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How do you know who to trust?
John 5:31-47
Struggling with verses in the Bible? Look at the big picture to keep clarity. Are you suffering? Jesus identified, knows, and understands.
John 5:1-15
Do you know God? - Or is a wrong understanding of Him keeping you at distance?
John 4:43-54
Jesus revealed Himself as Messiah to a Samaritan woman. She and many in her city believed in Him once they got to know Him.
John 4:1-42
How a right view of God, your neighbor, and yourself may lead you to live a God-honoring and intelligent life.
1 Corinthians 3
How envy and humility may change your life
John 3:22-36
Jesus proved His love for God the Father and true worshippers by standing up for them against powerful rulers who increasingly hated Him.
John 2:12-25
The source of joy that surpasses everything else in my life.
Romans 5
Why are there seasons of lack of joy and happiness?
John 2:1-11
What determines who you follow on social media? - Do you know Jesus? Have you decided to follow Him first and foremost?
John 1:35-51
Do you remember a time when you were honored with a good testimony? Read here about John's unique testimony of Jesus.
John 1:29-34
Who is John the Baptist? But more importantly: "Who are you?" and "Who is Jesus Christ?"
John 1:19-28
The Lord is supreme over all! Hallelujah!
Psalms 113
Who is Jesus Christ? Find deep treasures about Him in the God-inspired writings of Apostel John.
John 1:1-18
Do you note and avoid false teachers? Are you part of a team that works for the furtherance of the Good News of Christ? Yes? - Praise God!
Romans 16:17-27
What did Paul appreciate most in others?
Romans 16:1-16
What to do when desire and calling are not matching? See how Paul did it.
Romans 15:22-31
God fulfilled His promise of the Good News for the Gentiles in Paul's life. Which promises does God fulfill in your life?
Romans 15:14-21
Do you have trouble with a weakness of your brother/sister in the Lord? Accept him/her because Christ accepted you despite your weaknesses.
Romans 15:1-13
Do things from faith. All action in doubt is sin.
Romans 14:14-23
Walk fully convinced in the fear of the Lord. Don't despise or judge a fellow-saint but seek his best.
Romans 14:1-13
Outline of Romans 4: Saving Faith explained
Romans 4
Time is short - love one another and your neighbor by being led by the Spirit, in reflecting Christ to them.
Romans 13:8-14
Our lives are governed by authorities that God appointed
Romans 13:1-7
All things such as space, energy, and authority were created by God's perfect representative, that is the supreme God-Man Jesus Christ.
Colossians 1:15-16
Paul's instruction on how to relate to fellow believers and unbelievers
Romans 12:9-21
What is your gift as a member of the body of Christ?
Romans 12:3-8
What is better than life?
Psalms 63
In God alone I put my trust, who is my Deliverer, strong Protector, Refuge, and save Shelter.
Psalms 62
How to know the will of God
Romans 12:1-2
What does the goodness of God lead you to think, say, and do?
Romans 11:11-36
David walked in integrity, are you too?
Psalms 26
A prayer to know more our Lord Jesus Christ
Ephesians 1:17-19
Think soberly and walk in the fear of the Lord, because God is blessed for His great saving work in Jesus Christ for you.
1 Peter 1
God offers His righteousness in grace as a gift in Jesus Christ.
Romans 3
In Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. - Col 2:3
Proverbs 2:1-9
Amazing grace of God! He is faithful, and will complete what He started.
Romans 11:1-10
Israel disobeyed and rejected God's compassion to save. Please don't do the same mistake. Receive God's gift of eternal life in Christ.
Romans 10:14-21
How does a victorious life look like for you?
Psalms 148
Believe Jesus and receive eternal life.
John 3:1-21
Zealous works cannot save, but faith in Christ does!
Romans 10:1-13
Focus on the Lord in your difficulty.
Psalms 123
Where does your help come from?
Psalms 121
Revive me, O Lord.
Psalms 119:153-160
Israel in large rejects God's righteousness by faith, how about you? Have you accepted God's gift of a perfect standing in Christ?
Romans 9:30-33
Christians exist only because of the mercy and compassion of God.
Romans 9:14-29
God's Word was, is, and will always be effective
Romans 9:6-13
Paul's grief for Israel's rejection of Christ
Romans 9:1-5
Nothing can separate the elect of God form the love of Christ.
Romans 8:31-39
Jesus, King-everlasting, shamed, mocked and tortured by His creatures, to restore a relationship with them.
Matthew 27:27-31
God works Christ-likeness in those he foreknew.
Romans 8:28-30
The Lord is Holy. Majestic, mighty, and faithful King who always was is and forever will be. He is the everlasting King!
Psalms 93
What is the Spirit's part of work in the life of God's children?
Romans 8:26-27
Christians groan in longing for their glorification
Romans 8:23-25
Outline of Romans 2
Romans 2
What gets creation to perfection?
