He even made his own mother

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning” John 1:1-2.

Most of us cannot but jot down a few appointments on a calendar and strive to meet them, but looking back on a day, we can see just how nearsighted we are. As we try to understand God’s plan to redeem sinful man, it’s easy to believe Jesus as just another figure in a line of greats: Adam, Noah, Moses, David …. But, Jesus is different.

He is from the beginning, being both God and with God, through whom all things were made. His Only Son’s part in His plan of salvation is integral, but what was the Second Person of the Godhead doing before “the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us”?

He was the instrument of Creation and spoken to by the Father in Genesis 1:26 as He and the Father are one (John 10:30). Some believe it is Jesus to show up in various theophanies (appearances of God) throughout Scripture … perhaps even Melchizedek himself, in whose order Jesus has become our High Priest forever. He even made His own mother who would give birth to Him.

Do you believe that as God, Jesus is the ‘I Am’?

Doug Kashorek

douglaskashorek.com

#Jesus #Word #devotional #dougkashorek

God in the Flesh

On Sunday morning, I will be speaking on “God in the Flesh” from John 1:1-5,14. What a powerful and challenging topic! It is difficult to explain the unexplainable.

Without faith, how can we understand what it means to be God and man at the same time? Our text is so powerful that we can spend a lot of time on the subject. I plan a two-part series, trying to help my audience understand this difficult subject.

John’s gospel is not a biography but a treatise to prove the premise in John 1:1-5.14. John’s prologue is so overwhelming that no human being could ever live up to it. John spends the rest of the book laying out evidence to prove his case. Everything in this book is designed to illustrate his point. It comes to fruition when Thomas cries, “My Lord and My God!” in John 20:28.

What is the best way for you to explain what it means for Jesus to be God and man?

#god, #jesus, #john, #savior, #word

Learn the Scriptures and the People

One can be a devoted student of Scripture and yet not understand the people to whom they minister. We must not be cloistered in our hole, failing to interact with others. The Bible student who is not also a student of human nature, misses the other half of the equation.

The ultimate goal of  Bible study is two-fold.  First, we desire heaven as our own future destination. Secondly, we want to inspire others to take the same path. How do we do the latter if we know nothing of our subjects?

We need to be very attentive to the ways and motivations of human beings. We must study how they think and react to certain ideas. Study the culture and know what turns people’s heads. In so doing, we become better armed when we reach out to people.

There is danger in this method, of course. Nietzsche is credited with saying, “When you stare into the abyss, the abyss stares back into you.” If we will learn the culture, we must not let it drag us into its web of deceit.

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#evangelism, #humans, #study, #teaching, #wisdom, #word

The Most Sensible Word

The most sensible word I’ve heard lately was from a Twitter post which said:

“Maybe the USA should consider Mexico’s law regarding immigration.”

After reading their immigration laws, it might not be a bad idea:

http://mexicoslaw.com/

#consider, #heard, #immigration, #law, #most, #post, #sensible, #twitter, #word

Jesus' Most Striking Phrase

To me, the most striking phrase of Jesus is, “Have ye not read?” (Matthew 12:3,5; Matthew 19:4; Matthew 22:31; Mark 12:10,26; Luke 6:3).

The religious leaders of Christ’s day had indeed “read” the Old Testament passages that Jesus’ referred to in the above passages, but were more interested in upholding their own “traditions” rather than upholding God’s word (Matthew 15:3,6; Mark 7:8-9,13).

As a result, the Lord called these religious leaders “hypocrites” (Matthew 15:7-8 ; cf. Isaiah 29:13).

Today, our society would call them “reading-challenged.”

#day, #hypocrite, #jesus, #leader, #passage, #phrase, #read, #religious, #striking, #tradition, #word

An Important Distinction

An important distinction in my life has been the distinction between good and evil. Many people in our society are woefully ignorant of that distinction (Isaiah 5:20). That distinction can only come about by a daily and habitual study of God’s word (Acts 17:11; Hebrews 5:13-14; 2 Timothy 2:15), as well as an application of it (Psalm 119:33-34).

#daily, #distinction, #evil, #good, #habit, #ignorant, #important, #life, #people, #society, #study, #woeful, #word

Most Misused Bible Word

Looking at the denominational world, I’d say the most misused word in the Bible would have to be the word “grace.” The “grace only” crowd have been misusing that word for many years.

They conveniently leave out man’s part in God’s redemptive plan – grace “through faith” (Ephesians 2:8; cf. Romans 4:16).

