Psalm 145:17

Psalm 145:17 The LORD is righteous in all His ways
And kind in all His deeds.

Do you recognize Jesus of Nazareth in this verse?  Does it not describe the way that He walked the earth in the 1st Century?

His miracles were all acts of kindness.  Everything He did was right; none of it was wrong.

As He was on earth, so He is in heaven.  As He was as a man, so He is as God.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

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Psalm 145:4 – Let This Generation Praise the Mighty Acts of God in Christ!

Psalm 145:4 One generation shall praise Your works to another,
And shall declare Your mighty acts.

Each generation has the responsibility and the privilege of declaring the works of the Lord to the generations that follow.  What generation has done this better than the truly greatest generation?

Let us imitate therefore them, that our voice might be added to theirs – to the end that all the generations to come will have heard collectively from us about the glorious works of the Lord.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

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Hosea 12:13 – Jesus Is the Great Prophet to Come

Hosea 12:13 But by a prophet the LORD brought Israel from Egypt,
And by a prophet he was kept.

Remember that Moses said God would raise up a prophet like him (Deuteronomy 18:15).  Jesus was that great prophet.  By that great prophet, the people of God were delivered from the world of flesh, and by that same prophet they are kept from the world of flesh.

Chris who saves you from your sins, keeps you from sin.  In the same way that He saved you, He will hold you.

As you received Christ in the beginning, so walk with Him always.  As Paul wrote:

Colossians 2:6 Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,

That is, in the way you came to Christ, you stay with Christ.  You came to Him in faith.  Therefore, you stay with Him by faith.

Why do people who think they are saved by “the sinner’s prayer” think that they are going to be kept by some other method – say, like churchgoing?  As you called upon Christ in the sinner’s prayer, so walk with Him day by day.  Churchgoing is no substitute for faith.

Just as you prayed the sinner’s prayer with a conviction of things unseen (Hebrews 11:1), so live your life with that same conviction.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

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Revelation 21:22 – The Lord Himself Is Our Temple

Revelation 21:22 I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.

In this age, the Lord Himself is our temple.  We need no earthly structure in Jerusalem.  We need no gatherings of believers in various cities under human leadership.  We need only gather to our Lord Himself.  So, whether we are alone from human standpoint, or in the midst of other humans calling on His name with us, it is His presence that we seek and value.  He will not overlook us.  He knows those who call upon Him in sincerity of heart and without personal agendas (2 Timothy 2:19).

This is the day and age to which the prophets looked forward. This is the day which the apostles saw as imminent – the day in which the Christ would be fully revealed.  We now know Christ to be not merely an emissary of God, but rather God Himself in the flesh.  Truly, truly, He is Immanuel, “God with us.”

Therefore, look not for a house of the Lord unless it is the Lord Himself you seek to house you.  For these are not the days of the ancient nation of Israel.  Nor are these the days of church.  These are the days of the kingdom of God.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

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Genesis 7:5 – The Greater Noah

Genesis 7:5 Noah did according to all that the LORD had commanded him.

This scripture is fulfilled in Jesus Christ.  That is, Noah was a type, or foreshadowing, of the Christ who would come.

If Noah “did according to all that the Lord had commanded him,” how much more did Jesus do according to all that the Lord commanded him?  For God used Noah to save a few people from his generation, but God used Jesus to save all people from all generations:  Everyone Is Going to Heaven.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

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If Jesus Is God…

If Jesus is God, what is going on at His baptism and the Mount of Transfiguration?

First, let’s recognize that the Old Testament is Jesus’ biography – written in advance.  In Acts 2:23, after forty days of instruction from Jesus (Luke 24:27, 44), the apostle Peter reported to the Jewish crowds assembled in Jerusalem for the Feast of Pentecost that the crucifixion of Jesus by the hands of godless men had been part “the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God.”  In other words, evil men had not spoiled the plan of God – they had participated in it.  God’s Messiah had not be thwarted.  On the contrary, He used the sins of men to overcome the sins of men.  The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth had been planned.  In the light of this understanding, let’s take a look back at Jesus’ baptism and transfiguration.