Romans 8:19-22
Children of God are saved to be glorified together with Christ.
Romans 8:16-18
Great is God the giver of every spiritual blessing!
Ephesians 1:3-4
What does it mean to live according to the Spirit?
Romans 8:1-17
The law cannot help in the struggle with indwelling sin but the Lord Jesus can.
Romans 7:13-25
Is the law still condemning you or have you found the grace of God in Christ?
Romans 7:7-12
Are you in the flesh under the curse of the law, or are you liberated serving in the newness of the Spirit?
Romans 7:1-6
Do you live as a person who is under grace? Are you devoted to God or yourself? We received all in Christ, should we not also live for Him?
Romans 6:15-23
What does your baptism mean?
Romans 6:1-14
Great disasters will happen before the powerful and glorious appearance of the Son of Man. Tribes will mourn; the elect will be gathered.
Matthew 24:29-31
The Fall of Humanity and God's gracious Gift of Justification
Romans 5:12-21
Outline of Romans 1
Romans 1:1-32
Rejoice: In Christ's death and resurrection, reconciliation and salvation is freely available for you.
Romans 5:6-11
Justification by faith grands peace with God, access to God and an overflowing joy which causes to boast in God even in suffering.
Romans 5:1-5
What are the signs of the Lord's coming and the end of the age?
Matthew 24:1-28
God's promise, Abrahams faith, and its lesson
Romans 4:13-25
Were the Jews who lived at the old testament time saved in the same manner as the Gentiles today?
Romans 4:1-8
Who do you boast in?
Romans 3:27-31
Have you received the righteousness of God by believing Jesus? Or are you still in your sins? Trust Him today to be made right in Gods sight
Romans 3:21-26
All are guilty before God. There is none righteous. All are under sin.
Romans 3:9-20
God is faithful to save and just in all His judgments. Either submit to His truth, or His wrath will inflict you for your sins.
Romans 3:1-8
No salvation in anything outward which man could boast in, but only in God who causes the inward change of heart.
Romans 2:25-29
The Jew knows the will of God, but fails as the Gentile in doing it. All have failed and are guilty.
Romans 2:17-24
A call for repentance to lost and self-righteous sinners.
Luke 15:11-32
Bear fruit for God because we belong to and love Jesus
Romans 7:4-6
The blessed man meditates on the law of the Lord
Psalms 1:1-6
Meditate on Scripture
Joshua 1:8
All men are unrighteous and therefore under the wrath of God. They are guilty unless they received the righteousness of God by faith.
Romans 2:1-16
Praise the Lord. He takes pleasure in His people.
Psalms 149
The Spirit intercedes for us in our weaknesses.
Romans 8:26-27
No one served God like Jesus; He is the greatest. Hypocrites work for themselves to be seen and praised by man. Their desire misleads them.
Matthew 23:1-36
Gott zeigt seine Größe im Erhalten und Versorgen der Bedürftigen. Lob und Ruhm sei Gott dem ewigen König für alle Zeit.
Psalms 145
The denial of the truth of the existence of God is followed by unrighteous and wicked characteristics.
Romans 1:18-32
Highly honored by the Gospel of Christ
Romans 1:16-17
An example of how Paul made plans according to his call and longing and then trusted God to succeed or hinder these plans.
Romans 1:8-15
The privilege of being in Christ! No condemnation, and a walk in the Spirit!
Romans 8:1-4
Beloved of God; you who are called to be saints: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Romans 1:1-7
The Lord is long-suffering, who desires that all men come to repentence.
2 Peter 3:8-9
Reconciled to God through Christ's death and saved by His life to evermore rejoice in that fact.
Romans 5:10-11
A people of God
1 Peter 2:9-10
In Christ we may receive all things that exist for life and godliness to share in divine nature
2 Peter 1:3-4
Is there anything better than the Love of God in Christ?
Romans 8:31-39
Paulus bittet das der Vater der Herrlichkeit den Heiligen in Epheser den Geist der Weisheit und der Offenbarung gebe.
Ephesians 1:15-23
Experience the power of God in your life through prayer together with your brothers and sisters.
James 5:13-18
Blessed is the one who trusts the Lord
Psalms 84
Wealth cannot save you, Christ can. Forsake the dream that riches will fulfill you and follow Christ who is the all-surpassing reward.
Matthew 19:23-30
God is the judge and lawgiver. Submit to His law and do not speak evil against you brother.
James 4:11-12
God's work of Regeneration - A new heart with new desires and His Spirit to live a fulfilled life in the will of God
Ezekiel 36:25-27
Do you labor for the people of God?
Colossians 4:12-13
Fruchtbar oder Unfruchtbar?
