Welcome to my first review. I am grateful to Rose/Hendrickson Publishers for all of their awesome resources to help this pastor for the Lord. I will be reviewing a 1611 King James Version Bible that I do hope helps you understand how to use one of these. I think this is cool, because even I have to learn how to use this, especially during my Bible studies.
Many Bible sellers do sell the 1611 facsimile version of the King James Bible, and I will tell you this has a type of artistry you don’t typically see in other Bibles. I am not being paid for this review, but rather am doing this to help others. Therefore, I will not state who the publisher is or where this came from. As I said, you can find it in diverse Bible stores online.
Beginning of review
When first opening this Bible, it is magnificent in artistry on the title page. The first very noticeable difference, even though some versions do have a publisher introduction, this has a translator’s introduction to the reader. Most of the text is written well on the page along with notes in the left and right margins.
This introduction allows you to know how the Holy Ghost ministered to the translators and helped them complete this Bible version. What was running through the minds of the translators though was significant and is best to read yourself.
Next in my copy I see a Bible reading plan along with prayer plan. This is made for every month of the year and a supplemental almanac is included. After that was a few different guides on the Bible, such as lessons proper for Holy days, the order of the Psalms, proper Psalms on certain days.
I do hope this was insightful. I linked to the different pages on a website that I trust to provide good information. I do hope it was useful and would be information to you, especially if you want to try the 1611 KJV before buying one copy of your own. The facsimile copies range from about $10-20 USD – $1,000.
Works are and always have been based on God’s Will. When a man does a good work, it is based on how he/she feels God led them to do. This is the operation of a spiritually mature Christian, according to Hebrews 13:21. But… in the same verse, the glory is given unto Jesus Christ. This is important, because it shows our good works are not for nothing. However, God does remember these things (Hebrews 6:10). Good works are good and profitable unto men (Titus 3:8). Jesus commanded good works to glorify God (Matthew 5:16). However, as Ephesians 2:8-10 tells us, we are saved by grace through faith, not from ourselves, but a gift given by God that has nothing to do with works to avoid men from boasting about their own works, such as “works helped me be saved” or “works gave me eternal life.” We are His Workmanship, meaning that our good works stems directly from Jesus Christ, because God foreordained us to walk in these good works. Yes, all believers have been foreordained to be ministers. Faith is expressed by our works, because works are faith in action (James 2:14-20; Hebrews 11).
Paul tells us that we are able to obtain an award/prize, an incorruptible crown. What is the key to this? Not works, according to 1 Corinthians 9:24-25, but temperance (self-control). Peter affirms this is true that an imperishable crown is available (1 Peter 1:4). We will also be able to have a crown of rejoicing that is tied to hope and joy, and will be given shortly before the arrival of Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 2:19). Some have equated that this would be the case of wiping away every tear, with no more death and sorrow and pain (Revelation 21:4), but this is a stretch. Although this is true that we will eventually have this, it is not related to the crown of rejoicing.
Next, is the crown of righteousness, which is given to those who loved His appearing, because they endured such a hard race and fought the good fight keeping the faith (2 Timothy 4:5). Then the crown of glory, which is given by the Chief Shepherd Jesus Christ to those who feed the flock willingly without constraint, and being an ensample/example unto the flock (1 Peter 5:2-4).
Lastly is the crown of life, which is tied in with not worrying about suffering, but being faithful unto God until death – which will allow the crown of life to be given to us. He promised us eternal life, and we shall have it (Revelation 2:10; John 2:25). The crown of life is for those who endure temptation, and loving the Lord (James 1:12). So then, what are works, if Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith? These are things that emerge from the Lord unto our heart that He desires us to do. When we do them, we glorify Him (Repeat from above information).
Believers are expected to abound in good works because of their Salvation, but works do not lead to Salvation and Salvation does not lead to works. Works reveal faith to be real, while dead works or no works denote faith as useless. (Romans 3:27; 4:2-6; Galatians 2:16; 3:2-10; 5:6; 1 Thessalonians 1:3; 2 Thessalonians 2:17; Hebrews 9:14; 10:24). Judgment is according to works, with evidence of new life (Matthew 16:27; Romans 2:6; 1 Peter 1:17). Faith and good works are never contrasted in the Bible enough, but justification is based on Salvation, not referencing works (repeat of above reference).
Since we know we will be receiving an inheritance, we should work for the Lord and serve Jesus Christ (Colossians 3:23-24). We are rendered inheritance rewards according to Salvation, which include eternal life (The crown of life can be presumed), glory and honor and peace to those who do good (the crown of glory can be presumed) (Romans 2:6-10). Where will this judgment be for believers? It will be at the judgment seat of Christ that we will be judged based on every good or evil work (2 Corinthians 5:10). Good works are separate from works of the Law, because no human is justified by works of the Law for Salvation reasons, because the Law comes knowledge of sin (Romans 3:20).
We can conclude that works evidence faith; therefore, a fellow Christian can determine that someone may or may not be of faith based on their works. However, since Salvation is not based on works, it is impossible to tell whether someone is saved or unsaved just by their works. This is why required baptism for Salvation fails to function, because it is requiring works to be completed for Salvation to be given.
Back on subject, the crown of righteousness is presumed to be part of the rewards that are bestowed upon us by the Holy Ghost, because we learn that righteousness, peace, and joy are part of the Kingdom of God. Since we are granted access to the Kingdom of God through Salvation, we receive these benefits (Romans 14:17). Joy, hope, and peace overflow in us as we believe in God (Romans 15:13). This also means we are not judged by what we eat or drink or by festivals we celebrate (Colossians 2:16), but we appear to be judged by being given certain portions of the Kingdom of God that we may safely assume without heresy are an inheritance – this is found deeply interwoven with the Fruit of the Spirit. But why no crown of love? Is love the incorruptible crown? The Scripture does not say (Galatians 5:22). But what we do know is that God is Love and since He gave His Spirit to be with us, His Love is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost (Romans 5:1-5).
Where then does the incorruptible crown come in? It is the overall crown, we may assume, as we see in 1 Peter 1:4 that the inheritance we receive from God (any inheritance) is incorruptible. We become incorruptible in Salvation, and will resurrect in our new bodies as incorruptible (1 Corinthians 15:52-54). Therefore, we put on, literally immortality (2 Timothy 1:10), because of the Gospel of Jesus Christ – not because of works!
Do your good works grant you an inheritance? No. Does your Salvation grant you an inheritance? Yes. What is that inheritance? The Holy Ghost is given unto us as a mark, which allows us to put on immortality, and thereby receive each crown: glory, life, rejoicing, righteousness. God already planned for us to receive all of what He has for us. We are given grace by the measure of the gift of Christ, because we must reflect on the power of Oneness with God: One body, one Spirit, one hope of your calling, One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all – and God is above all, through all, and in all of His Believers (Ephesians 4:4-5).
David was a shepherd, so he knew what the shepherd’s work and the sheep are like. Therefore, He was able to bridge that God is a Shepherd who cares for His Flock – His People. Let’s see the amazing imagery he gives us and how we can understand how he wrote this Psalm.
The Shepherd’s Work
Application for life
The Lord is my shepherd
Sheep can recognize their shepherd. Care for them means ownership of them.
We are like sheep under God’s care who belong to Him.
I shall not want
Some sheep wander off to greener lands, but this is dangerous.
God meets my deepest needs.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
The shepherd has a crucial role to make sheep feel safe, and they will not rest until they feel safe from threats.
God makes me free to rest, especially in Him.
he leadeth me beside the still waters.
Sheep refuse rapid currents of waters, as they don’t swim well. Therefore, the shepherd needs to find calm water.
We can drink of God’s Holy Spirit who is water to our thirsty souls.
He restoreth my soul:
Some sheep struggle to get up quickly, as they may be dehydrated. The shepherd may have to prod the sheep or help it get up.
