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Eyes & Ears

Part 4 - People of Revelation Get Manifestation

October 17, 2021 • Pastor Bracken Christian

Matt 13:11 Jesus answered them, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted. 12 For whoever has (AMP Spiritual knowledge), to him more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him. 13 Therefore I speak to them in parables; because while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they (AMP grasp) understand. 15 for the heart of this people has become dull, with their ears they scarcely hear, and they have closed their eyes, otherwise they would see with their eyes, hear with their ears, and understand with their heart and return, and I would heal them.’ UNDERSTANDING IS WHERE WE WANT TO BE! YOU WILL NEVER POSSESS SOMETHING THAT SOMEONE ELSE HAS TO UNDERSTAND FOR YOU. REVELATION IS – Light, Illumination, enlightenment, discernment, and its faith. (THE LOGOS - BECOMES RHEMA…YOU SPEAK IT) - HEART. REQUIREMENTS FOR MORE REVELATION HUMILITY, ESTEEM THE WORD, MINISTRY GIFTS, RELATIONSHIPS AND PRAYER RECOGNIZE THE HOLY SPIRITS INVOLVEMENT. 1 Cor 2:9 but just as it is written, “THINGS WHICH EYE HAS NOT SEEN AND EAR HAS NOT HEARD, AND which HAVE NOT ENTERED THE HEART OF MAN, ALL THAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM.”10 For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God. 11 For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God, TPT14 Someone living on an entirely human level rejects the revelations of God’s Spirit, for they make no sense to him. He can’t understand the revelations of the Spirit because they are only discovered by the illumination of the Spirit. John 8:31 If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” TRUTH ACCEPTED AND UNDERSTOOD BECOMES BREAKTHROUGH TRUTH. Mark 4:3 Listen to this! Behold, the sower went out to sow; 4 as he was sowing, some seed fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Other seed fell on the rocky ground where it did not have much soil; and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of soil. 6 And after the sun had risen, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away. 7 Other seed fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked it, and it yielded no crop. 8 Other seeds fell into the good soil, and as they grew up and increased, they yielded a crop and produced thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold.” 9 And He was saying, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” NLT 9 “Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.” TPT 9 If you understand this, then you need to respond.” 10 As soon as He was alone, His followers, along with the twelve, began asking Him about the parables. 11 And He was saying to them, “To you has been given the mystery of the kingdom of God, but those who are outside get everything in parables, 12 so that WHILE SEEING, THEY MAY SEE AND NOT PERCEIVE, AND WHILE HEARING, THEY MAY HEAR AND NOT UNDERSTAND, OTHERWISE THEY MIGHT RETURN AND BE FORGIVEN.” NOT ONLY TURN FROM SINS AND BE FORGIVEN BUT PRODUCE 30,60, AND 100 FOLD. (Vs 8) THE PEOPLE WHO PERCEIVE AND UNDERSTAND MANIFEST A HARVEST. 13 And He *said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How will you understand all the parables? 