TOPICAL BIBLE STUDIES
These outlines are intended as "teaching guides" to the study
of any particular topic. The outlines may leave many unanswered questions
as to details since those details would be answered in the process of teaching
from the scripture references provided. In addition, there may be vocabulary
references and subject references that are unfamiliar. Hopefully before
too long, all the necessary topics will be available to provide a balanced
and complete theology.
GREEK: Verbal Orientation
Hebrew Verbal Orientation
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DOCTRINE OF WARFARE and the MILITARY
GNASHING OF TEETH
Welfare: Christian welfare
WICKEDNESS: kakia, a word study
The WISE MEN See The
Magi (under Archive M)
Wisdom: Spiritual Gift, word of wisdom
Witchcraft: See The Occult
Witnesses: The two
The Woman of Rev. 12
WOMAN: The Mineralogist Woman (category, humor)
Word of Knowledge: Spiritual Gift
Word of Wisdom: Spiritual Gift
THE WORLD SYSTEM
WORSHIP OF CHRIST
DOCTRINE OF WARFARE and the MILITARY
1. The protection of a national entity is two-fold: interior and exterior.
Interior protection is the objectivity of law and execution of good law
enforcement (Prov. 29:4a).
Exterior protection is the military establishment.
2. In spite of man's efforts for peace, warfare will continue until the
millennial reign of Christ (Matt. 24:6, Mk. 13:7, Lk. 21:9).
Therefore, warfare is not only a bona fide part of history (Eccl. 3:8; Num
but very necessary for the maintenance of national sovereignty and national
A. Man's sinful nature is self-centered and oppressive: Jam. 4:1-2;
B. Threat of oppression from another society: Neh. 4:7-8,11
C. Warmongers do exist within some societies: Ps. 120:5-7
D. Example in history: Gen. 14:1-24
3. Warfare is justified. 1Chron 5:18-22; Deut. 31:3-8; 20:1-4.
4. After the Exodus, the Jews had many wars and Jesus Christ himself
was the Lord of Hosts (armies). His title is found throughout Joshua (e.g.
Josh. 5:13-6:2). Every command that Joshua received to annihilate the enemy
came from the Lord Jesus Christ Who commanded that all men, women, and children
However, it must be recognized that this command for "total" annihilation
is directed against those who were steeped in the most horrendous of occult
and sexual perversity. There is no evidence that this "total annihilation"
should be the basic premise in any warfare situation of our modern times.
5. God himself uses the military to demonstrate degeneracy in the people
of a nation. The failure of a military on the battlefield indicates lack
of self-discipline and lack of respect for authority.
These are the basic ingredients for the destruction of freedom.
There must be self-discipline and respect for authority in order for freedom
to be perpetuated. The failure of a military indicates lack of character
and lack of stability among the citizens of a national entity.
6. Since the battlefield decides freedom when nations are aggressive
toward others, universal military training is an important function of national
A. Israel: Numbers 1:2-3.
B. Training is biblical (Numbers 31:3,5 and Judges 3:1-2).
7. For the Christian, the warfare mentality requires several factors.
A. First and foremost is orientation to the plan of God via knowledge
and application of His word.
B. The 2nd factor is prayer.
C. The third factor is physical skills and equipment. (Ps. 18:29, 34; 144:1)
Applied in the U.S. constitution in the 2nd amendment,
"A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security
of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms,
shall not be infringed."
D. The fourth factor is strategy and tactics. Luke 14:31
Application from Nehemiah 4:9,14.
This applies to all male adults (universal) Neh 4:15-23.
E. The fifth factor is diplomacy when applicable: Luke 14:32
8. Characteristic of good military personnel:
A. Spiritual life (a Christian)
B. Stability of the soul.
C. Self and group discipline.
D. Relaxed mental facilities - able to think under pressure
E. Sense of responsibility
F. Strength and stability of character
G. Confidence in strategy and weapon use
H. Common sense and good judgment
I. Loyalty and the recognition of authority.
J. Fairness to all personnel in spite of personal prejudice
K. Good health and endurance
9. The military is a bona fide profession for the Christian
A. Training: Ps 18:34; 144:1
B. Protection: Ps 91:5-10
C. Skills: Ps 18:29
D. Luke 3:14
10.When nations lose wars, they lose their freedom.
