Jesus declares that none was greater than His cousin, John, known as 'the Baptist.' Jesus clearly says that John fulfilled the prophesied role of Elijah to come.
John Ritenbaugh emphasizes that commandment breaking is what has scatterred the greater church of God. We have allowed the self-assured Laodicean mindset (with its ignorance and spiritual blindness) to deter us from overcoming and law keeping. In the parab. . .
John Ritenbaugh reiterates that disciples of Christ should expect persecution, often from people we normally would feel comfort and protection from, such as members from our own family. The two-edged sword (the Word of God) divides families because recepti. . .
John Ritenbaugh reiterates that Jesus was baptized, not because He had committed any sin, but in order to fulfill God's Commandments of righteousness. Baptism is used symbolically to represent one's total commitment. Perhaps if people knew what was require. . .
John Ritenbaugh, focusing on the Incarnation of Jesus Christ, points out that John 1 (echoing Genesis 1) demonstrates the uniqueness of Jesus, indicating that, in both the Creation and in the Incarnation, Christ was the Light though which the Father reveal. . .
John Ritenbaugh, concluding the preparatory sermons on the Epistle of Hebrews, identifies a paradox widely extant in the First Century Church of God, namely that the early converts from Judaism claimed to accept the Law but had difficulty accepting Jesus C. . .
Fruit is not produced immediately; it is produced only when a plant is both mature and stable enough that mere survival is no longer its top priority.
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