Back in 15:23, as Samuel was rebuking Saul for his disobedience to God’s command, he said to Saul “Rebellion is as the sin of divination.” Divination is exactly what Saul resorts to at the end of his life. With the threat of the Philistines bearing down upon him and God not answering his pleas, he makes the sinful decision to visit a medium to call up Samuel from the grave. In this exchange, we see the peril of faithless religion, God’s sovereign hand in desperation, and the dangers of the occult.
We were made for worship. Every single human being who has ever or will ever exist is made to worship the one true Lord of the universe. Thus, Revelation 5 is a picture of what every child of God can anticipate for their future — being gathered around the throne to give honor and praise and glory to Him who sits on the throne and unto the Lamb!
In an episode very reminiscent of chapter 24, Saul once again pursued David into the wilderness of Ziph with 3,000 choice men. God caused the whole army to fall into a deep sleep which allowed David and Abishai to walk right into the middle of the camp and stand over slumbering Saul. David once again spared Saul’s life, and from his response, we learn of the depth of his faith, and of his desire to not be cut off from the means of public worship in Israel.
In this message, Dr. Richard Barcellos explores the significance of the preaching ministry of the glorified Christ. Each time a preacher of the gospel stands to proclaim Scripture, it is Christ Himself preaching His truth for the salvation of souls and the edification of the body of Christ. Therefore, His church must give primacy to the proclamation of the Word of God.
What is truth? This sermon shows how skepticism, unbelief, and indifference can be overcome by our great Christ, the one who was zealous in his truth and mission.
In Peter’s final words to the churches, we find him once again stressing the importance role of Scripture in the believer’s life. In the Bible, we have the wisdom of God. Though false teachers seek to twist and distort God’s Word, we are to remain steadfast in the truth, guarding ourselves from error and growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
God’s Word is Truth. It is sufficient, trustworthy, and seen most clearly in the incarnate word and His ministry.
The doctrine of Christ’s return and God’s final judgment is one of the biblical doctrines that men love to deny. Since we know people like to accumulate teachers for themselves that preach in accordance with their own wicked desires, the market for false teachers who deny this doctrine is large and prosperous. It is true in our day, and it was true in Peter’s day. In 2 Peter 3:1-7, we see Peter return to a softer tone, but a no less poignant message as he turns his attention to this critical doctrine.
As Peter begins his final letter, it is clear that the era of the apostles was drawing to a close. Where was the church to turn when he was dead? Peter gives one very clear and resounding answer: THE BIBLE. He elevates Scripture above every other authority, including his own personal experience with the Lord. Scripture is the prophetic word made more sure, given by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and not the will of man. It also follows, then, that false teachers who seek to undermine or twist the word will face the severe judgment of God.
Up to this point in 2 Peter, the apostle has mentioned several times that his goal is for his fellow Christians to have a proper knowledge of God and the gospel. As we come to verse 16, Peter directs our attention to the source of the knowledge that he commends: The Word of God. Christ Himself is the sum of all truth and the gospel is His divine message of redemption that is to be proclaimed throughout all the earth. Thus, Scripture is to be our light in this life and fuel our hope of Christ’s return.