TOPICAL BIBLE STUDIES ARCHIVE “I”  


 

These outlines are intended as "teaching guides" to the study of any particular topic. The outlines may leave many unanswered questions as to details since those details would be answered in the process of teaching from the scripture references provided. In addition, there may be vocabulary references and subject references that are unfamiliar. Hopefully before too long, all the necessary topics will be available to provide a balanced and complete theology.

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INDEX

IDOLATRY

ILLUSION

The Image of God

IMITATION

IMPUTATION: Positional Righteousness; Links to "J" for JUSTIFICATION

INHERITANCE

INTEGRITY

Inspiration of the Bible

Interpretation of the Bible

Israel: Unconditional Covenants, by Dwight Pentecost

Israel: National discipline (the 5 cycles) Outline

ISRAEL’S NATIONAL DISCIPLINE: EXPANDED

Israel: The Four Banners of Israel

ISRAEL: The Divided Kingdom

ISRAEL: The Northern Kingdom

ISRAEL: The Southern Kingdom

ISRAEL: Lost Tribes Theory


IDOLATRY

1. Idolatry is the channel for expressing creature arrogance and independence from God. 1 Samuel 15:22-23

A. Rom. 1:18-25 - denies creator honor to God
B. Jonah 2:8 - man forsakes the only provision for his sinfulness and frustrations in life.

1. hebhel: 13 times for idols
2. Their chesed: the personal provision for them from God. Cf. David at Psalm 144:2

2. There are 3 types of idolatry:

A. Deity oriented: ascribing deity worship to something.
Exodus 32:1-6 (Not authorized by God - Isaiah 42;8)

B. Detail oriented: centering everything around wealth and the physical things of this life. Covetousness - Eph. 5:5; Col. 3;5
Doctrine of rich mindedness: 1 Tim. 6:9-10, 17

C. Christian oriented: placing religious value on an object or practice which God has not authorized. symbols, statues, rituals, leaders.

3. All of it begins in the soul as influenced by the sin nature.

A. Mark 7:22; Gal. 5:19
B. Ezek. 14:7; Acts 7:39

4. Deity oriented idolatry is an extension of demon influence.

A. 1 Cor. 10:20
B. Psalm 106:34-39
C. Deut. 32:17
D. Principle of 2 Cor. 11:13-15

5. Accordingly, idolatry is a contact point for all kinds of occult activity.
Deut. 18:9-12; Zech. 10:2 (teraphim - Ezek. 21:21)

6. But the idol itself is nothing and powerless.

A. 1 Cor. 8:4; 10:19
B. 1 Chron. 16:26; Ps. 96:5 (but cf. LXX - daimonion)
C. They are worthlessness: hebhel = vanity, emptiness.

1. Used 13 times for idols
2. Jer. 10:3, 15 and 8b

D. Isaiah 41:29 - breath and emptiness: ruach and tohu
E. Isaiah 45:20 - a god who cannot deliver
F. Psalm 115:4-8

1. v. 4 - work of man's hands - Ps. 135:15; Is. 2:8
2. v. 5 - Can't speak or see - Rev. 9:20
3. v. 6 - Can't hear or smell
4. v. 7 - Can't feel or walk
5. v. 7 - Can't even make a noise

G. Jer. 14:22 - Can't produce rain
H. Jer. 10:14 - Deceitful and no breath in them (ruach).
I. Jer. 10:5 - Can do no harm or good
J. Thus, eliyl: from alal = to be weak, ineffectual, insufficient
16 times translated as "worthless thing."

7. The stupidity of idol worship:

A. Isaiah 44:9-20
B. Isaiah 40:18-22
C. Jer. 10:1-5
D. Jer. 10:8 - idolaters are stupid

1. stupid: baar - qal imperfect = brutish, stubborn, self-centered.
2. foolish: kasal - qal imperfect (verb only)

a. result of being brutish is to operate on creature viewpoint.
b. The root KSL, describes the independence and rebellion of the sin nature, and the inferior viewpoint that comes from a soul which is controlled by the sin nature.

3. Jer. 2:26b-27 - total disorientation to reality

E. No benefit: Hab. 2:18

8. And yet, idol influence is powerful and deceptive.

A. 1 Cor. 12:2; Gal. 4:8
B. Produces a fear psychosis: Jer. 50:38; 51:7 with 10:2, 5
C. Example: Deut. 12:31; Ps. 106:36, 38

9. Deity idolatry expresses itself in 2 basic ways.

A. Lasciviousness: the phallic cult - Lev. 18:3-25; Deut. 12:31;
Romans 1:26-27
B. Asceticism: 1 Tim. 4:1-3; Col. 2:20-23

10. Since Yahweh worship (True Christianity) is the only basis for relationship and fellowship with God, any substitute is called spiritual harlotry and adultery.

A. Jer. 3:8-10
B. Ezek. 16:1-43
C. Hosea 4:11-13
D. Rev. 17:1-5

11. Consequently, idolatry causes national disintegration and judgment.

A. Jer. 7:16-20; 17:1-4; 44:23
B. 2 Chron. 24;15-22
C. 2 Kings 17:7-23
D. Ezek. 6:1-14; 16:35-43
E. Ezek. 14:12-21

12. Old Testament commands against idolatry.

A. Ex. 20:1-3; 23:24
B. Deut. 4:28; 5:7; 6:14; 7:16; 8:19; 4:15-20
C. Deut. 29:17-18; 27:15
D. Deut. 13:6-16
E. Lev. 19:4; 26:1

13. New Testament commands against idolatry.

A. 1 John 5:21
B. 1 Cor. 10:1-22
C. Apply the doctrine of separation: 1 Cor. 5:6-11
D. 1 Thes. 1:9

14. Protection from idolatry comes through orientation to God's character and plan.

A. Isaiah 48:1-5
B. Isaiah 40:12-31 (application of divine essence to combat idolatry)

15. All idols will be removed from the earth at the beginning of the Messiah's 1000 year earthly kingdom. Zech. 13:2

16. Unbelievers alive at the day of the Lord will recognize the uselessness of their idols and will initially discard them in fear at the presence of Christ.
Is. 2:18-21

17. However, during the day of the Lord judgments, idolatry as exemplified in "beast worship" will be the primary factor for keeping people from trusting in the divine plan of salvation. Rev. 9:20-21

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ILLUSION

1. Illusion is an attitude, act or way of life that one thinks is truth but in reality, is inconsistent with truth as revealed in the bible.