God cares for and keeps the heart and mind of those who love Him and that He loves.
he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Sheep, like humans, are creatures of habit. By overgrazing, they can destroy their own pastures and must be led to a new land. But only shepherds know the best way to get there.
God will always lead us on the right path according to His Promise.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me
Valleys on the way to high pastures often have the best grasses, but there are many hidden dangers that may lurk for sheep.
God knows and deals with the fears and deadly dangers of life for us.
thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Sheep need to learn to trust their shepherd. The shepherd’s rod protects them, disciplines them, and saves them. It is meant as a tool to guide them.
God’s discipline, guidance, and protection keeps His People safe.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies
Usually shepherds must prepare the pasture to remove poisons, toxins, and other bad things to ensure clean eating. Predators can wait ready to pounce on unsuspecting sheep.
God provides for our hunger, even when enemies surround us.
thou anointest my head with oil
Flying insects can cause problems for sheep especially during the summer. Oil is a natural bug repellent that can also heal the skin.
God takes care of our bodily needs.
my cup runneth over.
The good shepherd is willing to take the sheep to better grazing areas and water sources.
Our provision from God is abundant.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life
Sheep can aid in the fertility of the land and can transform wilderness into fertile fields. The good shepherd makes blessing follow his sheep.
God’s goodness and Magnificent grace will be with us our entire lives.
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
Sheep are taken back to the shepherd’s property during the fall and winter.
We shall be with God for eternity.
The Old Testament’s view of the shepherd
God is the Shepherd (Genesis 49:24; Psalm 23; 80:1).
God’s appointed leaders are under-shepherds (Ezekiel 34).
Many people in the Old Testament were actually shepherds for their jobs: Abel, Moses, David, Abraham, Isaac, Rachel, etc.
Foreign leaders were occasionally called shepherds because of their leadership of God’s People (Isaiah 44:28).
The prophets used shepherd imagery pointing to the Messiah’s coming (Ezekiel 34:22-24; 37:24; Isaiah 40:11; Zechariah 13:7; Matthew 26:31; Mark 14:27).
The New Testament’s view of the shepherd
Jesus is our Chief Shepherd (1 Peter 5:34), our Good Shepherd (John 10:1-30), and our Great Shepherd (Hebrews 13:20).
Jesus had compassion on the large crowds that came to see Him because they were as sheep without a shepherd (Matthew 9:36; Mark 6:34).
Jesus used sheep and shepherds in His parables (Matthew 12:11-12; 18:12-14; 25:31-46).
Jesus commissioned His Disciples to care for His sheep (Matthew 10:6; 10:16; John 21:16-17).
Jesus is the lamb of sacrifice (John 1:29; Acts 8:32; 1 Peter 1:19; Revelation 5:6).
Elders are shepherds under Christ (1 Peter 5:2).
Jesus’ actions in response to normal shepherd duties
Duties of the Shepherd
Lead the sheep to safe water and pastures.
Calls His Disciples to follow wherever He leads (Matthew 4:18-22; John 10:4-9).
Protects the sheep from predators, pests, and other dangers.
Warns, intercedes, and rescued His People (Mark 8:15; John 17:12-15; Matthew 20:28; John 10:15).
Feeds the sheep, which also involves removing poisons and toxins from the food.
Feeds the crowds of people, for He Himself is the Bread of Life (Matthew 14:13-21; 15:32-39; John 6:22-71).
Cares for weak or sick lambs.
Cares for the weak and sick (Matthew 14:14; 14:34-36).
Disciplines the wayward sheep and retrieves the lost.
Rebukes His Disciples whenever needed, and fins those who have lost their way (Matthew 14:29-31; 16:23; Luke 22:31-34).
Protects the cultivated land and crops from the sheep.
Guides His Disciples in the way of caring about others (Luke 6:27-36).
Teaching His Disciples to be wise and harmless (Matthew 10:16).
We know that the Bible holds all the wisdom that we need for our life and it is the most awesome and profound reference for our lives and for other’s lives. It holds all the beautiful revelations from God, and the timeless purposes God has had in His Redemptive Plan for Creation!
We illustrate some truths about how we got the Bible in the first place, and how it became as this most important reference.
The Bible is inspired by God (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21).
The Bible is made up of 66 books, it is an anthology or a library as some have called it. Many of the books were written over 1600 years ago. The time range seems to be about 1500 BC to 100 AD. We see more than 40 kings, prophets, leaders, and followers of Jesus Christ. The Old Testament has 39, while the New Testament has 27 books. The OT books were written around 1500-400 BC it seems, while the NT books were written about 45-100 AD.
The Old Testament was written mainly in Hebrew and included some Aramaic. The New Testament was written in Greek. Now, what we have in our English Bible is a translation.
The Books of the Bible were collected and arranged, and were found to be inspired by a sacred authority of rabbis and church leaders using careful guidelines as they were led by the Lord.
Before the printing press, the Bible was copied by hand very accurately. Special scribes developed intricate methods of counting the words and letters to ensure no errors were made.
The Bible was the first book to ever be printed on the printing press with moveable type (which was the Latin Bible on the Gutenberg Press in 1455).
There is much evidence that the Bible we have is completely true to their original Greek manuscripts.
The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls confirmed the reliability of the Old Testament copies. Although there were spelling variations, there were no doctrinal differences.
As the Bible was carried to other countries, it was translated in their common language.
Dates for how many languages the Bible was respectively translated into: 200 AD = 7 languages; 500 AD = 13 languages; 900 AD = 17 languages; 1400 = 28 languages; 1800 = 57 languages; 1900 = 537 languages; 1980 = 1100 languages; and 2014 = 2883 languages.
The Old Testament was written on leather, clay, and stone. The New Testament was written on papyrus. The Bible was copied onto papyrus as it became customary. Eventually, the Bible was printed by the printing press after 1455. Now, the Bible is printed on paper in many languages and digital formats, and it is fully beautiful.
The Timelines of the Bible’s creation
Starting in 2000 BC – Old Testament events are written in Hebrew and portions in Aramaic. In Exodus, God told Moses to write in a book, and other writers, leaders, kings, and prophets wrote parts of the Old Testament. They did so as God inspired them. All of them are called the Hebrew Scriptures or the Old Testament.
500 BC – Ezra collected and arranged some of the Books of the Hebrew Bible, which constructed the Old Testament, at about 450 BC.
The Septuagint is the Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible and was translated in 250-100 BC by Jewish scholars in Alexandria, Egypt.
200 BC – The books are arranged by subject: history, poetry, prophecy, etc. It also includes the apocrypha, which we don’t have in our typical Bible these days.
1 AD – Time of Jesus – Jesus often quoted the Old Testament Scriptures, for He did not come to destroy the Scripture. Everything must be fulfilled that is written about Jesus from the Law of Moses. He opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures (Luke 24:44-45).
100 AD – Followers of Jesus from 45-100 AD wrote many different letters and books with records about Jesus and His Ministry.
200 AD – Old Testament apocrypha ruled out as trusted Scripture.
200-300 AD – The earliest translations were written in Latin, Coptic (from Egypt), and Syriac.
Church Fathers accepted the writings of the Gospels and Paul’s letters as canonical. Origen listed 21 approved New Testament books, and Eusebius listed 22 accepted books.
300 AD – The New Testament books were collected and circulated through the Mediterranean around the time of Constantine – the Roman emperor who legalized Christianity in 313. The 27 books they took account of were included as canonical by the Synod of Carthage in 397.
Jerome started translating the Scriptures into Latin in 382 and finished it about 23 years after. This translation known as the Latin Vulgate remained the basic Bible for many centuries.
500 AD – The Masoretes were Jewish Scribes entrusted with making copies of the Hebrew Scriptures. They developed a good system of counting the words to ensure it was fully accurate of a copy.
600 AD – Christianity reached Britain before 300; however, Anglo-Saxon pagans drove Christian Britons into Wales. Augustine of Canterbury began evangelization. There were a few different scholars who translated parts of the Bible such as Caedmon, Aldhelm, Bede, Alfred the Great, Aldred, and Aelfric.
