Many don't know that out of the millions of Christian books, most by far are liberal to moderate. For example, out of the 1,200+ books available on biblical hermeneutics right now, all but about 20 are liberal to moderate.
Although Christians may disagree on some aspects of the creation story, we agree that God created this world, he created it by himself, and he created it “very good.”—Kenneth O. Gangel and Stephen J. Bramer.
Paul demonstrates how the priestly office, first filled by Aaron, was characteristic of that which Christ Jesus serves as a superior and heavenly high priest. This being so, the priestly position, operation, and procedure of Aaron’s high office take on extra meaning for Christians. (Heb 8:1-6; 9:6-14, 23-28)
According to the Book of Exodus, Aaron first functioned as Moses' assistant. Because Moses complained that he could not speak well, God appointed Aaron as Moses' “prophet” (Exodus 4:10-17; 7:1)
It was quite befitting, therefore, that our Lord should explain to his fisher friend the momentous and glorious ministry that awaited him, through the calling in which he had been engaged from boyhood, and which had so many points of resemblance with the work of winning souls.
IF the days of David and Solomon may be compared to spring and summer in the history of the kingdom of Israel, it was late autumn when our story opens.
The city of Smyrna was located approximately thirty-five miles north of Ephesus. It was a prosperous city with a population of over one hundred thousand in John’s day (c. A.D. 95). That location had been inhabited for over three thousand years and no one knows for sure who founded Smyrna or exactly when it was established.
There is nothing more important for the development of the spiritual life of the Christian than regular, systematic Bible study.
God has placed within each person’s heart a need for spiritual sustenance. He has provided for this need with his Word, which is literally more essential than physical food and literally more precious than any material resource.