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Percy Gutteridge

God’s Calendar of Events

As Christians, we are facing a great and glorious future. But it is a future in which the enemy will try to entangle our minds and confuse us, so that we shall not be ready when the Bridegroom comes. We need guidance from the Lord and His Book so that we may understand and be able to read the signs of the times, to be “men who know what Israel ought to do.”

To that end, God the Father intends that you should have in your mind a divine calendar of events leading up to [continue reading…]

Logos & Rhema

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Percy Gutteridge

Graphic with the words 'logos' and 'rhema'

What is being taught nowadays about the Word of God is of great concern to me. There is so much misunderstanding of what it is. It helps us to understand things better if we know that there are two Greek words for “word” in the New Testament. Let me share them here in a chart.

#1 #2
Greek Word λόγος ῥῆμα
Transliteration2 logos rhēma
Pronunciation lŏ-gŏs hray-mah

As you can see in column #1, the first Greek New Testament word often translated word is logos, which you may know very well. The word in column #2 you may also know, but perhaps not quite [continue reading…]

El evangelio de la gloria

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por
Percy Gutteridge
traducido por
Pastor Jorge L. Watanabe S.
con
Inés María González Valdés

A note to our English-speaking friends (Una nota para amigos que hablan inglés):
This article also appears on our website in English as The Gospel of the Glory. We offer it here for the first time in Spanish, a move we hope is the first “baby step” in launching a Spanish-language Bible-study website: Lo Mejor del Trigo (The Finest of the Wheat).

¿Cuál es el evangelio de la gloria?

Glorious dove image licensed from gracel21/123RF Stock Photo at 123RF.comNadie puede representar la gloria de Dios,
pero se puede experimentar.2

¿Qué es el evangelio de la gloria? Aún no hemos descubierto la gloria de Dios. Y sólo por la revelación de Dios se nos puede dar a conocer. Muchas veces me han exhortado otras personas a predicar el evangelio. Dicen: “Ahora, hagas lo que hagas, predica el evangelio”. Pero hasta ahora nadie me ha dicho qué es realmente el evangelio.

El evangelio no es sólo una simple declaración de que [Sigue leyendo…]

Holiness: Preparation for His Coming

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The Consummation of Advent

Photo of a hand pointing to the rising sun on the horizonIs your heart ready for the Second Advent?2

We are coming into the great season of Advent. Advent means arrival or coming — the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. In a previous article (This Shall Be a Sign Unto You) we dealt with the sign — learning what the sign was, and the significance of the sign that the angel mentioned to the shepherds. Now we want to look into the consummation of Advent — what it all leads to — the end of time and the last things. That means we must consider the Second Advent, that is, the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus, the hope of the Church, and our trust that it’s drawing near. That coming, when He, the [continue reading…]

This Shall Be a Sign unto You

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Image of the manger copyright by www.LumoProject.com, licensed exclusively by FreeBibleimages.org for teaching purposes only; used with permission according to license terms.“This shall be a sign unto you.”
But what was the sign?2

1And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. 2(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) 3And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. 4And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because He was of the house and lineage of David:) 5to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. 6And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. 7And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

8And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10And the angel said unto them, “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”

15And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, “Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.” 16And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. 17And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. 18And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

Luke 2:1-18

As we read through Luke’s account of the birth of Jesus, we discover a key theme of the Christmas season. It’s the message that the angel gave to the shepherds. The fact that an angel said it underscores its importance. He said:

“And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.”

What is the significance of this sign? If God took the trouble [continue reading…]

Earth’s Most Powerful Preacher

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Psalm 19

  1. The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork.
  2. Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night shows knowledge.
  3. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.
  4. Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,
  5. Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoices as a strong man to run a race.
  6. His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hidden from the heat thereof.
  7. The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.
  8. The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.
  9. The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
  10. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
  11. Moreover by them is your servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.
  12. Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults.
  13. Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.
  14. Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.

Who Is Earth’s Most Powerful Preacher?

