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ZADOK PUBLICATIONS MONTHLY NEWSLETTER
September 1, 2021

Biblical Promises Series

Part 2
Great and Precious Promises


You may watch this Newsletter in a video HERE.

2 Peter 1:2-4

"2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, 3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, 4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
NKJV"

Introduction:

     Simon, along with the other Disciples, was well acquainted with the manifold promises found in Scripture. Many times, Jesus said He was fulfilling the prophetic word found in them. Along with those of the Old Testament, Peter and the other New Testament writers, added many more.

Luke 24:44-45:
Then He said to them, "These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me." 45 And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.

     Study the passage in 2 Peter, which was cited at the opening of this newsletter, and discover the power of those varied promises. They are able to make believers "partakers of the divine nature." Imagine what divine thoughts emanate from them. (A partaker is a spiritual consumer, one who is "deeply involved.") Imagine being so saturated with the Word that the believer can attain a state of spiritual aggrandizement, making him or her capable of divine conversation. Observe the word "partaker" and review its depth of meaning.

Partaker: NT:2844 koinonos (koy-no-nos'); from NT:2839; a sharer, i.e. associate: KJV - companion, fellowshipper, partaker, partner.

For one to be a companion to God, to have fellowship on the Divine level, to associate with the Most High, to partner with the Trinity is a deeper involvement than is found among modern Christians. But it is in this realm that revelation comes and spiritual insight resides. All these precious promises come through the "knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord." They come for one purpose, that we may escape the corruption that is in the world through lust.

Coming from His divine power, these promises and all things that pertain to life and godliness, are given to us. This gift comes through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue.

Virtue: NT:703 arete (ar-et'-ay); from the same as NT:730; properly, manliness (valor), i.e., excellence (intrinsic or attributed): KJV - praise, virtue.

Glory and excellence in the Divine Power offer gifts:

1. Gift of life and godliness.

2. Gift of exceeding great and precious promises.

Just as grace must be received through faith, so these gifts must also be claimed by faith in order to grow us up into the Divine Nature. Think of it! These exceedingly great and precious promises saturate us and produce a higher nature in us. Instead of a sin nature, we exude a Jesus nature.

Having this understanding, Peter described the elements of change that come through the divine nature.

2 Peter 1:5-11 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, 6 to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, 7 to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. 8 For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.

10 Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things, you will never stumble; 11 for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. NKJV

These promises are kingdom promises (v.11). "Exceedingly great" and "precious" are the adjectives which characterize their place in the believer's life.

NT 3173"Exceedingly" is a derivative of: megas (meg'-as); KJV - (+fear) exceedingly, great (-est), high, large, loud, mighty, (be) sore (afraid), strong, to years.

These promises stand as a bulwark against the forces of the world. They are great, loud, mighty and strong. They give vent to the superlatives which describe them in the exact word used for "exceedingly."

NT:3176 megistos (meg'-is-tos); superlative of NT:3173; greatest or very great: KJV - exceeding great.

"Exceedingly precious" are these promises from God. Treasured in the heart of the believer, they arise in the darkness of night and war against terror and fear. They comfort when sorrow attacks and circumstances try to overwhelm you. They rise in rapturous joy in moments of praise and thanksgiving. They silence doubt and foster faith. They outshout the noise of the world cordoned against truth and God. They defend salvation, offer hope against persecution and sponsor steadfastness. Yes, they are exceedingly great and precious.

It is important to remember these attributes as we turn attention to a few of these great and precious promises.

1 John 1:9-2:2:

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

2:2 My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 2 And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.

Thank the Lord these promises do not limit the number of times we confess our sins and receive forgiveness and have our righteousness restored. This promise does not consider the type of sin, neither does it exclude certain types of sin. It does not number the times per day this promise can be counted upon. "All unrighteousness" is a broad sweep. Jesus is in the "forgiveness of sin" business. During His ministry, He exercised this right many times.

Matthew 9:4-8:

4 But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, "Why do you think evil in your hearts? 5 For which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven you,' or to say, 'Arise and walk'? 6 But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins" - then He said to the paralytic, "Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house." 7 And he arose and departed to his house.

8 Now when the multitudes saw it, they marveled and glorified God, who had given such power to men.

John 8:10-11:

He said to her, "Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?" 11 She said, "No one, Lord." And Jesus said to her, "Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more."

The church needs a "cleansing of all unrighteousness day," and it must start with confession (not to an earthly priest, but to Him, who is the great high priest). Memorize I John 1, verse 9. and chapter 2:1-2.

David knew this cleansing power and authored many promises in the Psalms. Note Psalm 103.

