The Sun of Righteousness

We have heard the promise of a “sun of righteousness” from the prophet Malachi:

Malachi 4:2 “But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings; and you will go forth and skip about like calves from the stall.

Of course, Jesus the Messiah is “the sun of righteousness.”  We heard about Him also in Psalm 84:11:

Psalm 84:11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield;

And here is even more detail about this “sun” we know as Jesus Christ:

Psalm 19:4 …He has placed a tent for the sun,
Psalm 19:5 Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber; It rejoices as a strong man to run his course.
Psalm 19:6 Its rising is from one end of the heavens,
And its circuit to the other end of them;
And there is nothing hidden from its heat.

All these scriptures prophesy of Jesus our Lord:  “The Sun of Righteousness.”  Never forget that no star shines brighter to us than the sun.  Every star illuminates darkness, but the sun eliminates it.

Therefore, let this “sun” do its work, which is to say, let the Son do His work.

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

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Genesis 15:5 – The Stars of Heaven

Genesis 15:5 And He took [Abram] outside and said, “Now look toward the heavens, and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.”

This was a promise from God to Abram (that is, Abraham).  As such, this promise became a promise to Abraham’s seed: the Messiah.  For this reason, those who follow Jesus become not merely as many as the stars of heaven, but like the stars of heaven.  For Daniel writes:

Daniel 12:3 “Those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.

This picture becomes even clearer when we remember what Jesus said about the resurrection:

Matthew 22:30 “For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.

And for this reason, we can can see that Psalm 19:1 as well was prophesying this spiritual reality of heaven:

Psalm 19:1 The heavens are telling of the glory of God;
And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.

Yes, there are physical stars in the physical heavens.  More importantly, however, there are spiritual stars in the spiritual heavens.  Be spiritually minded!

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

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Nehemiah 2:10

Nehemiah 2:10 When Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite official heard about it, it was very displeasing to them that someone had come to seek the welfare of the sons of Israel.

It is always displeasing to the enemies of God when someone comes to seek the welfare of the sons of Israel.  And when you consider this truth, be sure to remember that:

Romans 2:28 …he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh.
Romans 2:29 But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from men, but from God.

Thus the sons of Israel are those who live to please God.  As Jesus said when He encountered Nathanael:

John 1:47 KJV …”Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!”

These are the ones who qualify for the beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-16) that Jesus pronounced at the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount. These true sons of Israel are the true light of the world.  The spiritual forces of darkness (Ephesians 6:12) become rattled whenever someone seeks to strengthen these sons of light.

Have you come to strengthen those who live for God?  I hope so.  They lead the many to righteousness (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.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted.

2 Kings 20:5 – Something Greater Than Hezekiah Is Here

2 Kings 20:5 “Return and say to Hezekiah the leader of My people, ‘Thus says the LORD, the God of your father David, “I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; behold, I will heal you. On the third day you shall go up to the house of the LORD.

This verse foreshadowed someone far greater than Hezekiah.  As the New Testament put it, speaking of Jesus in a parallel situation:

Hebrews 5:7 In the days of His flesh, He offered up both prayers and supplications with loud crying and tears to the One able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His piety.

Did not Jesus “go up to the house of the Lord?”  Did He not do so “on the third day?”

Hezekiah is thus a type of Christ.

Paul therefore wrote:

1 Corinthians 15:3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,
1 Corinthians 15:4 and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,

God’s deliverance of Hezekiah was great; His deliverance of Jesus was infinitely greater…and not least because it included all of 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.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

SL007 – Scriptural Literacy: More on the Psalms

Scriptural Literacy:

Understanding the Bible –

An Ancient Text of Timeless Truths for a Modern Age

Our purpose in this blog and podcast is to increase our biblical literacy.

Understanding the structure of the Bible:

Gospels, Psalms, Acts, Prophets (major), Prophets (minor), Epistles, Pentateuch, History, Wisdom

Note from the previous lesson:  Not all English poetry rhymes and Hebrew poetry does not always have parallelism present Question: Why do we not see demons today? Today’s segments:

IV. Temple and synagogue (begins at 17:17)

The difference between the temple and the synagogue. Modern-day mixture of terms.

A way of remembering their history, (retrospective, such as Psalm 106) and keeping in mind their destiny (prospective, such as Psalm 144)

V. Messianic psalms (begins at 38:13)

Royal psalms Psalm 2 and Psalm 45 (hyperbole or “exceeding abundantly beyond all we ask or think”)

In Acts 2:30, the apostle Paul declares David a prophet. As a prophet, David looked ahead and spoke of the sufferings of Christ (1 Peter 1:10-12).

2 Samuel 7 (verse 19: the reference to a distant time)

Though David was a king, he knew suffering, too.  Though God had anointed him to be king, Saul kept hunting him down. And, later, his son Absalom hunted him down.

