20.  What is God's Will for John or Jane Doe?

To properly consider the Bible teachings on God’s will, we have to briefly
consider God’s permissive will {essentially what He wills to be so without
intervening to direct} and God’s directive will, where He intervenes to guide and
control the situation and situations, and we must consider that the Bible
separates people into two categories to explain how He deals differently with the
two categories of  people.  Actually having mentioned preliminarily that part of
God’s permissive will for all humanity from the beginning of time has been for
freedom of choice to all, then we should add that the categories of all humanity
into “children of the world” and “children of God”, is a combination of God’s will
and man’s freedom of choice.  Unfortunately most of humanity falls into the
category of “children of the world”.  You see this very early in the Bible where the
“sons of God saw the daughters of the sons of men that they were pleasant to
look upon” (Genesis); which by the way highlights a choice that children of the
world have often made in terms of the pleasures of the world—such as lust of the
flesh, lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—over the directive will of God.

Children of the world actually have more fun and pleasure in this world.  While
God the Holy Spirit does resist them and there is an inward turmoil to work
against the directive will of God through the Spirit to “convict the world of sin, of
righteousness, and of judgment”, until the point is reached where that child of the
world has developed a “seared conscience” of the point of no return of “an evil
heart of unbelief in departing from the living God.”  However, the children of the
world, the Bible teaches and especially in the book of Hebrews, are treated by
God as “bastard children” with the good and temporal benefits of not being
chastised by God.  The bottom line of the teachings of Jesus in John 13-17 is
that children of God, especially those who would call themselves friends of Jesus,
are either “pruned” {and that cannot be too pleasant} or “cast off”, where in the
cast off configuration the pleasures of the world are temporarily available but an
eternal separation waiting for the end of this world Age, with an eternal
punishment of hell, not at all pleasant.  {You should read more about this in
Friends of Jesus, so please go to the page www.biblecombibleman.
Friends_of_Jesus_page/ .

You see this fundamental permissive will of God in the Scripture, “God is not
willing that any should perish, but that all should come to eternal life.”

You see some of the good and special benefits of the children of God, which by
the way according to Jesus will always be in the minority--Jesus said that more
would go the broad way to destruction than the narrow way to life eternal, as you
consider chastisement and the special love and blessings of guidance that God
has for His own children.  Yes, chastisement has good benefits in that it makes
us better and more holy, even more attentive to the directive will of God for our
life.  Yes, God has a plan; and if you have assured yourself of the benefits of that
plan as a child of God, then you can count of the assurances of personal and
directive guidance from God.  {I believe there is one area where God guides men
and women independent of their categories; and that is on marriage, as God has
in mind one woman for each man and one man for each woman, that is if they are
to be married at all!}

“Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God that He may exalt you
in due time, casting all your care upon Him for He cares for you.”  (I Peter

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own
understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your
paths.” (Proverbs 3:5,6)

“Eye hath not seen nor ear heard nor has it entered into the heart of man,
the things that God has prepared for those who love Him.”  (I Corinthians
2:9 and Isaiah 64:4)

NOTE:  Of course you will have to wait until after the Second Coming of
Christ to receive most of these preparations.  The hope of these can
benefit you now.

Some closing words must be added on the “John or Jane Doe” of the Question:  
even as God deals generically in the Bible with males and females alike, so it
would seem from the teachings of the Sermon on the Mount that God does not
discriminate in what He knows about every individual on the face of the earth.  
While there is in the Sermon on the Mount the efforts by Jesus to separate the
true and eternally blessed, as for example “blessed are the pure in heart for they
saw see God” {see here you see the category of the children of God separated
from the children of the world}, you do not see this discrimination on what God
knows about all humanity as for example in the teachings of Jesus that God
knows when you sit down and get up and that God has the very hairs of your head

21.        What are Some Bible Teachings for Middle School Youth?

I would suggest along with many other options, the book Friends of Jesus in this
Age of Bible and Computer.  It deals with many of the unique problems of youth
as well as the large and increasing problem that all Christian must face of the
Falling Away.  Yes, it is never too soon to face up to the realities of the Falling
Away.  {“The time will come when they {church members above 20 years of age}
will not endure sound doctrine, and according to their own lusts shall they heap up
to themselves teachers with itching ears, turn away from the truth and turn into
fables.”  (II Timothy 4:4,5}

Also Friends of Jesus deals with the science, technology, and superficial and
sentimental in Bible of these contemporaries times.  It presents a challenge
sufficient for the Falling Away that is without the discrimination of Age.  In other
words, it is a challenge for youth and seniors alike; for surely all believers would
like at the end of this world age to be called by Jesus Himself “Friend”.  

I think that this is THE challenge for youth of this generation.  To learn more about
it go to the page www.biblecombibleman.com/Friends_of_Jesus/ or order to free
advance copy from SunGrist@aol.com or biblecombibleman@yahoo.com .  {In
the email just tell your request for the FRIENDS OF JESUS IN THIS AGE OF
BIBLE AND COMPUTER, and give your email address  Even better use the
submit form below.}

22.        What is “Conservatism” in the Bible?

This is all that is really in the Bible; for God is very conservative in the way He
would communicate to man in that He wants to be precisely and accurately
heard.  He has provided certain means of communication in the Bible to assure
that this happens which some conservative Bible scholars like to call
“hermeneutics”.  I like to consider it as just rules for understanding that God has
laid down in the book for proper interpretation of the Book.  It can be called ASPI
based on “no scripture is of any private interpretation” which stands for
Authorized Semi-Public Interpretation of the Bible.  {You can find this ASPI
explained in
many of the conservative Bible books and commentaries of this
website from SunGrist_Bible; and if you are further along in spiritual maturity to
appreciate conservatism versus liberals and fundamentalists, you will truly
You may want to check your spiritual barometer on www.biblecombibleman.
Spiritual_Barometer/ .