Silouhette of a preacherWho is earth's most powerful preacher?2

Let’s consider the question, “Who is the most powerful preacher that God has ordained on earth?” And understand that I’m not talking about a human being. I am not going to pick out one of today’s famous evangelists or ministers and say, “This one is the most powerful preacher,” because none of them has the worldwide audience or impact of God’s sovereign choice. So then, let’s refine the question and ask, “What is the most powerful preacher that God has ordained on earth?” as we examine potential candidates.

The Sun?

How about the sun? Is the sun earth’s most powerful preacher? Our Scripture passage says that the sun is really a preacher; it comes out of its chamber as a bridegroom. It comes up in the morning and goes down at night, going right over the whole circuit of heaven, and there is nothing hidden from its heat. It preaches of light, it preaches of energy, it preaches of power, it preaches of judgment, it preaches even of love. It preaches also of life, because there would be no life without the sun. The sun preaches to us about so many things.

But men don’t take any notice. In fact, some foolish people [continue reading…]

This entry is part 10 of 12 in the series Faith Is Substance

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Percy Gutteridge

Photo of a small chapel set against a starry sky“It all depends on who says it—
not upon the name quoted.”2

True faith always results in certainty. How wonderful to be certain in an uncertain world! Faith always homes in on the target; there are no near misses; there is no such thing as experimentation, because faith knows, like its Author, “the end from the beginning.” The men of faith walk with confidence, they keep their equilibrium, they press towards the mark, they are like the cherubim who have feet that are “straight feet… they went every one straight forward, whither the Spirit was to go, they went, and they turned not when they went” (Ezekiel 1:12).

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This entry is part 11 of 12 in the series Faith Is Substance

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Chapter title imageThe dimensions of faith and more – read on!2

What shall I do my God to love,
My loving God to praise?
The length, and breadth, and height to prove,
And depth of sovereign grace?

Thy sovereign grace to all extends,
Immense and unconfined;
From age to age it never ends;
It reaches all mankind.

Throughout the world its breadth is known,
Wide as infinity;
So wide, it never passed by one,
Or it had passed by me.

My trespass was grown up to heaven;
But far above the skies,
In Christ abundantly forgiven,
I see Thy mercies rise.

The depth of all redeeming love,
What angel tongue can tell?
O may I to the utmost prove
The gift unspeakable!

—Charles Wesley—3

The fulfillment of the Gospel is Christ in the heart. This is salvation; this is why He came, was born, suffered, died, and rose again. This is the purpose for which the Holy Spirit is given, to make the Lord Jesus Christ real in the heart. [continue reading…]

This entry is part 12 of 12 in the series Faith Is Substance

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Chapter-heading image using a photo from Julentto Photography on Unsplash (https://unsplash.com/@julensan09)From tribulation to triumph2

Faith is the substance that cements us to all the promises of God, the sweet bond of union that assures to us our abiding in the love of the Father. Faith leads us on to eventual triumph. “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? …For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:35-39). God has appointed the way whereby we may obtain all of His promises: it is the way of faith. The Lord Jesus once said to a man of a doubting heart, “Believe! All things are possible to him that believeth” (Mark 9:23).

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Our Great Savior God

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  1. For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,
  2. Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
  3. Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ;
  4. Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
  5. These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.
  6. Titus 2:11-15

Cosmic creation, used under license from forplayday/123RF Stock Photo“All things were made by Him.”2

Sometimes a small word holds great meaning. Notice the little word “and” in Titus 2:13—“the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ.” “And” is a very simple English word, usually joining two equal things, or two equal persons, or two equal titles. But here it does not join two equal persons. We are not talking about our great God the Father and the Savior Jesus Christ. We are not joining two equal persons. We are joining two equal titles that refer to one person, the Lord Jesus. He is our great God and Savior Jesus Christ; it is the same person. If I were to translate this into more idiomatic English, I would render it “our great Savior God, Jesus Christ.” I want to share with you some conceptions of the greatness of our Savior Jesus Christ. There are too few people who have a right conception of the godhead of the Lord Jesus. If we could grasp once and for all the fact that the Lord Jesus is as truly God as the Father, then we would get some greater view, and some greater idea of His Saviorhood.

