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Adam2.orgI am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. - John 15:5

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Adam2.org...weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. - Psalms 30:5b

Adam2.org...strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. - Matthew 7:14

Adam2.org...And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. - Genesis 1:2b

Adam2.orgThe Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. - Psalms 23:1-2
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It Is So Dark, But I Can See Everything So Clearly NowIt Is So Dark...
Proverbs 3:5-6
What we are able to see in our difficult walks in life is limited but God sees everything--our past, our present, and all of our future. There is no darkness in Him...Read More Read More
In His PresenceIn His Presence - Prayer Meditation #16
When Praying, Do Not See Time And Eternity, Earth And Heaven, Being Divided By So Great A Chasm That Cannot Be Bridged By The Holy Spirit Who Lives Within The Heart Ready To Make Intercession For The Sincere Believer!...
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A Covenant With MeA Covenant With Me
2 Samuel 23:5
This covenant is divine in its origin. "HE hath made with me an everlasting covenant." Oh that great word HE! Stop, my soul. God, the everlasting Father, has positively made a covenant with thee; yes, that God who spake the world into existence by a word; He, stooping from His majesty, takes hold of thy hand and makes a covenant with thee...
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A Practical Guide To Sharing Christ With AnotherA Practical Guide To Sharing Christ With Another
I Corinthians 9:19-20
The following is a practical suggestion for sharing Christ with someone else. They are questions that have been refined and proven with time and success. By no means are they meant to simply be a mechanical formula devoid of prayer and invitation to the Holy Spirit for His blessing in this most personal and eternally serious moment, both for the subject and yourself in your fulfillment of His Great Commission...
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The Challenge of Religious PluralismThe Challenge of Religious Pluralism
The twentieth century has brought forth unparalleled challenges to the historic Christian faith. During this century, Christianity's relevance and ultimate validity have been questioned as never before. This assault on the central truth claims of Christianity has come from two distinct fronts: atheistic secular humanism and the growing climate of religious pluralism...
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Where are you going in life?
Religion and the Founding of America
Book: Adam2

Guide For The Walk Home

The following is taken from the Book, Adam2: A Guide For The Walk Home, written by our founder. It is A Commentary On The Gospel Of John, complete with a background look at the contemporary Jewish groups active in Jesus' day. It includes a summary of each chapter, a redacted study of each disciple, a brief study of Gnosticism of the time, pertinent timelines, and much more. Each chapter of study includes extensive Biblical references to the notes on the chapter.

A chronological excerpt of each section will be posted here at the beginning of each month. You can access free of charge at any time a complete online digital version for your further study. In addition, a link will be provided to purchase the book on CD to install on your own computer for convenience of study and print. All we ask is that you observe the stated copyrights as with any book you buy over the counter, limiting your print to only one hard copy for your own personal use. If further hard copies are necessary, please contact us for an additional nominal fee. Thank you for your interest in this study. Our hope and prayer is that through the work of the Holy Spirit as you study you will be blessed by it, and if so, recommend it to a friend.

This month we will study Gnosticism from the book: Adam2.


II. GNOSTICISM: A MAJOR FIRST CENTURY HERESY.
A.  THE ORIGINS OF GNOSTICISM.
  1. When Gnosticism is spoken of today, it is typically implied to be Christian Gnosticism. In the main, this may be the case, but this heresy can be traced in its primitive forms to pre-Christian thought. Our limited space, however, permits us to look only at a brief sketch of this Hellenistic heresy that found its way into the first century Church. To continue with our previous pattern of development, let us consider first its name and origins before exploring its essence, practices, and impact upon Christianity.
  2. Gnostic comes from the Greek word, ginosko. Ginosko has its origin in gnosis, which means "to know," and is found repeatedly in the letters of John. In the Greek, there are separate words to express the various elements of one idea or thought. For instance, in Jn.3:2 & 11, "know," in this case, is, oida, which means, "to see, have seen, have known." It does not carry with it the implication of full knowledge, as seen in the word, epignosis, found in the following examples: Rom.1:28; 3:20; 10:2; Eph.1:17; 4:13; Phil.1:9; Col.1:9-10; 3:10; I Ti.2:4; II Ti.3:7; Heb.10:26; II Pe.1:2-3,8; 2:20. The absence of this knowledge is seen in, agnosia ( I Co.15:34), or in another form referring to a person with whom we are most familiar, agnostic. Knowledge is not to be confused with "wisdom" or "intelligence," which are two entirely different things. In the Greek, these are, sophia (cf. Lk.2:40,52; Acts 6:3; I Co.2:7,13; 3:19; II Co.1:12; Col.3:16; Js.1:5) and, sunesis ( Eph.3:4), respectively.
  3. Around these three, gnosis (knowledge), sophia (wisdom), and sunesis (intelligence), the Greeks ascended in philosophy, which began with Thales of Miletus, ca. 640 B.C., and reached its zenith under Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle three hundred years later (about the time Alexander the Great came to power). Athens of Greece and Alexandria of Egypt (where a large Jewish populous thrived) became the capitals of culture and philosophic thought. Unlike other periods previous and following, the golden years of Greek philosophy during Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle's time were unparalleled (and to which the Jewish philosopher looks with great admiration). Within this time, ethics and morality were inculcated and held in the highest esteem. The Epicureans would later arise, bringing with them their pleasuristic philosophies, and, finally, the Gnostics with their licentious practices.
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World Darkness
World Darkness

In light of current world events, I was asked recently to comment on what seems to be an ever-growing darkness in so many areas of our lives today. This is a brief excerpt of those thoughts.