2.We must view illusion from 3 perspectives.

A. Inherent illusion: The sin nature. Jer. 17:9, self-deception and promotion.
(Creature illusion: Is. 29:15-16; 45:9)

B. Environmental illusion: What you are raised with such as tradition and religion.

C. Acquired illusion: Deception from emotion, tradition, experience or inaccurate bible teaching.

1. Salvation illusion: John 1:12-13; 1 Cor. 6:9-11
2. Fellowship: 1 John 1:6; 2:9-11; Gal. 3:1-3
3. Growth: 2 Tim. 4:2-4
4. Service: Gal. 6:7-9; Jn. 16:2; Acts 26:9-11; 1 Tim. 6:5
5. Teacher: 1 Tim. 1:7; Rm. 2:17-21; Mat. 23;24; 2 Tim. 3:7, 13
6. Sin illusion: Psalm 73;1-14
7. Temptation: James 1:13-16
8. Separation: 1 Cor. 15:33
9. Denial: Jer. 44:15-18

3. All illusion is error in some area of Bible doctrine.
But it is perpetuated by the individual's own pride and arrogance which insists on the viewpoint without having any sound biblical basis for believing it.
Just emotion, tradition and inaccurate Biblical information.

4. The three greatest examples of illusion:

A. Rejection of the Messiah: Is. 53;3-4, 8; Mat. 27:20-25; John 19:6-7, 12-16; Luke 23:34; Acts 2:22-24, 36

B. Paul's persecution of Christians: Acts 7:58 + 8:1-3; 9:1-2; 26:9-11; 22:3-5; Philip. 3:6; 1 Cor. 15:9; Eph. 3:8; 1 Tim. 1:15

C. Success of the Beast: 2 Thes. 2:8-11; Mt. 24;23-26; Rev. 13:1-9, 11-17.

5. The only reliable protection from illusion is a faithful analysis of the Bible using the Golden Rule of Interpretation with application of the original languages. Eph. 4:11-14; 2 Tim. 2:25-26

6. THE GOLDEN RULE OF INTERPRETATION:

When the plain sense of scripture makes common sense, seek no other sense; therefore, take every word at its primary, ordinary, usual, literal meaning
unless the facts of the immediate context,
studied in the light of related passages and axiomatic and fundamental truths, indicate clearly otherwise.

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THE IMAGE OF GOD

1. God designed and created man in His own image.

A. Gen. 1:26 - AsAh = the design (create out of something, make)
B. Gen. 1:27 - bArA = the act of creation (create out of nothing)

2. The words, "image and likeness" are used to indicate two different factors concerning the "image" of God.

A. Image is the word, tselem and always indicates a "physical" or structural image of some kind.

B. Likeness is the word, demuth. The root, DMH, usually refers to some kind of "functional" image, likeness or expression.

1. A few times it is used to indicate a "physical" form.
2. This has led some to claim that there is no distinction between the two words, tselem and demuth, and that one should not be made.

3. However, when all the uses are observed, there is a discernible difference which certainly needs to be preserved especially when the two words are used together as they are at Gen. 1:26.

4. Actually, this is not unusual for other words that are close in meaning.

C. SEE detailed word study on these two words and their derivatives.

3. What is the image of God?

A. Genesis 1:26-27 summarizes the creation of man, male and female on day six of God's restoration program for the earth (See Topic: The Gap), and tells us that he is created in the image and form of God.

B. Genesis 1:2-2:3 is a summary of the six days of restoration and new creation, including day seven.

C. Adam, all by himself, without other members of the human race, is created in this "image of God." But since all come out from Adam, they share His image (Gen. 5:3), which is Adam's created image with the addition of a sin nature.

See Topic: The Sin Nature

D. Adam is a unified being, but is composed of three expressions within that unity (1 Thes. 5:23). Genesis 2:7 details the mechanics of creating the man on day six.

1. Nostrils: refers to the physical body.

2. breath of life: neshAmAh which corresponds with spirit (ruach) at Gen. 7:22 (neshAmAh of the spirit); the human spirit.

3. Living soul: refers to the soul (nephesh).

E. Man's creation in the "image" of God is inferior to angelic creation, so the "image" does not bestow on man any "structural" characteristics of angels. (Heb. 2:7; Ps. 8:5).

F. The "our image" of Genesis 1:26 would be the image of the Godhead.

1. Obviously, the "image" does not include deity characteristics.

2. The image (tselem) refers to the Godhead from the standpoint of His "physical" structure. However, God is a Spirit being (John 4:24) and is not "physical" in the same sense that we are.
However, there is a distinct structure to the Godhead in regard to how He manifests Himself to His creation. This is His "structural" image.

3. Deuteronomy 6:4 explains this "image" as a unity of divine personalities. "Yahweh our Gods (elohim), Yahweh, a Unity."