1300 AD – The first English Bible is translated to Latin in 1382, and was called the Wycliffe Bible in honor of the priest John Wycliffe. The Bible is eventually banned and burned.
1455 – The first printing press was invented in Germany by Johann Gutenberg, and the Gutenberg Bible is the first book ever printed by a printing press.
1500 – Martin Luther translated the New Testament into German in about 1522. Erasmus published a Greek edition of the more accurate Latin translation of the New Testament in 1516. This would form the basis for the Textus Receptus, which was used by Martin Luther, William Tyndale, and other King James translators.
The Coverdale Bible was translated by Miles Coverdale and dedicated to Anne Boleyn. The Matthew’s Bible was translated by John Rogers under the pen name “Thomas Matthew”. The Great Bible was placed in every church by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer.
1555 – Queen Mary banned protestant translations of the English Bible. Soon, exiles from England fled to Geneva to produce the Geneva Bible in 1560. This is the Bible of Shakespeare and carried to America by the Pilgrims in 1620. The 1640 edition omitted the apocrypha.
Soon, the Bishop’s Bible, which began under the lead of Queen Elizabeth in 1568, was published. After that, the Douay-Rheims Bible was translated into English from the Latin Vulgate by Gregory Martin. It became the standard translation for the Catholic Church.
1600 – King James I of England commissioned 54 scholars to translate into a new Bible, which we call the King James Version or Authorized Version. It is the most popular Bible translation for over 300 years, almost 400 years. The first version was officially published in 1611.
1800 – Older manuscripts have been discovered between 1629-1947, which show the accuracy of Bible translations.
Codex Alexandrinus and Codex Sinaiticus were copies of the New Testament that were discovered from about 400 AD.
The Revised Version is released in 1885 after scholars in England found manuscripts to guide them. The Codex Vaticanus was found to be one of the earliest copies of the New Testament that was found in 1889.
1900 – The Dead Sea Scrolls were found in a cave in 1947 that contained portions of the Old Testament that were made between 100 BC and 100 AD. A Scroll of Isaiah was found as part of the Dead Sea Scrolls and is a near perfect reliable copy. A Ugaritic Grammar was published in the 1960s.
LIST OF MODERN TRANSLATIONS OF THE BIBLE
1885 – The English Revised Version
1901 – American Standard Version
1926 – Moffatt Bible
1931 – Smith-Goodspeed, An American Translation
1952 – The Revised Standard Version
1958 – JB Phillip’s New Testament in Modern English
1965 – The Amplified Bible
1966 – Jerusalem Bible
1970 – New English Bible
1970 – New American Bible
1971 – New American Standard Bible
1971 – The Living Bible
1976 – The Good News Bible (Today’s English Version)
1978 – New International Version
1982 – New King James Version
1987 – New Century Version
1989 – Jewish New Testament
1989 – New Revised Standard Version
1991 – Contemporary English Version
1995 – God’s Word
1996 – New Living Translation
1996 – New International Reader’s Version
2001 – English Standard Version
2002 – The Message
2004 – Holman Christian Standard Bible
2005 – Today’s New International Version
2005 – New English Translation
2008 – New Community Bible
2008 – The Orthodox Study Bible
2009 – The Inclusive Bible
2011 – Divine Name King James Bible
2011 – Common English Bible
2011 – International Standard Version
2011 – New American Bible Revised Edition
2011 – Names of God Bible
2012 – The Voice Bible
2014 – Modern English Bible
2014 – Tree of Life Bible
2017 – Christian Standard Bible
2018 – Easy English Bible
2018 – The Hebrew Bible: A Translation with Commentary
“Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment” – Hebrews 6:1-2.
Principles of our foundation according to the Bible:
One must become as a little child to enter the Kingdom of God (Matthew 18:3). This is the condition for entry, but not something people should be forever.
We should then go on to perfection, as in maturity (Hebrews 6:1-2).
We do this in the stature and fullness of Christ Jesus (Ephesians 4:13).
Putting away childish things is part of growing up (not only in life, but also the Kingdom)(1 Corinthians 13:11).
Christ gives us both the promise and the means to do just this. It does not mean we leave behind the doctrine of Christ, we just leave the constant study of the doctrine of Christ once we have digested it.
Peter in 1 Peter 2:2 called it that as newborn babes desire the milk (this involves the Gospel of Jesus Christ basics). However, Paul stated in 1 Corinthians 3:1-3 that some cannot handle the meat of the Word of God. But after the milk, you are supposed to have the meat. When you let the Gospel of Christ in your life, it begins to change you and nourish your spirit (the milk). We always have the milk now. Since we have the milk, we must desire the meat. The meat involves letting your life change to how the Bible admonishes – practicing and applying to your life Biblical principles and promises. By letting your life change being governed by the Bible, you are consuming the meat. Some people cannot handle the truth, though, which is why Paul said some of them cannot handle it.
The foundation in Christ Jesus
“Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste” (Isaiah 28:16).
“For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 3:11).
Once we let the Word of God take root in our lives by the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we must continue to grow as trees grow once their roots are digested/buried in the earth. For the Christian, everything is rooted and grounded in Christ Jesus. This comes first in the Person of Jesus Christ, and then in the teaching of Jesus. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. After the teachings, we follow the work of Jesus Christ, for He is our All in all, the Alpha and the Omega.
John the Baptist said in Matthew 3:10 that the axe must be laid to the tree. This is referring to the Garden of Eden incident where man chose to eat from the wrong tree. The work of Jesus Christ involves cutting us away from the wrong tree when we place our faith in Christ Jesus for Salvation. That Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil is the Law – and God intends that we who are in Christ Jesus be cut off from that tree so we can be placed onto the Tree of Life just how He originally intended. We can only do this by trusting in Jesus Christ. We eat of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ through Communion/Salvation with Him, and that means we eat of the Tree of Life and receive the seed that plants us. Jesus evidenced this in Matthew 13 when talking about the tilling of the ground, and how each believer is represented in their spiritual growth.
How do we honor the Person of Jesus Christ then? Look in 1 Corinthians 3:11 above. Paul wrote his statement about that to the Corinthian people, because others were trying to build onto the foundation of Jesus Christ, when that wasn’t necessary. Some found their work destroyed, as the people strayed off doing their own things instead of focusing on the Person of Jesus Christ. Anyone laying foundations other than Jesus Christ are false prophets or false teachers that seek to make their own kingdoms instead of relying on the Kingdom of God.
Isaiah prophesied this in 28:16 as we read above. Peter quoted that in 1 Peter 2:6. The Messiah, Jesus Christ, is the Chief Cornerstone. He is the first one to be laid as the foundation, and then all others line up with Him. Some preachers have called this, “Coming into alignment.” He is the precious stone, not made of any old material on Earth, but of the abundance of God. Better than a pearl of great price. We do read in the Book of Revelation that He is the Alpha and Omega. This tells us then that Jesus is not only the Chief Cornerstone, but also the Capstone. He lays the foundation, and covers all of us in His Love. How awesome that is!
The Beatitudes are the name of the first part of Jesus’ teachings for the Sermon on the Mount. The descriptions and instructions are given for those who are to live in the Kingdom of God. Now, the Beatitudes are not absolute instructions or laws, they are the results of entering the Kingdom of God. God is to intervene in history and produce people just like those described in the Sermon on the Mount.
The idea behind using Kingdom of God is the phrase, “God is King” from Psalm 47:7. Kings, especially ancient, had absolute power over their entire dominion, and Hallelujah! God has absolute power over all Creation (His Dominion).
Kings typically provided protection for the people in their territories, provide what their subjects need, maintain order in the Kingdom (especially in legal matters), and represent the deity (God usually).
The Now and the Future Kingdom
The Gospels were clear that the Kingdom of God was a present experience (Luke 11:20; 17:21). Jesus’ teachings, healing, miracles, and other ministry were manifestations of the Kingdom. However, we see in many of the letters to different territories from the apostles made it clear that the Kingdom of God was also a future experience, as Jesus Returns. What it seems the Scriptures are clear about is that we have a limited experience of the Kingdom of God; however, the fullness of the Kingdom of God will be in the future.
