Acknowledgment of Gentiles Kings about GOD

Nebuchadnezzar

Daniel 3:1-30
[1]Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof six cubits: he set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon.
[2]Then Nebuchadnezzar the king sent to gather together the princes, the governors, and the captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, to come to the dedication of the image which Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up.
[3]Then the princes, the governors, and captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, were gathered together unto the dedication of the image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up; and they stood before the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up.
[4]Then an herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, O people, nations, and languages,
[5]That at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up:
[6]And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.
[7]Therefore at that time, when all the people heard the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and all kinds of musick, all the people, the nations, and the languages, fell down and worshipped the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up.
[8]Wherefore at that time certain Chaldeans came near, and accused the Jews.
[9]They spake and said to the king Nebuchadnezzar, O king, live for ever.
[10]Thou, O king, hast made a decree, that every man that shall hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, shall fall down and worship the golden image:
[11]And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth, that he should be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.
[12]There are certain Jews whom thou hast set over the affairs of the province of Babylon, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego; these men, O king, have not regarded thee: they serve not thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.
[13]Then Nebuchadnezzar in his rage and fury commanded to bring Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Then they brought these men before the king.
[14]Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up?
[15]Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; well: but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands?
[16]Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter.
[17]If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.
[18]But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.
[19]Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: therefore he spake, and commanded that they should heat the furnace one seven times more than it was wont to be heated.
[20]And he commanded the most mighty men that were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace.
[21]Then these men were bound in their coats, their hosen, and their hats, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.
[22]Therefore because the king’s commandment was urgent, and the furnace exceeding hot, the flame of the fire slew those men that took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
[23]And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.
[24]Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king.
[25]He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.
[26]Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, came forth of the midst of the fire.
[27]And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king’s counsellors, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them.
[28]Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king’s word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God.
[29]Therefore I make a decree, That every people, nation, and language, which speak any thing amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made a dunghill: because there is no other God that can deliver after this sort.
[30]Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, in the province of Babylon.

