Remember the context for Chapter 3 follows chapters 2 and 1.  Paul has just finished a rich set of blessing-filled thoughts that talk about our salvation in terms of justification, and how that comes by grace through faith, and neither of those come from us as a source, they are a gift of God.  More than that, though we have been saved by the grace of Christ in that we died with Him to sin,...

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NB:  A covenant (binding legal agreement) on the Old Testament is “cut” (ratified) by taking sacrificial animals and dividing them in half and placing them into two piles of remains, with enough room to walk between them.  One pile represents the blessings of the agreement that will be received at its completion if it is kept, and the other side represents the cursings that are incurred if there is a default and it is not...

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Here are the study notes from Ephesians 2: Here at the beginning of the chapter, I must pause to remind everyone that Ephesians 2 comes in the context of immediately after chapter 1 with all of its lofty ideas about predestination for a purpose, how we are Christ’s body the church, and that we have been sealed by the Holy Spirit (God Himself).  Remember, the chapter divisions came during the 1300s and the verse divisions...

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As we dig in to Galatians 2, there are a couple of things to remember: Paul writes this after 14 years of actually preaching the Gospel. That Gospel is summarized in Gal. 1:4: [The Lord Jesus Christ, from v.3] gave Himself for us To rescue [exaireō, to remove, or to deliver from, as in removed the brand from the fire] us From this present evil age [i.e., our sins that tie us to that age]...

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The concept of sacrifice in Scripture begins at the fall of mankind from innocence in the Garden of Eden.  Genesis 3:21 tells us that before banishing Adam and Eve from the garden, he clothed them in animal skins.  God sacrificed the life of an innocent animal to cover the nakedness of the guilty.  (As a side note, I don’t imagine it was easy.  God loves His creation, every bit of it, even the parts that...

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Revelation 1 – Verse-by-verse Analysis
Christology , Ecclesiology , Eschatology / July 30, 2013

Revelation 1 Key verse 3: Read, Hear, Heed 1-3 The Revelation of Jesus Christ 4-8 A Message to the Churches from God the Son 9-17 A Vision of Jesus Christ As this study of the book of Revelation begins, I want to point out a few things to keep in mind. This is what I see in the Scriptures and not necessarily the “right” belief. I want to encourage you to do your own study...

Revelation 2:1-7 – The Letter to Ephesus
Ecclesiology , Eschatology / July 30, 2013

As we begin, I want to expand on something I said in the introduction to this section of the study.  In our reading of scripture, the Holy Spirit leads us to understand that there is often more than one level of focus than just the words of the text.  In every one of the letters, we will see that there is a local message to the named church that deals with the need that church...

Continuing the study of Revelation! (More to follow!)
Uncategorized / July 30, 2013

The order of the churches in chapters 2 and 3 are important, and it doesn’t work in any other order – church history is reflected in the order of the letters! Ephesus – The Apostolic Church Smyrna – The Persecuted Church Pergamum – The Church married the World Thyatira – The Medieval Church Sardis – The “Reformed” church Philadelphia – The Missionary Church Laodicea – ...

Live and let live…a definition
Christology , Ecclesiology , Eschatology / July 16, 2013

Revelation 22:11 – “Let the one who does wrong, still do wrong; and the one who is filthy, still be filthy; and let the one who is righteous, still practice righteousness; and the one who is holy, still keep himself holy.” There is almost a “live and let live” attitude expressed here. People are going to do what they are going to do, because you cannot legislate righteousness. Frankly it isn’t our ...

Sorry for my absence!
Uncategorized / July 13, 2013

It’s been a busy week at the house of Ger! I had family visiting, my oldest daughter was baptized, and then I was on vacation, so apologies for leaving you hanging! Regular study will resume in the near future.

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