Tag Archives: salvation

What are we drinking? (2 Peter 1-2)

“You are what you eat.” Or so the saying goes. In this case, Peter might change that to, “You are what you drink.” I talked in my last blog about living by the gospel. But what kind of things do … Continue reading

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Ignoring the word of Jesus (Hebrews 1-4)

In my last post, we saw how Paul told Timothy, “Remember Jesus Christ.” Here we see similar words by the author of Hebrews: “Consider Jesus.” (3:1) I have probably read Hebrews dozens of times, but as I’ve been reading it … Continue reading

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A God-centered salvation (Ephesians 1-2)

One thing I have been doing the last couple of days as I have read Ephesians 1-2 is noting all the “hims” and “his”s that are there, and really thinking through, “Who is this talking about, the Father, the Son, … Continue reading

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The joy of our salvation (1 Chronicles 16)

In this passage, we see David doing something very important in the psalm he wrote: he recalls the joy of his salvation. (You also might want to read Psalms 96, 105, and 106, where this psalm came from…or vice versa). … Continue reading

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When God listened to a man (Joshua 10)

As I was reading this passage about how God made the day longer and helped the Israelites conquer their enemies, this verse struck me. There has been no day like it before or since, when the Lord listened to a … Continue reading

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Salvation (Jonah 2)

I’ve really been looking at Jonah through different eyes which has been kind of cool. Here we see Jonah’s cry from the fish, but we also see Jesus in kind of a reverse mirror image. Jonah, of course suffered for … Continue reading

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I John 4:9-10 — The love God has for us

I said yesterday that I wanted to get back to some verses from chapter 4 that I skipped a couple of days ago. And they are absolutely vital because it goes back to something I said yesterday. I said yesterday … Continue reading

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I Peter 3:18-22 — The hope that we have

When people mock us for our faith, it can be disheartening. And when we are persecuted for our faith, it can be easy to ask why. “Why does God allow this? Why does he let us suffer? And how long will we … Continue reading

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James 2:17-26 — How true faith expresses itself (Part 4)

There was something that I wanted to add in the last blog, but it was getting long as it was, so I decided to put it here. One thing that I have been trying very carefully to do is to … Continue reading

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Hebrews 13:20-25 — Equipped

I love how the writer of Hebrews closes his letter. Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you … Continue reading

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Hebrews 6:4-8 — Impossible

This is one of the more controversial passages in scripture. Many Christians use it to try to prove that it is possible for a person to lose their salvation. The writer of Hebrews says, It is impossible for those who … Continue reading

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II Timothy 2 — To be a good teacher

As I look at this passage, I am challenged as to the kind of teacher I should be. What does it take to be a good teacher of the Word of God? 1. Pass on what you know. Especially pass it … Continue reading

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I Timothy 3:16 –The wonder of the gospel

Christmas is right around the corner, and I think it can be so easy to take for granted what it’s all about. Do we truly wonder at what it really means? Paul did. He said, Beyond all question, the mystery … Continue reading

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I Timothy 2:11-15 — The leadership role (part 3)

There’s one last part to this passage that has yet to be addressed and then I’ll make a few closing comments on it. Paul writes in verse 15, But women will be saved through childbearing–if they continue in faith, love … Continue reading

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Galatians 1:1-9 — Deserting God

A lot of people today see Christianity as a set of rules.  They think that you have to keep these rules to be accepted by God.  Even many Christians tend to think this way.  But is this what the Bible … Continue reading

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Romans 16:25-27 — The One Who establishes us

And so we finish off Romans.  I think it’s been one of the more fun books that I have blogged through.  And as we do, we finish up where we started.  With a reminder that salvation is ultimately the work … Continue reading

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Romans 10:6-13 — All that’s left for us to do

The way to salvation is, in a sense, contradictory.  That is to say, it is so easy, and yet so hard. Paul writes, But the righteousness that is by faith says: “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend … Continue reading

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Romans 9:30-33 — Why can’t there be another way to God?

One of the things that bothers people about Christianity is that Christ claims he is the only way to God.  That there is no other way.  And they say, “Why can’t there be another way?” There are many ways to … Continue reading

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Acts 19:1-7 — Going beyond repentance

In this passage, we see some people that were similar to Apollos, but different.  Like Apollos, they had been disciples of John, but unlike Apollos, they were unaware of the one John had been pointing to. So while they had … Continue reading

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Acts 17:29-34 — A second Christmas

Well, Christmas has come and gone here in Japan.  I hope you enjoyed yours as much as I did mine. As I read this passage though, it strikes me that there is still a Christmas we are yet waiting for. … Continue reading

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Acts 8:26-40 — Unless we go

This is one of two stories in the book of Acts where we see the election of God, the choice of man, and our need to go as God’s witnesses all interacting with each other.  Many people wonder about the … Continue reading

