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The Veil

2 Corinthians 3:16-17, “But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” The Lord is the Spirit” means—I think—that, post-ascension, the Lord (typically Christ in Paul’s writings) is seen and known and received and communed with

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The Resurrection

1 Corinthians 15:21, “For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.”   The Resurrection When Paul speaks of the resurrection, he has more in mind than just the resurrection of believer’s bodies (as he makes clear in verses 35-42, and even more so in Romans

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Light in the Cave

  Proverbs 9:10, “The fear of YHWH is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.”   An Ancient Analogy Many of you probably recognize this, but today’s picture is built on Plato’s famous “analogy of the cave”.  Briefly, the analogy presents a cave in which people sit facing the

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Knowing God

  1 Corinthians 1:21, “For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe.”   This is a paradigmatic verse. Notice that the world did not know God through wisdom, therefore it pleased God to

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Two Adams

Romans 5:18-19, “Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many were made righteous.”   What is the “One Act of

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Like a Lion

  Hosea 11:10-11, “They shall go after YHWH; He will roar like a lion; when He roars, His children shall come trembling from the west…and I will return them to their homes, declares YHWH.” Matthew 27:50, “And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up His spirit.” John 11:52, “[Jesus died] to

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The Closed Heart

    1 John 3:17, “…if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?” This verse follows directly on the heels of John’s first real definition of love in this epistle, namely:  “By this we know love, that He

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Water Turned To Wine

John 16:20, “You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy.”   The Context Of Jesus’s Words First, it’s important to determine how broad of an application these words have. Now, it is true that in this verse Jesus is talking most specifically about His impending betrayal and crucifixion, however, just as the

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Hebrews 10:12

For All Time

“[Christ] offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins…” – Hebrews 10:12 A few months ago, I shared a message at my local church on the topic of “seeing Jesus in the Old Testament.” The strategy I used in an attempt to help people “see Jesus” in the first 2/3 of scripture was drawn from

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