DIGGING DEEP SERIES 1-100

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Digging Deep No. 26
Topic: The Lord God
Text: John 1:3-4

INTRODUCTION: In the last few studies, we have been looking at the deeper meanings of John 1:3-4. But new every morning is the Word and you can never dig too deep because the Word is infinitely deep. Job 11:7-9. Consequently, there are many more gems to be uncovered. May the Word reveal Himself to us more and more, Amen.

1. Who is usually referred to as the Lord God in the Trinity? Who actually created man? Who planted the Garden of Eden? Who visited Adam and Eve after the fall? Why was the devil able to attack Jesus when He was in the world? Why cannot the devil do so now? Why does God hate lusts? Why must a Christian beware of pleasure: Can a man know when to go home? If you want to know what must you do? Why must we pray in the Name of Jesus?

God the Son is usually referred to as the Lord God, Rev. 19:6-7, II Tim.6:15. This helps to know that Jesus actually created man Genesis 2:7, and the Garden of Eden, Genesis 2:8 and is the One who visited Adam and Eve after the fall. Gen. 3:8-9,14. Also Hebrew 2:9 explains why the devil was able to attack his creator while in the flesh and Ephesians 1:17-22 gives the reason why the devil cannot attack the Lord God now.

God hates lust because God is Life and lust leads to death, James 1:15. It is also the same reason why a Christian must beware of pleasure, I Tim. 5:6. Even Christian can know when he is about to die, II Peter 1:14 and if you want to know all you need to do is be holy, Number 23:10-11, II Peter 3:13-14.

The reason why we must pray in the Name of Jesus are:
(i) He is our next of kin, I Tim 2:5,
(ii) He is our link to the Trinity, John 14:6,
(iii) He is our best Referee, Phil. 2:9,
(iv) No one dares oppose a prayer prayed in Jesus Name, Phil. 2:10, and finally,
(v) God the Father has no alternative other than to answer such prayers.


CONCLUSION: Now that you know your prayers that are said in Jesus Name must be answered, how about doing some asking tonight?.

DIGGING DEEP 27
Topic: The great battle
Text: John 1:5


INTRODUCTION:
from time immemorial, there had been a continuous battle between good and evil, light and darkness. Today we want to explore a little into this great battle of the ages to see where we are involved and how to be a victor always. The following questions will aid our exploration.

Why cannot darkness overcome light? How can you avoid being overcome by the evil forces? When can darkness triumph over light? When is there absolute darkness? What can cause light to go out of a lamp? If the light goes out of a lamp? If the light goes out how can we start it again? How can we determine the brightness of a light? When should one be more careful and why?

Darkness cannot overcome light because light created darkness and the only time when there is absolute darkness is when light withdraws Job 12:23 or when people reject Jesus Christ. John 3:19.

One main reason why light can go out is lack of oil Revelation 2:4-5. If light goes out, we restart by getting rid of the ashes and cleaning the lamp, Job 11:14-17, get oil from source Micah 7:8, and a new flame Malachi 4:2.

The brightness of light is determined by the intensity of the darkness around it, II King 6:15-17,
II King 1:13-14. We should be most careful when our light is brightest Judah 16:9-15 because Satan is cunning Proverbs. 29:3, Judges 16:6, Judges 16:19-24


CONCLUSION: How bright is your light? How careful are you?

DIGGING DEEP 28
Topic: The Ambassador
Text: John 1:6

INTRODUCTION: In the previous study we concluded that a man should be most careful when his spiritual light is brightest because if Satan discovers that the man cannot be defeated by a direct assault, then Satan will change his tactics to an indirect attack. Today, we read about a man sent by God, an Ambassador of God; and we want to dig out what we must do, know or possess to be chosen by God as His Ambassador.

The following questions will aid in search for these deeper truths.
? When does an Ambassador become necessary?
? Who is an ambassador?
? What are his qualifications?
? What are his responsibilities?
? Who maintains an ambassador?
? How much is available to an ambassador of God?
? How much can he spend?
? What happens to an ambassador who creditably finished his job?
? What happens to an ambassador who lets down hi s country?

Whenever a king wants to get a job done in another country but could not go himself, he sends an ambassador, John 6:38, therefore an ambassador is someone “who is sent” Isaiah 48:16, John 20:21
To be an ambassador, one must have an intimate knowledge of who sent him, John 7:28-29. One must know the laws of his home country, II Timothy 2:25. One must get rid of all hindrances, II Timothy 2:20-26, Isaiah 6:1-8.

The responsibilities of an ambassador include:
a) Representing the king who sent him – Exodus 5:1-2
b) Delivering his messages – John 17:8
c) Doing what the king himself would have done – John 9:4
d) To warn the foreign country whenever they offend his home country – Isa. 62:6, Eze.3:10.
e) To glorify his king – John 17:4.

Am ambassador is maintained by the one who sent him. I Corinthians 9:7, Proverbs 27:18. Using the currency of the foreign country – Gal. 6:6. The fund available to an ambassador of God is unlimited Psalms 24:1, Ps. 50:10, Haggai 2:8. The ambassador is free to spend as much as he likes John 14:14.
An ambassador who finishes his job creditably is given a red carpet welcome home e.g., Elijah, II King 2:11, Stephen Acts 7:55-60. On the other hands, an ambassador who failed his king is heavily punished – Ezek. 33:6, II King 5:25-27, James 3:1, and may suffer premature home calling Acts 5:1-10.


CONCLUSION:We are all ambassadors for Christ. But what type of ambassador are you? What type of retirement are you expecting? Shall we pray about it now?

DIGGING DEEP 29
Topic: The witness
Text: John 1:7

INTRODUCTION: In the previous study we studied about the Ambassador, the one who is sent. But this week, we want to consider the “witness” mentioned in John 1:7. The following questions will be assisting our digging deep into the Word of God.

1. When is a witness necessary?
2. Who can be a witness?
3. What does Jesus witness about God?
4. How beautiful are the mansions up there?
5. Why is it necessary for Jesus to come for us?
6. How can we be a true witness?
7. What is witnessing?
8. Can a true witness be intimidated?
9. Any reward for witnessing for Christ?

A witness becomes necessary when there is an accusation of judgment to be passed, Isaiah 53:7-8. To be a true witness one must know the facts or have seen certain thing happen – John 3:11, John 8:38. Jesus told us about beautiful mansions in His Father’s House John 14:1-3, Matt. 16:26. The glory of heaven is so great that Jesus himself has to need the help of the Holy Spirit Acts 1:8, John 16:13-14. Witnessing is telling what you know Acts 4:18-20, Matt. 11:2-5. If you are a true witness, you cannot be intimidated or frightened Acts 4:23-29, Matt.10:18-20. And there is abundant blessing for those who witness for Christ – Matt.10:32-33, John 3:26-31, Matt.11:11, John 12:26.


CONCLUSION: Are you a true witness of Christ? Will you like to be? Pray about it now.

Digging Deep No. 30
Topic: The Witness – continued
Text: Psalms 1:7

INTRODUCTION: In the previous study we began a study of John 1:7 and described a true witness as someone who knows the facts and tells it exactly as it is. Today, we want to go deeper as we try to answer the following questions:

Can someone be a true witness of an incident in which he is absent? Can someone be a true witness of an incident that is yet to happen? Can you mention some things that are yet to happen which you know will surely happen? Has the spirit of anti-Christ been manifest before in one form or the other? The mark of the ant-Christ is 666, what are the marks of Jesus Christ?

Every Christian has two pairs of eyes: Physical and Spiritual. Therefore, they can see things happen even if they are not physically present, II King 5:25-26. Also they can see things that are yet to happen, I King 18:23-24, 23-38, II King 2:5 and they can hear sounds that others cannot hear, I King 18:41.

Some of the things that are yet to happen which will surely happen are recorded in Isaiah 21:11-12, Revelation 9:1-6, Revelation 7:9-17, Revelation 13:11-18.

The Spirit of anti-christ was manifested in Goliath – I Samuel 17:4-7 (6 cubits high, 6 pieces of armour spear weight 600 shekels of iron). It was also manifested in image of Nebuchadnezzar Daniel 3:1-5 (Height 60 cubits, width: 6 cubits, musical instruments: 6).

The marks of Jesus christ include, among others, the marks of obedience – Phil.2:8. Devotion -Romans 9:2-3. Love – Ephesians 5:2, and separation – II Corinthians 6:14-17, James 4:4.


CONCLUSION:A day is coming when many will receive the number of the anti-Christ. Which would you prefer: the marks of Christ or the anti-christ.

DIGGING DEEP 31
Topic: Pregnant with Jesus
Text: John 1:8

INTRODUCTION: One may ask the question: What is the difference between the Light and the witness of Light? A simple answer is that the Light has light in itself but the witness has no light in himself but merely reflects the light he gets from the light. A good example is the relationship between the sun and the moon. This observation leads us to some interesting questions that will aid our digging deep to earth the hidden meanings of John 1:8.

a) What is the difference between John the Baptist and a born again Christian?
b) When can two people be totally part and parcel of each other and what are the implications?
c) How can I be the Light instead of a mere witness of the Light?
d) How can I be pregnant with Jesus?

In this world, there is a major difference between us and John the Baptist. He is a witness of the Light but the Light called us light Matthew 5:14-16. He is a reflector of the Light but we are expected to be much more than a mere reflector. We are to be transformed to the Light – II Corinthians 3:18. We are expected to wear the Light Romans 13:12. The light is to finally spring up in our hearts – II Peter 1:19.

In heaven, we are greater still than John the Baptist. He is the Bestman and we are the Bride – Matt. 11:11.

Two people can only be totally part and parcel of each other when one is pregnant with the other. The implications are (i) the same blood – John 15:5, (ii) the same breath – Genesis 2:7, (iii) the same food John 4:31-34 and (iv) the same life and death – Galatians 2:20 are shared.

The only way I can be the Light is to become part and parcel of the Light i.e. to become pregnant with Jesus.

DIGGING DEEP 32
Topic: The Burning Torch
Text: John 1:9

INTRODUCTION: In the last study we studied John 1:8 or how to be pregnant with Jesus. Tonight, we wish to study John 1:9 or how to be a burning Torch for Christ. We believe that you are already putting into practice all you have learnt in the past. If so, you must have noticed a tremendous change in your spiritual life by now. If not, then begin to be doer not just hearer of the word and your life will change for the better. Our questions for tonight are as follows:-

a) In how many ways can the Light lighten a man?
b) What happens before a piece of wood becomes a flaming torch?
c) Once the flames starts, how does it keep burning?

