One Verse Podcast https://redeeminggod.com Liberating Scripture from the Shackles of Religion … One Verse at a Time. Brought to you by Jeremy Myers and RedeemingGod.com Thu, 20 Sep 2018 04:49:39 +0000 en hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 The Bible is often used by religion to manipulate people and control what we think, do, and say. In the One Verse podcast, author and blogger Jeremy Myers provides verse-by-verse Bible teaching to show how Scripture does not enslave us to the shackles of religion, but instead liberates us from religion by drawing us into a loving and dynamic relationship with God. <br /> <br /> These expository Bible lessons are based on Jeremy's many years of research and Bible teaching. <br /> <br /> They are short, to the point, and easy to understand. Listen to this podcast and see God and Scripture in a whole new light, one verse at a time. Jeremy Myers clean episodic Jeremy Myers jmyers@tillhecomes.org jmyers@tillhecomes.org (Jeremy Myers) 2006-2018 Liberating You from Bad Ideas about God ... One Verse at a Time jeremyers1@gmail.com The Bible is often used by religion to manipulate people and control what we think, do, and say. In the One Verse podcast, author and blogger Jeremy Myers provides verse-by-verse Bible teaching to show how Scripture does not enslave us to the shackles of religion, but instead liberates us from religion by drawing us into a loving and dynamic relationship with God. These expository Bible lessons are based on Jeremy's many years of research and Bible teaching. They are short, to the point, and easy to understand. Listen to this podcast and see God and Scripture in a whole new light, one verse at a time. TV-G Weekly Are “believers in Jesus” and “disciples of Jesus” the same thing? https://redeeminggod.com/believers-vs-disciples/ Wed, 19 Sep 2018 15:00:57 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=48993 Here is a truth that will help you unpack many tricky and often-misunderstood Bible passages: Though all believers have eternal life, not all believers are disciples, and not all disciples are believers. Once you understand the difference between believing in Jesus for eternal life and becoming a disciple of Jesus during this life, many tricky Bible texts will make a lot more sense. Here is a truth that will help you unpack many tricky and often-misunderstood Bible passages:

Though all believers have eternal life,
Not all believers are disciples, and
Not all disciples are believers.

It seems a little confusing at first, but if we think through each statement a little more slowly, it all makes sense.

believer vs disciple

Let’s unpack the statements one at a time:

All believers have eternal life

We know from numerous Bible passages that anyone who believes in Jesus has eternal life.

Jesus makes this claim over and over in the Gospel of John (cf. John 3:16; 5:24; 6:47).

There should be nothing too controversial about this statement by Jesus, but strangely, many Christians don’t agree with Jesus on this matter. Many say that faith alone in Jesus Christ alone is not enough, for we also need to submit our lives to Jesus, obey Jesus, follow Jesus, and perform all sorts of good works to prove that we truly belong to Jesus.

But if you look at all of the Bible passages which contain instructions for these sorts of things, they ALL are talking about becoming a follower, or disciple, of Jesus. They are NOT talking about receiving the free gift of eternal life from Jesus.

This leads to the second statement from above:

Not all believers are disciples

Ancient discipleship was very close to what we call apprenticeship. A person would follow and learn from a master teacher or craftsman in order to become like him and do what he did (Matt 10:25; Luke 6:40).

This usually progressed in four stages: First, he listens to the master’s instructions. Second, he watches the master perform the action. Third, he performs the action with the master’s help. Fourth, he is able to perform the action on his own, and starts teaching it to others.

A mathētēs (disciple) who only listened to the master teach but never progressed out of the classroom, would never be considered a true disciple, even if they could recite from memory everything the teacher had ever said.

While “classroom” teaching and learning was part of the discipleship process, it was only the very first part. A student who never progressed past the classroom would not be considered successful. While learning was important, putting into practice what had been learned was the most important.

A true disciple not only learns what the teacher knows, but also practices what the teacher does (cf. Luke 6:40).

All of this means, of course, that true discipleship is a lifelong process, especially when we think of being a disciple of Jesus.

follow Jesus on path of discipleshipSince no person can ever fully learn everything Jesus has to teach, and no person can ever fully resemble and practice everything that Jesus leads us to do, all who are disciples of Jesus will spend their entire lives learning from Jesus and following in His footsteps.

Since this is so, is should be immediately obvious that there are major differences between believing in Jesus for eternal life and being a disciple of Jesus.

For example, once a person receives eternal life through faith in Jesus, they have eternal life forever. They receive the free gift of eternal life immediately upon believing in Jesus, and nothing they can say or do in the future will cause God to take away this eternal life from them.

Discipleship, however, is not instantaneous, is not a free gift of God, and has numerous ongoing conditions.

While a person cannot lose their eternal life, they can stop being a disciple if they fail to meet the conditions.

Therefore, as you can see, it is possible to believe in Jesus for eternal life, but fail in several aspects of discipleship. Such a person is still part of the family of God, but they are not properly participating in the activities of the family of God.

God will not kick them out of His family for such inactivity, but will continue to seek to teach, train, call, and maybe even discipline these children so that they will grow up from infancy and become productive members of His family.

But this leads to another surprising insight … the third statement from above:

Not all disciples are believers

Just as it is quite possible for someone to believe in Jesus, but not become a fully-committed follower of Jesus, it is also possible for someone to follow Jesus as a disciple, but never actually believe in Him for eternal life.

Judas Iscariot might be one example, but there are other examples in the Gospel accounts, such as those who follow Jesus for a while, but then leave Him when the going gets tough (cf. John 6). It appears that many of those who left didn’t believe in Jesus for eternal life.

believers and disciples

Even in modern times, we all know people who consider Jesus to be a good moral teacher, and try to follow His example and teaching, and yet who still believe that their own good works and moral living is how they will earn eternal life for themselves.

Such people are certainly disciples of Jesus, for they listen to much of what He says and follow His example, but they do not have eternal life because they have not believed in Jesus for eternal life.

Mahatma Gandhi repeatedly said that he did his best to follow the teachings and example of Jesus, especially what Jesus taught in the Sermon on the Mount. It is too bad we Christians do not follow the example of Gandhi in this regard! However, as far as we know, Gandhi never believed one of the main things that Jesus taught, which is that God gives eternal life to anyone who believes in Jesus for it.

Sadly, there are probably many who call themselves Christians who do their best to follow Jesus, and yet who have not believed in Jesus for eternal life but instead continue to trust in their own good works and effort to earn everlasting life for themselves.

Seek to be BOTH a believer AND a Disciple

If you want the full experience of the Christian life, you should not only believe in Jesus for eternal life, but also seek to follow Jesus in the path of discipleship. This way, you not only have eternal life from Jesus, but the abundant life with Jesus.

You not only get to be part of the family of God, but also get to join in the thrilling adventures that God goes on with His active family members.

Let me provide one example of how this helps us understand Scripture.

Matthew 10:37-39 is about discipleship; not eternal life

Matthew 10:37-39 contains several more costly and difficult conditions for the person who would be a disciple of Jesus.

In the previous context, Jesus said that His teachings would create division and strife between family members (Matt 10:34-36). Jesus says that if this happens, His disciples must choose to follow Him rather than stay committed to their family. In the parallel passage of Luke 14:26-33, Jesus says that His disciples must even “hate” their family members.

These passages have been widely misunderstood, primarily because we do not live in the honor and shame culture of Jesus’ day. In a culture that was governed by honor and shame, turning away from family business, family traditions, and family culture to follow other traditions was akin to hating your family.

In that culture, there was no greater way to bring shame on your family. If a person told their family that they were going to give up the family inheritance, not follow through on the family business, and not following the family traditions, the other family members would feel slighted, insulted, shamed, and even hated. They might say, “Why do you hate us so much to turn your back on your traditions?”

Jesus is saying that in such situations, there might not be anything one of His followers can do.

We should never hate our family members or treat them in unloving ways, of course. Such behavior has nothing to do with following Jesus.

But when we follow Jesus, other family members are likely to misunderstand. They might even (wrongly) feel that we hate them.

And while we are to always show our family members love, and invite them to follow Jesus along with us, if they force us to choose between Jesus and family, Jesus is saying that His disciples will choose Him.

This is not easy. It will feel like dying, which is exactly what Jesus says.

He invites His disciples to take up their cross and follow Him. Following Jesus is following Him into the death of our old life.

We will die to old habits, old traditions, and old beliefs. We will lose our old life. But in the process, we will gain a new way of living with Jesus Christ. When we lose our life for the cause of Christ, we gain a new life with Him (cf. Matt 16:24-27; Mark 8:34-38; Luke 9:23-26).

This discussion in Matthew 10:39 about finding a new life with Jesus has caused some to think that Jesus is referring to eternal life. But typically, when Jesus is referring to eternal life, He refers to it as such. When He is simply talking about life, He is referring to the temporal, physical life here on earth, as is the case here.

This world has a certain set of values and goals, but they always and only lead to death. So when we try to hold on to our life in this world, we lose it. However, when we give up the values and goals of life in this world, and instead adopt and accept the values and goals of Jesus, it is then that we discover how to properly live this life with God and with others.

So do you want to follow Jesus on the path of discipleship? It won’t be easy. It might even cause some of your family members to condemn and hate you. But the life you will gain as an active member of the family of God will make it all worth it.

Matthew 10:37-39 is not telling you how to receive eternal life, but is telling you what you can expect if you truly follow Jesus on the path of discipleship. Following Jesus can be quite costly, but it is more than worth the cost.

A chart showing the differences between believers and disciples

Eternal Life Discipleship
Free Gift Costly
Received through faith Received through commitment and obedience
Not by works By works
Instant justification Life-long sanctification
Jesus paid the price The Christian
pays the price
Believe in Jesus Follow Jesus
as Lord
Believe in Jesus Obey the commands
Cannot be earned Earns reward

Are you a believer AND a disciple?

So … have you believed in Jesus for eternal life? Good! Now listen for where Jesus wants to lead you…

Are you trying to follow Jesus, but you are not sure you have eternal life? That’s a good start … but let me be one of the first to invite you to believe in Jesus so that you can KNOW that you have eternal life, and so that you can better follow the leading of Jesus in your life.

Make sure you understand the differences between believing in Jesus for eternal life and following Jesus on the path of discipleship. They condition and results of both are completely different, but both are necessary to experience ALL that God wants for us in the life.

Once you understand the differences, however, many troubling texts in Scripture will make a whole lot more sense.

If you want to learn more about this topic, join my online discipleship group and take the Gospel Dictionary online course:

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Here is a truth that will help you unpack many tricky and often-misunderstood Bible passages: Though all believers have eternal life, not all believers are disciples, and not all disciples are believers. Once you understand the difference between belie... Here is a truth that will help you unpack many tricky and often-misunderstood Bible passages: Though all believers have eternal life, not all believers are disciples, and not all disciples are believers. Once you understand the difference between believing in Jesus for eternal life and becoming a disciple of Jesus during this life, many tricky Bible texts will make a lot more sense.<br /> <br /> To view the manuscript and shownotes for this study, visit: https://redeeminggod.com/believers-vs-disciples/ Jeremy Myers clean 24:23
What is the second death? (Revelation 21:8) https://redeeminggod.com/second-death-revelation/ Tue, 11 Sep 2018 15:00:45 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=48989 Just as eternal life is a life lived in eternity where we live life to its full potential, so eternal death, or the second death is a life lived in eternity where people achieve none of their potential. It is a life of everlasting death. Of no escape from the consequences of selfish human decisions. Revelation 21:8Revelation 20:6, 14 and Revelation 21:8 describe an event called “the second death.” It is contrasted with those who did not participate in “the first resurrection,” which is the resurrection of all believers at the return of Jesus Christ. Those who are not believers end up experiencing the second death.

So what is this second death?

To put the question another way, if Hebrews 9:27 says that it is destined for humans to die once, then how can John write in Revelation 20:6, 14 and Revelation 21:8 that there is a second death?

Here is what Revelation 20:6, 14 and Revelation 21:8 say about the second death:

Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power … Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. … But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake of fire which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.

The “Second Death” is not Annihilation

Some argue that the second death is annihilationism … that is, a person who experiences the second death will no longer exist in eternity. They say that at the first death, people die physically, and then at the second death they die spiritually, which means that they cease to exist.

This view would be possible if “death” means “non-existent.” But it doesn’t. The word “dead” never means “non-existent” in Scripture. 

Instead, “death” means to be separated from the plan and purposes of God.

When something dies, it no longer functions the way God intended. This is true of physical bodies, sexual reproductive organs, interpersonal relationships, and faith.

So here in Revelation 20:6, 14 and Revelation 21:8, the person who experiences the second death will not be living out God’s plan and purposes for them in eternity.

The second death is simply being separated in eternity from what God originally wanted and planned for humanity.

God wanted humans to live in perfect harmony and unity with Himself, each other, and all creation. But when a person dies apart from Jesus Christ, they will experience eternity apart from Jesus Christ as well.

Then how is the Second Death related to the Lake of Fire?

While John describes this eternal existence apart from Jesus Christ as “the lake of fire,” this does not mean that the unregenerate are swimming around in a lake of fire and brimstone any more than anyone who lives in “Salt Lake” is actually swimming around in a large, salt-filled lake in Utah.

the second deathThe “Fiery Lake” might be the place that unregenerate people live for eternity, but this does not necessarily mean that they are suffering and burning for eternity within the lake. Furthermore, as I point out in my forthcoming book on hell, the term “Lake of Fire” referred to the body of water we now call the Dead Sea.

So to say that someone was going to be case into the Lake of Fire, or the Dead Sea, is a symbolic or metaphorical way of saying that such people will end up in a place devoid of life.

This is what John goes on to describe. In the afterlife, as part of the second death, people will be subject to the same “lusts of the flesh” that humans are subject to right now here on earth. Just like in this life, people who live in the second death will be cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters and liars.

So what is the Second Death?

The second death is not annihilation or eternal torment in flames of fire.

Instead, it is the continuation for eternity of what we experience in this life, but in an amplified way.

It consists of God allowing human beings to live life completely separated from Him. It is allowing them to live as slaves to hatred, violence, envy, immorality, deception, greed, lust and every evil thing.

As such, the second death is the opposite of eternal life. Eternal life is life lived as God always wanted, planned, and desired; eternal death (or the second death) is life lived in the complete opposite way, separated from everything that God intended for humanity.

It is existence in everlasting death. It is ongoing existence that is filled with all the problems and frustrations of this life, but without any end to them. The first death is a blessed escape from the frustrations of this life (which is why death is a blessing). But the second death has no end. It is an eternal existence without an end, while facing the frustrations of life lived without God.

second death in eternityJust as being “born again” does not mean to “start your life all over again,” but instead refers to the transformation of a person’s life so that they head in the direction God wanted, so also, to “die again” does not mean that a person dies a second time, but that a person’s life goes in a direction that is even further away from God wanted and desired.

The “second death” therefore, is not annihilation, or the death of the eternal soul. Instead, it is the act of being entrenched or solidified in the way of rebellion against God.

The second death is an irreversible step on a path that leads away from what God wanted and desired.

Did C. S. Lewis write about Hell?

C. S. Lewis’ theological fantasy book, The Great Divorce, depicts what this sort of everlasting death might look like. (He claims he was writing fiction … but was this really his view of hell and he was afraid of being called a heretic?)

The Great Divorce is a fascinating story of a man who gets on a bus in hell to take a trip to heaven. In the second chapter, Lewis describes what life is like for those who live in hell.

When people first arrive, Lewis writes that people find themselves in the center of a vast, sprawling town, which is very much like any town you mind find on earth, except that everything is free and nobody has any needs. So people move into any house they want, and start living in their new existence. But within a few days or weeks, they have a quarrel with one of their neighbors, and decide to move to a different street.

Lewis writes that this process continues forever, until some people get to the point where they live millions of miles away from anybody else.

In the everlasting second death, each person is allowed to be as selfish and mean as they want, and this causes them to eventually separate themselves from everyone else so that they finally live in complete isolation for all eternity, wrapped up in their own thoughts of everybody else’s faults and failures.

The Second Death is Everlasting Existence without God

In this life, there is an end to the choices we make. As we destroy our families, friendships, and health, we draw into ourselves and become more and more separated from others over time. Death stops this process of separation so that we can finally see ourselves and others as we really are, offer forgiveness and be forgiven, and begin to live in love and grace as God desires.

But in an eternal existence without God, where physical death is not an option, people will continue to separate themselves until eventually, they cut off all contact from everyone, and live solitary lives of self-centeredness and complete separation. For people who were created for community and relationships, this truly is a living hell. But it is a hell constructed by their own choices.

So just as eternal life is a life lived in eternity where we live life to its full potential, so eternal death, or the second death is a life lived in eternity where people achieve none of their potential. It is a life of everlasting death. Of no escape from the consequences of selfish human decisions.

Those who experience the eternal second death (living in the realm of death, but never dying) are living in a hell of their own making. Their eternal existence will be a life dominated by the sins mentioned in Revelation 21:8.

In eternity, where there is no death to deliver a person from the devastation they have brought into their lives, this ongoing death will simply continue forever and ever.

What are your thoughts about this concept? Do you agree? Disagree? Does it still sound like “hell” to you? Is it just and fair for God to let people live in eternity in such a way? Would annihilation be more loving? 

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Just as eternal life is a life lived in eternity where we live life to its full potential, so eternal death, or the second death is a life lived in eternity where people achieve none of their potential. It is a life of everlasting death. The second death is part of the lake of fire in Revelation 20:6, 14 and Revelation 21:8. But is it a fiery torture chamber that never ends? No. <br /> <br /> Just as eternal life is a life lived in eternity where we live life to its full potential, so eternal death, or the second death is a life lived in eternity where people achieve none of their potential. It is a life of everlasting death. Of no escape from the consequences of selfish human decisions.<br /> <br /> To view the transcript and leave a comment, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/second-death-revelation/ Jeremy Myers clean 29:57
What does “passed from death to life” mean in 1 John 3:14? https://redeeminggod.com/death-to-life-1-john-3-14/ Tue, 04 Sep 2018 18:30:42 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=48979 When John writes in 1 John 3:14 that we know we have passed from death to life because we love our brethren, he is not talking about how we know we have eternal life, but how we know we are in fellowship with God and one another. In 1 John 3:14, we read this:

We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death.

meaning of 1 John 3:14Is John saying that in order to receive eternal life, you need to love other Christians? Lots of other pastors and Bible scholars teach 1 John 3:14 in just this way, but is that really what John meant?

If so, then how can eternal life be received “by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone”?

If eternal life is also earned by making sure we love other people, then eternal life is partially earned by good works, and is no longer by grace alone through faith alone.

So what is the meaning of 1 John 3:14?

The Theme of Fellowship in 1 John

To understand 1 John 3:14, it is first of all important to understand why 1 John was written.

The first letter of John is written so that the readers may live a life of fellowship with God and with one another (1 John 1:3).

What is 1 John all about

With this as his primary theme, John provides instructions throughout his letter about how to have fellowship with God and with one another.

Note that fellowship is not the same thing as a relationship (see Fellowship). You can be related to someone while not having any fellowship with them. Children are often estranged from parents, so that while they are still related, they never gather together to enjoy each other’s company.

The same thing can happen to those who are related to God and to one another through Jesus Christ. We can be spiritually related while failing to be in daily fellowship.

John writes his letter to make sure that those who read it maintain their fellowship with God and with one another.

With this theme in mind, John paints many contrasts in his letter, comparing the life out of fellowship with darkness and death, while describing life within fellowship as light and life (cf. 1 John 1:5-7; 2:8-10; 3:14-16; 5:11-13).

And while eternal life is mentioned in this letter (cf. 1 John 2:25; 3:15; 5:11), this is not because John is equating eternal life and fellowship, but because ongoing fellowship with God and one another is based on the unchanging fact of eternal life from God.

While you can have relationship without fellowship, you cannot truly have fellowship without relationship.

John knows his readers have the relationship with God and writes so that they might maintain their fellowship as well (cf. 1 John 2:12-14). To live out of fellowship is not to lose our eternal life, but to live away from light and love and in the realm of death and darkness.

1 John 3:14 is about fellowship with God and others

So when John writes in 1 John 3:14 that we know we have passed from death to life because we love our brethren, he is not talking about how we know we have eternal life, but how we know we are in fellowship with God and one another.

One way to know you are in fellowship with God is because you are in fellowship with other believers, that is, because you love one another.

The opposite is also true. Anyone who does not love his brother “abides in death.” The word “abide” means “remain, or to continually dwell” (see Abide), and so the one who hates his brother is not living in the fellowship that God wants and desires for us, but is instead continuing to live in the realm of death, from which Jesus rescued and delivered us.

1 John 3:14 is about escaping the realm of death in which we live, and experiencing true life

As seen in my studies on the word “Death,” the world is controlled by death. We engage in rivalry and accusation which leads to the death of others, and we kill others in the attempt to avoid our own death. We also believe that the death of our enemies will bring peace, but violence against our enemies only results in an increase of their violence against us.

passed from death to life 1 John 3:14

Jesus came to rescue and deliver us from this never-ending cycle of escalating violence, but if we Christians continue to hate our brothers and live in rivalry against them, we have not escaped the control of death but continue to dwell in it and be ruled by it.

So, John invites his readers to love one another instead of hate, and in this way, escape the realm of death.

The context provides further evidence that physical violence against other human beings is what John has in mind when he writes about death. He is not talking about spiritual death or the loss of eternal life, or even that the one who hates his brother proves that he really wasn’t a Christian in the first place.

The context has nothing to do with such ideas.

Instead, John directs the reader to the first death in Scripture, when Cain murdered his brother Abel (1 John 3:12). John also goes on to describe death as “murder” (1 John 3:15).

While John does go on to say that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him (1 John 3:15), he does not mean that no murderer can be a Christian, or that no Christian can murder someone.

He means that when a Christian hates someone or murders someone (for this does happen), it is because they are continuing to follow the ways of this world, rather than the ways of God (see the discussion of 1 John 3:14-15 under Abide).

The meaning of 1 John 3:14

1 John 3:14 is not about gaining or keeping eternal life, or proving that you have it. Instead, it is about living in the way of life that God wants for His people, rather than the way of death that this world is accustomed to.

So, do you want to know that you are living in God’s way of life rather than the world’s way of death? You can know this if you have true and genuine love for other people.

Does this help you understand 1 John 3:14? Please ask any follow-up questions you might have in the comment section below.

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When John writes in 1 John 3:14 that we know we have passed from death to life because we love our brethren, he is not talking about how we know we have eternal life, but how we know we are in fellowship with God and one another. When John writes in 1 John 3:14 that we know we have passed from death to life because we love our brethren, he is not talking about how we know we have eternal life, but how we know we are in fellowship with God and one another.<br /> <br /> To view the transcript and shownotes for this study, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/death-to-life-1-john-3-14/ Jeremy Myers clean 16:53
Frank Viola gives me the shivers (in a GOOD way!) https://redeeminggod.com/frank-viola-insurgence/ Thu, 19 Jul 2018 16:11:02 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=48466 Frank Viola, author of Insurgence, joins me to discuss the Gospel of the Kingdom and what it really means to seek the Kingdom of God in our lives here and now. They also look at Luke 17:20-21 and Matthew 11:12 and what these passages teach about the kingdom of God. I interviewed Frank Viola for my podcast today. We discussed his new book, Insurgence: Reclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom, and as we talked, I literally got goosebumps because of some of the things he said.

You’ll need to listen to the podcast episode to see if the same thing happens to you.

Frank Viola Insurgence

Along with presenting some revolutionary ideas about the kingdom of God, baptism, the world system (principalities and powers), and how to approach the divisive political landscape today, he also explained the tricky texts of Luke 17:20-21 and Matthew 11:12.

These two texts say this:

Luke 17:20-21. Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them and said, “The Kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, ‘See here!” or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.

Matthew 11:12. And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.

Listen to the podcast to learn what these verses mean.

Here are the links that were mentioned by Frank Viola in the discussion:

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Frank Viola, author of Insurgence, joins me to discuss the Gospel of the Kingdom and what it really means to seek the Kingdom of God in our lives here and now. They also look at Luke 17:20-21 and Matthew 11:12 and what these passages teach about the ki... Frank Viola, author of Insurgence, and Jeremy Myers discuss the Gospel of the Kingdom, and what it really means to seek the Kingdom of God in our lives here and now. They also look at Luke 17:20-21 and Matthew 11:12 and what these passages teach about the kingdom of God. <br /> <br /> To view the shownotes, visit: <br /> https://redeeminggod.com/frank-viola-insurgence/ Jeremy Myers clean 45:15
What is dead faith? (James 2:14-26) https://redeeminggod.com/dead-faith-james-2-14-26/ Wed, 27 Jun 2018 18:36:56 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=48349 When James writes about dead faith in James 2:14-26, many people think he is referring to faith that does not exist. But this is not the message of James. What is dead faith? It is useless faith. It is faith that does exist, but is not accomplishing what God wants or desires for it.

When James writes about dead faith in James 2:14-26, many people think he is referring to faith that does not exist. But this is not the message of James. What is dead faith? It is useless faith. It is faith that does exist, but is not accomplishing what God wants or desires for it. Despite what many teach, dead faith is NOT non-existent faith any more than a dead body is a non-existent body.

I have written elsewhere on James 2:14-26 and the often-heard statement that “even the demons believe” (James 2:16). To properly understand James 2:14-26, it is also important to understand three key terms in the passage.

Three Key Terms in James 2:14-26

what is dead faith James 2:14-26The three terms are faith, save, and dead. These three key terms in James 2:14-26 help bring clarity to this much-debated text.

The word faith is defined as the belief, conviction, or persuasion that something is true (see Faith).

The word save is defined as “deliver” (see Salvation). It does NOT refer to gaining forgiveness of sins so we can escape hell and go to heaven when we die. It instead refers to some sort of deliverance, usually from some sort of temporal calamity, such as sickness, enemies, physical death, etc.

And the word dead means to be separated from the life, purpose, or goal which God planned or intended (see Death).

With these three terms in mind, the troublesome text of James 2:14-26 becomes much clearer.

The Context of James 2:14-26

The context of James 2 also helps us understand what James is saying.

The immediately preceding context is that the church is showing favoritism to some of the wealthier members. The rich receive more attention and better seats at fellowship meals than do the poor (James 2:1-13).

Following this, James continues to address how the poor and needy in the church are treated. James says that when it comes to helping the poor and needy in their community, faith is not enough. It is not enough to tell someone that you believe God can clothe them and provide for their needs. It is not enough to promise someone that you will pray for them.

Such faith in God, while real and genuine, does absolutely nothing to clothe the poor or feed the hungry (James 2:15-16).

What good is it, James asks, if you tell the poor that you believe God will clothe them, and you tell the hungry that you have faith in God to feed them, but you yourself don’t do anything to feed or clothe them?

Will your faith do anything to feed or clothe the poor and hungry? No, it won’t.

faith without works is dead James 2:26If you are genuinely concerned about the poor and hungry in your midst, it is fine to believe that God can do something about it, if you also believe that God is going to do something about it through you.

Faith, by itself, is worthless when it comes to helping the poor.

Note that James is not saying anything whatsoever about faith in Jesus for eternal life.

This is not the point of this passage. He is talking about how our faith in God to feed the hungry and clothe the poor should lead us to feed the hungry and clothe the poor.

If you believe God can meet these needs, but you yourself do nothing to meet them, then your faith is dead and worthless. This does not mean that your faith does not exist. It does exist. But your faith is separated from its intended purpose.

God wants our faith in Him to spur us to step out and do things that turn our faith into action.

When we pray for something, God then wants us to seek to become the answer to our own prayers.

When we tell God that we believe He can do something, He turns to us and says that He will do it through us if we step out in faith and let Him. Faith in God is not us “letting go and letting God” but is us “stepping up and taking action” trusting that God will work in and through us to accomplish His work in this world.

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So what is DEAD faith in James 2:16, 26?

So the word dead in James 2:16, 26 is a symbolic way of referring to faith that is not accompanied or empowered by works.

Dead faith is real faith. It does exist.

But dead faith is nothing more than faith that is by itself (James 2:17). All James is saying is that if the Christian life is going to be powerful and effective, both faith and works are needed. To save our relationship with other Christians and to accomplish God’s work in this world, both faith and works are needed (See Dillow, Reign of the Servant Kings, 187-194; Zane Hodges, Dead Faith: What is it? (Dallas: Redencion Viva, 1987); John Hart, “How to Energize Our Faith: Reconsidering the Meaning of James 2:14-26,” JOTGES (Spring, 1999).

At the end of this section, James illustrates this point by equating faith and works with the body and the spirit (James 2:26). Just as a body without the spirit is dead, so also, faith without works is dead.

dead faith James 2:14-26When a person’s spirit leaves their body, does this mean that the body does not exist, or that it never existed? No, of course not. The body is still there, even after the spirit departs. But the body is no longer accomplishing the purpose and goal which God intended for it.

So also with faith and works. If a person has faith, but they do not have works, this does not mean that their faith does not exist, or that it never existed. No, the faith is still there, even though the works are not.

But in such a situation, faith is not accomplishing the purpose and goal which God intended for it. The faith is dead. The absence of works is not allowing the faith to carry out God’s plan and purposes in the world. This is the meaning of James 2:14-26.

James 2:14-26 has nothing to do with eternal life

I cannot emphasize enough that James 2 has nothing whatsoever to do with the gaining, keeping, or proving of eternal life.

James 2:14-26 is not teaching that if a person fails to have good works, then this proves that they do not have eternal life. The question of eternal life is not in view at all.

Instead, James is telling us that rather than just pray for someone, or bless someone, or tell someone that God can provide for their needs, it is we who should answer our own prayers, seek to be a blessing to them, and provide for the needs out of our own pocket or pantry.

dead faith is useless faithOnly in this way does our faith get put into practice and fulfill the plans and goals of God.

So what is dead faith? Dead faith is NOT non-existent faith. Dead faith very much exists.

People who have dead faith truly do have actual and real faith. But their faith is inactive and useless. It is not accomplishing what God wants their faith to accomplish in this life.

So do you believe God can help others? Great! Now go out and do something about it, and actually help those whom God places in your life.

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When James writes about dead faith in James 2:14-26, many people think he is referring to faith that does not exist. But this is not the message of James. What is dead faith? It is useless faith. It is faith that does exist, When James writes about dead faith in James 2:14-26, many people think he is referring to faith that does not exist. But this is not the message of James. What is dead faith? It is useless faith. It is faith that does exist, but is not accomplishing what God wants or desires for it.<br /> <br /> To view the manuscript or leave a comment, visit: https://redeeminggod.com/dead-faith-james-2-14-26/ Jeremy Myers clean 21:42
How are we “dead in trespasses and sins”? (Ephesians 2:1) https://redeeminggod.com/ephesians_2_1/ Thu, 21 Jun 2018 01:44:07 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=48299 Is Paul teaching in Ephesians 2:1 that unbelievers cannot even believe in Jesus for eternal life unless God first regenerates them? Must God give unbelievers new life (regeneration) before they believe and so that they can believe? No. This is not what it means to be dead in trespasses and sins.

Ephesians 2:1 is a favorite passage among some theologians to defend the idea that unregenerate people cannot do anything in their life to move toward God.

In other words, some say that because people are “dead in the trespasses and sins” (shortened as “dead in sins“) they cannot do anything good, including believe in Jesus.

But is this what Ephesians 2:1 is teaching? The verse says this:

Ephesians 2:1. And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins.

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Is Paul Teaching that Unbelievers cannot Believe in Jesus?

So is Paul teaching in Ephesians 2:1 that unbelievers cannot even believe in Jesus for eternal life unless God first regenerates them? Must God give unbelievers “new life” (regeneration) before they believe and so that they can believe?

Do people receive eternal life from God before they believe in Jesus or because they believe in Jesus?

The answer is that Jesus and Paul and all Scripture consistently agrees that we believe in in Jesus for eternal life; we do not receive eternal life to believe in Jesus (John 3:16; 5:24; 6:47; Rom 4:4-5).

Since Faith is not a Work, Unbelievers are Able to Believe

The idea that unregenerate people cannot do anything good is silly. Unbelievers can do all sorts of good spiritual things, which includes believing in Jesus for eternal life (cf. John 5:25; 20:31; Rom 1:20; Gal 3:26; Col 2:12-13; 1 Pet 1:23-25; Heb 10:39).

But this does not mean that the person who believes in Jesus for eternal life has earned their eternal life, has worked for it, or has done anything good to merit it.

Since faith is not a work, but is the opposite of works (Romans 4:4-5), then faith is not meritorious.

Those who receive the free gift of eternal life through faith in Jesus do not in any way get “credit” for eternal life.

