Contrast Eve with Jesus

According to Genesis 2, God gave Adam the command about the fruit of the trees before He created Eve.  Therefore, Adam relayed these commands to Eve.  When Satan tempted Eve in Genesis 3, he began with “Indeed, has God said?” planting doubt in Eve’s mind about what God had commanded through Adam.  Eve lost the struggle and gave in to the temptation.

Jesus, being a descendant of David, received the Law of Moses from his family and community.  When He was tempted, He held fast to what God had spoken and had been recorded in Scripture by Jews who had lived long before Jesus.  Thus Jesus overcame the temptation to doubt the word of God by clinging to what He had memorized of the written word of God.

Thus both Eve and Jesus were tested regarding words of God that had been relayed to them by others.  Jesus had a written record of what God had said, which apparently Eve did not.  We who live today have an even fuller written record than Jesus did (for He only had what we call the Old Testament and we also have the New).  Let us therefore resist temptation as Jesus taught us to do by referring to the sure and certain written word 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.

Comment Policy Revised

I’ve stopped moderating comments before they appear on the blog.  From now on, whatever you write will be posted as soon as you submit it.  It just seemed like a good time to make this change.

Below is the revised comment policy, which you can also find on the About section on this blog.

Comment Policy

I welcome challenge and criticism; the truths I proclaim will withstand testing.  If you’d rather not identify yourself, that’s okay, as I do allow comments to be made anonymously.

I only delete comments that are spam or excessively profane.  The only editing I do of comments is to remove profanity as an alternative to deleting the entire comment.

Where a response is sought, I try to give one in a timely manner.  Otherwise, I only respond if I think it will be helpful.  In cases where there is no reconciliation of views, I prefer to let the challenger have the last word.  May the Spirit of Jesus Christ prevail and may His truth make progress in all our hearts.

If you like what I write, just practice it – you don’t need say anything to me about it or make yourself known to me. I don’t need your approval and you don’t need mine.  Walk before God and walk with God – that’s what matters.

The Power of the Word of God

One of the most important ideas that the work of Jesus Christ was intended to convey and embed permanently in the human pysche was the reality, power, and efficacy of the word of God.

Read the gospels and notice how dependent upon it Jesus made Himself.  Even as He died on the cross, Jesus was relying on a promise of a kind of resurrection that He had never before seen demonstrated.  That promise was from God.

If Jesus was that dependent on the word of God, why should we think it not completely reliable?

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 First Covenant Was Broken – The Second Covenant Is Eternal and Cannot Be Broken

Adam and Eve had a covenant with God.  They broke it.  As a result, they and all their descendants were condemned to die.  For this reason, we all die.

Jesus, however, established a second covenant.  This covenant is eternal.  It transcends sin and death by virtue of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead on our behalf.  For this reason we will all be raised from the dead (Everyone Is Going to Heaven).

Cling to the second covenant.  It is a better covenant (Hebrews 8:6).  It is an eternal covenant (Hebrews 13:20-21).

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.

Humanity’s First Covenant Was with Its Creator; Humanity’s Second Covenant Was with Its Redeemer

Mankind’s first covenant was with God – the Creator of heaven and earth.

Mankind’s second covenant was with Jesus Christ – the Redeemer of heaven and earth.

However, it is the same God.  For more explanation, see:

Jesus Christ Is God

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 First Covenant Came Without Documentation; The Second Came Fully Documented

The first covenant – that is, the one God had with Adam and Eve – came without documentation.  For this reason, when Satan began his temptation of Eve with “Indeed, has God said?” she had no text to which she could turn to strengthen her memory and conviction.

The second covenant – that is, the one with Jesus Christ – comes described in blood-stained Scriptures.  The Old and New Testaments combine to fully document the covenant of Christ.  Therefore, in times of temptation we may turn to this “more sure word” (2 Peter 1:19) to strengthen memory and conviction.

Blessed be our God who has given us the means to resist temptation.

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 Story Ever Told…or the Greatest Story Never Fully Told?

“Behold, the half was not told me”  – 1 Kings 10:7

Everyone Is Going to Heaven

Jesus Christ Has Already Come Again

All Bible Prophecy Has Been Fulfilled

The Kingdom of God Is Here and Now

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.

“For the Lord, He is good, and His mercy endureth forever!”

“For the Lord,

He is good,

and His mercy endureth forever.”

– Psalm 136:1

If this is true of the Lord, it should be true also of those who seek to imitate Him.

Are you good?  Does your mercy endure forever?  That is, are you consistently merciful to others?

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.

“Indeed, Has God Said?”