14 The sower sows the word. 15 These are the ones who are beside the road where the word is sown; and when they hear, immediately Satan comes and takes away the word which has been sown in them. 16 In a similar way these are the ones on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy; 17 and they have no firm root in themselves, but are only temporary; then, when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately they fall away. 18 And others are the ones on whom seed was sown among the thorns; these are the ones who have heard the word, 19 but the worries of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. 20 And those are the ones on whom seed was sown on the good soil; and they hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold.” MSG 20 the seed planted in the good earth represents those who hear the Word, embrace it (hold it fast), and produce a harvest beyond their wildest dreams. THE SEED IS THE WORD 21 And He was saying to them, “A lamp is not brought to be put under a basket, is it, or under a bed? Is it not brought to be put on the lampstand? 22 For nothing is hidden, except to be revealed; nor has anything been secret, but that it would come to light. 23 If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.” A PERSON WHO HAS BEEN ENLIGHTENED BY THE WORD MUST BECOME A DOER OF THE WORD. 24 And He was saying to them, “Take care what you listen to. By your standard of measure it will be measured to you; and more will be given you besides. 25 For whoever has, to him more shall be given; and whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him.” AMP 24 Be careful what you are hearing. The measure [of thought and study] you give [to the truth you hear] will be the measure [of virtue and knowledge] that comes back to you—and more [besides] will be given to you who hear. TPT 24 Be diligent to understand the meaning behind everything you hear, for as you do, more understanding will be given to you. And according to the depth of your longing to understand, much more will be added to you. 25 For those who listen with open hearts will receive more revelation. UNDERSTANDING REGULATES RECEIVING. 2 Tim 4:1 I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: 2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled (ITCHED), they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, 4 and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths (traditions) MSG They'll turn their backs on truth and chase mirages

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Jesus In Every Book Of The Bible

December 1, 2021 • Pastor Bracken Christian

JESUS IS… “THE SEED” IN GENESIS “THE LAMB” IN EXODUS “THE HEAD COVERING OF THE PRIEST (MITRE)” IN LEVITICUS “THE FIRE” IN NUMBERS “THE WORD” IN DEUTERONOMY “OUR FLAG OF VICTORY” IN JOSHUA “THE RIGHTEOUS JUDGE” IN JUDGES “OUR KINSMAN-REDEEMER” IN RUTH “THE MOUTH & PROPHETS” IN 1, 2 SAMUEL, 1,2 KINGS & 1,2 CHRONIC “OUR RESTORER” IN EZRA & NEHEMIAH “OUR MEDIATOR” IN ESTHER “A REVELATION OF RIGHTEOUSNESS” IN JOB “THE SON OF GOD” IN PSALMS “WISDOM” IN PROVERBS “THE GREAT SHEPHERD” IN ECCLESIATES “THE LOVER OF OUR SOULS” IN SONG OF SOLOMON. “THE SIGN” IN ISAIAH “THE BRANCH” IN JEREMIAH “THE MAN OF SORROWS” IN LAMENTATIONS “THE LORD IS THERE” IN EZEKIEL “THE GREAT STONE” IN DANIEL “OUR HUSBAND” IN HOSEA “THE BAPTIZER IN THE HOLY SPIRIT” IN JOEL “THE PLUMB LINE” IN AMOS “RULER OF THE NATIONS” IN OBADIAH “THE RISEN PROPHET” IN JONAH “THE BETHLEHEMITE” IN MICAH “THE LORD OF HOSTS” IN NAHUM “SALVATION” IN HABAKKUK “THE RETURNING KING” IN ZEPHANIAH “JESUS IN THE TEMPLE” IN HAGGAI “THE PIERCED ONE” IN ZECHARIAH “THE MESSENGER” IN MALACHI “THE LION” IN MATTHEW “THE OX” IN MARK “THE MAN” IN