Ephesians (Program #42) – Learning Christ as the Truth is in Jesus
Chapter 4 of the book of Ephesians begins with a strong exaltation by the apostle Paul regarding our walk. “I beseech you therefore, I, the prisoner in the Lord, to walk worthily of the calling with which you were called.”
In the verses that follow verse 1, he goes on to develop just what this walk details. Finally in verse 17, he contrast our walk of that of the unbelievers. “This therefore I say and testify in the Lord, that you no longer walk as the Gentiles also walk in the vanity of their mind.” And then verse 20, After detailing the darken condition of the mind of the unbelieving world, he added this marvelous exclamation, “But you did not so 1alearn Christ.” Notice he does not say, you did not so learn about Christ. What is it to learn Christ?
2 Corinthians (Program #39) – The Minister’s of the New Covenant (12)
The book of 2 Corinthians is the book of the New Testament that’s not that well known, not frequently quoted and not really that well understood. One passage however that is familiar to most believers is found in chapter 6 in verse 14, where Paul tells the Corinthians, “Do not become dissimilarly yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership do righteousness and lawlessness have? Or what fellowship does light have with darkness?”
It’s good to consider this verse in any context but better is to consider it in the context to which it was delivered to us in the divine revelation.
Here 2 Corinthians chapter 6 is in the context of the New Testament Ministry, the ministry of reconciliation, the ministry where Paul under his commission by the Lord charges the believers in Corinth to be fully reconciled to God.
2 Corinthians (Program #38) – The Minister’s of the New Covenant (11)
2 Corinthians is a marvelous book giving us both a detailed biography of the apostle Paul and a clear understanding of the goal of the New Testament ministry. The goal as we have seen is for the believers and unbelievers alike to be fully reconciled to God. That means that both in fact and in our experience, there is no barrier, no hindrance, nothing separating us from enjoying God and living Christ. This is the ministry that Paul and the other apostles were commissioned with. Further, it should be the goal of our own Christian life. We have been saved many years ago, having settled that question of our eternal destiny once for all. But do we live a life that’s fully reconciled to God? This was Paul’s question to the believers in Corinth as well. Listen 5:20 of 2 Corinthians say:
“On behalf of Christ then we are ambassadors, as God entreats you through us; we beseech you on behalf of Christ, Be reconciled to God.“
2 Corinthians (Program #37) – The Minister’s of the New Covenant (9 & 10)
Any study or serious consideration of 2 Corinthians brings you to Paul’s explanation of both the New Testament ministry and the New Testament ministers. The ministry in chapter 5 is called the ministry of reconciliation and the work of the minsters was to fully reconcile both unbelievers and believers fully into God. In chapter 6 the focus now turns to the ministers themselves. And what these ones were and what really we all should be in our being. In another word, we get a very detailed view of the kind of living that qualifies one to be a genuine minister of the New Covenant and an ambassador of Christ.
Isaiah (Program #43) – The All-Inclusive Christ in His Four Stages (1)
Isaiah chapter 53 was written 2,700 years ago. Although Jews, philosophers and even unbelievers have been reading these chapters over 27 centuries without any idea of what they were reading. We believers have but to read a few verses, we realize spontaneously that this word is unique and profound and unmistakable portrait of our Savior Christ written 700 years before His coming. This is the Christ of Isaiah. Don’t miss His appearance on today’s life study of the Bible.
Romans (Program #5) – The Vanity of Religion and the Totality of Hopelessness
Paul is saying here, “My gospel is for God’s economy, but to do that, you don’t need religion. It’s not a matter of outward practices, it’s not a matter of just not doing or doing certain things – it’s a matter of getting into God’s salvation.”
We are going to look today at God’s condemnation as is presented in Romans chapter 1. Why is it important for mankind to have a realization of God’s condemnation? more…
Peter begins his second epistle with the matter of faith. In fact he addresses the epistle “to those who have been allotted faith”. Faith is an mysterious thing and often misunderstood by believers and unbelievers alike. Many people may be even most people think that faith is something that we need to some how produce or find in order to believe. But according to Peter, faith is something allotted to us. The apostle Paul made a similar point in Ephesians, “for by grace you have been saved through faith and this not of yourself it is the gift of God.”