Crumbs From My Master's Table
2 Corinthians 3:5,6 - "Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the Spirit; for the letter killeth,
but the Spirit giveth life."
To Him be All Glory!
These are gleanings from the Bible class that Shawn teaches at Old Paths Christian Academy
written by his wife, Stephanie and edited by Shawn. Please scroll down to read writings by Shawn
on the book of Job and other scriptures in the bible.
Gleanings from Bible Class
Monday, May 2nd, 2017 Bible Class Gleanings: Colossians 3:4-5
When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with Him in glory. Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth, fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry.
How perfectly did and does The LORD GOD love His people! “When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall you also appear with Him in glory.” There is a two-fold meaning of this verse. One meaning is that of daily experiential living. Christ shall manifest Himself in the souls of His children while we are here on earth, going through trials and tribulation. In His perfect time, the Holy Spirit reveals Christ in us and we experience Christ in our soul: Christ as our righteousness as we see our unrighteousness, Christ as our hope as we understand better everything outside of Him is death, Christ as the breath of God to restore and keep our souls alive while in warfare, Christ as our present Deliverer to deliver us from present temptations and our indwelling sins and evil, Christ as our Saviour to see and feel the power of His blood that cleansed and cleanses us from sin in us, Christ as our resurrection to raise us up out of the deadness of sins so that we believe on Him, Christ as our wisdom to be wise as serpents and harmless as doves as we walk here on earth, Christ as our faith when we see how faithless we really are and so much more. While here on earth, The Lord has ordained tribulation and the kind of trials each of His children will go through, and the intensity of the trials, as well as the length of these trials. In the heat of the trials and tribulation that He brings to His children, how needful and comforting it is for the Holy Ghost to reveal Christ in us, who is our life. Jesus does all things well, preparing His children’s souls to experience Him in the way that will fill and satisfy our souls day after day. Truly, Christ is the daily bread that our loving Heavenly Father feeds each of His hungering children.
The second meaning is that of eternity with the Lord. When He ends His child’s physical life here on earth in death, He comes to take his or her soul to be home with Him and will resurrect and raise anew the bodies of His children to be fashioned like unto His glorious body without sin. In this time of death of His children’s body, Christ appears to His children as eternal life, revealing to them how great a salvation He has finished. Until this happens, we have need of the indwelling hope of the glory of God in Jesus Christ. He powerfully works in His children, even today, to believe Christ is our life and that Jesus will come and take us home where we shall appear with Him in glory. To be in glory with Christ means we shall have unbroken communion with our Lord and Saviour, basking in His glory. We shall not see through a glass darkly anymore. We shall be free of all sin and of a body of sin and death, free of doubts and free of unbelief. What glorious hope is found in Christ Jesus for poor and needy sinners!
Yet while we are here on earth, those of this time in Colosse as well as we, need to be reminded that there is a dying that takes place. When The Lord Jesus raised up from the dead, He raised up all of His children with Him, giving us life abundant as spoken of in John 10:10b where Jesus said, “…I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” Part of that life more abundantly is God raising up His children out of the deadness of sins while here on earth by the same power by which He rose Jesus up from the dead. Ah – the glorious works of the Lord! Who but the Triune God can raise a dead sinner out of death and into the glorious resurrected life in Christ. If we are loved by God, then sometime in our life we will experience the power of Jesus’s resurrection in His perfect time. JESUS CHRIST is full of grace and truth (John 1:14b). Grace that is active within His children. Grace whereby the wonderful works of God are done in His children. Mortification is a grace of Christ. Mortify means to put to death. This is a good death to have. Mortification is the power of Christ within the sinners He laid down His life for whereby He kills indwelling sins. There is a warfare that continues inside His children – between the old sin nature and that new man in Christ. The Lord begins His glorious work of mortification inside His children when He brings about new life in Christ, causing the old sin nature to be put down. Such indwelling sins the Lord mortifies within His children: sins of fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness. Do you see any of these sins in your life? Are you plagued with inordinate affection of loving something or somebody more than the Lord? Are you plagued with unclean thoughts and actions daily? Are you coveting what others have which is idolatry? So lovingly and powerfully does The Lord wash away His children’s sins, applying the blood of Christ from His finished salvation. Hebrews 9:14 says “How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” God loves each of His children in Christ with a holy love and by the power of the blood of Jesus does He purge the conscience of each of His children from dead works of sin to serve the living God. None of the elect, who are sinners saved by His grace in Christ, will fail to experience the power of the Lord and His finished salvation in Jesus Christ. He causes every child of His to experience the power of the Lord to baptize us into His death, to raise us up out of the deadness of sin, to put to death the body of sin and transform it to the likeness of His glorious resurrected body, to resurrect us (even while here on earth) to walk in newness of life in Christ for He is faithful to Himself and will bring it about in His perfect sovereign time. Terrible are our remaining sins but oh the blood of the Lamb is so powerful to cleanse all of His children throughout all the ages from all of his or her own sins. Even more so, grace upon grace is given so that we are not only washed in the blood of Christ by His Spirit but also we are raised by the power of His resurrection to savingly believe in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:19-20) and walk in the newness of life in Christ Jesus (Romans 6:4). Ephesians 1:19-20 “And what is the exceeding greatness of His power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of His mighty power, Which He wrought in Christ, when he raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places”. Romans 6:4 “Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism into death that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life “ Truly, all glory belongs to the LORD who blessedly said, “This is the work of God that you believe on Him whom He hath sent” (John 6:29).
