Luke 1:41 Lexham Greek New Testament

“καὶ ἐγένετο ὡς ἤκουσεν τὸν ἀσπασμὸν τῆς Μαρίας ἡ Ἐλισάβετ, ἐσκίρτησεν τὸ βρέφος ἐν τῇ κοιλίᾳ αὐτῆς, καὶ ἐπλήσθη πνεύματος ἁγίου ἡ Ἐλισάβετ, ” via the Logos Bible Android app.

Blessed Are the Pure in Heart

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“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8, emphasis added).

As I was reading the Beatitudes the other day, this verse especially jumped out at me. It seems like the verses on purity and holiness are the least-quoted verses any more, but I am challenged by this verse.I wonder how many people on earth are truly pure in heart.

It is a rare person who doesn’t at least struggle with lust, jealousy, anger, etc. Yet, these are some of the things that can keep us from seeing God…

Source: Blessed Are the Pure in Heart

Philippians 1:12-14: “Trials For The Gospel’s Sake ”

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Php 1:12-14 KJV –

“But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel; So that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace, and in all other places; And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.”


But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel; Paul desired for the Philippian believers to come to recognize one of the main purposes of trials, abuse and persecution in the life of a Christian… for the gospel to be advanced among the lost.

In Paul’s case, he was suffering abuse in the form of unjust imprisonment at the hands of the idolatrous Roman government…

Source: Philippians 1:12-14: “Trials For The Gospel’s Sake ”

Really Recommended Posts 1/8/16- Hyperbole, Voluntarism, commentaries, and more!

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Happy New Year! Let’s kick off the year with another round of “Really Recommended Posts.”

It’s cold so we’re doing an owl post edition. The topics I have for you, dear readers, include divine voluntarism (what?), hyperbole and the Canaanite conquest narratives, Leibniz’s contingency argument for God, bible commentaries, and Star Trek.

Hyperbole Interpretation is Not Helpful for Canaanite Conquest– Clay Jones argues that the recent apologetic turn towards arguing that the conquest narratives in the Bible feature hyperbole is not as fruitful an apologetic as some have thought. Although some of his argument resonates with me, I think he misses a crucial point in his counter-examples by having different categories of act.

I hope to write a response to this… some day… when I have time.Leibniz’s Contingency Argument (Video)– A relatively short video explaining the Leibnizian Cosmological Argument. I’m not as sold on how the argument is presented here, because I think the premise about the universe and God makes it tougher to defend, but I think this video does a good job of explaining the most important issues. Check out my post on the argument for more details, as well as the version I think is stronger.

Francis Turretin on Divine Voluntarism: Most Reformers Follow Aquinas– I found this an interesting read on the topic of divine voluntarism, which is an intriguing problem within some theological systems…

Source: Really Recommended Posts 1/8/16- Hyperbole, Voluntarism, commentaries, and more!

We are not forgotten

Shared from Heather C. King, a snippet, great post.


This week I read in my Bible:

But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the livestock that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind blow over the earth, and the waters subsided (Genesis 8:1 ESV).

God remembered Noah.

All those nights shut up in the smelly ark, rocked about by the ever-present water, Noah may have felt forgotten, abandoned, trapped, and left to rot away from mildew and a bad case of cabin fever.And maybe we know what that’s like.Maybe we’ve felt like God didn’t hear us, wasn’t aware of what we’re going through, wasn’t paying attention, and had simply forgotten us right in the moment of our greatest need.

The Israelites probably felt that same way, sweating and groaning their way through hundreds of years in Egyptian slavery.It’s clear that they weren’t silent sufferers, either. Instead, “the people of Israel groaned because of their slavery and cried out for help” (Exodus 2:23)…

Source: We are not forgotten

Jesus Paid It All-And the Payment Was Enough For Everyone

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When Jesus paid it all, He paid it for all of us. Jesus’ sacrifice was sufficient to cover the sin of every human past, present and future.

Before readers get alarmed, please understand I am not saying that everyone from the past was saved, nor am I saying that all will be saved now or in the future. In fact, the majority of people from the past, people now and those who live in the future will not be saved and enter Heaven. The sad truth is the majority of humankind will spend eternity separated from God in a place of torment called Hell.

So, please do not misunderstand; I am not espousing some form of Universalism, where everybody ends up in Heaven.What am I saying then? I am simply saying that the quality of Jesus’ sacrifice and payment on the Cross was enough for all humanity to escape the penalty of their sins.

Jesus’ payment was not just for an elect group of people whom God the Father has preselected in eternity past to be eternally with Him in Heaven. Not everyone will agree with that statement, of course, but this is what the Bible teaches…

Source: Jesus Paid It All-And the Payment Was Enough For Everyone

Do you really know the Lord?

Shared from The Isaiah 53:5 Project, a snippet, excellent piece!


Thus says the Lord:

“Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom,

let not the mighty man boast in his might,

let not the rich man boast in his riches,

but let him who boasts boast in this,

that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth.

For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.””

‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭9:23-24‬ ‭ESV‬‬

We may not strut about declaring how wise, how strong, or even how rich we are, yet to some extent we place our confidence in these things. In the chapters preciding the above text, Jeremiah was prophesying for the Lord about the many sins of the Israelites. We would do well to learn from their failings.

What do you know more intimately: the battles of the World War II or the ways in which God distributes mercy and justice?

Which is more urgent to you: acquiring possessions/status/wealth or making time to help others?

How much time do you spend at the gym versus meditating and reading the scriptures?

I was in a discussion with one of my readers the other day about the importance of daily reading. We don’t study the Bible simply to know all the nitty gritty details. We read and explore it because we want to know the Lord. In addition to that, when we fill our hearts and minds with the Word, we give the Spirit more opportunity to work through us to bear the fruit of the Spirit.


Source: Do you really know the Lord?