4. The plural structure of the Godhead is:

a. The Father: He is designated as God Most High in the Old Testament and functions as the planner and ultimate authority within the Godhead. The "authority" expression of the Godhead.

b. The Son: He is not "officially" designated as the Son in the Old Testament, but is recognized as the revealed member of the Godhead; the visible manifestation of the Godhead to the human race. The "visible" expression of the Godhead.

c. The Spirit: He is the "power" expression of the Godhead.
He is the one who reveals, moves, empowers and inspires.

5. See Topic: Beginnings: Orientation to the Godhead

G. Man's created status, in the image of God, is as a triune being. 1 Thes. 5:23

1. Soul: This is the controller of the unity and corresponds with the Father.

2. Body: This is the visible manifestation of the unity and corresponds to the Son.

3. Spirit: This is the reflector of the soul; the element that reveals the character of the soul as personality. It corresponds to the Holy Spirit.

 

4. The image of God is shared by both male and female. Gen. 1:27 with 5:1-2

A. Adam directly: Gen. 2:7
B. Ishah indirectly through Adam: Gen. 2:21-22

5. Adam and Ishah, both created in the image of God, were designed to bring honor and glory to God's character and plan.

A. Initially through expressing the natural soul attitudes created by God. This was evidenced through adherence to the "one-tree prohibition" in the garden.

B. After the fall, through acceptance of God's salvation provision and adherence to the light system throughout their lives.

1. Moral truth designed by God for the whole human race.
2. Spiritual truth designed for those in relationship with Him.

6. The image of God was not lost at the fall.

A. At Gen. 9:6, the prohibition against murder has impact because people who are killed HAVE BEEN CREATED in the image of God with the result that at the time they are killed, they are in that image.

B. At James 3:9, the indictment on cursing men has impact because those people who are cursed HAVE BEEN MADE in the image of God, with the result that at the time they are cursed they are still in that image.

C. At 1 Cor. 11:7, the teaching that the man is not to have his head covered, is symbolic of his original created status which he STILL possesses - in the image and glory of God. Here, the word, image, refers to the structural image of the Godhead, and the word, glory, refers to the functional image of God (designed to glorify Him).

D. The above passages establish the fact that mankind is still in the same image with which he was created. It was neither lost nor diminished when Adam and Ishah sinned. What happened is that their ENTIRE being, body, soul and spirit, all came under the condition of spiritual death and lost relationship with God.

7. The bible does not teach that the human spirit was somehow lost or rendered inoperative after Adam's sin. Quite the opposite, it is clearly established that all men have a human spirit, fully functional in its original design.

A. The error occurs through the assumption that the human spirit is that entity through which man relates to God, but this is not supported by Scripture.

B. There is no part of man that is specifically designated as that which relates to God. Man relates to God through his entire being (body, soul and spirit).

C. The "spiritual" death of man is that which permeates his entire being, not just his human spirit. The reason the word "spiritual death" is used is not because it has the "spirit" in view, but because it has in view man's relationship with God on a "spiritual" plane. God is Spirit, and man has lost his capacity to fellowship with God, The Spirit, thus, spiritually dead.

D. SEE Topic: The Human Spirit for a detailed study.
E. See Topic: Spiritual Death

 

8. The "form" of God, using the word demuth, deals more with a "functional" image rather than the structure of the Godhead. It should be translated as likeness rather than form.

A. Since that "function" can not be deity function, it must be a reflection of some aspect of deity. The most reasonable is to see that likeness as a reflection of God's revealed standards for the function of the human creature.

B. That function can be reasonably suggested as a character format placed into the soul of Adam and passed on to all his children.

C. Orientation to the natural design in the soul. Ec. 7:29 (yAshAr).
Man's soul was designed with an "upright" character structure.

1. This indicates a soul function of relating everything in man's environment to God as the only reference point. God is the center of all existence and the object of all activity in both areas of life.

a. Spiritual life: relationship and fellowship with God

b. Morality life: fellowship with man. Centered around the issues of personal freedom and marriage. The other two areas of morality (family and society) are simply an extension of these two. Gen. 2:18-20; Ec. 7:29a; Rom. 2:14

2. Self-consciousness and volition were designed to take all knowledge and experience and relate it directly to God through soul attitudes which by nature are "God-centered."

3. There are 7 basic attitudes in the soul, all of which directly reflect God's attitude. In this way, man's person functions as the likeness of God just as he IS in created status.
When he functions as the image of God it is called being "the glory of God" as at 1 Cor. 11:7, and is described by the Hebrew word, demuth (functional form or likeness), at Gen. 1:26-27.

a. RESPECT: God has total respect for and confidence in His own perfection. Isaiah 43:10-13
The design in man's soul reflects this by having the grace perspective; the perspective that recognizes the greatness and magnitude of God and "self" as a creature.

b. LOVE: God loves His own character: Psalm 33:5a He recognizes the absolute value in Himself and is dedicated to promoting that value in the universe.
Man's soul was designed to reflect that by placing the highest value on God's character and plan, and by promoting it as the most important thing in life.

c. PRIDE: Pride is God's recognition of His own perfection. It is Divine self-esteem. Ex. 15:7; Isaiah 46:9
Man was designed to reflect that through placing total confidence in Him; boasting in Him, which is praise and thanksgiving that shows appreciation for who He is and what He has accomplished.

d. AMBITION: This is God's perfect desire to promote His character and plan in the eyes of His creatures and to carry out His plan for the universe. Is. 46:10.
Man's soul reflects this by seeking to promote that divine plan in everything he does. The purpose for all of man's earthly activity is to promote that plan. This then serves as man's motivation for service and fulfills Gen. 1:28, and in the garden it fulfilled Gen. 2:15, "cultivate and guard."

e. HATE: Hate is the natural attitude that comes from perfect righteousness. God's mentality rejects anything that is contrary to that righteousness. Ps. 5:4-6
Man's soul is designed to express that same attitude of rejection whenever it encounters darkness viewpoint.

f. JEALOUSY: This is God's protectiveness of His divine essence and plan, Ex. 20:5. Not that God needs protection, but it is the value of divine essence held by His creatures that is protected since Satan's antagonism is constantly seeking to discredit God's essence and plan.
Man's soul was designed to promote the cause of divine truth and strongly oppose any manifestation of darkness viewpoint.

g. ANGER: Anger as a natural expression from hate, is the verbal and active manifestation of righteousness and justice. Ex. 15:7
Man's soul is designed to express that same disapproval whenever divine standards are violated.

