The Kingdom of God Is the Day of the Lord Is the New Covenant Is the Eternal Age

The kingdom of God = the day of the Lord = the new covenant = the eternal age (what Paul called “the age to come”).

Each of these is a different way of describing the same reality.  And this is the reality in which we live.

Jesus is Lord of all creation.  In the New Testament He was only the King of Israel, but in His Second Coming He became King of the Universe.  For this reason we should honor Him as God (John 5:23).  He is 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.

The Day of the Lord Is the Kingdom of God

When you read the New Testament you come to realize that what the prophets called “the day of the Lord” was synonymous with what Jesus taught as the kingdom of God.

Thus in the day of the Lord, Jesus is the Lord.  In the kingdom of God, Jesus is the King.

The day of the Lord is a time of judgment, but there is refuge for the righteous.  The kingdom of God is described similarly: felicity for those within, and judgment for those without.

When we think that the day of the Lord or the kingdom of God are only future realities with no present relevance we deceive ourselves and miss our chance to find the Lord.  The day of the Lord has come and the kingdom of God is here.

“Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” (Matthew 6:33).

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.

Psalm 118:24

“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”  – Psalm 118:24

What is the day that the Lord has made?  Why, “the day of the Lord,” of course.

Yes, the Lord has made every day that we live and we should rejoice in all of them.  However, “the great day of the Lord” was in the works for a long time.  Ancient Israel gave its life that we might all live in the day of the Lord.

Israel’s prophets said that the day of the Lord would one day come.  The apostles announced that it was soon.  Therefore, we who live almost two thousand years later can be sure that it has come.  (Jesus Christ Has Already Come Again)

It is a fearful day for those who sin, but for those who do righteousness it is a day of delight and hope.

Let us rejoice and be glad in the day of the Lord.

Let the Lord alone be exalted in this day.  (See Isaiah 2:11, 17.)

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.

The God of Creation Became the God of Redemption

In biblical times, God was known as the Creator of heaven and earth.  Through Jesus Christ, He became known for His redemptive as well as His creative activities.

God the Creator became known as God the Redeemer.  Through Jesus Christ, God became as known for redemption as He was for creation.

Indeed, the Father who created everything became the Son who redeemed everything.  It is the same God.

Therefore, when you worship and serve Christ you worship and serve the Creator as well as the Redeemer.  One God – two great feats!

For more on understanding Christ:

There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

Posts to Date on the Trinity Versus Christ

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.

The Greatest Generation Gave a Unified Witness to Jesus Christ

The greatest generation of Jews – that is, the generation of Jesus’ contemporaries – gave witness with a single voice to the life, death, and resurrection of Israel’s Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth.

This unified witness was constantly threatened.  In the first three chapters of 1 Corinthians you can see Paul beating back the divisions that would have compromised that witness.  Jesus and all the apostles warned of the apostasy that would come to the church in the final days of that generation, but until that apostasy came the church gave singular testimony to the truth of how God fulfilled the promises communicated through Israel’s prophets in the Scriptures.

The New Testament documents bear witness themselves to the various temptations which beset the church in its mission of bearing faithful witness.  But they also bear witness that the church fulfilled its destiny because we indeed have the New Testament documents bearing a unified witness to Jesus Christ.

Because the New Testament church – truly the greatest generation – bore consistent witness to Jesus Christ, we can know the truth about Him by faithful study and ardent practice of His being as described in the documents they left behind.

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.

The Greatest Generation – The Truly Greatest Generation

I thank God for the veterans of World War II and what they secured for America and the world, but their greatness as a generation is overshadowed by the contemporaries of Jesus who bore witness to His glory.  Without that earlier generation, the world would still be in darkness – a much greater darkness than Hitler was bringing.

Jesus’ generation was the one that brought in the fullness of God’s purpose.  It was the last great generation of ancient Israel, and through that generation the message of God’s grace was birthed into the world.  Not without pain was it birthed.  The apostles lived under constant threat and most of them died violent deaths.