Faith is the persuasion that something is true, and when God persuades us that we can have eternal life through Jesus Christ alone, at that moment of faith we have received eternal life from Him (see the Gospel Dictionary entry on Faith).

When we believe, no works are performed. No effort is expended.

So what is Paul teaching in Ephesians 2:1?

Dead in sin Ephesians 2:1-3This entire line of thought is completely foreign to what Paul had in mind when he wrote Ephesians 2.

The debate about spiritual death and spiritual life in Ephesians 2 has been imported into the passage from outside theological systems that rip various verses in this chapter out of context so that they can then be used as proof texts to defend ideas that are not actually found in Paul’s line of thought.

A couple of factors contribute to the widespread failure to understand Paul’s point in Ephesians 2.

We must understand the word “saved”

The most significant contributing factor to this misunderstanding is the word “saved” in Ephesians 2:8-9.

When most Christians hear the word “saved” or “salvation,” they immediately think of “eternal life,” “going to heaven when you die,” or some similar concept.

But the Bible never uses the word “salvation” or “saved” as an equivalent term for eternal life. Instead, the word “saved” (and the entire “salvation” word family) means “deliverance” or “to be delivered” and the context determines what kind of deliverance is in view (see The Gospel Dictionary entry on Salvation).

To be “saved” in Ephesians 2 is to be “delivered from sin”

When Ephesians 2:8-9 is examined in the broader context (see the first several paragraphs of this post on Ephesians 2:1-3 to see the context of Ephesians 2), we learn that salvation in Ephesians is not about receiving eternal life so you can go to heaven when you die, but is instead about being rescued and delivered from our addiction to accusation, scapegoating, and violence, so that we are brought into the way of life, love, and liberty that God always wanted and desired for humanity.

So what does Ephesians 2:1 mean?

When this point about salvation is grasped, we then see that the phrase “dead in trespasses and sins” in Ephesians 2:1 is not talking about some sort of “spiritual death” in which the unregenerate cannot even respond to God or believe in Jesus.

Instead, the phrase “dead in trespasses and sins” is referring to the pervasive and controlling disease of death which covers the whole earth.

The point Paul is making here is the same exact point made in Genesis 4–6. Sin was introduced to the world, and death came with it, not primarily the death that comes with old age, but the death that comes from human violence against one another.

In Ephesians 2:1-3, Paul is saying that the whole world is addicted to the destructive power of sin, which leads us to scapegoat and kill others, rather than accept, forgive, and love them.

Paul describes this further in Ephesians 2:2-3. In speaking of the course of the world, Paul is saying that sin and death guide and control the world.

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Rivalry, scapegoating, and violence form the foundation of all human civilization, culture, and interaction (see the Gospel Dictionary entry on World). This is also what Paul is referring to when he mentions the prince of the power of the air which works in the sons of disobedience.

This is, of course, a reference to Satan, who is the accuser (see the Gospel Dictionary entry on Satan). The desire of sin which God warned Cain against (Gen 4:7) is what Paul describes in Ephesians 2:3.

So the great problem of Ephesians 2:1-3 is indeed sin.

Sin is the realm of death in which all humans live and function. Sin is seen through accusation and scapegoating that comes from the desires and lusts of the flesh. All humans live in this realm and know of no other way to live.

Further Evidence from the context of Ephesians 2:1

Ephesians 2 (the whole chapter) follows a Problem-Solution-Application outline. And to see what the “Problem” of death and sin actually are, we can reverse engineer the chapter by beginning at the end, and seeing how Paul applies the chapter.

And in Ephesians 2:11-22, Paul talks about doing away with hostility and dividing walls of separation that we use to keep human separate from one another and hating one another. Instead, we are called to live in unity, love, and peace, just like Jesus Christ.

Jesus teaches peace Ephesians 2

So if that is the application, then the problem is the opposite. If peace and the removal of human hostility on this earth is the goal, then the problem is not about how we’re headed for hell and need to go to heaven. No, if the goal is the end of hostility between humans, then the problem is hostility and violence between humans.

And of course, the solution to the problem is what was accomplished in Jesus Christ, which is what Paul discusses in Ephesians 2:4-10.

We can briefly summarize Ephesians 2:1-22 this way:

Since sin and the death that comes from human hostility is the great problem of the world (Ephesians 2:1-3), God took the initiative to send Jesus Christ and show us a way out of this problem (Ephesians 2:4-10), so that those of us who see and understand what Jesus did on the cross, can now live as He lived, in love and unity for one another (Ephesians 2:11-22).

“Dead in Sins” in Ephesians 2:1

So the term “dead in sins” in Ephesians 2:1 is not referring to some sort of “spiritual death” which makes people unable to hear or respond to God, or to believe in Jesus for eternal life.

No, Paul is instead describing human culture and civilization. He is describing the “atmosphere” of sin and death in which we all live, and which we all assume is normal.

dead in trespasses and sins Eph 2:1This is what it means to be “dead in sins.” We are surrounded by an atmosphere, a system, a world of sin, which leads to death … death through murder, warfare, hatred, killing, condemning, scapegoating, and all things related to this.

But this way of “life” is not normal, and it is not what God wanted, planned, or intended. This worldly way of life is actually death.

So Jesus came to show us another way to live … an actual way to live. Because of what Jesus showed us, we can now live in a heavenly culture and civilization, even while we are here on earth.

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Is Paul teaching in Ephesians 2:1 that unbelievers cannot even believe in Jesus for eternal life unless God first regenerates them? Must God give unbelievers new life (regeneration) before they believe and so that they can believe? No. Is Paul teaching in Ephesians 2:1 that unbelievers cannot even believe in Jesus for eternal life unless God first regenerates them? Must God give unbelievers new life (regeneration) before they believe and so that they can believe? No. This is not what it means to be dead in trespasses and sins.<br /> <br /> In Ephesians 2:1, Paul introduces the problem of human sin, which is characterized by death, and then shows the solution in Ephesians 2:4-22.<br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the transcript, visit: https://redeeminggod.com/ephesians_2_1/ Jeremy Myers clean 23:01
Adventures in Fishing for Men – A Humorous Satire of Evangelism https://redeeminggod.com/adventures-in-fishing-for-men/ Wed, 13 Jun 2018 17:00:56 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=12396 Most Christians are doing more harm than good with how they attempt to share Jesus with others. Many of the modern evangelistic efforts of Christians only do harm to the cause of Christ and the message of the gospel. If you want to see what I mean, I explain it all in parable form through my new book, Adventures in Fishing for Men. Don’t tell one more person about Jesus until you read my new book. Don’t attempt any more evangelism until you read it.

Seriously.

Most Christians are doing more harm than good with how they attempt to “share Jesus” with others.

Many of the modern “evangelistic” efforts of Christians only do harm to the cause of Christ and the message of the gospel.

If you want to see what I mean, I “explain” it all in parable form through my new book, Adventures in Fishing for Men.

This book is an allegory, or parable, about evangelism. In it, a nameless man (Is it you? Is it me?) attempts to become a world-famous fisherman … all without ever catching any fish.

The book is funny, hilarious, entertaining, and most of all, insightful and instructional.

Here is what some others are saying about Adventures in Fishing for Men.

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This book was originally published back in 2012, but it has been significantly revised and expanded. It contains 50% new material, and also has a set of Discussion Questions to go along with each chapter.

These discussion questions will help you use this book for your small group class or Bible study. And since this book is humorous, if you use it for your small group Bible study or discussion group, it will be unlike any other study you have done. You will still learn, but through story and humor instead!

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Most Christians are doing more harm than good with how they attempt to share Jesus with others. Many of the modern evangelistic efforts of Christians only do harm to the cause of Christ and the message of the gospel. If you want to see what I mean, Most Christians are doing more harm than good with how they attempt to share Jesus with others.<br /> <br /> Many of the modern evangelistic efforts of Christians only do harm to the cause of Christ and the message of the gospel.<br /> <br /> If you want to see what I mean, I explain it all in parable form through my new book, Adventures in Fishing for Men.<br /> <br /> This podcast episode contains the first three chapters of the book. Enjoy!<br /> <br /> To learn more about the book, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/adventures-in-fishing-for-men/ Jeremy Myers clean 28:57
How did Death enter the world through Adam? (Romans 5:12-21) https://redeeminggod.com/death-romans-5-12/ Wed, 06 Jun 2018 19:08:45 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=48101 In Romans 5:12, Paul writes that through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned. Almost everybody thinks that Paul is referring to the event in Genesis 3 when Adam and Eve ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. But is this what Paul has in mind? It doesn't seem so ...

In Romans 5:12, Paul writes that “through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned.” Almost everybody thinks that Paul is referring to the event in Genesis 3 when Adam and Eve ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.

Romans 5:12But is this what Paul has in mind?

It doesn’t seem so …

Let us consider the contexts of Genesis 3 and Romans 5 to see what Paul is thinking. And while we are doing that, we will also seek to define the word “death” as it is used in Scripture.

Death in Genesis 3 (in the context of Genesis 2-7)

Questions about death have plagued humanity since the very beginning. Where did death come from? How can we escape death? What is death? What happens after death? Is there a way to return from death?

The Bible answers many of these questions, and the foundation for these answers is laid in Genesis 2–7. If we fail to understand these opening chapters, this failure has ramifications for how we understand the rest of the Bible as well.

For example, vast segments of Christianity believe that death is a curse from God which came as a result of human sinful rebellion in the Garden of Eden. Many believe that because Adam and Eve ate fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, God cursed them with death, and all humanity as well.

This way of thinking then gets carried over into how we understand other texts related to the gospel, and it also colors our view of God and death.

Genesis 3But a careful study of what Genesis 2–7 teaches about death and dying leads us in a very different direction.

Now, it is true that physical death came upon humans as a result of eating the forbidden fruit. But it is not true that God sent death upon humans or cursed humans with death. Many people do not realize this, but death was built in to creation, as part of creation. If that’s a challenging idea for you, go and listen to Episode 9 of the One Verse Podcast, where I teach about death and creation from Genesis 1:11-12.

So death was inherent within God’s good creation, but this does not mean that God wanted humans to die. This is why God gave humans the Tree of Life. Eating from this tree would keep death from coming upon humans.

When Adam and Eve ate fruit from the forbidden tree, death did come upon humans, but not because God cursed humans with death. Instead, death came upon humans because humans could not longer eat from the Tree of Life.

But is this not a curse after all? Is it not God’s “fault” that humans die? No. While, it is true that God is the one responsible for keeping humans from eating from the tree of life, this is not a curse; it is a blessing.

Death is a Blessing

Despite the way most people feel about it, death is actually a blessing from God. The real curse would be to live forever in a sinful body.

When Adam and Eve ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they permanently damaged their relationship with each other, with creation, with God, and even within themselves (This is what is seen and described in Genesis 3:7-21).

The only way for God to repair these connections is by allowing our bodies to die so that He could give us new, glorious bodies that accomplished everything He planned and intended for us. In other words, once our flesh was damaged, the only way to repair it is through death.

Death, therefore, is not a curse, but a cure. Genesis 5 shows that everyone experienced this kind of death as time and time again we are met with the phrase, “… and he died” (Genesis 5:5, 8, 11, 14, 17, 20, 27, 31).

Yet this type of death is not the only type of death mentioned in Genesis 1–7, nor is it the type of death that Scripture as a whole is most concerned with. And this is not the type of death Paul has in mind in Romans 5:12-21.

Natural death is natural, and while God did not want or intend for us to die natural deaths, it is not primarily this type of death that Jesus came to rescue and deliver us from.

The first real death in the Bible is encountered in Genesis 4, and it is this death that is most concerning to God, and which Scripture everywhere warns us against.

The Introduction of Sin and Death (Genesis 4:4, 8)

Genesis 4The first death in the Bible is when Cain murders his brother Abel as a result of jealous rivalry (Genesis 4:8). Many Christians believe that the first death in the Bible occurs when God sacrificed a sheep in Genesis 3:21 or when Abel made a similar sacrifice in Genesis 4:4.

But a careful study of these texts reveals that no animal blood was shed. There is no animal sacrifice in Genesis 3:21 or Genesis 4:4. I have podcast episodes on these verses as well. No sacrifice in Genesis 3:21 and no sacrifice in Genesis 4:4-5.

So the first death of any kind in the Bible is when Cain murders his brother in Genesis 4:8.

The significance of this cannot be overstated. Since the first death is between brothers, it reveals that all violence between humans is violence between family members. When we stop to think about it, all of us are related, which means that any violence against anyone else is violence against a member of our own family.

Cain kills AbelBut beyond this, the source of the violent murder is Cain’s desire to have what Abel has, and the rivalry he engages in to obtain it (cf. Genesis 4:5-7). Furthermore, Cain then goes off to found a city (Genesis 4:17), which shows that murder and violence is at the foundation of all human civilization.

But it is not just the murder of one against another that concerns God. God is concerned with the human tendency to escalate violence through retaliation and revenge. This is why God puts a mark on Cain (Genesis 4:15).

God knows that the death of one tends to lead quickly to the death of many, and He wants to stop the process from beginning with Cain.

This truth is further seen when Lamech kills a young man for hurting him (Genesis 4:23). Lamech goes on to say that if Cain would be avenged sevenfold, then he should be avenged seventy sevenfold (Gen 4:26).

As all humans who engage in violence against others, Lamech feels completely justified in his own actions, and believes that any retaliation against him would be completely unjustified. But note how the sevenfold retaliation has already exponentially increased to seventy sevenfold.

death in Genesis 4In Genesis 6 we see that this seventy sevenfold vengeance has overtaken the whole earth so that now, everyone is only evil all the time and violence has covered the whole earth (Genesis 6:5, 11). The one thing that God did not want to happen has happened. In Genesis 6 all humans are engaged in violence against all other humans. The earth is suffering from an all-consuming contagion of violence.

So the overall truth about death in Genesis 2–7 is that there are two main types of death.

One of the physical death which comes upon all people as a result of being blocked from the tree of life. This death is not a curse, but a blessing, as it is the necessary doorway to the resurrection and the glorified bodies that we have for eternity.

The second form of death, however, is the main concern of God, not only in Genesis 2–7, but also in the rest of Scripture. This is the death that comes as a result of violence, and which is closely associated with sin.

The death that plagues humanity and which Jesus can to rescue and deliver us from is not the primarily the death of humans dying from old age, but the death of humans killing other humans.

Sin has consequences both to ourselves and others. Yes, we die physically from old age because we have been separated from the tree of life, but we also die (as do others) as a result of the consequences of sinful violence.

This brings us then to what Paul is teaching in Romans 5.

Death Through Adam in Romans 5:12-21

Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned. … Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come (Rom 5:12, 14).

Paul argues in Romans 5:12-21 that sin and death are not linked to the law. Both existed prior to the Mosaic Law (Romans 5:13-14), and the law serves to reveal and exacerbate the human problem of sin (Romans 5:20).

death of Adam death of Jesus Romans 5:12-21Paul goes on to contrast this with the righteousness that is in Jesus Christ (Romans 5:16-18). Therefore, as with many other words in this dictionary, the concept of death in Romans in closely connected with other key words that must also be understood in order to grasp Paul’s overall argument.

For the purposes of this entry, it is only necessary to point out that Paul writes how death came as a result of sin, and sin entered the world through one man, Adam (Romans 5:12). The order of events is that Adam introduced sin into the world, and sin brought death.

Many who read Romans 5:12 believe that the sin Paul is referring to is the act of eating fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, which resulted in Adam and Eve getting kicked out of the Garden of Eden so that they later died of old age.

But when we go back and carefully examine the order of events the terminology used in Genesis 3–4 as we have done above, we see a different truth emerge.

Yes, through Adam’s disobedience, sin was introduced into the world. But in Genesis, sin is not mentioned until Genesis 4:7, where it is connected with Cain’s desire to engage in rivalry and revenge against Abel.

Adam and Eve had previously engaged in some of this rivalry when they started blaming each other, blaming God, and blaming the serpent for why they ate the fruit (Genesis 3:11-13), but the overall picture of what sin is and how it leads to death is not described until Genesis 4 where sin is first mentioned and the first death occurs.

Yes, Adam introduced both sin and death to the world in Genesis 3, but both are not fully revealed until Genesis 4.

So when Paul writes in Romans 5:12-21 that sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, we should not be thinking about Genesis 3, but about Genesis 4.

The death that is most concerning to Paul is the death that comes as a result of violence.

When Paul goes on in Romans 5:12-21 to write about how death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned, we should be thinking about Genesis 5–7, where while some people died from old age, most of the people in these chapters died as a result of violence.

None of this is how God intended or desired for humans to interact with each other. When God created humanity, He planned for us to live and work together in peace and harmony, as partners in the task of multiplying on the face of the earth, taking care of the plants and animals, and expanding the borders of the Garden to cover the whole earth (cf. Genesis 1:26-28).

This was the righteous life that God wanted for us. But instead, we chose the sin of blame, accusation, finger-pointing, rivalry, and scapegoating, which leads to death, the violent death of brother murdering brother. But Jesus came to lead us back into the righteous life that God originally desired. Paul goes on to explain how this works in Romans 6-8.

The transition from death unto life in the book of Romans is a transition from the sins of rivalry, scapegoating, and violence based on the law (Romans 1–3), to the reception of eternal life and the principles of the righteous life as revealed in Jesus (Romans 4–5).

These truths then lead us into freedom from sin and the law (Romans 6–7), so that we no longer have to live in condemnation from God or from one another (Romans 8). Paul concretely applies all these truths in Romans 9–15.

As can be seen, a proper understanding of what the Bible teaches about death helps make sense of Paul’s argument in Romans, and especially what he is teaching in Romans 5:12. While receiving eternal life is part of Paul’s message in Romans, it is only a small part.

In Romans 5:12-21, Paul is more concerned with how we live our lives in Jesus Christ free from slavery to sin and the power of death.

So what does the Gospel teach about Death?

Yes, it is true … the gospel teaches that while humans die from sickness and old age, these things will be done away with in the future.

But this truth about death is not the primary teaching in the Gospel about death. The Bible is not just concerned about future death, but present death.

The gospel contains truths about death for this life here and now, and how to avoid it. The Bible says that the big problem of death is not that we will eventually die from old age or disease, but that we engage in the practices of death every day when we accuse, slander, and blame our fellow human beings.

We engage in the practices of death when we approve of scapegoating, condemning, and killing other human beings. The first death in the Bible is when Cain murdered his brother Abel, and when we call for the death of other human beings today, we are following in the way of Cain.

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Jesus came and died to reveal this truth to us, and to call us to stop it. Rather than seek revenge and retaliation, we are to love and forgive. This is the way of Jesus and this is the call of the gospel.

The gospel reveals how we participate in the killing of our brothers and sisters, and calls us to abandon these practices and follow Jesus in the way of love.  This is what Paul is talking about in Romans 5 as well.

The main concern of Scripture regarding death is the death that comes from scapegoating violence. This is the foundational sin of the world, and is the type of death Jesus subjected Himself to so that He might reveal to us how we humans are enslaved to death and show us a different way to live.

We gain deliverance from this type of death by choosing to follow Jesus in the way of love and forgiveness, rather than in the worldly way of rivalry, accusation, and blame.

Once we have seen what death is and how we have deliverance from all forms of death in Jesus Christ, it is then that we lose our fear of death. It is then that we can say with Paul:

Death is swallowed up in victory.
O Death, where is your sting?
O Hades, where is your victory?

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In Romans 5:12, Paul writes that through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned. Almost everybody thinks that Paul is referring to the event in Genesis 3 when Adam and Eve ate from the... In Romans 5:12, Paul writes that through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned. Almost everybody thinks that Paul is referring to the event in Genesis 3 when Adam and Eve ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. But is this what Paul has in mind? It doesn't seem so ...<br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the manuscript, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/death-romans-5-12/ Jeremy Myers clean 34:19
What is the Crown of Life? https://redeeminggod.com/what-is-the-crown-of-life/ Wed, 30 May 2018 18:03:28 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=13188 The Crown of Life is not eternal life. Eternal life is a free gift. The Crown of Life is special reward for a special act of service and dedication to the King. Just as you win an award for winning a race, so also God gives rewards to people who run well in this life. This article looks at the crown of life and what we learn about it in James 1:12 and Revelation 2:10.

Have you ever wondered about the crown of life? A reader recently sent in the following question about what the crown of life is, though it might also be important to understand how we gain the crown of life. But let us begin with her question. Here is what she wrote:

I just finished reading your article on Yeshua drinking the bitter cup. I am just amazed at this view. I was searching for what it meant because a few years back I was told to drink a bitter cup. All I know is I have never felt lost until that time. To drink the dregs of it is a horrible thing, and all I had was a taste. But Jesus drank the dregs for us! I am still stunned at what you have shown. Your article makes me appreciate even more what He has done for us. It makes perfect sense to me.

I would like to ask you if you have written anything on the crown of life? After all this incident, I was told on April 19 that I had made it through my tribulation and received the crown of life. Can you help explain what this means?

First, thank you for the encouragement about the article where Jesus prayed to “Let this cup pass.” I must give credit to one of my seminary professors for that view.

From your question, it sounds like maybe you are attending a church or Bible study that gives prophetic “Words of knowledge” to its members. Is that true?

Be careful about what people tell you through these “words of knowledge.” My experience is that usually the messages they give are designed to control you and instill fear in you, rather than help or encourage. In the case of the two things you were told, it looks like someone quoted some poorly-misunderstood Bible passages at you, and then misapplied them to your life so that you lived in fear.

Remember, God has not given us a Spirit of fear, but of power, love, and self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7). If a message comes “by the Spirit” and results in you feeling lost and fearing for your life, it is not likely a message that originated with God.

But let us move on to your question about the crown of life.

The Crown of Life

So what about the Crown of Life? What is the crown of life and how can we gain it?

laurel crownThere are five crowns mentioned in Scripture. They are the Everlasting Crown (1 Cor 9:25), the Crown for the One who Wins Souls (Php 4:1; 1 Thess 2:19), the Crown of Righteousness (2 Tim 4:8), the Crown of Glory (1 Pet 5:4), and the Crown of Life (Jas 1:12; Rev 2:10).

Part of the difficulty with these crowns is that most cultures today do not use crowns, and those that do reserve the crowns for royalty. But the word used for “crown” is stephanos, which can also refer to a “reward” or “laurel wreath.” In the original Greek Olympics, the winner of the sporting contests was awarded the stephanos, a laurel crown.

So each of the crowns mentioned above represents a reward for some particular special act of service or perseverance within the Kingdom of God. By all appearances, the crowns will be some sort of actual reward handed out to believers when Jesus returns again in the future. This will be at the Bema — the Judgment Seat of Christ.

Therefore, none of the crowns are equivalent to eternal life itself. That is, while eternal life is the absolutely free gift of God to anyone who simply believes in Jesus for it (John 3:16; 5:24; 6:47), the various crowns are rewards that are given to Christians who complete certain tasks and practice certain behaviors.

Each of the five crowns deserves its own study, but let me just focus on the Crown of Life. (There is a short study of the other crowns in my Gospel Dictionary Online Course, in the lesson on “Crown.”)

The Crown of Life is NOT Eternal Life

James 1:12 and Revelation 2:10 indicate that the Crown of Life is for those who persevere in faith through temptation, tribulation, and persecution.

Some people wrongly teach, however, that if you fail to persevere in faith through temptation, tribulation, or persecution, that you prove you do not have life, or that God will take away your life. This is not true.

the crown of lifeEternal life is a free gift to everyone and anyone who believes in Jesus for it. You do not have to work your way to eternal life. Eternal life cannot be earned or kept by good works.

The Crown of Life, however, is a reward for special acts of service and perseverance under trial.

The Crown of Life is special reward for a special act of service and dedication to the King.

So if you are experiencing severe temptation, trials, or persecution, be encouraged and persevere through them.

Just as a runner perseveres through the difficulties of the race so that he reaches the finish line and receives the reward, so also Jesus wants to put the Crown of Life upon your head when you reach the finish line after persevering through pain, trials, and persecution.

It will probably not be an actual crown or ring of leaves, but will be some sort of special blessing, honor, privilege, or recognition in the future, eternal reign of Jesus.

By offering this Crown, Jesus encourages us to stay strong, keep the course, and remain faithful.

Let us look in more detail at the two texts which mention the Crown of Life.

The Crown of Life in James 1:12

Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him (James 1:12).

crown of life James 1:12The crown of life that James mentions here is often confused with eternal life.

But as with every other crown, we know that the crown of life cannot be the same thing as eternal life because eternal life is the free gift of God to everyone who believes in Jesus for it, but the crown of life, as described here by James, is given to those who endure temptation.

In other words, Jesus gives the crown of life to those who persevere in faith through temptation, tribulation, and persecution.

Therefore, the crown of life is a reward for a life well-lived. It is an honor that Jesus bestows upon those who endure the trials and temptations of this life.

Some people wrongly teach that those who fail to persevere in the midst of temptation prove that they not actually Christians or that as a result of their failure, God takes away their eternal life. But this is not what James is teaching.

Eternal life is a free gift to everyone and anyone who believes in Jesus for it. The crown of life, however, is a reward for special acts of service and perseverance under trial.

This is actually a great encouragement for those who face trials and temptations. It is much easier to endure in the midst of trials when we know that we are safe and secure in the arms of God, and that even if we fail to stand up in the temptation, He will not abandon or forsake us, but will always be there to love, comfort, protect, and restore us.

This sense of safety gives us strength to stand in the midst of temptation. It allows us to run the race with perseverance, rather than giving up out of fear and frustration.

This crown is an encouragement to stay strong, keep the course, and remain faithful. As with the other crowns, it is likely not a literal crown, but is symbolic of praise, honor, and glory that Jesus bestows upon those who faithfully stand with Him in the midst of trial and temptation.

The Crown of Life in Revelation 2:10

Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life (Revelation 2:10).

crown of life Revelation 2:10The crown mentioned in Revelation 2:10 is also the crown of life mentioned in James 1:12. In both cases, the crown of life is a special honor, reward, or recognition given by Jesus to those who stand up against the temptation and trials of the devil.

The crown of life is not eternal life, but is a way that Jesus recognizes and honors those people who faithfully serve Him and remain steadfast in the storms of life (cf. Revelation 3:11).

Here in Revelation 2:10, Jesus warns the Christians in Smyrna that the devil is coming to accuse and test them. Some of them will be thrown into prison, and they may even lose their lives. But Jesus says that if they remain faithful, He will bless and honor them with the crown of life when they stand before Him in the resurrection. They will be shown special honor in the life to come.

One further piece of evidence that the crown of life is not the same as eternal life is that all seven letters to the churches in Revelation 2–3 contain promises of rewards and special blessings for those Christians who persevere and overcome.

Just as eating from the tree of life (Rev 2:7), getting a new name (Rev 2:17), receiving power to rule the nations (Rev 2:26), being recognized before God in heaven (Rev 3:5), and being made a pillar in the temple of God (Rev 3:12) are not the same thing as receiving eternal life, so also, the crown of life is not the same thing as eternal life.

These are all special ways that Jesus rewards and recognizes those who faithfully serve and honor Him.

What is the crown of life

So What is the Crown of Life?

The crown of life is not equivalent to eternal life. Eternal life is the free gift of God to all who believe in Jesus for it. The crown of life (like all the crowns mentioned in Scripture) is a form of honor and recognition that Jesus bestows upon those who faithfully serve and honor Him.

It is helpful to think of these crowns as a medal for winning a race, or as some form of public recognition where we receive praise for a job well done. This recognition and reward will be received at the Judgment Seat of Christ. This is especially true of the crown of life.

So as you live your life, be eager for the Lord’s coming, faithfully love and serve one another, teach and train each other in the truths of the gospel, and stand strong in the face of trial and temptation. If you do these things, you will receive crowns from Jesus so that you may cast them at His feet in eternity.

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The Crown of Life is not eternal life. Eternal life is a free gift. The Crown of Life is special reward for a special act of service and dedication to the King. Just as you win an award for winning a race, so also God gives rewards to people who run we... What is the crown of life, and how is it earned? Is the crown of life the same thing as eternal life? This study answers these questions, and also looks at James 1:12 and Revelation 2:10, the two passages that discuss the crown of life. <br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the transcript, go here: https://redeeminggod.com/what-is-the-crown-of-life/ Jeremy Myers clean 26:51
Do I need to confess Jesus to be saved? (Romans 10:9-10) https://redeeminggod.com/confess-jesus-romans-10-9-10/ Wed, 23 May 2018 19:56:29 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=47949 There are several verses in the Bible which seem to teach that you need to make a public confession of Jesus in order to be saved. One of these is Romans 10:9-10. Many people interpret this to mean that if you do not let others know that you are a follower of Jesus, then you do not truly have eternal life and will therefore not spend eternity with God in heaven.

There are several verses in the Bible which seem to teach that you need to make a public confession of Jesus in order to be saved. Many people interpret this to mean that if you do not let others know that you are a follower of Jesus, then you do not truly have eternal life and will therefore not spend eternity with God in heaven.

There are numerous passages from Scripture which seem to teach this idea of making a public confession about following Jesus, but none of them actually teach what many people think. This article will briefly consider several of these verses, with an emphasis on Romans 10:9-10.

Romans 10:9-10The bottom line truth we will learn is that a public confession of Jesus is not required to receive (or prove that we have) eternal life. Not even Romans 10:9-10 teaches this idea.

To see this, it is important to first define the word “confess.”

The Meaning of the Word “Confess”

As discussed previously, the word “confess” simply means “to agree.” God teaches us many things in Scripture, and when we agree with what He has revealed, we are “confessing” or “agreeing” with the truth.

The word “confess” is defined in more detail in my online course, “The Gospel Dictionary.”

So when Scripture tells us to confess that Jesus is Lord, it is telling us to agree that Jesus is Lord.

Do you agree with what God has revealed in Scripture, that Jesus is Lord? That He is the Master, Ruler, Judge, and King of all things? If you do, then you confess that Jesus is Lord, and are invited by Scripture to live in light of this truth.

So is Confession Required for Eternal Life?

But is this confession of Jesus as Lord required to receive eternal life?

No, it is not. You do not need to confess that Jesus is Lord in order to receive eternal life.

The consistent truth of Scripture (and Jesus Himself) is that we receive eternal life simply and only by believing in Jesus for it (John 3:16; 5:24; 6:47). You do not receive eternal life by submitting your life to the Lordship of Jesus, confessing your sins, walking an isle, saying a prayer, asking Jesus into your heart, or any of the other popular messages some Christians teach today.

Jesus gives eternal life to those who believe in Him for it. Period. No action, effort, commitment, dedication, repentance, confession, or work is needed on your part.

Submitting to the Lordship of Jesus is very important for sanctification and becoming more like Jesus in this life, but we do not need to submit to Jesus on confess Jesus in order to receive eternal life.

But what about the verses that seem to teach that we must confess that Jesus is Lord in order to receive eternal life? Well, let’s look at few…

Matthew 10:32 (Luke 12:8)

Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is heaven (Matthew 10:32).

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Nothing this this text refers to receiving eternal life. Instead, Jesus is teaching a discipleship truth. He is saying that if you want to figure out what your life is all about (Matt 10:39), what your purpose is, and how you can live a life of significance, then you must first align yourself with Jesus and be proud of your connection with the family of God.

You cannot follow Jesus wherever He leads in life if you don’t want to be associated with Him. When we are proud of our connection to Jesus, and let others know that we are part of God’s family, then Jesus will lead us where He wants us to go, and will also boast about us before God in heaven.

This might be a bit like how God boasted about Job to the angelic host in Job 1:8. Of course, in that context, God is boasting about Job to Satan, whereas here, it is Jesus boasting about us to God, but the idea is similar. God is proud of His children when they are proud of being part of His family.

Note that nothing is said about these people not actually being Christians or not being part of the family of God. Though Jesus does say in Matthew 10:33 that He will deny those who deny Him, this does not mean that they are denied eternal life and entrance into heaven.

All it means is that they will not receive recognition and praise from Jesus when He boasts about His faithful brethren to His Father. Instead, He might actually express some disappointment. But He will never take away their eternal life, for that would be tantamount to denying Himself, which He cannot do. A similar idea is expressed in 2 Timothy 2:12.

2 Timothy 2:12

If we endure, we shall also reign with Him.
If we deny Him, He will also deny us (2 Timothy 2:12).

The word confess is not mentioned in 2 Timothy 2:12, but the word deny is, which is the opposite of confess.

The immediate context of 2 Timothy 2:12 mentions salvation (2 Timothy 2:10), and the following contexts refers to being approved and unapproved by Jesus (2 Timothy 2:15), all of which is connected to naming the name of Christ and turning from sin (2 Tim 2:19).