There are two ways the light can lighten a man.

a) By providing light for the journey as we follow Him – John 8:12, Psalms 119:105, and obeying his guiding instructions Proverbs 6:23.
b) By turning the person itself to light – Psalms 119:130, John 1:4, together with I John 5:12, Judges 5:32.

Before a piece of wood can become a flaming torch the following steps must be taken.

a) It must come in contact with fire.
b) It must be raised to the temperature as the fire through systematic warming up, John 20:22.
c) This warming up is only possible if the wood remains still in the fire for long enough – Luke.24:49, Hebrew 10:36, James 5:7, Isaiah 40:31.

Once the fire stars, it keeps burning by eating up the wood. Once you are lighted for Christ, if you wish to remain forever shining, then the flesh must be consumed daily, II Corinthians 12:15, Matt. 16:25, II Corinthians 8:9, Philippians 2:5-11.


CONCLUSION:: Christ is our example. He died to save others and in return He obtained a name above every name. You want to be a flaming torch for God? Are you willing to pay the price? Pray to God about it now


CONCLUSION: Jesus is ever present. Are you happy? He will share your joy. Are you in a tight corner? Call on Him. He is near.

DIGGING DEEP 33
Topic: That I May know Him
Text: John 1:10

INTRODUCTION: Jesus Christ is the Word of God and He is also God. Jesus is the life and the Light of the world. He created all things but He has a special love for the world. What is this special love? In John 1:10 and down the line, we begin to discover what exactly this special love is. But first of all let us ask the following questions:

a) Was there a time when Jesus was not on earth?
b) When has He been in the world?
c) Can you say precisely when He has been in the world before He was born in Bethlehem?
d) From the above, what can we learn about the coming of Christ?
e) Where is He – Is Jesus far from us?
f) Where is Jesus presently?

1. Only once was Jesus not in the world as mentioned in Psalms 90:2
2. He has been in the world before the world existed – Gen. 1:4
a) He came in the form of Melchisedek – Hebrews 7:1-3, John 8:56-58
b) He was in the burning bush – Exodus 3:1-6
c) He was The Captain of Hosts that appeared to Joshua -Joshua 5:13-15
d) He was the Rock that followed the Israelites – I Corinthians 10:1-4,
e) He was the Rock that killed Goliath – I Samuel 17:45-47
f) He was the fourth man in the fiery furnace – Daniel 3:24-25.

In each of these cases we see that Christ is always around in the time of victory because He is the Victor, Genesis 14:17-20, to deliver Exodus 3:7-8, to remove obstacles – Joshua 6:2-5, to supply strength and comfort in time of crisis – Matthew 11:28, John 7:37 and even in the time of deadly crisis – Psalms 23:4, Isaiah 43:2.

3. He is only far away when rejected – II Corinthians 15:1-2,
4. And He is with me now –Matthew 28:18-20

 


CONCLUSION: Jesus is ever present. Are you happy? He will share your joy. Are you in a tight corner? Call on Him. He is near.

DIGGING DEEP 34
Topic: That I may know Him (Contd.)
Text: John 1:10

INTRODUCTION: In the first part of John 1:10, we have learnt that Jesus is always near to those who welcome Him: be in the fire or in the river, in a storm or in a tight corner, in time of sorrow or time of victory. However, His is far away from those who reject Him. Also, that right now, He is seated physically on the right hand of God but He is in my heart through His Holy Spirit.

Tonight, we want to know more about Him as we answer the question who is Jesus Christ? What
Are His Names? What are the implications of His various Names?

His various Names and titles could be found in the following passages:
a) Emmanuel – Isaiah 7:14,
b) Wonderful – Isaiah 9:
c) King – Isaiah 32:2, Matthew 21:5,
d) Divine Servant – Isaiah 42:1, Mark 6:2,
e) Arm of the Lord – Isaiah 53:1, Isaiah 11:3.
f) Divine Evangelist – Isaiah 63:1, Luke 19:10.
g) Illuminator – Isaiah 9:2.
h) Liberation- Isaiah 42:7.
i) Burden bearer – Isaiah 53:4.
j) Sin Bearer – Isaiah 53:6.
k) Intercessor – Isaiah 53:12.
l) Son of Man – John 13:31.
m) Bright and Morning Star – Revelation 22:16.
n) My Bridegroom – Ephesians 5:23.


CONCLUSION: Paul said “….that I may know Him…” We know Him as the Healer, Saviour, Liberator, and Burden Bearer etc. But has he revealed His power in your life? When He returns as the judge will you be seated with Him on His judgment throne or will you stand as an accused? Think on these things and pray.

DIGGING DEEP 35
Topic: Favourites of the Almighty
Text: John 1:11

INTRODUCTION: In John 3:16, the Bible says God loves the whole world so much that He sacrificed His only begotten Son on their behalf. This seems to imply that God has no favourites. But the opening section of John 1:11 says that He come unto His OWN… Does that mean that there are some who are not His own? Is God the Father of all? If He has some favourites, how did He choose them? How can I become one of them? These and similar questions will be answered as we continue our study of John 1:11.

Let us start with the question: Who are His own? Who are the Israelites? Who is Israel? Why did God choose the Nation of Israel? Why did God choose Abraham? How can I become a favourite of God?

The children of Israel were originally the special favourites of God – Matt. 10:5-6, Rom. 9:1-5. Others are as dogs to God – Matt. 15:22-27, Rev. 22:15, Phil.3:2-3, Israelites are the descendants of Israel who was formerly Jacob, son of Isaac, son of Abraham, Genesis 32:24-28. God chose Abraham because he was:
(a) peace loving – Genesis 13:8,
(b) Self sacrificing, Genesis 13:9-11, John 10:17, John 3:16,
(c) Ready to give his best, his all to God – Hebrew 11:17, John 3:16,
(d) Obedience even if a lot of pain is involved Gen. 17:24, Gen. 12:1-3, Phil.2:8.


CONCLUSION:If we want to become a favourite of God, we should learn from Abraham to be peace loving, self-sacrificing consecrated and obedient, always remembering – Matt.20:16.

DIGGING DEEP 36
Topic: The Divine Visitor
Text: John 1:11

INTRODUCTION: In the previous study as we started our study of John 1:11, we considered the theme “HIS OWN” and discovered how to become a favourite of God. This week, we want to consider the two words “HE CAME”, in order to discover more about the Divine Visitor, Jesus Christ.

The major questions we wish to answer are as follows:
a) Why did Jesus come?
b) Why was Jesus crucified on the day of the Passover and
c) What is the supreme achievement of Jesus Christ?

Jesus came to preach the Kingdom of God Luke 4:43. (What is the difference between His preaching and the gospel)? He came as a minister – Matt.20:28 to fulfill the law – Matt. 5:17-19, to seek and save the lost – Luke 19:10, I Timothy 1:15, to save the world, John 3:17 to give abundant life, John 10:10 to bear witness to the truth John 18:37 or rather to reveal the Truth
( Himself), to bring a sword Matt. 10:34 a symbol of judgment, John 9:39.

Jesus died on the day of Passover because He is the Passover Lamb of God – John 1:29. His crowning work is to send Fire on the earth – Luke 12:49


CONCLUSION:The crowning work of the Divine Visitor is to send fire on the World. Whether that Fire purifies you or burns you up, it depends on whose side you are: whether on the side of Christ or on the side of the world John 16:7-15. Can you pray that the Holy Ghost fire should fall on you? .

Digging Deep No. 37
Topic: The Rejected Cornerstone
Text: John 1:11


INTRODUCTION: In the last two studies we have been studying John 1:11 and we have discovered why Jesus came and who are the Divine favourites. We also learnt how we can be one of His favourites and the crowning work of our Lord and Saviour. Today, we find out the secret behind the strange statement: “HIS OWN received Him not”

Why did His own reject Him? Is it a plan of God? What dangers are there in rejecting the Word?

There are several reasons why His own rejected Him. In the first place, they failed to recognize Him. In the second place, God planned it that way – Romans 11:7-8. Why? So that
a) Salvation may come to you and me – Romans 11:11
b) That prophecies concerning the gentles might be fulfilled e.g. Genesis 22:27, Psalms 86:9, and Isaiah 9:2
c) That Israel may be jealous – Romans 10:21, Mark 6:4 because they misused their priviledge and
d) Their hearts were hardened – Jeremiah 7:13-15.

Rejecting Jesus Christ or the Word of God is extremely dangerous because it brings down the wrath of God – II Chronicles 36:16, Zechariah 7:12, and Isaiah 5:24.


CONCLUSION:His own rejected Him and you benefited thereby. What do you think your date will be like if you too should reject Him. If you do not want your blessings given to another, harden not your heart today – Proverbs 20:1.

DIGGING DEEP 38
Topic: The Problem of wealth


INTRODUCTION: For those who think of this world, money is absolutely everything. They believe that all their problems will be solved once they have enough money. But for those of us who are heavenly minded. Wealth should not be a problem. To us, money is simply a tool for spreading the Gospel quickly thereby hastening the return of our King.

In this series on wealth and poverty we shall study in some details the problems of wealth as well as the problems of poverty.

1. One of the signs of a worldly minded person is that he wants as much money as possible. They are willing to go to any extent to get money, even if it involves cheating and trampling down the poor. Ps.43:4-12, Jere.5:26-31, Matt. 16:26, Luke 12:18,
Luke 21:24, I Peter 5:2.

2. If we want more money than we deserve or more than we need, then we are suffering from greed. What is Greed? It is an unsatiable longing for money. The Bible is full of examples of greedy men. Deut. 32:15-18, I Sam. 8:3, Eccl. 5:10, Ps. 52:7, I Tim. 6:9-10, James 5:16.

3. Greed is a sin and it creates problems for those who encourage it. Some of these problems are family problems, loss of good name, dissatisfaction, false hopes and security, divine punishment, backsliding, violence, serious temptations and misery, Proverbs 15:27, Proverbs 28:20, James 5:4-6, I Timothy 6:9, Eccl. 5:10, Jere 17:11, Dan. 4:28-30, Prov. 28:20, Mark 4:19, I Tim. 6:10, II Tim.4:10, II Pet. 2:15 Acts 16:19, I Tim. 6:9, 17, James 5:3.

