had first heard and received in the beginning. This reminder John was to “write in a book” to the 7 churches (Rev. 1:11). The church also has a book (the Bible) in which we are to hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

We do not to need to find some new truth to make the church more appealing in modern times. We simply need to trust and obey what has been once revealed and delivered to us by the Lord and His chosen apostles. Paul said, “The things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.” So – “if it’s new, it’s not true, and if it’s true, it’s not new.”

 

Editorial Note: This is a guest post written by Brother Randy Amos. He maintains the Thinking 7 website. You can also find Randy’s ministry on the Voices For Christ website here.

 

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Guest Post: The Three Aspects of Jesus Christ the Lord by R P Amos

The Lessons Peter the Apostle Learned

1. HIS PERSON Jesus asked, “Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?”

To some Jesus is just a famous Jewish carpenter – to others a prophet – to others a teacher of good – to some, a fearless reformer of a corrupt establishment – yet to others a moral example – to others a brave martyr who dared to die for a cause – and yet to others the ideal expression of love and compassion. Many try to follow Christ at one of these levels and consider themselves “Christian” in that sense.

But His followers get fewer when His deity is proclaimed. Jesus being God establishes His authority over us as well as His being the only Savior – since only God can save.

When the disciples witnessed Jesus’ miracles, Peter proclaimed with them, “What manner of man is this?” But later he confessed as a minority, after having the revelation of evidences from the Father, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Indeed the resurrection by the Father has declared Him to be the Son of God – the Lord Jesus Christ. The demons addressed Him as Jesus. Others called Him Master (teacher) or Rabbi – but Peter knowing who He was came to call Him “Lord.”

2. HIS WORK “Christ died for our sins…he rose again” and “maketh intercession for us.”
Yet there are many who acknowledge His deity that do not understand the work He accomplished for our sins on the cross. His sinless and pure blood sacrifice was a full redemptive payment for our sins. No works need to be added by the sinner to obtain a full pardon from God. And He is the only human mediator by which we come to God.

Now Christ’s followers get even fewer when His finished work for sin on the cross is presented as our means of total and eternal forgiveness apart from any human contribution. When the Lord spoke about eating His flesh (body) and drinking His blood (His sacrifice being appropriated in the heart by faith) to have everlasting life, then “many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.” John 6:66 KJV.

At first Peter didn’t understand His sufferings for sin. When the Lord told him that He would be killed and raised again, Peter said, “Lord: this shall not be unto thee.” Yet later when Peter’s understanding was opened, he would write about the sacrifice of Christ and claim believers are redeemed “with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.

3. HIS WORDS “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word…out of the mouth of God.”
The risen Jesus is Lord, Son of God, and the Head of the church, His body. He uses His authority over us to lead us in God’s ways of holiness and righteousness. Thus we see instructions and commandments from Him to us in the New Testament. The Lord said, “the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63 KJV). Paul stated: “the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.” (1 Cor. 14:37 KJV).

Now when it comes to His teachings and commands for His church, the followers get even fewer yet. Some merely admire His example – others wisely bow the knee to Him as both the Son of God and Lord – and others also further glory in the grace of His cross (praise the Lord) that has saved them. But how many believers attempt through His Spirit to follow all of His teachings – an attempt which would significantly impact their life?

Peter saw others forsaking Jesus over His words (teachings). And then the Lord Jesus asked His disciples, “Will ye also go away?” “Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life” (John 6:67, 68 KJV). Peter would later write: “That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Savior.” (2 Pet. 3:2 KJV).

Here are some aspects of our lives on which the Lord gives us instruction in His Word.

His words on sin – “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man”, Mk. 7 KJV.

His words on language – “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying” (Eph. 4.29 KJV).

His words on love – “Love one another; as I have loved you” (John 13:34KJV).

His words on divorce and remarriage – “Let not the wife depart from her husband: But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife” (1 Cor. 7:10, 11 KJV).

His words on the different roles between men and women – “But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence” (1 Tim. 2:12 KJV).