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven/God
The “poor in spirit” are those who recognize they have a need for God in all things, and like the poor and destitute who need others, the poor in spirit know only God can save and protect them from anything.
What the world is saying…
Humanity’s religions value the “spiritual master” or “spiritual guru”. People think if they know and do the right things, they can find their own spiritual salvation. People can find answers to their problems if they could just recognize it.
WHAT JESUS SAYS
Jesus told us that the opposite is true. Those that are spiritually dry before God are happier, because they realize that they can rely on God’s strength, in which He cannot fail. This means that His believers cannot fail then either, as they have the certainty that in the Kingdom of God, The Messiah is in charge and in control.
See other verses: Isaiah 29:19; 61:1; Luke 6:20; Matthew 18:4.
Blessed are they that mourn, for they will be comforted
“Those who mourn” are those people wishing for God to send His Messiah, in hopes God will restore His Kingdom and set the world right and free. We are told in Isaiah 61:2-3 that the Messiah would come to comfort those who mourn and provide for those who are grieving in Zion. These people understand the mess the world is in and seek God’s redemption. Their comfort comes in knowing that the Messiah has come, in which the redemption they hoped for will occur soon.
What the world is saying…
People need to avoid grief and pain. The pursuit of happiness is valued above other things, and hiding pain and reality is best. Nothing is solved, but pretending to be happy is sufficient.
WHAT JESUS SAYS THOUGH
In his austere contrast, Jesus asserted that the true way toward happiness has to come through a radical shift in thought process of people – a repentance in other words – so we can see ourselves for who we really are. Once people are broken in life, God’s Will can be so much more accomplished, because people actually recognize who they really are, and why God chose them to be on this Earth: For His Purposes! This is the absolute utmost importance in the Kingdom of God and what will be a true sense of happiness. Only after recognizing the sorrow of trying to trust in the world is when we can recognize that God comforts us by His Spirit and that we can trust in Him and His Strength. Knowing the Messiah has come to offer redemption is the greatest comfort for those who mourn. If you are broken and contrite, God has a plan to bring you comfort… Be patient and wait for the Lord’s relief for your suffering.
See also: Isaiah 61:2-3; 66:13; John 14:1; 16:7; 16:20; Revelation 7:17.
Blessed are the meek for they will inherit the Earth
We see this similarly in:
Psalm 37:11, “But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.”
Psalm 32:1-2, “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.” This notes all who the Lord has forgiven. Those poor in spirit are inheritors of the Kingdom of God.
Proverbs 8:34-35, “Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD.”
Psalm 41:1, “Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble.” We remember Jesus’ note about being merciful in Matthew 5:7.
What the world says…
The proud and strong inherit the earth. Only those clever enough or confident enough in their abilities inherit what life has to offer. Gaining wealth, power, and respect is part of gaining the world. Some assert that gentleness does not get you far.
WHAT JESUS SAYS
It may seem like meekness is a disadvantage; however, it is wonderful in God’s Eyes. God invites you to trust in Him, and this gives you certainty that His Plans will work and accomplish what He has promised for His People.
See also: Isaiah 61:1; Numbers 12:3.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they will be filled
Similar to how poverty leads to hunger, spiritual poverty can lead to hunger for righteousness. Jesus is talking about people who desire God’s Rule over their life, which brings justice for all. God will satisfy the hungry and thirsty for righteousness. This fulfills God’s Promise in Isaiah 65:13, “My servants will eat… my servants will rejoice…”
How the Old Testament described righteousness: This was a legal relationship, such as in law, courts, judges, etc. It meant ethical or good or fair behavior. It described also a covenant relationship, in which God would relate and do right toward His People.
How the New Testament explained righteousness: It was similar to how the Old Testament explained it, and Paul expanded the legal part of this. Because of Jesus’ atoning death on the cross, God justifies sinners. This does not mean God makes people righteous, but that God has applied Christ’s righteousness to us so we can become legally acquitted of the penalty of sin, which is death.
Jesus reflected righteousness in the covenant concept to described what is restored: the relationship between God and humanity; 2. Relationship between humans and Creation; 3. Human relationships.
What the world says…
Hungering for right things is playing a fool. Things don’t just change, and sometimes setting aside honor to do what is inconvenient may be needed. Quit worrying about what is right, and just get what you need. Look out for number one!
WHAT JESUS SAYS
Jesus gives the promise that those who are starving for righteousness will be satisfied, for His Kingdom is characterized by righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.
See also: Romans 14:17; Isaiah 55:1-13; 65:15; John 6:48.
Blessed are the merciful for they will be shown mercy
Mercy is part of God’s Nature. People experiencing God’s Mercy are indeed grateful to Him, and this seeks to cultivate a merciful attitude in return to God.
What the world says…
People want justice, and want to condemn other people to make themselves feel better. The world idolizes the arrogant and merciless in sports and athletics, and also idolizes wealth and fame, and movie celebrities. Mercy is a liability, because of how costly it is, which prevents people from managing their goals.
WHAT JESUS SAYS
Jesus challenged the world’s thinking on this matter, in which mercy is an essential quality. Mercy described Jesus’ life, as God has mercy on us. Jesus bridges giving and receiving mercy, and recognizing that God is truly merciful and cannot be bought by our mercy. Receiving God’s most precious act of mercy is great, which is eternal life.
See also: Psalm 86:15; Joel 2:13; Psalms 103:8; 145:8; Luke 6:36.
Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God
Seeing God is one of the greatest hopes for a believer; however, only the pure in heart will have this blessing. Purity of heart is not a personal effort, and is not part of maturity. A pure heart is one free of sin, and only Christ Jesus can clean us of sin. God gives a pure heart, as we desire and He grants us.
What the world says…
Culture devalues a pure heart, whereas instead people search for pure water, pure air, pure food, etc. Having a polluted heart is not a problem for the world.
WHAT JESUS SAYS
Jesus said that it is not what goes into a man that defiles him, but what comes out (Matthew 15:11). True happiness is only in the presence of God. It inspires those living in the Kingdom of God to want to seek God.
See also: Exodus 33:20; Psalm 24:3-4; 51; Hebrews 12:14; Revelation 22:1-4; 1 John 3:2-3.
Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called sons of God
Peace is always central to the Kingdom of God; therefore, those normally at war with each other would become at peace, and all things are made right especially when peace occurs. We are also made adopted children of God when we are saved.
What the world says…
Get peace at any price, and give peace a chance. Peace means the ceasing of conflict, and the world wants to be free of war. World peace will solve all problems. Some seek personal peace through many ideas: Music, drugs, meditation, destressing methods, etc.
WHAT JESUS SAYS
Jesus promised His Disciples peace before Ascending. His peace is a clear sign that the Kingdom of God is within our grasp or midst. Only Jesus makes that peace possible, and only in Him are we adopted children of God.
See also: Psalm 4:8; Isaiah 9:6; Romans 5:1; 12:18.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of God
Just as the Kingdom of God belongs to those poor in spirit, it also belongs to those who are persecuted because of righteousness. Enduring opposition is important, because it shows that we stand up for what we truly believe in!
What the world says…
Principles are good, but not if they get you killed or cause grief. Righteousness is not valued in the world. Standards for right and wrong are not governed by what God desires, people get away with what they can do for their own desires.
WHAT JESUS SAYS
Jesus made it clear that the disciples would experience persecution, and it may seem that loneliness and isolation are part of what is doing right; however, your reward is in Heaven. He sent the Holy Spirit to guide and comfort us, so we are not alone. He is always there. He will always be there… You understand?
See also: 1 Peter 3:14-15; 5:10; Luke 6:22-23; John 15:18-21.
