New Testament Blog (Page 3)

New Testament Blog (Page 3)

James 3 | Tame That Tongue

A thick, smoky haze has hung over East Tennessee the past few weeks as wildfires have run rampant across our beautiful mountains. Thousands of acres of land have been destroyed, roads have been closed, and tens of thousands of people have experienced respiratory problems or had to alter their lives because of the smoke. The cause of these fires has been largely attributed to arson. It is hard to imagine that most, or all, of these devastating fires, were caused…

James 2 | Judgment, Mercy, And Faith

As I read James 2, I am reminded of our Lord’s words to the Pharisees in Matthew 23: 23. “For you… have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done…” James is instructing rather than condemning here, but he reaches right to the heart of Christianity. James deals with our propensity to judge one person more worthy than another as we walk through our daily lives. We don’t view people…

James 1 | 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 13 | Come And Eat

“We have an altar from which those who minister at the earthly tabernacle have no right to eat.” Hebrews 13:10 Several years ago, I heard a sermon where the Pastor spoke about the difference between the Old and New Covenants. He explained it like this:  The Old Covenant was an agreement between God and a nation. The conditions of the covenant depended on whether the Israelites continued to obey the law or disobeyed. Deuteronomy 28 promises blessings for obedience and…

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 11 | Biblical History’s Hallmark of Faithfulness

Written by Noah Seiple I was in junior college working towards a degree in music and mathematics. Although my two majors didn’t often entertain the subject of history, as is true for all college students, I was required to complete general education courses that included two history classes. I was not interested in taking history classes at the time, for I felt they would distract me more than aid my main courses of study. Fortunately, I was able to take…

Hebrews 10 | So You Want To Go It Alone Eh?

Think back on those early days when you first learned about Christ. Remember how you remained faithful even though it meant terrible suffering. Sometimes you were exposed to public ridicule and were beaten, and sometimes you helped others who were suffering the same things. You suffered along with those who were thrown into jail, and when all you owned was taken from you, you accepted it with joy. You knew there were better things waiting for you that will last…

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 8 | Replacing The Obsolete

A recent online article caught my eye this week. It reads, “Company Breaks Open Apple Watch to Discover What It Says Is ‘Planned Obsolescence’.”   The point of the article was to explain what most of us already know — that manufacturers build products that are intentionally designed not to last. They have a sort of built-in “expiration date”, requiring us to replace them with something new and better (and usually, more costly). While the motivations are certainly different, we find…

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…