LUKE “THE EAGLE” IN JOHN “THE CHURCH/BODY OF CHRIST” IN ACTS “THE BUTTERFLY” IN ROMANS “THE SANCTIFER” IN 1st CORINTHIANS “THE YES AND AMEN” IN 2ND CORINTHIANS “THE CRUCIFIED CHRIST” IN GALATIANS “RAISED & SEATED WITH HIM” IN EPHESIANS “THE MIND OF CHRIST” IN PHILIPPIANS “OUR HOPE OF GLORY” IN COLOSSIANS “THE BELIEVERS SALVATION” IN 1 & 2 THESSALONIANS “THE MAN, THE MEDIATOR” IN 1 TIMOTHY “OUR MILITARY LEADER” IN 2 TIMOTHY “OUR BLESSED HOPE” IN TITUS “OUR RANSOME” IN PHILEMON “HE IS THE BEST” IN HEBREWS “THE WISDOM OF GOD” IN JAMES “THE CHOICE CORNERSTONE” IN 1 PETER “THE LORD IS PATIENT” IN 2 PETER (54 PICTURES) 1 JOHN THEME; FELLOWSHIP IN THE FATHERS FAMILY GOD BEING LIGHT AND LOVE OUR PICTURE OF JESUS IN 1 JOHN IS “THE CHRIST” 1 John 2:22 Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son. JOHN USED THREE THEMES THROUGHOUT THE FIVE CHAPTERS; OBEDIENCE, LOVE AND TRUTH. A SPIRIT CONTROLLED MIND KNOWS AND UNDERSTANDS TRUTH, A SPIRIT CONTROLLED HEART FLOWS IN LOVE, AND A SPIRIT CONTROLLED WILL INCLINES US TO OBEDIENCE; THERE ARE BASICALLY THREE MOTIVES FOR OBEDIENCE; WE MUST OBEY, WE NEED TO OBEY, WE WANT TO OBEY A SLAVE OBEYS BECAUSE HE MUST... AN EMPLOYEE OBEYS BECAUSE HE NEEDS TO OBEY... BUT A CHRISTIAN OBEYS HIS FATHER BECAUSE HE WANT TO OBEY... A CONNECTION WITH THE 3 LEVELS OF MATURITY MENTIONED IN 1 Jn 2:12-14 2:12 I am writing to you, little children, because your sins have been forgiven you for His name’s sake. 13 I am writing to you, fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. THREE TYPES OF CHRISTIANS, ACCORDING TO THEIR MATURITY LEVELS. THE “LITTLE CHILDREN” WHOSE ENTIRE EXPERIENCE AND EXCITEMENT REVOLVES AROUND THE KNOWLEDGE THAT THEIR SINS HAVE BEEN FORGIVEN. THE 2ND LEVEL OF CHRISTIAN MATURITY IS THE YOUNG. THEY ARE STRONG IN GOD’S WORD AND HAVE OVERCOME THE DEVIL (Vs 14). THE LAST GROUP IS THE “MATURE” WHO KNOW CHRIST. THESE PEOPLE, WALKING IN CLOSE RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD. THIS BOOK DEALS WITH WORLDLINESS. WORLDLINESS IS NOT SO MUCH A MATTER OF ACTIVITY AS IT IS AN ATTITUDE. WORLDLINESS NOT ONLY AFFECTS YOUR REPSONSE TO THE LOVE OF GOD, BUT IT ALSO AFFECTS YOUR REPONSE TO THE WILL OF GOD. 1 Jn 2:17 The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever. JOHN EXPOSES THE WORLDS SYSTEM WHICH USES THREE DEVICES TO TRAP CHRISTAINS. LUST OF THE FLESH, EYES, AND PRIDE OF LIFE. FIRST, FRIENDSHIP OF THE WORLD DEVELOPS: James 4:4 You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. THEN THE CHRISTIAN BECOMES SPOTTED BY THE WORLD: James 1:27 Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world. THIRDLY, THE BELIEVER BECOMES CONFORMED TO THE WORLD: Rom 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. FOURTHLY, HE BECOMES CONDEMENED WITH THE WORLD: 1 Cor 11:32 But when we are judged, we are disciplined by the Lord so that we will not be condemned along with the world. GOD WAS WARNING HIS FAMILY ABOUT CONFLICT BETWEEN LIGHT AND DARKNESS, LOVE AND HATRED, AND TRUTH AND ERROR. THEME VERSE 1 John 1:5 This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. 2 JOHN 2 John HE IS GOING TO HIGHLIGHT TRUTH AND IT IS SOMETHING THAT WE ARE TO WALK IN. John USES THE WORD TRUTH FIVE TIMES IN THE FIST 4 VERSES. ABIDING AFFECTS OUR LIFESTYLE THE WORD NEEDS TO BECOMES NATURAL IN ACTION... JOHN’S SPECIAL BURDEN IS THAT CHRISTIANS LOVE ONE ANOTHER. OUR PICTURE OF JESUS IN 2 & 3 JOHN IS “TRUTH AND LOVE” 6 And this is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, that you should walk in it. THEME VERSE 2 John 5 Now I ask you, lady, not as though I were writing to you a new commandment, but the one which we have had from the beginning, that we love one another. 