The first and last times a word is mentioned in the Bible may not be doctrinally significant, but I find them fascinating nevertheless. Indulge my fascination for a moment.
In Revelation 19.13 appears a description of Jesus with the word “blood” — our theme for this month. It is the last occurrence of the word in the Bible.
We usually associate blood with our cleansing from sin, and rightly so. John takes a different tack here. Continue reading “The Rider with the robe dipped in blood”
We come in a wide variety of personalities. What we value differs. Our personalities influence how we interact with our world. Continue reading “God’s word and our personalities”
It might seem a strange thing to consider the subject of power in the letter of James, since the principal word for it (Greek, dunamis) does not appear in the document at all. But there are other signs of James’s interest.
This servant of the Lord is not interested in power in any pure, static form, but in the effective working of God in a saint’s life. Continue reading “Power in the epistle of James”
A person cannot grow in faith and works while distancing himself from the family of God. Christians need each other, 1 Corinthians 12. We belong to one another, Romans 12.5.
Neither can one be saved while neglecting the word of salvation, Ephesians 1.13; James 1.21. God’s power is in the word of truth, the gospel of salvation, Romans 1.16; 1 Thessalonians 1.5. Without the word there is no hope, Psalm 119.74, 81, 114, 147; Romans 15.4.
Whoever has no time for prayer has no time for God. To receive, we must ask, Matthew 7.7-12. “You do not have because you do not ask” James 4.2. Continue reading “What we need”
There are three who share the divine nature, but only one is The Word. Continue reading Jesus: The Word
James’s three-pronged advice appears, at first glance, to help improve human relationships. It certainly would improve them, were we to apply it to how we deal with others. Not a few sermons and classes take this approach. But attention to context places us on a different plane.
Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; James 1.19.
Continue reading “Know what to do with God’s word”
“Be cleansed” (Luke 5:13).
Behold the impact of Jesus’ words:
- Jesus said, “Be still!” and the storm stopped immediately (Mark 4:39)
- Jesus said, “Be cleansed,” and the leper was cured instantly (Luke 5:13).
- Jesus said, “Come forth,” and Lazarus walked out promptly (John 11:43).
- Jesus said, “Come out” and demons fled fearfully (Luke 4:35-36).
- Jesus said, “Let there be” (Genesis 1:3,6,14) and the heavens, the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, sprang into existence from nothing, unhesitatingly (Exodus 20:11; Psalm 146:6; John 1:3).
Continue reading “What happens when we ignore the Composer?”
A World War II vet’s pocket New Testament stops a bullet. Continue reading Protect your heart
The Bible is God’s light for our next step on the path to eternity. Continue reading A lamp to walk by