VI. Riddles (Psalms in the Gospels) (begins at 54:05)

Psalm 118 in Matt 21 Psalm 110 in Matt 22 Luke 20:42; Lk 24:44

VII. Psalms in the NT church (begins at 1:12:07)

Acts 17
1 Corinthians 15:3-4 (not just resurrection, but resurrection according to the Scriptures)
Colossians 3:16,
Ephesians 5:19,
1 Corinthians 14:26 (New Testament references to psalms) The psalms as thought patterns; i.e. they teach us how to think (“we have the mind of Christ” – 1 Corinthians 2:16) e.g. Psalm 22:1 = “perplexed but not despairing” – 2 Corinthians 4:8 “So teach us to number our days” -Psalm 90:12(to view such scriptures in an entirely new light)

Total time of recording is 1:31:15

Matthew 11:28-30 and 1 John 5:3

Note the similar point being made by these two passages, one from Matthew and the other from John:

Matthew 11:28 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:29 “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.  [quoting Jeremiah 6:16]
Matthew 11:30 “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

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1 John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.

Know then what a mistake we make when we mutter to ourselves that the way of the Lord is too hard.

Let us not dishonor Him with such wholly inappropriate complaining.  His commandment are not burdensome.

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

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

The Fellowship of the Holy Spirit

Through Jesus Christ we have been granted the fellowship of the Holy Spirit.  As Paul wrote:

2 Corinthians 13:14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.

And again:

Philippians 2:1 Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion,
Philippians 2:2 make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.

To be in fellowship with the Holy Spirit is to be at one with the purposes of God.  There is a flow to the Spirit, and we enter into that flow when we walk with Him.

As the prophet said:

Amos 3:3 KJV Can two walk together, except they be agreed?

It is through the Holy Spirit that Christ dwells in our hearts (Ephesians 3:16-17).  Thus fellowship with the Holy Spirit is fellowship with 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.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

The Prophesied Leader

Jacob prophesied that the ultimate leader of his descendants would come from the tribe of his son Judah [emphasis added, here and throughout]:

Genesis 49:10 “The scepter shall not depart from Judah,
Nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet,
Until Shiloh comes,
And to him shall be the obedience of the peoples.

Isaiah also spoke of a coming leader:

Isaiah 55:4 “Behold, I have made him a witness to the peoples,
A leader and commander for the peoples.

We can also see from the following 1 Chronicles passage that eyes continued to look to Judah for the leader.  It had been true in the case of David and was certainly expected to be true in the case of David’s greater descendant who was to come:

1 Chronicles 5:2 Though Judah prevailed over his brothers, and from him came the leader, yet the birthright belonged to Joseph),

For these reasons, Jesus could reference Messiah as the “Leader.”

Matthew 23:10 “Do not be called leaders; for One is your Leader, that is, Christ.

And certainly it could be seen that when Jesus was raised from the dead to heaven that He was leading humanity.  Thus Paul quotes yet another prophecy (this one from Psalm 68:18) about this leader leading:

Ephesians 4:8 Therefore it says,
“WHEN HE ASCENDED ON HIGH,
HE LED CAPTIVE A HOST OF CAPTIVES,
AND HE GAVE GIFTS TO MEN.”

And although the prophet Micah did not explicitly speak of Messiah (i.e. Christ) as the leader, does this word picture of his not portray Messiah’s leadership and thus speak of the same reality we see in Psalm 68:18 and Ephesians 4:8?

Micah 2:13 “The breaker goes up before them;
They break out, pass through the gate and go out by it.
So their king goes on before them,
And the LORD at their head.”

Jesus therefore was…and is…the prophesied leader of the people of God…and of all humanity.

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

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted.

From a Vague Hope in Resurrection to a Clear One

Many of Jesus’ fellow Jews had a hope in resurrection prior to His own…but it was a vague one:

Mark 9:9 As they were coming down from the mountain, [Jesus] gave them orders not to relate to anyone what they had seen, until the Son of Man rose from the dead.
Mark 9:10 They seized upon that statement, discussing with one another what rising from the dead meant.

Even when Jesus was descriptive about resurrection, it did not seem to take in people’s minds:

Matthew 22:30 “For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.

Once Jesus was actually raised from the dead, however, that vague conception took definite shape:

1 Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

That is, people knew they would be raised to heaven as Jesus was, to live as angels in heaven.  It was a staggering thought then; and it’s a staggering thought now.  The resurrection of Jesus Christ, however, was the point in time when hope for human resurrection crystalized into something specific.

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

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

The Name “Jesus” Means “the Lord Is Salvation”

“Jesus” in its original Hebrew form is “Joshua,” which is a combination of God’s name (“YHWH”) and a word which is most often translated into some form of “save,” “deliver,” or “help.”