3 JOHN JOHN USES “BELOVED” WHICH IN THE GREEK APPEARS TEN TIMES IN THESE THREE EPISTLES. “The one Whom I love in the truth” (Vs 1) HE KICKS OFF THE IMPORANCE OF KNOWNG GOD’S WILL TO PROSPER AND BE IN HEALTH AS OUR SOUL PROSPERS (2) I BELIEVE SOUL PROSPERITY IS GROWING IN THE WISDOM OF GOD Prov 3:16 Long life is in her right hand; In her left hand are riches and honor. JOHN EXHORTS THE READER TO “imitate what is good, not what is evil” (Vs 11) THEME VERSE TPT 3 John 2 Beloved friend, I pray that you are prospering in every way and that you continually enjoy good health, just as your soul is prospering. JUDE JUDE WAS THE HALF BROTHER OF JESUS. HE CALLS HIMSELF A BOND-SERVANT OF JESUS AND BROTHER OF JAMES (Vs 1). JUDE’S GREAT DESIRE WAS TO KEEP PEOPLE FROM FALLING SPIRITUALLY; HE WAS CONTENDING FOR THE FAITH (Vs 3) JUDE TALKS ABOUT BACKSLIDING OR APOSTASY THERE ARE THREE MAJOR CHARACTERISTICS OF AND APOSTATE HE IS UNGODLY (Vs 4) HE TURNS GRACE INTO LASCIVIOUSNESS (Vs 4) HE DENIES THAT JESUS IS LORD (Vs 4) ENOCH PROPHECIES ABOUT THE DOOM AND JUDGMENT ON THE UNGODLY. 14 It was also about these men that Enoch, in the seventh generation from Adam, prophesied, saying, “Behold, the Lord came with many thousands of His holy ones, 15 to execute judgment upon all, and to convict all the ungodly of all their ungodly deeds which they have done in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.” HE GIVES THREE THINGS THAT CAUSE PEOPLE TO BACKSLIDE. HE USES 3 PEOPLE AS EXAMPLES TO TEACH US. (MEN ENOCH REFERED TO) (Vs 11) THE WAY OF CAIN, THE ERROR OF BALAAM, AND THE REBELLION OF KORAH. CAIN, HIS HEART WASN’T RIGHT... HE WOULD NOT CORRECT IT. 1 John 3:11 For this is the message which you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another; 12 not as Cain, who was of the evil one and slew his brother. And for what reason did he slay him? Because his deeds were evil, and his brother’s were righteous. DOCTRINE KEEPS HEART RIGHT. WHEN WE ARE ASLEEP TO THE TRUTH WE ARE IN TROUBLE. BALAAM... HE SOLD OUT FOR MONEY... HE SACRIFICED HIS FAITH TO GET MONEY... MONEY BECAME MORE IMPORTANT THAN GOD’S WILL. KORAH... HE GOT INTO PRIDE. HE WANTED TO BE THE LEADER. THE REBELLION WAS A LUST FOR POWER. Vs 12-13 HE USES FIVE WORD PICTURES FOR THIS APOSTASY. THE EARTH – “LIKE HIDDEN ROCKS – UNSEEN DANGERS” THE AIR – LIKE CLOUDS WITHOUT WATER – OFFERING FALSE PROMISES AND CARRIED BY THE WIND OR EVIL SPIRITS. THE TREES – “LIKE TREES THAT ARE DEAD TO THE FRUIT OF PROFESSION AND DEAD TO THE ROOT OF POSSESSION THE SEA – “LIKE WILD WAVES – PUTTING FORTH WASTED EFFORTS THE STARRY HEAVENS – “LIKE WANDERING STARS—AIMLESS IN THEIR COURSE. THE CONTRASTS ARE; THAT INSTEAD OF DANGEROUS ROCKS, WE CAN BE LIVING STONES; INSTEAD OF WATERLESS CLOUDS, WE CAN BE A SOURCE OF LIVING WATER; INSTEAD OF DEAD TREES, WE CAN BE TREES OF RIGHTEOUSNESS; INSTEAD OF RAGING WAVES, WE CAN BE LIKE PEAEFUL RIVERS; INSTEAD OF WANDERING STARS, WE CAN SINE AS THE STARS FOREVER AND EVER. OUR PICTURE OF JESUS IN JUDE IS “OUR SPIRITUAL ANCHOR” WE CAN KEEP OURSELVES IN THE LOVE OF GOD. WE CAN BUILD OURSELVES UP ON OUR MOST HOLY FAITH BY PRAYING IN THE SPIRIT. (Vs 20-21) WE CAN LET THE WORD OF GRACE BUILD US UP, AND WE CAN KEEP LOOKING FOR CHRIST’S RETURN. THEME VERSE Jude 3 Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints.

