Doomsdays

I knew a man who was living with a debilitating, mortal disease for many years.  In his own words, he stood on death's doorstep for a long time.  For over a decade, he was in and out of the hospital and in a number of instances he nearly died.  Time and again he would return home, defying the odds defined by conventional human wisdom. 

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Lessons from the Recorded Temptations of Christ

In Matthew 4, Mark 1, and Luke 4 an event from Christ's life is recorded which details three temptations that He endured directly from Satan. While there are other places within the Scriptures that seem to imply temptations were prevalent in His life (Luke 22:42), only this occasion directly shows Christ interacting with Satan one on one. It is a very intriguing passage, because it proves to us without doubt that Christ went through the same hardships, trials, and temptations that we go through each and every day. Christ also shows us that with God's help we can avoid sin. No one forces us into sin, and God's precepts give us guidance in how to overcome temptation. Therefore, we are left with no excuse for sin. There are many such lessons we could draw from this account. I want to notice five important points that I hope will cause us to think about temptations and trials in our own life.

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The Tempter

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 6:12).

"The devil" is known by various names in scripture -- the tempter, the accuser, Belial, Beelzebub, the prince of this world, etc.  All of these refer to the same being who is best known as the serpent or Devil or Satan (Revelation 12:9).  

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Christ's Coming

I do not know every detail concerning the second coming of Christ. I only know what the Bible has to say about that event. In this post I will try to lay out the major tenants of Christ's coming that I believe can be supported by the scriptures. If I have missed something please let me know.

Christ Is Coming

In my mind one of the most important aspects of Christ's coming is its certainty. That he is coming again is backed up by four major witnesses.

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The Son of God

Two thousand years ago in the small village of Bethlehem, a baby boy was born contrary to nature.  Nine months prior to her son’s birth, Mary was visited by the angel Gabriel who revealed something very special.  Out of all the Israelite women from the tribe of Judah, Mary was chosen by God to bear His Son.  Mary was confused by the announcement.  She was currently betrothed to a righteous man named Joseph but was still a virgin.

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Psalm 51:10-15

Occasionally I will hear people make comments referencing “the God of the old testament,” or “the God of the new testament.” Statements like these stem from the perception that God behaved differently, with different expectations in the old testament than he did in the new. Often the connotation is that the “old testament God” was an angry and vengeful God, while the “new testament God” is kind, forgiving and loving God. There are many examples to counter such ideas, one has but to look at the repeated cycles of forgiveness and redemption in the old testament or the ultimate punishment outlined in Revelation to see that God is kind, capable of righteous anger, forgiving, able and willing to exact vengeance, and loving.

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A Body You Have Prepared

The offerings of animal sacrifice were preparatory for the coming of Christ. They at once demonstrated the need of blood to atone for sin, and the insufficiency of animal sacrifice to bring about the desired change in man’s condition.

  • For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect.

  • For then would they not have ceased to be offered? For the worshipers, once purified, would have had no more consciousness of sins.

  • But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year.  (Heb.10:1-3)

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