National freedom is lost on the battlefield and freedom is won on the battlefield.
11. Once a nation exists under a particular political regime, revolution
is never a bona fide means for change. It is unbiblical for a believer to
participate in revolution. Pr.24:21-22; Mt. 22:21
See Topic: REVOLUTION
12. Warfare is bona fide ONLY in the preservation of national freedom.
Warfare is NEVER authorized for the protection of believers in a persecution
2 Cor. 10:3-6; Eph. 6:10-18; 1 Pet. 4:12-19
WASHINGSThe WISE MEN
1. Hebrews 6:2 lists, "instruction about washings" as a basic
The word there is, baptismos and is translated both as "washing"
A. This requires teaching about the Old Testament "cleansing"
B. This includes teaching about the 7 different baptisms. (only 4 are "wet.")
C. This includes understanding the "symbolism" of washing related
2. Forgiveness is portrayed by the symbol of "washing with water."
A. Washed refers to purification from sins in the sense of total release
and forgiveness as well as a basic awareness of divine good vs. human good.
1 Cor. 6:11; Acts 22:16, apoluō, aorist middle indicative
B. Washed is a fulfillment of the Old Testament Mosaic ritual which
pictured both salvation and fellowship. Ex. 30:18-21
1. The washing of feet and hands symbolized capacity to serve through
fellowship with God.
2. The dedication washing of Numbers 8:5-7, symbolized salvation. That
is why it was only done one time.
3. John 13:3-11 illustrates the principle
a. Bathed: louō, perfect passive participle = salvation
b. completely clean: katharos = purified
1. forgiveness of sins
2. purified attitude that rejects human good.
3. The word, katharos, provides the basis for understanding the salvation
provision of "washed."
c. Washing the feet is fellowship cleansing through confession of sin.
4. The placement of the laver between the tent and the altar indicates
that the basis for cleansing is the blood sacrifice. Heb. 10:1-4
5. Thus redemption occurs first, then cleansing.
C. Jesus made purification for sins by His work on the cross.
1. Heb. 1:3, katharismos
2. Redemption: Col. 1:14; Eph. 1:7; 1 Pet. 1:18-19; Jn. 1:29
D. But we must claim it for ourselves by faith.
1. Acts 15:9
2. Acts 22:16, by calling on His name.
E. This salvation cleansing provides a new standard of forgiveness in
the conscience that recognizes the inadequacy of human works.
1. Heb. 9:11-14, cleanse your conscience from dead works
2. Heb. 10:19-22
a. hearts purified: rantidzō, perfect passive participle.
This refers to the new standard of relating to God. (a good conscience
vs. an evil conscience)
b. Bodies washed: forgiveness of sins via the new birth.
c. Titus 3:5, the washing of regeneration
d. Eph. 5:25-26 and 1 Pet. 1:23, washing and the new birth accomplished
BY the word.
3. The salvation pledge to God of a good conscience is symbolized by
water baptism. 1 Pet. 3:21.
4. Water baptism does NOT accomplish forgiveness of sins. Does NOT accomplish
salvation. Water baptism is a SYMBOL of the spiritual cleansing which takes
place at the moment that someone trusts in Christ as savior.
5. Washed then, refers to the application of redemption by faith which
results in the forgiveness of sins.
3. Capacity to serve is based on cleansing. Titus 2:13-14
1. redeem: salvation work of the cross
2. purify: salvation applied to the individual who believes.
3. Zealous for good works: extends the initial purification to the process
of growth and Christian living.
4. Cf. the Old Testament symbolism at Ex. 30:18-21; Num. 8:5-7
4. Revelation 7:14, washed their robes and made them white. Speaks of
the forgiveness of sins and the possession of God's very own righteousness
as a result.
5. 2 Pet. 1:9, Through failure in the growth process, the believer who
stays out of fellowship with God and thus spiritually neutralized can actually
get to the point where he "forgets" he was saved in the first
place. The symbolism that is used is "washed."
