Pastor Scott Markle

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  • Birthday 08/13/1971

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  • Location: Melvin, MI
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  • Bio My name is Scott Markle, and I have served the Lord my God and Savior in pastoral ministry since 1992. I have served as the pastor of Melvin Baptist Church, a small country church in the Thumb area of Michigan, since 1998. I have been joyfully married to my beloved wife Kerry since 1993; and we have been blessed of the Lord with two sons, Padraic and Westley.

    My life-verses are Philippians 3:8 and John 15:4-5. "Yea, doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ." "Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine: no more can ye except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches. He that abideth in, and I in him, the same bringeth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing." The burden of my life is to pursue "the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord" and to walk daily abiding in Christ, and Christ in me.

    Concerning all my ministry, it is the burden of my heart to exalt, not myself, but the name of Jesus Christ and the truth of God's Word. It is my burden that Christ must increase, while I must decrease. Therefore, I maintain the policy that my name, as the author of a book, must remain smaller, while the phrase, "For the Glory of the Lord," must stand larger above it. Thus far the Lord our God has graciously allowed me to self-publish two books which can be purchased at my website: "God's Wisdom for Marriage & The Home" and "The Spirit of Revival: A Contrite and Humble Spirit." In addition, I maintain a daily (Monday-Friday) Bible study blog at that website.

