Jesus was crucified late on Abib 14, yet the Passover lambs were to be killed at the beginning of the 14th. The time of Christ's death is highly significant.
Many say that God's laws have been abolished, even though Jesus taught that until heaven and earth pass away, not one jot or tittle of the Law will disappear.
The effectiveness of a law is found in its purpose and intent rather than the letter. Love and mercy constitute the spiritual fulfillment of the Law.
The gospels show Jesus observing the Passover at the beginning of the 14th. Should we use the time when He observed it or the time He died as our guide?
Richard Ritenbaugh recognizes that power is neither intrinsically good nor intrinsically bad, but in nearly everyone's estimation, seems hopelessly unattainable. Even though we as Christians have negligible influence and power in this society, we have acce. . .
The focus of our self-examination should not be self-centered or comparing ourselves with others, but on the awesome significance of His sacrifice.
Christ provides a model of how to live a godly life in the flesh, living life the way God lives it. Using His light, we can navigate our way in this world.
God inspired the book of Hebrews to answer the difficult questions church members were struggling with during the tumultuous first decades of the church.
The yoke grievous to bear (Acts 15:10) was not God's law, but an entire package of Pharisaic regulations that had been elevated to the level of God's law.
Although God never intended the Old Covenant to endure eternally, the spiritual law (shared by both the old and new covenants) lasts forever.
John Reid stresses that in this time of confusion and rapid change, we have a desperate need for something solid upon which to grasp or embrace. Some of the most secure and solid things we could ever attain would be the myriad promises of God, found enumer. . .
John Ritenbaugh, reflecting on how God perceives us, indicates that God established permanent patterns, electing Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, as well as all of those He has called. This Election (predestined and foreordained by Almighty God) should be the do. . .
Bill Onisick, reflecting upon the Irish Dart competition in which a 9-Darter displays championship, draws a spiritual analogy based on the fact that one definition of sin is "missing the mark," as one of the Greek words for sin, hamartia denotes.. . .
Though the Old and New Testament are complementary to one another, the emphasis of justice in the New Testament switches from national to personal in scope.
Mark Schindler, focusing on the events occurring between Christ's resurrection and ascension, offers some speculation as to specific details occurring within this period of time, shedding light on the second part of the Atonement sacrifice. During these ho. . .
Christians have been called out of this world's politics, voting included. As ambassadors of Christ, we cannot participate in the politics of another country.
What is the mark that we so often miss? Most of the time, it is this newly revealed half, the spiritual intent of the law, the standard that God set for us.
The first goat is a blood sacrifice to cleanse the altar. The second goat—the 'azazel' or 'complete removal'—is led away and freed (not bound by a chain).
Charles Whitaker, using the example of the word "lollapalooza," which was used in World War II as a shibboleth (Judges 12:5-6) to detect Japanese infiltrators, whose language habits obliterated the r/l distinction common in English, suggested tha. . .
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