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The New Heaven and the New Earth - Revelation 21:1 – 21:8 (commentary)

This chapter opens with a brief description of the new heaven and the new earth (v. 1). The Bible does not deal at length with the eternal state. Only a few references to it are made in Psalms, Isaiah, I Corinthians, Ephesians, II Peter and here in Revelation. This passage sugges …

How we were ’before’ salvation - Ephesians 2:1 – 2:3 (commentary)

This passage uses a similar tactic but to a different end. Paul does paint two pictures for us – one “before” Christ (vv. 1- 3) and one “after” (vv. 4-7). He then brings it all together (vv. 8-10) and tells us what the goal of this comparison is. In …

Salvation Must be Built on Sound Doctrine - Titus 2:1 – 2:2 (commentary)

A life that is independent of the doctrine of faith in Christ and salvation is but a show. As fruit is to the root so is a changed, productive life to a faith that saves. The false teachers with their counterfeit doct­rine were deceptive, immoral and abominable (Titus 1:10,15 …

Comparison of the Natural and Spiritual Body - I Corinthians 15:45 – 15:50 (commentary)

In our passage today we are told about a bigger change than this (vv. 45-50). In the previous passage, we were told that the body is buried in corruption because it is going to decay; but it is raised with such a nature that it cannot decay. With this change there is no decay o …

Jacob Moves to Laban’s Territory - Genesis 29:1 – 29:12 (commentary)

The content of this passage reflects the significance of Jacob’s encounter with the living God at Bethel. Prior to that experience Jacob had been fleeing from Esau and now he shows a new purpose and determination in life. He moves north and east, following the Fertile Crescent, …