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Study Resources :: Text Commentaries :: F.E. Marsh :: Readings 451-500 (The Word - Wedges)

F.E. Marsh :: 499. Workmen’s Material

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  1. Four stages in fruit-bearing in John 15:
    1. Pruning. Fruit (John 15:2).
    2. Progress. More fruit (John 15:2).
    3. Proficiency. Much fruit (John 15:5, 8).
    4. Perpetuity. Fruit that remains (John 15:16).
  2. Four laws in Romans 7 and 8
    1. Just. Holy. Good. The law of God (Romans 7:12).
    2. Jeopardising. Polluting. Bad. The law of sin (Romans 7:23).
    3. Judging. Reminding. Accusing. The law of conscience (Romans 7:23).
    4. Justifying. Sanctifying. Enabling. The law of the Spirit of Life in Christ (Romans 8:2).
  3. Four things the Lord Jesus is made to the believer in 1 Corinthians 1:30.
    1. Salvation. “Wisdom,” to enlighten us.
    2. Standing. “Righteousness,” to justify us.
    3. Separation. “Sanctification,” to separate us.
    4. Security. “Redemption,” to complete us.
  4. Four things in Exodus 14:13-15.
    1. Lord. Faith’s object—“The Lord.”
    2. Looking. Faith’s attitude—“Stand still.”
    3. Led. Faith’s advance—“Go forward.”
    4. Liberty. Faith’s victory—“The Lord shall fight.”
  5. Four points in connection with the palsied man in Mark 2
    1. Grand Contrivance. Four men bringing one to Christ.
    2. Grievous Case. Man sick of the palsy.
    3. Gracious Cure. The man and Christ.
    4. Glorious Consequence. The man forgiven. Healed. Walking.
  6. Four men in connection with trees.
    1. Covering. Adam behind a tree (Genesis 3:8).
    2. Curse. Christ upon a tree (Galatians 3:13).
    3. Conversion. Zacchaeus in a tree (Luke 19:4).
    4. Communion. Nathaniel under a tree (John 1:48).
  7. Four words* that are of frequent occurrence in John’s Gospel.
    1. Object of God’s Love.World” occurs seventy-seven times.
    2. Outflowing of God’s Love.Love” occurs fifty-six times.
    3. Obedience to Love.Believe occurs one hundred times.
    4. Ordination by Love.Life” occurs thirty-six times.
  8. Four things of God in Acts 20:24-28.
    1. Salvation. Service. “Grace of God” (Acts 20:24).
    2. Standing. Success. “Kingdom of God” (Acts 20:25).
    3. Scriptures. Simplicity. “Counsel of God” (Acts 20:27).
    4. Shepherding. Supply. “Church of God (Acts 20:28).
  9. Four times the words “for us” occur in Rom. 8
    1. Indwelling. The Holy Spirit for us (Romans 8:26).
    2. Immovable. The Father for us (Romans 8:31).
    3. Intention. The death of Christ for us (Romans 8:32).
    4. Intercession. The Son for us (Romans 8:34).
  10. Four aspects of righteousness in Romans 10
    1. Uncleanness. Man’s righteousness (Romans 10:3).
    2. Unsparing. The righteousness of the law (Romans 10:4).
    3. Unspotted. The righteousness of God (Romans 10:3).
    4. Unity. The righteousness of faith (Romans 10:6).
  11. Four heads of an old sermon on “He shall see His seed” (Isaiah 53:10).
    1. Implantation. He shall see them “born and brought in.”
    2. Instructed. He shall see them “educated and brought up.”
    3. Irremovable. He shall see them “supported and brought through.”
    4. Identification. He shall see them “glorified and brought home.”
  12. Four Gospels are four pictures of Christ.
    1. Position. Matthew. The King. The lion.
    2. Patience. Mark. The Servant. The ox.
    3. Perfection. Luke. The Son of Man. The man.
    4. Power. John. The Son of God. The eagle.
  13. Four (k)nots (to untie).
    1. Encouragement. “Fear not” (Revelation 1:17).
    2. Enlightened. “Fret not” (Psalm 37:1).
    3. Endurance. “Faint not” (2 Corinthians 4:1).
    4. Enumeration. “Forget not” (Psalm 103:2).
  14. Four aspects of the will of God.
    1. Protection. The will of God carried out by the Father, our protection (John 6:37-40).
    2. Pattern. The will of God carried out by the Son, our pattern (Heb. 10:9; John 4:34; Matt. 26:39).
    3. Power. The will of God carried out by the Spirit, our power (Romans 8:27; Philippians 2:13).
    4. Practice. The will of God carried out by the believer our practice (John 7:17).
  15. Four references to idolatry in the New Testament.
    1. Decree. No idolaters have part in the kingdom of Christ (Ephesians 5:5).
    2. Departure. The believer is to flee away from (1 Corinthians 10:14).
    3. Death. Mortify all tendency to (Colossians 3:5).
    4. Decision. Keep from (1 John 5:21).
  16. Fourfold command to “watch” in Mark 13:33-37.
    1. Regard. Watch for your own sake (Mark 13:33).
    2. Responsibility. Watch for His word’s sake (Mark 13:34).
    3. Reward. Watch for Him (Mark 13:35).
    4. Remember. Watch for His own sake (Mark 13:37).
  17. Fourfold Prayer in Psalm 28:9.
    1. Save thy children. Relationship.Save Thy people.”
    2. Sanctify Thy Redeemed. Redemption.Bless Thine inheritance.”
    3. Supply Thy sheep. Refreshment.Feed them also.”