“Indeed, has God said?”  This is the question with which Satan began his temptation of Eve.  It’s a scheme he has never stopped using with the human race.

The proper response to the question is for you to be sure, or become sure, of what God has said.  Then, and only then, can you resist the temptation.

Determine what God has said.  And hold it fast!

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 Story of the Faithfulness of God

The Bible is an account of the faithfulness of God.  You see this in its fullness when you recognize that the New Testament describes the fulfillment of what the Old Testament prophesied.

Therefore, we needn’t take God’s faithfulness merely on faith.  He has demonstrated it.  And profoundly so.

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.

We Must Read the New Testament as Fulfilled Prophecy

We must read the New Testament as fulfilled prophecy.  If we read the Old Testament this way, why not the New Testament as well?

Today’s religion of Judaism, meeting in synagogues, reads the Old Testament as unfulfilled prophecy.  Therefore, they do not see Christ as having come.

Today’s religion of Christianity, meeting in churches, reads the New Testament as unfulfilled prophecy.  Therefore, they do not see Christ as having come again.

These two religions are more alike than most people realize.

True faith in Christ comes from seeing both testaments as fulfilled prophecy.

Jesus Christ Has Already Come Again

All Bible Prophecy Has Been Fulfilled in 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.

“Narrow Is the Way, and Few Are Those Who Find it”

In the 19th Century, Henry David Thoreau memorably said, “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.”  Some 18 centuries earlier, Jesus of Nazareth even more memorably said, “For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and few are those who find it.”*  While it’s not likely they were speaking of precisely the same people, both quotes make clear that it’s a decided minority who gets life right.

Does this mean we should despair?  Not at all, for everyone is going to heaven.  We do need, however, to increase our diligence, discipline, and zeal for the Lord if we want to make it through the entrance into the kingdom of heaven before we die.

(*Matthew 7:14, in the closing portion of the Sermon on the Mount)

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.

Will God Overcome the World with Force or with Love?

It’s clear from the example of Jesus Christ that God does not intend to overcome the world by force.  Rather, He has chosen to overcome it through love.

Therefore, overcome evil with good (Romans 12:21).  Overcome the world through your faith (1 John 5:4).

Jesus made seven glorious promises in the book of Revelation to those who would overcome through Him (Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 26; 3:5, 12, 21).  Just as He fulfilled those promises to the original recipients of that letter, He will fulfill them to you.

All the force God exerted in the Second Coming of Jesus Christ was in the spiritual realm.  In the physical realm, it came like a thief in the night – so many people were none the wiser.

Therefore, don’t seek to overcome in the world by force.  Rather, seek to overcome through love.

Jesus Christ Has Already Come Again

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 Call to Repentance

The Bible is a call to repentance because it is a declaration and description of Jesus Christ.  How could we hear about the life He lived and not know that we need to do better?

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.

Dating the Events in the Book of Revelation

When did the events described in the book of Revelation take place?  Most Bible scholars believe that the book of Revelation was written in the latter part of the First Century A.D.  This would make it one of the last New Testament books written.  The opening and closing chapters of the letter specify clearly the time frame in which its prophecies would be fulfilled:

Revelation 1:1  “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show to His bond-servants, the things that must shortly take place;”

Revelation 1:3 “Blessed is He who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near.”

Revelation 22:6 “These words are faithful and true; and the Lord…sent His angel to show to His bond-servants the things which much shortly take place.”

Revelation 22:7 “And behold, I am coming quickly.”

Revelation 22:10 “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is near.”

Revelation 22:12 “Behold, I am coming quickly

Revelation 22:20 “He who testifies to these things says, ‘Yes, I am coming quickly.’  Amen.  Come, Lord Jesus.”

Thus, at the beginning and end of the book we read “I am coming quickly” three times, “the time is near” two times, and “the things that must shortly take place” two times.  Seven times the point is made that the things described in the book were imminent.  How then can anyone think that its prophecies were intended for some later century, much less later millennium?

Therefore, whatever was prophesied in the book of Revelation was fulfilled not longer after the book of Revelation was written, which would have been the late first century at the latest.

For additional color on this point, see these brief posts:

Rightly Understanding the Book of Revelation

The Key to Understanding the Book of Revelation

(All quotations from the New American Standard Bible, underlining added.)

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

Elsewhere I have posted that the Old Testament (that is, the Hebrew Bible) is about Jesus Christ.  More specifically, it is about His suffering and glory.  See the following New Testament verses which bring out this truth (some of which are repeated from the other post):

Luke 24:25-27, 44-48

John 7:39; 12:16, 23  (These verses mention the glory that would follow the suffering, without mentioning the suffering explicitly.)

