Psalm 24:1

Psalm 24:1 The earth is the LORD’S, and all it contains, The world, and those who dwell in it.

He who created the world is He who redeemed 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. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

1 Samuel 10:1

1 Samuel 10:1 Then Samuel took the flask of oil, poured it on his head, kissed him and said, “Has not the LORD anointed you a ruler over His inheritance?

This verse from 1 Samuel foreshadows what happened to Jesus as He began His ministry:

Luke 3:21 Now when all the people were baptized, Jesus was also baptized, and while He was praying, heaven was opened,
Luke 3:22 and the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in bodily form like a dove, and a voice came out of heaven, “You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased.”
Luke 3:23 When He began His ministry, Jesus Himself was about thirty years of age…

The anointing of Samuel (i.e., the anointing of Israel’s first king) also foreshadowed the great day of Pentecost when Jesus, having received the Holy Spirit from the Father, poured out  that same Spirit on those who believed the message of the apostles:

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.

If this way of reading the Scripture is not familiar to you, see The Old Testament (that is, the Hebrew Bible) Is About Jesus 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.)

I Will Bring You Back to the Place from Where I Sent You into Exile

Jeremiah 29:14 ‘I will be found by you,’ declares the LORD, ‘and I will restore your fortunes and will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you,’ declares the LORD, ‘and I will bring you back to the place from where I sent you into exile.’

While Jeremiah’s words had a particular meaning to the Jews of that time, God’s promise has broader fulfillment in the restoration of humanity to Himself through Jesus Christ.

Mankind was exiled from the presence of God because of sin.  Only through Jesus Christ was sin ultimately and perfectly addressed.  Therefore, through Jesus Christ we have our way back to the Creator against whom we’ve sinned and from whom we’ve wandered.

For this reason, the tree of life first mentioned in Genesis 2 is addressed in Revelation 22, the last chapter of the Bible.  That is, as humankind was denied access to the tree of life because of the sin of Adam and Eve, so humankind was invited back to the tree of life through Jesus Christ our Redeemer.

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 116:15

Psalm 116:15 Precious in the sight of the LORD
Is the death of His godly ones.

Who was more godly than Jesus of Nazareth?  And, therefore, whose death would have been most precious in the Lord’s sight?

We should not be surprised therefore that Jesus was raised from the dead and exalted to the right hand of God, far above the station of anyone else!

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.)

Hebrews 13:14

Hebrews 13:14 For here we do not have a lasting city, but we are seeking the city which is to come.

In Revelation 21, the apostle John spoke of this city which was to come – the kingdom of God, upon which the faithful of the New Testament church were waiting.  They knew that the church gatherings in which they participated were a temporary arrangement (a Feast of Booths) in anticipation of the coming promised land.  Therefore, they did not fall prey to the apostasy, which was to take hold of so many in the late New Testament church (Acts 20:29-30).  They believed in the day that was coming, spoken of in Hebrews 10:25, the day of the Lord (Philippians 1:6, 10; 2:16).  For this reason, they were blessed (Luke 1:45).

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.)

Deuteronomy 18:18

Deuteronomy 18:18 ‘I will raise up a prophet from among their countrymen like you, and I will put My words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him.

This is a promise of God, which was fulfilled in Jesus Christ.  For God raised up Jesus and spoke through Him to the people.  See especially John 4:25; 8:28; and 12:49, 50.

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.)

Exodus 14:31 – As God Worked Through Moses, So He Worked Through Christ

Exodus 14:31 When Israel saw the great power which the LORD had used against the Egyptians, the people feared the LORD, and they believed in the LORD and in His servant Moses.

If you are familiar with the Gospels, you will recognize that the picture painted by this verse from Exodus depicts what happened as Jesus deployed the power of God in the land of Israel.  Thus this picture gives us a foreshadowing of what God was going to one day achieve through His Messiah.