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So Paul is not referring to gaining or losing eternal life, but to submitting our lives to Jesus as Lord and Master so that we can deliverance from the destructive power of sin in our lives and gain honor and recognition from Jesus when we stand before Him at the Judgment Seat of Christ.

Gaining eternal life and remaining within God’s family is solely by God’s grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone. However, having a position of honor and prominence within the family, having God be proud of us and what we have done with Him in His Kingdom is quite another matter.

For God to be proud about us and to boast about us to others, we must be strong, endure hardship, suffer trouble, be diligent, shun idle arguments, depart from iniquity, flee youthful lusts, and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace (2 Tim 2:1-26). If we fail to do such things, and deny Jesus rather than confess and proclaim our alignment with Him, then He will deny us the ability to rule and reign with Him in His Kingdom, even though we will still remain part of the family of God.

This is the exact same truth Paul teaches in Romans 10:9-10, which is the passage most often used to teach that confession of Jesus is required for eternal life.

Romans 10:9-10

… that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation (Romans 10:9-10).

Romans 10:9-10Many use Romans 10:9-10 to teach that if a person is going to truly be a Christian, they are required to make a public confession of faith in front of other people.

How this occurs varies from teacher to teacher. Some say that it occurs at baptism, while others say that standing up in church to share a conversion story is what is needed.

Most argue, however, that the only thing required is that a Christian never publicly deny that Jesus is their Lord and Master. When asked to take a stand for Jesus in the public arena, we are required to not be ashamed of the gospel (Romans 1:16), and instead be ready to give an answer for the hope that we have in Jesus Christ (1 Peter 3:15).

According to many, the one who fails to take such a public stand for Jesus proves that he never really a Christian in the first place.

But is this really what Paul is teaching? Is Paul saying that we need to make a public confession that Jesus is Lord in order to receive eternal life? No, this is not what Paul is saying.

The reason this text is so widely misunderstood and misapplied is because few people understand that the words “saved” and “salvation” do not refer to receiving eternal life.

People see the words “saved” and “salvation” in these verses and think that Paul is writing about how to receive eternal life. But he is not. The words “saved” and “salvation” in the Bible never refer specifically to receiving eternal life by faith in Jesus.

Instead, the salvation word family refers to some sort of deliverance or rescue, and can include deliverance from premature death due to sickness or enemies, deliverance from running one’s relationships, or even to deliverance from shame at the Judgment Seat of Christ.

When Scripture teaches about being saved from sin, it is not referring to escaping hell and going to heaven when we die, but to the deliverance from the devastating and destructive consequences of sin in this life.

It is this last idea of “salvation” which Paul primarily has in mind when he writes about salvation in his letters, and especially in his letter to the Romans.

Paul not only wants his readers to receive eternal life through faith in Jesus (Romans 4-5), he also wants his readers to experience the life of God in their day-to-day lives right now (Romans 6-8).

Paul not only wants his readers to be justified (Romans 4-5), he also wants them to be sanctified (Romans 6-8).

He not only wants them to be declared righteous in the sight of God (Romans 4-5), but also to live righteously in the sight of men (Romans 6-8).

So when Paul writes about salvation, it is this day-to-day journey into discipleship and sanctification that Paul has in mind.

“Salvation” in Romans is NOT about gaining forgiveness of sins so we can escape hell and go to heaven when we die. It is about following Jesus in the path of discipleship so that we can avoid the destructive and devastating consequences of sin in this life.

We see this quite clearly right here in Romans 10:9-10.

The word Paul uses for righteousness in verse 10 is the same exact Greek word he uses elsewhere for justification (see Justification). And how is a person justified? According to Paul, a person is justified when they believe in Jesus (cf. Romans 4:4-5). This belief takes place in their heart, that is, in their inner being. It is not something that necessarily has any outward sign, activity, or manifestation.

When we believe in Jesus, He gives us eternal life (John 3:16; 5:24; 6:47). We are justified, or declared righteous by God.

But being declared righteous by God is not the same thing as the daily experience of freedom from sin.

Deliverance from the penalty of sin is not the same thing as deliverance from the power of sin in our lives. All Christians know that even after they become a Christian, they continue to struggle with disobedience and rebellion against God. Paul knows this very well (cf. Romans 7), and so a constant theme in his letters is to teach Christians how to experience the freedom for which they have been set free (cf. Gal 5:1).

Though justification truths are central to Paul’s thinking and teaching, sanctification truths are more constant.

So here in Romans 10:9-10, one key to gaining deliverance from the addictive and destructive power of sin in our lives is by publicly confessing our allegiance to Jesus.

We are justified by faith alone, but one key to experiencing salvation, that is, deliverance from the power of sin in our lives, is by boldly proclaiming with our mouth that Jesus is our Lord and Master.

As long as we hide the fact that we are aligned with Jesus, it will be easier for sin to continue to have mastery over us. But when we let friends, family, and co-workers know that we follow Jesus and obey His instructions, it will be easier for us to stand up for what is right and do what He commands. In this way, we will begin to experience salvation; we will begin to find deliverance from the devastating and destructive consequences of sin in our lives.

confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord Romans 10:9-10

So is public confession with the mouth important? Yes, of course!

Taking a public stand for Jesus is essential for finding freedom from the power of sin in our lives. But this public stance is not required to receive eternal life. God declares us righteous when we believe in Jesus.

We believe in Jesus for eternal life, and we confess Jesus with our mouth to experience deliverance from sin.

How will this public stance look? Well, it will be different from person to person and from place to place. Baptism might be part of it, as well as possibly sharing a testimony in the church. But taking a public stand for Jesus is not a one-time event. It is an ongoing way of life that requires daily commitment and discipline. Taking a public stand for Jesus is part of every conversation, interaction, and decision with friends, family, coworkers, and even in our personal life.

Paul’s message in Romans 10:9-10 is that while being justified by faith alone is wonderful, it is not enough to deliver us from the power of sin in our lives here and now.

The first step toward this salvation from sin is to publicly confess and agree that we belong to God, that Jesus is our Master, and that we will follow Him and do what He says.

Note that this way of understanding Romans 10:9-10 can be easily understood by reversing the “order of events” in Romans 10:14-15. In these verses, Paul writes this:

How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent?

The “calling on Him” is equivalent to confessing Jesus, so let us take these events in reverse order:

1. A person is sent
2. That person preaches to people
3. The people hear what is preached
4. They believe what is preached (and are therefore justified)
5. Those who believe call on the name of the Lord.

Do you see? A person cannot call on the name of the Lord until they have first believed. In other words, the “calling” or “confessing” that Paul has in mind is a discipleship activity. It is for believers who are already justified. This calling and confession helps “save” believers from the destructive power of sin in our lives.

One does not gain eternal life by calling on the name of the Lord or by making a public confession that Jesus is Lord. We receive eternal life by believing in Jesus for it.

But having believed, we can gain victory over sin in our life (salvation) by confessing Jesus, calling on His name, and taking a public stand for Him. If we fail to do this, it does not mean we don’t have eternal life; it just means we will not experience victory over sin in our life.

Jesus is King for life

So Do You Need to Confess that Jesus is Lord?

Well, it depends … what are you trying to do?

If you want to gain eternal life from God, then no, you do not need to confess that Jesus is Lord. Simply believe that Jesus has given eternal life to you. That’s it. Eternal life is a free gift received by faith alone in Jesus Christ alone.

But if you want to break free from the besetting, addicting, and destructive power of sin in your life, then yes, confession that Jesus is Lord and submission to Him in your life will be necessary. Only when we commit to following Jesus and take a stand for Him will we gain “salvation” from the power of sin in our lives here and now.

Does this make sense? I hope so! Leave any comments or questions you might have in the comment section below.

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There are several verses in the Bible which seem to teach that you need to make a public confession of Jesus in order to be saved. One of these is Romans 10:9-10. Many people interpret this to mean that if you do not let others know that you are a foll... There are several verses in the Bible which seem to teach that you need to make a public confession of Jesus in order to be saved. One of these is Romans 10:9-10. Many people interpret this to mean that if you do not let others know that you are a follower of Jesus, then you do not truly have eternal life and will therefore not spend eternity with God in heaven.<br /> <br /> To comment on this study, or read the transcript, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/confess-jesus-romans-10-9-10/ Jeremy Myers clean 31:35
Do you need to confess your sins before God forgives you? (1 John 1:9) https://redeeminggod.com/confess-1-john-1-9/ Wed, 16 May 2018 22:27:43 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=47929 Does 1 John 1:9 mean that if we do not confess our sins to God, He will not forgive us? No, the truth is that God has already forgiven you for all your sins, past, present, and future. So what does 1 John 1:9 mean? This article explains more.

In 1 John 1:9, we are invited to confess our sins so that God will forgive us. The verse says this:

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

But does this mean that if we do not confess our sins to God, He will not forgive us? No, the truth is that God has already forgiven you for all your sins, past, present, and future.

1 John 1:9So what did the Apostle John mean when he wrote 1 John 1:9? To understand this verse, we need to understand three things. We need to understand the meaning of the word “confess,” the meaning of the word “forgive” and the overall message and theme of 1 John.

Let us look at these three key ideas.

The Meaning of the Word “Confess”

The word confess comes from the Greek word homologeō, and it literally means “to say the same thing.” The word means more than just to admit, proclaim, or declare something. Instead, it has in view a conversation with God or others about what is true, and we agree with them about what they are saying.

The opposite of confession is denial (arneomai). When God makes a statement about some truth, we can either agree with God or disagree (John 1:20; 1 John 2:23). Therefore, the word “agree” might be the best translation of homologeō.

To confess is to align with what God is saying, or to agree with Him about something.

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Obviously, there are lots of truths we can agree with God about. Almost every statement in Scripture requires us to either agree or disagree. Yet when we study the word confess in Scrip-ture, we discover that confession, or agreement with God, has nothing whatsoever to do with gaining or keeping our eternal life, but rather with aligning ourselves with God’s perspective on things.

Never forget that we gain the free gift of eternal life simply by believing in Jesus for it. No confession or agreement is necessary. No turning from sin. No submission to Jesus as Lord and Master. No public declaration about being part of the family of God.

All such things are good works that are important for the life of the Christian, but which are not requirements for receiving eternal life.

Yet after we believe in Jesus for eternal life, God begins to work with us as His children to mold us and conform us into who He created us to be. When we are born again into the family of God, we begin our life as one of His children.

But God does not stop with just giving us new life in Jesus. No, once we have life, He wants us to grow and mature and become productive members of His family. So through Scripture, the church, and the Holy Spirit, God begins to teach us things about Himself, about ourselves, and about how to follow Jesus. And when we see these truths, we can either agree with God or disagree.

If we agree with what God teaches us, then we align ourselves with what God has said, and we begin to make the necessary changes in our lives that come from this agreement.

But if we disagree, if we deny the truth of what God has said, then we continue to live in ignorance and self-deception, and we will not make progress in our lives as Christians. We will remain part of the family of God, but we will remain immature and fruitless.

So the word confess means to agree with about the things He teaches, especially regarding those things that help us live up to our identity as children of God.

This definition of “confess” will help us understand 1 John 1:9, but before we consider the verse, let us look at the word “forgive.”

The Meaning of the Word “Forgive”

I have gone over the meaning of the word “forgive” multiple times on this website, so I won’t go through it in depth again.

The main point to remember is that there are two kinds of forgiveness in the Bible. There is charizomai forgiveness, which is free and unconditional. God freely extends charizomai forgiveness to all people throughout all time for all sins, no matter what. Believers and unbelievers alike have charizomai forgiveness. It does not require confession or repentance. All sins–past, present, and future-are freely forgiven by God with this type of forgiveness.

The second type of forgiveness is aphesis forgiveness. It is always conditional, and is for our benefit; not God’s. Though God has freely forgiven us for all our sins, if we want to experience the release from the bondage of sin, then there are things we need to do … such as confess, repent, and purify our lives.

You can probably already guess which type of forgiveness is mentioned in 1 John 1:9. Yes, since confession is mentioned, then it makes sense that the second type of forgiveness, aphesis forgiveness, is in view.

See this article on forgiveness for more or you can also take the lesson on “Forgiveness” in my Gospel Dictionary Online Course.

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And while this key helps our understanding of 1 John 1:9 the most, let us turn to the third key, which is the overall theme of 1 John.

The Overall Theme of 1 John

Some people think that the letter of 1 John is about how to know whether or not you have eternal life. Some people teach that 1 John contains “Tests of Life” and if you pass these tests, then you can know that you have life.

But this is not at all why John wrote this letter. Instead, as if evident from the opening verses, John wrote this letter because He had fellowship with Jesus, and wanted to share this fellowship with others.

“Fellowship” is just a biblical word for “friendship.” (This word also will be covered in the Gospel Dictionary Online Course).

fellowship 1 JohnYou can have a relationship with somebody, but not fellowship. For example, if you had a fight with one of your parents several years back, you are still related to them and are still part of the family, but you might not call them on the phone or get together for holidays. You are related, but do not have fellowship. You are not abiding or remaining with them in an ongoing friendship.

So John is writing his letter to Christians, to people who are in a relationship with God and with each other, as members of the family of God, and is telling them how to have fellowship with God and with each other. John wants His readers to be friends with God and friends with one another.

This also helps us understand 1 John 1:9.

Confession in 1 John 1:9

So let us take the three keys we have learned and put them all together as we seek to understand 1 John 1:9. Once again, the verse says this:

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

If you are in a relationship with someone, such as a spouse, a parent, or a child, and you want to maintain a friendship with them, then one of the things you will need to do is regularly own up to the things you have done wrong in that relationship.

Similarly, if someone wrongs or hurts you, this pain and betrayal causes a rift between the two of you, so that you probably don’t want to talk to them or hang out with them again. Oh yes, you are still related to them by the bonds of blood or marriage, but you might not want to spend much time in their presence.

But that rift, that pain, that sense of betrayal can be healed, right? And how can it be healed. By the other person owning up to what they did wrong, and by agreeing with you that what they said or did was hurtful to you. In other words, they need to confess their sin.

It is the same when you have wronged someone else. If you wronged somebody, you can’t just move on in the relationship acting as if nothing happened. The other person was hurt, and they need to know that you are sorry for what you did, and will work to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

All of this is also true in our relationship with God. When we sin, God is saddened by our behavior. As a result, our fellowship with God is broken. Just like Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, when we sin, we often go hide in the bushes because we do not feel like God wants to see us.

1 John 1:7The first step in healing this brokenness is by confessing our sin and agreeing with God that what we did was wrong.

So while God unconditionally extends forgiveness (charizomai) to all people, and so we are all forgiven for all our sins, if we want to actually experience a release (aphesis) from our bondage to sin, the first step is to agree (confess) with God that we have sinned.

If we do this, we will gain release from our slavery to sin, and He will work to cleanse us and purify us from all our unrighteous practices, and in this way, our fellowship with God will develop and grow.

So do you want to be friends with God? One of things that will help is letting Him point out your sin to you, so that you can agree (confess) with Him where you have indeed done wrong. Then, once you agree, let Him further guide you into breaking free from this sin so that you can no longer be addicted and enslaved to it.

This is the message of 1 John 1:9. If you agree with God when He points out your sin to you, He is faithful and just and will help release you from this sin, and will help guide you into all the ways of righteousness. This way of living will help you grow in friendship with God and others.

Does this help you understand 1 John 1:9 and the role of confession? If you still have questions or comments, leave them in the comment are below!

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Does 1 John 1:9 mean that if we do not confess our sins to God, He will not forgive us? No, the truth is that God has already forgiven you for all your sins, past, present, and future. So what does 1 John 1:9 mean? This article explains more. Does 1 John 1:9 mean that if we do not confess our sins to God, He will not forgive us? No, the truth is that God has already forgiven you for all your sins, past, present, and future. So what does 1 John 1:9 mean? This podcast episode explains more. <br /> <br /> To leave a comment or read the transcript for this study, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/confess-1-john-1-9/ Jeremy Myers clean 27:34
“Christ” is not the last name of Jesus … It’s a title https://redeeminggod.com/christ-jesus/ Wed, 02 May 2018 16:36:24 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=47874 The titles Christ or Messiah refer to someone who has received a special anointing by God to perform a specific task or purpose. Such a definition is true of every anointed person, whether it is a king, a prophet, a priest, or Jesus Himself. This article defines the word Christ and considers John 20:31 and how a proper understanding of the title Christ helps us understand the offer and invitation of the Gospel.

When someone talks about Christ, everybody knows they are talking about Jesus. Yet few people realize that the word “Christ” is not a name, but a title.

Defining Christ

Christ the KingThe word Christ comes from the Greek word christos, and is not actually a translation of the word, but a transliteration. The Greek letters of christos have simply been changed into English letters so that we get the word Christ. The same is true of the Hebrew equivalent, Messiah (Heb., Mashiach; cf. John 1:41).

The words themselves mean “anointed one” and can refer to someone who has been specially chosen by God to fulfill a function or complete a specific task, such as a king (1 Sam 9:16; 2 Sam 2:4-7; 1 Kings 1:34-45; Isa 45:1), priest (Exod 28:41; 30:30), or prophet (Isa 61:1). While the anointing upon these individuals was initially performed with oil, it later came to be thought of primarily as a spiritual anointing by God.

However, it is important to note that the term Christ has nothing to do with being divine. That is, while it is a biblical and theological fact that Jesus was fully God, we do not get this idea from the fact that Jesus is the Christ.

Yes, Jesus Christ is God incarnate. Yet “Christ” does not mean “God.” Even though I can say “The sky is blue” and “The sky is up,” this does not mean that the word “blue” means “up.” It doesn’t.

So also, even though the Bible teaches that “Jesus is the Christ” and that “Jesus is God,” the two statements are not theologically equivalent. Both statements are true, but both statements are saying different truths about Jesus.

After all, if Christ, or Mashiach, meant “God,” then what would the Bible be saying about those other individuals in Scripture, such as David, Saul, or Cyrus, who also called Mashiach?

It is best therefore, to think of the titles Christ or Messiah, as referring to someone who has received a special anointing by God to perform a specific task or purpose. Such a definition is true of every anointed person, whether it is a king, a prophet, a priest, or Jesus Himself.

“Christ” means “Anointed One”

In the Gospel accounts of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, the title of “anointed one” (Mashiach or Christos) is used almost solely in reference to Jesus Christ. Paul takes the term even further so that it often refers not just to Jesus, but also to all who are in Jesus as part of His church (cf. Gal 3:27; Eph 3:4).

Eventually, the term “Christ” became so closely associated with the followers of Jesus, that eventually we became known as “Christians.”

So what is the best translation for the term Christ? While “anointed one” might be the most accurate translation, it is a bit of a mouthful to say “Jesus the Anointed One” all the time.

So is there a shorter term that might be preferable? Since most of the examples of anointed people in Scripture refer to prophets, priests, and kings, it is best to understand the term Christ in similar ways when it refers to Jesus.

Jesus is the pre-eminent prophet (Acts 3:18-24), priest (Heb 4:14-16), and king (Rev 19:16). Jesus is authoritative in how He judges, what He says, and where He leads.

Jesus is prophet priest king

Due to the wide variety of Messianic descriptions in the Old Testament, the Hebrew people often wondered what the Messiah would be like when He came. Would He be a king? A priest? A judge? A prophet? A deliverer? Would He be some combination of these, like the Priestly-King Melchizedek (Heb 5:5-11)?

When Jesus finally did arrive and declare Himself as the Messiah, the answer to all such questions was “Yes!” To speak of Jesus as the Christ is to speak of Him as our King, Priest, Prophet, Judge, Lord, Master, and Savior.

To speak of Jesus as the Christ is not only has the governmental role of ruler and king in view, but also the spiritual roles of prophet and priest, the legal roles of judge and counselor, and the personal roles of friend and brother.

So as it turns out, maybe the term Christ, left untranslated from the Greek christos, is the best word after all, as long as we recognize the rich significance and meaning of this term.

If you take all the roles from all the anointed leaders through all of biblical history, and combine them all together into one person, He looks just like Jesus Christ.

Jesus is the anointed King-Priest-Prophet-Judge-Lord-Master-Ruler-Savior.

As such, Jesus Christ rules and reigns not just over eternity, but also over every aspect of our lives here on earth as well.

Jesus the Christ

“Christ” and the Gospel

This understanding of Christ is critical for a proper understanding of the biblical gospel. There are some people in Christianity who think that the gospel is only about how to go to heaven when you die.

The truth, however, is that while the gospel does tell us how to have eternal life so that we can go to heaven when we die (I call this “The Target Truth” in The Gospel According to Scripture), this truth is relatively small compared to the large number and wide variety of gospel truths contained within the Scriptures.

The gospel message of Jesus Christ is not primarily about how to go to heaven when we die, but is instead about how to follow Jesus on this earth while we live.

The gospel is more about this life than about the next. And Jesus as “the Christ” shows and instructs us how to live this life.

When we see that Jesus as the Christ claims authority and preeminence over every aspect of our lives, this helps us learn to follow Him and seek His guidance as we go about our days and interact with others. Serving Jesus as our Lord and Master reminds us that we do not serve human kings or presidents, but only King Jesus. Our affiliation is not to a political party, but to the Kingdom of God (Acts 17:2-7).

Jesus is King for lifeSo when we read about Jesus Christ in the Bible, or when we read about how Christians are in Christ, it is important to not over-spiritualize word Christ, but instead to recognize that a statement is being bad about the Lordship and Mastery of Jesus over all things.

Yes, the term Christ itself means “anointed one” but Jesus was anointed to rule and reign over all things. The term Christ reminds us that as Christians, we follow Jesus as our Lord, Master, Ruler, and King.

In this way, the term Christ is central to the gospel because without Jesus as the Christ, there is no gospel. The good news message about Jesus is often described by Paul as “the gospel of Christ” (cf. Rom 1:16; 1 Cor 9:12; Gal 1:7).

If we want to understand the gospel, we must understand what it means for Jesus to be the Christ, the Messiah, the Anointed One of God, the Kingly and Priestly Ruler of all.

There are over 500 references in the New Testament which mention the term Christ. We cannot look at all of them, so let us consider one key text which reveals what it means for Jesus to be the Christ.

John 20:31 – Jesus is the Christ

… but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name (John 20:31).

I stated above that the word Christ is not directly equivalent to being divine. That is, even though Jesus is God, and even though Jesus is the Christ, the two statements are not equivalent.

Though the title Christ carries rich theological symbolism and significance, one idea it does not carry is that of divinity.

Nevertheless, there are verses that seem to teach this connection. John 20:31 is one such verse. Some people use John 20:31 as evidence that divinity is included within the concept of Christ, for this text defines the word Christ with the phrase “the son of God.” A closer inspection of this passage reveals what John is really saying.

John 20:30-31 contains the purpose statement for the Gospel of John. He says that he wrote his Gospel account so that those who read it might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing they might have life in His name. This does indeed fit with what John writes in his Gospel.

Many refer to the fourth Gospel as “The Gospel of Belief” for it explains over and over that God gives eternal life to anyone who believes in Jesus for it (cf. John 3:16; 5:24; 6:47).

Since Matthew, Mark, and Luke are written more for Christians to help us learn how to follow Jesus in the path of discipleship, the purpose of John’s Gospel makes it the best one for unbelievers to read. John specifically wrote his Gospel account so that unbelievers might believe in Jesus.

Jesus ChristHowever, John did not write this Gospel account only for unbelievers. While he emphasizes over and over how a person can believe in Jesus for eternal life, John also knows that God wants much more for us than to just believe in Jesus.

Though it is critically important for someone to believe in Jesus for eternal life, this is only the beginning of all that God has for us in Jesus Christ.

God not only wants us to have life; He wants us to have it in abundance (John 10:10; see Abundant Life).

The Gospel of John is not just about how to receive eternal life, but is also about how to fully experience this life in Jesus.

So although John is the best Gospel for nonbelievers to read, there is lots of discipleship truth in this Gospel for believers as well.

John wants Christians to have all of the life that Jesus has for us, not just eternal life, but also the full experience of eternal life in Jesus Christ. And this comes, not just by believing in Jesus for eternal life—which is emphasized all over in the Gospel of John—but also by believing that Jesus is the Christ, that is, that He is King, Ruler, Master, Lord, and Savior.

Does saying that “Jesus is the Son of God” mean “Jesus is God”?

But what about that phrase “Son of God”? Does not this mean that Jesus is God?

Well, like “Christ,” the term “Son of God” is also a title. The way John uses this title in the verse shows that the two terms mean the same thing. John explains the word “Christ” with the term “Son of God.”

Since many people think that the title “Son of God” means “God,” they then conclude from this text that the term “Christ” also means “God.” But it does not.

During the Roman Empire, especially beginning with Caesar Augustus and following, the Caesars often referred to themselves as sons of God. By this, they were not claiming to be God incarnate, nor were they claiming (in most cases anyway) that they were the biological offspring of a Roman deity and a human woman.

By taking the title “the son of God,” the Caesars were saying that while they had been born as a human being to human parents, they had now become the adopted child of the gods. This status as adopted sons of God conferred upon them all the power and privilege that came with being part of the divine family, which meant that the Caesars had the divine right to rule over the Roman Empire.

So the title “son of God” is not primarily about being God or becoming a God, but is instead about ruling with the authority of God. Like the title “Christ,” it is about being King, Lord, Ruler, and Master over all things.

When a Caesar declared himself to be a son of God, he was not saying he was God, but was instead claiming that he had the right to rule and govern the Roman Empire.

This also is what it means to refer to Jesus as the Son of God, except that Jesus does not only rule over the Roman Empire, but over every kingdom, empire, and country on earth.

So here at the end of his Gospel account, John explains that he wrote his Gospel so that those who read it might believe that Jesus has the right to rule over all areas of life.

Not just over every corner of ever countries, however, but also over every act and thought of all people. John wants people to believe in Jesus not just for eternal life, but also for every other aspect of life as well.

Those who believe this will have the full experience of life that God wants for us. This is what it means to believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God (cf. 1 John 4:2-3, 15).

To learn more about the title “Christ,” and the meaning of other texts that use this term, take the Lesson on Christ in my Gospel Dictionary online course.

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The titles Christ or Messiah refer to someone who has received a special anointing by God to perform a specific task or purpose. Such a definition is true of every anointed person, whether it is a king, a prophet, a priest, or Jesus Himself. The titles Christ or Messiah refer to someone who has received a special anointing by God to perform a specific task or purpose. Such a definition is true of every anointed person, whether it is a king, a prophet, a priest, or Jesus Himself. This article defines the word Christ and considers John 20:31 and how a proper understanding of the title Christ helps us understand the offer and invitation of the Gospel. <br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the transcript, visit: <br /> https://redeeminggod.com/christ-jesus/ Jeremy Myers clean 30:20
Can I be blotted out of the Book of Life? (Revelation 3:5) https://redeeminggod.com/book-of-life-revelation-3-5/ Wed, 25 Apr 2018 23:32:36 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=47833 The reason that some people wonder if they can be blotted out of the book of life is because passages like Revelation 3:5 seem seem to indicate that this is a distinct possibility. However, when you understand what the Book of Life actually is, you will also come to understand what Revelation 3:5 actually means. Have you ever wondered if you can be blotted out of the book of life? Many people have this fear.

The reason that some people wonder if they can be blotted out of the book of life is because there are a few verses in the Bible which seem to indicate that this is a distinct possibility.

However, when you understand what the Book of Life actually is, you will also come to understand what these tricky Bible passages mean.

This article is a summary of what people in my discipleship group learn when they take my online course, The Gospel Dictionary. The lesson on the book of life defines the term and looks at several key Bible passages which teach about it.

This post defines the term and looks at just one passage: Revelation 3:5. Let us begin with defining the term “book of life.”

What is the Book of Life?

Book of Life Revelation 3:5The Book of Life is a translation from the Greek phrase tō biblō tēs zōēs. The phrase “the Book of Life” or “the Book of the Living” are fine translations for this phrase.

What matters more than the translation, however, is the nature of this book. What is this book? Why was it written? What does it mean to have your name written in the book? Can your name be removed from the book? If so, how does this happen and what does it mean?

All these questions must be answered as we seek to understand the Book of Life in Scripture.

Three Ways the Book of Life is mentioned in the Bible

There are three main ways the Book of Life is mentioned in the Bible. There is the Book of the Living (Ps 69:28), the Book of Life (Php 4:3; Rev 3:5; 20:12, 15), and the Lamb’s Book of Life (Rev 13:8; 21:27).

Generally speaking, it appears that the first two phrases refer to a book which contains the names of every person who has physical life upon the earth.

The third phrase, the Lamb’s Book of Life, refers to a book which contains the names of every person who has eternal life in Jesus Christ.

There are numerous questions about the Book of Life. For example, some wonder whether or not these books actually exist, or if they symbolize some sort of divine mental list about who has life and who does not. And then there is the debate about how many books there are. Is it one, two, or three books? But such a debate hardly matters.

Whether Scripture is talking about keeping your name in the one Book of Life or having it transferred from the Book of Life to the Lamb’s Book of Life, the point remains the same: Whoever has their name written in the Book of Life (whether it is one book or two) is still alive. More importantly, there is a way to keep your name written in the Book of Life, even after you die.

One common view (which I held for many years) is that there are two books, the Book of Life, which contains the list of everyone who is alive, and the Lamb’s Book of Life, which contains the list of everyone who has eternal life in Jesus.

The alternative view, which is the view I now hold, is that there is only one Book of Life. When people die, their names are removed from the Book of Life. However, those who have everlasting life in Jesus Christ can never have their names removed from this book.

When a person believes in Jesus, their name, which had been written in “erasable” pencil, is now copied over with the permanent ink of the Blood the Lamb. Once this happens, it can never be removed or erased.

Therefore, eventually, at the end of human history, the Book of Life will contain only the names of people who have eternal life in Jesus. At this point, the Book of Life becomes known as the Lamb’s Book of Life, for it contains the list of everyone who has life in Jesus, the Lamb of God.

Book of Life Rev 3 5Whichever approach you choose, it is important to note that while Scripture does teach about getting blotted out of the Book of Life, this does not ever refer to losing eternal life. While a person might get their “penciled” name erased from the Book of Life when they die, once a person’s name is written in permanent ink, it cannot ever be blotted out.

However, lots of people struggle with various passages in the Bible which seem to indicate that a person can lose their eternal life by being blotted out of the book of life. Revelation 3:5 is one such text.

Being blotted out of the book of Life in Revelation 3:5

Revelation 3:5 says this:

He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.

Revelation 3:5 has caused a lot of angst among Christians over the years, for it seems to imply that Jesus might, in fact, blot their names out of the Book of Life.

This verse appears in the Letter to the church in Sardis, and Jesus says that if they overcome, they will be clothed in white garments and will not be blotted out of the Book of Life.

To be an overcomer, one must not just live their life as a Christian, but must faithfully love, serve, and honor Jesus throughout their Christian life (Overcomer is another term I discuss in the Gospel Dictionary online course).

Some take from this, therefore, that those who fail to faithfully love, serve, and honor Jesus throughout their life will in the end have their name blotted out of the Book of Life, thus losing their eternal life.

Due to such teaching about this verse, many Christians live in fear of losing their eternal life if they do not follow and obey Jesus faithfully.

But this is not what Revelation 3:5 is teaching.

Citizenship Rosters in Sardis

The first thing to recognize is that numerous towns in John’s had citizenship rosters which contained the names of citizens. When a person died, they were removed from the roster.

But if a person brought great shame upon the town through committing various crimes, this also might lead to being removed from the roster. There are records of this happening to various citizens in Sardis.

Notice that Jesus says that He will never remove the name of an overcome from the roster. Quite the contrary, Jesus promises to praise their name in the heavenly courts, before God and the angels. This is a great honor that Jesus promises to those who faithfully serve and obey Him.

Jesus says there are a few names in Sardis who are on track for receiving this great honor (Rev 3:4). But what about those who fail to overcome? What about those who have defiled their garments and who have brought shame upon Jesus and His church?

The answer is that Jesus says nothing about them. Just because Jesus says He will greatly honor those who overcome, this does not mean that He will shame or dishonor those who do not.

Revelation 3:5He says he will come like a thief in the night (Rev 3:3), but this does not mean that He will come to kill them or take away their eternal life. Jesus says that unfaithful servants will not be honored the same way that faithful servants will be, but He is not saying that unfaithful servants will be cast out, killed, or have eternal life removed from them.

Litotes in Revelation 3:5

Support for this approach is found in the fact that John is using a figure of speech called litotes. Litotes is when we state a positive as a negative as a way of emphasizing the positive.

We use this figure of speech all the time.