6. 1 John 1:7, extends salvation "cleansing" from sin into
the Christian way of life based on confession of sins.
1. All sins were paid for on the cross.
2. The believer receives a "salvation" forgiveness of all sins
(past and future) when he trusts in Christ as savior.
3. past sins will never be brought up again.
4. future sins will never affect salvation.
5. But, future sins will break "fellowship" with God and if not
confessed will result in discipline as an errant child "still in the
6. But the basis for "confession" of any future sin for restoration
to fellowship, is because Christ has already paid for it on the cross.
7. While we are IN fellowship, we are experiencing a "present"
cleansing of all sins because they have already been paid for.
7. See TOPIC: Baptism for details on the 7 baptisms.
WELFARE: From a Christian
1. First we must recognize the effects of the antagonistic environment.
Mt. 26:11; Deut. 15:11
The poor are always with you.
A. The physical environment: loss of health, possessions or provider.
B. Oppression from others (via their sin natures) which deprives people
of possessions and property.
2. But giving to the poor is not automatically a good deed pleasing to
John 12:1-8; Mk. 6:1-2; Mt. 26:6-13
3. True Christianity has 2 basic character expressions. James 1:27
A. Spiritual purity: keeping oneself unspotted from the world (which
includes moral purity).
B. Moral generosity: remember the widows and orphans.
4. Christian love involves material generosity directed to fellow "believers."
A. James 2:15-16
B. 1 John 3:17-18
5. Early Christian teaching concerning the poor. Gal. 2:10
Jerusalem counsel: remember the poor.
6. Early church welfare provisions: Acts 2:41-47; 4:32-35
A. Not mandated: just their way of dealing with it at the time.
B. Later, the "communal" arrangement is not found in the church.
7. Moral responsibility of welfare recipients in the church. 2
3:7-12; 1 Tim. 5:3-16
8. Occasion for welfare extended to other churches. Acts 11:27-30
9. General welfare provisions in the nation of Israel.
A. The third tithe: Deut. 14:28-29
1. Definition: The custom of the poor and strangers gathering the leftovers
of a crop after the reapers finished.
2. This was a divine command for national life. Lev. 19:9-10
Deut. 23:24; 24:19-22
3. The command was to leave some grain behind when reaping so that the
strangers, widows, fatherless, poor - could gather it.
4. If a field was reaped, but a section was forgotten, then it was to
remain for the poor.
5. This dealt with - harvesting grains, olives, grapes.
6. Purpose: was 3-fold according to Deut. 24
a. Personal blessing from God - v. 19
b. Commemoration of grace: remembering the deliverance from Egypt - v.
c. To provide for those who could not hire themselves out - but were able
to work for themselves.
C. Year of remission: Deut. 15:1-11
D. Year of Jubilee: Lev. 25:8-17 (23-34)
E. No interest charged: Lev. 25:35-37
F. Indentured service should be viewed as employment. Lev. 25:39-41 cf.
WICKEDNESS: kakia, a word study
The words wickedness and malice, translate the Greek word
Kakia occurs 11 times in the New Testament and refers to the general overt
expression of wrongdoing that usually does harm to others.
The Arndt and Gingrich Greek Lexicon gives us,
(a) in the moral sense, depravity, wickedness, vice generally opposed to
(b) malice, ill-will, malignity.
This focuses on the mental side of doing harm, in the sense of intent,
attitude and motivation. However, at the 11 occurrences in the NT, the focus
seems more on the OVERT expression of wickedness and the doing of harm,
rather than the attitude, while at the same time not disassociating us from
the mental attitude.
The Theological Dictionary of the New Testament (Vol. III, pages 482-83)
"It is the quality of a kakos, and it can also signify the OUTWORKING
OF THIS QUALITY (emphasis mine), sometimes in the plural."
"In the LXX kakia is on the one hand a single wrong act."
A simple perusal of New Testament usage may help see this focus.
