Be Not Ignorant

Paul's Charge to the Body of Christ
rom. 1:13 | Rom. 11:25 | 1 Cor. 10:1 | 1 Cor. 12:1 | 2 Cor. 1:8 | 1 Thess. 4:13

Rom. 1:13 - Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren...

Lesson 1: Be Not Ignorant (Pt. 1)

Introduction (Pt. 1): "I Would Not Have You Ignorant, Brethren"

Bro. Joshua Edwards  |  Apr 7, 2024  |  Rom. 1:13; 11:25; 1 Cor. 10:1; 12:1; 2 Cor. 1:8; 1 Thess. 4:13  |  Download Audio  |  Youtube

In this message, we introduce a new series of studies that are crucial to the understanding and edification of the body of Christ.  We follow Paul's use of the expression "I would not have you ignorant, brethren" and its similar variations to find six occasions in which the body of Christ is cautioned against doctrinal ignorance.  To be ignorant of them is to put ourselves at risk of being victimized by the Adversary's policy of evil against our edification.  This first message is meant to highlight the important of these topics and to provide a doctrinal gist survey of the material that will be covered in the following messages.

Lesson 2: Be Not Ignorant (Pt. 2)

Introduction (Pt. 2): "Satanic Advantage & Ignorant Believers"

Bro. Joshua Edwards  |  Apr 14, 2024  |  2 Corinthians 2:10-11  |  Download Audio  |  Youtube

In this message, we continue to lay the groundwork for the series by taking a look at the Adversary and his tactics for gaining an advantage of us.  It is through ignorance of the sound doctrine that Satan will gain his desired advantage and keep the members of the body of Christ children in understanding.  In each of the six doctrinal topics introduced in the first message, we can see Paul's understanding and appreciation of the Satanic policy of evil that is directed against the saints.  This study focuses on exploring those, and in so doing, coming to an understanding of the significance of these matters to our growth in godly edification.

Lesson 3: Be Not Ignorant (Pt. 3)

"Paul's Unique Apostleship & Authority for Our Edification (Pt. 1)"

Bro. Joshua Edwards  |  Apr 21, 2024  |  Romans 1:1-17; 11:13; 15:8-21  |  Download Audio  |  Youtube

In this message, we begin working through the six doctrinal topics of the series on an individual basis.  Accordingly, the first matter of which Paul does not want the saints ignorant is that of what was deposited with him by the Lord Jesus Christ and committed to the trust of his apostles.  Namely, God's separate purpose to proclaim the benefits of Christ's redemption among all nations through a direct ministry of God to the Gentiles.  For the first time since Babel, God has a message directly to and about Gentiles in relation to the grace & peace provided in the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.  Along with that good news, the body of doctrine called "the faith" that is for our "obedience" was given to Paul for us.  The importance of this issue to the matter of our godly edifying is of first importance after we are saved, thus it is an issue that we must not be ignorant of.  We begin exploring this matter by considering the context of Romans 1 and what it says to us about where our godly edifying will take place.

Lesson 4: Be Not Ignorant (Pt. 4)

"Paul's Unique Apostleship & Authority for Our Edification (Pt. 2)"

Bro. Joshua Edwards  |  Apr 28, 2024  |  Romans 1:13; Galatians 1:1-17; Ephesians 3:1-12  |  Download Audio  |  Youtube

In this message, we continue to examine the subject of Paul's unique apostleship.  The foundational understanding that we gained from the context of Romans 1 is amplified with the additions of passages such as Galatians 1 and Ephesians 3.  In all of these, it is clear that a revelation of Jesus Christ had been committed to Paul's trust.  What exactly does that mean? shat does it concern?  and what did Paul have to say about it? Examining these passage closer allows us to observe the primary issues of his unique apostleship & the will of God made known by him for for the dispensation of the grace of God for us Gentiles.

Lesson 5: Be Not Ignorant (Pt. 5)

"Paul's Unique Apostleship & Authority for Our Edification (Pt. 3)"

Bro. Joshua Edwards  |  May 5, 2024  |  1 Timothy 1:1-16  |  Download Audio  |  Youtube

In this message, we continue to look at the essential matter of understanding the distinctiveness of Paul's apostleship and especially focus on the authority given to him by Christ for our edification.  In the instructions of Paul to Timothy, we see not only Paul's emphasis on the doctrine committed to his trust, but also the effectual purpose of it among the saints and the necessary work of keeping the doctrine pure to the will of God for today.  The matter is not one of exalting Paul the man, but manifesting the truth of the Lord's exceeding abundant grace and what has been shewn forth by it first in Paul.

