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Discover the Book - Jan. 26, 2007

  • 2007 Jan 26
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Shipwrecked Souls
Matthew 24:24

One of the most feared activities of the ancient world was sailing in a ship across the Mediterranean Sea. Why? Because shipwrecks were so common back then, many who sailed never returned. The families of would be travelers and sailors most often went with them to the docks and offered farewell sacrifices to the gods; hoping that if pacified safety would be theirs. The numerous National Geographic documentaries on all the wrecks dotting the Mediterranean sea floor, are a mute testimony to the true danger of shipwrecks to the ancients.

Most ships hugged the coasts and made a hop scotch travel around the seas. The responses of biblical seafarers says it all, listen to them:

  • The disciples in the various storms on the Sea of Galilee: (“we are perishing” Matthew 8:25; “waves beat…boat filling” Mark 4:37);
  • The sailors with Jonah: Jonah 1:4-5 But the Lord sent out a great wind on the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship was about to be broken up. Then the mariners were afraid; and every man cried out to his god, and threw the cargo that was in the ship into the sea, to lighten the load. But Jonah had gone down into the lowest parts of the ship, had lain down, and was fast asleep.
  • Those aboard Paul’s boat as it ship wrecked: Acts 27:15-33 So when the ship was caught, and could not head into the wind, we let her drive. 17 When they had taken it on board, they used cables to undergird the ship; and fearing lest they should run aground on the Syrtis Sands, they struck sail and so were driven. 18 And because we were exceedingly tempest-tossed, the next day they lightened the ship. 20 Now when neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small tempest beat on us, all hope that we would be saved was finally given up. 27 Now when the fourteenth night had come, as we were driven up and down in the Adriatic Sea, about midnight the sailors sensed that they were drawing near some land. 29 Then, fearing lest we should run aground on the rocks, they dropped four anchors from the stern, and prayed for day to come. 33 And as day was about to dawn, Paul implored them all to take food, saying, “Today is the fourteenth day you have waited and continued without food, and eaten nothing.

All of these capture very clearly the fear that the ancients had of being ship wrecked.

Think of the implications of being in a doomed boat. Shipwreck—when what you counted on to get you safely to the other shore--fails you! To “ship wreck” meant that the ship you trusted to take you across the dangerous waters had failed you and you were not going to make it. If you lose your ship in the midst of the sea there is usually no hope, no place to go—and certain death.

Paul uses the word nauageo ‘ship wreck’ when he describes his own experiences with three failed boats in his travels.

  • 2 Corinthians 11:25 Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was stoned; three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been in the deep;

Amazingly, Paul uses the same word to describe those who thrust away sound doctrine and try to sail on their own and without Christ's way, truth and life.

  • 1 Timothy 1:19-20 having faith and a good conscience, which some having rejected, concerning the faith have suffered shipwreck, 20 of whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I delivered to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme.

The most dangerous shipwreck is not the one that merely endangers your body. Jesus warns that false teaching can sink your soul as well—and Paul names some headed towards destruction.

What can cause a soul to be shipwrecked? False teachers and belief in a false Christ. That was one of Christ's constant warnings. When Christ Returns there is-- Global False teaching, and Deceptive signs and wonders.

Please open with me to the next section of Matthew 24.

  • Matthew 24:24 For false christs [pseudo-christs] and false prophets [pseudo-prophets] will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.

Jesus notes two topics—first pseudo-christs the warm up acts for t he Coming World Leader - commonly known as the Antichrist – who has 33 titles in the Old Testament and 13 in the New Testament; and secondly pseudo-prophets the purveyors of false teaching.

  • 2 Thessalonians 2:9 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders,

This morning we are going to consider the dangers of those false prophets or teachers. How do we spot them? What do false teachers look like? One of the clearest descriptions comes to us from Peter. Open with me to 2 Peter 2.

First notice what Peter says in 2 Peter 2:1—he ties the former false prophets with the current false teachers.

  • 2 Peter 2:1 But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction.

Then Peter launches into an extended description of these false teachers we need to beware of and avoid at all costs.

