Monday, December 22, 2014

Prophecies of Jesus fulfilled Part II [Exodus]

Click here to see Prophecies of Jesus fulfilled Part 1 [Genesis]

Here is the second installment of prophecies in the Old Testament that have been fulfilled in Jesus Christ in the New Testament.  Please let me know in the comments what you think.  Do you like this kind of reference-series? Or would you rather have analysis and commentary?
  1. -Exodus 3:13-15- "Then Moses said to God, “Behold, I am going to the sons of Israel, and I will say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you.’ Now they may say to me, ‘What is His name?’ What shall I say to them?” God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM”; and He said, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” God, furthermore, said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is My name forever, and this is My memorial-name to all generations."
    1. Jesus is The Great "I AM." 
      1. -John 4:26-"Jesus said to her, "I who speak to you AM HE."
      2. -John 8:58-"Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly ,I say to you, before Abraham was born, I AM
    2. -Exodus 12:5- "your lamb shall be an unblemished male a year old; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats.
      1. A Lamb without blemish.
        1. -Hebrews 9:14- "how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?"
        2. -1 Peter 1:19- "but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ."
    3. -Exodus 12:13- "The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live: and when I see the blood I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt."
      1. The blood of the Lamb saves from wrath.
        1. -Romans 5:8- "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
    4. -Exodus 12:21-27- "Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel and said to them, “Go and take for yourselves [b]lambs according to your families, and slay the Passover lamb. You shall take a bunch of hyssop and dip it in the blood which is in the basin, and apply some of the blood that is in the basin to the lintel and the two doorposts; and none of you shall go outside the door of his house until morning.
      For the Lord will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when He sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the Lord will pass over the door and will not allow the destroyer to come in to your houses to smite you.  And you shall observe this event as an ordinance for you and your children forever. When you enter the land which the Lord will give you, as He has promised, you shall observe this rite. And when your children say to you, ‘What does this rite mean to you?’ you shall say, ‘It is a Passover sacrifice to the Lord who passed over the houses of the sons of Israel in Egypt when He smote the Egyptians, but spared our homes.’” And the people bowed low and worshiped."
      1. Christ is our Passover.
        1. -1 Corinthians 5:7- "Clean out the old leaven so that you may be a new lump, just as you are in fact unleavened.  For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed."
    5. -Exodus 12:46- "It is to be eaten in a single house: you are not to bring forth any of the flesh outside of the house, nor are you to break any bone of it."
      1. Not a bone of the Lamb would be broken.
        1. -John 19:31-36- "Then the Jews, because it was the day of preparation, so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.  So the soldiers came, and broke the legs of the first man and of the other who was crucified with Him;  but coming to Jesus, when they saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs.  But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out.  And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you also may believe.  For these things came to pass to fulfill the Scripture, “Not a bone of Him shall be broken.”
    6. -Exodus 15:2- "The Lord is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation; This is my God, and I will praise Him; My father's God, and I will extol Him."
      1. His exaltation predicted as Yeshua.
        1. -Acts 7:55-56- "But being full of the Holy Spirit, he gazed intently into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God; and he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened up and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”
    7. -Exodus 15:11- "Who is like You among the gods, O Lord?  Who is like You, majestic in holiness, Awesome in praises, working wonders?"
      1. His Character of Holiness.
        1. -Luke 1:35- "The angel answered and said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God."
        2. -Acts 4:27- "For truly in this city there were gathered together against Your holy servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pntius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel."
    8. -Exodus 17:6- "Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock at Horeb; and you shall strike the rock, and water will come out of it, that the people may drink."  And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel."
      1. The Spiritual Rock of Israel.
        1. -1 Corinthians 10:4- "and all drank the same spiritual drink, for they were drinking from a spiritual rock which followed them; and the rock was Christ."
    9. -Exodus 33:19- "And He said, "I Myself will make all My goodness pass before you, and will proclaim the name of the Lord before you; and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show compassion on whom I will show compassion."
      1. His Character of Mercy.
        1. -Luke 1:72- "To show mercy toward our fathers, and to remember His holy covenant."

