Who Will Be the Mighty Men of David in This Generation?

When you read of David’s mighty men chronicled in 2 Samuel 23, do you think about Jesus in His kingdom today?  David was the king of Israel about a thousand years before Christ.  Jesus, however, is the eternal king of Israel and the king of the universe as well.  Are you His servant?

If you would be a mighty one of this David, our king, then be of Him and of no one else.  Do you not know how to do this?  Then go to Him and to no one else for your marching orders.

The purpose of this blog is to praise 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, look to the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom .

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His Name Is “The Lord Our Righteousness”

Yesterday’s post highlighted the importance of leading others to righteousness.  The only effective and faithful way to do this is to lead them to our Lord, for – as Jeremiah says in Jeremiah 23:16 and again in 33:16 – the Lord is our righteousness.  For this reason, Paul says in 2 Corinthians 5:21 that we are made the righteousness of God in Him.

Only in Him do we find the true knowledge of the commandments of God, which can be summed up in the word love.  Only in Him do we find the strength to keep those commandments at all times, for in His eyes we find the inspiration and power to obey.

Be done with lesser things like church building and ministry building.  Acknowledge the Lord at all times for truly He is all that we need.

The purpose of this blog is to praise 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, look to the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom .

Daniel 12:3 – Leading the Many to the Lord of Righteousness

To whom or what do you lead people?

I hope you lead them to righteousness.  That means I hope you lead them to our King and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Many today lead people in the name of Christ to vanity.  That is, they lead them to churchgoing, or ministry following.  This is not righteousness.  Our God is our righteousness.

Look always to Him in your own life and you will, by the very fact, be leading them to righteousness.

The purpose of this blog is to praise 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, look to the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom .

In Christ Alone

“In Christ Alone” is a common battle cry among Christians – and it is a good one.  Only problem is, most everyone who uses this phrase trusts in things in addition to Christ.  If, for example, you tell them that you trust in Christ alone and therefore do not go to church, they will say, “Oh no, you must go to church.” 

If you would trust in Christ alone, then trust in Christ alone.

The purpose of this blog is to praise 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, look to the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom .

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This Is the Day of Christ

In the first chapter of Philippians, Paul makes reference to the coming “day of Christ Jesus.”  In the same chapter, he refers to it again calling it “the day of Christ.”  Elsewhere (including the Old Testament) it is called “the day of the Lord.”

This is the day that the Lord has made.  It is the Lord’s day.  It is the day in which the Lord is king over all the earth, in which He is the only one, and His name is the only one (Zechariah 14:9). 

This is the day of which Isaiah prophesied saying that the Lord alone would be exalted (Isaiah 2:11, 17). 

Why do we exalt churches, and denominations, and traditions?  Is His name insufficient for us to glory in?  Do we not believe that He came again just as He promised?  (Jesus Christ Has Already Come Again.) 

The purpose of this blog is to praise 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, look to the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom .

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Jesus Ministered as a Prophet

During the days of His flesh, Jesus did not minister as the Messiah.  Rather, He ministered as a prophet of God, in the manner of the long line of Israel’s prophets who had ministered before Him.  These included Elijah, Elisha, Isaiah, and Jeremiah.  (See Luke 7:16 and 24:19.)

This is an important point because it makes clear that Jesus sought no special privilege as God in the flesh, or even as Messiah of Israel (that is, Israel’s king).  Even though some people recognized that He was the Messiah, He always played down this fact.  Only when He was resurrected, did He command that His identity as Messiah be made known.

Know, therefore, that Jesus’ life can be imitated.  He lived with our limitations that we might know how to live with His limitless power.

The purpose of this blog is to praise 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, look to the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom .

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Jesus Rules the Heavens and Earth According to the Scriptures

According to Deuteronomy 17:18-20, Jesus is ruling the heavens and earth by the very words of our Bibles.  That is, the words of Moses and the Prophets and the Writings are His guiding light.