Eyes & Ears

November 28, 2021 • Pastor Bracken Christian

Matt 13:11 Jesus answered them, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted. 12 For whoever has to him more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him. 13 Therefore I speak to them in parables; because while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. 15 for the heart of this people has become dull, with their ears they scarcely hear, and they have closed their eyes, otherwise they would see with their eyes, hear with their ears, and understand with their heart and return, and I would heal them.’ HEARING IS THE KEY FACTOR FOR SUCCESS IN OUR WALK WITH GOD HEARING IS NOT BASED ON INTELLIGENCE. DEVELOPING “A HEARING HEART” 1 Kings 3:9 So give Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people to discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?” “UNDERSTANDING HEART” IN THE HEBREW LITERALLY MEANS, “A HEARING HEART” 4 AREAS FOR CULTIVATION; ATTENTION, HUMILITY, TIME AND QUIETNESS WORSHIP IS KEY. Ps 95:6 Come, let us worship and bow down, Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker. 7 For He is our God, And we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand. Today, if you would hear His voice, 8 Do not harden your hearts, PREPARATION FOR HEARING GOD’S VOICE IS BEST ACHIEVED BY WORSHIP. (Acts 13:2) N.T. Example YOU CAN’T MAKE GOD SPEAK TO YOU BUT YOU CAN MAKE YOURSELF AVAILABLE. MEN OF GOD WHO HEARD HIS VOICE. MOSES – SOLITUDE – (40 Years in desert) Numb 7:89 Now when Moses went into the tent of meeting to speak with Him, he heard the voice speaking to him from above the mercy seat that was on the ark of the testimony, from between the two cherubim, so He spoke to him. THERE WAS A PLACE WHERE GOD SPOKE TO MOSES. THIS MERCY SEAT WAS A PLACE WHERE THE BLOOD WAS SPRINKLED TO COVER AND FORGIVE SIN. SIN IN OUR LIVES WILL ALWAYS KEEP US FROM HEARING FROM THE LORD. Matt 6:6 But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you. Isaiah 30:15 In repentance and rest you will be saved, In quietness and trust is your strength.” But you were not willing, ELIJAH – Persistent in prayer 1 Kings 18 HE HEARD THE WORD OF THE LORD CONCERNING RAIN. HE CAME TO MT HOREB WHERE GOD HAD MADE HIS FIRST COVENANT WITH ISREAL. 1 Kings 19:11 So He said, “Go forth and stand on the mountain before the LORD.” And behold, the LORD was passing by! And a great and strong wind was rending the mountains and breaking in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of a gentle blowing. KJV “a still small voice.” MSG “a gentle and quiet whisper.” 13 When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. 13 And behold, a voice came to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” STRENGHT AND NEW DIRECTION COME FROM HEARING HIS VOICE. JEREMIAH – Location, location, location Jer 18:1 The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD saying, 2 “Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will announce My words to you.” THERE ARE TIMES YOU HAVE TO BE IN THE RIGHT PLACE TO HEAR HIM 3 Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something on the wheel. 