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The Hope of Righteousness

The Hope of Righteousness

Excerpt
‎For we (ἡμεις γαρ [hēmeis gar]). We Christians as opposed to the legalists. Through the Spirit by faith (πνευματι ἐκ πιστεως [pneumati ek pisteōs]). By the Spirit (Holy Spirit) out of faith (not law). Clear-cut repetition to make it plain.

Robertson, A.T. Word Pictures in the New Testament. Nashville, TN: Broadman Press, 1933. Print.

Bed

Bed
‎Beds were only used by members of the upper class. Poorer people slept on the floor, or on a simple mattress. The picture on top shows an Egyptian bed whose headboard is decorated with ivory carvings. In Egypt people slept on a special headrest (in the center-right). Beneath it the picture shows a clay model of a bed from Palestine; several such models were found during excavations. 
Unfortunately, actual beds of the biblical time are not preserved due to the humidity in Palestine, but the model illustrates the shape of such a bed. The beds in Palestine were also decorated with ivory carvings.
‎Gen 47:31; 48:2; 49:4, 49:33; Exod 8:3; 1 Sam 19:13; 28:23; 2 Sam 4:7; 1 Kings 17:19; 21:4; Job 33:15, 33:19; Ps 6:6; 63:6; 132:3; Prov 7:16; 22:27; 26:14; Dan 2:29; 4:5, 4:10, 4:13; 7:1; Sirach 31:19; 40:5; 41:22

Damascus

Damascus

Acts 9:2

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‎Damascus, one of the oldest continuously inhabited sites known to archaeologists, figured long and often in biblical awareness. It was a reference place for Abraham’s rescue of his kinsmen (Gen. 14:15). David brought it within Israelite control (2 Sam. 8:5-6), but during Solomon’s reign the first of a series of Aramaean kings made Damascus his capital city, continuing to intervene in the life of Israel and Judah until the Assyrian conquest in 732 b.c. In this series of local dynastic politics, biblical traces occur of the founder Rezon (1 Kings 11:23-25); Tabrimmon, ally of the Judean Abijam against Israel (1 Kings 15:19); his father Hezion (same verse); his son Ben-hadad (I, 900-875 b.c.), who was allied with Baasha of Israel, but later with Asa of Judah (1 Kings 15:18-19); Ben-hadad II (1 Kings 20) and his son Hadadezer who fought Ahab of Israel; and Ben-hadad III who was killed by Hazael (843-797 b.c.; 2 Kings 8:7-15) who then succeeded him. The deepest pe…

Human Spirit or Holy Spirit

Human Spirit or Holy Spirit

Romans 8:10

‎The last part of this verse (literally but the Spirit [is] life because of "righteousness”) is also difficult. Paul may be referring to the human spirit (see TEV alternative “your spirit is alive") or to the Holy Spirit. The TEV takes the latter alternative, the Spirit is life for you. Throughout this entire passage (and definitely in verse 11) Paul is using the term Spirit as a reference to God’s Spirit, and so it seems likely that in this verse also he is referring to the Spirit of God. The TEV takes Paul’s term “righteousness” in the same sense in which Paul so frequently uses it: you have been put right with God.


Newman, Barclay Moon, and Eugene Albert Nida. A Handbook on Paul’s Letter to the Romans. New York: United Bible Societies, 1973. Print. UBS Handbook Series.

A Silver Denarius

‎ When the Pharisees asked Jesus if it was lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, Jesus asked to see a coin for the tax. They gave Him a denarius like this. The motto on this coin proclaims Tiberius to be the son of the divine Caesar who preceded him. Jesus, the true Son of God, would have recognized the irony of Tiberius’ claim (Matt 22:17–22; Mark 12:14–17; Luke 20:21–26).

Death

Death

Romans 5:12

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“Death” is a complex term in both Testaments. Here it is not so much biological as a description of man’s spiritual condition, powerless in the grasp of an inner moral corruption that alienates human beings from God and makes final judgment a dread certainty. Adam’s sin insinuated both biological and spiritual death into our race, making both our present and future dark and grim. In contrast, Jesus interjects life, the opposite of death, making us alive to God and guaranteeing a bright eternal future.