1. Mat. 6:34, "sufficient for the day is its wickedness." The
context is telling us not to worry about our details of life either for
today or for the potential deficiencies of the next day and the next day,
Worry is sin, and for each day, whether it be today or tomorrow there
is and will be enough sin without us adding to it with our worry. Yes, this
could have in view the mental wickedness of each day - or it could simply
have in view the GENERAL expressions of harm (wickedness, sin) that will
be manifested every day in our sphere of living.
2. Acts 8:22, "therefore change your mind about this wickedness
A. v. 20, the sin is: "you THOUGHT you could obtain the gift of
God with money." - BUT - It is also the ACT of making the request
of v. 19.
B. v. 21, "your HEART is not right with God."
C. v. 22, "pray so that if possible the INTENTION of your HEART
might be forgiven you."
D. V. 23 describes the background for his wickedness: "you are
in the gall of BITTERNESS (pikria) and the bondage of unrighteousness (adikia).
Ie, the mental attitude sin of bitterness (anger because the focus was
removed from him onto the apostles -- verses 9-11) and the unrighteousness
of his pride and approbation lust (wanting to be the focus of attention)
led him to a false conclusion about what he observed (the administration
of the Holy Spirit through the apostolic ritual) and produced the mental
and overt sin (wickedness - kakia) of seeking/asking for this "power"
for himself. There is not a "harm to others" meaning in this
context, but it does seem to focus on what he did (asked), for if he had
not asked, there would have been no rebuke by Peter.
3. Rom. 1:29, "being filled with unrighteousness, evil, greed, wickedness:"
A. Those who have rejected God at the point of God-consciousness are
characterized by a variety of sins, doing "those things which are
not proper," (v. 28).
B. These sins are broken down into ONE overall category of unrighteousness
and then into THREE classifications and then into 17 specific sins.
This is based on the phrase, "being filled with," which is
a perf. pas. participle of pleroo; and the fact that unrighteousness is
an all-inclusive term in itself that embraces EVERYTHING that follows
it. The list of 17 specific sins is introduced by the adjective, mestos
C. Unrighteousness refers to everything that is contrary to God's established
standards for the right and proper interaction between God's creatures.
D. The 3 classifications of unrighteousness are:
1. poneria (evil, wickedness): the infectious evil that seeks to influence
and control others into a "philosophy" of evil that rejects God's
moral and spiritual purpose for the human race.
2. pleonexia (greed): the total occupation with the details of life
as being that around which all of human life revolves.
3. kakia (evil, wickedness): The general thoughts and actions that bring
HARM to others.
E. The 18 sins that follow, which are introduced by the adjective,
are ALL unrighteousness, and each one falls into one of the 3 classifications
4. 1 Cor. 5:8, "let us therefore celebrate the feast, not with old
leaven, nor with the leaven of malice (kakia) and wickedness (ponaria),
but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth."
A. Obviously, we have 2 categories of sinfulness in view.
B. ponaria refers to the infectious evil that undermines God's plan
by promoting alternate philosophies of life. It occurs 7 times (check out
the contexts): Mt. 22:18; Mk 7:22; Lk. 11:39; Acts 3:26; Rom. 1:29; 1 Cor.
5:8; Eph. 6:12.
C. kakia, then, refers to the general category of sins that think or
do harm to others.
D. The 2 are offset by sincerity and truth.
E. Truth offsets the promotion of anti-God philosophies and sincerity
(pure motivation) offsets the attitudes and actions that harm other people.
5. 1 Cor. 14:20, "do not be children in your thinking, but
in WICKEDNESS (kakia) be babies; and in your thinking be mature."
A. Paul's concern is that they grow up concerning God's plan for the
gift of tongues. This requires that they not be children in their thought
processes, but be mature.
B. Then Paul adds "in passing" an area where all believers
SHOULD BE as babies -- and that is in the area of wickedness (kakia), ie,
the thinking and doing of harm to others. The furthest thing from the mind
and actions of a baby is the harming of others.
6. Eph. 4:31, "let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor
and slander be put away from you, along with all malice."