    Saturday, December 13, 2014

    Prophecies of Jesus fulfilled Part 1 [Genesis]

    Well here is an ambitious project.  There are hundreds of prophecies about Jesus in the Old Testament which are fulfilled in the New Testament.  My aim is to catalog them all and show where they are fulfilled.  In this first installment, I will concentrate only on the Prophecies about Jesus contained in the book of Genesis.  My hope is that this will also be a helpful reference for others when it is finished.  The prophecies are in bold followed by an outline of what the prophecy says [sometimes multiple ideas in a single verse] then the references to where it is fulfilled int he New Testament.  I have left out commentary on these passages for now and am letting the Scripture speak for itself. [All Scripture references are from the NASB translation.]
    1. -Genesis 3:15- "And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel."
      1. He will be the seed of a woman [virgin birth].-Matthew 1:18-Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit.-Galatians 4:4-5-But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.
      2. He will bruise Satan's head.
        -Hebrews 2:14-Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,-1 John 3:8-the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.
      3. Christ's heel would be bruised with nails on the cross.-Luke 24:39-40-"See My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself; touch Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.  And when He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet.
    2. -Genesis 9:26,27-He also said, "Blessed be the LORD, The God of Shem; And let Canaan be his servant.  May God enlarge Japheth, And let him dwell in the tents of Shem; And let Canaan be his servant."
      1. The God of Shem will be the son of Shem.
        -Luke 3:36-
        the son of Cainan, the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem, the son of Noah, the son of Lamech,
    3. -Genesis 12:3-And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed."
      1. The seed of Abraham will bless all nations.-Galatians 3:8-The Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, "ALL THE NATIONS WILL BE BLESSED IN YOU."
        -Acts 3:25,26-
        "It is you who are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant which God made with your fathers, saying to Abraham, 'AND IN YOUR SEED ALL THE FAMILIES OF THE EARTH SHALL BE BLESSED.'"For you first, God raised up His Servant and sent Him to bless you by turning every one of you from your wicked ways."
    4. -Genesis 12:7-The LORD appeared to Abram and said, "To your descendants I will give this land." So he built an altar there to the LORD who had appeared to him.
      1. The Promise made to Abraham's Seed.-Galatians 3:16-Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say, "And to seeds," as referring to many, but rather to one, "And to your seed," that is, Christ.
    5. -Genesis 14:18-And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; now he was a priest of God Most High.
      1. A priest after the order of Melchizedek.-Hebrews 6:20-where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.
    6. -Genesis 17:19-But God said, "No, but Sarah your wife will bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac; and I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him.
      1. King of Peace and Righteousness.-Hebrews 7:2-to whom also Abraham apportioned a tenth part of all the spoils, was first of all, by the translation of his name, king of righteousness, and then also king of Salem, which is king of peace.
    7. -Genesis 22:8-Abraham said, "God will provide for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering, my son." So the two of them walked on together.
      1. The Lamb God promised.-John 1:29-The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
    8. -Genesis 22:18-"In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice."
      1. As Isaac's seed, will bless all nations.-Galatians 3:16-Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say, "And to seeds," as referring to many, but rather to one, "And to your seed," that is, Christ.
    9. -Genesis 26:2,3,4,5-The LORD appeared to him and said, "Do not go down to Egypt; stay in the land of which I shall tell you."Sojourn in this land and I will be with you and bless you, for to you and to your descendants I will give all these lands, and I will establish the oath which I swore to your father Abraham."I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven, and will give your descendants all these lands; and by your descendants all the nations of the earth shall be blessed;because Abraham obeyed Me and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes and My laws."
      1. The seed of Isaac promised as the Redeemer.-Hebrews 11:18-it was he to whom it was said, "IN ISAAC YOUR DESCENDANTS SHALL BE CALLED."
    10. -Genesis 28:12-He had a dream, and behold, a ladder was set on the earth with its top reaching to heaven; and behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.
      1. The Bridge to Heaven.-John 1:51-And He said to him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see the heavens opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man."
    11. -Genesis 28:14-"Your descendants will also be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south; and in you and in your descendants shall all the families of the earth be blessed.
      1. The Seed of Jacob.-Luke 3:34-the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, the son of Terah, the son of Nahor,
    12. -Genesis 49:10-"The scepter shall not depart from Judah, Nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, Until Shiloh comes, And to him shall be the obedience of the peoples.
      1. The time of His coming.-Luke 2:1-7-Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth.  This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria.  And everyone was on his way to register for the census, each to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child.  While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth.  And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
        -Galatians 4:4-
        But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law,
      2. The Seed of Judah.
        -Luke 3:33-
        the son of Amminadab, the son of Admin, the son of Ram, the son of Hezron, the son of Perez, the son of Judah,
      3. Called Shiloh [means One Sent].
        -John 17:3-
        "This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.
      4. Messiah to come before Judah lost identity.
        -John 11:47-52-
         Therefore the chief priests and the Pharisees convened a council, and were saying, “What are we doing? For this man is performing many signs. “If we let Him go on like this, all men will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.” But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all, nor do you take into account that it is expedient for you that one man die for the people, and that the whole nation not perish.” Now he did not say this on his own initiative, but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the nation, and not for the nation only, but in order that He might also gather together into one the children of God who are scattered abroad.
      5. Unto Him shall the obedience of the people be.
        -John 10:16-“I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will hear My voice; and they will become one flock with one shepherd.

