Adventist Bible Companion

Adventist Bible Companion

Copyright © 2013 Jonathan Mukwiri  | 

This Advent Bible Companion should help you to: "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth" (2 Timothy 2:15). Every word must have its proper bearing on the subject presented in the Bible. This calls for diligent Bible study. This companion is not an exhaustive study, but provides the foundation for further studies.

When studying the Bible, consider the rule set out in Isaiah 28:10: “For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little.” You will need your Bible to make use of the Advent Bible companion.

1 Word of God

2 Timothy 3:15-17 All scripture is given by inspiration of God. 2 Peter 1:19-21 The Bible interprets itself. John 14:29 Jesus tells us things before they take place. Isaiah 46:9, 10 God tells us the end from the beginning. Psalm 138:2 The Lord magnifies His word. Psalm 119:9 The word will cleanse the life. Psalm 119:133 Our steps should be ordered by the word. Matthew 4:4 The word is as essential as our daily food. 2 Corinthians 3:1-3 Unbelievers read in the lives of believers the word of God. 1 Peter 3:1 They “may without the word” be converted by the godly lives of earnest Christians.

Psalm 33:6-9; Hebrews 11:1-3 “By the word of the Lord were the heavens made.” Psalm 119:11 Hid in the heart, it will shield from sin. Deuteronomy 8:3 We learn to live upon the word of God. 1 John 5:4 Faith in the Word as transforming power of God.

Job 23:12 Esteem God’s word above food. Deuteronomy 6:5; Luke 10:27 Love God with all your life. 1 Samuel 12:24; Romans 12:11 Serve Him with the whole heart. Romans 13:1-4 Be subject to the nation. Acts 5:29 When nations step over the boundary and enforce laws contrary to God’s requirements, then you should obey God rather than men. John 5:39 Scripture testify of the Son of God.

2 God

Summary about the Father: The Father is Head of All (Ephesians 4:6; 1Corinthians 11:3); The Father is All and in All (1 Corinthians 15:28; John 17:23); The Father is Creator and Source of All (Hebrews 2:10; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Romans 11:36; Ephesians 3:14-15; Revelation 4:11); and the Father has everlasting life (original, unborrowed, underived) (John 5:26).

God who gave us His Son (John 3:16) is not a trinity! The trinity doctrine holds God to be a single Being but who is simultaneously Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This idea immediately creates confusion as to who is the God that gave His Son and who was the Son that was given. Indeed, it raises a question as to whether it was really a Son that was given. If you accept the Bible as it reads, you will discover the truth about God; but the trinity doctrine is unbiblical!

Deuteronomy 6:4 “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD;” 2 Kings 19:15 “O LORD God … thou art the God, even thou alone;” Nehemiah 9:6 “Thou, even thou, art LORD alone;” Mark 12:29 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord;” John 17:3 “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent;” Romans 3:30 “Seeing it is one God.”

1 Corinthians 8:4 “there is none other God but one;” 1 Corinthians 8:6 “there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things; Galatians 3:20 “God is one;” Ephesians 4:6 “One God and Father of all, who is above all;” 1 Timothy 2:5 “there is one God;”

1 Timothy 6:15 He is “the only Potentate;” Daniel 7:14 God is “the Ancient of Days;” 1 Peter 1:2 by “the foreknowledge of God the Father;” Psalm 90:2 “from everlasting to everlasting;” James 1:17 “with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning;” Malachi 3:6 He “changes not;” 1 Timothy 6:16 “dwelling in the light, whom no man has seen, nor can see.”

3 Son of God

Summary about the Son: The Son is by and through whom are all things (Colossians 1:16; John 1:3; Hebrews 1:2); The Son created all creatures by the Father’s power (Ephesians 3:9); The Son has the Father’s original life (original, unborrowed, underived) (John 5:26); The Son has the fullness of His Father [Godhead] dwelling in Him (Colossians 2:9; how is the Father [Godhead] in the Son? by the Spirit of the Father being without measure in the Son: John 3:34). Christ is Not created, but “the only begotten Son of God” (John 1:18; 3:16, 18; 1 John 4:9); ever subject to the authority of His Father, the only true God (1 Corinthians 15:27-28; John 17:3).

Our “Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father” (2 John 1:3) is not the second trinity god! If God the Supreme Being who “sent His Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins” (1 John 4:10) is a trinity and His Son is, therefore, Himself the Supreme Being or He is absolutely co-equal with the Supreme Being, then it implies that His Son Jesus did not truly die. The Supreme Being is described as the one “Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see” (1Tim. 6:15-16). If such applied to Jesus then He did not truly die at the cross, but was very much alive while foisting a delusion on humanity, thus making all our professions about the death and resurrection of Christ mere vanity and illusion. That is how absurd a belief in the trinity is! If you accept the Bible as it reads, you will not deny the Fatherhood of God and Sonship of Jesus, “He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son” (1 John 2:22), and the trinity is an antichrist doctrine!

The Bible is clear that Christ inherited all things from Jehovah, His Father. “Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands” (John 13:3), All things: His Father’s life (John 5:26; 6:57), His Father’s name (Heb 1:4; Phil 2:9; Ex 23:21-23), His Father’s glory (John 17:22), His Father’s throne (Rev 3:21), and His Father’s power of authority (John 10:18; Matt 28:18). The benevolence of God “whose name alone is JEHOVAH” (Ps 83:18) in putting His [Jehovah’s] name in His Son (Ex 23:21) and giving Him All things is used by the trinitarians to deny Christ’s Sonship and God’s Fatherhood.

The Son of God was “possessed by the LORD in the beginning of His way, before His works of old” (Prov 8:22); “whose going forth has been from everlasting” "from the days of eternity" (Micah 5:2); “before Abraham was” (John 8:58); “before the mountains and hills” (Prov 8:25); “before the world began” (2 Tim 1:9); "before the world was" (John 17:5); He “proceeded forth” (John 8:42); “was brought forth” (Prov 8:24-25); “came out from God” and "came out from" the Father (John 16:27; 17:8).

The Son of God is “the image of the invisible God” Col 1:15; “the express image of His person” Heb 1:3; "the first begotten" Heb 1:6; "the fruit of [His] body" Micah 6:7; "Son of the most high God" Mark 5:7; “the beginning [Head] of the creation of God” Rev 3:14; “the First-born of every creature” Col 1:15; And we are "the church of the firstborn" Heb 12:23; for by Him “were all things created” Col 1:16.

The Son of God is “by whom [God] made the worlds” Heb 1:2; "God, who created all things by Jesus Christ” Eph 3:9; "For by the word of the LORD were the heavens made" Psalm 33:6; for He was “before all things, and by Him all things consist” Col 1:17; who “upholds all things by the Word of His [God’s] power” Heb 1:3 "by inheritance" Heb 1:4; Who is “in the bosom of the Father” John 1:18; for “he that has seen [Him] has seen the Father” John 14:9; "being in the form of God but not grasping to be equal with God" Phil 2:6; "[His] God and [our] God" John 20:17; “in Whom dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily” Col 2:9; He is “the mighty God” Ps 50:1; Isa 9:6; He was "anointed by [His] God above [His] fellows" Heb 1:9; so that “all the angels of God worship Him” Heb 1:6; “the counsel of peace shall be between them both” Zech 6:13; keeping “the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” Eph 4:3; "[he] and [his] Father are one" John 10:30; "[He is] in the Father and the Father in [him]" John 14:10,11.

To the Son of God, “God, even the Father... has put all things under his [Christ's] feet” 1 Cor15:27; "Whom [God] has appointed heir of all things” Heb 1:2; except "He which did put all things under him" 1 Cor 15:27; because “the head of Christ is God” 1 Cor 11:3; "all power is given unto [him] in heaven and in earth" Matt 28:18; The Father has given him "power over all flesh” John 17:2; "All things are delivered unto [him] of [his] Father" Matt 11:27; "that in all things he might have the preeminence" Col 1:18; Therefore "the LORD GOD" said "Mine Angel shall go before you...My name is in him" Exod 23:17-23; “they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ” 1 Cor 10:4; “the Angel of His presence saved them...and He bare them, and carried them all the days of old” Isa 63:9.

4 Spirit of God

Summary about the Holy Spirit: Of spirits, there is only “one Spirit” (Ephesians 4:4) that is holy; that one Spirit is “the Spirit of your Father” (Matthew 10:20); God is everywhere by and in that one Spirit, as the psalmist tells us that God’s own Spirit is His presence, “Whither shall I go from thy Spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?” (Psalm 139:7); that one Spirit is an integral part of God just as the spirit of man is an integral part of man, for we are told, “For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God” (1 Corinthians 2:11); that one Spirit is which God gave to His Son, Christ, “for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto Him” (John 3:34); hence that one Spirit is shared by the Father and His Son as their Spirit, that is why Paul interchanges this by saying, “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his” (Romans 8:9); that one Spirit the Father gives us as the Spirit of His Son, “And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father” (Galatians 4:6); it is that one Spirit, as an integral inner part of Christ, that He breathed out to His disciples, “And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost” (John 20:22); that one Spirit of Christ, as an integral part of Christ, when in us, is Christ Himself, for “Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” (2 Corinthians 3:17); and as the Father and Son share that one Spirit, when that one Spirit is in us, Father and Son are in us, for Christ said: “If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him” (John 14:23).

The Holy Spirit is not a third trinity god! The above Bible texts are very clear that the Holy Spirit is related to God in the same way that the spirit of man is related to man: “For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? Even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God” (1 Cor. 2:11). The trinity doctrine seeks to separate the Holy Spirit (the One Spirit shared by the Father and His Son) from the Father and His Son to form a third trinity god! A belief in the trinity make a nonentity of God and of Christ, for God and His Son are omnipresent and omniscient by their Holy Spirit, and could not themselves be everywhere if the Holy Spirit were a separate entity from them!

Power and Mind: "the Holy Spirit...[is] the power of the Most High" Luke 1:35; "Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God" 1 Cor 1:24; "who has known the mind of the Lord to instruct him?" Rom 11:34; "but we have the mind of Christ" 1 Cor 2:16.

Spirit of Truth: This is “the Spirit of truth” John 16:13; because Jesus is "the truth" John 14:6; “The Spirit of Jesus Christ” Phil 1:19; is “another Comforter” [Advocate] John 14:16; as "he appeared in another form unto two of them" Mark 16:12.

Spirit from the Father: For by Christ “we have access by one Spirit to the Father” Eph 2:18; Who “proceedeth from the Father” John 15:26; “whom the Father will send in [Jesus'] name” John 14:25; and which Christ “received from the Father” Acts 2:32; and "will send unto you from the Father” John 15:26; "if [Jesus] depart[s he] will send [the Comforter]" John 16:7; “which [the Father] shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ” Titus 3:5,6; who “having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he [Jesus] has shed forth” Acts 2:33 on Pentecost; “from the presence of the Lord. And He shall send Jesus Christ” Acts 3:19-20; for “God has sent the Spirit of His son into our hearts” Gal 4:6; “The world does not know him, but you know him for he dwells with you” John 14:17; "that he may abide with you forever" John 14:16; "And lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world" Matt 28:20; "I will never leave you, nor forsake you" Heb 13:5; Jesus said, “I will manifest myself to” you John 14:21; “I will come to you” John 14:18; My Father and I “we will come and make our abode” with you John 14:23; and "Truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ" 1 John 1:3.

5 Second Advent

John 14:1-3 Second Advent is all this is about. Acts 1:9-11 Christ will return as He went. Revelation 1:7 Will come in clouds visible to all. Matthew 24:30 Come with power and great glory. Luke 9:26 Three-fold glory – His own, His Father’s, and the angels’. Matthew 25:31 All the angels come with Christ.

Revelation 6:15-17 Wicked seek to hide. 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9 Effect upon the wicked. Jeremiah 25:30-33 Wicked slain. Matthew 28:5 No fear for those who seek Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 The righteous caught up. 1 Corinthians 15:51-53 Made immortal. Philippians 3:20, 21. Bodies like Christ’s. Matthew 17:2 Faces like the sun. Matthew 13:43 Shine as the sun in the kingdom. Luke 21:34-36 Preparation for His coming.

6 First Angel’s Message

The first angel calls out with a loud voice, “Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters” (Revelation 14:7). The God we are to fear and worship is the Creator; we already established that He is the Father, who created all things through His Son. The first angel calls us to fear and worship One God.

This One God is whom the apostles and their company praised and prayed to: “And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, Thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is” (Acts 4:24). This One God is whom His Son Jesus Christ praised: “In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank Thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that 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” (Luke 10:21) – this call to worship One true God, whom to know is life eternal (John 17:3), is made plain in the Bible that babes can understand it!

7 Second Angel’s Message

Hebrews 10:32-34 Many rejected the first angel’s message and persecuted those who accepted it. Revelation 14:8 The second angel followed, announcing the fall of Babylon.

Revelation 17:5-6, 18 Babylon martyrs God’s people. Babylon is an apostate church. Babylon includes mother and daughters. The daughters as well as the mother are fallen. Revelation 18:1-5 The message is repeated with greater force when the “daughter churches” have become wholly corrupt.

Revelation 18:3 Unlawful connection with nations the crowning sin. 2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 5:23 Christ is the head of the church. Church appeal nations to make religious laws is unfaithful to Christ. Revelation 18:4 God calls His people out of Babylon; all who refuse receive of her plagues.

8 Third Angel’s Message

Revelation 14:9-12 This is the most solemn message in the Bible. Revelation 14:14 It is the last message before the coming of Christ. It addressed to “any man”; none are excluded. It is a warning against the worship of the beast and its image.

Revelation 13:5-7 The beast is the power that persecuted the saints for 42 months, or 1260 years. Daniel 7:25 The power that persecuted the people of God for 1260 years thinks to change the law of God.

Exodus 20:8-11 The law of God commands us to keep the seventh day, or Saturday, holy. 1 Samuel 15:22 Obedience highest type of worship. 1 Kings 18:21; Joshua 24:15 As in Elijah’s day, all are asked to decide whom they will serve. Revelation 13:8 Only those whose names are in the book of life refuse to worship the beast.

Revelation 14:9-10 Those whom obey the beast receive his mark and drink the unmixed wrath of God. Revelation 15:1, 7 The unmixed wrath of God is the seven last plagues.

Psalm 91:1-10 The righteous are shielded. Revelation 3:10 Shielded for keeping the word of God. Revelation 14:12 Two parties, commandment-keepers and commandment-breakers. Revelation 14:14-16 When finished Christ gathers the harvest of the earth. Revelation 22:14 the commandment keepers will have a right to the tree of life.

9 Law of God

Romans 5:13 “Sin is not imputed when there is no law.” Genesis 2:17; 3:1-7 Eve coveted the fruit and then stole. Genesis 4:7 Sin lay at Cain’s door. Genesis 13:13; 19:4-11 Sodomites broke the law. Genesis 39:7-10 Sin to break 7th commandment.

Genesis 9:20-27 Cursed for breaking the 5th commandment. Exodus 16:22-30 Sabbath 30 days before Sinai. Exodus 5:5 Israelites kept Sabbath. Exodus 32:2-5 Idolatry is a sin. Genesis 6:5 The antediluvians broke all the law.

God through Christ spoke the commandments at Sinai – Deuteronomy 4:32-33; Exodus 19:1; Numbers 1:45-46; Exodus 19:10-20; Psalm 68:8, 17; Hebrews 12:26 His voice shook earth. Deuteronomy 4:12-13; Exodus 20:1-17; Deuteronomy 4:9-10; 5:22. He wrote the commandments on tables of stone – Exodus 24:12; 31:18; 32:7-19; Deuteronomy 10:1-5.

Psalm 19:7 The law is perfect. Romans 7:12 Holy, just, and good. Matthew 5:17-18 Christ never changed the law. Colossians 1:25 Preach the law. Isaiah 42:21 Christ magnified the law. Matthew 5:21-26; 1 John 3:15 Hatred in heart breaks the law. Psalm 119:96 The commandments are very broad.

10 Sabbath

Genesis 2:2-3; Exodus 20:8-11 Sabbath instituted by God. Mark 2:27 for man. Genesis 2:3; Exodus 20:11 Sabbath is Blessed, Sanctified and Hallowed.

God commands us to keep the Sabbath day holy and God shows favour to us – Leviticus 19:30; Exodus 16:23, 25-26; Deuteronomy 5:15; Nehemiah 9:12-14; 10:31; 13:15-19; Exodus 23:12; 31:13; Jeremiah 17:21; Hebrews 4:4, 9.

Mark 2:28 Christ is Lord of the Sabbath. Luke 4:16 He kept the Sabbath. Matthew 24:20 Taught His disciples to pray that they might not break the Sabbath. Luke 4:31; 6:6 Christ taught on the Sabbath day. John 5:5-9 Healed on the Sabbath day. Mark 3:1-5 He taught that it was right to perform acts of mercy on the Sabbath day. Genesis 1:5, 8, 13, 19, 23, 31 Day begins sunset. Leviticus 23:32; Mark 1:21, 32 Sabbath begins at sunset. 

Acts 16:13 Divine worship is to be celebrated on the Sabbath. Acts 13:27; 15:21 The Scriptures are to be read on the Sabbath. Acts 13:14, 15, 42-44; 17:2; 18:4 The word of God is to be preached on the Sabbath. Numbers 28:9; Matthew 12:5; John 7:23 Work connected with religious services is allowed on the Sabbath. Matthew 12:1; Luke 13:15, 16; 14:1 Necessary wants may be supplied on the Sabbath.

The first day, Sunday, is not the Sabbath – there are nine references in the Bible to the first day of the week, as follows: Genesis 1:5; Matthew 28:1; Mark 16:2, 9; Luke 24:1; John 20:1; 20:19; Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 16:2 – none call it holy rest day, while three of them state it is the day after the Sabbath, showing that they did not regard it as the Sabbath.

Daniel 7:25 This power sought to change the law of God. Ezekiel 22:26-28; 13:10-12 Ezekiel saw the law violated, Sabbath profaned, and those who should have led in right lines, using “untempered mortar,” or giving falsehood instead of God’s words.

11 Sanctuary

Hebrews 9:1 Earthly sanctuary. Exodus 25:9, 40; 1 Chronicles 28:19 Made after divine pattern. Hebrews 8:1-5 Earthly shadow of heavenly. Hebrews 9:1-3 Two apartments in earthly. Hebrews 9:24 Two apartments in heavenly. Hebrews 9:2; Exodus 25:37 Seven lamps in earthly. Revelation 4:5 Seven lamps of fire in heavenly.

Exodus 30:1-6 Golden altar in earthly sanctuary. Revelation 8:1-4 Golden altar in heavenly. Exodus 30:7, 8 Incense burned on earthly altar. Revelation 8:3, 4 Incense offered on heavenly. Leviticus 16:12, 13 Incense burned in censer in earthly. Revelation 8:5 Incense burned in heavenly censer. Hebrews 9:2; Exodus 25:23-30; 40:22-23 Table of shewbread.

Hebrews 9:3-5; Exodus 25:10-22 Ark in second apartment of earthly. Revelation 11:19 Ark in heavenly sanctuary. Deuteronomy 10:1-5; Exodus 25:16 The ark in earthly sanctuary contained the law of God. Exodus 31:18; 25:16 Law of God called the testimony. Revelation 11:19 Heavenly ark called the ark of His testament.

Hebrews 7:28, 1 Priests from among the people. Hebrews 4:14, 15; 2:16-18 Our High Priest taken from humanity. Hebrews 5:4 Priests did not appoint themselves. Hebrews 5:5, 6 Christ appointed by the Father. Hebrews 5:1 Priests offered sacrifices for sin. Hebrews 9:26-28. Christ offered Himself.

12 Judgment

Daniel 7:9-11 Earthly powers continue while the judgment is in session in heaven. Revelation 11:18-19 Nations angry during the judgment. Acts 24:25 Judgment was still in the future in Paul’s day.

Acts 17:31 Christ’s resurrection a pledge of judgment. Revelation 14:6, 7 Angel announces the opening of the judgment. Revelation 14:8-14 There were only two other messages to be given to the world. The real work of judgment is in heaven. We follow our Priest by faith.

Romans 2:12, 13; Ecclesiastes 12:13, 14; James 2:12; Psalm 96:13 The law of God is the standard in the judgment. Daniel 7:10 The judgment is an examination of books. Revelation 20:12 The people are judged by what is written in the books. Romans 14:11, 12 Everyone gives an account. Acts 24:25 Preaching of the judgment caused kings to tremble.

Ecclesiastes 12:14; Luke 8:17 Every thing is judged. 1 Corinthians 4:5 Thoughts of the heart. 1 Samuel 2:3 Every action weighed. Matthew 12:36 All idle words. Revelation 20:13 Judged according to works. Jeremiah 2:22 Every sin written. Daniel 7:9, 10; Revelation 20:12 Judged by things in books.

1 Peter 4:17 Judgment begins with the righteous. Luke 20:35; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 Those “accounted worthy” in first resurrection. Luke 21:34-36 Living righteous accounted worthy. Ecclesiastes 7:27 To “account” is to consider one by one.

13 State of the Dead

Psalm 146:4 When a person dies, “His breath goeth forth; ... in that very day his thoughts perish.” Job 14:12, 21 No knowledge of what happens on earth after death. Isaiah 38:10-11 Do not see the Lord or men on the earth. Ecclesiastes 9:5-6 Do not know anything. Psalm 115:17 Praise not the Lord. Psalm 6:5 No remembrance of God.

Psalm 88:11, 12 Grave the land of forgetfulness. Job 14:12 Remain in the grave till the heavens are no more. Revelation 6:14-17 Heavens roll together when Christ returns to earth. Job 19:23-27 Job knew he would wake at that time. John 5:29 Two classes in the resurrection. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 Righteous arise when Christ comes. Revelation 20:5 Wicked raised 1000 years later.

14 Spirit of Prophecy

Revelation 12:17; 19:10 The remnant church keep the law of God and have the Spirit of prophecy. 1 Corinthians 12:28 Prophets in Christian Church. Ephesians 4:11-12 Christ left the gift of prophecy in the church. Exodus 7:1; 4:15-16 A prophet of the Lord is a spokesman for God. 1 Peter 1:10, 11; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; Hebrews 1:1-2 The Spirit of God speaks through the prophets. Revelation 1:1 Steps by which revelation comes; 1st, God; 2nd, Christ; 3rd, angel; 4th, the prophet; 5th, given the people.

2 Chronicles 36:12; Ezekiel 3:17; 2 Samuel 23:2 Prophets speak from the mouth of the Lord. Revelation 1:2 Messages are called the word of God and testimony of Jesus. 1 Corinthians 14:1 The best gift. Ephesians 4:11-14 It brings unity of the faith.

Matthew 24:24 There will be false prophets. 1 John 4:1 Test all prophets. 1 John 4:2-3 Must confess Christ came in the flesh. Isaiah 8:20 Tested by the law and the testimony.

15 Family duties

Duty of husband: Genesis 2:24; Deuteronomy 13:6-8; Deuteronomy 24:5; Proverbs 5:18; Ecclesiastes 9:9; Ephesians 5:25-33; Colossians 3:19; Proverbs 31:28; 1 Peter 3:7; Malachi 2:14, 15; Matthew 19:3-9; 1 Corinthians 7:12-16.

Duty of wife: Proverbs 12:4; Ephesians 5:23; Ephesians 5:33; Titus 2:4-5; Colossians 3:18; Proverbs 19:13; 21:9; Proverbs 21:19; Proverbs 31:10-12, 26; 1 Corinthians 7:10-11; Romans 7:2-3; Mark 10:12; 1 Corinthians 7:13, 16; Ephesians 5:31-33; Jeremiah 3:14; Hosea 2:19, 20; Jeremiah 31:32.

Duty of children: Exodus 20:12; Leviticus 19:3; Genesis 9:20-27; Exodus 21:15; Exodus 21:17; Deuteronomy 27:16; Deuteronomy 21:18-21; Jeremiah 35:18-19; Mark 7:9-13; Matthew 15:5-7; Colossians 3:20; Ephesians 6:1; Matthew 10:37.

16 Health and Diet

Genesis 43:28; 47:9 Exodus 15:26 Old age not poor health. Deuteronomy 7:12-15 God would have taken all sickness from them. Exodus 16:3-13 Israel lusted for flesh. Numbers 11:4 Mixed multitude began lusts. Numbers 11:4-6 Despised heaven food. Numbers 11:31-33; Psalm 78:18; 106:14-15 Flesh brought disease and leanness. 1 Corinthians 10:6; Isaiah 4:1 Diet a test of the true church.

Genesis 1:29 Nuts, grains, and fruits, original diet. Genesis 3:17-18 After sin entered herbs were added to the diet. This diet continued for 1655 years until the flood, or about one-third of the entire history of the world. Genesis 9:3 Flesh after the flood.

Genesis 9:4 Never allowed to eat blood. Leviticus 7:26-27 The soul that ate any manner of blood was cut off. Leviticus 17:10-12 No stranger allowed to eat blood. Acts 15:28-29 A necessary requirement of the Christian church. Deuteronomy 12:23-25 Life in the blood. Leviticus 7:23-25 Fat was forbidden. Leviticus 3:17 The command to abstain from blood and fat is a perpetual statute.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20; Psalm 139:14 Our body God’s temple. 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 May be defiled, God destroys those who defile the body. Daniel 1:8 Eating improper food defiles the body. 1 Corinthians 10:31 Should eat to God’s glory. Luke 21:34-36 Take heed to the quantity and quality of food eaten. Ecclesiastes 10:17 Eat in due season for strength.

Genesis 3:1-6 Adam and Eve failed to master their appetites. Matthew 4:1-4 Christ conquered where Adam fell. Luke 12:35-37 Redeemed eat food in the kingdom of God. 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 Temperance principles necessary. Deuteronomy 29:18-21 This includes tea, coffee, tobacco, etc.

17 Dress of Christians

Judges 8:24 Ishmaelites wore earrings. Isaiah 3:16-23 The haughty have always worn these ornaments of the world. Proverbs 7:10; Genesis 38:15 Harlots are known by their dress. 2 Kings 9:30; Ezekiel 23:39-49. Jezebel “painted her face, and tired her head.” Face paint and ornaments is the uniform of the world. 1 Peter 3:3-5 Holy women who trust God do not adorn themselves thus.

1 Timothy 2:9-10 God’s people should dress in modest apparel. Deuteronomy 22:5 Women shall not wear men’s clothing; neither men put on women’s garments. Proverbs 31:21 Extra clothing should be worn in winter. Acts 12:8. Dress properly in night air. Revelation 17:4-5 Ornaments are symbol of the harlot, but not for the true Christian.

18 Baptism

Ephesians 4:5 One baptism. Hebrews 6:2 Doctrine of baptism. Acts 2:38 When one repents, is cleansed by the blood of Christ, and baptized, he receives the baptism of the Holy Ghost.

John 3:23 Much water required. Acts 8:36 Must go to the water. Acts 8:38 Both candidate and administrator go down into the water. Matthew 3:16; Acts 8:39 After baptism they come out of the water. Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:12 Memorial of Christ’s burial. Romans 6:3-11 Must be dead to sin. Romans 6:1-5 A pledge of the resurrection.

John 3:5; Romans 6:4-6; Colossians 2:12, 13 A birth to a new life. Ephesians 5:26; Acts 22:16 Outward type of inward cleansing. Galatians 3:27; Romans 6:3 Baptized into Christ.

Acts 10:48; 19:5 Into the name of Christ. Baptism is the door of the church. 1 Peter 3:21; Mark 16:16. Salvation in baptism; it is the answer of a good conscience. Acts 8:39. Brings rejoicing.

19 Prayer

Proverbs 28:9; Psalm 66:18 Pray with obedient mind. John 15:16 Pray in the name of Jesus. Job 35:13 Pray without vanity. James 1:6-7 Pray in faith.

Jeremiah 33:3; Ephesians 3:19 God gives more than we ask. James 5:14-16 Sick healed by faith. 1 John 5:14 According to God’s will. 1 John 3:22 Pray with obedience. Philippians 4:6 Pray with thanks.

Colossians 4:2 Pray and watch. Matthew 21:22; James 1:6 Prayer is carried on the wings of faith. 2 Chronicles 30:27 Prayers of faith enter God’s holy dwelling place in heaven. Acts 12:5-11 Angels are sent to answer the prayers of God’s people.

Psalm 55:17 Evening, morning, and noon prayer. Psalm 88:1-2 Pray day or night. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 Continual prayerful mind. Job 22:27-28 It is our privilege to believe that our prayers are heard.

In public or private Worship, kneel: Psalm 95:6 “Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.” Luke 22:41 Christ “kneeled down and prayed.” Acts 20:36 Paul “kneeled down and prayed.” 2 Chronicles 6:13 Solomon “kneeled down upon his knees before all the congregation” and prayed.

20 Promises of God

Promise to a Sinner: Rom 5:8, 6; 1 Timothy 1:15; 1 Peter 3:18; Isaiah 1:18; 1 John 1:9, 7; Ephesians 2:4, 5, 8; John 16:7, 8; Ephesians 4:17-25; 1 John 3:4; Psalm 37:31; Isaiah 43:25, 26; 61:10.

Promise to a Christian: 1 Corinthians 10:13; 1 Peter 4:12, 13, 16; Isaiah 41:10, 11, 13-15; 1 Peter 3:12; Isaiah 43:2, 3; Psalm 91:15; Isaiah 49:25; Matthew 6:6; James 1:5-8; Luke 11:9-13; Psalm 91:9, 10; Psalm 34:7; Revelation 3:10; 22:14.

Promise to an Overcomer: 1 John 5:4; Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 26-28; 3:5, 12, 21.

Promise to a Backslider: Jeremiah 2:19, 20; 3:12-14, 22; 29:11, 13; 31:3; Hosea 14:2, 4-5; 6:1.

Promise to a Young: Proverbs 8:17; 1 John 2:13, 14; Proverbs 20:29; Psalm 119:9.

Promise to an Aged: Psalm 92:13, 14; Pro 16:31; 20:29; Ps 71:9, 18; Isaiah 46:4; Ps 48:14; 116:15.

Promise to a Widow: Jeremiah 49:11; Proverbs 15:25; Psalm 68:5, 6; 146:9.

Promise to an Orphan. Proverbs 23:10; Jeremiah 49:11; Hosea 14:3; Psalm 10:14; 68:5.

Promise to a Mourner: Matthew 5:4; Isaiah 66:13.

21 Close of Probation

Ezekiel 9:3-4; Revelation 7:1-3 The sealing of God’s people. Ezekiel 9:11 Angel reports to God.

Revelation 22:11 Christ makes announcement. Isaiah 4:3 The saved are written to life. Daniel 12:1; Revelation 3:5 Names are in the book of life.

1 Timothy 2:5 Christ is the only mediator between God and man; and when He ceases to be priest there is no one to plead for guilty man. Revelation 14:8-10 When there is no mediator, nothing prevent the wrath of God from being poured out upon the wicked. Isaiah 59:16-18; Leviticus 16:23 Christ puts on the garments of vengeance. Revelation 15:1-8 The seven last plagues for the wicked. Psalm 91:1-10 No plague come to the dwelling of the righteous.

22 Resurrection

1 Thessalonians 4:14 Those that sleep in Jesus will be brought forth as He was. 1 Corinthians 15:51-54 Righteous dead raised immortal. Philippians 3:20, 21 Their bodies will be like Christ’s glorious body. Matthew 17:1-2 Their faces will shine as the sun, and raiment be white as the light. Hosea 13:14 Christ has pledged to redeem from death.

John 5:28-29 Two resurrections – one to life and the other to damnation. Revelation 20:5 One thousand years between the two. Matthew 24:30, 31 When the righteous arise Christ gathers them. Revelation 20:5-9 When the wicked arise Satan gathers them. Revelation 20:13 From land and sea.

Revelation 20:6; 2:11 Righteous never die the second death. Revelation 20:14 Second death is the lake of fire. Revelation 20:15; Romans 6:23 All not in the book of life, suffer the second death.