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Meaning of Sacrifice

“Without shedding of blood there is no remission of sins.”

The doctrine of atonement involved in this scriptural principle is one of the most important and in some respects one of the most difficult of all the primary truths connected with the Gospel. Nowhere else is it so easy for men to get out of their depth, and there is no other subject that proves so tempting.

There is certainly danger that vital truths affecting the sacrifice of Christ may be called in question or may be obscured by wrong teaching on this subject. There is far more danger that a destructive strife of words should arise through men getting out of their mental depth in an effort to measure the mind of God. Dr. Thomas once remarked that the elementary truths regarding redemption were few and simple and no reason could be given for them beyond “the fact that God wills them”. If a candidate for baptism revealed a sound knowledge of these simple truths and of this simple explanation of them, we should not dare to “forbid water”. Suppose that having rendered a satisfactory confession of faith on all other first principles the candidate said:

“I believe that God required a perfect sacrifice before He could forgive sin, and that He provided the One capable of rendering that sacrifice. He sent forth His Son, the Lord Jesus, made of a woman, made in all points like his brethren, tempted in all points as we are, but by virtue of his divine parentage so superior to us morally that he was able to render the perfect sacrifice required and thus to secure redemption for himself from sin-stricken human nature and both forgiveness and redemption for those who come to God through him in the way appointed.”

Should we dare to forbid baptism because the candidate was unable to explain why God required a perfect sacrifice, or why He demanded the shedding of blood before sins could be remitted?

If we are quite agreed that an understanding of these simple elements is sufficient for one to enter the Covenant, surely it is a tragedy if brethren become divided simply through the effort to see further. It may be even worse than a tragedy, for it sometimes leads to destructive strife in which extremes act and re-act upon each other, the disputants getting further and further out of their depth, while the vital duties of life are neglected. We would not suggest for a moment that being agreed on the simple and elementary truths we should be content to go no further. Certainly we must push on and gain all the knowledge of divine things that is possible. Discussion of such matters may be very helpful if conducted by brethren who have grasped the more elementary teaching of the Word regarding human conduct. This, however, is certainly a subject in which we do well to be swift to hear and slow to speak; we may venture to suggest, still slower to write. So much sin lies at the door of the man who invented printing.

It may be helpful to take note of the main causes that have led brethren astray when they have tried to probe deeply into the doctrine of atonement. We may then be on our guard at least against these particular dangers.

One cause has been through the tendency to confuse the shadow with the substance. Brethren have reasoned that the types of the law suggested such and such necessities and the sacrifice of Christ had to conform. The truth is, of course, exactly the other way. The work of Christ was the very central feature of the divine purpose and all the shadows of the law had to conform to it. The Apostle in writing to the Hebrews, truly reasons from the types forward to Christ, but he makes it plain that Christ is the substance. We recognize the writings of the Apostles as of precisely the same authority as the Old Testament Scriptures. We do well therefore to take their plainest language as our guide and see that our understanding of types and symbols falls into line.

A second cause of confusion is the tendency to seek an explanation according to a human conception of logic and legality. Many years ago we had to point out that while human laws might often have effects far removed from the intention of the law makers, this could never be the case with the laws of God. We cannot recognize any distinction between the divine law and the divine will. When God makes a law it is the expression of His will for the time to which it applies, and it is made with a full knowledge of all its effects (see Acts 15 : 18).

“that have been known for ages.” (Acts 15:18 NIV)

We can hardly suppose that any brother would ever dispute this proposition; but some have reasoned as if they never thought of such an idea. We do well therefore to remind each other of this simple truth, which forbids us to make any distinction between legal necessities and the divine will.

A third cause of confusion has been through the persistent use of phrases that are sometimes misleading. Some staunch brethren in upholding the truth that Christ bore our sin-stricken nature have used language suggestive of an automatic cleansing by death. We could easily have rival camps in this matter, disputants on each side being totally unconscious of the ambiguity of their own language but too acutely conscious of the worst interpretations that could be put on the language of opponents.

Earnest brethren and sisters, anxious to hold the truth, have sometimes been perplexed and almost distracted in the strife of words, beyond their power to understand. The havoc that such strife may cause is perhaps best illustrated by the fact that one of the most capable men we ever had among us, in his efforts for legal logic ended by teaching justification for sin without faith, and we were all slow to realize the full enormity of the position. I well remember the surprise and even consternation of one of his supporters when he was first shown this feature of the case.

Even now there is the same disposition towards legal reasoning regarding types and shadows with the clear principles of Scripture neglected. Although disputants would deny the charge, it is a fact that some of them persistently lose sight of the fact that all things in God’s dealings with this world centre round Christ. The reason that all things under the law were cleansed by the offering of blood, was that all things in the age to come will be through the sacrifice of Christ. In reasoning with Jews it might be necessary to invert the argument, but we who are privileged to know the substance of God’s great purpose must never lose sight of it.

What is the literal truth revealed in the New Testament as to the meaning of sacrifice? It is that God forgives sins and offers eternal life on the basis of the perfect sacrifice effected by Christ in his life and death. Whatever figurative or partly figurative language the Bible may use, this is the real meaning. Washed in his blood, our sins laid upon him, a bearing of our sins in his own body, the purchase of his blood, the ransom, his being delivered for our offences, the just for the unjust-all such expressions must be understood in harmony with the literal truth that God forgives. Transgressions of the divine law can only be put away by the forgiveness and forbearance of God. Physical uncleanness of nature can only be put away by the power of God. The sacrifice of Christ is the divinely appointed basis in which God in mercy and forbearance offers forgiveness and redemption to sinners (Rom. 3 : 23-4, 4 : 7; Eph. 1 : 7; Col. 1 : 14; 1 John 1 : 9, 2 : 12).

“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” (Romans 3:23 NIV)

“”Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.” (Romans 4:7 NIV)

“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace” (Ephesians 1:7 NIV)

“in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” (Colossians 1:14 NIV)

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9 NIV)

“I write to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name.” (1 John 2:12 NIV)

If we desire to probe further and ask the question why did God require such a sacrifice as the basis of the forgiveness offered to humanity, we shall never find any answer through the various interpretations of the law or by talk of the penalty due to sin. Divine law is simply an expression of divine will. It was not the will of God that man should sin, but it was the will of God that man should be a free agent and that death should be the wage of sin. It was the will of God that the human race having been defiled by sin should have no access to His holy presence except on the basis of a perfect sacrifice.

And it is the will of God that we should respond to the gracious invitation and be saved on the basis He has provided (1 Thess. 5 : 9). If we ask why God required such a sacrifice, we must seek a moral explanation. It is no answer to quote the law which expresses His will.

“For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:9 NIV)

Guided by Scripture we can find a moral explanation that satisfies every demand that the intelligence can make. The perfect sacrifice was required that the flesh might be effectively repudiated, that sin might be conquered and condemned, that the righteousness and holiness of God might be declared, and that sinful man should be humbled without a particle of ground for boasting being left to him (Rom. 3 : 23-27, 8:3; Eph. 2 : 1-9).

“23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— 26 he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus. 27 Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. On what principle? On that of observing the law? No, but on that of faith.” (Romans 3:23-27 NIV)

“For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in sinful man,” (Romans 8:3 NIV)

“1  As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. 4  But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no-one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:1-9 NIV)

God made it clear even in ancient times that humanity could not approach to Him at all except with humble faith and on the basis of blood shedding. He gave a law that emphasized the sinfulness and helplessness of His people (Rom. 8 : 15, 5 : 20).

“For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”” (Romans 8:15 NIV)

“through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.” (Romans 5:2 NIV)

He made it clear that when sins were put away by sacrifice they were really forgiven (Lev. 4 : 20, 26, 31, 35).

“and do with this bull just as he did with the bull for the sin offering. In this way the priest will make atonement for them, and they will be forgiven.” (Leviticus 4:20 NIV)

“He shall burn all the fat on the altar as he burned the fat of the fellowship offering. In this way the priest will make atonement for the man’s sin, and he will be forgiven.” (Leviticus 4:26 NIV)

“He shall remove all the fat, just as the fat is removed from the fellowship offering, and the priest shall burn it on the altar as an aroma pleasing to the LORD. In this way the priest will make atonement for him, and he will be forgiven.” (Leviticus 4:31 NIV)

“He shall remove all the fat, just as the fat is removed from the lamb of the fellowship offering, and the priest shall burn it on the altar on top of the offerings made to the LORD by fire. In this way the priest will make atonement for him for the sin he has committed, and he will be forgiven.” (Leviticus 4:35 NIV)

He promised a deliverer who should “make an end of sin”, and “bring in everlasting righteousness” (Dan. 9). When the fullness of time was come He revealed that scheme of love into which even the angels had desired to look. He made selection of a virgin of the house of Israel and produced from her one who should be strong for the great work required. So the flesh was repudiated even in the birth of Christ, sin was conquered and condemned in every act of his life, and finally he freely rendered the last obedience even unto death that he might be raised from the dead to immortality and glory as the captain of our salvation-made perfect through suffering (Heb. 2 : 10).

“In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering.” (Hebrews 2:10 NIV)

To him much was given and of him much was required. The lights and shadows inseparable from the formation of a character needed to be intense in the probation of our great Captain. He worked out his perfection and salvation by the strength God gave him, and thus through him God opened the way of life for us. Here is the sin nature that had produced only helpless sinners, controlled, condemned and finally put away by the strong Son of God in his perfect obedience of life and death. On this basis humanity can approach the holiness of the Creator and men of faith though sinners can be exalted to the divine. On this basis of the sin nature conquered, repudiated and condemned by the one God made strong for Himself, God forgives. That is the real meaning of atonement.

