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The Five Witnesses (2) – the Works

“But I have a greater witness than John’s; for the works which the Father has given Me to finish—the very works that I do—bear witness of Me, that the Father has sent Me.” (John 5:36) Notice that it appears that Jesus did not appeal only to the works that he had done to this point. He spoke specifically of the “works the Father has given me to finish – the very works that I do – bear witness of me.”…

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God’s Covenant Promises Fulfilled In Solomon (3)

In this final post, we will examine the implications of the covenant promises being fulfilled in Solomon. Please read the previous two posts on this topic. In summary, we noted that 1 Kings 3-11 is showing God fulfilling the promises made to David as recorded in 2 Samuel 7:12-16. However, when Solomon's heart is lead away from God, we see the promises and blessings of God receding, just as God predicted in 2 Samuel 7:14, "When he commits iniquity, I will…

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The Five Witnesses (1) – the Messenger

While he was working through his earthly ministry, Jesus said that there were present witnesses as to his identity. He had intimated that the evidence itself was enough for anyone including his disciples to sort out who he was and where he had come from (Matthew 16: 13-20). But as if that was not sufficient he listed more and offered infallible logic to proof text his remarks. The Apostle John recorded that there were other witnesses. In John five Jesus…

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God’s Covenant Promises Fulfilled In Solomon (2)

In the last post we examined the covenantal promises God made to Abraham and David. Please refresh your memory about those before moving forward in reading this post. Now we are going to examine how 1 Kings 1-11 describes those promises made to Abraham and David being fulfilled in the days of Solomon. Notice the points of comparison: First Comparison: And your servant is in the midst of your people whom you have chosen, a great people, too many to…

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God’s Covenant Promises Fulfilled In Solomon

I have been studying and teaching through the book of 1 Kings. I have noticed some strong connections to the Abrahamic and Davidic covenants in the first eleven chapters and I wanted to share with you some of my conclusions over the next few posts. What we see in the kingdom under Solomon's reign was a picture of the kingdom to come under the reign of Jesus. To begin we need to be reacquainted with the covenantal promises made to…

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The Sabbath (3)

The Sabbath was given to Israel alone, according to the scriptures. Sunday is never called the Sabbath and is not the Christian Sabbath. Further, the New Testament tells us that the Sabbath, along with the rest of the Mosaic Laws, were a shadow of the things to come in Christ (cf. Colossians 2:16-17; Hebrews 10:1). In this final article we will examine what the Sabbath shadow was pointing to in Christ. Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest still…

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The Sabbath (2)

Having observed that the Sabbath was commanded exclusively to the people of Israel to remember how they were slaves in Egypt and that God delivered them, many believe that Sunday, the first day of the week, is the Christian Sabbath. But do the scriptures teach the continuance of the Sabbath into the New Testament to all peoples? First, there is no place in the New Testament where we read an example of Christians keeping the Sabbath. Some try to use…

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The Sabbath

You may be surprised to learn that the first occurrence of the Sabbath is not in Genesis but in Exodus. It is not until the days of Moses when the people are coming to Mount Sinai that God reveals his Sabbath law. On the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread, two omers each. And when all the leaders of the congregation came and told Moses, 23 he said to them, “This is what the LORD has commanded: ‘Tomorrow…

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And I Believe it in Part

But in the following instructions I do not commend you, because when you come together - it is not for the better but for the worse. For, in the first place, when you come together as an assembly, I hear that there are divisions among you. And I believe it in part, for there must be factions among you in order that those who are genuine among you may be recognized. When you come together, it is not the Lord's Supper that you eat. For in…

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True Belief

23 Now when he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many believed in his name when they saw the signs that he was doing. 24 But Jesus on his part did not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people 25 and needed no one to bear witness about man, for he himself knew what was in man. (John 2:23–25 ESV) Verses 23-25 of John 2 are the beginning of the scene with Nicodemus which follows in chapter…

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