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What Happened "before the World Was"

What Happened "before the World Was" Excerpt ‎As we have seen, the glory of God is the sum total of all that He is, the expression of His character. It is the manifestation of all that He is in Himself, His marvelous attributes. We have a difficult time grasping the concept of God’s glory because there is nothing like it on earth. While it is true that "The heavens are telling of the glory of God" (Psalm 19:1), it is also true that sin has put God’s creation into bondage and robbed God of glory (Romans 8:18-25). Psalm 19 makes special mention of the sun as an illustration of God’s glory, and perhaps that is the closest we can come to finding a picture. Just as the rays of the sun cannot be separated from the sun itself, so Jesus Christ cannot be separated from God, because He is God.
‎The amazing thing is this: Those who have trusted Jesus Christ as their Savior possess this glory now (John 17:22) and will see God’s glory and share it in heaven one day (John 17:24…

Understanding Israelite Monotheism

Understanding Israelite Monotheism  ‎Old Testament affirmations such as Deut 6:4 (“Hear, O Israel, Yahweh our God is one”) and the prophets’ repeated statements that “there is none besides Yahweh,” can easily lead to the assumption that the [OT] Israelites did not believe in the existence of other gods. According to this assumption, the definition of monotheism rules out the existence of other gods. In light of many [OT] passages, these assumptions cannot be sustained. Rather than producing contradictions within the biblical text, these passages that are often set aside demonstrate how godly Israelites thought about Yahweh and provide a more accurate picture of Israelite monotheism. …

Barry, John D. et al. Faithlife Study Bible. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2012. Print.

Who Saw and Called Moses

Who Saw and Called MosesExodus 3:4 Excerpt ‎A literal translation of both Lord and God is confusing, for it suggests that the one who saw was not the one who called. This is a literary seam, where two different traditions have been joined together, one tradition using the sacred name [YHWH] (Lord) and the other using the usual word for deity, ’[Elohim] (God). The confusion is easily avoided by using the pronoun in place of God, as in 3:4 [TEV]: “When the Lord saw … he called.”3:4 [TEV] transfers the use of “God” to verse 5, where it fits more naturally in place of the pronoun “He.”
‎This confusion about the participants is increased with the reference to “the angel” in 3:2a. As explained above, the clause in 3:2a should be understood as a summary or preview statement, with the details of how it happened then listed in sequence. Only one participant in dialogue with Moses is intended throughout the narrative; he is called the Lord, God, and “the angel,” depending on the perspective of…

Old Testament and the Charge of Inconsistency

Old Testament and the Charge of Inconsistency Excerpt ‎Often, columnists, pundits, or journalists dismiss Christians as inconsistent because “they pick and choose which of the rules in the Bible to obey.” The argument proceeds along the lines of, “Christians ignore lots of [OT] texts—about not eating raw meat or pork or shellfish, not executing people for breaking the Sabbath, not wearing garments woven with two kinds of material, and so on. Aren't they just picking and choosing what they want to believe from the Bible?”
‎The root of the issue is the perceived inconsistency regarding rules mentioned in the [OT] that are no longer practiced by the [NT] people of God. Most Christians don’t know how to respond when confronted about this, but usually the best place to start is by describing the relationship of the [OT] to the[NT]. …
Barry, John D. et al. Faithlife Study Bible. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2012. Print.

The Author's Motive for Writing

The Author's Motive for Writing Excerpt ‎ ‘Peter’s’ concern, however, extends far beyond the brief span of life still left to him: he will make the effort (again his favorite verb spoudazein, as at 10a: cf. also 5a) to see that, even after his departure, his correspondents (here he seems to be envisaging the Church generally as well) may be able on all occasions to recall these things. In other words, he plans to leave behind him a permanent testimony to which they can refer; there is perhaps a hint that apostolic writings were not only treasured but read at services. For departure (exodos) as a dignified euphemism for death, cf. Lk. 9:31 (Jesus’s death, foreshadowed at the Transfiguration); Wis. 3:2; 7:6; Irenaeus, Haer. iii. 1. 1 (of the deaths of Peter and Paul). At first sight the cast of the sentence, with its future tense, seems to imply that he is promising a further work, and on the theory of Petrine authorship commentators have often identified this either as some docume…

Having a Humble Opinion of Self

Having a Humble Opinion of Self ‎Many words do not satisfy the soul; but a good life eases the mind and a clean conscience inspires great trust in God.
‎The more you know and the better you understand, the more severely will you be judged, unless your life is also the more holy. Do not be proud, therefore, because of your learning or skill. Rather, fear because of the talent given you. If you think you know many things and understand them well enough, realize at the same time that there is much you do not know. Hence, do not affect wisdom, but admit your ignorance. Why prefer yourself to anyone else when many are more learned, more cultured than you?
‎If you wish to learn and appreciate something worth while, then love to be unknown and considered as nothing. …
Thomas à Kempis. The Imitation of Christ. Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, 1996. Print.

My Verse for Today

My Verse for Today
"And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart."Galatians 6:9

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

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

February 12
Liar or Lord?Exodus 28:1–29:46; John 5:16–30; Song of Solomon 4:1–3
When Jesus made a defense of His healing on the Sabbath, He was upping the ante instead of defusing the situation: “My Father is working until now, and I am working” (John 5:17). For the Jews, such a claim was blasphemous. Not only was Jesus breaking the Sabbath, He was equating Himself with the Father and thus claiming to be God. He was presenting the people with a choice.

Jesus provides compelling insight into His relationship with God. Jesus’ authority stems from His relationship with the Father, which is one of complete submission. In fact, He can do nothing on His own. Whatever the Father does, He does likewise. There is complete trust and openness—the Father loves theSon and shows Him all that He is doing. Both the Father and the Son give life. But with authority, the Father has also given the Son judgment.

Jesus presents His audience with an ultimatum as He carries out God’s will on earth: “The one who…