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Armor of God from the Old Testament

Ephesians 6: 11-18 describes the Armor of God.  In this passage, Paul isn’t giving us an option of whether or not we need to put on the Armor, he’s stating that we need to put on the armor because we’re in a spiritual battle.  This isn’t optional.  Soldiers in a battle that are untrained and without armor are generally known as casualties. Paul lists the pieces we need to use and although he’s chained to a Roman guard, these idioms go back to the Old Testament. Being chained to the guard may have inspired Paul to write this passage

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Scapegoat

Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement is the holiest day of the Jewish calendar. It is part of the fall feasts occurring on the 10th day of Tishri. The High Priest is only able to enter into the Holy of Holies once a year after much preparation. On this day there are many rituals that the High Priest must due to enter into the Holy of Holies. This ritual is repeated each year as blood from bulls and goats can’t eternally atone for sins. The book of Hebrews points out that Jesus replaces the old covenant and all

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The Law

The Law points to Jesus as it’s not possible to keep the Law perfectly out of our own ability. While it’s possible that with strict discipline we may not steal, kill or take God’s name in vein, everybody will covet. There is always somebody that has something that we would like. To put aside the Law and your own ability to keep it in order to put your faith in Jesus alone for your salvation shows that there are no works that you can do in order to attain salvation. It is only by Jesus payment on the cross.

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How Important is a Covenant to God

A covenant is a contract or a binding agreement. As God can not lie or break his promise, covenants are vital to showing that God keeps His word. The first time a covenant was mentioned was between God and Noah in Genesis 6:18. God intends to wipe out every living thing from the earth except Noah and his family. This was fulfilled by God preserving Noah his family and the animals on the ark through the flood. The next covenant is between God and Abraham, commonly known as the “Abrahamic Covenant”. This is in regards to the land that

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Sanctification vs Justification

Some Christians may see sanctification, justification and glorification as either too trivial or too complicated to bother with. I’d argue that overlooking or ignoring what these definitions mean would be a big mistake. In the typical evangelical alter call, you will hear an emotional plea to invite Jesus into your heart. I have no doubt that the speaker has the intention of wanting people to accept Jesus as their savior. This is usually done near the end of the service with music lightly playing in the background to add to the emotional impact. While it’s probably true that the

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Dull Of Hearing

Hebrews 5:11 11 Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing. 12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. In secular society we’re taught to not question what we’ve been told.  The example I’ll use is evolution.  Here’s a quote from evolutions biggest evangelist Richard Dawkins: “It is absolutely safe to say that

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Inheritance

Inheritance occurs in the Bible 239 times, first occurring when Jacob leaves Laban in Genesis 31:14. Strongs 5159Hebrew Word: ‏נַחֲלָה‎ Transliteration: naḥalâ Definition to inherit or inheritance In Numbers 14:12: 12 I will smite them with the pestilence, and disinherit them, and will make of thee a greater nation and mightier than they. Disinherit is from Strongs 3423 Hebrew Word: ‏יָרַשׁ‎ Transliteration: yārash The following is the definition: ” yaresh, yaw-raysh’; a primitive root; to occupy (by driving out previous tenants, and possessing in their place); by implication to seize, to rob, to inherit; also to expel, to impoverish, to

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Kadesh-Barnea a type of Salvation?

In Numbers 13 God tells Moses ” Send thou men, that they may search the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel: of every tribe of their fathers shall ye send a man, every one a ruler among them.” Num 13:2 I see the key word here as “give”.  The men are simply to report what they saw.  To report back on the people that live there and what type of land it is, whether good or bad.  God is giving them this promised gift of land so that they may become a nation.  God

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Apostle, Prophet and Priest Spiritual Gifts

The word Apostle comes from the Greek ἀπόστολος apostolos. This means one who is sent out. There’s 2 ways this word is used in the New Testament. The first refers to the 12 apostles. The 12 apostles were directly chosen by Jesus and were the first to proclaim the Gospel after Jesus death and resurrection. This is the office of the apostle as the 12 apostles and Paul were to set up the early church. Mark 3:14 14 And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach, Paul also

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Bema Seat

24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. 1 Cor 9:24 7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith 2 Tim 4:7 If you’re in an athletic competition of any sort and you decide to stop trying, you won’t win.  Athletic movies can be heartwarming and motivating.  The story usually begins with an underdog who has a heart for the sport and has to overcome a number of obstacles to get his team to the championship

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Davidic Covenant

The Davidic covenant is an unconditional covenant between God and David.  Unconditional meaning that there is nothing that David needs to do in order for God to keep His promises. 1 Chron 17:11-14 11 And it shall come to pass, when thy days be expired that thou must go to be with thy fathers, that I will raise up thy seed after thee, which shall be of thy sons; and I will establish his kingdom. 12 He shall build me an house, and I will stablish his throne for ever. 13 I will be his father, and he shall be my son:

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Sanctification, Justification and Glorification

Some Christians may see sanctification, justification and glorification as either too trivial or too complicated to bother with.  I’d argue that overlooking or ignoring what these definitions mean would be a big mistake.  In the typical evangelical alter call, you will hear an emotional plea to invite Jesus into your heart.  I have no doubt that the speaker has the intention of wanting people to accept Jesus as their savior.  This is usually done near the end of the service with music lightly playing in the background to add to the emotional impact.  While it’s probably true that the