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  1. Saved for about a year

    Brother Andersonite, I praise the Lord for your salvation. Concerning your marriage situation, I wish to make a proposition. A few years ago the Lord our God graciously allowed me to self-publish a book entitled, "God's Wisdom for Marriage & The Home." It is approximately 450 pages long. If you would be interested and willing to read it, I would be willing to send you a copy free of charge to you. I would simply need your mailing address, which you could send to me through a private message (if indeed your are interested).
  2. Weekly Sermon In Psalm 119:6 the psalmist proclaimed, “Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.” In verse 31 the psalmist lifted up his prayer, “I have stuck unto thy testimonies: O LORD, put me not to shame.” In verse 46 the psalmist expressed his commitment, “I will speak of thy testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed.” Again in verse 80 the psalmist lifted up his prayer, “Let my heart be sound in thy statutes; that I be not ashamed.” Yet again in verse 116 the psalmist lifted up his prayer, “Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live: and let me not be ashamed of my hope.” In all five of these verses, the psalmist employed either the verb “ashamed” or its corresponding noun “shame.” Furthermore, in all five of these verses the psalmist spoke about not being ashamed or not having shame. What then does it mean to be “ashamed”? It means to have a feeling of humiliation or embarrassment because of some wrong or foolish decision. So then, what was involved in the psalmist’s desire not to be ashamed? here to edit. The Prerequisite for No Shame As we consider this matter, let us begin were the psalmist himself began – with the prerequisite for no shame in our daily, spiritual walk. In Psalm 119:6 the psalmist revealed this prerequisite, saying, “Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.” Again in verse 80 the psalmist revealed this prerequisite, saying, “Let my heart be sound in thy statutes; that I be not ashamed.” Through both of these verses we learn that having no shame in our daily, spiritual walk is directly related to our relationship with God’s Holy Word. In like manner, the New Testament passage of 2 Timothy 2:15 gives the instruction, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” So then, through these three verses, we learn of three elements concerning our relationship with God’s Holy Word that are necessary for us to meet the prerequisite for no shame in our daily, spiritual walk. First, we learn from 2 Timothy 2:15 that we must be faithful students of God’s Holy Word. This would include a humble dependence upon the Holy Spirit in our study of God’s Word. This would include a daily diligence to engage in our study of God’s Word. This would include a right dividing of Biblical teaching in our study of God’s Word. Second, we learn from Psalm 119:6 that we must have heart respect for God’s Holy Word. This would include a personal conviction in the absolute truth and righteousness of God’s Word. This would include a loving delight for the sound teaching and wisdom of God’s Word. This would include a meek submission to the authoritative correction and instruction of God’s Word. Third, we learn from Psalm 119:80 that we must have heart obedience toward God’s Holy Word. This would include the repentance of sin at the reproof of God’s Word. This would include the transformation of character at the instruction of God’s Word. This would include the commitment of obedience at the commandment of God’s Word. This would even include the establishment of standards at the counsel of God’s Word. The Prospect of No Shame As we consider Psalm 119:6 and Psalm 119:80 and their surrounding contexts, we also encounter the prospect of no shame in our daily, spiritual walk. This prospect of no shame refers to the realms in which we may experience and enjoy no shame in our daily, spiritual walk. In Psalm 119:6 the psalmist proclaimed, “Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.” The surrounding context for this declaration extends from verse 4 to verse 8, wherein the psalmist declared, “Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently. O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes! Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments. I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments. I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.” Herein the entire context has its focus upon the Lord God and the psalmist’s relationship with Him. Even so, if we meet the prerequisites for no shame as faithful students of God’s Word with a heart respect for and heart obedience toward God’s Word, then we shall experience and enjoy no shame in the realm of our daily walk in fellowship with the Lord our God. This is the first prospect of no shame, the first realm in which we may experience and enjoy no shame in our daily, spiritual walk. In Psalm 119:80 the psalmist lifted up his prayer, “Let my heart be sound in thy statutes; that I be not ashamed.” The immediate context for this prayer extends from verse 78 to verse 80, wherein the psalmist prayed, “Let the proud be ashamed; for they dealt perversely with me without a cause: but I will meditate in thy precepts. Let those that fear thee turn unto me, and those that have known thy testimonies. Let my heart be sound in thy statutes; that I be not ashamed.” In verse 79 the psalmist made reference to those who walk in the fear of the Lord and spoke concerning his personal relationship with those who walk in the fear of the Lord. In like manner, the psalmist stated earlier in the context in verse 74, “They that fear thee will be glad when they see me; because I have hoped in thy word.” This then is the second prospect of no shame, the second realm in which we may experience and enjoy no shame in our daily, spiritual walk. Even so, if we meet the prerequisites for no shame as faithful students of God’s Word with a heart respect for and heart obedience toward God’s Word, then we shall experience and enjoy no shame in the realm of our daily walk in fellowship with our fellow servants of the Lord. Yet in the context of Psalm 119:78-80 the psalmist also made reference to another group of people and spoke concerning his relationship with them. That group is mentioned in verse 78, wherein the psalmist prayed, “Let the proud be ashamed; for they dealt perversely with me without a cause: but I will meditate in thy precepts.” Herein the psalmist was speaking concerning those who “dealt perversely” with him, that is – concerning those who persecuted him unjustly, for well doing and for righteousness’ sake. Even so, in 1 Peter 4:14-16 the instruction is given, “If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters. Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.” This then is the third prospect of no shame, the third realm in which we may experience and enjoy no shame in our daily, spiritual walk. Even so, if we meet the prerequisites for no shame as faithful students of God’s Word with a heart respect for and heart obedience toward God’s Word, then we shall experience and enjoy no shame in the realm of possible persecution for the sake of our Lord and His righteousness. The Practice of No Shame In verse 46 the psalmist expressed his commitment, “I will speak of thy testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed.” Through this verse the psalmist revealed the practice of no shame in his daily, spiritual walk. Having come to experience and enjoy no shame in the realm of his daily walk in fellowship with the Lord God, in the realm of his daily walk in fellowship with his fellow servants of the Lord, and in the realm of persecution for the sake of the Lord and His righteousness, the psalmist practiced no shame in speaking forth unto others the truths, teachings, and testimonies of God’s Holy Word. Yea, he even practiced no shame in speaking forth the truths, teachings, and testimonies of God’s Word unto and before governmental leaders. Even so, in Romans 1:16 the apostle Paul expressed his own testimony, saying, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” Furthermore, in 2 Timothy 1:8 the apostle gave instruction unto Timothy, saying, “Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God.” Finally, in Mark 8:38 our Lord Jesus Christ gave the warning, saying, “Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” Indeed, brethren, before this spiritually lost world we should practice no shame of our Lord Jesus Christ, of His glorious gospel, or of the truths, teachings, and testimonies of His Holy Word. The Prayer for No Shame In returning unto the psalmist, we come to the prayer for no shame. In Psalm 119:31 the psalmist lifted up his prayer, “I have stuck unto thy testimonies: O LORD, put me not to shame.” Again in Psalm 119:116 the psalmist lifted up his prayer, “Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live: and let me not be ashamed of my hope.” So then, of what hope did the psalmist desire not to be made ashamed? In verse 114 he reveals the answer, praying unto the Lord and saying, “Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word.” The psalmist had set his hope and trust in the Lord his God and in the Word of God. Thus the psalmist prayed that he might not be made ashamed for having put his hope and trust in the Lord and His Word. He prayed that his hope and trust in the Lord and His Word might not appear to be a foolish decision. Basically, he was praying that the Lord and His Word might be found faithful to help him and to hold him in his time of need. In Psalm 25:1-3 David prayed in a similar manner, saying, “Unto thee, O LORD, do I lift up my soul. O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me. Yea, let none that wait on thee be ashamed: let them be ashamed which transgress without cause.” Again in Psalm 25:20 David prayed, “O keep my soul, and deliver me: let me not be ashamed; for I put my trust in thee.” Yet again in Psalm 31:1-3 David prayed, “In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness. Bow down thine ear to me; deliver me speedily: be thou my strong rock, for an house of defence to save me. For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me.” Finally, in Psalm 31:14-17 David prayed, “But I trusted in thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my God. My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me. Make thy face to shine upon thy servant: save me for thy mercies’ sake. Let me not be ashamed, O LORD; for I have called upon thee: let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave.” Even so, we also should set our hope and trust in the Lord our God and in His Holy Word; and then we should pray that we might not be made ashamed in our hope and trust, but that our hope and trust might be found faithful unto us. Yea, we should pray with full assurance of faith that the Lord our God and His Holy Word might be faithful unto us to help us and hold us in our time of need. Posted in Weekly Sermon, Word of God, Obedience to the Lord, Daily Bible Study, Fellowship with the Lord, In Time of Trouble, Faithfulness of Our Lord Please share this post with others: View the full article
  3. God's Soul???