A. V. 30 exhorts them to not be "putting to grief" (PRESENT
active imperative) the Holy Spirit which happens when we sin or failure
to confess sin already committed. The desire of God is that we not sin
because sin quenches the control of the Spirit and takes us out of the
sphere of experiencing abundant life blessing. When we allow this to happen,
God is anthropopathically saddened.
B. V. 31 then gives us a general list of sins that need to be avoided
in order to maintain our fellowship with God. The issue in v. 31 is the
recognition of what quenches the Spirit so that we can either avoid them
in the first place or confess them if they do occur.
C. The first 3 sins mentioned are MENTAL attitude sins:
1. Bitterness: pikria, perpetuation of an unforgiving attitude; holding
a grudge; blaming someone or something for the negative circumstances in
2. Wrath: thumos, intense emotional anger that we would associate with
"losing one's temper."
3. Anger: orge, a settled, controlled status of anger; more intense
than bitterness and that usually seeks some kind of retaliation.
D. The next 2 sins mentioned are VERBAL:
1. clamor: krauge refers to loud, boisterous, aggressive "verbal"
conflicts; verbal abuse in general.
2. slander: blasphemia refers to any kind of defamation of character.
E. And then the last sin mentioned is OVERT:
kakia, as we have seen
seems to focus more on the overt expression of harmful intent and would
refer to anything that accomplishes harm to another.
F. Then at v. 32, we have the positive attitudes and actions that offset
the sins of v. 31 and promote Christian unity and impact.
7. Col. 3:8, "but now you also, put them all aside; anger, wrath,
malice, slander and abusive speech from your mouth."
A. Again we have the 3 categories of personal sin.
B. anger and wrath are MENTAL sins.
C. Malice (kakia) is the OVERT expression of the mental sins.
D. Slander and abusive speech are the VERBAL expressions of the mental
8. Titus 3:3, "for we were once foolish ourselves, disobedient,
deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in
malice (kakia) and envy, hateful, hating one another."
A. It seems that the list Paul gives here focuses just on the MENTAL
ATTITUDE, unless, we can safely include overt kakia with mental kakia.
B. We have seen that kakia primarily focuses on overt activity, but
there is certainly a mental attitude of kakia that feeds the overt.
9. James 1:21, "Therefore, having put aside all filthiness and the
overflow of wickedness, in humility, receive the word . . ."
A. This is an exhortation to advance in growth.
B. It first requires the absence of any sin in the life.
C. Thus, confession which "puts aside" that sin is necessary
before the humility of receptivity to God's word can be present.
D. What is to be removed from the life is all MENTAL pollution (filthiness).
E. And the OVERFLOW: that which overflows from the mind to the overt
F. Of kakia: the overt wickedness that overflows from the mind to express
itself in harm to others.
10. 1 Peter 2:1, "Therefore, having put aside all malice
and all guile and hypocrisy and envy and all slander . . .desire the word."
A. Just like James 1:21, sin needs to be put away before there can be
success in the growth process.
B. Peter groups his list of sins into 3 areas, each introduced by ALL.
1. All wickedness: pas kakia, which embraces all the overt expressions
of seeking harm to others.
2. And ALL guile and hypocrisy and envy: These are the motivational
sins that are hidden beneath the surface.
a. guile: dolos, is deceit through the content of your message; the
attempt to teach error.
b. hypocrisy: hupokrisis is deceit through your actions; attempt to
look different than you really are.
c. envy: phthonos is the self-centered and selfish hunger after the
blessings of others.
3. And ALL slander: katalalia is verbal abuse in general. It means to
speak down to or against someone.
11. 1 Peter 2:16, "not using your freedom as a covering for evil
(kakia), but as bondservants of God."
A. This is talking about the abuse of Christian liberty. All things
are lawful, but not all things are beneficial. However, the "all things"
in view do not include those activities that are specifically identified
in the bible as sin.
B. Wickedness (kakia) refers to the overt sinful acts that a person
does, and specifically, those things that actually bring harm to others.
C. It is true that we have freedom to "live" without the chains
of legalism, but that does not mean that we have a license to walk all
over others with indifference and self-centeredness.