Let us say that your favorite football team is having a fantastic year and have gone undefeated. This coming Sunday, they are facing a team that so far has not won a single game. If I ask you whether you think your team will win, you could simply say “Yes, they are certainly going to win,” but you might also say, “If they play like they’ve been playing, they will definitely not lose.”

In that second statement, do you see how a positive is stated in a negative way? When you state that they will definitely not lose, you are using a negative to emphasize the almost certain fact that they will indeed win.

But notice something interesting about litotes. Although you use a negative to emphasize the positive, this does not mean that the opposite is true.

Take your undefeated football team again. Let us say that instead of playing as they have been playing all year, they instead play the worst game of the season. The quarterback throws interceptions. There are numerous fumbles and penalties. The defense never really gets going. They play an absolutely terrible game.

But even so, does this mean that they will automatically lose the game? Not necessarily. Even though they play poorly, they might still win the game. It might not be the absolute blowout that it could have been, but they might still squeak through with a victory.

Maybe another example of litotes will help.

What you think if you overheard a man say, “If my wife makes me an apple pie, I will not stop loving her”?

Would you assume from that statement that if this man’s wife did not make me an apple pie that he would stop loving her? No, probably not.

Instead, you would understand that he does love her, and that if she makes him an apple pie, he would love the pie, and would show great appreciation to his wife.

This is also how to understand Revelation 3:5.

One of the blessings pronounced on overcomers is that they will not be blotted out of the Book of Life. When we understand this as litotes, we understand that Jesus is saying that those who overcome will not only keep their name in the Book of Life because they are believers, but will receive greater blessings from God and greater experience of life with God. They will receive white robes and will receive special recognition before God and the host of angels.

Notice, of course, that just as with the football and apple pie examples, the opposite of the Revelation 3:5 litotes is not true.

Many pastors and teachers say that if someone does not overcome, then their name will be blotted out of the Book of Life. But Revelation 3:5 doesn’t say that at all. Revelation 3:5 does not say that those who fail to overcome will be blotted out of the Book of Life.

Even if your football team does not play up to their ability, this does not necessarily mean they will lose the game this weekend.

Even if a man’s wife does not make apple pie, this does not mean that he will stop loving her.

Even if a Christian fails to overcome, this does not mean that their name will get blotted out of the Book of Life.

So no Christian can Ever be Blotted out of the Book of Life

The Book of Life can be understood simply as the roster of the living. It is a list, or register, of all living people. When a person dies, their name is removed from this list.

However, when a person receives everlasting life from Jesus, their name remains in the Book of Life, for even though they die, they will live again, and will live forever.

At the end of time, when the only people who remain are those who have eternal life in Jesus, the Book of Life becomes known as the Lamb’s Book of Life, for the only names that will remain in the book are those written in the permanent ink of the blood of the Lamb.

Do you have further questions or comments about the book of Life? Leave them in the comment section below, or (better yet) join my online discipleship group and take the lesson on this important word from the Bible. See you there!

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The reason that some people wonder if they can be blotted out of the book of life is because passages like Revelation 3:5 seem seem to indicate that this is a distinct possibility. However, when you understand what the Book of Life actually is, Can you be blotted out of the book of life? Some think so. The reason that some people wonder if they can be blotted out of the book of life is because passages like Revelation 3:5 seem seem to indicate that this is a distinct possibility. However, when you understand what the Book of Life actually is, you will also come to understand what Revelation 3:5 actually means.<br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the transcript, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/book-of-life-revelation-3-5/ Jeremy Myers clean 26:45
How does the blood of Jesus cleanse us from our sin? (1 John 1:7-10) https://redeeminggod.com/blood-of-jesus-cleanses-1-john-1-7-10/ Wed, 18 Apr 2018 21:25:55 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=47732 According to 1 John 1:7-10, the blood of Jesus cleanses us from sin by exposing sin for what it is and then calling us to no longer live in the way of sacred violence. The blood of Jesus is not a spiritual antidote to sin which somehow removes the polluting presence of sin from our lives. Instead, the blood of Jesus exposes our sacred violence to us so that we can see in our own lives how we make scapegoat victims out of others, and then calls us to no longer live in this way. One of the members of my online discipleship group recently asked me about 1 John 1:7-10 and how the blood of Jesus cleanses us from sin. Here is what he wrote:

I really appreciate your ministry and have been blessed by your books. I have a question for you regarding 1 John 1:7, where it says the blood of Jesus cleanses us from sin. I just listened to your podcast about the two different words for forgiveness, but I’m wondering how this verse plays into it all, since it uses the word “cleanses” – what do I need to know to understand this well? -Eli

Thanks for the question, Eli!

1 John 1:7-101 John 1:7-10 does get discussed in various ways through my online course “The Gospel Dictionary,” but let me try to summarize here some of what I teach in that course. For a fuller understanding, you would need to take the lessons on Blood, Confess, Fellowship, Forgiveness, and Sin. Of course, not all of those lessons are available yet, but they will be soon… But while you wait, you can also read about forgiveness and sin in my book, Nothing but the Blood of Jesus, which discusses these terms.

So here is my basic answer for how to understand 1 John 1:7-10.

Cleansing from Sin (1 John 1:7, 9)

Let us begin by quoting the pertinent verses:

But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. … If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:7, 9).

There are five key terms which help us understand 1 John 1:7-10. We must understand what is meant by the words “sin, blood of Jesus, confess, forgive, and cleanse.” Let us briefly consider all five.

Sin in 1 John 1:7-10

The term “sin” in 1 John does not simply refer to breaking God’s law or doing bad things. Most Christians understand the word “sin” this way, but this is not primarily the way the Bible defines sin.

In Scripture, as in 1 John, sin is primarily the activity and actions that lead to and involve accusing and scapegoating other people. Yes, John says that “sin is lawlessness” (1 John 3:4) but the laws were only given to keep us from accusing, condemning, scapegoating, and killing others in God’s name.

So lying and stealing are sinful, but only because they are part of the actions and behaviors that lead us to accuse, condemn, and scapegoat others. One premier place we see this in 1 John is when John gives the example of Cain murdering his brother Abel (Gen 4). This murder is the first sin in the Bible, and sets the stage for all sinful behavior that follows. (For a longer explanation, listen to my podcast episodes on Genesis 4.)

So sin is the ancient and universal human practice of wrongly accusing, condemning, scapegoating, and killing others in God’s name. This helps us understand what is meant by the term “the blood of Jesus.”

Blood of Jesus in 1 John 1:7-10

Few people actually believe that they engage in the practice of wrongly accusing, condemning, or scapegoating others. We believe that our judgments of others are righteous, valid, and correct. We believe that the people we accuse and condemn truly are guilty of the things we accuse them of.

Jesus died to reveal the source of violenceAnd while it is true that they might be guilty of some of the things we accuse them of, the human tendency is to amplify the sinful behavior of others so that we can turn them into monsters, and dehumanize them, so that we can condemn them, or send them into exile, or even kill them in the name of God.

But few humans recognize that we do such a thing. We don’t admit that our judgments are unjust. We think we rightly accuse and condemn others.

So Jesus came along to reveal the truth to us. And though He was innocent of all wrongdoing, we accused, condemned, and killed Him … and we did this all the name of God. But since He was completely innocent, His unjust crucifixion revealed that we humans have a problem with unjustly accusing and condemning people.

The blood of Jesus reveals this truth to us. And nothing but the blood of Jesus could reveal this truth to us. Only someone who was completely innocent could show us that we humans have a problem with unjustly condemning and accusing other people.

But the sad reality is that even though Jesus revealed this truth to us, few of us recognize our involvement in such behaviors. But we must recognize it, and we must agree that we are indeed guilty of these sorts of accusatory, condemning, scapegoating practices.

Confession in 1 John 1:7-10

The word “confess” means to agree. When Jesus revealed the truth to us by His blood, we are faced with a choice.

We can either agree with what Jesus has revealed, or we can disagree. We can either confess or we can deny that we do indeed engage in falsely accusing and condemning others.

Of course, if we deny that we are involved in such practices, then we’re simply deceiving ourselves and have not yet recognized the truth.

Forgiveness in 1 John 1:7-10

But if we do agree and confess that we have been involved in falsely condemning, accusing, and scapegoating other people, it is then and only then that we can begin to break free from such practices and start loving other people as God wants and desires.

Forgiven and forgivenessThere are two words for forgiveness in the Bible. One is freely extended by God to all people throughout time for all their sins, past, present, and future. The second is only experienced when we humans take certain actions to change our thought patterns or behavior.

It is this second type of forgiveness that is mentioned in 1 John 1:9. So while God has always and freely forgiven us for all our sins, we will not experience this forgiveness in our own lives unless we take some actions to see the truth about ourselves, and take steps to change our behavior.

But this change begins with agreeing or confessing that we practice sin.

Cleansing in 1 John 1:7-10

Only when we agree and confess that we do indeed engage in falsely accusing, condemning, and scapegoating other people will we begin to be cleansed from our practice of this sin in our lives.

The cleansing of our sin is not a spiritual cleansing, but is a cleansing and changing of our actual behaviors going forward. As we are cleansed in this way, we will grow in fellowship with God and with one another.

An Amplified Summary of 1 John 1:7-10

With these five terms in mind, we can now easily understand what John is saying in 1 John 1:7-10. Here is an amplified paraphrase:

1 John 1:7. God walks in the light and we can walk in the light with Him if we agree with the light of truth He has revealed. When we live in light of this, we will live in peace with God and with each other and will no longer engage in the sinful practices of accusing, condemning, scapegoating others, which was revealed to us through the blood of Jesus. When we turn from such practices, we will be cleansed from living in such violent ways.

1 John 1:8. Of course, not everybody wants to admit that they engage in such practices. We humans tend to think that our judgments of others are just, and that our accusations of them have the backing and support of God. But if we believe this way, then we are simply deceiving ourselves, and we have not yet understood the truth.

1 John 1:9. However, if we agree that we do indeed engage in the sinful practices revealed through the bloody death of Jesus on the cross, then God is faithful and just and will help us gain deliverance and freedom from our bondage and enslavement to these practices, and He will help us stop engaging in them any longer. (God has freely forgiven us of all these sins, but if we want to practically be cleansed from them, we need to admit that we engage in them, and then follow the example and teachings of Jesus in how to live with love and free forgiveness instead.)

1 John 1:10. So once again … if you deny that you engage in this basic human practice of accusing, condemning, and scapegoating others … if you think that the people you call “monsters” and “heretics” truly are guilty of everything you accuse them of … if you think that some people truly deserve to burn in hell for all eternity … if you think that war is righteous and good and we need to bomb some groups of evil people off the face of the planet … then you are calling God a liar, and you have not understood the first thing about God and what He taught through Jesus (cf. 1 John 4:7-11).

So what is John teaching in 1 John 1:7-10?

The blood of Jesus cleanses us from sin by exposing sin for what it is and then calling us to no longer live in the way of sacred violence. His blood cleanses us through calling us to practice non-violence.

1 John 1:7The blood of Jesus is not a spiritual antidote to sin which somehow removes the polluting presence of sin from our lives.

No, the blood of Jesus exposes our sacred violence to us so that we can see in our own lives how we make scapegoat victims out of others, and then calls us to no longer live in this way. Instead, we are to walk in the light of Jesus and have fellowship with Him, with God, and with one another (1 John 1:3).

Of course, as John goes on to explain, if we deny what Jesus reveals to us through His blood, and say that we are not guilty of sacred violence toward others, then we simply have not yet seen the truth about the blood of Jesus and have not owned up to our own duplicity and participation in human scapegoating and violence.

Only once we admit it and own up to our role in making victims of others can we then be cleansed from it and work in fellowship with God and others (1 John 1:8-10).

But what about our PAST sins?

While this understanding helps cleanse our life from present and future sins, how does the blood of Jesus cleanse us from past sins?

In other words, while the understanding proposed here helps us turn from our violent, sinful ways in the future, what does 1 John 1:7-10 have to say about our past sins?

The answer is that the text doesn’t say anything about our past sins. It is only concerned with our present and future behavior.

love of GodJohn is primarily interested in make sure that his readers recognize how they have been involved in the violent, bloody, accusatory, scapegoating practices that run this world, and turn from such behaviors to walk in the light of God’s love.[1]

Nevertheless, other passages in Scripture tell us how we are cleansed and forgiven by God from our past sins. Passages such as Romans 3:25-26, 2 Corinthians 5:19, and Colossians 2:13 reveal that God simply overlooks our sin, does not count our sin against us, and freely forgives all people of all their sin.

The instruction in 1 John 1:9 to confess our sins so that we might be forgiven is referring to a conditional type of forgiveness which is not the same thing as God’s free and unconditional forgiveness. Here in 1 John 1:7-10, the issue is not so much about being cleansed from our past sins, but about our present and future behavior as we seek to live in fellowship with God and one another.

So how are you going to live?

First of all, do you see what is revealed through the violent and bloody death of Jesus? Do you see how He revealed the truth that we humans accuse, condemn, scapegoat, and even kill other people in God’s name … but that none of this has anything to do with God, but is in fact the exact opposite of what God wants and desires?

Second, you you agree that you have engaged … and might still be engaging … in some of these practices today? Maybe you are engaging in this practice toward Muslims … or gays … or Democrats … or Republicans … or President Trump … or the Media … or your boss … or your neighbor … or … whomever.

Third, if you recognize you have engaged in some of these practices, then what are you to do about it? Well, that’s what the rest of 1 John is all about, which you can read on your own. But the bottom line is that you need to unconditionally love and freely forgive, just as God loves and forgives us.

But all of that will have to be saved for another study.

If you have questions or comments, leave them in the comment section below … and also, consider joining us in the online discipleship group where we regularly discuss these sorts of topics and passages. If you are already in the group, make sure you have signed up to take “The Gospel Dictionary” course, which is free for you to take inside the group.

Notes:

[1] The Greek word for “cleansing” in 1 John 1:7 is present indicative, and in 1 John 1:9 is aorist subjunctive. Though aorists can indicate past time, the subjunctive mood indicates probability or objective possibility. Therefore, due to the inherent contingency of the subjunctive mood, the implied timing is usually future, so that aorist subjunctive tends to have a future timing, and can even be used as a substitute with the future indicative. See https://www.ntgreek.org/learn_nt_greek/subj-detail-frame.htm

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According to 1 John 1:7-10, the blood of Jesus cleanses us from sin by exposing sin for what it is and then calling us to no longer live in the way of sacred violence. - The blood of Jesus is not a spiritual antidote to sin which somehow removes the ... According to 1 John 1:7-10, the blood of Jesus cleanses us from sin by exposing sin for what it is and then calling us to no longer live in the way of sacred violence. <br /> <br /> The blood of Jesus is not a spiritual antidote to sin which somehow removes the polluting presence of sin from our lives. Instead, the blood of Jesus exposes our sacred violence to us so that we can see in our own lives how we make scapegoat victims out of others, and then calls us to no longer live in this way.<br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the shownotes, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/blood-of-jesus-cleanses-1-john-1-7-10/ Jeremy Myers clean 30:52
Is the Shedding of Blood Required for the Forgiveness of Sins? (Hebrews 9:22) https://redeeminggod.com/hebrews-9-22-shedding-of-blood-forgiveness-of-sins/ Wed, 11 Apr 2018 15:00:15 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=38525 You and I can forgive others without requiring them to shed their blood. So why do some Christians teach that God requires the shedding of blood in order to forgive us? One reason is because of Hebrews 9:22 which says that without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sins. But the text does not teach what most people think it teaches. This post gives 10 reasons why Hebrews 9:22 does not teach that the shedding of blood is required for the forgiveness of sins. Hebrews 9:22 provides the main reason Christians believe that if Jesus had not shed His blood for us, we could never have been forgiven for our sins. Hebrews 9:22 refers to Leviticus 17:11 as saying this:

… without the shedding of blood, there can be no forgiveness of sins.

So there we go! The blood of Jesus is important – necessary even – for the forgiveness of sins.

End of story. The question is answered. The post stops here.

Except … hmm … something doesn’t seem quite right with that quick and tidy answer …

For example, I forgive people all the time without requiring that they shed blood for me. And I’m really glad that people forgive me all the time without asking that I open a vein or kill my cat for them.

So if I can offer forgiveness without the shedding of blood, and so can other people, what is going on with God? Doesn’t He freely forgive (Col 3:13)? Since when are there conditions for unconditional love, grace, mercy, and forgiveness? Is God’s forgiveness of a lesser sort than ours? Or maybe His forgiveness is of a more powerful type of forgiveness that requires blood?

And if God’s forgiveness is greater and so requires blood, then my next question is, “Why blood?” I mean, if God is the one making the rules, and sin is a serious affront to His holiness, then why did He decide that blood would appease Him? Why not require … I don’t know … spit? Or hair? Yes, I like the hair idea.

Why didn’t God simply say “Without the cutting of hair, there can be no forgiveness of sins”? Of course, that might not be fair to bald people, but I digress …

Hebrews 9 22

What’s the deal with blood?

Yes, yes, I know. I’ve been to “the seminary.” They tell us:

It’s because the life is the blood.

That’s from Leviticus 17:11. In the Bible. And since we have a verse, the discussion is over.

But wait! That’s no answer. The question still stands. So okay, God wants blood, and it has something to do with the life of a person being in the blood. But God makes the rules, so why did He decide He wanted blood? Why does God want to kill people (or animals in the place of people) because people sin?

In fact, come to think of it, the issue isn’t with blood any more. The issue now is with God. Why does God want blood?

I could follow this line of reasoning further, but I think you get the point. In fact, some of that conversation might sound very similar to conversations you have had with atheists. At least, much of what I wrote above echoes conversations I have had with atheists. Atheists are atheists for a variety of reasons, but some of them have real issues with a god who demands blood so that He can forgive sins.

And you know what I tell them? I say this:

God Doesn’t Want Blood

God doesn’t want blood. God wants life! It is WE who think that God wants blood (when He doesn’t).

The idea of God demanding blood is borrowed from pagan religions. Jesus went to the cross, not to reinforce and support this idea, but to expose and redeem it. That’s a huge idea which would take us down a whole new rabbit trail.

Hebrews 9:22 shedding of bloodBut if God doesn’t demand blood, then how does God forgive? Doesn’t Hebrews 9:22 teach that God needs blood in order to forgive us? No, it does not. Let us read carefully what Hebrews 9:22 says in context.

1. Hebrews 9:22 contrasts Jesus with Moses

The first thing to notice about the context of Hebrews 9:22 is that the author is clearly contrasting the sacrificial system of the Mosaic Law with what Jesus accomplished in His death on the cross.

One way to note this is by looking back to Hebrews 9:15, which is the opening statement in the larger context of this discussion about sacrifice and blood. In Hebrews 9:15, the author writes about the “redemption of the transgressions.” The word used there is not the normal word for “sin” in the NT, but is parabaino (STR: 3847), and means to overstep or go beyond the boundaries.

The TDNT says that parabaino is closely connected with sin in the New Testament, but primarily in the sense of using human tradition to disobey the law of God while claiming to be the fulfillment of the law.

In other words, parabaino takes place when someone tries to explain and apply the law of God, but actually ends up doing the exact opposite of what the law says.

The author of Hebrews indicates that Jesus came to redeem sin, that is, to redeem the parabaino type of sin. More specifically still, Jesus came to redeem the sin of misusing the law. It is this issue that concerns the author of Hebrews.

2. Hebrews 9:22 says there is purification and forgiveness Without Blood

Second, it is important to note that even in Hebrews 9:22, the author pretty adamantly states that there is purification and forgiveness apart from the shedding of blood. The author says, “almost all things are purified with blood …”

If we went back to read the Levitical law, we would see that purification and forgiveness was extended under a variety of circumstances, including the washing with water (Lev 15:16-17; 17:15), anointing with oil (Lev 14:29), burning flour (Lev 5:11-13), giving money (Exod 30:11-16), or releasing an animal into the wild (Lev 16:10).

And in fact, when it comes to intentional sins, there was no offering of any kind which was prescribed by the law. All the sacrifices and offerings of the law are for unintentional sins only. This means that when an Israelite sinned intentionally (as they most certainly did, just as we do), the only way they could receive forgiveness from God was to look to Him for it in faith (just like us)!

The author of Hebrews knows all this, which is why he says that almost all things are purified by blood.

3. Hebrews 9:22 is not about Sin; but about the Covenant

Of course, even this requires further modification, for it is not true that almost all things required blood for purification. A quick reading of the Law reveals that most things did not require blood.

So what does the author of Hebrews mean?

The context indicates that the author specifically has in mind the tabernacle and the religious items within the tabernacle (Hebrews 9:21). The author is talking about the initial dedication ceremony of the first tabernacle built by Moses. This purification and dedication ceremony initiated the Mosaic Covenant (Hebrews 9:18-19).

So the author of Hebrews is not giving a general principle in Hebrews 9:22 for how we receive forgiveness of sins, but is instead referring to how the covenant of Moses was initiated by blood.

4. Hebrews 9:22 says that Shedding of Blood came from the Law

Fourth, notice that the author of Hebrews specifically states where the instruction about offerings of blood came from. He does not say, “and God commanded that all things be purified with blood, for without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.”

No, Hebrews 9:22 specifically states that this these things are “according to the law.” Of course, those of us who hold to the inspiration and inerrancy of Scripture don’t see much difference between something the law stated and something God stated, and yet we must be careful because numerous Old Testament prophets emphatically declared that God is not the one who gave the law or commanded that the people offer sacrifices, and He was not pleased with these sorts of religious rituals, nor did He ever want them (cf. Jer 7:21-23; Amos 5:21-24; Micah 6:6-8).

This is the same point the author of Hebrews makes in 10:5-6.

Reconciling the words of these inspired prophets with the modern understanding of inspiration and inerrancy is a difficult task indeed. I have a way that works for me, but again, to travel down that rabbit trail would take us too far afield.

But however we understand that thorny issue, we can all agree that in Hebrews 9:22, the author is simply contrasting how the law inaugurated the Mosaic Covenant with how Jesus inaugurated the New Covenant.

shedding of blood for forgiveness of sins

5. The Shedding of Blood Never Brought Forgiveness!

In light of this contrast, notice fifthly, that the author of Hebrews deftly shows how the Mosaic covenant, with all its bloody sacrifices, was never able to accomplish what it promised.

The author of Hebrews points out that it is “impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins” (Hebrews 10:4). Though it was the law that promised the forgiveness of sins through blood sacrifices, the simple fact that the law required perpetual sacrifices revealed that the law could not deliver what it promised.

Nobody was ever actually forgiven through the blood of a sacrifice! So according to the author of Hebrews, though the law required blood for forgiveness, blood didn’t provide any forgiveness! The law didn’t work!

6. Hebrews 9:22 is not about Forgiveness OF SINS

This leads to a sixth point about Hebrews 9:22 which should not be missed.

I intentionally misquoted Hebrews 9:22 above. I quoted it as saying that “without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.”

But Hebrews 9:22 does not include those final two words. Hebrews 9:22 says nothing about sin. Yes, sin is mentioned in Hebrews 9:26-28, but only in reference to the sacrifice of Jesus. The first time the author references sin in connection to the sacrificial blood of the Mosaic covenant is in Hebrews 10:4, where, as we have just seen, the only connection between sin and blood is that sin cannot be taken away by the blood of bulls and goats.

So what is the blood for in Hebrews 9:22? Again, as we saw above, it was for the purification of the tabernacle and its vessels when Moses inaugurated the first covenant. Modern western Christians are so infatuated with sin, that we see sin everywhere and believe that our biggest problem in the world is sin and that God is sitting in heaven trying to figure out how to stop us all from sinning.

I believe that nothing could be further from the truth.

God is not nearly as concerned with sin as we are.

Before the majesty of God’s holiness and love, all the sin of the world is little more than an annoying flea jumping around on the ground by his foot. Sin is not that big of a deal for God. The only reason He is concerned at all about sin is because sin hurts and damages us, and since He loves us beyond all imagination, He wants to do something about that annoying flea, because it has bitten us and injected us with all sorts of harmful toxins.

Also, God must do something about sin because sin is a big deal for Satan, and Satan uses sin to lay claim to our lives, which is something God does not want. But this too is another rabbit trail which we must avoid for now. The bottom line is that sin is not a big deal for God, and sin is not the issue in Hebrews 9:22.

7. Hebrew 9:22 isn’t even about “Forgiveness”

But what about the word “forgiveness” in Hebrews 9:22? Doesn’t that indicate that sin is the issue? No, it does not. This is the seventh point about this important text.

The word which the author uses here is the Greek word aphesis. This word does not mean “forgiveness” in the way that modern, English-speaking people think about forgiveness. Instead, aphesis is something closer to “deliverance” or “release.”

It has in mind the picture of someone who is enslaved and in chains, and someone else come along with the key to unlock them and set them free. I have written previously about aphesis.

In Scripture, we are freely forgiven of all our sins, past, present, and future, completely and only by the grace of God. We are, however, called upon to obey God so that we might enjoy the freedom from sin that He wants for us. Sin injects us with toxins that further enslave us, which God wants to liberate us from.

This sort of release often requires something on the part of the one who is being released, lest they fall right back into slavery after having been released! In this way, aphesis is a symbiotic forgiveness. It not only requires that the liberator unlock the chains; it also requires that the liberated run away from what had chained them.

blood of Jesus shed for us forgiveness of sins

8. The “Release” of Hebrews 9:22 is a Release of the Covenant

In Hebrews 9, it is not people who are being released, but the covenant itself! This eighth point is that the blood of Hebrews 9:22 has absolutely nothing to do with the removal of sin.

Instead, the blood was for the enactment of the Mosaic Covenant. The author of Hebrews could not be more clear. He says that a testament, or will, is not put into effect until the one who wrote it dies (Hebrews 9:16-17). My wife and I have Wills, and as is the case with all Wills, they do not go into effect until we die. A “Last Will and Testament” has no power while we live.

So after Moses wrote the Covenant, or the testament, he enacted a death over it to make it effective and active upon the people (Hebrews 9:19-21).

Whose “Last Will and Testament” was this? It was God’s! It was God’s covenant to the people.

But since God Himself could not come down to die and so enact the covenant, Moses symbolized the death of God with “the blood of calves and goats, with water, scarlet wool, and hyssop” (Hebrews 9:19).

The “release” in Hebrews 9:22 then, is the release of the covenant.

Prior to the shedding of the blood of the bulls and goats, the covenant was not active. It was under lock and key. A death was needed to free it, liberate it, or enact it.

And since God was the “testator” (Hebrews 9:16), but God could not die, Moses killed calves and goats to symbolize the death of God, and in so doing, enacted the covenant of God with His people, Israel.

It has nothing whatsoever to do with sin.

Nor does Hebrews 9:22 have anything with the conditions of forgiveness, for as we have seen above, the covenant offered numerous ways for people to receive purification from sin, and when it came to forgiveness for intentional sins, the Israelites believed on the grace of God for forgiveness just as we do.

9. The People were also Released from Slavery

But the “remission” or “release” of Hebrews 9:22 is not just of the covenant. The implementation of the first covenant with Moses took place after the Israelite people had been delivered and redeemed from captivity in Egypt.

From a purely legal standpoint, they were runaway slaves. And according to the laws of slavery, as long as a slave is still living and has not yet been set free, the slave is still a slave, even if they run away.

So the redemption enacted as part of the Mosaic covenant was the redemption of the slaves from Egypt. The death of the calves and goats symbolized the death of the Israelite people to their former life of slavery in Egypt.

Through the Mosaic covenant, the people of Israel died to their old identification as slaves to the household of Pharaoh (i.e., Egypt), and were raised again to a new identification as members of the household of God. This is why the water and the blood was sprinkled not just on the book of the covenant, but also on all the people (Hebrews 9:19).

They were dying to their past and were being born again into a new family. As members of this new family, they had new household rules to live by, which were enumerated in the Mosaic covenant.

10. Hebrews 9:22 in the context of Hebrews 9-10

All of this together helps us understand the discussion in Hebrews 10 that follows about how the New Covenant, which was enacted through the death of Jesus, is far superior in all ways to the Old Covenant which was enacted through the blood of animals.

This also helps explain why Hebrews 10 talks about sin so much. Though we have seen that Hebrews 9:22 is not talking about the forgiveness of sins, we often get confused about the rest of Hebrews 9 and on into Hebrews 10 because there are many references to the sacrifice or offerings of Jesus Christ for our sins.

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The best way to understand this is to remember what we have learned from Hebrews 9:16-22 about why the blood of the calves and goats was sprinkled over tabernacle and its instruments, along with the book of the covenant and the people, on the day the Mosaic Covenant was instituted among them. The blood was to inaugurate the covenant and indicate to the people that they had been set free from slavery.

All of this is exactly the same with the death of Jesus.

Jesus did not die to rescue us from the wrath of God. Nor did Jesus die to secure for us the forgiveness of sins. God has always freely forgiven people of their sins.

No, the death of Jesus on the cross was to inaugurate the new covenant of God with the entire world, and to indicate to all people that we were no longer slaves to sin.

That second point is critical. Jesus did not die for God because of sin. Jesus died for sin.

God’s holiness did not demand that Jesus be put to death. No, it was the devil that demanded death and blood (cf. Hebrews 2:14-15). Sin was the certificate of ownership which the devil held over the heads of humanity.

By dying, Jesus cancelled this debt of sin so that the devil could no longer have any claim upon us. This happened because just as all sinned in Adam, and so became slaves to death and the devil, so all died and were raised to new life in Jesus, and so were liberated and redeemed from our slavery to death and the devil.

Just as the Israelites in the wilderness died to Pharaoh, and were raised to new life in the family of God, so also, all people in Jesus died to sin, death, and devil, and were raised to new life in the family of God. This is the basic meaning of the discussion in Hebrews 10 about the sacrifice of Jesus for sin.

But the discussion goes beyond this as well. The author of Hebrews intentionally subverts the sacrificial elements of the Mosaic covenant by transitioning away from images of blood and death, and writing instead about offerings and purification.

Let just a few of these be noted.

Following immediately after Hebrews 9:22, we read that Jesus also purified the heavenly sanctuary. And just as the first ceremony indicated the inauguration of the Mosaic covenant and the death of the people to their past enslavement to Egypt, so also, the actions of Jesus indicated the inauguration of the New Covenant and the death of the people to their enslavement to sin.

In Hebrews 10:1-4, the author emphasizes the complete failure of the Mosaic law to do anything about sin. In Hebrews 10:2, we are informed that if the law could have taken away sin, the people would have stopped making sacrifices, for they would have had no more consciousness of sins. Yet the sacrifices themselves are a reminder of sins, even though they do nothing about the sins.

Then in Hebrews 10:5-10, the author indicates his understanding that the sacrificial system was never intended to take away sins, and that God Himself never wanted such sacrifices or took any pleasure in them. Again, God is a God of life; not death. What God did want, however, was a life lived in obedience to the will of God, which is exactly the “offering” which Jesus brought. This understanding of “offering” and “sacrifice” as the life of Jesus rather than His death is critical for the rest of the chapter. While it is true that Jesus died a bloody and gruesome death on the cross, it is critical to recognize that the death of Jesus on the cross was for sin, while the life of Jesus was for God. God did not want nor desire the death of Jesus. God always and only wants life.

Building upon this truth, Hebrews 10:11-18 moves on to compare and contrast the covenant enacted by Moses and the covenant enacted by Jesus Christ. After explaining that the sacrifices and offerings of the priests could never do anything about sins, Hebrews 10:12-13 shows that Jesus not only dealt with sin once and for all through His death, but actually perfected forever those who are in Him. The author then makes the absolutely shocking statement that God (and Moses) knew from the very beginning that the Law of Moses was obsolete and useless for doing anything about sin.

The author of Hebrews points at what the Holy Spirit said through the prophet Jeremiah about the new covenant (Jer 31:33-34), and then ties this together with the word “remission” (aphesis) which was used in Hebrews 9:22. In so doing, the author indicates the truth that Moses knew from the very beginning that his law was temporary, obsolete, and ineffective for doing anything about sin.

In Exodus 20, after God had given the 10 Commandments, God wanted to speak to the people of Israel Himself. But they were too scared of God, and declared that they would rather have Moses to speak to God for them (Exod 20:19). What follows in Exodus 21 through most of the rest of the Pentateuch is called “the Mosaic Law” for good reason.

It was how Moses believed God wanted the people of Israel to live out the 10 commandments. But forty years later, Moses saw that what he had given to the people was a complete failure. He had been with them for forty years (Deut 29:5), and knew that the law would be completely ineffective in helping them follow God and live rightly (cf. Deut 31:16-21).