In this portion of Deuteronomy, Moses declares that when a king is set over Israel he shall write a copy of the Law for himself so that he may read and follow it all the days of his life.  From this we know that God does everything He tells us to do.  That is, He practices what He preaches.  From this we also know that the written word of God supplies all that we need for life and godliness.  That is, there is no situation we can face for which the Scriptures do not provide the answer – both for God’s part and for our part.

God does not rule the earth and make His decisions regarding us according to mysterious counsels which are completely hidden from us.  Instead, He has laid out for us the very principles of government which He follows.  How blessed we are that our King has given us His heart on paper!

The purpose of this blog is to praise 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, look to the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom .

Study the Prophets

The prophets took steps, and Jesus walked in them.  (Luke 13:33)

What they experienced, He experienced.  (Acts 8:34-35)

They told His story, long before He lived it.   (Romans 1:1-5; 16:25-27)

If we obey Him, our experiences will be like those of the prophets.  (Matthew 5:11-12)

If we obey Him, our ministry will be greater than theirs for he who is the least in the kingdom of God is greater than they.  (Matthew 11:7-11)

It is not that we are greater than they of whom the world was not worthy, but that the revelation of the Lord which we have been granted to give is greater than what they had.  God is fully revealed through Jesus Christ.  (1 Peter 1:10-13)

Study the prophets.  Their path is our path.

The purpose of this blog is to praise 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, look to the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom .

A True Jew

Twice in the book of Revelation (2:9; 3:9), Jesus complains about those “who say they are Jews but are not.”  He took this matter very seriously.  While the term “Jew” may be an epithet to some, it is a badge of honor to Him.

In the consummate example of this dichotomy, Jesus was derided at His crucifixion as “The King of the Jews.”  He wears this badge proudly.  He rejoiced that He was able to suffer shame for the name of His Father, just as the apostles rejoiced that they were considered worthy to suffer shame for Jesus’ name (Acts 5:41).

Since He is King of the Jews, then don’t we all want to be Jews?  Of course!

Know then that through the resurrection of Christ and the opening of the heavens that occurred as a result, he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, neither is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh.  He is a Jew who is one inwardly and whose circumcision is of the heart (Romans 2:28-29).  That is, it is not the physical descendants of Abraham who are his seed but those who walk in the faith that he had (Romans 4).  Therefore, whether you are a Jew or Gentile in the flesh is irrelevant.  What counts with God is what you are in the spirit. 

If when you die, someone at your grave says, “Here lies a true Jew,” then nothing finer could be said about your life.  It is approaching what Jesus heard when He died (“King of the Jews”).

The purpose of this blog is to praise 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, look to the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom .

The Church of the Flesh Supports Israel of the Flesh

Much of today’s organized church (I’m speaking, of course, of the humanly organized church) politically supports the nation Israel in the Middle East.  They do so because they believe that Israel in the Middle East is fulfillment of biblical prophecy.  It is not.  All biblical prophecy was fulfilled in Jesus Christ (for more on this, see the post All Bible Prophecy Has Been Fulfilled).  Neither today’s nation of Israel nor today’s church are creations of God, as was ancient Israel and the New Testament church.  Today’s entities are both creations of men. 

I do not have a position on the politics of the Middle East.  I am neither pro-Israel nor anti-Israel.  I am just saying it’s a mistake to assume that God is any more involved in that nation than He is any other nation.  God governs the affairs of all nations.  They rise and fall according to His will and their degree of adherence to it.  There was a time when Israel was God’s unique holy nation, but that time is past.

The organized religion of Christianity is the church of the flesh.  That is, it is the visible church.  This is distinguished from the true church which has the Lord only as its leader.  It is comprised of all those who hear and obey Him.  They do not have a building, a meeting time, or a tax-exempt status.  You and I can not even know all its members – but the Lord does, and that’s the membership that counts.

It is only natural that the church of the flesh would support the Israel of the flesh.  I don’t think this bothers the Israelis because they generally do not claim to have have a divinely inspired government as did the ancient Israelites.  This idea does bother today’s church because it does think it is divinely inspired as was the church in the apostles’ day.  They err to think so, and everyone but them knows it.

If you desire to be subject to a divinely-inspired, spiritually-governed church then acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord and live for Him all the days and hours and minutes of your life.  He sees in secret, and He is the only one you need to please.