  • 2 Peter 2:12-17 But these, like natural brute beasts made to be caught and destroyed, speak evil of the things they do not understand, and will utterly perish in their own corruption, 13 and will receive the wages of unrighteousness, as those who count it pleasure to carouse in the daytime. They are spots and blemishes, carousing in their own deceptions while they feast with you, 14 having eyes full of adultery and that cannot cease from sin, enticing unstable souls. They have a heart trained in covetous practices, and are accursed children. 15 They have forsaken the right way and gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; 16 but he was rebuked for his iniquity: a dumb donkey speaking with a man’s voice restrained the madness of the prophet. 17 These are wells without water; clouds carried by a tempest, for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.

Identifying Marks of Those Who Are False, Unreal, and Not of God

  • UNGODLY (v. 12a): they are described as being “like natural brute beasts”. There is no god-likeness in them. They do not have God as their father, rather they are of their father the devil—so they act like him—killing spiritual life, stealing spiritual truth, and destroying spiritual power.
  • UNRESTRAINED (v. 12b): they are described as those who “speak evil of the things they do not understand”. Before they even hear or understand something they are so unrestrained that they just blurt out disagreement and evil.
  • UNENLIGHTENED (v. 12c): they are described as “they do not understand”. The things of God are foolishness to them. They can’t understand, won’t understand, and do not want to seek and find the truth. They do not love the truth—they hate it and go away from it.
  • UNRIGHTEOUS (v. 13a): they are described as “receive the wages of unrighteousness”. They earn the judgment of God because they work at being unrighteous. They work at not being like God, they don’t want Him or His ways—but they work at the opposite.
  • UNASHAMED (v. 13b): they are described as “as those who count it pleasure to carouse in the daytime”. They aren’t ashamed of sin—they love it. They don’t run from sin—they run at it. They don’t grieve over their sin—they revel in it, brag about it, show it off and try to entice others into their sin.
  • UNFORGIVEN (v. 13c): they are described as “They are spots and blemishes, carousing in their own deceptions while they feast with you” They look like a black spot on a while cloth in God’s sight when they get around believers. God sees us clothed in Christ's righteousness, we are washed and forgiven. They are lost and unforgiven—they ooze uncleansed sins. They are spots of contamination when near the chaste, pure and white bride of Jesus. They flaunt their sins in the face of holiness. They mock and scoff and laugh at the ways of God’s servants. But note they “feast with you” they come to be around God’s people, share in worship, sit side by side with the saints but are never changed, never cleansed, never forgiven, never filled with the Holy Spirit of God.
  • UNREPENTANT (v. 14a): they are described as “having eyes full of adultery”. They never turn away only toward their sin. They seek evil to the max, they go for it and live it up in the ways of this work. There is no change of heart, mind, or direction. No remorse, no regret, no retreat from sin. They keep their tanks filled with sins of their pleasing. The word full is the same as in John 21:11 when Jesus made the nets of the disciples to bulge near breaking with an overflowing catch of fish—these sinners are bursting with evil desires, their eyes and minds bulge to overflow with sin.
  • UNSATISFIED (v. 14b): they are described as “and that cannot cease from sin”. They are addicted to sin. They are drawn by the cords of the flesh and can’t seem to stop. In one form or another they are constantly seeking and finding their own way. And as God says, they have less and less return on their sin so they have to chase it harder each day. They get emptier and they get more and more unsatisfied by their sin—so they have to seek out, invent, and try more and more ways to satisfy their cravings—until it is too late to ever stop.
  • UNDISCIPLINED (v. 14c): they are described as “enticing unstable souls”. They can’t keep to themselves. Sin loves company. They want to feel better by being sure others are doing what they are doing so they entice others to share in their sins. They are emissaries of the devil by leading other blind ones into the deep ditches of their sins.
  • UNHEEDING (15-16): they are described as “They have forsaken the right way and gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; 16 but he was rebuked for his iniquity: a dumb donkey speaking with a man’s voice restrained the madness of the prophet”. No one can stop them, they won’t listen. They can’t hear. They shut out the truth, they resist conviction, and they get more and more unresponsive and hardened towards the things of God.
  • UNREAL (v. 17a): they are described as “These are wells without water, clouds carried by a tempest”. They look promising but are empty. They are driven and just crash on the rocks. Nothing lasts in their lives, nothing is useful for God or others—they just waste life in a flaming bonfire of their own vanities.
  • UNSAVED (v. 17b): they are described as “for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.” The place of the devil they earn for them selves. The abode of the damned they seek through life and finally find it. The light is forsaken and fled from instead of sin. The reservations in heaven are unwanted, unsought, and unfound—hell is their destination forever.