As a result, Moses knew that what he had given to the people would be replaced by what God had wanted all along. Before Moses died, he prophesied that his law would pass away and would be replaced with the law of God written upon men’s hearts (Deut 30:6-20). Long before Jeremiah ever prophesied that God would do away with the written law and write His law upon our hearts and minds, Moses had said the same thing (cf. Deut 30:6, 14). Paul understood Deuteronomy 30 in this way as well (cf. Rom 10:7-8). In fact, in a recent book on the Pentateuch,

John Sailhamer has argued that one of the central points of the Pentateuch is to show that the law was ineffective, obsolete, and not what God had wanted for His people at all. God wanted faith, humility, mercy, and righteousness, which are the things the law could not provide.

But Jesus provided what the law could not, which brings us back to Hebrews 10. Jesus lived the way God intended, and in so doing, accomplished several things.

First, Jesus crucified the law of sin and death (Hebrews 9:26-28).

Second, Jesus revealed what God had always wanted for His people (Hebrews 10:16-17).

Third, Jesus revealed how God’s people could live for love and life instead of sin and death (Hebrews 10:20-23).

In Jesus, we learn that God no longer wants death, and He never did. God always and only wants life.

Hopefully, all this provides a deeper understanding of what Hebrews 9:22 is actually teaching (and not teaching) about the shedding of blood and the forgiveness of sins.

God always forgives sins freely. He does not need or want blood.

Note: This article by Brad Jersak on Hebrews 9:22 is also helpful.

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You and I can forgive others without requiring them to shed their blood. So why do some Christians teach that God requires the shedding of blood in order to forgive us? One reason is because of Hebrews 9:22 which says that without the shedding of blood... You and I can forgive others without requiring them to shed their blood. So why do some Christians teach that God requires the shedding of blood in order to forgive us? One reason is because of Hebrews 9:22 which says that without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sins. But Hebrews 9:22 does not teach what most people think it teaches. This study gives 10 reasons why Hebrews 9:22 does not teach that the shedding of blood is required for the forgiveness of sins.<br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the transcript, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/hebrews-9-22-shedding-of-blood-forgiveness-of-sins/ Jeremy Myers clean 41:22
How the blood of Jesus Redeems and Rescues Humanity (Ephesians 1:7; 2:13) https://redeeminggod.com/blood-of-jesus-ephesians-1-7/ Wed, 04 Apr 2018 20:13:55 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=47696 In Ephesians 1:7 and Ephesians 2;13 we learn that we have redemption through the blood of Jesus because He redeemed us from our sinful and violent way of living and revealed to us God's way of living. His bloody death released us from addiction to sin and scapegoating, and showed us how to live in the way of love and forgiveness. In Ephesians 1:7, Paul writes that “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.”

I have written previously that the blood of Jesus does not purchase forgiveness of sins for us from God. But does Ephesians 1:7 refute this idea? No. In fact, it supports it. Let me show you why.

Ephesians is a book that has been widely misunderstood, especially in light of what it teaches about salvation. Some of my sermon manuscripts on Ephesians might help clarify the book as a whole, but most of the main ideas can also be found in various entries in my Gospel dictionary.

The Basic Summary of Ephesians

redeemed by the blood of JesusThe basic message of Ephesians is that due to religion, humans have lived in rivalry and violence with each other since the foundation of the world, but now, in Jesus Christ, we have been shown a new way of living life so that all the hostilities can now cease.

There is still a struggle, but it is not against each other, but against the forces which seek to drag us back into rivalry, accusation, and scapegoating violence.

The Introduction to Ephesians

Paul introduces some of these themes with one long sentence in Ephesians 1:3-14.

Leading up to Ephesians 1:7 where Paul refers to redemption through the blood of Jesus, it is important to also understand what Paul means when he writes about adoption and election as these words also form a foundation for Paul’s ideas about the blood of Jesus. These words are also carefully defined in my Gospel Dictionary online course.

The basic idea in Ephesians 1:3-14 is that God made us His heirs so that we can have the resources necessary to fulfill our purpose and role within His family.

So what is Paul teaching in Ephesians 1:7?

It is in the context of these ideas that Paul mentions redemption through the blood of Jesus (Ephesians 1:7).

Redemption is when God takes something that is already His, and buys it so that it is twice His. So redeemed us, or bought us back, through His blood.

redemption through his blood Ephesians 1:7

When Paul writes about Jesus redeeming us through His blood, however, we must not think that Jesus was paying off God or Satan with His blood. It is not as though there was a debt of sin to God or to Satan which could only be paid with the blood of Jesus. This is not a biblical idea. (We’ll look at Hebrews 9:22 next week.)

So what did Jesus redeem us from? What did He buy us back from?

The redemption that Jesus accomplished through His blood was a rescue or deliverance of humanity from humanity.

We had enslaved ourselves to an endless cycle of sacred violence and the spilling of blood in God’s name.

By dying as He did, Jesus exposed the myth of redemptive violence and the lies of sacred violence for what they were so that we can be redeemed, bought back, or rescued from this endless cycle of violence and bloodshed once and for all.

We know that this is what Paul means because he explains the phrase “redemption through His blood” with the phrase “the forgiveness of sins.”

The two phrases explain each other, so let’s look at the forgiveness of sins first.

The Forgiveness of Sins

As we discussed previously, there are two main types of forgiveness sin the Bible, one that is free and one that is conditional. The type of forgiveness Paul mentions here is the conditional forgiveness (aphēsis). A good synonym for this type of forgiveness is “release.”

Furthermore, the term “sin” in the Bible primarily refers to the sacred violence that has enslaved all of humanity in a never-ending cycle of rivalry, accusation, and scapegoating sacrifice. I defend this idea in my book, Nothing but the Blood of Jesus.

So when Paul writes about “the forgiveness of sins,” he is referring to our release from the cycle of sacred violence.

And since this phrase explains or defines the first phrase about the redemption through the blood of Jesus, it too can be understood similarly.

Redemption through His blood

Jesus redeemed us, bought us back, rescued us, released us from the never-ending cycle of sacred violence and sin by subjecting Himself to it. He went to the cross and shed His blood for us, not as a payment to God or to Satan, but as a revelation to humanity about the sin which had enslaved humanity since the foundation of the world.

Now that we have this redemptive revelation through the sacrificial death of Jesus, we are able to live in a new way with other human beings.

We can now live at peace, no longer subjecting ourselves to the ways of death and violence founded upon religion, but instead follow Jesus by faith into the ways of love and grace.

If some of this sounds similar to what Paul writes in Ephesians 2, that’s because it is. Paul takes this theme of how humanity has been delivered from violence and death through the blood of Jesus and expands upon it in Ephesians 2.

How Paul Elaborates on this Theme in Ephesians 2:13

Here is what Paul writes in Ephesians 2:13: “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.”

Ephesians 2 is a powerful chapter, but it has been terribly misunderstood and misapplied by the church today. The traditional understanding of Ephesians 2 goes something like this:

We humans are evil sinners, under the control of the devil and our sin nature. We were dead and unable to do anything to change. Worse yet, because of sin, God’s wrath burns against us, and He wants to send us all to hell (Ephesians 2:1-3).

But God also loved us, and so wanted to do something to fix what had gone wrong. Someone had to pay the price for our sin, and God knew we couldn’t, so He sent His Son Jesus to die in our place and pay for our sin. Now, if we believe in Jesus, we get eternal life. But this still doesn’t get us off the hook. God still wants us to obey Him and do the good works He prepared for us to do (Ephesians 2:4-10).

But these good works don’t involve keeping the law and commandments, because those have been done away with. Instead, let’s just live in peace and unity with each other (Ephesians 2:11-22).

Yet this sort of summary of Ephesians 2 does not logically follow what Paul wrote in Ephesians 1, nor does it fit well with the rest of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians.

Furthermore, it does great injustice to the expanded discussion about peace in Ephesians 2:11-22. Most Christian sermons and messages on this chapter focus an inordinate amount of time and space on Ephesians 2:8-9, and very little on Ephesians 2:11-22, which is where Paul focuses his time.

The best way to approach Ephesians 2 is to “reverse engineer” it. By beginning where Paul concludes, we can better understand how Paul starts.

Reverse Engineering Ephesians 2

Paul has a clear progression in Ephesians 2, following the “Problem (Ephesians 2:1-3)—Solution (Ephesians 2:4-10)—Application (Ephesians 2:11-22)” format. By starting with the application, we can better understand the solution and the problem.

The Application (Ephesians 2:11-22)

In Ephesians 2:11-22, Paul explains how groups of people who formerly were hostile enemies can now live together in peace and unity because of what Jesus Christ has done. Feuding groups throughout history have used race, religion, and politics (the Jew-Gentile division was a toxic combination of all three) to look down upon each other and accuse one another of being less than human and less-loved by God.

But now Jesus has broken down the walls of hostility and brought everybody into one family where we live by new rules. This new way of living was revealed and explained through the life and death of Jesus Christ.

When we build upon the foundation He laid, we grow into the people that God has always wanted and desired, and it is then that God is truly manifested in us, just as He was in Jesus.

The Solution (Ephesians 2:4-10)

So if Paul’s concluding “Application” is that people who were formerly at odds with one another (in an accusatory violent way) can now live at peace by following the example of Jesus, it only makes sense that in the “Solution” section, Paul talks about how Jesus brought the warring groups together and showed us how to live in peace.

Not surprisingly, this is exactly what Paul explains in Ephesians 2:4-10. These verses, though quite popular as texts about how to receive eternal life by grace alone through faith alone, are actually about what God has done to rescue us from the condition described in Ephesians 2:1-3 (see below), so that we can become what is described in Ephesians 2:11-22.

blood of Jesus redeems usPaul’s point in these verses is that even though we humans accusation, blame, condemn and kill others in God’s name (Ephesians 2:1-3), God Himself does not behave that way toward us.

God does not bring an end to life, but raises us up to new life in Jesus Christ. Beyond that, He also raised us up with Jesus Christ and seated us with Him in the heavens so that we can live according to the heavenly rules, rather than the ways of this world.

God acted this way toward us by grace. And by grace, we can act this way toward others since we now are seated with Christ in heavenly places.

But we can only live this way if we follow Jesus by faith. Ephesians 2:4-10 is not talking about how to receive eternal life, but is instead talking about how God rescued us from our enslavement to the sin of death and showed us a new way of life in Jesus Christ.

This new way of life is what we were made for originally, and what God has always modeled for us, and what we are now to walk in, as we follow Jesus by faith. In other words, this text is not about how to go to heaven when you die, but rather about how to go from slavery to death in this world as we war against others (Ephesians 2:1-3), to unity and peace with others as we live in the family of God (Ephesians 2:11-22).

The Problem (Ephesians 2:1-3)

This brings us back to the beginning of the argument in Ephesians 2:1-3 where Paul presents the human “Problem.”

A proper understanding of this passage requires us to accurately define the words “dead,” “flesh,” “sin,” and “wrath” (which I will do in the Gospel Dictionary course), and to understand what Paul means when he refers to the ruler of the kingdom of the air.

When all of these concepts are understood, we see that Paul begins Ephesians 2 by teaching that we humans live in a world of sin and death, which we inflict upon ourselves by accusing, condemning, and killing one another, and justifying it all by doing these things in God’s name. We do these things because in our flesh, we know of no other way to live.

Even we religious people kill and are killed, just like everyone else (Ephesians 2:1-3). This is the human problem, and we are enslaved to it because we know of no other way to live (though such life is ruled by death).

So the overall summary of Ephesians 2 is that while we humans tend to live in hatred and violence toward one another (thinking that this was also God’s way), now Jesus has revealed a better way, and we can follow Him in this way by faith.

If we do, we will live at peace with one another and in so doing, truly reflect God to a watching world.

What is Paul teaching in Ephesians 2:13?

So then, with all this in mind, the explanation of Ephesians 2:13 is quite simple.

The violent death of Jesus on the cross revealed the truth about religious-political violence: that it is we humans who want and desire it; not God.

The blood of Jesus reveals that God never wanted or needed blood sacrifice or sacred violence of any kind in order for people to draw near to Him. All people were always welcome.

As a result, Gentiles are just as near to God as anyone else. Gentiles are not to be kept at a distance from God, nor are they more sinful or less pure in God’s eyes. There is no dividing wall of separation or religious commandments and ordinances which keep some people cut off from God’s love and grace.

No, all are invited in. All are welcome.

The blood of Jesus has brought everyone near, by proving that no one was ever kept at a distance.

All divisions of men are nothing more than man-made divisions, and now Jesus has torn them all down.

So how does the blood of Jesus Redeem us?

Ephesians 1:7 redemption through his bloodBy looking at Ephesians 1:7 and Ephesians 2:13, we now understand how the blood of Jesus redeems us.

Jesus did not buy off God or pay the debt of our sin to God. After all, if God had been “paid for our sins” then He would not be able to forgive us. (When someone owes you a debt, you can either get re-paid or forgive their debt, but you cannot do both. Payment of debt and forgiveness of debt are mutually exclusive.)

But Jesus did need to die, and He needed to die in a bloody, violent, sacrificial way. Why? To redeem, rescue, and deliver humanity from the sin and violence that we have always committed against each other (but blamed God for doing).

Jesus wanted us to be released from our sin, and so He died to reveal our sin to us.

Now that our eyes have been opened, we can live in a new way with God and with others. We can live in peace, without the dividing walls of hostility, and without the blame, violence, and scapegoating that we perform in God’s name.

Jesus came to show us a new way to live, which is exactly what He did through His life, death, and resurrection.

We have redemption through His blood because He redeemed us from our sinful and violent way of living and revealed to us God’s way of living. His bloody death released us from addiction to sin and scapegoating, and showed us how to live in the way of love and forgiveness.

Here is how to understand Ephesians 1:7 and Ephesians 2:13:

Through the blood of Jesus, we have been bought back from our slavery to sin and violence. We have been released from our addiction to scapegoating others in God’s name. He did this out of His great love and grace for us. Therefore, now we who were once far off from God have been brought near to God through the blood of Jesus. Through Him we see a new way to live, a way which leads to peace with God and peace with one another.

If you want to learn more about this entire idea, read my book Nothing but the Blood of Jesus.

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In Ephesians 1:7 and Ephesians 2;13 we learn that we have redemption through the blood of Jesus because He redeemed us from our sinful and violent way of living and revealed to us God's way of living. His bloody death released us from addiction to sin ... In Ephesians 1:7 and Ephesians 2;13 we learn that we have redemption through the blood of Jesus because He redeemed us from our sinful and violent way of living and revealed to us God's way of living. <br /> <br /> His bloody death released us from addiction to sin and scapegoating, and showed us how to live in the way of love and forgiveness.<br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the transcript, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/blood-of-jesus-ephesians-1-7/ Jeremy Myers clean 39:35
No, the blood of Jesus did not buy forgiveness of sins from God (Matthew 26:28) https://redeeminggod.com/blood-of-jesus-forgiveness-of-sins/ Wed, 28 Mar 2018 20:37:52 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=47632 Some people say that Jesus died to buy forgiveness from God, and they use passages like Matthew 26:28 to defend this idea. In this study, I provide a different explanation of Matthew 26:28, showing you that the blood of Jesus was NOT shed to purchase forgiveness from God. In Matthew 26:28, Jesus says, “For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” Does this mean that the blood of Jesus had to be shed so that He could buy forgiveness of sins for us from God?

Let’s see … what is the best way to answer this question? … Let me try this:

NO!

Ha!

blood of Jesus ChristBut I bet you want a better explanation …

I know that there are several verses in the Bible that some use to argue for the idea that Jesus had to shed His blood to purchase forgiveness of sins from God, but when carefully studied in their contexts, none of these Bible passages are teaching this idea.

God has always forgiven all people of all their sins simply because this is who God is. He did not need to be paid off or bought before He could forgive us. (That wouldn’t be forgiveness anyway…. you can either forgive a debt or be repaid, but not both.)

Matthew 26:28 is one of the passages that sometimes is quoted in defense of this idea that Jesus paid for our sins with His blood.

During the Last Supper on the night before His arrest, trial, and crucifixion, Jesus shared the Passover Meal with His disciples and imbued new symbolism into the bread and wine.

He said that the bread represented His body broken for them and the wine represented His blood shed for them. He then said that these things point to the new covenant in His blood, which is for the forgiveness of sins.

Some seem to assume through this description of events that Jesus was teaching His disciples that His blood would purchase the New Covenant and the forgiveness of sins from God.

But there are two keys which provide a better understanding of this text. A careful look at the context and what the rest of the New Testament teaches about the New Covenant and forgiveness reveals something different.

Let us briefly consider both concepts and how they relate to Matthew 26:28.

Matthew 26:28 and the New Covenant

Jesus was not teaching that His blood was the purchase price for forgiveness and the New Covenant, but that His blood was the sign of such things.

crucifixion of JesusIn reference the New Covenant, the blood of Jesus signaled that this New Covenant was now in effect. In essence, Jesus died to inaugurate or enact the New Covenant.

It is important to think of the New Covenant, not as a new system of laws and regulations to keep, but instead as a Last Will & Testament. And indeed, the term Jesus uses here does have this idea in view. Jesus is not sharing a new legal Contract, but new legal Will.

When we think of the Covenant as a “Last Will & Testament” rather than as a legal contract (as the Greek words used seem to indicate), it becomes clear that a Last Will & Testament is not put into effect as long as the one who made it still lives (cf. Hebrews 9:15-17).

For a Last Will & Testament to be enacted, the one who made it must die. Yet since this is God’s Last Will & Testament, and since God cannot die, it was impossible for the Will to come into effect unless God became human and died as a human, which is what He did in Jesus Christ.

So when Jesus speaks of His blood representing the New Covenant, He is pointing out the fact that the New Covenant which had been promised through the Old Testament prophets (cf. Jeremiah 31:31-34) would now be put into effect because the one who made this Last Will & Testament was now here and was about to die.

All of this is explained in more detail in Hebrews 9–10.

So when we understand that Jesus is talking a Last Will instead of a legal contract in Matthew 26:28, we then understand that the blood of Jesus was for the purpose of enacting the legal terms of this new Last Will & Testament. The death of Jesus was not needed to buy forgiveness, but to enact a new Will.

But what about the statement in Matthew 26:28 about the forgiveness of sins? Doesn’t that prove that Jesus did, in fact, die to purchase forgiveness of sins from God?

Matthew 26:28 and the Forgiveness of Sins

When it comes to the forgiveness that Jesus mentions in Matthew 26:28, it is critical to recognize that there are two types of forgiveness in the Bible.

cup of new covenantThere is charizomai forgiveness and aphēsis forgiveness. Charizomai forgiveness is based on the free grace (charis) of God and is freely extended to all people throughout all time for all sins, with no strings or conditions attached.

Aphēsis forgiveness, however, does have conditions, such as repentance and turning from sin. But aphēsis forgiveness has nothing to with our standing with God or what He thinks about us. Aphēsis forgiveness is not about our relationship with God.

Instead, aphēsis forgiveness is about our relationship with sin. Aphēsis forgiveness is only about one thing, and that is whether or not we are addicted to sin or break free from sin. This is why a better English translation for aphēsis is “release” or “remission.”

Aphēsis forgiveness is not about getting forgiveness from God, but is instead about breaking free from the addictive and destructive power of sin in our lives.

If you are addicted to a certain type or pattern of sin in your life, God has 100% forgiven you for this sin. This is charizomai forgiveness. But God’s charizomai forgiveness doesn’t help you much in breaking free from sin. For this, you need to repent, confess, and take steps to turn away from this sin, and start following God instead. When you do this, you will gain aphēsis, release, from the power of sin in your life.

So what kind of forgiveness is Jesus talking about in Matthew 26:28? It is aphēsis, release. This is why many Bible translations use the word “remission” here instead of “forgiveness.”

Jesus is not talking about how He is going to get God to forgive our sins. No, Jesus is talking about how His life and death, about how His shed blood, is going to help us break free from the power of sin in our lives.

Jesus is telling His disciples that through His blood, that is, through His violent death as a sacrificial scapegoat, they will gain deliverance and release from the sin that has enslaved humanity since the foundation of the world.

And this is exactly what happened. The violent death of Jesus on the cross exposed the lie of scapegoating and sacrificial violence for what it was. Those who see this lie are then able to live their lives in freedom from it.

How to Understand Matthew 26:28

So Jesus’ words at the Last Supper closely mirror what we have seen about blood in Genesis 4:10 and Hebrews 12:24 above. The murder of Abel by Cain represents the fratricidal, murderous violence upon which all human civilization is built. In unveiling this sin, the author of Hebrews compared the word spoken by the blood of Abel with the Old Covenant, and then contrasts this with the word spoken by the blood of Jesus and the New Covenant.

Matthew 26:28 blood of new covenant

Whereas the Old Covenant and the blood of Abel was concerned with sacrifice, vengeance, and retaliation, the New Covenant based upon the blood of Jesus speaks of grace, mercy, and forgiveness.

And this is what Jesus says to His disciples during their Last Supper.

He brings them to the table and says, “I’m going to inaugurate a New Covenant, a new way of doing things, a new Last Will & Testament. And it’s going to be put into effect through my death. And when you see what I am revealing through my death, you will gain release from the addictive and destructive power of sin that has enslaved humanity since the foundation of the world.”

Do you see? There is no mention in here of buying forgiveness from God. Quite the opposite in fact. Jesus is not saying, “I am going to die so God can forgive you.”

No, Jesus is saying, “I’m going to die so that you can learn that God has ALWAYS forgiven you, and my death will show you how to live in a similar way toward others. My death is going to show you how to extend unconditional love and free forgiveness toward others, as God has always extended toward you. And when you live this way, you will break free from the sin of violent, bloody, sacrificial scapegoating that has plagued humanity since the very beginning.”

So do you see?

The Old Covenant, the Mosaic Covenant, enslaved us to sin, and thus, to sacrificial and scapegoating violence.

But the New Covenant in Jesus, introduced to us and inaugurated for us through His own violent death on the cross, shows that we are completely forgiven and have always been forgiven, and that there is nothing for which God will not forgive us.

The New Covenant enacted through the death of Jesus which brings release from our bondage to sin.

Therefore, we too can forgive. Rather than lash out in violence against those who wrong us, we can, like God, simply extend love and forgiveness.

By seeing God’s loving, forgiving, non-retaliatory character through the death of Jesus, we are shown the way to live in loving, forgiving, non-retaliatory community with other people. Observing the Lord’s Supper serves as a reminder of the way we are to live with one another.

In the Last Supper, Jesus used the cup of wine to symbolize how He was making a new Last Will & Testament with humanity. This time, the Testament will be put into effect by His own blood.

When we see Him do this, it is then that our eyes are opened to the truth about sin. What we see in the death of Jesus helps us finally break free from the destructive power of sin that has plagued humanity since the foundation of the world.

This is how the death of Jesus reveals our sin to us, and releases us from the bondage of sin in our lives.

Jesus did not buy forgiveness of sins for us from God, but instead revealed that God has always loved and only forgiven, and we can live this way as well.

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Some people say that Jesus died to buy forgiveness from God, and they use passages like Matthew 26:28 to defend this idea. In this study, I provide a different explanation of Matthew 26:28, showing you that the blood of Jesus was NOT shed to purchase f... Did Jesus die so that God could forgive your sins? In other words, did God need a blood sacrifice in order to love and forgive you? Did Jesus purchase the forgiveness of sins for us from God? <br /> <br /> Some people say Yes, and uses passages like Matthew 26:28 to defend this idea. In this study, I provide a different explanation of Matthew 26:28, showing you that the blood of Jesus was NOT shed to purchase forgiveness from God.<br /> <br /> To view the transcript, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/blood-of-jesus-forgiveness-of-sins/ Jeremy Myers clean 25:46
Why is the Bible so Bloody? Jesus tells us why in Matthew 23:29-35 https://redeeminggod.com/bible-so-bloody/ Wed, 21 Mar 2018 20:28:33 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=47611 Why is the Bible so bloody and violent? It is not because God is violent and bloody. Jesus reveals quite the opposite. Through His life, death, and teachings, Jesus reveals that God is not violent at all, but always loves and only forgives. So why is the Bible so violent? Jesus explains why in Matthew 23:29-35. Lots of people wonder why the Bible is so bloody … that is, why there is so much violence and bloodshed in the Bible. (I am going to provide a brief explanation below, but if you want a more detailed explanation, you can read my book, Nothing but the Blood of Jesus.)

Many Christians often condemn the Muslim Qu’ran for being a violent book, but did you know that the Bible is far more violent than the Qu’ran? And this is not just descriptions of violence. There are more endorsements and commands to violence by God in the Bible than in the Qu’ran.

Of course, many Christians rightly point out that Jesus came and changed all that. That Jesus revealed a new a different way, a way of love and forgiveness.

I agree.

blood to horses bridles Revelation armageddonBut then many Christians turn right around and say, “But in the future, Jesus is going to return to this earth, and slaughter millions of people. There will be the greatest, bloodiest war the world has ever seen. When Jesus returns at the battle of Armageddon, the Valley will be filled with blood up to the horse’s bridle.”

So … wait. Is Jesus violent and bloody or not?

Are we saying that God in the Old Testament was violent and bloody, and then Jesus showed up to try love and forgiveness, but at the end of the world, even Jesus realizes that violence and bloodshed is the only solution after all? That love and forgiveness doesn’t actually work?

I think something is terribly wrong with this way of reading the Bible.

And by the way, this way of reading the Bible causes people to become violent themselves. I have heard Greg Boyd say that we become like the God we worship. If we worship a God who is violent at heart, and even though He tries love and forgiveness for a bit, He ultimately resorts to violence and bloodshed … then this is how we will act toward others.

This is why we hear Christians say, “Well, we tried to love and forgive those people over there …we really did, but they didn’t change, so now we are forced to drop bombs on them.”

Maybe we don’t drop bombs on them … but we do feel justified to hate other people when they don’t respond to our attempts to love and forgive them.

I had a conversation on Facebook Messenger the other day which reveals this attitude pretty well. Here is a screenshot:

(By the way, if you want to Message me on Facebook, you can do so here.)

Do you see? When we believe that God loves for a while, but then turns to hate when people don’t respond to Him, this causes us to hate those who don’t respond quickly enough to our evangelism efforts.

Now, if this is truly the way God is, then I agree that this is how we can behave as well.

But I do not believe that God is hateful, angry, violent, or bloody. I believe that Jesus reveals that God is quite the opposite. I believe that Jesus shows us what God is like, and that God has always been and always will be just like Jesus in the Gospels.

Jesus says “If you’ve seen me, you’ve seen the Father.” Paul says in Colossians 1:15 that Jesus “is the image of the invisible God.” The author of Hebrews says that Jesus is the exact representation of God, the express image of His person (Hebrews 1:3).

Now when Jesus, Paul, and the author of Hebrews were teaching these things, they were talking about how Jesus lived during this life on earth as recorded in the Gospels.

During His life and ministry, Jesus did not engage in bloody violence or acts of vengeance upon anyone. Instead, He always loved and only forgave.

If we believe that Jesus, Paul, and the author of Hebrews knew what they were talking about, then we are forced with a decision: We must either decide that Jesus was hiding the dark, bloody, and violent side of God so that He did not actually reveal to us the full and perfect image of God (and therefore, Jesus, Paul, and the author of Hebrews are not telling the truth), or we must decide that Jesus did, in fact, fully reveal God to us (as He claims to have done), and so God has never been violent and bloody, and never will be.

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For myself, I believe that Jesus is telling the truth, and so is Paul and the author of Hebrews.

Which means we need to figure out why the Bible is so violent and bloody. We need to figure out why the Bible contains so much bloodshed. We need to figure out why God apparently commands so much violence and bloodshed in the Old Testament. We need to figure out why John writes in the book of Revelation about the return of Jesus in such violent and bloody ways.

Thankfully, this is not something we have to figure out on our own. Jesus Himself told us why the Bible is so violent. He did this in numerous ways and at various times during His life and ministry.

The greatest explanation was provided through His crucifixion, of course, but many of the parables and teachings of Jesus were also directed at revealing the truth to us about why the Bible is so bloody and violent.

Jesus tells us why the Bible is Bloody (Matthew 23:29-35)

One of the key texts where Jesus reveals this is Matthew 23:29-35 (cf. Luke 11:49-51):

[You] say, “If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.” … Therefore, indeed, I send you prophets, wise men, and scribes; some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues and persecute from city to city, that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar.

why is the Bible so bloody and violentIn this text, Jesus provides a summary of how He reads and understands the Old Testament. This is “The Old Testament according to Jesus.” And according to Jesus, the Bible is filled with violent bloodshed.

From Abel to Zechariah, from A-to-Z, the Bible reveals the violence of the human heart as we kill others in the name of God. According to Jesus, the Hebrew Scriptures are primarily about a revelation of bloodshed.

They reveal what the origins of bloodshed, and how sacrificial religion is often at the root of bloodshed, as human beings kills others in the name of God.

And it is not just evil sinners who are killed in the name of God, but righteous, innocent victims, such as Abel, Zechariah, and the prophets.

Jesus also says that the people in His day are doing the same thing.

This violent murdering of others in God’s name is the constant human sin of every culture and every generation. Yet no generation thinks that they themselves are guilty of it. The people in Jesus’ day say that if they had lived in the days of the prophets, they would not have participated in killing the prophets. Yet the people in Jesus’ day killed Jesus.

Today, we say that if we had lived in the day of Jesus, we would not have participated in killing Jesus. But is this true?

If you had lived in the days of Jesus, do you think you would be among those who cried out for His arrest and crucifixion? Or would you instead be among those who stood faithfully at His side and wept for Him as He bled and died?

Do not be too hasty to answer.

In Matthew 23:29-35, Jesus explains that the religious people who claim they would not have participated in murdering the prophets are the very same people who are planning to kill the prophets of their own day.

In this context, Jesus clearly equates blood with murder and violence, and especially the bloodshed that is religiously motivated. When the Bible speaks of blood, it primarily has in mind the sacrificial and religious bloodshed which takes place when we kill and murder in God’s name.

Of more importance, however, is the shocking truth that this text contains for us modern Christians. We Christians like to say that if we had lived in the days of Jesus, we would not have been among those calling for His crucifixion, but would have sided with Him instead, defending His innocence and calling for His release.

Sadly, Jesus disagrees with our assessment. The human condition and tendency is to side with the mob in calling for the death of the innocent scapegoat victim. The religious people in Jesus’ day claimed that they would not have participated in killing the prophets of old, yet it is they who led the charge in accusing, condemning, and killing Jesus.

Just as with every other violent text in Scripture, Matthew 23:29-35 is a serious call to take a careful look at the condition of our own hearts toward others.

This text, like so many others, was not primarily written so that we can condemn the ignorance of those in the past, but so that we can allow this text to expose the darkness in our own hearts. Just as the people in Jesus’ day were guilty of the same sins they condemned in their ancestors, so also, we are guilty of the same sins we condemn in them.

We say we would not have condemned Jesus, yet it may very well be that the people we think God should kill today are the very prophets whom God has sent to us to reveal our sin. Who is it that you want to see dead?

Who is it that you believe God could (and should) “righteously” kill? Could it be that you only think this about them because they are exposing your sin to you, just like the prophets of old?

This reveals why the Bible, and especially the Old Testament, is so violent.

Jesus died to reveal the source of violence

Why is the Old Testament so Violent?

Much of the Old Testament is filled with blood, whether it is the blood spilled in the sacrificial rituals of the Mosaic Law or the blood spilled during Canaanite Conquest and subsequent wars of Israel.

It is not without reason that some have called the Bible the bloodiest religious book in human history. Such a charge is not unfounded, for when the actual calls for violence and bloodshed are tallied, the Bible has more bloody texts than the Muslim Qur’an or any other religious holy book.

The proper response to all this bloodshed in the Bible, however, is not to try to explain it away and justify God as the bloodiest deity in the history of religion, but instead to embrace the revulsion that we feel and recognize that the reason the Bible is so bloody is not so that we emulate the behavior we read about in its pages, but instead to see these events as though they were a mirror being held up to our own faces (James 1:23-24).

In Matthew 23:29-35, Jesus says that the Bible is so violent and bloody, because it reveals what we ourselves are doing in our own day. Jesus says that the Bible is so violent and bloody, not so that we can condemn the people of the past, but so that we can see how we ourselves participate in the same exact bloodshed and violence.

Jesus says that the Bible is so violent and bloody, not because it reveals what God is like (for only Jesus does that), but because it reveals what mankind is like. And therefore, what we are like.

The Old Testament does not reveal God to us as much as it reveals mankind to us.

The bloody passages of the Old Testament provide a better glimpse into the heart of man than they do the heart of God.

