Be Ye Transformed
(A Collection of Exhortations by G. V. Growcott)
(Paul's Letter to Philemon)
There are many lessons in wisdom and courtesy we can learn from this very brief letter from friend to friend.
By Love Serve One Another (The Epistle To The Galatians)
Yahweh's Appointed Times
The Mosaic yearly cycle - new moon months; Feasts, appointed times; Seven yearly Sabbaths; Feasts with purposes; The number 7; Animal sacrifice; Other offerings; Passover; Feast of Weeks/Pentecost; Trumpets, Day of Atonement; Feast of Tabernacles; Sabbatical year.
Thou Puttest Thy Nest in the Rock
Kenites; Reuel, Zipporah, Moses; Reuel/Jethro - true priest of God; Hobab continues with Israel; Ethipoia/Cush/Arabian area; the Gentile bride; Balaam’s parable; Kenites and conquest of the Land; Separate at Jericho; During time of the Judges-Jael; During the Kings of Israel; Jeremiah and the Rechabites; Nehemiah and the rebuilding of the wall.
Yahweh Elohim of Israel Liveth
Elijah - Elisha parallel with John - Christ; Elijah the reformer; Condemns Baal worship; Similarities with today; The widow of Zarephath; Mt. Carmel to Jezreel; Discouraged; Weak made strong; God in control “in the still small voice”; The seven thousand faithful.
Examination - An Exhortation
Critically judge ourselves; Men of “unclean lips”; We fall short; Devotion - sustained effort necessary; Choose God or the world; A “desire” to serve; Love casteth out fear; We need not a “thus saith the Lord to follow goodness; Freedom from sin’s bondage; The temple of God.
A Woman on David's Throne
Athaliah; Background; Jehoshaphat’s righteous reign; “If thou shalt hear in one of thy cities…”; Jehoshaphat fails; Jehoram/Athaliah - Ahab/Jezebel; Jehoram slays his brothers; He that soweth to the flesh reaps corruption; Ahaziah reigns one year; Athaliah reigns, kills all the royal seed; Dark days for the faithful; History mixed with prophecy; A light and hope; Jehoash, a type of Christ; New Covenants; The preparation time for our King…He whose right it is.
Consider the Heavens
Heavens declare God’s glory, the beauty and glory of God’s goodness; Light has come into the world; The Sun and Moon symbols, compared to the Candlestick and Shekinah-glory of the Most Holy; The Stars, comets, and meteors; The Firmament showing God’s handiwork; Life dependant upon cycle of water; Faith and mountains; The Seas, making them “dry”; The Clouds in symbol; The Rainbow, its association with the clouds; The magnitude of His work; The Wind; The Rain; Treasures of the snow; The NEW heavens.
But Where Shall Wisdom Be Found
Wisdom = Divine education, Spiritual training; Fool, folly = self confidence, motivated by natural thinking; One path to Life; Righteous scarcely saved; World’s wisdom not of God; True wisdom given by God; The example of Solomon; The fear of the Lord; Our time is short; Great peace; Singleness of eye; Acknowledge the Lord and be directed; Seek wisdom and understanding; Folly endures but a fleeting moment, Wisdom gives life evermore; Seven pillars of the Temple.
Sorrow is Better than Laughter
The Bible portrays joy, happiness, rejoicing, good fellowship, but not humor; Humor is malicious; Undisciplined mind of the flesh; Life is no joke; Life can be joyful - in the goodness of God; Jesus, a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief.
Prince of Peace
Prophecies during the wicked reign of Ahaz; Judah at an all time low; Isaiah brings hope; A sign; Ahaz rejects; By his folly he is chastised; The waters of Shiloah in Jerusalem, waters of life; The waters of the River (Euphrates) - the ravaging Assyrian; Come out, be separate; The Christ-sanctuary; Wait in patience; Watch in faithfulness; Isaiah’s sons - signs; “To the law and testimony…”; The Word essential daily food; Those who reject “stumble”; Darkness covers the Land; The King enthroned upon the Holy Hill; The child, the son, the King - God with us; Our counsellor; The Prince of Peace.
Up Your Eyes On High
The purpose of life; God’s greatness - Creator of the ends of the earth; The present but a fleeting, insignificant moment; We must be wholly given to better, heavenly things; Supplying our minds with the wholesome Word of God brings great comfort; Live in patience and hope, creating balance; Think of these things.