Blessed are those who have not seen yet have believed
Jesus spoke about the Resurrection here, where it’s one thing to see the risen Christ as many of His Disciples had, but it is another to believe today based on these eyewitnesses. There are blessings in recognizing Christ has risen and truly believing the eyewitnesses.
What the world says…
Nobody knows what happened 2,000 years ago. People can’t just resurrect from the dead. Skeptics note the Bible’s contradictions.
WHAT JESUS SAYS
Jesus said that He IS the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25). We have testimony of the apostles and t he ministration of the Holy Spirit.
See also: 1 Peter 1:8; John 1:12; 17:20-21; 1 Corinthians 15.
It is more blessed to give than to receive
Giving to those in need leads to more happiness than receiving. The life that continuously takes without giving is selfish, and this leads to greater unhappiness. Meeting people’s needs is the road to a blessed life.
What the world says…
Look out for number one, cater to your own needs, target your own pleasures. Get what you can now. If you are generous, people will take advantage of you. You make it on your own. You cannot please everyone, so just please yourself.
WHAT JESUS SAYS
Jesus says He came to serve and He urges His Believers to do the same. He wants us to have the joy of serving others, and serving God, and to delight in what He has called them to do. We are blessed when we follow our Master’s example (Christ’s example), for a servant is not greater than his Master.
Our Lord Jesus Christ was born in a manger in Bethlehem, what a joyous experience. Here are the takes on this story. Only Matthew and John’s takes are included to avoid redundancy, repetition, and length.
Matthew, the tax collector, was the writer of this gospel book. The date it was finished was around the 60s A.D. The beginning of Matthew starts with a genealogy of Jesus all the way back to David and Abraham. This shows that Jesus has a kingly and covenant heritage through David and a covenant heritage through Abraham. The Davidic Covenant ensures the promise of a king to sit upon his throne forever, according to 2 Samuel 7:8-13. The Abrahamic Covenant ensured all families of the earth to be blessed, according to Genesis 12:3.
Now, Jesus’ birth was prophesied unto Joseph by the angel of the Lord, which appeared to Joseph in a dream. Jesus was then born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the reigning days of King Herod. The angel of the Lord again appeared to Joseph telling him to take Mary and Jesus with him and flee to Egypt, to escape the killing of Jesus by King Herod. Once Herod died, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph telling him to take Mary and Jesus with him to Israel. Jesus now lived in Nazareth.
Next, Matthew writes of John the Baptist, who told the people to prepare the way for the Lord, making the path straight for Jesus to come. Jesus then came unto John to be baptized. John appealed to Jesus, insisting the Jesus should baptize him instead. However, Jesus insisted back and John proceeded with the baptism of Jesus. During the baptism, God and the Holy Spirit were also with Jesus.
Satan then meets Jesus in the wilderness. This is for Jesus to be tempted, after Jesus just completed fasting 40 days and nights. Jesus successfully defeated the temptations of the devil by using Scripture. Through this, we discover and know that Jesus came to be a savior first, and then a king.
Jesus began His ministry in Galilee, where He first taught for people to “repent, for the kingdom of Heaven is at hand” (4:17). Jesus then called four disciples: two of which were Peter and Andrew, who He instructed to follow Him and He would make them fishers of men. Next, Jesus came upon James and John, whom He also told to follow Him. Now, all four of them began following Him. Jesus began teaching in synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and healing the sick and diseased.
Next, Jesus taught at the Sermon on the Mount. Through the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus taught God’s principles for righteousness. Jesus began with the Beatitudes, to show people how they’re blessed. He also taught on being salt and light of the earth. Then, He moved forward through the Sermon on the Mount to teach on anger and reconciliation, adultery, divorce, oaths, revenge, love for enemies, giving to the poor and needy, prayer, fasting, laying up treasures in Heaven, being free from worry, judgments, hypocrisy, the Golden Rule, false prophets, and God’s Will.
When Jesus finished teaching at the Sermon on the Mount, He healed many people including a leper, the centurion’s servant, Peter’s mother-in-law, and a paralytic. Jesus next added Matthew, the tax collector, as His disciple. Jesus had called twelve disciples total, giving them power to cast out unclean spirits and healing the sick and diseased. Jesus thoroughly instructed the disciples, which involved preaching the kingdom of God and that they would suffer and be persecuted for His sake.
Upon more teaching and healing, Jesus also casted out more demons. Next, Jesus began teaching on the kingdom of Heaven and told parables (stories) about it. Matthew records fifteen parables, twelve of which began with “the kingdom of Heaven is like…” Jesus spoke of the kingdom of Heaven being like the sower, the tares, the mustard seed, the leaven (in the dough), the hidden treasure, an expensive pearl, and a dragnet.
After that, Jesus had to deal with being rejected in His own country, Nazareth, and then His friend, John the Baptist, was beheaded. Next, Jesus fed five thousand people with five loaves and two fish. Then, after teaching some more, Jesus fed four thousand more people with seven loaves and a few fish. Through these miracles, persecution increased from the Pharisees and others. Jesus began the building of the Church through Peter (and the other disciples). Jesus then predicted His own death, noting He’d be raised again on the third day.
Next, Jesus healed and taught more parables. Then, Palm Sunday came around. During this time, people celebrated Jesus as king/messiah, waving Palm Branches and other forms of celebration for Him. Soon after, Jesus went into the temple and overturned the merchant’s tables, because they were doing business in the temple. Jesus ordered the merchants to leave. The Pharisees and other persecutors saw this and took note of it. Because of this, the Pharisees started testing Jesus to find flaws in His teachings. However, Jesus knew what they were up to and didn’t fall to their tests.
Jesus then taught more parables and other things, including the Great Commandment to love God and neighbors. Next, Jesus prophesied about His Second Coming. He also prophesied for His people to be ready, which was taught through the parables: of the faithful servant, of the ten virgins, and of the talents.
After this, Matthew writes about the plot to kill Jesus, which involved the chief priests, scribes, and elders unto the high priest Caiaphas. They wanted to take Jesus through subtlety, and arrest Him. Judas then went to one of the chief priests, and made a deal with him to betray Jesus.
Next, the Last Supper began, which was part of the feast of unleavened bread. Jesus gathered with His disciples, and administered His body and His blood for the remission of sins. Jesus knew of Judas’ plan for betrayal, and Peter’s expected denial of Him. Later, Jesus was betrayed and arrested, came before Caiaphas to be judged, and was denied by Peter. After Jesus came before Pilate and was voted to be crucified, Jesus was delivered over for crucifixion.
During the stages of the crucifixion, Jesus was mocked, beaten, and whipped. Then, Jesus was crucified at Golgotha in the middle of two thieves. After a while of hanging on the cross, Jesus cried out before the Lord and gave up His spirit (and died). He was placed inside a tomb of His own, where He resurrected from three days later. Many had come and found the tomb empty.
Soon after, Jesus appeared to the eleven disciples (for Judas betrayed Jesus and was no longer a disciple as a result), where He commissioned them to go and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. This would end Matthew’s writings about Jesus.
John’s gospel, different from the other three, is about Jesus, the Son of God. John wrote this book between 80-95 A.D. According to John 20:31, he wrote it with the intention to prove Jesus was the Christ, the promised messiah for the Jews, and the Son of God. Also, that Jesus wants to lead believers into a life of divine friendship with Him. John also places an emphasis of the sonship of Jesus with the Father.
The book begins with an introduction to Jesus and to the book itself. First, we recognize that Jesus had no beginning, but that He was in the beginning already with God the Father and the Holy Spirit. He is the Word, which means he came to declare and tell about God. Also, that “all things were made by Him, and in Him was life; and the life was the light of men” (1:3-4). Then, in 1:14, we find that He was made flesh and dwelt among us (as the Son of Man). Law and truth came by Moses, but Jesus brought grace and truth (1:17). What’s amazing is, those who received Him can become sons of God, if they believe in Him (1:12).
