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The Tabernacle

Related: Egypt to Canaan   The Tabernacle. The tabernacle is one of the great Old Testament types, along with the journey of Israel from Egypt to Canaan.     Elements of the Tabernacle. The parts of the tabernacle all have symbolic meaning, and usually they speak of Christ! The Tabernacle. The tabernacle in general represents […]

The Blood of Christ

Related: Cleansing or Washing   The Blood of Christ. Blood in scripture is always connected with death, because, as we read in Lev. 17:11, “the life of the flesh is in the blood”. Blood can sometimes be a symbol of death generally, usually as a judgment, of life being taken, like the river of Egypt […]

Gabriel

Related: Angels   Gabriel. Gabriel is one of the two great angels mentioned by name. Michael, the archangel, is especially connected with the children of Israel, their protection as a people, and their destiny as a nation (Daniel 10:21; Daniel 12:1). But then there is Gabriel who “stands before God”, who was described by Daniel […]

John Mark

Mark. Mark, or “John, whose surname was Mark”, as he is called in Acts 12:12; 12:25; 15:37, was a servant of Christ and a New Testament writer. When we first read of John Mark, we find that his mother, Mary, opened her home up for a prayer meeting. Later in the same chapter, we find […]

Crowns

Crowns. There are two words in the New Testament translated crown; one is ‘wreath’ or ‘crown’, the other is ‘diadem’. Crowns are rewards for service and accomplishments. Diadems are worn by right and title, as by royal birth. The word is ‘wreath’ used in Matthew 27:29 is the same word used in Hebrews 2:9. Man […]

The Apostasy of the Christian Profession

Related: Last Days   The Apostasy of the Christian Profession. The New Testament foretells the sad breakdown and apostasy, or “falling away” of the Christian profession. In fact, all the New Testament writers universally agree in their prediction of this sad situation.1 It may be helpful to see that this apostasy occurs in phases, whereby […]

Last Days

Related: The Apostasy of the Christian Profession   Two “Last Days” Distinguished. The expression “last days” or “end of days” in reference to Israel means the end of Israel’s prophetic history (Gen 49:1; Num. 24:14; Deut. 4:30; Deut. 31:29; Job 19:25; Isa 2:2; Ezek. 38:16; Dan. 2:28; Dan. 10:14; Dan. 12:13; Mic. 4:1; Acts 2:17; […]

The First Resurrection

Related: Resurrection, The Resurrection of Christ   The First Resurrection (Rev. 20:4). It is of utmost importance to understand the first resurrection. The first resurrection is a resurrection “from among the dead”. All of the dead will be raised, but the first resurrection is a special resurrection that will take place before the general resurrection. It […]

Godliness

Godliness. Godliness, sometimes translated piety, comes from the Greek word meaning “well devout”, and it refers to a manner of living that is totally pleasing to God. It relates to holiness, and certainly includes it, but is broader. Godliness or “devoutness” involves our motives, our attitude, and our conduct in the sight of God. Christ […]

Office, Gift, Priesthood

Related: Office; Spiritual Gifts; Christian Priesthood   Three Spheres of Christian Activity. What God has asked the believer to do (i.e. Christian activity) can be largely divided into three spheres: office, gift, and priesthood. When all of these spheres are maintained in their proper order, the result is the God is glorified and His people […]

The Gospel

Related: The Gospel of the Kingdom; The Everlasting Gospel   The Christian Gospel. The gospel that Christians preach, “the gospel of the grace of God” and “the gospel of the glory of God”, is based on the death and resurrection of Christ, His exaltation at God’s right hand, and God’s heart of love flowing out […]

The Gospel of the Kingdom

Related: The Gospel; The Everlasting Gospel; The Kingdom of Heaven; The Kingdom of God   The Gospel of the Kingdom. The “gospel of the kingdom” is the presentation of good news based on Christ’s glory as king (Matt. 4:23; 9:35; 24:14). It is connected with earthly hopes and deliverance rather than heavenly hopes. It announces […]

The Everlasting Gospel

Related: The Gospel of the Kingdom; The Gospel   The Everlasting Gospel. The “everlasting gospel” warns of coming judgment based on God’s power and majesty as Creator, and therefore man’s responsibility to Him as Judge (Psa. 19:1-3, Psa. 96, Rom. 1:19-20). God will at last intervene to deliver a world fallen into Satan’s hands through […]

Timothy

Related: The First Epistle to Timothy   Timothy. Timotheus, or Timothy, was a young man from Derbe whom Paul calls “my own son in the faith” (1 Tim. 1:2) and to whom Paul addressed two pastoral epistles. He was a companion of the apostle Paul from a young age, accompanying him on many journeys. As […]

Abraham

Abraham. Perhaps the most prominent individual in connection with the Jewish people is Abraham. In fact, all three of the great monotheistic religions trace their origins to Abraham. But we must be clear, that when Abraham is called “the father of all them that believe” (Rom. 4:11) it does NOT mean “the father of religion”. […]

Deacons

Main article: Office Related: House of God; Elders   Ministers or Deacons. Those who occupy the office of a deacon are merely “ministers” or “servants”. Overseers care for the spiritual needs of the assembly, but deacons care for the material needs. We get the appointment of deacons in Acts 6:1-6, where the assembly would “look […]

Elders

Main article: Office Related: House of God; Deacons   Elders, Bishops, and Overseers. The world for overseers is ‘episkopos’, which means ‘those looking on’. It is translated ‘bishops’, and ‘overseers’, referring to the office itself. The word for elders is ‘presbuterous’, and means seniors or older ones, and refers specifically to the persons who occupy […]

Office

Related: Spiritual Gifts; House of God   Three Spheres of Christian Activity. What God has asked the believer to do (i.e. Christian activity) can be largely divided into three spheres: office, gift, and priesthood. When all of these spheres are maintained in their proper order, the result is the God is glorified and His people […]

Only-begotten

Only-begotten. The expression “only-begotten” is one word in the Greek; ‘monoganes’. It is an expression that confers the thought of uniqueness. A modern English equivalent is “one and only”. Most notably, “only-begotten” is used to convey the special place that the Son has in relation to God the Father.1 It is often coupled with the […]