John’s Evangel never mentions the word faith. Why? Love is the result of faith.
Three items that seem to terrify most believers are 1) the testing of our faith, 2) the weirdness of the supernatural (unless we benefit from it) and 3) physical death. Are you one of them?
Did anyone notice that Yeshua used the phrase, “Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward,” three times in Matthew 6? See Matthew 6:2, Matthew 6:5, Matthew 6:16. To me, that means the words connected to that sentence are vital to our understanding.
Translation error: Genesis 3:16 has been translated to say, “…and your desire shall be for your husband…” except in the New Living Translation. The same word in Hebrew, el, is most frequently translated against, as in its second use in Genesis 4:8. “…and your desire shall be against your husband, and he shall rule over you,” speaks more in line with what has happened and is still happening between the sexes. This brings to mind the passages about living with a contentious woman (Proverbs 19:13, Proverbs 21:9, Proverbs 21:19, Proverbs 25:24, Proverbs 27:15-16). The NLT got this one almost right by using the word control instead.
You have heard it said that Grace is God’s unmerited favor. This is man’s definition, not Mine. This definition mentions neither My Son Jesus NOR does it mention the Cross. My definition of Grace is this: “I treat you with the favor Jesus deserves. He received what you deserved on the Cross. You believed on Him. I placed you IN HIM. And now I treat you LIKE HIM.” That is My definition of Grace. Jesus did nothing to deserve the way He was treated, so that I can say the SAME THING about you, too.
Why does God allow various version of the Bible to exist? It is the same reason for different denominations and doctrines—He wants each of His children to seek Him and His truth constantly. Never stop! Clawing and fighting to the top of Mt. Zion never ends until we leave this world. Only then will we know if we had reached the peak.
The difference between condemnation and judgment is that judgment declares good from bad, wheat from tares, holy from common; condemnation is the declaration of deserved punishment. As Jesus said, He came to save (correct) existence not condemn it.
We have this all backwards: we are fellowshipping with or like the world and giving believers sermons when it should be the other way around. We need to fellowship with believers and give testimony to the world!
Prayer is bending (submitting, surrendering, yielding) physically, mentally, and spiritually to the will of God, not wishing.
The Kingdom of God was not, is not, and will never be a religion, organization, or institution. The Kingdom is ALIVE; we (the Body) live because the Head (Messiah) is in control.
AD means Anno Domini, Medieval Latin for as in the year of the Lord not after death.
If anyone says it is unnecessary to either study Torah or sacrifice self, reprove that person. If the person persists, turn the person over to Christ and leave him or her alone. Our calling is too short for debates.
A lesson learned: moments of boredom signal chats with the Lord. Take advantage of them.