THE GODHEAD

By

Shelby G. Floyd

The Bible teaches that there is just one God or Godhead, but this one Godhead involves three distinct persons. In a discussion with a Jewish scribe, Jesus referred to the Old Testament Scriptures which taught that God is one Lord. The scribe had asked, “Which is the first commandment of all?” Jesus answered him, “The first of all the commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God, the LORD is one” (Mark 12:29). Jesus here referred to the statement of Moses as found in Deuteronomy 6:4-5.

The Jews worshiped just one God in contrast to the polytheism of the pagan nations surrounding them. We are to worship and serve one God, and yet, God is not one person. The New Testament teaches that Jesus Christ is the fullness of the Godhead bodily, which simply means that he possesses all the powers and attributes of the deity. Paul said, “For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily” (Colossians 2:9).

When Jesus Christ assumed bodily form, and lived upon the earth, he exhibited all the marks of the divine nature. Philip once asked the Lord to show him the Father, whereupon Jesus replied, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’” (John 14:9)?

On another occasion the Pharisees asked Jesus, “Where is Your Father?” Jesus replied, “You know neither Me nor My Father. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also” (John 8:19). This is what Paul meant when he said that all the fullness of the Godhead dwelled bodily in Christ Jesus.

There are churches that teach that Jesus Christ is all three persons mentioned in the Godhead. They affirm that there is just one person in the divine Godhead. They deny that there is God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. They say, “Where does the Bible use such expressions as those which you have just mentioned?”

GOD THE FATHER


Let us notice that the Bible applies the noun God to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Continue reading “THE GODHEAD”

FAMILY TIES

By

Shelby G. Floyd

 

Good morning. We hope you are adjusting to your stay at home because of Covid-19. I heard one member would go sit in a chair and ask himself a question. And then he would move to another chair and answer his question. In other words he was talking to himself. That reminds me of a story that my mom told about when she was growing up. There was a man that was always talking to himself! They would kid him about it. One day they asked him why he was talking to himself so much. His answer was classic. “I like to talk to a smart man and I like to hear a smart man talk!”

Today is Easter Sunday and we have a lot of good memories of hunting Easter eggs and family get-together on this holiday. We will have the opportunity to share the joy with little children again. Later in our service today we will remember the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord when we take communion as we do so each Sunday.

I am speaking to you about Family Ties. Do you miss being with your family? I miss being with my family. I miss having a cup of coffee with my son and his wife and visiting with our daughters in Florida and their families. We also miss being with our grandchildren and great grandchildren. With patience we will also be back meeting as a congregation in one place before too long. Continue reading “FAMILY TIES”

VICTORY (NIKE)

By

Shelby G. Floyd

We thank God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ:

“For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God (1 John 5: 4-5 NIV). The terms “victory” and “overcomes” in this text translate from the Greek work “nike.” Nike means to be victorious, prevail, conqueror, overcome and win. God wants us to be victorious, not a victim. How do we win?

Victory through the New Birth

We have the victory through the new birth into God’s family: “Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well” (1 John 5:1). Jesus said we cannot enter the kingdom of God unless we are born of water and the Spirit. (John 3:3-5).

Victory through Love

Through our love for God and God’s children we have the victory (1 John 5:1). Jesus declared that all men will know that we are his disciples when we love as he has loved us: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another” (John 13:34 ESV).

Victory through Obedience

Genuine love is always joined with obedience, “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments” (1 John 5:2 ESV). Obedience to God’s word is not a burden when we love God. “This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome” (1 John 5:3).Human traditions and man-made rules are heavy loads to carry, but the yoke of Christ is light (Matthew 23:4; 11:30).

Victory over the World

We have the ultimate victory over death and the world through our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ: “Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God” (1 John 5:5)? Nike—We WIN! “The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son” (Revelation 21:7).