The purpose of this blog is to praise 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, look to the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom .

Organized Christianity? It Depends on Who Is Doing the Organizing.

When people speak of organized religion or organized Christianity, they are almost always speaking about organization that is supplied by humans.  That is, there are pastors, or bishops, or a pope, or overseers, or any number of other titles for the church’s rulers or leaders.  This form of Christianity is disconnected from God.  It does not have God as its head.  Rather it has human beings as its heads.

 If, however, you speak of a Christianity organized by Christ, now then you are talking about something worthwhile…something directly connected to God. 

Jesus Christ sees and speaks to all humanity.  Those who respond to His call are noticed by Him.  He gives them more direction for their lives.  They listen to His voice and do His will.  You will find them doing good works to help people with pressing needs.  You will find them praising His name liberally.  You will find them bearing up while suffering persecution.  They love the Lord.  And they are organized by Him and Him alone.

Therefore, organized Christianity is acceptable to God…if it is organized by Him and not human beings.

The purpose of this blog is to praise 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, look to the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom .

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The New Testament Church Was Preparing for the Government of God

If you have read the New Testament, you know that it offers hardly anything in the way of church governance that is useful today.  That’s one reason why we have over 30,000 Christian denominations.  Almost all of them claim to have arrived at their governmental structure either from the pages of the New Testament or from the authors of the New Testament.  If that’s the case, why isn’t there one church and not 30,000?  The answer is that the apostles left no direction for how the church was to be run after their departure because they expected the Lord to run it.  The coming of the Lord was promised and expected in that generation.  For this reason, we know that it occurred (Jesus Christ Has Already Come Again).

Isaiah 9:6 had promised that the government would be upon the Son’s shoulders.  The apostle Peter said to the elders who were reading his first letter that they should shepherd in anticipation of the coming of the Chief Shepherd (1 Peter 5) who would reward them if they were faithful.  Similarly, in 1 Corinthians 3, the apostle Paul told the believers in Corinth that they should labor toward the end that their work would remain and not be burned up with the coming of the Lord (read on to 1 Corinthians 4:5).

The apostles were preparing believers for the government of the Lord and nothing less.  The very reason that you see organized Christianity divided into 30,000 pieces is that it is not governed by the Lord, for a kingdom divided against itself cannot stand. 

If your spiritual government is of human origin, it will fail.  And you will, too.  Submit to God’s government.  You do so by your sincere faith in Jesus Christ…and no one else.

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There Is a Mighty Church in the Earth Today!

There is indeed a mighty church in the earth today.  However, it has no human pastors, owns no buildings, has no programs, and does not meet on Sundays.

The mighty church in the earth today is the church of the living God.  He Himself is its pastor and angels are His staff.  He knows the sheep and does not confuse them with goats.

This church meets not with each other but with the Lord.  These parishioners gather to the Chief Shepherd.  They are a house of prayer.  They take no human direction for all their guidance is from above.

Is the Lord your pastor?  Then you belong to His church.  But if you call the Lord pastor, do not call anyone on earth your pastor for no one can submit to two pastors. 

The Lord’s sheep know His voice and a stranger’s they will not follow.

If you want to please the Lord, be part of this church and no other.

The purpose of this blog is to praise 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, look to the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom .

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1 Samuel 10:26-27

When Jesus ascended to His home in heaven, from where He had come, there were valiant men and women whose hearts God had touched – those hearts stayed true to Him who had risen.

There were, however, certain worthless men and women who said, some publicly and some just privately in their own hearts, “How can this one deliver us?”  They thus thought little of the salvation that this heavenly Messiah could bring.  They did not live for Him.  But He said nothing…at that time.

Rest assured that the Lord’s anointed is well able to deliver us.  In fact, do not neglect so great a salvation.  Those who do not grow weary in well-doing will receive a great reward!

The purpose of this blog is to praise 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, look to the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

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The Two Great Events Upon Which the New Testament Hangs

The two great events upon which the entire New Testament hangs are the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the return of the Lord.

