Highlights from a set of seven ‘live’ audio recordings made between 2018 and 2020.
Of note is the importance of ‘family’ as the vehicle of God’s blessing to humanity – specifically the family of Abraham and Sarah and their child of promise, Isaac.
By nature of its existence, family is a witness of God’s relational order and in this respect, ‘family’ carries divine corporate responsibility. The wider family of God (consisting of all living believers) is a witness to the world of God’s love and redemption. The strength of this witness (and the family’s fellowship) is determined by the degree to which believers have consumed the Living Bread – the Word of God – into their lives and therefore the degree to which they have a love for the Truth. John said, “to the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth”. (2 John 1:1).
Jesus is the Truth (John 14:6) and when the church consumes this Truth (the Living Bread, the Word), the communication between the Head and His church (the body) is clear. Jesus said (in John 18:37), “Everyone who is of the truth, hears my voice”. Without the truth, can we hear His voice?
In this respect, extending Paul’s metaphor of the human body, to the human spine, is appropriate. The 33 vertebrae of the human spine protect the ‘communication’ between the head and the body. If this ‘communication’ represents our spiritual fellowship – with one another and with God – then the 33 vertebrae represent the pure, pristine, apostolic truth which protects our fellowship. Truth protects our communion and fellowship which is otherwise weakened by a faulty witness. The Apostle John is a type of the church with an uncorrupted testimony – able to separate and distinguish Truth from impurities of false teaching and the traditions of men.
Furthermore, the work of God, now, is to believe.
Feeding The 5000
(Part 1 is 29 Minutes)
(Part 2 is 17 Minutes)
The miracles in John’s Gospel are described as signs and as such, have a signification beyond the miracle itself. Jesus commends these works above those of John the Baptist and the signification of the sign miracles appears to be focused at the end of the (Christian) age. The fourth sign miracle of the ‘Feeding of the 5000’ speaks of spiritual growth – eat the Bread of Life and you will grow spiritually. This miracle is in the ‘distribution’.
These talks were recorded on the same day in 2018, and it turned out (without prior planning) that the speaker was exactly 20,000 days old on this very day. A great day, therefore, to speak on the 4th sign miracle regarding the 5000 (4 x 5000 = 20,000)!
The Third Sign Miracle In John’s Gospel
Jesus encouraged His disciples to find Him in the scriptures as per the ‘Road to Emmaus’ episode on the afternoon of His resurrection.
This third sign miracle in John’s Gospel (of the infirm man raised at Bethesda) is significant for Israel. It typified the future event of Israel raised in unbelief in 1948.
This work of Messiah (of raising and protecting Israel) was in the greater week (at the 1000-year level – when the Sabbath day’s rest represents the Millennial Kingdom). This is what Jesus appears to be referring to in John 5:17 when He says: “My Father has been working until now, and I have been working.”
This talk was recorded as part of a spring conference on ‘The Progression Of Time For God And Then Eternity’ in 2019.
Water To Wine
(Part 1 is 26 Minutes)
(Part 2 is 5 Minutes)
Truth protects our communion and fellowship which is otherwise weakened by a faulty witness. The Apostle John is a type of the church with an uncorrupted testimony – able to separate and distinguish Truth from impurities of false teaching and the traditions of men. The work of God, now, is to believe.
These talks were recorded in the winter of 2019.
Romans 11 – The Olive Tree Of Blessing
Family is the vehicle that God has chosen to bless humanity. He chose the family of Abraham and Sarah to bear Messiah. Family is sacred.
All spiritual blessing is mediated to the Gentiles through God’s Covenants with Israel and the metaphor of the ‘Olive Tree’ of Romans 11 represents this blessing into which the ‘wild olive’ branch of the Gentiles is grafted. Occupancy in this ‘Olive Tree of Blessing’ is conditional upon a continuation in the goodness of God (Romans 11:22). The fate of the final (seventh) Church of Laodicea, in the Book of Revelation, suggests that this (Romans 11:22) conditional occupancy, of the ‘macro’ Gentile church, has been broken. The ‘two days’ (read 2000 years – 2 Peter 3:8) after the episode of the woman at the well (in John 4) and the Samarian ‘gentile’ revival, when accolade accorded to Christ became nominal (John 4:44), suggests a similar (Laodicean) fate for the mainly Gentile church at the end of the Christian age.
This talk was recorded early in 2020.
Romans 11 – The Macro Church
God deals with both individuals and corporate groupings. The ‘macro church’ is such a corporate grouping that God may judge according to the Romans 11:22 ‘cutting off’ warning. This is not about individuals losing their salvation, rather it is a warning to the corporate grouping or ‘macro church’ that they may lose a ‘blessing’ accorded to them through the Abrahamic Covenant if they do not continue in the ‘goodness’ of God.
Abraham’s negotiation with the Lord over the judgement of Sodom (in Genesis 18) and the judgement of the ‘Children of Israel’ over Achan’s sin in taking spoil from Jericho, are examples of how God executes corporate judgement. There is such a thing as corporate responsibility, whether it be national, regional, local or family responsibility. God expects humanity, especially believing humanity, to take corporate responsibility at each of these levels.
The witness of the church is corporate, it is not about individuals, rather the witness (manifested in love and truth) of the family or Bride of Christ. The Apostle John expressed this truth in the greeting of his second letter: 2 John 1:1 …to the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth, and not only I, but also all those who have known the truth. The strength of the witness of the church is directly proportional to the measure that the church has been sanctified by consuming the Living Word and, therefore, loving the truth.
This talk was recorded early in 2020.