God did not want just anyone telling His story.  He was not looking for “objective” reporters.  For one thing, no one but God is truly objective.  For another, He needed witnesses that would tell the truth no matter what the personal cost.

The greatest generation bore witness to the transition from night to day, from the biblical age to the eternal age, from the age of God to the age of Christ.  Jesus said that the tribulation they endured was unique in the annals of time (Matthew 24:9, 21).  And thus we are right to call them “the greatest generation.”  No other generation can be as worthy of that title.

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.

Israel Did Not Fail God; They Succeeded Wildly!

At the close of the biblical age, God called on His people according to the flesh – that is, the physical descendants of Abraham – to bear witness to His Son, the Messiah.  If they had not given faithful witness, we would not know what happened at the transition from the age of the Father to the age of the Son, from the biblical age to the eternal age, from what the Bible called “this present age,” to what it called “the age to come.”  The Israelites did bear faithful witness and therefore we know of the transition.  We know of Jesus of Nazareth.  We have the New Testament documents!  Jews gave their lives that we might know what happened at that most critical juncture of history.

Yes, there were Jews who failed God.  Certainly the religious and political leaders who rejected Jesus and discouraged faith in Him were disobedient to God’s purpose.  But as for God’s purpose that the nation of Israel would bear witness to the Gentile world of the promised Messiah, it was fulfilled by enough of Israel’s citizens for the nation to be declared victorious in its designated purpose.

Peter, James, John, Paul, and the rest – all Jews.  They gave their lives to bear witness to the Holy One of Israel, the fulfillment of all God’s promises in Him.  Let us never forget what they have done for Him…and for us.

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.

As We Honored the Father in the Biblical Age So We Should Honor the Son in This the Eternal Age

God the Father gave all judgment to the Son that all might honor the Son even as they had honored the Father.  The Father was honored as God; therefore, Jesus would be honored as God.  And so that time is now.  It has long been now.

Jesus has already come in the glory of the Father (Jesus Christ Has Already Come Again).  Therefore, He has come as God.  This is never going to change.  Therefore we are right to honor Him fully as God.

Jesus should be withheld no honor at all.  Every honor that was due God should now be bestowed upon Jesus.  This is because God became flesh and dwelt among us.  And now He has been raised from the dead, never to die again.

Even God has a death and resurrection…and that resurrection is through Jesus Christ.  Thus, Christ is God!

Do not look back to the prior age.  Look to the eternal age where God is resurrected in Christ.

For more, see:

There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

Posts to Date on the Trinity Versus Christ

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.

The Age of the Father Became the Age of the Son

As the Father, God created all things.  Through sin, the world turned to darkness while God put into motion His plan to once again flood the earth with light.

Thus, when Jesus of Nazareth began His public ministry, those who were in darkness saw a great light (Isaiah 9:2).  It was the light of goodness and righteousness and truth.   This was the dawning of the age of light, the age of the Son of God.  As God had been Father, so He became Son.

The biblical age was the age of the Father.  The new age, the eternal age, the “age to come” would be the age of His Son.  God was in the Son just as He had been in the Father before Him.  This is how the world came to be ruled by the Son of God, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.  Blessed be His name.  There is no one like Him!  (See Deuteronomy 33:26.)

Let us walk in the light of the Lord Jesus Christ!

For more, see:

There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

Posts to Date on the Trinity Versus Christ

 

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.

The Passing of the Baton

The last few days have been spent in description of how God passed the baton (or scepter, if you prefer) to Christ – that is, how the Father passed it to His Son, how the Creator passed it to the Redeemer.

In Matthew 17:5 (paralleled in Mark 9:7), God spoke from heaven “This is My beloved Son…listen to Him!”  Thus God was saying, “My Son will take things from here!”  And indeed from the book of Acts onward, all utterances from heaven come from the Son.

God is running a race.  We are to follow Him.  The Father has passed the baton to His Son.  Therefore, let us follow the Son!

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.