The resurrection launched the ministry of the disciples on earth under the direction of the Messiah from heaven.  The sense of urgency they had was to prepare the world for the coming judgment of the return of the Lord.  This sense of urgency is apparent everywhere in the New Testament.  The disciples had been told by the Lord that they had less than a generation to accomplish their mission and thus they were wasting no time in pursuing it.

Because the disciples were faithful to their mission, the world heard the message and the return of the Lord occurred exactly as promised.  If you have doubts, read the post Jesus Christ Has Already Come Again, or the book Whatever Became of Jesus Christ?

The purpose of this blog is to praise 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, look to the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

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Messiah Reigning From Heaven Changed Everything – Part 3

Luke 24 tells the story of how the disciples had their understanding of the Scriptures turned upside down once Jesus was raised from the dead.  Perhaps we should say that their understanding was turned right side up, for the understanding they gained is the one that will govern spiritual thinking for all eternity.

Jesus first chided the men for being slow to believe the women who had seen Him after He had risen.  He said they were “foolish and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets had spoken.”  Thus He made clear, as He had in the Sermon on the Mount, that He had not come to abolish the Law and the Prophets but rather to fulfill them.  Luke goes on to tell how the Lord then explained all the things concerned Himself in “all the Scriptures.”  What a Bible study that must have have been! 

The Old Testament (as we would call it; they said simply “the Scriptures”) appeared to be a collection of laws, customs, genealogies, histories, prophecies, and such.  As it turns out, the disciples learned that the entire collection was a testimony to Jesus Christ!

As Jesus had said to those who were religious but unbelieving in John 5, “You study the Scriptures because you think they hold eternal life for you and it is these very Scriptures that testify of Me – but you’re unwilling to come to Me!”  Let us not be like them.

This is the understanding that Messiah’s resurrection to heaven gave us – let us not forsake it.

The purpose of this blog is to praise 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, look to the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

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Messiah Reigning From Heaven Changed Everything – Part 2

When Jesus was raised from the dead, the Scriptures quite literally became a different book.  People had been viewing the coming of Messiah’s kingdom in the traditional, conventional, and wrong way.  The resurrection opened up another dimension of understanding that had been previously sealed off to them. 

Now when they read of Messiah’s enemies they would no longer think of those rotten Romans, but of themselves.  The would remember that Messiah said, “Love your enemies.”  They would then know how much He loved “them.”  They would repent of their sins, having been conquered by His love. 

We are not talking about mere word play.  This is the new meaning they found in Scripture.  It had been there all along but it took the resurrection of Messiah to bring it to their minds.  What we call the Old Testament became a new testament.  The apostles set about devouring it and their newfound understanding permeates the pages of what we today call the New Testament.

The purpose of this blog is to praise 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, look to the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

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Messiah Reigning From Heaven Changed Everything – Part 1

The Jews had long looked forward to the coming of their Messiah King.  Once they found Him, the big surprise was that He would reign not from the earthly Jerusalem that they had known, but from heaven – a new, heavenly Jerusalem.  Because their king was spiritual (heavenly) and not fleshly (or earthly or physical), then so also…

…the kingdom was spiritual (so they should quit playing politics)

…the glory was spiritual (so they should seek God’s approval and not men’s)

…the power was spiritual (so they should seek strong hearts and not strong fists)

…the wealth and treasures of the kingdom were spiritual (so they should not trust money)

…the weapons of their warfare were spiritual (so they would conquer the nations by love and not brute force)

…the leadership and direction Messiah would give His people would be spiritual (so they should not expect a deliverance through Him along traditional and conventional lines)

That Messiah would reign from heaven changed almost everything about the way they had perceived life would be under Messiah.  And it was all for the better.

The purpose of this blog is to praise 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, look to the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom .

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Will You Master the Bible or Will the Bible Master You?

As I read the Bible, I learn about God.  And about myself.  The Bible speaks of life, creation, and people.  The Bible showcases the ideas of God.  It reveals His thinking.  It enlightens me, encourages me, humbles me, lifts me, and, yes, often thrills me.  The more of it I understand, the more of it I want to understand.  Re-reading it never ceases to yield new fruit.  I know I will never master it, but I hope it will one day master me.