4. All these attitudes were used to please God and establish rapport and fellowship with Him. They reflected God's glory by expressing viewpoint compatible with Him. Thus, the principle of agreement with divine standards for fellowship.

9. After their fall through disobedience to God in the garden, Adam and Ishah acquired a genetic mutation in their mentality which can be designated as a "sin nature." See Topic: The Sin Nature

A. This mutation now gives a distorted influence to the original "upright" design in the soul, but the design is still present in every member of the human race.

B. The result is that in many cultures, people have an inner conviction of morality that parallels the standards of the written law that God gave to Israel in the form of the ten commandments (Romans 2:14).

C. However, that design is seriously hampered from natural expression because the self- centeredness of the sin nature is now dominant in mankind (Ec. 7:29, "sought out many devices").

D. Moral training helps deter the overt "immoral" expression of the sin nature and provides a reinforcement to the natural design, so that a general moral freedom and stability is available to the human race (Prov. 22:15).

E. But such training does not guarantee a deterrent nor does it make one more receptive to spiritual values.

10. The spiritual side of the natural design (directed toward God) is dormant until God triggers it through the revealing of his person and work.

A. This is done in two stages:

1. God consciousness: God so uses the phenomena of the physical world to impress upon the soul of man the existence and magnitude of the creator. (Rom. 1:19-21; Ps. 19:1-6; Acts 14:17; 17:26-27; Rom. 10:18).
There are a variety of other factors that awaken an awareness of God within the soul of man, all of which, convict man to seek for God (Acts 17:27) and pave the way for hearing the gospel.

See Topic: God Consciousness

2. Gospel hearing: God provides specific gospel information to those who express a "seeking" for God after becoming aware of Him through the God-consciousness phenomena.

a. This is called the convicting ministry of the Holy Spirit (John 16:9-11).
b. And the drawing of God (John 12:32; 6:44).

B. When a person hears the gospel he must choose either to reject or accept the promise of salvation proffered therein (John 3:36).

C. When a person trusts in Christ (believes the gospel), he is immediately given spiritual life by the Holy Spirit and the natural design in the soul is now able to be cultivated and strengthened through spiritual growth (1 Pet. 2:2; 3:18; Eph. 4:20-24).

11. After salvation, the functional expression of God's "likeness" (character reflection) that brings glory to Him, is cultivated through spiritual growth.

A. Accordingly, the believer is exhorted to cease from sin since he has been delivered from the kingdom of darkness (Col. 1:13) and has become a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17) and has positionally (in Christ) put on a new man (Col. 3:8-10).

B. The positional "new man" is experientially being built up (renewed) through growth according to the image (character standards) of God.

C. At Col. 3:10, the phrase, "have put on" (aorist tense), refers to the positional status of the new creation. The phrase, "is being renewed" (present tense), refers to the experiential progress of growth unto full knowledge (maturity).

D. At Ephesians 4:20-24, the believer is likewise exhorted to "put on" the new man. Here Paul refers to the experiential reflection of the positional new man that the believer became at the moment he trusted in Christ. Paul gives us two ideas: (1) The believer HAS put on the new man because he is in union with Christ. (2) The believer needs to put on experientially, a reflection of that new man through fellowship and growth.

The new man that he is exhorted to put on, "is" (not, has been) created in righteousness and holiness by the truth.
The aorist tense in the participle form does not require a "past tense" or "completed" idea, but rather, it takes on a time significance based on context.

In principle, the new man IS created within the soul of the believer, here on earth, as he learns and utilizes the knowledge standards of God's viewpoint.

E. This is what is in view at 2 Cor. 3:18, "being transformed into the same image (glory). ."

1. Reference to the growth process which produces in the believer a reflection of God's glory (His "integrity" attributes).

2. This then is not a reference to the original "structural" image of God, but a reflection of and fulfillment of the "functional" image of God (His righteousness and love).

3. It refers to character reflection through knowledge and application of Bible truth.

See Topic: Spiritual growth

12. There is a third aspect to sharing God's image, or more specifically, the image of the Son, and that is when through resurrection, the believer will possess a physical body exactly like Christ's resurrection body. This is called, "conformed to the image of His Son," at Romans 8:29. The term, first born among many brethren" refers to physical resurrection.

See Topic: CHRIST: The Beginning of the Creation of God

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IMITATION

1. Imitation refers to the production of the character of Christ in the life of the believer through the control of the Holy Spirit and the word of God in the soul.

2. But there is another character the believer can imitate in his Christian walk.
The character of the unbeliever. 1 Cor. 3:3, "walking as men."

