TOPICAL BIBLE STUDIES
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.
GREEK: Verbal Orientation
Hebrew Verbal Orientation
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NEW COVENANT: Orientation
New Heavens and Earth:
Renovation of the Universe
The New Jerusalem
NEW TESTAMENT AUTHORITY
1. The naive is one who is open-minded in the sense of being empty.
Thus, the idea of little or no Divine viewpoint content.
A. The verb: pAthAh - to be open-minded and then deceived and enticed.
B. the noun: pethiy - one who is open-minded and therefore susceptible
2. The principle of gullibility: Proverbs 14.15 -because he has no
Divine viewpoint in his soul, he receives and embraces anything and
3. Characteristic of youth: Prov. 1.4; 7.7 It is natural for the youth
to be naive until he learns truth. The desire is that he not remain
4. The danger of remaining that way:
A. Proverbs 22.3; 27.12 - he cannot recognize the danger
B. Proverbs 14.18 - their life is characterized by emptiness. Emptiness
is the quality of standards and viewpoint that results from having
no truth in the soul.
C. Proverbs 1.31-32 -
1. All they have is their own way. cf. Pr. 14.12
2. And they are filled up with their own inventions.
3. The wandering quality of life will result in "living death."
a neutralized way of life.
D. Proverbs 7.1-23 -vulnerable to the physical & verbal attacks
E. The woman of folly: Proverbs 9.13-18
5. Two ways for moral guidance: Proverbs 19.25; 21.11
A. Experiential guidance through being punished for wrongdoing or
seeing another punished.
B. The better way is to be taught truth & avoid wrongdoing by
6. The value of truth:
A. Psalm 19.7 - God's truth makes wise the naive
B. Psalm 119.130 - gives understanding to the naive
C. Purpose of the book of Proverbs: Proverbs 1.1-6 - to give prudence
7. Wisdom's invitation:
A. Proverbs 1.20-23
B. Proverbs 8.1-5
C. Proverbs 9.1-6
8. Psalm 116.5-11: The open-minded as one with the humility attitude
A. He knows he will always have need for more truth content.
B. He is positive to obedience and trust.
1. Nationalism as the proper world order. Acts 17:26-27
A. Offsets the Nimrod revolution of 1757 AH. (Gen. 11)
B. Establishes the norm until Messiah's kingdom. Dan. 2:44; Rev. 11:15
2. The structure of a national entity:
A. Interior protection for the preservation of freedom. law enforcement
B. Exterior protection for the preservation of freedom. military organization
C. Economic freedom: free enterprise system
1. property rights
2. business opportunities
3. fair taxation inheritance rights
D. Common culture: centered around moral truth in the four Divine institutions,
but including distinct societal customs and practices.
E. Race: originally, racial distinctions
were the primary characteristic of a nation,
but as history progressed many nations became multi-racial.
F. Religious freedom: The only exception is within a Theocratic nation,
of which there is only one - Israel.
G. As different races and cultures were
woven into the fabric of various nations, those nations became more diverse.
But the stability of any nation requires uniformity in language and
patriotism. A nation can be populated with different languages, races and
even cultures, but there must be ONE "national" language and culture that
basically characterizes that nation.
3. Guidelines for law enforcement: Proverbs 21:15; 29:4;
Ec. 8:11; Romans
4. Principles of exterior protection: Doctrine of the military
5. The authority within a national entity.
A. Romans 13:1 - national authority is established by God.
B. Romans 13:2 - Rebellion against national authority is rebellion against
C. Proper submission to authority is for 3 reasons.
1. Because of wrath: Rm. 13:5 - to avoid punishment
2. Because of conscience: Rom. 13:5 - Divine viewpoint standards in the
soul. IE, dedication to God.
3. Because of testimony: 1 Peter 2:12-14
D. The exception is when national authority steps on spiritual authority.
Acts 4:19-20: 5:29: Daniel 3 and 6.
E. Submission includes paying taxes:
1. Moral perspective: Rom. 13:6
2. Spiritual perspective: Mt. 22:15-21
6. Revolution is never condoned. Proverbs 24:21-22
7. See Topic: Patriotism
1. God's permissiveness: that which comes upon you naturally because of
violation of an established standard, principle or law.
A. National laws: Romans 13:4-5
B. Physical laws: sickness and disease;
1. Growth: obvious effects when
diet, etc. is not followed.
2. death: obvious effects when you do something that
kills the body.
a. Physical: Proverbs
25:16, effects from physical activity.
Physical effects from physical activity: Pr. 25:16
Physical effects from soul activity: Pr. 14:30
b. Psychological: soul
effects from soul activity. Pr. 11:17; 15:13; 17:20; 19:23.