Daniel 4:1-37
[1]Nebuchadnezzar the king, unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you.
[2]I thought it good to shew the signs and wonders that the high God hath wrought toward me.
[3]How great are his signs! and how mighty are his wonders! his kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion is from generation to generation.
[4]I Nebuchadnezzar was at rest in mine house, and flourishing in my palace:
[5]I saw a dream which made me afraid, and the thoughts upon my bed and the visions of my head troubled me.
[6]Therefore made I a decree to bring in all the wise men of Babylon before me, that they might make known unto me the interpretation of the dream.
[7]Then came in the magicians, the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers: and I told the dream before them; but they did not make known unto me the interpretation thereof.
[8]But at the last Daniel came in before me, whose name was Belteshazzar, according to the name of my god, and in whom is the spirit of the holy gods: and before him I told the dream, saying,
[9]O Belteshazzar, master of the magicians, because I know that the spirit of the holy gods is in thee, and no secret troubleth thee, tell me the visions of my dream that I have seen, and the interpretation thereof.
[10]Thus were the visions of mine head in my bed; I saw, and behold a tree in the midst of the earth, and the height thereof was great.
[11]The tree grew, and was strong, and the height thereof reached unto heaven, and the sight thereof to the end of all the earth:
[12]The leaves thereof were fair, and the fruit thereof much, and in it was meat for all: the beasts of the field had shadow under it, and the fowls of the heaven dwelt in the boughs thereof, and all flesh was fed of it.
[13]I saw in the visions of my head upon my bed, and, behold, a watcher and an holy one came down from heaven;
[14]He cried aloud, and said thus, Hew down the tree, and cut off his branches, shake off his leaves, and scatter his fruit: let the beasts get away from under it, and the fowls from his branches:
[15]Nevertheless leave the stump of his roots in the earth, even with a band of iron and brass, in the tender grass of the field; and let it be wet with the dew of heaven, and let his portion be with the beasts in the grass of the earth:
[16]Let his heart be changed from man’s, and let a beast’s heart be given unto him; and let seven times pass over him.
[17]This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men.
[18]This dream I king Nebuchadnezzar have seen. Now thou, O Belteshazzar, declare the interpretation thereof, forasmuch as all the wise men of my kingdom are not able to make known unto me the interpretation: but thou art able; for the spirit of the holy gods is in thee.
[19]Then Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, was astonied for one hour, and his thoughts troubled him. The king spake, and said, Belteshazzar, let not the dream, or the interpretation thereof, trouble thee. Belteshazzar answered and said, My lord, the dream be to them that hate thee, and the interpretation thereof to thine enemies.
[20]The tree that thou sawest, which grew, and was strong, whose height reached unto the heaven, and the sight thereof to all the earth;
[21]Whose leaves were fair, and the fruit thereof much, and in it was meat for all; under which the beasts of the field dwelt, and upon whose branches the fowls of the heaven had their habitation:
[22]It is thou, O king, that art grown and become strong: for thy greatness is grown, and reacheth unto heaven, and thy dominion to the end of the earth.
[23]And whereas the king saw a watcher and an holy one coming down from heaven, and saying, Hew the tree down, and destroy it; yet leave the stump of the roots thereof in the earth, even with a band of iron and brass, in the tender grass of the field; and let it be wet with the dew of heaven, and let his portion be with the beasts of the field, till seven times pass over him;
[24]This is the interpretation, O king, and this is the decree of the most High, which is come upon my lord the king:
[25]That they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field, and they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and they shall wet thee with the dew of heaven, and seven times shall pass over thee, till thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will.
[26]And whereas they commanded to leave the stump of the tree roots; thy kingdom shall be sure unto thee, after that thou shalt have known that the heavens do rule.
[27]Wherefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable unto thee, and break off thy sins by righteousness, and thine iniquities by shewing mercy to the poor; if it may be a lengthening of thy tranquillity.
[28]All this came upon the king Nebuchadnezzar.
[29]At the end of twelve months he walked in the palace of the kingdom of Babylon.
[30]The king spake, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty?
[31]While the word was in the king’s mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, saying, O king Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken; The kingdom is departed from thee.
[32]And they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field: they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and seven times shall pass over thee, until thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will.
[33]The same hour was the thing fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar: and he was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown like eagles’ feathers, and his nails like birds’ claws.
[34]And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation:
[35]And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?
[36]At the same time my reason returned unto me; and for the glory of my kingdom, mine honour and brightness returned unto me; and my counsellors and my lords sought unto me; and I was established in my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added unto me.
[37]Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.

Darius

Daniel 6:1-28
[1]It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom an hundred and twenty princes, which should be over the whole kingdom;
[2]And over these three presidents; of whom Daniel was first: that the princes might give accounts unto them, and the king should have no damage.
[3]Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.
[4]Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him.
[5]Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God.
[6]Then these presidents and princes assembled together to the king, and said thus unto him, King Darius, live for ever.
[7]All the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes, the counsellors, and the captains, have consulted together to establish a royal statute, and to make a firm decree, that whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions.
[8]Now, O king, establish the decree, and sign the writing, that it be not changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not.
[9]Wherefore king Darius signed the writing and the decree.
[10]Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.
[11]Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God.
[12]Then they came near, and spake before the king concerning the king’s decree; Hast thou not signed a decree, that every man that shall ask a petition of any God or man within thirty days, save of thee, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions? The king answered and said, The thing is true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not.
[13]Then answered they and said before the king, That Daniel, which is of the children of the captivity of Judah, regardeth not thee, O king, nor the decree that thou hast signed, but maketh his petition three times a day.
[14]Then the king, when he heard these words, was sore displeased with himself, and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him: and he laboured till the going down of the sun to deliver him.
[15]Then these men assembled unto the king, and said unto the king, Know, O king, that the law of the Medes and Persians is, That no decree nor statute which the king establisheth may be changed.
[16]Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee.
[17]And a stone was brought, and laid upon the mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet, and with the signet of his lords; that the purpose might not be changed concerning Daniel.
[18]Then the king went to his palace, and passed the night fasting: neither were instruments of musick brought before him: and his sleep went from him.
[19]Then the king arose very early in the morning, and went in haste unto the den of lions.
[20]And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel: and the king spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions?
[21]Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live for ever.
[22]My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.
[23]Then was the king exceeding glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found upon him, because he believed in his God.
[24]And the king commanded, and they brought those men which had accused Daniel, and they cast them into the den of lions, them, their children, and their wives; and the lions had the mastery of them, and brake all their bones in pieces or ever they came at the bottom of the den.
[25]Then king Darius wrote unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you.
[26]I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he is the living God, and stedfast for ever, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the end.
[27]He delivereth and rescueth, and he worketh signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.
[28]So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.

