JOHN’S SALUTATION – Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen. Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him. So shall it be! Amen. “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.” (Revelation 1:4b – 8)
The salutation is given in the name of the Father, the Spirit, and the Son.(1) Continue reading “John’s Salutation”
In God We Trust
1 Chronicles 5:20 – He [God] answered their prayers, because they trusted Him. (NIV 1978)
My Musing – Prayer should be all about trust, not merely an act of desperation or last resort.
My Advice – Trust God with your requests, and your expectations can be high. Request without trust and your expectations are lower.
THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST – The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who testifies to everything he saw—that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near. John, To the seven churches in the province of Asia: (Revelation 1:1-4a)
The Purpose – The opening words of the Book indicate that the purpose of the entire book is “to show his servants what must soon take place.” As previously noted, the word revelation is a translation of the Greek word apokalypsis, meaning Continue reading “The Revelation of Jesus Christ”
2 Kings 22:19 – Because your heart was responsive and you humbled yourself before the Lord…I have heard you, declares the Lord. (NIV 1978)
My Musing – It is much better for us to humble ourselves before God, than for God to have to humble us.
My Advice – Be a man of humility, who is responsive to God’s commands.
What Was, Is and Is to Come
INTRODUCTION – “Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later.” (Revelation 1:19)
Revelation, the last book in the New Testament is considered by Bible scholars to be the consummation of all previous Bible prophecy. In this one book, all Scripture is tied together: what was, what is, and what is to come. Continue reading “What Was, Is and Is to Come”
How Full Is Your Glass?
Tom Cheney, The New Yorker magazine, October 10, 2016.
Amusing Musings – The following quips, while amusing, can also get us to thinking about how full our lives really are.
- Some see a glass half empty. Others, a glass half full. I just see that someone forgot to put his glass into the dishwasher upside down and we’ve talked about this, [Steven].” – “Tim Siedell (@badbanana)
- “Some people see the glass half full. Others see it half empty. I see a glass that’s twice as big as it needs to be.― George Carlin
My Musing – How full is your glass? Does it really make a difference whether it is half-empty or half-full, or how you put it in the dishwasher? In each case, Continue reading “How Full Is Your Glass?”
Study 7: An Invitation
So now, just like Nicodemus, we know the what, why and how of being born again. We know that God began with a plan for us. We spoiled the plan by our disobedience, resulting in separation from God and the prospect of spending eternity in Hell. We cannot make it right again by our own desires or efforts. They all fall short of what God requires. Yet, in His love and mercy, God still has a plan for our salvation. Through Jesus’ death on the cross for our sins, and His victory over death and sin by His resurrection from the dead, we can be reunited with God. By putting our faith in Him we can be born again. All we need to do is repent, believe and receive. The gift has been purchased. It is freely offered to all. The question is, will we respond by accepting the gift?
Jesus concluded His discussion with Nicodemus by saying: Continue reading “Study 7: An Invitation”