His words on church order – “And when they had ordained them elders in every church” and “For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn” (Acts 14:23 KJV / 1 Cor. 14:31 KJV).

His words on prophecy – “I will come again” and “The world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever” (John 14:3 KJV / 1 John 2:17 KJV).

To the Lord, following His words is an expression of love to Him. He is not here to physically hug or walk along side Him. But to trust His Word and follow it – no matter what the cost –when the world doesn’t, demonstrates sincere love unto Him. Some say, “Don’t bother me with the details of the Bible, I just want to follow Jesus”. Well, that is impossible to do apart from the Bible for it reveals His person, work and will.

The Lord Jesus said, “If ye love me keep my commandments.” As Scripture says: “Seek ye out of the book of the Lord, and read” (Isa. 34:16 KJV). Peter once said, “Not so, Lord,” but later wrote, “desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.” (1 Pet. 2:2 KJV).

How far will we go in our love for the Lord Jesus? “His name is called the Word of God.”

 

Editorial Note: This is a guest post written by Brother Randy Amos. He maintains the Thinking 7 website. You can also find Randy’s ministry on the Voices For Christ website here.

 

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Guest Post: Zechariah’s Biography of Christ by R P Amos

Of which salvation the prophets…testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow, 1 Peter 1:10-11 KJV

Zechariah’s Biography of Christ ~ 518 BC

1. THE DONKEY (lowly) “Thy King cometh unto thee: he is just…lowly, and riding … upon a colt the foal of an ass, Zechariah 9:9. Messiah would not ride into Jerusalem on a glorious stallion, but on a donkey, revealing His meek and lowly character. (Matthew 21:5)

2. THE SHEPHERD “And I took unto me two staves; the one I called Beauty, and the other I called Bands; and I fed the flock”, Zechariah 11:7-17. A shepherd who would guide Israel with two shepherd staves called Beauty (favor) and Bands (to bind). But then because of rejection, He would break the staves and Israel would be judged and eventually be ruled by a false worthless shepherd who will slaughter them. (John 5:43 / John 10:11 / Hebrews 13:20)

3. THE SILVER (worth) “Give me my price… so they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver”, Zechariah 11:12,13. Israel was asked to place a value on God’s shepherd. They valued him at 30 pieces of silver (price of an injured slaved) and then cast it to the potter at the Lord’s house. Judas betrayed the Lord Jesus for that amount. (Matthew 26:15, 27:3-10)

4. THE SWORD “Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the LORD of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered:..”, Zechariah 13:7. God’s judgment sword that had spared the sinners did wake up and fall – not on the nations nor on Israel – but on His shepherd who was His equal (fellow) but also a man. All forsook Christ and He was crucified for our sins as Savior! (Matthew 26:31, John 19:34)

5. THE PIERCINGS “They shall look upon me whom they have pierced…” Zechariah 12:10. When Christ Jesus returns to earth Israel will see their Messiah – and He will have the pierce marks of the cross. In stunned horror, they will finally repent of their national rejection of Him and go into deep national mourning – and be cleansed in His fountain of sacrificial blood-forgiveness from all their sins. (John 19:34, 20:20 / Revelation 1:7)

6. THE BRANCH (life) “Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH”, Zechariah 6:11-13. A branch is something living that grows from a root to bear fruit. The Lord took a priest, Joshua (NT Jesus), and crowned him to sit on a throne. A man would grow like a branch into a full king-priest; religion and state merged in one person. And Messiah-King will rebuild the temple of God on earth. Christ Jesus is called “the branch of the LORD” (God), Isaiah 4:2 – “the Branch of righteousness to grow up unto David” (King), Jeremiah 33:15 – The high priest was told that God would bring forth “my servant the BRANCH” (priest), Zechariah 3:8 – and, “the man…The BRANCH” (human), Zechariah 6:12 (Hebrews 4:14 / Revelation 19:16)

7. THE WARRIOR “Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations”, Zechariah 14:1-11. When all nations are against Israel, then the Lord shall descend to Mount Olivet and save them from all their enemies with a worldwide judgment. Their Savior won’t be a politician but God – the glorious Lord Jesus Christ with the marks of the cross. He’s on a white horse this time with the armies of heaven. Then there will be “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men”. (Revelation 1:7, 17:14, 19:11-16 / Luke 2:14)

 

Editorial Note: This is a guest post written by Brother Randy Amos. He maintains the Thinking 7 website. You can also find Randy’s ministry on the Voices For Christ website here.