There is much that can be realized by simply meditating on this fact about Jesus’ name.  I will leave it to you, with the Holy Spirit’s help, to do so.  This will take you time, but it will be time well spent.  It will be time invested that is rewarded with understanding.

The kingdom of God becomes real to you through such meditations.  And all the more so as you act on such meditations.

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

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

If You Are Born Again, How Do You Live?

If you are born again, you live for the kingdom of God.  This is how:

Romans 6:13 …do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.

As we do this, Peter’s hope becomes real for us:

Acts 3:26 “…God raised up His Servant and sent Him to bless you by turning every one of you from your wicked ways.”

And Matthew’s prophecy is fulfilled where we are concerned:

Matthew 1:21 …you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”

Do not be stillborn.  Live for 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.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Discerning the Dead from the Living

You cannot be spiritually alive unless you have been born again through the seed of Jesus Christ.  There are, however, many people who claim to have been born again who have obviously lapsed back into spiritual death.  As Jesus said to such people:

Revelation 3:1 “…you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead.”

Thus there are two kinds of people in the earth today:  those who are dead to God (Ephesians 2:1)  and those who are alive to God through Jesus Christ (Romans 6:11).

Another way of saying this is that there are two kinds of people in the world:  those who “see” the kingdom of God and those who don’t.

Thus Jesus could say to the man who wanted to follow Him but hesitated:

Matthew 8:21 Another of the disciples said to Him, “Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father.”
Matthew 8:22 But Jesus *said to him, “Follow Me, and allow the dead to bury their own dead.”

A characteristic of the dead is that they do not praise the Lord:

Psalm 115:17 The dead do not praise the LORD…

By contrast:

Isaiah 38:19 “It is the living who give thanks to You…

Are you dead or alive?

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

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Perceiving the Kingdom of God in the Resurrected Christ

Ancient Israel had a kingdom.  There was a long line of kings.  God promised its greatest king – David – that a descendant would one day come who would be greater even than David.  When that heir apparent appeared, He was crucified.  This did not thwart God’s plan for the descendant’s great kingdom but actually launched it, for God installed this king in a heavenly throne by raising Him from the dead (Psalm 2:6).

Just as ancient Israel was a kingdom, so this was a kingdom – but with the throne in heaven.  This required a complete re-orientation for all faithful Jews.  More than any prior kingdom of Israel, this one was the kingdom OF GOD – because it was of heaven.  For this reason it is also called “the kingdom of heaven.”

Understanding how this kingdom is administered begins with understanding its king.  The king is alive, not dead.  He is in heaven, not on earth.  With that basic understanding a loyal subject can begin to re-order his life so as to be a faithful servant in this kingdom.

All understanding of the kingdom of God centers on understanding Jesus as its king, enthroned in heaven, alive and engaged with the world beneath.  It is an idea that His true disciples take seriously.  No one who disregards this idea should be ever be expected to perceive or appreciate the kingdom of God.

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

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Being Born Again Is a Requirement for Perceiving the Kingdom of God

Jesus said to Nicodemus:

John 3:3 …”Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Jesus went on to distinguish spiritual birth from physical birth:

John 3:6 “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

Our earthly parents gave us earthly birth.  To be born again means to be born from above.  What then is the seed above from which we can be born again?  Referring to Jesus as “the last Adam,” Paul says:

1 Corinthians 15:45 …The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.

This life-giving spirit is the seed in heaven from which are born.  As Peter says:

1 Peter 1:3 …God…has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

and

1 Peter 1:23 for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God.

This is the name “Word” of which John spoke in John 1:1 and again in Revelation:

Revelation 19:13 …His name is called The Word of God.

Thus Jesus prophesied to Nicodemus of His crucifixion and resurrection when He said:

John 3:14 “As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up;

If you would understand the kingdom of God, Jesus – the resurrected Jesus – is the place to begin.  Thus the title of this blog is “a…guide to Jesus and His kingdom.”  No Jesus, no kingdom.  He is the king of the kingdom of God.

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

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

The More Verses in Which We Can See Jesus in the Old Testament, the More Opportunities We Have to Love Him and Imitate Him

Everyone seems to know that the New Testament is about Jesus Christ.  What seems less known is that the Old Testament is about Him, too.  The difference between the testaments is that while the New Testament speaks about Christ explicitly, the Old Testament speaks about Him implicitly.  To put this more precisely, the Old Testament must be read spiritually if you are to discern Jesus in it.

The most obvious references to Jesus in the Old Testament are its prophecies of Messiah.  There are, however, also  types, allusions, foreshadowings of Him that are more subtle. One of the predominant themes of this blog is to help you see Christ in these various Old Testament ways.  For a few examples, see these posts on types and shadows.

