Jesus as Stones

1 Peter 2:4–5 (MEV): Coming to Him as to a living stone who is rejected by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up into a spiritual house as a holy priesthood to offer up spiritual sacrifices that are acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. Peter presents …

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Foreordained Before Creation

1 Peter 1:20 (MEV): He was foreordained before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for you. It's important to think of it like I titled it. He was foreordained before creation. He wasn't created or made. Just that Jesus being the Savior was set in place before the first …

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First Fruits of the First Resurrection

1 Corinthians 15:20–24 (MEV): But now is Christ risen from the dead and become the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came by man, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every …

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The Wages of Sin

Romans 6:23 (MEV) For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. The wages of sin is death. It's that simple. Think about what Paul is saying. Understanding this critical point is a foundation to everything. To do that, consider the context… Romans 6:19–23 …

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The Olivet Discourse: Introduction

This is an introduction to my own attempt to discover the similarities and distinctions of the presentation of the Olivet Discourse (first post) as given in the synoptic gospels. The Synoptic Gospels are Matthew, Mark and Luke, as they present themselves similar in the things they record of Jesus' ministry on Earth. The first thing …

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Genesis 2:17: You Will Surely Die?

Genesis 2:17 (MEV): but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die." When you read that verse, what comes to mind? I offer, most who read the verse won't really take it at what is written. …

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Where I Am Going, You Cannot Come

John 8:21 (MEV): Again, Jesus said to them, “I am going away, and you will seek Me, and you will die in your sins. Where I am going, you cannot come.” That simple truth is a stumbling block for many. Jesus said it to the very leaders of His chosen people, Israel. Their leaders were …

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Jesus has been Gifted Everything

John 5:21–23 (MEV): For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom He will. The Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son, that all men should honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor …

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