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The Millennium & the First Resurrection

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John recorded that the martyrs “lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years” (Revelation 20:4), and this comprises the first resurrection (Revelation 20:5-6), because those who were in the literal graves (Revelation 20:11-12) or who were buried in the sea (Revelation 20:13) didn’t live again, until the end of the thousand years (Revelation 20:5)! What can be understood from this? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 28, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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He Won’t Be Hurt by the Second Death

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In Revelation 2:11, Jesus spoke to those “who have ears to hear”, meaning believers who have exercised their senses to discern good and evil (cf. Hebrews 5:14). There, he promises that he who overcomes would not be harmed by the second death. But, what does Jesus mean by the second death? Exactly, how many deaths are there, and how are they described in Scripture? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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From Persecutor to Preacher

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Paul persecuted the nascent Church, because he believed that the fact Jesus was crucified indicated both he and his message were cursed by heaven (Deuteronomy 21:23). One might conclude that not only was he responsible for Stephen’s death, but that he was also behind the first persecution of the Church (Acts 7:58-60; 8:1, 3). As a result of the posture Paul assumed toward believers in Jesus, he became the Jewish authorities’ go-to person to get the job done concerning putting down this new Jewish movement (Acts 9:1-2). He excelled where others failed (Galatians 1:14). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 12, 2015 in Epistle to the Galatians, Paul

 

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The Two Resurrections

Jesus told Martha that he was the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:24), and here in John 5 Jesus was telling the Jewish authorities that there are two resurrections, one called the “Resurrection of Life” and the other called the “Resurrection of Judgment” (John 4:29). What does this mean? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 5, 2011 in resurrection of the dead

 

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Removing the Barriers

A few weeks earlier Jesus had spoken of his body being the Temple of God (John 2:19-21), but he was misunderstood by the rulers of the Jews. The Temple was divided into courts that separated the priests from the rest of the Israelites, these were still divided between men and women, and last of all there was a court for the gentiles, which was to the extreme limit of the Temple complex. No one was to go beyond the place provided for his status before God as spelled out in the traditions of those ruling the Temple. Yet, in Christ, the living Temple of God, there are no barriers. The wall of separation between us is torn down (Ephesians 2:13-14). In him there is neither Jew nor Greek, male or female, bond or free (Galatians 3:28). He is our Temple—we dwell in him, and in him there is no discrimination of any kind. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 11, 2011 in Gospel, Woman at the well

 

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Paul’s Conversion

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Paul never really speaks of being ‘converted,’ that is, he never applies the word to himself. However, he often speaks or writes of his transforming experience in meeting Jesus on the road to Damascus. He wrote of it at least three times in his epistles. Luke records this event another three times in Acts. He first records it as an historical event chronologically following on the heels of a very great and cruel persecution throughout Judea (Acts 8:1; 9:1-19). His second and third mentions of it occur in two of Paul’s speeches. The first of these occurred on the steps of the Antonia where Jesus was judged by Pilate. There Paul spoke with an angry Jewish mob who wanted to slay him just as Paul had done to Christians when he was a young man (Acts 22:1-21); and the third was before King Agrippa and Bernice (Acts 26:1-20). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 8, 2011 in Conversion, Paul

 

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You Must Be Born Again!

When Nicodemus came to speak with Jesus about the Kingdom of God, he was astonished to understand that as a Jew and son of Abraham, he had no right to the Kingdom of God. Even as a disciplined Pharisee, devoted to the Law, he had no right to the Kingdom of God. He couldn’t inherit this right; he couldn’t earn this right and the right could not be bestowed upon him by any man, no matter how lofty his position! This thought utterly astonished Nicodemus, and it ought to give us pause as well. How can I come into God’s Kingdom, if I cannot enter through my Christian parents, if I cannot enter through righteous discipline, or it cannot be bestowed upon me by a religious or legal authority or ceremonial act? How can I become a child of God? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 17, 2011 in Gospel, Religion, salvation

 

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Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up?

When I was a kid my family never missed the TV program: To Tell the Truth. We really enjoyed trying to be the first one in our little group to pick the real McCoy. It was a lot of fun. But, you know, I have to wonder how many of us would recognize the real Jesus, if he came to us as though he could be a new neighbor or a traveling preacher. John tells us that most folks just didn’t know who Jesus was (John 1:10). Imagine! He created the whole world, but no one recognized him! He even came to the very people he had brought out of slavery and blessed so often, forgiving them when they broke their promises to him, yet, John reveals to us that even they would not receive him as one of their own (John 1:11). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2011 in Christianity, Gospel, Religion

 

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Is it True that Enoch Never Died?

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When many read Genesis 5:21-24, they often believe that Enoch did not die, yet the plain teaching of Scripture is that all the days of Enoch were 365 years (Genesis 5:23). In all other places where a similar phrase is used it means the one in question lived that many years. If Enoch did not die, this phrase is meaningless and misleading. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 8, 2010 in Born Again, Christianity, Religion

 

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How Can Darkness Comprehend Light?

If the world, including God’s people, lived in darkness at the time of Jesus, how could God expect anyone to comprehend who Jesus really was? Is darkness able to comprehend light? Can both exist together? Reason alone would tell us that darkness exists where there is no light, and where light exists, there can be no darkness. This is a paradox. Is it not? History shows that men did believe Jesus, but not all. Nevertheless, how could any have believed in him, if the tools of understanding whereby we could recognize our Savior were taken away by a wrong worldview? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 18, 2010 in Christianity, Godhead, Religion

 

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Can I Know Christ’s Life Dwells in Me?

I think we’ve all seen the commercial were three or four men sit around the campfire one evening drinking beer and one says to the others: “It doesn’t’ get any better than this!” To which many might say: “Oh, really?” After all, not everyone likes beer or even likes camping for that matter. However, the implication of the commercial is “This is life!” Could anyone really sum up life in a commercial? I think we can all agree, if we are really serious, that one could not do such a thing. Life, after all, is rather abstract. Is it not? It is not as tangible as a bottle of beer. It is not something we could place in our hands and say: “Here, this is life!” Nevertheless, we all know life through our own consciousness. We know life exists, because we are able to witness that we live. We may not be able to fully explain it or put it into a bottle and say: “That’s life!” but we can all agree that life is real, because we are conscious of our own existence. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 19, 2010 in Born Again, Religion

 

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