It is hardly possible to imagine anyone who had ever caught even the most fleeting glimpse of this vision turning back to the pitiful speculations of men as to supposed legal necessities. There are those in the world who think that the real body of Christ never rose, but remains eternally dead as the price due to God or the punishment due to sin! It would be difficult to make any comment on such an idea while preserving the language of decorum. The brethren are doubtless proof against such monstrous teaching. Let them keep far from the narrow reasoning that leads in that direction. The New Testament describes the sacrifice of Christ in plain and literal language. Let us interpret all figures and symbols by reference to the plain statements. God-who knows the end from the beginning, who does according to His will, but who “cannot deny Himself” God provided the means for condemning and overcoming sins on the basis of which He with much forbearance forgives those who please Him by their faith.

Much controversy has been caused by the question as to whether Christ offered for his own cleansing. It has been largely a war of words, due on the one hand to a fear of saying or subscribing to anything derogatory to Christ and on the other hand perhaps a tendency to relapse into the old exaggeration of “original sin”. There ought not to be a minute’s difficulty in dealing with the question and securing agreement.

When we speak of “sin” in the flesh we use the phrase just as the Apostle used it in Romans 7. Obviously it is a derived or secondary sense of the word, for the primary meaning of sin is transgression of divine law. It is a similar extension of meaning to that of the word “death” for poison when they said, “there is death in the pot”. The Apostle speaks of a law in his members which wars against the laws of God and leads to transgression. He calls this physical weakness “sin” in the flesh or “sin” that dwelleth in me. It is the diabolos in human nature, the natural desires of the flesh which, if they are allowed to “conceive”, “bring forth sin”. We need not argue as to whether there is such a law. We all know it only too well. We are born with it and if we give way to any sin we correspondingly strengthen the evil desire in that direction and thus make “sin” in the flesh more active. To suppose that an extraordinarily pure and righteous man would feel this weakness less than others is a huge mistake. The truth is the other way. It is the thoroughly fleshly man who is unconscious of the sinful law in his members and who probably would not understand what the Apostle meant. The man with the highest ideals and the most spiritual mind will feel the struggle most. To suggest that Christ was tempted in all points as we are and yet without this law of sin in his members is to proclaim a complete contradiction. It is like saying, “Except that he was not tempted at all!” Suggestions from without are no temptation to us if they do not appeal to something within. Christ bore just this same denied nature that we bear or he could not have been tempted as we are and therefore could not have condemned and conquered sin. Christ bore this quality in the flesh, but he never allowed it to conceive even to the point of sinful thought. Therein was the most terrific struggle and the most portentous victory of all human experience. It is easy to understand that with his ideals, and his standards of rectitude, the weakness of the flesh would be so distressing that even the most startling language of the Psalms is comprehensible.

Now whether we take the plain language of the Apostles (Heb. 9 : 12; 10 : 20) or the prophecies and types of the law, the teaching is that all things were to be cleansed by the perfect sacrifice and that no one of Adam’s race should have access to the Most Holy place except on the basis of that sacrifice (Lev. 16 : 2-14 note seven times of sprinkling). Some have caused confusion by arguing whether Christ’s offering for himself was “only a matter of obedience to God” or whether it was something more. What do they mean? Obedience to God is carrying out the will of God. What can be required beyond this? Surely we are all agreed that Christ, “the beloved son“, “the servant in whom God delighted”, and the one who “always did his Father’s will“, needed no forgiveness. Surely we are also agreed that he needed cleansing from the sin-stricken nature in which he wrestled with and’ conquered the diabolos. There could be no forgiveness for personal sinners except on the basis of the perfect sacrifice, for this was the will of God. There could be no cleansing and immortalizing, no entry into the Most Holy by any of Adam’s race except on the basis of the same perfect sacrifice, for that also was the will of God. Christ came to do God’s will, he was obedient in all things even unto death, and so with his own blood-in other words, on the basis of his perfect offering-he entered the Most Holy “having obtained eternal redemption.”

The truth is that when brethren who are agreed as to these fundamentals still argue and suspect each other of being “unsound”, they are really in their minds raising that old question of many years ago,

“Supposing Christ had been the only one to be saved, would he still have had to die a sacrificial death?”

Everyone ought to have learned long ago that this question is not legitimate. It is asking,

“If the will of God had been totally different in one direction, would it have remained the same in another closely related matter?”

There is only one proper answer to such a question. No one knows what the will of God would have been if His purpose had been other than it is, and only a presumptuous man would claim to know.

We have to do with the purpose of God as it is and as it is revealed to us. These truths are so simple and withal so beautiful that unless brethren insist on a misleading form of words making for strife, there should be no difficulty in agreeing.

The will of God determines everything. It was the will of God that none of our sin-stricken race should enter His holy presence except on the basis of the most complete repudiation of the flesh involved in a perfect obedience even unto death. He provided the strength necessary for this great work and it was for this purpose that Christ was born. Thus through the blood of the everlasting Covenant he was brought again from the dead. With his own blood he entered the Most Holy place, having obtained eternal redemption, and we, if we are faithful, can stand at last “washed from our sins in his blood” and covered with his righteousness. All these figures meaning that God accepts, forgives and cleanses His people on the basis of the perfect life and death of His Anointed Son.

– Islip Collyer

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Exploiting tensions over immigration and home-grown jihadis

A great wooden horse (the horse being the emblem of Troy), hiding an elite force inside, and fooling the Trojans into wheeling the horse into the city as a trophy, today repeated for Europe, which that mighty man wrought and endured in the carven horse, wherein all the chiefs of the Islamic State are sitting, bearing to the Europeans death and fate! – At the Istanbul Archaeological Museum in Istanbul, Turkey

The massive influx of people fleeing the wars in their countries is frightening lots of Europeans and Americans. The refugees come by thousands and for many this could be as a Horse of Troy, bringing in also dangerous Muslim extremists.

Throughout Europe we see lots of anti-refugee activities and people trying to bring fear over others about a possible Islamisation of Europe. Others also consider this a time to save Europe from Jewish domination. Apparently Jack Sen wants to merge a host of tiny groups under his leadership and call it the ‘Jack Sen Five.’ Those who seemed to have been gone now seem to come back, like the former leader of the English Defence League, Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, often known by the pseudonym Tommy Robinson, who will make his political comeback next month by fronting the relaunch of the UK arm of Pegida, the German anti-Islam organisation whose provocative rhetoric has prompted attacks on refugees. Rallies by the Pegida movement demanding a tightening of German immigration policies in Germany and Belgium could attract many people. When we look at and hear these protesters their slogans we can hear similar reactions as Germany heard in the 1930s. This time all over Europe we start finding people of all ages marching against a multicultural society. In France the anti-immigrant party, the National Front, after the November attacks, got yesterday at the regional elections again a gain of lots of votes, giving it now a fixture of the political landscape.

The “Alternative für Deutschland” (AfD) founded only a few months before the 2013 Bundestag election, managed to grow very rapidly and can be considered to be the most successful new party since 1953. but the one who wanted to be sole party leader,was ousted in favour of Frauke Petry, until then Bernd Lucke his co-leader and head of the Saxonian state party. Once received a place in the European parliament only two of the seven MPs elected in May 2014 remained loyal to the party. Christian fundamentalism and the interests of the formerly landed aristocracy (von Storch) and UKIP-style euroscepticism (Pretzell) could find their place in the party, but State level leaders such as Höcke (Thuringia), Poggenburg (Saxony-Anhalt), and, more recently, Gauland (Brandenburg) have re-discovered the rhetoric of the 19th century Völkische Bewegung that pre-dated the Nazis, and are building bridges to Germany’s New Right “think-tanks” as well as to Pegida and other anti-refugee and islamophobic groups. {Kai Arzheimer, Professor of Political Science at the University of Mainz and Visiting Fellow, Department of Government, University of Essex in Kai Arzheimer- Germany’s new AfD party: state of play}

The Jews from their site are fearing that the Muslims may become a potential hazard because intolerance is an integral part of their culture (according to them and many others).

The report, by the anti-racist group Hope Not Hate, chronicles 920 anti-Muslim organisations and key Islamophobes in 22 countries, noting that such groups are becoming increasingly well-resourced, particularly in the US, where eight foundations have donated more than £38m since the 9/11 attacks. In those groups we may also find people who call themselves Christian, but clearly show a lot of hate to people of an other skin colour and of an other faith than their own.

Hope Not Hate’s chief executive, Nick Lowles, warned that in Europe the hatred of Muslims

“was moving from the margins to the political mainstream”

while in the UK violence and prejudice against Muslims was likely to increase as far-right groups exploit tensions over immigration and homegrown jihadism. {Anti-Muslim prejudice ‘is moving to the mainstream’}

After the financial crisis we seen the last decade the ideas of the 1930s are flourishing again.

In the few weeks after the November 13 attacks in Paris Islamophobic attacks in London had more than tripled. In Germany and Sweden several cowardly attacks brought fire at night to state buildings which had to house the refugees.

Fundamental  Muslims and fundamental Christians

The fundamental Christians have found a counter -pole in the fundamental Muslims. The last ones do give those European conservative  and some evangelical Christians reason to make a counter movement and have them bring fear over others. They try to get others to believe that all those refugees are a danger for our religious freedom and that they will bring an end to our ‘Christian nation‘. Funny you may call it that those sympathisers with Pegida shouting out and celebrating its hatred towards refugees, Muslims, journalists, and everyone who doesn’t fit in their narrow minded world are wanting to do the same thing like the Islamic State members want to do in their region, but this time for a so called Christendom or Christian State.