 

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Florida Mens Bible Study

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The Florida Mens Bible Study is a time of rigorous Bible study ideally suited for serious minded brethren. This annual Bible study comes highly rated by prior participants. If you are interested in gaining a deeper understanding of God’s word this event is for you.

Who: Serious minded men
What: Intensive Bible study
Topic: The Book of Isaiah (first half)
Teachers: Randy Amos, Keith Keyser, Larry Price, Henry Sardiña
Where: Camp Horizon, Leesburg FL, USA
Why: To gain insight into God’s Word and increase our appreciation of God’s Son and God’s mind as revealed in Scripture.
When: January 4-8, 2016

Conference website: Florida Mens Bible Study

 

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Guest Post: Give Me Liberty!

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free,and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage”, Gal. 5:1.

Based on God’s righteousness the Christian faith and church, because of the cleansing power of the precious blood of Christ, is the freest “religious” entity on planet earth. But there is a steady “progression” back to the slavery and control of man either in the saving gospel or in the serving church. Man’s legislation can open the door to legalism.

Christ’s Liberty – Christ has freed us from the curse of the law, i.e. having to continue in all its rules or be cursed, by being made a curse for us on the tree. (Gal. 3:10-13)
Man’s Legalism – adds rules to faith in Christ in order to escape the cursing of hell

Christ’s Liberty – Christ has freed us from the law itself – its letter of legislating sabbath days, diet, robes, and rituals as a lifestyle. We are not under the law but under grace and therefore our liberty is not to be judged in these areas. (Col. 2:14-22 / Gal. 4:5 / Rom7:6)
Man’s Legalism – re-adds these rules and principles to the Christian life to emit holiness

Christ’s Liberty – Christ has freed us from the childhood stage of serving under law where children are legislated what to do and when to do it. He now freely gives us His Spirit that makes us sons – mature adults, not little babies. Thus in the wisdom of the Spirit we can fulfill the rightness of the law (to love God and our neighbor) without being under law! We can now know God’s heart without the law’s legislation. (Gal. 4:1-11)
Man’s Legalism – brings the believer back to childhood control and legislation, where he is told how much to give, how to worship, when to worship, who leads in worship, etc.

Christ’s Liberty – Christ has freed us from mandatory tithing of ten percent. Now as adult sons we have liberty to determine in our own hearts of love what to give. (2Cor. 9:7)
Man’s Legalism – legislates ten percent (and usually ends up with less in the long run).

Christ’s Liberty – Christ has freed us from a selective priesthood where only a part of God’s people was priests (clergy) and could only approach God to serve in His house, (Num. 18:1-7). Because of Christ’s powerful cleansing blood every believer is now constituted a holy priest and may offer up spiritual sacrifices. (1Pet. 2:5, Rev. 1:5, 6)
Man’s Legalism – Re-divides the believers back into clergy and laity. Man legislates that man’s education and training by man qualifies one for divinity titles. This then is what allows them to minister in the house of God, the church.

Christ’s Liberty – Christ’s gospel has freed us from restricted access into His holiest. The temple veil, blocking access to the holiest of God’s presence was torn in two when Christ died. Now all the brotherhood by Christ’s blood has glorious liberty to come into God’s very presence. It is in His Presence that we hear His Word from the Bible by the Spirit speaking to our hearts – like only Moses could do in the OT. We do not need another to do it for us anymore! (Heb. 10:19-23 / 1Cor. 2:10-12 / Ex. 25:22, Num. 7:89)
Man’s Legalism – re-sews the open veil with professional threads that legislates that only “the clergy” hears from God in a special way to minister His Word to others.