D. There are some who use the "excuse" of Christian liberty
to actually engage in sinful activity, thinking that the doctrine gives
them some kind of "covering" that makes there sinful activity
- not sinful.
E. The use of kakia here is clearly referring to overt wickedness. Christian
liberty does not involve the thought life - only overt activity.
1. Alcoholic beverages are bona fide:
Gen. 14:18; 27:25; Ps. 104:15 (yayin)
Titus 2:3; 1:7; 1 Tim. 3:3; 5:23; John 2
2. But getting drunk is always
condemned by the Bible as a sin. Isaiah 5:11, 22; 28:7-8; Rom.
13:13; 1 Cor. 5:11; Prov. 20:1; 23:20; Hab. 2:5; 1 Pet. 4:3.
3. Wine is "off limits" entirely
for certain individuals.
A. To the priests while they
performed their service. Lev. 10:9
B. To a person under a nazzarite vow (temporary): Num. 6:3, 20
C. Kings (rulers): Prov. 31:4-5
4. Wine can be used for medical
purposes: 1 Tim. 5:23
5. Wine in excess is for the loser
in life. The one who fails to utilize divine provisions for handling
pressure and adversity. Prov. 31:6-7
6. The fruits of using excess wine.
A. Takes away common sense and
dulls the senses, causing you to do things you would not
otherwise have permitted. Gen. 19:32
B. Causes unusual, abnormal
behavior. 1 Sam. 1:12-16
C. Impedes one's ability to defend himself. 2 Sam. 13:28-29
D. It distorts the character of man: Esther 1:10-11
E. Distorts the judgment of those in authority: Pr. 31:4
F. It is a depressant which dulls the senses: Pr. 31:6-7
G. Distorts judgment: Isaiah 28:7
H. Causes sickness, vomit, etc: Is. 28:8; 19:14; Hos. 7:5:
I. Severe mental and physical depression: Jer. 23:9
J. Distorts the thinking of the soul: Hosea 4:11
K. Makes a fool of the one who is overtaken by it. Pr. 20:1
L. Eventually leads to poverty: Prov. 21:17; 23:21
M. Shows one's lack of wisdom and common sense. Pr. 20:1
N. Drunkenness diminishes one's concern for personal safety and
self respect. Gen. 9:20-23.
O. Drunkenness aided the
downfall of the Chaldean empire. Dan. 5
P. Alcoholism is an ingredient that leads to national disaster.
Is. 28:1-9; Joel 1:4-6
Q. Alcoholism removes moral standards and restraints: Joel 3:3
R. Wine is used for seduction purposes: Hab. 2:15-16
S. The life of the drunk: Prov. 23:29-35
7. Drunkenness is used as an
analogy to spiritual apostasy. Is. 28:1; 29:9; 51:21
8. Drunkenness is used to describe
the condition of the soul when controlled by the sin nature.
9. Daniel completely avoided all
wine (as well as other things) for health reasons and was physically
better for it. Dan. 1:5-16
10.The doctrine of separation
applied to drunks: Prov. 23:20-21; 1 Cor. 5:11
11. Conclusion (just in case it is
not clear): Wine is a bona fide beverage for believers, but wine in
excess and drunkenness is off limits for ALL believers in order to
maintain fellowship with God.
12. Question: Is alcoholism a sin
or a sickness?
Answer: it is a SIN.
A. It is a rejection of divine
solutions for the pressures of life.
B. It is an attempt to escape reality and hide from self and
C. It is true that there results a "physical" need for wine from
excess use, however, the real issue is in the soul and it is a
THE WORLD SYSTEM
1. The World (kosmos) is the organized system of creature arrogance initiated
by Satan's rebellion and fueled by his delusions of grandeur.
2. Satan's rebellion is described in Ezek. 28.12-19
A. v. 15 - Unrighteousness was found in you. (rejection of God's standards)
B. v. 16 - internally filled with violence. (mental antagonism)
C. v. 17 - your heart was lifted up. (creature arrogance)
D. v. 17 - corrupted your wisdom. (distortion and delusion)
E. v. 18 - profaned your sanctuaries. (sabotage and revolution)
3. Because of Satan's rebellion, God assigned him a destiny in the lake
of fire and removed him from his heavenly home.