Only looking at the UK we can find that Yaxley-Lennon can get more more than 109,000 followers on Twitter. He is lauded as an inspirational figure by both the militant and political wings of the counter-jihad movement. Other UK-based groups include Liberty GB, an anti-immigration political party, whose chairman is Paul Weston, the former Ukip parliamentary candidate. He is named as a regular contributor to the Gates of Vienna blog, where he writes about impending civil war against Muslims and “white genocide” in Britain. That the Gates of Vienna website inspired Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik and as such it is deeply troubling that they are continually available to inspire others.

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Wilders delivering a speech in 2010

The Dutch politician and leader of the Party for Freedom (Partij voor de Vrijheid – PVV), Geert Wilders, raised a Roman Catholic, but left the church at his coming of age, but feels our nations are in danger of an “Islamisation” which has to be stopped soon before we shall be trampled by people who shall dominate us and shall not give us any freedom to run around like we want. For him the Quran is such a dangerous poisonous book as Mein Kampf .

Tolerance becoming a less popular act

Europe which would call herself democratic has opened and closed certain doors to bring a sort of selective politics whereby certain parties are silenced and where certain groups tried to silence others. The so called open mindedness spoken off in the 1950s seems to be far gone and the idea of a Europe for all sorts of people living in freedom with each other has come more and more under pressure. We also can see that the social media are more and more used to shun others and to be a means of putting pressure  onto others.

Many who call themselves Christian forget that the person they call the founder of Christendom or Christianity was a man of peace and tolerance. That master teacher, rabbi Jeshua, today better known as Jesus Christ, had a loving spirit not excluding others because they were not like minded or because they did not want to believe the same things he did.

That master teacher who did not want to do his own will, but managed to do the will of his heavenly Father, the Only One True God, told others about his loving Father and how that Holy Spirit wants us to come together as children of God, respecting all creatures (man, animals and plants). Today in Christendom we see again the discord between different Christian groups and a growing intolerance against other thinking denominations and in particular non-trinitarian denominations, like we could see in the 19301940s when several of our brothers and sisters were put in camps and killed by the German Nazis.

Putting worries aside

English: Ortaköy Mosque, along the Bosphorus, ...

Lots of people are also afraid many mosques shall come to be build in their region; – Ortaköy Mosque, along the Bosphorus, in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Whilst globally, anti-Muslim sentiment is growing in the wake of the attacks in Paris and concerns over the continuing refugee crisis, we should be careful not to be taken by such fear bringing people. Wrongly at least half of those surveyed in Italy and Greece by a Pew Research Center thinktank study in 2014 of seven European Union countries had a negative opinion of Muslims living in their country, with the most favourable rating of 72% in France. But a YouGov poll in the spring of this year, after the Charlie Hebdo shootings in Paris, showed 40% of French people held negative views of Muslims, the same level as in the UK.

In case those people would have a strong faith they should not be afraid that such strong faith would be erased by the fewer minority adepts of the Quran. Those who belong to the Christian faith should when they are real disciples of Jesus Christ  continue in the way of life Jesus presented to them.  That is a life where the person has an open attitude to all others and with a willingness to help everybody.

When giving a hand to those entering Europe and showing your willingness to help them it would be strange if they would act against you. concerning loosing the faith we are warned:

“Let him that thinks he is standing beware that he does not fall.” (1 Corinthians 10:12)

First of all when a believer in God trust Him instead of following those men who are trying to mislead many and to use them for their own rapport making them more powerful, the faithful to God shall receive enough knowledge from the Word of God to guide them through the difficulties and to this period of time.

Safeguarding the heart

As believers in God and following His sent one, Jeshua, the Messiah we are counseled:

“More than all else that is to be guarded, safeguard your heart, for out of it are the sources of life.” (Proverbs 4:23)

Jesus showed that it is from the heart that wicked reasoning, adultery, murder, and so forth, emanate. These things would lead to death.

18 However, whatever comes out of the mouth comes from the heart, and those things defile a man.+ 19 For example, out of the heart come wicked reasonings,+ murders, adulteries, sexual immorality,* thefts, false testimonies, blasphemies. 20 These are the things that defile a man; but to take a meal with unwashed* hands does not defile a man.” (Matthew 15:18, 19, 20)

We should always check what people say and see if they live according to what they are preaching are telling the world. Guarding against such heart reasonings by supplying the heart with life-giving spiritual nourishment, the truth from the pure Fountain of life, will keep the heart from going wrong and taking the person out of the way of life.

For setting the mind on the flesh means death,+ but setting the mind on the spirit means life and peace;+ because setting the mind on the flesh means enmity with God,+ for it is not in subjection to the law of God, nor, in fact, can it be. So those who are in harmony with the flesh cannot please God. (Romans 8:6-8)

When hearing all those protesters and the ones opposing to those with an other faith, we should take care of our imperfect mind and heart which can be like a watch that is going either too fast or too slow or having a pendulum going from one site to the other. Being guided by it could bring us serious trouble. We need to calibrate our mind and heart by God’s reliable standards.

 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,+ And your ways are not my ways,” declares Jehovah. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So my ways are higher than your ways And my thoughts than your thoughts.+ (Isaiah 55:8, 9)

when we trust God we can give Him are worries and ask Him to share His thought with us. This He did already for many ages. In the Bible we can find lots of His thoughts to guide us through life. those given words we should trust.

The phrase “In God We Trust” has long appeared on U.S. paper currency and coins. In 1956, the U.S. Congress passed a law declaring that expression the national motto of the United States. Ironically, many people — not just in that land but throughout the world — put greater trust in money and material wealth than they do in God. — (Luke 12:16-21.) we also can see that when they fear they could loose some money or that they have to share with others, they will come in disagreement and would like to exclude the others, like now the refugees.

When we really bear God in our heart and allow Him to guide us we should not worry so much. though it is one thing to claim that we trust in God, it is quite another to show it by our actions. As true Christians, we must do more than simply say that we trust in Jehovah. Just as “faith without works is dead,” so too any claim that we trust in God is meaningless unless we back it up by our actions.

26 Indeed, just as the body without spirit* is dead,+ so also faith without works is dead.+ (James 2:26)

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Preceding articles:

Back from gone #1 Aim of ungodly people

Back from gone #2 Aim of godly people

To be continued: Back from gone #4 Your inner feelings and actions

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Additional reading

  1. Paris attacks darkening the world
  2. Economic crisis danger for the rise of political extremism
  3. Impact of the crisis on civil society organisations in the EU – Risks and opportunities
  4. Walking alone?
  5. A small trouble is like a pebble
  6. Try driving forward instead of backwards
  7. God Feeds The Birds
  8. Rejoicing in the day
  9. Some one or something to fear #1 Many sorts of fear
  10. Some one or something to fear #3 Cases, folks and outing
  11. Why is it that Christians don’t understand Muslims and Muslims do not understand Christians?
  12. Patriarch Abraham, Muslims, Christians and the son of God
  13. Jehovah steep rock and fortress, source of insight
  14. Give your worries to God
  15. Look for today
  16. Joy: Foundation for a Positive Life
  17. Home-stayers and their to do list

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Further literature

  1. How the Migrant Crisis is Tearing Europe Apart
  2. The new German “Wutbürger” – A short history of PEGIDA
  3. Pegida – The German Taliban
  4. Pegida holds first anti-immigration rally after Paris attack
  5. Happening: Anti-Migrant Demonstranten in Dresden Carry Russische Flaggen
  6. November 9th – PEGIDA Munich blocked from racist march on historically charged date
  7. Neo-Nazis No-Show Their Annual March in Dresden. Is Pegida to Blame?
  8. Pegida Munich – photographer handcuffed
  9. Pegida Can Be Tamed
  10. Diverse, Tolerant, Open – We Don’t Want Pegida
  11. You Don’t Belong Here, Pegida Told
  12. Pegida Marches through Stormy Munich as Citizens Block Road
  13. Kai Arzheimer- Germany’s new AfD party: state of play
  14. What to say?
  15. #HenrietteReker – Something is rotting in Germany (and we are not talking about Volkswagen)
  16. PIGIDA
  17. Meanwhile Back In The Czech Republic
  18. Tommy Robinson has a Right to Speak
  19. @FellowLiberals: Are We Lying To Ourselves About How “Tolerant” We Are?
  20. God, Help Me Not to Hate Those Who Hate
  21. Promoting tolerance and respect through music
  22. We’re all still friends in Sarajevo
  23. Restoring Radical Empathy
  24. Pakistanization of India?
  25. India blames industrialised nations for deadly floods
  26. The intolerance debate
  27. Why Don’t Moderate Muslims Denounce Terrorism?
  28. Map of the day II: Googling up racism
  29. Our Cowardly Presidents #1: On Campus
  30. The full response (or “Pseudo-Secularlism” versus “Hindutva” Agenda)
  31. A House Divided: How Hatred Aimed At Any Group, Is an Assault On Us All
  32. Jamal Bryant’s Hypocrisy and Intolerance
  33. Not Easily Offended
  34. How Dare He Feel Insecure?
  35. Extremism
  36. Auf der Flucht
  37. Und Pegida sagt den Tischspruch.
  38. Neue 10 Positionen der PEGIDA
  39. Woher kommen die sogenannten “Flüchtlinge”?
  40. Das Spiel mit der Angst
  41. Ambassador Opher Aviran
  42. Die Kraft ist in euch selbst
  43. Wat is de toegevoegde waarde van Pegida?
  44. Druk van tegenprotest houdt ruimte voor Pegida klein
  45. Praktische informatie Stop Pegida in Rotterdam
  46. Hatet viser sitt ansikt