Psalm 103:1-5:

Bless the Lord, O my soul;

And all that is within me, bless His holy name!

2 Bless the Lord, O my soul,

And forget not all His benefits:

3 Who forgives all your iniquities,

Who heals all your diseases,

4 Who redeems your life from destruction,

Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,

5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things,

So that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.

How thorough and complete is the Lord's actions toward us. This promise in the Amplified Version is succinct.

Psalm 103:3-5:

3 Who forgives [every one of] all your iniquities, Who heals [each one of] all your diseases,

4 Who redeems your life from the pit and corruption, Who beautifies, dignifies, and crowns you with loving-kindness and tender mercy;

5 Who satisfies your mouth [your necessity and desire at your personal age and situation] with good so that your youth, renewed, is like the eagle's [strong, overcoming, soaring]!
AMP

Often quoted is another Psalm from David, Psalm 91. Perhaps these two passages have coursed the lips of many a saint during these troubling times. One thing is for sure, if we memorize these verses and stand upon their truths, we will be delivered!!

Psalm 91:1-16:

Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.2 This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; He is my God, and I trust Him.

3 For He will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease.4 He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with His wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.5 Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day.

6 Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness nor the disaster that strikes at midday.7 Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you.8 Just open your eyes, and see how the wicked are punished.

9 If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter,10 no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home.11 For He will order His angels to protect you wherever you go.12 They will hold you up with their hand so you won't even hurt your foot on a stone.13 You will trample upon lions and cobras; you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!

14 The Lord says, "I will rescue those who love Me. I will protect those who trust in my name.15 When they call on Me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them.16 I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation."
TLB

Psalm 91 opens with a statement of faith that must be our declaration as well. What follows in verses 3 -16 is a declaration from the Lord as to His sufficiency against all fronts. Verse 9 starts an "if you" series. Behold the depth of this Psalm, for it covers all the issues of life in a "nutshell."

There is nothing that can be named that His name is not above. Perhaps this is the reason Paul could declare Philippians 4:6.

Philippians 4:6-7:

6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

With current circumstances throughout the world, this set of verses tells us to not be concerned with any of the issues flowing around us. As much a command as a promise, it requires a self-imposed quietness of soul and spirit in the face of whatever trial is at hand. It promises peace past our understanding and a guardianship over our hearts and minds. What a wonderful promise it is. Paul knew in the face of financial or personal need, he had a surety that the Lord could and would supply it.

Philippians 4:19:

And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Over and again, the Lord and His servants assert His authority in all areas of life, but especially in the carrying out of His commands. Joshua knew this first hand.

Joshua 1:1-9:

1 After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, it came to pass that the Lord spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' assistant, saying: 2 "Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them - the children of Israel. 3 Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses. 4 From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the River Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your territory. 5 No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you. 6 Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. 7 Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. 8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

The command of the Lord is ALWAYS to "fear not" and do not be downhearted (dismayed). Our response always must be:

Psalm 46:1-2:

God is our refuge and strength,

A very present help in trouble.

2 Therefore we will not fear,

Even though the earth be removed,

And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea…

In last month's newsletter I asked you, as a reader, would you share the Scriptures you hold as "Promises?" For example: if you often quote I John 1:9, what other verses do you quote? If you use Psalm 91 and others, then include the reference. I think it would be meaningful to see what promises are your favorites.

In response, Ruth B., one of our dedicated readers, sent three of her favorite promises.



Ruth B. sends her three favorite promises:

     Ruth's first promise:

Hebrews 10:35-39:

35 Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. 36 For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:

37 "For yet a little while,

And He who is coming will come and will not tarry.

38 Now the just shall live by faith;

But if anyone draws back,

My soul has no pleasure in him."

39 But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.

Ruth's first passage addresses "confidence and endurance," two mighty forces of faith. The promise in verses 37-39 is not for those who "draw back," but for those who "believe."

Ruth's second promise:

Ephesians 3:20-21:

20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

This second passage is filled with superlatives. The Lord is able to bring the believer to a place beyond his or her wildest dreams, using deposited power invested in the believing person. Testimony time should be hilarious witness to God's "more than enough" capabilities.

      Ruth's third favorite promise:

Luke 1:72-75:

72 To perform the mercy promised to our fathers

And to remember His holy covenant,

73 The oath which He swore to our father Abraham:

74 To grant us that we,

Being delivered from the hand of our enemies,

Might serve Him without fear,

75 In holiness and righteousness before Him all the days of our life.

Leaning on God's mercy and being delivered from our enemies, we become fearless, holy, and righteous servants all the days of our lives.


Thank you, Ruth, for sharing your key promises and may your boldness inspire others to participate by sharing theirs.

You may still send me your favorite promises - those that are meaningful in your daily walk.

Email me or call with your favorite promises from the Bible. Let me know what you treasure. Email: croliver@zadokpublications.com or Telephone: (936) 230-3543.


Until Next Month,

Dr. Cosby R. Oliver, PhD.






MISSIONS REPORT:

From: Oliver Evangelistic Association (OEA) - A Missions Opportunity

In conjunction with Brother Ghiorghi Cazacu with Gospel Ministries International, Inc. of Romania and correlates of his ministry in India, we are contemplating supplying the church building in its entirety.

Here are the details along with some summary statement regarding the mission opportunity.

Details are being worked out now for the correct channels for the construction monies.

Pastors Name: Pastor Manmadarao

Village & Population: Thulasiraminaiduvalasa, center of three main villages called Sunki and Venkatapuram with 4,000 to 5,000 population.


Ministry & Church Details: Pastor Manmadarao has been ministering in these villages for five years; 100 members are attending the church. Building a church in this place would really bring hundreds of people into the Kingdom of God; it can bear much fruits and bring vital church growth for the glory of God.

Church Building Details and Budget: These people are gathering in the house and open places for the worship. We had fruitful meeting with the village president, elders and village revenue officers yesterday. When we approached them and had a talk regarding a piece of land for the church building, they were convicted; we bought the land for the church for 3 cents. Where we bought the land is by the national highway and 1 acre (100 cents) is Rs. 1,50,00,000/- (205,479.45). Really, within a few years land cost has increased so much. Just 10 years back the same one acre there itself cost 15,000/- only but for our amazement its now 1,000% increased.

A piece of 3 cents lands' actual cost is Rs. 450,000/- ($6,164.38), but we thank God by the grace of God, when we talked to all of them; land owner village president elders and all discussed and told us that they will be giving it for Rs. 200,000/- and again land owner reduced Rs. 50,000/- since it is for the church purpose. Thus, we bought 3 cents land for the church for Rs. 150,000/- ($2,054.79). On this land, we are prayerfully planning to build a 30 feet long X 18 feet wide church building with metal petals roof due to financial concern. Here is the plan and average budget:

Foundation: digging foundation pits, stones, sand, cement, and labor charges Rs. 70,000/-.

Belt slab on foundation: Iron, cement, rod bending, mason, chips and labor charge Rs. 15,000/-

Walls: walls 9 feet: 50 cement bags, 6 loads sand, 3 load bricks, and mason and labor charge, Rs. 122,700/-

Belt after 6 feet: Rs. 15000/-

Roof: Trusses & metal petals: 4 trusses X 12000=48000/-, 14 metal petals 3fw X 15fl X 3000= 42000/-, fitting 10000/- = 100000/-

Plastering & flooring: 40mm metals, cement 10 bags, 2 loads sand, mason and labor charges together Rs. 27000/-

1 main door and 8 windows (iron frames and grilled work): Rs. 45000/-

Electrical, Wiring, Plumbing, and Paintings: 45000/-

TOTAL BUDGET FOR THE BUILDING: RS. 589,700/- ($8,078.08)


Hopefully, the OEA board and Zadok Publications will be able to report on these activities as they develop.




A WORD FROM A BOARD MEMBER:

I highly commend OEA for its emphasis on assisting with foreign struggling Ministries as they provide churches for God's people to meet. I think it speaks highly of the dedication to share donations and income with God's needy people all over the world. It is a pleasure to be associated with this ministry!

I wonder sometimes how much of the extremely wealthy television ministries spend a significant portion of their huge incomes helping those in the field who are struggling to daily meet their needs for both themselves and their parishioners. I wonder about that as I hear ministries speak of annual incomes in excess of three hundred million dollars. Don't misunderstand, I am in no way putting down large ministries with significant income, I just wondered to the extent they share their income with those that are needy in the fields far away that often struggle to even find food for themselves and their parishioners as well as meger ch facilities to house those people that are seeking God. Some would say that that is because of the lack of faith on ministries in the field. I would be interested to compare the faith of one of those foreign missionaries that are seeking and depending on God's provision on a daily basis to provide their basic needs I would be hard-pressed to downgrade the level of their faith.

Just a thought as I contemplate today's challenges. As I said, I am very pleased to be a part of a Ministry who shares the income that is provided freely as God leads to those that are in need often without providing for ministry, personal needs in the process. It is an absolute Joy!

I am also glad that I feel free to express my thoughts, questions and desires as I move through the work that God has ordained for all of us without fear of condemnation. After all, we are all growing in our fellowship with the Lord and His continuing enlightment.

L G








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