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

The Lord's Day

The Lord's Day

Revelation 1:10

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‎Lord’s day ... is the Christian day of worship, the first day of the week, the day of Christ’s resurrection (see Acts 20.7; 1 Cor 16.2). Only here in the New Testament is the expression the Lord’s day used, but it is found in early Christian literature: Didache 14 (the end of the first century), and Ignatius’ Letter to the Magnesians 19 (early second century). The same adjective that is translated the Lord’s is used in the phrase “the Lord’s Supper” (1 Cor 11.20).


Bratcher, Robert G., and Howard Hatton. A Handbook on the Revelation to John. New York: United Bible Societies, 1993. Print. UBS Handbook Series.

Believe in the Son and have Eternal Life

Believe in the Son and 
Enjoy Eternal Life

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‎ The “water and blood” refer to the terminal points in Jesus’ earthly ministry: his baptism (water) and his crucifixion (blood). This is the best interpretation and is followed by most scholars. Historically, Jesus “came” into his power by the “water” of his baptism and even more so by the “blood” of his cross. Unlike the previous two views, this explanation fits the historical context of John’s epistle. John writes this letter to counter the Gnostic tendencies of the false teachers.

These false teachers, who at one time were part of the fellowship (2:19), were denying the humanity of Jesus, and so John emphasizes the reality of the Incarnation. John’s further qualification that Jesus came “not by water only, but by water and blood” is likely a direct renunciation of the false teaching (perhaps that of Cerinthus) that claimed that Jesus was born an ordinary human being but became God’s special agent when the heavenly Christ descended …

Bridal Presents

Genesis 24:53

Bridal Presents

    Then the servant brought out gold and silver jewelry and articles of clothing and gave them to Rebekah; he also gave costly gifts to her brother and to her mother.
Isaac and Rebekah
Apparently Rebekah’s father was not alive because the dowry or bride-price (see Genesis 29:18 Dowry), was given to her brother and mother. The gifts given to Rebekah were wedding gifts, but the dowry paid to her brother and mother was to secure her financial future in case Isaac should forsake her or he should die. The dowry was actually hers, and was to kept for her by her brother and mother. If the dowry was used for other purposes, the bride had full right to protest, as Rachel and Leah did about their father: “Does he not regard us as foreigners? Not only has he sold us, but he has used up what was paid for us” (Genesis 31:15). The wedding gifts to the bride were also a token of her future husband’s ability to provide for her, and his respect and desire for her. To not g…

KJV Verse of the Day

Today's Verse of the Day is From Exodus 15:2 KJV Translation: 2 The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father's God, and I will exalt him. NKJV Translation: 2 The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father's God, and I will exalt him. Explore Thomas Nelson's King James Bibles and take your Bible reading further. © Copyright Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Word for Today

Remember the Lord YHWH will never leave nor forsake you. We forsake Him, yet He keeps us in his bosom and forgives us our iniquities. - Rev. Lynwood F. Mundy

Logos Verse of the Day

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Psalm 119:14King James Version

I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches.

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I have rejoiced in the way of testimonies, As much as in all riches.
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Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

August 11

Proclaiming the Light
Isaiah 23:1–24:23; Luke 8:16–56; Job 5:17–27

Many of us wait for precisely the right moment to tell others about Christ’s work in us. Yet every moment is the right moment to speak up for Christ. Every moment is the right time to fully express what Christ is doing in us and through us.

Jesus affirms this sense of immediacy when He remarks, “And no one, after lighting a lamp, covers it with a jar or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a lampstand, so that those who come in can see the light” (Luke 8:16).

This line becomes even more profound when we consider what happens a short time later. After Jesus heals a demon-possessed man, He says to him, “Return to your home and tell all that God has done for you” (Luke 8:39). The man doesn’t wait for a better time. Instead, “he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole town all that Jesus had done for him” (Luke 8:39).

We may consider our encounter with Christ less significant than a man healed from demon-possessi…