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The Gospel of Peace

The Gospel in the Roman World To us, the gospel has always been a reference to the scriptures, the New Testament, or the arrival of the Messiah. We use the word "gospel" to refer to many aspects of the Gods message. However, in the first century the word "gospel" did not refer the New Testament to the Roman listener. The word "gospel" was already in use in the world and referred to something completely different. The Romans used the word…

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The Blood of Jesus and the Blood of Animals

The writer of the book of Hebrews is explaining in chapter 10 why Jesus was necessary as a sacrifice for sins. After declaring "it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins," the writer of Hebrews quotes the words of David from Psalm 40: "Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said, "Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired, but a body have you prepared for me; in burnt offerings and sin offerings you…

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