Many people refer to a religious building as a church, but in the New Testament, buildings were never called churches. In fact, there are verses which show that buildings accommodated churches, so obviously, the building itself was not the church. For example, churches met in the homes of Philemon, and Aquila, Philemon 1:2; Romans 16:5. The church was the congregation of people who met in these homes, so the church was made up ofRead More
“So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?’ He said to Him, ‘Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.’ He said to him, ‘Feed My lambs.’” John 21:15
When believers fall, they sometimes falsely think that their service, usefulness, and preciousness to God the Father are at an end. Thankfully, those who have received Christ by faith have become children in His family, and can neverRead More
“And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” Genesis 2:16-17
People sometimes caricature the rift between Adam and Eve and their Creator as being a matter of stolen “apples.” Of course, this betrays an ignorance of the Scripture’s sophisticated narrative of the history of mankind’s progenitors. The tree was not an apple tree, but rather “the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” What is more, people often criticize God for seemingly overreactingRead More
Regarding Matthew 17:24-27 “Note too that closing touch, ‘Give unto them for me and thee,’ not, ‘for us.’ Peter paid the tax on a different ground; he could not claim to be the Son of God; he needed a ransom for his soul. Such a ransom we need; and it has been provided for us graciously by the divine King.”
Charles R. Erdman, The Gospel of Matthew: An Exposition, (Philadelphia: The Westminster Press, 1921), p. 144.Read More
Regarding Matthew 2:11
“The treasures they brought spoke volumes.
Gold is a symbol of deity and glory; it speaks of the shining perfection of His divine Person.
Frankincense is an ointment or perfume; it suggests the fragrance of the life of sinless perfection.
Myrrh is a bitter herb; it presages the sufferings He would endure in bearing the sins of the world.”
William MacDonald, Believers Bible Commentary, New Testament. Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, 1990. p. 23.
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