Ship wrecked lives follow the false teaching of false teachers and the false hopes of false christs. This morning this is a warning to Christ's church. Are you following a lifestyle or a teacher/model/ or hero who is:

  • UNGODLY
  • UNRESTRAINED
  • UNENLIGHTENED
  • UNRIGHTEOUS
  • UNASHAMED
  • UNFORGIVEN
  • UNREPENTANT
  • UNSATISFIED
  • UNDISCIPLINED
  • UNHEEDING
  • UNREAL
  • UNSAVED

Then if you are—you are headed for the reef, you will shipwreck, you will be dashed upon the rocks. Or are you seeking the way of God. The way of God can be found by looking at the opposite of all these qualities of a false teacher and a false Christ. God’s way is:

  • GODLY seeking, RESTRAINED from within by the Holy Spirit, ENLIGHTENED by God in our mind and spirit, RIGHTEOUS by God’s grace, ASHAMED of sinning, FORGIVEN of all sins, REPENTANT of all known sins in the life, SATISFIED continually by Christ, DISCIPLINED by the work of God’s grace, HEEDING God's Word , REAL and not fake, SAVED and sure of it!

How can we avoid shipwreck? By being tied to Jesus Christ our Lord. Jesus Anchors our souls in Heaven.

  • Hebrews 6:11-12, 18-20 And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, 12 that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. 18 that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us. 19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, 20 where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek. NKJV

Christ is our Refuge: v. 18b “ we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us” Salvation is laying hold of Jesus. Just like the disciples knelt at His feet and held on for joy when they saw Him risen (Matthew 28:9); and just as the lame man clung for joy to Peter and John after they healed him (Acts 3:11)—so we who believe and are stricken with our sinfulness, flee to Jesus as the only refuge from sin. When Paul knew they were planning to stone him (Acts 14:6) he fled to escape. So we believe Christ's promise and flee to Him our Refuge, to escape the dread consequences of our sins.

Christ anchors our soul in Heaven. v. 19 “This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil ” We have continual access to God’s presence, not just once a year through a fallen mortal man, but always—at every moment—through our Divine and Immortal Great High Priest, Jesus Christ.

Christ anchors our soul: v. 20 “where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.”

Jesus is our prodromos who has gone to prepare a place for us. Philip Mauro suggests that the picture here is that of the forerunner used in ancient times to help a vessel enter the harbor safely. He would jump from the ship, wade to the harbor, and fasten the strong rope of the ship to a rock along the shore. Then, by means of a winch, the vessel was brought in.

Just so, our forerunner has gone to heaven, where He stands ready to guide us safely into the Holy of Holies. We are fastened to a rock that cannot be moved. Let the storms tear our sails to shreds; let the floors creak; let the gusts of wind attempt to blow us off course; let the tides overwhelm us; we shall arrive safely into the port. Each day we are pulled a notch closer to the harbor by the One who proved He is more powerful than death.

We have an anchor that keeps the soul Steadfast and sure while the billows roll, Fastened to the Rock which cannot move, Grounded firm and deep in the Saviour's love.

As our High Priest, Jesus serves as our anchor, who forever keeps our souls from drifting away from God—and becoming shipwrecked.

As a believers, our relationship with Christ anchors us to God. The most sacred spot in the temple that God had the Jews construct was called the holy of holies. This room was separated by a curtain from the rest of the temple. Inside this inner room stood a box called the Ark of the Covenant, signifying the very presence of God. On the Day of Atonement, the high priest of Israel entered the Holy of Holies and made an annual atonement for the sins of his people.

