Category Archives: The Ways of God

When the Kingdom of God Was Partial

In the post “‘Something Greater Than…’ = ‘When the Perfect Comes…’,” I quoted this verse (among others): 1 Corinthians 13:10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. The kingdom of God was partial in the nation … Continue reading

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The Church Was a Transitional Stage Between Ancient Israel and the Kingdom of God

God used the church (that is, the one that existed in New Testament days) as a bridge between ancient Israel and the kingdom of God.  It was therefore a temporary ordering of things, just as the Feast of Booths had foreshadowed … Continue reading

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The Kingdom of God Replaced the Church as the Church Had Replaced Israel

When God does a new thing, the old thing is supplanted.  Thus, once Messiah came, the temple was rendered obsolete for God’s purposes.  This is the way of God.  This is how He works. Therefore, when the church came into … Continue reading

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“Something Greater Than…” = “When the Perfect Comes…”

Jesus used the expression “Something greater than ______ is here” three times in the Gospel of Matthew: Matthew 12:6 “…something greater than the temple is here.” Matthew 12:41 “…something greater than Jonah is here.” Matthew 12:42 “…something greater than Solomon … Continue reading

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Hosea 6:7

Hosea 6:7 But like Adam they have transgressed the covenant; There they have dealt treacherously against Me. The Old Testament could be described as a history of human beings breaking covenants with God.  This covenant-breaking begins with Adam and is … Continue reading

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What God Did Through Christ He Had Promised Long Before Through the Prophets

What God did through Jesus Christ, He had promised long beforehand.  Consider how Paul refers to this fact in the opening of his letter to Titus: Titus 1:1 Paul, a bond-servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for … Continue reading

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Specific Instances of the Great Transfer

A few days ago I posted about The Great Transfer.  This was the handing off of all things – most notably the saints – from the Father to the Son.  Here are a couple of examples: Acts 16:14 A woman named … Continue reading

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How Can Shame Be Honorable?

Shame can be honorable when it’s shame incurred as a result of obedience to the Lord.  Thus to be shamed before men can be glorifying to the Lord.  Consider how happy it made the disciples to suffer shame in this … Continue reading

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From the Branch Come the Branches

One of the well-known references to Messiah in Old Testament prophecy regards “the Branch.”  For example, Jeremiah 23:5 “Behold, the days are coming,” declares the LORD, “When I will raise up for David a righteous Branch; And He will reign … Continue reading

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God Plans Ways That the Banished One Might Be Restored to Him.

2 Samuel 14:14 “For we will surely die and are like water spilled on the ground which cannot be gathered up again. Yet God does not take away life, but plans ways so that the banished one will not be … Continue reading

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