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December
24 2016
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The Ministries of the Holy Spirit in Revelation and in Romans

  The person of the Holy Spirit         If you recall, in the first blog of this series, we came away with the  distinct impression that something very different is going on in Revelation 2 & 3 than what is going in in Paul’s epistles. Now we are checking things out systematically, taking up one...
December
17 2016
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The Holy Spirit in Revelation 1-3

Why all the fuss? In our last blog, we started to compare and contrast the letters of Paul with the letters to the seven assemblies in Revelation 2 and 3. Why?  Because there is much confusion about how to interpret Revelation 2 and 3. And because the English word “church” is found in chapters 1-3, most interpreters simply assume the...
December
10 2016
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Are Revelation 2 and 3 about us?

A vital question Many if not all  of you have read chapters 2 and 3 in the book of Revelation.  Some of you have studied them in detail. But did you ever notice any differences between these letters to 7 assemblies, and the letters of Paul to the churches? Did you ever ask this question: Is Jesus speaking to us in Revelation...
December
02 2016
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"I have overcome the world"

What we learned last time In our last blog, we explored  what the Bible means by “the world” generally, and in particular the world as something we are not to love and must overcome. We examined what the world was not, and learned a practical definition of "the world” : “The world” means the organization and the...
November
18 2016
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What's wrong with the world today?

What in the world is “the world”? After what we have witnessed in this year’s turbulent presidential campaign, it’s a good time to increase our understanding of what the Bible calls “the world”. There are several ways in which the Bible speaks of “the world”.  The unbelievers; the entire...
November
10 2016
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Be brought to completion by the Spirit, part seven

Framework This week we examine the commands in Ephesians 5:19-6:19. We will see how they contribute to summing up all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on earth. God is summing up the things on earth by building up the church, which is the fullness of Christ. God  is summing up...
November
04 2016
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Be brought to completion by the Spirit, part six

  Growth – or Arthritis? This week we are going to look at the specific exhortations we receive in the book of Ephesians. When we are obedient to these exhortations, we participate in the Spirit’s great work of completing the body of Christ. As we proceed, watch for places where Paul, after giving us a specific command,  brings...
October
26 2016
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Be brought to completion by the Spirit, part five

  We grow as one congregation Last week, we saw that we cannot grow as separate individuals. We grow together as a body. The body of Christ, the church, is made up of all believers in Christ during the Church Age. Each congregation is a particular local manifestation of the body of Christ. So we grow together as...
October
20 2016
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Be brought to completion by the Spirit, part four

  The mountaintop Last week, we visited the mountaintop. We saw God the Father summing up all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth (Eph 1:10). He is doing this by reconciling all things to Himself through Christ, having made peace by the blood of His cross – things in heaven and things on earth. (Col...
October
13 2016
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Be brought to completion by the Spirit, part three

Recap In our last blog, we saw that the book of Ephesians is about the church as a whole:  the one Body of Christ.  This has major implications for how we interpret Ephesians 5:18. Here  is the English translation of Ephesians  5:18 that we are working with: And do not get drunk with wine, which is...
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