BY CHARLES WOODRUFF
NOTES FROM MY BIBLE- PART THREEThese notes came from old Bibles of mine, as well as notebooks that I use to collect ideas. As before, because they were collected years ago, they have slight revisions.
That Practical Sovereignty- Knowledge is to realize it is raining; wisdom is to come in out of it.
The key to Romans 13: “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.” (Romans 13:1) Two major points in these verses:
1. There is no power but of God: the powers ( all of them) are ordained of God. He is totally sovereign, and in absolute control.
2. Every soul also means kings, queens,emperors, presidents, supreme court justices, magistrates, policemen , soldiers are all subject to God, as well as us. They all have a higher power over them that they must answer to. God is the highest power. This evens up the “playing field”. “So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God” (Romans 14:12). So when these lesser “higher powers” disobey God, as they often do, they shall receive the judgment of God. It is not just we lesser beings that must obey God, but all; even kings!
Jesus Christ was born in a manger; wrapped in swaddling clothes, which was the custom for newborns (Luke 2:7).These swaths of cloth were similar to the grave clothes of the time See John11:44, and notice in the account Lazarus came out of the grave at Christ’s command “bound hand and foot with graveclothes”, which Strong’s Greek says is “ a swathe; that is, winding sheet”.The burial clothes, and birth clothes were much the same, perhaps to remind us that He came to die. (1Corinthians 15:3-4).
One of the greatest sermons in the Bible was by a woman, and was only a sermon of 18 one syllable words. “Come see a man which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?” (John 4:29) Verse 39 says that many of the people in that city were converted by her testimony; then many more later converted by Christ Himself (verses 41, 42).
A positive gospel is this negative statement “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3b).
The world loves Jesus Christ. This statement is a lie! So why should Christians love the world, or the things of the world?
As sure as the world. How sure is it? It is sure to be judged. God has decreed this.
Until Isaiah saw the Lord high and lifted up, he was unfit for God’s service.