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The Order of the Church Epistles

2 Timothy 3:16
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: The Pauline epistles are not arranged chronologically but rather according to a divine order for the spiritual edification of the Body of Christ. According to 2 Tim. 3:16, we must have doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction to be edified in the faith. The apostle Paul wrote nine epistles by inspiration of God to seven churches. Let's consider the order of the church epistles:

Salvation in Christ
Romans - doctrine of salvation by grace through faith
1 & 2 Corinthians - reproof for not living by the doctrine of Romans
Galatians - correction for listening to doctrine not in line with Romans

Body of Christ
Ephesians - doctrine of the body of Christ
Philippians - reproof for not living by the doctrine of Ephesians
Colossians - correction for listening to doctrine not in line with Ephesians

Coming of Christ

Prayer Promises

Mark 11: 23For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. 24Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
Isn’t that a great prayer promise? The Lord Jesus plainly promised His disciples that they would receive whatsoever they desired in prayer and the only condition was to believe that they would receive it. Matthew’s account of this promise (Matt. 21:22) puts it this way, “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” They could ask for a great miracle and they would receive it if they believed (Mk. 11:23). In the context they had seen Him miraculously cause a fig tree to dry up from the roots overnight by just speaking the words. Jesus promised that they would do e…

The Unity of the Bible

2 Timothy 3:16-17
(16) All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
(17) That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

In Bible study it is very important to recognize and consistently maintain the divisions that God has set in the scripture (2 Tim. 2:15). But it is also important to understand that although the Bible contains divisions, it still ONE BOOK. Diversity does not destroy unity. For example, the church which is the body of Christ is made up of many members and yet it is ONE BODY. There is only ONE true and living GOD and yet He exists in three distinct Persons. There will be Gentile nations, the nation Israel, and the body of Christ in the eternal state and ALL three groups will be: 1. Redeemed by the same blood of Christ 2. Part of the same family of God 3. Serving the same God There is much evidence that would convince any reasonable, object…

The Certainty of the Words of Truth

By way of spiritual application, let's read the following passage as if it were God speaking directly to us concerning our responsibility toward His holy word. What a great privilege to have the pure word of God! With great privilege comes great responsibility. Proverbs 22:17-21
(17) Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thine heart unto my knowledge.
(18) For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee; they shall withal be fitted in thy lips.
(19) That thy trust may be in the LORD, I have made known to thee this day, even to thee. (20) Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge, (21) That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth; that thou mightest answer the words of truth to them that send unto thee?
What is said in this passage certainly applies to all scripture and not just the proverbs. The Bible is: 1.The words of the wise
2.God’s knowledge (“my knowledge”, what He wants us to know)
3.Excellent thing…