'New Testament' Tagged Posts

'New Testament' Tagged Posts

LIFE IN THE LIGHT OF MORNING

“It was the best of times and it was the worst of times,” is the way Charles Dickens began his novel, Tale Of Two Cities.   Paul would have said the same about his times.  In our epistle lesson from Romans 13, he says:  “The night is almost over, and the day is drawing near.” The times are dark with judgment…like the night. The times are bright with promise…like the day. We would have to say the same about our own…

“PREACH THE GOSPEL!”

Over the chancel of our seminary chapel the words were inscribed in the Greek language of the New Testament – “Preach The Gospel”  (κηρύξατε τὸ εὐαγγέλιον).  These words from the 16th chapter of St. Mark were a reminder in every daily chapel service of what we were training to do. It is all too easy for those called to the work of preaching and teaching God’s Word to take an airborne flight into the everlasting “busyness” of “running” the church…

THE BACKSTORY REVISITED

An old man named John wrote it down in a little letter years later:  “We have heard…we have seen…we have observed….our hands have touched.”   Those days long ago scroll across the old man’s memory.  He was a young man then, maybe all of nineteen.  He was hanging on the words of a rugged preacher named John the Baptist on that day when Jesus came in sight of the Jordan River.   “Look!”  said the preacher, pointing at Jesus, “The Lamb of…

TIMELESS TRUTH

In the verses before us today, Jesus says:  “If you remain in My word, you are really My disciples.  You will also know the truth, and the truth will set you free”  (John 8:31-32 EHV).  This includes the truth of the Holy Trinity.  For a lot of folks the name Athanasius may not ring a bell.  But we Christians owe the man a great deal.    In the early centuries of the Church, a fellow named Arius, along with others,…

TRANSFIGURATION TRUTHS – A REVIEW

On this Sunday before the start of the Lenten season, the Church has always tipped its hat to the account of Christ’s transfiguration.   The Gospel of Matthew says that Jesus took Peter, James and John up a high mountain by themselves.  “There he was transfigured in front of them. His face was shining like the sun. His clothing became as white as the light.  Just then, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Jesus.”    There are several lessons in…

“CONTEND FOR THE FAITH”

There is a “call to arms” in the little book of Jude on the far end of the New Testament.  “Contend for the faith!” says the sacred writer.   There is no getting around it.  If you are a faithful Bible reader, then you know that many portions of God’s Book sound a militant tone.  The apostle Paul tells us to put on the full armor of God, to take up the sword of the Spirit which is the word of…

DRIFTING?

Do you just feel like you’re drifting some days?  Aimless? Lost? The inspired writer to the Hebrews (2:1) says:  “We need to pay even more attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.” The words of this Bible passage take us down to the sea in ships.  In the language of the New Testament, the word for “pay attention” was also used of tying ships to the dock.  The phrase “drift away” speaks for itself.…

THE HOLY SPIRIT’S GIFT – THE HOLY BIBLE

How’s your memory of everything you said or heard last year?  Have you ever wondered how the evangelists and apostles could remember all the things God wanted them to remember as they wrote the New Testament Scriptures?  Jesus answers this in our Gospel lesson: “The Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and remind you of everything I told you (John 14:26  EHV). The New Testament is not a collection…

“LOOK! YOUR KING IS COMING!”

We break from our Sunday morning sermon series on Exodus to ponder the fulfillment of what the prophet Zechariah foretold:  “Look! Your King is coming.” Christ’s entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday to the applause of the crowds is the starting pistol for what we have come to call Holy Week.  The “Hosannas!” of the crowds are soon followed by the cries of “Crucify Him!” only days later. “Your King is coming!” is the theme of the entire Old Testament…

LESSONS FROM THE TRANSFIGURATION

On this Sunday before the start of the Lenten season, the Church has always tipped its hat to the account of Christ’s transfiguration.   The Gospel of Matthew says that Jesus took Peter, James and John up a high mountain by themselves.  “There he was transfigured in front of them. His face was shining like the sun. His clothing became as white as the light.  Just then, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Jesus.”    There are several…

YOU CAN LEARN A LOT FROM A RAINBOW

“I have set My rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth.  Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember My covenant…never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.” Over and over, God repeats this to Noah:  “Never again…never again…never again” will He destroy the entire earth with the waters of a flood.  From the New Testament…

ENOCH – ACCORDING TO JUDE

You may recall that Enoch was a godly patriarch in the days before the Flood.  His family tree placed him in the line of the coming Savior. In a world getting worse day by day, “Enoch walked with God,” says the 5th chapter of Genesis, and “then he was no more, because God took him away.”   The New Testament book of Hebrews describes it this way:   “By faith Enoch was taken up, so that he would not experience death,…