(Soul effects from physical activity, Hosea 4:11)
4. Sexual: Pr. 5:7-14; 2 Sam.
5. Drugs: alcohol as an example - Pr. 23:29-35
C. Economic laws: Pr. 24:30-34; 28:19
2. God allows the consequences to be a flag that you
violated established moral and/or spiritual laws.
It also functions as a warning stage for possible divine disicpline
3. Various passages to study: Job 9:4;
Proverbs 14:30b, 14; 5:22-23; 8:36; 1:17; 28:14
1 Peter 4:15
1. Definition: The practice of calling on the dead to answer and solve
mysteries of the present and the future.
2. This practice was clearly forbidden by God. Lev. 19:31; 20:6 Deut.
A. Medium: one who consults - shAal - qal active participle
1. an obh - considered a host demon. That is, one who had contact with
2. but in actuality it is a ventriloquist demon which has the ability
to imitate voices.
B. Spiritist: a yiddoniy - a knowledge demon
C. or one who seeks (dArash) the dead.
3. Contact with the dead is impossible. But attempts to do so are part
of the darkness system's purpose to promote independence from God.
A. All the spirits of the dead are in God's hands and in a secure location.
B. And these spirits are not used by Cod and certainly not by Satan
to communicate to people still alive.
4. Involvement with this aspect of darkness is so serious, that God's
punishment for it in the Theocratic kingdom of Israel was death. Ex. 22:18
A. Now a man or a woman:
B. Who is a medium: lit - if there is with them, an obh
C. or a yiddoniy - a knowledge demon
D. They shall surely be put to death.
5. Attempts to contact the dead fall into 2 categories.
A. Fakery and fraud
B. Demon possession: illustrated by the Hebrew vocabulary at Lev. 20:27
and 1 Sam. 28:7.
1. a woman who is master or possessor: baal = lord
2. of an obh: a ghost demon or ventriloquist demon
3. The context indicates that she knows actual contact with the dead is
4. But as host to the demon, her job is to give the impression that
contact with the dead is accomplished.
5. Then when Samuel actually appears, she is caught off guard and is
6. This appearance by Samuel is the only time God has ever intervened
in such a way.
a. It served as a dramatic revelation to Saul who needed a dramatic
b. And it serves for all time as a permanent indictment from God upon
all such attempts to call up the dead.
6. The dead cannot help us in our lives, even if they could try. And
are just as useless. The Bible makes it perfectly clear that the only solution
the creature needs is creator viewpoint. Is. 8:19-20
7. Indeed, all occult activity is totally useless in meeting our needs.
Any benefits are simply the delusion of darkness.
8. God's revelation to man is not through contact with the dead or through
any occult activity.
Is. 45:19 with 44:24-26a
1. What happens at night: Ec. 2.23 -- the heart does not rest - lie down.
A. The heart works overtime to highlight and intensify the pressures
B. For the spiritual rebel, there is no solution, so that it all seems
to be vanity.
C. But for the trusting believer there is the absolute reality of the
character and plan of God.
2. God's grace provision:
A. Ps. 42.8 - chesed in the day time/doctrinal comfort at night.
B. Job 35.10-look to God who gives songs in the night
(doctrinal comfort from truth in the soul)
C. Psalm 23 - Yahweh, my shepherd
3. Therefore potential for confidence in the pressure.
A. Psalm 4.8 - lie down in peace.
B. Ps. 119.148 - no fear of nighttime solitude
4. Two choices in the pressure:
A. Principle: Ps. 56
B. Ps. 6.6-7 - negative reaction
C. Ps. 63.6-8 - positive response.
5. Process of meditation from the negative to the positive - Ps. 77.1-15
6. Job's negative reaction: Job 30.16-23
7. Examples of positive response:
A. Psalm 16.7-8
B. Psalm 119.55
C. Acts 16.19-25
8. Divine protection during sleep: Pr. 3.24; 6.22; 19.23
NEW COVENANT: Orientation
1. The New covenant is the promise to Israel of national salvation, blessing
and prosperity as the doorway to fulfilling the covenants to Abraham, Moses
and David. Jer. 33:14-16
2. This national salvation is represented by 3 basic things.
A. Physical restoration of Israel to The totality of the Palestinian
land grant. Ezek. 36:28 (Gen. 15:18; Josh 1:4)
B. Personal salvation of all those re-gathered to the land. Ezek. 36:25-36
C. Personal indwelling of the Holy spirit for all those who are
3. This will not take place until Messiah returns at 2nd advent and sets
up his 1000 year kingdom. Joel 2:28; Is. 59.:6-21; Rom. 11:26-27
4. But the basis for the fulfillment of the New Covenant is Messiah's
work on the cross at the first advent. Heb. 9:11-28; 10:1-18; Is. 53 with
5. And on the basis of that salvation provision, the spiritual blessing
of the Abrahamic covenant in the New is extended to all mankind - even before
it is physically fulfilled to Israel.