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The Most High and the Elohim

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  1. There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed2 evil.
  2. And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters.
  3. His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east.
  4. And his sons went and feasted in their houses, every one his day; and sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them.
  5. And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, “It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts.” Thus did Job continually.
  6. Job 1:1-5 KJV

All People

Job at Prayer; image licensed from GoodSalt.comJob at Prayer3

Job is a very remarkable book, one of the most remarkable books in the Bible, containing an amazing amount of wisdom. But please understand that the Book of Job is not about an Israelite, for Job didn’t belong to the tribes of Israel. It tells you that Job “was the greatest of all the men of the east” (Job 1:3). “Ah,” you say, “but don’t you realize that Israel is in the east?” Yes, but you must realize that if one is writing in Israel, Israel would not be in the east—Arabia would be in the east. This Bible is written from the geographical point of view of someone living in Israel. When the Bible speaks about east and west, you must mentally reorient yourself as though you are living in Israel in order to get your bearings properly. In that mindset you properly interpret “west” and “east” as being relative to Israel. [continue reading…]

The Sevenfold Holy Spirit

This entry is part 1 of 10 in the series The Holy Spirit

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by Percy Gutteridge

Graphic of the Holy Spirit, used under license from 123RF.com / bernardojbpThe “seven Spirits of God”?
What does that mean?2

1The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto Him, to shew unto His servants things which must shortly come to pass; and He sent and signified it by His angel unto His servant John: 2Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw. 3Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand. 4John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from Him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before His throne; 5and from Jesus Christ, Who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the Prince of the kings of the earth.  Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood, 6and hath made us kings and priests unto God and His Father; to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever.  Amen. — Revelation 1:1-6 KJV

Just as Jesus is Lord of the Church, so the Holy Spirit is Lord in the Church. Now about the Holy Spirit, we have a very special announcement in these opening verses: “…and from the seven Spirits which are before His throne” (Revelation 1:4). The interesting thing is that the phrase is repeated later several more times. In Revelation 3:1 Jesus says,

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This entry is part 2 of 10 in the series The Holy Spirit

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Percy Gutteridge

Image of the healed lame man from Acts 3, used under license from Goodsalt.com“Why look ye so earnestly on us,
as though by our own power or holiness
we had made this man to walk?” — Acts 3:122

We were introduced to The Sevenfold Holy Spirit — the Spirit of life, the Spirit of wisdom, the Spirit of truth, the Spirit of burning, the Spirit of holiness, the Spirit of power, and the Spirit of love — in the last chapter. The time has come to ask, “What difference does it make to us?” It’s time to consider how the blessed Spirit brings His hallmark to our lives as Christians. Without this Person who is the Promise of the Father, whom Paul calls “the Spirit of Jesus Christ”3 (Philippians 1:19) and “the Spirit of Christ” (Romans 8:9),4 Christianity is just another religion. But when He is present and active, we see and experience the supernatural character of New Testament Christianity.

By way of introducing this subject, let's consider two interconnected scripture passages. The first is the prophecy in Joel 2:23-29:

  1. Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God: for He hath given you the former rain moderately, and He will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.
  2. And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the fats shall overflow with wine and oil.
  3. And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.
  4. And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and My people shall never be ashamed.
  5. And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the Lord your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed.
  6. And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:
  7. And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my Spirit.