May the Bible yield all its treasures to you and may you forever bless the day you began to read it for yourself.

Nevertheless, be sure of this:  the Bible testifies of Jesus Christ.  If you have the Bible, but do not have Him, you have missed the Bible’s point.

The purpose of this blog is to praise 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, look to the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom which does not require you to be familiar with the Bible.

Those Who Wrote the Bible Were Possessed of a Particular Interest

In a previous post, I wrote that the Bible was written by human beings like us.  Indeed this is true, but they were unique from the mass of humanity in that doing righteousness and pleasing God was their defining interest.

The Bible was not written by people seeking fame and fortune.  Nor was it written by people who were worn down with the worries of the world.  Rather they were people whose hearts were constantly seeking God.  (For more about them, see the post Why the Bible Can Be Trusted.)

To the degree that we embrace their spirit, we can better understand what they wrote.  To the degree, however, that our interests move in different directions, we have a much harder time understanding what they wrote.

If we would understand them, let us be like them.  Fear God…as they did.

The purpose of this blog is to praise 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, look to the blog  A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom which does not require you to be familiar with the Bible.

Why You Can Understand the Bible

There is a reason you can understand the Bible.  It is that the same Holy Spirit of God who inspired its writing works with you as you read it.

One of the doctrines that runs through the Scriptures is that those who wrote the various documents that comprise it were led by the Holy Spirit to do so.  The prophets of Israel who wrote the Old Testament documents made clear that they were speaking the thoughts of the Holy Spirit that God had sent to them.  Similarly, the New Testament documents were penned by Israel’s apostles who had been commissioned personally by the Messiah Himself – along with His personal promise that the Holy Spirit would give them the words they needed.

God sends this same Holy Spirit to every person today who humbly turns to the Bible for understanding.  Let Him inspire your reading just as the prophets and apostles let Him inspire their writing.

The purpose of this blog is to praise 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, look to the blog: A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom which does not require you to be familiar with the Bible.

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You Can Understand the Bible

When I began reading the Bible for myself, I found that it was written by people like us, people who knew the joys and pains of life.  They had things to say and they wrote those things down.  Like people who write for a newspaper, they wanted to be understood.  I didn’t understand all of their customs because I did not live in their times.  I did, however, quickly begin to appreciate their feelings, struggles, fears, and hopes.  The Bible turned out to be not a forbidding fortress but rather an inviting oasis.  It was approachable because it was so human.

All the richness of its humanity, however, could not hide its divine nature.  I quickly concluded that is was, as had been claimed, the word of God.  It told too much truth that I could not deny.  Many years of reading, studying, and re-reading have only confirmed that initial conclusion.  It is unique among books for its Author watches while you read it.

The purpose of this blog is to praise 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, look to the blog: A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom which does not presume familiarity with the Bible.

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You Can Read the Bible

Before I began to read the Bible, I avoided it.  Its size intimidated me.  Further, people were in such disagreement about what it said, I reasoned that its message must be unclear – and subject to each reader’s personal interpretation.  All this changed once I began to read the Bible for myself. 

As to its size, I found that it did not have to be read from beginning to end…like a novel.  Rather, like a newspaper, I could go straight to the sports section…or wherever my interest and comprehension was the greatest.

As to its interpretation, again it was like a newspaper.  People can argue about things in the paper and perhaps some parts of it are unclear, but that doesn’t mean that reading a newspaper is a hopelessly confusing experience or that one cannot come away from it with some clear and unmistakable facts.

Therefore, I commend the Bible to you on the basis of its readability.  Some parts of it are indeed harder to read than others.  But if you can read a newspaper, you can read the Bible.  Just stick with the parts you can understand, for you can only obey what you can understand.

The purpose of this blog is to praise 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, look to the blog: A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom which does not presume familiarity with the Bible.

The Sum of the Bible Is Love

The Scriptures are about love.  They are about the love God has shown toward us, and the love He would have us show toward each other.

The apostle Paul said the sum of all his teaching was love (1 Timothy 1:5).