This is how to read the violent portions of the Bible, so that when we turn away from them in revulsion, we are trained to turn away from similar violent tendencies in our own heart as well.

Until we read the Bible this way, we will forever be confused about why there is so much blood and violence in the Old Testament. But once we read the Bible through this lens, we see that the Bible reveals man to us so that in Jesus Christ we receive both a perfect revelation of what God is like and a perfect revelation of what mankind is supposed to be like.

Through His death on the cross, Jesus willingly submitted Himself to the violent death of ritualistic sacrifice as a way of exposing to humanity the sin to which humanity is enslaved.

Jesus died, not to affirm and reinforce the idea that God wants blood sacrifice, but to unveil and expose the truth about sacrifice, the truth that it is we who want sacrifice; not God.

It is we who shed blood; not God.

By letting us kill Him in such a violent and bloody way, Jesus unveiled the truth about humanity and the truth about sin, and in so doing, called us to abandon these scapegoating, sacrificial rituals in our own lives.

By letting us shed His blood, Jesus revealed that all such scapegoating sacrificial rituals have nothing whatsoever to do with God and originate instead within the hearts of mankind.

Jesus fully exposed and unveiled the mystery of the scapegoat sacrifice by fully submitting Himself to it.

Through His life and death, Jesus revealed how to live:

We are not to make sacrificial scapegoat victims of others, while at the same time we are to willingly lay down our lives for others.

The blood of Jesus reveals that true life does not come through the death of others, but through the death of self for the sake of others. While seeking life through the death of others leads only to more death, seeking life through the death of self leads to life for all.

The blood of Jesus teaches that while humans seek death, God seeks life, and so when the life of God is in us, we will stop seeking the death of others.

To learn more about this, get my book, Nothing but the Blood of Jesus, or take my online course, The Gospel Dictionary, which you can take for free by joining my online discipleship group:

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Why is the Bible so bloody and violent? It is not because God is violent and bloody. Jesus reveals quite the opposite. Through His life, death, and teachings, Jesus reveals that God is not violent at all, but always loves and only forgives. Lots of people wonder why the Bible is so bloody ... that is, why there is so much violence and bloodshed in the Bible. Jesus explains why in Matthew 23:29-35. His shocking summary of the Bible will cause you to read Scripture and understand humanity in a completely new way.<br /> <br /> To view the transcript or leave a comment, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/bible-so-bloody/ Jeremy Myers clean 28:49
1 crazy suggestion about Matthew 28:19-20 that just might solve the baptism debate https://redeeminggod.com/matthew-28-19-20/ Wed, 14 Mar 2018 21:47:51 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=47517 When you were baptized, what words were said? Do you remember? Some people look to Matthew 28:19-20 as the proper words for baptism, while others look to the practice of the Apostles in Acts. In this post, I dispel this entire baptism debate with one crazy suggestion. Read it and let me know what you think! Did you know there is a debate about whether we are supposed to be baptized “In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19-20) OR “in the name of Jesus”?

Yes, we Christians argue over some silly things.

In my book, Dying to Religion and Empire, I talk about how some Christians view baptism as a magical incantation in which the right words need to be said in order for the magic spell to actually work. The whole thing is ridiculous.

But when Christians think that baptism is required to gain eternal life, then it also becomes important to make sure that the baptism is done in the right way with the right words.

Of course, when we realize that baptism is NOT required for eternal life, then this entire debate fades away into meaninglessness, but we already talked about this

But let us try to solve the debate anyway … because … you know … Bible.

Matthew 28:19-20 baptism

The Origins of the Baptism Debate

When people want be baptized “in the right way,” they argue about when baptism should take place, how much water is necessary, where the baptism can occur, who can perform the baptism, what actions should be performed during the baptism, and what words need to be said along with the baptism.

And again, according to some, if you don’t do all of it right, then it doesn’t work. Yes, just like a magic spell taught to Harry Potter at Hogwarts School of Magic…

Now I am not going to try to solve the ENTIRE baptism debate, but we might be able to solve that last one, about which words need to be said at the baptism.

The debate began because the words of Jesus in Matthew 28:19-20 seems to be at odds with the actual practice of the Apostles in the book of Acts.

In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus instructs His apostles to “baptize … in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.” So when many people get baptized, they say, “I baptize you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.”

But when we get into the book of Acts, we see that the apostles baptize “in the name of Jesus” (Acts 2:38; 8:12; 8:16; 10:48; 19:5).

So what gives? Some suggest that when Jesus says “in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit” He means “in my name.” Because … you know …. the Trinity.

Of course, God the Father’s name appears to be Yahweh, and as far as we know, the Holy Spirit doesn’t have a name, so is it really accurate to say that “Jesus” is the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit?

Yet if we baptize “in the name of Jesus,” aren’t we then disobeying the very words of Jesus where He instructed us to baptize “in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit”?

And the debate rages on, with both sides accusing the other of practicing illegitimate baptism.

How can we solve this?

Well, it starts by disavowing all these Christians who waste their time and energy with idiotic arguments over words … but there is also a key to help us solve the argument.

The Key to the Baptism Debate

baptisma Greek wordBaptism is not a translation of the Greek word, but a transliteration.

When people translate from one language to another, they look at the word in the original language, and then provide the equivalent word in the new language. So hamartia gets translated as sin , theos as God, and so on.

But for some inexplicable reason, there are a few Greek words which Bible translators failed to translate. Instead, they transliterated these words, which involves changing the Greek letters of teh root word into English letters and then calling it good.

So Christos becomes Christ and euangelion becomes evangelism.

This is what happened with the word baptism as well. It is a transliteration rather than a translation. The Greek word is baptizma, and it was transliterated as baptism.

How does this help?

Well, if we translate the Greek word baptizma in Matthew 28:19-20, we get a clue as to what Jesus might have actually been teaching … and this leads to the one crazy suggestion about Matthew 28:19-20 that might help solve this particular baptism debate.

The 1 Crazy Suggestion about Matthew 28:19-20

So as everyone knows, Matthew 28:19-20 is the “Great Commission” in which Jesus gives some final instructions to His disciples. And he wants them to take the things He has taught and teach these to other people also.

That is, Jesus wants His disciples to go and make more disciples.

And discipleship involves teaching and training other people about what they should believe and how they should behave. It is teaching people about life and doctrine. And not just “classroom teaching” but teaching by example and showing people how to live.

Anyway, none of this is challenging, new, or crazy. Everyone knows all this.

But here is the crazy suggestion … What if we actually translated the Greek word baptizo in Matthew 28:19 instead of just transliterating it? Is that crazy, or what?

The Greek word baptizma means immersion (the verb baptizo means to immerse).

So if we translated the Greek word, the verse would say this:

Go therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, immersing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you …

Jesus instructs His disciples to make disciples and to teach everything He has taught to them, so that the people they teach are immersed in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

This doesn’t necessarily mean “dunk them under water while saying a few words over their head.”

If I told you to “immerse yourself in this blog,” would you think you had to go take a bath while reading this blog? No. You would think that I was inviting you to read a lot of blog posts for the next days or weeks.

If I told my daughter to “immerse yourself in math” to prepare for the exam, would you imagine that I was telling her to go swim around in a local river with her math books under her arm? No. You would understand that I was telling her to study hard.

If I told my wife, “I want to immerse you in my love,” does this mean that I want to plunge her under the water in a swimming pool while saying “I love you”? No. It means I want to show her in tangible ways how much I really do love her.

Similarly, if Jesus says, “Go immerse people in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,” is He saying, “Go dunk them under water while saying some words over them”? I think not.

Instead, Jesus is saying, “I have taught you lots of things over these past three years, and I want you to go and teach these to others also. Go immerse them in the teachings about God the Father, about Me, and about the Holy Spirit, which are the things I have taught you. Spread this teaching around the world.”

Jesus is telling His disciples that as they have immersed their lives in His for the past three years, they now must go and invite other people to immerse their lives in the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Jesus teaching is baptism

Sooo … You side with those who think we should baptize “in the name of Jesus”?

No! If you think that is the point of this post, you’ve missed it entirely.

There are no magic words. It is not about what words you say.

As long as we Christians keep arguing about words, we are missing the entire point of the teachings of Jesus … and we should go immerse ourselves in His teachings some more.

Look, if you want to get dunked under water, go ahead. For some, it can be a wonderful ritual, full of symbolic significance.

But the real thing Jesus wants us to do is to learn about Him, learn about God, and learn about the Holy Spirit.

Jesus wants us to follow His example of death and resurrection so that we lay down our lives for others.

Jesus wants to show us how to die to ourselves so that we can rise again to real life in Him.

So let us all stop arguing about the method, mode, and magic words of baptism, and instead start living for Jesus and loving others like Jesus … just as He commanded us in Matthew 28:19-20.

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When you were baptized, what words were said? Do you remember? Some people look to Matthew 28:19-20 as the proper words for baptism, while others look to the practice of the Apostles in Acts. In this post, I dispel this entire baptism debate with one c... When you were baptized, what words were said? Do you remember? Some people look to Matthew 28:19-20 as the proper words for baptism, while others look to the practice of the Apostles in Acts. In this study, I dispel this entire baptism debate with one crazy suggestion. Listen to it and let me know what you think!<br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the shownotes, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/matthew-28-19-20/ Jeremy Myers clean 21:59
Does baptism save us? (1 Peter 3:21) https://redeeminggod.com/baptism-1-peter-3-21/ Wed, 07 Mar 2018 20:21:53 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=47483 In 1 Peter 3:21, it appears that Peter is saying that we must be baptized in order to be saved. He writes that baptism saves us. But if this is true, then how is eternal life by faith alone and not of works? When people read 1 Peter 3:21, they wonder if baptism is necessary for salvation. And this is indeed what 1 Peter 3:21 seems to say:

There is also an antitype which now saves us—baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 3:21).

So does baptism save us? Yes! According to Peter, it does.

But hold on … Isn’t baptism a work? Isn’t baptism something we do? Yes, it is.

So if baptism saves us, how can it be true that eternal life is received by faith alone in Jesus Christ alone, apart from works?

The solution is relatively simple, once you understand it.

1 Peter 3:21 baptism save usThe solution to understanding 1 Peter 3:21 is to properly define the words “baptism” and “saves.” I define both of these terms in my online course, “The Gospel Dictionary.”

This post will briefly summarize how to understand the words “baptism” and “save.” More detailed explanations are found inside the course.

The meaning of the word “save”

In Scripture, the word “save” (saved, salvation, Savior, etc) almost never means “gain eternal life so you can go to heaven when you die.” This is what most Christians think the word means, and this is how most Christians use this word, but the Bible does not support such a definition.

The word “saved” simply means “deliverance” and context determines what kind of deliverance is in view. You can be delivered from enemies, sickness, drowning, premature death, and a variety of other disasters.

Whenever you see the word “saved” in the Bible, stop and think about it. Substitute in the word “delivered” or “deliverance” and then look in the context to figure out what kind of deliverance is in view. Very rarely (if ever) will it refer to gaining eternal life and going to heaven when you die.

This truth right here is going to help you understand 1 Peter 3:21 in a whole new way. While Peter does teach that baptism saves us, a careful study of the context reveals that Peter is not talking about gaining eternal life and going to heaven when we die. He has something else in view.

But to see what Peter has in view, we first need to understand the meaning of the word “baptism.”

The meaning of the word “baptism” in 1 Peter 3:21

The word baptism has caused inordinate amounts of disagreement over the years.

baptism definedThere was even a time when certain Christians were drowning other Christians over the question of baptism. During the Reformation, one group of Christians got so upset that others were doing baptism wrong, that they decided to baptize those other people to death by drowning them.

We don’t go this far today. Or do we?

While we may not drown people because of their views on baptism, it is not uncommon for one group of Christians to condemn another group of Christians to everlasting hell because the other group has a different view on baptism.

So we don’t drown them … but we do condemn them to everlasting punishment in hell.

Yeah … maybe things haven’t changed as much as we think.

So we argue and condemn people over the issue of infant baptism vs. adult baptism, baptism by sprinkling vs. baptism by immersion, and whether a person should be baptized in the name of Jesus vs. in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

And then we have this form of baptism which is almost child abuse …

Most of these contentious issues can be cleared up simply by properly understanding and defining the word baptism.  Baptism is a Greek word which means “immersion” or “submersion.”

Many Bible teachers stop right there and say that the debate between sprinkling vs. immersion is solved. They argue that if the word baptisma means immersion, then clearly, all baptisms must be by immersion.

But it is not quite as simple as that. Although baptisma means immersion, this does not mean that every baptism requires immersion into water.

When all the data is considered, the Bible describes several different kinds of baptisms, and only two of them involve water.

Along with John’s baptism and new believer’s baptism (Acts 2:41; 8:36; 10:47-48; 18:8), there is baptism into Moses (1 Cor 10:2), baptism of the cup and crucifixion (Matt 20:22; Mark 10:38; Luke 12:50), baptism by the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:4-5; 11:16; Rom 6:3-4; 1 Cor 12:13; Gal 3:26-28; Eph 4:5), and baptism with the fire of judgment (Matt 3:11; 13:25; Luke 3:16).

If you were counting, there are seven different kinds of baptism. I have a handout in the Gospel Dictionary Lesson on Baptism which nicely summarizes these seven kinds of baptism.

So it is a vast oversimplification to say that all baptism must be by immersion in water.

In light of all this, while baptism means immersion, it does not necessarily imply water. One can get baptized, or immersed, into almost anything.

To be baptized means to be fully immersed into something so that what is being baptized is completely overtaken and overwhelmed by whatever it is being baptized into.

It means to be fully identified with something, to become one with it.

So what does 1 Peter 3:21 mean?

There are some who teach that both faith and baptism are necessary for justification. Those who teach this often use 1 Peter 3:21 as a proof text for their view.

But if we know that the word “saved” does not refer to “receiving eternal life” in the Bible, we understand that Peter is not writing about the necessity of getting baptized in order to receive eternal life, but is instead referring to some form of deliverance.

Several contextual keys clue us in to what Peter has in mind.

First, it should be obvious that Peter is not referring to believer’s baptism at all, for he indicates that this baptism he is writing about is “through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.” Numerous other Scriptures reveal that water baptism does not actually place us in Christ, but this is done only through Spirit baptism (cf. Rom 6:3-4; 1 Cor 12:13; Gal 3:26-28; Eph 4:5).

Second, while some think that Peter is referring to believer’s baptism because of the mention of water in 3:20, Peter clarifies in 3:21 that he is not talking about the outward washing of the flesh with water but the inner purification of a good conscience toward God, which is accomplished only through the Spirit.

Finally, it should be noted that although 1 Peter 3:21 talks about how Noah and his family “were saved through water,” we should not take this to mean that the water was the instrument or means by which they were delivered from the flood. Far from it!

They were not delivered by the water; they were delivered from the water by the ark. Noah and his family passed through the waters and were delivered from the waters just as some pass through the fire, and are delivered from it.

So you take all this together, and Peter’s point is that just the ark delivered Noah and his family through the waters of the flood which threatened to take their life, so also, we too are delivered from the flood of sin that surrounds us, not by water, but by the Spirit of God (1 Peter 3:18). How? By fully immersing ourselves and identifying with the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 3:18, 21).

Peter is teaching a sanctification truth. If you want to avoid have your life ruined by sin, Peter says, then learn what it means to have died to sin in Jesus Christ, and to have been raised to new life through His resurrection.

Jesus is the ark that saves us from the flood of sin that surrounds us. If you want to be delivered from the devastating and destructive consequences of sin (see Sin), then you need to follow the ways, teachings, examples, and instructions of Jesus, and especially what He showed us through His death, burial, and resurrection.

So Peter is not saying that you have to get dunked under water in order to go to heaven when you die. That is not his point at all!

In 1 Peter 3:21, Peter is not writing about how to gain eternal life. Instead, Peter is writing about how to live the Christian life.

He writes that the best way to live free from sin like Jesus Christ is to identify with Jesus and follow Him in every way we can.

Here is a short video that summarizes the ideas in this post:

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In 1 Peter 3:21, it appears that Peter is saying that we must be baptized in order to be saved. He writes that baptism saves us. But if this is true, then how is eternal life by faith alone and not of works? In 1 Peter 3:21, it appears that Peter is saying that we must be baptized in order to be saved. He writes that baptism saves us. But if this is true, then how is eternal life by faith alone and not of works?<br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the shownotes, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/baptism-1-peter-3-21/ Jeremy Myers clean 26:00
Does 1 Corinthians 9:27 teach that you can lose your salvation? https://redeeminggod.com/1-corinthians-9-27-disqualified/ Wed, 28 Feb 2018 18:38:18 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=47453 First Corinthians 9:27 is sometimes quoted to show that not even Paul was certain that he would go to heaven when he died. Paul writes that he keeps close watch over his body so that he does not end up disqualified (adokimos). So what does this verse mean? In 1 Corinthians 9:27, Paul writes about his fear of being disqualified by God. Does this mean that Paul thought that he could lose his eternal life?

When I was in High School, I had a teacher who read 1 Corinthians 9:27 in class (I attended a Christian school), and said that all of us need to be careful how we live our lives, or else we could end up in hell if we disobeyed God.

Does 1 Corinthians 9 27 teach that we can lose eternal lifeShe said, “Look at Paul! He was an apostle. He wrote a large amount of the New Testament. He was the greatest missionary the world has ever seen! But even Paul was afraid that if he sinned, he would go to hell when he died. We should all be concerned about the same thing!”

Is this right? Is this really what Paul is saying in 1 Corinthians 9:27? Here is what he wrote:

But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified (1 Corinthians 9:27).

So was Paul afraid that although he had loved and served Jesus for many years, if he messed up late in life, he might end up being eternally separated from God?

The short answer is No. Let me explain why.

(Note: The following article is drawn from what I teach in my “Gospel Dictionary” online course. This comes from the lesson that looks at the word “approved.”

The key term in 1 Corinthians 9:27 is “disqualified”

The key term in 1 Corinthians 9:27 is the word “disqualified” which is the opposite of the word “qualified” or “approved.”

The Greek word used in the biblical texts which use this word is dokimos. The word approved is a good translation of this Greek word, but it can also be translated as acceptable or pleasing.

dokimos 1 Corinthians 9 27What is most important is that the word was often used in connection with money. The ancient world did not have paper money, but used coins as currency. The precious metals used for these coins were melted down and poured into molds. Once the metal cooled, the coins would be put into circulation. Some people, however, would shave the edges off these coins so they could take the shavings and make additional coins.

But since the coins were valued based on weight, such a practice would reduce the value of the coins that had been shaved. This was such a problem that during one year in Athens, over 80 laws were passed to try and stop the practice of coin shaving.

Not surprisingly, there were people who had the job of examining coins to make sure they had the proper weight. If you were selling something for 10 silver coins, and you suspected that you were getting paid with shaved coins, you could take your coins to this person and have them weigh the coins to make sure that they were the proper weight.

You didn’t want to get cheated by being paid with coins that contained less silver than they were supposed to. This person who examined and weighed the coins was called a dokimos, an approver. A dokimos made sure that only coins of the proper weight were kept in circulation (cf. Gen 23:16; Zech 11:13).

This helps us understand several of the New Testament texts where God is described as the dokimos of men.

God is the weigher of men, the one who make sure that we are not cutting corners, taking shortcuts, or cheating others.

The problem with this word as it relates to the gospel is that some people teach that God’s approval has something to do with whether or not we receive eternal life from God.

They teach that if God does not approve of someone, this means that God does not give them eternal life.

But this is not what the word means at all.

The approval of God has nothing to do with whether or not a person has eternal life, but instead has to do with whether or not God’s finds a person useful and honest in their dealings with others.

Due to this, “useful” is a good synonym for the Greek word dokimos.

So what was Paul teaching in 1 Corinthians 9:27?

First Corinthians 9:27 is sometimes quoted to show that not even Paul was certain that he would go to heaven when he died. Paul writes that he keeps close watch over his body so that he does not end up disqualified (adokimos).

I remember listening to a sermon not long ago in which the pastor said that if even the Apostle Paul could not know for sure that he had eternal life, it was the height of arrogance to believe that we had it. All we can do, this pastor taught, was try our hardest and hope that when we stood before God, we discovered that we had done enough.

Thankfully, that hopeless message is not what Paul is teaching at all.

1 Corinthians 9:27

In context, Paul compares his ministry to that of a runner who seeks to obtain a prize. The prize that people compete for in a game is a perishable crown, but we seek an imperishable crown. Toward this end, Paul runs with certainty, not with uncertainty (1 Corinthians 9:23-26).

In the following context, Paul gives the example of people who were disqualified. He writes about some of the Israelites who had all the same blessings and benefits as everyone else, but who died in the wilderness (1 Corinthians 10:1-12).

The point in the entire context is not about receiving eternal life or going to heaven when Paul dies, but is instead about being faithful and useful to God in what God wants to accomplish in Paul’s life. The prize is not eternal life, for eternal life is a free gift of God.

The prize, or the crown, is significance in the Kingdom of God, blessing in his life and ministry, and praise from God when he stands before Him for a life well-lived in His service.

So Paul is not concerned with losing his eternal life, but is very much concerned with being disqualified for ministry.

Since Paul desires to continue his ministry, and to run in a way that is pleasing and honoring to God, he runs with care and perseverance.

The same thing is true for your life. Being disqualified does not mean losing eternal life, but losing your ministry, or your opportunity to serve God in this life. It is these things Paul could lose, and which any of us can lose as well if we fail to love, follow, and obey God.

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First Corinthians 9:27 is sometimes quoted to show that not even Paul was certain that he would go to heaven when he died. Paul writes that he keeps close watch over his body so that he does not end up disqualified (adokimos). First Corinthians 9:27 is sometimes quoted to show that not even Paul was certain that he would go to heaven when he died. Paul writes that he keeps close watch over his body so that he does not end up disqualified (adokimos). So what does this verse mean?<br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the shownotes, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/1-corinthians-9-27-disqualified/ Jeremy Myers clean 18:50
Once upon a time, I was interviewed by Jason Wiedel https://redeeminggod.com/interview-jason-wiedel/ Mon, 26 Feb 2018 16:00:08 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=47460 Several years ago, I was interviewed by Jason Wiedel for his podcast. For some reason, he never aired this interview. I don't know why. But I am airing it now. Enjoy! Several years ago, I was interviewed by Jason Wiedel for his podcast.

For some reason, he never aired this interview.

I don’t know why.

Maybe he forgot about it. Maybe he didn’t like what I said.

Maybe it was because my facial hair wasn’t as good as his.

Whatever the reason, I am putting this out now as a bonus episode for my podcast.

Enjoy!

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Several years ago, I was interviewed by Jason Wiedel for his podcast. For some reason, he never aired this interview. I don't know why. But I am airing it now. Enjoy! Several years ago, I was interviewed by Jason Wiedel for his podcast. For some reason, he never aired this interview. I don't know why. But I am airing it now. Enjoy!<br /> <br /> To leave a comment, visit https://redeeminggod.com/interview-jason-wiedel/ Jeremy Myers clean 39:30
How the concept of adoption helps us understand Romans 8:17 and Romans 9:4 https://redeeminggod.com/romans_9_4_adoption/ Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:00:20 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=47021 Modern adoption was not like ancient adoption. It was not about giving parents to a child who had none, but was about giving honor and inheritance to a child who had done something good for the family. It was about naming a child as an heir. The podcast episode above looks at Romans 8:17, and the video below looks at Romans 9:4. Both texts are greatly aided by a proper understanding of how adoption worked in biblical times.

Below is a recording of my first attempt at a Facebook Live video. In it, I discuss the concept of adoption from Scripture and how it helps us understand Romans 9:4.

I am definitely not an expert videographer by any means … Oh well. As mentioned in the video, the information is drawn from my Gospel Dictionary online course, specifically from the lesson on “Adoption.” Members of RedeemingGod.com can take this course for free. You can join here.

Here is a text version of what I was teaching:

Romans 9:4 adoption

Biblical Adoption

While modern adoption is when we take an orphan and adopt them into our family, this is not how adoption worked in Paul’s day.

Back then, the children who were adopted already had parents. Adoption was a way of uniting two rich and powerful families together so that one powerful family adopted the child of another powerful family. Or sometimes, a father who had multiple children would adopt one of his younger children as his heir, thereby displacing the oldest son as the heir.

So adoption was not about giving parents to those who had none, but was about naming a child (of other parents, or even one of your own children) as an heir. Adoption was about glory, honor, and privilege; not about joining a family.

Romans 9:4 and Adoption

Romans 9 is a confusing chapter. Since it is about the election and rejection of Israel for God’s purposes, many believe that Romans 9 teaches that even after we receive eternal life, if we fail to live according to God’s purposes, we either lose our eternal life or we prove we never had it in the first place.

This is, after all, what happened to Israel, is it not? No, it is not.

Election is not about how God, from eternity past, chose who would receive eternal life and who would be condemned to hell forever. Instead, election is about purpose and privilege within the plan of God (see my book, The Re-Justification of God).

It is no surprise, then, that at the beginning of this discussion of Israel’s purpose and privilege within the plan of God, Paul mentions the fact of Israel adoption by God (Rom 9:4). Paul also refers to glory, covenants, the law, service, and promises.

Right at the introduction to Romans 9, Paul shows that he is not writing about how the people of Israel were part of God’s family and then were rejected as members of His family, but is instead writing about the favored members of God’s family who have position, power, and privilege within the family because of how they live.

Though Israel began with the position of being the adopted son, they lost it through disobedience and rebellion. This is why Paul warns us, who are now in the position of adoption, that we must take heed to how we live, or else we too might be cut off (Romans 11:19-23).

This is not about losing eternal life or proving that we were never children of God, but is instead about losing out on the privileged position within the plan and purpose of God for this world.

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Modern adoption was not like ancient adoption. It was not about giving parents to a child who had none, but was about giving honor and inheritance to a child who had done something good for the family. It was about naming a child as an heir. Modern adoption was not like ancient adoption. It was not about giving parents to a child who had none, but was about giving honor and inheritance to a child who had done something good for the family. It was about naming a child as an heir. This helps us understand passages like Romans 8:17.<br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the shownotes, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/romans_9_4_adoption/ Jeremy Myers clean 24:00
Does Galatians 1:8-9 give you permission to curse others? Did Paul curse others? https://redeeminggod.com/galatians-1-8-9/ Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:00:53 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=46958 Some Christians use Galatians 1:8-9 as a proof text for the bad behavior of cursing other people. But Paul was not actually cursing others in Galatians 1:8-9. He was making a joke about circumcision. This article explains more. The following study of Galatians 1:8-9 is drawn from my Gospel Dictionary Online Course, which defines 52 key words of the Gospel, and considers hundreds of texts from the Bible related to these key terms. See details at the bottom of this article for how you can take the entire course. Here is a video that provides the basic answer to what Paul is saying in Galatians 1:8-9.

In Galatians 1:8-9 Paul calls down anathema on any person or teacher who presents a different gospel than the one he himself taught when he was among the believers in Galatia. Paul is so emphatic he says this not once, but twice in these two verses.

The Galatian believers have abandoning the gospel of grace which Paul taught to them, and have instead turned to a gospel of works, which is no gospel at all (cf. Galatians 1:7). So as Paul sits down to write this letter of correction to the Galatians, he begins in Galatians 1:8 by saying that anyone who preaches something different than what he preached, let them be accursed; let them be anathema.

Galatians 1:8-9Among those who knew Paul, such a statement would have been shocking. Paul does not go around cursing people. So Paul, knowing that his statement would have caused the readers in Galatian to scratch their head and wonder if they were hearing him correctly, repeats himself in Galatians 1:9.

Christians have used Galatians 1:8-9 to justify cursing others to hell

These two verses by Paul have caused so much bad behavior by Christians over the years.

Back during the Reformation, the Reformers pronounced anathemas on the Catholics, and the Catholics pronounced anathemas on the Reformers.

In more recent years, it is not at all uncommon to hear some Christian go around pronouncing curses and condemnation on people, and when you challenge them about their unloving behavior, they quote Galatians 1:8-9 and say, “Paul cursed people for the sake of the gospel; so can we.”

What did Paul mean in Galatians 1:8-9 when he announced an anathema on others?

You are about to learn that this way of reading Paul’s message in Galatians is completely wrong. I will show you a key to understanding Galatians that will allow you to read the Galatians in a whole new light.

You will not only understand the book more than ever before, but will also smile a little bit when you read his anathemas here in Galatians 1:8-9. You will understand why Paul states this anathema twice in these verses, and why we can never, ever, ever curse or condemn people who disagree with us, because, as we will see, that is not what Paul is doing either.

While it is tempting once again to see in these statements a vindictive Paul calling down a death curse upon his theological opponents, we must understand that such behavior does not fit the wider thought and theology of Paul.

What Paul writes in Galatians 1:8-9 must be understood in light of the wider context of this letter as a whole.

Galatians 1:8-9 in the context of Galatians

Let me give you a little hint right now about how to read this letter. If you want to read Galatians properly, you need to read it with a little smirk on your lips. You need to read it with a twinkle in your eye. You need to read it with a half-smile and a wink.

Why?

Because that is what Paul was doing when he wrote this letter. If you can read Galatians with the idea that Paul was writing with a somewhat sarcastic, or ironic, tone of voice, the letter will make a whole lot more sense to you.

Oh, and by way of fair warning, the explanation of Galatians 1:8-9 below is rated PG-13.

circumcision

Let us begin by looking at a later “curse” that Paul pronounces on the teachers in Galatia with whom he disagrees.

In Galatians 5:12, Paul states his wish that those teachers who make circumcision a requirement for new believers would just go ahead and emasculate themselves entirely. Paul’s theological satire is quite evident. The teachers in Galatia were arguing that if believers in Jesus really wanted to please and obey God, faith in Jesus was not enough; men needed to also get circumcised.

So in Galatians 5:12, Paul, with a little smirk on his lips, argues that if God is pleased with us when men cut off part of their penis, maybe God will be even more pleased if men cut off the whole thing!

You have to love Paul, for only Paul can use a penis to make a theological point.

But what exactly is that point?

Well, the issue of circumcision is not just about pleasing God. The issue is much larger.

paul and circumcisionUnder the Mosaic Law, circumcision was a sign of separation. It was a sign that only the circumcised were part of the people of God. Only the circumcised were the “insiders” with God. Everybody else was an “outsider.” Circumcision then, was a way of dividing humanity. It was “us vs. them.”

Yet one central themes of Paul’s letters is that in Jesus Christ, all such divisions have been dissolved. There is no more wall separating insiders from outsiders (Ephesians 2:11-22). In Jesus Christ, all are insiders.

So when certain Christians in Galatia began to make circumcision a requirement for fellowship once again, Paul saw it as a return to divisions and a rebuilding of walls. This was to live not according to the Spirit but according to the flesh (Gal 5:16-26), especially since, in more ways than one, circumcision was of the “flesh.”

The factions, divisions, and lusts that were present in the community were further signs that some in Galatia were living according to the flesh rather than according to the Spirit. The pressure to get circumcised was creating an atmosphere of some men comparing his “flesh” to that of others to see who was more spiritual.

But such comparisons are not spiritual, but fleshly. To put it bluntly, Christians were comparing dicks to see who was more spiritual. Paul’s criticism is that the entire argument is “fleshly” and he wants it to stop. For Paul, this whole argument is ridiculous.

N. T. Wright explains it a little more circumspectly:

The opponents, after all, whoever they were, were seeking to establish a way of being, a grand story, a form of knowing, a type of identity, upon the converts. The pressure to get circumcised was precisely an insistence on establishing one kind of ethnic or para-ethnic identity over against others. Paul deconstructs these claims, showing that they themselves are dehumanizing, based on “the flesh.”

It really is quite a humorous argument when understood.

Paul’s letter to the Galatians has a whole different feel if you understand that Paul wrote it with a smirk instead of a scowl.

Paul had a sense of humor after all!

Paul is writing about “the flesh” in Galatians

This imagery of “the flesh” is found throughout this letter. The image of the sowing with the flesh in Galatians 6:8 and making a good showing in the flesh in Galatians 6:12 as two further examples.

The “flesh” (Gk. sarx) is the word used to translate the Hebrew word for “flesh” (basar) which is often used in the Hebrew Scriptures as a euphemism for the male sexual organ.

This understanding gives us a completely different reading of Galatians 1:8-9, especially when we remember that the word anathema is exactly equivalent to the Hebrew concept of cherem. In Israel, only outsiders were under cherem, and circumcision was one of the defining characteristics used to separate the insiders from the outsiders. This is why it was so important for all male Israelites to get circumcised before they entered into Canaan (Joshua 5:3-7).