The point of finding Christ throughout the pages of the Bible is to see (that is, understand) Him more clearly.  As we do, we can love Him more intensely and imitate Him more exactly.  Therefore, every verse in which you come to see Christ is an opportunity to care about Him more and mimic Him more.  What other goals or opportunities in life are more compelling to you?

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

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

“The Implications of Everyone Going to Heaven” Audio Book Now Available

The audio version of the book The Implications of Everyone Going to Heaven is now accessible on the “Mike Gantt” app.  If you already have the app, just refresh the episode list if its chapter titles are not already showing.  Look for the prefix “TIEGTH” at the beginning of each title and begin with the episode labeled “TIEGTH00” which is the Introduction.  There are 21 chapters following the Introduction.  If you don’t have the app, just go to the app store supported by your mobile device and search on “Mike Gantt.”  As with everything else I provide, there is no cost to you, nor will I seek donations or anything else from you.

You can also listen to this book using your browser, beginning at The Implications of Everyone Going to Heaven.  You will find the written text for each chapter beneath the audio player for that chapter.

The total listening time required for this audio version of the book is 3 hours, 41 minutes, and 52 seconds.  Because I hope you are completing the audio book The Biblical Case for Everyone Going to Heaven, and that you will also want to listen to this book, I am going to continue holding off on publishing the weekly podcast Scriptural Literacy…so that I am not found trying to give you water to drink through a fire hose.

Sometime next week, this audio book should show up as a podcast in the iTunes and Stitcher directories.

That everyone is going to heaven is a truth that has important implications.  One of them, which may be counterintuitive for some folks, is that we should repent and live holy lives.  Be sure you understand that everyone is going to heaven, and be sure that you understand all that it implies and all that is required of us.

Psalm 18:48 – A Piece of the Mind of Christ

Psalm 18:48 He delivers me from my enemies;
Surely You lift me above those who rise up against me;
You rescue me from the violent man.

God delivered Christ from enemies.  God “lifted” up Jesus to His right hand, far above those enemies – even making those enemies a footstool for Christ’s feet (Psalm 110:1).  Christ was thus forever put out of “the violent man’s” reach.

This verse reveals a part of “the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:16), for it represents the way He thought – and the basis upon which He would have prayed for deliverance, as in Hebrews 5:7.

The entirety of the Old Testament, including this verse, is intended to tell us about Christ.  This is so that we might love Him more and imitate Him more.

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

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Psalm 18:49 – Christ in the Midst of His People

Psalm 18:49 Therefore I will give thanks to You among the nations, O LORD,
And I will sing praises to Your name.

The apostle Paul quotes this verse in his letter to the Romans:

Rom 15:9 and for the Gentiles to glorify God for His mercy; as it is written,
“THEREFORE I WILL GIVE PRAISE TO YOU AMONG THE GENTILES,
AND I WILL SING TO YOUR NAME.”

(The words in all capitals are an indication by the NASB that the New Testament writer is quoting the Old Testament.  By the way, note that the word “Gentiles” in Romans 15:9 is substituted for the word “nations” in Psalm 18:49; regarding this semantic equivalence, as well as similar ones between the testaments, see this post.)

We know that Christ in the flesh did not minister beyond Israel (Matthew 15:24).  Therefore, this prophecy of David speaks of what Christ did when He was raised to the right hand of the Father and poured out the Holy Spirit on His disciples, the New Testament church (as described in Acts 2 and 1 Corinthians 12-14).

We see a similar thought in Hebrews 2:11-12 which is quoting Psalm 22:22:

Hebrews 2:11 For both He who sanctifies and those who are sanctified are all from one Father; for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren,
Hebrews 2:12 saying,
“I WILL PROCLAIM YOUR NAME TO MY BRETHREN,
IN THE MIDST OF THE CONGREGATION I WILL SING YOUR PRAISE.”

Thus Psalm 18:49 is a word picture of Christ in the midst of His people.  David is prophesying of the Christ, for all the Scriptures are about 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.

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

Psalm 18:50

Psalm 18:50 He gives great deliverance to His king,
And shows lovingkindness to His anointed,
To David and his descendants forever.

What greater deliverance has God given than the deliverance from death experienced by Jesus of Nazareth?

As it says in Hebrews:

Hebrews 5:7 In the days of His flesh, [Christ] offered up both prayers and supplications with loud crying and tears to the One able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His piety.

In Psalm 18:50 David is speaking of “great deliverance” for “God’s king,” – that is, “God’s anointed.”  Then David makes specific reference to himself (God’s king and God’s anointed) and to his seed (see the marginal note in the NASB where “descendants” is shown to literally be “seed”).  Following Paul’s direction in Galatians 3:16, we can rightly understand “seed” in such a context to refer to Christ – the Messiah.

