But that death-stroke was healed. It did not mean the end of Roman persecutions of God’s people. Where the first beast left off, the second took over. The old pagan empire was revived in a Christianized form, “The Holy Roman Empire”; and all of the arrogance, hatred, and persecution of the first beast was restored.
Unbelief is such a wonder that Christ himself marveled at it!
This is a description of the Lord Jesus Christ. We also identify him with the rider of the white horse in the first seal (Revelation 6:2).
God’s infinite love includes ALL the human beings in whose nature love is or ever has been, whether they ever heard of God or Christ or not.
Satan is NOT a god properly, but is merely one in reference to those who have sinfully made him such.
The mystery of the Christian religion far surpasses anything affected in the mysteries of the Greeks, and notably in the fact of its having been foreordained in God’s purpose even before the creation of the world.
One of the most glorious passages in all the Word of God is these three verses. “The glory of this passage is enhanced, if that is possible, by its setting as an oasis between the visionary waste of Isaiah 34 and the history of war, sickness and folly in Isaiah 36-39.”
John means the place of the final struggle between the powers of evil and the kingdom of God. And where is any such place if it is not in the hearts of people? Everywhere in the New Testament, the element of victory through judgment is an inescapable aspect of Christ’s total work. This battle is between the truth in Christ and the evil propaganda of Satan, and the truth of Christ will win.
The tragic consequences of failure to observe this principle of secrecy are today clearly visible on a national scale where the state’s ostentatious helping of the poor has degraded millions who, stripped of every dignity, must stand in line, bare the innermost secrets of their souls to “case workers,” and finally sink into a state of permanent and professional poverty and the complete abandonment of self-esteem, self-reliance, and responsibility.
In this second instance of the Hardening of mankind, it also began with the shameful wickedness of Canaan: but the eventual exaltation of man against his God became general in the events associated with the Tower of Babel and once more became so serious that the situation demanded God’s direct interference with it.
With reference to this metaphor itself, a stone is among the most interesting things on earth; and every stone has a life story, the mystery of which encompasses the most fantastic dimensions of time and space.
Every mortal who gives his life to the amassing of treasures, the pursuit of power, or in chasing the butterflies of happiness supposed to lie at the foot of some fantasy rainbow – every such mortal should ask himself, “What are you going to do with it?”
The thought of this verse is that God entrusted the gospel to people who had none of the trappings of earthly power and honor, in order that the great success of the gospel would not be accredited to its messengers as men, but unto the eternal God who inspired them.
Based upon what the holy text says, the creative act of Day 4 was the positioning of our solar system by Divine fiat in such a manner as to provide the environment for humanity.
It certainly did not require any twenty-four hours for God to say, “Let there be light”, and our understanding that God’s creation was by fiat, that He spoke the worlds into existence, and that all things appeared instantly upon the Divine word, forbid any notion that Almighty God required a time budget in any of His creative acts.
Job 12:13 states that, “With God is wisdom”; and Job here offered that as a correction to the stupid notion that aged men are necessarily wise. Wisdom is not with the `old men’ of our world, but with God.
The wicked man does not change his plans but with relentless determination moves toward his carnal goals in which, he seems to prosper in all of them.
Our lives upon earth are only a moment compared to the ceaseless ages of eternity; and our attitude during the very worst of experiences should be the same as that of Job, who cried, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust him” (Job 13:15)
This verse is a rhetorical accumulation of terms to express the whole mental nature of man on all sides.
The Greek word for disciple is used over 250 times in the New Testament. ‘Mathetes’
A taught or a trained one.
A learner or a follower.
When therefore the people saw the sign which he did, they said, This is of a truth the prophet that cometh into the world. Jesus therefore perceiving that they were about to come and take him by force, to make him king, withdrew again into the mountain himself alone.
John 6:14-15 ASV