The apostle John said that God Himself is love (1 John 4:8, 16).

Jesus Himself said that love would be the hallmark of His disciples (John 13:35).  As you learn from the One who is love, you naturally become more loving.

If you hear someone quote from the Bible in any other spirit than love, you know that such teaching is in error and is a distortion of the Bible (2 Peter 3:14-18).

The purpose of this blog is to praise Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible.  For those unfamiliar with the Bible, look to the blog: A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

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The Word of God Is the Lifeblood of the Kingdom of God

God upholds all things by His word, which is powerful beyond measure (Hebrews 1:3).

By His word, the heavens and earth were formed and by His word they have been sustained ever since.

Since all things are governed by His word, and since the earth was to be governed by humanity, can you not see how devastating it is that we human beings have not submitted to His word?  Because of us, creation is out of order.  Because of our rebellion, there is chaos. 

The good news is that He forgives us in Jesus Christ and longs for us to return to Him.  To the degree that we submit to His word, the restoration of creation proceeds.

Listen to the word of God and obey it.  In this way we extend His kingdom until all things have come into full subjection to Him.

The kingdom of God is not advanced by building, societies, organizations, or pledges.  It is advanced as we human beings hear His word and do it.

The word of God is the word of the kingdom (Matthew 13:19).  If you would regard the kingdom, regard His word (Isaiah 66:2).

The purpose of this blog is to praise Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible.  For those unfamiliar with the Bible, look to the blog: A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

The Day of the Lord

The Old Testament prophets told of a coming day of the Lord.  We live in that day.

The day of the Lord was to be a time of judgment and glory.  The glory was of God.  The judgment was for sin.  The day of the Lord would mean goodness and glory for the righteous, but terror and devastation for the unrighteous.  (See Malachi 4 for a picture of the contrast.)

Search the Scriptures for other references to the day of the Lord.  There are at least two dozen of them. 

Jesus made clear that He came to bring a sword that would divide (Matthew 10:34).

There are those longing for the day of the Lord who do not know that it has already come upon them (Amos 5:18).

Repent and turn to the Lord Jesus Christ for there is salvation in no one and nothing else (Acts 4:12).  All who seek Him will find Him and all who believe in Him will experience refreshment of their souls (John 7:37-38; Matthew 11:28-30)

The purpose of this blog is to praise Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible.  For those unfamiliar with the Bible, look to the blog: A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

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Zechariah 14:9

We live in the day of the fulfillment of this verse.

The Lord Jesus Christ is king over all the earth.  He is the only one, and His name is the only one.

This is the day of Christ to which Paul looked forward in Philippians 1:6, 10.

Do not look to a church, an organization, a group, an individual – do not look to anything or anyone other than the Lord Himself (Isaiah 45:22).

This is the day to which Isaiah looked – that is, the day when the Lord alone would be exalted (Isaiah 2:11, 17).

Do not think Him a strange deity (Acts 17:18) for it is through Him that our life flows (1 Peter 1:3) and in Him that all things are summed up (Eph 1:10).

This is His day – the day of the Lord (Isaiah 58:13-14).

The purpose of this blog is to praise Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible.  For those unfamiliar with the Bible, look to the blog: A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

James 1:21

When we hear about Jesus, and hold fast what we’ve heard, He takes root in our hearts.  As we become rooted and grounded in Him, our souls are saved.  Thus He is the word implanted which saves our souls.

To retain this blessing, however, we must act according to His ways.  That is, we must be doers of the word lest we deceive ourselves.  Is it when we persevere in holding to Him that we bear fruit (see Luke 8 – the parable of the sower).

Jesus is the fullness of the word of God. He is the embodiment, the acting out of all that God has instructed for humanity.  Like the Shepard of Psalm 23, He Himself restores our souls, if we maintain always our faith in Him (Hebrews 10:39; 1 Peter 1:9).     

He is that smallest of seeds that becomes the greatest of kingdoms (Mark 4:30-32)…if we do not uproot Him (James 1:21-22).

The purpose of this blog is to praise Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible.  For those unfamiliar with the Bible, look to the blog: A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

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