    Keep the lookout for more prophecies and fulfillments to come.  This is just the tip of the iceberg.

    Saturday, December 6, 2014

    Logos: The Reason for the Season

    Heraclitus was a Greek philosopher in the 6th century B.C.  He was the first man to use the term Logos.  In his writing, he used it to show that there is a divine reason or plan that coordinates a changing universe.  [] In the New Testament book of John, this word "logos" is translated into "word" however, there is a connotation that we lose in the english rendition where logos means "the reason behind the universe."  So, I'd like to share with you my rendition of John 1:1-18 in this Christmas season, where I'm replaced each instance of logos and references to Him and He [the personal pronouns referring to the Logos] with ""the reason behind the universe."  I hope it helps you contemplate the true reason for the season.

    John 1:1-18
    1 In the beginning was the reason behind the universe, and the reason behind the universe was with God, and the reason behind the universe was God2 The Reason behind the universe was in the beginning with God3 All things came into being through the reason behind the universe, and apart from the reason behind the universe nothing came into being that has come into being4 In the reason behind the universe was life, and the life was the Light of men5 The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.6 There came a man sent from Godwhose name was John7 He came as a witness, to testify about the Lightso that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light9 There was the true Light whichcoming into the worldenlightens every man10 The reason behind the universe was in the world, and the world was made through the reason behind the universe, and the world did not know the reason behind the universe11 The reason behind the universe came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive the reason behind the universe12 But as many as received the reason behind the universe, to them the reason behind the universe gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name,13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.14 And the reason behind the universe became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His gloryglory as of the only begotten from the Fatherfull of grace and truth15 John testified about the reason behind the universe and cried out, saying,"This was the reason behind the universe of whom I said, 'the reason behind the universe who comes after me has a higher rank than I, for the reason behind the universe existed before me.' " 16 For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace17 For the Law was given through Mosesgrace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has seen God at anytimethe only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Fatherthe reason behind the universe has explained the reason behind the universe.

    The whole of creation hinges on this moment when the reason behind the universe [Jesus Christ] left heaven and came to earth so that we could be set free from ourselves.  As C.S. Lewis said, “In our world too, a stable once had something inside it that was bigger than our whole world.” 
    ― C.S. LewisThe Last Battle

    Friday, February 1, 2013

    ereine = peace

    Peace is a gift from God:

    Peace being a fruit of the spirit is interesting because the word can be used as a political term referring to entire countries or as a very personal word referring to an inner state of being.  I think that it is obvious that as a fruit of the Spirit the Bible is using this second meaning of the word peace and throughout the New Testament we can see that peace does not mean safety.  Peace does not mean that there aren't people deliberately trying to destroy you.  Many, if not all, of the writers of the New Testament were being persecuted for their beliefs and the early church was not at peace in the sense of the opposite of being at war.  However, it shows God's Spirit dwelling inside of you when you have inner peace in the middle of this type of persecution.  When you lose your job the fruit of the Spirit is still peace.  When loved ones die the fruit of the Spirit is still peace.  When people hate you and slander you saying all sorts of lies about you the fruit of the Spirit is still peace.  When you don't have a clue what you are supposed to do in your current situation and you are up all night thinking over a decision the fruit of the Spirit is still peace.  

