by Jesse Hendley

Jesse M. Hendley
Philippians 2

If you have your Bibles, friends, turn with me to Philippians, chapter 2, and today we are studying a wonderful thing, and that is THE JOY of the CHRISTIAN LIFE, that the world cannot give! You remember that Jesus said, "My joy I give unto you. Not as the world giveth give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled; neither let it be afraid."

Let me say at the very outset in reminding you of Bible study that there is a KEY THOUGHT in Bible study. You do not find the CHURCH mentioned in the Old Testament, except in type. From Genesis 11 on through the Book of Malachi in the Old Testament we see God dealing not with the CHURCH but with the Nation of Israel. In Malachi we read about giving of the tithe. "Ye have robbed Me, even this whole nation." God is not talking about the CHURCH; He is talking about the nation of Israel. I am not striking at the tithe, because we read in Hebrews 7 that Abraham paid tithes to Melchisdek who was a man serving God, a priest of the Most High God. But in the Old Testament, from Genesis 11 through Malachi, we have the Nation of Israel.

In the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) we have the CHURCH mentioned only twice by Jesus. In Matthew 16:18 He speaks of it in the future: "Thou art Peter, and upon this Rock I will build My Church, and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it." "I WILL build My Church," is obviously in the future. We don't find the Church in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John as formed together as a GROUP.

The CHURCH began at the Day of PENTECOST. Acts 2. The Holy Ghost came upon those in the upper room and they began to speak with other tongues (languages) the wonderful works of God, and the CHURCH was formed on that particular day. So you have CHURCH truth in Acts 2 and on through the Book of Acts and then through the Epistles in the New Testament. The Epistle to the Hebrews was an epistle to CHRISTIAN Jews. But the Apostle Paul was primarily c ...

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