John 15:1-3
Praise the Lord for of His might and acts of mercy
Psalms 147
Kill sin, because in Christ you have put off the sinful nature. Put on Christ, because in Him you have put Him on already.
Colossians 3:1-17
To be blessed and truly honored by God is to live out what Christ has done for His church
Psalms 119:1-8
Trust and be content in the Lord; He is your Helper; He will never leave nor forsake you!
Hebrews 13:5-6
Live out the from God received Wisdom, but be careful not to boast of wisdom if your heart is sidetracked by the flesh.
James 3:13-18
Are you wholeheartedly devoted to good works? Can people learn when they see you work?
Titus 3:12-15
Foolish talk is useless, empty, and self- condemning. Warn those who do that and stay away from them if they do not repent.
Titus 3:9-11
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The Authority of the Son
John 5:16-30
Who is Jesus Christ personally to you?
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Published September 17th, 2019; Updated September 18th, 2019
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The President of the United States intended to have peace negotiations with the Taliban a few days ago. When the Taliban used the killing of 12 innocent people in Kabul as negotiation leverage, the President canceled the negotiation meeting at once and said that the Taliban is dead to him. The way the President used the word "dead" is similar to how people are spiritually "dead" to God since their rebellion. There is from the birth of a human being no personal relationship with God. Let's see in detail how this passage explains the possibility of having a restored spiritual relationship with the One and Only Awesome God of the universe. Jesus was bold 5:16-30 It is surprising to see that Jesus answered the Jewish leaders even though they wanted to kill him and that not only for healing on the sabbath but also for clarifying his relationship with God the Father. Most people would run if they sensed that powerful leaders made plans to kill them. The explanation for Jesus boldness lies in His answer. He reveals who really has the power and authority over death and life - He Himself (5:21). How come the Jewish leaders got the Romans to crucify Him then? Jesus GAVE His life. It was not taken from Him. His death to take away sin was His primary purpose of coming to earth ( 12:27 ). He gave His life and took it up again voluntarily to grant everlasting life to the repentant sinner. God is a worker - The Son and Father are united in their Work 5:16a - "For this reason" that is because Jesus healed the paralyzed on a Sabbath. Healing must've been considered a work by the Jewish leaders. 5:17 = God has been working in creating and sustaining the universe (Ps 145:16-17 Col 1:17 1 Co 8:6 2Pt 3:7). He also has been working on the redemption of His creation after the rebellion of humanity (John 3:16 Is 44:22 Rm 2:4). Equality in the Godhead 5:18 = The Jewish leaders interpreted correctly that Jesus claimed to be God. He said, "My Father" which was an outrage for the leaders. How can a man be God? There are three options: For one, Jesus claim to be God was true and we know that God loves people and desires to restore relationships with repented individuals. Secondly, Jesus lied and was a deceiver. Thirdly, He made the claim to be God and didn't know that he wasn't. To say Jesus was not God but a good man and teacher as may other religions claim is not an option. Jesus life is consistent with option one. No deceiver or lunatic would be able to do miracles and speak with perfect wisdom and authority as displayed in the records of the Gospels. In the following verses is Jesus equality with God displayed in His unity with Him. Unity in the Godhead 5:19 = The word "can" in this verse is interesting. It does not say "wants to" but "can". His will and purpose are in alignment with the Father's will and, hence, no choice and action could oppose the Father's will. Whatever he does can only be in complete agreement with God the Father. Must be quite harmonious to be in a state like this with someone. People have different standards and expectations and need to talk to agree on matters. It makes things seamless and so much easier if people are at the same level of understanding. God the Son and Father are always in agreement because they are perfect and nothing but their own glory is their standard. They always unitedly make the best choice that brings most honor and glory to themselves. As fallen people, we at times desire to get God's glory but we are not made to be glorified. We were made to give glory to God. God is to receive glory. Glorifying God cannot corrupt Him, but glorifying people can and often has corrupted them. People who think they deserve glory turn often into tyrants. The Fathers relationship with the Son grants insight into the very origin of true unity. Every time earthly fathers, mothers, husbands, and wives live up to their calling in a family, they reflect on God's nature of unity. Faithful couples and parents have their origin in the Godhead and are God's outpouring of mercy and grace to all humanity. Transparency in the Godhead 5:20 = This verse answers how earthly fathers ought to love their sons. God the Father's love to His Son Jesus is seen in His transparency toward Him. He shows Him all things that He does. No secrecy or competition but transparency. The Son's love to His Father is seen in the imitation of the Father or also in his obedience to the will of the Father. Unity of the Godhead in Life-giving, judgment, and honor 5:21-23 = The Father's and Son's unity are displayed in that: Both give life. The Father has entrusted all judgment (decision making) to His Son. He has complete confidence in Him. No one esteems superiority. They should be honored equally. Rebels invited to connect with the Godhead - Desired unity with individual people 5:24 = The Lord confronts with a relational life and death question at this point: The condition for everlasting life is to trustfully listen to Jesus. Not a blind trust, but rather a trust which is based on an evaluation of Him. He has proven to be God in human form when He supernaturally changed water to wine (2:1-12), healed an official's son (4:43-54), and healed the sick man at the pool (5:1-15). He testified that God the Father has sent Him. There is no