Heb. 2:9; Is. 54:1; Gal. 4:21-31; Is. 65:1; Acts 2:38-39
6. Thus comes the church age and a spiritual fulfillment of the New covenant
to all who trust in Christ. Heb. 9:15
7. Trusting in Christ spiritually identifies the believer with Christ
so that he becomes a partaker of the seed of Abe and heirs according to
the promise. Heb. 2:9-11; Gal. 3:7, 25-29
8. But the Church is not a sharer of the physical blessings of an earthly
kingdom as Israel is.
A. The physical promises were given to Abe and his seed. Gen. 12:1-3
B. That seed will share in the blessings as they are identified with
Messiah at his coming. Gal. 3:15; Is. 59:20
C. The fulfillment was future to the prophets.
D. The fulfillment is future to the Church. Rom. 11:26-27
E. The New Covenant is basically a spiritual provision that paves the
way for physical blessing.
F. The spiritual provision of the New Covenant is universal. Gal. 3:8
G. The physical blessing that results is restricted based on God's plan
for each of the participants.
1. For Israel, it is national prosperity in a physical kingdom.
2. For the Church, there is no physical kingdom while in mortal bodies.
3. The Church is not a physical entity, but a spiritual one, with a
heavenly citizenship - not an earthly one.
Phil. 3:20; 5 Pet.219 Thus aliens - I Pet. 1:1; 2:11
4. The kingdom that is taken from Israel and given to the church (Mt.
21:43) is the spiritual commission of the kingdom and spiritual fellowship
within it. Not the physical promises. Rom. 1:6-27
H. However, in resurrection body, the physical promises are extended
to the Church as they share in Christ's ruler ship Lk. 22:26-30; Rev. 5:10;
9. And so, the Holy Spirit is provided as the agent of the New covenant
blessings to the church.
A. And although His presence and activity is similar to what He will
do in the kingdom, it is not a fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies
B. The baptism of the Holy Spirit does not take place at the Spirit's
2nd advent in the kingdom age. That was only for the Church age as the
mechanics for building the new priestly body. 1 Cor. 12:13; 1 Pet. 2:9,
C. The activities mentioned in Joel 2 as quoted by Peter in Acts 2,
did not take place at that time nor anytime during the Church age.
10. The New Covenant By Dwight
Pentecost, from Things to come
THE NEW JERUSALEM
In reference to Revelation 21:9-22:7,
would thus be concluded that during the millennium the heavenly city will be
brought into a relation to the earth, although not settled on the earth. The resurrected saints of an ages in that
city will be in their eternal state and possessed of their eternal blessings,
even though such is not true of things down on the earth itself."
"A mediating view, that the eternal state of the resurrected during the
millennium is seen in the passage, is suggested as a better view. When the
occupants of the city are described it must be seen that they are in their eternal state,
possessing their eternal inheritance, in eternal
relationship with God who has tabernacled among them. There will be no change
in their position or relation whatsoever. When the occupants of the earth are described they are seen in the millennial age. They have an established
relationship to the heavenly city which is above them, in whose light they
walk. Yet their position is not eternal nor unchangeable, but rather
For analysis of the various views and proper conclusion see THINGS TO COME,
The Heavenly City New Jerusalem, By Dwight
NEW TESTAMENT AUTHORITY
The Apostolic writings provide the absolute authority in doctrine and
policy for the church
Now I urge you brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions
and hindrances contrary to THE TEACHING WHICH YOU LEARNED, and turn away
from them. For such men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of their
own appetites; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the
hearts of the unsuspecting.
1 Timothy 1.3-4:
As I urged you - - - in order that you may instruct certain men not
to teach strange doctrines, nor pay attention to myths and endless genealogies,
which give rise to mere speculation rather than promoting the administration
of God which is by faith.
1 Timothy 4.1-3, 6:
But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away
from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of
demons, by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience
as with a branding iron, men who forbid marriage and advocate abstaining
from foods which God has created to be gratefully shared in by those who
believe and know the truth. In pointing out these things to the brethren,
you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, nourished on the words of the
faith and of the SOUND DOCTRINE WHICH YOU HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING.
1 Timothy 6.3:
If anyone advocates a different doctrine, and does not agree with sound
words, those of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the doctrine conforming
to good worship - - -.
2 Timothy 1.13:
Retain THE STANDARD OF SOUND WORDS WHICH YOU HAVE HEARD FROM ME, in
the faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.
2 Timothy 3.13-14:
But evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving
and being deceived. You however, continue in THE THINGS YOU HAVE LEARNED
and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them;
2 Timothy 4.3-4:
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine - -
- but they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance with their
own desires; and will turn away from the truth and will turn aside to myths.
Holding fast the faithful word which is IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE TEACHING,
that he may be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those