Many times, this author has heard that God loves us unconditionally. This is not true. There are many conditions in the Bible that his servants are expected to believe, accept as absolute truth, and apply in their lives.
We cannot be halfhearted or in want of heart, or even double hearted. (Ps 12:2; Pro. 10:13) As a reader of hearts, God can see any insincere or feigned behavior on our part. He is well aware of our actions and thinking, even when we are alone. He knows our heart condition, what we are trying to do with our lives.
If we were never disciplined to regularly and consistently take care of the important things in life and we lack the experience and skills to do so, how are we going to have enthusiasm and the motivation?
If we are to fulfill the great commission, that Jesus gave to every Christian, to proclaim and to teach the Good News, we must accurately understand it ourselves first. It was in the spring of 31 C.E., and Jesus was about to speak to a very large, mixed crowd on a mountainside, who were anxiously... Continue Reading →
Another facet of benefiting from the Bible is that it shows us the way to get the best out of life now, even in imperfection. 1 Timothy 3:2 Updated American Standard Version (UASV) 2 The overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, All of us can... Continue Reading →
The Bible is a revelation from our heavenly Father, about our heavenly Father, i.e., his will and purposes. (1 Thess. 2:13) If we take the things we learn and apply them in our lives, we will live a life far more beneficial than those who do not. As we grow in knowledge, we will draw... Continue Reading →
Principles There are many principles that assist the interpreter in understanding the biblical text. For example, the covenant principle differentiates between the various contracts that God has made with his people, specifically their provisions, their parties and their purposes. The Christocentric principle helps us to understand that the mind of deity is eternally centered in... Continue Reading →
Jesus had just observed the Passover with his disciples. He instituted what is now known as the Lord’s Table. He agonized in the garden of Gethsemane. There we witness the struggle of Jesus and how he acted under pressure. We see his absolute surrender to the will of the heavenly Father. Judas Iscariot betrayed... Continue Reading →
In the parable of The Pharisee and the Tax Collector (Lk. 18:9-14), we see two different kinds of men, two different approaches to God and two different outcomes. It is an ancient message, which demands modern application. It has to be taken out of the “then and there” and applied to the “here and now.”... Continue Reading →
Introduction to the Correct Method It is highly important that we get at what the author meant by his words that he used. It is highly important that we do not impose our 21st mindset into the text (eisegesis, taking out of the text). What we want to do is take the meaning out of... Continue Reading →