But on the cross, Christ made atonement once for all time and for all people by His sacrifice. As believers God sees us as already secured forever by Christ and placed in the Holy of Holies in Heaven.

“Once Jesus entered the heavenly holy of holies, He did not leave, as did the Jewish high priests. Rather, “He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high” (1:3). And Jesus remains there forever as the Guardian of our souls. Such absolute security is almost incomprehensible. Not only are our souls anchored within the impregnable, inviolable heavenly sanctuary, but our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, stands guard over them as well! How can the Christian’s security be described as anything but eternal? Truly we can entrust our souls with God and the Savior He provided.”

A century ago, this passage prompted a song. That song captures what Christ's work for us has done. Let me read you these words. Examine your heart tyhis morning. Is this what you have? Is Jesus Christ your soul’s anchor?

"Will Your Anchor Hold?"

Will your anchor hold in the storms of life,
When the clouds unfold their wings of strife?
When the strong tides lift, and the cables strain,
Will your anchor drift or firm remain?

Refrain: We have an anchor that keeps the soul
Steadfast and sure while the billows roll;
Fastened to the rock which cannot move,
Grounded firm and deep in the Saviours love.

Will your anchor hold in the straits of fear,
When the breakers roar and the reef is near?
While the surges rave and the wild winds blow,
Shall the angry waves then your bark o'erflow?.

Will your anchor hold in the floods of death,
When the waters cold chill your latest breath?
On the rising tide you can never fail,
While your anchor holds within the veil.

It is safely moored, 'twill the storm withstand,
For 'tis well secured by the Savio's hand;
And the cables, passed from His heart to mine,
Can defy that blast, thro' strength divine.

Refrain:

Will your eyes behold through the morning light,
The city of gold and the harbour bright?
Will you anchor safe by the heavenly shore
When life's storms are past for evermore?

Ship wrecked lives follow the false teaching of false teachers and the false hopes of false christs. This morning this is a warning to Christ's church. Are you following a lifestyle or a teacher/model/ or hero who is:

  • UNGODLY
  • UNRESTRAINED
  • UNENLIGHTENED
  • UNRIGHTEOUS
  • UNASHAMED
  • UNFORGIVEN
  • UNREPENTANT
  • UNSATISFIED
  • UNDISCIPLINED
  • UNHEEDING
  • UNREAL
  • UNSAVED

Then if you are—you are headed for the reef, you will shipwreck, you will be dashed upon the rocks. Or are you seeking the way of God. The way of God can be found by looking at the opposite of all these qualities of a false teacher and a false Christ. God’s way is:

GODLY seeking, RESTRAINED from within by the Holy Spirit, ENLIGHTENED by God in our mind and spirit, RIGHTEOUS by God’s grace, ASHAMED of sinning, FORGIVEN of all sins, REPENTANT of all known sins in the life, SATISFIED continually by Christ, DISCIPLINED by the work of God’s grace, HEEDING God's Word , REAL and not fake, SAVED and sure of it!

How can we avoid shipwreck? By being tied to Jesus Christ our Lord. Jesus, our forerunner has gone to heaven, where He stands ready to guide us safely into the Holy of Holies.

We are fastened to Christ our rock that cannot be moved. Let the storms tear our sails to shreds; let the floors creak; let the gusts of wind attempt to blow us off course; let the tides overwhelm us; we shall arrive safely into the port.

Each day we are pulled a notch closer to the harbor by the One who proved He is more powerful than death.

What do false teachers deny?