4 But the vessel that he was making of clay was spoiled in the hand of the potter; so he remade it into another vessel, as it pleased the potter to make. 5 Then the word of the LORD came to me saying, 6 “Can I not, O house of Israel, deal with you as this potter does?” declares the LORD. JEREMIAH COULDN’T GET THE MESSAGE UNTIL HE WAS IN THE RIGHT PLACE. SAMUEL – Trained in the temple/a mouthpiece for God 1 Samuel 3:3 Samuel was lying down in the temple of the LORD where the ark of God was, 4 that the LORD called Samuel; and he said, “Here I am.” 5 Then he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call, lie down again.” So he went and lay down. 6 The LORD called yet again, “Samuel!” So Samuel arose and went to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he answered, “I did not call, my son, lie down again.” 7 Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, nor had the word of the LORD yet been revealed to him. KNOWING THE LORD IS IN CONNECTION WITH HIS VOICE. 8 So the LORD called Samuel again for the third time. And he arose and went to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” Then Eli discerned that the LORD was calling the boy. 9 And Eli said to Samuel, “Go lie down, and it shall be if He calls you, that you shall say, ‘Speak, LORD, for Your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. 10 Then the LORD came and stood and called as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for Your servant is listening.” PEOPLE WHO KNOW GOD HEAR HIS WORD/VOICE. GOD WILL NEVER TELL YOU SOMETHING CONTRARY TO HIS WORD. 2 Tim 3:16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. GOD’S VOICE WILL ALWAYS PRODUCE PEACE. Col 3:15 Let the peace of Christ RULE in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be THANKFUL. 16 Let the WORD of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with THANKFULNESS in your hearts to God.

Jesus In Every Book In The Bible

November 24, 2021 • Pastor Bracken Christian

JESUS IS… “THE SEED” IN GENESIS “THE LAMB” IN EXODUS “THE HEAD COVERING OF THE PRIEST (MITRE)” IN LEVITICUS “THE FIRE” IN NUMBERS “THE WORD” IN DEUTERONOMY “OUR FLAG OF VICTORY” IN JOSHUA “THE RIGHTEOUS JUDGE” IN JUDGES “OUR KINSMAN-REDEEMER” IN RUTH “THE MOUTH & PROPHETS” IN 1, 2 SAMUEL, 1,2 KINGS & 1,2 CHRONIC “OUR RESTORER” IN EZRA & NEHEMIAH “OUR MEDIATOR” IN ESTHER “A REVELATION OF RIGHTEOUSNESS” IN JOB “THE SON OF GOD” IN PSALMS “WISDOM” IN PROVERBS “THE GREAT SHEPHERD” IN ECCLESIATES “THE LOVER OF OUR SOULS” IN SONG OF SOLOMON. “THE SIGN” IN ISAIAH “THE BRANCH” IN JEREMIAH “THE MAN OF SORROWS” IN LAMENTATIONS “THE LORD IS THERE” IN EZEKIEL “THE GREAT STONE” IN DANIEL “OUR HUSBAND” IN HOSEA “THE BAPTIZER IN THE HOLY SPIRIT” IN JOEL “THE PLUMB LINE” IN AMOS “RULER OF THE NATIONS” IN OBADIAH “THE RISEN PROPHET” IN JONAH “THE BETHLEHEMITE” IN MICAH “THE LORD OF HOSTS” IN NAHUM “SALVATION” IN HABAKKUK “THE RETURNING KING” IN ZEPHANIAH “JESUS IN THE TEMPLE” IN HAGGAI “THE PIERCED ONE” IN ZECHARIAH “THE MESSENGER” IN MALACHI “THE LION” IN MATTHEW “THE OX” IN MARK “THE MAN” IN LUKE “THE EAGLE” IN JOHN “THE CHURCH/BODY OF CHRIST” IN ACTS “THE BUTTERFLY” IN ROMANS “THE SANCTIFER” IN 1st CORINTHIANS “THE YES AND AMEN” IN 2ND CORINTHIANS “THE CRUCIFIED CHRIST” IN GALATIANS “RAISED & SEATED WITH HIM” IN EPHESIANS “THE MIND OF CHRIST” IN PHILIPPIANS “OUR HOPE OF GLORY” IN COLOSSIANS “THE BELIEVERS SALVATION” IN 1 & 2 THESSALONIANS “THE MAN, THE MEDIATOR” IN 1 TIMOTHY “OUR MILITARY LEADER” IN 2 TIMOTHY “OUR BLESSED HOPE” IN TITUS “OUR RANSOME” IN PHILEMON “HE IS THE BEST” IN HEBREWS “THE WISDOM OF GOD” IN JAMES (52 PICTURES SO FAR) 1ST & 2ND PETER 1 Pet 1:1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who reside as aliens, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, who