“To them, God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
Why does the verse say “Christ in you”? I thought it was the Holy Spirit who dwells in believers?
Great question! We definitely hear the most about the Holy Spirit dwelling in believers. Believers who live now are privileged to experience the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit dwelling in believers wasn’t always the case. Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would come after He returned to heaven. The Holy Spirit came in Acts 2 and from then on we see the Holy Spirit indwelling believers.Read More »
When I paid for groceries today I whipped out my quick and easy debit card, inserted it into the chip reader, waited for the ding, then put my card back into my purse. Debit cards are great. I don’t have to carry around lots of cash and they help me keep track of purchases through my bank. But in 1985 when debit cards were a new thing, two Bible teachers/radio ministers were panicked by the thought of debit cards, cashless transactions, and computers in general. They were sure that computers would provide everything the Antichrist and the beasts of Revelation 13 would need to usher in the end times. Read More »
The Old Testament prophetic books are not in chronological order. They are divided into two groups: the Major Prophets and Minor Prophets. The Major Prophets (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentation, Ezekiel, Daniel) are called the Major Prophets because their books are longer. (Exception: Lamentations is technically a poetic book, but because it was written by Jeremiah, in the Christian Bible it tags along behind Jeremiah.)
The Minor Prophets are minor prophets because the books are shorter. Some even have just one chapter.
Since the prophetic books are not in chronological order, there are two dates from history that you need to know so you can quickly understand the prophet’s message.Read More »
Years ago our church read through the Bible together in 90 days. The pastor preached the sermon on a passage from the week and our Sunday school class discussed the week’s readings. It was a great program and although not everyone finished, they read more of the Bible than they would have. I certainly didn’t finish in 90 days. I had small children at the time and I ended up finishing in about 690 days! But I did finish it!
This summer I decided to try again reading through the Bible in 90 days. I needed a plan for what Bible reading I would do in the summer when our Bible Study Fellowship group was on summer break. I hadn’t read through the whole Bible in while and I felt like I was missing out on the big picture since I had only done concentrated studies the last few years. I purchased a used copy of The Bible in 90 Days and braced myself for the face-paced ride. Read More »
When it comes to the hard parts of the Bible you can’t get much harder than 1 Timothy 2:15. The first commentary I looked at stated: “This is one of the most difficult verses in the New Testament to interpret.”
1 Timothy 2:15 says in the NIV:
But women will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith, love, and holiness with propriety.
The ESV says:
Yet she will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith, love, and holiness, with self-control.Read More »
The Bible book of Ezekiel is hard to read, hard to understand, and hard to apply. Ezekiel lived during the exile of Judah when God’s people were conquered and taken captive by the nation of Babylon (2 Kings 24:11-16). The book of Ezekiel is full of messages from God to His people reminding them that it was their sin that resulted in their scattered state. There are a lot of exact measurements for the new temple. In fact, “cubit” is the second most used word in the book.
But Ezekiel has a couple of gems that feel like rewards for digging through the tough stuff. My friend calls them the “sweet nuggets of Ezekiel.”Read More »