    Brother "Heir of Salvation," I can agree that how we define "soul" is critical for a Biblical doctrine of the "soul." However, I do not believe that it is critical to first define "soul" in order to answer the first question of my opening post, since God's Holy Word directly reveals that God has a soul. Indeed, in my first question of the opening post, I did define "the Lord our God" as "God the Father." However, I did not do this because I believe that the phrase, "the Lord our God," is a specifically doctrinal phrase only for God the Father. Rather, I did this in order to prevent the use of references to Jesus' "soul" (as God the Son born in human flesh) for the evidence that God has a "soul." It was my intention to push people into a consideration of the Old Testament references unto God's "soul" (just as Brother Young contributed to the discussion). Concerning various of these titles for God, I believe that the word "God" is Biblically employed for all three Persons of the eternal, triune Godhead. I believe that the phrase "Lord God" or just "Lord" is Biblically employed for the first two Persons of the eternal, triune Godhead (primarily because I cannot think of any passages wherein the "Lord" title is employed for the Holy Spirit, although if someone can provide such a passage, I am quite willing to concede on this point). I believe that the word "Father" is Biblically employed only for the first Person of the eternal, triune Godhead. I would contend that God the Father is doctrinally viewed as the first Person of the eternal, triune Godhead because God's Holy Word indicates that the other two Persons are in roles of submission under Him. Furthermore, I would contend that God the Son is doctrinally viewed as the second Person of the eternal, triune Godhead because God's Holy Word indicates that He is in a role of submission under the Father, but that God the Holy Spirit is in a role of submission under Him. Finally, I would contend that God the Holy Spirit is doctrinally viewed as the third Person of the eternal, triune Godhead because God's Holy Word indicates that He is in a role of submission under both the Father and the Son. Matthew 12:18 -- "Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles." 1. In Matthew 12:18 which Person of the eternal, triune Godhead is the "servant"? 2. In Matthew 12:18 which Person of the eternal, triune Godhead is expressing that His "soul is well pleased" with His servant?
  4. The Spiritual Progression of Human Souls.

