New Testament Blog (Page 26)

New Testament Blog (Page 26)

The Double-Minded Doubter

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you   But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. James 1:5-8   Let me…

Hebrews 12 | Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Heb. 12:1-2 I grew up…

Hebrews 9 | Clearing Your Conscience

When reading a book like Hebrews, it is very important not to let the chapter divisions break the flow of the text. Hebrews was written as one communication, and at times the chapter divisions can interrupt the train of thought. This is never clearer than when reading chapters 5-10. This entire section of scripture is best understood when read together and, when that is done, a beautiful picture of Jesus Christ as our high priest begins not only to appear…

Hebrews 7 | High Priest Forever

We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek. Hebrews 6:19-20 Many of us have spent time in dentist offices getting repairs done to our teeth. We don’t realize how much we need our teeth until we start losing them! I recently cracked a tooth…

Hebrews 4 | Why Don’t You Give It A Rest?

Just the other day, I was watching a scientist from NASA describe the incredibly detailed pictures we now have of the sun. What only before had been a very limited awareness of the sun’s activity has now become vastly more refined. This new knowledge was all due to the movement of an exploratory satellite designed to come closer to the sun than anything ever had before. The pictures it sent back were astounding in their ability to capture solar events…

Hebrews 2 | How God Did It!

Around 2,000 years before Jesus Christ came, a man named Bildad asked a question:“How then can a man be righteous before God? How can one born of woman be pure?” (Job 25:4). This question would haunt the human race for the next 2 millennia. During that time, the nation of Israel would be born. The law would be given at Mt. Sinai. Then would begin the cycle of chronic disobedience, receiving the covenant curses, crying out, and restoration until finally…

1 Thessalonians 2 | Why Am I Not Persecuted?

One of Paul’s first letters was written to the Thessalonians. He celebrates a flourishing Church where believers are standing strong in their commitment to Jesus despite persecution and suffering. Following Jesus has always produced a truly counter-cultural holy way of life that will sometimes generate suspicion and conflict among unbelievers. Followers of Christ response to such hostility should always be with love, and they should meet opposition with grace and generosity. Throughout 1 Thessalonians, we see how the Thessalonian Church…

“Pass the Salt Please.”

“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” Colossians 4:2-6 There is an ‘infamous’ campus preacher by the name of Brother Jed who has been preaching on campuses all over America…

Eph. 6 | Readiness for Battle

“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” Eph. 6:13 “Now the true soldier of Christ must always be prepared to do battle for the truth, and must never, so far as lies with them, allow false convictions to creep in.” Origen Several years ago, my daughter and I watched The Princess Bride. At the time,…

Acts 18 | Learn It, Like Ya’ Gotta’ Teach It

First, let’s begin with a little background. Chapter 18 opens with the Apostle Paul leaving Athens and arriving in Corinth. There he meets a man named Aquila who is new in town; he and his wife, Priscilla opened a shop that makes tents. They hire Paul who works with them for some time. We don’t know for certain whether or not they were Christians before meeting Paul, but they certainly became believers while Paul was with them. Clearly, Aquila and…