3. Every believer remains here on earth for the one purpose of bringing honor and glory to God. 1 Cor. 10:31; Col. 3:17; 1 Pet. 2:9; 4:11

4. He is commanded to glorify God in his Christian life. 1 Cor. 10:31; 6:19-20

5. This one of the purposes for the indwelling Holy Spirit. 1 Cor. 6:19-20; John 16:12-15

6. The Holy Spirit produces the character of Christ in the life of the believer by using the word of God which is in that believer's soul. 2 Cor. 3:18; Gal. 5:22-23;

7. We must understand the contrast between position and experience as indicated at Ephesians 5:8.

A. For you were "formerly" (as an unbeliever) darkness.
Indicates the position and function of rebellion against God.

B. But "now" (as a believer) you are light IN the Lord.
Indicates our new position IN CHRIST where we are set apart (sanctified) as perfectly righteous in the eyes of God.

C. Walk as children of light.
This is the command to live here on earth in your Christian walk, AS you are in your positional relationship IN CHRIST.

1. You are a saint: act like a saint
2. You are a child of God: act like a child of God
3. You possess the righteousness of God: live like it.

8. The Imitation of the unbeliever's character is accomplished by the control of the sin nature. 1 Cor. 3:1-3; Gal. 5:19-21; Mark 7:21-23; Rom. 6:20; 7:14-23

9. So the issue in the Christian life here on earth IS - Who will control the life?

A. The Holy Spirit: Gal. 5:16, 25; Eph. 5:18
B. The sin nature: Rom. 8:8; 6:12-13

10. The consistency of the Imitation of Christ.

A. The Holy Spirit is the means of producing Christ's character so He must be in control.

B. But the basis for it is the word of God in the soul.
C. They are both necessary. Each dependent on the other.
D. Sin is the opposite of the character of Christ.
E. The frequency or infrequency of sin depends on the standards that are in your soul. The more of God's word you know and use, the less you will sin. Psalm 119:9-11

F. The consistency of the character of Christ depends on the same thing. 2 Cor. 3:18; Eph. 5:14-18; 2 Pet. 1:3-4

G. The often repeated desire of God's communicators for the believer is expressed in this greeting, "grace and peace to you."

H. Basically, this expresses God's desire for the believer to utilize God's grace provisions (The word + the H.S.) and experience the inner peace and joy of the abundant life which results from using those grace provisions.

11. Commands for Imitation:

A. Eph. 5:1-2, 18
B. Philip. 2:5
C. 1 Pet. 2:21-23
D. Imitation of Christ through Imitation of Paul.

1. Principle: 1 Cor. 11:1
2. Mental attitude: 1 Cor. 4:16
3. Moral standards; 2 Thes. 3:6-10
4. His doctrinal teachings and application. Philip. 4:9

E. Imitation of your leaders: Hebrews 13:7

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INHERITANCE

1. Man qualifies for a spiritual inheritance through entrance into the family of God.

A. Entrance by faith: John 1:12; Gal. 3:26
B. Sons of God and heirs: Galatians 4:7
C. Joint heirs with Christ: Romans 8:17

1. Christ is the heir of the universe. Hebrews 1:2
2. We are IN CHRIST: Gal. 3:26-28

D. The new birth provides the inheritance: 1 Pet. 1:3-4
E. Through transfer from darkness to light. Col. 1:12-13

2. Our inheritance is based on the pre determined plan of God.
Ephesians 1:11; Titus 3:4-7; James 1:18

3. It is made available through the work of Christ on the cross.
Titus 3:4-7; Hebrews 9:15

4. 1 Peter 1:3-4 describes the character and security of our family inheritance.

A. It is imperishable: aphthartos = incapable of rotting
B. It is undefiled: amiantos = unpolluted
C. It is unfading: amarantos = unable to lose its brilliance
D. It is reserved in heaven: tāreō - perfect passive participle
(Based on salvation security - guarded by the power of God)

E. The Holy Spirit is the seal of guarantee of our inheritance. Eph. 1:13-14; 4:30

5. As heirs of God, every believer is given a personal guardian angel. Heb. 1:14

6. God has determined in His plan to use the church (the body of Christ) both here on earth and throughout eternity, to bring ultimate recognition of His glory to the entire universe. Eph. 1:11; 2:7; 3:10

7. On this basis, our inheritance is viewed as a participation or sharing in His glory. Rom. 5:2; Col. 3:4; 1 Thes. 2:12; 2 Tim. 2:10; Heb. 2:10; 1 Pet. 5:10

8. The eternal phase of our inheritance begins at the rapture, when all believers "to date" will receive a resurrection body. 1 Pet. 1:3-5; 1 Thes. 4:13-18; 2 Cor. 5:1-5; 1 Cor. 15:49-53; Rom. 8:16-25, 29-30

9. Unbelievers have no part in this inheritance. John 3:36; 1 Cor. 6:9-11; Gal. 5:16-21; Eph. 5:1-8; Rev. 20:15

10. Knowledge of our inheritance should be a motivation for dedication and service while here on earth. Fulfillment of ambassadorship. 1 Pet. 1:13-25

11. The experiential or "temporal" aspect of our inheritance involves earthly blessings to be enjoyed from the moment of salvation.

A. Blessings through consistent obedience. 1 Pet. 3:9-12
B. The abundant life of peace and joy: John 10:10; 15:11; 17:13
C. Blessings from being on the positive side of the law of sowing and reaping. Col. 3:23-25

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INTEGRITY

1. Proverbs 11:3 - The integrity of the upright will guide them.

A. The integrity: tumAh = completion, character consistency.

1. From tAmam: to be complete, finished, mature
2. Adjective = tam: Job 1:1 = complete, mature
3. Adjective = tAmiym: complete, mature, having integrity.
4. Noun = tōm = integrity.

B. Of the upright: yAshAr is used to indicate moral character which is the seed pod for spiritual maturity and the channel for its expression.

1. The one who recognizes and accepts God's standards of morality is in the right frame of mind to respond to spiritual value.