This seed of David would be God’s king and God’s anointed in a greater way than was true of David.  David knew they while he himself would die and follow the experience of all humanity in that regard, his seed, the Messiah, would see a different outcome (Acts 2:30-31).

Thus David is prophesying of the resurrection to heaven of the Messiah, and His rule in God’s name.

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

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

The Ancient Jews Have Explained God and His Workings

Who among us today understands the Creator?  Those who pay attention to the ancient Jews responsible for the collection of writings we call the Bible – namely, those who pay attention to the writings of Israel’s prophets and apostles.

These writings explain how our Creator worked patiently for thousands of years to bring about a plan of salvation for the entire creation.    These writings – the Old and New Testaments – reveal the love, wisdom, power, and restraint displayed by God in effecting our deliverance from sin and its effects.

Yes, there is value in scientific exploration and in expansion of human knowledge.  However, no such quest will render unnecessary the wisdom granted us by God through the agency of ancient Israel.  On the contrary, we need the wisdom of these ancient Jews now more than ever.

The Bible is no less essential to modern man than it was to ancient man.  Let us give much greater attention 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.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Strike Down the Shepherd and the Sheep Will Be Scattered

You may recognize the title of this post as coming from Zechariah 13:7.  It was quoted by Jesus the night before He died as a reference to Himself (Matthew 26:31; Mark 14:27).

As this prophecy spoke that night of Jesus in the flesh, so it speaks for all time since of Jesus in the spirit.  That is, the kingdom of God is righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit (Romans 14:17).  Jesus leads us and rules us by His Spirit in this age.  Thus the way to thwart the advance of Jesus and His kingdom in our day is to deny, ignore, resist, or otherwise nullify the Holy Spirit.  This is why blasphemy against the Spirit is such a serious issue:

Luke 12:10 “And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him.

If you would give Jesus free reign in your heart, give the Holy Spirit free reign in your heart – for this is how Jesus moves and reveals Himself today.  To be led by Jesus Christ is to be led by the Spirit (Romans 8:14; Galatians 5:18).

The “great Shepherd of the sheep” (Hebrews 13:20) did once walk the earth in the flesh (Hebrews 5:7), but we know Him according to the flesh no longer (2 Corinthians 5:16).  Rather, “now the Lord is the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:17).

Let not this Shepherd be struck down.  Otherwise, we will be scattered.

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

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

The “Heaven” Book Now Available as Podcast on iTunes

My book – The Biblical Case for Everyone Going to Heaven – is now published as a podcast and listed in the iTunes Directory.  Here is what the listing looks like: iTunes.

You can most easily find it by searching from your iOS device on “mike gantt,” where it will show up next to my other podcasts.  You can also find it by searching on the title of the book.

For those of you with Android devices, the podcast has been submitted to Stitcher but has not yet been listed.  That will probably happen in the next few days.  I don’t plan to send out an announcement about that, as it should happen as a matter of course.  If it doesn’t show up for you in the next couple of days, please post a comment to this post and I will follow up with Stitcher.

I remind you that whether you have an Android or an iOS device, you can download the “Mike Gantt app” from the app store.  With this app you will have access not just to this book, but to every podcast I have produced and will produce.  Moreover, every podcast episode I publish goes to that app before it goes anywhere else.  Therefore, no matter what your smartphone or other device, the best way to receive every audio teaching I release – and the moment I release it – is through the “Mike Gantt app.”  (By the way, I am not proud of the app’s name, but I am willing to take responsibility for what I say.)

1 Kings 11:36 – As Jesus Was Raised Up, So Jerusalem Was Raised Up

1 Kings 11:36 ‘…Jerusalem, the city where I have chosen for Myself to put My name.”

When David was king of Israel, the Lord chose to establish His name in Jerusalem.  When Messiah came, God installed Him as king in the Jerusalem that is above – that is, in heaven (Psalm 2:6; Isaiah 2:2, 3; Galatians 4:26; Hebrews 12:22, 23, 24).

From that point on, the throne of God and of Israel would be in heaven.  No longer would men worship at earthly thrones.  Thus Jesus said:

John 4:21 …”…an hour is coming when neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father.”

In the administration of God, therefore, Jerusalem is forever a spiritual – not a physical – capital.

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

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

1 Kings 12:19 – Rebellion Against Jesus

1 Kings 12:19 So Israel has been in rebellion against the house of David to this day.

Judaism and Christianity today are in rebellion against Jesus the Messiah.  That is, organized religion is resisting the movement of God’s Spirit in the kingdom of God.

The kingdom of God is administered by faith (Ephesians 1:10) and not by human administrators.

