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Introduction: We speak as the oracles of God

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MAIN IDEA

The word preached must come from the Lord. 

key scriptures

1 Pet. 4:11

KEY TAKEAWAYS
FOLLOW PASTOR PRINCE AS HE EXPOUNDS ON THESE POINTS
  • Pastor Prince shares how he always endeavors to speak as the oracles of God whenever he gets to preach (1 Pet. 4:11). It’s not about preaching about man’s opinions. The word preached must come from the Lord.
  • In ancient Greek practice, people would go to an oracle—someone who was possessed by an evil spirit—to get direction, like a fortune-teller. But God-ordained ministry involves prophets, preachers, and teachers who are there to proclaim God’s voice.
  • The Holy Spirit is able to guide us by inspiration to speak a word in season to someone in need. One word from God can change our lives forever.

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Why are there four gospels?

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MAIN IDEA

See the different facets of our Lord Jesus revealed in the four gospels. 

key scriptures

Rom. 5:17, John 1:14, Matt. 24:2

KEY TAKEAWAYS
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  • The Gospel of Matthew—the Sovereign and His Sermons: When it comes to royalty, it’s important to trace lineage. Hence, the Gospel of Matthew begins with the genealogy of Jesus, in which He was first introduced as the Son of David.
  • The genealogy written in Matthew is also important because it is the only documentation left that tells us who has the claim to the throne of David, which is a picture of the throne of God. 
  • The gospel of Matthew is also filled with many sermons that Jesus preached during His time here. These sermons teach us about the foundations and principles of God’s Kingdom. 
  • The Gospel of Mark—the Servant and His Service: Mark doesn’t start with a genealogy because Jesus is represented here as the divine Servant. You don’t ask a servant for his pedigree.
  • The book of Mark is all about Jesus as a servant and His service to the people. It is filled with recordings of Jesus performing miracles. You can even feel a sense of urgency and immediacy as Jesus goes from place to place to heal and redeem people.
  • The Gospel of Luke—the Savior and His Salvation: In the book of Luke, Jesus is portrayed as the Savior, the Son of Man who came to save mankind. We can see this even before His death and resurrection—when Jesus was saving and healing many as the Messiah.
  • God created the earth and creation, and He committed it to the stewardship of Man. He never meant for sickness, death, sin, lack, famine, or wars to come in. He created a perfect creation.
  • But Man gave up creation when he sinned, and death came into the world. Where the first Adam failed, God sent the Second Adam—Jesus—to recover all that was lost (Rom. 5:17).
  • The Gospel of John—The Son of God and His Supremacy: In John, Jesus is God come down in human flesh (John 1:14).
  • Pastor Prince talks about how Jesus predicted in the gospels that the temple of Herod then would be destroyed and that not even one stone would be left on top of another (Matt. 24:2). However, in AD70, during the siege of Jerusalem, General Titus, son of the Roman Emperor, gave specific commands to his troops not to destroy the temple.
  • During the fog of war, chaos, and fire, the soldiers, seeing the gold of the temple melting in between the stones, began pulling down the stones to retrieve the gold. In the end, not one stone was left on top of another. You can see these same stones when you go to Israel today.
  • We see the supremacy of the word of Jesus, the Son of God, prevailing over the commands of the son of the Roman Emperor.

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You don't have to fear the end-times

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MAIN IDEA

Even as we begin to see all sorts of sorrows around us in the end times, we can rejoice in knowing that Jesus’ return is drawing closer. 

key scriptures

Matt. 24:8, 1 Cor. 15:51–53, Luke 21:28, 2 Tim. 3:1–2

KEY TAKEAWAYS
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  • “All these are the beginning of sorrows.
    — Matthew 24:8 NKJV
  • We are living in the end times. While we may experience all sorts of “sorrows” such as natural disasters, plagues, and wars, these are just part of the signs of the end times. We can take heart when we know God’s heart to care for those who believe in Christ.
  • Sorrows” in Hebrew refers to “birth pangs” or contractions. When giving birth, the contractions become increasingly frequent as the baby is about to be delivered. This tells us that when we experience more of these “birth pangs” more and more frequently, we know that the Lord’s coming is drawing closer. We do not have to be afraid but we can rejoice knowing that our bodily redemption is near (1 Cor. 15:51–53, Luke 21:28).
  • “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,” 
    — 2 Timothy 3:1–2 NKJV 
  • “Perilous times” is a result of mankind being lovers of themselves. We will see mankind being increasingly full of themselves during these times, resulting in wars and conflicts. They will also be lovers of money and boastful/proud.
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God will equip you through His Word!