    4. Support Thy Saints. Regard.Lift them up for ever.”
  18. Four times we have the words in Revelation, “I come quickly.”
    1. Contending. “Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast,” &c. (Revelation 3:11).
    2. Cleaving. “Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book” (Revelation 22:7).
    3. Compensation. “Behold, I come quickly; and My reward is with Me,” &c. (Revelation 22:12).
    4. Certainty. “Surely, I come quickly” (Rev. 22:20).
  19. Four “Beholds” in Genesis 28:
    1. Pathway. “Behold a ladder set up on the earth” (Genesis 28:12).
    2. Performing. “Behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it” (Genesis 28:12).
    3. Promise. “Behold, the Lord stood above it” (Genesis 28:13).
    4. Presence. “Behold, I am with thee” (Genesis 28:15).
  20. Four times in Hebrews Christ is said to be seated at the right hand of God.
    1. Vicarious Work. As the Sin-Purger (1:3).
    2. Vital Work. As our great High Priest (8:1).
    3. Valorous Workman. As the Accomplisher of His work (10:12).
    4. Victory Won. As the Conqueror (7:2).
  21. Four times the words “The just shall live by faith,” occur.
    1. Recognition. In contrast to sin (Hab. 2:4).
    2. Righteousness. The persons—the just, i.e., the justified (Romans 1:17).
    3. Repose. In contrast to works (Galatians 3:11).
    4. Responsibility. The life of faith (Hebrews 10:38).
  22. Four “Lets” in connection with the word “alone.”
    1. Supplication. “Let us alone” (Mark 1:24). Demons.
    2. Searching. “Let it alone” (Luke 13:8). Fig tree.
    3. Separation. “Let him alone” (Hosea 4:17). Ephraim.
    4. Self-sufficiency. “Let them alone” (Matthew 15:14). Blind guides.
  23. Four times the words “gift of God” occur in the New Testament.
    1. Ignorance. “If thou knewest the gift of God” (John 4:10).
    2. Interposition. “The gift of God is eternal life” (Romans 6:23).
    3. Impossibility. “Thou hast thought that the gift of God,” &c. (Acts 8:20).
    4. Interest. “It is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8).
  24. Four words full of meaning, viz., “God is my salvation” (Isaiah 12:2).
    1. My Saviour. “God”—the person mentioned (Luke 1:47).
    2. My Strength. “Is”—a fact stated (Psalm 18:1-2).
    3. My Shield. “My”—a personal interest (Psa. 28:7).
    4. My Song. “Salvation”—the blessing obtained (Exodus 15:2).
  25. Four places unto which Elijah and Elisha went together, in 2 Kings 2:
    1. Sin’s reproach removed. “Gilgal.” It means “Rolling away” (Joshua 5:9).
    2. Spirit indwelling. “Bethel.” It means “The house of God” (Genesis 28:19).
    3. Separated from the world. “Jericho.” It means “City of the Moon” (Joshua 6:26).
    4. Security and oneness. “Jordan.” It means “Judgment” (John 5:24).
  26. Four things we are to roll or cast on the Lord.
    1. Consecration. Roll thyself on the Lord (Psalm 22:8, margin).
    2. Committal. Roll thy burden on the Lord (Psa. 55:22).
    3. Courage. Roll thy way on the Lord (Psalm 37:5, margin).
    4. Confidence. Roll thy works on the Lord (Prov. 16:3, margin).
  27. Four stages prefigured in Ezekiel 47: in connection with the waters.
    1. Walk. The water to the ankles (Ezekiel 47:3).
    2. Worship. The water to the knees (Ezekiel 47:4).
    3. Work. The water to the loins (Ezekiel 47:4).
    4. Progress. A river to swim in (Ezekiel 47:5).
  28. Four “togethers” in Ezra.
    1. Oneness. “Gather together” (Ezra 3:1).
    2. Power. “Stood together” (Ezra 3:9).
    3. Worship. “Sang together” (Ezra 3:11).
    4. Work. “Build together” (Ezra 4:3).
  29. Four gardens of Scripture.
    1. Sin destroying. Garden of Eden (Genesis 2).
    2. Saviour’s Agony. Garden of Gethsemane (John 18:1).
    3. Servant’s Joy. Garden of Joseph of Arimathaea (John 19:41).
    4. Satisfaction to Christ. Garden of the Beloved (Sgs 5:1).
  30. Four “nots” in Psalm 2, or contrast ’twixt saint and sinner.
    1. Manliness. “Blessed is the man that walketh not,” &c. (Psalm 2:1).
    2. Meditation. “His leaf also shall not wither,” &c. (Psalm 2:3).
    3. Misery. “The ungodly are not so,” &c. (Psalm 2:4).
    4. Mourning. “Shall not stand in the judgment” (Psalm 2:5).
  31. Four references to God’s faithfulness in Psalm 89:
    1. “Make known Thy faithfulness to all generations” (Psalm 89:1).
    2. “Thy faithfulness shalt Thou establish in the very heavens (Psalm 89:2).
    3. “Thy faithfulness also in the congregation of the saints” (Psalm 89:5).
    4. “Thy faithfulness round about Thee” (Psalm 89:8).

* In Matthew
the word “world,” occurs nine times;
the word “love,” twelve times;
the word “believe,” eleven times;
and the word “life,” seven times.

In Mark
the word “world,” occurs three times;
love,” five;
believe,” fifteen; and the word “life,” four times.
In Luke
the word “world,” occurs three times;
love,” fifteen;
believe,” eight;
and the word “life,” six times.

† Translated once, “commit” (John 2:24).


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