How to spot a false teacher There are clear signs of an apostate or false teacher:

  • THEY DENY CHRIST IS THE ONLY WAY. I Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; (KJV)
  • THEY DENY OUR LIBERTY IN CHRIST I Timothy 4:3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. (KJV)
  • THEY DENY THE NECESSITY OF SOUND DOCTRINE 2 Timothy 4:3-4 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. (KJV)
  • THEY DENY DIVINE POWER 2 Timothy 3:4-5 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. (KJV)
  • THEY DENY BIBLICAL TRUTH 2 Timothy 3:8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. (KJV)
  • THEY DENY THE DEITY OF CHRIST 2 Peter 2:1 But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them -- bringing swift destruction on themselves. (NIV)
  • THEY DENY THE REALITY OF CHRIST COMING AGAIN 2 Peter 3:3-4 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, 4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. (KJV)
  • THEY DENY THE NECESSITY OF PERSONAL HOLINESS Jude 18-19 How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. 19 These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit. (KJV)

In 1888 C. H. Spurgeon said, “Everywhere there is apathy. Nobody cares whether that which is preached is true or false. A sermon is a sermon whatever the subject; only, the shorter the better”.

Well, only 117 years later the attitude persists inn some circles. The inroads of False teachers is staggering. Recently these two well known Christian leaders went on record with these astounding words.

Jesus said watch out for counterfeit religion. When faced with a similar situation at the turn of the century, evangelicals produced a work called the FUNDAMENTALS in 1909-1915. The writers read like a Who’s Who of Christianity of the day: R.A. Torrey, B.B. Warfield, J.C. Ryle, G.Campbell Morgan, C.I. Scofield, James M. Gray [MBI], A.T. Pierson and so on.

These men distilled down the fundamental beliefs that distinguish a true believer from a false or counterfeit one. They boiled down to:

  • INSPIRATION: The Inspiration and Reliable Historicity of the Bible.
  • CREATION: The error of Evolutionism and Darwinism.
  • DOCTRINE: The naming of the cults errors [Jehovah Witness, Mormonism, Christian Science, Spiritism].
  • DEPRAVITY: The reality of sin.
  • SUBSTITUTION: Biblical salvation by faith through the grace of God.
  • IMPUTATION: The errors of Romanism.
  • CHRISTOLOGY: The Deity, work and Return of Christ.

A New View of God

They had experienced the DOCTRINE OF SALVATION Some years ago a man in a penitentiary studied a Moody correspondence course. He found Christ. In answer to one of the questions which gave him an opportunity to express where he stood in relation to his newfound faith, he wrote down: "I am a new man in an old body." It was a most perceptive remark. For that is what salvation is. But it will go even further than that saved prisoner realized. One day he will be a new man in a new body.

  • REGENERATION: A CHANGE OF HEART John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. (KJV)
  • CONVERSION: A CHANGE OF LIFE Matthew 18:3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. (KJV)
  • REPENTANCE: A CHANGE OF MIND Matthew 3:8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: (KJV)
  • ADOPTION: A CHANGE OF FAMILY Romans 8:14-17 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. 16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. (KJV)
  • SANCTIFICATION: A CHANGE OF BEHAVIOR Hebrews 10:14-16 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. 15 Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, 16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; (KJV)
  • JUSTIFICATION: A CHANGE OF STATE Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: (KJV) ILLUSTRATION: “justified” In popular, everyday language the word can be paraphrased: "just as if I'd never sinned" Some years ago a wealthy Englishman bought a Rolls Royce car and took it to France on his vacation. It broke down. At great expense the factory flew out a mechanic and not only repaired the car but entertained the customer in the best available hotel. When he arrived home he expected to receive a large bill but none came. Eventually he wrote, asking for his account to be rendered. He received this reply: "Dear Sir, We have no record of anything ever having gone wrong with your car." That is exactly what it means to be justified. It means that God has no record of anything ever having gone wrong in our lives.
  • GLORIFICATION: A CHANGE OF PLACE John 17:24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world. (KJV)

 

DOCTRINE OF CHRIST

  1. Virgin Birth (Matt 1:22-23
  2. Virtuous Life (Hebrews 2.18 yet without sin)
  3. Vicarious Death (He gave Himself for me)
  4. Victorious Resurrection (Heb. 2:14)
  5. Vindictive Assumption (Phil. 21, 9-11)
  6. Vital Succession (Mark 16:19, ? Cor. 2:15)
  7. Visible Return (Pre-Millennial) I Thes. 4: 16-18

His intent was to provide us with “strong encouragement” (v. 18). The Greek phrase so translated refers to a great source of consolation and confidence. “We who have fled for refuge” alludes to the Old Testament cities God had provided for people who sought protection from avengers for an accidental killing (cf. Num. 35; Deut. 19; Josh. 20). The Greek word translated “refuge” is the same one used in the Septuagint (the Greek version of the Old Testament) in those passages. We will never know whether God can hold onto us until we run in desperation to Him for refuge.

