Writing to Christians, Peter used all of the ideas in Exodus 19:5,6: “You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you . . . ” (1 Peter 2:9).
Abraham is the prime example of how salvation works: the forefather of all who trust in God’s promises enough to actually walk by faith. And when the whole host of Abraham’s spiritual family gets together in heaven, what a reunion that’s going to be!
“It is to [the coming Prophet] you shall listen,” Moses had said in Deuteronomy 18:15. And when Jesus was transfigured and seen talking to Moses and Elijah, God spoke from heaven and said, “This is my beloved Son; listen to him” (Mark 9:7).
When it comes to the most important parts of life, the broken heart is not a problem; it’s a blessing (Matthew 5:3,4). As long as sin is a reality in our lives, we will need to see it for what it is and, in godly sorrow, seek God’s forgiveness.
In Hebrews 12:2, Jesus is the supreme example of faith: both the ‘archegos’ (leader, pioneer) and the ‘teleiotes’ (completer, perfecter) of faith’s endurance. As far as “the faith” is concerned, Jesus is both the Originator and the Consummator of it.
Martha saw the force of what Jesus said. He would be nothing less than God Himself, totally breaking the power of sin and death — founding a kingdom where the redeemed people of God could enjoy a life that was “eternal” in every sense of the word.
The vivid account in Psalm 22, written so many centuries before Jesus’ death and corresponding so closely to the event, can be explained in only one way: David was enabled by God’s Spirit to predict what he couldn’t have known about in any other way.
Jesus was not the only person to be crucified by the Romans, but read Psalm 22 carefully and contemplate what it means that the Son of God was subjected to a death like this — and even the details were foreseen ten centuries before it took place.
When we disregard God, He is not diminished. It is still He “to whom we must give account,” and His promises have never failed to be fulfilled when the time was right. So let’s not suppose that a mere “never mind” on our part will make Him disappear.
A Christian is a loyal subject in God’s kingdom, joyfully accepting all that Jesus taught about God’s rule in our lives. Jesus Christ did not fail. He began His kingdom, as He said He would. We can accept the gospel — and the kingdom — right now.