    In the Gospel of John, Jesus says "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth , give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled , neither let it be afraid."  Peace is a gift from God.  It is not by striving to have peace that we gain it, it is by ceasing to strive.  It is the "peace that passes all understanding" that really helps us in our time of need.

    You can only have this type of peace from God when you are being unselfish.  In Romans 8:6 Paul says, "For to be carnally minded [is] death; but to be spiritually minded [is] life and peace."  When we pray, ask for forgiveness, and cease to strive all the time we find that we are truly at peace.

    Link back to the Fruits of the Spirit

    All scriptures in the New Testament with the Greek word eirene which is usually translated as peace.

    • Mat 10:13 KJV - And if the house be worthy, let your eirene come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your eirene return to you.
    • Mat 10:34 KJV - Think not that I am come to send eirene on earth: I came not to send eirene, but a sword.
    • Mar 5:34 KJV - And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole ; go in eirene, and be whole of thy plague.
    • Luk 1:79 KJV - To give light to them that sit in darkness and [in] the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of eirene.
    • Luk 2:14 KJV - Glory to God in the highest, and on earth eirene, good will toward men.
    • Luk 2:29 KJV - Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in eirene, according to thy word:
    • Luk 7:50 KJV - And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in eirene.
    • Luk 8:48 KJV - And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort : thy faith hath made thee whole ; go in eirene.
    • Luk 10:5 KJV - And into whatsoever house ye enter , first say , Eirene [be] to this house.
    • Luk 10:6 KJV - And if the son of eirene be there, your eirene shall rest upon it: if not, it shall turn to you again .
    • Luk 11:21 KJV - When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in eirene:
    • Luk 12:51 KJV - Suppose ye that I am come to give eirene on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:
    • Luk 14:32 KJV - Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of eirene.
    • Luk 19:38 KJV - Saying , Blessed [be] the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: eirene in heaven, and glory in the highest.
    • Luk 19:42 KJV - Saying , If thou hadst known , even thou, at least in this thy day, the things [which belong] unto thy eirene! but now they are hid from thine eyes.
    • Luk 24:36 KJV - And as they thus spake , Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Eirene [be] unto you.
    • Jhn 14:27 KJV - Eirene I leave with you, my eirene I give unto you: not as the world giveth , give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled , neither let it be afraid .
    • Jhn 16:33 KJV - These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have eirene. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer ; I have overcome the world.
    • Jhn 20:19 KJV - Then the same day at evening, being the first [day] of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Eirene [be] unto you.
    • Jhn 20:21 KJV - Then said Jesus to them again, Eirene [be] unto you: as [my] Father hath sent me, even so send I you.
    • Jhn 20:26 KJV - And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: [then] came Jesus, the doors being shut , and stood in the midst, and said , Eirene [be] unto you.
    • Act 7:26 KJV - And the next day he shewed himself unto them as they strove , and would have set them at one again eirene, saying , Sirs, ye are brethren; why do ye wrong one to another?
    • Act 9:31 KJV - Then had the churches eirene throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified ; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied .
    • Act 10:36 KJV - The word which [God] sent unto the children of Israel, preaching eirene by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:)
    • Act 12:20 KJV - And Herod was highly displeased with them of Tyre and Sidon: but they came with one accord to him, and, having made Blastus the king's chamberlain their friend , desired eirene; because their country was nourished by the king's [country].
    • Act 15:33 KJV - And after they had tarried [there] a space, they were let go in eirene from the brethren unto the apostles.
    • Act 16:36 KJV - And the keeper of the prison told this saying to Paul, The magistrates have sent to let you go : now therefore depart , and go in eirene.
    • Act 24:2 KJV - And when he was called forth , Tertullus began to accuse [him], saying , Seeing that by thee we enjoy great eirene, and that very worthy deeds are done unto this nation by thy providence,
    • Rom 1:7 KJV - To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called [to be] saints: Grace to you and eirene from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
    • Rom 2:10 KJV - But glory, honour, and eirene, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:
    • Rom 3:17 KJV - And the way of eirene have they not known :
    • Rom 5:1 KJV - Therefore being justified by faith, we have eirene with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
    • Rom 8:6 KJV - For to be carnally minded [is] death; but to be spiritually minded [is] life and eirene.
    • Rom 10:15 KJV - And how shall they preach , except they be sent ? as it is written , How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of eirene, and bring glad tidings of good things!
    • Rom 14:17 KJV - For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and eirene, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
    • Rom 14:19 KJV - Let us therefore follow after the things which make for eirene, and things wherewith one may edify another.
    • Rom 15:13 KJV - Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and eirene in believing , that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
    • Rom 15:33 KJV - Now the God of eirene [be] with you all. Amen.
