The Claim to be God

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Jesus’ deity is a key element of the Christian faith. We believe that the man Jesus is not merely a historical figure, or even a prophet, but the Almighty God Himself. If someone questions or denies this, it would tend to suggest that they are not a Christian, or at the very least they are weak in their faith.

The Gospel of John emphatically proves that Jesus is God. There is an excellent note in the Recovery Version which mentions the different passages in that Gospel which prove Christ’s divinity. In this blog post I would like to discuss the one of them, John 20:28, and contrast it with two passages in Acts. Read more of this post

Learning to Find the Lord’s Leading

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This last weekend I had the privilege of spending time with some young people at a conference entitled Choosing Christ and the Church. All the speaking was helpful but I was particularly helped by some sharing on how to know the Lord’s leading in a particular situation. The speakers used a short passage from 2 Corinthians and pulled four very useful principles from it.

Second Corinthians 2:12-14a is as follows:

Furthermore, when I came to Troas for the gospel of Christ and a door was open to me in the Lord, I had no rest in my spirit, for I did not find Titus my brother; but taking leave of them, I went forth into Macedonia. But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in the Christ…
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Concerning Vows

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Recently I had the occasion to read Numbers chapter 30, one of my favorite chapters in the Bible. I like this chapter because it shows, through an Old Testament lens, how much God cares for us. Further, it illustrates two very special and intimate relationships we have with God – God is our Father and Christ is our Husband. At the same time it also points out that we are often not so wise or prudent. However, our Father and our Husband recognize this and nevertheless care for us.

God is our Father. We believers were regenerated, or born again, in Christ’s resurrection (1 Pet. 1:3). We have become God’s children by life and not merely by legal position (adoption). This is what the most famous verse in the New Testament, John 3:16, says. The life we receive is eternal, that is, God’s (Gk. zoe). Thus, after His resurrection the Lord was able to say to Mary “…go to My brothers and say to them, I ascend to My Father and your Father, and My God and your God.” Read more of this post

Earthen Vessels Containing Christ as the Priceless Content

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This post completes John-Paul’s and my series on five metaphors discussed at a conference for college students held at the Latham Springs Camp in Aquilla, TX. These metaphors describe what we are as Christians and are all found in Second Corinthians.

In case you missed them, the posts on the first four metaphor can be found as follows:

  1. Captives in His triumphal procession
  2. Incense bearers scattering His fragrance
  3. Letters written with Christ as the content
  4. Mirrors beholding and reflecting Christ

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Mirrors Beholding and Reflecting Christ

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A mirror beholding and reflecting Christ is the fourth of five metaphors that were discussed in a recent conference for college students held at the Latham Springs Camp and Retreat Center in Aquilla, TX. These metaphors, all found in Second Corinthians, show in a detailed and insightful way a believer’s relationship with Christ.

This is the fourth blog post on these five metaphors. The others can be found as follows:

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The Restraint of the Mystery of Lawlessness

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In light of recent events, both in the United States and elsewhere, it may be tempting to question God. Perhaps we might wonder why God didn’t stop certain things from occurring, or even question His goodness toward us. In light of these issues I was recently helped by some sharing from a Christian sister. She flipped the whole issue for me: we need to be extremely grateful that God has prevented so many other disasters and acts of violence from occurring!

Her sharing was based on 2 Thessalonians 2:7-8, which reads as follows:

For it is the mystery of lawlessness that is now operating, but only until the one now restraining goes out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed (whom the Lord Jesus will slay by the breath of His mouth and bring to nothing by the manifestation of His coming).

These verses are very mysterious, but some points can be made: (1) the mystery of lawlessness is now operating; (2) the mystery of lawless is presently being restrained; (3) when the restraining ends the lawless one will be revealed; and (4) the Lord Jesus will destroy the lawless one at His coming.

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The Greatest Promise to the Overcomers

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In each of the letters to the seven churches in Revelation chapters 2 and 3 the Lord makes a promise to the overcomers. Each promise is marvelous. However, one is the greatest. I was recently helped to see this after reading message thirty-two of Witness Lee’s Life-Study of Revelation.

In the seven letters the Lord promises to give the respective overcomers different things (the hidden manna, a white stone, to eat of the tree of life, authority over the nations, the morning star, and to sit with Him on His throne) and/or to do certain things for them (that they would not be hurt of the second death, to be clothed in white garments, to not erase their name out of the book of life, and to confess their name before the Father). However, the promise to the overcomers in the church in Philadelphia is unique. There the Lord promises to make them something.

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