Everyone who is a student of the Bible — or even a casual reader — has come across one or more — usually more — passages that are hard to understand … or difficult to reconcile with what we have come to understand.
So that’s what we’re going to be doing each Friday, and over the next number of Fridays. Bob Christopher and Richard Peifer may be able to help you with some of those passages that sometimes defy understanding … and in some instances, send cold chills down your spine as we take a revealing look at Hard Passages.
What is the new covenant about?
Let's go back to the basics. The verse many of us first heard was John 3:16, "For God so loved the world ... ". This is such a significant verse because is shows that each individual has worth. Jesus echoed this in Matthew 25 when he shared the parable of "doing the least unto these". Each and every person is of infinite worth to God.
Know that you are a new creation in Christ
How does the Gospel speak to the issues in this world? How do we make things right? How do we balance these things? We are light in this role and we need to let our light shine in this world. Our purpose individually and corporately is to deliver the knowledge of God. When people see God for who he is, they will glorify His name. Colossians 1:9-13 gives us the perspective from which our purpose is fulfilled.
1 John 5:9 "If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater, for this is the testimony of God that he has borne concerning his Son." From Genesis to Revelation the Bible is God's story concerning the Son. 1 John 5:12 "Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life."
Galatians 2:20 "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." This is how we are to live a Christians. By faith. But often times we don't live by faith in what Jesus Christ did for us 2,000 years ago. We no longer live by faith in our effort, we live by faith in his finished work.
Here's what Paul wrote to Titus 2:11-14 "For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, ... " So often we relegate grace to salvation. But Paul makes it clear that it's grace from start to finish.
2 Timothy 3:16, 17 "All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work." Timothy is getting ready to take his place as a leader and Paul is telling him that he will suffer for the Gospel. With those trials and tribulations there's a tendency to give up - to take the easy path. Paul is reminding Timothy that he knows the way of salvation. He's adequately equipped for a life of faith in Christ.
Today we look at the very last verse of Revelation. "The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen." If we're going to have a connection with God it will only happen through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ extended grace to us through his death, burial and resurrection. Through grace, we have assurance and protection for eternity. The story of the Bible is God manifesting himself in the Lord Jesus Christ to extend grace to mankind to restore a lost people back to himself. It's a simple story - it's all about Jesus from beginning to end.
Categories: End Times
The results of the survey we posted on End Times show that our listeners are secure in Christ. They do have questions, but are overall secure in their faith. Often times we get caught up in trying to explain the End Times and miss Jesus. The Word of God testifies to Jesus Christ from beginning to end. Jesus shows up in your life and says "Peace. Be still." When you look to Christ he calms the troubled soul.
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The New Covenant, or God’s legal will, provides everything you need for your journey as a believer in Christ. God desires that you embrace all that is yours and experience to the full the New Covenant Life.
There is nothing that can compare to it. So let’s begin. Let’s take an in-depth look at God’s will and what this wonderful covenant has in store for you.