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Series: New Testament Eschatology

From time to time, I hear a lot about the early church’s understanding of the “end of the world” or their belief that the “Second Coming of Jesus” would take place within their generation. And it’s usually not in a very good light. “They were obviously mistaken,” is often the remark I hear most. I know it’s hard to imagine but what if we’re mistaken? What if we’ve misunderstood what they meant? I’m hoping that this series on some of the major statements from the New Testament about the “end of the world” will show that they weren’t mistaken in their understanding of the “signs of the times.”
Before we begin, however, let’s look at some terms that will have to be used. As most of you know, I try to refrain from using big “church” words. My reason for this is because those words are like suitcases where ideas and thoughts and understandings are packed into them. To explain the words would mean a long time spent unpacking the suitcases and explaining their contents. While such a pilgrimag…

Hebrews 10 and Ultimate Redemption — Part 1

A good friend recently asked me how the unpardonable sin in Hebrews 10.29 can be reconciled with Ultimate Redemption. Before I address this passage, though, we have to lay some groundwork. And that foundation can be summed up in one word —  
When we think of eschatology we think of the end of the world (especially if we’ve been indoctrinated by the “rapture” culture and the Left Behind books). In my series, New Testament Eschatology,we discover that eschatology is more about the end of ages and nations than the end of the world. 
This misunderstanding is compounded when it comes to the end of the Jewish age or the Old Covenant Age embodied by its ritualistic System (from here on OCAS). We’ve been taught that the end of the OCAS happened either at the cross or the resurrection or Pentecost. Some of us thought it ended with the Incarnation. Heck, even our Bibles add to the confusion because they tell us the “Old Testament” (Covenant) ends with the book of Malachi and the “New …

New Series Coming Soon!!!

A friend asked me to reconcile Hebrews 10.29 with Ultimate Redemption. My response was over twenty pages! I know! So, I thought I'd break it up and create a new series out of it. Watch this space for updates!

~~~ In the Love of the Three in One,
Br. Jack+, LC

Fourth Sunday of Easter (Year A)

Acts 2.42-47 (TIB[1]; adapted): 42[The people] devoted themselves to the apostles’ instructions and the communal life, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43A reverent awe overtook them all, for many wonders and signs were being performed by the apostles. 44Those who believed lived together, shared all things in common; 45they would sell their property and goods, sharing the proceeds with one another as each had need. 46They met in the Temple and they broke bread together in their homes every day. With joyful and sincere hearts they took their meals in common, 47praising God and winning the approval of all the people. Day by day, God added to their number those who were being saved.
Other readings: Psalm 23; 1 Peter 2.19-25; John 10.1-10
Sentence of the Day: Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep” (John 10.10; CEB[2]; adapted).
The Gathering Prayer: Good shepherd of the sheep, by whom the lost are sought and guided into the fold; feed us…