Just as the people of God believed in Moses because of the power of God displayed through him, so the people of God believed in Jesus because of the power of God displayed through Him.  See specifically John 2:11 and 11:45.

Let us therefore continually point to Jesus as the leader of the people of God.  As God worked through Moses, so He works through 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.)

Slight Revision to This Blog’s Title and a Return to Its Original Focus

With the launch of the new blog – Marriage and Family in the Kingdom of God [Editorial note, December 2016: I’ve since folded said blog into the main blog, A Spiritual Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom, adding “Marriage and Family” as a “category” there.]  – I’ve tweaked the name of this blog from Leadership in the Kingdom of God to

Christian Leaders and the Kingdom of God

with a subtitle of

Not lording it over them, but serving like the youngest of them.
–  Luke 22:25-26

If you’ll read the first post of the new blog [see “Editorial note above], you’ll see why it allows me to slightly change the name of this blog and now return it to its original purpose: speaking to Christian leaders.  (Note that the URL, which has never changed during the life of the blog, is “blogforthelordjesuschristianleaders.”

By “Christian leaders,” I mean pastors, preachers, teachers, ministers, bishops, popes, elders, overseers, or any other position of leadership associated with the name of Christ.

By “tweaking” the name of the blog, I’m referring to the last change I made to the name.  In that post, I described a return to speaking to Christian leaders, but I also said I felt responsible to write for Christian parents in that regard as well, since they were leading children.

By the way, I don’t expect all of you to care about the history of this blog.  I only lay it out for those who are interested, and for whom it might be relevant when searching prior content.  (After all, I’ve been writing at least one post a day on this particular blog since March 4, 2010.  So there’s a lot of content to navigate.)

I was in professional full-time ministry for 15 years, and I look forward to being able to speak more directly to those who hold positions like I did.  I am also interested in speaking to those of you who, whether in ministry or laity, who want to see the light of Christ shine brighter and spread farther.

I’m Not Going to Call God by a Name That the Prophets and Apostles Don’t Use

If the prophets and the apostles don’t call God “trinity,” why should we?

The prophets and apostles called God by many names.  Many names.  Are there not enough of these names that we have to add our own?

We are warned against adding to, or taking away from, the word of God (Deuteronomy 4:2; 12:32; Proverbs 30:5, 6; Revelation 22:18, 19).  Why then do some so boldly add “trinity” to the list of names by which God has called Himself through His servants, the apostles and prophets through whom we have the Scriptures?

We ought to stand in fear of a holy God and use only the names for Him that He has given us.

It’s “Thy Kingdom Come,” Not “Our Kingdoms Come”

In the Lord’s prayer, Jesus taught us to plead “Thy kingdom come” (Matthew 6:10 KJV; Luke 11:2 KJV).  Why then are Christian leaders seeking their own kingdoms?  They might as well be praying “Our kingdoms come.”

The Baptists are seeking to grow the Baptist kingdom.  The Catholics are seeking to grow the Catholic kingdom.  And so on.

At some 30,000 denominations and counting, there is a lot of self-seeking – and not much kingdom-seeking – going on in Christendom these days.

Let us get back to seeking the King and His kingdom.  It’s hypocritical to pray “Thy kingdom come” and then live in pursuit of your own kingdom.

Numbers 12:7 – Moses Was a Servant, But Jesus Was a Servant and a Son

Numbers 12:7 “Not so, with My servant Moses,
He is faithful in all My household;

This is another type and shadow of Messiah, who was to come.

Christ was the “servant” of the Lord.  He was faithful in God’s household, as Hebrews 3:2ff. makes clear.  While Moses was faithful as a servant, however, Jesus was faithful as a servant and as a son.  Jesus is greater than Moses, therefore, by just so much as a son is greater than a servant.

See also Deuteronomy 18:15 – The Prophet Like Moses That God Would Literally Raise Up.