From the above, it is clear that greed results in the most serious consequences. Surely, godliness and contentment is great gain. However, there are examples in the Scriptures of Famous people (like Job and Abraham who have been very rich and yet have been very faithful to the Lord. Obviously, it is possible to have money and not backslide. How can this be achieved? We shall discover this as we proceed in this series.

Digging Deep No. 39
Topic: The Problems of poverty

INTRODUCTION: there has always been poor people in the world, even among Christians Revelation 2:19. Why should Christians ever be poor? What can be done so that no one is ever poor again? What is poverty? What causes it? Is poverty a friend or an enemy of a Christian? These and similar questions shall be answered as we continue with our series on wealth and poverty.

1. Poverty is defined as a desperate shortage of spending power and it is not a new problem. It is also not a problem that can be solved easily unless we follow Divine methods – Duet. 15:11, Prov. 10:15, Matt. 26:11, Deut. 15:1-11.
2. There are several examples of poverty in the Bible. Gideon, the widow of Zarephat, Apostle Paul are but a few examples – Judges 6:15, I Kings 17:12, apostles, II Kings 4:1, Mark 12:42, II Corinthians 6:10.
3. There are three categories of what cause poverty:
i. Personal causes
ii. Human outside causes
iii. Cause beyond the human realm,

? Personal causes include laziness, foolish spending, miserliness, love of pleasure etc – Proverbs 20:13, Prov. 11;24, Prov. 21:17, Prov. 23:21, Prov. 28:19.
? Human outside causes includes bad government, harsh employers, corrupt trading, robbery, wars etc, Isa.3:14, James 5:4, Prov. 22:16, Acts 11:28, Luke 10:30, Ps. 79:1-4.
? Causes beyond human realm include drought, diseases, bad weather, satanic meddling and Divine punishment. I Kings 17:7, Acts 3:1-10, Psalms 78:47, II Corinthians 4:4, I Samuel 2:7.

Poverty cause a lot of problems including national family and social problems. Increase in crime sickness, mental stress, etc. Therefore, poverty is an enemy and it must not accommodate. Since God wants us to prosper III John v2, there is no reason why we must be satisfied with anything less than true prosperity. But how do we handle poverty and its evil greed? This question is answered in the next study.

DIGGING DEEP 40
Topic: Wealth is no sin

INTRODUCTION: We have seen in our previous studies that the love of money and not money itself is the root of all evil. The enemy is not wealth but greed. We have also seen that poverty is an enemy and it is not God’s will for us to be poor III John v2. In this study we want to see why Christian could be wealthy and still remain good Christians.

1. Now the Lord Himself is wealthy. Therefore, if having wealth makes one evil, then the Lord must be evil. But we know the Lord is not evil and so having wealth does not necessarily mean that one will be automatically evil – Exodus 19:5, Leviticus 25:23, I Chronicles 29:14, Psalms 24:1, Psalms 50:10, Psalms 89:11, Haggai 2:8.
2. Secondly, wealth can be a gift from the Lord. Surely, the Lord will not give evil things to his children – Genesis 39:2, Exodus 3:7-10, Deut. 30:9, I Samuel 2:7, I Chronicles 29:12, II Chronicles 31:21, Psalms 1:1-3, Eccl. 5:15, Hosea 2:8, II Corinthians 9:9, Philippians 4:19.
3. Moreover, the Lord has given great wealth to some godly people. People who have been declared by the Lord to be “blameless” and upright, fearing God and shunning evil: have also been trusted with very great wealth. Genesis 13:2, Genesis 26:12-14, Genesis 30:43, II Samuel 19:32, I Chronicles 29:28, I Chronicles 1:11-17, Job 1:3, Matthew 27:57.
So wealth need not be an evil thing but remember the rich fool. But there is a lot more to learn about wealth and poverty. So join us next in the next week and let us reach the bottom of this topic together

DIGGING DEEP 41
Topic: Generosity – Part 1

INTRODUCTION: We have learnt that the law of harvest in the basic principle on how to become wealthy. Give and it shall be given unto you, good measure, pressed down and shaken together and running over will men give to your bosom. The harvest is always abundantly more than the seed sown. But how much should we give? To whom? When? Where? How? All these questions are reasonable and we believe the Lord will answer them for us.

1. Our greatest example of generosity is God Himself. God the Father is so generous He gave His all – John 3:16, and God the Son is generous He gave His life – John 10:11. God the Holy Spirit is so generous He give all the glory to Jesus Christ – John 16:13-14. Another word for generous is liberal – II Cor. 8:2, 9:6, I Tim.6:18, Nahum 1:7, Ps. 25:8,
Ps. 86:5-15, Ps. 33:5, Exod. 34:6, Isaiah 63:7, Ps. 63:3.
2. The giving of the Lord is not only generous but constantly. What a lesson to us His children. Deut. 11:13-15, Gen. 9:12-15, Job 5:10, Gen. 1:2, Jer. 31:3, John 10:28, Deut. 8:18, Luke 11:13, Eph. 4:11, Romans 12:4-6, I Cor. 12:4-11, James 1:17
3. The Lord expects us to be generous to Him, to His people and to the poor – Exod. 35:5, I Chron. 29:9, Malachi 3:8-9, Mark 12:41-44, Deut. 15:7-8, Matt.5:42, Luke 10:35, Rom.12:13, Gal. 2:10, 6:10, II Kings 6:22, Prov. 25:21-22, Isa. 58:7, I Tim. 6:17-19, Heb.13:16.

We shall conclude this series on generosity next week in Jesus Name. But now that you know that the Lord is generous, why not ask Him to bless you generously? Why not start being generous yourself even from now on?

DIGGING DEEP 42
Topic: Generosity – Part 2

INTRODUCTION: In the first part of generosity, we learnt that:

a) The Lord Himself is generous in all ways including mercy, goodness, loving kindness etc.
b) The Lord is not only generous, but constantly so and
c) The Lord expected us to be generous also:

i. To Him
ii. To His people who are in need and
iii. To those who are sincerely poor, including our enemies.

In this concluding part of generousity, we want to see the blessings of generousity and the principles of giving.

1. The Lord has special blessings for those who are generous. These blessings include prosperity. Divine glory, overflowing sufficiency and rewards in the life to come – Psalms 41:1, Proverbs 3:9-10, Proverbs 11:25, 22:9, Proverbs 28:27, Isaiah 58:7-10, Malachi 3:10, Proverbs 11:25, Luke 6:38, 14:14, Luke 18:29-30.
2. The Divine principles for giving are clearly set out. We are to give according to our ability, gladly without deceit, freely, from the heart, regularly and often secretly, Deut. 2:68-69, Deut.16:17, Matt. 5:42, Acts 1:29, II Cor. 8:1-15, Mark 12:44, II Cor. 9:7, Acts 5:1-2, Matt. 10:8, Luke 6:38, 12:33, Exodus 25:2, Romans 12:1, Phil.4:18, Hebrews 13:16, I Peter 2:5, Romans 12:8, I Corinthians 16:2, Hosea 6:13, Amos 5:22, Malachi 1:8, II Corinthians 9:6, Matt.6:1-3, Malachi 3:3.

Therefore, we see that if we give to the Lord, to His saints and to the needy, we shall be abundantly blessed. However, we must give as the Lord directs so that our “left hand should not know what our right hands is doing. May one giving earns us rich dividends not only in this world but also in the next to come in Jesus Name.

DIGGING DEEP 43
Topic: Blessings in working


INTRODUCTION: We have learnt a lot about riches and poverty, blessings in giving and being generous. In this study we want to study about blessing in working. The Bible has a lot to about work. God does not say that working is evil: but that working is blessing.

1. Work is part of God’s creation (man, animals, angels etc). God commanded man to work before and after the fall. Angels worship God day and night, they work continuously without resting. The academicians today might have said that an unwilling attitude to work is the beginning of mental problem – Genesis 2:15, 3:17-19, Ruth 2:17, I Kings 11:28, Nehemiah 4:21, Prov. 31:10-13, Isa. 18:3, I Cor. 4:12. If it is possible, we enjoin us to work from morning till evening.
2. Individuals must have their respective duties. Every individuals must be full of work especially Christians who should be good examples to the world around them. The rich themselves must work – Exodus 20:9, 34:21, Eph. 4:28, I Thess. 4:11-12. Laziness is a destroyer. We are not only commanded to work, but to work hard.
3. Hard work brings great gain, but laziness takes one to a position of poverty, hunger, and shame – Prov. 6:6-11, Prov.10:5, Prov.14:23, Prov.19:15, II Thess.3:6-15. If ants works why will human beings not work as long as our God Himself works, john 5:17. Remember the parable of the talents and pray that God will give you grace to be a faithful worker.

DIGGING DEEP 44
Topic: The Blessing of personal prayer


INTRODUCTION: many Christians only pray when in the Church or in a group. They do not realize the importance of personal prayer. Just as it is important that we accept Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Saviour so must we maintain a personal contact with Him everyday, every moment of our life.

1. One of the secrets of the successful saints of old is a love personal prayers – Ps. 5:3, Ps. 119:147, Ps. 55:17, Daniel 6:10, Zechariah 8:21, Luke 2:37, Acts 10:2, I Thess.3:10,
I Tim. 5:5.
2. Personal prayer encourages the development of a relationship with the Lord. Saints like Enoch and Moses know the great blessings of such a relationship with God. Gen. 5:22, Exodus 25:22, Exodus 33:7-34, Exodus 34:29,35, Psalms 73:28, Matthew 6: 5-8, John1:3, Revelation 3:20.
3. Personal prayer makes public worship more lively by and is sure for and protection against depression. It assists in the process of sanctification and save us from doctrinal error. Acts 2:42-47, I Kings 19:1-4, Ps. 42:1-11, Joshua 4:8, Acts 27:1-44, II Cor.4:7-12, Luke 11:13, James 4:8, I John 3:6, Psalms 16:8, Psalms 147:18, Colossians 1:26-27, Hebrews 13:7-9, II John 1:7-8

DIGGING DEEP 45
Topic: The Blessing of personal Discipline – Part 1


INTRODUCTION: The Africans have a proverb: “Once God has revealed our enemy to us, he should not be able to kill us again”. In order to save ourselves from falling into suitable temptations which surround us, we need to be aware of our “enemy”, and we need to know the blessings in personal discipline, which coupled with grace of Jesus Christ, will make us overcomers all the time.