Acts 3:13, 18-26

Acts 8:26-35 (This passage testifies only about the sufferings and does not reference the glories, though they are implied by the context)

Acts 13:26-41 (verses 27-29 speak of His suffering; verses 30-37 speak of His glory)

Acts 26:22-23

Romans 8:17-18, 19-22  (This passage speaks of believers partaking in Messiah’s sufferings and glories; similar passages are Philippians 2:5-11 and 2 Corinthians 4:17-18, both mentioned farther below)

1 Corinthians 15:1-8 (In a nutshell, crucifixion was the suffering and resurrection was the glory.)

1 Peter 1:10-12

The theme of suffering and glory found in the New Testament (as shown above) can be traced to the messianic passages of the Old Testament.  Sometimes such a passage will speak of Christ’s suffering; one such passage is Isaiah 53:7-8.  Other times a passage will speak of Christ’s glory, such as Isaiah 52:13.  And then there are even single verses that speak of both suffering and glory, like Psalm 118:22.

Concepts synonymous with “suffering and glory” would include “humility and exaltation” as seen in Philippians 2:5-11, and “affliction and glory” as seen in 2 Corinthians 4:17-18.  Thus just as Christ suffered before He was glorified, He could be said to have humbled Himself before He was exalted, and afflicted before He was glorified.  (See this theme also in James 4:10 and 1 Peter 5:5-6).

For more on Messiah’s suffering and glory as found in the Old Testament, look under the “Category” (to the right, in the sidebar) for “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.

Glorious Israel

John 1:14 says, speaking of Jesus, “We beheld His glory.”  Later on, in John 12:41, John says that Isaiah also had beheld Messiah’s glory.

What kind of glory was this?  It was not the earthly, worldly glory to which we are accustomed.  Jesus did not live in a palace.  He did not wear royal robes.  He did not have soldiers protecting Him.  He did not have armies at his disposal.  The glory Jesus had was the glory of God.  God attended the doings of Jesus because Jesus “went about doing good” (Acts 10:38).  God was with him.

Those Jews who followed Jesus imitated Him in doing good.  And thus God attended them as well.  And just as they beheld Jesus’ glory, so we behold Jesus’ glory in them when we read the New Testament writings.

In John 21:18-19 Jesus speaks of the ignominious death Peter would suffer – a death that Jesus said would “glorify God.”  The movement of first-century Jews, accompanied by some Gentiles – which bore witness to Jesus Christ – saw many deaths.  Thus was God glorified through that generation of ancient Israel.  In fact, what we see in the New Testament was a glory of Israel that no prior  generation had achieved.  Their glory was in their witness to the Glorious One.  God was with them.

Let us never speak of a more glorious Israel than that.

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 Finality of the Witness About Jesus Christ

The remnant of Israel testified to Messiah’s coming in what we call the 1st Century A.D.  We know they did because of the documentary evidence we have found in the collection of documents we call the New Testament.

There need be no other witness – for a nation bore witness to Him.  Yes, it’s true that not every single citizen of that nation believed in Messiah’s mission or His resurrection, but enough of them did that the testimony about Him is unshakable and unchanging.  It has been forever recorded in the history of mankind.

Not only is there no Savior like Him, there is no testimony like His.  And it is final.

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 Prepared First-Century Israel To Do Exactly What It Did

All the promises to Abraham, all the commandments to Moses, all the instructions for the tabernacle to Aaron, and all the direction for the temple to David – all these things, and more, were for the purpose of preparing Israel to do what we see it doing in the New Testament.  That is, the remnant that was Israel became the seedbed for bearing witness to Israel’s greatest flower: the Messiah.  While Israel’s leaders had gone corrupt, God had many faithful Jews who would stand up for Messiah and take His message to the world.

For anyone to think that there is some greater glory awaiting the nation Israel (such as a third temple built in the so-called “Holy Land”) is just an example of fleshly thinking about spiritual subjects.  There could never be a more glorious Israel than the one depicted in the pages of the New Testament.  These saints gave up their fortunes and their lives to proclaim Messiah.  This was humanity’s most glorious hour and Israel was the light to the world just as God had intended.  Their light still shines to this day.  And it always will.

“And those who lead the many to righteousness will shine like the stars forever and ever.”  – Daniel 12:3

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 Christ Was the Holy Seed in the Stump of Ancient Israel

In Isaiah 6:13 the prophet paints a picture of the context in which Messiah would come.  That is, the Israelite nation would be felled as a great tree (and indeed it fell to Nebuchadnezzar in 587 B.C.).  Only the stump would remain.  Yet from the stump would come the holy seed:  Messiah.  This seed was first promised in Genesis 3:15, and this promise was renewed in the promises to Abraham (a fact noted by the apostle Paul in Galatians 3:16).

