New Testament Blog (Page 27)

New Testament Blog (Page 27)

Romans 7 | Dead And Loving It!

Red light cameras. You know, I don’t really mean to run through the red light. However, the intersection is so large, and the yellow light is so short! The end result—click. There is the ticket in the mail. Surely this is the highest form of injustice, that someone (or something) is watching me, making sure I keep the written laws of my society. But honestly, I am glad we have traffic lights. My commute to work would be much more…

Romans 2 | I Know What You Did Last

And this is the message I proclaim—that the day is coming when God, through Christ Jesus, will judge everyone’s secret life. Romans 2:16 During House Church Sunday last week, we went around the circle, and each one mentioned ways they currently developed disciples or possible new opportunities the Lord might stir within them. When it came around to my son Levi, he smiled widely and said, “I’m going to start a Bible study with the kids in my neighborhood.” Ben…

1 Peter 2 | God’s Building Project

My dad had an amazing gift. He bought a four-room farmhouse on several acres in 1950 and turned it into a sprawling complex of buildings over the years. He could conceive a building in his mind, write it down on paper, figure out what it took to construct it, and build it with his bare hands. Then he maintained each structure meticulously. There are a few people reading this who could probably do the same thing, but you must understand,…

2 Tim. 4 | The Judge of the Living and the Dead

I once heard a life-coach say we should all have a five-year plan for our lives. I agree that it is good to think wisely about the future, but a five-year plan is not thinking far enough ahead. Adolph Hitler had a one-thousand-year plan, but even that fell short because it did not take into consideration God’s righteous judgment and eternal life. In 2 Timothy 4, Paul warns us to think in the light of eternity, and this is extremely practical,…

Isaiah 65 | A Promise Preserved, A Salvation Secured

“I was ready to be sought by those who did not ask for me; I was ready to be found by those who did not seek me. I said, “Here I am, here I am,” to a nation that was not called by my name.” Isaiah 65:1 In the motion picture industry, many times screenwriters will start a movie by showing the current event that prepares the viewer to go back in time to see how we arrived at the…
Neil Silverberg

King of Things or King of Kings

Anyone who even perused John’s Gospel will realize how different it is from the other three that precede it. The first three Gospels view Jesus’ life and ministry from a similar perspective. For that reason, they are often referred to as ‘Synoptic’ Gospels; a word derived from two Greek words meaning ‘to view’ and ‘together.’ They view the life of Jesus from a similar storyline, all beginning the story of Jesus’s ministry from about a year after it started. They…

Matt. 28 | Fear Not!

 “So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.” Matthew 28:8-10 Most of us know the story of Mary Magdalene and Mary going to the tomb and finding the stone…

Matt. 25 | The Returning King

 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne.” Matthew 25:31  Probably no other event has been spoken or written about more than the second coming of Christ. Here in Matthew 25, actually a continuation of chapter 24, Jesus speaks to his disciples in parables to prepare them for the time between his ascension and before his second coming. Keep in mind these parables were in…
Neil Silverberg

Matt. 23 | Are You A Play Actor?

The twenty-third chapter of Matthew is unique from all the Gospels. It contains a scathing rebuke of the scribes and Pharisees, the Jewish religious leaders of Jesus day. In Matthew’s account (along with the other Synoptic writers), Jesus encounters the Pharisees’ varied attempts to catch Jesus in something he said so as to have a reason to condemn him. But He who is the fount of all wisdom sees through their hypocrisy and has an answer to each of their…

What About Me?

.It’s a rampant thought. We compare ourselves to others. We see what others are doing, achieving, receiving,  buying, or…! You name it. We are always looking at others and want things to be fair. The end of the Gospel of John shows this emotion when Peter is talking to Jesus. Jesus is so tender and loving to Peter. What a scene. And then what does our friend Peter ask? He asks about that other guy- John. Jesus essentially says, “What’s…