Posts

The Spiritual Man

Image
For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons [ huios - a child mature enough to take on adult family privileges and responsibilities] of God. For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, "Abba! Father!" The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children [ tekna – referring to all believers] of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him .   Romans 8:14-17 One important truth from the above passage is the distinction between a child of God and a son, a mature one. Distinguishing verses between the position in Christ that all believers realize at salvation as opposed to the process of sanctification and the believer’s experience in that relationship is a vital consideration. An incorrect interpretation of New Testament verses can cause believers

Blessings of a Kinsman Redeemer

Image
  Now, it came about in the days when the judges governed that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehem [House of Bread] in Judah went to sojourn in the land of Moab with his wife and his two sons [about 50 miles west, to the east of the Dead Sea]. The name of the man was Elimelech [My God is king], and the name of his wife, Naomi [pleasantness, delight]; and the names of his two sons were Mahlon [man of sickness] and Chilion [coming to an end], Ephrathites of Bethlehem in Judah. Now, they entered the land of Moab and remained there. Then Elimelech, Naomi’s husband, died, and she was left with her two sons. They took for themselves Moabite women as wives; the name of the one was Orpah [drip, cloud, hind, fawn], and the name of the other Ruth [a friend]. And they lived there about ten years [natural order]. Then, both Mahlon and Chilion also died, and the woman was bereft of her two children and her husband .           Ruth 1:1-5 The Book of Ruth is a

No Longer a Slave, But a Son

Image
  All the people perceived the thunder and the lightning flashes and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking, and when the people saw it, they trembled and stood at a distance. Then they said to Moses, “Speak to us yourself, and we will listen; but let not God speak to us, or we will die.” Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid; for God has come in order to test you, and in order that the fear of Him may remain with you, so that you may not sin.” So, the people stood at a distance while Moses approached the thick cloud where God was .     Exodus 20:18-21   These words speak of the deep concern that the Hebrew people were experiencing at Mount Sinai. They looked up and perceived thunder, lightning, mountain smoking, and the trumpet sound as they trembled from a distance. They were afraid to hear from God directly. They would prefer that Moses find out what God wants and then tell the people. This speaks of a fundamental condition of humanity throughout its existence: pe

Christ Formed in You

Image
  My children, with whom I am again in labor until Christ is formed [ morpho- to fashion] in you .         Galatians 4:19 We believe the Apostle Paul wrote this his first letter, around 48 AD, to address the churches located in Galatia, established in his first missionary journey. These churches became representative of the transition required to bring old-covenant Jews into a new covenant relationship with God since questions were raised about the role of the Law of Moses within this new relationship with the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. A council would be held in Jerusalem, led by the Apostle James, to determine this matter for all of Christianity, particularly for Gentiles (see Acts 15). In Verses 19-21, James concludes:   “ Therefore, it is my judgment that we do not trouble those who are turning to God from among the Gentiles, but that we write to them that they abstain from things contaminated by idols and from fornication and from what is strangled and from blood. For

Gleaning

Image
  Now Naomi had a kinsman [ moda - person closely related to someone and having the right of the kinsman redeemer] of her husband, a man of great wealth, of the family of Elimelech, whose name was Boaz. And Ruth the Moabitess said to Naomi, “Please let me go to the field and glean [ laqat – taking care of the needy by allowing them to pick or gather from the field] among the ears of grain after one in whose sight I may find favor.” And she said to her, “Go, my daughter.” So, she departed and went and gleaned in the field after the reapers, and she happened to come to the portion of the field belonging to Boaz, who was of the family of Elimelech. Now behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem and said to the reapers, “May the Lord be with you.” And they said to him, “May the Lord bless you.” Then Boaz said to his servant, who was in charge of the reapers, “Whose young woman is this?” The servant in charge of the reapers replied, “She is the young Moabite woman who returned with Naomi from the