John began about Jesus’ ministry by talking about John the Baptist first. He notes the prophet Esaias called out to everyone (during John’s baptizing scene) that Jesus is coming, and to make His way straight. Then, the next day, John the Baptist saw Jesus coming and announced Him – before baptizing Him. John the Baptist, even birthed in flesh before Jesus, said that Jesus was before Him – acknowledging that Jesus pre-existed before His fleshly birth.
The next day, Jesus came upon Andrew and Peter, and they wanted to know where He dwells. So, Jesus told them to “come and see.” So, they began following Him. The day after that, Philip and Nathanael began following Jesus as well. Jesus was then called to a wedding in Cana of Galilee, where He would then turn water into wine. This was the first of His miracles noted by John. Soon, during the Jews’ Passover, Jesus went to Jerusalem for the temple. There, He set foot in the temple, where He found people selling merchandise of sorts. Jesus formed a whip and then drove them all out of the temple and overthrew their table they were selling on.
Jesus taught many, including Nicodemus about new birth and the kingdom of God. Soon, He taught about God loving the world so much, that He was given, and for those who believed in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. Also, that He didn’t come to condemn men, but to save them rather. Those who don’t believe are condemned already. Those who do evil hate the light and those who do truth come to the light. Jesus then taught a woman of Samaria about the water that leads to everlasting life. Also, that the true worshippers should worship God in spirit and in truth.
Next, after teaching a bit, Jesus then went to convert a group of Samaritans (and speak of His own rejection as a prophet), and forward to Cana to heal a nobleman’s son (who was dying). Jesus then traveled to Jerusalem, where He healed an impotent man who was afflicted for thirty-eight years. Soon, Jesus proclaimed before people that He was equal with God, and that He shares the same purpose for doing things. Later, when Jesus went to the land near the sea of Tiberius, where He fed five-thousand people with five barley loaves and two small fishes. Jesus made claim the following day that He was the bread of life, which the Jews rejected. Jesus stated that the Father draws people to Him, and that they don’t have life in them unless they eat the flesh and drink the blood of Jesus (which foreshadows the communion).
Next, John notes that many of His disciples left His side. Jesus knew also, after Peter confessed Him as the Son of God, that Judas would betray Him. Soon, Jesus went up to the temple during the feast of the tabernacles, where He taught about the doctrine of God, Moses’ law of circumcision, about being sent from the Father, and that the Spirit is living water. Then, Jesus went to the Mount of Olives early in the morning, where He saw the scribes and Pharisees, whom He had trouble with in the past in regards to persecutions of His teaching and miracles. He also saw a woman with them who had sinned in adultery. Jesus was writing on the ground with His finger, when the scribes and Pharisees came over and were telling Him that the woman should be stoned because of violating Moses’ law. They kept bugging Jesus, until He stood up for the woman and said, “he that is without sin among you, let Him first cast a stone at her.” They left Jesus and the woman alone. Jesus told the woman she was not condemned, and that she should “go and sin no more.”
Jesus then taught about many things, such as Himself being the light of the world, unbelief, and about being the children of Abraham. Apart from this teaching, healing a blind man, and dealing with the troubling Pharisees – Jesus spoke about being the door of the sheep, that He is the good shepherd: also giver and taker of life. Soon, the Jews wanted to take and arrest Him, but Jesus escaped.
Now, Lazarus, Jesus’ friend, was found sick, and Jesus was told about it. Jesus waited two days, and then came to visit Lazarus – only to find Him dead. Later, Jesus came to where Lazarus was laid, and raised him from the dead, which made the Pharisees very angry. The chief priests and Pharisees gathered before the high priest, Caiaphas, where they plotted to have Jesus killed. Later, after being anointed by Mary, Jesus came to Jerusalem on a donkey, where people celebrated Him with palm branches. Jesus then had some trouble with the Jews and Gentiles concerning their service and belief patterns.
Now, during the feast of the Passover (the last supper in the other gospels), after the supper was done, Jesus humbled Himself and washed the disciples’ feet. He then taught about the great commandment to “love one another as I have loved you.” He also prophesied that Peter would deny Him three times before the cock crowed. Next, Jesus taught about Himself being the way, the truth, and the life to which no one comes to the Father but by Him. Those who ask in His name, He shall give to them. He also promised that the Holy Spirit will come upon them, and shall be with them to comfort them. After that, Jesus taught that He was the true vine and His people were the branches. Also, that through abiding in Him, He shall abide in His people also. He then spoke of the great commandment again, before teaching on persecution.
After teaching some more and being in deep intercession with God, Jesus was then betrayed by Judas and arrested. Jesus was brought to trial before Caiaphas, before being denied by Peter three times. Jesus then came before Pilate, who didn’t find Him guilty. After trying to reason with the people, the people voted Jesus to be crucified over Barabbas the robber. People chose Barabbas, that is, over Jesus to be called innocent or free from crucifixion. After this incident, Pilate took Jesus for scourging, and then brought Him back before the people – assuring them that He was guilty. When Pilate saw he had no choice, he handed Jesus over for crucifixion – where Jesus was mocked and beaten. The time came soon after for Jesus to be crucified, where He later gave up His spirit and died. He was placed inside a tomb, to where He would arise in a few days.
Mary Magdalene was the first to see that Jesus was gone from the tomb. She went and got Peter, who came with another disciple or group of people – and saw that Jesus was gone. Later, Jesus appeared to Mary, and then to His disciples. Thomas was doubtful, so Jesus allowed him to feel with his finger on His hands, and his hand to His sides – to which Thomas believed.
Soon, Jesus showed before the disciples again, where He ate with them and met with Peter about feeding His sheep & continuing to follow Him. John, to end the book, claimed that Jesus did many other things, but that the world couldn’t contain the books that should be written.
Do not be conformed, says the Lord, to the world
What the world says
What Jesus says to do instead
Those competent and “have it all together” are valued.
Those desperate and needy are accepted (Matthew 5:3); Come all to Jesus those who are weak and burdened, and you will receive rest (Matthew 11:28).
Suffering for any reason should be avoided.
Suffering for righteousness is expected, and believers will be rewarded (Matthew 5:10-12).
Treat others the way they treat you.
Show enemies forgiveness and love (safely please)(Matthew 5:38-48).
Do good things to get people to notice you and be praised for it.
Do good things quietly, not worrying if people are impressed, because you know your reward will be in Heaven (Matthew 6:1-6).
Stockpile as much wealth as possible.
We store up treasures in Heaven (Matthew 6:19-21).
Spending time obsessing over food and clothing, and other such matters.
Concerned with spiritual and eternal matters (Matthew 6:33).
Point out the flaws of others and critique no matter how much it hurts.
You focus on your own troubles and shortcomings (Matthew 7:1-5).
Go with the crowd of the world.
We are called to follow the narrow road that leads to life and eternal life (Matthew 7:14).
Jesus visited Zacchaeus the tax collector (Luke 19:1-27).
Mary anointed Jesus’ feet with perfume (Matthew 26:6-13; Mark 14:3-9; John 12:1-8).
SUNDAY – The Triumphal Entry: Jesus entered Jerusalem (Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:28-44; John 12:12-19).
MONDAY – Second cleansing of the Temple done by Jesus (Matthew 21:12-16; Mark 11:15-19; Luke 19:45-46).
TUESDAY – Pharisees dispute with Jesus in the courts of the Temple (Matthew 22:15-45; Mark 12:13-27; 12:35-40; Luke 20:20-47). Jesus commended the widow’s offering (Mark 12:41-44; Luke 21:1-4). The Olivet Discourse: Jesus taught on the Mount of Olives (Matthew 24:1-25:46; Mark 13:1-37; Luke 21:5-38).
WEDNESDAY – Judas Iscariot agreed to betray Jesus (Matthew 26:1-5; 26:14-16; Mark 14:1-2; 14:10-11; Luke 22:1-6).
THURSDAY – Passover: Jesus washed the disciples’ feet (John 13:1-17), The Last Supper: Jesus and the disciples share their final meal together (Matthew 26:17-30; Mark 14:12-26; Luke 22:7-30; John 13:18-30). Soon, Jesus predicted Peter’s denial (Matthew 26:1-35; Mark 14:27-31; Luke 22:31-38; John 13:31-38).