    1. I myself do NOT believe that it is legitimate to use Jesus the Christ's origin as God the Son born in human flesh for an example concerning how human soul's originate. Scripture makes clear to us that God the Son, as the Second Person of the eternal Godhead, existed "in the form of God" (who is a spirit), prior to his conception in human flesh within the womb of Mary. This is not the case for any other human individual (soul). Furthermore, Scripture makes clear that the process by which God the Son was conceived in human flesh was NOT according to the normal, natural pattern by which all other human individuals come into existence. When Mary asked the angel in Luke 1:34 how she could conceive a child differently than the normal, natural pattern, the angel gave answer in Luke 1:35 -- "And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God." Now, I myself am not aware of any Scripture wherein we are taught that the Holy Spirit comes upon women with the power of the Highest in the process of their conception. Rather, Scripture seems to make clear that the normal, natural pattern whereby a woman conceives a child is through the seed of a man (out of the loins of a man). Finally, Acts 2:29-31 does indeed indicate that Jesus the Christ, God the Son conceived and born in human flesh, was "of the fruit of [David's] loins," which would have occurred, not through the direct seed of a man, but through the "genetic material" of Mary herself. However, Acts 2:29-31 is precise in its application of this declaration, applying it only with the phrase, "according to the flesh," and thereby indicating that it applied only unto Jesus' physical body. On the other hand, Exodus 1:5 does specify mention "the loins of Jacob" (thereby implying the seed of Jacob) and does apply that truth directly unto the "souls" that came forth from him. 2. The discussion-debate before us specifically concerns the matter of the origin of human souls. I would contend that Ezekiel 18:4 does NOT actually speak concerning this matter at all. Certainly, it speaks concerning God's ownership and authority over all human souls (which would also be true for every other part of the creation, including all human bodies and spirits as well). Furthermore, in its immediate context Ezekiel 18:4 is intended to communicate the Lord God's authoritative right to kill a human individual (soul) if that human individual (soul) sins against Him, specifically because He possess ownership authority over all human individuals (souls). 3. Isaiah 57:16 certainly DOES speak concerning the origin of human souls, indicating that God Himself is the Maker thereof. Yet I would contend that this verse in itself is not enough to establish your position. According to past discussion, I believe that you and I both agree concerning Psalm 139:13-16 -- that it would have application, not only unto the creative origin of David himself, but unto the creative origin of all human individuals. As such, Psalm 139:13-16 appears to teach that the Lord our God is just as directly involved in the creative origin of each individual's physical body as He is involved in the creative origin of each individual's human soul. Even so, (if I am understanding your position correctly) you argue that because the Lord God is directly involved in the creation of the human soul, the human soul MUST originate as good, without any corruption. If we take that same logic concerning the physical body, then it would seem that since the Lord God is also directly involved in the creation of the human's body, that human body should ALSO originate as good, without any corruption. However, even you in your position have acknowledged that the human body does indeed originate with corruption therein because of Adam's disobedience, as per the genetic corruption through sinful Adam's seed. Now, we both would acknowledge (I believe) through the knowledge of biological science, that the physical body of an individual finds its origin by the creative hand of God through the genetic material of the father and mother. However, biological science cannot actually tell us anything concerning the origin of the human soul, since the human soul is intangible and physically unobservable. Therefore, we must consider the actual statements of Scripture on the matter. Above you have made the claim -- "The soul is created at conception by the Spirit of God and the flesh of the father and mother." So then, I ask the following: (1) Do you have a passage which teaches that "the soul is created at conception"? (Note: I am not seeking to deny this; I am only asking for an actual passage that supports this position.) (2) Do you have a passage which teaches that "the Spirit of God" is involved in the creation of the human soul? (3) Do you have a passage which teaches that the human soul is created through the two contributing "forces" of "the Spirit of God" and "the flesh of the father and mother"? Indeed, you have then made the further claim -- "You cannot create a soul without flesh." So then, I ask further: (4) Do you have a passage which teaches that a soul cannot be created "without flesh"? In addition, I would then ask a side question: (5) If you believe that a human soul cannot come into existence (be created) "without flesh," do you also believe that a human soul cannot continue to exist apart from "flesh"? (By the way, if indeed the human soul is created by the two contributing "forces" of "the Spirit of God" and "the flesh of the father [his seed] and mother [her egg]," would not the corruption of that "flesh" have some corruptive influence upon the "soul" which it contributed in creating?) Finally, you have made the claim -- "Souls come from both flesh and spirit just as the flesh comes from both father and mother." First, I take note that in this statement you changed "the spirit" side of the contribution from "the Spirit of God" (as an apparent reference to God the Holy Spirit) unto "spirit" with a lower case "s" (which appears to reference the human spirit). Second, I am moved to ask: (6) Do you have a passage which teaches that "a soul" comes "from both flesh [physical body] and spirit [human spirit]"? 4. Concerning Job 12:10, I would again contend that this this verse does not speak concerning the origin of the human soul, but concerning God's ownership and authority over, not just human souls, but the souls of the entire animal kingdom ("every living thing"). As such, I would contend that whatever truths we glean from this statement within its context, we must apply unto both humans and animals. As for myself, I believe that the contextual intent of Job 12:10 is intended to indicate that the Lord our God possesses sovereign authority over the extension or ending of life for all that lives upon the earth. 5. With Genesis 2:7 I can see how you might argue for the two contributing elements of a physical body (in Adam's case, formed from "the dust of the ground") and "the breath of life" in order to create a living, human soul. Indeed, I can even see how you might argue for "the breath of life" to be understood as "the spirit of life," since of the 25 times that the Hebrew word is found in the Old Testament, twice it is translated as "spirit" (although in both of those cases, it refers to the "spirit" of man, not to the "Spirit of God"). However, although I can see how you might make this argument, I would be compelled to argue against it. First, the translators of the King James translation, who knew Old Testament Hebrew far, far, FAR better than I do, did not translate the word as "spirit," but as "breath." Second, the phrase "breath of life" is found in the King James translation only four times; and all of those are within the first seven chapters of Genesis, including Genesis 2:7; 6:17; 7:15, 22. By a study of these four passage, we learn the phrase "breath of life" is NOT a specific doctrinal phrase for the human spirit, since the phrase is also employed for the land animals. (See Genesis 6:17; 7:15, 22) So then, indeed in the case of Adam, a living human soul was created by the two contributing elements of a physical body and "the breath of life." However, even this passage does not make reference unto a physical body and a human spirit. Furthermore, I would contend that the case of Adam's creation does not provide the normal, natural pattern by which all human individuals (souls) are created, since no other human individual (soul) has ever been created in that same manner.
  5. God's Soul???