God’s commandment is that we believe in the name of Jesus Christ and love one another (1 John 3:23) – not that we belong to some humanly-led organization.

The stone which the builders have rejected – that is, the Spirit of Jesus Christ – is the chief cornerstone of the kingdom of God (Psalm 118:22; Romans 14:17).

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.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

2 Samuel 7:14 – Seeing Jesus as the Son God Promised

2 Samuel 7:14 “I will be a father to him and he will be a son to Me…”

When Nathan the prophet spoke these words to King David on behalf of God it may have seemed like God was promising merely to take a special interest in David’s future descendant, much like He’d taken a special interest in David’s kingship.  However, the events which occurred a thousand years later, especially when Jesus was raised from the dead, would reveal that there was much more to these words than initial impressions would allow.

Nonetheless, David took these words to heart and would later write of the Messiah in the second Psalm:

Psalm 2:7 “I will surely tell of the decree of the LORD:
He said to Me, ‘You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You.

The apostle Paul would ultimately declare that this promise implied resurrection for the Messiah:

Acts 13:32 “And we preach to you the good news of the promise made to the fathers,
Acts 13:33 that God has fulfilled this promise to our children in that He raised up Jesus, as it is also written in the second Psalm, ‘YOU ARE MY SON; TODAY I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU.’

This is a point Paul would reiterate in the beginning of his letter to the Romans:

Romans 1:1 Paul, a bond-servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God,
Romans 1:2 which He promised beforehand through His prophets in the holy Scriptures,
Romans 1:3 concerning His Son, who was born of a descendant of David according to the flesh,
Romans 1:4 who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead…

Thus God’s promise to David to be a father to David’s descendant was filled with meaning that is still being revealed to mankind today.  Such is the wisdom of God that we cannot take it all in at once.  In this dynamic is Proverbs 4:18 fulfilled in our lives.

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

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

2 Samuel 7:13 – Seeing Jesus as the One who Receives the “Forever Throne”

2 Samuel 7:13 “…I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.”

God is here promising to David that the Messiah’s throne would be “forever.”  In human terms, such a promise would be hypobolic…because event the greatest of human kings eventually die.  However, since Jesus was raised to an indestructible life (Hebrews 7:16), it was a straightforward description in His case.

The prophets repeated this promise in various ways:

Psalm 45:6 Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;

Daniel 7:14 …His dominion is an everlasting dominion
Which will not pass away;
And His kingdom is one
Which will not be destroyed.

Isaiah 9:7 There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace,
On the throne of David and over his kingdom…

Thus Messiah – that is, Jesus of Nazareth – received His throne…forever.  That means He still has it today.  Let us honor it with our whole-hearted love and obedience.

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

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

2 Samuel 7:13 – Seeing Jesus as the Builder of the House for God’s Name

2 Samuel 7:13 “He shall build a house for My name…”

These words were spoken by God through the prophet Nathan to King David.  These words describe the descendant (or “seed”) God was promising David.  That is, at some time in the distant future (2 Samuel 7:19), a descendant of David would be born.  This descendant would build a house for the name of God.  These words were spoken to David around 1,000 B.C.  That distant future was reached a thousand years later when Jesus of Nazareth arrived in the 1st Century A.D.

This Jesus reiterated the promise above when He Himself said:

Matthew 16:18 “…I will build My church…”

The person to whom He directed these words (i.e. the apostle Peter) would later write to contemporaries who shared his faith in the one who spoke those words:

1 Peter 2:5 you…are being built up as a spiritual house…

Thus the promise of God was fulfilled as the seed of David was building a house for the name of God.

Let everyone who would be a part of that house abstain from wickedness (2 Timothy 2:19; James 1:21).

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.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Q: Were the Judges Good or Bad?

Q: Hebrews 11:32-34 speaks of the judges as heroes of faith.  Why then do we sometimes see them engaged in questionable actions or even things that seem outright wrong?

A: The book of Judges chronicles the time between Joshua and Samuel.  It was a difficult time for Israel.  Joshua had led the Israelites into the promised land, but they did not completely drive out the Canaanites as God had instructed them.  (We can relate, for even when we obey God we sometimes do so in a similarly half-hearted fashion.)

Joshua had followed in the wake of the great Moses, and, later, in the time of Samuel, God instituted a king for Israel  first, Saul, then David.  During the several hundred years in between, however, there was no king in Israel.  Thus the signature verses from this book are Judges 17:6; 21:25.  Note that “every man did what was right in his own eyes.”  It was a very dark time for Israel.

We can relate to this as well, for our time, too, is very dark – and for the same reason.  That is, there is no king for the people of God.  Oh, yes – Christians will claim that Jesus is king, but they immediately hive off into thousands of different denominations, each with their own king or collection of kings.