1. There is a long list of temptations that Satan can use as a bait to fish us out of the Kingdom of God into hell. These include avarice (miserliness), bitterness, covetousness, disobedience, disregard of others, excessiveness, gluttony, gossip, greed, hypocrisy, immorality, impatience, improvidence (lack of care for the future), jealousy, laziness, love of money, pleasure-seeking, pride, selfishness, slander, slovenliness, strong-drinking, stubbornness, uncontrolled habits, unwise speech and worldly worship:
Eccl. 5:10, Mal.3:8-12, James 5:3, Ephe. 4:31, Heb.12:15, James 3:14, Exod.20:17, Micah 2:2, Mal. 3:8-12, I Sam. 12:15, Eph. 5:6, Ezek. 34:18-19, I Cor. 6:10, Romans 12:3-8, Luke 12:19, Luke 16:19, II Thess 1:8, Isa. 5:8, Exod. 34:20-21, Amos 6:4-7, Luke 21:34, Prov. 11:13, Prov. 11:13, Prov. 26:20, II Thess. 3:11, I Tim. 5:13, I Sam. 30:21-24, Prov. 15:27, Luke 12:15, Prov. 26:20, II Pet. 2:14, Matt.6:16, I Tim. 3:8, Titus 1:7, Rom. 13:13, Col. 3:5, Heb. 12:16, Isa. 47:8-15, Heb. 12:5, Prov. 12:27, Luke 15:13; Gen. 37:4, I Tim. 3:3, II Tim. 3:10, Matt. 20:12, Luke 15:28, Rom. 13:13, Prov. 21:17, Luke 8:14, I Tm. 3:11, I Pet. 2:13, Prov. 16:18, Dan. 4:30, Luke 18:11, I John 2:16, Matt.25:43, Mark 10:37, Luke 10:31-32, James 3:13-16, Exod. 20:16, Lev. 19:16, I Cor. 6:10, Eph. 4:31, Rev. 21:8, Rom. 14:8, I Cor. 14:40, I Pet. 4:11, Prov. 20:1, Isa. 5:11, Isa. 56:12, I Cor. 13:11, Phil. 4:8, I Tim. 5:13, James 1:26, James 1: 26, James 4:1-12, I Pet. 3:10, Exod. 32:1-12, Deut. 11:16, Isa. 42:8, I Cor. 14:40, I Cor. 14:40, I John 5:21.

The list is a long one, but almost all Christians have to face it and subdue it if he is to reach his goal. Personal discipline is vital to the conquest of these personal enemies even as Christ gives the grace and the strength. In the next study we shall consider other reasons why we need personal discipline.

DIGGING DEEP 46
Topic: The Blessing of personal Discipline – Part 2

INTRODUCTION: In the last study we listed many subtle temptations that Satan may want to bring our ways as baits to lure us to hell. We called them our enemies and that we need the grace and power of Jesus Christ to overcome them. We also stated that we too have a part to play and that is personal discipline. This week, we want to consider four (4) main reasons why we need personal discipline.

1. The first reason is for the Lord’s sake – Matt. 6:18, Luke 1:15, Acts 13:2, Romans 6:11-14, Romans 13:14.
2. The second reason why we need personal discipline is for the sake of Truth and Divine principles – Luke 14:26-33, Romans 12:9, Galatians 5:16-18, I Timothy 3:9.
3. The third reason why we need personal discipline is for the sake of others, Romans 12:10, Romans 14:21, I Cor.10:31-33, Phil. 2:4.
4. The fourth reason why we need personal discipline for the sake of one’s own eternal security – Matt. 16:24-26, Luke 16:9, I Cor. 9:24-27.

So, in order to walk with the Lord adequately, in order to uphold the truth, in order to maintain a healthy Christian relationship with others and in order to reach heaven at last, we need personal discipline of the highest type. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ abound to us, Amen.

DIGGING DEEP 47
Topic: The Royal Priesthood


INTRODUCTION: There is a common idea, which is unbiblical. That is there is a distinction between the clergy and the laity. In I Peter 2:9, the Apostle says that all Christians are …”a royal priesthood…” which means all “clergy” are laymen and all “laymen” are clergy. We are all part of the Royal Priesthood of God.

1. This should not surprise us because several passages in the Bible said that God’s people are to be named the priests of the Lord and Ministers of our God. Some of such passages are – Exodus 19:5-6, Isaiah 61:6, Revelation 1:6, Revelation 5:10, Revelation 20:6
2. As priests of God, we are to offer sacrifices unto God, not of rams and goats as the Old Testament priests, but spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God. What are these spiritual sacrifices? They includes, among other things:

a) Praise, – Psalms 9:11, Psalms 67:3, Hebrew 13:15, Revelation 19:5
b) Singing – Psalms 81:1, Ephesians 5:19, Revelation 5:9, Revelation 5:19
c) Rejoicing – Psalms 107:22, Philippians 4:4, Isaiah 12:6
d) Glorifying – Revelation 5:12, Revelation 7:12, Luke 2:20
e) Thanksgiving = Psalms 100:4, Colossians 3:15, I Thessalonians 5:18
f) Listening – Ecclesiastes 5:1, Isaiah 55:3, John 5:25,
g) Doing – Matthew 5:16, I Corinthians 10:31, Hebrew 13:16.

Thus we see that praise and thanksgiving are offerings but we must remember as worth priests at God, that there is a great temptation just to praise God in song without offering one’s self, money, and one’s time. Remember Romans 12:1.

Digging Deep No. 48
Topic: The Royal Priesthood – Part 2


INTRODUCTION: In the first part on the Royal Priesthood, we established that all born again Christians are Priests and Kings to God Almighty. We also established their duties as consisting of offering spiritual sacrifices to the Lord by way of praises, songs, rejoicing, etc.

Today we, continue our study of the Royal Priesthood as we consider the priviledges of being a priest and king to God.

1. Since Christ is the High Priest and we are priest too, it follows that we share His responsibilities, doing His works and extending His ministry. Consequently, we shall share His blessing and reward also. Galatians 3:29, Romans 8:17, Titus 3:7, 17, Galatians 4:7, Philippians 2:15, I John 3:1, I Thessalonians 5:5.

2. Priests are special people. They are higher in honour and authority than ordinary people. This is more so when they are royal priests, because then, they are real power being on the throne. Exodus 19:5, Deut. 14:2, Deut. 26:19, Psalms 29:11, I Samuel 12:22, I Cor.1:26.

3. As Priests, they normally wield tremendous powers; not necessarily directly in the physical realm but in the spiritual realm. However, since spiritual laws are superior to physical laws those who understand and operate spiritual laws control the physical realms also. Ephesians 6:12,, II Corinthians 10:4, I Samuel 17:46, Hebrews 4:12, Revelation 12:11, Matthew 18:18.

DIGGING DEEP 49
Topic: The Royal Priesthood – Part 3

INTRODUCTION: In the first two parts of our study on the Royal Priesthood, we have learnt that all born again Christians are priest and kings to God. A chosen set of people sharing the responsibilities and blessing of Christ. As royal priests, we are actually the power behind the throne operating spiritual laws that are superior to the physical laws or any land. Last week, we concluded that we can influence every affairs of our land by using our authority to bind and loose. This week, we want to see how priests and priestesses of old changed the course of history of their lands.

The Men we shall study are:

a) Moses – Num. 14:11-21, Deut. 9:24-29, Exodus 32:30-32, Exodus 33:1-3, 12-17
b) Nehemiah – Nehemiah 1:1-11, Nehemiah 2:9-10
c) Daniel – Daniel 9:1-24
d) Samuel – I Samuel 15:10-11, I Samuel 12:23
e) Deborah – Judges 4:1-9, Judges 5:20-21
f) Esther – Esther 4:10, 5:3, other include
g) Hezekiah – II Chronicles 30:13-20,
h) Ezra –

Each priest/priestess identified himself/herself with the sins and inquities of His/Her people and prayer a self-sacrificing prayer that moved God to action.


CONCLUSION: Their God is our God, Hebrews 13:8, therefore what they did, we can do also: we can alter the course of history of our Nation. The question is, “Are we ready to pay the price’?

DIGGING DEEP 50
Topic: Good Works

INTRODUCTION: Apostles James wrote that Faith without works is dead, being alone. In other words, a christian’s faithf is dead and useless if it is not accompanied by good works. Without doubt, good works cannot obtain salvation for anyone – Romans 9:32, Romans 3:20, Gal. 2:15-16,
Eph. 2:8-9, II Tim.1:9, Matt.7:22-23. However, once we are saved by faith in Christ Jesus, good works becomes essential – Col.2:10, Acts 10:38.

1. Good works are essential additions to Salvation for several reasons:

a) They demonstrate the faith of the believer – James 2:17-18. We are of course not ignorant of those who are pretenders who “do good” while living in sin.
b) Certainly, good works are the will of God for us – Luke 10:37, Eph. 2:10, Titus 3:1, James 1:27.
c) Good works are acts of service to the Lord – Matt. 25:32-36, Col. 1:13, II Timothy 2:21
d) Good works aids the ministry of our Lord, i.e. Evangelism, particularly because lack of good works might frighten people from accepting the gospel – Matt.5:16, Luke 10:36, Acts 9:36, I Peter 2:12, I Peter 3:1-2.
e) Good works aid the spiritual advancement of the believer – Mark 10:13, John 13:14, I Cor. 9:6-15, I Timothy 5:25, I Timothy 6:18, Titus 2:7, Titus 2:11-13, 3:9.

2. Good works are accessed on the Day of judgment and are divinely rewarded – Matt.26:6-13, Matt.10:42, Luke 6:35, Rom. 13:3, Rom.14:10-12, Gal.6:10, Itim.6:18, Hebrews 13:16.

3. What are good works? They are works of love, done in accordance with a moral standard – I Tim.3:16-17, for a moral motive, I Thess.1:3, Hebrews 6:10 and with the aim of glorifying God – I Cor.10:31.


CONCLUSION: Without doubt, good works are essential additions to a true faith and we should heed the admonition in Hebrews 10:24. Remember also to be doers of the word not hearers only.

Lesson 26

Digging Deep No. 26
Topic: The Lord God
Text: John 1:3-4

INTRODUCTION: In the last few studies, we have been looking at the deeper meanings of John 1:3-4. But new every morning is the Word and you can never dig too deep because the Word is infinitely deep. Job 11:7-9. Consequently, there are many more gems to be uncovered. May the Word reveal Himself to us more and more, Amen.