Yet in Jesus Christ, all of these divisions and separations had been done away with and set aside.

golgothaPaul’s message in Galatians is that Golgotha has done away with Gibeath-haaraloth, the hill of foreskins (Josh 5:7).

There is no longer any “us vs. them” or “insiders vs. outsiders.” Paul is now saying if we demand circumcision, we are only going back to that old way of dividing the world between insiders and outsiders.

But the reality is that, through Jesus, we are all insiders. The only real outsiders are those who claim that they are insiders and everyone else is an outsider. If you do that, then you are an outsider, and this places you under cherem, under anathema.

When Paul introduces his letter to the Galatians, he is not calling down judgment and condemnation upon his theological opponents. Instead, he is saying that if they are right in what they teach, then we must go back to the old way of dividing the world, and if we do that, then they will be cherem, anathema. Nobody wants that, including Paul, so he calls them to return once again to the gospel he preached to them, which is the gospel of inclusion and embrace.

Paul closes out his letter with a call for peace and mercy (Galatians 6:16) and that we “do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Galatians 6:10).

We must not think that Galatians begins with a curse ends with a blessing.

Paul has been blessing his readers all the way throughout, while using irony, sarcasm, humor, and even sexual innuendos to point out the error of their ways.

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Some Christians use Galatians 1:8-9 as a proof text for the bad behavior of cursing other people. But Paul was not actually cursing others in Galatians 1:8-9. He was making a joke about circumcision. This article explains more. Some Christians use Galatians 1:8-9 as a proof text for the bad behavior of cursing other people. But Paul was not actually cursing others in Galatians 1:8-9. He was making a joke about circumcision. This podcast explains more. <br /> <br /> To view the shownotes or leave a comment, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/galatians-1-8-9/ Jeremy Myers clean 26:18
Epistolary Diatribe in the Letters of Paul (No, really! It’s Interesting. I promise!) https://redeeminggod.com/epistolary-diatribe-letters-of-paul/ Tue, 06 Feb 2018 18:42:55 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=47345 Did you know that many of the New Testament letters are actually dialogues between the author and a teacher he is trying to refute? This form of writing is called Epistolary Diatribe. I introduce this idea in this article, and give you several examples. Epistolary Diatribe in Letters of PaulWhat a blog post title! Epistolary Diatribe … what???

But have no fear … it’s not as scary as it sounds. This article will really help you understand the letters of Paul. I promise.

Let me begin by asking you a question … If you had no quote marks, how would you indicate in a book or letter that you were quoting someone? Well, you would probably just state the quote anyway, and then use words like “said” to tell you reader you are quoting something.

Here’s an example:

Gary said I love elephants.

But notice that without quote marks, the sentence loses clarity.

It could be understood this way:

Gary said, “I love elephants.”

Or this way:

Gary said [that] I [Jeremy] love elephants.

Do you see? Without quote marks, one sentence can have at least two different meanings.

But it gets trickier than that. What if I am writing a dialogue between two or more people, and I now have to record what each person says … still without quote marks.

Here is an example:

Gary said I love elephants.
Tom said I love them too.
But I said both of them are wrong.

So you see? What EXACTLY was said is a little vague, but the context gives you some idea of what Gary, Tom, and I were talking about.

Ah, but now watch this …. if I quote someone without any quote marks, and if I don’t use the word “said” or even tell you who said it, I can almost guarantee you will know who said it and what they said:

That’s one small step for a man; one giant leap for mankind.

Do you know who said that and the context in which it was said? Of course you do (I hope). I didn’t have to use quote marks, and I didn’t have to use the word “said.” You automatically knew. (And yes, I quoted it correctly … according to the man who said it.)

Now, take the little bit you’ve learned here about quote marks and easily-recognized quotations and think back to the days of the early church when Paul was writing letters to the various churches he had planted. Many times, Paul wrote these letters to correct and refute some of the false ideas and teachings that were being taught within the various churches.

But guess what? There were no quote marks in Koine Greek (the language Paul used to write his letters).

So what did he do?

Well, he used a style of writing which was quite common for other letter writers in his day, which modern scholars have labeled “Epistolary Diatribe.” This is a fancy way of saying “A letter written to correct the wrong ideas of someone else.” And since this method of writing letters to refute others was quite common, people quickly and easily recognized it when it was happening in a letter.

Dialogue in Pauls lettersThis is especially true when we recognize that trained “readers” often “performed” the dialogue portions of the letters to a listening audience … many of whom could not read.

Some of the distinguishing marks of Epistolary Diatribe are as follows:

  • Famous quotes from the letters, writings, teachings of the person being refuted
  • The word “say” or “said” might be used (e.g., “You have heard it said,” Or “But someone will say.”)
  • A refutation begun with an adversative conjunction (e.g., “But” or “Of course not!”)
  • A gentle mocking, or name-calling, or the person being refuted (e.g., “Who are you, Oh man?” or “Oh foolish man!”)

These four clear signs are not always present, and so it is sometimes difficult to know whether a certain verse is Paul’s idea or a quote from someone Paul is refuting, but there are several very clear examples of this sort of “Epistolary Diatribe” going on in the New Testament.

Below are three clear examples (and yes, I know the last one is not from Paul, but it still gives a good example):

Clear Examples of Epistolary Diatribe

Romans 9:19-20

In this passage, Paul introduces the person who is objecting to Paul’s words by saying “You will say to me then.”

After this, Paul quotes what this objector is saying: “Why does He still find fault? For who has resisted His will?”

Paul begins his response in the typical way, by using an adversative conjunction followed by a gentle name-calling of the person. Paul says, “But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God?”

From this, we see that Paul thinks that God has set up the world in a way that God’s will can be resisted. The objector disagrees and says that nobody can resist God’s will. Paul responds with a bit of irony, telling the objector, “By saying nobody can resist God’s will when God has said that people can resist His will, you are resisting God’s will.” It’s a brilliant move by Paul. I write more about this in my book, The Re-Justification of Godwhich looks at Romans 9.

1 Corinthians 15:35-36

Paul’s letter to the Corinthians is full of Epistolary Diatribe, especially since he is responding to a letter they wrote to him. So he quotes some of their letter, or what he heard that some people were teaching in Corinth, and then he responds to it.

In Paul’s discussion about the resurrection, he introduces the quote from another teacher by writing, “But someone will say.”

Then Paul quotes what they are saying, “How are the dead raised up? And with what body do they come?” In other words, the objector says that the idea of a resurrection is foolish unless we understand how it works and what our new bodies will be like.

Paul then sets out to refute this objection with a little gentle name-calling. He introduces his refutation with the words “Foolish one” and then goes on to explain more about the resurrection.

Note that the adversative conjunction was missing, but it was still quite obvious that Paul was engaging in dialogue with this other teacher.

James 2:18-20

It is not just Paul that uses Epistolary Diatribe. As mentioned earlier, this form of writing was very common. James, the brother of Jesus, uses it as well in his letter.

A clear example is found in James 2:18-20. In fact, recognizing Epistolary Diatribe in James 2 helps clear up a lot of the confusion surrounding James 2 and the role of faith and works in the life of the believer.

James is writing about the relationship between faith and works, and he introduces the objection by someone else in the normal way. He writes, “But someone will say.” And then James goes on to quote this ideas of this person who is objecting.

The interesting thing about this is that few Bible translations understand where the quote from this imaginary objector ends. If you consult some of the various Bible translations, you will see that in English, the end quote is inserted at different places in different translations.

The NKJV puts the end quote half-way through verse 18. The NAS puts the end quote at the end of James 2:18. But when we understand the signs of Epistolary Diatribe, we recognize that the quote of the objector goes all the way through verses 18 and 19. How do we know this?

Because James 2:20 has the adversative conjunction and then the gentle, derogatory name-calling. James indicates that he is now refuting the objector when he writes, “But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?”

When we realize that James 2:19 and what it says about the faith of demons is not the ideas of James, but the ideas of someone who disagrees with James, this helps our overall understanding of the passage. I wrote more about this in my article “Even the demons believe” and have also taught about it in my study on James 2:14-26.

So those are just three clear examples of Epistolary Diatribe in the New Testament. There are several other clear examples, but I just wanted to point these out.

Now, there are many, many other passages in the Bible that likely contain Epistolary Diatribe.

Other Possible Epistolary Diatribe Passages

The problem with several of these other possible passages that contain Epistolary Diatribe is that they don’t always contain all four of the markers that I mentioned above. They might only contain one or two. Or none.

But again, what we have to recognize is that while it might be difficult for us to discern when Epistolary Diatribe is taking place, it was not difficult for the original audience.

They likely would have had someone play-act the dialogue out for them, with the reader using different voices, or maybe different hand gestures to indicate when a different person was talking. Also, they would have quickly and easily recognized the ideas and quotes from the teacher that Paul was refuting in his letter.

What if I wrote a letter to you which said this:

Sometimes I look at everything going on in the world, and I am afraid for the future. We must remember, however, that we have nothing to fear, but fear itself. And besides, God loves us, and perfect love casts out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. Nevertheless, although I know this to be true, I am still afraid sometimes. So when I am afraid, I remind myself of two things. First, I say “No fear!” and then I also say “Fear not!”

There were four intentional quotes from other sources in that paragraph. The first was from Franklin D. Roosevelt, the second from 1 John 4:18, the second was the old marketing slogan from the 80’s and 90’s, and the final quote came from Isaiah 41:10.

It is possible you picked up on all of them, though maybe you only recognized one or two. Now, if I had changed my voice in all the quotes, you would have recognized that I was quoting someone else, even if you didn’t know the source of the quote.

This, I believe, is exactly what was happening in the early church as the letters of Paul circulated around and were read in the various churches.

So here are a few possibilities of where this is happening.

Romans 1:18-32

Paul’s letter to the Romans almost certainly includes numerous Epistolary Diatribes in which Paul quotes and then refutes a prominent teacher in Rome.

Paul signing a letter amenuensisRomans 1:18-32 is sort of the introduction to what this other teacher was saying. Therefore, much of what we read in Romans 1:18-32 is not Paul’s ideas, but the ideas of someone that Paul wants to refute.

This is extremely significant, for it is only here in Romans that wrath is clearly attributed to God. Also, it is here that we read about God handing people over to their sin.

And all of these ideas do not come from Paul, but rather from a legalistic teacher whom Paul sets out to refute in his letter to the Romans.

And indeed, in Romans 2:1, we do have the clear sign that Paul picks back up with his own ideas to refute the ideas he just quoted. He does a little gentle name-calling and sets out to refute what he just quoted. “Therefore you are inexcusable, Oh man, whoever you are who judge…”

To read more on this, here are two articles which lay this out more:

Do you read Romans like an Arian?

A Rending of Romans 1:1-4:3 in Dialogue Form

This way of reading really helps bring clarity to Paul’s argument in Romans and his theology as a whole.

Romans 3:1-9, 27-31

Another sign that Paul is using Epistolary Diatribe in Romans in found in Romans 3:1-9, and 27-31. There is a back-and-forth dialogue that seems quite obvious and natural in the letter.

When we rightly discern which ideas are Paul’s and which ideas belong to the legalistic religious teacher Paul is refuting, the entire text makes much more sense.

Read the two articles linked to above for more help on this.

1 Corinthians 6:12-14

As with Romans, the book of 1 Corinthians is full of Epistolary Diatribe. With almost every new topic Paul addresses, he first quotes what was being taught in Corinth, or what they wrote to him in a letter, and then he sets out to answer their question or refute what they are doing and teaching.

Here is how to read 1 Corinthians 6:12-14 in light of this:

Corinth: All things are lawful for me.

Paul: But all things are not helpful.

Corinth: All things are lawful for me.

Paul: But I will not be brought under the power of any.

Corinth: Foods for the stomach and the stomach for foods.

Paul: But God will destroy both it and them.

Paul: (Extrapolating out to sexual immorality from this point about the stomach and food) Now the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. And God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power.

1 Corinthians 7:1-2

We can do something exactly similar in 1 Corinthians 7:1-2.

Paul: Now concerning the things of which you wrote to me [and I quote]:

Corinthian Letter: “It is good for a man not to touch a woman.”

Paul cautions against this: Nevertheless, because of sexual immorality, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband.

Do you see? In this way, it is not Paul who is saying that it is good for a man to not touch a woman. It is the Corinthians who were saying this, and Paul is cautioning them against such practices. He goes on to explain why in the following verses.

I could go on and on. There are numerous other examples of Epistolary Diatribe in Scripture. For an exhaustive (it’s also an exhausting read … and a workout to even lift) explanation of this technique in Paul’s letters, get The Deliverance of God by Douglas Campbell. It’s an expensive book, and I don’t recommend that everyone read it, because of how technical it is, but he does provide a very good explanation and defense of Epistolary Diatribe.

Why am I bringing this up?

I had an on-stage 5-minute discussion with Greg Boyd at his ReKnew conference last September, and in my closing comment, I hinted at my belief that something else is going on in Romans 1 than what Greg Boyd thinks is going on. My discussion with Greg Boyd begins at about the 20:00 mark.

Romans 1:24 says that God gave people up, or handed them over, to their vile passions and depraved hearts. Greg Boyd thinks that this is Paul’s own idea. I think that since this idea does not at all reflect what we see in Jesus, or even what we see elsewhere in the writings of Paul, that we must conclude that something else is going on in the text.

And what is that something else? It is Epistolary Diatribe.

Romans 1:24 and the surrounding verses are not the ideas of Paul, but the ideas of a legalistic law-based religious teacher in Rome, whom Paul is quotes so that he can then refute him.

There are extensive clues all over in Romans 1-3 that this is happening, and I think that this approach helps make sense of these opening chapters of Romans in light of everything else in this letter.

So I have mentioned it to Greg, and I have mentioned it to you, but let me say it again: I do not believe that God hands us over to sin and Satan. He does not deliver us up to the destroyer. He does not withdraw His protective hand. He does not “Release the Kraken!” to have its way with us.

As we see in Jesus Christ from first to last … God always forgives, only loves, and will never, ever, ever leave us or forsake us, but will be with us, even unto the end of the age.

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Did you know that many of the New Testament letters are actually dialogues between the author and a teacher he is trying to refute? This form of writing is called Epistolary Diatribe. I introduce this idea in this article, and give you several examples. Did you know that many of the New Testament letters are actually dialogues between the author and a teacher he is trying to refute? This form of writing is called Epistolary Diatribe. I introduce this idea in this article, and give you several examples. This podcast episode is somewhat in response to Greg Boyd and the question he asked me at the ReKnew conference.<br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the show notes, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/epistolary-diatribe-letters-of-paul/ Jeremy Myers clean 53:58
Does Paul curse those who don’t love Jesus in 1 Corinthians 16:22? https://redeeminggod.com/curse-for-not-loving-jesus-1-corinthians-16-22/ Wed, 31 Jan 2018 16:00:12 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=46712 Does Paul pronounce a curse on anyone who does not love Jesus? Does this sound like Paul? Should you and I be cursing people who do not love Jesus? Would Jesus Himself do this? I say NO to all these questions in this post. anathema maranatha 1 Corinthians 16:22In my Gospel Dictionary course, one of the words we look at is the word anathema, which is often translated as “cursed” or “accursed” in the Bible. One of the places this word is found is 1 Corinthians 16:22, where, at the end of his letter, Paul writes this: “If anyone does not love the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be accursed.”

On first glance, this sounds like a rather harsh statement, even coming from Paul. Is Paul really pronouncing a death wish on all who are not Christians and do not love Jesus?

Such a sentiment seems so unlike Pauline, and yet of all the words in 1 Corinthians, these are among those he claims to have penned himself (1 Cor 16:21). The rest of the letter was dictated to a scribe (or amanuensis).

So what is Paul saying in 1 Corinthians 16:22?

It is the final word of this statement in 1 Corinthians 16:22 that helps sort out Paul’s words.

In English, it says “O Lord, come!” but the Greek is maranatha (which is actually Aramaic).

The final two words of this verse sound like this: anathema maranatha. You can very clearly hear the repeated sound of anatha in both words. And of course, one word ends with ma while the other begins with ma.

So what we have in 1 Corinthians 16:22 is a typical Pauline play on words. Paul, more than any other New Testament author, loved to make theological points through word play.

In Philemon, for example, Paul uses the words achrēston (useless) and euchrēston (useful) as a way of making a point about Onesimus (whose name means “Useful”) and his relation to Paul and Philemon in Christ (Christos).

A play on words helps us understand 1 Corinthians 16:22

Paul knows that some of the Christians in Corinth have been saying that Jesus was accursed (We we discussed previously in our discussion of 1 Corinthians 12:3).

1 Corinthians 16:22So he now makes the ironic and pun-filled statement that we have a choice between anathema and maranatha.

One can either look eagerly for the Lord’s coming, maranatha, and so reveal their love for Jesus Christ, or one can believe that Jesus was anathema, and therefore want nothing to do with Him and so be anathema themselves.

Those are the choices which Paul masterfully, ironically, and playfully lays out here at the end of this letter to the Corinthian church.

But even still, being anathema is not about being cursed to hell. That is not what the word means. I discuss the meaning of the word more (along with 51 other words and various passages related to each) in my online course, “The Gospel Dictionary.” Start taking the course today and learn along with others.

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Does Paul pronounce a curse on anyone who does not love Jesus? Does this sound like Paul? Should you and I be cursing people who do not love Jesus? Would Jesus Himself do this? I say NO to all these questions in this post. Does Paul pronounce a curse on anyone who does not love Jesus? Does this sound like Paul? Should you and I be cursing people who do not love Jesus? Would Jesus Himself do this? I say NO to all these questions in this post.<br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the shownotes, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/curse-for-not-loving-jesus-1-corinthians-16-22/ Jeremy Myers clean 10:27
Is 1 Corinthians 12:3 the test of a true Christian? https://redeeminggod.com/1-corinthians-12-3-true-christian/ Wed, 24 Jan 2018 16:00:07 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=46487 Some use 1 Corinthians 12:3 as a way to determine who is a true Christian, or who is possessed by a demon. But this is a poor understanding of 1 Corinthians 12:3 (and terrible theology!). What do you think 1 Corinthians 12:3 mean? Read my post to get my view. Some people teach that 1 Corinthians 12:3 provides the test of a true Christian. I have also heard some people say that 1 Corinthians 12:3 can be used to help you know if someone is demon possessed. The verse says this:

Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 12:3).

1 Corinthians 12:3 Jesus is Lord

So what does 1 Corinthians 12:3 mean?

In 1 Corinthians 12:3 Paul makes two opposing statements which have led to much confusion among Christians.

Paul first says that nobody can say “Jesus is accursed (anathema)” when they are speaking by the Holy Spirit. He then states the opposing truth, that nobody can say “Jesus is Lord” unless they are speaking by the Holy Spirit.

Now, I just tried it, and I was able to say both statements as I read this verse out loud. Go ahead, you try it too. I bet you can verbally express both statements.

Similarly, I guarantee that if you ask an atheist or even a Satanist to say both statements, they will be able to say both as well.

So whatever Paul is actually saying, he cannot mean that only Christians are able to say “Jesus is Lord” but not say “Jesus is accursed” while those who are not true Christians can only say “Jesus is accursed” while being unable to utter the words “Jesus is Lord.”

Certainly the same thing was true in Paul’s day as it is in ours.

So 1 Corinthians 12:3 is definitely not a way to determine who is a Christian and who is not.

But what about demon possession?

Here too, it seems that there are times in the gospels where demons recognize and verbally stated the identity, power, and authority of Jesus Christ. There may not be any specific examples of demons saying “Jesus is Lord” but to say “Jesus is Lord” is to verbally recognize His power and authority, so to call Jesus “the holy one of Israel” or that Jesus is “the Son of God” (cf. Matt 8:28-29; Mark 1:24).

I wrote here about 1 John 4:2-3, which teaches a similar truth. No, Paul is not teaching in 1 Corinthians 12:3 about how to determine who is demon possessed.

So what did Paul mean when he wrote 1 Corinthians 12:3?

Jesus is LordThe letter of 1 Corinthians is focused around some issues and questions that had arisen in the Corinthian church. When Paul sets out to address the other issues and questions, he begins with a short summary of what the issue or question was (cf. 1 Cor 7:1; 8:1; 16:1). Chapters 12–14 deal with the issue of spiritual gifts, and ultimately, the gift of speaking in tongues (1 Cor 14), and so 1 Corinthians 12:1-3 is apparently the opening summary statement of what issue or question the Corinthian Christians were facing.

Since this is so, 1 Corinthians 12:3 likely provides an indication of what some of the tongue-speakers were saying. It appears that some of these “super spiritual” leaders were speaking with ecstatic utterances and in the process, saying things like “Jesus is accursed.” When challenged about these words, they claimed that they were speaking by the Holy Spirit and could only say what the Spirit gave them to say.

Paul calls them out on this and says that if someone is speaking by the Holy Spirit, he will not say, “Jesus is accursed.” Instead, when someone is speaking by the Spirit, the Spirit will lead them to say “Jesus is Lord,” and other such things that edify the body of Christ and glorify the name of Jesus.

But why would people who are speaking in tongues say that Jesus is accursed?

So what is it that these “super spiritual” ones in Corinth were claiming when they stated that Jesus was accursed?

Were they claiming that Jesus was separated from God and was spending eternity in hell? This idea is doubtful, since the resurrection of Jesus and His glorification to the right hand of the Father pretty clearly refutes such an idea (Of course, some were arguing that there was no such thing as a resurrection. See 1 Cor 15:12).

No, what seems most likely in light of other uses of anathema in the Bible (See my Gospel Dictionary Course for explanation of these texts) is that certain Corinthian teachers were saying (while supposedly under the influence of the Holy Spirit) that the reason Jesus died is because He was suffering the consequences for sin, or for living in a sinful, human body.

The Corinthian Christians suffered from an early form of Gnosticism where they saw a deep separation between the physical and the spiritual worlds so that what happened in one did not affect the other. One related belief was the idea that the physical world was evil and the spiritual world was good. Therefore, if Jesus had a truly human body, then it must have been evil or sinful, and if so, then Jesus was accursed and died as a sinful human in the flesh so that God could set Him free into the spiritual realm.

1 Cor 12:3 Jesus is lord Jesus is accursedPaul spends much of his time in his letter arguing the exact opposite. In fact, this is partly why Paul goes on in 1 Corinthians 15 to argue about the physical resurrection of Jesus. Paul wanted to show that the physical world, and our physical bodies, were not inferior to the spiritual, but were partnered with the spiritual to accomplish God’s will in this world (John argues against similar beliefs in 1 John).

Jesus did have a physical body, and He was raised with a physical body, but this does not mean that He was sinful or accursed, as some of the teachers in Corinth were claiming. And even though they claimed to be “speaking by the Spirit” when they taught such things, Paul says that when people are speaking by the Holy Spirit, they will not say “Jesus is accursed” but rather, “Jesus is Lord.”

So 1 Corinthians 12:3 is not a litmus test for who is a Christian and who is not.

It is instead Paul’s introductory summary statement about some of the false ideas that various leaders in Corinth were teaching. It is also possible that the Corinthian leaders were saying such things in an attempt to explain Deuteronomy 21:23 (which Paul mentions in Galatians 3:13).

What do you think about 1 Corinthians 12:3 and the explanation above? Leave your comments below!

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Some use 1 Corinthians 12:3 as a way to determine who is a true Christian, or who is possessed by a demon. But this is a poor understanding of 1 Corinthians 12:3 (and terrible theology!). - What do you think 1 Corinthians 12:3 mean? Some use 1 Corinthians 12:3 as a way to determine who is a true Christian, or who is possessed by a demon. But this is a poor understanding of 1 Corinthians 12:3 (and terrible theology!). <br /> <br /> What do you think 1 Corinthians 12:3 mean? Read my post to get my view.<br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the shownotes, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/1-corinthians-12-3-true-christian/ Jeremy Myers clean 25:30
Did Paul wish that he could go to hell in Romans 9:3? https://redeeminggod.com/paul-hell-romans-9-3/ Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:00:40 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=46427 In Romans 9:3, Paul writes that he wishes to be accursed from Christ for his brethren, the Jewish people. Is Paul saying that he wished he could go to hell if it would mean that his Jewish brethren would believe in Jesus and become Christians? I think not, but what do you think? In Romans 9:3, Paul writes, “For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my countrymen according to the flesh.”

Is Paul saying that he wished he could go to hell if it would mean that his Jewish brethren would believe in Jesus and become Christians?

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No, Paul Does Not Desire to Go to Hell in Romans 9:3

First, hell is not mentioned in Romans 9:3. Paul states his desire to be accursed if this would allow his brethren, the Jewish people, to recognize Jesus as the Messiah.

When people believe that the word anathema, or accursed, means “going to hell when you die,” they think that Paul is wishing he could go to hell if only all his fellow Israelites would receive eternal life instead. This sounds very noble and extremely spiritual, but Paul isn’t saying he wants to go to hell for the sake of the Jewish people.

Paul is saying that he would be willing to lose his life if it meant that his fellow Israelites would recognize Jesus as the Messiah. It is interesting that while the Jewish men in Acts 23:14 announce a curse on themselves if they don’t kill Paul, Paul here announces a desire to be cursed if it would lead to the deliverance of the Jewish people.

Indeed, Paul’s life was quite often on the line as he sought to declare the gospel to the Hebrew people. So these were not mere words on Paul’s part, but were actually indicative of Paul’s regular approach to ministry.

The Translator is the Traitor

The objection to this way of understanding Romans 9:3, of course, is the phrase “from Christ.” In the NKJV, Paul says that he wishes he “were accursed from Christ,” but other translations are not so vague. The NAS has Paul wishing to be “separated from Christ” while the NIV has Paul stating a desire to be “cut off from Christ.” Yet neither “separated” nor “cut off” are in the original Greek, but were added to the text by the translators in an attempt to explain what they thought Paul was saying.

However, rather than clarifying his point, it appears they have muddied it. While Paul’s statement could be understood as a desire to be eternally separated from Jesus Christ, this does not fit with all other uses of the term anathema in the Bible, and so it is the least likely way to understand this text.

Two other possible ways of understanding Romans 9:3 are preferable.

Two Ways of Understanding Romans 9:3

First, when Paul states his desire to be “accursed from Christ,” he could be saying that Jesus Christ is the originator of the anathema. In this way, Paul would be stating that if he were put to death (anathema), it would be something that came from Christ.

A second option, however, is more preferable still. When Paul writes about “Christ,” he usually does not have only Jesus in mind. The word Christ (Gk., Christos) is equivalent to the Hebrew word for Messiah (Heb., Messiach), and means King. But in reference to the way Paul uses the title Christ, it does not only refer to Jesus, but also to all those who are in Jesus Christ and rule and reign through Him.

In Paul’s letters, the word Christ is shorthand for “the body of Christ” or “Jesus Christ and all who are in Him.”  Since Christ and Messiah are kingly terms, when Paul speaks of the corporate life of Christ in the church, he is also thinking of the rule and reign of God on earth through the body of Christ, the church.

This final option provides the best way of reading Romans 9:3.

kingdom of god When Paul writes about being anathema from Christ, he is not stating a desire to be eternally cut off or separated from Jesus, but is instead stating his desire, if it were possible, to give up his life and his ministry within the Kingdom of God if such a sacrifice would help Israel come to the knowledge that Jesus is the Messiah.

This, of course, would still allow Paul to spend eternity with God and with all the saints.

In Romans 9:3, Paul does not have a wish for hell, but a willingness to sacrifice himself for the sake of those he loves.

Such sacrificial willingness is supremely Christlike, which only goes to show that if Paul were indeed to die for Christ as he desires, this would not separate Him from Jesus but would instead be the perfect representation of Jesus in His sacrifice for us.

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In Romans 9:3, Paul writes that he wishes to be accursed from Christ for his brethren, the Jewish people. Is Paul saying that he wished he could go to hell if it would mean that his Jewish brethren would believe in Jesus and become Christians? In Romans 9:3, Paul writes that he wishes to be accursed from Christ for his brethren, the Jewish people. Is Paul saying that he wished he could go to hell if it would mean that his Jewish brethren would believe in Jesus and become Christians? I think not, but what do you think?<br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the shownotes, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/paul-hell-romans-9-3/ Jeremy Myers clean 18:11
Does 1 John teach that believers will not sin? https://redeeminggod.com/1-john-believers-will-not-sin/ Wed, 10 Jan 2018 16:00:16 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=46390 To properly understand the Gospel, we need to understand the biblical terms related to the gospel. One of these key words is the word abide. This article provides a short definition and looks at a few key texts from 1 John that use the word abide. abide 1 John The book of 1 John is a battleground book regarding the issue of good works and sin. I remember in Bible college listening to a student debate with a professor about what 1 John teaches about whether or not a Christian can commit sin. Here is how the debate went (I am quoting this debate verbatim):

Student: No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God (1 John 3:9).

Professor: If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us (1 John 1:10).

Student: No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God (1 John 3:9).

Professor: If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us (1 John 1:10).

Student: No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God (1 John 3:9)

Professor: If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us (1 John 1:10)

Obviously, the professor (it was Dr. John Hart, by the way) then said something about how these verses cannot contradict, and so we would need to understand both in light of the other and the overall message of 1 John as a whole.

This is exactly right.

One of the keys to understanding the book of 1 John is to understand the word “abide” or “remain.”

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“Abide” is the first word I look at in my Gospel Dictionary Online course and here is a brief summary of how a few of the texts from 1 John can be understood when we properly define the word “Abide.”

The word “Abide”

The word abide means to remain, continue, or to dwell. It can refer to living in a house or dwelling place, or to following the rules of a particular game or contest.

The Greek word for abide is menō (3531) and just like its English translation, menō means to abide, remain, stay, continue, or dwell. It does not mean “to have, own, or possess.”

1 John 2:6

He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.

The first use of the word abide is in 1 John 2:6. In speaking of our life as a follower of Jesus, John writes that the one “who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.”

John is stating the truth that if we are abiding, or remaining, in fellowship with Jesus, then we will follow Jesus wherever He leads so that we will live and love like Jesus. There is nothing here about how to know that you have eternal life, but there is much truth here about how to know whether or not you are truly following Jesus in discipleship.

So it is extremely inaccurate to translate this verse as we find it in the NIV: “Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.” The implication is that if you want to have eternal life in Jesus, you need to walk as Jesus did. But this verse is not about whether or not we eternal life, for that life is a free gift of God to anyone who simply believes in Jesus for it.

Instead, 1 John 2:6 is about how to follow Jesus in our earthly lives. John says that if we are following Jesus, our lives will look like Jesus. John is not saying that if we do not walk as Jesus did then this means we do not actually have eternal life. If we do not walk as Jesus did, then we cannot claim to be His follower, and therefore, we will not have fellowship with God or with one another.

1 John 2:17

And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.

abide in ChristA similar understanding can be drawn from 1 John 2:17.

Again, the NIV unhelpfully makes the reader think that doing the will of God is a requirement for eternal life (“the man who does the will of God lives forever”). But John is not writing about living forever, but about abiding forever.

If you want to remain in fellowship with God, then you must do what God says. You can be a member of the family of God without being in fellowship with God. Just as the Prodigal Son did not have fellowship with his father while he was in the far country (Luke 15:11-32) yet continued to be a son the entire time, so also, those who are children of God will stay a member of His family even when they stray into sin and rebellion, but they will not abide or remain in fellowship with God when they are away from Him.

John says that if we want to remain forever in fellowship with God, then we must do God’s will. John goes on to say that this is not only how we remain in fellowship with God, but also how we abide or remain in fellowship with each other (1 John 2:19).

1 John 3:14-15

We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death. Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.

Astute readers may object to the explanation above that a few passages in 1 John do talk about eternal life. First John 3:14-15 is one of those.

Once again, however, the NIV translation is most unhelpful when it completely removes the word abide in its translation of 1 John 3:15. It reads “… you know that no murderer has eternal life in him.” From this verse, some people teach that a murderer can never be forgiven or go to heaven. John disagrees, as do Moses, King David, and the Apostle Paul (for they were all murderers).

John put the word abide in this statement for a reason and we must not take it out.

When a person murders, John says, it is because they were not abiding or remaining within the reality of eternal life, that is, in the reality of their life with Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ would never lead one of His followers to hate or murder someone else.

So if a Christian lives in hate toward someone else (as frequently happens) or even ends up murdering someone (as occasionally happens), it is not because they are following Jesus, but because they have failed to follow Him. Jesus does not lead us toward hate and murder, but toward love and light.

That this is what John means is clearly indicated by the following context, especially in 1 John 3:17 where John writes that when the love of God abides in us and we are living in light of God’s love, we will help our brothers in need rather than hate them (Once again, the NIV unhelpfully deleted the word abide from 3:17).