Bible Class Gleanings on Colossians 1:21-25, Monday - April 17, 2017
And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works yet now hath He reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in His sight: If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister; who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for His body’s sake, which is the church: Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God; Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to His saints: Colossians 1:21-25
The Triune God has raised Christ up from the grave. Each child of God will experience the power of Jesus’s resurrection. Each child of God has a past where we were carnal minded all the time, thinking evil thoughts. Yet, because of the power of Jesus’s resurrection, His children do not remain dead in sin. Because Jesus lives, we live by the power of His resurrection and are given a spiritual mind, the mind of Christ. So now, after the new birth takes place within the children of God, we not only have a carnal mind but a spiritual mind as well in which does not think evil.
We are reconciled to God by Christ reconciling us through the death of the body of His flesh. His blood flowed to cover the multitude of all of His children’s sins. Jesus arose from the dead making His people completely reconciled to God to present us holy in His holiness and unblameable in His perfect righteousness and unreproveable because of His sinless life. Christ was born not only to die, but to live and triumph over the grave.
These things were written to encourage the saints in CHRIST and is taught this morning to encourage the saints today that CHRIST is LORD and CHRIST is Life. The Lord washes and cleanses His children giving them of His faith. The faith of the Son of God is like a hand that reaches out and apprehends CHRIST, embraces Him and will not let Him go, just as Jacob wrestled with the Angel and would not let Him go. When the children of God move away from the hope of the gospel, there is starvation in the soul that takes place and destitution for we live by JESUS CHRSIST, who is the Living water and the Living bread. The gospel being preached to every creature does not mean to animals, trees, etc. but to the Gentile world as well as Israel was the gospel preached. This is the same gospel that the Lord has preserved today and throughout the ages and is of no private interpretation. It is the gospel of the one Lord, one faith and one baptism.
Paul suffered a lot for preaching the gospel, as do the ministers of Christ today suffer. There is a lot of soul suffering by attacks from principalities, by the religious world as well as by our own sinful flesh. Sufferings take place for the sake of the church, the body of Christ. Even where there are just 2 or 3 gathered in His name, there is Christ in the midst. Jesus does not need great numbers in order to be present. He gathers His children together even in small numbers, for the church is not a building but believers in Christ Jesus.
Paul who was once Saul of Tarsus persecuting the Lord and His church but now is ministering and encouraging the saints in Christ by this letter. Generations after generations were not shown the mystery. Generation after generation was born, died, and perished. Yet, the Lord saves to the uttermost all of His people by His power, and He has His people scattered throughout the world, a spiritual nation in Christ Jesus. Christ was born not only to die, but to live and triumph over the grave. We are not able to behold the Shekinah glory of God in this body of sin, but one day the Lord will unite His children’s souls with the spiritual body that is like unto His glorious body and in that body we will be enabled to behold the Shekinah glory of God, what a great day that will be for all the saints in Christ!
The following thoughts have been written by Shawn Reynolds.
Thoughts from Job 6
What a great blessing when the Lord reveals the union that Job has in Christ in chapter 6! After a constant bombardment from Eliphaz, a friend, who represents the false religion of the day, Job is brought to the end of himself. He is brought to see the union in the vine (John 15:4), and to experience this close union in and with the Lord.
Eliphaz has many accusations to bring against Job, which include hypocrisy, angering the Lord to make Him destroy Job, sinning so greatly that he can't be forgiven, and a works salvation that has worked for he and his friends, in which he tries to persuade Job to join into.
However, Job is kept in and by the eternal vital union. He is brought to see the sovereignty of God in his afflictions (vs.4), and the error of Eliphaz, even in this trying time. As Job tries to explain to his friends the depth of the godly sorrow that is within him, the friends have no understanding. They have no understanding of sin or a Christian's warfare. This adds to Job's sorrow, but the preserving grace of God keeps Job in this trying hour. He even brings Job, in the depth of godly sorrow, to cry out for his own death, if that indeed brings glory to God and pleases Him (vs.9). Does that sound familiar? Yes, even in this we have a picture of our Beloved Christ in the garden, acquiescing to the Father's will in saying, "Nevertheless, Thy will be done."
What a trial it is to have the religious world constantly burdening the child of God with the law, duty, and legal bondage, but oh, what grace! What Great Grace it is when He reveals this vital union in which He strips His own of all creature abilities, creature comforts, creature duties, and all self, to reveal to them that "No more can ye, except ye abide in Me."