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God’s will is that all sorts of men should be saved

This is fine and acceptable in the sight of our Savior, God,+ whose will is that all sorts of people should be saved+ and come to an accurate knowledge of truth. (NWT) 1 Timothy 2:4

This is fine and acceptable+ in the sight of our Savior, God,+ whose will is that all sorts of men+ should be saved+ and come to an accurate knowledge+ of truth.+  (Ref.B.) 1 Timothy 2:4

all sorts of people

  • Romans 5:18: 18 So, then, as through one trespass the result to men of all sorts was condemnation,+ likewise also through one act of justification*+ the result to men of all sorts+ is a declaring of them righteous for life.+
  • Romans 9:24: 24 namely, us, whom he called not only from among Jews but also from among nations,+ [what of it]?
  • 1 Timothy 4:10: 10 For to this end we are working hard and exerting ourselves,+ because we have rested our hope+ on a living God, who is a Savior+ of all sorts of men,+ especially of faithful ones.+

should be saved

  • Isaiah 45:22: 22 Turn to me and be saved,+ all the ends of the earth, For I am God, and there is no one else.+
  • Acts 17:30: 30 True, God has overlooked the times of such ignorance;+ but now he is declaring to all people everywhere that they should repent.
  • Romans 5:18: 18 So, then, as through one trespass the result to men of all sorts was condemnation,+ so too through one act of justification the result to men of all sorts+ is their being declared righteous for life.+
  • 1 Timothy 4:10: 10 This is why we are working hard and exerting ourselves,+ because we have rested our hope on a living God, who is a Savior+ of all sorts of men,+ especially of faithful ones.
  • Micah 7:7: But as for me, I will keep on the lookout for Jehovah.+ I will show a waiting attitude* for the God of my salvation.+ My God will hear me.+
  • Psalm 25:5 Cause me to walk in your truth and teach me,+ For you are my God of salvation. ו [Waw] In you I hope all day long.
  • Psalm 62:1: 62 Indeed, I wait* silently for God.My salvation comes from him.+
  • Psalm 116:6: Jehovah is guarding the inexperienced.+I was brought low, and he saved me.
  • Lamentations 3:26: 26 Good it is to wait in silence*+ for the salvation of Jehovah.+
  • Jude 25: 25 to the only God our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, might, and authority for all past eternity and now and into all eternity. Amen.

come to an accurate knowledge:

  • Ephesians 1:17: 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give YOU a spirit of wisdom+ and of revelation* in the accurate knowledge of him;+
  • Philippians 1:9: And this is what I continue praying, that YOUR love may abound+ yet more and more with accurate knowledge*+ and full discernment;*+

come to an accurate knowledge of truth:

  • 2 Timothy 2:25: 25 instructing with mildness those not favorably disposed;+ as perhaps God may give them repentance+ leading to an accurate knowledge of truth,+

 

[God’s] will is that all sorts of men should be saved.—1 Tim. 2:4.

The deeper we get into the time of the end, the greater our need to rely on Jehovah’s Word. The counsel we draw from it helps us to correct bad habits and to control our sinful tendencies. With its encouragement and comfort, we will pass the tests that Satan and his world bring on us. With the guidance Jehovah provides in his Word, we will stay on the road to life. God’s will is that “all sorts of men should be saved.” Jehovah’s servants are among “all sorts of men.” So are those whom we might help through our preaching and teaching work. But all who wish to attain to salvation must gain “an accurate knowledge of truth.” Thus, surviving the last days goes hand in glove with reading the Bible and applying its inspired instructions. Yes, our daily Bible reading shows how highly we esteem Jehovah’s precious Word of truth.—John 17:17. w13 4/15 1:19, 20

Psalm 21, Initial D. In: Albani-Psalter

Psalm 21, Initial D. In: Albani-Psalter (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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In other languages:

Gods wil dat alle soorten van mensen worden gered

Dit is God se wil . . . dat alle soorte mense gered moet word

Es ist Gottes Wille, dass alle Arten von Menschen gerettet werden

Dieu veut que toutes sortes d’hommes soient sauvés

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Additional reading:

  1. Creation Creator and Creation
  2. Creation purpose and warranty
  3. God has not destined us for wrath
  4. Looking for something or for the Truth and what it might be and self-awareness
  5. Gone astray, away from God
  6. Actions to be a reflection of openness of heart
  7. Solution for Willing hearts filled with gifts
  8. Necessary to be known all over the earth
  9. Necessity of a revelation of creation 1 Works of God and works of man
  10. Necessity of a revelation of creation 10 Instructions for insight and wisdom
  11. A promise given in the Garden of Eden
  12. Looking for wisdom not departing from God’s Word
  13. Waiting for Gods Salvation
  14. God’s forgotten Word 1 Introduction
  15. Coming to understanding from sayings written long ago
  16. Eternal Word that tells everything
  17. Bible Word from God
  18. Creator and Blogger God 7 A Blog of a Book 1 Believing the Blogger
  19. Creator and Blogger God 10 A Blog of a Book 4 Listening to the Blogger
  20. Missional hermeneutics 3/5
  21. Missional hermeneutics 4/5
  22. Bible, God’s Word to edify (ERV)
  23. Scripture words written for our learning, given by inspiration of God for edification
  24. Bric-a-brac of the Bible
  25. We should use the Bible every day
  26. Feed Your Faith Daily
  27. Miracles of revelation and of providence 1 Golden Thread and Revelation
  28. Faithful to the listening ear
  29. God’s Special Gift
  30. It is not try but trust
  31. You will say on that day
  32. The Right One to follow and to worship
  33. The one who set the standard
  34. A Living Faith #12 The Love for Jesus
  35. Many forgot how Christ should be our anchor and our focus
  36. Atonement And Fellowship 1/8
  37. Atonement And Fellowship 7/8
  38. Atonement And Fellowship 8/8
  39. My soul longs for your salvation
  40. Walking in the Light of Life
  41. Searching, light, fear and deliverance
  42. The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places
  43. Let me keep to “first importance” things
  44. A race not to swift, nor a battle to the strong
  45. The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong
  46. Evangelisation, local preaching opposite overseas evangelism
  47. Myth 12: The Hyper-Grace Gospel Makes People Lazy
  48. Al-Fatiha [The Opening] Süra 1:1-7 Help from God our Maker
  49. Entrance of a king to question our position #1 Coming in the Name of the Lord
  50. Entrance of a king to question our position #2 Who do we want to see and to be
  51. Deliverance and establishement of a theocracy
  52. Belief of the things that God has promised
  53. Give your worries to God
  54. Heed of the Saviour
  55. Not all will inherit the Kingdom
  56. Only the contrite self, sick of its pretensions, can find salvation
  57. A Living Faith #1 Substance of things hoped for
  58. A Living Faith #3 Faith put into action
  59. A Living Faith #4 Effort
  60. Choices
  61. End of the Bottom Line
  62. All Positive Energy People Are Acceptable

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El-Shaddai God Almighty Who no-one may see and live

 

 

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1 NIV)

“When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; {Hebrew El-Shaddai} walk before me and be blameless.” (Genesis 17:1 NIV)

“2 God also said to Moses, “I am the LORD. 3 I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob as God Almighty, {Hebrew El-Shaddai} but by my name the LORD {See note at Exodus 3:15.} I did not make myself known to them. {Or Almighty, and by my name the LORD did I not let myself be known to them?}” (Exodus 6:2-3 NIV)

“”Who among the gods is like you, O LORD? Who is like you— majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?” (Exodus 15:11 NIV)

“Now I know that the LORD is greater than all other gods, for he did this to those who had treated Israel arrogantly.”” (Exodus 18:11 NIV)

“But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for no-one may see me and live.”” (Exodus 33:20 NIV)

“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. {Or The LORD our God is one LORD; or The LORD is our God, the LORD is one; or The LORD is our God, the LORD alone}” (Deuteronomy 6:4 NIV)

“I will proclaim the name of the LORD. Oh, praise the greatness of our God!” (Deuteronomy 32:3 NIV)

“Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendour, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all.” (1 Chronicles 29:11 NIV)

“”The temple I am going to build will be great, because our God is greater than all other gods.” (2 Chronicles 2:5 NIV)

“How great is God—beyond our understanding! The number of his years is past finding out.” (Job 36:26 NIV)

“”Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”” (Psalms 46:10 NIV)

“[A song. A psalm of the Sons of Korah.] Great is the LORD, and most worthy of praise, in the city of our God, his holy mountain.” (Psalms 48:1 NIV)

“Your righteousness reaches to the skies, O God, you who have done great things. Who, O God, is like you?” (Psalms 71:19 NIV)

“Praise be to the LORD God, the God of Israel, who alone does marvellous deeds.” (Psalms 72:18 NIV)

“Let them know that you, whose name is the LORD—that you alone are the Most High over all the earth.” (Psalms 83:18 NIV)

“Among the gods there is none like you, O Lord; no deeds can compare with yours.” (Psalms 86:8 NIV)

“For who in the skies above can compare with the LORD? Who is like the LORD among the heavenly beings?” (Psalms 89:6 NIV)

“How great are your works, O LORD, how profound your thoughts!” (Psalms 92:5 NIV)