The judges that God raised up to deliver His people from the oppression of their enemies were sometimes compromised by their own weaknesses.  Samson was a notable example (Judges 13:16).  He performed great feats for God, but had great weaknesses as well.  Therefore, we should read the book of Judges with discernment.  Not every act is worthy of imitation.  However, our main focus should be to imitate the faith of those men (and don’t forget Deborah, starting in Judges 4:4) just as they were extolled in Hebrews 11:32-34.

Find the search box for this blog on the right-hand side of this page and enter [samson].  You’ll find some posts that will help you see Christ in the book of Judges, and especially in the life of Samson.

 

 

Psalm 113:5 – Seeing Jesus, Enthroned on High

Psalm 113:5 Who is like the LORD our God,
Who is enthroned on high,

Who is like the Lord Jesus Christ, who was enthroned on high through His resurrection from the dead and exaltation to heaven?

For on the day of Pentecost, Peter said of Him:

Acts 2:33 “Therefore having been exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He has poured forth this which you both see and hear.

There is indeed no one like the Lord our God.  Not even the angels are can compare to Him.

Hebrews 1:5 For to which of the angels did He ever say,
“YOU ARE MY SON,
TODAY I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU”? And again,
“I WILL BE A FATHER TO HIM
AND HE SHALL BE A SON TO ME”?

(The all caps are quotations of Psalm 2:7 and 2 Samuel 7:14, respectively.)

Who then is like the Lord our God who is enthroned on high?  No one.

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

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

Ministry Newsletter Covering All My Blogs, Podcasts, Books, Etc.

Since my ministry activities include multiple blogs, podcasts, and books, I have decided to produce a periodic newsletter which will cover all these and related activities – in case there are any of you who want to keep up with it all.  I’m calling it Mike Gantt’s Ministry Newsletter.  It won’t be fancy.  It will just explain my overall view of things from time to time – but a minimum of monthly.  You can sign up for it on the right-hand side of this About page.  (And this is the only place on all of my blogs that you will be able to sign up for it.)

Note that my various blogs will allow you to sign up for an e-mail notification of each new blog post, but this newsletter sign-up is different.  Although I allow anonymous comments on my blogs and anonymous sign-ups for the blog post e-mails, for this ministry newsletter I wanted it to be a little more personal, which is why I ask for a name.  It should go without saying that I’m not going to use your information for any purpose other than the purposes I just stated for the newsletter, and that I am never going to try to sell you something or obtain a donation or anything else from you.  I just feel that I should provide a way for interested people to know more about the thinking of the person behind these various forms of content I am providing.

I do not expect many people to sign up for this newsletter, but for those want to keep up with all that I am doing in this ministry, this newsletter will provide a cohesive view of my activities and make sure that I don’t take on anything new without your knowing about it.

Psalm 45:2 Seeing Jesus as the Fairest One, Full of Grace

Psalm 45:2 You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.

Is not Jesus fairer than the sons of men?

Is not grace poured upon His lips?

As the apostle said of Him in his gospel:

John 1:16 For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace.

Truly, the Lord Jesus Christ is blessed forever.  Psalm 45:2 is fulfilled in Him, and in Him alone.  Blessed are all those who take refuge in Him.

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

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Psalm 45:1 – Jesus Is the King of the Kingdom of God

We know from Hebrews 1:8-9 that Jesus was the king foreseen in this psalm.  Thus we read its opening verse with this awareness:

Psalm 45:1 My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.

The writer is prophesying of the king to come – the descendant of David that was promised through Nathan the prophet in 2 Samuel 7.  This descendant would inherit not only what God promised through Nathan – he would also inherit the promises to Abraham since, as David’s seed, he would also be the seed of Abraham.

Thus Jesus of Nazareth would say some thousand years later:

John 5:39 “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me;

Jesus was the promised king of the kingdom of God.  The New Testament testifies to the fulfillment of the Old Testament promises to Abraham and David.  (This is what makes the genealogies important.)

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

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

The Bible Is the Prayer Book of the Godly

If you would be a man or woman of God there is no better prayer book for you than the Bible.

This prayer book has been inspired by the Holy Spirit Himself, who knows better than anyone else how we ought to pray (Romans 8:26-27).

The prayer books of men are weak by comparison.  They are, at best, pale imitations of the real thing.  They are prayer books for the religious.  Reach instead for the Bible, which is the prayer book for the righteous.

Search those places in the Bible – especially the Psalms – which lead you to “the throne of grace that you may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).

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

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Audio Version of “The Biblical Case for Everyone Going to Heaven” Is Now Available

An audio version of the book The Biblical Case for Everyone Going to Heaven is now available.  There are several ways to hear it.