Thoughts from Job 1
As I am led to read commentaries or study in the word of God, one of the greatest errors I encounter is man's focus on the creature and not the Lord Jesus Christ, in whom all the scriptures testify (John 5:39). The book of Job is no different. The people of God are united to Christ by the eternal vital union, which is Christ in them, His seed, and they in Christ. The union is what is seen by the eyes of His faith in the scriptures between Christ as the Great Shepherd, and Job, His sheep.
As we all read in Job, he was blessed with great substance and wealth in things here on earth, but even in this he was kept. In verse 5, Job is shown as a type of Christ, and Christ in him, as he offered burnt offerings for his children and sanctified them for he said "It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts." This shows that the Lord had revealed the nature of the fall to Job, which when this book was written, was not far removed from it. Job knew of the conflict in man, we are prone to murmur, complain, and in our hearts question God for His providences that He brings, but we are preserved by Christ, the seed in us, the new man of His Righteousness, that is imputed to every child of God, so that we are not left without intercession. He is our great High Priest, as shown here, who intercedes for His people and prays for them that they are kept in this world.
As the chapter then continues with the Holy Spirit putting on record the deceptiveness and deceitfulness of satan. How he is full of accusations against the Lord and His people. It is amazing to me how deceived he is to believe he has power over Christ who has defeated him, and over His people whom He keeps. This is shown in verse 11 where he clearly believes that his power is greater than the preserving grace of God for His children. As the providences then come for Job, we see that in losing all the things of this earth that he was once blessed with, he was kept by the power of His Lord in his soul. How many of us would fall and worship the very Lord who took away all that He gave to us? How many could give such a great testimony as in verse 21 that all is the Lord's to do as He pleases, and blessed be His name for doing so? The answer to both questions, if the Holy Spirit enables us with faith and honesty, is none of us, and not even Job without Christ in him, the Hope of glory, could either!
Finally, may the Holy Spirit direct our thoughts here to the one who is worthy, the Lamb slain before the foundation of the world. In the close of this chapter, how great a picture of our precious Redeemer is shown here. In Job's affliction, we see (by the faith of Him), a type of Christ again in His suffering for His own. How all deserted Him in His time of need, forsook Him, denied Him, fell asleep in slumber at His time of need, but in all of this, He opened not His mouth, He humbled Himself, even to the death of the cross, He finished all the Father gave to Him, and was strengthened in His soul by the union of the Great Three in One. In all of this, He sinned not, nor charged God foolishly, and only because of Him, His seed in Job, Job did not either. Oh, how worthy He is to be praised! How excellent is Thy Name above all names. May He lift us up in Him to see Him reigning over all providences in our life, and bring us to Him to give Him all glory, honor, and praise due His Name!
As the Lord Jesus Christ began to finish His discourse on being one with the Father, and being sent by Him to earth to do His Father's will, many of the disciples that followed Him for the bread and miracles' sake were offended and followed Him no more (John 6:66). Then Jesus asked this searching question to His disciples, "will you also go away?"
Galatians 2:20 "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me."
Oh to be led to stand with the Apostle Paul in this passage, and exalt the Lord Jesus Christ as the all-saving, all-sufficient, all-powerful, and all-loving Lord is truly a work of His and His alone.
The Holy Spirit reveals in this passage that Paul's exercised soul, has been led to partake in the death, resurrection, and life of the eternal Son of God. What a glorious place to see Christ reigning, and imputing/imparting His faith, the faith of His own sovereign giving to His child. What a contrast from Paul's struggle in Romans 7 when the Holy Spirit reveals to him, his inability to do any good or to have any true faith of his own. How true it is that we can counterfeit a faith, and even produce one that looks to self to supply its' needs, but praise be to this faithful witness, that empowers His own to live by His faith, the only true faith.
Has the Holy Spirit sealed this witness to your soul? Does your carnal nature rise up against Him and try to claim itself as a sovereign king? Mine does. I need Him. I need His faith to believe that I am truly crucified with Him, risen with Him, and live today by Him. This life is hard. Our sinful, carnal nature always wants to please self. No matter what we do, or where we are in the world, without His faith it is impossible to please Him. We strive to make the right decisions, to raise our children, to worship Him, to live a life of godliness, to be a good husband/wife/son/daughter, but how? Truly, the words of the Lord Jesus Christ, "Without Me, ye can do nothing" is sweet truth to the sheep. How we need to hear the voice of the Faithful Shepherd daily to remind us of this precious truth and that He has performed all things for His people. May the Lord bring us to this green pasture and make us to lie down in it.
A final thought about the closing of this verse, how blessed it is when the Holy Spirit testifies of Christ's finished work, and also when Christ testifies to us that He gives us His faith and has laid down His life in a complete and perfect salvation, by His eternal, unfathomable, unbreakable love. How deep and unbreakable is it? This same apostle testifies by the Holy Spirit in Romans 8:38,39 - "For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."