Being Ready for Spiritual Warfare

Ephesians 6:10 (MEV): Finally, my brothers, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. In my reading, it occurred to me that what we consider to be the epitome of preparation for spiritual warfare as being Paul's description of the armor we must wear. These are his final thoughts on the …

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It’s Nailed to the Cross

Colossians 2:13–15 (MEV): And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has resurrected together with Him, having forgiven you all sins. He blotted out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us and contrary to us, and He took it out of the way, nailing it to the cross. …

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Guard your Minds

1 Peter 1:13–16 (MEV): Therefore guard your minds, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children do not conduct yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance. But as He who has called you is holy, …

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Those Who are Sanctified are All of One

1 Peter 1:10–12 (MEV): Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that should come to you have inquired and searched diligently, seeking the events and time the Spirit of Christ, who was within them, signified when He foretold the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow. It was revealed to them …

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A Living Hope

1 Peter 1:3–9 (MEV): Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an incorruptible and undefiled inheritance that does not fade away, kept in heaven for …

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Is This not the Carpenter?

Mark 6:1–3 (MEV): He went away from there and came into His own country. And His disciples followed Him. When the Sabbath came, He began to teach in the synagogue. And many hearing Him were astonished, saying, “Where did this Man get this? What is this wisdom that is given Him, that even miracles are …

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How Is It the Pharisees Knew?

In one of our recent excursions in the text of the Gospel of Matthew, we encountered Jesus preparing His disciples for the near-term future when He would die and rise again. Clearly, in that discussion, the part He spoke of Himself rising again was ignored by His friends, as they were more concerned with ensuring …

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It Wasn’t Really Expected

Matthew 26:31 (MEV): Then Jesus said to them, “All of you will fall away on account of Me this night, for it is written: ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered.’ Jesus told the disciples of many insights from the Old Testament. He showed them that even their …

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