    • Rom 16:20 KJV - And the God of eirene shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ [be] with you. Amen.
    • 1Cr 1:3 KJV - Grace [be] unto you, and eirene, from God our Father, and [from] the Lord Jesus Christ.
    • 1Cr 7:15 KJV - But if the unbelieving depart , let him depart . A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such [cases]: but God hath called us to eirene.
    • 1Cr 14:33 KJV - For God is not [the author] of confusion, but of eirene, as in all churches of the saints.
    • 1Cr 16:11 KJV - Let no man therefore despise him: but conduct him forth in eirene, that he may come unto me: for I look for him with the brethren.
    • 2Cr 1:2 KJV - Grace [be] to you and eirene from God our Father, and [from] the Lord Jesus Christ.
    • 2Cr 13:11 KJV - Finally, brethren, farewell . Be perfect , be of good comfort , be of one mind , live in peace ; and the God of love and eirene shall be with you.
    • Gal 1:3 KJV - Grace [be] to you and eirene from God the Father, and [from] our Lord Jesus Christ,
    • Gal 5:22 KJV - But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, eirene, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
    • Gal 6:16 KJV - And as many as walk according to this rule, eirene [be] on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.
    • Eph 1:2 KJV - Grace [be] to you, and eirene, from God our Father, and [from] the Lord Jesus Christ.
    • Eph 2:14 KJV - For he is our eirene, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition [between us];
    • Eph 2:15 KJV - Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, [even] the law of commandments [contained] in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, [so] making eirene;
    • Eph 2:17 KJV - And came and preached eirene to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.
    • Eph 4:3 KJV - Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of eirene.
    • Eph 6:15 KJV - And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of eirene;
    • Eph 6:23 KJV - Eirene [be] to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
    • Phl 1:2 KJV - Grace [be] unto you, and eirene, from God our Father, and [from] the Lord Jesus Christ.
    • Phl 4:7 KJV - And the eirene of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
    • Phl 4:9 KJV - Those things, which ye have both learned , and received , and heard , and seen in me, do : and the God of eirene shall be with you.
    • Col 1:2 KJV - To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace [be] unto you, and eirene, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
    • Col 3:15 KJV - And let the eirene of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
    • 1Th 1:1 KJV - Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians [which is] in God the Father and [in] the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace [be] unto you, and eirene, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
    • 1Th 5:3 KJV - For when they shall say , Eirene and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child ; and they shall not escape .
    • 1Th 5:23 KJV - And the very God of eirene sanctify you wholly; and [I pray God] your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    • 2Th 1:2 KJV - Grace unto you, and eirene, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
    • 2Th 3:16 KJV - Now the Lord of eirene himself give you eirene always by all means. The Lord [be] with you all.
    • 1Ti 1:2 KJV - Unto Timothy, [my] own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, [and] eirene, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.
    • 2Ti 1:2 KJV - To Timothy, [my] dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, [and] eirene, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
    • 2Ti 2:22 KJV - Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, eirene, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
    • Tts 1:4 KJV - To Titus, [mine] own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, [and] eirene, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.
    • Phm 1:3 KJV - Grace to you, and eirene, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
    • Hbr 7:2 KJV - To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is , King of eirene;
    • Hbr 11:31 KJV - By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not , when she had received the spies with eirene.
    • Hbr 12:14 KJV - Follow eirene with all [men], and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:
    • Hbr 13:20 KJV - Now the God of eirene, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
    • Jam 2:16 KJV - And one of you say unto them, Depart in eirene, be [ye] warmed and filled ; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what [doth it] profit?
    • Jam 3:18 KJV - And the fruit of righteousness is sown in eirene of them that make eirene.
    • 1Pe 1:2 KJV - Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and eirene, be multiplied .
    • 1Pe 3:11 KJV - Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek eirene, and ensue it.
    • 1Pe 5:14 KJV - Greet ye one another with a kiss of charity. Eirene [be] with you all that are in Christ Jesus. Amen.
    • 2Pe 1:2 KJV - Grace and eirene be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
    • 2Pe 3:14 KJV - Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in eirene, without spot, and blameless.
    • 2Jo 1:3 KJV - Grace be with you, mercy, [and] eirene, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.
    • 3Jo 1:14 KJV - But I trust I shall shortly see thee, and we shall speak face to face. Eirene [be] to thee. [Our] friends salute thee. Greet the friends by name.
    • Jud 1:2 KJV - Mercy unto you, and eirene, and love, be multiplied .
    • Rev 1:4 KJV - John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace [be] unto you, and eirene, from him which is , and which was , and which is to come ; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;
    • Rev 6:4 KJV - And there went out another horse [that was] red: and [power] was given to him that sat thereon to take eirene from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