Copyright © 2012 2020 Shelby G. Floyd, All Rights Reserved



Shelby G. Floyd
Heartland Church of Christ
1693 West Main Street
Greenwood, Indiana 46142

shelby@thefloyds.net


 

BUT TEST THE SPIRITS

By

Shelby G. Floyd

The Christian system is a system of faith based upon the word of God. We are taught to believe, trust and obey. But, we are also taught to not believe everything we hear. John declares that we are to have a healthy skepticism of those who claim to speak God’s word. We are to test the spirits to see if what they are teaching is from God: “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God” (1 John 4:1).

The reason we must be somewhat skeptical is that Jesus and the apostles warned us, “Because many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1). These false teachers are deceived themselves and deceive those who are gullible. The classic examples in our day are Jim Jones and David Karesh who led their naive followers to an untimely death. “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves (Matthew 7:15). Paul advises us that even Satan masquerades as an angel of light and that we should not be surprised that his agents do the same (2 Cor. 11:13-15).

All teachers must be tested by Christ and his inspired apostles. Any teaching that denies the Biblical teaching about Christ and his church must be rejected. “This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God (1 John 4:2).

Therefore, the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error can be distinguished by whether the teachers listen to the apostle’s doctrine. (1 John 4:6; Acts 2:42).

Copyright © 2020 Shelby G. Floyd, All Rights Reserved



Shelby G. Floyd
Heartland Church of Christ
1693 West Main Street
Greenwood, Indiana 46142

shelby@thefloyds.net

 

 

SATAN

By

Shelby G. Floyd

Devil and Satan are the names most often given to the arch enemy of mankind. He is identified by many other terms, but they could all be summed up by THE WRONG WAY!

Who Belongs To Satan?

The apostle John gives a test to see who our spiritual leader is. He declares that the one who keeps on living a habitual life of sin belongs to the devil: “He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning” (1 John 3:8).


If such a one belongs to the devil, then the devil is that person’s spiritual father. Jesus declared that some people in his day had the devil for their father:

“You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44).

The devil was the first sinner and he was and is a liar from the beginning. Do not make the devil your daddy.

Jesus Came to Destroy the Devil’s Works

Our work as children of God is both positive and negative. Jesus “appeared to take away our sins” (1 John 3:5). But John declares in this same chapter that “the reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.” (1 John 3:8). Let us destroy his work and promote God’s work!

Copyright © 2012 2020 Shelby G. Floyd, All Rights Reserved



Shelby G. Floyd
Heartland Church of Christ
1693 West Main Street
Greenwood, Indiana 46142

shelby@thefloyds.net

THE ICON OF THE INVISIBLE GOD

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Shelby G. Floyd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Icons are everywhere today. They are on computers, computer tablets and smart cell phones. They are used in television and mailing advertising. They are very helpful in many ways by simplifying what we search for in the technological world of the twenty-first century. Sometimes this is not the case, because there are so many of them that it is often confusing to find them and distinguish them one from another by what they represent. Continue reading “THE ICON OF THE INVISIBLE GOD”

THE CHILDREN OF GOD

By

Shelby G. Floyd

Everyone is born into the kingdom of nature by a natural birth—of and from the womb. Those who become Christians are born into the kingdom of God by a spiritual birth—of and from water and the Spirit (John 3:5). At the last day, those who are faithful, having been born a spiritual birth will be born of and from the grave into the eternal glory of heaven.

BORN OF GOD

The expression “born of God” is used throughout the letter of 1 John:

• Those born of God will not continue to live a life of sin (1 John 2:29; 3:9; 5:18).

• Those who love as God loves will know God and are born of him—for God is love (1 John 4:7).

• Those who by faith and baptism are born of God will be saved (1 John 5:1; Gal. 3:26-27).

• Those who are born of God overcome the world by their faith (1 John 5:4). Continue reading “THE CHILDREN OF GOD”

THE PREEMINENCE OF CHRIST IN ALL THINGS

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Shelby G. Floyd

By

Shelby G. Floyd

We appreciate so very much the wonderful crowd that we have today. It is a beautiful day. It always makes us feel better after we have had a week or two of nasty weather to see some good sunshine and to see the clear skies.