are chosen 2 according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood: 17 If you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on earth; 18 knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, 19 but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ. PETER’S ORIGINAL NAME WAS SIMON WHICH MEANS “WAIVERING ONE” JESUS SAID, I’M GOING TO CALL YOU PETER “LITTLE ROCK” ONE WHO WENT FROM WAIVERING TO A ROCK. “IF HE CAN MAKE ME A ROCK HE CAN MAKE YOU ONE”... HE CALLS US “LIVING STONES” OUR PICTURE OF JESUS IS THE “CHOICE CORNERSTONE” 1 Pet 2:6 For this is contained in Scripture: “BEHOLD, I LAY IN ZION A CHOICE STONE, A PRECIOUS CORNER stone, AND HE WHO BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.” PETER PLACES GREAT EMPHASIS ON THE WORD 1 Pet 1:22 Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart, 23 for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God. 24 For, “all flesh is like grass, and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls off, but the word of the Lord endures forever.” And this is the word which was preached to you. 2:1 Therefore, putting aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander, 2 like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, PETER IS GOING TO DEAL A LOT WITH SUFFERING AND TRIALS. PETER USES THE TERM “FIERY TRIAL.” (4:12-13) PETER WANTS US TO KNOW THAT GRACE WILL ALWAYS TAKE CARE OF TEMPTATION. 1 Pet 1:6 In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, 4:10 As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. PRAY AND REJOICE... JESUS IS SEEN IN THIS BOOK AS OUR EXAMPLE. 1 Pet 2:21 For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps, PETER REFERS TO JESUS AS THE SHEPHERD AND BISHOP OF OUR SOULS (2:25). THE BEST MARRIAGE ADVICE IN Ch 3 THE BEST ADVICE FOR HANDLING THE CARES OF LIFE CH 5... “CAST THEM ON THE LORD” AND RESIST THE DEVIL THEME VERSE 1 Pet 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 2 PETER IN 2 Peter THE EMPHASIS IS ON KNOWLEDGE AND GRACE. HE OPENS WITH 1:2 “Grace and peace be multiplied to you through knowledge of God” HE CLOSES THE LETTER WITH “Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (3:18) HE’S GOING TO TALK ABOUT THE GIFT OF KNOWLEDGE, THE GROWTH OF KNOWLEDGE AND THE GROUND OF KNOWLEDGE. Chapter 2 HE TALKS ABOUT FALSE PEOPLE, THEIR CHARACTER, THEIR CLAIMS AND THEIR OUTCOME. THEN HE TALKS ABOUT THE TRUE CHRISTIAN GREAT INSTRUCTIONS ABOUT THE COMING OF THE LORD IN Ch 3. SIGNS, AND IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW. AND HE SPECIFICALLY MENTIONS THE LAST DAY’S. 2 Pet 3:3 Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, 4 and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.” 5 For when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that by the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water, 6 through which the world at that time was destroyed, being flooded with water. 7 But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. 8 But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. 9 The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. OUR PICTURE OF JESUS HERE IS “THE LORD IS PATIENT” 14 Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless, 15 and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation; just as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you THEME VERSE 2 Peter 1:4 For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.