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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Bible Lesson: Titles Of The Church: Church Title: The Branch.

Bible Lesson: Titles Of The Church:

Church Title: The Branch.

Bible Text:

Isaiah 60:21 KJV
Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, The Branch* of my planting, the work of My hands, that I may be glorified.

*Branch-Hebrew: Netser (Nay-tser): Greenness, a shoot, a descendant, branch.

Branch, referred to, family roots, family tree, family ancestry, etc.

The Branch, referring to The Messiah.
The perfect God/Man The Lord Jesus, is referred to as Man, Servant, Priest and King.

Isaiah 4:2 KJV
In that day shall The Branch* Of The Lord be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth 
(A Man) shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel.

*Branch-Hebrew: Tsemach (Tseh-makh): A sprout, branch, bud, that which grew.

Jeremiah 23:5,6 KJV
5 Behold, the days come, saith The Lord, that I will raise unto David
A Righteous Branch, and A King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.
6 In His days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is His name whereby He shall be called, The Lord Our Righteousness.

Jeremiah 33:15-17 NLT
15 “In those days and at that time I will raise up A Righteous Descendant (The Branch Of Righteousness KJV) from King David’s line. He will do what is just and right throughout the land.
16 In that day Judah will be saved, and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this will be its name:
The Lord Is Our Righteousness.
17 For this is what The Lord says: David will have a descendant (King) sitting on the throne of Israel forever.

Revelation 19:16 KJV
And He hath on His vesture and on His thigh a name written, King Of kings, And
Lord Of lords.

Zechariah 3:8 KJV
Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and thy fellows that sit before thee: for they are men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth my Servant The Branch.

Zechariah 6:12,13 NLT
12 Tell him, ‘This is what The Lord Of Heaven’s Armies says: Here is The Man called
The Branch. He will branch out from where He is and build the Temple of The Lord.
13 Yes, He will build the Temple of The Lord. Then He will receive royal honor and will rule as
King from His throne. He will also serve as Priest from His throne, and there will be perfect harmony between His two roles.’

The followers of The Lord Jesus, were called after Him...

Matthew 2:23 KJV
And He came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.

Acts 24:5 KJV
For we have found this Man a pestilent fellow, and a mover of sedition among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes:

Jesus was called a Nazarene, and so His followers were called “the sect of the Nazarenes.”

Acts 11:25,26 NLT
25 Then Barnabas went on to Tarsus to look for Saul.
26 When he found him, he brought him back to Antioch. Both of them stayed there with the church for a full year, teaching large crowds of people. (It was at Antioch that the believers (Followers of Christ) were first called Christians.)

The Messiah was called The Branch, and His people were also called The Branch.

Isaiah 11:1 NLT
Out of the stump of David’s family will grow a shoot (The Messiah)— yes, a new Branch bearing fruit from the old root.

A tree may be cut down, leaving only a stump, but from the stomp, many times a new branch, a new tree will grow.

Isaiah 60:18-22 KJV (Prophetic View)
18 Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise.
19 The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but The Lord shall be unto thee an Everlasting Light, and thy God thy glory.
20 Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for The Lord shall be thine Everlasting Light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended.
21 Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, The Branch of My planting, the work of My hands, that I may be glorified.
22 A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I The Lord will hasten it in his (its) time.

John 15:1-8 NLT
1 I am The True Grapevine, and My Father is The Gardener.
2 He cuts off every branch of Mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and He prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more.
3 You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you.
4 Remain in Me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from The Vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in Me.
5 “Yes, I am The Vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in Me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from Me you can do nothing.
6 Anyone who does not remain in Me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned.
7 But if you remain in Me and My words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted!
8 When you produce much fruit, you are My true disciples. This brings great glory to My Father.

Hebrews 12:3-11 KJV
3 For consider Him that endured such contradiction of sinners against Himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.
5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of The Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of Him:
6 For whom The Lord loveth He chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom He receiveth.
7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom
the father chasteneth not?
8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto The Father Of Spirits, and live?
10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but He for our profit, that we might be partakers of His holiness.
11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.

John 13:15 KJV
For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.

The Branch, has given us His life as an example of holiness and service, what less can we do?

Romans 11:16 NLT (Read the chapter)
And since Abraham and the other patriarchs were holy, their descendants will also be holy—just as the entire batch of dough is holy because the portion given as an offering is holy. For if the roots of the tree are holy, the branches will be, too.

Proverbs 11:28 KJV
"... the righteous shall flourish as a branch.