middle ground. Either they believed the evidence of His action and the power of His word or they did not and concluded contrary to the evidence that He is a liar. A matter of everlasting life and death. The death Jesus talks about is the separation from God and life is the eternal connection or unity with God which can only come by trusting Jesus. The death and separation from God is a consequence of man's rebellion. Man's relationship with God broke when he rebelled. God's just judgment and wrath abides over the unrepentant rebel (3:36). The restoration to God comes by His outpouring of mercy and grace to those who listen and trust Jesus Christ. Unity in giving spiritual Life - The miracle of a relationship with God 5:25-27 = Some of the dead heard Jesus speak and started to live. Now, how is that to make sense? When we speak of death today, we usually refer to physical death. But Jesus continues to speak about spiritual death and spiritual life. As before, death represents the broken relationship with God and life the re-union of the relationship with God. Just as in a similar way as the President said that the Taliban was dead to him, so are you and I dead to God because of our breaking of His standards. The way to come into a relationship with God is through the negotiation of the only-qualified God-Man Jesus Christ. I am so glad to be spiritually alive, that is, to be forever in a secure and stable relationship with God because of Jesus, and that even when my physical body will die soon. The word "for" at the beginning of verse 26 provides the reason for why the dead will hear and live in verse 25 . Some of the natural listeners actually are granted by Jesus authority to come spiritually alive and enter into an everlasting relationship with God. Unity in creating and sustaining natural Life 5:26-27 = Everything created exists in relation to other things. For example, besides other substances, plants live in relation to sunlight, carbon dioxide, and water to produce oxygen. Human beings relate to plants by exhaling carbon dioxide and inhaling oxygen. Interestingly enough, people can live even without knowing the air-exchange with the plants. In similar ways, humans live in complete dependence on God, even though many don't know about their dependency on the Creator. Now, God exists apart from anything else. He does not need oxygen, in fact, oxygen exists because He created it just as He created the plants, water, and the sun. God the Father granted Jesus, His Son, to have an independent life in Himself as a human being. Jesus could have turned stones to bread when He fasted for 40 days and night. He could have stilled His natural human hunger by any supernatural means, but for some reason, He didn't ( Mt 4 ) . Jesus is the supreme Judge of the universe 5:28-30 = Jesus is authorized (5:27a) and empowered (5:26b) to raise the physically dead for eternal judgment on a coming day (5:28). Jesus will judge righteously because He does everything exactly as God the Father wants things done (5:30). No one will be able to defend themselves in the presence of this Judge because we humans and some angels have failed God's standard and are guilty. We know it by conscience and the Judge knows it. The only way out is the removal of guilt. Here is where the love of God connects as later chapters reveal. God the Son came to earth to justify the guilty by paying the penalty with His life so that the guilty can go free. The penalty for rebels is imprisonment in the lake of fire. A place of utter and awful suffering.
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Jesus and God the Father are equal and work unitedly to bring people into a relationship with the Godhead. Only a relationship with God will save from the punishment of human rebellion.
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John 5:16-30
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For this reason the Jews persecuted Jesus,
and sought to kill Him,
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because He had done these things
on the Sabbath.
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But Jesus answered them, “My Father has been working until now, and I have been working .”
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Therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill Him,
because He not only broke the Sabbath,
but also said that God was His Father,
making Himself equal with God.
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Then Jesus answered and said to them, “ Most assuredly , I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself ,
but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does , the Son also does in like manner.
For the Father loves the Son,
and shows Him all things that He Himself does ;
and He will show Him greater works than these,
that you may marvel.
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For as the Father raises the dead and gives life to them,
even so the Son gives life to whom He will .
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For the Father judges no one,
but has committed all judgment to the Son,
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that all should honor the Son
just as they honor the Father.
He who does not honor the Son
does not honor the Father who sent Him.
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“ Most assuredly , I say to you, he who hears My word
and believes in Him who sent Me
has everlasting life ,
and shall not come into judgment ,
but has passed from death into life .
Most assuredly , I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is,
when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God;
and those who hear will live .
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For as the Father has life in Himself,
so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself,
and has given Him authority to execute judgment also,
because He is the Son of Man.
Do not marvel at this;
for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth—
those who have done good,
to the resurrection of life ,
and those who have done evil,
to the resurrection of condemnation.
I can of Myself do nothing.
As I hear, I judge ;
and My judgment is righteous,
because I do not seek My own will
but the will of the Father who sent Me.
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