Acts But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee; …. Matthew And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth….
John Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. John I and my Father are one. Acts Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it…. Acts And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses. Romans ,25 But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; ….
I was not appointed by any group of people or any human authority, but by Jesus Christ himself and by God the Father, who raised Jesus from the dead. Acts But God raised Him from the dead, releasing Him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for Him to be held in its clutches.
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Acts God has raised this Jesus to life, to which we are all witnesses. Acts "Go! Galatians I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ. Galatians But when God, who set me apart from my mother's womb and called me by His grace, was pleased. Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. In particular, we appreciate the concern Jesus showed for his mother. John —17, 24— John probably wrote his three letters of exhortation and explanation around A.
These epistles are thus among the latest writings recorded in the New Testament. The first and longest letter was a commentary on the main themes of his Gospel. John —7 ; John ; John —21 ; John , 13, Scholars often divide the letter into the following segments:. Prologue 1 John —4. God is light 1 John — Commendations, admonitions, and warnings 1 John — The authoritative tone of these passages is what would be expected from a senior, seasoned Apostle.
Children of God 1 John — Specifically, they will have confidence in Christ 1 John —29 , become like him 1 John —3 , do right 1 John —10 , love one another 1 John —18 , and keep the commandments 1 John — Discerning between God and the anti-Christ 1 John —6. He uses two Greek verbs, usually translated as know, forty-two times in this letter alone. God is love 1 John — John emphasizes that love 1 John , 12 and faith 1 John ; 1 John , 5 are the means to that knowledge.
They are, in fact, the path to eternal life John For John, these are the cardinal principles of Christian discipleship.
Epilogue 1 John — Compare Moses — This spiritual rebirth involves baptism in water, the atoning blood of Christ, and the confirming power of the Spirit. In this context, John reviews the divine nature of the Godhead and admonishes the Saints to overcome sin and follow Christ. Over and over again John echoed that commandment. It was the central theme of his first epistle. Indeed, it was the message of his life. The second epistle was written to counter the influence of false teachers. Some of the missionaries traveling among the Saints were true representatives of the Apostles.
Others, however, came from apostate groups who were trying to win followers for their particular philosophies. John cautioned the Saints not to house apostates unintentionally and thus contribute to the propagation of their heresies. Then he chastises Diotrephes, the abusive leader, for his arrogance, inhospitality, slanderings, and dictatorial practices. Around A. Since true Christians would worship only the Lord, the Emperor Domitian banished many and confiscated their property.
John was sentenced to confinement on the island of Patmos, where he remained at least a year. It was here that he received the great apocalyptic visions recorded in the book of Revelation. Revelation is often organized into seven main parts. Symbolic numbers and images are scattered throughout the book, representing key powers, persons, and events in the last days.
One dominant figure is the number seven symbolizing wholeness or completeness , which appears fifty-two times. Prologue Rev.
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The introduction includes a preface, a brief greeting to the seven churches in Asia Minor, and a doxology praises to the Lord. John received these words from an angel and from Jesus.
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JST, Rev. The Vision in the Spirit Rev. As the vision opens, John describes the resurrected Christ with a clarity rarely found in the scriptures. This verse also uses titles for the Lord from the earliest part of the Bible. Thus, imagery from the entire Bible is compacted into this one verse to identify Jesus as the Creator, the God of Israel, the resurrected Savior, the Everlasting Father of those who follow him.
The Epistles to the Seven Churches Rev. John observed that the Ephesians had rejected apostates, but in avoiding confrontation they had also lost their previous zeal. The Saints in Smyrna were commended for their faithfulness in times of poverty and were also warned of impending persecution. The members in Pergamos had endured sufferings but also harbored apostates. The Church members in Thyatira included both charitable and immoral members.
The congregation in Sardis was spiritually dead, although a few Saints had maintained their worthiness. The Philadelphians had remained obedient and steadfast. The Laodiceans, however, were lukewarm and materialistic.
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We face similar challenges today. But we are also heirs to the same promises John made to the faithful in his day: the righteous will eat from the tree of life Rev. The Vision of Heaven and Earth Rev. This vision highlights key events to occur immediately preceding the Millennium: conversations in the divine throne room Rev.
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