“3 For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods. 4 In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. 5 The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land. 6 Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker; 7  for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care. Today, if you hear his voice, 8 do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah, {Meribah means quarrelling.} as you did that day at Massah {Massah means testing.} in the desert, 9 where your fathers tested and tried me, though they had seen what I did.” (Psalms 95:3-9 NIV)

“For you, O LORD, are the Most High over all the earth; you are exalted far above all gods.” (Psalms 97:9 NIV)

“He provided redemption for his people; he ordained his covenant for ever—holy and awesome is his name.” (Psalms 111:9 NIV)

“I know that the LORD is great, that our Lord is greater than all gods.” (Psalms 135:5 NIV)

“Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no-one can fathom.” (Psalms 145:3 NIV)

“But the LORD Almighty will be exalted by his justice, and the holy God will show himself holy by his righteousness.” (Isaiah 5:16 NIV)

“And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.”” (Isaiah 6:3 NIV)

“The LORD Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy, he is the one you are to fear, he is the one you are to dread,” (Isaiah 8:13 NIV)

“To whom, then, will you compare God? What image will you compare him to?” (Isaiah 40:18 NIV)

“I, even I, am the LORD, and apart from me there is no saviour.” (Isaiah 43:11 NIV)

“Do not tremble, do not be afraid. Did I not proclaim this and foretell it long ago? You are my witnesses. Is there any God besides me? No, there is no other Rock; I know not one.”” (Isaiah 44:8 NIV)

“For this is what the high and lofty One says—he who lives for ever, whose name is holy: “I live in a high and holy place, but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.” (Isaiah 57:15 NIV)

“Who should not revere you, O King of the nations? This is your due. Among all the wise men of the nations and in all their kingdoms, there is no-one like you.” (Jeremiah 10:7 NIV)

“I will accept you as fragrant incense when I bring you out from the nations and gather you from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will show myself holy among you in the sight of the nations.” (Ezekiel 20:41 NIV)

“I will show the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, the name you have profaned among them. Then the nations will know that I am the LORD, declares the Sovereign LORD, when I show myself holy through you before their eyes.” (Ezekiel 36:23 NIV)

“And so I will show my greatness and my holiness, and I will make myself known in the sight of many nations. Then they will know that I am the LORD.’” (Ezekiel 38:23 NIV)

“The king said to Daniel, “Surely your God is the God of gods and the Lord of kings and a revealer of mysteries, for you were able to reveal this mystery.”” (Daniel 2:47 NIV)

“And everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved; for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be deliverance, as the LORD has said, among the survivors whom the LORD calls.” (Joel 2:32 NIV)

“”Then will I purify the lips of the peoples, that all of them may call on the name of the LORD and serve him shoulder to shoulder.” (Zephaniah 3:9 NIV)

“”This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,” (Matthew 6:9 NIV)

“”Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No-one is good— except God alone.” (Mark 10:18 NIV)

“for the Mighty One has done great things for me—holy is his name.” (Luke 1:49 NIV)

“God is spirit, and his worshippers must worship in spirit and in truth.”” (John 4:24 NIV)

“1  After Jesus said this, he looked towards heaven and prayed: “Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. 2 For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. 3 Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” (John 17:1-3 NIV)

“”I have revealed you {Greek your name; also in verse 26} to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word.” (John 17:6 NIV)

“25 “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. 26 I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”” (John 17:25-26 NIV)

“And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ {Joel 2:28-32}” (Acts 2:21 NIV)

“For 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.” (Romans 1:20 NIV)

“for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” {Joel 2:32}” (Romans 10:13 NIV)

“Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and {Or riches and the wisdom and the} knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!” (Romans 11:33 NIV)

“4  So then, about eating food sacrificed to idols: We know that an idol is nothing at all in the world and that there is no God but one. 5 For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”), 6 yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.” (1 Corinthians 8:4-6 NIV)

“that conforms to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.” (1 Timothy 1:11 NIV)

“For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,” (1 Timothy 2:5 NIV)

“For Christ did not enter a man-made sanctuary that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence.” (Hebrews 9:24 NIV)

“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.” (1 John 4:16 NIV)

“Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under his wings. Day and night they never stop saying: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.”” (Revelation 4:8 NIV)

“saying: “We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, the One who is and who was, because you have taken your great power and have begun to reign.” (Revelation 11:17 NIV)

“And I heard the altar respond: “Yes, Lord God Almighty, true and just are your judgments.”” (Revelation 16:7 NIV)

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The Aleppo Codex is a medieval manuscript of t...

The Aleppo Codex is a medieval manuscript of the Hebrew Bible (Tanakh), associated with Rabbi Aaron Ben Asher. The Masoretic scholars wrote it in the early 10th century, probably in Tiberias, Israel. It is in book form and contains the vowel points and grammar points (nikkudot) that specify the pronunciation of the ancient Hebrew letters to preserve the chanting tradition. It is perhaps the most historically important Hebrew manuscript in existence. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

God die Almagtige ’n Gees Wie geen mens kan sien en nogtans lewe nie

God die Almachtige Geest die geen mens kan zien

Allmächtige Gott denn kein Mensch wird leben, der Dich sieht

Dieu Tout-puissant Qui ont peut pas voir et vivre

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Dieu Tout-puissant Qui ont peut pas voir et vivre

“Au commencement Dieu créa les cieux et la terre.” (Genèse 1:1 DRB)

“Et Abram était âgé de quatre-vingt-dix-neuf ans ; et l’Eternel apparut à Abram, et lui dit, Je suis le Dieu Tout-puissant ; marche devant ma face, et sois parfait ;” (Genèse 17:1 DRB)

“2 Et Dieu parla à Moïse, et lui dit, Je suis l’Eternel (Jéhovah). 3 Je suis apparu à Abraham, à Isaac, et à Jacob, comme le Dieu Tout-puissant ; mais je n’ai pas été connu d’eux par mon nom d’Eternel (Jéhovah).” (Exode 6:2-3 DRB)

“Qui est comme toi parmi les dieux, ô Eternel ? Qui est comme toi, magnifique en sainteté, terrible en louanges, opérant des merveilles ?” (Exode 15:11 DRB)

“Maintenant je connais que l’Eternel est plus grand que tous les dieux ; car en cela même en quoi ils ont agi présomptueusement, il a été au-dessus d’eux.” (Exode 18:11 DRB)

“Et il dit, Tu ne peux pas voir ma face, car l’homme ne peut me voir et vivre.” (Exode 33:20 DRB)

“Ecoute, Israël, L’Éternel, notre Dieu, est un seul Éternel.” (Deutéronome 6:4 DRB)

“Car je proclamerai le nom de l’Eternel, Attribuez la grandeur à notre Dieu !” (Deutéronome 32:3 DRB)

“A toi, Eternel, est la grandeur, et la force, et la gloire, et la splendeur, et la majesté ; car tout, dans les cieux et sur la terre, est à toi. A toi, Eternel, est le royaume et l’élévation, comme Chef sur toutes choses ;” (1 Chroniques 29:11 DRB)

“Et la maison que je bâtis sera grande ; car notre Dieu est grand au-dessus de tous les dieux.” (2 Chroniques 2:5 DRB)

“Voici, Dieu est grand, et nous ne le connaissons pas ; le nombre de ses années, nul ne le sonde.” (Job 36:26 DRB)

“Tenez-vous tranquilles, et sachez que je suis Dieu, je serai exalté parmi les nations, je serai exalté sur la terre.” (Psaumes 46:10 DRB)

“L’Eternel est grand et fort digne de louange dans la ville de notre Dieu, dans sa montagne sainte” (Psaumes 48:1 DRB)

“Et ta justice, ô Dieu ! est haut élevée. Toi qui as fait de grandes choses, ô Dieu ! qui est comme toi ?” (Psaumes 71:19 DRB)

“Béni soit l’Eternel, Dieu, le Dieu d’Israël, qui seul fait des choses merveilleuses !” (Psaumes 72:18 DRB)

“Et qu’ils sachent que toi seul, dont le nom est l’Eternel, tu es le Très-haut sur toute la terre.” (Psaumes 83:18 DRB)

“Seigneur ! nul entre les dieux n’est comme toi, et il n’y a point d’œuvres comme les tiennes.” (Psaumes 86:8 DRB)

“Car qui, dans les nues, peut être comparé à l’Eternel ? Qui, parmi les fils des forts, est semblable à l’Eternel ?” (Psaumes 89:6 DRB)

“Eternel ! que tes œuvres sont grandes ! tes pensées sont très profondes,” (Psaumes 92:5 DRB)

“3 Car l’Eternel est un grand Dieu, et un grand roi par-dessus tous les dieux. 4 Les lieux profonds de la terre sont en sa main, et les sommets des montagnes sont à lui. 5 A lui est la mer, et lui-même l’a faite ; et le sec, ses mains l’ont formé. 6 adorons et inclinons-nous, agenouillons-nous devant l’Eternel qui nous a faits ! 7  Car c’est lui qui est notre Dieu ; et nous, nous sommes le peuple de sa pâture et les brebis de sa main. Aujourd’hui, si vous entendez sa voix, 8 N’endurcissez pas votre cœur comme à Meriba, comme au jour de Massa, dans le désert, 9 Où vos pères m’ont tenté, éprouvé, et ont vu mes œuvres.” (Psaumes 95:3-9 DRB)

“Car toi, Eternel, tu es le Très-haut sur toute la terre ; tu es fort élevé par-dessus tous les dieux.” (Psaumes 97:9 DRB)