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God’s Word is able to impart to you supernatural wholeness, healing, wisdom, and understanding.

key scriptures

2 Tim. 3:1–2;14–17, Lev. 17.11, Job 37:7, Job 25:5

KEY TAKEAWAYS
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  • God doesn’t just tell us the problem in 2 Timothy 3:1–2. He gives us the solution. In the same chapter a few verses down, it says:
  • “But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
    — 2 Timothy 3:14–17 NKJV
  • continue in the things which you have learned” — In the end times, it is more crucial for us to continue in the things we have learned, to spend time in the Scriptures and study the Word of God. 
  • Even when the world seems to be falling apart, we can find assurance and hope—a confident expectation of good in the future—in God’s Word.
  • All Scripture is given by inspiration of God” — In its original Greek translation, this means that the Bible is God-breathed. The thoughts and ideas in the Bible were not created by man, they came from God Himself. All that we need for life can be found in the Scriptures!
  • Spending time in God’s Word is also able to “make you wise for salvation.” This means that the Scripture is able to make you wise to receive not just salvation from hell but also wholeness, healing, restoration, and provision, such that you will have nothing lacking in your life. 
  • “that the man of God may be complete” — The word “complete” is the word “fitted.” God can fit you with a special aptitude: wisdom, intelligence, sharpness, ability to understand, and see things and solutions that even more knowledgeable people can’t.
  • All the knowledge in the world (especially on social media) can confuse, depress, and make you feel disconnected or isolated, but God’s Word will “thoroughly equip” you for all the challenges that you will encounter. 
  • God wants you to prioritize and spend time in His Word. When you delve into His Word, God is able to drop gifts, talents, and impartations in you!
  • If the Word of God contradicts a belief that you hold to be true, know that the Word will last forever—every belief we have will eventually bow to the Word, and we will have to acknowledge that His Word is truth. The truths found in the Bible will never bow to any facts, “truths”, or beliefs that do not align with it. 
  • God’s Word is more scientifically advanced than we realize!
  • Blood-letting was a common medical practice in the 18th century that was found to be harmful to most patients. If only someone had read the Bible which says, “. . . the life of the flesh is in the blood. . . ” (Lev. 17.11), many deaths could have been prevented!
  • The Bible is accurate in everything. Even in the oldest book of the Bible, Job, we see scientific truths and prophecies that have come to pass. For example, Job foretold that man will be identified by their fingerprints (Job 37:7) and that the moon doesn’t shine (Job 25:5).  
  • Unfortunately, the devil has had much success in making the church look old-fashioned and traditional, like something that has not kept up with today’s times in terms of thinking and practices. 

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Always interpret the Old Testament in context

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Always understand the Scriptures in the light of Jesus’ finished work and in the context of the entire passage. 

key scriptures

John 16:13, Heb. 10:26–27

KEY TAKEAWAYS
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  • Pastor preaches a lot from the Old Testament, but he takes time to help interpret the passages in the light of the new covenant of grace.
  • Even the words of Jesus during this earthly ministry (printed in red in some Bibles) need to be interpreted in relation to His death on the cross and resurrection.
  • An example:
    Jesus said to his disciples:
    “These twelve Jesus sent out and commanded them, saying: “Do not go into the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter a city of the Samaritans. But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
    —Matthew 10:5–6 NKJV

    Does this verse still apply to us today? No, because even though Matthew 10:5–6 is written in red, after Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead, He now tells His disciples, 18 chapters later:

    “‘Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’ Amen.”
    —Matthew 28:19–20 NKJV
  • Miles Coverdale, the man who translated the Bible and wrote the first English Bible, gave us this piece of advice above about reading the Bible in its context.
  • “It shall greatly help ye to understand the Scriptures if thou mark not only what is spoken or written, but of whom and to whom, with what words, at what time, where, to what intent, with what circumstances, considering what goeth before and what followeth after. ” — Miles Coverdale 
  • An example:
    “For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer is worthy of his wages.”
    —1 Timothy 5:18 NKJV 

    Read in its context, the verse above is actually referring to paying those who labor in the Word and doctrine. In fact, Timothy is saying that these servants of the Church deserve double honor, which means a double salary (1 Tim. 5:17).
  • “You shall eat the old harvest, and bring out the old because of the new.”
    — Leviticus 26:10 NKJV
  • How we are about to bring out food/nourishment from the Old Testament is through understanding it in the light of the new covenant!
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Understanding the will of the Father in Hebrews 10

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MAIN IDEA

God’s heart was never to judge us. His heart has always been to rescue and redeem us. 

