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Beginning of the Creation

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The book of Revelation looks forward to the reign of Jesus in the New Creation, a reality inaugurated by his Death and Resurrection .  In his letter to the church at Laodicea, Jesus declared that he is the “ beginning of the creation of God ,” for, in his death and resurrection, he inaugurated the New Creation. In the same sentence, and in the present tense, he also is called the “ Amen ,  the faithful and true witness ,” appellations applied to him already in the book’s prologue  - [ New Zealand photo by  Aneta Foubíková  on Unsplash ].

Incommunicable Name, by Joseph B. Rotherham

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Alfons Morales  on  Unsplash (From the Introduction section of  The Emphasised Bible, A New Translation , by Joseph Bryant Rotherham, Published 1902, London { Public Domain }). CHAPTER IV. THE INCOMMUNICABLE NAME. As it might appear premature, at the outset of this chapter, to spell out that Divine Name which some regard as not only incommunicable but unpronounceable, it will be considerate to begin the present investigations by the aid of circumlocution and abbreviation, especially as no inconvenience will be occasioned thereby. The  Tetragrammaton , or name of four letters (in allusion to the four letters Y H W H), is a technical term frequently employed by scholars, and will here, for a little, serve a useful purpose. Besides employing this term, we can reverently speak of “The Name,” or can set down the first letter only, “Y,” in the same way as critics are wont to use the Hebrew letter  yod  as the intitial of the Divine Name intended. This understood, we can intellig

Last Days in John

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The presence of false teachers in the church demonstrates that already we are in the “last days,” and the “last hour” already is upon us  -  2 John 7-8 .  The second letter of John is personal and brief, and it does not discuss the return of Jesus. Its key concern was the false teachers that were causing dissensions among believers, especially the denial of Christ’s genuine humanity. Moreover, their activities within the church demonstrated that the “ last days ” were underway even in John’s time - [ Photo by Anthony DELANOIX on Unsplash ].

Inheritance of Abraham

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In Jesus, the original limited promise of territory to Abraham is transformed to encompass the entire creation .  The land of Canaan was a preliminary stage in the greater redemptive plan of Yahweh, one that  ALWAYS  envisioned something beyond the nation of Israel. In the New Testament, the covenant promises find fulfillment in the “ true seed of Abraham ,” Jesus Christ, including the New Creation - the “ new heavens and the new earth ” - [ Photo by  Gaël Gaborel  on Unsplash ].

Righeousness and Wrath in Rome

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SYNOPSIS :   Paul introduces his Gospel to the house churches of Rome and establishes the basis for dealing with conflicts between Jewish and Gentile believers. By  Nicole Reyes  on  Unsplash The return of Jesus at the end of the age is not a major subject in the  epistle to the Romans - The theological focus is elsewhere.  However, several passages deal with future events connected to the end of the age, especially, final salvation, the  New Creation, and the Resurrection of the righteous. These topics are brought in as part of Paul’s larger discussion concerning salvation, law, grace, Jews, and the " nations ."

Budding Fig Tree

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The parable of the budding fig tree pointed to the imminent destruction of the Temple that Jesus had predicted – Mark 13:28-29 .  The parable of the “ budding fig tree ” provides a graphic illustration of Christ’s answer to the question – “ When will these things come to pass ?” The image of a fig tree sprouting foliage is the clue for the “ when ” of the events predicted by him. Its foliage signals the arrival of “ summer ,” the time when “ all these things ” will be fulfilled - [ Fig Tree by Jametlene Reskp on Unsplash ].

Day of Visitation

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Peter exhorted Christians to persevere in sufferings and to live holy lives in the knowledge of the impending “day of visitation.”  In his first epistle, Peter wrote to Christians who were under pressure to conform to the expectations of the surrounding society. Their situation was not unique, for they were members of the worldwide suffering community of believers. One of his themes is the necessity to remain steadfast through tribulations until the “ day of visitation ” when Jesus is “ revealed ” - [ Photo by Benjamin Davies on Unsplash ].

Day of Christ in Corinth

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The return of Jesus will be the “Day of the Lord” when the dead are raised, the wicked are judged, and death will cease .  The coming of Jesus is not a major topic in Paul's letters to the Corinthians. But in addressing several problems, he touches on key aspects of his return, including its identification with the “ Day of the Lord ,” the consummation of God’s kingdom, the resurrection of the dead, the examination of believers, and the cessation of death - [ Photo by David Jusko on Unsplash ].

New Creation and His Return

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The arrival of Jesus in glory will usher in the Day of the Lord, the final judgment, and the New Creation .  In his second epistle, Peter addressed the growing weariness and discouragement of some Christians due to the apparent “delay” in the promised “ coming ” of Jesus, an open door that false teachers and critics were exploiting. Instead of all the predicted terrestrial and cosmic upheaval, daily life was continuing as it always appeared to do - [ Photo by Fausto García-Menéndez on Unsplash ].