“Il a envoyé la rédemption à son peuple ; il a commandé son alliance pour toujours. Son nom est saint et terrible.” (Psaumes 111:9 DRB)

“Car je sais que l’Eternel est grand, et que notre Seigneur est au-dessus de tous les dieux.” (Psaumes 135:5 DRB)

“L’Eternel est grand et fort digne de louange ; et sa grandeur est insondable.” (Psaumes 145:3 DRB)

“et l’Eternel des armées sera élevé en jugement, et le Dieu saint sera sanctifié en justice.” (Esaïe 5:16 DRB)

“Et l’un criait à l’autre, et disait, Saint, saint, saint, est l’Eternel des armées ; toute la terre est pleine de sa gloire !” (Esaïe 6:3 DRB)

“l’Eternel des armées, lui, sanctifiez-le, et que lui soit votre crainte, et lui, votre frayeur ;” (Esaïe 8:13 DRB)

“A qui donc comparerez-vous Dieu, et à quelle ressemblance l’égalerez-vous ?” (Esaïe 40:18 DRB)

“Moi, moi, je suis l’Eternel, et hors moi il n’y en a point qui sauve.” (Esaïe 43:11 DRB)

“N’ayez pas peur, et ne craignez pas. Ne te l’ai-je pas, dès ce temps-là, fait entendre et déclaré ? et vous m’en êtes les témoins. Y a-t-il un Dieu hors moi ? Il n’y a pas de rocher, je n’en connais point.” (Esaïe 44:8 DRB)

“Car ainsi dit celui qui est haut élevé et exalté, qui habite l’éternité, et duquel le nom est le Saint, J’habite le lieu haut élevé et saint, et avec celui qui est abattu et d’un esprit contrit, pour revivifier l’esprit de ceux qui sont contrits, et pour revivifier le cœur de ceux qui sont abattus.” (Esaïe 57:15 DRB)

“Qui ne te craindrait, Roi des nations ? Car cela t’est dû ; car, parmi tous les sages des nations et dans tous leurs royaumes, nul n’est comme toi ;” (Jérémie 10:7 DRB)

“Je prendrai plaisir en vous comme en un parfum agréable, quand je vous aurai fait sortir d’entre les peuples, et que je vous aurai rassemblés des pays dans lesquels vous serez dispersés, et que je serai sanctifié en vous aux yeux des nations.” (Ezékiel 20:41 DRB)

“Et je sanctifierai mon grand nom, qui a été profané parmi les nations, et que vous avez profané au milieu d’elles ; et les nations sauront que je suis l’Eternel, dit le Seigneur, l’Eternel, quand je serai sanctifié en vous, à leurs yeux.” (Ezékiel 36:23 DRB)

“Et je me glorifierai et je me sanctifierai, et je serai connu aux yeux de beaucoup de nations ; et elles sauront que je suis l’Eternel.” (Ezékiel 38:23 DRB)

“Le roi répondit et dit à Daniel, En vérité, votre Dieu est le Dieu des dieux et le Seigneur des rois, et le révélateur des secrets, puisque tu as pu révéler ce secret.” (Daniel 2:47 DRB)

“Et il arrivera que, quiconque invoquera le nom de l’Eternel sera sauvé. Car sur la montagne de Sion il y aura délivrance, et à Jérusalem, comme l’Eternel l’a dit, et pour les réchappés que l’Eternel appellera.” (Joël 2:32 DRB)

“Car alors, je changerai la langue des peuples en une langue purifiée, pour qu’ils invoquent tous le nom de l’Eternel pour le servir d’un seul cœur.” (Sophonie 3:9 DRB)

“Vous donc, priez ainsi, Notre Père qui es dans les cieux, que ton nom soit sanctifié ;” (Matthieu 6:9 DRB)

“Et Jésus lui dit, Pourquoi m’appelles-tu bon ? Nul n’est bon, sinon un seul, Dieu.” (Marc 10:18 DRB)

“car le Puissant m’a fait de grandes choses, et son nom est saint ;” (Luc 1:49 DRB)

“Dieu est esprit, et il faut que ceux qui l’adorent, l’adorent en esprit et en vérité.” (Jean 4:24 DRB)

“1  Jésus dit ces choses, et leva ses yeux au ciel, et dit, Père, l’heure est venue ; glorifie ton Fils, afin que ton Fils te glorifie, 2 comme tu lui as donné autorité sur toute chair, afin que, quant à tout ce que tu lui as donné, il leur donne la vie éternelle. 3 Et c’est ici la vie éternelle, qu’ils te connaissent seul vrai Dieu, et celui que tu as envoyé, Jésus Christ.” (Jean 17:1-3 DRB)

“J’ai manifesté ton nom aux hommes que tu m’as donnés du monde ; ils étaient à toi, et tu me les as donnés ; et ils ont gardé ta parole.” (Jean 17:6 DRB)

“25 Père juste ;  et le monde ne t’a pas connu, mais moi je t’ai connu ; et ceux-ci ont connu que toi tu m’as envoyé. 26 Et je leur ai fait connaître ton nom, et je le leur ferai connaître, afin que l’amour dont tu m’as aimé soit en eux, et moi en eux.” (Jean 17:25-26 DRB)

“Et il arrivera que quiconque invoquera le nom du Seigneur sera sauvé.” (Actes 2:21 DRB)

“car, depuis la fondation du monde, ce qui ne se peut voir de lui, savoir et sa puissance éternelle et sa divinité, se discerne par le moyen de l’intelligence, par les choses qui sont faites, de manière à les rendre inexcusables,” (Romains 1:20 DRB)

“car quiconque invoquera le nom du Seigneur sera sauvé.” (Romains 10:13 DRB)

“O profondeur des richesses et de la sagesse et de la connaissance de Dieu ! Que ses jugements sont insondables, et ses voies introuvables !” (Romains 11:33 DRB)

“4  Pour ce qui est donc de manger des choses sacrifiées aux idoles, nous savons qu’une idole n’est rien dans le monde, et qu’il n’y a point d’autre Dieu qu’un seul. 5 Car aussi, s’il y en a qui sont appelés dieux, soit dans le ciel, soit sur la terre, (comme il y a beaucoup de dieux et beaucoup de seigneurs,) 6 toutefois, pour nous, il y a un seul Dieu, le Père, duquel sont toutes choses, et nous pour lui, et un seul Seigneur, Jésus Christ, par lequel sont toutes choses, et nous par lui.” (1 Corinthiens 8:4-6 DRB)

“suivant l’évangile de la gloire du Dieu bienheureux, qui m’a été confié.” (1 Timothée 1:11 DRB)

“car Dieu est un, et le médiateur entre Dieu et les hommes est un, l’ homme Christ Jésus,” (1 Timothée 2:5 DRB)

“Car le Christ n’est pas entré dans des lieux saints faits de main, copies des vrais, mais dans le ciel même, afin de paraître maintenant pour nous devant la face de Dieu,” (Hébreux 9:24 DRB)

“Et nous avons connu et cru l’amour que Dieu a pour nous. Dieu est amour, et celui qui demeure dans l’amour, demeure en Dieu et Dieu en lui.” (1 Jean 4:16 DRB)

“Et les quatre animaux, chacun d’eux ayant six ailes, sont, tout autour et au dedans, pleins d’yeux ; et ils ne cessent jour et nuit, disant, Saint, saint, saint, Seigneur, Dieu, Tout-puissant, celui qui était, et qui est, et qui vient.” (Apocalypse 4:8 DRB)

“disant, Nous te rendons grâces, Seigneur, Dieu, Tout-puissant, celui qui est et qui était, de ce que tu as pris ta grande puissance et de ce que tu es entré dans ton règne.” (Apocalypse 11:17 DRB)

“Et j’entendis l’autel, disant, Oui, Seigneur, Dieu, Tout-puissant, véritables et justes sont tes jugements !” (Apocalypse 16:7 DRB)

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God die Almagtige ’n Gees Wie geen mens kan sien en nogtans lewe nie

God die Almachtige Geest die geen mens kan zien

Allmächtige Gott denn kein Mensch wird leben, der Dich sieht

El-Shaddai God Almighty Who no-one may see and live

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Vrai Dieu donne Sa Parole pour obtenir la sagesse

 

 

Psaumes 19 :1 Les cieux proclament la gloire de Dieu*+ ; et l’œuvre de ses mains, l’étendue l’annonce+.

Exode 20: 1-3: 1 Alors Dieu prononça toutes ces paroles*, en disant+ : “ Je suis Jéhovah ton Dieu*+, qui t’ai fait sortir du pays d’Égypte, de la maison des esclaves+. Tu ne dois pas avoir d’autres dieux*+ contre ma face*.

 Isaïe 7 :7: “ ‘ Voici ce qu’a dit le Souverain Seigneur Jéhovah : “ Cela ne tiendra pas, cela n’aura pas lieu+.

Jérémie 19 Oui, je leur ferai manger la chair de leurs fils et la chair de leurs filles ; et ils mangeront chacun la chair de son semblable, par suite de la détresse et par suite de l’angoisse dont les enserreront leurs ennemis et ceux qui cherchent leur âme+. ” ’

Jean 14: 10: 10 Ne crois-tu pas que je suis en union avec le Père et que le Père est en union avec moi+ ? Les choses que je vous dis, je ne les dis pas en tirant [ce que j’annonce] de mon propre fonds* ; mais le Père qui demeure en union avec moi fait ses œuvres+.