THE PREEMINENCE OF CHRIST AS HEAD

This morning I am talking to you on the subject of the preeminence of Christ. In Colossians 1:18, the apostle Paul expressed the preeminence that Christ should have over His church when he said,

“And He is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead: that in all things He might have the preeminence.”

We must give Christ preeminence in all things and especially we must give Him first place of importance in the church. When Paul said He is the head of the church, the word “head” means originator, source, leader and ruler. Christ is the head of the church in the sense that He brought the church into being. He is the originator of the church. Christ is the head of the church in the sense that He is the source of the life of the church. Christ is the head of the church in the sense that He is the ruler of the church. He has all authority in heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18). He has executive authority: He proposes. He has legislative authority: He disposes. He has judicial authority: He judges. So we must give preeminence to Christ as the head of the church, the originator of the church, and the source of all life in the church, the legislator, the executor and the judge of the church. Continue reading “THE PREEMINENCE OF CHRIST IN ALL THINGS”

OVERWHELMING PRIDE

By

Shelby G. Floyd



Both the Old and New Testament warn against pride. Someone has said that,

“Pride may be considered as the parent of discontent, ingratitude, covetousness, poverty, presumption, passion, extravagance, bigotry, war and persecution. In fact, there is hardly an evil perpetrated but pride is connected with it in a proximate or remote sense.”

The wise man Solomon pointed out long ago that pride leads the way to destruction:

Pride goes before destruction,
And a haughty spirit before a fall.
19 Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly,
Than to divide the spoil with the proud.
(Proverbs 16:18-19 NKJV) 

Pride Keeps Bad Company

Pride keeps bad company, “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: all these evil things come from within, and defile the man.” (Mark 7: 21-23.)

Pride Loves to Boast

Pride has a tendency to cause the person that is filled with it to boast of his accomplishments, and to commend himself to his fellow man. Paul said, “For not he who commends himself is approved, but whom the Lord commends” (2 Corinthians 10: 18). And Solomon said, “Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth; A stranger, and not your own lips” (Proverbs 27: 2). The person that is filled with pride usually seeks to justify himself.

What is the Good Life?

The prophet Micah described the kind of life that is approved of God when be said,

He has shown you, O man, what is good; 
And what does the LORD require of you 
But to do justly, 
To love mercy, 
And to walk humbly with your God?
(Micah 6: 8)

May each one of us humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt us in due time!

Copyright © 2020 Shelby G. Floyd, All Rights Reserved

Shelby G. Floyd
Heartland Church of Christ
1693 West Main Street
Greenwood, Indiana 46142

shelby@thefloyds.net

 

PREJUDICE AND FAVORITISM

By

Shelby G. Floyd

To the Athenian philosophers Paul declared,

“From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live” (Acts 17:26).

Therefore, all people have a common ancestor in Adam, the Federal head of the human family.

After the flood eight people survived, including Noah and his three sons—Japheth, Ham and Shem. From these three sons all people have derived. Noah had sixteen grandsons: Japheth had 7 sons—43.75 %; Ham had 4 sons—25 %; and Shem had 5 sons—31.25 %. All nations and languages fall into these three divisions. It has been said that the descendants of these three sons still comprise the same ratio in their respective lands.

God and the Bible generally do not refer to people by race, but by nations and languages. In Peter’s sermon to the Gentile Cornelius, he stated “that God does not show favoritism,” or is “no respecter of persons” (Acts 10:34). That simply means that God does not judge people by the color of their skin, wealth, position, power or looks, “but accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right” (Acts 10:35). Since God accepts people on this basis, so should we.

Prejudice, bigotry and separateness, is rampant throughout the world. Christ came to bring all people into one salvation and one body—the church:

“You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal. 3:26-28).

Let God’s people accept all people on the same basis as Christ and our heavenly Father.



Shelby G. Floyd
Heartland Church of Christ
1693 West Main Street
Greenwood, Indiana 46142