DIGGING DEEP SERIES 1-100

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Digging Deep No. 1
Topic: Blessed is The Man
Text: Psalms 1:1

INTRODUCTION:

There is a difference between the meanings of the word “Blessing” and “types of blessings”. What is the meaning of blessing? How many types of blessing do you know?

There are three categories of blessings:-
a) Physical
b) Soulish
c) Spiritual

A. PHYSICAL: include among others; Money, Servants, Cars, Buses, Animals, Wealth
Etc. Genesis 24:35.
a. Health – Exodus 23:25
b. Large estate i.e. plenty of landed property – Isaiah 30:32
c. Large harvest or sufficient Income – Amos 9:13
d. Ability to make money – Deuteronomy 8:18
e. Sound sleep – Psalms 127:2
f. Protection from enemies – Isaiah 25:4

B. SOULISH: blessing include among others:-
a. Honour, fame popularity, l Kings 3:13
b. Promotion – I Samuel 2:7
c. Rest of mind – Matthew 11:28
d. Wisdom – Daniel 2:21, Ecclesiastes 2:26

C. SPIRITUAL:
a. Glorious Name – Isaiah 56:4-5
b. Ability to know God – Jeremiah 24:7
c. A soft heart – Ezekiel 11:19
d. The Holy Spirit and His gifts – Luke 11:13, I Cor. 12:4-20
e. Eternal Life John 10:28
f. Spiritual crown Revelation – 2:10
g. Hope – Proverb 14:32, Heb. 6:18-19, Titus 2:13
h. Divine kingship – Revelation 1:5-6
i. Answered prayer – Psalms 91:15, Isaiah 65:24.


CONCLUSION:Now you know what blessings are. How can they be obtained? Psalms 1:1 says, “Blessed is the man. Do you wish to be blessed? Are you willing to meet God’s conditions? Shall we pray?

Digging Deep. No. 2
Topic: Blessed is The Man
Text: Psalms 1:1

INTRODUCTION: In the last week we study that there are three categories of blessings: (i) physical, (ii) soulish (i.e. pertaining to the minds) and (iii) spiritual. Can you recollect some of these blessings? In this study we want to know which of these blessings, physical, soulish or spiritual, belong to children of God.

A. PHYSICAL: physical blessings are for God’s children.
a. Infact He intends for them to have the very best – Ps. 34:110, Ps. 103:5
b. God also promised good health to His children – Deut. 7:15, Jere. 30:17, Exo. 23:25

B. SOULISH: Soulish blessings also belong to God’s children.
a. He want us to prosper physically and soulish – II John 1:2
b. He wants us to have rest of mind – I Peter 5:7
c. He is determined to give us all blessings – Matt. 6:31-33

C. SPIRITUAL:
a. Not only are we expected to be blessed spiritually we are even encouraged to be covetous where spiritual blessings are concerned – I Cor. 12:3
b. We are told to strive strongly to improve spiritually – II Peter 1:5-7

Now that we know that these blessings are available to us, the next question is, how can these blessing be obtained?

A. PHYSICAL: physical blessings can be obtained by:-
I. Letting the Lord dwell in your home – II Samuel 6:11
I. Paying of tithes and offerings – Malachi 3:10
II. Giving to others – Luke 6:38. – Add yours to the list.

B. SOULISH: Soulish blessings can be obtained by:-
I. Studying the word of God – Proverbs 13:18
II. Following righteousness and mercy – Prov. 21:21
III. By humility – Prov. 22:4
IV. Serving God – John 12:26
V. Praying – James 1:5-6
VI. Witnessing John 15:1-2
VII. Abiding in Christ – John 15:7

C. SPIRITUAL: spiritual blessings can be obtained by:
I. Living a Holy Life – Isaiah 58:8-11
II. By Faith – Mark 9:23
III. Trusting in the fact of the resurrection of Jesus Christ – I Peter


CONCLUSION:Now that you know that all these blessings are available for you as a child of God and you know how to obtain them. God is willing to bless you if you are willing to meet His conditions. Will you like to tell Him about your decision now?

Digging Deep No. 3
Topic: The Ungodly, the Sinner, and the Scornful
Text:
Psalms 1:1

INTRODUCTION:

We have learnt about various types of blessings and that these blessings are for God’s children. However, Ps. 1:1 states specifically that for a man to be blessed, he must avoid the company of 3 categories of people. Can you name them? Our first question to night is.

1) Who are the ungodly? Why is it dangerous to take the advice (counsel) of the ungodly? What do you think?
An ungodly man is someone who is not directed by God – Rom. 8:14. The advice of an ungodly man will therefore be dangerous because:
a) He will lean on his own understanding – Proverbs 3:5
b) Yet his mind is reprobate i.e. he cannot think straight – Rom 1:28-32
c) If a man is not being directed by God, then he must be directed by Satan – I John 3:8-10
d) In any case an ungodly man cannot give a godly advice – Matt. 7:16-18.

2) Who is a sinner? Job 25:4, Rom. 5:12. Who is not a sinner?
All those who have been washed in the blood of the lamb – I John 1:7. If a man finds himself in the way of sinners, he should not stay or stand there but get out quickly. Why?
a) The way of sinners is darkness and sorrow – Prov. 4:14-19
b) Their wicked ways will lead to their own destruction – Prov. 1:10-19
c) So that the Christian might not backslide – II Peter 3:17
3) What are the characteristics of a scorner? And therefore why must we avoid them?
a) Pride – James 4:6, I Peter 5:5
b) Lack of love – I John 4:7-8
c) They talk too much – Prov. 3:33-34
d) God hates scorners – Prov. 33:34
e) Scorners are fools – Prov. 14:6, therefore his reward is shame – Proverbs 3:35,
judgment and stripes Proverbs 19:29.


CONCLUSION: Can you see now why a man avoids the ungodly, the sinner and the scornful will be blessed? Can you see why a man who mixes with them will be cursed? What do you want, blessings or curse? Won’t you talk to God now to grant you the grace to be separated unto Him!

Digging Deep No. 4
Topic: The Saints
Text: Psalms 1:1-2

INTRODUCTION: what single name describes the man who satisfies the conditions of Psalms 1:1? What is the meaning of THE in “the man”? We are told in the last study that the scornful talks too much, is it his fault in view of James 3:8? What can a man do to tame his tongue? These and other questions will start to engage our attention as from today.

The man who satisfies the conditions of Psalms 1:1 is godly, not a sinner, not scornful i.e. not proud, has love and has mastered his tongue. He can be called holy, righteous or SAINT.

God uses “THE” instead of “A” or ANY in “the man” just to bring home to us the fact that God differentiates between man and man. – Proverbs 16:5.

Despite James 3:8 one who talks too much will bear the burden of his foolishness, Matthew 12;36, Prov. 18:7. Therefore, watch your tongue, Proverbs 17:27-28, but how can a man tame his tongue? By praying in tongues frequently. That means surrendering the tongue to the spirit.

1. According to Psalms 1:2, what benefits does a saint get?
a) He enjoys studying the word (or law) of God – II Tim. 2:15.
b) He enjoys applying them in his life – James 1:22-25
c) Therefore his life is directed by the laws of God – Joshua 1:7-8
d) Therefore he meditates on these laws day and night so that he could understand them more and make them his model or standard of perfection.

2. Why does he do these things? What benefits does he get as a result?
a) He does not wish to offends God – Psalms 119:11
b) He wishes to gain knowledge of God, wisdom and understanding – Eph. 3:4, Rev. 1:3, Prov. 9:9-10
c) He feeds on the word of God in order to grow spiritually – I Peter 2:1-3, Rom. 10:17
d) So that false prophets and teachers will not be able to lead him astray – II Pet 2:1-3.

3. How can I become a Saint? By becoming nothing. A saint – nothing: Christ Gal. 2:20, Ps. 116:15, Gal. 6:14.


CONCLUSION:A saint is a blessed person indeed, but to become a saint involves a total surrender to Jesus Christ, Phil. 3:7-11. Do you want to be a saint? Then, tell Jesus about it now.

Digging Deep No. 5
Topic: The Tree by the Riverside
Text: Psalms 1:3

INTRODUCTION: We have learnt that any one who satisfies the conditions of Psalms 1:1 could be called a saint and he will richly be blessed. Infact, his blessing had been compared in Ps. 1:3 to those of a tree planted by the riverside. Can you name some of the blessings you think a tree by the riverside will have?

(a) Abundant supplies of water
(b) Nothing to worry about even in dry seasons
(c) It will always be gloriously green
(d) It will produce plenty of fruits
(e) It will in turn provide shade for animals, birds and the river itself.

1. Do you think comparison between a blessed saint and a tree by the riverside is an
appropriate one? If yes, in what ways?

The comparison is appropriate in the following ways
(a) The saint will have abundant supply of all his needs, Phil.4:19.
(b) The saint has nothing to worry about – Matt. 6:25-33
(c) The saint will always be glorious – Col. 1:27
(d) The saint will always be fruitful – Ps. 128:1-6
(e) The saint is blessing to others around him – Matt. 5:13-16 and a source of blessing to God too – I Cor. 3:9.
2. In how many ways can we obtain fruits? How does this apply to a saint?
(a) By planting our own trees
(b) By inheriting trees planted by others – Deut. 6:10-12, and
(c) By grafting – Rom. 11:17-18
Now a saint is grafted by the Lord Jesus Christ – Ps 52:8-9 that is why He is able to
stand – Matt. 15:13

3. What does “River” stand for in spiritual terms? “River” is a symbol of spiritual
blessings. Can you think of other interpretations? Ps. 36:8, Ps. 46:1-4, Rev. 22:1-2.

4. What are the conditions for obtaining these blessings and bearing fruits?
(a) Obedience – Isa 1:19, Isa. 48:17-19,
(b) Continuous contact with the ‘river’ John 15:5
(c) Understanding of things spiritual – Matt. 13:23
(d) Death of the old life – John 12:24
(e) Constant correction (trimming) by God – John 15:2.

5. Is it possible to remain fruitful till the end of one’s life? Jere. 17:7-8, Ps. 92:12-14,
Deut. 34:7. All these passages confirm that the answer is yes.

6. What are the conditions for remaining forever fruitful?
a) Compare severance from sin and idols – Hosea 14:8
b) Continuous waiting on the Lord – Isaiah 40:31, II Corinthians 5.


CONCLUSION:would you love to be like a tree by the riverside? Are you willing to meet God’s conditions? If you are willing, God is also willing. Talk to Him now.

Digging Deep No. 6
Topic: The Chaff
Text: Psalms 1:4

INTRODUCTION: In the last study we learnt that a saint could be compared to a tree planted by the riverside. What a wonderful comparison. On the other hand, in our study today, the sinners are compared to the chaff. What a terrible comparison. So you know what the chaff is?

1. By what other names are the ungodly compared?
a. Children of the wicked one or tares – Matthew 13:38
b. Children of the devil – John 8:44
c. Enemy of all righteousness – Acts 13:10
d. Whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, boasters, covenant breakers, – Romans 1:28-31. Can you think of some other names for sinners?

2. To what else are the ungodly compared?
a) Job 21:17-20 – Weak candle light, stubble, chaff
b) Isaiah 17:12-24 – Chaff, a rolling thing before the whirlwind
c) Hosea 13:1-3 – Morning cloud, early dew that passes away, smoke out of the chimney
d) Matthew 3:11-12 – Chaff to be burnt with unquenchable fire.

3. Why are sinners compared to chaff, stubble, morning cloud, early dew, smoke etc? Because they always die before their time.
a) Job 22:15-16 – Sinners are cut down before their time
b) Ps. 37:37-38 – Sinners are destroyed, they are cut off
c) Ps. 55:23 – Sinners don’t live out half their days
d) Prov. 10:27 – The years of sinners are shortened
e) Eccl. 7:17 – The wicked and the foolish always die before their time.

4. What happens when sinners dies in the prime of their life?
a) II Chron. 21:16-20 – They die in disgrace and despised.
b) Jere. 22:18-19 – Sinners die unlamented
c) Ezek. 7:9-10 – When sinners die there are no genuine mourners, no genuine sorrow.

5. Why is it that sinners die unmourned?
a) Deut. 29:24-28 – Because it is God who got annoyed with them so that their death is more of surprise than sorrow.
b) II Chron. 7:19-22 – Because it is God who plucked them out by the root. Their destruction is always so completed that they become an astonishment.
c) Ps. 52:3-7 – When the righteous sees the complete destruction of the seemingly indestructible sinner he cannot really mourn.
d) Since their roots are also destroyed who shall remain to mourn? Prov. 2:22, Matt. 15:13.

6. But God is love. Can such a gentle Father destroy so completely? II Peter 3:3-10, Romans 1:18.


CONCLUSION:God is love, no doubt about it at all. But He is a holy God and He does not tolerate sin. Also He has made adequate provision for freedom from sin and destruction through Jesus Christ. The question now is what are you? The tree by the riverside or the chaff? Which will you like to be? It is time to pray

Digging Deep No. 7
Topic: The end of the Ungodly
Text: Psalms 1:5

INTRODUCTION: In the last study we learnt that a sinner can be compared to the chaff, stubble, morning cloud, early dew, smoke and other worthless things, because their joys do not last, they are down before their time. This week, we shall learn more about the end of sinners. Before we start however, is there any difference between sinners and backsliders? Prov. 21:16.

1. Where is the last home of sinners? What is their fate for refusing Christ?
a) Matt. 13:41 –42 – Eternal Fire
b) Matt. 25:41 – Everlasting Fire
c) Mark 6:11 – Severe judgment
d) Matt. 7:23 – Christ Himself will disown them.

2. Can sinners accuse God of being too harsh in His judgment?
a) Proverbs 1;24-31
b) Isaiah 65:12
c) Hosea 9:17
d) Jeremiah 7:15-16
Sinners have no excuse against God.

3. But God is the Creator of all and He is the Almighty. Why doesn’t He use His power to prevent anyone from going to such dreadful place as eternal fire?
a) Mark 9:43-48
b) John 5:28-29
c) Isaiah 52:11
d) Ephesians 5:11, II Thessalonians 3:6. All these are some of the various warnings that God gave to all. Can you still blame God is some people insist on perishing?

4. There are many wicked things being done today by sinners e.g. armed robbery, even highly placed people. Why is God not doing something quickly about it?
a) II Peter 2:9
b) II Peter 3:7
c) Luke 13:7-9
d) Proverbs 11:21
e) Amos 5:18-19
f) Amos 9:2
g) I Thessalonians 5:3
h) Hebrew 2:3
i) Hebrew 12:25-29
Sinners are reserved unto judgment. Also God is waiting for them to repent. But the judgment is inevitable.

5. Will all sinners suffer exactly the same punishment? Is hell uniformly hot?
a) Luke 12:41-48
b) John 9:41
c) John 15:22
Punishment will vary according to the privileges available to each sinner.

6. Many sinners seem to be getting rich and powerful in the world today. What is God doing by allowing the wicked to prosper while some holy ones remain poor?
a) Psalms 37:1-2, 10,
b) Psalms 92:7,
c) Psalms 73:11-19
d) Psalms 75:5
Don’t envy sinners even when they seem to prosper. Their end is terrible and they drink deep of the cup of the wrath of God.

7. Some people talk of purgatory where a sinner can suffer a little and then released. How true is that?
a) Isaiah 30:12-14
b) Proverbs 6:12-15,
c) Proverbs 19:1
The destruction of sinners is total, never partial. And it is sudden too, not gradual. Total and sudden in the sense that “once is hell, for ever in hell”

8. Won’t God exempt Pastors? Prophets, etc, who serve is God and still sin?
a) Jeremiah 23:9-12
b) Ezekiel 34:1-10
No exception at all.


CONCLUSION: Now that you know that any unrepentant sinner is doomed forever and that there is no purgatory and no exceptions at all. What do you think the future holds in store for you or that unrepentant member of your family? Pray about it now.

Digging Deep No. 8
Topic: The wheat and the tears
Text
: Psalms 1:5-6

INTRODUCTION: In the parable of the wheat and the tares, Matt. 13:24-30, the Lord compared the saint to the wheat and the sinners to tares. Can there be tares? Can there be tares even in Gospel Churches? How can we know the difference between the wheat and the tares? Can you list major differences?

1. On the final Day of Judgment, won’t some sinners be able to dodge in and mix with the saints?
a) Matthew 13:47-49, b) Matthew 25:31-33, c) Luke 16:19, d) Luke 17:34-36

a) Matthew 13:47-49 – If they dodge in they will be picked out
b) Matthew 25:31-33- Goats differ from sheep any day
c) Luke 16:19 – There is a mighty gulf of separation
d) Luke 17:34-36 – Even a wife may be separated from the husband or a husband from the wife.
2. While we are still in this world, how can one know if he belongs to the wheat or to the tares? Joshua 7:11-22, Isaiah 59:1-2, Hosea 5:6, II Thess.2:11-12, Ps.66:18, Isa.65:7. God ignores the tares, refuses to have any fellowship with them and refuses to answer their prayers. Are your prayers being answered? Are you enjoying a warm fellowship with God? Do you look forward to prayer time with joy?
3. How does God distinguish between the wheat and the tares in this present life? Proverbs 10:6-7, Proverbs 10:25, Proverbs 11:5-8, Proverbs 13:21-22, Proverbs 14:32, Proverbs 15:8-9, Romans 2:9-10, Proverbs 11:3. God distinguishes between the wheat and tares in this present life by blessing the wheat and cursing the tares. There is nothing like good luck or bad luck in this world but only blessings and curses. Which are you receiving?
4. What is to be the attitudes of the wheat to the tares, particularly the tares in the church of God? What is the difference between worshipping together and fellowshipping? Romans 16:17-18, I Corinthians 5:9-11, IIThess.3:6, I Timothy 3:1-7, Gal. 6:5, I John 1:6-7. Saints are to be separated from unholy brethren. In the church. We can worship together but saints don’t really fellowship with sinners. One of the reasons for this being that evil communication corrupts good manners. Another reason being that light and darkness don’t really mix.
5. What is to be the attitudes of the wheat to the tares that are outside the Church? Ezekiel 33:1-9, Ezekiel 3:17-21, Gal. 6:1. It is the duty of the saints to warn the sinners of the danger ahead but the saints themselves must be very firmly grounded on the Rock so as to be dragged into the pit of sin.


CONCLUSION: From the distinctions between the wheat and the tares enumerated above, what do you think you are? Wheat or tares? Particularly now that you know that there may be tares even in the Gospel churches. Are you wheat or tare? Examine yourself if you be in faith and talk to God about it now.

Digging Deep No. 9
Topic: God Knows His own
Text: Psalms 1:6

INTRODUCTION: In a world consisting of millions upon millions of people how is it possible for God to differentiate good people from bad? How can He know those in Africa and at the same time those in America, Europe, India, China, the near and far East? What type of brain has He? Isaiah 40:28, answer these questions. But there are other q1uestions.

1. How intimately does God know His own?
a) John 10:3 – He knows them by their individual names
b) John 1:48 – Even in the offices or farms
c) Nathum1:7 – Also in the time of trouble
What conclusions can we draw from I Corinthians .8:3, II Timothy 2:19-20. Does he knows the sinners too? Amos 9:3, Zephaniah 1:12, Jeremiah 17:10.

2. How can you know that He knows you and recognizes you as His own?
I John 2:3-5, I John 3:14, I John 3:19, I John 4:13, I John 5:9, John 15:14. If we find it easy to obey His commandments and final pleasure in doing it then we can have the witness in us that He knows us as His own. Also a deep love towards all His children is another determining factor.

3. Who else knows the saints as special people of God? Acts 19:15, Acts 16:16-18. All evil spirits recognize saints for what they are.

4. How do saints know themselves? How can you recognize a true child of God if you meet one? Ps. 119:63, Malachi 3:16, Acts 2:42, I John 1:17, Proverbs 17:17. All true children of God enjoy fellowshipping together and live a holy and blameless life.

5. If I want to become a saint what must I do?
What benefits are mine if I become someone who is recognized by God as His own? Psalms 34:18, Acts 17:27, Ps. 145:18, Ps.16:8, Genesis 25:24, Revelation 3:4. If you want to become a saint the first thing is to be truly sorry for your sins and humbly come to God for forgiveness. When you become accepted of Him there is hope of eternal life and eternal glory for you.


CONCLUSION:How glorious is it to walk with Jesus! How wonderful to be recognized as a friend by God Almighty when even the State Governor does not know you! Imagine the glory of one day dinning with the King of kings and of Lord of Lords! And all it takes is to live a holy life! Is that too great a price to pay! Are you willing to pay the price? Talk to Him about it now.

Digging Deep No. 10
Topic: Access to God
Text: Psalms 15:1

INTRODUCTION: while Psalms 1 compares and contrasts saints as sinners and specified God’s conditions for obtaining blessings, Ps 15 deals mainly with the conditions for obtain heaven and gaining access to God. So many questions enter ones mind as we meditate on Ps.15. One of them is: Can God, who fills the heaven, be localized or restricted to a particular spot at any given time? What do you think? Duet. 12:11 should give you an insight.

1. How can I gain access into God’s presence? Through whom can I book an appointment?
Ps. 24:3-4, Isa. 26:2, John 10:9, Romans 5:1-2, Ephesians 3:11-12. Access is limited to the holy and the truthful. Appointments can be booked only through Jesus Christ.

2. If I am not satisfied with merely gaining access to Him, how can I get real close to Him? Ps. 34:18, Ps. 145:18, Acts 17:27, James 4:8, Heb. 10:22. The conditions for nearness to God are (i) a repentant and humble heart, (ii) calling on God in truth, (iii) seeking Him earnestly, (iv) sanctification and (v) a clean conscience.

3. How can I have a good conscience?
Heb 10:14, Acts 24:16, Rom.9:1, II Cor.1:12. Some of the conditions for having a good conscience are: (i) wash in the blood of then Lamb, (ii) henceforth offend neither God nor man, (iii) tell the truth always and (iv) let all your dealing be sincere.

4. What benefits are there in being near to God? Exod. 33:14, Deut. 20:1, Isa. 43:2, Ps. 23:4. Some of the benefits are (i) mind, (ii) courage in life’s battles, (iii) security in times of peril, and (iv) fearlessness even in the face of death.

5. If God has a sacred place in my home or heart, what do I gain? Jos.18:1, II Cor. 6:17-18. My opponents will be subdued before me and God will be father at-home to me.

6. But is it desirable to move close to holy God? Isaiah 6:1-5. How can I be near without being uncomfortable? Isaiah 6:6-8. God’s perfect holiness will reveal my extreme rottenness if I move, near Him but If I am cleansed and covered in the blood of His Son I can be near to Him as I wish.


CONCLUSION:Do you wish to be near God? Are you clean enough to gain access to His holy presence? Or would you rather stay away from Him? How about talking to Him now?..

Digging Deep No. 11
Topic: Conditions for entry to heaven
Text: Psalms 15:2

INTRODUCTION: In the last study in our examination of Psalms 15:1, we discovered conditions for gaining access to God. In this study, we wish to examine the conditions for entry to heaven as specified in Psalms 15:2. How many conditions are specified here? Why are they crucial?

1. Why must I be upright? What exactly is the meaning of uprightness? What rewards are there in being steadfastly holy? Ps.24:4, Matt. 5:8, Job 22:30, Proverbs 4:18, ii Samuel 23:3-4, Proverbs 2:7, Psalms 37:18, Proverbs 2:21, Ps. 37:9-27. Uprightness means having clean hands (don’t give and don’t receive bribes, don’t write destructive letters/commendations, watch you hand, particularly behind locked doors, don’t steal. Don’t forget, be careful how you fill those tax forms and mileage claim etc., pure heart (no bitterness or hatred, no sinful intentions lurking there, no ungodly ambitions, no unforgiving spirit etc.) walking according to the commandments of God, perfecting holiness in the fear of God, of course, the steadfastly holy shall inherit the land since no one having put his hand on the plough and looking back is fit for the kingdom of God.
2. Why is righteousness so crucial? Why must I be righteous? Can you give some reasons? Joshua 10:12, Proverbs 11:17-18, Galathians.6:7-8, Psalms 34:15, 17, Psalms 34:19. To be righteous means to be holy. Whatever you sow is what you reap. This is the unchangeable law of harvest. If you sow righteousness you reap mercy, the reward of truth. Your prayers are answered; you are delivered from all sorts of troubles and inherit eternal life.
3. Why must I tell the truth always? Can’t I tell white lies, that are lies told that no one is injured as a result? Psalms 26:7, Psalms 51:6, Ephesians 4:25, Proverbs 12:19, Proverbs 23:23. Truth is very precious in the sight of the Lord because He himself is the Truth. Just as He stands sure forever, everyone who tells the truth always will also stand forever.


CONCLUSION:How can I remain standing (upright steadfastly holy) through life without ever slipping, without falling? Is it enough just to look onto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith? It is not enough to lust look onto Jesus because occasionally our gaze might be diverted by “storms” or material pursuits. It is absolutely necessary to hold on the hand of Jesus. Psalms 73:22-24. Will you like to call on Him tonight to hold your hand as He held the hand of Peter as you walk on the ocean of life?

Digging Deep No. 12
Topic: Watch that tongue of yours
Text: Psalms 15:3

INTRODUCTION: The road to heaven is very narrow. Very few people ultimately get there. However, we are determined to make it and we pray that you will make it also. But one of the greatest weapons of Satan in preventing you from getting there could be your tongue as Psalms 15:3 clearly shows. Why do you think this is the case?

1. With what is the tongue compared? Can you mention some good comparison? Ps. 5:9, Romans 3:13-14, Psalms 140:3, Psalms 58:1-5, Psalms 57:4, Proverbs 30:4, Psalms 140:3, Psalms 55:21, Proverbs 5:3-4, James 3:6, Proverbs 16:27. The mouth of a sinner is linked to the graveyard and the poison of the tongue to that of a serpent, and deaf serpents for that matter. The tongue is also compared to a sharp sword and even to fire! This is particularly true of smooth-talking liars.

2. Why is the tongue described so badly? Why is it likened to such terrible things as the poison of a serpent, a sharp sword and fire? Can you give some reasons? Psalms 73:8-9, Psalms 10:7, Matt. 15:11, James 3:4-5, Psalms 53:1
The tongue is compared to terrible and destructive things because of the havoc that an uncontrolled tongue can cause. Evil words cause hardships and pain, wickedness and vanity are associated with the tongue and as small as small as the tongue is, it is extremely dangerous because it is what a sinner employs while denying God.
3. What dangers are there for anyone who does not control his/her tongue? Why is it that those whose tongues are not controlled are heading for hell? Give some reasons. Leviticus 19:16, Exodus 22:16, Psalms 12:3-4, Matthew 12:31-32, God forbids the misuse of the tongue like tale-bearing, lying, deceit, false witnessing and flattering. Moreover, the unforgivable sin can only be committed through the tongue.
4. If you want to reach heaven how much you use your tongue matter. Give some suggestions. Psalms 51:14, Psalms 35:28, I Thess. 5:17, sing praises always to the Lord and speak of His truth at all times. Pray without ceasing.


CONCLUSION:Where will you spend eternity, in heaven or in hell? If it is in heaven, then do something about that tongue of yours. Employ it in praising the Lord always. Shall we praise Him now?

DIGGING DEEP 13
Topic: Hold God in Holy Reference
Text: Psalms 15:4

INTRODUCTION: As we continue in our examination of the conditions for entry into heaven, we final listed in Psalms 15:4 the following conditions:
i. We are to hate sin
ii. Despise those who indulge in sins
iii. Pay our vows and keep our promises. Why do you think that conditions (i) and (ii) are crucial?

1. What are saints expected to hate? How do you know a man who fears the Lord? How do you know a holy man and a wise man? Psalms 103:1-3, Psalms 119:104, Psalms 1:2, Psalms 119:113, Proverbs 8:7, Proverbs 9:10, II Peter 2:5-8. Saints must hate sin, falsehood, lies, slander even vain (unproductive) though, i.e. daydreaming. A man who fears the Lord, who is a wise man, hates sins and a holy man is known by the fact that he has sorrows and expresses it when others sin.
2. What is the difference between respect and reverence? Why must we revere God? Matthew 5:48, Hebrews 12:14, Ephesians 5:5, Isaiah 11:4, Job 4:9, Job 12:10, Psalms 51:1:1,4. The difference between respect and reverence is that reverence equals respect plus fear. We reference God because of His holiness, power, mercy, faithfulness and love.

His holiness: This reminds us of the judgment day and the condition that we will be as perfect as His is perfect – Col. 3:15-17, James 1:4.

His: We revere God because He has the power to destroy but refrain from doing so, He has absolute power but never uses it to the detriment of man – Ezekiel 33:11.

His mercy: Suppose a judge finds you guilty of a serious offence, cautions you out of mercy and sets you free. Will you ever like to appear before such a judge again as an offender? Romans 3:3-6.

His faithfulness: A faithful person is automatically rigid, unchangeable. When He says He will do good He stands by it, when He says He will do otherwise, He stands by it also, Isaiah 45:23, Ezekiel 12:28.

His love: Have you ever neared of love so great that a man lays down His life for His enemies? How can anyone dare offered such a friend and go unpunished? Songs of Solomon 8:6.


CONCLUSION:Have you been giving God His sure place in your life, your business and your home? He deserves first place in all things. If you have not surrendered all to Him, you will not be able to reign with Him. Will you like to talk to Him now about your own decision to make Him pre-eminent in your life?

Digging Deep No. 14
Topic: Vows Sacred, Usury forbidden
Text: Psalms 15:4-5

INTRODUCTION: What is a vow? In brief, a vow is a promise either made to God directly or to a man with God as a witness. Vows are therefore very sacred. It is a promise no one dares fail to fulfill. What is usury means lending out money with interest.

1. How important are vows? Can we defer to pay our vows? Under what conditions can vows be nullified? Number 30:9, Deut. 23:21, Matt. 5:23, Acts 17:30-31, Eccl. 5:4-5, Number 30:3-8, Number 30:9. Vows are extremely sacred and we must pay them quickly. We must not defer payment till a convenient time. A father can nullify vows of his unmarried daughter and husband can nullify the vows of his wife, but a widow and a divorcee will be held responsible for their vows.

2. Why is God so particular about paying your vows? Psalms 119:89, Genesis 3:15, John 16:33, Jeremiah 1:19, John 15:7, John 14:2-3. God expects His children to be like Him. When He makes a promise He will never change. He will fulfill His promise. There are many vows He made, some of which are already fulfilled, some of which are being daily fulfilled and some yet to be fulfilled. Can you name some more in each category?

3. Are you permitted to lend money with interest? Can we save in the Bank and collect interest? What is the difference between the two? Lev.15:35-37, Exodus 22:25, Ezek. 22:12, Luke 19:23, Proverbs 22:22-23, Prov. 88:8, Deut. 24:19-21. Lending out money with interest is strictly forbidden by God. Of course you can put money in the bank and collect interest thereon. The difference is that the bank uses your money to trade and gives you only a fraction of the gain, but does not expect you to make profit out of the need of others who come to you for help in their time of need.

4. Is there any danger in getting rich quickly, particular by methods that are not completely clean? Should a Christian underpay his employees? What if the employees are lazy? Jere. 17:11, Prov. 21:6: Isaiah 28:15-18, Jere 22:13, Proverbs 16:8. Prosperity by deceit leads to death. Never underpay your employees. It is better to be cheated than to cheat.


CONCLUSION:Have you a vow that you have not paid? Don’t delay. Have you cheated in giving loan or interest? Ask God for mercy now

Digging Deep No. 15
Topic: Loans, Gifts and Bribery
Text: Psalms 15:5

INTRODUCTION: In the last study we learnt that a child of God must pay his vows at all cost and should not extort another person either by giving loan on interest or by underpaying his employees. Today, we want to talk about loans, gifts, and bribery as they affect God’s children.

1. What are things that God loaned to us? Can you name some of them. Is death the end of everything? Why must a Christian avoid wasting of time? Proverbs 27:1, Luke 12:19, Ephesians 5:15-16, Psalms 90:12, James 4:13-14, Isaiah 57:16, Eccl. 12:7. Everything we have is loaned to us by God including our time, life, soul and even the breath we breath. Death is surely not the end of everything and we must watch the way we spend these things loaned to us because we shall render an account one day to the Giver.
2. What is God’s stand on bribery? What about gifts, are we encouraged to receive all gifts? Does God accept gifts? Amos 5:12, Isaiah 33:15-17, Exodus 23:8, Deut. 10:17, Duet. 16:19, James 2:9, Prov. 28:21, Ezek. 13:19, Deut. 25, II Chronicles 19:7, Psalms 99:9, Psalms 33:1-3, John 4:24. Bribery is absolutely forbidden and not all gifts are acceptable either. This is because not all gifts are sincere and many have perverted justice because of gifts. Not all gifts are acceptable to God and in fact the only gifts that God will certainly not refuse is praise


CONCLUSION:Beware of gifts. Don’t give bribes and don’t accept it either. Learn to praise God always. Psalms 89:6. Will you like to praise him now?

Digging Deep No. 16
Topic: Those who qualify for Heaven
Text: Psalms 15:5

INTRODUCTION: Psalms 15:1 asks a question: “Who shall enter heaven”? Psalms 15:2-5 supplies the answer to this crucial question. Many qualifications are listed and by now you should know whether or not you qualify for heaven. If you do, praise the Lord, if you do not, call on the only one who can make you qualify, the Lord Jesus Christ.

1. Who are those who cannot be moved according to Psalms 15:5, Romans 2:13, James 1:22-25, John 13:17, Luke 11:28, John 15:14. Those who will live forever and be immovable are those who know what is required of them as listed in Psalms 15 and do them. That is not hearers or learners only, but those who put into practice what they have learnt.

2. Can you give some reasons why saints are immovable? Psalms 40:2, Psalms 27:5, Psalms 31:20, Job 5:19-24, Psalms 33:18-19, Job 31:4, Ezekiel 9:4-6, Daniel 7:27, Hebrew 13:5-6, psalms 55:22, Psalms 37:5, I Peter 5:7, Psalms 37:24, Proverbs 24:16, Psalms 146:8, Ps 147:6.

The reasons why saints are immovable and eternal are very many. Some of them are these: their feet are planted firmly on the rock of Ages, they are hidden in time of trouble, their steps are controlled by God so that they will not walk into danger, they are sealed against destruction by God Himself, since they are going to be joint-rulers with the one whose kingdom is eternal. They have to be eternal themselves, God is their Helper so that even if they slip and fall God will raise them up again, they also have learnt the secret of trusting the Lord thereby casting their burdens on Him, including the burden of how to get heaven, and lastly, God loves them and those whom the Lord loves cannot perish.


CONCLUSION:Jesus Christ said that not all who call him Lord, Lord, would enter the kingdom of heaven only those who do what? Are you willing to do the will of God? Then you will never be moved. But are you willing to be doers also and not hearers only? Why not talk to Jesus about it now?

Digging Deep No. 17
Topic: In the Beginning
Text: John 1:1

INTRODUCTION: The Gospel according to Saint John is loved by many as the gospel that records (i) The origin of Jesus Christ John 1:1,14, (ii) The doctrine of the new birth John 3:13,
(iii) The great and the universal love of God John 3:16, and (iv) Many speeches of our Lord Jesus Christ. As we begin to dig deep into the first chapter of this wonderful book, may the Almighty Himself quicken our understanding as we open our hearts to the Light of His word. Amen.

1. Is the beginning of John 1:1, the same as that of Genesis 1:1? Give reasons fro your answers. To which two events do the passages refer? Genesis 1:9-11, 12, 20 and Genesis 1:16-21, Proverbs 8:22-30. The beginning of John 1:1 is earlier than the beginning of Genesis 1:1. One refers to the origin of God, the other to the origin of man.

2. (a) Has God a beginning? – Hebrew 7:1-3
(b) Has He an end? – Isaiah 9:6 and Malachi 3:6, Hebrew 13:8
God is eternal, without beginning or end.

3. (a) What other things are eternal? – Eccl. 12:7, Psalms 102:26, Proverbs 27:20
(b) What is your origin? – Genesis 2:7
Some of the things eternal are you, the generation of the righteous, heaven and of course hell. You originated from God.

4. Can we know some of the things that happened in the beginning? What of those that happened in the beginning of the beginning?

(a) Hebrew 1:10, Psalms 102:25, Job 38:4-7
(b) Romans 16:25-26, Ephesians 3:1-6, Ephesians 3:8, Colossians 1:25,26. In the Beginning God drew the plans and laid the foundation of the world and there was great rejoicing in heaven.
In the beginning of the beginning God arranged a mysterious thing and kept it hidden for ages. The mystery being that (i) There will be Jews and Gentiles, (ii) Gentiles (i.e. you) can be heirs of God, (iii) to have Christ is to be unspeakably rich and (iv) only those who have Christ shall be glorified.

5. How many beginning are there? John 3:3-6, Acts 2:14, Isaiah 65:17-25. There are many beginnings among which are when you are born, when you are saved, when the Church of God was born and when Christ returns.


CONCLUSION:The return of Christ beginnings a new era of unsurpassed and peace for the Christians. Unfortunately not all will be in His kingdom for many are called but few chosen. Will you be among the chosen few or will His return be the beginning of sorrow for you? Talk to the Lord about it now.

Digging Deep No. 18
Topic: The Word
Text: John 1:1

INTRODUCTION: In the last study we began the study of John 1:1 with a detailed look at “In the Beginning”. From that study, it was evident that God has loved us from the beginning John 3:16 and has prepared at inheritance for us. Praise His holy name. Now we wish to look at “The Word”. May the word himself speak to our hearts tonight in His Name. Amen.

1. (a). Who is the Word?
(b) How can we explain that Jesus is the Son of God? (c) How do we account for the Holy Spirit in the Trinity? How then is Jesus equal to the Holy Spirit? (d) John 1:14, I John 5:7, (d) John 6:63, Psalms 119:50. Jesus is the word of God and a man is known by His words. The Holy Spirit is the Breath of God and both the Holy Spirit and the Word quickens. The Word and the Holy Spirit are the same.

2. (a). Can God’s Word change? (b) Isaiah 40:8. Why not if not? (c) Give some of His unchangeable Words, (d) Isaiah 40:8, (e) Isaiah 9:6, Hebrew 13:8, Isaiah 53:5, Acts 1:8, John 9:31. God’s word cannot change because Christ, the Word, changes not and is eternal. Some of His unchangeable words are that we are already healed, the Holy Ghost is available for us to empower us and sinner’s prayers will not be answered unless they repent.

3. (a) What are some of the results of the facts that “the Word was with God from the beginning? (b) How can we know the mysteries of God? (c) How do we know that Holy Spirit loves Jesus? (d) How can we demonstrate our love for the Word? (a) John 14:8-11, John 9:4, John 14:24, Matthew 11:27, John 17:25, John 3:35, John 17:26, (b) Amos 3:7, John 15:15, I Cor.2:9-10, (c) John 16:13-14, (d) John 14:21, Matt.5:16, John 15:8, John 4:24.


4. (a) The outcome of the Word being with God from the beginning includes: (b) Intimacy in outlook in works and words (c) deep and total knowledge of each other and (d) deep love and trust of each other. We can know the mysteries of God by (i) revelation, (ii) nearness to Christ, the Word, and (iii) through the baptism in the Holy Spirit. We know that the Holy Spirit loves Christ because He glorifies Him. We too can demonstrate our love for Christ by keeping His commandments and glorying Him
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CONCLUSION:Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is the Word, the Word is life and spirit. The Word knows everything about the Father and reveals deep mysteries of God to man. And you know that the Word loves you, but do you love the Word? Do you glorify Him in your words, thoughts and deeds? Would you love to start doing so from now on?.

DIGGING DEEP 19
Topic: The Word of God
Text: John 1:1

INTRODUCTION: In the past two studies we have been digging deep into John 1:1. That we come again to look into John 1:1 this week reveals to us once again the unchangeable riches hidden in the Word of beginnings, who the Word is, and the outcome of the fact that the word has been with God from the beginning. Now comes the great statement. THE WORD WAS GOD!

1. How can we show that Jesus Christ, the Word, and God are the same? Exodus 3:14, John 8:58, Isaiah 43:11-12, Revelation 1:8, John 17:5, I Corinthians 1:24, Colo.2:2-3. They bear the same Name and have the same glory, the same wisdom and knowledge.
2. Can you give some instances when God appeared in Word-Form? Exodus 3:3-4, I Kings 19:12-13, Acts 3:3-4. Some of the instances are (i) in the burning bush, (ii) on mount Horeb and (iii) on the road to Damascus.
3. Do you consider “the Word” and appropriate description of God? If yes, why? And if not? Why not? Job 23:8-9, Job 11:7, Deut.32:39. Yes, the Word is an appropriate description of God. The word is inexhaustible and God is infinite. The Word is visible, so is God. The Word is a mystery and God is unsearchable. All great decisions are expressed or executed by the written or spoken word, and God is the great Decider who created things by His spoken word. The word comes from the hidden parts of man and God knows even the hidden thoughts of man. The Word fills the world and still decides in man, so is God
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CONCLUSION:Now that we have seen why God chose the title “the word” there remains one pertinent question: how can we walk with an unseen friend? Genesis 6:9 give us the clue. Do you want to walk with God? Are you determined to live a perfect life? Let us talk to the “word” about it.

Digging Deep No. 20
Topic: The Same Word
Text: John 1:2

INTRODUCTION: In our deliberation on John 1:1 was discovered some of the hidden truths of God. We found for example that why God chose the title “THE WORD” is that though we may not see Him, we can still walk with Him if we live a perfect life – Matt. 5:48. Now John 1:2 seems to be repeating what John 1:1 has already established. And since God is not a talkative, there must be a reason for this. May the Lord quicken our understanding as we dig deep into His Word. Amen.

1. What is the purpose of repetition in the scriptures? Can you give some examples of such repetitions? Genesis 41:30-32, Joshua 1:6, 7, 9,18, John 6:35, 48,51. The purpose of repetition in the scriptures is emphasis. Examples are the Lord’s charge to Joshua, the need to be born again, how to obtain eternal life, who is the Bread of the life, etc.
2. Are there any lessons for us from the repetitions to Joshua? II Cor. 10:4, Ephesians 6:11-12, I Tim 1:18, I Tim.6:12, II Tim. 2:4. Moses in a way, stands for Jesus and Joshua stands for us. Moses never actually took part in battle but Joshua did. Therefore, we are called to be soldiers, though our Lord did not sight wars during his lifetime.
3. What is the significance of “The same” in John 1:2, Exodus 3:14, John 14:6, John 15:1, II Cor.11:3-4, Gal. 1:8-9. The same means no counterfeit acceptable. In other words, there may be other Jesus, Christ, ways or vines but the only acceptable one is the one who had been with the father from the begging. This is to warn us against false religions.
4. Who are the best friends of the Lord? Why? Psalms 127:3, Matt. 19:14, Matt. 21:15-16. The best friends of the Lord are children. Because they know how to praise God.
5. What then must we do to enter the kingdom of God? Matt. 10:15, Luke 18:17, John 4:23-24. We must become like small children. Because God wants people who will praise Him wholeheartedly, like children to be in heaven.

Digging Deep No. 21
Topic: The Creator
Text: John 1:3

INTRODUCTION: In the last study we discovered that God emphatically stated that there is only one Jesus Christ. All the others are counterfeits. The only genuine Christ is the One who was originally with God from the beginning of beginnings. Today, as we begin our study of John 1:3 we face many questions like who created heaven and earth, death, evil, darkness etc, and why? May the Lord Himself teach us as we look closer at the WORD.

1. Who created all things? Why are they created? Out of what are they created? Who is the caretaker of the universe? Colo.1:6, Heb. 11:3, I Cor.8:6, Neh. 9:6. God the Father created all things through God the Son, for God the Son, out of nothing. All things thus created are sustained and preserved by God the Son.
2. Who appoints Presidents, Kings, Governors etc and who removes them? Who invested the motorcars, radio etc. Prov. 8:15-16, Isaiah 40:22-23, Prov. 8:12. The Lord Jesus appoints all in authority and removes them at will. He is also the brain behind all inventions.
3. Who created darkness, and evil? Why? Any benefits from sorrow? Isaiah 45:7, James 1:3-4, Heb. 10:36, James 5:7, Heb. 12:5-11. The Lord created darkness and evil because without darkness light is not appreciated or good appreciated without evil. The greatest benefits from sorrow and trials are that they teach patience and patience is very precious.
4. Can we truly say that Jesus created the heavens? Why did He create heaven? Why did He create the earth? Have you any relations in heaven? How far away is heaven anyway? I Chron. 16:26, Psalms 102:25, Prov. 8:1, 22,27, Deut. 26:15, I Kings 8:30, Isaiah 66:1, Psalms 123:1-2, II Chron.30:27. God the Father created heavens but the Wisdom used is Jesus Christ. He created heaven to inhabit it and the earth to rest His feet upon. Yes I have at least one relation is heaven, the Lord Jesus Christ who is my elder brother. Heaven is near enough for God to hear when I call Him.

Digging Deep No. 22
Topic: Who created the devil?
Text: John 1:3

INTRODUCTION: In the last study of John 1:3, we saw that Jesus Christ is the Creator of all things including light and darkness etc. This week, we want to answer these questions? Who created the devils? Why? Why is the devil not yet destroyed? How do we explain Reve.20:7-8, May the Lord Himself explain this deep ;lesson to us. Amen.

Who created the devils? Why? Did God know that Adam and Eve would eat the forbidden fruits in the Garden of Eden? If yes, then why did He get angry with them for doing so? How do I know that God loves me? What must I do to remain secure in His love?

The answers to all these questions reveal one and only one thing: In the first meeting ever held by the Beginning of the beginnings. It was decided that there would be a gigantic Divine Drama. The drama will involve a set of creatures called human beings. They must be able to choose between good and evil. Deut. 30:19, to be able to do this, there must be someone who will be evil totally I John 3:8. A section of these creatures must be specially set-aside for God (Abraham, Isaac – Israel). Later other will be included Ephesians 1:3-6, by Jesus and the Father; John 15:18-19, John 6:44. But after the choice by Jesus you are not eternally secure Phil.2:12.

Because God can remove and replace Matthew 12:33, Romans 11:19. Therefore, we must be careful – Ephesians 5:15-17. Paul is the one who revealed this plan to us Ephesians 3:3-11. How should you behave now that we too know Ephesians 5:1-5, 8-11, 19-20. When is the play “over” as far as an individual is concerned? John 21:23. How soon is the next act in the play?
Romans 13:12. Shall we survive? God is willing Phil.1:16, but ar
e you?

DIGGING DEEP 23
Topic: In Him was Life
Text: John 1:4

INTRODUCTION: what is life? What differentiates a dead man from a living one? What differentiates a dead tree from a living one? These questions we believe everyone can answer fairly correctly. But if we ask, who is life? Only Christians can give the correct answer. For Jesus is the life. John 11:25, John 14:6, I John 5:12, but there are other questions we must answer.

What is human life like compared to God’s? How can God’s type of life be obtained? In view of Hebrews 9:27 can we say that a certain day is already fixed when I will die? In other words can I choose my day of death?

When we compare the life of a man to God’s we can say that it is like a shadow I Chron..29:15, a handbreath in extent Psalms 39:5, or a vapour. James 4:14. There is only way to obtain God’s type of life and that is through the gospel of Jesus Christ. II Tim. 1:10, Deut. 8:3, John 5:24. And if you want to live the kind of life that God gives then your fleshly life must die? I Cor. 4:11, and you must love I John 3:14 and to love is to give John 3:16. The more you give the longer you live.

Even though Heb.9:27 says that man has an appointment with death, the day is not fixed. You can lengthen your life if you watch your sex life Genesis 5:6-31. If you obey God, I Kings 3:14, if you love Him. Psalms 91:14-16, I John 4:21, if you honour your parents, Exodus 20:12 (of course not at the expense of Jesus. Matthew 10:37) and if you control your tongue, I Peter 3:10. Of course you can also shorten your life if you choose Prov. 10:27. What is your choice tonight? Deut. 30:19-20.

DIGGING DEEP 24
Topic: The Light – Part 1
Text: John 1:4

INTRODUCTION: In the last study, we began our study of John 1:4 by considering Him, in who is life. We discovered that though every man has an appointment with death, the date of death is not fixed. In fact, you can lengthen or shorten your life at will. Today, we want to consider the Light. What is light? What does it do? Light is simply that which drives away darkness – Genesis 1:3-4, Luke 1:78-79. Light aids sight and growth of both plants and other living things,
Psalms 128:1-4. But there are other questions for us to answer. May the Lord quicken our understanding as we dig deep into His word. Amen.

1. What is the colour of the brightest light? What does this colour signify? How many colours combine of the rainbow: Red, Orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet 7 in the number for perfection – Matt. 5:48.

Red stands for danger John 3:17-21. It is also the colour of blood, I John 1:7 and fire, Matthew 3:11-12, Matthew 3:11. Orange and yellow can be taken together as the colour of the sun and gold, Jesus is the Sun of Righteousness Revelation 21:23, Revelation 22:5, with healing in His wings Malachi 4:2 giving grace glory and other things Psalms 84:11, and supplying life to those who behold Him, Eccl. 11:17, John 3:14-15. Gold of course stands for wealth so that to be truly rich you need Jesus. Ps 34:10, Deut. 8:18, I Chron.29:12.

Green is the colour of vegetable and stands for productivity or fruits bearing, John 15:1-6. Blue is for love, I John 4:7-22, John 3:16. Indigo for hope – I Tim.1:1. Violet is for glory.


CONCLUSION: By a close study of white, the perfect light, are you not amazed at what is available to you in accepting Christ? Think of it: His blood, Holy Spirit baptism, healing, wealth, productivity, hope and glory to mention a few, with these wonderful revelations, is backsliding worth considering? As for me,NO TURNING BACK in Jesus name.

DIGGING DEEP 25
Topic: The Light – Part 2
Text: John 1:1

INTRODUCTION: In the last study we considered the seven colours that combines to give us white, the colour of the perfect light and we saw the spiritual implications of each colour. Tonight we want to consider the various grades of light, from match light to star light, and investigate their spiritual implications of any because earthly things are not unconnected with heavenly things. John 3:12. May the heavenly teacher teach us Himself. Amen.

1. How many grades of light can you mention? What do you consider as their spiritual implications? For example, match light. This is a light that burns fast and brief. It is useful in lighting others but himself burns within seconds. This represents “brethren” who are “hallelujah” men. The men who warmed up other Christians on their way to heaven but are not going themselves. Matt.12:19, Deut.4:9. What then do you think are the spiritual implications of candle light, lantern, electricity light, moon light, sun light, and star light? Candle light: Weak, feeble and brief. This represents those who come for healings, jobs, etc, and disappear as soon as their problems are solved – Matt. 13:20-21, Deut. 6:10-12.
Lantern light: Limited range of illumination. Extent of light depends on quantity of ail present. This represents those who are saved but will never witness or fellowship in a true gospel church. Soon their oil burns out and they relapse into darkness – Matt. 13:22, Jere. 3:21.
Electricity light: Strong and bright. Could be switched off. This represents Christians who are still subject to discouragement – Gal. 6:7, Phil.2:12-15, Phil. 3:12-14.
The Moon light: Gives light to the whole world but has no light of its own. Represents professional evangelist whose efforts benefits other while they themselves live a riddle with sin sickness and frustration, II Tim. 3:5, Rom 2:21, Titus 1:16.
Sunlight: Produces its own light by consuming part of itself, represents sanctified preachers. Wherever they go, they spread warmth and life Gala.2:20, I John 3:24.
Star light: Mighty expanses of space supplied by star light.
Pure White light: Represents Christians who are far gone beyond the point of no return. Almost as perfect as their Lord – Dan. 12:3.


CONCLUSION: The Lord’s goal for me and for you is to shine like the star forever. Have you attained the goal? Will you like to? How about talking to the Lord about it now?.

Lesson 1
Digging Deep No. 1
Topic: Blessed is The Man
Text: Psalms 1:1

INTRODUCTION:

There is a difference between the meanings of the word “Blessing” and “types of blessings”. What is the meaning of blessing? How many types of blessing do you know?

There are three categories of blessings:-
a) Physical
b) Soulish
c) Spiritual

A. PHYSICAL: include among others; Money, Servants, Cars, Buses, Animals, Wealth
Etc. Genesis 24:35.
a. Health – Exodus 23:25
b. Large estate i.e. plenty of landed property – Isaiah 30:32
c. Large harvest or sufficient Income – Amos 9:13
d. Ability to make money – Deuteronomy 8:18
e. Sound sleep – Psalms 127:2
f. Protection from enemies – Isaiah 25:4

B. SOULISH: blessing include among others:-
a. Honour, fame popularity, l Kings 3:13
b. Promotion – I Samuel 2:7
c. Rest of mind – Matthew 11:28
d. Wisdom – Daniel 2:21, Ecclesiastes 2:26

C. SPIRITUAL:
a. Glorious Name – Isaiah 56:4-5
b. Ability to know God – Jeremiah 24:7
c. A soft heart – Ezekiel 11:19
d. The Holy Spirit and His gifts – Luke 11:13, I Cor. 12:4-20
e. Eternal Life John 10:28
f. Spiritual crown Revelation – 2:10
g. Hope – Proverb 14:32, Heb. 6:18-19, Titus 2:13
h. Divine kingship – Revelation 1:5-6
i. Answered prayer – Psalms 91:15, Isaiah 65:24.


CONCLUSION:Now you know what blessings are. How can they be obtained? Psalms 1:1 says, “Blessed is the man. Do you wish to be blessed? Are you willing to meet God’s conditions? Shall we pray?

Lesson 2
Digging Deep. No. 2
Topic: Blessed is The Man
Text: Psalms 1:1

INTRODUCTION: In the last week we study that there are three categories of blessings: (i) physical, (ii) soulish (i.e. pertaining to the minds) and (iii) spiritual. Can you recollect some of these blessings? In this study we want to know which of these blessings, physical, soulish or spiritual, belong to children of God.

A. PHYSICAL: physical blessings are for God’s children.
a. Infact He intends for them to have the very best – Ps. 34:110, Ps. 103:5
b. God also promised good health to His children – Deut. 7:15, Jere. 30:17, Exo. 23:25

B. SOULISH: Soulish blessings also belong to God’s children.
a. He want us to prosper physically and soulish – II John 1:2
b. He wants us to have rest of mind – I Peter 5:7
c. He is determined to give us all blessings – Matt. 6:31-33

C. SPIRITUAL:
a. Not only are we expected to be blessed spiritually we are even encouraged to be covetous where spiritual blessings are concerned – I Cor. 12:3
b. We are told to strive strongly to improve spiritually – II Peter 1:5-7

Now that we know that these blessings are available to us, the next question is, how can these blessing be obtained?

A. PHYSICAL: physical blessings can be obtained by:-
I. Letting the Lord dwell in your home – II Samuel 6:11
I. Paying of tithes and offerings – Malachi 3:10
II. Giving to others – Luke 6:38. – Add yours to the list.

B. SOULISH: Soulish blessings can be obtained by:-
I. Studying the word of God – Proverbs 13:18
II. Following righteousness and mercy – Prov. 21:21
III. By humility – Prov. 22:4
IV. Serving God – John 12:26
V. Praying – James 1:5-6
VI. Witnessing John 15:1-2
VII. Abiding in Christ – John 15:7

C. SPIRITUAL: spiritual blessings can be obtained by:
I. Living a Holy Life – Isaiah 58:8-11
II. By Faith – Mark 9:23
III. Trusting in the fact of the resurrection of Jesus Christ – I Peter


CONCLUSION:Now that you know that all these blessings are available for you as a child of God and you know how to obtain them. God is willing to bless you if you are willing to meet His conditions. Will you like to tell Him about your decision now?

Lesson 3
Digging Deep No. 3
Topic: The Ungodly, the Sinner, and the Scornful
Text:
Psalms 1:1

INTRODUCTION:

We have learnt about various types of blessings and that these blessings are for God’s children. However, Ps. 1:1 states specifically that for a man to be blessed, he must avoid the company of 3 categories of people. Can you name them? Our first question to night is.

1) Who are the ungodly? Why is it dangerous to take the advice (counsel) of the ungodly? What do you think?
An ungodly man is someone who is not directed by God – Rom. 8:14. The advice of an ungodly man will therefore be dangerous because:
a) He will lean on his own understanding – Proverbs 3:5
b) Yet his mind is reprobate i.e. he cannot think straight – Rom 1:28-32
c) If a man is not being directed by God, then he must be directed by Satan – I John 3:8-10
d) In any case an ungodly man cannot give a godly advice – Matt. 7:16-18.

2) Who is a sinner? Job 25:4, Rom. 5:12. Who is not a sinner?
All those who have been washed in the blood of the lamb – I John 1:7. If a man finds himself in the way of sinners, he should not stay or stand there but get out quickly. Why?
a) The way of sinners is darkness and sorrow – Prov. 4:14-19
b) Their wicked ways will lead to their own destruction – Prov. 1:10-19
c) So that the Christian might not backslide – II Peter 3:17
3) What are the characteristics of a scorner? And therefore why must we avoid them?
a) Pride – James 4:6, I Peter 5:5
b) Lack of love – I John 4:7-8
c) They talk too much – Prov. 3:33-34
d) God hates scorners – Prov. 33:34
e) Scorners are fools – Prov. 14:6, therefore his reward is shame – Proverbs 3:35,
judgment and stripes Proverbs 19:29.


CONCLUSION: Can you see now why a man avoids the ungodly, the sinner and the scornful will be blessed? Can you see why a man who mixes with them will be cursed? What do you want, blessings or curse? Won’t you talk to God now to grant you the grace to be separated unto Him!

Lesson 4
Digging Deep No. 4
Topic: The Saints
Text: Psalms 1:1-2

INTRODUCTION: what single name describes the man who satisfies the conditions of Psalms 1:1? What is the meaning of THE in “the man”? We are told in the last study that the scornful talks too much, is it his fault in view of James 3:8? What can a man do to tame his tongue? These and other questions will start to engage our attention as from today.

The man who satisfies the conditions of Psalms 1:1 is godly, not a sinner, not scornful i.e. not proud, has love and has mastered his tongue. He can be called holy, righteous or SAINT.

God uses “THE” instead of “A” or ANY in “the man” just to bring home to us the fact that God differentiates between man and man. – Proverbs 16:5.

Despite James 3:8 one who talks too much will bear the burden of his foolishness, Matthew 12;36, Prov. 18:7. Therefore, watch your tongue, Proverbs 17:27-28, but how can a man tame his tongue? By praying in tongues frequently. That means surrendering the tongue to the spirit.

1. According to Psalms 1:2, what benefits does a saint get?
a) He enjoys studying the word (or law) of God – II Tim. 2:15.
b) He enjoys applying them in his life – James 1:22-25
c) Therefore his life is directed by the laws of God – Joshua 1:7-8
d) Therefore he meditates on these laws day and night so that he could understand them more and make them his model or standard of perfection.

2. Why does he do these things? What benefits does he get as a result?
a) He does not wish to offends God – Psalms 119:11
b) He wishes to gain knowledge of God, wisdom and understanding – Eph. 3:4, Rev. 1:3, Prov. 9:9-10
c) He feeds on the word of God in order to grow spiritually – I Peter 2:1-3, Rom. 10:17
d) So that false prophets and teachers will not be able to lead him astray – II Pet 2:1-3.

3. How can I become a Saint? By becoming nothing. A saint – nothing: Christ Gal. 2:20, Ps. 116:15, Gal. 6:14.


CONCLUSION:A saint is a blessed person indeed, but to become a saint involves a total surrender to Jesus Christ, Phil. 3:7-11. Do you want to be a saint? Then, tell Jesus about it now.

Lesson 5
Digging Deep No. 5
Topic: The Tree by the Riverside
Text: Psalms 1:3

INTRODUCTION: We have learnt that any one who satisfies the conditions of Psalms 1:1 could be called a saint and he will richly be blessed. Infact, his blessing had been compared in Ps. 1:3 to those of a tree planted by the riverside. Can you name some of the blessings you think a tree by the riverside will have?

(a) Abundant supplies of water
(b) Nothing to worry about even in dry seasons
(c) It will always be gloriously green
(d) It will produce plenty of fruits
(e) It will in turn provide shade for animals, birds and the river itself.

1. Do you think comparison between a blessed saint and a tree by the riverside is an
appropriate one? If yes, in what ways?

The comparison is appropriate in the following ways
(a) The saint will have abundant supply of all his needs, Phil.4:19.
(b) The saint has nothing to worry about – Matt. 6:25-33
(c) The saint will always be glorious – Col. 1:27
(d) The saint will always be fruitful – Ps. 128:1-6
(e) The saint is blessing to others around him – Matt. 5:13-16 and a source of blessing to God too – I Cor. 3:9.
2. In how many ways can we obtain fruits? How does this apply to a saint?
(a) By planting our own trees
(b) By inheriting trees planted by others – Deut. 6:10-12, and
(c) By grafting – Rom. 11:17-18
Now a saint is grafted by the Lord Jesus Christ – Ps 52:8-9 that is why He is able to
stand – Matt. 15:13

3. What does “River” stand for in spiritual terms? “River” is a symbol of spiritual
blessings. Can you think of other interpretations? Ps. 36:8, Ps. 46:1-4, Rev. 22:1-2.

4. What are the conditions for obtaining these blessings and bearing fruits?
(a) Obedience – Isa 1:19, Isa. 48:17-19,
(b) Continuous contact with the ‘river’ John 15:5
(c) Understanding of things spiritual – Matt. 13:23
(d) Death of the old life – John 12:24
(e) Constant correction (trimming) by God – John 15:2.

5. Is it possible to remain fruitful till the end of one’s life? Jere. 17:7-8, Ps. 92:12-14,
Deut. 34:7. All these passages confirm that the answer is yes.

6. What are the conditions for remaining forever fruitful?
a) Compare severance from sin and idols – Hosea 14:8
b) Continuous waiting on the Lord – Isaiah 40:31, II Corinthians 5.


CONCLUSION:would you love to be like a tree by the riverside? Are you willing to meet God’s conditions? If you are willing, God is also willing. Talk to Him now.

Lesson 6
Digging Deep No. 6
Topic: The Chaff
Text: Psalms 1:4

INTRODUCTION: In the last study we learnt that a saint could be compared to a tree planted by the riverside. What a wonderful comparison. On the other hand, in our study today, the sinners are compared to the chaff. What a terrible comparison. So you know what the chaff is?

1. By what other names are the ungodly compared?
a. Children of the wicked one or tares – Matthew 13:38
b. Children of the devil – John 8:44
c. Enemy of all righteousness – Acts 13:10
d. Whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, boasters, covenant breakers, – Romans 1:28-31. Can you think of some other names for sinners?

2. To what else are the ungodly compared?
a) Job 21:17-20 – Weak candle light, stubble, chaff
b) Isaiah 17:12-24 – Chaff, a rolling thing before the whirlwind
c) Hosea 13:1-3 – Morning cloud, early dew that passes away, smoke out of the chimney
d) Matthew 3:11-12 – Chaff to be burnt with unquenchable fire.

3. Why are sinners compared to chaff, stubble, morning cloud, early dew, smoke etc? Because they always die before their time.
a) Job 22:15-16 – Sinners are cut down before their time
b) Ps. 37:37-38 – Sinners are destroyed, they are cut off
c) Ps. 55:23 – Sinners don’t live out half their days
d) Prov. 10:27 – The years of sinners are shortened
e) Eccl. 7:17 – The wicked and the foolish always die before their time.

4. What happens when sinners dies in the prime of their life?
a) II Chron. 21:16-20 – They die in disgrace and despised.
b) Jere. 22:18-19 – Sinners die unlamented
c) Ezek. 7:9-10 – When sinners die there are no genuine mourners, no genuine sorrow.

5. Why is it that sinners die unmourned?
a) Deut. 29:24-28 – Because it is God who got annoyed with them so that their death is more of surprise than sorrow.
b) II Chron. 7:19-22 – Because it is God who plucked them out by the root. Their destruction is always so completed that they become an astonishment.
c) Ps. 52:3-7 – When the righteous sees the complete destruction of the seemingly indestructible sinner he cannot really mourn.
d) Since their roots are also destroyed who shall remain to mourn? Prov. 2:22, Matt. 15:13.

6. But God is love. Can such a gentle Father destroy so completely? II Peter 3:3-10, Romans 1:18.


CONCLUSION:God is love, no doubt about it at all. But He is a holy God and He does not tolerate sin. Also He has made adequate provision for freedom from sin and destruction through Jesus Christ. The question now is what are you? The tree by the riverside or the chaff? Which will you like to be? It is time to pray

Lesson 7
Digging Deep No. 7
Topic: The end of the Ungodly
Text: Psalms 1:5

INTRODUCTION: In the last study we learnt that a sinner can be compared to the chaff, stubble, morning cloud, early dew, smoke and other worthless things, because their joys do not last, they are down before their time. This week, we shall learn more about the end of sinners. Before we start however, is there any difference between sinners and backsliders? Prov. 21:16.

1. Where is the last home of sinners? What is their fate for refusing Christ?
a) Matt. 13:41 –42 – Eternal Fire
b) Matt. 25:41 – Everlasting Fire
c) Mark 6:11 – Severe judgment
d) Matt. 7:23 – Christ Himself will disown them.

2. Can sinners accuse God of being too harsh in His judgment?
a) Proverbs 1;24-31
b) Isaiah 65:12
c) Hosea 9:17
d) Jeremiah 7:15-16
Sinners have no excuse against God.

3. But God is the Creator of all and He is the Almighty. Why doesn’t He use His power to prevent anyone from going to such dreadful place as eternal fire?
a) Mark 9:43-48
b) John 5:28-29
c) Isaiah 52:11
d) Ephesians 5:11, II Thessalonians 3:6. All these are some of the various warnings that God gave to all. Can you still blame God is some people insist on perishing?

4. There are many wicked things being done today by sinners e.g. armed robbery, even highly placed people. Why is God not doing something quickly about it?
a) II Peter 2:9
b) II Peter 3:7
c) Luke 13:7-9
d) Proverbs 11:21
e) Amos 5:18-19
f) Amos 9:2
g) I Thessalonians 5:3
h) Hebrew 2:3
i) Hebrew 12:25-29
Sinners are reserved unto judgment. Also God is waiting for them to repent. But the judgment is inevitable.

5. Will all sinners suffer exactly the same punishment? Is hell uniformly hot?
a) Luke 12:41-48
b) John 9:41
c) John 15:22
Punishment will vary according to the privileges available to each sinner.

6. Many sinners seem to be getting rich and powerful in the world today. What is God doing by allowing the wicked to prosper while some holy ones remain poor?
a) Psalms 37:1-2, 10,
b) Psalms 92:7,
c) Psalms 73:11-19
d) Psalms 75:5
Don’t envy sinners even when they seem to prosper. Their end is terrible and they drink deep of the cup of the wrath of God.

7. Some people talk of purgatory where a sinner can suffer a little and then released. How true is that?
a) Isaiah 30:12-14
b) Proverbs 6:12-15,
c) Proverbs 19:1
The destruction of sinners is total, never partial. And it is sudden too, not gradual. Total and sudden in the sense that “once is hell, for ever in hell”

8. Won’t God exempt Pastors? Prophets, etc, who serve is God and still sin?
a) Jeremiah 23:9-12
b) Ezekiel 34:1-10
No exception at all.


CONCLUSION: Now that you know that any unrepentant sinner is doomed forever and that there is no purgatory and no exceptions at all. What do you think the future holds in store for you or that unrepentant member of your family? Pray about it now.

Lesson 8
Digging Deep No. 8
Topic: The wheat and the tears
Text
: Psalms 1:5-6

INTRODUCTION: In the parable of the wheat and the tares, Matt. 13:24-30, the Lord compared the saint to the wheat and the sinners to tares. Can there be tares? Can there be tares even in Gospel Churches? How can we know the difference between the wheat and the tares? Can you list major differences?

1. On the final Day of Judgment, won’t some sinners be able to dodge in and mix with the saints?
a) Matthew 13:47-49, b) Matthew 25:31-33, c) Luke 16:19, d) Luke 17:34-36

a) Matthew 13:47-49 – If they dodge in they will be picked out
b) Matthew 25:31-33- Goats differ from sheep any day
c) Luke 16:19 – There is a mighty gulf of separation
d) Luke 17:34-36 – Even a wife may be separated from the husband or a husband from the wife.
2. While we are still in this world, how can one know if he belongs to the wheat or to the tares? Joshua 7:11-22, Isaiah 59:1-2, Hosea 5:6, II Thess.2:11-12, Ps.66:18, Isa.65:7. God ignores the tares, refuses to have any fellowship with them and refuses to answer their prayers. Are your prayers being answered? Are you enjoying a warm fellowship with God? Do you look forward to prayer time with joy?
3. How does God distinguish between the wheat and the tares in this present life? Proverbs 10:6-7, Proverbs 10:25, Proverbs 11:5-8, Proverbs 13:21-22, Proverbs 14:32, Proverbs 15:8-9, Romans 2:9-10, Proverbs 11:3. God distinguishes between the wheat and tares in this present life by blessing the wheat and cursing the tares. There is nothing like good luck or bad luck in this world but only blessings and curses. Which are you receiving?
4. What is to be the attitudes of the wheat to the tares, particularly the tares in the church of God? What is the difference between worshipping together and fellowshipping? Romans 16:17-18, I Corinthians 5:9-11, IIThess.3:6, I Timothy 3:1-7, Gal. 6:5, I John 1:6-7. Saints are to be separated from unholy brethren. In the church. We can worship together but saints don’t really fellowship with sinners. One of the reasons for this being that evil communication corrupts good manners. Another reason being that light and darkness don’t really mix.
5. What is to be the attitudes of the wheat to the tares that are outside the Church? Ezekiel 33:1-9, Ezekiel 3:17-21, Gal. 6:1. It is the duty of the saints to warn the sinners of the danger ahead but the saints themselves must be very firmly grounded on the Rock so as to be dragged into the pit of sin.


CONCLUSION: From the distinctions between the wheat and the tares enumerated above, what do you think you are? Wheat or tares? Particularly now that you know that there may be tares even in the Gospel churches. Are you wheat or tare? Examine yourself if you be in faith and talk to God about it now.

Lesson 9
Digging Deep No. 9
Topic: God Knows His own
Text: Psalms 1:6

INTRODUCTION: In a world consisting of millions upon millions of people how is it possible for God to differentiate good people from bad? How can He know those in Africa and at the same time those in America, Europe, India, China, the near and far East? What type of brain has He? Isaiah 40:28, answer these questions. But there are other q1uestions.

1. How intimately does God know His own?
a) John 10:3 – He knows them by their individual names
b) John 1:48 – Even in the offices or farms
c) Nathum1:7 – Also in the time of trouble
What conclusions can we draw from I Corinthians .8:3, II Timothy 2:19-20. Does he knows the sinners too? Amos 9:3, Zephaniah 1:12, Jeremiah 17:10.

2. How can you know that He knows you and recognizes you as His own?
I John 2:3-5, I John 3:14, I John 3:19, I John 4:13, I John 5:9, John 15:14. If we find it easy to obey His commandments and final pleasure in doing it then we can have the witness in us that He knows us as His own. Also a deep love towards all His children is another determining factor.

3. Who else knows the saints as special people of God? Acts 19:15, Acts 16:16-18. All evil spirits recognize saints for what they are.

4. How do saints know themselves? How can you recognize a true child of God if you meet one? Ps. 119:63, Malachi 3:16, Acts 2:42, I John 1:17, Proverbs 17:17. All true children of God enjoy fellowshipping together and live a holy and blameless life.

5. If I want to become a saint what must I do?
What benefits are mine if I become someone who is recognized by God as His own? Psalms 34:18, Acts 17:27, Ps. 145:18, Ps.16:8, Genesis 25:24, Revelation 3:4. If you want to become a saint the first thing is to be truly sorry for your sins and humbly come to God for forgiveness. When you become accepted of Him there is hope of eternal life and eternal glory for you.


CONCLUSION:How glorious is it to walk with Jesus! How wonderful to be recognized as a friend by God Almighty when even the State Governor does not know you! Imagine the glory of one day dinning with the King of kings and of Lord of Lords! And all it takes is to live a holy life! Is that too great a price to pay! Are you willing to pay the price? Talk to Him about it now.

Lesson 10
Digging Deep No. 10
Topic: Access to God
Text: Psalms 15:1

INTRODUCTION: while Psalms 1 compares and contrasts saints as sinners and specified God’s conditions for obtaining blessings, Ps 15 deals mainly with the conditions for obtain heaven and gaining access to God. So many questions enter ones mind as we meditate on Ps.15. One of them is: Can God, who fills the heaven, be localized or restricted to a particular spot at any given time? What do you think? Duet. 12:11 should give you an insight.

1. How can I gain access into God’s presence? Through whom can I book an appointment?
Ps. 24:3-4, Isa. 26:2, John 10:9, Romans 5:1-2, Ephesians 3:11-12. Access is limited to the holy and the truthful. Appointments can be booked only through Jesus Christ.

2. If I am not satisfied with merely gaining access to Him, how can I get real close to Him? Ps. 34:18, Ps. 145:18, Acts 17:27, James 4:8, Heb. 10:22. The conditions for nearness to God are (i) a repentant and humble heart, (ii) calling on God in truth, (iii) seeking Him earnestly, (iv) sanctification and (v) a clean conscience.

3. How can I have a good conscience?
Heb 10:14, Acts 24:16, Rom.9:1, II Cor.1:12. Some of the conditions for having a good conscience are: (i) wash in the blood of then Lamb, (ii) henceforth offend neither God nor man, (iii) tell the truth always and (iv) let all your dealing be sincere.

4. What benefits are there in being near to God? Exod. 33:14, Deut. 20:1, Isa. 43:2, Ps. 23:4. Some of the benefits are (i) mind, (ii) courage in life’s battles, (iii) security in times of peril, and (iv) fearlessness even in the face of death.

5. If God has a sacred place in my home or heart, what do I gain? Jos.18:1, II Cor. 6:17-18. My opponents will be subdued before me and God will be father at-home to me.

6. But is it desirable to move close to holy God? Isaiah 6:1-5. How can I be near without being uncomfortable? Isaiah 6:6-8. God’s perfect holiness will reveal my extreme rottenness if I move, near Him but If I am cleansed and covered in the blood of His Son I can be near to Him as I wish.


CONCLUSION:Do you wish to be near God? Are you clean enough to gain access to His holy presence? Or would you rather stay away from Him? How about talking to Him now?..

Lesson 11
Digging Deep No. 11
Topic: Conditions for entry to heaven
Text: Psalms 15:2

INTRODUCTION: In the last study in our examination of Psalms 15:1, we discovered conditions for gaining access to God. In this study, we wish to examine the conditions for entry to heaven as specified in Psalms 15:2. How many conditions are specified here? Why are they crucial?

1. Why must I be upright? What exactly is the meaning of uprightness? What rewards are there in being steadfastly holy? Ps.24:4, Matt. 5:8, Job 22:30, Proverbs 4:18, ii Samuel 23:3-4, Proverbs 2:7, Psalms 37:18, Proverbs 2:21, Ps. 37:9-27. Uprightness means having clean hands (don’t give and don’t receive bribes, don’t write destructive letters/commendations, watch you hand, particularly behind locked doors, don’t steal. Don’t forget, be careful how you fill those tax forms and mileage claim etc., pure heart (no bitterness or hatred, no sinful intentions lurking there, no ungodly ambitions, no unforgiving spirit etc.) walking according to the commandments of God, perfecting holiness in the fear of God, of course, the steadfastly holy shall inherit the land since no one having put his hand on the plough and looking back is fit for the kingdom of God.
2. Why is righteousness so crucial? Why must I be righteous? Can you give some reasons? Joshua 10:12, Proverbs 11:17-18, Galathians.6:7-8, Psalms 34:15, 17, Psalms 34:19. To be righteous means to be holy. Whatever you sow is what you reap. This is the unchangeable law of harvest. If you sow righteousness you reap mercy, the reward of truth. Your prayers are answered; you are delivered from all sorts of troubles and inherit eternal life.
3. Why must I tell the truth always? Can’t I tell white lies, that are lies told that no one is injured as a result? Psalms 26:7, Psalms 51:6, Ephesians 4:25, Proverbs 12:19, Proverbs 23:23. Truth is very precious in the sight of the Lord because He himself is the Truth. Just as He stands sure forever, everyone who tells the truth always will also stand forever.


CONCLUSION:How can I remain standing (upright steadfastly holy) through life without ever slipping, without falling? Is it enough just to look onto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith? It is not enough to lust look onto Jesus because occasionally our gaze might be diverted by “storms” or material pursuits. It is absolutely necessary to hold on the hand of Jesus. Psalms 73:22-24. Will you like to call on Him tonight to hold your hand as He held the hand of Peter as you walk on the ocean of life?

Lesson 12
Digging Deep No. 12
Topic: Watch that tongue of yours
Text: Psalms 15:3

INTRODUCTION: The road to heaven is very narrow. Very few people ultimately get there. However, we are determined to make it and we pray that you will make it also. But one of the greatest weapons of Satan in preventing you from getting there could be your tongue as Psalms 15:3 clearly shows. Why do you think this is the case?

1. With what is the tongue compared? Can you mention some good comparison? Ps. 5:9, Romans 3:13-14, Psalms 140:3, Psalms 58:1-5, Psalms 57:4, Proverbs 30:4, Psalms 140:3, Psalms 55:21, Proverbs 5:3-4, James 3:6, Proverbs 16:27. The mouth of a sinner is linked to the graveyard and the poison of the tongue to that of a serpent, and deaf serpents for that matter. The tongue is also compared to a sharp sword and even to fire! This is particularly true of smooth-talking liars.

2. Why is the tongue described so badly? Why is it likened to such terrible things as the poison of a serpent, a sharp sword and fire? Can you give some reasons? Psalms 73:8-9, Psalms 10:7, Matt. 15:11, James 3:4-5, Psalms 53:1
The tongue is compared to terrible and destructive things because of the havoc that an uncontrolled tongue can cause. Evil words cause hardships and pain, wickedness and vanity are associated with the tongue and as small as small as the tongue is, it is extremely dangerous because it is what a sinner employs while denying God.
3. What dangers are there for anyone who does not control his/her tongue? Why is it that those whose tongues are not controlled are heading for hell? Give some reasons. Leviticus 19:16, Exodus 22:16, Psalms 12:3-4, Matthew 12:31-32, God forbids the misuse of the tongue like tale-bearing, lying, deceit, false witnessing and flattering. Moreover, the unforgivable sin can only be committed through the tongue.
4. If you want to reach heaven how much you use your tongue matter. Give some suggestions. Psalms 51:14, Psalms 35:28, I Thess. 5:17, sing praises always to the Lord and speak of His truth at all times. Pray without ceasing.


CONCLUSION:Where will you spend eternity, in heaven or in hell? If it is in heaven, then do something about that tongue of yours. Employ it in praising the Lord always. Shall we praise Him now?

Lesson 13
DIGGING DEEP 13
Topic: Hold God in Holy Reference
Text: Psalms 15:4

INTRODUCTION: As we continue in our examination of the conditions for entry into heaven, we final listed in Psalms 15:4 the following conditions:
i. We are to hate sin
ii. Despise those who indulge in sins
iii. Pay our vows and keep our promises. Why do you think that conditions (i) and (ii) are crucial?

1. What are saints expected to hate? How do you know a man who fears the Lord? How do you know a holy man and a wise man? Psalms 103:1-3, Psalms 119:104, Psalms 1:2, Psalms 119:113, Proverbs 8:7, Proverbs 9:10, II Peter 2:5-8. Saints must hate sin, falsehood, lies, slander even vain (unproductive) though, i.e. daydreaming. A man who fears the Lord, who is a wise man, hates sins and a holy man is known by the fact that he has sorrows and expresses it when others sin.
2. What is the difference between respect and reverence? Why must we revere God? Matthew 5:48, Hebrews 12:14, Ephesians 5:5, Isaiah 11:4, Job 4:9, Job 12:10, Psalms 51:1:1,4. The difference between respect and reverence is that reverence equals respect plus fear. We reference God because of His holiness, power, mercy, faithfulness and love.

His holiness: This reminds us of the judgment day and the condition that we will be as perfect as His is perfect – Col. 3:15-17, James 1:4.

His: We revere God because He has the power to destroy but refrain from doing so, He has absolute power but never uses it to the detriment of man – Ezekiel 33:11.

His mercy: Suppose a judge finds you guilty of a serious offence, cautions you out of mercy and sets you free. Will you ever like to appear before such a judge again as an offender? Romans 3:3-6.

His faithfulness: A faithful person is automatically rigid, unchangeable. When He says He will do good He stands by it, when He says He will do otherwise, He stands by it also, Isaiah 45:23, Ezekiel 12:28.

His love: Have you ever neared of love so great that a man lays down His life for His enemies? How can anyone dare offered such a friend and go unpunished? Songs of Solomon 8:6.


CONCLUSION:Have you been giving God His sure place in your life, your business and your home? He deserves first place in all things. If you have not surrendered all to Him, you will not be able to reign with Him. Will you like to talk to Him now about your own decision to make Him pre-eminent in your life?

Lesson 14
Digging Deep No. 14
Topic: Vows Sacred, Usury forbidden
Text: Psalms 15:4-5

INTRODUCTION: What is a vow? In brief, a vow is a promise either made to God directly or to a man with God as a witness. Vows are therefore very sacred. It is a promise no one dares fail to fulfill. What is usury means lending out money with interest.

1. How important are vows? Can we defer to pay our vows? Under what conditions can vows be nullified? Number 30:9, Deut. 23:21, Matt. 5:23, Acts 17:30-31, Eccl. 5:4-5, Number 30:3-8, Number 30:9. Vows are extremely sacred and we must pay them quickly. We must not defer payment till a convenient time. A father can nullify vows of his unmarried daughter and husband can nullify the vows of his wife, but a widow and a divorcee will be held responsible for their vows.

2. Why is God so particular about paying your vows? Psalms 119:89, Genesis 3:15, John 16:33, Jeremiah 1:19, John 15:7, John 14:2-3. God expects His children to be like Him. When He makes a promise He will never change. He will fulfill His promise. There are many vows He made, some of which are already fulfilled, some of which are being daily fulfilled and some yet to be fulfilled. Can you name some more in each category?

3. Are you permitted to lend money with interest? Can we save in the Bank and collect interest? What is the difference between the two? Lev.15:35-37, Exodus 22:25, Ezek. 22:12, Luke 19:23, Proverbs 22:22-23, Prov. 88:8, Deut. 24:19-21. Lending out money with interest is strictly forbidden by God. Of course you can put money in the bank and collect interest thereon. The difference is that the bank uses your money to trade and gives you only a fraction of the gain, but does not expect you to make profit out of the need of others who come to you for help in their time of need.

4. Is there any danger in getting rich quickly, particular by methods that are not completely clean? Should a Christian underpay his employees? What if the employees are lazy? Jere. 17:11, Prov. 21:6: Isaiah 28:15-18, Jere 22:13, Proverbs 16:8. Prosperity by deceit leads to death. Never underpay your employees. It is better to be cheated than to cheat.


CONCLUSION:Have you a vow that you have not paid? Don’t delay. Have you cheated in giving loan or interest? Ask God for mercy now

Lesson 15
Digging Deep No. 15
Topic: Loans, Gifts and Bribery
Text: Psalms 15:5

INTRODUCTION: In the last study we learnt that a child of God must pay his vows at all cost and should not extort another person either by giving loan on interest or by underpaying his employees. Today, we want to talk about loans, gifts, and bribery as they affect God’s children.

1. What are things that God loaned to us? Can you name some of them. Is death the end of everything? Why must a Christian avoid wasting of time? Proverbs 27:1, Luke 12:19, Ephesians 5:15-16, Psalms 90:12, James 4:13-14, Isaiah 57:16, Eccl. 12:7. Everything we have is loaned to us by God including our time, life, soul and even the breath we breath. Death is surely not the end of everything and we must watch the way we spend these things loaned to us because we shall render an account one day to the Giver.
2. What is God’s stand on bribery? What about gifts, are we encouraged to receive all gifts? Does God accept gifts? Amos 5:12, Isaiah 33:15-17, Exodus 23:8, Deut. 10:17, Duet. 16:19, James 2:9, Prov. 28:21, Ezek. 13:19, Deut. 25, II Chronicles 19:7, Psalms 99:9, Psalms 33:1-3, John 4:24. Bribery is absolutely forbidden and not all gifts are acceptable either. This is because not all gifts are sincere and many have perverted justice because of gifts. Not all gifts are acceptable to God and in fact the only gifts that God will certainly not refuse is praise


CONCLUSION:Beware of gifts. Don’t give bribes and don’t accept it either. Learn to praise God always. Psalms 89:6. Will you like to praise him now?

Lesson 16
Digging Deep No. 16
Topic: Those who qualify for Heaven
Text: Psalms 15:5

INTRODUCTION: Psalms 15:1 asks a question: “Who shall enter heaven”? Psalms 15:2-5 supplies the answer to this crucial question. Many qualifications are listed and by now you should know whether or not you qualify for heaven. If you do, praise the Lord, if you do not, call on the only one who can make you qualify, the Lord Jesus Christ.

1. Who are those who cannot be moved according to Psalms 15:5, Romans 2:13, James 1:22-25, John 13:17, Luke 11:28, John 15:14. Those who will live forever and be immovable are those who know what is required of them as listed in Psalms 15 and do them. That is not hearers or learners only, but those who put into practice what they have learnt.

2. Can you give some reasons why saints are immovable? Psalms 40:2, Psalms 27:5, Psalms 31:20, Job 5:19-24, Psalms 33:18-19, Job 31:4, Ezekiel 9:4-6, Daniel 7:27, Hebrew 13:5-6, psalms 55:22, Psalms 37:5, I Peter 5:7, Psalms 37:24, Proverbs 24:16, Psalms 146:8, Ps 147:6.

The reasons why saints are immovable and eternal are very many. Some of them are these: their feet are planted firmly on the rock of Ages, they are hidden in time of trouble, their steps are controlled by God so that they will not walk into danger, they are sealed against destruction by God Himself, since they are going to be joint-rulers with the one whose kingdom is eternal. They have to be eternal themselves, God is their Helper so that even if they slip and fall God will raise them up again, they also have learnt the secret of trusting the Lord thereby casting their burdens on Him, including the burden of how to get heaven, and lastly, God loves them and those whom the Lord loves cannot perish.


CONCLUSION:Jesus Christ said that not all who call him Lord, Lord, would enter the kingdom of heaven only those who do what? Are you willing to do the will of God? Then you will never be moved. But are you willing to be doers also and not hearers only? Why not talk to Jesus about it now?

Lesson 17
Digging Deep No. 17
Topic: In the Beginning
Text: John 1:1

INTRODUCTION: The Gospel according to Saint John is loved by many as the gospel that records (i) The origin of Jesus Christ John 1:1,14, (ii) The doctrine of the new birth John 3:13,
(iii) The great and the universal love of God John 3:16, and (iv) Many speeches of our Lord Jesus Christ. As we begin to dig deep into the first chapter of this wonderful book, may the Almighty Himself quicken our understanding as we open our hearts to the Light of His word. Amen.

1. Is the beginning of John 1:1, the same as that of Genesis 1:1? Give reasons fro your answers. To which two events do the passages refer? Genesis 1:9-11, 12, 20 and Genesis 1:16-21, Proverbs 8:22-30. The beginning of John 1:1 is earlier than the beginning of Genesis 1:1. One refers to the origin of God, the other to the origin of man.

2. (a) Has God a beginning? – Hebrew 7:1-3
(b) Has He an end? – Isaiah 9:6 and Malachi 3:6, Hebrew 13:8
God is eternal, without beginning or end.

3. (a) What other things are eternal? – Eccl. 12:7, Psalms 102:26, Proverbs 27:20
(b) What is your origin? – Genesis 2:7
Some of the things eternal are you, the generation of the righteous, heaven and of course hell. You originated from God.

4. Can we know some of the things that happened in the beginning? What of those that happened in the beginning of the beginning?

(a) Hebrew 1:10, Psalms 102:25, Job 38:4-7
(b) Romans 16:25-26, Ephesians 3:1-6, Ephesians 3:8, Colossians 1:25,26. In the Beginning God drew the plans and laid the foundation of the world and there was great rejoicing in heaven.
In the beginning of the beginning God arranged a mysterious thing and kept it hidden for ages. The mystery being that (i) There will be Jews and Gentiles, (ii) Gentiles (i.e. you) can be heirs of God, (iii) to have Christ is to be unspeakably rich and (iv) only those who have Christ shall be glorified.

5. How many beginning are there? John 3:3-6, Acts 2:14, Isaiah 65:17-25. There are many beginnings among which are when you are born, when you are saved, when the Church of God was born and when Christ returns.


CONCLUSION:The return of Christ beginnings a new era of unsurpassed and peace for the Christians. Unfortunately not all will be in His kingdom for many are called but few chosen. Will you be among the chosen few or will His return be the beginning of sorrow for you? Talk to the Lord about it now.

Lesson 18
Digging Deep No. 18
Topic: The Word
Text: John 1:1

INTRODUCTION: In the last study we began the study of John 1:1 with a detailed look at “In the Beginning”. From that study, it was evident that God has loved us from the beginning John 3:16 and has prepared at inheritance for us. Praise His holy name. Now we wish to look at “The Word”. May the word himself speak to our hearts tonight in His Name. Amen.

1. (a). Who is the Word?
(b) How can we explain that Jesus is the Son of God? (c) How do we account for the Holy Spirit in the Trinity? How then is Jesus equal to the Holy Spirit? (d) John 1:14, I John 5:7, (d) John 6:63, Psalms 119:50. Jesus is the word of God and a man is known by His words. The Holy Spirit is the Breath of God and both the Holy Spirit and the Word quickens. The Word and the Holy Spirit are the same.

2. (a). Can God’s Word change? (b) Isaiah 40:8. Why not if not? (c) Give some of His unchangeable Words, (d) Isaiah 40:8, (e) Isaiah 9:6, Hebrew 13:8, Isaiah 53:5, Acts 1:8, John 9:31. God’s word cannot change because Christ, the Word, changes not and is eternal. Some of His unchangeable words are that we are already healed, the Holy Ghost is available for us to empower us and sinner’s prayers will not be answered unless they repent.

3. (a) What are some of the results of the facts that “the Word was with God from the beginning? (b) How can we know the mysteries of God? (c) How do we know that Holy Spirit loves Jesus? (d) How can we demonstrate our love for the Word? (a) John 14:8-11, John 9:4, John 14:24, Matthew 11:27, John 17:25, John 3:35, John 17:26, (b) Amos 3:7, John 15:15, I Cor.2:9-10, (c) John 16:13-14, (d) John 14:21, Matt.5:16, John 15:8, John 4:24.