The Great Handoff

The Old Testament prophesied, and the New Testament described in greater detail, how God was handing off rule of the universe to His appointed heir – the Messiah of Israel.  (See Hebrews 1:2 where Jesus is called “the heir of all things.”)

Thus the Bible tells us of the handoff of authority from the Father to the Son.

Let us therefore do homage to the Son, lest He become angry, and we perish in the way.  (See Psalm 2:12.)

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.

GICNAT

The Moon and the Stars Ruled by Night; the Sun Rules by Day

God and the angels ruled by night (i.e. the biblical age).  This is represented by the moon and stars in Genesis 1:16.  The sun (of righteousness – Malachi 4:2) rules by day (the eternal age of which we are a part).  This is represented by the sun in Genesis 1:16.  Thus Moses foretold of the great work God was to do through Jesus Christ.

God would turn the darkness of the world into the glorious light of Jesus Christ.  Thus Jesus said, “I am the light of the world.”  (See John 8:12.)

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.

The Biblical Age Was Night; the Eternal Age Is Day

In Romans 13:11-14, the apostle Paul wrote of the night that was on the verge of turning into day.  The day would be the day of the Lord – often spoken of by the prophets of Israel.  The “Lord” was the Lord Jesus Christ who had, in His introduction to the earth, been cruelly rejected and crucified.  Through His Second Coming, however, He would be given the reigns of the entire universe.  He would be the mighty King of all kings and Lord of all lords.

All time since the creation of heaven and earth until the day of the Lord was night.  That is, it was darkness.  The sun of God’s righteousness (Malachi 4:2) had not yet risen.  Now, however, He has risen and we live in the full day of His revelation (Proverbs 4:18).

Let us honor with a whole heart the Lord who has humbled Himself to behold the things that are in the earth (Psalm 113:6).  He beheld them up close – as the son of a Jewish carpenter.  How far He stooped that we might see Him!

Let us therefore behave as befits the day – not in promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy.  Let us walk before Him with blameless hearts – just as He deserves (Genesis 17:1).

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.

The New Testament Is a Picture of a King Transferring the Reign to His Son

The New Testament documents bear witness of the King of the Universe transferring power to His Son.

Jesus, through His apostles, tells us that the God of all creation was turning over His kingdom to the Messiah of Israel, the Son of God.  We live in the reign of that Son.  Let us honor the King of the Universe:  Jesus Christ our 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.

The Father Ruled the Biblical Age; the Son Rules the Eternal Age

All of time can be divided into two categories: that which occurred from the dawn of creation through the end of the first century, which can be called the biblical age, and that which has occurred since, which can be called the eternal age.

Jesus Christ, by His Second Coming late in the first century, ushered in the eternal age as the King of the kingdom of God (which He had preached in His first coming).

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.

The Father Ruled the Old Age; The Son Rules the New

The New Testament speaks of an age to come.  That eternal age arrived just when Jesus and the apostles said it would (see Jesus Christ Has Already Come Again).

Therefore, we today continue to live in that eternal age.  The prior age was ruled by God the Father.  The new age is ruled by the Son of God – Jesus Christ.

The distinction made by the writers of the New Testament was clear.  Therefore, our focus needs to be just where they told us to place it: on the Jesus, the Son of God.

All the glory associated with God in the biblical age (i.e. the age from creation until the last New Testament document was written) is associated with Jesus in the eternal age since (i.e. the time since the first century).

Heaven has hung on the Son all the glory of His Father’s house (Isaiah 22:24).

To learn more about Christ as God, see:

There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

Posts to Date on the Trinity Versus Christ

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.

The Apostles Taught from the Old Testament, Not the New

While some of Paul’s letters may have been circulating among the churches before he died, it is unlikely that anyone assembled what we would recognize as the New Testament until after the apostles had all died.  There are various reasons for this, but the most obvious one is that the apostles wrote for specific purposes in specific times, from and to specific places, as they went about their mission.  The documents were therefore even more scattered than the apostles.