2. And as spiritual value becomes of greatest importance in his life (spiritual integrity), there is greater capacity to follow God's moral standards.

3. Thus, spiritual integrity is the basis for making right decisions in every area of life.

4. To clarify: spiritual integrity is the character that expresses a consistent desire and follow through for honoring the viewpoint and policy of God as it is revealed in the Bible.

C. Will guide them: nAchAh - direction and insight for facing every issue and circumstance in life. Prov. 11:5 with 3:5-6

D. Thus, the best preparation for facing life is moral and spiritual character growth. The idea is to be "inwardly" mature by the time you reach physical maturity.

1. Prov. 1:1-5, 33
2. Prov. 2:1-11 (v. 7 = tōm)
3. Protection: Prov. 2:12-16
4. Social stability: Prov. 2:20-22 (v. 21 = tAmiym)
5. Prov. 4:10-13
6. Prov. 6:20-23
7. Prov. 8:32-36

2. Point of observation: The man of integrity has a future. Psalm 37:37, 18

A. Destiny in time: abundant life blessings - John 10:10; 14:27; 15:11; 16:1; Rom. 14:17
B. Social blessings: 1 Pet. 3:8-13
C. Taking hold onto the quality of life which is eternal: 1 Tim. 6:11-12; Gal. 6:7-8
D. Exaltation (promotion) in this life: 1 Pet. 5:5-10

3. God's desire for the believer's walk.

A. His attitude: Prov. 11:20
B. Abraham: Gen. 17:1
C. Related to the occult: Deut. 18:9-14
D. Joshua generation: Josh. 24:14
E. Solomon: 1 Kings 9:4
F. Basis for fellowship: Psalm 15:2

1. walks with tAmiym
2. works righteousness
3. Speaks truth in his heart

G. Reflection of God's character: Mat. 5:48

4. God deals with us based on our capacity to relate to Him on His terms. Psalm 18:25-26

A. Humility: chAsiyd
B. Character consistency: tAmiym
C. Soul content: pure
D. Perverted: (iqāsh) rejection of creator viewpoint and policy.

5. Therefore, divine approval of the believer's walk is based on righteousness and integrity. Psalm 7:8; 26:1; Job 8:20

6. Spiritual maturity is determined by the character standards that God builds in the soul through the growth process. Psalm 18:32

A. Psalm 19:13
B. Proverbs 13:6
C. James 3:2

7. Integrity is demonstrated by consistent application of divine truth. Psalm 119:1
This is the subject of the entire psalm.

8. Understanding mature love

A. Keeping His word: 1 John 2:5
B. Expression to others: 1 John 4:12
C. Fellowship and rapport with God: 1 John 4:17
D. Love casts out fear: 1 John 4:18 (2 Tim. 1:7)

9. Principle of value: Prov. 19:1; 28:6

A. Benefit: Psalm 84:11
B. Happiness: Psalm 119:1
C. No shame: Psalm 119:80
D. Social stability: Psalm 37:18; Prov. 2:21
E. Soul stability: Psalm 25:21

1. God is a shield: Prov. 2:7
2. God's way is a stronghold: Prov. 10:29
3. Waling in security: Prov. 10:9 based on v. 8a
4. Confidence: Job 4:6

10. Principle of blessing through association with a mature believer. Prov. 20:7

11. Orientation to the persecution potential: 2 Tim. 3:12

A. Psalm 64:1-6
B. Proverbs 29:10
C. Amos 5:10

12. Examples of maturity.

A. Abraham: Gen. 17:1 with 26:5 which results in James 2:21-23
B. Job:

1. Statement: Job 1:1
2. God's recognition: Job 1:8; 2:3
3. Attack: Job 1:9-11; 2:4-5; 2:9; 4:6-8
4. Expression: Job 31:1-37 (v. 6)

C. David:

1. Statement: Psalm 78:70-72
2. Attitude: Psalm 101:2-8
3. Summary: Psalm 18:20-24
4. Man after God's own heart: 1 Sam. 13:14; Acts 13:22

D. Paul: Philip. 3:7-14; 4:11-13

E. Example of Jesus:

1. Isaiah 50:4-9
2. Luke 2:40, 52
3. Hebrews 5:7-9
4. 1 Peter 2:21-23
5. 1 Peter 4:1-2

13. Service capacity:
Psalm 26:1-12; 78:70-72; Rom. 15:13-14; Philip. 2:14-16a; Col. 1:22; 3:16

14. The issue of spiritual growth.

A. 1 Cor. 14:20, in understanding, be mature.
B. Goal of growth: Eph. 4:13 (The job of the communicators)
C. Col. 1:28, The goal of the communicators: to present every man "mature" in Christ.
D. James 1:4 - patience under pressure
E. Pray for the maturity of others: Col. 4:12
F. The knowledge capacity of the mature: Heb. 5:14
G. 1 Pet. 5:10 - the 4 grace provisions for establishing integrity in the life.

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DISCIPLINE: National discipline on Israel, the 5 cycles

1. The nation of Israel was appointed by God as the evangelistic agency during the age of Israel. (From the Exodus until the Cross). Ex. 19:5-6; Rom. 9:4-5; Isaiah 41:8-9; 43:7; 49:3; Deut. 5:1-3; 7:6; 28:9-10; Psalm 118:1-4

2. Included in this appointment was discipline for failure.

A. Leviticus 25:55 - 26:46
B. Deuteronomy 28:1-68
C. Principle: The greater the responsibility, the greater the discipline for failure.
D. The issue of failure is related to violating the sabbatical year. Lev. 26:34-35; 25:1-17

For details see Israel's national discipline

3. Outline of the five cycles of discipline. Lev. 26:14-33

A. Cycle #1: Lev. 26:14-17
General identification: PLAGUE
V. 14-15 - failure to follow the divine mandate for the nation.
V. 16 - economic recession, health problems
V. 17 - crime, war, border disputes, enemy invasion.