    Indeed, when I originally asked my above two questions, I had just completed a study through the entirety of God's Word on the subject of the "soul." Therefore, I already knew the answer to my first question, since God's Holy Word clearly reveals that the Lord our God does indeed have a soul, as per the passages which Brother Young has shared above. According to those very passages, God's soul does the following: Abhors, does not abhor, grieves, desires, hates, delights, avenges, separates (departs), loathes, is well pleased, and has no pleasure. Furthermore, the Lord our God can engage in an activity with His "whole heart" and with His "whole soul." Yes, I would also agree that the soul of Jesus the Christ, God the Son born in human flesh, is different than the soul of the Lord our God, God the Father. On the other hand, I am not certain that I would view God the Father as the Soul of the eternal, triune Godhead. I would have to ponder that a bit more (although, since God's Word does not speak directly concerning this matter, it would require me to enter the realm of human conjecture, which would compel me NOT to engage in much discussion or debate over the matter).
  6. The Spiritual Progression of Human Souls.

    Brother Young, A great deal to work through now, so let us take things one step at a time. In accord with the doctrinal position that you have taken above (as per the portion that I emboldened and underlined) concerning the origin/creation of each human soul, how would you explain the Biblical truth of Exodus 1:5 that seventy souls "came out of the loins of Jacob"? (Note: We know exactly who those seventy souls were, as per Genesis 46:1-27.)
  7. God's Soul???

    Some thoughts to ponder: 1. Does the Lord our God, God the Father, have a soul (even before God the Son was born in human flesh)? 2. If He does have a soul, what does it mean for Him to have a soul? What is the function of His soul?
  8. What is a "Landmark" Baptist church

    Also, some other questions for consideration: 1. How many passages of Scripture directly speak concerning "the marriage supper of the Lamb"? 2. What is the actual time period for "the marriage supper of the Lamb"? 3. According to the context of Revelation 19 itself, who all is included as a part of the Lamb's wife (consider comparing verses 7-8 with verse 14)?
  9. What is a "Landmark" Baptist church

    According to Revelation 21:9-10, "the bride, the Lamb's wife" is equivalent to "that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven." So then, according to Revelation 21:9-27, who all is included in "that great city, the holy Jerusalem," "the bride, the Lamb's wife"? Furthermore, Hebrews 12:22-24 also speaks concerning "the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem." So then, according to Hebrews 12:22-24, who all is included in "the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem"?
  10. Almighty God

    Wait!!! Are you telling me that your God (that is -- the one true and living God of the Bible) can actually create something even out of nothing at all (which is actually less that "the dust")?
  11. Way of Life:Friday Church News Notes

    The first article in this "News Notes" is definitely a worthwhile read, in my opinion.
  12. Way of Life:Contemporary Christian Music and Rome

    Ahhh. It appears that Brother Cloud's postings are now back in the RSS feed. Thank you to whomever developed the fix.
  13. Who is Ye

    You are welcome. Concerning the "we" of the verse -- Since the context speaks about seeing the kingdom of heaven, and since the statement indicates that the "we" were bearing witness concerning what they had actually seen, I myself conclude that the "we" encompasses the three Persons of the eternal Godhead, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Some might contend against including the Holy Spirit, and I myself would not "die on that hill." But I do hold strongly to the inclusion of God the Father and (obviously) God the Son. Others would contend that the "we" encompasses John the Baptist and Jesus the Christ, but I would contend that John had not seen the things of heaven.)
  14. New Testament Passages on Persecution