#bible, #crowd, #denominational, #grace, #misused, #word, #world, #years

I’m a crossword puzzle person. Also lik…

I’m a crossword puzzle person. Also like to play Scrabble, because it’s interesting to see what kind of words your opponent comes up with.

#crossword, #interest, #opponent, #person, #puzzle, #word

Luck is a word devoid of sense. Nothing …

Luck is a word devoid of sense. Nothing can exist without a cause.

Voltaire (Francois-Marie Arouet), French author, wit and philosopher (1694-1778)

#cause, #devoid, #exist, #luck, #nothing, #sense, #word

The Simple Believes Every Word

Proverbs 14:15:

“The simple believes every word, But the prudent [one who is wise & uses sound judgment] man considers well his steps.”

From whatever source of religious instruction – Investigate, Investigate, Investigate!

http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/2009/01/26/investigate-investigate-and-investigate/

#believe, #consider, #instruction, #investigate, #prudent, #simple, #source, #step, #word

What’s on my heart? Since I’m the desi…

What’s on my heart? Since I’m the designated preacher today, I pray that the message I deliver from God’s word will spiritually benefit and encourage the congregation to greater service in the Lord’s kingdom.

#congregation, #exact, #message, #preacher, #spiritually, #word

When Do I Grow?

I was once made very angry and I had to grow to learn patience and forgiveness.

I was once slandered and I had to grow to learn that living right and doing right is the best answer to the lies of others.

I occasionally find myself ignored or forgotten and I have to grow in my humility.

From time to time I fail, and I have to grow beyond my failures to try again. As often as I sin, I am reminded I still need to repent. I still marvel at the grace of God.

Like Paul I have times of abundance and times of suffering need, and I am learning to depend upon the mercy of One greater than myself to provide what I cannot do for myself. I grow most when I lean upon the Lord’s strength. He strengthens me. What a treasure to have the power of God available for the asking!

I am often so ignorant, but the Word informs me and enlightens me to see what I have never seen before.

God molds and shapes us positively in wonderful ways through friends, through the Word, and through prayer. God also uses the events of our lives, both positive and negative, to help us understand the practical messages of the Word. He grows us from the inside and from without. He shapes and molds us, equips us, and prepares us for great things. God is so good to us, even when our growth comes with pain.

#equip, #growth, #pain, #prayer, #shape, #strength, #word

Bible Studies Shared

I don’t know who you are but thanks for visiting my “Bible Studies Shared” WordPress blog yesterday. The hits came from the fellowship room. The study was on Longsuffering and I hope it helpful to you.

#longsuffering, #word

What saying of Jesus resonates most?

             According to an online dictionary, the word, “resonance” means, “To evoke a feeling of shared emotion or belief.” To me, the saying of Jesus that resonates most is in John 6:35ff.

            “I am the bread of life,” Jesus said in verse 35. Again in verse 38, Jesus said, “For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of Him that sent me, that all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.”

             In verses 48 and 51, Jesus reiterates the same claim, perhaps because he was able to see inside the minds of his hearers and note how reluctant they were to accept his words.

            He doesn’t let up in verse 54, either, when he said, “Whoso eateth my flesh and drinketh my blood hath eternal life and I will raise him up at the last day.”

            Of course, we read these verses from our vantage point of having the complete revelation of God. But when Jesus spoke these words, imagine what was going through their minds. This man was telling them that he is God the Son. The claims caused many of his disciples to turn away (6:66).

            Those words still hold rejection for many today.

            But to those of us who are being saved by God’s grace, these words hold within them the realization of redemption from sin and eternal life (1 Corinthians 1:18).

            That’s why those sayings resonate with me.

#jesus-christ, #life, #word

Which gospel account?

Weylan, I have four lovely and wonderful daughters, of whom I am immensely proud. To choose between the accounts is like having to choose between my daughters.

Matthew is like a wonderful bouquet of roses, grouped in fives, showing the marvelous fulfillment of God’s plan from the beginning.

Mark is the gospel of action. Though brief, he often gives the fullest information about an event. Mark is pointed and speaks to the heart.

Luke is inclusive and reminds us that every person is loved by God. He speaks so well to the forgotten.

John is the spiritual gospel, simple yet profound, filled with controversy but pointed as to the Son’s place in our salvation.

All four are God’s word. I love every bit of them. They are a great source of nourishment to the soul, giving hope, instruction, and assurance. I not only love them. I need them. Apparently God wanted each of them for their own service to us all.

Phil

#gospel, #scripture, #synoptics, #word