B. Cycle #2: Lev. 26:18-20
General identification: FAMINE
V. 18 - intensification of discipline when failure continues.

1. "7 times" is idiomatic to communicate the principle of intensification.

2. Each cycle incorporates the characteristics of the previous cycle and adds its own.

V. 19 - 20 - failure of the economy; severe economic depression.
Uses terminology for an agricultural economy.

C. Cycle #3: Lev. 26:21-22
General identification: ENVIRONMENT
V. 21 - Intensification
V. 22 - beasts of the field represents the encroachment of nature upon society which causes hardship and death. Fear restricts travel.

There is the possibility that "beasts of the field" could speak of society running amok through the increase of crime.

D. Cycle #4: Lev. 26:23-26
General identification: FOREIGN OCCUPATION
V. 23-24- Intensification
V. 25-26- Military defeat with the plague and famine attendant.

E. Cycle #5: Lev. 26;27-33
General identification: NATIONAL DESTRUCTION
V. 27-28 - intensification
V. 29, cannibalism that results from extreme famine conditions during foreign invasion.
V. 30 - destruction of worship heritage.
V. 31 - destruction of cities
V. 32 - Natural and material resources are desolated
V. 33 - Population captured and scattered outside the land.

4. Administration of cycles 1, 2 and 3 during the time of the Judges. The periods of servitude carry out national discipline on Israel. Judges 2:6-23

5. Administration of the 5th cycle of discipline on the Northern Kingdom of Israel during the period 736 to 673 BCE. 1 Kings 11:38 + 13:33-34; 2 Kings 17:5-18; Amos 4:6-11

6. Administration of the 5th cycle of discipline on the Southern Kingdom of Judah for 70 years (605 to 536 BCE). 2 Kings 24:1-2; 25:1-12

7. Prophecies of the 5th cycle and restoration had a double import.

A. It looked to the ultimate administration of the 5th cycle in 70 AD as a result of the nation's rejection of their Messiah.

B. It looked to the ultimate restoration of the nation at Messiah's return and the establishment of His earthly kingdom.

8. The 5th cycle of discipline results in removal of the nation's evangelistic responsibility.

A. In 721 to 719 BCE for the Northern kingdom: Hosea 4:6
(It was never fulfilled anyway with them)

B. in 605 to 586 BCE for the Southern Kingdom: removal by cessation of function, although they still had the responsibility.

C. In Messiah's generation (30-70 AD): Removal by replacement. A new evangelistic agency is established in the place of Israel until, in God's perfect timing, He again turns to Israel to fulfill the promises given to Abraham.
Deut. 32:21; Is. 65:1-16; Ps. 118:22-24; Mat. 21:33-45; Luke 20:9-19

9. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is the actual mechanics of building a new priestly body; the church as the replacement evangelistic agency until after the rapture. Eph. 2:13-22; 1 Cor. 12:13; cf. Ex. 19:5-6 with 1 Pet. 2:9-10.

Built on the fulfillment of righteousness and justice through the work of the Messiah. Isaiah 28:17a

10. After the Day of the Lord return of Jesus, the 5 cd is removed from Israel and her evangelistic responsibility is restored via the 144,000 "servants" who are converted right after the rapture of the church. Rom. 11:25-29;

11. The prophetic signs of the 5th cycle of discipline on Israel.

A. The advent of Messiah through 3 specific signs:

1. Virgin birth: Is. 7:14 through 8:8
2. Rejection of the Messiah: Isaiah 8:12-18; Psalm 118:22-24
3. Betrayal of the Messiah by an associate: Zech. 11:1-14

B. The gift of tongues: Is. 28:9-22; 1 Cor. 14:20-22

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ISRAEL: The divided kingdom

1. The divided kingdom refers to the fact that Israel was divided physically and geographically into 2 separate nations.

2. This occurred in 982 BC at the death of Solomon, when the political faction belonging to Jeroboam, rebelled against the established rule of the house of David.

3. This was permitted by God as personal discipline on King Solomon. 1 Kings 11:9-10

4. The prediction of the division: 1 Kings 11:11-13

5. The preparation for the division: 1 Kings 11:26-37

6. The occurrence of the division: 1 Kings 12:1-24

A. The Northern Kingdom is called: Israel, Affirm and Samaria.
B. The Southern Kingdom is called: Judah and Jerusalem.

7. The divine intention for the division was to have 2 separate political entities which both still observed divine standards for worship and service as it was centered in Jerusalem.
The promise to the Northern Kingdom is recorded at 1 Kings 11:38.

8. The failure of the Northern kingdom: 1 Kings 12:25-33

A. The promise of blessing was never fulfilled. 1 Kings 13:33-34
B. Not even one leader of the N. Kingdom did good in the sight of God during its entire history.

9. The failure of the Southern kingdom: Isaiah 5;13-17

10. When this spiritual rebellion took place, those of all the tribes who wanted to continue serving God, and valued such service above political differences, reunited with Judah.
This kept the 12 tribes still united under God.
2 Chron. 11:16-17; 15:9; 2 Chron. 30:1-12

11. The time period of the division:

A. From 982 until 605 BC = 377 years
B. N. K. from 982 until 719 BC = 263 years
C. S. K. from 982 until 605 BC = 377 years
D. Both kingdoms were united in captivity within the Chaldean Empire.
E. They returned together as one nation in 536 BC and remained as such until 70 AD when they were taken captive by Rome and dispersed throughout the world.