A. Mt. 25.41
B. Ezek. 28.16b
C. Isaiah 14.12
4. The human race was created to demonstrate to the fallen angels that
God's plan operated on Divine love as well as on righteousness and justice.
For this reason, God gave man rulership over the earth where he was
5. When Satan succeeded in accomplishing the fall of mankind in Adam,
he usurped that rulership from him and incorporated the physical earth into
his kosmic system.
A. 1 John 5.19
B. Luke 4.6
C. Jn. 12.31; 14.30; 16.11 -- ruler of this world
D. 2 Cor. 4.4 - the god of this world
6. Furthermore, because of man's sin, he acquired a distorted physical
nature which has a natural affinity to the creature arrogance of Satan's
A. 1 John 2.16
B. Gal. 5.17
7. So then, the world system is comprised of three basic elements:
A. Satan himself.
B. Satan's demon organization: Eph. 6.12
C. Man's distorted sinful nature. I John 2.16
8. The darkness manifesto of the world system was designed by Satan in
Is. 14.13-14, The 5 "I wills" of Satan represent - -
A. Rulership over the 3rd heaven
B. Rulership over the angels
C. Rulership over the human race
D. Rulership over the Messiah
E. Displacement of God himself.
9. The darkness manifesto of Satan is promoted in the universe through
his demon organization.
A. 1 Tim. 1.4 - doctrines of demons and seducing spirits demon visions
and visitations such as at Job 4.12-21
B. Physical oppression: possession and harassment
C. The whole program operates on deception. Rev. 12.9
1. 2 Cor. 11.14 - Angel of light
2. 2 Thes. 2.7-11 - power, signs and false wonders
D. Thus his domains is called the kingdom of darkness.
Acts 26.18 and Col. 1.13
10. His activity in the human realm is designed to totally discredit
God's character and plan.
A. The subtle way he does this is to promote religion.
B. Religion denies the reality of Divine grace and elevates the creature
to the place of determining Divine policy through works.
C. Religion gives lip service to God in overt ritual, but denies the
power of Christianity by rejecting grace, faith and truth. Col. 2.8,20-23;
2 Tim. 3.1-7
D. But the religion and viewpoint of the world is inadequate for relating
to God. 1 Cor. 1.20-28
11. The unbeliever's place in the world system is automatic from the
point of his physical birth. Eph. 2.1-2; Gal. 4.3; Jn. 8.44
12. And his basic attitude is one of hatred for light.
Jn. 3.19-20; Jn.
15.18-19; 17.14; 16.33
13. Because of the presence of the sin nature,
the bona fide details of life designed for function within the world, come
under the lust of creature arrogance and selfishness. 1 Jn. 2.16; Eph. 2.3
14. This occupation with details distracts the creature from spiritual
reality and value. Mk. 8.36; Mt. 16.26; Lk. 9.25
15. When a person becomes a believer, he is delivered out from the world
system into the kingdom of light. Acts 26.18; Col. 1.13; 1 Pet. 2.9
16. But now there exists in the believer a conflict between God and Satan;
between light and darkness.
A. The personal warfare with the sin nature: 1 Pet. 2.11; Gal. 5.17
B. The spiritual warfare: Eph. 6.12; 2 Cor. 10.3-4
C. Friendship with the world. Jas. 4.1-4
17. Thus, there exists the very real possibility that a child of God
will fall victim to the viewpoint and influences of darkness.
A. 1 Tim. 4.1-3
B. 1 Tim. 1.19-20
C. 2 Tim. 4.3-4
D. 2 Peter 2.1-2
18. The exhortation to remain unspotted from the world. Jas. 1.27
SUMMARY OF UNSPOTTED FROM THE WORLD
1. The real issue is the negative influence from the darkness viewpoint
of the world.