Indeed by New Testament times, Israel was a stump, ruled by the great Roman empire.  And just as Isaiah had prophesied, the holy seed came from that stump – as the New Testament testifies.

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 Gospel Message Was Directed to…

The gospel of Jesus Christ was directed to a nation (the descendants of a man named Abraham) set apart to declare God’s glory.  That is, the nation of Israel, which by New Testament times was a stump of its former self (Isaiah 6:13), was the audience for the gospel message.  When this nation – more specifically, those within it willing to listen – received God’s message, the whole world heard the reverberations, for Jews were dispersed throughout the world during that time.

Never was Israel’s glory greater than it was during New Testament times.  Do you think its glory during David’s and Solomon’s times was greater?  Absolutely not.  The greater glory of Israel in the first century was testified to by the prophet Haggai centuries before that (Haggai 2:9).  The latter glory was spiritual, rather than physical, which is what made it greater.

Walking in the Spirit and Not in the Flesh

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.

Is the Lord Still Concerned with Taking from Humanity a People for His Name?

In Acts 15, James, the brother of the Lord, referred to the fact that in that generation God was selecting from the Gentiles as well as Jews “a people for His name.”  Does the Lord have any more need of such a peculiar people (1 Peter 2:9 KJV)?  Has He not shown us Jesus Christ (Micah 6:8)?  And did not the true people of God in the first century bear adequate witness to Him?

The chosen generation of Israel bore witness to the whole world in that age regarding Jesus of Nazareth, Messiah of Israel.  Among the documents which they wrote to each other, 27 have remained and we call these the New Testament.  Through this collection of documents, the church of that age – Jew and Gentile alike – provides a history that will not be erased.  God has no more need of a special people because 1) those people accomplished their mission, and 2) all people today are Christ’s.

Let us not make distinctions among ourselves.  “The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof.”  That is, Psalm 24:1 has been fulfilled in Christ.  The kingdom of God reigns and humanity has been restored to Him.  We only need to repent to make the restoration complete.

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.

Are We Just a Bunch of Sheep To Be Slaughtered?

In Romans 8:36 the apostle Paul quotes Psalm 44:22 invoking the image of sheep to the slaughter.

What about the human race?  A generation is born, a generation dies.  Over and over.  Utterly predictable.  Is the human race nothing more than sheep to be slaughtered?  Paul goes on to say that “we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.”

That is, through the evil of death God does us the ultimate good!  This is all because of the selfless sacrifice of love given by Jesus Christ.

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.

Should God Have Overcome Evil with Force?

The crucifixion of Christ demonstrates that God seeks to overcome evil with good – not with force.  The resurrection of Christ occurred three days after His death.  The resurrection did not prevent Christ’s death.  Neither did it prevent the rejection and suffering Christ experienced leading up to the crucifixion.  Evil has its way, and God overcomes.

Thus we should overcome evil with good (Romans 12:21).  Thus our faith overcomes the world (1 John 5:4).  We should not think that God is going to stay evil with His hand; rather, He wants us to overcome it with our hearts.

For this reason the Second Coming of Christ was “like a thief in the night” with hardly anyone noticing.  Those who notice, believe…and overcome even more confidently because of His presence in the earth.

It’s a Salvation of the Soul…Not Circumstances

Jesus Christ Has Already Come Again

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.

If Our Victory over the World Is To Be by Faith, How Can It Be by Force?

1 John 5:4 says the victory that has overcome the world is our faith.  Why then do people think that the Second Coming of Christ would overcome the world by force?

Most Christians in the United States today who expect the Second Coming of Christ yet in the future expect it to be a forceful intervention and domination of circumstances by God.  Yet this would be in conflict with God’s stated and demonstrated purpose which is to overcome the world through faith…as He did through Jesus, and as He did through the first-century church which testified to Jesus.

We do not glorify God by controlling circumstances but by controlling ourselves through circumstances.  In this, we are simply imitating Him.

Jesus Christ Has Already Come Again

All Bible Prophecy Has Been Fulfilled in 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.

Why Pray to the God Who Was When You Can Pray to the God Who Is?

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him would have eternal life.”  – John 3:16

The Father gave up His life that we might have the Son.  The Father gave up His life that He might become the Son.

If the Father gave His life that He might become the Son, that we might have the Son, why then don’t we pray to the Son?  In this way, we pray to the God who is – not to the God who was.