In what practical way can we run to Him? By “laying hold of the hope set before us” (v. 18). What is that hope? Christ Himself (1 Tim. 1:1) and the Gospel He brought (Col. 1:5). If you are ever going to have a strong confidence and a steadfast hope, you must seek refuge in God and embrace Jesus Christ, who is your only hope of salvation.

The third Hebrew word that God gives us is describing CLINGING HOPE--the word is BATACH (982): HOPE THAT INSPIRES DEEPER TRUST. What does God seek as our response to hard times? Clinging to Him is the resounding answer.

Here batach is used in the sense of hope that comes from casting one's total future upon God as a little child and trusting Him for everything. This word is most often translated to trust or to have confidence in someone-usually God. But in some contexts it is definitely used to mean hope, as in the great prophetic Twenty-second Psalm. The Messiah's thoughts while suffering on the cross are predicted here:

"But thou [God] art he that took me out of the womb: thou didst make me HOPE [Hebrew batach; LXX elpis] when I was upon my mother's breasts" (Psalms 22:9 KJV).

Turn with me to the most well known verse in the Bible using this special word. Proverbs 3:5.

  • Proverbs 3:5 Trust [literally cling to; Hebrew batach; LXX peitho ] the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;
  • Psalm 37:3-5 Trust in [LXX elpidzo] the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. 4 Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. 5 Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.
  • Psalm 40:3 He has put a new song in my mouth—Praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, And will trust [cling to] the Lord.
  • Psalm 56:3-4, 11Whenever I am afraid, I will trust [cling to] You. 4 In God (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me. 11 In God I have put my trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?
  • Psalm 112:7 He will not be afraid of evil tidings; His heart is steadfast, trusting [clinging to] the Lord.

Old Testament batach is in the LXX the New Testament elpis/elpidzo.

New Testament usage of elpidzo:

  • 2 Corinthians 1:10 who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver us; in whom we trust that He will still deliver us,
  • Philippians 2:19 But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly, that I also may be encouraged when I know your state.
  • 1 Timothy 4:10 For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe.
  • 1 Timothy 5:5 Now she who is really a widow, and left alone, trusts in God and continues in supplications and prayers night and day.
  • 1 Timothy 6:17 Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.
  • Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
  • 1 Peter 1:13 Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
  • 1 Peter 3:5 For in this manner, in former times, the holy women who trusted in God also adorned themselves, being submissive to their own husbands,

New Testament usage of elpis:

  • Romans 5:2, 4-5 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
  • Romans 15:4, 13 For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. 13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
  • Colossians 1:5 because of the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel,
  • Titus 2:13 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,
  • Hebrews 6:18-19 that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us. 19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil,
  • 1 Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
  • 1 Peter 1:21 who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
  • 1 Peter 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;
  • 1 John 3:3 And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.
  • Matthew 24:48-51 But if that evil servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’ 49 and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards, 50 the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour that he is not aware of, 51 and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

When Christ Returns there is—Global Apostasy. People would reject the sound doctrine of the Word of God and follow the doctrines of men that appeal to their own lusts ( 2 Timothy 4:3-4; Acts 20:29-30). Jesus also predicted that there would be many hypocrites within the church.

  • Matthew 24:48-51 But if that evil servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’ 49 and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards, 50 the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour that he is not aware of, 51 and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
  • Matthew 7:22-23 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

When Christ Returns there is-- the Trend to a Global Religion. There would be a move towards a one-world religion. (Revelation 13:8,12; Revelation 17).

 

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