Lesson 6: Be Not Ignorant (Pt. 6)

"The Mystery & Israel's Temporary Blindness (Pt. 1)"

Bro. Joshua Edwards  |  May 12, 2024  |  Romans 11:25  |  Download Audio  |  Youtube

In this message, we transition into the second of six essential matters of grace doctrine of which Paul warns us not to be ignorant.  In relation to the uniqueness of Paul's separation as the apostle of the Gentiles comes also the revelation of the mystery, and with it the various mysteries that have now been made manifest.  The impact of what the Lord Jesus Christ brought to light with the conversion of Saul of Tarsus truly alters the way in which the biblical record must be read in view of God's activity in the world during the present time.  What has happened to Israel & God's covenant promises to her?  Hath God cast away His people?  How do we understand the place of Gentiles in the present dispensation?  These question and others begin to be considered in this message as we set the stage for the exhortation to "Be Not Ignorant" concerning the mystery & Israel's temporary blindness.

Lesson 7: Be Not Ignorant (Pt. 7)

"The Mystery & Israel's Temporary Blindness (Pt. 2)"

Bro. Joshua Edwards  |  May 19, 2024  |  Romans 11:25  |  Download Audio  |  Youtube

In this message, we take a survey of the prophetic program and God's declared purpose with the nation Israel.  Without a proper, working understanding of God's intent with Israel, the mystery revealed in the present dispensation will not be appreciated for the unnatural operation of God that it is.  Through a proper understanding of the scriptures that are written for our learning, we position ourselves to both recognize and adequately value what God has in operation today apart from the elect nation.  For that reason, the majority of this message is geared toward a brief synopsis of Israel's history with a focus on the truth that nothing revealed in prophecy speaks of the "blindness in part" that has happened to them in the present time.

Lesson 8: Be Not Ignorant (Pt. 8)

"The Mystery & Israel's Temporary Blindness (Pt. 3)"

Bro. Joshua Edwards  |  May 26, 2024  |  Romans 9:1-5; 11:11-12, 25-36  |  Download Audio  |  Youtube

In this message, we take a final look at the mystery and Israel's temporary blindness by adding some additional verses and concepts from Romans 9-11.  Working from the foundation laid in the last few messages, we are able to properly place the mystery along the prophetic timeline and see how that is truly is an interruption to prophecy.  We also look at the appeal of Paul and the danger he sees in remaining ignorant of the truth of this mystery.  His warning about becoming wise in our own conceits is set in view because man's vain wisdom will always twist and contort the glory and truth of God when left it his own devices.  For this reason, we cannot afford to be ignorant and look to our Apostle Paul to tell us "the truth in Christ."

Lesson 9: Be Not Ignorant (Pt. 9)

"The Privilege and Purpose of Our Godly Sanctification (Pt. 1)"

Bro. Joshua Edwards  |  Jun 2, 2024  |  1 Corinthians 10:1  |  Download Audio  |  Youtube

In this message, we begin to examine the third instance of the key expression for the study and Paul's admonition not to be ignorant of the privilege and purpose of our godly sanctification.  Being that this is the first message and that the exhortation arises in the midst of the epistle, we spend the hour exploring some of the background material set forth in the earlier chapters of 1 Corinthians.  The design in this is to able to place the contents of 1 Corinthians 10 within the proper frame to adequately appreciate its charge.  Setting the table is the objective for this study so that we might feast upon the richness of Paul's instructions in the following lessons.

Lesson 10: Be Not Ignorant (Pt. 10)

"The Privilege and Purpose of Our Godly Sanctification (Pt. 2)"

Bro. Joshua Edwards  |  Jun 9, 2024  |  1 Corinthians 10:1-15  |  Download Audio  |  Youtube

In this message, we build on the principles of the former lesson and begin to explore the example of Israel in regard to the matter of godly sanctification.  In 1 Cor. 10, Paul recounts the redemption and sanctification of the nation Israel from Egypt.  As the LORD mightily delivered them and brought them into the wilderness, He spread a table for their spiritual education without discrimination.  The spiritual meat and drink He fed them with was for their spiritual good.  All of them received the benefits of the LORD, but with some of them God was not well pleased.  In this is a lesson that closely parallels the benefits given to us, the members of the body of Christ and therefore serves as a great admonition for our warning, which Paul expertly presents to us by the inspiration of the Holy Ghost.

Lesson 11: Be Not Ignorant (Pt. 11)

"The Privilege and Purpose of Our Godly Sanctification (Pt. 3)"

Bro. Joshua Edwards  |  Jun 16, 2024  |  1 Corinthians 10:1-15  |  Download Audio  |  Youtube

In this message, we conclude our examination of Paul's third admonition to be not ignorant of the privilege and purpose of godly sanctification.  Looking again into 1 Corinthians 10, we further establish the spiritual parallel drawn from Israel to ourselves and consider the idolatrous influences that may shape our conduct and behavior in ways that lead to loss at the judgment seat of Christ.  We look at the stark contrast between the spirit of the world and the spirit which is of God and what they teach.  Will we yield to the godly sanctification of the Father in the Son and by the Spirit?  Or will we lust after evil things and walk in the pride and lust of this world?  These are the questions considered as we study the word of God together.