Why is there a need to read the Bible well?
#1 There is a right way to read the Bible.
#2 When we read the Bible rightly, we gain life and immortality.
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The husband-wife, Christ-Church metaphor is one that occur several times in the bible, where Christ is referred to as the husband and the Church represented the wife. As this turbulent love relationship unfolds, we see it starting from eternity, sealed on the cross, to be formalized at the marriage supper of the lamb, and spilling yet into eternity.
One famous Jewish custom called “Sanctification of the Bride” is done on all Jewish brides in preparation for nuptials. The bride is immersed fully into a body of water, washed, purified, perfumed and adorned in beautiful apparels in a bid to set her apart or sanctify her for her husband. A Jewish wedding is not complete until mikveh is thoroughly observed.
This symbolic gesture foreshadows the real cleansing our Lord Jesus, who is the husband to the church, expects from us as individual Christians and as a church. As dirt is washed…
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“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.’” (Matthew 9:36-38)
What is expected of a disciple of Christ? How is a disciple a physical representative of Jesus? What impact should this have on the life of a Christian? We find some answers to such questions as we read how Jesus commissioned and empowered His disciples to preach the gospel of the Kingdom. Unfortunately many focus on the signs and miracles that accompanied their preaching and maintain that these should occur today. Those signs the apostles performed were meant to attract people into the Kingdom, to show them that God Himself was testifying to the truth of…
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Wanting a Joyful Life Every one of us desires a life that is full of hope and joy. We want to experience love that goes beyond the physical and into the realm of the spiritual. However, no matter how hard we try, we always fall short of this dream and are left feeling dejected. A … Continue reading A New Heart From God
We have come from the object of worship in the first command, to the means of worship in the second command; in the third command, we are given God’s name.
Looking at the preface of these commandments, the name that God gives His people is His covenant name- Yahweh. The giving of this name will cause us to think back to the first time this name was given to Moses at the burning bush. Moses asked God in the burning bush: “Who shall I say that it is who sent me? What is His name?” And God replies with I AM THAT I AM, which in Hebrew contain the four letters, YHWH, which literally means “He is.” This is His covenant name, the…
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There is a lot of teaching about how Christians should not be judgmental. In fact, Matthew 7:1 (Do not judge…) now rivals John 3:16 as the most often quoted verse in the Bible. While it is true that Christians should be careful about judging, to what extent should we be non-judgmental?
In Who Are You to Judge?: Learning to Distinguish Between Truths, Half-Truths, and Lies, Erwin Lutzer helps us sort through this maze of mystery. Should we just accept whatever is put before us in the name of Christianity? If someone claims to be from God, should we take them at their word? With solid Biblical insight and well presented information, Lutzer shows that we must search the Scriptures to determine what is true, what is half-true and what is a lie. That, in and of itself, means to judge.
The Bible clearly calls believers to be…
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What does Romans 11:6 mean?
Here is what Romans 11:6 says,
But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace. (ESV)
One of the first things to do when you want to understand a verse is to look at the context. This means looking at what comes before and after the verse to see if that helps us understand it. In Romans 11, Paul (the author of the book) is talking about his own people, the Jews. He’s helping his readers understand what Jesus means for his people because Jesus was the fulfillment of a ton of Jewish prophecies and many Jews were rejecting Jesus instead of seeing how He fulfilled their faith.
Paul explains that God has not rejected the Jewish people even though the Jews rejected Jesus. Paul explains that there are some Jewish people…
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