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The Way, Truth, and the Life

The Way, Truth, and the LifeJohn 14:6 Excerpt ‎[The word] hodós itself refers to both way and goal. Hence the function of “truth” and “life” is more likely one of elucidation: Jesus is the way as he is the truth and the life. While “life” has an eschatological flavor in John (11:25), these terms serve to effect the redirection to the present that one finds in v. 7, although they do not involve any conflict with what precedes. No direct models have been found for linking the three terms. At most, we read of the way(s) of truth or life in the OT, and the law is separately called way, truth, and life in rabbinic works, though this does not warrant any antithesis of Jesus and the law in this or other passages. The Gnostic idea of the heavenly journey of the soul can hardly have had much influence, for elsewhere in John hodós occurs only in 1:23, there is no reference to the heavenly origin of souls or to their return, the orientation is to the coming again of Jesus rather than the death …

The Gospel of John

The Gospel of JohnJohn 1:1 Excerpt ‎... at many points the Greek shows a close connection with Aramaic sources. The writer often uses Aramaic words—for example, Cephas (1:42), Gabbatha (19:13), or Rabboni (20:16), and then explains them for the benefit of Greek readers. Even the meaning of the word Messiah is given a careful explanation in 1:41. There are also places where the Greek of the gospel follows the rules of Aramaic idiom.

Drane, John William. Introducing the New Testament. Completely rev. and updated. Oxford: Lion Publishing plc, 2000. Print.


ἘξαγοράζωEphesians 5:16 Excerpt ‎Ἐξαγοράζω is used twice to demand the buying up of the time (Eph 5:16;Col 4:5); this imperative use of the vb., ἐξαγοράζετε τὸν καιρόν, is derived from the wisdom tradition. In contrast to Dan 2:8 LXX this does not mean “gain time for oneself,” but rather buy up the time in taking advantage of all the possibilities at hand, esp. with the double connotation of καιρός as limited period of time (1 Cor 7:29) and as decisive moment (e.g., Rom 13:11): the time given by God until the end of the world and the opportunity that is offered which is not to be left unused. Thus Col 4:5 is determined by the missionary motivation and objective of winning those who remain outside, while the more general exhortation in Eph 5:16, which is probably derived from Col 4:5, is based on the dangerous, Satanic end time (cf. 6:12f., 16).

Balz, Horst Robert, and Gerhard Schneider. Exegetical dictionary of the New Testament 1990– : 1. Print.


Job, bowed down by calamities he cannot explain, symbolizes every believer who experiences personal tragedy, suffering, and loss. His cry of “Why?” echoes not only through the book, but in our own hearts as well.

Richards, Lawrence O. The Bible Reader’s Companion. electronic ed. Wheaton: Victor Books, 1991. Print.

Outline to Revelation

Outline to RevelationRevelation 1:19 Excerpt ‎Many understand this verse to provide the key to understanding Revelation. “What you have seen” is John’s vision of Jesus, found in chap. 1. “What is now” is reflected in the letters Christ dictates, to be sent to the seven Asia Minor churches, found in chaps. 2–3. And “what will take place later” is a vision of history’s end, correlated with the O.T. prophet’s vision of that time, found in chaps. 4–21.

Richards, Lawrence O. The Bible Reader’s Companion. electronic ed. Wheaton: Victor Books, 1991. Print.

Threshing and Winnowing

Threshing and Winnowing  ‎On the right, oxen are driven over freshly cut grain. They are supposed to knock loose the individual grains with their hoofs. Winnowing is depicted on the left. The threshed grain is thrown up so that the light chaff can be blown away by the wind, and the heavier cereal grain falls back to the ground. ‎Threshing: Deut 25:4; Hos 10:11; 1 Cor 9:9; 1 Tim 5:18 ‎Winnowing: Ruth 3:2; Isa 30:24; 41:16; Jer 4:11; 15:7; 51:2; Matt 3:12; Luke 3:17

The House of Naaman the Leper, Damascus

The House of Naaman the Leper, Damascus ‎Outside the east gate of the city of Damascus, on the banks of Abana, is the leper hospital, which tradition tells us occupies the site of Naaman’s house. Naaman was commander-in-chief of the armies of Damascus. He was one of the greatest generals and greatest men of his age, but “he was a leper.” In some warlike expedition he carried away a little Jewish maid, who became his slave. Amid his sufferings the little maid exclaimed, “Would God my lord were with the prophet [Elisha] that is in Samaria! for he would recover him of his leprosy.” Naaman went, but Elisha did not condescend to see him. He simply sent him a message saying, “Go wash in the Jordan.” The proud Damascene was indignant. He expected that the prophet would come out “and call on the name of the Lord his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper. Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? may I not wash in them, and b…

Source of the Fire

Source of the FireJames 3:6 Excerpt ‎the tongue is only the fuse; the source of the deadly fire is hell itself (lit., “Gehenna,” a place in the Valley of Hinnom south of Jerusalem where human sacrifice had been offered [Jer. 7:31] and where continuous burning of rubbish made it a fit illustration of the lake of fire).

Blue, J. Ronald. “James.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 828. Print.

Inscription from Hezekiah's Tunnel

Inscription from Hezekiah's Tunnel
‎Hezekiah, king of Judah, fortified Jerusalem at the end of the 8th century BC, just before the invasion of Sennacherib. As part of his building project, Hezekiah brought water into the city of Jerusalem through a tunnel carved from over half a kilometer of bedrock (2 Kgs 20:20). A six percent gradient was designed into the excavation to allow water to flow from the Gihon spring into the pool of Siloam (compare John 9:7).

Made in the likeness of God

Made in the likeness of GodJames 3:9 Excerpt ‎The fault of invoking curses on fellow human beings is deplorable because they are made in the likeness of God. This is obviously a reference to Gen 1.26-27. In the Genesis passage two words are used; one is “image” and the other is “likeness.” It is not clear why James chose the second word rather than the first one. In any case there seems to be no need to press for a different sense between the two, as they are obviously meant to have the same meaning. What James wants to communicate here is simply that acting against people who resemble God is the same as acting against God, who created those people. It is logically inconsistent to pretend to bless God and then to curse the representation of God (human beings). In other words, cursing other human beings is in effect cursing God, who created them.

Loh, I-Jin, and Howard Hatton. A Handbook on the Letter from James. New York: United Bible Societies, 1997. Print. UBS Handbook Series.

Today's Verse of the Day

Today's Verse of the Day is From 1 Chronicles 4:10 KJV Translation: And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested. NKJV Translation: And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that you would bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that your hand might be with me, and that you would keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested. Explore Thomas Nelson's King James Bibles and take your Bible reading further. © Copyright Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

April 29
Examine Thy SelfJoshua 21:1–22:9; 2 Corinthians 13:1–10; Psalm 59:1–17
Before advising others on how they should act, self-examination is always necessary. When the Corinthians questioned the authenticity of Paul and his colleagues’ ministry (which is ironic, since he had planted their church), Paul says to them: “Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith. Examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize regarding yourselves that Jesus Christ is in you, unless you are unqualified?” (2 Cor 13:5).

None of us are ready for the ministry that Jesus has for us because we’re not worthy of the great gift of salvation He has offered. We are meant to find our identity and calling in Christ and to lead out of the gifts He has given us (see 1 Cor 12). For this reason, Paul makes this claim:

“And I hope that you will recognize that we are not unqualified! Now we pray    to God that you not do wrong in any way, not that we are seen as approved,        but that you do what is good, even thoug…