The apostles were not writing generic documents that were to be published as books for the conversion of the masses.  The apostles already had the main library of documents  they needed as authority for their preaching: the Old Testament.  They saw nothing incomplete or insufficient in the Old Testament, except for their eyewitness testimony of the One raised from the dead who explained it to them in a entirely new way, not previously conceived.

See The Old Testament (that is, the Hebrew Bible) Is About Jesus Christ – His Suffering and Glory

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.

Jesus Sent His Apostles to Preach, Not Write

Jesus could have assembled His apostles and given them a scribal mission: “Write all that I taught and did in a book, copy it, and distribute throughout the world.”  Instead, He told them to “Go into all the world and preach…”  That is, He told them to “go and tell,” not “sit and write.”  They were obedient.  Fortunately, their “going and telling” did entail some writing here and there – and thus we have the twenty-seven New Testament documents that we have.  Thank 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.

The New Testament Documents Are Written Vestiges of an Oral Movement

The apostles preached wherever they went.  They did not “hole up” in some undisclosed location and write evangelistic tracts.  They communicated face to face.  Writing was only used when face-to-face communication with people they already knew was not possible.  So much more information was being exchanged between these first-century believers than what we have recorded in the New Testament documents.  We need to remember that when we read them.

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.

Earliest Christianity Was Not a Publishing Venture

Unbelievers today make all sorts of challenges to the New Testament, holding it to standards they would never demand of any other documents.  Such antagonists expect the New Testament documents to be some sort of Christian apologetics library, answering every conceivable question that the 21st-century skeptic might want to ask.

The twenty-seven documents we call the New Testament will yield a treasure trove of information to us – but only so long as we accept them on their own terms.  They are remnants of written communication within a movement that relied far more on word-of-mouth than literary publication to spread their message.  In fact, there’s hardly a document in the New Testament that was written “to whom it may concern” for evangelistic purposes.

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.

God Confirmed at Jesus’ Resurrection What His Disciples Had Said to Jesus

When Jesus walked on the water to save His disciples who were fearful of dying in a horrific storm, His disciples responded by saying to Him, “You are certainly God’s Son!”

When God subsequently raised Jesus from the dead, He was affirming just how wisely the disciples had spoken in that moment.

See also God Confirmed at Jesus’ Resurrection What He’d Said at Jesus’ Baptism and the posts that followed it in the days thereafter.  In raising Jesus from the dead, God was emphatically affirming all the various times that Jesus had been called “the Son 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.

When the Christ Became Lord

Jesus was always the Christ, from the time He’d been conceived in His mother’s womb.  But He was not made Lord until His resurrection-ascension.  This is what Paul spoke of in Romans 14:9 when he said that “for this purpose the Messiah died and rose again, that He might be lord of both the living and the dead.”

In Acts 2:36 Paul said that God had made Jesus Lord in the resurrection.  In Acts 13: 32-33 Paul preaches that Jesus was declared the Son of God according to Psalm 2:7 by virtue of His resurrection from the dead.  He repeats this formula in Roman 1:1-4.

Something dramatic happened in the resurrection-ascension.  Without this dramatic event, Psalm 110 would have remained the riddle that it was when Jesus challenged the Pharisees with it in Matthew 22:41-46.  Without the resurrection-ascension, the promise of God to David’s descendant in 2 Samuel 7:14 would only have been partially fulfilled, for Jesus was declared God’s Son with power when He was raised from the dead.  He had been called God’s Son from the beginning, but this was the event which those expressions anticipated.

The resurrection-ascension was when Jesus became Lord – that is, when all authority in heaven and on earth was given to Him (Matthew 28:18).  It is a big deal – the biggest deal in all of history.  Upon it, everything hangs.  Everything.

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.

The Apostles Had Particular Insight into the Scriptures

The apostles had special insight into the meaning of the Scriptures.  Where did they get it?  Jesus, of course.

Why then don’t people pay more attention to the way that the apostles understood the Hebrew Bible?  That is, why don’t people pay more attention to how the New Testament interprets the Old Testament instead of reading the Old Testament like we’d been given no guide to it?