Christ’s Liberty – Christ has freed us from limited access to His table. Only Aaron and his sons (males) could eat the bread at the table of showbread. Now every brother and sister, Jew or Gentile, can partake of the Lord’s Supper and table and eat the bread and drink the cup in fellowship. This wonderful NT freedom the church did often upon the first day of every week when it came together. (Lev. 24: 5-9 / 1Cor. 11:20, 26 / Acts 20:7)
Man’s Legalism – Rather than the biblical example of every week, man now decides and legislates how often the church will keep the Lord’s Supper – from once a month to once a quarter, etc. This actually limits this freedom of all believers (including women) to eat and commune with their Lord often at His table.

Christ’s Liberty – Christ’s gospel has freed us from only a select few being able to sing and lead in praise while others watch the performance. In the OT it was the robed Levitical singers who would sing and play their instruments at the house of God while the others listened and bowed in worship. Select singers were commanded (legislated) and appointed that they should praise. Now since every believer has the Spirit we all can make melody in our hearts unto the Lord. The liberty of congregational singing! “Let us offer the sacrifice of praise”. (2Chron. 20:21, 29:25-30 / Eph. 5:18-20 / Heb. 13:15)
Man’s Legalism – Reinvents the worship or praise leader and team where they will perform and you will listen. They decide what will be sung and by whom. It’s not the same as the Spirit leading any brother in the church to freely offer a hymn or psalm unto God with the whole congregation singing from their Spirit-filled hearts.

Christ’s Liberty – Christ has freed us from only a select few being able to minister in the house of God. Only the priests could offer sacrifices unto the Lord. The others would pay and obey. Now every believer can offer his or her body as a living sacrifice to serve the Lord. In His church meeting every brother (whether slave or master) could use his gift in the Lord’s orderly way to edify the church. (Ex. 30:20 / Rom. 12:1 / 1Cor. 14)
Man’s Legalism – restricts the full participation of the “common brother” in the house of God. It legislates only “the pastor” and a few “trained” to orally lead in the church meeting (though they might be good at what they do for the Lord). In effect this legislation ties the feet and tapes the mouths of the men from freely offering praise to the Lord along with teaching and comfort to edify the church. It actually deprives the church of the rich variety of the Spirit’s gifts. It can also stunt the believer’s growth by restricting what he can give out what God has put in his heart. A body must exercise.

The very blood of Christ has purchased our liberty and priesthood. Each cleansed believer has received the gift of the Holy Spirit. No one is more professional in the things of God than He. Therefore to restrict a believer’s participation in the church with manmade rules is a restriction of the liberty in which Christ has made us free. It undermines (perhaps without intent) the truth of the gospel in Christ’s blood, and the power and grace of the Holy Spirit using a clay vessel. God save us from legalism.

Yet to have this blood bought liberty and not value it or use it, could be likened to one spending thousands on a doctor’s degree and then after graduation deciding to be a hermit. May we stand fast with courage, endurance and faithfulness in the Lord Jesus’ liberating truths and practices in His NT gospel and church. God save us from apathy.

 

Editorial Note: This is a guest post written by Brother Randy Amos. He maintains the Thinking 7 website. You can also find Randy’s ministry on the Voices For Christ website here.

 

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Brandywine Bible Chapel 2014 Fall Conference

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Kids are returning to school and soon we will begin to see the beautiful display of fall colors. Fall also means that soon, in the will of the Lord the Brandywine, Delaware assembly will be hosting their annual fall conference at Brandywine Bible Chapel. Over the years, this conference has proved to be a blessing to the saints in the Brandywine Valley region and trust that it will again in 2014.

Brothers Randy Amos (OR), Keith Keyser (PA) and Mark Kolchin (NJ) will bring messages from God’s Word.