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Matthew 28:11-15 — A people that will not be convinced

The hardness of heart that the priests and Pharisees had is simply unbelievable to me.  Despite all their efforts, the tomb was empty.  That is one thing even they did not dispute. They had the testimony of the guard who … Continue reading

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Matthew 27:32-61; Mark 15:24-47; Luke 23:32-56; John 19:18-42 — That scripture would be fulfilled

One thing that becomes crystal clear as we look at these passages is that Christ’s death was no accident.  It was no mistake on the part of God.  Rather, he had planned it from the beginning of time for our … Continue reading

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Matthew 27:38, 44; Mark 15:27, 32; Luke 23:32-33, 39-43; John 19:18 — Railing at God, humbling ourselves before him

This is one of the most famous stories from the cross.  Along with Jesus, two robbers were crucified by his side.  And at first, both mocked him.  In the ESV, it says One of the criminals who were hanged railed … Continue reading

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Matthew 22:34-40; Mark 12:28-34 — What we need to understand to enter the kingdom

Of all the people that had come to question Jesus, there was one that seemed to be impressed with what Jesus had to say.  And so he asked Jesus, Of all the commandments, which is the most important?  (Mark 12:28) … Continue reading

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John 12:27-41 — Before it’s too late

Sometime people put off following Christ thinking they can always do it later.  But in this passage, we see the danger of that. Jesus in thinking about the cross and his determination to follow the Father’s plan cried out, Father, … Continue reading

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Luke 19:11-28 — If we are determined to reject Christ

There is another point to this story that Jesus told that we didn’t get to touch on yesterday. It says in verses 12-15, A man of noble birth went to a distant country to have himself appointed king and then … Continue reading

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Luke 19:11-27 — While we are waiting

It says that Jesus told this next parable because, He was near Jerusalem and the people thought that the kingdom of God was going to appear at once.  (11) In other words, there was an idea that he wanted to dispel … Continue reading

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Luke 19:1-10 — Because of us

This is a very famous story in the Bible, and it’s one I’ve heard (and sang) since I was a kid.  But as I looked at it today, verse 3 struck me. [Zacchaeus] wanted to see who Jesus was, but … Continue reading

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Matthew 19:16-26; Mark 10:17-27, Luke 18:18-27 — The impossibility of salvation

My religion professor in university brought up this story when talking about Christianity.  His point?  “If you want eternal life, you have to sell everything you have.” Which shows the fallacy of not looking at a scripture in its context, … Continue reading

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Luke 17:11-19 — Grateful

Just a blogging note:  this will probably be my last blog for the next few days as I will probably be computerless over the last few days of my vacation. In this passage, we see ten lepers hanging out together … Continue reading

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Luke 15:1-10 — Seeking the lost? Condemning the lost?

In this passage, we see the one big difference between Jesus and the Pharisees.  And it is unfortunately one of the big differences between God and a lot of people that call themselves Christians today.  The Pharisees condemned those who … Continue reading

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Luke 14:15-24 — When we reject Jesus

After Jesus mentioned how God would reward the generous in the resurrection of the righteous, one of the guests at the dinner said, Blessed is the man who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God.  (15) This man … Continue reading

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Luke 13:22-30 — Before it’s too late

None of us like to think about hell.  And none of us like the idea that anyone is going to hell.  We’d like to think that everyone (or almost everyone) will go to heaven someday. Perhaps that’s the feeling this … Continue reading

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John 9 — A picture of salvation

After Jesus healed this man blind from birth, it caused quite a stir as we see in this chapter.  But through this story, we see a beautiful picture of salvation. We see, first of all, that this man was blind from … Continue reading

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John 7:37-39 — The waters of salvation

Yes, we will eventually get past this chapter.  In fact, this will be our last look at it as we look at verses 37-39. On the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles, Jesus probably watched as the priests took … Continue reading

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Matthew 16:13-20 — The one on whom all stands

This is truly a powerful passage and as such, it deserves another look. After Peter declares Jesus to be the Messiah, Jesus praises him, saying, Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by … Continue reading

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Matthew 13:47-50 — A coming judgment

It has been said that Jesus spoke more on hell than he did about heaven.  And here we see one of his teachings on the coming judgment. As I’ve mentioned before, it can get frustrating to see all the evil … Continue reading

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John 3:9-16 — How to be born again

In my last blog, we saw Jesus explaining to Nicodemus the need to be born again.  That we can’t work our way into heaven any more than we can work our way into the physical world. In both cases, we … Continue reading

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Luke 1:57-80 — Salvation

One wonders all that Zechariah thought during the nine months his mouth was stopped due to his unbelief.  Somehow, one gets the feeling that while he regretted his unbelief, it nevertheless didn’t put a damper on his spirit, because his … Continue reading