Necho king of Egypt

2 Chronicles 35:20-22
[20]After all this, when Josiah had prepared the temple, Necho king of Egypt came up to fight against Carchemish by Euphrates: and Josiah went out against him.
[21]But he sent ambassadors to him, saying, What have I to do with thee, thou king of Judah? I come not against thee this day, but against the house wherewith I have war: for God commanded me to make haste: forbear thee from meddling with God, who is with me, that he destroy thee not.
[22]Nevertheless Josiah would not turn his face from him, but disguised himself, that he might fight with him, and hearkened not unto the words of Necho from the mouth of God, and came to fight in the valley of Megiddo.

King of Nineveh

Jonah 3:1-10
[1]And the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the second time, saying,
[2]Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee.
[3]So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an exceeding great city of three days’ journey.
[4]And Jonah began to enter into the city a day’s journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.
[5]So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them.
[6]For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes.
[7]And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water:
[8]But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands.
[9]Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?
[10]And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.

Here we can see that the king of Nineveh knew God can save as well as destroy them.

Cyrus

Ezra 1:1-11
[1]Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying,
[2]Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, The LORD God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he hath charged me to build him an house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah.
[3]Who is there among you of all his people? his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and build the house of the LORD God of Israel, (he is the God,) which is in Jerusalem.
[4]And whosoever remaineth in any place where he sojourneth, let the men of his place help him with silver, and with gold, and with goods, and with beasts, beside the freewill offering for the house of God that is in Jerusalem.
[5]Then rose up the chief of the fathers of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests, and the Levites, with all them whose spirit God had raised, to go up to build the house of the LORD which is in Jerusalem.
[6]And all they that were about them strengthened their hands with vessels of silver, with gold, with goods, and with beasts, and with precious things, beside all that was willingly offered.
[7]Also Cyrus the king brought forth the vessels of the house of the LORD, which Nebuchadnezzar had brought forth out of Jerusalem, and had put them in the house of his gods;
[8]Even those did Cyrus king of Persia bring forth by the hand of Mithredath the treasurer, and numbered them unto Sheshbazzar, the prince of Judah.
[9]And this is the number of them: thirty chargers of gold, a thousand chargers of silver, nine and twenty knives,
[10]Thirty basons of gold, silver basons of a second sort four hundred and ten, and other vessels a thousand.
[11]All the vessels of gold and of silver were five thousand and four hundred. All these did Sheshbazzar bring up with them of the captivity that were brought up from Babylon unto Jerusalem.

Cyrus obeyed the command of God.

Salvation

Jeremiah 3:23
[23]Truly in vain is salvation hoped for from the hills, and from the multitude of mountains: truly in the LORD our God is the salvation of Israel.

Psalms 18:2
[2]The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

Psalms 62:1-2,7
[1](To the chief Musician, to Jeduthun, A Psalm of David.) Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation.
[2]He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved.
[7]In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.

Psalms 65:5
[5]By terrible things in righteousness wilt thou answer us, O God of our salvation; who art the confidence of all the ends of the earth, and of them that are afar off upon the sea:

Where does our salvation comes from?

Not only for David and Isreal but for us also the salvation comes from God.

Always Remember This!

Psalms 19:12-14
[12]Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.
[13]Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.
[14]Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.

This is one of David’s prayer. This prayer makes us to seek God’s help always especially during our temptations. I’m pressing onward to pray this every morning.

1 Corinthians 6:12
[12]All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.

1 Corinthians 10:23
[23]All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.

Even if everything are lawful for us but all are not expedient to us. Why?

1 Corinthians 10:15-23
[15]I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say.
[16]The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?
[17]For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.
[18]Behold Israel after the flesh: are not they which eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar?
[19]What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing?
[20]But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.
[21]Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.
[22]Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he?
[23]All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.