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

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

Exodus 40:16 – Jesus Leads the People of God Out of Their Bondage to Sin

Exodus 40:16 Thus Moses did; according to all that the LORD had commanded him, so he did.

Here we have a type of Christ.  For Jesus did according to all that the Lord had commanded Him.  Moses did well, but Christ did much more.  Moses led God’s people out of Egypt, but Jesus led God’s people out of sin.

Jesus is still leading people out of their sin today.  If you are still enslaved to sin, you are following Jesus in name only.  Make sure His leadership of your life is effectual.

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.)

A Doubting Heart Cannot Keep the Great Commandment

Mark 12:28 One of the scribes came and heard them arguing, and recognizing that He had answered them well, asked Him, “What commandment is the foremost of all?”
Mark 12:29 Jesus answered, “The foremost is, ‘HEAR, O ISRAEL! THE LORD OUR GOD IS ONE LORD;
Mark 12:30 AND YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH.’

This, therefore, is the great commandment.  Since it requires love “with all your mind,” how then could a double-minded person (i.e., a doubting person, or a divided heart) possibly obey 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. (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 Double-Minded Take Some of Their Thoughts Captive to the Obedience of Christ

Paul exhorted the believers in Corinth:

2 Corinthians 10:5 We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,

Notice that he said every thought, not just some of our thoughts.  For if we take only some of our thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ, we become double-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. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

Getting Stuck on the Path from Unbelief to Faith

In the transition from unbelief to faith, some get stuck in double-mindedness – that state in which we alternate between believing and not believing.

If this condition is not resolved, it leads either to outright rejection of faith or else hypocrisy.  Thus whether you are a lapsed Christian or an active churchgoer, you might be under the same influence:  unbelief.

The solution therefore is to be sure to transition all the way from unbelief to belief – not stopping at some point in between.

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.)

Shed Every Trace of Unbelief

Mark 9:24 Immediately the boy’s father cried out and said, “I do believe; help my unbelief.”

This man knew that his problem was double-mindedness.  He was not a defiant unbeliever.  Rather, he was wavering between belief and unbelief.  That is, he believed under a cloud of doubt.

The solution to this dilemma was given by Jesus:

John 20:27 …do not be unbelieving, but believing.”

Make your transition complete.  Go from a part of you believing in Christ to all of you believing in Christ.  Go from believing in Christ some of the time to believing in Christ all of the time.

Be not double-minded.  Rather, be single-minded in faith.

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.)

Remove the Wicked Thought from Your Heart

1 Corinthians 5:13 …REMOVE THE WICKED MAN FROM AMONG YOURSELVES.

If Paul thought it critical that the Corinthians remove a sinner from their congregation, how much more important is it that you remove a sinning thought from your heart?  For your heart is a “congregation” of thoughts.  And if you allow any leaven at all, the whole lump will be leavened (see verse 6 in this same chapter: 1 Corinthians 5:6).

For a believer, a thought of unbelief is just as evil as a thought of murder or adultery.

If you tolerate thoughts of unbelief, they will sap your faith of strength and leave you weak in the face of temptation.

Doubting is a curse.  Seek redemption from 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. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

Guard Your Heart the Way You Would Guard the City of the Lord

Psalm 101:8 Every morning I will destroy all the wicked of the land,
So as to cut off from the city of the LORD all those who do iniquity.

Your heart is a “city of thoughts.”  That is, it is a place where thoughts gather and dwell.  If you would have the Lord dwell in your heart, then it must be a city hospitable to Him.  That means removing any “aliens,” and even any troublesome “citizens.”

When we are double-minded, we are tolerating thoughts of unbelief.  No, doubts may not completely dominate our hearts – but they dilute it, they make our hearts impure and thus impotent.

Therefore, you must “slay” any wicked, unbelieving thoughts that seek residence in your heart.  Clean up the “town” of your heart that the Lord may live there in peace.