To learn more about Christ versus the Trinity, 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.

As Jesus Laid Down His Life for Israel, so Israel Laid Down Its Life for the World

Spiritual Israel – the New Testament church – laid down its life to shout the message of Messiah to the world.  Persecuted without remorse, the disciples took a stand for Jesus and thus brought salvation to the whole world.  And to all the generations of humanity that have since been born, or ever will be born.

Because the New Testament captures the essence of their mission, we have recorded forever the message of Jesus which is for the salvation of our souls.  This is history that will never be lost.

First-century believers followed the example of Jesus and lived for the sake of others.  Because He obeyed God, and they obeyed Him, we have hope in this 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.

If Jesus Was Savior of the World, Why Wasn’t He Sent to the World?

The New Testament calls Jesus “The Savior of the world” (John 4:42 and 1 John 4:14).  Why then did He say, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel” (Matthew 15:24)?  The answer to this question is that it was a matter of sequencing.

Jesus was sent to His own – the nation of Israel.  He received a mixed reaction (John 1:11-13).  After being raised from the dead, He told His disciples to go into the whole world and preach the gospel to all the nations (Matthew 24:14; 28:18-20; Acts 1:8).  That’s when He became Savior to the world.

Jesus’ earthly ministry was to Jews; He never left His homeland.  His heavenly ministry, however, was to the whole world.  This is why He said, “Salvation is of the Jews” (John 4:22).

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 Bore Witness to the Resurrection of Jesus Christ with an Unforgettable First-Century Social Movement

What is the evidence for the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth?  The origin of Christianity.

Note that I said “the origin of Christianity” and not “Christianity.”  There is much about Christianity that does not bear faithful witness to Christ, but the first-century movement sparked by Jesus’ apostles, as evidenced by the New Testament documents they left behind, is a reliable and overwhelming set of evidences.

We have the New Testament documents which will testify forever to the broad Mediterranean-wide first-century movement of Christ followers who laid down their lives so that the world might know that God lives, and that He visited the human race as one of its own.

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 Purpose of Ancient Israel Was to Bear Witness to Its Messiah

The whole reason that God established a nation from the descendants of Abraham was so that when His Messiah came, there would be ample witnesses and record keeping for the event.

Messiah’s life was so important that it deserved a nation to bear witness 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 Final Generation of Ancient Israel Turned Their Eyes Toward Heaven

The final generation of ancient Israel was spiritual Israel.  Read throughout the New Testament epistles and see that the writers were constantly applying Old Testament passages about Israel to the believers in Jesus.  For example, see Romans 2:28-29; Galatians 6:16; 1 Peter 2:9-10.  And there’s much more.  In fact, see the entire epistle to the Hebrews!

Speaking of Hebrews, see in Hebrews 12 that it is the heavenly Jerusalem that is the concern of the writer and readers – not the earthly Jerusalem.  (This passage, by the way, utilizes the imagery of Isaiah 2:1ff and Micah 4:1ff.)  Hebrews 3:1 mentions the “heavenly calling” that inspired them.  In Philippians 3:20 Paul said their citizenship was in heaven.  In that same letter, Paul said he was pursuing “the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14).

Truly, ancient Israel’s last generation turned the eyes of the world toward heaven.  They lifted the countenance of their neighbors – at least the ones who would listen.

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.

Truly, Truly, They Were the Chosen Generation

In 1 Peter 2:9, the apostle wrote to his contemporaries, “You are a chosen generation…” (King James Version).  Truly, they were.

They were the generation of Jesus of Nazareth.  They were the Jews called to bear witness to the glory of the Lord on earth, and the glory of the Lord from heaven once He ascended there.

Because of the witness of that generation, humanity through all ages will know that the Lord came to visit us.  We have the New Testament to tell us of how they bore Him witness.

Jesus had said to those who followed His teaching:

“You are the light of the world.  A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.  Nor do men light a lamp, and put it under the peck-measure, but on the lampstand; and it gives light to all who are in the house.”  – Matthew 5:14-15

The Jewish Diaspora in that age would mean that the light of the Lord would be seen wherever Jews were living.  That was all over – for they had been dispersed to the four winds.  Certainly, they had pollinated the Mediterranean world.  Their testimony about Jesus was heard all around the Roman Empire.  In Rome itself, folks were saying this message had encountered reaction “everywhere” (Acts 28:22).  The apostle Paul declared in public settings that these things “did not take place in a corner” (Acts 26:26).

That generation stood tall for the Son of God.  They responded when called upon.  May we inherit their spirit!

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.