    One Thing Remains by Jesus Culture

    Why study what we sing?

    When I worship through music, it is very helpful to me to look into how the Bible lines up to what I'm singing. This knowledge makes a superficial singing of the words much more difficult for me, and I hope that sharing this will help you to focus better on what you are singing and who you are singing to. The newest song that we’ve sung as a congregation is “One Thing Remains,” by Jesus Culture:

    The lyrics to the song:

    Verse 1
    Higher than the mountains that I face,
    Stronger than the power of the grave,
    Constant in the trial and the change,
    One thing remains.

    Your love never fails
    Never gives up
    It never runs out on me!
    Your love!

    Verse 2
    On and on and on and on it goes.
    It overwhelms and satisfies my soul.
    And I never ever have to be afraid:
    One thing remains.

    In death. in life I’m confident and
    Covered by the power of Your great love.
    My debt is paid there’s nothing that
    Can separate my heart from Your great love.

    CCLI Song # 5508444
    Brian Johnson | Christa Black | Jeremy Riddle
    © 2010 Bethel Music (Admin. by Bethel Music Publishing)
    Mercy / Vineyard Publishing (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.)
    ChristaJoy Music Publishing (Admin. by Bethel Music Publishing)

    Scriptural Backup for the song:

    There are allusions in this song to many different scriptures. The chorus echoes the sentiment of Psalm 136 and many other places, saying, "His love endures forever!" This Psalm praises both who God is and what He has done throughout the history of Israel, repeating "His love endures forever" after each phrase. The repetition of the song’s Chorus in the same way speaks about who God is and what He has done in our lives and the chorus proclaims that "your love never fails, never gives up" (which is also in 1 Corinthians 13)--that it endures forever.

    Romans 8:31-39 is also reflected in this song. Paul expresses in Romans 8 that no matter what may come against us and no matter what is in our way "we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us." The chapter speaks of how God, who gave up His own Son for us, will surely give us all things and bring us through all things.

    Hebrews 9:15 says, "For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant." Our debt has been paid by Him and only Him.

    In Hosea 13:14 the prophet declares that the Lord "will deliver this people from the power of the grave...will redeem them from death." The song proclaims that our God has shown His power over the grave through both Jesus’ resurrection and His bringing every Christian to life out of the death and the destruction of sin.

    In the second verse of the song we sing "and I never have to be afraid." 1 John 4:18-19 says, "There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because He first loved us."

    What is this song really saying?

    What this worship song is really saying is that we go through a lot of things in this life, and sometimes we may feel that we are at the end of ourselves and that there is no way out. But when there is absolutely nothing left of our own strength, our own energy, our own willpower...there is One Thing that Remains! Jesus Christ was sent to earth to die as a ransom for us, to pay our debt of sin, to redeem us from the grave. Because of this, there is an unspeakable joy that we are always trying to capture with worship songs. This song is another
    expression to God that we are constantly trying to come to the end of ourselves and acknowledge that He is the One Thing that Remains.

    Here is a youtube video of the song (not our church worship team):