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 Double-Minded Are Part-Time Atheists

Psalm 10:4 The wicked, in the haughtiness of his countenance, does not seek Him.
All his thoughts are, “There is no God.”

If all the wicked’s thoughts are “There is no God,” then we’d have to say that some of the double-minded’s thoughts are “There is no God.”  After all, a double-minded person is a person of more than one mind.

Don’t be a professing Christian and practicing atheist.  Don’t be a part-time unbeliever.  Be single-minded in your devotion to Christ (Philippians 1:21; 2 Corinthians 11:3).  Let none of your thoughts be “There is no 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. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

Hebrews 3:12 – Unadulterated Trust in Christ

Hebrews 3:12 Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God.

Is there “an evil, unbelieving heart” within your believing heart?  That is, are you double-minded?  If so, you aren’t the first.  Take heed to this admonition by ridding yourself of every thought of unbelief.  For if you tolerate any degree of unbelief in your heart, you can’t be properly heeding this warning.

Recognizing that a heart is a “set of thoughts,” re-phrase the exhortation and understand that we are not to allow any set of thoughts to reside within us which do not believe 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.)

Beware the Evil, Unbelieving Heart

Hebrews 3:12 Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God.

An unbelieving heart is evil.  Avoid it as such.

Be as intolerant of unbelieving thoughts taking up residence in your heart as you would be pornographic thoughts.  Evil is evil.

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.)

Get Down to One Mind on the Subject of Christ

Don’t doubt Christ.  That is, don’t be double-minded about Him.

Shed your thoughts of unbelief – one by one, as you recognize them as such.  Avoid them as you would any other evil thought.

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 Scriptures Tell the Story of the Faithfulness of God

The Old Testament tells of promises made, while the New Testament tells of promises kept.

God made promises concerning Messiah throughout Old Testament times.  In the 1st Century, these promises were kept in the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ.  What we call the New Testament is simply a collection of documents written by and for that community of disciples who knew Him – a community which grew by leaps and bounds as the good news of God’s manifest faithfulness to His people spread.

On a much smaller time scale, the book of Joshua tells how God fulfilled His promises regarding the land of Canaan (Joshua 21:45).   This foreshadowed the more complete fulfillment of all His promises in the greater Joshua – the Messiah.  Thus both on a smaller and larger scale, the Bible testifies to the faithfulness of God to keep His promises.

Therefore, if the Bible tells us anything at all, it tell us that God is faithful.

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 Scriptures Explain Creation

Any reasonable person looking at this creation would wonder why we are here and what it all means.  The Bible gives a more plausible answer to that question than does any other source.  That’s saying a lot.

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 Apostles Did Not Wish They Had New Testaments

The only Bible that the apostles had was what we call the Old Testament.  Nevertheless, we never see the apostles lamenting that their Scriptures were insufficient.

Of course, we need the New Testament because that’s how we hear the apostles’ testimony.  They knew their testimony, however, and did not need what we need.

The point of this is that the Old Testament contains much more meaning for us than most Christians realize.  We need to use the New Testament to view the Old Testament the way that the apostles did.  Then we will begin to see more of the treasures that are resident therein.  But remember, we will only have begun.  Keep looking for more.  For in Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Colossians 2:3), and it is these very Scriptures that testify of Him (John 5:39).

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 Apostles Were Plainspoken

The apostles were not interested in being clever in their preaching.  As Paul puts it [emphasis added, here and throughout]:

1 Corinthians 1:17 For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not in cleverness of speech, so that the cross of Christ would not be made void.

And Peter says:

2 Peter 1:16 For we did not follow cleverly devised tales when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty.

The apostles never wanted to get in the way of their message.  They never wanted to risk obscuring it by getting fancy with the reporting.  We who speak for Christ today should adopt a similar attitude.

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.)

Leaven the Whole Lump of Your Mind

Matthew 13:33 He spoke another parable to them, “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three pecks of flour until it was all leavened.”