Living Creatures and the Bow
God-manifestation (He who shall be Mighty Ones) and Everlasting Covenant; Ezekiel’s prophecies during the darkness of captivity and fear; The Cherubim, manifestation of God’s glory, ruling powers of Age to Come; An army, a host of good fighting evil; Evil must and will be vanquished; God’s eternal and joyful family - the Saints - the Immortals; Cherubim of the Most Holy; Only those of like traits shall be numbered among them; “Four Spirits of the heavens”; Clouds of glory; Chariots of salvation; God inhabits the Cherubim; Edenic Cherubim; Four-sided; Feet straight, burnished brass; Four Faces - four standards of the Camp of Israel; Four Gospels; All connected in Christ; Four wings; Wheels within wheels; The Bow in the cloud; The colors of Light; Tabernacle of God with men.
I Did as
I was Commanded
Ezekiel, Son of Man - A man of sign; His chronicle divided - The Glory removed, promise of Glory to return; Chapters 1-7 from glorious Cherubim to enacted siege; 8-19 vile abominations, destruction of Jerusalem, Shekinah-Glory begins to leave the Temple, and complete removal shown, Zedekiah captured, the vine, the baby girl, the foreign eagles, Israel cedar, judgment of nations, the lioness and her cubs; 20-23 the judgment of the regathered, Pray not for this people, “I will overturn, overturn, overturn…” , Christ the Priest and King, Aholah and Aholibah; Ch. 24 the final siege, cauldron, Ezekiel’s wife dies - no mourning, Obedience - “I did as I was commanded”; 25-32 prophecies of punishment upon Israel’s enemies; 33-39 Attention returns to Israel, Promise and hope; 40-49 The glorious future Temple - The Lord Is There.
Prophesies in the Captivity
The Book of Ezekiel: prophesies divided - 5th year, chapters 1-7; 6th year, chapters 8-19; 7th year, chapters 20-23; The final siege begun, Ezekiel’s wife dies, he obeys, becomes mute - chapter 24; Punishments on Israel’s enemies - chapters 25-32; (Prophesies against Tyre - chapters 26-28; Against Egypt - chapters 29-32;) Prophesies in the 12th year of captivity - chapters 33-39; In the 25th year of captivity - chapters 40-49; The New Temple, the new city - The Lord is there.
Hand of Our God is Upon Us
Stalwart examples of men of faith in troublous times; Daniel and his 3 companions, Ezra, etc.; Discouraged, they carried on for the hope set before them; We must continue especially when in the face of failure or abandonment; Faith related to temporal prosperity is precarious; Faith built upon fixed and eternal things is sure, and carries ones through times of darkness; “God is our refuge and strength….”
Destroyed for Lack of Knowledge
Wasted opportunity; Israel holy and chosen, failed; Wisdom is learned by the experiences of those who succeed AND those who fail; Self-deception and neglect; We must look to the end of our course, view the consequences; Weakness of our sin nature (the flesh) is no excuse; A small remnant shall be saved - those who put God FIRST is all things; The Bible, an affectionate, personal message from the caring Father; Righteousness slips away very gradually, imperceptibly if God is not the FOCUS of life; The people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; Transgression is ignorance and self-destructive; Knowledge is the KEY; Nothing new under the sun; WATCH and REMEMBER!
Seek Ye the Lord and Ye Shall Live
Principle purpose for studying Scripture is guidance and instruction; Prosperous times; Judgment prophesied; Pure, righteous heart necessary; A gentle-mannered man; Amos proclaimed the coming judgments unsparingly; Personal holiness, obedience, righteous judgment are essential; Salvation - SEEK GOD AND LIVE - the message of the Scriptures; Judgments of surrounding nations; Judgments upon Israel for injustice, mercilessness, corruption, and luxury; God’s punishments JUST; The “called” have a tremendous responsibility; “Can two walk together except they be agreed?”; We must be agreed with Deity - a life long process; ALL things of God; Spiritual dangers; God’s blessings to be shared; Guard against selfish, self-justifying way of the flesh; “Prepare to meet thy God”; Amos pleads for mercy for Israel; The plumbline; Basket of summer fruit; Take heed!; HIS will and service; We are not our own; In that day.