If one has lived long enough, we remember days of our past when the events of the world did not encroach and embed itself into our lives with the alarming number, regularity and intensity it seems today. We enjoyed days, if not weeks or months, without waking to a new or ongoing crisis that captured our attention. Our activities were not overshadowed with the pall of today that seems never-ending, provoking such anxiety we see and hear throughout our society. We awoke in our mornings to the peaceful hopes and expectations of continuing to pursue our happiness in the course we were making for our lives, satisfaction that came from all levels and stages of our progress in life. Occasionally, if we had heard from someone during the day of a newsworthy event, we might find the time from our busy lives to tune in at the end of the day to the news to see firsthand additional details that aroused our attention. We might even discuss it with others for a short time before moving on to other more personal priorities—job success, family events, community involvement, church and recreational activities, etc.

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Bible Summaries

Proverbs Chapter Summary

The following is taken from the Book of Old Testament Summaries. This specific summary was written keeping in mind a parent's desire for their children to grow in God's wisdom as they grow into maturity. It is highly recommended for print and gift to any child, young man or woman, along with the Bible and emphasis of the original text of Proverbs' reading first.

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  1. The wisdom of the Lord is hidden from those whose feet are swift to their own selfish devices. A proverb is God's window through which only those who fear may peer to obtain His wisdom necessary for making one wise for righteous and peaceful living, quiet from the fear of present evil. It is to be sought with the whole heart! (See Job 28.)
  2. Those who seek wisdom with the whole heart shall be established in Him, but the wicked, blinded by their own imaginations, will be cut off. Therefore, seek wisdom, whose way is straight, that you might be made upright and established early in life.
  3. Wisdom established early will guide you through the valleys of the shadows of death into the peaceful pastures of a lengthened life. Her commands and ways are to be obeyed in all arenas of life to drink the dew of her priceless nectar. The fool, thinking himself wise in his own deceits, will not taste the drops of her vine, and in the end, only shame will be his bitter fruit!
  4. Although a father may teach wisdom's virtues to a son, her understanding, as it came to the father, can only come to the son whose heart is made tender in Godly fear. She will not force herself upon any man. But when she is embraced, if duly treated with deserved respect, holding firmly to her hand and forsaking her not, she will promote to an honorable life and lengthened end.
  5. Many will come to tempt you away, lying lips of an adulteress' look; listen not to their counsel, but to her alone be true! Do not sow the seeds of her kindness upon the harlot's bed to be lost in the passing pleasures of her sinful ways. Nourish only from her bountiful treasures. Be a faithful steward to the gift of God's wisdom, for He watches over His own. Beware, the son who forsakes her will go astray!
  6. The ways of the wicked have no place at her table. Be diligent in protecting and providing for her, keeping her pure in your heart, for God hates her sevenfold enemies. Strike no hand with one who would do her harm, nor give place for any substitution. Keep holy that union that it may go well with your soul, for God will seek revenge upon all who have mistreated her.
  7. Wisdom, unlike the harlot, will always be true. She is to be trusted. Keep her as the apple of your eye, looking not into the harlot's window as you pass it by. Kept as a constant companion, as a sister on your left and a kinswoman the right, wisdom will guide you past the harlot's enticing entrances, that may for a moment seem sweet to your smell, but through which many have gone before you, enlarging the pits of hell.
  8. Wisdom is not mute, but her voice goes unheeded in the silent vacuum of many men's ways. Though she shout from the pinnacle of the highest peaks, they pass her by never knowing she is ever so near! Only to the one with an understanding heart will she reveal the priceless riches of her truthful treasures. Fruitful are her ways and eternal companion to the Creator she has been. Ask from a pure heart and see if she will not evince the mysteries of their eternal communion. The secret of the stars lie within her bosom. Stand by her gates and see if the Lord Himself is not near, waiting to give life to all who appear. Only a fool would reject so great a love, choosing death over life—how utterly absurd!
  9. Her call has been heard in every land. A great banquet awaits the crusader in quest of wisdom's riches. He will not waste her guiding morsels she spreads before his feet on one who does not go his way! Nor should he mistake the lure of the false feast flaunted by the harlot, for many, thinking themselves to be gallant, only finding themselves to be fools, have fallen in mortal defeat, passing through her one-way doors to that dark dreadful eternal dungeon.
  10. The son who is successful in capturing wisdom's affection is a delight to his parents, and his reputation is long remembered. His lips are like a needy gate to his neighbor, but the fool's are never shut. Through the lips of the wise other men get wisdom. (Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word!) But her riches bestowed upon his labor is nontransferable to the wicked, not in life, nor at death; but, like an old friend, will greet him when life's journey is complete. (Deeds done in His name will result in rewards in the life to come!)
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