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Let This Mind be in You - (Philippians 2:6-11)

SYNOPSIS :    The obedient death of Jesus is the paradigm for Christian service to others, the pattern disciples are summoned to emulate ...

01 June 2020

Seventy Weeks of Daniel Missing in Revelation

Synopsis:  Despite its frequent use of Daniel, the book of Revelation does not apply its “Seventy Weeks” prophecy to any of its visions.

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Arnaud Mesureur on Unsplash
The application of the prophecy of the “Seventy Weeks” from the Book of Daniel is missing from the book of Revelation, an Old Testament prophecy foundational to the chronologies and expectations of several popular interpretations concerning the end-times. That is, Revelation never attempts to use the “Seventy Weeks” prophecy for its chronology or to shed light on any of its images. The book includes no verbal allusions to the passage from Daniel 9:24-27.

21 May 2020

Present Demonstration of God's Righteousness

SYNOPSIS:  The “righteousness of God” refers not to an absolute moral standard but to the faithfulness of God to His promises.

Raised from the Tomb -
Chapters 2 and 3 of the letter to the Romans presents the gospel as the Great Leveler; both Jews and Gentiles have fallen short and, therefore, both stand under the just “sentence of God,” both are destined for “wrath,” at least potentially.

All men and women are “without excuse” because each person has sinned, therefore, no one is in a valid position to judge others. Without Divine assistance, all men and women, regardless of race, whether “within the law” or “apart from the law,” are doomed to experience God’s final wrath on a coming “day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God,” for “there is no respect of persons with God.”

20 May 2020

Promise of the Spirit and the New Covenant

SynopsisThe Church and the gift of the Spirit have been integral to the redemptive plan of God from the very beginning.

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Photo by Diego Jimenez on Unsplash
In his letter to the Galatians, the Apostle Paul refers to the “promise of the Spirit,” which he equates with the “blessing of Abraham.” The Law pronounced a curse on anyone who did “not continue in all things written” in it, therefore, Jesus came under its curse in order to redeem believers from it, so that, “The blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith” (Genesis 12:2-3, Galatians 3:10-14).

09 May 2020

Death and Exaltation of Jesus in Revelation

Synopsis: The book of Revelation links the present reign of Jesus to his past Death and Resurrection, the immovable foundation of his kingdom.

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By Hugues de BUYER-MIMEURE on Unsplash
The self-sacrificial death of Jesus and his consequent exaltation figure prominently in the book of Revelation. His death on the cross is the foundation of its visions. The plan of God to redeem mankind and the Creation through Christ is unveiled in a series of visions. In Revelation, the death and enthronement of Jesus put His redemptive plans into motion.

03 May 2020

Jesus and Food Purity Regulations

SYNOPSIS:  According to the gospel of Mark, Jesus overturned the logic behind religious-based dietary restrictions (Mark 7:20-23).

Pharisees Confront Jesus
At one point, Jesus came into conflict with the Jews from Jerusalem about eating food with unwashed hands. They believed doing so rendered a person “common” or “unclean,” that is, ritually impure.  The conclusion Jesus pronounced at the end of this story undermines the religious logic behind such food laws (Matthew 15:1-20Mark 7:1-23 [See also, ‘Paul on Food and Calendrical Regulations’]).

The Pharisees and Scribes objected to his disciples for “eating with unwashed hands” and confronted Jesus about the matter. In their minds, the disciples had rendered themselves ceremonially unclean.