The conference will begin with a Bible reading (2 Peter 3:1-18) facilitated by Keith Keyser on Friday October 31st at 7:30 PM. The ministry meetings will be on Saturday November 1 and Sunday November 2 starting at 2:00 PM. Immediately following the ministry, dinner and a time of fellowship will begin at 6:00 PM on Saturday and at 5:15 PM Sunday.

We also would ask your continued prayers for the purposed meetings that in these last days the saints would be strengthened and encouraged in their faith.

 

Links:
Brandywine Bible Chapel
Brandywine Bible Chapel 2014 Fall Conference Flyer

 

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The Dispensations – A Chart By R P Amos

Dispensations Chart

 

The Dispensations chart by Randy Amos (click the chart for full size) provides a helpful overview of the dispensations. Brother Amos provides the following explanation of his chart (emphasis mine):

Dispensation does not mean a ‘time period’ but it involves time. Just like the word ‘marriage’ does not mean a time period but it involves time. A dispensation is a new means for living that God, at various stages in human history, has entrusted to mankind to affect his life. Man however, eventually fails and God sends a special judgment, but yet in grace continues His eternal purpose. Dispensations will reveal the failure of man no matter what has been entrusted to him. It will leave him to glory in God alone.

Whatever God chooses to dispense to man does not disappear, as the chart will show. Its basic truth still will have a purpose now and in the kingdom. Even the law, though the church is not under law, still serves a purpose in giving the knowledge of sin. For example, when a man marries he is no longer under his father’s authority but his father can still serve a purpose for him. Dispensations will help one see what has been dispensed to them and therefore how to correctly serve God.

Dispensations is not an ‘ism’ or a system of interpretation but observation. It’s simply believing God’s recorded history, statements and prophecies as found in His Bible.

Some Scriptures for the chart on dispensations:

  • 1. Free Will – Gen. 1:26-28; 2:16,17; 3:21 / Rev. 22:17.
  • 2. Conscience – Gen. 3:7 / Rom. 2:14,15 / Gen. 6:7,12 / Gen. 6:8 / Rom 2:15
  • 3. Government – Gen. 9:6; 11:6-8 / Rom. 13:4.
  • 4. Promise – Gal. 3:18 / Gen. 12:1-3, 7/ Exodus 5:1-4; 12:12, 13/ Gal. 3:29.
  • 5. Law – Ex. 24:12; 19:8 / Deut. 28:15 / Jer. 36:4-27 / Matt. 27:22,23 / 2Chron. 36:12-21; 36:22-23 / Acts 13:46 / Rom. 3:20.
  • 6. Grace – Eph. 3:2 / Acts 2:38,47 / Heb. 10:29 / 1Tim. 4:1-3 / 2Tim. 3:1-5 / Rev. 6 & 7 / Eph. 2:8,9.
  • 7. Kingdom – Isaiah 11/ Matt. 25:31 / Rev. 5:10; 11:15; 20:4-9; 21:1.

 

Thanks Randy!

 

Links:
Videos of Randy Amos teaching the dispensations: God’s Plan For The Ages Note: the audio quality of the introduction video is poor. You may wish to skip to session 2. Also, session 14 is apparently missing.

Randy Amos’ website: Thinking 7

 

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Jottings – The Eternal Plan of God

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“The eternal plan of God revolves around a Lamb.”

Randy Amos at the North York Gospel Chapel, December 9, 2012

For further study see:

  • Genesis 4:1-7
  • Genesis 22:1-14
  • Exodus 12:1-28
  • Isaiah 53:7
  • John 1:29-37
  • Acts 8:27-37
  • 1 Peter 1:18-21
  • Revelation 5:5-8
  • Revelation 6:14-17
  • Revelation 22:22-23

 

 

 

 

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Jottings – Emotional Displays Vs. True Passion

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“Never confuse emotional displays with true passion for the Lord.”

Randy Amos commenting on Malachi 2:13-16 at Greenwood Hills 2nd Family Conference 2012.

 

 

 

 

 

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