12. The Northern Kingdom never recovered and so remained always politically, geographically and spiritually separated from Judah. 1 Kings 13:33-34

13. But because of spiritual dedication, the nation of Judah contained members of all the tribes of Israel. 2 Chron. 34:5-6, 33.
(there are no Ten Lost Tribes. 2 Chron. 35:18)

14. Prophets sent to the divided kingdom:

A. To the N. K: Hosea, Amos (Isaiah)
B. To the S. K: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Joel, Habakkuk, Zephaniah
C. To both: Micah
D. Both during the Chaldean captivity: Daniel and Ezekiel
E. Both after the captivity: Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi

15.The nation restored: 2 Chron. 36;22-23

A. The term "all Israel" at Ezra 2:70.

B. Used consistently all throughout both Ezra and Nehemiah.

16. The N. Kingdom was destroyed by God in 721-719 BCE by Assyria and placed permanently under the 5th cycle of discipline.

A. There was never any promise of restoration given to the N. Kingdom as there was to the Southern Kingdom.

B. Restoration was promised to both of them but only on the basis of the
physical reunion of the two groups.

1. partially fulfilled in 536 BC (spiritually and politically)

2. Totally fulfilled when the Messiah gathers Israel and uses them as the center of proclaiming divine truth during Messiah's kingdom.

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ISRAEL: The Northern Kingdom

1. Simply a political entity that rebelled against the kingly line of David for political reasons and took on a separate identity as an independent nation.

2. Two fold purpose: Divine design - 2 Chron. 11:1-4

A. Discipline on Solomon: 1 Kings 11:1-13
B. Fulfills to Ephraim the promise of Gen. 48:16; 49:22; Deut. 33:13-17

1. 1 Kings 11:26
2. Ephraim as a title for the N. Kingdom used by Hosea and Jeremiah.

3. Potential blessing on Jeroboam as the first ruler.

A. based on perpetuation of spiritual heritage, which is centered in Jerusalem. 1 Kings 11:36-38


B. It is a separate political dynasty from Judah (the Southern Kingdom), but not separate from spiritual life
requirements. "As my servant David."

C. If he is faithful: then -

1. I will be with you: Personal blessing
2. Build you an enduring house: Family blessing
3. I will give Israel to you: National blessing

D. But he was never faithful. 1 Kings 12:25-33; 13:33-34

E. So, the promises were never carried out except to the extent that the Northern Kingdom flourished for 264
years. (982-719 BCE; 3143-3406 AH)

F. And that 264 year period plus the size of the nation's land mass, was the fulfillment of the promises
to Ephraim found in Genesis.

4. When the N. Kingdom expressed rebellion against divine design for spiritual life, the remnant of believers living in the Northern Kingdom who remained faithful to God, moved to Judah. 2 Chron. 11:14-17; 15:9.

5. So the N. K. was now not only politically and geographically separate from Judah, but also spiritually separate.

6. The spiritual heritage of the people of Israel was preserved in the Southern Kingdom of Judah solely and completely.

7. The discipline on the N. K. is viewed as a complete destruction without any chance of recovery.
1 Kings 13:34; Hos. 1:4-6

8. Future restoration is viewed only through a total reunion of the N.K. with Judah as a political unit. There was never really a spiritual division of the 12 tribes of Israel.

A. Before 719 BC: 2 Chron. 11:14-17; 30:11
B. Before 586 BC: 2 Chron. 34:5-7, 33; 35:16-18
C. After 536 BC: Ezra 3:1; 2:70
D. The issue in re-joining Israel and Judah as one nation is simply a mending of the political division and a
restoration of spiritual life to both. Hos. 1:10-11; Jer. 31:1-6, 27

9. During the captivity from 736 to 536 BC (200 years total), the people of Israel are represented as being of Judah
and not of Ephraim.

A. The people of the N.K. as a political body are never dealt with again.
B. The people in Babylon maintain a political body throughout the captivity. Ezek. 8:1; 14:1
C. The people in Babylon are a composite of all 12 tribes as indicated in Point 8, A and B above.
"Elders of Israel and Judah"

D. So basically, the division of the kingdom is a human viewpoint issue. God always viewed the spiritual seed or remnant as being represented totally in the Southern Kingdom.

E. The restoration of the two kingdoms is a restoration politically and geographically as fulfillment of the
unconditional covenants.

10. The discipline on the N.K. was because of apostasy in that political entity from 982 to 719 BCE (264 years).

11. The discipline on the S. K. was for failure to fulfill priestly representation from the beginning of the monarchy in 1101 BCE until 605 BCE (496 years). 3023 to 3520 AH.

12. The national discipline on the N. K. is summarized at Amos 4:6-13

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ISRAEL: The Southern Kingdom

1. The true national remnant is preserved in Judah. Therefore, discipline on Judah reflects the failure of the entire nation from the beginning of the monarchy at Year 1 of Saul.
(1101 TO 605 BCE and 3023 to 3520 AH) 496 years.

2. 2 Chron. 36:20-23; Jer. 25;1-13; 29;10; Lev. 26:33; Is. 44:28; 45:13

3. From 3024 to 3521 AH there are 70 sabbatical periods of 7 years each that have been violated. 490 years with 6 years extra.
The 6 extra years are not included because they refer to the 6 year period when Athaliah usurped the throne from 892 to 886 BCE (3234 to 3240 AH).

4. So the 70 years captivity to Babylon is to make up ofr the nation's failure to observe the sabbatical years during that 490 year period. 1 Year for each of the 70 sabbatical periods.

5. After the 70 years captivity, the nation is restored to fellowship with God and given a new 490 year period to fulfill its national purpose. This is the subject of the 70 weeks of Daniel recorded at Daniel 9:24-27.

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