MIDNIGHT – Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26:36-46; Mark 14:32-42; Luke 22:39-46). Soon, Jesus is arrested as Judas betrayed Him (Matthew 26:47-56; Mark 14:43-52; Luke 22:47-53; John 18:1-12).
FRIDAY – Jesus stood trial before Annas, Caiaphas, and then the Sanhedrin (Matthew 26:57-68; Mark 14:53-65; Luke 22:54; John 18:13-14; 18:19-24). Peter denies Jesus three times (Matthew 26:69-75; Mark 14:66-72; Luke 22:54-62; John 18:15-18; 18:25-27).
DAYBREAK – The Sanhedrin condemned Jesus (Matthew 27:1-2; Mark 15:1; Luke 22;63-71). Jesus then stood trial before Herod and Pilate (Matthew 27:11-26; Mark 15:2-15; Luke 23:1-25; John 18:28-19:16).
The soldiers beat Jesus, mocked Him with the Crown of Thorns, and Simon helped carry Jesus’ cross (Matthew 27:27-32; Mark 15:16-21; Luke 23:26-32; John 19:1-3; 19:17).
9:00 AM – The Crucifixion: Jesus is nailed to the cross (Matthew 27:33-44; Mark 15:22-32; Luke 23:33-38; John 19:18-24).
3:00 PM – Jesus died on the cross (Matthew 27:45-56; Mark 15:33-41; Luke 23:44-49; John 19:28-37).
SUNSET – Jesus’ Body is placed in the tomb (Matthew 27:57-61; Mark 15:42-47; Luke 23:50-56; John 19:38-42).
SATURDAY – Roman guard is posted at the tomb (Matthew 27:62-66).
SUNDAY – Resurrection of Jesus Christ: Women find the tomb empty where Jesus was laid, and Peter and John come to find it empty as well (Matthew 28:1-8; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-12; John 20:1-10).
Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene, other women, two men on the road to Emmaus, and to His Disciples two times (Matthew 28:8-10; Mark 16:9-14; Luke 24:13-49; John 20:11-31).
Jesus dined with his disciples after a miraculous group of fish are caught (John 21:1-14). Jesus restored Peter to “Feed my sheep” (John 21:1-25).
In this broken and fallen world, hope is always for us Christians as we have our joy and peace in Christ Jesus our Lord! The following is a list of guidelines the Bible instructs to avoid deception in this turbulent world.
Death never solves anything, is not the end, and was not God’s intent in the first place (Matthew 25:45; 2 Peter 3:1-18; Ezekiel 18:23).
Giving up on life or in life is the worst choice, because there are so many helpful resources to boost your life. We mourn in hope in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 4:14).
Sin may please at first, but proves its destruction and it sacrifices many good things (Romans 7:11; Hebrews 3:13; Galatians 6:1; 1 Corinthians 6:9).
Criminality is an abomination to the Lord (2 Timothy 3:13).
Violence is never the answer and does not solve anything (1 Peter 3:9; 1 Timothy 3:3; Proverbs 3:29-31; Titus 3:2; Psalm 11:5; Galatians 5:19-21).
God is not mocked; whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap (Galatians 6:7).
Bad company corrupts moral character (1 Corinthians 15:33).
Do not turn away from the Lord to serve other gods (Deuteronomy 11:16).
Do not trust in vanity (Job 15:31).
Watch out for false prophets who bring false visions and lying messages (Lamentations 2:14). Beware of prophets who promise peace to those who pay them, but threaten war for those who don’t pay them (Micah 3:5). Also beware of false teachers who try to mislead you from the truth of God’s Word with their mankind philosophies (vain philosophies/new age beliefs).
People are deceived when they don’t know the Scriptures or Power of God (Matthew 22:29).
Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon Earth (Matthew 6:19).
Beware of those pretending to be Christ Jesus (2 Peter 1:19; 2:18).
Hypocritical judgment should be avoided (Matthew 7:1-5). This means that you should not point fingers at someone for a thing they did wrong, when you are guilty of doing that same thing at the moment (unless you repented and have not been doing it long enough that you can dissociate yourself from it).
Lacking humility (Matthew 5:3; James 4:6; 2 Peter 3:17-18).
We do hope this was ultimately useful to you. We do hope that you will no longer be deceived by the enemy in this life, and that you can live happily! Praise the Lord!
When it comes to Creation, we think of Genesis 1:1… “In the beginning, God created…” However, there is so much more to Creation than that. What are we referencing? We are referencing how the entire Trinity operated in the Creation Process. Why do we point this out? It is important to understand just how Creation came to be, and understand all of the aspects that God had to handle to be able to create all living and non-living things. He was the one who spoke to the living and non-living and formed things according to His Will!
It is good to quote Romans 1:20 before we get started, “Since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”
As Christians, we must acknowledge God, if we believe in Him, to be the Creator of the Universe and everything within and without it. Therefore, God is the Creator of everything inside and outside of this Universe. God is infinite and eternal – God is Spirit as Jesus has said! We cannot comprehend in our minute minds the awesomeness of God, because we weren’t made with the capability to do so. God stated this as we see in Isaiah 43:10, “’You are my witnesses,’ declares the Lord, ‘and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, not will there be one after me.’”
We must declare His Awesomeness and glory every day; that is, be in awe of Him. It’s so beautiful. It’s pointless to ever think that you, anyone else, any other being above or beneath, side to side, etc. could ever surpass God, because each moment you take a breath, you are glorifying God, because He gave you life (Genesis 2:7; Psalm 139:14-15). He is the air you breathe; He is the substance of everything and everyone around you (Acts 17:25; Romans 11:36). He is everywhere, uncountable, and infinite. There is nothing without God, because He imparted and imputed His Being into everything around us, in us, and through us (Revelation 10:6). We are a part of God and are made in His Image as we see in Genesis. Even death has no power over us, because death is only a condition, but God is infinite. He gave us power to overcome death, if we choose life (that is to believe in Him) (1 Corinthians 15:57).
So yes, God exists in everything, and yes, we can freely believe in Him all we want. You know what? He made all of us because He loves us. He made everything because His Inheritance is given to His Children. Everyone on Earth and probably in parts of the Universe has a part of His Inheritance, however, His Children (that is His People have an additional part, which is eternal life. He imputes onto us immortality when we express faith in Him! He wants to give His Life over to people to save them from eternal death. The only way that God destroys is through eternal death, but He gives life in eternal life. Our lives on Earth are temporal and are our ground for accepting His Salvation and His Will! He came to save us all from eternal death, by becoming one of us purposely, and being subject to us for a change. Through this, He granted us salvation from death to life, because He loves us! This can be found in John 3:16-21.)
“By faith we understand that the Universe was formed at God’s Command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible” (Hebrews 11:3). This is saying that there is a substance in everything…you know what that is? It’s God! He is the substance of everything seen and unseen. The breath of His Mouth made the starry host (WOW!), as we see in Psalm 33:6.
When we believe in God – that means that we believe that He created everything and that He is eternally our only God. We have the privilege of believing in Him, and because of it, we are blessed eternally. What a deal! The Lord created us to be us in our capacity, which means that we were perfectly created to be able to handle living on Earth. If, in our current state, we were placed on even a nearby planet, we would not survive. There would be some inconsistency, nonetheless. He knows what He is doing! Furthermore, we live in just the right age, as we are crafted for a purpose of glorifying God.
The Nature of God
God the Father is the source of the Divine Nature of the Trinity, and He is the initiator and general director of the Godhead.
The All Knowing
The omniscience of God is the attribute of Him, to which, He knows everything past, present, and future. God knows even things hidden from human sight. Scripture notes the wisdom of God in all His actions, and even has it all ground into His Marvelous Knowledge. Feel free to study the Scriptural references, if you please.