23.        What To Talk About on the Teachings of Jesus.

By far the most important think to say on the teachings of Jesus is that they came
from God.  Jesus said they were not His own teachings, but God gave them to
Him.  And although God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit are three
distinct persons, the One-ness which they have is a completely common spirit,
purpose, teachings, goals and anything else that you can think of as
characteristics of the Trinity like attitudes, demands, etc.  And by the way Jesus
in John 13-17 {see the SunGrist_Bible commentary on
THIS AGE OF BIBLE AND COMPUTER,  on the website page of www.
biblecombibleman.com/Friends_of_Jesus_Page/ }t hanks God in the Garden for
this One-ness that exists between them, which points out that in no way does it
mean a common location; and when Jesus prays for a One-ness between the 11
Apostles and all believers of all time, it also eliminates the one-ness as
depending on physical location or association.  Read about early Christian
history of the First Century, and you will find that even as John and Paul never
met, yet you see the One-ness in their writings, so all the 11 Apostles scattered
throughout the Roman Empire with seldom any physical contact.

Jesus in the prayer in the Garden to the Father prayed among other things:

For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they
have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You;
and they have believed that You sent Me.”  (John 17:8)

The very words that Jesus passed on to the 11 Apostles, and through the books
of the Apostles to the whole world—words make up the teachings of Jesus—
came every single one from God the Father.  Jesus thought nothing but what He
thought with God the Father from before earth entrance and even back to
Creation {yes, a teaching about Jesus as found in John 1 is that Jesus the Word
was at Creation, and “all things were made through Him”; Jesus did nothing in
works and miracles except what God directed Him to do; and the death on the
cross and resurrection was the eternal plan of God as testified to by the fact that
the details were recorded in the OT books thousands of years before the advent
of Christ to earth.  Even Moses in Deuteronomy wrote of the Prophet that God
would send like Him, and that Israel must listen to Him in order not to be cut off
from God’s people.  Of course the Prophet Isaiah gives us most of the
predictions about the Messiah and His crucifixion and Resurrection.  You will find
those primarily quoted in Hebrews and Romans, but also in the Gospels.  There
is no substitute for thorough coverage of the teachings of Jesus from the
Gospels, and I would recommend to a “Condensed Version of Mark with
comments” which covers from the perspective of the young man John Mark the
whole life and death of the Lord Jesus Christ, including His teachings.  {See the
website page www.biblecombibleman.com/product_cupofwater/ }  For a
summary that goes beyond just the facts in the Gospel, you can do any better in
spite of what the heretics at the Jesus Seminar are saying than the Gospel of
John where the Apostle John near the end of his life and after years as pastor at
Ephesus and the care of the mother of Jesus, wrote a Gospel centered around
only 7 miracles.  The teachings of Jesus are also centered around these 7
miracles and will as the life and character of Jesus.  On the five books of the
Apostle John, with a good chapter on the teachings of Jesus, you can read
volume 2 of the LEARN CHRIST commentaries from www.biblecombibleman.
/product_LCCv2/ .

However if you need a short, say one to three or more sessions on the teachings
of Jesus, the world of conservative Bible scholars would agree that the Sermon
on the Mount is the pinnacle of teachings by Christ as found in Matthew 5-7.  As
outlined in any good study Bible like the Nelson Slimline {see www.
Bible_Study_Combo/ the flow of the teachings in the
Sermon on the Mount go like this:  (1) The Beatitudes {You would be lucky if you
could find at an older book store the marvelous book by Charles Allen formerly of
the First Methodist Church in Houston where he writes in a book entitled “God’s
Pattern of Thinking” about the beatitudes as well as other passages of the Bible};
(2) Believers are Salt and Light; (3) Jesus reinforces the validity of the 10
commandments in general, on murder, on adultery, on God’s original and
sustained and ordained plan for marriage, on swearing, on reaction to violence
from enemies; (4) Jesus teaches how not to pray and how to pray in the model
prayer; (5) teachings on the big choice between the world and God; (6) about
worry and casting care on Christ; (6) teachings of Jesus on judgment, opportunity
in prayer, the broad and narrow ways—also a matter of choice by all, about false
prophets and fruit that remains in the churches during the Falling Away, and
another decision, where and how to build the house of your life.

If you can’t teach on that; and keep busy doing it, then perhaps you should
consider not being a Bible teacher.  It has everything:  like Edge wrote from
Seminary “it is teaching for results”, and like preachers are trained jokingly in
homiletics, it has three points and a poem.  And if you think you are going to run
out of soap, preach on (1) the world, (2) the universe, and (3) other things.  Joking
however, with the outline from the Slimline above of the Sermon on the Mount,
there is no way you can run out of soap; especially if all these teachings of Jesus
have meant something to you in your life.
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