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Bible as Progressive Revelation

Bible as Progressive Revelation Excerpt ‎We speak of God’s progressive revelation. This does not mean God began to reveal Himself crudely and learned to do a better job as He went along. Genesis is as much His revelation as is John. Progressive revelation means God revealed Himself progressively to people as they were able to grasp and understand Him. Thus we have a clearer revelation of God in John than in Genesis, but the same God is revealed in both books.
‎How would Einstein teach arithmetic to a small child? He would not start out with the equation for the theory of relativity or for splitting the atom. He would begin with two plus two equals four. That is not all the arithmetic he knows; but that is as much as the child can grasp. Years later he would teach the child, now an adult, about complex theories. This is also how God revealed Himself to humanity. He did not reveal everything about Himself at one time. He did it gradually. …
Hobbs, Herschel H. My Favorite Illustrations. …

The Lord's Discipline

The Lord's DisciplineProverbs 3:11
‎Discipline renders a word used in 1:2, 3, 7, and 8, where RSV translates it as “instruction.” However, in the present verse it refers to correction, rebuke, or warning. The Lord’s discipline is the correction or rebuke that the Lord gives. We may say, accordingly, “Do not refuse it when the Lord corrects you” or in a positive way “When the Lord corrects you, accept it.” FRCL says “My son, accept the Lord as your educator.”

Reyburn, William David, and Euan McG. Fry. A Handbook on Proverbs. New York: United Bible Societies, 2000. Print. UBS Handbook Series.

Fulfill the Law of Christ

Fulfill the Law of Christ  Excerpt ‎When Paul exhorts his readers to help carry one another’s burdens, he may have in mind what he has referred to in the previous verse, namely, the act of setting right a wrongdoer in the fellowship. The root of the word translated burdens, however, refers metaphorically to anything borne, either good (2 Cor 4:17) or bad (Acts 15:28; Rev 2:24; Gal 5:10). It is possible, therefore, to interpret burdens as a general term, referring to any problems that might befall a Christian.

‎     (1) The position of one another in the Greek is emphatic, meaning that Paul            wants to stress it, but what he intends is not completely clear. Two                         interpretations are possible:
 (2) he may be emphasizing the nature of the Christian fellowship, where                  concern for one another is the basic rule, as he has already expounded it              (5:13–14).

Arichea, Daniel C., and Eugene Albert Nida. A Handbook on Paul’s Letter to t…

Not Be Pleased with Burnt Offerings

Not Be Pleased with Burnt Offerings The prayer ends with a recognition of the kind of sacrifice that God approves of; God does not want dead animals burned on the altar or other ritual sacrifices. In a typical way of speaking, the psalmist is not (as it might appear) saying that God wants all sacrifices to cease; he is saying that God prefers the proper attitude which the offering of sacrifices should express and represent (see similar sentiments in50.8–9).
Bratcher, Robert G., and William David Reyburn. A Translator’s Handbook on the Book of Psalms. New York: United Bible Societies, 1991. Print. UBS Handbook Series.

Purity of Life

Purity of Life
‎Verse 1 begins with the Greek imperative “Become, therefore, imitators of God.” The “therefore” (RSV) links this command with what immediately precedes, that is, forgiveness of one another as God has forgiven us. The command to “imitate God” is unique in the New Testament. It is justified by the fact that Christians are God’s dear children. As children, they must imitate their heavenly Father. The specific application of the command to imitate God is found in verse 2: it is love, as the rule of the Christian life, which enables the children to be like their Father.

‎The clause Since you are God’s dear children may be expressed as “since you are God’s children whom he very much loves”

Bratcher, Robert G., and Eugene Albert Nida. A Handbook on Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians. New York: United Bible Societies, 1993. Print. UBS Handbook Series.

My Verse for Today

The Way of the Righteous and the End of the UngodlyPsalm 1:1-2
    1      Blessed is the man
    Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
      Nor stands in the path of sinners,
      Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
    2      But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
      And in His law he meditates day and night.

The New King James Version. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982. Print.

Today's Verse of the Day

Today's Verse of the Day is From 2 Corinthians 13:8 KJV Translation: For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth. NKJV Translation: For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth. Explore Thomas Nelson's King James Bibles and take your Bible reading further. © Copyright Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

February 6
Student or Scholar?Exodus 2:14–15:27; John 3:1–21; Song of Solomon 2:4–7
Sometimes we approach God with curiosity, but not with a spirit of humility. We enjoy participating in religious discussions, but forging the link between interpretation and application is difficult for us. We have certain expectations of who Heshould be for us, but we don’t think about how we should align our lives with Him.

Nicodemus—a Pharisee, a leader of his fellow Jews, and a teacher of Israel—wanted answers from Jesus. He told Him, “we know that you are a teacher who has come from God, for no one is able to perform these signs that you are performing unless God were with him” (John 3:2). Was Jesus a Messiah, like Moses or David, who would restore Israel?

The scholar quickly became a student. Through His answers, Jesus showed Nicodemus that he wasn’t in a place to hold Jesus accountable. Rather, it was the other way around: Nicodemus needed to be challenged and transformed. He was a teacher of Isr…