November 27, 2016

Author Of Our Salvation – Don R. Patton

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By Don R. Patton

But we do see Him who was made for a little while lower than the angels, namely, Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone. For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings.” (Hebrews 2:9-10 NET)

This amazing overview of the process of redeeming fallen man through Jesus refers to Him as the “author.”

The Apostle Paul tells us that inspiration teaches us with Spirit inspired “words.” The original word describing Jesus in the above passage is “ἀρχηγός” The Greek lexicon BDAG says the word means:

  1. one who has a preeminent position, leader, ruler, prince…
  2. one who begins something that is first in a series…
  3. one who begins or originates, hence the recipient of special esteem

in the Gr-Rom. world, originator, founder

Various translations illustrate the idea:

“Founder” (ESV)

“leader” (NLT)

“captain” (NKJV)

Jesus is declared to be the founder, the leader, the captain of an endless line of a procession of saints of all ages, who will be resurrected from the grave and ultimately realize eternal salvation. He is truly “the first born among many brethren.” (Romans 8:29). “But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep.” (I Corinthians 15:20).

This descriptive term is used three other times in the New Testament, each within a resurrection and glorification context.

After the healing of the lame man at the Gate Beautiful, Peter addressed the audience that gathered in Solomon’s portico. He said that “put to death the Prince (ἀρχηγός) of life, the one whom God raised from the dead, a fact to which we are witnesses.” (Acts 3:15).

When Peter presented his defense before the Jewish council, the Sanhedrin, he described Jesus in a similar manner. “The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you had put to death by hanging Him on a cross. He is the one whom God exalted to His right hand as a Prince (ἀρχηγός) and a Savior, to grant repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.” (Acts 5:30-31).

The writer of the book of Hebrews tells us that because of what our founder, captain has done, we should be “fixing our eyes on Jesus, the   author (ἀρχηγός) and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2).

We can share in His glory only because He endured the shame, the cross and died. Then, He was glorified. Our captain led the way. Because He did, we can follow.

“For both He who sanctifies and those who are sanctified are all from one Father; for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren,” (Hebrews 2:11).

Adapted from an article written by John Morris

 

 

 

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November 13, 2016

A Little Time – Don R. Patton

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Time is a difficult, challenging concept. We speak of it often, but how often do we think about what we are saying? Let’s look beyond the physical properties of time, which are truly mind boggling. Rather, let’s focus on the meaning communicated by our everyday language. A variety of New Testament words are used to convey the idea, each with different shades of meaning…meaning that is very significant.

The words chosen by inspiration in the following passages emphasize that the action described was not a natural process, the kind we see daily. The time element is evidence that these events were super-supernatural.

ὥρα

“…a point of time as an occasion for an event,…”

“And Jesus said to the centurion, “Go; it shall be done for you as you have believed.” And the servant was healed that very moment.” (Matthew 8:13)

“And when the days for their purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord…At that very moment she [Prophetess Anna] came up and began giving thanks to God, and continued to speak of Him to all those who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem. … And His father and mother were amazed at the things which were being said about Him. (Luke 2:22, 33, 38)

“She [Demon-possessed slave-girl] continued doing this for many days. But Paul was greatly annoyed, and turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her!” And it came out at that very moment.” (Acts 16:18)

ἐξαύτης

“quite insignificant…of time, a moment”

“And behold, at that moment three men appeared at the house in which we were staying, having been sent to me from Caesarea.” (Acts 11:11)

ἄτομος

“…uncut… that is viewed as such a unit that it cannot be cut, esp. because of smallness”

The unique word is atomos, meaning an indivisible particle. That is, in an “atom of time,” too instantaneous to measure

in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.” (I Corinthians 15:52)

“who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.” (Philippians 3:21)

Time looms large in the view of shortsighted people. It looks very different when contrasted with eternity. It becomes relatively insignificant.

πάρειμι

“…lasting only for a time, temporary, transitory…”

“All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.” (Hebrews 12:11)

παραυτικα

“for the moment”

“For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (II Corinthians 4:17-18)

Time is so “brief” compared to the eternity that it virtually disappears. It can distract and deceive us. We will make significant progress on our spiritual journey when we learn to consider time from the Biblical, divine perspective.

Adapted from an article by Henry Morris

 

 

November 6, 2016

The Prayer In Faith – Don R. Patton

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…and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick.” (James 5:15)

There are many, very different interpretations of this passage that make interesting studies, but this article will focus on one of the main ingredients of effectual praying, our faith.

Of course, we should know that there are additional requirements for effective praying. The Bible teaches we must pray according to the will of God (I John 5:14). We must pray with unselfish motives (James 4:3), and we must confess our sin (I John 1:9). But if we meet all these requirements, prayers are still ineffectual without faith. The writer of the book Hebrews spoke of those without this essential element. “…the word they heard did not profit them, because it was not united by faith in those who heard.” (Hebrews 4:2)

This is why there are so many such exhortations to pray in faith.

Matthew tells us Jesus said, “And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” (Matthew 21:22)

Mark records a similar statement “Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.” (Mark 11:24)

James warns, But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” (James 1:6-8)

All of these passages must be viewed in context, of course, including the context of the entire Bible. The “faith” we must exercise is not only a confidence that God will answer, but also faith in God as Creator (and, therefore, able to answer!), faith in Christ as Savior (therefore, sympathetically willing to hear), and faith in the Holy Spirit who guided the recording of Scripture, producing the written Word of God.

How many people are praying without this kind of faith? They should not be surprised when God does not respond to their prayers. Does that conclusion sound harsh? James plainly says the man who does not “ask in faith…ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord.” They do expect God to answer, but they “ought not.”

“By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God… without faith it is impossible to please Him” (Hebrews 3,6)

True faith is faith in Christ as redeeming Savior.

“He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (John 3:18)

True faith involves faith in and obedience to the revealed word of God.

“…whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight.” (I John 3:22)