1 Corinthians 6:9-12
[9]Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
[10]Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
[11]And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
[12]All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.

As I’m under the covenant of Christ I have to keep his commandments. I should be doing things which edifies. I cannot do the works of the world and the works of the Lord at the same time.

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Wisdom of Men

1Co 1:18-21 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.

Wisdom of teachers in the church or otherwise. I.E.- C.S. Lewis, Bruce Metzger, Fenton Westscott, Anthony Hort.

1Co 3:1-5 And I brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.
I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.
For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal? Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?

1Co 1:22-25 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:
But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;
But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

Isa 55:8-9 For thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

If we teach from the scriptures and not our own wisdom, it will accomplish what it was written for.

Isa 55:10-11 For the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

1Co 1:26-29 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:
But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
That no flesh should glory in his presence.

Mat 11:25,26 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.
Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight.

1Co 3:18-19 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.

1Co 2:1 And brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.

If anyone had a right to trust in their education or wisdom it would have been Paul.

Act 22:3 I am verily a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, and taught according to the perfect manner of the law of the fathers, and was zealous toward God, as ye all are this day.

Information on Gamaliel

Act 5:34 Then stood there up one in the council, a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, had in reputation among all the people, and commanded to put the apostles forth a little space;

Php 3:7 -9 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

If we are converted my the wisdom of men, then that’s what we are converted to.
If we teach with the wisdom of men, then we are not converting people to the truth, but rather the wisdom of men.

1Co 2:2-5 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.
And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.
And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:
That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

1Co 2:12,13 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

1Th 2:13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.

John 12:48,49 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.
For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.

Joh 10:2-5 But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.
And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.
And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.

Speaking to Edify – Part 1

1 Peter 1:22-23
[22]Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:
[23]Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

The nature of the tongue.

James 3:6
[6]And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.

There is a season for everything. There is even time to keep silence and a time to speak.

Ecclesiastes 3:1,7
[1]To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
[7]A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

Should not speak evil but speak good unto edification.

Ephesians 4:29-31
[29]Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
[30]And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
[31]Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:

As the children of light should watch and be sober and edify one another.

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
[1]But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.
[2]For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
[3]For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
[4]But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
[5]Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
[6]Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
[7]For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.
[8]But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.
[9]For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
[10]Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.
[11]Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

The purpose of God to appoint the apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers in such order for the edification of the body of Christ.

Ephesians 4:11-12
[11]And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
[12]For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

The command is given to all of us.

Romans 15:2
[2]Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.

Romans 14:19
[19]Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.

The man that prophesieth speaketh for edification of others.

1 Corinthians 14:1-5,19
[1]Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.
[2]For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.
[3]But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.
[4]He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.
[5]I would that ye all spake with tongues, but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying.
[19]Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.

The fables,endless genealogies and other doctrine will not give godly edifying.

1 Timothy 1:3-4
[3]As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine,
[4]Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.

Perfecting of the Saints

Ephesians 4:11-16
[11]And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
[12]For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
[13]Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
[14]That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
[15]But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
[16]From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

Who are Saints?

1 Corinthians 6:1-4,11
[1]Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?
[2]Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
[3]Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?
[4]If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church.
[11]And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

Romans 1:7
[7]To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

1.The ones who are sanctified are called Saints.

2.The saints are in the church.

3. Those that are beloved of God are Saints.

* In what they are sanctified?

1 Corinthians 1:2
[2]Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:

[Romans 7:25
[25]I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

Which part of Paul is serving the law of God?

His mind.

Which part of Paul serve the law of sin?

His flesh(heart)

Matthew 12:34-35
[34]O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
[35]A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.

Luke 6:45
[45]A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.

Paul was sanctified in his mind so that he was able to serve God. But at the same time he was also needed to be sanctified in his heart.]

These people were sanctified in their minds and were called to be sanctified in their hearts. If they are sanctified in both mind and heart they can be perfect.

So How many saints need to be perfect?

Ephesians 4:12-13
[12]For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
[13]Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

Ephesians 4:16
[16]From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

We are members of Christ’s body.

1 Corinthians 12:27
[27]Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

The goal of each and every Christian is to be perfect or to be complete.

Ephesians 4:12
[12]For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

We are as living stones in the spiritual house of God.