Then with Pentecost comes the fulfillment of this precious promise of God, recorded in Acts 2:

  1. But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, “Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:
  2. “For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.
  3. “But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;
  4. “ ‘ “And it shall come to pass in the last days,” saith God, “I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
  5. “ ‘ “And on My servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of My Spirit; and they shall prophesy.” ’ ”
  6. Acts 2:14-18 KJV

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The Double Portion of Elisha

This entry is part 3 of 10 in the series The Holy Spirit

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Scripture Reading:
The “Double Portion” Passage:
2 Kings 2:1-15,19-22

Image of Elijah bestowing his mantle on Elisha, used under license from GoodSalt.comThe passing of the mantle2

  1. And it came to pass, when the Lord was about to take up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal.
  2. Then Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here, please, for the Lord has sent me on to Bethel.” But Elisha said, “As the Lord lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you!” So they went down to Bethel.
  3. Now the sons of the prophets who were at Bethel came out to Elisha, and said to him, “Do you know that the Lord will take away your master from over you today?” And he said, “Yes, I know; keep silent!”
  4. Then Elijah said to him, “Elisha, stay here, please, for the Lord has sent me on to Jericho.” But he said, “As the Lord lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you!” So they came to Jericho.
  5. Now the sons of the prophets who were at Jericho came to Elisha and said to him, “Do you know that the Lord will take away your master from over you today?” So he answered, “Yes, I know; keep silent!”
  6. Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here, please, for the Lord has sent me on to the Jordan.” But he said, “As the Lord lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you!” So the two of them went on.
  7. And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went and stood facing them at a distance, while the two of them stood by the Jordan.
  8. Now Elijah took his mantle, rolled it up, and struck the water; and it was divided this way and that, so that the two of them crossed over on dry ground.
  9. And so it was, when they had crossed over, that Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask! What may I do for you, before I am taken away from you?” Elisha said, “Please let a double portion of your spirit be upon me.”
  10. So he said, “You have asked a hard thing. Nevertheless, if you see me when I am taken from you, it shall be so for you; but if not, it shall not be so.”
  11. Then it happened, as they continued on and talked, that suddenly a chariot of fire appeared with horses of fire, and separated the two of them; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.
  12. And Elisha saw it, and he cried out, “My father, my father, the chariot of Israel and its horsemen!” So he saw him no more. And he took hold of his own clothes and tore them into two pieces.
  13. He also took up the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and went back and stood by the bank of the Jordan.
  14. Then he took the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and struck the water, and said, “Where is the Lord God of Elijah?” And when he also had struck the water, it was divided this way and that; and Elisha crossed over.
  15. Now when the sons of the prophets who were from Jericho saw him, they said, “The spirit of Elijah rests on Elisha.” And they came to meet him, and bowed to the ground before him.…
  1. …Then the men of the city said to Elisha, “Please notice, the situation of this city is pleasant, as my lord sees; but the water is bad, and the ground barren.”
  2. And he said, “Bring me a new bowl, and put salt in it.” So they brought it to him.
  3. Then he went out to the source of the water, and cast in the salt there, and said, “Thus says the Lord: ‘I have healed this water; from it there shall be no more death or barrenness.’ ”
  4. So the water remains healed to this day, according to the word of Elisha which he spoke.3

Elisha’s Testimony

We have just read in context one of the best-known — and perhaps one of the most misunderstood — passages in the Old Testament. I would like to expound to you the meaning of verses 9 and 10 in particular:

9And so it was, when they had crossed over, that Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask! What may I do for you, before I am taken away from you?”
Elisha said, “Please let a double portion of your spirit be upon me.”
10So he said, “You have asked a hard thing. Nevertheless, if you see me when I am taken from you, it shall be so for you; but if not, it shall not be so.”

Most preaching and teaching on this passage seems to focus on the request Elisha made of his master, a theme which we will explore more deeply in this book. But usually overlooked in such preaching are both the condition Elijah stipulated in order for Elisha to receive his request and the reason for that condition. Elijah makes a very remarkable statement, saying, essentially, “Elisha, if you are present when I am taken away, so that you see the manner of my going, then you will have the request you are asking for.” Why must Elisha be present at Elijah’s departure? As we shall see, it is so Elisha will be a witness and bear a testimony; this will prove to be the reason for the condition Elijah required. [continue reading…]