If you have the “Mike Gantt” smartphone app, it has probably already downloaded to your device.  There is an episode for each chapter and it will look like this in your episode list:

BCEGTH13 – The Biblical Case for Everyone Going to Heaven – Summary of the Book
BCEGTH12 – The Biblical Case for Everyone Going to Heaven – Ch. 12
BCEGTH11 – The Biblical Case for Everyone Going to Heaven – Ch. 11
BCEGTH10 – The Biblical Case for Everyone Going to Heaven – Ch. 10
BCEGTH09 – The Biblical Case for Everyone Going to Heaven – Ch. 9
BCEGTH08 – The Biblical Case for Everyone Going to Heaven – Ch. 8
BCEGTH07 – The Biblical Case for Everyone Going to Heaven – Ch. 7
BCEGTH06 – The Biblical Case for Everyone Going to Heaven – Ch. 6
BCEGTH05 – The Biblical Case for Everyone Going to Heaven – Ch. 5
BCEGTH04 – The Biblical Case for Everyone Going to Heaven – Ch. 4
BCEGTH03 – The Biblical Case for Everyone Going to Heaven – Ch. 3
BCEGTH02 – The Biblical Case for Everyone Going to Heaven – Ch. 2
BCEGTH01 – The Biblical Case for Everyone Going to Heaven – Ch. 1
BCEGTH00 – The Biblical Case for Everyone Going to Heaven – Preface

The reverse order is because, of course, podcasts are delivered with the most recent podcast on top.  That means the beginning of the book is on the bottom.

If you have a smartphone but don’t have this app, just go to your app store (whether iOS or Android) and you can download it for free.

Another way you can listen to the book is to go to the written version online with your browser.  (Use the link at the top of this post.)  I have placed an audio player at the beginning of every chapter which will play the audio version of that chapter.  Just beneath the player is a link to download the mp3 file to your computer if you want.

It will take a week or so before this audio book is available as a podcast in the iTunes Directory.  Plus, I will have to publish individual posts of the chapters on the Bible Notes website (where the books are stored) to achieve the iTunes listing, which will take a day or two itself.

The total listening time required for the book is 6 hours, 7 minutes, and 2 seconds.  Therefore, I won’t be publishing a Scriptural Christianity or Scriptural Literacy podcast for a while so that you can have time to listen to this book.

Psalm 61:2 – Jesus, the Rock That Is Higher

Psalm 61:2 From the end of the earth I call to You when my heart is faint;
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

Jesus of Nazareth was raised from the dead, “far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come” (Ephesians 1:21).  He is thus “higher” than all things.

The apostle Peter called Jesus a “rock” (1 Peter 2:8), and the apostle Paul did as well (1 Corinthians 10:4).

Thus Jesus Christ is “the rock that is higher than I.”

He is drawing us to Himself even now.  Let us not resist.

John 12:32 “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself.”

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

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Genesis 12:1-3 – The Call of Abram Is the Call of Christ

Go to Genesis 12:1-3 and see that God’s call to Abram foreshadowed the call of Christ.

As Abram was called from his country, so Christ was called from heaven.

As Abram was called from familiar surroundings to go to an unknown place, so Christ was called from the comforts of familiarity to sojourn as a human being – a way of life not previously known to Him (Philippians 2:5-8).

As the promise was that Abram would become a great nation, Jesus would become an even greater one.

As Abram’s name was made great, the name of Jesus Christ was made even greater.

As Abram became a blessing, so Jesus became an even greater blessing (Acts 3:25-26).

Abram was a type of Christ.  In Abram, we learn about Christ.  As Abram worshiped the one true God, let us worship Christ, for Christ is the one true God.

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

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Daniel 7:18 – The Kingdom of the Highest One

Daniel 7:18 ‘But the saints of the Highest One will receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever, for all ages to come.’

What is the kingdom of the Highest One but the kingdom of God?  This kingdom of God – also known as the kingdom of heaven – was the central theme of Jesus’ teaching.  Attaining to it was the fondest hope of the New Testament church.

Today’s churches have all but given up hope for this kingdom.  They either defer it to the future, claim they are said kingdom, or some combination of the two (“the already but not yet” concept so frequently given in response by Evangelicals to current-day inquiries about the status of the kingdom about which Jesus preached with such emphasis).  This is missing the point for which the New Testament church gave its life.

The kingdom of God is in our midst, available for entry by those who will make themselves holy by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Here then are the keys to that kingdom:

2 Peter 1:5 Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge,
2 Peter 1:6 and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness,
2 Peter 1:7 and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love.
2 Peter 1:8 For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 1:9 For he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins.
2 Peter 1:10 Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble;
2 Peter 1:11 for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to you.

God forbid that Peter should have put the keys in our hands and we fail to enter as Israel failed to enter the promised land (1 Corinthians 10:1-13).

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

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted.