BIBLE STUDY NOTES ON COLOSSIANS 2:1-23

Posted by Elfriede Copple

We have been studying the Book of Revelation but the other day while reading Colossians 2:1-23 I realized that this relates to Revelation 3:14-22.

Colossians 2:1 – Paul writes:
“For I want you to know what a great conflict I have for you and those in Laodicea,…”

Laodicea is the seventh of the Seven Churches Jesus speaks to in Revelation 3:14-22. Laodicea is the “lukewarm/complacent” church! They considered themselves “rich, wealthy and have need of nothing” as Laodicea was the centre for three major industries which were banking, textiles and medicines in those days.

Paul tells them in Colossians 2:2-3 that he desires, “that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge”.

Life in Laodicea was very difficult for the Christians. For example, in order to get into the “Market Place” where all the trade happened they had to burn incense at the gate in honor and to worship the god of gods—who was “Caesar”! This was a requirement put in place by “man”! God commands that believers have no other gods beside Him though!

Further, in order to belong to the guild—a circle business people were to join—you had to worship other gods (for trade and blessings with finances), and attend the annual celebrations which would end up being festivals of drinking, eating food sacrificed to idols, and sexual immorality that took place in temples of the various gods! A place in complete violation of God’s commands!

To drive home the point, Paul warns them in verses 4-5 not to be deceived with persuasive words but to be steadfast in their faith in Christ. DO NOT FALL FOR THIS!

In Colossians 2:8, 16-18 and 20-23 Paul gives us a preview of what the Christians in Laodicea will have to deal with, and how they will have to stand fast in their faith in order to not fall for the temptation to comply with men’s traditions just so that they can do business.

Colossians 2:8: “Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ”.

Colossians 2:16-18: “So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or Sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ. Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,”

Colossians 2:20-23: “Therefore, if you died with Christ from the basic principles of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to regulations—Do not touch, do not taste, do not handle, which all concern things which perish with the using—according to the commandments and doctrines of men? These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body, but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh.”

Are we complying with some of men’s traditions in order to fit in or to belong to the world?

May we stay firm in the Lord!


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Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

BIBLE STUDY NOTES ON DANIEL 9:21-27

Posted by Elfriede Copple

Today I am going to post a short Bible study Mike and I did on Daniel 9:21-27.

Daniel 9:21-23

Yes, while I was speaking in prayer, the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, reached me about the time of the evening offering. And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, “O Daniel, I have now come forth to give you skill to understand. At the beginning of your supplications the command went out, and I have come to tell you, for you are greatly beloved; therefore consider the matter, and understand the vision:

Daniel did not understand the vision he had prophesied. He prayed for help and God sent Gabriel the angel to give understanding to Daniel what the prophecy was saying.

Daniel 9:24

“Seventy weeks are determined for your people and for your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sins, to make reconciliation for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, To seal up vision and prophecy, and to anoint the Most Holy.

Warren Henderson explains in his book Infidelity and Loyalty pg 391: “The Hebrew word shabua is translated “week,” but literally means “seven,” much like our English word dozen means twelve of something. The “something” is determined by the context. … Based on how the final week is described elsewhere in Scripture, we are able to conclude that a week is speaking of seven years”.

So the first phrase Seventy Weeks are determined is actually 7 x 70 which equals 490 years. The first 483 of the 490 years began when Nehemiah started re-building the wall of Jerusalem, and ended at Christ’s crucifixion.

The rest of verse 24 explains the same thing Romans 3:21-22 reveals that when Christ is believed upon the believers will have the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ. The anointing of the Most Holy means that the Father commissioned the Son to shed His blood and die for the sins of the world.

Daniel 9:25-26

“Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the command to restore and build Jerusalem Until Messiah the Prince, there shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublesome times. “And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself; and the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end of it shall be with a flood, and till the end of the war desolations are determined.

Gabriel explains that Nehemiah’s rebuilding of Jerusalem shall be 7 weeks or 49 years, and then 62 more weeks or 434 more years until the crucifixion of Christ. 49 years plus 434 years totals 483 years. The prince who is to come will happen at a presently undetermined time. He is the Antichrist. In AD70 Nehemiah’s work was destroyed. And till the end: means the end of the Church Age—time of the Gentiles—rapture of the church—time that only the Father knows (Matthew 24:36).

Daniel 9:27

Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; but in the middle of the week He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wind of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, even until the consummation, which is determined, is poured out on the desolate.”

Then means after that—the rapture—he—the Antichrist—shall confirm a covenant—make a peace treaty—with many—all those who are left behind—for one week—seven years—the beginning of the Tribulation period. But in the middle of the week—three-and-a-half years—the Great Tribulation begins. Ezekiel Chapters 38 + 39 prophesy the war of Armageddon at the end of the seven-year Tribulation which matches what is coming in the Revelation of Jesus Christ (Revelation 19:13-16).

William MacDonald says: “Gabriel gave Daniel an outline for Israel’s future” (Daniel 9:21-27). God’s Word also gives us a prescription for eternal life.


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Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

BIBLE STUDY NOTES ON REVELATION 4:6-7 –continued-

Posted by Elfriede Copple

Revelation 4:6-7
Before the throne there was a sea of glass, like crystal. And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living creatures full of eyes in front and in back. The first living creature was like a lion, the second living creature like a calf, the third living creature had a face like a man, and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle.

Today we want to continue with verse 7.

According to William MacDonald “the four living creatures seem to be a combination of the cherubim in Ezekiel 10 and the seraphim in Isaiah 6.”

Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Old & New Testament Words by W.E. Vine (page 177) describes the Cherubim as being “of one piece at the two ends of the golden lid on the Ark of the covenant inside the Holy of Holies. This signifies that the redeemed and glorified creatures were bound up with the sacrifice of Christ. Being in union with Christ then proceeds out of the Mercy Seat.”

What’s a description of the Cherubim and Seraphim?

They are created beings just as we humans are created beings. Therefore, angels are not from eternity past nor are they, or we, omniscient as is our God. We humans are like the angels bound up with the sacrifice of Christ. The function of the redeemed cherubim, seraphim, and humans is depicted as being in fellowship with God as well as being there for serving Him. The cherubim (cherubim is plural, with the letter im at the end, cherub is singular) compared to the seraphim are much the same except for primary duties. The cherubim are primarily guards, or attendants, “attached” – “united” – to God’s throne (Exodus 25:18-19), whereas the seraphim flew above and around (Isaiah 6:2-7) to attend God’s throne and offer praises to Him. God’s angelic court serves as an example to each believer: As redeemed created beings who are eternally thankful for being united with our Savior—in Him and Him in us—our primary purpose in our life now and eternal is to serve and worship God.


May we also serve and worship Lord with our life, prayers, songs and behavior!


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Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

BIBLE STUDY NOTES ON REVELATION 4:6-7

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Posted by Elfriede Copple

Revelation 4:6-7
Before the throne there was a sea of glass, like crystal. And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living creatures full of eyes in front and in back. The first living creature was like a lion, the second living creature like a calf, the third living creature had a face like a man, and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle.

Verse 6 and 7 have quite a bit to unpack. We will start with verse 6 today and continue with verse 7 next week.

What’s the sea of glass like crystal?
William MacDonald explains: “The sea of glass like crystal tells us that the throne is located in a place undisturbed by the relentless temptations of this world, or by the opposition of the wicked, who are like a troubled sea.” 

Revelation 15:2
And I saw something like a sea of glass mingled with fire, and those who have the victory over the beast, over his image and over his mark and over the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, having harps of God.”

Revelation 21:21
The twelve gates were twelve pearls: each individual gate was of one pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.

The sea of glass, undisturbed, perfect, something to look forward to!

UNDISTURBED BY THE RELENTLESS TEMPTATIONS OF THIS WORLD

 Ephesians 4:14
that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting,”

In Ephesians 4:7-16  Paul is talking about the spiritual gifts that are being poured out. In verse 12 he specifically points out that the gifts of evangelizing, pastoring and teaching is: “for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,“.
We, the saints, received the Holy Spirit and by studying God’s Word we will be equipped to discern the dangers of deception! In this world, today, we will come across false teachers who sound like true believers by talking enough truth to make it attractive. Watch out! Use God’s Word to make sure that what they preach is the Truth. We are to check whether someone speaks the Truth or a different kind of god!