Éphésiens 6: 17: 17 En outre, acceptez le casque+ du salut, et l’épée+ de l’esprit+, c’est-à-dire la parole de Dieu+,

Exode 3Puis il dit : “ Je suis le Dieu de ton père*, le Dieu d’Abraham, le Dieu d’Isaac et le Dieu de Jacob+. ” Alors Moïse se cacha le visage, car il avait peur de regarder le [vrai] Dieu*.

1 Jean 5 :2020 Mais nous savons que le Fils de Dieu est venu+ et qu’il nous a donné l’intelligence*+ pour que nous parvenions à connaître le véritable+. Et nous sommes en union+ avec le véritable, par le moyen de son Fils Jésus Christ. C’est là le vrai+ Dieu et la vie éternelle+.

Révélation 4 :11:11 “ Tu es digne, Jéhovah*, oui notre Dieu, de recevoir la gloire+ et l’honneur+ et la puissance+, parce que tu as créé toutes choses+, et à cause de ta volonté+ elles ont existé et ont été créées+. ”

Exode 6 :Dieu* parla encore à Moïse et lui dit : “ Je suis Jéhovah+.

Job 22:13-14:13 Et pourtant tu as dit : ‘ Qu’est-ce que Dieu* peut bien savoir ? Peut-il juger à travers l’obscurité épaisse ? 14 Les nuages sont pour lui une cachette, de sorte qu’il ne voit pas ; il marche sur la voûte du ciel. ’

Nehémia 9 : 5-6: Puis les Lévites Yéshoua, Qadmiel, Bani, Hashabnia, Shérébia, Hodia, Shebania [et] Pethahia dirent : “ Levez-vous, bénissez+ Jéhovah votre Dieu depuis des temps indéfinis [et] pour des temps indéfinis+. Et qu’ils bénissent ton nom glorieux+ qui est élevé au-dessus de toute bénédiction et louange. “ Tu es Jéhovah, toi seul+ ; c’est toi qui as fait les cieux+, [oui] le ciel des cieux, et toute leur armée+, la terre+ et tout ce qui est sur elle+, les mers+ et tout ce qui s’y trouve+ ; et tu les gardes tous en vie ; et l’armée+ des cieux se prosterne devant toi.

Psaumes 50: 7-17:  “ Écoute, ô mon peuple, je veux parler+ ; ô Israël, je veux témoigner contre toi*+. Je suis Dieu, ton Dieu+ Ce n’est pas pour tes sacrifices que je te reprends+ ni [pour] tes holocaustes [qui sont] devant moi constamment+ Je ne veux pas prendre de ta maison un taureau+ ni de tes enclos des boucs. 10 Car tous les animaux sauvages de la forêt m’appartiennent+, les bêtes sur mille montagnes+. 11 Je connais bien toutes les créatures ailées des montagnes+, et avec moi sont les foules d’animaux de la campagne+. 12 Si j’avais faim, je ne te le dirais pas ; car il m’appartient, le sol productif*+ et sa plénitude+. 13 Vais-je manger la chair des puissants [taureaux]+,et le sang des boucs, vais-je le boire+ ? 14 Offre à Dieu, pour ton sacrifice, l’action de grâces+, et acquitte-toi de tes vœux envers le Très-Haut+ ; 15 et appelle-moi au jour de la détresse+. Je te délivrerai et tu me glorifieras+. ” 16 Mais au méchant Dieu devra dire+ : “ De quel droit énumères-tu mes prescriptions+ et portes-tu mon alliance* dans ta bouche+ ? 17 En effet, toi, tu as haï la discipline+, et sans cesse tu jettes mes paroles derrière toi+.

Éphésiens 4:1111 Et il a donné certains comme apôtres+, certains comme prophètes+, certains comme évangélisateurs*+, certains comme bergers et enseignants+,

1 Corinthiens 2: 1,9-10, 14-16: Moi donc, quand je suis venu chez vous, frères, je ne suis pas venu avec outrance* de langage+ ou de sagesse vous annoncer le saint secret+ de Dieu. Mais comme c’est écrit : “ L’œil ne les a pas vues, et l’oreille ne les a pas entendues, et elles n’ont pas été conçues dans le cœur de l’homme, les choses que Dieu a préparées pour ceux qui l’aiment+. ” 10 Car c’est à nous que Dieu les a révélées+ grâce à son esprit+, car l’esprit+ scrute toutes choses, même les choses profondes+ de Dieu.14 Mais l’homme physique* ne reçoit pas les choses de l’esprit de Dieu, car elles sont une sottise pour lui ; et il ne peut pas parvenir à [les] connaître+, parce que c’est spirituellement qu’on les examine. 15 Cependant, l’homme spirituel*+ examine réellement toutes choses, mais lui-même n’est examiné+ par personne. 16 Car “ qui est parvenu à connaître la pensée de Jéhovah*+, pour l’instruire+ ” ? Mais nous, nous avons la pensée+ de Christ*.

Isaïe 40 :13: 13 Qui a pris les dimensions de l’esprit de Jéhovah, et qui, étant son homme de conseil, peut lui faire connaître quelque chose+ ?

Éphésiens 3:5, 6:Dans d’autres générations, ce [secret]+ n’a pas été porté à la connaissance des fils des hommes comme il a été révélé maintenant+ à ses saints apôtres et prophètes+ par [l’]esprit, à savoir que des gens des nations devaient être cohéritiers et comembres du corps+ et avoir part avec nous à la promesse*+ en union avec Christ Jésus par le moyen de la bonne nouvelle.

Colossiens 2:2afin que leur cœur soit consolé+ [et] qu’ils soient harmonieusement unis ensemble dans l’amour+ et pour toute la richesse de la pleine certitude de [leur] intelligence+, pour une connaissance exacte du saint secret de Dieu, c’est-à-dire Christ*+.

Proverbes 23: Ne parle pas aux oreilles d’un homme stupide+, car il méprisera tes paroles avisées+.

2 Samuel 23:2: C’est l’esprit de Jéhovah qui a parlé par moi+, et sa parole* a été sur ma langue+.

Actes 1:1616 “ Hommes, frères, il fallait que s’accomplisse [cette parole de] l’Écriture+, que l’esprit saint+ avait dite d’avance par la bouche de David au sujet de Judas+, qui est devenu le guide de ceux qui ont arrêté Jésus+,

Actes 28:25:25 Et comme ils étaient en désaccord les uns avec les autres, ils s’en allaient, tandis que Paul faisait cette seule observation: “ C’est avec raison que l’esprit saint a parlé à vos ancêtres par l’intermédiaire d’Isaïe le prophète,

1 Pierre 1 :11: 11 Ils s’efforçaient de découvrir* quelle époque particulière+ ou quelle sorte d’[époque] indiquait, au sujet de Christ+, l’esprit+ qui était en eux*, quand il attestait d’avance les souffrances [réservées] à Christ+ et les gloires+ qui devaient suivre celles-ci.

2 Pierre 1:21:21 Car la prophétie n’a jamais été apportée par la volonté de l’homme+, mais des hommes ont parlé de la part de Dieu+, comme ils étaient portés par [l’]esprit saint+.

Jean 14:2626 Mais l’assistant*, l’esprit saint, que le Père enverra en mon nom, celui-là* vous enseignera toutes choses et vous rappellera toutes les choses que je vous ai dites+.

2 Timothée 3: 16 Toute Écriture est inspirée de Dieu*+ et utile pour enseigner+, pour reprendre+, pour remettre les choses en ordre*+, pour discipliner+ dans la justice, 17 pour que l’homme de Dieu soit pleinement qualifié+, parfaitement équipé* pour toute œuvre bonne+.

1 Thessaloniciens 2: 13: 13 Oui, voilà pourquoi, nous aussi, nous remercions Dieu constamment+, parce que, quand vous avez reçu la parole de Dieu+ que vous entendiez de nous, vous l’avez acceptée, non comme la parole des hommes+, mais, ainsi qu’elle l’est véritablement, comme la parole de Dieu, laquelle* est aussi à l’œuvre en vous, les croyants+.

Romains 15:4 Car toutes les choses qui ont été écrites jadis ont été écrites+ pour notre instruction+, afin que, grâce à notre endurance+ et à la consolation+ des Écritures, nous ayons l’espérance*+.

1 Corinthiens 10 :1111 Or ces choses leur arrivaient comme exemples*, et elles ont été écrites pour nous avertir+, nous sur qui les fins* des systèmes de choses*+ sont arrivées.

Psaumes 119:49, 50: 49 Souviens-toi de la parole à ton serviteur+, celle que tu m’as fait attendre+ 50 C’est là ma consolation dans mon affliction+, car ta parole m’a gardé en vie+.

Proverbes 4: 7-9: La sagesse est la chose principale+. Acquiers la sagesse ; et avec tout ce que tu acquiers, acquiers l’intelligence+. Tiens-la en haute estime, et elle t’élèvera+. Elle te glorifiera parce que tu l’étreins+. Elle donnera à ta tête une guirlande de charme+ ; elle te fera don d’une couronne de beauté+. ”

Proverbes 15 :14: 14 Le cœur intelligent recherche la connaissance+, mais la bouche des stupides aspire à la sottise+.

Matthieu 13:23: 23 Quant à celui qui a été semé sur la belle terre, c’est celui qui entend la parole et en saisit le sens, qui porte alors du fruit et produit celui-ci cent fois autant, celui-là soixante, l’autre trente+. ”

Hébreux 5 :1414 Mais la nourriture solide est pour les hommes mûrs, pour ceux qui, par l’usage, ont les facultés de perception*+ exercées* à distinguer et le bien et le mal+.

