And take…the sword of the Spirit, which  is the word of God.   Ephesians 6:17


Volume 23, Number 22

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In this issue:

The Death of the Righteous
Joe R. Price

Who can count the dust of Jacob, or number one-fourth of Israel? Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my end be like his! (Numbers 23:10, NKJV)

When all is said and done, and they lay our cold, dead body in the grave, will it be said that we died the death of the righteous?

Death comes “to the righteous and the wicked,” it is true, but their deaths are different in eternally significant ways.

(1) The righteous die in faith. “These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth” (Heb. 11:13). Only when we walk by faith will we die in faith (2 Cor. 5:7). Being faithful to the Lord in life affects how we die (Lk. 12:19-21; 16:19-25).

(2) The righteous leave a legacy of good deeds. A display of her charitable kindness attended Dorcas’s death (Acts 9:36-39). “Some men’s sins are clearly evident, preceding them to judgment, but those of some men follow later. Likewise, the good works of some are clearly evident, and those that are otherwise cannot be hidden” (1 Tim. 5:24-25).

(3) The righteous die after a life of spiritual service despite adversity. “Write: ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them” (Rev. 14:13). Come what may in life, our paramount goal is to die in the Lord.

(4) The righteous die with God’s blessing. “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints” (Psa. 116:15).

Death is an appointment we all will keep (Heb. 9:27). We choose whether ours will be the death of the righteous by the choices we make in life. 

-Sword Tips #2226 


The Role of the Holy Spirit in Human Redemption
Joe R. Price

We need not view the Holy Spirit and His work as a mystery. His work is explained in the Scriptures (Eph. 3:5). By reading the Scriptures we can know what was previously concealed from our sight about the great works of God (Eph. 3:3-4).

The Holy Spirit Convicts the World
(John 16:8)

-Of sin, John 16:9.
-Of righteousness, John 16:10.
-Of judgment, John 16:11.

The Holy Spirit Uses the Word of God to Do His Work

-Complete revelation (all truth, John 16:13).
-Careful confirmation (certified gospel, Gal. 1:11-12).
-Consummate inspiration (the Scriptures, 2 Tim. 3:15-17).


But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you” (John 14:26).

“However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come” (John 16:13).

“…the mystery of Christ…has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets…” (Eph. 3:4-5).


And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen” (Mark 16:20).

God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will” (Heb. 2:4)?


“…for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit” (2 Pet. 1:21).

These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual” (1 Cor. 2:13).

Take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Eph. 6:17).

-The Spirit’s Sword (01/15/07 


You can find the complete outline of this sermon plus PowerPoint and MP3 Audio files at BIBLE ANSWERS


Basic Principles
Joe R. Price

Scripture Reading:  Colossians 2:1-10

1. God’s word identifies the basic elements of the world and the basic elements (first principles) of Christ.
2. Must be grounded in elements of truth to follow Jesus, Col. 2:5-6.


  A. The Elements Are Not According to Christ, Col. 2:8; Gal. 4:3.
  B. The Rudimentary Elements of the World Include:
    1. Unbelief, Eph. 4:17-19.
    2. Traditions, commands, and doctrines of men, Col. 2:8, 20-23.
    3. Carnal lusts & their works, 1 John 2:15-17.
    4. Will of men instead of God, 1 Pet. 4:2-3.
  C. The Elements of the World Enslave People in the Guilt and Death of Sin, Rom. 3:9-19; 6:16-18, 21, 23.


  A. First Principles are a Starting Point for Our Faith, not the End, 1 Pet. 2:1-2; James 1:21-25.
  B. First Principles Help Christians Become Skilled in Using the Word of God, Heb. 5:13-14; 2 Pet. 3:18; Eph. 5:8-10; 2 Pet. 1:5-7.
  C. We Must Build on First Principles, Not Forget Them, Heb. 6:1; Lk. 6:40.

1. The basic principles of the world destroy.
2. The first principles of Christ lay a foundation of faith upon which we can continue to build and mature (Phil. 3:14).


You can find the complete outline of this sermon plus PowerPoint and MP3 Audio files at BIBLE ANSWERS


Repentance Basics
Joe R. Price

Scripture Reading:  Acts 26:15-21

1. Repentance is preached throughout the Bible.
2. Christians need a clear understanding of repentance, 2 Cor. 12:21.


  A. It is a Command of Christ, Luke 13:3, 5; Acts 17:30.
  B. Repent Means to Change the Mind.
  C. A Change of Mind Toward God, Acts 20:21 (cf. Jesus, Acts 26:23).
  D. A Change of Mind Toward Sin, Acts 8:21-22 (Heb. 6:1).
  E. It is Produced by Godly Sorrow, 2 Cor. 7:9-10 (broken, contrite heart, Ps. 51:17).
  F. Repentance Produces Changes in Life, Acts 26:20; 2 Cor. 7:10-11; Rev. 2:5.


  A. Every Sinner, Luke 5:31-32 (Rom. 3:23; Acts 17:30); Acts 2:37-38; 8:22.


  A. Not Denial or Cover-up of Sin, Gen. 3:8; 4:9-10; Prov. 28:13.
  B. Not Being Sorry for Sin, Matt. 27:3.
  C. Not a Promise to Quit, Luke 3:8, 10-11.
  D. Not Confessing Sin, Matt. 27:4.
  E. Not Being Afraid because We have Sinned, Acts 24:25 (James 2:19).
  F. Not the Reformed Life (stopping the sin), Rev. 9:20-21.
  G. Not Prayer, Acts 8:22.
  H. Not Baptism, Acts 2:38.
  I. Not Forgetting about Our Sin, Heb. 6:1.

2 Pet. 3:9; Luke 15:7; Heb. 3:7-11


(Current events in the light of Scripture)

When Society Breaks Down
Joe R. Price

We do not intend to be alarmists but realists when we observe that the markers of the gradual yet accelerating disintegration of American society are recognizable. The vilification of law and order, the revision of history to suit and support political narratives, the promotion of racial divisions disguised as human rights, the fracturing of marriage and the home, and the disrespect for life and civil authority are some of the foundations being destroyed around us.

 For example, a Jacksonville FL police officer was surrounded when he responded to a “shots fired” call ( Two of the young people shoved the officer to the ground. Thankfully, he was not injured. But this deliberate disregard for the police is playing out more and more (Rom. 13:1-5).

 David wrote, “If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” His answer was to continue to honor and keep faith in the Lord God who “is in His holy temple, The Lord’s throne is in heaven; He eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men. The Lord tests the righteous, but the wicked are the ones who hate violence He soul hates” (Ps. 11:3-5). God does not abandon the righteous, and He despises violence. Because He is righteous, He will vindicate righteousness and judge evil (Ps. 11:6-7).

So, “if the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?”
  (1) The righteous can keep being righteous. Our calling is to serve righteousness (Rom. 6:16-19; 1 Pet. 3:13-17).
  (2) The righteous can pray without ceasing. God hears the cries of the righteous and delivers them from trouble (Ps. 34:17-19; 1 Thess. 5:17).
  (3) The righteous can be influencers for good. Be the salt of the earth and the light of the world (Matt. 5:13-16).


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