1 Peter 2:5
[5]Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

We are not strangers and foreigners, but what are we?

Ephesians 2:19-22
[19]Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
[20]And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
[21]In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
[22]In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

God has set every one of the members in the body according to his will.

1 Corinthians 12:18
[18]But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.

Each and everyone are place in different places in the body of Christ.

So how should everyone about themselves?

Romans 12:3
[3]For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

How is every member knit together?

Colossians 2:18-19
[18]Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,
[19]And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.

Ephesians 4:15
[15]But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

Christ is the head of the body(church). Having Christ as the head the body increaseth with the increase of God.

The perfecting of each member works towards one common goal.

Ephesians 4:11-13
[11]And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
[12]For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
[13]Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

Each and every members have different needs, abilities and positions.

1 Corinthians 12:18-30
[18]But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.
[19]And if they were all one member, where were the body?
[20]But now are they many members, yet but one body.
[21]And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.
[22]Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:
[23]And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.
[24]For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked:
[25]That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.
[26]And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.
[27]Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
[28]And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
[29]Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?
[30]Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?

Romans 12:4-8
[4]For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:
[5]So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
[6]Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;
[7]Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;
[8]Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.

These are set like this for the body to work properly.

1 Peter 4:10-11
[10]As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
[11]If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever.Amen.

The scriptures are helpful for our perfection.

2 Timothy 3:16-17
[16]All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,
[17]That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

Everyone of us should help each other to become perfect. With what we should help each other?

2 Timothy 4:2-5
[2]Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
[3]For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
[4]And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
[5]But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

God is faithful to give what is necessary for us to be perfect.

Exodus 4:10-12
[10]And Moses said unto the LORD, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.
[11]And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD?
[12]Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.

Joshua 1:5,9
[5]There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
[9]Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

If we willfully do the work that has been given to us, he will provide us with necessary things to accomplish his will.

2 Peter 1:4
[4]Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

Hebrews 13:5
[5]Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

Promises the same thing to the church.

If we are growing, we should diligently consider what things we are lacking.

What did Paul think of himself?

Philippians 3:12-16
[12]Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
[13]Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
[14]I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

He tells us how we should be.

[15]Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.
[16]Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.

What did the Laodiceans think of themselves? What were they really are? What did they tell of themselves?

Revelation 3:15-18
[15]I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
[16]So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
[17]Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

Lord’s suggestion to them:

Revelation 3:18
[18]I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

Lord’s warning:

Revelation 3:19
[19]As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

Without being our faith tested we cannot be perfect.

1 Peter 1:6-8
[6]Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:
[7]That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
[8]Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

We have to examine ourselves.

2 Corinthians 13:5
[5]Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

When we examine ourselves then only we can make sure that we are fully complete.

The Woman that God praises

Which woman shall be praised?

Proverbs 31:30
[30]Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.

Favour and beauty are not praised by the Lord. He praises the woman that feareth in him.

The woman that feareth the Lord has wisdom,knowledge and understanding.

Proverbs 15:33
[33]The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.

Proverbs 1:7
[7]The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

The wisdom, knowledge and understanding relates to spiritual things.

What does the fear of the Lord means?

Psalms 34:11-14
[11]Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
[12]What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good?
[13]Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.
[14]Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.

Proverbs 8:13
[13]The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.

1 Peter 3:10-12
[10]For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:
[11]Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.
[12]For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.

Doing these things is the fear of the Lord.

What are the things the woman that feareth the Lord do?

Proverbs 31:12-22
[12]She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
[13]She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.
[14]She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.
[15]She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.
[16]She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
[17]She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
[18]She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.
[19]She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
[20]She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
[21]She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
[22]She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.

a.All these things are good works.

b.Brings physical honour to her husband.

Proverbs 31:23
[23]Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.

Proverbs 12:4
[4]A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.

Proverbs 11:16
[16]A gracious woman retaineth honour: and strong men retain riches.

Proverbs 31:25-26
[25]Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
[26]She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

This doesn’t talk about her outward or physical clothing. It’s her spiritual clothing.

Women are supposed to adorn themselves with the ornament of meek and quiet spirit which is not corruptible.

1 Peter 3:3-4
[3]Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;
[4]But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.

The woman that feareth the Lord did not eat the bread of idleness.

