It came from God himself supernaturally. His critics failed to recognize the authority behind his message. They were attacking Jesus and God the Father who sent him. There were other believers with him, members by grace of the Family of God, brothers in Christ. Paul generally started his letters by wishing Grace and Peace to his readers. Grace and Peace take on a very different dimension for the Christian. It went way beyond the popular greeting. By this mercy God changes the lost into his Children through the sacrifice of Christ, and by his Covenant Promises he cares for them forever as their Good Shepherd.
Then he wished them peace.
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But to many, it had deteriorated into a wish for the overthrow of Rome by a military Messiah. To them, peace was freedom from Rome, not just the covenant blessing of God. It was an arrogance that meant peace from those they saw as unworthy in the world. Not one earned or deserved.
The very One against whom we commit our moral crimes gives us the calm of heart earned by Jesus Christ in our place. This amazing grace is what drives our love for him and enables us to live as we ought to live. These covenant blessings come from one source only. Jesus promised this blessing too. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. The primary fact here is that Jesus gave himself for our sins.
This is the center of the good news, what we call the gospel. This is the practical side of the work of Christ.
We live in that time between Eden and the Final coming of Jesus Christ. But we can see these challenges as opportunities. Christ delivers us from bondage to sin, and repairs our fellowship with God. We walk bravely through these dark valleys led by the hand of our Savior, our Good Shepherd. The previous article demonstrated how the Scriptures associate what is true and truth with God. Those associations indicate several facts concerning…. The Scriptures repeatedly associate what is true and truth with God. The primary Old Testament word used for this association is emet.
The previous article examined two ways in which God has manifested His glory during history: 1 through His created universe and 2 through unique, historic events. This article will examine two more ways. The present age is characterized by the encroachment of a secular, humanistic world-life view on society. Many people go to great lengths to deny the existence or relevance of the personal, sovereign God of the…. The previous article examined several biblical indications that God is sovereign over time.
We have examined the fact that God exercises sovereign rule over the universe, angels, history, nations, rulers, counselors, judges, ministries, nature, and individuals. Now we will examine other spheres subject to His sovereignty. The Scriptures…. Previously we saw that God exercises sovereign rule over the universe, angels, and history. Assertions of Sovereignty. Previously we examined the senselessness and consequences of idol worship.
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Here we will examine spheres that are subject to the sovereignty of the true and living God. Scripture teaches that Jehovah, the God of the Bible, is exalted above all gods and is the only real, true, and living God. What is the holiness of God? But I was mistaken. Some individuals claim that God is an impersonal power or force and is not personal. In the previous article, we observed implications for the triunity of God in the Old Testament, noting how that portion of the Scriptures presents both the unity and plurality of God.
Now we shall examine…. Our previous articles have demonstrated that God has used various means to reveal the reality of His existence and other knowledge concerning Himself to mankind. One aspect of that other knowledge is the fact…. Our two previous articles examined the biblical claim that nature the universe reveals the existence of a divine being God who possesses eternal power. Thus nature is one means that God uses to reveal knowledge….
Previously we examined the biblical claim that God has demonstrated the reality of His existence and uncovered other knowledge about Himself by giving revelation to human beings during the course of history. How can mankind know if God is a reality or a figment of human imagination? If God is a reality, how can His nature; thoughts; ways; actions; and relationship to the universe, planet Earth, mankind….
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Our series now comes to the doctrine of God, the formal name of which is theology proper. This article will examine more evidences of that postponement. The Chronology of Matthew 24—25 In Matthew 24—25…. In the previous article, we saw that Christ offered the future theocratic Kingdom to Israel and told the nation what it must do for the Kingdom to be established. He offered the Kingdom through….
The gospel of the Kingdom contained nothing about the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
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However, the gospel defined in 1 Corinthians 15 focused on His death, burial, and resurrection and said nothing about…. In the previous article, we noted that the Kingdom of God has at least two aspects, or expressions: the universal and the theocratic. The universal Kingdom is the rule of God administered directly or indirectly…. In the previous article, we noted that Jesus Christ Mt. Skip to content. Get The App. My Account.
The Conflict Begins Have you ever asked yourself, Why is the world the way it is? The Life and Legacy of C. Scofield Cyrus Ingerson Scofield — was a significant American theologian, writer, and pastor who is best known for his Scofield Reference Bible, one of the most influential theological works of the…. Liberty, Love, and Life With Christ Conclusion During its formative years, the church was entirely Jewish, as Jewish people by the thousands recognized Jesus as their long-promised Messiah. The Foundation of Genuine Wisdom The Bible teaches that the foundation, or beginning, of genuine wisdom is the fear of the Lord.
Contrasts of Wisdom The Bible calls attention to several problems with false wisdom, which, in reality, is not wisdom at all. The Love and Mercy of God Part Two When the Israelites complained and threatened to return to Egypt after their spies reported that Canaan could not be conquered because it was filled with giants….
God Is Moral Part Seventeen The previous article examined the biblical view of two types of negative speech: lying and false witness.
God Is Moral Part Fourteen In two previous articles concerning morality, we observed biblical descriptions of various types of eyes that reflect the moral condition of a heart. God Is Moral Part Thirteen In our previous article we noted that biblical descriptions of various types of eyes indicate that eyes reflect the moral condition of a heart. God Is Moral Part Eleven Previously we examined evidence that showed a total human being body and soul comes into existence at the moment of conception.
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