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.

The Apostles Did Not Appoint Apostles

The apostles did not appoint apostles because they did not have the right to do so.  Only the Lord was able to appoint apostles, and those whom He appointed were witnesses for Him.

Thus the apostles could give no one else the authority that they had.  They did appoint temporary and limited leaders in local congregations, but that was only until the Lord Himself would return – which was in that very generation.

Thus the apostles could appoint caretakers, but not replacements.  Any church that says its leadership was appointed by the apostles cannot be telling the truth.

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.

The Theme of Christ’s Suffering and Glory

Consider how the Bible speaks of Christ’s suffering and glory, and in varied ways.

The Bible speaks of His suffering at the hands of men and His glory from the hand of God.

The Bible speaks of His crucifixion and His resurrection.

The Bible speaks of His rejection by men and His acceptance by God.

The Bible speaks of His death on earth and His ascension into 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.

What is the Subject of Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians?

What is the subject of Ephesians?  Christ.

Can this not be said of the entire New Testament?

Can this not be said of the entire Bible?

Whatever passage of the Bible you find yourself reading, look for Christ.  He will be there.

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.

Paul’s Emphasis on the Body of Christ

That Paul saw the disciples of Jesus Christ as His body it quite understandable when you consider the first recorded conversation Paul ever had with Jesus.  It came on the Damascus Road and went something like this:

Jesus:  Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?

Saul:  Who are you, Lord?

Jesus:  I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.

Since Saul, and everyone else, knew that he was persecuting Christians, this statement profoundly revealed just how personally Jesus took that persecution.  The Spirit of Jesus was the spirit that animated the body of Christ we call first-century Christians.

Anyone could call those believers the body of Christ, but the term would have perhaps a deeper meaning for Paul than for anyone else using it.

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.

The Laws by Which We Are to Live Are Not Found in the Bible

The law by which we are to live is not found in the Bible – it is found in our hearts.

This is according to the promise of God who said in Jeremiah 31:31-34 and again in Hebrews 8:8-12 that He would write His law on our hearts.

Thus the Bible is not where we find law, it’s where we find Jesus Christ…and His grace.

See Psalm 40:8 as well.

Nonetheless, you will find the same law written in the Bible’s pages that you find written deep within your heart:  Love.

If the law of love is in our hearts, why then read the Bible?  See yesterday’s post: The Bible Is a Guidebook – but to What?  (Hint: To learn about Jesus Christ, for He is the epitome of love.)

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.

The Bible Is a Guidebook – but to What?

To the ancient Jews, the Bible was a guidebook for how to live.  In this age, however, the Bible is a guidebook to Jesus, and Jesus shows us how to live.

Therefore, to use the Bible as a guidebook for living is to misuse it.  Let it bear witness to the Living One who gives us our guidance for daily life.

This distinction may seem subtle, but it is profound.  Jesus Christ is a living Person…and this makes all the difference in the world.

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.

The Resurrected Jesus Made the Bible a New Book

Once Jesus was raised from the dead, He could explain to His disciples how the Scriptures had foretold it all.  Read the last chapter of the Gospel of Luke, paying special attention to verses 25-27, 31-32, and 44-48.

Never again would the apostles read the Scriptures in the same old way.  The same should be true for those of us who believe the apostles’ testimony about having seen Jesus raised from the dead.

Through the resurrected Christ, the Bible is a whole new book.

“Behold, I make all things new.”  – Revelation 21:5

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.

Paul’s Vision Was Like Stephen’s

Paul’s vision of the Lord on the road to Damascus is described three times in the book of Acts:  chapters 9, 22, and 26.  Stephen’s vision of the Lord is described at the end of  Acts 7.

Paul was present at Stephen’s stoning and agreed with the action.  Reflect therefore on Paul’s vision in the light of Stephen’s.  Consider the irony Paul must have felt in considering the similarity of his experience with that of Stephen’s.

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.