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Salvation In No One Else

Salvation In No One ElseActs 4:12 Excerpt ‎Salvation, a word which can also mean “healing,” represents a play on words that is difficult to reproduce in English: (Christian) salvation and/or the healing (of the lame man) are possible only through the name of Jesus. The strong double negative expression in the Greek text (not…in no one) is represented in the TEV by a positive (a completely legitimate equivalent), and one which forms a much more frequent basis for transfer into other languages. However, the use of a nominal construction such as salvation is to be found is difficult since normally salvation must be expressed by a verb, for example, “you can only be saved through him alone” or “he alone is able to save you.” (see also2.21.)
‎As can be clearly seen, verse 12b is simply an elaboration of the statement in verse 12a, stated in a slightly different form.
Newman, Barclay Moon, and Eugene Albert Nida. A Handbook on the Acts of the Apostles. New York: United Bible Societies, 1972…

One Has Died for All

One Has Died for All Excerpt ‎How many people are covered by the “all”? Texts such as Col 1:20, which speaks of God reconciling “to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross,” and Rom 8:32 which affirms, “He who did not spare his ownSon, but gave him up for us all,” suggest that God intended that the benefits of Christ’s death reach everyone (see alsoHeb 2:9; 1 John 2:2). The “all” would encompass all humanity. The benefits of Christ’s death are not limited to his fellow Jews but extend beyond accepted boundaries to include male and female, slave and free, Jew and Gentile. But those who stubbornly refuse to submit to Christ and rebuff God’s reconciliation choose to remain in condemnation. Consequently, only believers profit from Christ’s death.
Garland, David E.2 Corinthians. Vol. 29. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1999. Print. The New American Commentary.

Until the Day of Jesus Christ

Until the Day of Jesus Christ Philippians 1:6 Excerpt ‎Paul expressed the confidence that the growth would take place “until the day of Christ Jesus.” He glanced backward to their salvation and forward to the completion of their character when the Lord returns. No doubt the reference to the “day of Christ Jesus” is the “day of the Lord” so common in the Old Testament (Joel 2:1; Amos 5:20). The question is why the end times were included at this point. Although Paul could have thought in terms of the imminent coming of the Lord, he also was more aware of a delay than earlier in his ministry.16 Paul’s use of the phrase “until the day” actually called to mind the consummation of the present age. It was Paul’s way of making two emphases: sanctification was an ongoing process and the process would continue to the end of the age. At that time the believers would be complete in character. They needed not to fear the judgment which characterized that day.17
Melick, Richard R. Philippians, Co…

God's words to Moses

God's words to MosesExodus 3:1-10 Excerpt ‎The angel of Yahweh appeared to Moses in flames of fire from within a bush. This is not a visionary or inner experience. What happened there cannot be explained on any naturalistic basis. This was a genuine theophany, a manifestation of God. Moses observed that while the bush was on fire it was not consumed. He moved closer to investigate and when he did he heard the voice of God speak six words: ‎1. A word of address. God called Moses’ name two times. Thus did God arrest the attention of the shepherd and at the same time indicate a personal acquaintance with him. ‎2. A word of warning. Moses must come no closer. He was standing on holy ground in the presence of God. He must show respect for the spot by removing his sandals. Sandals pick up dirt during a journey, and man must be clean when he approaches God! ‎3. A word of identity. The deity identified himself as the God of your father (singular), and the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. …

In the Spirit

In the Spirit Rev. 1:10
Excerpt ‎I was in the Spirit (ἐγενομην ἐν πνευματι [egenomēn en pneumati]). Rather, “I came to be (as in1:9) in the Spirit,” came into an ecstatic condition as in Acts 10:10f.; 22:17, not the normal spiritual condition (εἰναι ἐν πνευματι [einai en pneumati], Rom. 8:9).
Robertson, A.T. Word Pictures in the New Testament. Nashville, TN: Broadman Press, 1933. Print.

A Priest of Abijah, Daughter of Aaron

A Priest of Abijah, Daughter of Aaron The eighth of the twenty-four orders of courses into which David divided the priests (see 1 Ch 24:1, 4, 10). Of these courses only four returned after the captivity (Ezra 2:34–39), which were again subdivided into twenty-four—retaining the ancient name and order of each. They took the whole temple service for a week each.
‎his wife was of the daughters of Aaron—The priests might marry into any tribe, but “it was most commendable of all to marry one of the priests’ line” [Lightfoot].
Jamieson, Robert, A. R. Fausset, and David Brown. Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible. Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 1997. Print.

Today's Verse of the Day

Today's Verse of the Day is From 2 Thessalonians 1:11 KJV Translation: Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power: NKJV Translation: Why also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power: Explore Thomas Nelson's King James Bibles and take your Bible reading further. © Copyright Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

March 3
It May Seem BlandNumbers 3:1–39; John 12:1–19; Psalm 3–4
Let’s just admit it: genealogies and lists, like the one in Num 3:1–39, are the most boring elements of the Bible. But they do something for us that other formats cannot—they give us a sense of history and lineage.

With a genealogy, we can do more than just trace people; we can map their relationships to others and to the events that happen through those relationships. We can also determine who was involved in those major events.

Genealogies and lists give us a small glimpse into God’s providential work, even though we may not recognize them as such. God worked among the people in those lists. He chose to use them. They didn’t deserve to be used by God in mighty ways, but they were. Some of the people in Num 3:1–39 were given seemingly insignificant tasks: “The responsibility of the sons of Merari was the supervision of the frames of the tabernacle, its bars, pillars, bases, and all its vessels and all its service,” among…