Let the good news of Jesus Christ enter and permeate all of your thinking.

So many people give Jesus a corner of their mind.  Give Him all of your thinking.  Love Him with “all of your mind” (Mark 12:30).

The kingdom of God was meant to affect all of your thinking the way leaven is supposed to permeate the entire lump of dough.  Picture your brain as that lump that needs to be fully leavened.

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.)

Standing in the Place of Jesus

1 John 3:1 See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.

1 John 4:17 By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world.

We stand in the place of Jesus in this world.  He stood in a humble place.  He was not regarded by the elites of the world – just as they do not regard Him now.

Let us stand for Him faithfully, knowing that even if we are overlooked on earth, we are fully observed from heaven.  Therefore, let us bring glory to Christ that heaven might have something interesting to watch.

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.)

In the New Covenant, the Lord Has Become Your Teacher

Psalm 119:99 I have more insight than all my teachers,
For Your testimonies are my meditation.

How could you have “more insight than all your teachers” unless the Lord Himself had decided to teach you?  Indeed, He has taken just this role for Himself:

1 John 2:27 As for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him.

You are living under the new covenant (Jeremiah 31:31-34), and of that covenant Jeremiah said:

Jeremiah 31:34 “They will not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,” declares the LORD…

Therefore, rejoice that the Lord Himself is your Teacher!

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 25:14 – The Secret of the Lord Is That Jesus Is God

Psalm 25:14 The secret of the LORD is for those who fear Him,
And He will make them know His covenant.

“The Lord” in this verse is, of course, the Lord Jesus Christ.  His secret is His identity as God, for so much of the world thinks of Him as distant figure of 1st-century Jewish history.  The covenant He offers is the “new covenant” in His blood (Luke 22:20).  Through this covenant we are able to partake of all things pertaining to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3).

This is the purity and simplicity (2 Corinthians 11:3) of the gospel of Christ:  Jesus is our Lord, and we live to obey and honor 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. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

Eve’s Sin Was a Failure to Trust

If you read Genesis 3, you’ll see why Paul says (in 1 Timothy 2:14) “the woman was deceived.”  The serpent begins the deception by raising doubts in Eve’s mind about God’s instruction concerning trees and fruit (actually given in Genesis 2:16-17).  Then Eve sees the tree, that it was a delight to the eyes, that its fruit was good for food, and that it was desirable to become wise – and she ate.

It wasn’t like Eve attacked Adam or cursed him or blasphemed God.  She didn’t do anything that we would otherwise call evil.  Rather, she failed to obey God’s command, which was essentially a failure to trust His judgment.

We are restored to God by reversing Eve’s sin.  That is, we come back to God when we trust Him, when we trust His judgment.

We don’t have all knowledge.  Therefore, if God says “Don’t do such-and-such,” we should trust Him and not do it.

Proverbs 14:12 There is a way which seems right to a man,
But its end is the way of death.

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 Unbelief Is Unsurprising

In this verse, Jesus wonders aloud about how much faith He’d find awaiting Him at His Second Coming.

Luke 18:8 “… when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?”

Given that there’s so much unbelief about it still today, it’s no wonder His expectations were low.

Don’t be unbelieving.  Be believing.  Jesus Christ has come, just as He promised.

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.)

Exodus 5:1 – Let His People Go!

Exodus 5:1 And afterward Moses and Aaron came and said to Pharaoh, “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, ‘Let My people go that they may celebrate a feast to Me in the wilderness.'”

Here’s a call to all pastors, popes, and spiritual overseers of every kind:  Let the people of God go that they may worship Him without your involvement!

These are God’s people – not yours!

These are the people for whom Christ died, and who seek sincerely to serve Him.  Only you have co-opted their service for you and your organizations.  Let Christ’s people go to Him!  In fact, let them go that you might join them in worshiping and serving the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Abandon man-made institutions and serve the living and omnipresent 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. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)