1. Who is usually referred to as the Lord God in the Trinity? Who actually created man? Who planted the Garden of Eden? Who visited Adam and Eve after the fall? Why was the devil able to attack Jesus when He was in the world? Why cannot the devil do so now? Why does God hate lusts? Why must a Christian beware of pleasure: Can a man know when to go home? If you want to know what must you do? Why must we pray in the Name of Jesus?

God the Son is usually referred to as the Lord God, Rev. 19:6-7, II Tim.6:15. This helps to know that Jesus actually created man Genesis 2:7, and the Garden of Eden, Genesis 2:8 and is the One who visited Adam and Eve after the fall. Gen. 3:8-9,14. Also Hebrew 2:9 explains why the devil was able to attack his creator while in the flesh and Ephesians 1:17-22 gives the reason why the devil cannot attack the Lord God now.

God hates lust because God is Life and lust leads to death, James 1:15. It is also the same reason why a Christian must beware of pleasure, I Tim. 5:6. Even Christian can know when he is about to die, II Peter 1:14 and if you want to know all you need to do is be holy, Number 23:10-11, II Peter 3:13-14.

The reason why we must pray in the Name of Jesus are:
(i) He is our next of kin, I Tim 2:5,
(ii) He is our link to the Trinity, John 14:6,
(iii) He is our best Referee, Phil. 2:9,
(iv) No one dares oppose a prayer prayed in Jesus Name, Phil. 2:10, and finally,
(v) God the Father has no alternative other than to answer such prayers.


CONCLUSION: Now that you know your prayers that are said in Jesus Name must be answered, how about doing some asking tonight?.

Lesson 27
DIGGING DEEP 27
Topic: The great battle
Text: John 1:5


INTRODUCTION:
from time immemorial, there had been a continuous battle between good and evil, light and darkness. Today we want to explore a little into this great battle of the ages to see where we are involved and how to be a victor always. The following questions will aid our exploration.

Why cannot darkness overcome light? How can you avoid being overcome by the evil forces? When can darkness triumph over light? When is there absolute darkness? What can cause light to go out of a lamp? If the light goes out of a lamp? If the light goes out how can we start it again? How can we determine the brightness of a light? When should one be more careful and why?

Darkness cannot overcome light because light created darkness and the only time when there is absolute darkness is when light withdraws Job 12:23 or when people reject Jesus Christ. John 3:19.

One main reason why light can go out is lack of oil Revelation 2:4-5. If light goes out, we restart by getting rid of the ashes and cleaning the lamp, Job 11:14-17, get oil from source Micah 7:8, and a new flame Malachi 4:2.

The brightness of light is determined by the intensity of the darkness around it, II King 6:15-17,
II King 1:13-14. We should be most careful when our light is brightest Judah 16:9-15 because Satan is cunning Proverbs. 29:3, Judges 16:6, Judges 16:19-24


CONCLUSION: How bright is your light? How careful are you?

Lesson 28
DIGGING DEEP 28
Topic: The Ambassador
Text: John 1:6

INTRODUCTION: In the previous study we concluded that a man should be most careful when his spiritual light is brightest because if Satan discovers that the man cannot be defeated by a direct assault, then Satan will change his tactics to an indirect attack. Today, we read about a man sent by God, an Ambassador of God; and we want to dig out what we must do, know or possess to be chosen by God as His Ambassador.

The following questions will aid in search for these deeper truths.
? When does an Ambassador become necessary?
? Who is an ambassador?
? What are his qualifications?
? What are his responsibilities?
? Who maintains an ambassador?
? How much is available to an ambassador of God?
? How much can he spend?
? What happens to an ambassador who creditably finished his job?
? What happens to an ambassador who lets down hi s country?

Whenever a king wants to get a job done in another country but could not go himself, he sends an ambassador, John 6:38, therefore an ambassador is someone “who is sent” Isaiah 48:16, John 20:21
To be an ambassador, one must have an intimate knowledge of who sent him, John 7:28-29. One must know the laws of his home country, II Timothy 2:25. One must get rid of all hindrances, II Timothy 2:20-26, Isaiah 6:1-8.

The responsibilities of an ambassador include:
a) Representing the king who sent him – Exodus 5:1-2
b) Delivering his messages – John 17:8
c) Doing what the king himself would have done – John 9:4
d) To warn the foreign country whenever they offend his home country – Isa. 62:6, Eze.3:10.
e) To glorify his king – John 17:4.

Am ambassador is maintained by the one who sent him. I Corinthians 9:7, Proverbs 27:18. Using the currency of the foreign country – Gal. 6:6. The fund available to an ambassador of God is unlimited Psalms 24:1, Ps. 50:10, Haggai 2:8. The ambassador is free to spend as much as he likes John 14:14.
An ambassador who finishes his job creditably is given a red carpet welcome home e.g., Elijah, II King 2:11, Stephen Acts 7:55-60. On the other hands, an ambassador who failed his king is heavily punished – Ezek. 33:6, II King 5:25-27, James 3:1, and may suffer premature home calling Acts 5:1-10.


CONCLUSION:We are all ambassadors for Christ. But what type of ambassador are you? What type of retirement are you expecting? Shall we pray about it now?

Lesson 29
DIGGING DEEP 29
Topic: The witness
Text: John 1:7

INTRODUCTION: In the previous study we studied about the Ambassador, the one who is sent. But this week, we want to consider the “witness” mentioned in John 1:7. The following questions will be assisting our digging deep into the Word of God.

1. When is a witness necessary?
2. Who can be a witness?
3. What does Jesus witness about God?
4. How beautiful are the mansions up there?
5. Why is it necessary for Jesus to come for us?
6. How can we be a true witness?
7. What is witnessing?
8. Can a true witness be intimidated?
9. Any reward for witnessing for Christ?

A witness becomes necessary when there is an accusation of judgment to be passed, Isaiah 53:7-8. To be a true witness one must know the facts or have seen certain thing happen – John 3:11, John 8:38. Jesus told us about beautiful mansions in His Father’s House John 14:1-3, Matt. 16:26. The glory of heaven is so great that Jesus himself has to need the help of the Holy Spirit Acts 1:8, John 16:13-14. Witnessing is telling what you know Acts 4:18-20, Matt. 11:2-5. If you are a true witness, you cannot be intimidated or frightened Acts 4:23-29, Matt.10:18-20. And there is abundant blessing for those who witness for Christ – Matt.10:32-33, John 3:26-31, Matt.11:11, John 12:26.


CONCLUSION: Are you a true witness of Christ? Will you like to be? Pray about it now.

Lesson 30
Digging Deep No. 30
Topic: The Witness – continued
Text: Psalms 1:7

INTRODUCTION: In the previous study we began a study of John 1:7 and described a true witness as someone who knows the facts and tells it exactly as it is. Today, we want to go deeper as we try to answer the following questions:

Can someone be a true witness of an incident in which he is absent? Can someone be a true witness of an incident that is yet to happen? Can you mention some things that are yet to happen which you know will surely happen? Has the spirit of anti-Christ been manifest before in one form or the other? The mark of the ant-Christ is 666, what are the marks of Jesus Christ?

Every Christian has two pairs of eyes: Physical and Spiritual. Therefore, they can see things happen even if they are not physically present, II King 5:25-26. Also they can see things that are yet to happen, I King 18:23-24, 23-38, II King 2:5 and they can hear sounds that others cannot hear, I King 18:41.

Some of the things that are yet to happen which will surely happen are recorded in Isaiah 21:11-12, Revelation 9:1-6, Revelation 7:9-17, Revelation 13:11-18.

The Spirit of anti-christ was manifested in Goliath – I Samuel 17:4-7 (6 cubits high, 6 pieces of armour spear weight 600 shekels of iron). It was also manifested in image of Nebuchadnezzar Daniel 3:1-5 (Height 60 cubits, width: 6 cubits, musical instruments: 6).

The marks of Jesus christ include, among others, the marks of obedience – Phil.2:8. Devotion -Romans 9:2-3. Love – Ephesians 5:2, and separation – II Corinthians 6:14-17, James 4:4.


CONCLUSION:A day is coming when many will receive the number of the anti-Christ. Which would you prefer: the marks of Christ or the anti-christ.

Lesson 31
DIGGING DEEP 31
Topic: Pregnant with Jesus
Text: John 1:8

INTRODUCTION: One may ask the question: What is the difference between the Light and the witness of Light? A simple answer is that the Light has light in itself but the witness has no light in himself but merely reflects the light he gets from the light. A good example is the relationship between the sun and the moon. This observation leads us to some interesting questions that will aid our digging deep to earth the hidden meanings of John 1:8.

a) What is the difference between John the Baptist and a born again Christian?
b) When can two people be totally part and parcel of each other and what are the implications?
c) How can I be the Light instead of a mere witness of the Light?
d) How can I be pregnant with Jesus?

In this world, there is a major difference between us and John the Baptist. He is a witness of the Light but the Light called us light Matthew 5:14-16. He is a reflector of the Light but we are expected to be much more than a mere reflector. We are to be transformed to the Light – II Corinthians 3:18. We are expected to wear the Light Romans 13:12. The light is to finally spring up in our hearts – II Peter 1:19.

In heaven, we are greater still than John the Baptist. He is the Bestman and we are the Bride – Matt. 11:11.

Two people can only be totally part and parcel of each other when one is pregnant with the other. The implications are (i) the same blood – John 15:5, (ii) the same breath – Genesis 2:7, (iii) the same food John 4:31-34 and (iv) the same life and death – Galatians 2:20 are shared.

The only way I can be the Light is to become part and parcel of the Light i.e. to become pregnant with Jesus.

Lesson 32
DIGGING DEEP 32
Topic: The Burning Torch
Text: John 1:9

INTRODUCTION: In the last study we studied John 1:8 or how to be pregnant with Jesus. Tonight, we wish to study John 1:9 or how to be a burning Torch for Christ. We believe that you are already putting into practice all you have learnt in the past. If so, you must have noticed a tremendous change in your spiritual life by now. If not, then begin to be doer not just hearer of the word and your life will change for the better. Our questions for tonight are as follows:-

a) In how many ways can the Light lighten a man?
b) What happens before a piece of wood becomes a flaming torch?
c) Once the flames starts, how does it keep burning?

There are two ways the light can lighten a man.

a) By providing light for the journey as we follow Him – John 8:12, Psalms 119:105, and obeying his guiding instructions Proverbs 6:23.
b) By turning the person itself to light – Psalms 119:130, John 1:4, together with I John 5:12, Judges 5:32.

Before a piece of wood can become a flaming torch the following steps must be taken.

a) It must come in contact with fire.
b) It must be raised to the temperature as the fire through systematic warming up, John 20:22.
c) This warming up is only possible if the wood remains still in the fire for long enough – Luke.24:49, Hebrew 10:36, James 5:7, Isaiah 40:31.

Once the fire stars, it keeps burning by eating up the wood. Once you are lighted for Christ, if you wish to remain forever shining, then the flesh must be consumed daily, II Corinthians 12:15, Matt. 16:25, II Corinthians 8:9, Philippians 2:5-11.


CONCLUSION:: Christ is our example. He died to save others and in return He obtained a name above every name. You want to be a flaming torch for God? Are you willing to pay the price? Pray to God about it now


CONCLUSION: Jesus is ever present. Are you happy? He will share your joy. Are you in a tight corner? Call on Him. He is near.

Lesson 33
DIGGING DEEP 33
Topic: That I May know Him
Text: John 1:10

INTRODUCTION: Jesus Christ is the Word of God and He is also God. Jesus is the life and the Light of the world. He created all things but He has a special love for the world. What is this special love? In John 1:10 and down the line, we begin to discover what exactly this special love is. But first of all let us ask the following questions:

a) Was there a time when Jesus was not on earth?
b) When has He been in the world?
c) Can you say precisely when He has been in the world before He was born in Bethlehem?
d) From the above, what can we learn about the coming of Christ?
e) Where is He – Is Jesus far from us?
f) Where is Jesus presently?

1. Only once was Jesus not in the world as mentioned in Psalms 90:2
2. He has been in the world before the world existed – Gen. 1:4
a) He came in the form of Melchisedek – Hebrews 7:1-3, John 8:56-58
b) He was in the burning bush – Exodus 3:1-6
c) He was The Captain of Hosts that appeared to Joshua -Joshua 5:13-15
d) He was the Rock that followed the Israelites – I Corinthians 10:1-4,
e) He was the Rock that killed Goliath – I Samuel 17:45-47
f) He was the fourth man in the fiery furnace – Daniel 3:24-25.

In each of these cases we see that Christ is always around in the time of victory because He is the Victor, Genesis 14:17-20, to deliver Exodus 3:7-8, to remove obstacles – Joshua 6:2-5, to supply strength and comfort in time of crisis – Matthew 11:28, John 7:37 and even in the time of deadly crisis – Psalms 23:4, Isaiah 43:2.

3. He is only far away when rejected – II Corinthians 15:1-2,
4. And He is with me now –Matthew 28:18-20

 


CONCLUSION: Jesus is ever present. Are you happy? He will share your joy. Are you in a tight corner? Call on Him. He is near.

Lesson 34
DIGGING DEEP 34
Topic: That I may know Him (Contd.)
Text: John 1:10

INTRODUCTION: In the first part of John 1:10, we have learnt that Jesus is always near to those who welcome Him: be in the fire or in the river, in a storm or in a tight corner, in time of sorrow or time of victory. However, His is far away from those who reject Him. Also, that right now, He is seated physically on the right hand of God but He is in my heart through His Holy Spirit.

Tonight, we want to know more about Him as we answer the question who is Jesus Christ? What
Are His Names? What are the implications of His various Names?

His various Names and titles could be found in the following passages:
a) Emmanuel – Isaiah 7:14,
b) Wonderful – Isaiah 9:
c) King – Isaiah 32:2, Matthew 21:5,
d) Divine Servant – Isaiah 42:1, Mark 6:2,
e) Arm of the Lord – Isaiah 53:1, Isaiah 11:3.
f) Divine Evangelist – Isaiah 63:1, Luke 19:10.
g) Illuminator – Isaiah 9:2.
h) Liberation- Isaiah 42:7.
i) Burden bearer – Isaiah 53:4.
j) Sin Bearer – Isaiah 53:6.
k) Intercessor – Isaiah 53:12.
l) Son of Man – John 13:31.
m) Bright and Morning Star – Revelation 22:16.
n) My Bridegroom – Ephesians 5:23.


CONCLUSION: Paul said “….that I may know Him…” We know Him as the Healer, Saviour, Liberator, and Burden Bearer etc. But has he revealed His power in your life? When He returns as the judge will you be seated with Him on His judgment throne or will you stand as an accused? Think on these things and pray.

Lesson 35
DIGGING DEEP 35
Topic: Favourites of the Almighty
Text: John 1:11

INTRODUCTION: In John 3:16, the Bible says God loves the whole world so much that He sacrificed His only begotten Son on their behalf. This seems to imply that God has no favourites. But the opening section of John 1:11 says that He come unto His OWN… Does that mean that there are some who are not His own? Is God the Father of all? If He has some favourites, how did He choose them? How can I become one of them? These and similar questions will be answered as we continue our study of John 1:11.

Let us start with the question: Who are His own? Who are the Israelites? Who is Israel? Why did God choose the Nation of Israel? Why did God choose Abraham? How can I become a favourite of God?

The children of Israel were originally the special favourites of God – Matt. 10:5-6, Rom. 9:1-5. Others are as dogs to God – Matt. 15:22-27, Rev. 22:15, Phil.3:2-3, Israelites are the descendants of Israel who was formerly Jacob, son of Isaac, son of Abraham, Genesis 32:24-28. God chose Abraham because he was:
(a) peace loving – Genesis 13:8,
(b) Self sacrificing, Genesis 13:9-11, John 10:17, John 3:16,
(c) Ready to give his best, his all to God – Hebrew 11:17, John 3:16,
(d) Obedience even if a lot of pain is involved Gen. 17:24, Gen. 12:1-3, Phil.2:8.


CONCLUSION:If we want to become a favourite of God, we should learn from Abraham to be peace loving, self-sacrificing consecrated and obedient, always remembering – Matt.20:16.

Lesson 36
DIGGING DEEP 36
Topic: The Divine Visitor
Text: John 1:11

INTRODUCTION: In the previous study as we started our study of John 1:11, we considered the theme “HIS OWN” and discovered how to become a favourite of God. This week, we want to consider the two words “HE CAME”, in order to discover more about the Divine Visitor, Jesus Christ.

The major questions we wish to answer are as follows:
a) Why did Jesus come?
b) Why was Jesus crucified on the day of the Passover and
c) What is the supreme achievement of Jesus Christ?

Jesus came to preach the Kingdom of God Luke 4:43. (What is the difference between His preaching and the gospel)? He came as a minister – Matt.20:28 to fulfill the law – Matt. 5:17-19, to seek and save the lost – Luke 19:10, I Timothy 1:15, to save the world, John 3:17 to give abundant life, John 10:10 to bear witness to the truth John 18:37 or rather to reveal the Truth
( Himself), to bring a sword Matt. 10:34 a symbol of judgment, John 9:39.

Jesus died on the day of Passover because He is the Passover Lamb of God – John 1:29. His crowning work is to send Fire on the earth – Luke 12:49


CONCLUSION:The crowning work of the Divine Visitor is to send fire on the World. Whether that Fire purifies you or burns you up, it depends on whose side you are: whether on the side of Christ or on the side of the world John 16:7-15. Can you pray that the Holy Ghost fire should fall on you? .

Lesson 37
Digging Deep No. 37
Topic: The Rejected Cornerstone
Text: John 1:11


INTRODUCTION: In the last two studies we have been studying John 1:11 and we have discovered why Jesus came and who are the Divine favourites. We also learnt how we can be one of His favourites and the crowning work of our Lord and Saviour. Today, we find out the secret behind the strange statement: “HIS OWN received Him not”

Why did His own reject Him? Is it a plan of God? What dangers are there in rejecting the Word?

There are several reasons why His own rejected Him. In the first place, they failed to recognize Him. In the second place, God planned it that way – Romans 11:7-8. Why? So that
a) Salvation may come to you and me – Romans 11:11
b) That prophecies concerning the gentles might be fulfilled e.g. Genesis 22:27, Psalms 86:9, and Isaiah 9:2
c) That Israel may be jealous – Romans 10:21, Mark 6:4 because they misused their priviledge and
d) Their hearts were hardened – Jeremiah 7:13-15.

Rejecting Jesus Christ or the Word of God is extremely dangerous because it brings down the wrath of God – II Chronicles 36:16, Zechariah 7:12, and Isaiah 5:24.


CONCLUSION:His own rejected Him and you benefited thereby. What do you think your date will be like if you too should reject Him. If you do not want your blessings given to another, harden not your heart today – Proverbs 20:1.

Lesson 38
DIGGING DEEP 38
Topic: The Problem of wealth


INTRODUCTION: For those who think of this world, money is absolutely everything. They believe that all their problems will be solved once they have enough money. But for those of us who are heavenly minded. Wealth should not be a problem. To us, money is simply a tool for spreading the Gospel quickly thereby hastening the return of our King.

In this series on wealth and poverty we shall study in some details the problems of wealth as well as the problems of poverty.

1. One of the signs of a worldly minded person is that he wants as much money as possible. They are willing to go to any extent to get money, even if it involves cheating and trampling down the poor. Ps.43:4-12, Jere.5:26-31, Matt. 16:26, Luke 12:18,
Luke 21:24, I Peter 5:2.

2. If we want more money than we deserve or more than we need, then we are suffering from greed. What is Greed? It is an unsatiable longing for money. The Bible is full of examples of greedy men. Deut. 32:15-18, I Sam. 8:3, Eccl. 5:10, Ps. 52:7, I Tim. 6:9-10, James 5:16.

3. Greed is a sin and it creates problems for those who encourage it. Some of these problems are family problems, loss of good name, dissatisfaction, false hopes and security, divine punishment, backsliding, violence, serious temptations and misery, Proverbs 15:27, Proverbs 28:20, James 5:4-6, I Timothy 6:9, Eccl. 5:10, Jere 17:11, Dan. 4:28-30, Prov. 28:20, Mark 4:19, I Tim. 6:10, II Tim.4:10, II Pet. 2:15 Acts 16:19, I Tim. 6:9, 17, James 5:3.

From the above, it is clear that greed results in the most serious consequences. Surely, godliness and contentment is great gain. However, there are examples in the Scriptures of Famous people (like Job and Abraham who have been very rich and yet have been very faithful to the Lord. Obviously, it is possible to have money and not backslide. How can this be achieved? We shall discover this as we proceed in this series.

Lesson 39
Digging Deep No. 39
Topic: The Problems of poverty

INTRODUCTION: there has always been poor people in the world, even among Christians Revelation 2:19. Why should Christians ever be poor? What can be done so that no one is ever poor again? What is poverty? What causes it? Is poverty a friend or an enemy of a Christian? These and similar questions shall be answered as we continue with our series on wealth and poverty.

1. Poverty is defined as a desperate shortage of spending power and it is not a new problem. It is also not a problem that can be solved easily unless we follow Divine methods – Duet. 15:11, Prov. 10:15, Matt. 26:11, Deut. 15:1-11.
2. There are several examples of poverty in the Bible. Gideon, the widow of Zarephat, Apostle Paul are but a few examples – Judges 6:15, I Kings 17:12, apostles, II Kings 4:1, Mark 12:42, II Corinthians 6:10.
3. There are three categories of what cause poverty:
i. Personal causes
ii. Human outside causes
iii. Cause beyond the human realm,

? Personal causes include laziness, foolish spending, miserliness, love of pleasure etc – Proverbs 20:13, Prov. 11;24, Prov. 21:17, Prov. 23:21, Prov. 28:19.
? Human outside causes includes bad government, harsh employers, corrupt trading, robbery, wars etc, Isa.3:14, James 5:4, Prov. 22:16, Acts 11:28, Luke 10:30, Ps. 79:1-4.
? Causes beyond human realm include drought, diseases, bad weather, satanic meddling and Divine punishment. I Kings 17:7, Acts 3:1-10, Psalms 78:47, II Corinthians 4:4, I Samuel 2:7.

Poverty cause a lot of problems including national family and social problems. Increase in crime sickness, mental stress, etc. Therefore, poverty is an enemy and it must not accommodate. Since God wants us to prosper III John v2, there is no reason why we must be satisfied with anything less than true prosperity. But how do we handle poverty and its evil greed? This question is answered in the next study.

Lesson 40
DIGGING DEEP 40
Topic: Wealth is no sin

INTRODUCTION: We have seen in our previous studies that the love of money and not money itself is the root of all evil. The enemy is not wealth but greed. We have also seen that poverty is an enemy and it is not God’s will for us to be poor III John v2. In this study we want to see why Christian could be wealthy and still remain good Christians.

1. Now the Lord Himself is wealthy. Therefore, if having wealth makes one evil, then the Lord must be evil. But we know the Lord is not evil and so having wealth does not necessarily mean that one will be automatically evil – Exodus 19:5, Leviticus 25:23, I Chronicles 29:14, Psalms 24:1, Psalms 50:10, Psalms 89:11, Haggai 2:8.
2. Secondly, wealth can be a gift from the Lord. Surely, the Lord will not give evil things to his children – Genesis 39:2, Exodus 3:7-10, Deut. 30:9, I Samuel 2:7, I Chronicles 29:12, II Chronicles 31:21, Psalms 1:1-3, Eccl. 5:15, Hosea 2:8, II Corinthians 9:9, Philippians 4:19.
3. Moreover, the Lord has given great wealth to some godly people. People who have been declared by the Lord to be “blameless” and upright, fearing God and shunning evil: have also been trusted with very great wealth. Genesis 13:2, Genesis 26:12-14, Genesis 30:43, II Samuel 19:32, I Chronicles 29:28, I Chronicles 1:11-17, Job 1:3, Matthew 27:57.
So wealth need not be an evil thing but remember the rich fool. But there is a lot more to learn about wealth and poverty. So join us next in the next week and let us reach the bottom of this topic together

Lesson 41
DIGGING DEEP 41
Topic: Generosity – Part 1

INTRODUCTION: We have learnt that the law of harvest in the basic principle on how to become wealthy. Give and it shall be given unto you, good measure, pressed down and shaken together and running over will men give to your bosom. The harvest is always abundantly more than the seed sown. But how much should we give? To whom? When? Where? How? All these questions are reasonable and we believe the Lord will answer them for us.

1. Our greatest example of generosity is God Himself. God the Father is so generous He gave His all – John 3:16, and God the Son is generous He gave His life – John 10:11. God the Holy Spirit is so generous He give all the glory to Jesus Christ – John 16:13-14. Another word for generous is liberal – II Cor. 8:2, 9:6, I Tim.6:18, Nahum 1:7, Ps. 25:8,
Ps. 86:5-15, Ps. 33:5, Exod. 34:6, Isaiah 63:7, Ps. 63:3.
2. The giving of the Lord is not only generous but constantly. What a lesson to us His children. Deut. 11:13-15, Gen. 9:12-15, Job 5:10, Gen. 1:2, Jer. 31:3, John 10:28, Deut. 8:18, Luke 11:13, Eph. 4:11, Romans 12:4-6, I Cor. 12:4-11, James 1:17
3. The Lord expects us to be generous to Him, to His people and to the poor – Exod. 35:5, I Chron. 29:9, Malachi 3:8-9, Mark 12:41-44, Deut. 15:7-8, Matt.5:42, Luke 10:35, Rom.12:13, Gal. 2:10, 6:10, II Kings 6:22, Prov. 25:21-22, Isa. 58:7, I Tim. 6:17-19, Heb.13:16.

We shall conclude this series on generosity next week in Jesus Name. But now that you know that the Lord is generous, why not ask Him to bless you generously? Why not start being generous yourself even from now on?

Lesson 42
DIGGING DEEP 42
Topic: Generosity – Part 2

INTRODUCTION: In the first part of generosity, we learnt that:

a) The Lord Himself is generous in all ways including mercy, goodness, loving kindness etc.
b) The Lord is not only generous, but constantly so and
c) The Lord expected us to be generous also:

i. To Him
ii. To His people who are in need and
iii. To those who are sincerely poor, including our enemies.

In this concluding part of generousity, we want to see the blessings of generousity and the principles of giving.

1. The Lord has special blessings for those who are generous. These blessings include prosperity. Divine glory, overflowing sufficiency and rewards in the life to come – Psalms 41:1, Proverbs 3:9-10, Proverbs 11:25, 22:9, Proverbs 28:27, Isaiah 58:7-10, Malachi 3:10, Proverbs 11:25, Luke 6:38, 14:14, Luke 18:29-30.
2. The Divine principles for giving are clearly set out. We are to give according to our ability, gladly without deceit, freely, from the heart, regularly and often secretly, Deut. 2:68-69, Deut.16:17, Matt. 5:42, Acts 1:29, II Cor. 8:1-15, Mark 12:44, II Cor. 9:7, Acts 5:1-2, Matt. 10:8, Luke 6:38, 12:33, Exodus 25:2, Romans 12:1, Phil.4:18, Hebrews 13:16, I Peter 2:5, Romans 12:8, I Corinthians 16:2, Hosea 6:13, Amos 5:22, Malachi 1:8, II Corinthians 9:6, Matt.6:1-3, Malachi 3:3.

Therefore, we see that if we give to the Lord, to His saints and to the needy, we shall be abundantly blessed. However, we must give as the Lord directs so that our “left hand should not know what our right hands is doing. May one giving earns us rich dividends not only in this world but also in the next to come in Jesus Name.

Lesson 43
DIGGING DEEP 43
Topic: Blessings in working


INTRODUCTION: We have learnt a lot about riches and poverty, blessings in giving and being generous. In this study we want to study about blessing in working. The Bible has a lot to about work. God does not say that working is evil: but that working is blessing.

1. Work is part of God’s creation (man, animals, angels etc). God commanded man to work before and after the fall. Angels worship God day and night, they work continuously without resting. The academicians today might have said that an unwilling attitude to work is the beginning of mental problem – Genesis 2:15, 3:17-19, Ruth 2:17, I Kings 11:28, Nehemiah 4:21, Prov. 31:10-13, Isa. 18:3, I Cor. 4:12. If it is possible, we enjoin us to work from morning till evening.
2. Individuals must have their respective duties. Every individuals must be full of work especially Christians who should be good examples to the world around them. The rich themselves must work – Exodus 20:9, 34:21, Eph. 4:28, I Thess. 4:11-12. Laziness is a destroyer. We are not only commanded to work, but to work hard.
3. Hard work brings great gain, but laziness takes one to a position of poverty, hunger, and shame – Prov. 6:6-11, Prov.10:5, Prov.14:23, Prov.19:15, II Thess.3:6-15. If ants works why will human beings not work as long as our God Himself works, john 5:17. Remember the parable of the talents and pray that God will give you grace to be a faithful worker.

Lesson 44
DIGGING DEEP 44
Topic: The Blessing of personal prayer


INTRODUCTION: many Christians only pray when in the Church or in a group. They do not realize the importance of personal prayer. Just as it is important that we accept Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Saviour so must we maintain a personal contact with Him everyday, every moment of our life.

1. One of the secrets of the successful saints of old is a love personal prayers – Ps. 5:3, Ps. 119:147, Ps. 55:17, Daniel 6:10, Zechariah 8:21, Luke 2:37, Acts 10:2, I Thess.3:10,
I Tim. 5:5.
2. Personal prayer encourages the development of a relationship with the Lord. Saints like Enoch and Moses know the great blessings of such a relationship with God. Gen. 5:22, Exodus 25:22, Exodus 33:7-34, Exodus 34:29,35, Psalms 73:28, Matthew 6: 5-8, John1:3, Revelation 3:20.
3. Personal prayer makes public worship more lively by and is sure for and protection against depression. It assists in the process of sanctification and save us from doctrinal error. Acts 2:42-47, I Kings 19:1-4, Ps. 42:1-11, Joshua 4:8, Acts 27:1-44, II Cor.4:7-12, Luke 11:13, James 4:8, I John 3:6, Psalms 16:8, Psalms 147:18, Colossians 1:26-27, Hebrews 13:7-9, II John 1:7-8

Lesson 45
DIGGING DEEP 45
Topic: The Blessing of personal Discipline – Part 1


INTRODUCTION: The Africans have a proverb: “Once God has revealed our enemy to us, he should not be able to kill us again”. In order to save ourselves from falling into suitable temptations which surround us, we need to be aware of our “enemy”, and we need to know the blessings in personal discipline, which coupled with grace of Jesus Christ, will make us overcomers all the time.