Shall We Have, Therefore?
“Sell all, follow me”; The disciples - “We have forsaken all….”; The first last and the last first; Cease from desire for position; Pride must be denied; SelfLESS and godliness must be nurtured, brought to fruition; No authority over one another; Servants; Parable - A penny a day; Mosaic and Christian dispensations; God’s rewards - all GIFTS - to all who are granted those gifts; Rejoicing in the good fortune of others is fulfillment of the Law to “Love thy neighbor as thyself”; Willing sacrifice; Grow in grace and knowledge; Humble yourselves.
of the Law
Acceptable walk before God; Spirit of the Law; Israel mechanically obeyed and failed; The hidden meaning more fully revealed; Type and Shadow; Meditation a MUST; THINK on these things; Nature verses Spirit; A living sacrifice; Jesus, for the JOY of that which was perfect, endured the cross, despised the shame; A pearl of great price; The evil cast out must be replaced by Spiritual things; rid ourselves of pettiness; Bread, natural and spiritual sustenance; Seed, sheaf, flour, bread - THINK on these things; Oil; Wine; “Take, eat, this is my body - The New Covenant in my blood”; “Drink ye all of it.”
Tempted in All
Count it joy when ye fall into trial, temptation; We must train ourselves to see a deeper meaning; We must wait for God to provide; “Get thee behind me, Satan”; Scriptures able to make one wise; Be filled with the bread (Word) from heaven; “It is written”; Impossible to satisfy the desires of the flesh; Take responsibility; The flesh is weak - strengthen it by God’s Word; To him that OVERCOMETH; Failure to PREPARE lead to sin, and sin to death; Jesus not a substitute - he opened the way, we must walk in it; CONTINUE IN HIS GOODNESS.
What Doth The Lord Require Of Thee?
Promise only to those who love enough to give their ALL; Service must be total; Learn and believe the Gospel of the Kingdom; Reject all teachings of men; Search the Scriptures yourself; Be baptized by complete immersion in water, a total burial and rebirth; God’s Word for guidance and mental transformation; Do everything to the glory of God; Eliminate everything not to His glory; Overcome the flesh, crucify it, and put it to death; Develop the fruits of the Spirit by constant prayer, study, effort.
Found Nothing But Leaves
“Lowly and riding upon an ass”; No man can serve two masters; Separateness; Colt found where two ways met; The Royal entry into the Holy City; Many rejoiced, not the Lord; The people would reject and seal their fate; Journey to the Temple; Jesus curses the fig tree; It withers; Jesus’ judicial power shown, and authority shown in the Temple; Faith, hope, love; Forgiveness from the heart; Bring forth fruits - love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, meekness.
He Who shall be Mighty Ones; No Trinity; Truth about God vital to salvation; ONE God; The Father of the Lord Jesus; The Trinity a fusion of theology and philosophy; Mosheim and the Council of Nice; The Holy Spirit ‘added’; Trinity established by force; Scriptures teachings on God; Jesus separate, distinct; A man; Jesus eternally subject to God; God manifestation in angels, in Christ, and finally (and in the future) the Saints; God has “form”, body; The Memorial Name; Holy Spirit a power, THE power and source of everything; God’s law alone determines what is right and wrong for man; God alone knows what is best, happiest, and most beneficial for man; Obedience essential; “Be ye holy….”; “Love the Lord thy God….” ; The Peace of God.
All the fathers under the cloud, passed through the sea, were baptized, ate the spiritual meat, and drank the spiritual drink; Smitten by the rod of Moses; The brook from the mount; Living waters from the House of God.
Treasures of Egypt
These things our examples; Blessings betrayed by the Israelites; Lust for the ‘good’ things of Egypt; Christ, greater riches; Idolatry; Fornication; Tempting, speaking against God; Murmuring, restlessness, dissatisfaction are evil; Be content; Take care lest ye fall.