When we find out, we are to avoid them and to withdraw ourselves from such!
Proverbs 4:14-16
14 Do not enter the path of the wicked,
And do not walk in the way of evil.
15 Avoid it, do not travel on it;
Turn away from it and pass on.
16 For they do not sleep unless they have done evil;
And their sleep is taken away unless they make someone fall.

Romans 16:17
Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them.

Matthew 7:13
Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

May we walk in the Truth, stay on the narrow path, and follow the Lord Jesus Christ’s direction for our path to eternity!


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Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN WHEN THE LORD JESUS SAYS: “BUY FROM ME GOLD REFINED IN THE FIRE”, AND “WHITE GARMENTS”, USE “EYE SALVE”? –continued-

Posted by Elfriede Copple

REVELATION 3:18  [Jesus speaking]
I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.” (NKJV)

Last week we unpacked the meaning of “gold” – “refined in the fire” – “buy from Me gold” and why we should do that. This week we will look at the meaning of “white garments” and “eye salve”.

WHY AND HOW DO WE BUY FROM THE LORD JESUS CHRIST?

Now, before we get to the white garments I would like to share some information I found in the John MacArthur Study Bible with regard to the “gold”, “white garments” and “eye salve” concerning the church of Laodicea. In those days Laodicea was the centre for three major industries which were banking, textiles and medicines.

MacArthur Study Bible commentary quotes:
Jesus offers them the spiritual counterparts to their three major industries. Each item was a way to refer to genuine salvation.”
(pg. 2807, comment on Revelation 3:18)

The spiritual counterpart to banking would be “buying gold from Jesus” becoming pure and righteous through His sacrifice. Spiritually “white garments” would replace the textiles and “eye salve” the medicines.

What does “white garments” stand for? I think we can all agree that “white” is the symbol for “purity”. How can we stay pure in today’s world and society? Not easy with all the temptations around us! There is only One who can assist us and make us strong to stand against the temptations of this world and that is Jesus Christ! Having been baptized in the Holy Spirit when we accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior we can have the strength to withstand evil. If we read God’s Word and listen, the Holy Spirit within us will guide and protect us.

Buy white garments from Jesus by abiding in the Word, obeying what we read in the Word, and listening to the Holy Spirit through reading the Word!

Let’s continue to the “eye salve”.

Eye salve was one of the major industries in Laodicea. We use our eyes to see, unfortunately not everyone can SEE the TRUTH! Jesus urges the Laodiceans and us to anoint our eyes with eye salve so that we will be able to see the Truth and won’t be deceived!

Most of us have eyes to see, but do we always see the Truth? Or are we blinded by the enemy?

Matthew 6:22-23
The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!” (NKJV)

2 Corinthians 4:4
whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.

There were a lot of different “gods” in Laodecia to be worshipped. The Christians were under great pressure not to fall into idolatry. Their eyes saw all those different gods and rituals going on around them, and the eyes transmitted that to the brain to entice them to follow since it looked good and participation could prosper you! The enemy was trying to sell it to them in whatever package possible. That’s why Jesus told them to buy “eye salve” from Him so that they would see the Truth, that they would be able to discern right from wrong and stand firm!

How do we buy from Jesus?
Quoting Nadia Mikhael M.D. from her book
“Women of the Bible made a Difference”
pg 41, paragraph 4: “remember your ABCDs:

Accept the Word of God as truth,
Be faithful in reading it,
Commit to its ways, and
Do what it says!”

How are we doing? Are our eyes wandering? Do we need to buy “eye salve” from the Lord?


TO GOD BE THE GLORY!


Feel free to let us know your thoughts in the comment section. We would love to hear from you. Also if you like this blog, please share it with your friends. Thank you for reading. God bless you!

WHAT DOES IT MEAN WHEN THE LORD JESUS SAYS: “BUY FROM ME GOLD REFINED IN THE FIRE”, AND “WHITE GARMENTS”, USE “EYE SALVE”?

HOW DO WE BUY FROM THE LORD JESUS CHRIST AND WHY?

REVELATION 3:18 [Jesus speaking]
“I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.” (NKJV)

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