“Truth is defined by God” (Reference 1). I believe this is an understatement because I believe God is truth. His nature, character, plans and actions are truth. Scripture tells us that Jesus is truth (John 14:6), His Word is truth (John 17:17) and the Holy Spirit is truth (1 John 5:6). If there is an… Continue reading The War Against Truth – a living room conversation
Jesus the only teacher I would like to consider these posts as a ‘living room conversation’. I have been challenged by Jesus words in Matthew 23:8. Jesus told the disciples that they were not to consider themselves teachers because Jesus was the One Teacher. Therefore, I’m not a teacher but someone who has been taught… Continue reading New Insights – the way of the heart
Justice and truth are important to God. “Justice is turned away backward, and righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God) stands far off; for truth has fallen in the street (the city’s forum), and uprightness cannot enter [the courts of justice].” Isaiah 59:14 (AMP Bible) When truth falls in the street, lawlessness abounds (Isaiah 59; Matthew 24:12). When the… Continue reading A Crafted Prayer – God’s Justice for the Nations
Could prayer be the way of the heart into intimacy with God? As a Christian man I have realised that I often misunderstand and undervalue the majesty of prayer. This was surprising to me because I grew up in a church that spent much time teaching prayer and there were many books in the church… Continue reading Prayer – the way of the heart into intimacy with God.
Guard your heart, watch and pray always (Luke 21:34-36). This is one of a number of exhortations and warnings Jesus gave about His return. When Jesus exhorts or warns me about something I give this very serious consideration. Jesus is truth and if He teaches me something with an exhortation or warning I want this… Continue reading The Gospel of the Kingdom (part 12) – God’s message for the church today?
Then comes the end when Jesus delivers the kingdom of God to the Father (1 Corinthians 15:24-26). At the end of the millennium Satan who has been bound will be freed and is permitted to deceive the nations (Revelation 20:7-9). Surprisingly, this passage suggests that many are deceived and gather with Satan to attack Jerusalem… Continue reading The Gospel of the Kingdom (part 11) – The Eternal Kingdom
The Millennial Kingdom has been described by Ladd as ‘the perfection of fellowship, full enjoyment of God’s love’ (Reference 2). Also see previous blog “Why the Millennial Kingdom”; May 24 2020. I’m not sure I can capture the beauty of this Kingdom. Scriptural support for a Millennial Kingdom falls into four categories: Predictions of a coming reign… Continue reading The Gospel of the Kingdom (part 10) – The Millennial Kingdom
Before we discuss the Millennial Kingdom, I would like to review the Present Kingdom. I have a dear friend who continues to challenge me to offer a definition of the Gospel of the Kingdom. I went back to the authority on this topic George Eldon Ladd. He uses a chapter in his book to argue… Continue reading The Gospel of the Kingdom (summary) – The Present Kingdom
“And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations” Matthew 28:18 I know a kingdom must have a king. However, I have never really understood Jesus as King and I cannot remember how I got started… Continue reading The Present Kingdom (part 9) – The King’s Authority
I would consider this post a blessing and responsibility in the present kingdom for the Gospel of the Kingdom structure we have proposed (see post, part 6 March, 2022). I have always been captivated by scripture that teaches us that we can hear God’s voice (see post August 21, 2021): “And He said, Hear now My… Continue reading The Gospel of the Kingdom (part 8) – listening and hearing God