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Building Character

The following quotes (in paragraphs 2, 4, and 7-9) are from N.T. Wright’s book entitled: After You Believe (Why Christian Character Matters). The words in brackets in the following (paragraph 2) are my addition. To begin with, you have to grasp the fact that Christian virtue isn’t about you – your happiness, your fulfillment, your…
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Perfect High Priest (Part 5 – The Conclusion)

Upon concluding this study of Jesus’ role as the High Priest as outlined in the book of Hebrews, it is evident that Jesus’ past accomplishments and present exaltation point toward future fulfillment. Though there is a present, complete perfection wrought in his redemptive victory, and even though real authority over all things has been given…
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Perfect High Priest (Part Four)

A bold reality involved in the consideration of Jesus being our ultimate High Priest points to real typology as used quite a bit in the Bible. This theme reflects not a mere manmade allegory (after the fact), but a clear biblical display of “types” and “antitypes” according to God’s long-term purposes in the Messiah. “Typology”…
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Perfect High Priest (Part Three)

After two notable sections of the book of Hebrews, as viewed in part two of this study, which describe Jesus as the ultimate High Priest (in 2:14 - 3:11 and in 4:10 - 5:10) the unknown author once again breaks away from this theme to give another serious “pep talk” to his audience. Even though…
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Perfect High Priest: Part Two

As indicated briefly in part one of this study, there are five sections in the book of Hebrews that give urgent reminders not to take Jesus lightly in either his message of salvation (“which was first announced by the Lord” – 2:3) or his perfect, High Priestly accomplishments. These five solemnly developed admonitions are carefully…
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Perfect High Priest Part One: Introduction

There is one book in the Bible that explains the role of Jesus, the Son of God, as the ultimate high priest appointed by God. Jesus’ perfect high priesthood is a major theme highlighted throughout the whole book of Hebrews, along with several other important threads of understanding. Within the tapestry of a series of…
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Image-Bearers: Priests and Kings

As believing Bible students steadily acquire a panoramic perspective of major Scriptural themes, the view is amazing when more of the interconnectedness of God’s pervasive purposes comes into focus! For example, the new and future way to be human in the Messiah is truly a way that gets back to the original purpose of God-designed…
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The Joy of Yahweh is Our Strength!

My dear family, when you find yourselves tumbling into various trials and temptations, learn to look at it with complete joy, because you know that, when your faith is put to the test, what comes out is patience. What's more, you must let patience have its complete effect, so that you may be complete and…
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Using Translations

Bible students in English have a wealth of translations with which to delve into the Scriptures! Although there is no standard version that is absolutely free from theological biases, errors, or somewhat unclear passages, valuable learning is derived from prayerfully comparing various presentations of Scriptures. Whether we be among the few who read ancient languages…
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Run the Race

The group of runners carefully approached the starting blocks, doing last-minute stretches before placing their feet in the blocks. They each knew that it was a privilege to have a real chance to participate in such an experience. No activities up until now had even come close to such an opportunity. They breathlessly awaited the…
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Fathered by God

A great source of joy for faithful Bible readers is the correlation of both Jesus and Christians to the truth of being fathered by God. In a practical way, Christians are powerfully helped in their commitment not to keep on practicing a sinful lifestyle. They are wonderfully watched over and protected from the evil one…
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Alluring Allusions (Part Two)

After having used the mustard seed and shrub/tree idea to speak of God's Kingdom in Mt. 13:31, 32 and Luke 13:18, 19, Jesus later alluded to his own grain of mustard seed picture to describe faith in Matthew 17:20 and Luke 17:5, 6. The record in Matthew dealt with the context of the powerful, spiritual…
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Alluring Allusions (Part One)

Upon reflecting on the set of parables in chapter 13 of Matthew, we might find it obvious that Jesus himself was very much like the scribe compared to a householder, as mentioned at the end of this discourse. "Well, then," he said to them, "every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven…
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The Confession of Sins

At the heart of redemption, Romans 4 declares the following assurance while using a quote from Psalm 32. Look at David, too, for a moment. He describes the blessedness of the man whom God reckons as righteous on a basis other than that of works when he says: Blessed are they whose transgressions have been…
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By This We Know

Much of the New Testament was written against the backdrop of the lure of false religion. For example, in the early years of Christianity, shortly after Paul and Barnabas first travelled to the southern part of the province of Galatia, where churches were established in the cities of Pisidian Antioch, Iconium, Lystra, and Derbe (Acts…
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Three Superlative Feasts Part Two

In Part One we briefly viewed how the Passover Feast celebrated in Hezekiah's time of extreme reforms in Judah compared favorably to the previous times of dedicating the temple (and a Feast of Booths) during Solomon's reign over a strongly united Israel, an event that had occurred almost three centuries earlier. What made the feast…
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Three Superlative Feasts (Part One)

In arenas of modern excitement about famous achievements, it is commonplace that people attribute majestic titles or descriptions to what is highly valued. For example, one might say, “That was the most awesome football game ever played!" People even produce statistical research and polls of popular opinion to assign lists of perceived greatness: "the top…
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Shut Up!

Nowadays, in modern America, one can say, "Shut up!", in a lighthearted way as an equivalent idiom for saying, "No way!" The literal idea might be expressed as, "That is incredible!" Nevertheless, there is no mistaking what is meant when even a faint hint of assertiveness or anger is injected into "Shut up!" If one…
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Examining Ourselves

Examine yourselves: are you in the faith? Check yourselves out. Or do you not think of yourselves as having Jesus Christ in your midst? Because if not, you have failed. 2 Corinthians 13:5 (Unvarnished NT) But a man must examine himself, and in so doing he is to eat of the bread and drink of…
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Such Meaningful Contexts

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13 (KJV) Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. Romans 8:37 (KJV) These are among the wonderful verses that are popularly quoted in Christian circles, but often without regard to their meaningful contexts. There is certainly…
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Connections in Matthew

In day-to-day living, any one of us might navigate through complicated traffic patterns, proficiently use advanced technologies, demonstrate mastery of complex work skills, solve challenging puzzles and mysteries, and manage many other chores requiring sophisticated reasoning. It is easy to take for granted that we, as humans, are designed to "make connections" and apply them…
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The Big Picture

Going out my front door in winter, I see what looks like an upright bundle of prickly sticks, about fifteen feet tall. If I'd never seen such a growth before, I could wonder why such a scraggly looking monstrosity is planted in my front yard! But I know what will happen in the near future.…
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