4. (a) The outcome of the Word being with God from the beginning includes: (b) Intimacy in outlook in works and words (c) deep and total knowledge of each other and (d) deep love and trust of each other. We can know the mysteries of God by (i) revelation, (ii) nearness to Christ, the Word, and (iii) through the baptism in the Holy Spirit. We know that the Holy Spirit loves Christ because He glorifies Him. We too can demonstrate our love for Christ by keeping His commandments and glorying Him
.


CONCLUSION:Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is the Word, the Word is life and spirit. The Word knows everything about the Father and reveals deep mysteries of God to man. And you know that the Word loves you, but do you love the Word? Do you glorify Him in your words, thoughts and deeds? Would you love to start doing so from now on?.

Lesson 19
DIGGING DEEP 19
Topic: The Word of God
Text: John 1:1

INTRODUCTION: In the past two studies we have been digging deep into John 1:1. That we come again to look into John 1:1 this week reveals to us once again the unchangeable riches hidden in the Word of beginnings, who the Word is, and the outcome of the fact that the word has been with God from the beginning. Now comes the great statement. THE WORD WAS GOD!

1. How can we show that Jesus Christ, the Word, and God are the same? Exodus 3:14, John 8:58, Isaiah 43:11-12, Revelation 1:8, John 17:5, I Corinthians 1:24, Colo.2:2-3. They bear the same Name and have the same glory, the same wisdom and knowledge.
2. Can you give some instances when God appeared in Word-Form? Exodus 3:3-4, I Kings 19:12-13, Acts 3:3-4. Some of the instances are (i) in the burning bush, (ii) on mount Horeb and (iii) on the road to Damascus.
3. Do you consider “the Word” and appropriate description of God? If yes, why? And if not? Why not? Job 23:8-9, Job 11:7, Deut.32:39. Yes, the Word is an appropriate description of God. The word is inexhaustible and God is infinite. The Word is visible, so is God. The Word is a mystery and God is unsearchable. All great decisions are expressed or executed by the written or spoken word, and God is the great Decider who created things by His spoken word. The word comes from the hidden parts of man and God knows even the hidden thoughts of man. The Word fills the world and still decides in man, so is God
.


CONCLUSION:Now that we have seen why God chose the title “the word” there remains one pertinent question: how can we walk with an unseen friend? Genesis 6:9 give us the clue. Do you want to walk with God? Are you determined to live a perfect life? Let us talk to the “word” about it.

Lesson 20
Digging Deep No. 20
Topic: The Same Word
Text: John 1:2

INTRODUCTION: In our deliberation on John 1:1 was discovered some of the hidden truths of God. We found for example that why God chose the title “THE WORD” is that though we may not see Him, we can still walk with Him if we live a perfect life – Matt. 5:48. Now John 1:2 seems to be repeating what John 1:1 has already established. And since God is not a talkative, there must be a reason for this. May the Lord quicken our understanding as we dig deep into His Word. Amen.

1. What is the purpose of repetition in the scriptures? Can you give some examples of such repetitions? Genesis 41:30-32, Joshua 1:6, 7, 9,18, John 6:35, 48,51. The purpose of repetition in the scriptures is emphasis. Examples are the Lord’s charge to Joshua, the need to be born again, how to obtain eternal life, who is the Bread of the life, etc.
2. Are there any lessons for us from the repetitions to Joshua? II Cor. 10:4, Ephesians 6:11-12, I Tim 1:18, I Tim.6:12, II Tim. 2:4. Moses in a way, stands for Jesus and Joshua stands for us. Moses never actually took part in battle but Joshua did. Therefore, we are called to be soldiers, though our Lord did not sight wars during his lifetime.
3. What is the significance of “The same” in John 1:2, Exodus 3:14, John 14:6, John 15:1, II Cor.11:3-4, Gal. 1:8-9. The same means no counterfeit acceptable. In other words, there may be other Jesus, Christ, ways or vines but the only acceptable one is the one who had been with the father from the begging. This is to warn us against false religions.
4. Who are the best friends of the Lord? Why? Psalms 127:3, Matt. 19:14, Matt. 21:15-16. The best friends of the Lord are children. Because they know how to praise God.
5. What then must we do to enter the kingdom of God? Matt. 10:15, Luke 18:17, John 4:23-24. We must become like small children. Because God wants people who will praise Him wholeheartedly, like children to be in heaven.

Lesson 21
Digging Deep No. 21
Topic: The Creator
Text: John 1:3

INTRODUCTION: In the last study we discovered that God emphatically stated that there is only one Jesus Christ. All the others are counterfeits. The only genuine Christ is the One who was originally with God from the beginning of beginnings. Today, as we begin our study of John 1:3 we face many questions like who created heaven and earth, death, evil, darkness etc, and why? May the Lord Himself teach us as we look closer at the WORD.

1. Who created all things? Why are they created? Out of what are they created? Who is the caretaker of the universe? Colo.1:6, Heb. 11:3, I Cor.8:6, Neh. 9:6. God the Father created all things through God the Son, for God the Son, out of nothing. All things thus created are sustained and preserved by God the Son.
2. Who appoints Presidents, Kings, Governors etc and who removes them? Who invested the motorcars, radio etc. Prov. 8:15-16, Isaiah 40:22-23, Prov. 8:12. The Lord Jesus appoints all in authority and removes them at will. He is also the brain behind all inventions.
3. Who created darkness, and evil? Why? Any benefits from sorrow? Isaiah 45:7, James 1:3-4, Heb. 10:36, James 5:7, Heb. 12:5-11. The Lord created darkness and evil because without darkness light is not appreciated or good appreciated without evil. The greatest benefits from sorrow and trials are that they teach patience and patience is very precious.
4. Can we truly say that Jesus created the heavens? Why did He create heaven? Why did He create the earth? Have you any relations in heaven? How far away is heaven anyway? I Chron. 16:26, Psalms 102:25, Prov. 8:1, 22,27, Deut. 26:15, I Kings 8:30, Isaiah 66:1, Psalms 123:1-2, II Chron.30:27. God the Father created heavens but the Wisdom used is Jesus Christ. He created heaven to inhabit it and the earth to rest His feet upon. Yes I have at least one relation is heaven, the Lord Jesus Christ who is my elder brother. Heaven is near enough for God to hear when I call Him.

Lesson 22
Digging Deep No. 22
Topic: Who created the devil?
Text: John 1:3

INTRODUCTION: In the last study of John 1:3, we saw that Jesus Christ is the Creator of all things including light and darkness etc. This week, we want to answer these questions? Who created the devils? Why? Why is the devil not yet destroyed? How do we explain Reve.20:7-8, May the Lord Himself explain this deep ;lesson to us. Amen.

Who created the devils? Why? Did God know that Adam and Eve would eat the forbidden fruits in the Garden of Eden? If yes, then why did He get angry with them for doing so? How do I know that God loves me? What must I do to remain secure in His love?

The answers to all these questions reveal one and only one thing: In the first meeting ever held by the Beginning of the beginnings. It was decided that there would be a gigantic Divine Drama. The drama will involve a set of creatures called human beings. They must be able to choose between good and evil. Deut. 30:19, to be able to do this, there must be someone who will be evil totally I John 3:8. A section of these creatures must be specially set-aside for God (Abraham, Isaac – Israel). Later other will be included Ephesians 1:3-6, by Jesus and the Father; John 15:18-19, John 6:44. But after the choice by Jesus you are not eternally secure Phil.2:12.

Because God can remove and replace Matthew 12:33, Romans 11:19. Therefore, we must be careful – Ephesians 5:15-17. Paul is the one who revealed this plan to us Ephesians 3:3-11. How should you behave now that we too know Ephesians 5:1-5, 8-11, 19-20. When is the play “over” as far as an individual is concerned? John 21:23. How soon is the next act in the play?
Romans 13:12. Shall we survive? God is willing Phil.1:16, but ar
e you?

Lesson 23
DIGGING DEEP 23
Topic: In Him was Life
Text: John 1:4

INTRODUCTION: what is life? What differentiates a dead man from a living one? What differentiates a dead tree from a living one? These questions we believe everyone can answer fairly correctly. But if we ask, who is life? Only Christians can give the correct answer. For Jesus is the life. John 11:25, John 14:6, I John 5:12, but there are other questions we must answer.

What is human life like compared to God’s? How can God’s type of life be obtained? In view of Hebrews 9:27 can we say that a certain day is already fixed when I will die? In other words can I choose my day of death?

When we compare the life of a man to God’s we can say that it is like a shadow I Chron..29:15, a handbreath in extent Psalms 39:5, or a vapour. James 4:14. There is only way to obtain God’s type of life and that is through the gospel of Jesus Christ. II Tim. 1:10, Deut. 8:3, John 5:24. And if you want to live the kind of life that God gives then your fleshly life must die? I Cor. 4:11, and you must love I John 3:14 and to love is to give John 3:16. The more you give the longer you live.

Even though Heb.9:27 says that man has an appointment with death, the day is not fixed. You can lengthen your life if you watch your sex life Genesis 5:6-31. If you obey God, I Kings 3:14, if you love Him. Psalms 91:14-16, I John 4:21, if you honour your parents, Exodus 20:12 (of course not at the expense of Jesus. Matthew 10:37) and if you control your tongue, I Peter 3:10. Of course you can also shorten your life if you choose Prov. 10:27. What is your choice tonight? Deut. 30:19-20.

Lesson 24
DIGGING DEEP 24
Topic: The Light – Part 1
Text: John 1:4

INTRODUCTION: In the last study, we began our study of John 1:4 by considering Him, in who is life. We discovered that though every man has an appointment with death, the date of death is not fixed. In fact, you can lengthen or shorten your life at will. Today, we want to consider the Light. What is light? What does it do? Light is simply that which drives away darkness – Genesis 1:3-4, Luke 1:78-79. Light aids sight and growth of both plants and other living things,
Psalms 128:1-4. But there are other questions for us to answer. May the Lord quicken our understanding as we dig deep into His word. Amen.

1. What is the colour of the brightest light? What does this colour signify? How many colours combine of the rainbow: Red, Orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet 7 in the number for perfection – Matt. 5:48.

Red stands for danger John 3:17-21. It is also the colour of blood, I John 1:7 and fire, Matthew 3:11-12, Matthew 3:11. Orange and yellow can be taken together as the colour of the sun and gold, Jesus is the Sun of Righteousness Revelation 21:23, Revelation 22:5, with healing in His wings Malachi 4:2 giving grace glory and other things Psalms 84:11, and supplying life to those who behold Him, Eccl. 11:17, John 3:14-15. Gold of course stands for wealth so that to be truly rich you need Jesus. Ps 34:10, Deut. 8:18, I Chron.29:12.

Green is the colour of vegetable and stands for productivity or fruits bearing, John 15:1-6. Blue is for love, I John 4:7-22, John 3:16. Indigo for hope – I Tim.1:1. Violet is for glory.


CONCLUSION: By a close study of white, the perfect light, are you not amazed at what is available to you in accepting Christ? Think of it: His blood, Holy Spirit baptism, healing, wealth, productivity, hope and glory to mention a few, with these wonderful revelations, is backsliding worth considering? As for me,NO TURNING BACK in Jesus name.

Lesson 25
DIGGING DEEP 25
Topic: The Light – Part 2
Text: John 1:1

INTRODUCTION: In the last study we considered the seven colours that combines to give us white, the colour of the perfect light and we saw the spiritual implications of each colour. Tonight we want to consider the various grades of light, from match light to star light, and investigate their spiritual implications of any because earthly things are not unconnected with heavenly things. John 3:12. May the heavenly teacher teach us Himself. Amen.

1. How many grades of light can you mention? What do you consider as their spiritual implications? For example, match light. This is a light that burns fast and brief. It is useful in lighting others but himself burns within seconds. This represents “brethren” who are “hallelujah” men. The men who warmed up other Christians on their way to heaven but are not going themselves. Matt.12:19, Deut.4:9. What then do you think are the spiritual implications of candle light, lantern, electricity light, moon light, sun light, and star light? Candle light: Weak, feeble and brief. This represents those who come for healings, jobs, etc, and disappear as soon as their problems are solved – Matt. 13:20-21, Deut. 6:10-12.
Lantern light: Limited range of illumination. Extent of light depends on quantity of ail present. This represents those who are saved but will never witness or fellowship in a true gospel church. Soon their oil burns out and they relapse into darkness – Matt. 13:22, Jere. 3:21.
Electricity light: Strong and bright. Could be switched off. This represents Christians who are still subject to discouragement – Gal. 6:7, Phil.2:12-15, Phil. 3:12-14.
The Moon light: Gives light to the whole world but has no light of its own. Represents professional evangelist whose efforts benefits other while they themselves live a riddle with sin sickness and frustration, II Tim. 3:5, Rom 2:21, Titus 1:16.
Sunlight: Produces its own light by consuming part of itself, represents sanctified preachers. Wherever they go, they spread warmth and life Gala.2:20, I John 3:24.
Star light: Mighty expanses of space supplied by star light.
Pure White light: Represents Christians who are far gone beyond the point of no return. Almost as perfect as their Lord – Dan. 12:3.


CONCLUSION: The Lord’s goal for me and for you is to shine like the star forever. Have you attained the goal? Will you like to? How about talking to the Lord about it now?.

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and for ever.

Hebrews 13: 8

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