Yet Always Rejoicing
Background II Cor. 1-7; Trouble, an opportunity to seek comfort, to give comfort; Paul’s love for them; A messenger of life and death; Preached not from self-glorification; Comparison of the Old and New Covenants; Treasure in earthen vessels; Inward man renewed; Be not concerned, present life nothing; A new life in Christ; Devotion - “what communion hath light with darkness?”; The grace of God received in vain? The high calling; Patience; Afflictions; Necessities; Distresses; Stripes; Imprisonment; Tumults; Labors; Watchings; Fastings; Characteristics of the Spirit of Christ; Unrestrained love; Separation; From glory to glory; Perfecting holiness; Brother’s keeper.
Mortify the Deeds of the Body
Two ways; The “natural” lead to death; The “spiritual” leads to life; Development of the Christ character; Works (deeds) necessity; We must bear “fruit”; Love - first and greatest; Joy (rejoice) in everything - good and bad; Peace - rejoicing, gentleness, casting cares upon God, prayer, and thanks- giving bring about Peace of God; Longsuffering - patience toward others; Gentleness - mildness of character, never harsh; Goodness - complete devotion to truth and righteousness; Meekness - tame, consistent kindness; Temperance - self-control of mind over all desires.
Straight Words to the Colossians
Our name; A faithful few; must bring forth fruit; God’s record; Spiritual Patience - Christ the example; Joyfulness - Paul joyfully sang praises in prison; Depression is self-pity; Meditate upon God and His blessings; Holy, Unblamable, Unreprovable - a very lofty goal; Let us not be fools; ALL must work, do his/her share in the vineyard; Each day a Sabbath; Through baptism we are dead to the world; Put on the New Man; “Thy way, not mine, oh Lord; Speech seasoned; Elect of God; Peace with God - How do we find it?
The Mission of
Approach to the great and terrible majesty of God - sacrifice; Perfection in Christ Jesus after the order of Melchisedec; The Jews difficulty, the New Covenant; No short cuts to knowledge; The WAY opened, the veil of the flesh rent; Law of Moses vs. the Law of Christ; Christ takes us out of the flesh; “But if any man draw back….”; Go on to perfection; Fruits of the Spirit vs. Works of the Flesh; Bering every thought into captivity; Christ in our hearts, the Word in our minds.
The Old Covenant ended; “Heir of all things”; The truth concerning Christ; The brightness of God’s glory; Grace and truth; “The exact engraving of His substance” - “Be YE perfect”; Christ endured and suffered; THY will be done; Took away sin by conquering and destroying it; His sacrifice-work done; Made a little lower than the angels…having become so much better; “We have such an high priest”.
Grow in Grace
The body of Christ (the ecclesia) is a unity; Compliance with “Thou shalt”, “Thou shalt not” failure to recognize great battle within each heart; Fleshly tabernacle always at war with mind of the Spirit; Sanctification; Peace; Grace; Joyful in Faith, Hope, Love; Nothing can separate us; Mercy; Rebirth needed; Hope in the resurrection; Heirs; Unworthy wedding guests; Prepare ourselves; Earthly sorrow and Heavenly joy; An inner state of mind; Trial, our light affliction; Tried faith, until he comes; Girding up the loins of our minds; Our citizenship; Obedience, casting off former lusts; Grow in grace and knowledge a MUST; Be holy; Sojourn in fear; Many to be rejected; According to works; Entire devotion - still unprofitable servants; Love one for another with a pure heart; The Word endureth for ever.
Last Terrible Forty Years
Bro. Thomas’ sound teaching; Eureka; Israel’s history the KEY to prophecy; 40 years, complete renovation; Great impending judgments, will appear natural; Resistance to Christ and the Saints; The Jewish “battle ax” and “war horse”; “Yahweh came from Sinai”; Midian and Cushan blessed first - the desert shall blossom; World wide blessings, gradual; World wide concern; The Tarshish power protecting; All nations gather against Jerusalem; Papacy cries “Anti-Christ”, Russia heads the alliance; A remnant from Egypt; Time of Trouble; Bozrah, first battle; Victory, Christ advances toward Jerusalem; “Lift up your heads…” - call at the approach to the city gates; Joy turns to National remorse, mourning; Israel purged; Russia laid waste; Original Eden area restored; Proclamation of the Everlasting Gospel - a 10 year period; “Goat” and “Sheep” nations; The False Prophet - Papacy - Idol Shepherd; Degrees of order and reaction of nations.
Other Exhortations by G. V. Growcott