Both at His baptism (Matthew 3:17; Mark 1:11; Luke 3:22) and at His transfiguration (Matthew 17:5; Mark 9:7; Luke 9:35), the texts say that “a voice” came from above.  I don’t think that God is so shorthanded that He has to do His own announcements.  Like any great king, He has servants to carry out His wishes and make His words known.  Thus I take it that an angel of some kind was proclaiming the words.  It doesn’t seem too hard to imagine that as part of “the predetermined plan of God” that these announcements were planned to be made at certain time and/or when certain conditions were met.

Before leaving heaven for His transformation into a human being through conception in Mary’s womb, God made all the necessary arrangements associated with His plan for the redemption of creation – including the use of generations of prophets beginning with Moses to document the plan (in what we call the Old Testament)…so that it could be read to Him once He became a human being – eventually even being able to read it Himself (Luke 4:16, 17).  Thus God arranged for the messages from heaven long before they took place.  In short, God had left Himself these messages for when He would be Jesus.  This is true not just of these voices but of the entirety of the Old Testament.

 

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Psalm 31:19 – The Resurrection of Christ Elevated His Goodness to the Heavens

Psalm 31:19 How great is Your goodness,
Which You have stored up for those who fear You,
Which You have wrought for those who take refuge in You,
Before the sons of men!

This verse prophesies “the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14).

As we heed “the upward call of God in Christ Jesus,” we draw upon the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ – the work of God.  For God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself (2 Corinthians 5:19).

See:  The Resurrection of Jesus Christ Changed Everything

Through the resurrection of Christ, the goodness of God was “stored UP.”

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

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SL020 – The Concluding Episode of the Scriptural Literacy Podcast

Scriptural Literacy:

Understanding the Bible -

An Ancient Text of Timeless Truths for a Modern Age

SL020 – The Concluding Episode of the Scriptural Literacy Podcast

Our purpose in this podcast has been to increase our biblical literacy – that is, to become more comfortable reading the Bible.  The purpose of reading the Bible is to understand Jesus Christ – God’s revelation of Himself to the world.  Proverbs 25:2 and Jeremiah 15:19 speak of discerning the principles to be found in this ancient set of texts.  See also James 1:5 to establish that God wants to share His wisdom with us.

Review-to-Date (starts at 00:00)

I.  Reminder Warnings (begins at 11:34)

    • John 5:39-40
    • Acts 13:27,40-41; John 16:2
    • John 1:47; 3:19-21; Acts 10:34-35
    • Psalm 119:28
    • Landing zones in a jungle

II.  How I Approach the Bible (begins at 26:49)

III.  The Bible Is Complete in Christ (begins at 59:11)

    • Genesis 3:24 and Revelation 2:7; 22:2, 14, 19
    • Acts 3:21 (“the restoration of all things”)
    • Isaiah 65:17; 66:22 (“new heavens and a new earth”)
    • Revelation 21:1 (“and there is no longer any sea”)
    • Acts 4:24 (“the heaven and the earth and the sea”)
    • John 4:35-38 (the prophets and the apostles)
    • Ephesians 2:20  (“Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone”)

Total time elapsed is 1:17:53

Unless otherwise noted, all scripture references are to the New American Standard Bible (NASB)

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Philippians 3:14 – The Upward Call of God Is in Christ Jesus

Philippians 3:14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

The “upward call” of God is, of course, rooted in the resurrection of Christ.  That is why this “upward call of God” is “in Christ Jesus.”

Jesus of Nazareth lived the exemplary human life, and was raised from the dead to heaven that our attention might be drawn there.  Heaven is the light of the earth.  Heaven was dark to us – unknown – until Jesus illumined it.  In His human qualities (e.g. humility, gentleness, and kindness) are reflected the divine qualities of our Creator.

God is calling us through Jesus Christ, for Christ is the message of God.  Listening to this message draws our attention from earth to heaven, and so enables us to live in the manner that our Lord did.

Let us keep listening to the upward call; let us keep following the upward call.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

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Preaching Christ Without Preaching Church

He who preaches Christ without preaching church preaches rightly.

Humanly-organized church is an unnecessary weight on those who aspire to be among the people of God.  Let the children of God experience the liberty Christ died to give them.  Let them walk in His light and not be encumbered with the idolatry of man-made church – its gatherings, buildings, and human heirarchies.

Christ alone…is enough.  And the true church walks always in His presence.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

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