His Knowledge originates within Himself (Isaiah 40:13-14; Job 21:22; Romans 11:33-34; 1 Corinthians 2:16)
His Knowledge is complete (Matthew 10:30; Psalm 147:4; Isaiah 40:26)
He knows things hidden from human understanding (Deuteronomy 29:29; Job 37:15-16; Daniel 2:22; Matthew 24:36; Acts 1:7; 2 Corinthians 12:2-4)
He knows of people’s actions, needs, hearts and minds, individually, and their sin (Job 24:23, 31:4; 34:21; Psalms 33:13-15, 44:20-21, 139:1-3; Jeremiah 2:2 16:17, 23:24; Matthew 6:8, 31-32; 1 Chronicles 28:9; Genesis 20:1-7; Hebrews 4:12-13; and even more)
He knew of Jesus Christ’s passion (Acts 2:23, 3:18, 4:27-28)
He knew who would become Jesus’ disciples (Romans 8:29; Jeremiah 1:5; Romans 11:2; 1 Peter 1:2)
He knew of the free will people would have and would adopt in their actions (Psalm 139:4; Exodus 3:19; Deuteronomy 31:21; 1 Samuel 23:10-13)
He knows those who are His (2 Timothy 2:19; Numbers 16:5; Exodus 33:12; Job 23:10; John 10:14; 1 Corinthians 8:3; Galatians 4:9; 1 John 3:19-20; Revelation 3:8)
Ever Present (Omnipresent)
God is omnipresent in that He transcends everything in space, and is present in all fullness.
He transcends all spatial limitations (He can’t be boxed) (1 Kings 8:27; 2 Chronicles 2:6; Psalm 113:4-6)
He is present throughout Heaven and Earth (Psalm 139:7-12; Jeremiah 23:23-24; Numbers 14:21; Deuteronomy 4:39)
He is near to all human beings (Acts 17:27-28; Psalms 16:8, 34:18, 145:18; Isaiah 50:8, 57:15)
He is always present with His People (Exodus 29:45, 33:15-16; Psalms 14:5, 72:19, 96:7-13; Malachi 1:11; Revelation 5:13; Isaiah 43:2; Zephaniah 3:17; 1 Corinthians 14:25; Genesis 28:15, 31:3; Matthew 29:20; 1 Corinthians 3:16; John 14:18; Ephesians 2:22; 1 John 3:24)
All Powerful (Omnipotent)
God is omnipotent, which means He has all power and able to do whatever He wills to do.
Overall, He is omnipotent (Mark 10:27, 14:36; Genesis 18:14; Psalm 93:1; Luke 1:37; 2 Corinthians 4:7; Job 9:12, 42:2; Isaiah 14:27; Jeremiah 10:6)
He is the Almighty (El Shaddai) (Genesis 28:3, 35:11, 43:14; Exodus 6:3; Job 11:7, 31:2)
He is the Lord Almighty or God Almighty (Sabaoth) (Psalms 24:10, 89:8; Jeremiah 10:16; 2 Corinthians 6:18; Revelation 11:17, 19:6)
He is the Mighty One (Genesis 49:24; Joshua 22:22; Psalm 50:1; Isaiah 1:24, 10:21, 60:16; Mark 14:62; Luke 1:49)
He shows His Power through Jesus Christ (Acts 2:24, 4:10, 10:38; Romans 1:4; Ephesians 1:19-21; Colossians 2:13-15; Revelation 12:10; Luke 5:17, 6:19, 8:46; 2 Peter 1:16; Hebrews 7:16; 2 Corinthians 13:4)
He rules in Creation (Romans 1:20; Psalms 19:1, 65:6, 68:34; Matthew 8:26) He cannot tolerate evil or be tempted with it (Habakkuk 1:13; James 1:13)
Jesus had urged us overall to think of God as our loving Father, because Jesus came to express not only the Kingdom of God, but also the love of the Father. Now, Jesus referred to God the Father as “Abba” – which is an Aramaic word roughly translated as “Daddy,” which shows the intimate relationship between God and His Son (or sons, such as us His People male and female).
God the Father is the perfect example for all Earthly fathers, because He is loving first, just, fair, graceful, kind, and an infinite other depictions. Nonetheless, His outstanding quality and notion of character is Love – “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love” (1 John 4:8). Everything the Father does is motivated from love, and we are encouraged by Paul to do the same thing (as we see in 1 Corinthians 13), for if we don’t do something in love, it is as if we are a clanging cymbal or gong.
If we’re doing things in love, we’re doing things out of awe for the Father, out of a servant’s heart to help people, and out of the kindness that derives from the Father. Through God’s covenant with Abraham, He chose the Jews as His People. After that, he nurtured and protected them, even when they disobeyed…why? Because, He loved them! In God’s greatest act of love, He sent His only Son to be the perfect sacrifice for sin of everyone, which includes Jews and Gentiles alike.
This Aramaic word, “Abba,” is a common word used by people, especially young children, who would use it to address their fathers. This signifies a close/intimate relationship of a father and his child. Those that believe in Him have the right to call Him Father, for not everyone is a child of God. Only those who are born-again are to be called Children of God (as we see in John 1:12-13). We have the Spirit of Adoption, whereby we may cry Abba! Father! (Romans 8:15) We are promised that we are born of God (our Spirit is), so that we may be partakers of Him (John 1:13-14; 2 Peter 1:4). One day, we will be like Jesus, a son of God… (1 John 3:2, 5:1)!
What does this mean then? We are part of the Family now! If we are born again, we have been adopted into the family of God (John 1:12, 3:1-8; Romans 8:17; Galatians 4:7), which makes us “joint-heirs with Christ Jesus.” When were we chosen to become part of His Family? It was before the foundation of the world (as we see in Ephesians 1:4).
It is difficult to just explain one entity of God, as He is One God in three persons: The Father, The Son, and The Spirit. Therefore, we must continue to explore God in the other distinct persons, so that we receive a better understanding of God overall!
This is a nice list article that we hope you will appreciate. The following are ways that Heaven and hell are described in the Bible. This is not an exhaustive list, but it should pique your curiosity about discovering more Biblical truth.
The throne of God (Deuteronomy 26:15; Psalm 11:4; Isaiah 66:1).
The place where God rewards His People (Matthew 5:12).
The place of rejoicing (Luke 15:7).
The place free from destruction and theft (Matthew 6:20).
The place with no night (Revelation 21:25).
The place with no death, pain, sadness, or grief (Revelation 21:4).
The place where God dwells with His People and beings (Revelation 21:3).
The Holy City (Revelation 21:2).
The place where there is victory and the playing of harps (Revelation 15:2).
The place where there is no hunger, thirst, tears, scorching heat/hot sun, or mischief (Revelation 7:16-17).
The garden paradise (Revelation 2:7).
The home of righteousness (2 Peter 3:13).
The place where no one is married or given in marriage (Matthew 22:29-30).
The place where there are no impure people or things (Revelation 21:27).
The place of life and healing, where God reigns forever (Revelation 22:1-5).
The place of the most brilliance: very precious jewels of walls of jasper, city made of pure gold, walls decorated with precious stones, and the twelve gates are each made from one single pearl (Revelation 21:11, 18-21).
The place where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 25:30).
Fallen angels dwell in hell (2 Peter 2:4; Jude 1:16).
The place shut out of the presence of the Lord and the majesty of his power (2 Thessalonians 1:9).
The place of separation (Matthew 13:49).
The furnace of fire (Matthew 13:42, 50).
The place of no rest whatsoever (Revelation 14:11).
The place where worms don’t die and the fire goes unquenched (Mark 9:43).
The place of everlasting destruction (2 Thessalonians 1:9).
The place of sorrows (2 Samuel 22:5-7) and torments (Luke 16:23).
The place where there is outer darkness (Matthew 22:13).
The lake of fire will be what hell becomes (Revelation 20:14).
The place filled with the cowardly, unbelieving, vile, murderers, sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, idolaters, and all liars (Revelation 21:8).