THE RIGHT HANDS OF FELLOWSHIP NO. 2

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Shelby G. Floyd

And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision. -Galatians 2:9 KJV

LESSON TWO

FELLOWSHIP WITH CHRIST

Many persons do not have an accurate understanding of what is involved in fellowship with God and with one another. About the only idea that some have concerning fellowship is a sign over a door in some church building which says, “Fellowship Room.” This lesson is designed to enlighten our understanding concerning our fellowship with Christ the Son of God.

The apostle John said,

“That which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ” (1 John 1: 3).

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HAVE SELF-CONTROL

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Shelby G. Floyd

 

In his second letter the apostle Peter wrote, “Add to your faith… self-control” (2 Peter 1:6). Every Christian therefore is to learn self-control. Self-control or temperance is “to control the mind and body with all of the lusts.” Continue reading “HAVE SELF-CONTROL”

THE GODHEAD

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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. Continue reading “THE GODHEAD”

CHRIST, THE ETERNAL WORD

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Shelby G. Floyd

The book of 1 John was written about 85-90 A. D., at a time when false teachers were denying that Christ was divine and also that he had a fleshly body. John refutes both of these false ideas. There are some today who are still teaching these same false doctrines. Continue reading “CHRIST, THE ETERNAL WORD”

BIBLICAL INSPIRATION NO. 9

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Shelby G. Floyd

THE PERFECT WORD

When Jesus Christ sent the apostles out into all the world to preach the gospel to every creature, he attended their ministry with signs and wonders and miracles (Hebrews 2: 3-4). These miracles were designed to confirm the word (Mark 16:17-20).

Not only were the apostles able to perform all of these wonders, but by the laying on of their hands they were also able to impart spiritual gifts to members of the New Testament church. For example, Peter and John, two apostles, were sent down to Samaria to impart spiritual gifts to those who had been baptized for the forgiveness of their sins. Philip, who preceded the apostles to Samaria, was able to work miracles himself; but not being an apostle, be was not able to impart them to others, this being reserved for the apostles (Acts 8: 12-19). Continue reading “BIBLICAL INSPIRATION NO. 9”

BIBLICAL INSPIRATION NO. 6

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Shelby G. Floyd

CHRIST AND THE BOOK OF DANIEL

The book of Daniel is another book which has been the object of much criticism by modernist and liberal writers, but our Lord received the book of Daniel as the inspired word of God, and Daniel as its author.

THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION
While Christ was discussing the impending destruction of Jerusalem, he made reference to the book of Daniel, giving credit to Daniel the prophet, as the writer:

When you see ‘the abomination that causes desolation’ standing where it does not belong—let the reader understand—then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains (Mark 13:14).

According to Christ, the abomination of desolation was something that his disciples could see with their eyes. The abomination of desolation was something spoken of by Daniel the prophet. Obviously, the destruction of Jerusalem by the Roman general Vespasian and his son Titus, fulfills the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel.

DANIEL’S PROPHECY
The reference which Christ makes to Daniel, the prophet, is found in Daniel 9:26-27, which reads:

And after the sixty-two weeks
Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself;
And the people of the prince who is to come
Shall destroy the city and the sanctuary.
The end of it shall be with a flood,

And till the end of the war desolations are determined.
Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week;
But in the middle of the week
He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering.
And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate,
Even until the consummation, which is determined,
Is poured out on the desolate.

From what has been said, we can draw the following conclusions: (1) Daniel was a prophet of God, inspired by God. (2) Daniel, as an inspired prophet, made reference to the destruction of Jerusalem, speaking under the figure of the abomination of desolation. (3) Daniel’s prophecy was literally fulfilled about A. D. 70, when Vespasian, Titus, and the Roman Army, completely destroyed the city of Jerusalem, including the temple of Herod with all of its holy places. (4) Christ received the book of Daniel as the inspired word of God, written by an inspired prophet of God. We must also receive the book of Daniel as an inspired book of God.

Copyright © 2011 2017 Shelby G. Floyd, All Rights Reserved

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

BIBLICAL INSPIRATION NO. 5

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Shelby G. Floyd

CHRIST AND THE BOOK OF JONAH

Another book which the higher critics and modernists have made light of and passed off as a fairy tale is the book of Jonah. But Christ does not share the view of the higher critics in regards to the book of Jonah.

JONAH SWALLOWED BY A GREAT FISH

The scribes and the Pharisees were some of the worst critics of our Lord. They wouldn’t believe what he said without some miraculous sign. In answer to their request for a miraculous sign, Jesus said:

“A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth” (Matthew 12: 39-40, NIV).

JONAH IN THE FISH THREE DAYS AND NIGHTS

Notice in this quotation that our Lord referred to Jonah as “the prophet Jonah” (Matt. 12: 39). He also compared his death and burial in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights upon the fact that Jonas had been three days and three nights in the whale’s belly. This record is found in Jonah 1:17, but the modernists tell us that the book of Jonah is just a fairy tale, and that it is not a real historical event. Obviously, our Lord did not share their view, but he believed that Jonah was a prophet of God and that what is recorded of him actually took place as a real historical event.

JONAH WAS A GREAT SERVANT AND PROPHET

Not only did Christ refer to Jonah as a prophet, but also in the Old Testament historical books he is referred to as a servant,

“…according to the word of the LORD God of Israel, which He had spoken through His servant Jonah the son of Amittai, the prophet who was from Gath Hepher” (2 Kings 14: 25 NKJV).

A prophet is one who speaks forth the will of God and sometimes in doing this foretells future events. A prophet was one sent out from God and in whom God put his words. Therefore Jesus Christ accepted the prophet Jonah and the book which bears his name as the inspired word of God.

Copyright © 2011 2017 Shelby G. Floyd, All Rights Reserved

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