Proverbs 31:27
[27]She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

This woman did not sit in idleness. She was like the merchant’s ship, working and keeping herself busy.

What does the New Testament require from the woman that wants to be praised by God?

1 Timothy 2:9-10
[9]In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;
[10]But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.

In vs.9 we are not supposed to adorn ourselves with gold,pearls or costly array. These are physical things. God does not praise the outward beauty or favour.

But we are supposed to adorn ourselves with good works because

1 Samuel 16:7
[7]But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.

What is of great price in the sight of the Lord?

1 Peter 3:3-4
[3]Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;
[4]But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.

We should adorn ourselves in our hearts. Not physically but spiritually.

To be praised by God how are we supposed to be?

1 Timothy 3:11
[11]Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.

Ought to be grave,not slanderers,sober and faithful in all things. These qualities are necessary for the woman that feareth the Lord.

The women who are praised by the Lord in certain things are as below.

1. Obedience

1 Peter 3:5-6
[5]For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands:
[6]Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.

Sara and other holy women adorned themselves by obeying their husbands.

How?

Titus 2:9-10
[9]Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again;
[10]Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.

Adorn the doctrine of God. By obeying God we adorn ourselves.

Luke 1:6
[6]And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.

2. Faith

2 Timothy 1:3-5
[3]I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day;
[4]Greatly desiring to see thee, being mindful of thy tears, that I may be filled with joy;
[5]When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.

Timothy had the unfeinged faith which dwelt first in his grandmother Lois and in his mother Eunice. Here Lois and Eunice must have taught Timothy about the unfeinged faith.

2 Timothy 3:14-15
[14]But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;
[15]And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

His grandmother and his mother taught Timothy from his childhood. These women had faith in the Lord so that they were able to teach Timothy.

A command has been given to us by God.

1 Timothy 5:4-5
[4]But if any widow have children or nephews, let them learn first to shew piety at home, and to requite their parents: for that is good and acceptable before God.
[5]Now she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, trusteth in God, and continueth in supplications and prayers night and day.

Titus 2:3-5
[3]The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;
[4]That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,
[5]To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

3. Good Works

Acts 9:36-42
[36]Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did.
[37]And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick, and died: whom when they had washed, they laid her in an upper chamber.
[38]And forasmuch as Lydda was nigh to Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent unto him two men, desiring him that he would not delay to come to them.
[39]Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and shewing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them.
[40]But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up.
[41]And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up, and when he had called the saints and widows, presented her alive.
[42]And it was known throughout all Joppa; and many believed in the Lord.

Tabitha or Dorcas was filled with Good Works. She helped many people who are in need. When she died in vs.39 the widows showed Peter the coats and garments that Dorcas has made for them.

Dorcas did these good works as she was a devout woman.

James 1:27
[27]Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

4. Labour

Philippians 4:1-3
[1]Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.
[2]I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord.
[3]And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life.

Euodias,syntyche and other fellowlabourers laboured with Paul in the Gospel.

The Labour of these women are praised by God.

Romans 16:1-2
[1]I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea:
[2]That ye receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints, and that ye assist her in whatsoever business she hath need of you: for she hath been a succourer of many, and of myself also.

Phebe had been a succourer of many.(succourer–Feminine of a derivative of G4291; a patroness that is assistant)

Doing Good Works is a service or minister.

Hebrews 6:9-10
[9]But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak.
[10]For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.

Phebe was doing good works to the Saints.

The physical reward that the woman that feareth the Lord received.

Proverbs 31:28-29
[28]Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
[29]Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.

Romans 2:28-29
[28]For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:
[29]But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

This praise comes from God not men.

Romans 2:6-7
[6]Who will render to every man according to his deeds:
[7]To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:

If we walk like this, on the day of judgement we will receive these things.

Lord’s words are Pure!

Psalms 12:1-8
[1](To the chief Musician upon Sheminith, A Psalm of David.) Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.
[2]They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.
[3]The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things:
[4]Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us?
[5]For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the LORD; I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him.
[6]The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.
[7]Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.
[8]The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted.

The things mentioned in this psalm has happened and is also happening today, However the word of the Lord is always pure . Brings hope,courage, comfort and gives wisdom, understanding and reproof.

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