    (Hmmm. I forgot that I had started this thread. Sorry, all.) Matthew 10:16-39 -- "Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues; and ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles. But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you. And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved. But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come. The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord. It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household? Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops. And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? And one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows. Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it." 1. The Circumstance -- Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves. 2. The Character -- Be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. 3. The Caution -- But beware of men. A. Beware of religion -- For they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues; B. Beware of government -- And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles . . . . C. Beware of family -- And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death . . . . Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household. D. Beware of all men -- And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake. 4. The Communication -- But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you. 5. The Continuance -- But he that endureth to the end shall be saved. But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come. 6. The Clarity -- The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord. It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household? 7. The Counsel -- Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known . . . . And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. 8. The Command -- What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops. 9. The Confidence -- Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? And one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows. 10. The Consequences A. For faithfulness -- Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. B. For unfaithfulness -- But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. C. In unfaithfulness -- He that findeth his life shall lose it. D. In faithfulness -- And he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it. 11. The Commitment A. For the Lord over family -- He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. B. For the Lord over self -- And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me
  15. A Forum Bible Study On 2 & 3 John

    Concerning the Relationship of Righteous Testimony – "For the truth's sake" In 2 John 1:1 the apostle John expressed his personal and godly love for “the elect lady and her children, saying, “Whom I love in the truth.” Furthermore, he indicated that all who were walking in the truth possessed the same love for them, saying, “And not I only, but also all they that have known the truth.” Finally, with the opening line of verse 2, the apostle revealed the motivation for this love, stating that it was administered “for the truth’s sake.” Indeed, certain character and conduct should be true concerning the righteous testimony of our lives “for the truth’s sake,” that is – in order to bring honor upon the truth and wisdom of God’s Word and Christ’s Gospel. 1. For the Truth’s Sake, We Must Proclaim the Gospel Faithfully and Fervently. Matthew 28:19 – “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” Mark 16:15 – “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” Luke 24:47-48 – “And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things.” Acts 1:8 – “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” 2 Corinthians 5:18-20 – “And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; to wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.” Acts 20:21 – “Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.” Philippians 2:16 – “Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.” 2. For the Truth’s Sake, We Must Proclaim the Gospel Honestly and Humbly. 1 Corinthians 1:17-18 – “For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 – “And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.” 3. For the Truth’s Sake, We Must Be a Force of Moral Purity and Preservation. Matthew 5:13 – “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.” Mark 9:49-50 – “For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt. Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another.” Ephesians 5:11-13 – “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.” 4. For the Truth’s Sake, We Must Shine Our Light of Godliness and Goodness. Matthew 5:14-16 – “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Colossians 4:5-6 – “Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.” Philippians 2:14-15 – “Do all things without murmurings and disputings: that ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world.” 1 Peter 2:11-12 – “Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.” 1 Peter 3:15-16 – “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.” Titus 2:4-5 – “That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. 1 Peter 3:1-2 – “Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; while they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear.” 5. For the Truth’s Sake, We Must Walk in Godly Love and Unity with One Another. John 13:34-35 – “A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” John 17:20-23 – “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; that they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.” Philippians 1:27 – “Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel.” 2 John 1:1-2 – “The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth; and not I only, but also all they that have known the truth; for the truth’s sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for ever.” 6. For the Truth’s Sake, We Must Minister God’s Truth unto One Another in Love. Ephesians 4:11-16 – “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: that we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; but speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: from whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.” Ephesians 4:29 – “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” 7. For the Truth’s Sake, We Must Walk in Self-Discipline and Self-Sacrifice. 1 Corinthians 9:18-27 – “What is my reward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel. For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; to them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you. Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: but I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.” 1 Corinthians 10:32-22 – “Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God: even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.” 8. For the Truth’s Sake, We Must Walk in Spirit-Filled Boldness against Persecution. Matthew 10:19-20 – “But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.” Matthew 10:26-31 – “Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops. And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? And one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.” Luke 21:12-15 – “But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake. And it shall turn to you for a testimony. Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer: for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.” Acts 4:13 – “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.” Acts 4:19-20 – “But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard. Acts 4:29-31 – “And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, by stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus. And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.” Philippians 1:28 – “And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God.” 1 Peter 3:14-15 – “But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; but sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.”