Daniel 1:17: 17 Quant à ces enfants, les quatre, à eux le [vrai] Dieu donna connaissance et perspicacité en toute écriture et sagesse+ ; et Daniel avait de l’intelligence en toutes sortes de visions et de rêves+.

Proverbs 21: 30 Il n’y a ni sagesse, ni discernement, ni conseil en opposition avec Jéhovah+.

Proverbs 19: 21 Nombreux sont les plans dans le cœur de l’homme*+, mais c’est le conseil de Jéhovah qui tiendra+.

2 Timothée 2: 7-10: Pense constamment* à ce que je dis ; le Seigneur, en effet, te donnera du discernement+ en toutes choses. Rappelle-toi que Jésus Christ a été relevé d’entre les morts+ et qu’il était de la semence de David+, selon la bonne nouvelle que je prêche+ ; à propos de laquelle je supporte le mal jusqu’à [porter] des liens+ comme un malfaiteur. Toutefois, la parole de Dieu n’est pas liée+. 10 Voilà pourquoi je continue à endurer toutes choses à cause de ceux qui ont été choisis+, pour qu’eux aussi obtiennent le salut qui est dans l’union avec Christ Jésus, avec la gloire éternelle+.

Jean 17 : Ceci signifie la vie éternelle+ : qu’ils apprennent à te connaître*+, toi, le seul vrai Dieu+, et celui que tu as envoyé, Jésus Christ+.

1 Jean 520 Mais nous savons que le Fils de Dieu est venu+ et qu’il nous a donné l’intelligence*+ pour que nous parvenions à connaître le véritable+. Et nous sommes en union+ avec le véritable, par le moyen de son Fils Jésus Christ. C’est là le vrai+ Dieu et la vie éternelle+.

1 Timothée 2: 2-4: à propos de rois+ et de tous ceux qui sont haut placés+ ; afin que nous puissions continuer à mener une vie calme et paisible dans un parfait attachement à Dieu* et [en toute] dignité+. Cela est beau et agréable+ aux yeux de notre Sauveur, Dieu+, qui veut que toutes sortes d’hommes+ soient sauvés+ et parviennent à une connaissance exacte+ de la vérité+.

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Traduction du Monde Nouveau des Saintes Écritures

Traduction du Monde Nouveau des Saintes Écritures

Nazarene Commentary Mark 1:1-8 – The Beginning of the Good News

The Beginning of the Evangel, by Mark

Chapter One:

Preparations for the Appointed time

Mark 1:1-8 – The Beginning of the Good News

Matthew 3:13-17[1]

MK1:1 This is the origin of the Good News about Jesus Christ the Son of the God.[2] MK1:2 Just as it is written in Isaiah the Prophet,[3] “See, I am sending My messenger before you and he will prepare your way … [Malachi 3:1] MK1:3 The voice of one crying aloud: ‘In the desert prepare a road for the Lord:[4] Make His highways straight.’” [Isaiah 40:3] MK1:4 So John the Baptizer came from the desert proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. MK1:5 People of all kinds when out to meet him in the wilderness as well as the inhabitants of Jerusalem of all classes. These were baptized by him in the Jordan river, openly confessing their sins [against the Law of Moses]. MK1:6 John dressed in a garment of camel’s hair and a leather belt. His food was locusts and wild honey. MK1:7 This was his message: “There is One coming after me who is greater than me. One whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop and loosen. MK1:8 I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the holy Pneuma.”[5]


[1] Matthew 3:13-17: For details see notes in Nazarene Commentary 2000 on Matthew.

[2] The Son of God: Now recognized as not adequately supported.

[3] Isaiah the Prophet: Two verses are quoted. [Malachi 3:1; Isaiah 40:3]

[4] The Lord: Or, “the Lord’s way” or “YHWH’s way.” The Hebrew source of the quotation has the noma sagrada, YHWH [Yehowah; Jehovah]

[5] Baptize you with the holy Pneuma: On the holy Pneuma see notes on 1 Corinthians 2:16 and 1 Corinthians 12:13.

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The supposed location where John baptized Jesu...

The supposed location where John baptized Jesus Christ East of the River Jordan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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  1. He has given us the Pneuma, the force, from Him
  2. Isaiah’s Book of the Messenger of Glad Tidings
  3. Baptism
  4. Were Apostles baptised
  5. True Hope

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  • A sermon for Epiphany (frscott94.wordpress.com)
    Even though the Temple is magnificently restored, and all the proper sacrifices are being made it’s all a bit edgy, it’s not quite right. A sign of trouble are communities of folks, who live in isolated communities, like the Essenes who live in Qumran, where the Dead Sea scrolls were found, who preach a different relationship with God. Many of them practice a baptism that washes away sins. Perhaps the most dramatic of them is John the Baptist. Not only is John baptizing folks, he is declaring the kingdom of heaven has come near
  • What’s in the Water? Musings on Jesus’ Baptism (johncalvinpress.wordpress.com)
    Something very significant is happening here on the banks of the Jordan River where we find John the Baptist and Jesus together.  In Mark’s gospel, the oldest of the four, this text is the opening event.  All four gospel writers place the story at or near the beginning of their work, and in each case, it precedes their account of the public ministry of Jesus.
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    In Matthew’s account of Jesus’ baptism, we find that all authority in heaven and on earth is given to Jesus through the dove that alights on him and the voice that speaks from heaven.
  • Baptism | Matthew 3:13-17 (marywbrown.wordpress.com)
    In the 2nd century, Ignatius of Antioch explained the event by saying that Jesus was purifying the water – not the other way around. Justin Martyr said that Jesus was baptized “solely for the sake of humanity.”*
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    if baptism – Jesus’ or your own or someone else’s – makes you a little uncomfortable…
    …then consider that discomfort God’s signature move.
  • Let it be so now (experiencethewilderness.wordpress.com)
    Perhaps its that to him things seemed to be turned upside down, inside out and backwards, that Jesus is there submitting before John to be baptized.  And maybe that’s what seems to bother John and and maybe us too the most.  And so we try to bring order to that chaos we feel…those moments that don’t make sense.  And maybe its all John can do to hold back when he wants to switch places with Jesus.
  • New English Sunday: The Baptism of Our Lord (Epiphany 1, Year A) – Matthew 3:13-17 (bobobrizinski.wordpress.com)
    Then Jesus arrived at the Jordan from Galilee, and came to John to be baptized by him. John tried to dissuade him. ‘Do you come to me?’ he said; ‘I need rather to be baptized by you.’ Jesus replied, ‘Let it be so for the present; we do well to conform in this way with all that God requires.’ John then allowed him to come. After baptism Jesus came up out of the water at once, and at that moment heaven opened; he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove to alight upon him; and a voice from heaven was heard saying, ‘This is my Son, my Beloved, on whom my favour rests.’ (NEB)
  • Baptism adorn us with a new attire (twocatholicfriends.wordpress.com)
    This is my beloved Son: this was the first few words that was uttered after Christ’s baptism. Much more, as followers of Christ that has been ransomed by his blood. Immediately after our baptism, the gate of heaven open down to us paralleling the way Heaven opened when Jesus stepped out of the water and the Holy Spirit is being outpoured into our life and we become instantly renewed.So, baptism for us Christians is a day of joy for we are adorned anew with a holy attire, the one we should preserve jealously till death(pure as white as snow before God),so, praises should not be found wanting on our lips.
  • Matthew 3:13 (aigburthstannes.wordpress.com)
    You can make it 3 weeks without food, though we promise you that won’t be fun. But after only 3 days, you need water or you’ll perish.
  • Sermo Dei: Baptism of Our Lord (daringlutheran.net)
    Jesus does not need this baptism. He has no need for forgiveness.  He has nothing to repent of. Jesus comes to the baptismal waters of the Jordan fully righteous, perfect, without blemish or spot or stain.Yet Jesus comes to these waters loaded down with sin – “…the sin of the world…” as John put it. That’s why Jesus is here, to fully be a sinner with us. There is no distance between us and Christ, no separation. In His baptism, Christ makes Himself completely one with us. What John saw as necessary separation – sinner’s baptism only for sinners – Jesus gently puts aside and says “it is fitting for us…”Jesus’ Baptism is our Baptism. It is not the water that does it – it’s no mere water – but it’s the Word in and with the water that makes this Baptism. That is, it’s Jesus there in the water – being sinner for you – that makes it.
  • A Title You Can’t Wash Off (jaredhillaryruark.wordpress.com)
    Titles can build up and break down. Titles are the building blocks of our social world. You ask someone who they are, or you say Tell me about yourself and they’ll give you titles. It’s our default response. My name’s Jared and I’m a minister, a student, a brother, a son, a fan of this that and the other thing. Titles are so important that we rarely reflect on their importance. But it’s a telling if you do.
  • Lay down your burden (granpresblog.wordpress.com)
    You know the word vulnerable actually from a latin word which means to be wounded, so to be vulnerable, means allowing yourself to be wounded. It means recognizing that you don’t have it together, that you are broken, you are wounded. Being vulnerable is a courageous act.
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    As we go to the water we forget the myth that we are perfect, that we have it all together, and we let our tears rise, and let our chin quiver on the shoulder of the one who created us.Jesus knew what it meant to be wounded. Throughout his life, he had a knack for finding the most broken hearted people in a community, whether they were full of disappointment, or shame, or in deep grief. He would seek them out, and spend time with them, learned what they were most vulnerable about and would meet them there in their vulnerability.
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