1. There is a long list of temptations that Satan can use as a bait to fish us out of the Kingdom of God into hell. These include avarice (miserliness), bitterness, covetousness, disobedience, disregard of others, excessiveness, gluttony, gossip, greed, hypocrisy, immorality, impatience, improvidence (lack of care for the future), jealousy, laziness, love of money, pleasure-seeking, pride, selfishness, slander, slovenliness, strong-drinking, stubbornness, uncontrolled habits, unwise speech and worldly worship:
Eccl. 5:10, Mal.3:8-12, James 5:3, Ephe. 4:31, Heb.12:15, James 3:14, Exod.20:17, Micah 2:2, Mal. 3:8-12, I Sam. 12:15, Eph. 5:6, Ezek. 34:18-19, I Cor. 6:10, Romans 12:3-8, Luke 12:19, Luke 16:19, II Thess 1:8, Isa. 5:8, Exod. 34:20-21, Amos 6:4-7, Luke 21:34, Prov. 11:13, Prov. 11:13, Prov. 26:20, II Thess. 3:11, I Tim. 5:13, I Sam. 30:21-24, Prov. 15:27, Luke 12:15, Prov. 26:20, II Pet. 2:14, Matt.6:16, I Tim. 3:8, Titus 1:7, Rom. 13:13, Col. 3:5, Heb. 12:16, Isa. 47:8-15, Heb. 12:5, Prov. 12:27, Luke 15:13; Gen. 37:4, I Tim. 3:3, II Tim. 3:10, Matt. 20:12, Luke 15:28, Rom. 13:13, Prov. 21:17, Luke 8:14, I Tm. 3:11, I Pet. 2:13, Prov. 16:18, Dan. 4:30, Luke 18:11, I John 2:16, Matt.25:43, Mark 10:37, Luke 10:31-32, James 3:13-16, Exod. 20:16, Lev. 19:16, I Cor. 6:10, Eph. 4:31, Rev. 21:8, Rom. 14:8, I Cor. 14:40, I Pet. 4:11, Prov. 20:1, Isa. 5:11, Isa. 56:12, I Cor. 13:11, Phil. 4:8, I Tim. 5:13, James 1:26, James 1: 26, James 4:1-12, I Pet. 3:10, Exod. 32:1-12, Deut. 11:16, Isa. 42:8, I Cor. 14:40, I Cor. 14:40, I John 5:21.

The list is a long one, but almost all Christians have to face it and subdue it if he is to reach his goal. Personal discipline is vital to the conquest of these personal enemies even as Christ gives the grace and the strength. In the next study we shall consider other reasons why we need personal discipline.

Lesson 46
DIGGING DEEP 46
Topic: The Blessing of personal Discipline – Part 2

INTRODUCTION: In the last study we listed many subtle temptations that Satan may want to bring our ways as baits to lure us to hell. We called them our enemies and that we need the grace and power of Jesus Christ to overcome them. We also stated that we too have a part to play and that is personal discipline. This week, we want to consider four (4) main reasons why we need personal discipline.

1. The first reason is for the Lord’s sake – Matt. 6:18, Luke 1:15, Acts 13:2, Romans 6:11-14, Romans 13:14.
2. The second reason why we need personal discipline is for the sake of Truth and Divine principles – Luke 14:26-33, Romans 12:9, Galatians 5:16-18, I Timothy 3:9.
3. The third reason why we need personal discipline is for the sake of others, Romans 12:10, Romans 14:21, I Cor.10:31-33, Phil. 2:4.
4. The fourth reason why we need personal discipline for the sake of one’s own eternal security – Matt. 16:24-26, Luke 16:9, I Cor. 9:24-27.

So, in order to walk with the Lord adequately, in order to uphold the truth, in order to maintain a healthy Christian relationship with others and in order to reach heaven at last, we need personal discipline of the highest type. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ abound to us, Amen.

Lesson 47
DIGGING DEEP 47
Topic: The Royal Priesthood


INTRODUCTION: There is a common idea, which is unbiblical. That is there is a distinction between the clergy and the laity. In I Peter 2:9, the Apostle says that all Christians are …”a royal priesthood…” which means all “clergy” are laymen and all “laymen” are clergy. We are all part of the Royal Priesthood of God.

1. This should not surprise us because several passages in the Bible said that God’s people are to be named the priests of the Lord and Ministers of our God. Some of such passages are – Exodus 19:5-6, Isaiah 61:6, Revelation 1:6, Revelation 5:10, Revelation 20:6
2. As priests of God, we are to offer sacrifices unto God, not of rams and goats as the Old Testament priests, but spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God. What are these spiritual sacrifices? They includes, among other things:

a) Praise, – Psalms 9:11, Psalms 67:3, Hebrew 13:15, Revelation 19:5
b) Singing – Psalms 81:1, Ephesians 5:19, Revelation 5:9, Revelation 5:19
c) Rejoicing – Psalms 107:22, Philippians 4:4, Isaiah 12:6
d) Glorifying – Revelation 5:12, Revelation 7:12, Luke 2:20
e) Thanksgiving = Psalms 100:4, Colossians 3:15, I Thessalonians 5:18
f) Listening – Ecclesiastes 5:1, Isaiah 55:3, John 5:25,
g) Doing – Matthew 5:16, I Corinthians 10:31, Hebrew 13:16.

Thus we see that praise and thanksgiving are offerings but we must remember as worth priests at God, that there is a great temptation just to praise God in song without offering one’s self, money, and one’s time. Remember Romans 12:1.

Lesson 48
Digging Deep No. 48
Topic: The Royal Priesthood – Part 2


INTRODUCTION: In the first part on the Royal Priesthood, we established that all born again Christians are Priests and Kings to God Almighty. We also established their duties as consisting of offering spiritual sacrifices to the Lord by way of praises, songs, rejoicing, etc.

Today we, continue our study of the Royal Priesthood as we consider the priviledges of being a priest and king to God.

1. Since Christ is the High Priest and we are priest too, it follows that we share His responsibilities, doing His works and extending His ministry. Consequently, we shall share His blessing and reward also. Galatians 3:29, Romans 8:17, Titus 3:7, 17, Galatians 4:7, Philippians 2:15, I John 3:1, I Thessalonians 5:5.

2. Priests are special people. They are higher in honour and authority than ordinary people. This is more so when they are royal priests, because then, they are real power being on the throne. Exodus 19:5, Deut. 14:2, Deut. 26:19, Psalms 29:11, I Samuel 12:22, I Cor.1:26.

3. As Priests, they normally wield tremendous powers; not necessarily directly in the physical realm but in the spiritual realm. However, since spiritual laws are superior to physical laws those who understand and operate spiritual laws control the physical realms also. Ephesians 6:12,, II Corinthians 10:4, I Samuel 17:46, Hebrews 4:12, Revelation 12:11, Matthew 18:18.

Lesson 49
DIGGING DEEP 49
Topic: The Royal Priesthood – Part 3

INTRODUCTION: In the first two parts of our study on the Royal Priesthood, we have learnt that all born again Christians are priest and kings to God. A chosen set of people sharing the responsibilities and blessing of Christ. As royal priests, we are actually the power behind the throne operating spiritual laws that are superior to the physical laws or any land. Last week, we concluded that we can influence every affairs of our land by using our authority to bind and loose. This week, we want to see how priests and priestesses of old changed the course of history of their lands.

The Men we shall study are:

a) Moses – Num. 14:11-21, Deut. 9:24-29, Exodus 32:30-32, Exodus 33:1-3, 12-17
b) Nehemiah – Nehemiah 1:1-11, Nehemiah 2:9-10
c) Daniel – Daniel 9:1-24
d) Samuel – I Samuel 15:10-11, I Samuel 12:23
e) Deborah – Judges 4:1-9, Judges 5:20-21
f) Esther – Esther 4:10, 5:3, other include
g) Hezekiah – II Chronicles 30:13-20,
h) Ezra –

Each priest/priestess identified himself/herself with the sins and inquities of His/Her people and prayer a self-sacrificing prayer that moved God to action.


CONCLUSION: Their God is our God, Hebrews 13:8, therefore what they did, we can do also: we can alter the course of history of our Nation. The question is, “Are we ready to pay the price’?

Lesson 50
DIGGING DEEP 50
Topic: Good Works

INTRODUCTION: Apostles James wrote that Faith without works is dead, being alone. In other words, a christian’s faithf is dead and useless if it is not accompanied by good works. Without doubt, good works cannot obtain salvation for anyone – Romans 9:32, Romans 3:20, Gal. 2:15-16,
Eph. 2:8-9, II Tim.1:9, Matt.7:22-23. However, once we are saved by faith in Christ Jesus, good works becomes essential – Col.2:10, Acts 10:38.

1. Good works are essential additions to Salvation for several reasons:

a) They demonstrate the faith of the believer – James 2:17-18. We are of course not ignorant of those who are pretenders who “do good” while living in sin.
b) Certainly, good works are the will of God for us – Luke 10:37, Eph. 2:10, Titus 3:1, James 1:27.
c) Good works are acts of service to the Lord – Matt. 25:32-36, Col. 1:13, II Timothy 2:21
d) Good works aids the ministry of our Lord, i.e. Evangelism, particularly because lack of good works might frighten people from accepting the gospel – Matt.5:16, Luke 10:36, Acts 9:36, I Peter 2:12, I Peter 3:1-2.
e) Good works aid the spiritual advancement of the believer – Mark 10:13, John 13:14, I Cor. 9:6-15, I Timothy 5:25, I Timothy 6:18, Titus 2:7, Titus 2:11-13, 3:9.

2. Good works are accessed on the Day of judgment and are divinely rewarded – Matt.26:6-13, Matt.10:42, Luke 6:35, Rom. 13:3, Rom.14:10-12, Gal.6:10, Itim.6:18, Hebrews 13:16.

3. What are good works? They are works of love, done in accordance with a moral standard – I Tim.3:16-17, for a moral motive, I Thess.1:3, Hebrews 6:10 and with the aim of glorifying God – I Cor.10:31.


CONCLUSION: Without doubt, good works are essential additions to a true faith and we should heed the admonition in Hebrews 10:24. Remember also to be doers of the word not hearers only.

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

Hebrews 13: 8

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