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Zechariah’s Song of Praise

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Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit as he uttered words of praise to God and described the missions of both his son, John, and that of Jesus, the Messiah (Luke 1:67-79). Basically, it can be divided into two parts. First, it is a description of what God had already done (Luke 1:68-75), and, secondly, it is a description of what God intended to do (Luke 1:76-79). Moreover, there are references to Hannah’s song of praise at Luke 1:68-69 and again at verses 71 and 74 (cf. 1Samuel 10:1, 10), inferring that, although Zechariah had been both deaf and dumb during Mary’s visit, there was a lot of discussion going on during her three month visit, through the use of his tablet. Zechariah knew of Mary’s Magnificat. The similarities in his song to that of Hannah’s might be the result of his discussion with Mary concerning Gabriel’s visits. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 5, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Gabriel’s Greeting to Mary

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Many folks will say, and I agree, that one could read a particular Scripture many times, yet, in reading it once more we would find something we never saw before. This is no less true even now, as I consider Gabriel’s greeting to a young maiden in Nazareth to announce what we call the Virgin Birth. Luke tells us that in the 6th month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy (Luke 1:24, 26, 36) the angel, Gabriel (Luke 1:26-28; cf. verses 11 & 19), came to visit a young maiden named Mary. She was engaged to a man named Joseph, who was descended from King David, and she was a virgin (Luke 1:27). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 21, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Jesus—The Fullness of God!

From time to time I need to recall that it is not God’s intention to bless me specifically. In all actuality God, the Father doesn’t give me anything. Don’t misunderstand; I don’t mean to imply God doesn’t love us or intend to provide for us, but he doesn’t do anything specifically to or for anyone. He so loved the world—all of us in general—that he gave his only begotten Son, and there in lay all that we shall ever need from God! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 25, 2010 in Christianity, Godhead, Religion

 

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Saved by Grace

Jerusalem mercy gate, between 1890 and 1900.
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Quite awhile ago I learned how to use Romans 6:23 as an evangelistic tool to express how we receive Salvation. What we do is simply use the nouns and describe what they mean. “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord!” Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 17, 2010 in Religion, salvation

 

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Eve’s Messianic Expectations!

The ancient Jewish Targums are interesting literature and useful in helping us understand Jewish thought about God during the times of Jesus. The Targums are ancient Aramaic translations of the Hebrew text of the Scriptures. One of those really interesting sections involves the Targumist’s understanding of Genesis 4:1-2. Immediately after the rebellion in the Garden of Eden, God promised a Redeemer before expelling Adam and Eve from the Garden (Genesis 3:15). In chapter 4 Adam and Eve began to populate the earth. According to the Targum, Pseudo-Jonathan, Eve seems to believe that her first child, Cain, is the Messiah: Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2009 in Messiah, Religion

 

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And I, if I be lifted up…

So much of Christianity today seems to be either contending with sin or counting the days before Christ’s return. As an audience, our eyes become fixed either upon ourselves and our shortcomings or upon what some teacher supposes the future holds. Where are Jesus and the cross in any of this? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 16, 2009 in Jesus, Religion

 

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The Prayer!

Jesus is the propitiation for our sins and also for the sins of the whole world according to 1John 2:2. It was for this reason that he came into the world, (John 3:16-17; 18:11).

Jesus is the express image of the Father (Colossians 1:15). If I want to know what the Father is like I am told to get to know Jesus (John 14:7-9). It would seem that Jesus loves us and mourns over our condition (John 11:35; Luke 13:34). It is evident that it is God’s will that all men should be saved (1Timothy 2:4), and he works out all things out according to his will (Ephesians 1:11). Knowing these things, therefore, it can hardly be said that universal salvation is not our Father’s will. Anything asked according to the will of God is a request that is heard (1John 5:14-15), and the one praying has the confidence that his desire is granted. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2009 in Christian Universalism, Religion

 

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