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04 08 Knowing TWP

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 The Preacher’s Notebook 
The Paper and Electronic Pulpit of the First Baptist Church of Mineral Springs, NC 
(Delivered by E-mail and Us Postage Through Subscription as an Extension of the Pulpit Ministry of this Church)
Dr. Terry W. Preslar – PO Box 388 – Mineral Springs, NC 28108
(704)843-3858 – E-Mail: preslar12@windstream.net
Copyright (C) 2007. Terry W. Preslar All rights reserved. 
Vol. IIApril, 2008 Issue 4
Some Things You May Know 
 In the book of 1st John
To know is from the Greek word “ginosko” (
, Strong’s #1097), which means to perceive, beresolved, be sure, understand. Almost every Biblical truth has a corrupted counterpart. Corrupted teachingconcerning the deity of Christ is “Arianism.” Corrupted teaching concerning the person of man is“Pelagianism.” Corrupted teaching concerning salvation is “Arminianism.” This list could go on but I hopethe point is made. The study of corrupted knowledge is “Gnosticism.”Gnosticism is a philosophy that was prevalent in the days of the Apostles (and can be found today in books and movements that attack Historic Christianity through the “Jesus Society,” and books like “TheBible Codes,” and the Fiction Books like “The Da Vinci Codes”). The “post-modern” world view is seekingto redefine Christian values, teaching and practice. To accomplish this the attack has used the forgotten falseteachings of the Gnostic cult. These teachings are entirely out of sync with the Biblical world view of Historical Christianity.According to Gnostic teaching, the physical creation was made by God through a progression of angels.The Gnostics believed that God is pure, but that the creation – the physical things of the world – are impure,since the progression of angels was thought to have become less pure as they moved from God. Gnosticmeans knowledge, and Gnosticism promoted a sort of secret society of the intellectually elite. Only a certainspecial group were considered advanced enough to be accepted. The Apostle Paul denied this search for secret knowledge when he said all knowledge is in Christ (“...In whom are hid
all the treasures
of wisdomand knowledge.” Col. 2:1-4). When we have Christ Jesus, we have access to all wisdom. Gnostics also believed that Christ was only an angel, or an emanation from God, but not truly God Himself. The ApostlePaul countered this false belief in Col. 1:15-19 and 2:8-10. (Col. 2:9 “For in him dwelleth
all the fulnessof the Godhead
bodily.”) The system of Gnosticism is the gross abuse of “knowledge” and the claimingof “special knowledge” denied to others. Our exposure of Gnosticism does not discount the fact that thereis true Spiritual knowledge.The Book of First John is a blessed treatment of the subject of Spiritual knowledge. No other book of the Bible deals with this matter so well as this one. The Christian is in the best of all positions to haveknowledge of his own lot. The “know-so-“ kind of salvation has put him in the light and unless he choosesto walk in darkness he need not ever be in doubt again. In I John alone the word
is used 27 timesin relation to Spiritual Truth. The believer is in this position, enabled to know.
I- You may “Know-So” by the Word of God
(1 John 5:13)
(The Matter of the Message)
 A) You may know JOY – 
“And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.” (1 John 1:4).The joy of the Holy Spirit (1 Thes. 1:6), that deep abiding, inner rejoicing in the Lord (Phil 4:4).(Neh. 8:10; Psa. 30:5; 30:11; 47:1; 118:24; Isa. 12:3; Hab. 3:18; Luke 6:22-24; John 16:24;15:10-11; Acts 2:28; Rom. 15:13).
-2-Joy is attributed to God as a general characteristic of the divine personality. (Deut. 28:63; 30:9;Jer. 32:41). It is the environment of Heaven (Luke 15:10-32) and God intends for Earth to be filledwith the full expression of Joy. (“These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain inyou, and that your joy might be full.”John15:11).Many examples of the Joy of the Lord which is our strength (“...for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”) may be found. There is the Joy of Moses and the Israelites, when Pharaoh and his armywere destroyed in a victory that can be seen as God’s victory – a gift to them. (Ex. 15:1-22). Thenthere is the Joy of Deborah and the Israelites, when Sisera was overthrown. (Judges 5:1-31). Also,there was the Joy of Jephthah’s daughter, when he returned from his victory over the Ammonites.(Judges 11:34).There is great personal Joy upon the answer of prayer. I might sight the Joy of Hannah, whenSamuel was born. (1 Sam. 2:1-11). There is the Joy of Naomi, when Boaz showed kindness to Ruth.(Ruth 2:20; 4:14).It is hard to imagine the Joy of a whole nation, but that Joy belonged to the Israelites: When Saulwas presented as their king (1 Sam. 10:24), when David killed Goliath (1 Sam. 18:6-7), when theycame to David in Hebron to make him king (1 Chron. 12:40), when they took the ark of the covenantfrom Kirjath-jearim (1 Chron. 13:8), when they brought the ark of the covenant from the house of Obed-edom to Jerusalem (1 Chron. 15:16, 25, 28), when they made gifts to the house of God (1Chron. 29:9), when they observed the dedication of the temple, and the feast of tabernacles under Ezra (Ezra 6:16, 22), of the Jews, after hearing, anew, the word of God (Neh. 8:9-18), when theyturned away from idolatry (2 Chron. 15:14-15; 23:18, 21; 29:30, 36; 30:21, 23, 26), when the wallof Jerusalem was dedicated (Neh. 12:43) and when the foundation of the second temple was laid(Ezra 3:11-13).There is royal Joy for David, over the offerings of the princes and the people for the house of God (1 Chron. 29:10-19). There is Joy expressed at the relaxation of danger for the Jews, over thehanging of Haman (Esther 8:15-16; 7:10).In the New Testament there was Joy: For Elisabeth, when Mary visited her (Luke 1:5-44), for Mary, when she visited Elisabeth (Luke 1:46-56), for Zecharias, when John the Baptist was born(Luke 1:67-79), among the angels (six months later), when Jesus was born (Luke 2:13-14), with theshepherds, when they saw the infant Jesus (Luke 2:20), with the Magi as they followed the star (about two years after the birth of Christ) (Matt. 2:10), with Simeon, when Jesus was presented inthe temple on the eighth day (Luke 2:28-32), later, for the disciples, because the demons were subjectto them (Luke 10:17), in the father, in the parable, when his prodigal son returned (Luke 15:20-32),and there is Joy among the angels, when sinners repent (Luke 15:7, 10). Near the end of Christ’s Earthly ministry, there was Joy with the disciples, when Jesustriumphantly entered Jerusalem (Matt. 21:8-9; Mark 11:8-10), with the women who returned fromthe Lord’s sepulcher (Matt. 28:8), with the disciple, after the resurrection of Jesus (Luke 24:41), withthe disciples in the temple after the ascension of Jesus (Luke 24:53) and with the disciples in thetemple because they had received the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:46-47).There was Joy in the Apostolic period: with the immobile man who was healed by Peter (Acts3:8), with Paul, when he went up to Jerusalem (Acts 20:22-24), again with Paul and Silas, in the jailat Philippi (Acts 16:25). There was Joy for Rhoda, when she heard Peter at the gate (Acts 12:14),with the disciples at Jerusalem, when Peter told them about the conversion of Cornelius and other Gentiles (Acts 11:18), with Barnabas, when he saw the success of the gospel at Antioch (in Syria,there are two cities with this name) (Acts 11:22-23), with Paul and the Corinthians, because theexcommunicated member repented (2 Cor. 1:24; 2:3), with Paul and Titus, because of the hospitalityof the Corinthians (2 Cor. 7:13; 8:6; Rom. 15:32; 1 Cor. 16:18), among the Macedonian Christians,when they made a contribution for the Christians at Jerusalem (2 Cor. 8:2), with Paul, when he
-3- prayed for the Philippian Christians (Phil. 1:4), with the Thessalonians, when they believed Paul’sgospel (1 Thes. 1:6), with Paul as he rejoiced over his converts (1Thes. 2:19-20; 3:9; Phm. 1:7) andwith the early Christians, when they believed in Jesus (1 Peter 1:8-9).
 B) You may know PURITY – 
“My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:” (1 John 2:1). Thevalue of “purity” is under-estimated in our modern Christian culture. The idea that God might“wink” at sin is actually to be seen in reverse. (“And the times of this ignorance God winked at; butnow commandeth all men every where to repent:” Acts17:30). Purity should be seen as more practically probable than ever. On the matter of purity in church attendance, Paul says: “...and somuch the more, as ye see the day approaching.” (Heb. 10:25). There is an opportunity of SpiritualPurity in our time, that might never be better.In general,
the subject of Christian Purity
is clearly stated.
The question of this purity
isasked and then answered (“Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in hisholy place? 4 He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity,nor sworn deceitfully.” Psa. 24:3-4).
The emotional state of the pure
is made known (“Blessed arethe pure in heart: for they shall see God.” Matt. 5:8).
The motive of Purity
is made clear. (“Nowthe end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faithunfeigned:” 1 Tim. 1:5).
There is a warning about Purity
(“Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither  be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure.” 1 Tim. 5:22).
The presence of Purity
is a directcomponent of the Truth of God. (“Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth throughthe Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heartfervently:” 1 Peter 1:22).Webster’s 1828 Dictionary says that Purity is: “Freedom from foreign admixture or heterogeneous matter; as the purity of water, of wine, of spirit; the purity of drugs; the purity of metals.” The primative drives of the flesh are strong but it is even possible to have sexual Purity(Deut. 5:18; Job 31:1; Prov. 5:20; Matt. 5:28; 1 Cor. 7:1; 1 Thes. 4:3; Titus 2:5; Rev. 14:4).The source of Purity is the pure words of the Lord. (Psa. 12:6; 18:30; 19:8; 119:140; Prov. 30:5;Isa. 45:19). Therefore, the advice given to the young man is sound for all who seek Purity.(“Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.”Psa.119:9)
C) You may know FREEDOM – 
“Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true inhim and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth.” (1 John 2:8)The law of Moses pointed out the cases in which the servants of the Hebrews were to receivetheir freedom (Ex. 21:2-4, 7-8; Lev. 25:39-42, 47-55; Deut. 15:12-18). Under the Roman law the“freeman” (ingenuus) was one born free; the “freedman” (libertinus) was a manumitted slave, andhad not equal rights with the freeman (Acts 22:28; comp. 16:37-39; 21:39; 22:25; 25:11-12).Spiritual Freedom is a Mark of the New Dispensation (“To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.” Isa. 42:7). Thefreedom that God give is full and free, unimpeded by the fetters of flesh and folly. The divine deedof giving freedom is the Mission of Christ to Proclaim (“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bindup the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them thatare bound;” Isa. 61:1; Luke 4:18).Without a doubt, the Truth is the Instrumentality in the matter of freedom (“And ye shall knowthe truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32; Rom. 6:18). This “Truth” is the A New Lawof Life that sets all Free (“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from thelaw of sin and death.” Rom. 8:2).With this Freedom
the Bondage of Sin is Severed
(“Because the creature itself also shall be

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