key scriptures

Heb. 10:9–10, Rom. 5.20, Col. 1:10, Rom. 7:8–9, Rom. 8:1–2

KEY TAKEAWAYS
FOLLOW PASTOR PRINCE AS HE EXPOUNDS ON THESE POINTS
  • “For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries.”
    — Hebrews 10:26–27 NKJV
  • This verse is often misinterpreted because people do not read it in its context. They do not see what comes before and after. They conclude erroneously that if one sins willfully repeatedly, there is a place that a believer can end up without a means of salvation.
  • It’s important to not let obscure passages rob you of the assurance of clear and certain passages.
  • For example, when reading and studying obscure passages such as Hebrews 10:26–27 (explained below), it’s important to hold on to the assurance that John 3:16 (a clear passage regarding our salvation as a believer) brings. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
    —John 3:16 NKJV
  • Back to Hebrews 10:26–27, what comes before this verse is important for us to be able to understand the meaning of what the writer is saying here.
  • In the earlier portions of Hebrews 10, we see these 3 “W”s: the Will of the Father, the Work of the Son, and the Witness of the Holy Spirit. 
  • “Then He said, “Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God.” He takes away the first that He may establish the second. By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”
    — Hebrews 10:9–10 NKJV
  • You cannot try to keep the law and produce moral excellence because the law highlights your imperfections. That was how sin had dominion over God’s people in the Old Testament (Rom. 5.20).
  • The Father’s will was to remove the old covenant of the law (sin and death), which condemns us as sinners, so that He can establish the new covenant of grace, where because of Jesus, we can be accepted by God and counted as righteous in Christ apart from our actions.
  • Yes, God’s desire for us is to be holy, and have high moral conduct and excellence so that we can bear good works unto God (Col. 1:10). But we can never attain this by our own strength!  
  • God gave the law to show man that we cannot achieve this excellence by ourselves. It was given to demand from us what we cannot produce and expose our weaknesses (Rom. 7:8–9). 
  • Now, when we realize how wretched we are, we are ready to receive grace. God provided His Son Jesus to fulfill these demands that we are unable to keep completely once and for all, so that we might receive grace apart from our works (Rom. 8:1–2). 
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Understanding the work of the Son in Hebrews 10

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Jesus’ atoning work on the cross is complete. We have been forgiven of all our sins—past, present, and future. 

key scriptures

Heb. 10:11–12

KEY TAKEAWAYS
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  • “And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God,”
    — Hebrews 10:11–12 NKJV
  • In this passage, we see how the animal sacrifices and sin offerings made in the past were not able to completely redeem the one who offered and make him perfect with regard to his conscience. If these sacrifices were completely efficacious, then the priest would have only have needed to offer one sacrifice once and then stopped.
  • Paul then contrasts these offerings to Jesus, who was offered as the sacrifice for our sins forever, and who has sat down at the right hand of God! This means that Jesus’ perfect sacrifice has completely redeemed us such that we who have now been cleansed should no longer have any consciousness of sin!
  • He didn’t sit down because He was the Son of God, but He sat down because He had completely finished the work of our salvation and redemption!
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Understanding the witness of the Spirit in Hebrews 10

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MAIN IDEA

The Holy Spirit reminds us of God’s promise to always be with us, and it guides us to walk righteously in all things.

key scriptures

Heb. 10:15–20, Rom. 6:14, 2 Cor. 3:18, Heb. 10:26–27

KEY TAKEAWAYS
FOLLOW PASTOR PRINCE AS HE EXPOUNDS ON THESE POINTS
  • “But the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us; for after He had said before, “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,” then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” Now where there is remission of these, there is no longer an offering for sin. Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh,”
    — Hebrews 10:15–20 NKJV
  • This is the witness of the Holy Spirit: “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”
  • Because of Jesus’ finished work, God no longer remembers your sins. There is no sin in your past, present, or future that will take you out of fellowship with God. And the gift of the Holy Spirit within us is a witness of this truth.
  • This does not mean we can go out and do whatever we want and sin. Because we are no longer under the law, we are not under the dominion of sin (Rom. 6:14). We are alive to the Lord and His Spirit is able to lead us and transform us (2 Cor. 3:18). The Holy Spirit will never lead us to do things that are immoral.
  • Because of this witness and strong assurance from the Holy Spirit, we can have boldness to enter the holiest and have an intimate and personal relationship with God, because of Jesus’ finished work. This means that we can talk to God about anything at any time. God’s doors are always open to us.
  • “by a new and living way” — “New” means “freshly slain.” When you partake of the holy Communion, see Jesus freshly slain on the cross for your sins. “Living” here means that each time you come to the presence of God, you get healthier and experience more life.
  • Now, only after reading the entire context of what precedes Hebrews 10:26–27, we can understand that this “sinning willfully” doesn’t apply to us who have believed in the Lord Jesus. 
  • It does not refer to just any sin, but specifically the sin of unbelief in Jesus, even after receiving the knowledge of the truth (the 3 “W”s above). This refers to people who, having heard the good news of Christ repeatedly, choose to not put their faith in the truth that Jesus Christ is their Lord and Savior.

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