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Luke 1:39-56 — Blessed

When Mary heard that her relative Elizabeth was pregnant, she quickly hurried down to see her.  This is quite understandable considering Mary’s own unusual circumstances.  She probably wanted to confirm that this wasn’t just some kind of delusion or dream. … Continue reading

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Psalm 149 — A time to sing, a time to fight

I must admit that upon first reading, this psalm can be a bit disturbing, particularly from verses 6 on. It is a psalm that first calls on God’s people to praise him.  To rejoice in him because he is our … Continue reading

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Psalm 148 — A call to worship

There’s a song by Tommy Walker that I love called “All the Saints Join in” which is basically Psalm 148 set to modern music. The psalm and song are essentially a call to all creation to praise its Creator.  From … Continue reading

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Psalm 98 — Rejoicing in our salvation

This psalm is anonymous, so it could’ve been written in any number of contexts.  It could’ve been written following the Israelites deliverance from Egypt, or perhaps it was written by David after his reign was firmly established, or it could’ve … Continue reading

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Psalm 40 — Song of a Savior

In this psalm by David, we see his suffering and deliverance. But we also see the song of our Savior, as he sings about his suffering on the cross and his resurrection. It starts out with David praising God for … Continue reading

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Esther 9 — Celebrating God’s goodness

Feasting.  Joy.  Celebration.  These are words you see again and again in this chapter.  After the Jews succeeded in defending themselves against their enemies, they celebrated their salvation. Not only that, but Mordecai and Esther started the first annual celebration … Continue reading

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Zechariah 9:9-17 — The Prince of Peace

In this passage, we see more prophesies of Jesus, some of which were fulfilled in his first coming, while others yet to come. It says in verses 9, Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion!  Shout, Daughter Jerusalem!  See, your king comes to … Continue reading

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Zechariah 8 — Saved to be a blessing

The book of Zechariah is full of warnings and admonitions.  But as we have seen, it also has words of encouragement as well. And in this passage we see a bit of both.  God starts with words of encouragement, telling … Continue reading

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Ezekiel 21-22 — Standing in the gap

So many times, we complain about the evil that we see in this world.  But do we really care?  Do we care enough to do something about it? God in this passage tells Ezekiel to warn the people of the … Continue reading

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Ezekiel 14:12-23 — Saving ourselves, saving others

When I was younger, I remember reading a book that said that if we became Christians, it meant that God guaranteed that our families would be saved too, and they quoted Acts 16:31, where Paul said, Believe in the Lord … Continue reading

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Ezekiel 1-3 — Whether they listen or not

Hey, a chronological book!  What a unique concept!  And quite refreshing considering all the time jumping going on in Jeremiah. Ezekiel comes on to the scene at about this time of history.  It was the fifth year after Jehoiachin, the … Continue reading

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Isaiah 63:1-6 — God of Salvation; God of Judgment

The gospel has, from the beginning, been a double-edged sword.  Salvation for those who will receive Jesus, and judgment for those who reject him.  You see both in this passage. First you see the judgment of Christ on the nations, … Continue reading

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Isaiah 60 — Reflecting the light of God

I love the first 3 verses of this chapter. Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.  See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord … Continue reading

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Isaiah 59 — A God far away?

Sometimes people complain, “Where is God in this world?  I sure can’t see him.  All I see is all the evil that’s here.” Actually, God is here.  But the evil that dwells within us makes it difficult for us to … Continue reading

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Isaiah 51:17-52:12 — Salvation

As we look at this passage where God calls his people out of exile, we also see a picture of salvation.  Isaiah tells the people, Awake, awake!  Rise up, O Jerusalem, you who have drunk from the hand of the … Continue reading

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Isaiah 45 — That they may know Me and be saved

The ways of God are hard to grasp sometimes.  Why would he use the Assryians, Babylonians, and Persians to punish his people, when these people were just as bad, if not worse than the Israelites? I don’t know, but perhaps … Continue reading

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Isaiah 43:1-13 — Precious

This is probably one of my favorite if not favorite passages in scripture. But now, this is what the Lord says– he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel:  “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; … Continue reading

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Isaiah 33:2 — A prayer

I’ve kind of gotten out of the habit of memorizing scripture and I want to get back into it.  A couple of days ago, I worked on Isaiah 30:15.  Today it’s this verse. O Lord, be gracious to us; we … Continue reading

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Isaiah 12 — The joy of salvation

Last Sunday, I was listening to a message on John 3 at church.  And our pastor was talking about verse 16, probably one of the most famous, if not the most famous verse in the Bible.  And he asked a … Continue reading

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II Kings 5 — The salvation that comes from God

As I read this passage, it reminds me of the salvation that we receive from God. First, we learn that it needs to be proclaimed in order for people to receive it.  It’s amazing to me that this girl, who … Continue reading

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