Showing posts from January, 2022

Holiness Before Him

Especially with the arrival of Jesus in view, Paul summoned believers to become completely sanctified by that day – 1 Thessalonians 5:23 .  Paul concluded his letter to the Thessalonians by calling on God to “ sanctify ” them “ wholly in spirit, soul, and body .” In this way, they would be found “ blameless at the coming of Jesus .” His call was preceded by several exhortations summoning disciples to righteous living in the time remaining before Christ’s “ arrival from heaven ” - [ Photo by Melissa Brown on Unsplash ].

Lamb of Israel

Jesus is the “slain Lamb,” the true Messiah of Israel sent by God to redeem humanity and “shepherd” the nations .  The Book of Revelation is addressed to the “ churches of Asia ” and begins with salutations from God, the “ seven spirits that are before His throne ,” and especially from Jesus Christ, the “ faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth .” These labels not only establish his royal “credentials,” but point to how he obtained sovereignty over the earth - [ Photo by Sulthan Auliya on Unsplash ].