Proverbs & Short Articles
True service is not simply effort but also obedience: Persis “laboured much”, but that labour was also “in [the] Lord” (Rom. 16: 12).
Confession of sins involves self–judgment whereas asking for forgiveness may not.
We are seated in heavenly places in Christ and we need to live lives that reflect that on earth.
Did Boaz learn the grace of God towards ‘outsiders’ like Ruth, the Moabitess, from his mother Rahab, a Canaanite (see Matt. 1: 5)?
Grace is in “abundance”, has “overabounded”, and its riches are “surpassing” (Rom. 5: 17, 20; Eph. 2: 7). This “true grace” (1 Pet. 5: 12) cannot be exceeded—there is no such thing as ‘hypergrace’.
God’s will is always “good ... and perfect”. Not only that, but it is also “acceptable” (Rom. 12: 2). May we find it so!
Modern theology exhorts us to lead ‘successful’ lives. The Christian is a slave, and a slave knows nothing of success, only obedience.
John twice tells us that “No one has seen God at any time” (John 1: 18; 1 John 4: 12). In the first Scripture, he goes on to say that the Son has declared Him; in the second Scripture he goes on to say that if we love one another, God abides in us. Both result in making God known.
Without the Camp
It is both inaccurate and inadequate to describe the separation implied in “therefore let us go forth to him without the camp” (Heb. 13: 13; see Exod. 32: 26; 33: 7) as referring to a severance of fellowship with the Judaistic elements of Christendom. The Judaizing error is taken up and dealt with in the Galatian epistle, and is described as nothing less than a false gospel (see Gal. 1: 6). That is serious enough, but the error addressed in Hebrews is on another level still—apostasy, or the wilful turning away from Christ of those who once professed Him Lord. In the type, it answers to Israel saying that “this Moses, the man that has brought us up out of the land of Egypt,—we do not know what is become of him!” (Exod. 32: 1), resulting in Aaron making the golden calf (see v4). This abandoning of the one Jehovah had chosen to be Israel’s leader was despite the fact that earlier all had “believed in Jehovah, and in Moses his bondman” (Exod. 14: 31; see 1 Cor. 10: 2). The type finds its fulfilment in the rejection of the Lord Jesus by the Jewish nation—hence “Jesus, that he might sanctify the people by his own blood, suffered without the gate” (Heb. 13: 12). The choice facing the Jewish believers who had subsequently professed faith in the Lord Jesus Christ was to return to the camp of Judaism where He was rejected, (thereby treading underfoot the Son of God—see Heb. 10: 29), or to “go forth to him without the camp, bearing his reproach” (Heb. 13: 13). Any application of either type or antitype to the situation of today must take account of these simple facts.