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The Meaning of Glory

The Meaning of GloryRomans 5:2 Excerpt ‎The meaning of the word glory is more difficult. Originally the word meant “heavy” or “weighty” and later came to be used in the specific sense of the revelation of some heavenly being, especially of God himself. So when Paul speaks of “the glory of God” he has in mind the revelation of what God is like, that is, God’s own character. In 1.23 Paul used the phrase “they exchanged the glory of the immortal God,” which is translated by the TEV as instead of worshipingtheimmortal God. In such a context “the glory of God” is a way of speaking of God himself. So in the present passage, when Paul speaks of sharing God’s glory, what he means is that the believer will share in the likeness of God himself. The ultimate hope of the believer is that he will share in the divine qualities and attributes. This is simply another way of speaking of the total salvation experience; Paul has already spoken of it in terms of being put right with God and of enjoying …

Therefore ...

Therefore ...Romans 5:1 Excerpt ‎The “therefore” with which chap. 5 begins connects it to what Paul had written in the previous verses. In fact, “since we have been justified through faith” (v. 1) summarizes the entire argument of chaps. 1–4. 
Mounce, Robert H.Romans. Vol. 27. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1995. Print. The New American Commentary.

Jesus Witnesses About Himself

Jesus Witnesses About Himself Excerpt ‎Again Isa. 40–55 may well provide the background. Isa. 43:10 LXX, which employs the ‘I Am’ formulation, also speaks of two witnesses, Yahweh and Israel, the servant, who has just been portrayed as a light to the nations (Isa. 42:6).
Through his claims here to be both the light of the world and the one who bears witness, Jesus can also be seen as taking on the role envisaged for the servant in God’s lawsuit with the world.
Lincoln, Andrew T. The Gospel According to Saint John. London: Continuum, 2005. Print. Black’s New Testament Commentary.

Love Poured Out through the Holy Spirit

Love Poured Out through the Holy SpiritRomans 5:5 ‎ The Holy Spirit is the divine Agent who expresses to a believer the love of God, that is, God’s love for him. The reality of God’s love in a believer’s heart gives the assurance, even the guarantee, that the believer’s hope in God and His promiseof gloryis not misplaced and will not fail. This ministry of the Holy Spirit is related to His presence in believers as the seal of God (Eph. 4:30) and as the earnest or down payment of their inheritance in glory  (2 Cor. 1:21-22; Eph. 1:13-14). Later Paul wrote that the Holy Spirit Himself has been poured out in believers (Titus 3:6). Each believer has the Spirit of Christ (Rom. 8:9) in the sense that He is indwelt by the Holy Spirit (cf.1 John 3:24; 4:13).
Witmer, John A. “Romans.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 456. Print.

Torah in Proverbs

Torah in ProverbsProverbs 3:1 Excerpt ‎Proverbs knows of Torah as advice of a parent (1:8; 3:1) or a sage (13:14). Torah is paralleled to reproof (1:8), command (3:1), and a good lesson (4:2). Although many of the occurrences of Torah here are in the sense of general wisdom, the specific use of Torah as religious instruction appears also (28:9; 29:18).

Achtemeier, Paul J., Harper & Row and Society of Biblical Literature. Harper’s Bible Dictionary 1985 : 1084. Print.

Pre-Flood Culture

Pre-Flood Culture Pre-flood culture had undergone a thorough demonization. Fallen angels (demons) had taken over the souls and bodies of men and through marriage had produced Nephilim (fallen ones) who became the violent “mighty men who were of old, men of renown” (6:4). Marriage had been demonized, and violence was idolized. Sexual violence was de jure. Therefore God decided to wipe the world clean of every trace of humanity, except for the man Noah.

Hughes, R. Kent. Genesis: Beginning and Blessing. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2004. Print. Preaching the Word.

Today's Verse of the Day

Today's Verse of the Day is From Matthew 25:31 KJV Translation: When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall hesit upon the throne of his glory: NKJV Translation: When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit on the throne of his glory: Explore Thomas Nelson's King James Bibles and take your Bible reading further. © Copyright Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Oddities that Make Sense

March 5 Oddities that Make SenseNumbers 5:1–31; John 13:1–20; Psalm 6:1–10
Some of the Old Testament laws seem so odd they’re difficult to understand. It’s easy for us to see why, in a day before medicine, God would send people with “a rash … a fluid discharge, and everyone … [who had touched] a corpse” outside the tribe for a period of time to prevent infection (Num 5:2). But why would God severely punish people caught in sins not (or hardly) related to possible medical issues (Num 5:5–31)?
I think it’s because God understands that a culture that allows for amoral behavior will become a culture that promotes such behavior. Considering that Jesus had not come yet and sin was not graciously atoned for, there was a need for a ritual that symbolized religious purity.
We are meant to hate the things that people in this life condone—things that may even seem right to us at the time—for the sake of loving God’s work. When evil was present among His people, God had to take drastic measures to …