John 17:15-17; Rom. 12:2
2. Our conflict is a spiritual conflict. Eph. 6:11-12; 2
3. Two opposing spheres of authority and influence.
A. Light vs. darkness: Acts 26:18; Col. 1:13; 1 Pet. 2:9; Eph. 5:8;
B. Col. 2:8 with verse 3
4. Leaven: 1 Cor. 5:6
A. Mat. 16:6-12; Luke 12:1-2
B. Gal. 5:1-9
C. 1 Cor. 5:7-8
D. Mark 8:15 (Herod)
5. Separation from unbelievers: 1 Cor. 5:9-10; 2
6. Separation from believers: 1 Cor. 5:11-13; 2
Thes. 3:6, 14-15; Rom.
7. Viewpoint separation: James 4:4; Rom. 12:2; 1 John 2:15
8. Value of separation: 1Cor. 15:33-34; Pr. 13:20; 15:31; 2Pet. 3:17-18
9. Impact: Philip. 2:12-16; Col. 4:5-6; Eph. 5:7-17
Testimony - 1 Thes. 4:1-12
WORSHIP OF CHRIST
1. Acts: no worship of Christ in Acts.
Acts 16.14; 18.7 - worshipers of God
2. Epistles: no worship of Christ in the epistles
3. Hebrews: 1.6 - Angels worship him at the 2nd advent
A. Worship of the child: Mt. 2.2, 11 - by the wise men
B. The disciples: Mt. 14.33
C. Women after the resurrection: Mt. 28.9
D. The healed blind man: Jn. 9.38
E. All other references to worship directed to God or the Father.
A. 4.10-11 - in heaven - elders worship God
B. 5.14 - in heaven - the elders worship the Father and the Lamb.
C. 7.11 - In heaven - angels, elders, 4 creatures worship God
D. 11.16 - in heaven - 24 elders worship God
E. 14.7 - Evangelistic message -- worship him who made --- (God)
F. 15.4 - During the Millennium - all nations worship before you (God)
G. 19.4 - in heaven - elders, 4 creatures worship God
H. 19.10 - instruction from an angel - worship God
I. 22.9 - instruction to John form an angel -- worship God
1. Worship love is directed toward God, His word and His policies.
A. Worship is to be accomplished through the filling of the Spirit and
1. John 4.23-24 - proskuneō
2. Phil. 3.3 - latreuō
B. Worship love seeks to promote the benefit of the character and plan
of God through praise and service.
1. latreuō - Heb. 12.28; Phil. 3.3; Rom. 1.4; 2 Tim. 1.3
2. Fulfills proskuneō from Jn. 4.24
3. proskuneō - not used in the letters for Christian way
of life activity.
(1 Cor. 14.25 - a God consciousness-salvation issue)
(Hebrews -- an Old Testament context)
2. Worship in a church age context is explained by the word, eusebeia
which means "good worship."
A. The Divine policy by which we express ourselves to God in "good
2 Peter 1.3; 3.11; 1 Tim. 2.2
B. Training for good worship: 1 Tim. 4.7-8 with 2 Peter 1.5-8
C. Worship in the church age is centered around the person and work
1 Timothy 4.16
D. There are specific and absolute standards for good worship.
Titus 1.1; 1 Tim. 6.3
E. False worship: 2 Tim. 3.5
1. 1 Tim. 6.5
2. Is. 29.13
3. Basic love dedication is expressed at the moment of salvation.
Placing value on God's system for salvation is where worship begins.
A. 2 Thes. 2.10 - receive the love of the truth
B. Jn. 3.36 - hear and obey
C. 2 Thes. 1.8 - obey the gospel
D. Luke 8.13 - receive the word with joy
E. 1 Pet. 1.8 - love and rejoice
4. Growth dedication: perpetuation of love from 2
A. John 8.31
B. 1 Pet. 2.2
C. James 1.19-21 quick to hear (humility)
5. Functional dedication: James 1.22, application which is obedience
to the truth
A. Eph. 6.24
B. Jn. 14.15, 23-24
C. Jude 1.21
D. Rev. 2.4
E. 2 Thes. 3.5
F. 1 Cor. 2.9
G. 1 Cor. 16.22 - phileō
6. Service dedication: 1 Cor. 10.31
A. Romans 12.1
B. Hebrews 13.15-16
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