John is not saying that if you hate your brother, you do not have eternal life. He is saying that if you hate your brother, you are not abiding in eternal life. In other words, when you hate others, it is not the eternal life you have from God that is leading you to do so, but is instead because you are following the principle of death which comes from this world.

So what about 1 John 3:9?

Well, it does contain the word “abide.” It talks about God’s seed “abiding” or “remaining” in the one who is born of God. Based on what you learned above, can you understand what John means? Feel free to offer your input in the comment section below, or join us in the Discipleship Area of RedeemingGod.com to learn more about this passage.

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To properly understand the Gospel, we need to understand the biblical terms related to the gospel. One of these key words is the word abide. This article provides a short definition and looks at a few key texts from 1 John that use the word abide. To properly understand the Gospel, we need to understand the biblical terms related to the gospel. One of these key words is the word abide. This article provides a short definition and looks at a few key texts from 1 John that use the word abide. <br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the shownotes, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/1-john-believers-will-not-sin/ Jeremy Myers clean 24:30
Jonah Conclusion – What is the Book of Jonah About? https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_conclusion/ Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:00:06 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=47072 What is the book of Jonah all about? Is it about God’s heart for all the people of the world? Is it about how God wants you to get involved in world missions? In this final study of the book of Jonah, you will learn what the book of Jonah is all about. What is the book of Jonah all about? Is it about God’s heart for all the people of the world? Is it about how God wants you to get involved in world missions?

No, it is not about either one of these things, even though this is often the way you hear it taught in sermons and during Mission’s Conferences. In this final study of the book of Jonah, you will learn what the book of Jonah is all about.

Jonah conclusion

In this discussion of Jonah we look at:

  • Common theories about what Jonah is all about
  • The true message of the book of Jonah
  • What you can learn from the story of Jonah

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What is the book of Jonah all about? Is it about God’s heart for all the people of the world? Is it about how God wants you to get involved in world missions? In this final study of the book of Jonah, you will learn what the book of Jonah is all about. What is the book of Jonah all about? Is it about God’s heart for all the people of the world? Is it about how God wants you to get involved in world missions? <br /> <br /> No, it is not about either one of these things, even though this is often the way you hear it taught in sermons and during Mission’s Conferences. In this final study of the book of Jonah, you will learn what the book of Jonah is all about. <br /> <br /> To view the shownotes or leave a comment, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_conclusion/ Jeremy Myers clean 23:50
Jonah 4:10-11 – God Even Loves “Evil” People https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_4_10-11/ Thu, 07 Dec 2017 16:00:55 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=47016 Jonah 4:10-11 contain the final question of God to Jonah. But Jonah does not answer. The ending of the story is very abrupt. We will see why in the final study of Jonah next week. For now, we learn that God loves all people, even those we consider evil. This study looks at Jonah 4:10-11, the final two verses in the book of Jonah. But this is not the end of our discussion of Jonah. There will be one final episode next week, Episode #100, in which we discuss what the story of Jonah is all about.

As we will see in this study, the story of Jonah has a very strange ending, but it shows us that God loves all people, even those we consider “evil.”

Jonah 4:10-11

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Jonah 4:10-11 contain the final question of God to Jonah. But Jonah does not answer. The ending of the story is very abrupt. We will see why in the final study of Jonah next week. For now, we learn that God loves all people, even those we consider evil. Jonah 4:10-11 contain the final question of God to Jonah. But Jonah does not answer. The ending of the story is very abrupt. We will see why in the final study of Jonah next week. For now, we learn that God loves all people, even those we consider evil. <br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the show notes, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_4_10-11/ Jeremy Myers clean 28:37
Jonah 4:9 – Disgusted with God https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_4_9/ Thu, 30 Nov 2017 16:00:49 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=46975 Have you ever been disgusted with God? So disgusted with how God lets evil go unchecked, and how God doesn’t seem to protect you or your family or your plans, or how God seems to bless the wicked people while not helping the righteous? Jonah was so disgusted with God that he asked God to damn him. This is what we learn from Jonah 4:9. Jonah angry at God Jonah 4:9Have you ever been disgusted with God? So disgusted with how God lets evil go unchecked, and how God doesn’t seem to protect you or your family or your plans, or how God seems to bless the wicked people while not helping the righteous?

Have you ever been so disgusted with how God seems to behave that you didn’t want anything to do with Him?

I have felt that way before. And so did Jonah. Jonah was so disgusted with God that he asked God to damn him. This, and more, is what we learn from Jonah 4:9.

The Text of Jonah 4:9

Then God said to Jonah, “Is doing good infuriating to you—because of the vine?” And he said, “Doing good is infuriating to me—unto death.”

In this discussion of Jonah 4:9 we look at:

  • What God meant by His question to Jonah.
  • Why God calls it good that a vine was destroyed.
  • How Jonah responds to God’s question.
  • Why Jonah wants God to kill and damn him.

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Those who are part of my online discipleship group may download the MP3 audio file for this podcast and view the podcast transcript below.


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Have you ever been disgusted with God? So disgusted with how God lets evil go unchecked, and how God doesn’t seem to protect you or your family or your plans, or how God seems to bless the wicked people while not helping the righteous? Have you ever been disgusted with God? So disgusted with how God lets evil go unchecked, and how God doesn’t seem to protect you or your family or your plans, or how God seems to bless the wicked people while not helping the righteous? <br /> <br /> Have you ever been so disgusted with how God seems to behave that you didn’t want anything to do with Him?<br /> <br /> I have felt that way before. And so did Jonah. Jonah was so disgusted with God that he asked God to damn him. This, and more, is what we learn from Jonah 4:9. <br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the shownotes, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_4_9/ Jeremy Myers clean 24:38
Jonah 4:8 – God is a Divine Enabler https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_4_8/ Thu, 23 Nov 2017 16:00:09 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=46942 Is God a divine enabler? The book of Jonah says He is, which is why Jonah is so upset. As we see in Jonah 4:8, Jonah wants God to kill him, so that God will also kill the wicked and violent people of Nineveh. But this is not the way of God. God prefers to bless and forgive the people of Nineveh. At a conference I attended a while back, I mentioned in passing to someone that I do not believe that God punished people for their sin. The person I was talking to looked at me like I had lost my mind.

“If God doesn’t punish people for their sin,” he said, “then God is just an enabler, letting people get away with their sin.” The man thought I was going to back peddle from my position, but I didn’t. The truth is that I do believe God is a divine enabler. He is the biggest enabler the universe has ever seen.

It’s a challenging idea, I know, but it is what we are seeing here in Jonah, which somewhat explains Jonah’s frustration with God. Stick around and we’ll see more as we study Jonah 4:8 today.

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The Text of Jonah 4:8

When the sun rose, God prepared a harsh, east wind and the sun attacked Jonah’s head and he became faint and begged with all his life to die, saying, “Death is better to me than life.”

In this discussion of Jonah 4:8 we look at:

  • Why that harsh east wind was probably strong rather than hot
  • What it means for the sun to beat down on Jonah’s head
  • Why Jonah wanted justice
  • Why God did not want justice
  • How this reveals that God is a divine enabler

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Is God a divine enabler? The book of Jonah says He is, which is why Jonah is so upset. As we see in Jonah 4:8, Jonah wants God to kill him, so that God will also kill the wicked and violent people of Nineveh. But this is not the way of God. At a conference I attended a while back, I mentioned in passing to someone that I do not believe that God punished people for their sin. The person I was talking to looked at me like I had lost my mind. <br /> <br /> “If God doesn’t punish people for their sin,” he said, “then God is just an enabler, letting people get away with their sin.” The man thought I was going to back peddle from my position, but I didn’t. The truth is that I do believe God is a divine enabler. He is the biggest enabler the universe has ever seen. <br /> <br /> It’s a challenging idea, I know, but it is what we are seeing here in Jonah, which somewhat explains Jonah’s frustration with God. This is what we discuss in this study of Jonah 4:8.<br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the shownotes, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_4_8/ Jeremy Myers clean 31:08
Jonah 4:7 – Is God a God of Love AND Justice? https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_4_7/ Thu, 16 Nov 2017 21:28:10 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=46909 You might have heard someone say that God is a God of love, but He is also a God of justice. It this true? Must God punish people for their sin? Does God punish people for sin? While it is true that God is both merciful and just, both forgiving and just, the question is How? This study of Jonah 4:7 explains more. Jonah 4:7Have you ever heard someone say, “God is a God of love, but He is also a God of justice?” Usually this is said in the context of a discussion on hell. You might object to the idea of torturing people forever in hell as being not very loving, and the other person might say, “Well, you know, God is a God of love, but He is also a God of justice.”

In other words, God wants to forgive, but He must be just. He must punish sin. It this true? Must God punish people for their sin? Does God punish people for sin? While it is true that God is both merciful and just, both forgiving and just, the question is “How?”

This is what we discuss in this study of Jonah 4:7.

The Text of Jonah 4:7

But God prepared a worm at the rising of the dawn the next day to attack the vine so that it withered.

In this discussion of Jonah 4:7 we look at:

  • The worm that God sent to attack the plant
  • Why the rising of the sun hints at justice
  • Why Jonah wants justice
  • Why God does not want justice
  • Why God cannot both forgive AND give justice

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You might have heard someone say that God is a God of love, but He is also a God of justice. It this true? Must God punish people for their sin? Does God punish people for sin? While it is true that God is both merciful and just, Have you ever heard someone say that God is a God of love, but He is also a God of justice? Usually this is said in the context of a discussion on hell. You might object to the idea of torturing people forever in hell as being not very loving, and the other person might say, Well, you know, God is a God of love, but He is also a God of justice. <br /> <br /> In other words, God wants to forgive, but He must be just. He must punish sin. It this true? Must God punish people for their sin? Does God punish people for sin? While it is true that God is both merciful and just, both forgiving and just, the question is “How?” <br /> <br /> This is what we discuss in this study of Jonah 4:7. <br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the show notes, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_4_7/ Jeremy Myers clean 26:00
Jonah 4:6 – What is Evil? https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_4_6/ Thu, 09 Nov 2017 16:00:33 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=46827 What is evil? Do you know evil when you see it? We all think we know what evil is, that we can recognize it, and that we are able to accurately judge between good and evil. Jonah 4:6 reveals that judging between good and evil should be left up to God. What is evil? Do you know evil when you see it? We all think we know what evil is, that we can recognize it, and that we are able to accurately judge between good and evil.

But we see today from Jonah 4:6 that judging between good and evil should be left up to God.

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The Text of Jonah 4:6

And Yahweh God prepared a vine to grow up over Jonah, to provide shade for his head, to rescue him from evil. And Jonah rejoiced over the vine; he greatly rejoiced.

In this discussion of Jonah 4:6 we look at:

  • The plant that God caused to grow over Jonah
  • Why this plant was used by God to deliver Jonah from evil
  • What this tells us about the nature of evil
  • Why Jonah was so happy about the plant

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What is evil? Do you know evil when you see it? We all think we know what evil is, that we can recognize it, and that we are able to accurately judge between good and evil. Jonah 4:6 reveals that judging between good and evil should be left up to God. What is evil? Do you know evil when you see it? We all think we know what evil is, that we can recognize it, and that we are able to accurately judge between good and evil. Jonah 4:6 reveals that judging between good and evil should be left up to God.<br /> <br /> To view the shownotes or leave a comment, visit: <br /> https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_4_6/ Jeremy Myers clean 26:14
Jonah 4:5 – Is God a Social Justice Warrior? https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_4_5/ Thu, 02 Nov 2017 15:00:57 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=46727 There are lots of calls for justice in the world today. And God is a God of justice, but most Christians are not really aware of how God carries out justice. We are going to learn more about justice today as we study Jonah 4:5. Jonah wants Nineveh brought to justice, and takes steps to see if God will act. There are lots of calls for justice in the world today. And God is a God of justice, but most Christians are not really aware of how God carries out justice. We are going to learn more about justice today as we study Jonah 4:5.

Jonah wants Nineveh brought to justice, and takes steps to see if God will act.

The Text of Jonah 4:5

But Jonah went out from the city and sat down to the east of the city and made there for himself a shelter, and sat in its shade while he waited to see what would happen to the city.

In this discussion of Jonah 4:5 we look at:

  • The similarities between Elijah and Jonah
  • Why it is significant that Jonah went out the east gate of Nineveh
  • What we know about Jonah’s little shelter
  • What God wants to teach us about His justice

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There are lots of calls for justice in the world today. And God is a God of justice, but most Christians are not really aware of how God carries out justice. We are going to learn more about justice today as we study Jonah 4:5. There are lots of calls for justice in the world today. And God is a God of justice, but most Christians are not really aware of how God carries out justice. We are going to learn more about justice today as we study Jonah 4:5. <br /> <br /> Jonah wants Nineveh brought to justice, and takes steps to see if God will act. <br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the shownotes, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_4_5/ Jeremy Myers clean 28:35
Jonah 4:4 – Have You Ever Been Angry at How God Runs the World? https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_4_4/ Thu, 26 Oct 2017 15:00:14 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=46678 Have you ever been angry at how God runs the world? Have you ever felt like that? I have. And Jonah did too. This is one reason the book of Jonah was written. It shows a prophet who is angry at God for how God runs the world. And we see in the book what God says to Jonah about it. This is what we learn in this study of Jonah 4:4. Have you ever been angry at how God runs the world?

I was listening to a podcast recently which had an atheist on the show, and he said this to the Christian who was interviewing him, “If your God exists, then your God sucks. I could do a better job running the world than He is. Why doesn’t He stop the wars, and the violence, and the rapes, and the murders?”

Have you ever felt like that? I’ll be honest, I have.

And Jonah did too.

Jonah 4:4

This is one reason the book of Jonah was written. It shows a prophet who is angry at God for how God runs the world. And we see in the book what God says to Jonah about it.

This is what we learn in this study of Jonah 4:4.

The Text of Jonah 4:4

Then Yahweh said, “Is doing good infuriating to you?”

In this discussion of Jonah 4:4 we look at:

  • A story about “John” that helps us understand Jonah
  • God’s question to Jonah about why Jonah was angry
  • God’s invitation to question how He runs the world

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Have you ever been angry at how God runs the world? Have you ever felt like that? I have. And Jonah did too. - This is one reason the book of Jonah was written. It shows a prophet who is angry at God for how God runs the world. Have you ever been angry at how God runs the world? <br /> <br /> I was listening to a podcast recently which had an atheist on the show, and he said this to the Christian who was interviewing him, “If your God exists, then your God sucks. I could do a better job running the world than He is. Why doesn’t He stop the wars, and the violence, and the rapes, and the murders?”<br /> <br /> Have you ever felt like that? I’ll be honest, I have. <br /> <br /> And Jonah did too. <br /> <br /> This is one reason the book of Jonah was written. It shows a prophet who is angry at God for how God runs the world. And we see in the book what God says to Jonah about it. <br /> <br /> This is what we learn in this study of Jonah 4:4. <br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the shownotes, visit: <br /> https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_4_4/ Jeremy Myers clean 24:56
Jonah 4:3 – Why Jonah Wanted God to Kill Him https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_4_3/ Thu, 19 Oct 2017 20:13:52 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=46404 Two pressing questions in the book of Jonah are why he fled to Tarshish instead of going to Nineveh, and why Jonah preferred to die instead of obey. In this study of Jonah 4:3, we finally discover the answer to both questions. And the answer is shocking. So shocking, in fact, most fail to see it. But I will point it out to you in this study. Jonah wormAt the very beginning of our study of Jonah, we encountered two questions about Jonah’s strange behavior in the book. When asked by God to go preach judgment against the evil city of Nineveh, Jonah instead got on a boat and headed to Tarshish.

The first question, then, was, “Why would Jonah go to Tarshish instead of obey God and preach judgment against his enemies, the Ninevites?”

And then Jonah’s behavior got even stranger. It seemed that Jonah had a death wish. Through his words and actions in Jonah 1–2, Jonah made it quite clear that he wanted to die. He had a death wish.

So the second question was “Why does Jonah want to die?”

In this study of Jonah 4:3, we finally discover the answer to both questions. And the answer is shocking. So shocking, in fact, most fail to see it. But I will point it out to you in this study.

The Text of Jonah 4:3

Now Yahweh, please take my life from me, for death is better to me than life.”

In this discussion of Jonah 4:3 we look at:

  • Why did Jonah flee to Tarshish?
  • Why did Jonah want to die?
  • The main views about these two questions
  • The actual answer from the text to these questions
  • What the answer teaches us about God

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Two pressing questions in the book of Jonah are why he fled to Tarshish instead of going to Nineveh, and why Jonah preferred to die instead of obey. - In this study of Jonah 4:3, we finally discover the answer to both questions. At the very beginning of our study of Jonah, we encountered two questions about Jonah’s strange behavior in the book. When asked by God to go preach judgment against the evil city of Nineveh, Jonah instead got on a boat and headed to Tarshish. <br /> <br /> The first question, then, was, “Why would Jonah go to Tarshish instead of obey God and preach judgment against his enemies, the Ninevites?” <br /> <br /> And then Jonah’s behavior got even stranger. It seemed that Jonah had a death wish. Through his words and actions in Jonah 1–2, Jonah made it quite clear that he wanted to die. He had a death wish. <br /> <br /> So the second question was “Why does Jonah want to die?” <br /> <br /> In this study of Jonah 4:3, we finally discover the answer to both questions. And the answer is shocking. So shocking, in fact, most fail to see it. But I will point it out to you in this study. <br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the shownotes, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_4_3/ Jeremy Myers clean 26:35
Jonah 4:2 – Finally! An Honest Prayer from Jonah https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_4_2/ Thu, 12 Oct 2017 15:00:01 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=46400 Have you ever been angry at God? Of course you have. Life has a way of crushing us all, and when that happens, we often get angry at God about it. When you’re angry at God, what do you do? Do you try to handle it yourself? Or do you lash out at God in your anger? In this study of Jonah 4:2, w see what Jonah does, and you will find it very encouraging for your own prayer life going forward. Jonah angry at God Jonah 4 2Have you ever been angry at God? Of course you have. Life has a way of crushing us all, and when that happens, we often get angry at God about it.

When you’re angry at God, what do you do? Do you try to handle it yourself? Or do you lash out at God in your anger? This study of Jonah 4:2 reveals what Jonah did, and you will find it very encouraging for your own prayer life going forward.

The Text of Jonah 4:2

He prayed to Yahweh and said, “Now Yahweh, was this not my word to You while I was in my own land? So that is why I fled to Tarshish. I know that You are a God who is gracious and compassionate, taking long to get angry, having great loyalty, and is sorry about doing evil.”

In this discussion of Jonah 4:2 we look at:

  • The shocking revelation that Jonah does in fact know what God is like
  • The five terms that Jonah uses to describe God
  • Why it is good and helpful to pray when we’re angry

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Have you ever been angry at God? Of course you have. Life has a way of crushing us all, and when that happens, we often get angry at God about it. - When you’re angry at God, what do you do? Do you try to handle it yourself? Have you ever been angry at God? Come on now, be honest. <br /> <br /> Of course you have. Life has a way of crushing us all, and when that happens, we often get angry at God about it. <br /> <br /> When you’re angry at God, what do you do? Do you try to handle it yourself? Or do you lash out at God in your anger? This is what we look at in this study of Jonah 4:2, and you will find it very encouraging for your own prayer life going forward. <br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the shownotes, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_4_2/ Jeremy Myers clean 28:15
Jonah 4:1 – Jonah Accuses God of Evil https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_4_1/ Thu, 05 Oct 2017 15:00:13 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=46363 After Nineveh experiences a city-wide revival in response to his preaching, Jonah becomes angry at God in Jonah 4:1. What do you think about that? Have you ever thought that he should have rejoiced instead? In this study of Jonah 4:1, we see Jonah’s response, and come to understand that Jonah’s response is actually quite normal and natural. You and I might have had a similar response. Maybe we do. Jonah 4:1 - Jonah is angry at GodAfter Nineveh experiences a city-wide revival in response to his preaching, Jonah becomes angry at God in Jonah 4:1.

What do you think about that? Have you ever thought that he should have rejoiced instead?

Well, today, we are going to look a bit more at Jonah’s response, and come to understand that Jonah’s response is actually quite normal and natural. You and I might have had a similar response. Maybe we do.

The Text of Jonah 4:1

1This was evil to Jonah, greatly evil, and he became furious.

In this discussion of Jonah 4:1 we look at:

  • The response of Jonah to God’s deliverance of Nineveh
  • Why Jonah’s response actually makes sense to us
  • How Jonah’s response is similar to Cain’s

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After Nineveh experiences a city-wide revival in response to his preaching, Jonah becomes angry at God in Jonah 4:1. - What do you think about that? Have you ever thought that he should have rejoiced instead? - In this study of Jonah 4:1, After Nineveh experiences a city-wide revival in response to his preaching, Jonah becomes angry at God. <br /> <br /> What do you think about that? Have you ever thought that he should have rejoiced instead? <br /> <br /> Well, today, we are going to look a bit more at Jonah’s response, and come to understand that Jonah’s response is actually quite normal and natural. You and I might have had a similar response. Maybe we do.<br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the shownotes for this study, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_4_1/ Jeremy Myers clean 27:06
Jonah 3:10 – The Repentance of God https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_3_10/ Thu, 28 Sep 2017 15:00:58 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=46336 What is repentance? What is evil? If you think you know, here are some harder questions: Does God ever need to repent? Does God commit evil? Jonah 3:10 seems to indicate that God does commit evil and does repent of it. Yikes! What does that mean? This is what we look at in this study. What is repentance? What is evil? If you think you know, here are some harder questions:  Does God ever need to repent? Does God commit evil?

Well, Jonah 3:10 seems to indicate that God does commit evil and does repent of it. Yikes! What does that mean? This is what we’ll look at in today’s study.

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The Text of Jonah 3:10

Jonah 3:10. And God saw what they had done, that they repented from their evil ways, and God was sorry about the evil which He had declared to do to them, and He did not do it.

In this discussion of Jonah 3:10 we look at:

  • What is repentance?
  • Does God ever repent?
  • What is evil?
  • Does God commit evil?
  • The sad, humorous truth about repentance from evil in Jonah 3:10

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What is repentance? What is evil? If you think you know, here are some harder questions: Does God ever need to repent? Does God commit evil? - Jonah 3:10 seems to indicate that God does commit evil and does repent of it. Yikes! What does that mean? What is repentance? What is evil? If you think you know, here are some harder questions: Does God ever need to repent? Does God commit evil? <br /> <br /> Jonah 3:10 seems to indicate that God does commit evil and does repent of it. Yikes! What does that mean? This is what we look at in this study. <br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the shownotes, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_3_10/ Jeremy Myers clean 28:00
Jonah 3:9 – What is Repentance? https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_3_9/ Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:00:04 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=46198 What is repentance? How do we repent? Does God ever need to repent? It is these sorts of questions we are considering today as we look at Jonah 3:9, where the king of Nineveh expresses his hope that God will repent. Jonah 3:9 what is repentanceWhat is repentance? How do we repent? Does God ever need to repent?

It is these sorts of questions we are considering today as we look at Jonah 3:9, where the king of Nineveh expresses his hope that God will repent.

The Text of Jonah 3:9

9Who knows? Perhaps God will repent and be sorry, repenting of His burning anger, and we will not be destroyed.”

In this discussion of Jonah 3:9 we look at:

  • The king’s statement that he hoped God would repent
  • The two words for repentance that the king uses and what they both mean
  • Why repentance is important for all people
  • The fact that repentance is not a condition for receiving eternal life

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What is repentance? How do we repent? Does God ever need to repent? - It is these sorts of questions we are considering today as we look at Jonah 3:9, where the king of Nineveh expresses his hope that God will repent. What is repentance? How do we repent? Does God ever need to repent? <br /> <br /> It is these sorts of questions we are considering today as we look at Jonah 3:9, where the king of Nineveh expresses his hope that God will repent. <br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the shownotes, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_3_9/ Jeremy Myers clean 25:39
Jonah 3:6-8 – How to Beat an Evil Empire https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_3_6-8/ Thu, 14 Sep 2017 15:00:21 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=46194 What if there was another way to defeat violent groups of people, other than with more violence? What if there was a better, godly ways to defeat violence? This is one of the questions we consider today from Jonah 3:6-8. This is what we are going to learn about today, as we see how God brought the violent and evil empire of Assyria to its knees in sorrow and repentance. If you want to defeat evil, if you want to beat an evil empire, the best way is to follow the way of God, which is also the way of Jesus. Jonah 3:6-8 violence and evilI don’t know what your political views are, and frankly, I don’t care too much. But however you categorize yourself, I imagine that you have strong opinions about the violent actions of the people on the other side of the political aisle. Their violence is unjustified, right? It is wrong and should be condemned in the strongest possible ways, right? It needs to stop, because it’s evil, right?

Along the same lines, this week we remembered the anniversary of the tragic terrorist attack that took place on 9-11, and western countries have been waging war against terrorist ever since. And sometimes I wonder if there is not a better way to defeat terrorists. I often believe that our violence against them just increases their violence against us.

What if there was another way to defeat violent groups of people, other than with more violence? What if there was a better, godly ways to defeat violence?

This is what we are going to learn about today, as we see how God brought the violent and evil empire of Assyria to its knees in sorrow and repentance. If you want to defeat evil, if you want to beat an evil empire, the best way is to follow the way of God, which is also the way of Jesus.

The Text of Jonah 3:6-8

6The word reached the king of Nineveh, and he got up from his throne, laid his robe down, covered himself in sackcloth, and sat in ashes. 7He proclaimed a decree in Nineveh from the king and his great men, saying, “Let neither man nor cattle, herd nor flock, taste anything. Let them not feed or drink water. 8Let man and cattle cover themselves in sackcloth and cry out to God with might, every man turning from his evil ways and from the violence which is in his hands.

In this discussion of Jonah 3:6-8 we look at:

  • The call of the King of Nineveh for the city to repent
  • The significance of fasting and sackcloth for showing repentance
  • Why the king also gets the animals involved
  • The stark contrast between the people of Nineveh and Jonah
  • How God brings the evil empire of Assyria to its knees in repentance

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What if there was another way to defeat violent groups of people, other than with more violence? What if there was a better, godly ways to defeat violence? This is one of the questions we consider today from Jonah 3:6-8. - What if there was another way to defeat violent groups of people, other than with more violence? What if there was a better, godly ways to defeat violence? This is one of the questions we consider today from Jonah 3:6-8.<br /> <br /> This is what we are going to learn about today, as we see how God brought the violent and evil empire of Assyria to its knees in sorrow and repentance. If you want to defeat evil, if you want to beat an evil empire, the best way is to follow the way of God, which is also the way of Jesus. <br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the shownotes, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_3_6-8/ Jeremy Myers clean 23:12
Jonah 3:5 – It Only Takes a Spark https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_3_5/ Thu, 07 Sep 2017 15:00:28 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=46190 God can start a city-wide revival through the smallest of acts. You don’t have to be Billy Graham. This is what we are going to learn today from Jonah 3:5. Did you know that you can evangelize and be a witness for the Gospel as you go about your day and interact with others without having to share the Four Spiritual Laws with them, or walk them through the Romans’ Road? It’s true! You do not have to stand on the street corner shouting through a bullhorn or go door-to-door interrupting people in their homes to share the gospel.

God can start a city-wide revival through the smallest of acts. You don’t have to be Billy Graham. This is what we are going to learn today from Jonah 3:5.

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The Text of Jonah 3:5

So the people of Nineveh believed God, proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least of them.

In this discussion of Jonah 3:5 we look at:

  • The surprising response of the people of Nineveh to the preaching of Jonah
  • Why the response of the people of Nineveh had nothing to do with false gods
  • Why the response of the people of Nineveh had almost nothing to do with Jonah
  • How you and I can be encouraged that God will work through us to reach a lost and dying world

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God can start a city-wide revival through the smallest of acts. You don’t have to be Billy Graham. This is what we are going to learn today from Jonah 3:5. Did you know that you can evangelize and be a witness for the Gospel as you go about your day and interact with others without having to share the Four Spiritual Laws with them, or walk them through the Romans’ Road? It’s true! You do not have to stand on the street corner shouting through a bullhorn or go door-to-door interrupting people in their homes to share the gospel. <br /> <br /> God can start a city-wide revival through the smallest of acts. You don’t have to be Billy Graham. This is what we are going to learn today from Jonah 3:5. <br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the shownotes, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_3_5/ Jeremy Myers clean 19:42
Jonah 3:4 – Jonah’s School of Evangelism https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_3_4/ Thu, 24 Aug 2017 15:00:19 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=46062 How do you evangelize? Do you use tracts? Invite people to church, or to an evangelism crusade? Do you use the Roman’s Road? Do you shout into a bullhorn that people are going to hell unless they repent? In Jonah 3:4, we see how Jonah shared the message of God to the people of Nineveh. We’ll also see that his approach to evangelism left much to be desired. How do you evangelize? Do you use tracts? Invite people to church, or to an evangelism crusade? Do you use the Roman’s Road? Do you shout into a bullhorn that people are going to hell unless they repent?

In Jonah 3:4, we see how Jonah shared the message of God to the people of Nineveh. We’ll also see that his approach to evangelism left much to be desired.

Jonah 3:4 evangelism

The Text of Jonah 3:4

Jonah began to go into the city, walking for one day. He cried out, saying, “Forty more days and Nineveh will be overturned!”

In this discussion of Jonah 3:4 we look at:

  • How Jonah evangelized the city of Nineveh
  • Why Jonah’s obedience was … less than satisfactory
  • How we too can evangelize others today

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How do you evangelize? Do you use tracts? Invite people to church, or to an evangelism crusade? Do you use the Roman’s Road? Do you shout into a bullhorn that people are going to hell unless they repent? - In Jonah 3:4, How do you evangelize? Do you use tracts? Invite people to church, or to an evangelism crusade? Do you use the Roman’s Road? Do you shout into a bullhorn that people are going to hell unless they repent? <br /> <br /> In Jonah 3:4, we see how Jonah shared the message of God to the people of Nineveh. We’ll also see that his approach to evangelism left much to be desired. <br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the shownotes, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_3_4/ Jeremy Myers clean 21:55
Jonah 3:3 – Making Assyria Great Again https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_3_3/ Thu, 10 Aug 2017 15:00:06 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=46055 What does God think of evil people? What does God think of people who disobey Him, and are opposed to Him and His ways? Well, according to Jonah 3:3, God thinks they are great. We’re going to see that the wicked and violent people of Nineveh are great to God. Nineveh was the capital of Assyria, and so this is why I titled today’s podcast Making Assyria Great Again. Assyria was in modern day Iraq, so maybe I could have said Make Iraq Great Again. I know, that’s a challenging thought. But if God thinks they’re great, who are we to disagree? This is what we learn from Jonah 3:3. Jonah 3:3 Make Assyria Great AgainWhat does God think of evil people? What does God think of people who disobey Him, and are opposed to Him and His ways? Well, according to Jonah 3:3, God thinks they’re great. We’re going to see that the wicked and violent people of Nineveh are great to God.

Nineveh was the capital of Assyria, and so this is why I titled today’s podcast Making Assyria Great Again. Assyria was in modern day Iraq, so maybe I could have said Make Iraq Great Again. I know, that’s a challenging thought. But if God thinks they’re great, who are we to disagree? This is what we learn from Jonah 3:3.

The Text of Jonah 3:3

So Jonah got up and walked to Nineveh, according to the word of Yahweh. Now Nineveh was a great city to God, a three-days’ walk.

In this discussion of Jonah 3:3 we look at:

  • How Jonah finally obeyed God
  • The size of Nineveh
  • What it means that the city was great “to God”
  • How Jonah 3:3 reveals God’s love for all people

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What does God think of evil people? What does God think of people who disobey Him, and are opposed to Him and His ways? Well, according to Jonah 3:3, God thinks they are great. We’re going to see that the wicked and violent people of Nineveh are great ... What does God think of evil people? What does God think of people who disobey Him, and are opposed to Him and His ways? Well, according to Jonah 3:3, God thinks they’re great. We’re going to see that the wicked and violent people of Nineveh are great to God.<br /> <br /> Nineveh was the capital of Assyria, and so this is why I titled today’s podcast Making Assyria Great Again. Assyria was in modern day Iraq, so maybe I could have said Make Iraq Great Again. I know, that’s a challenging thought. But if God thinks they’re great, who are we to disagree? This is what we learn from Jonah 3:3.<br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the shownotes, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_3_3/ Jeremy Myers clean 26:58
Jonah 3:2 – Stepping off the Hamster Wheel https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_3_2/ Thu, 27 Jul 2017 15:00:26 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=46052 Do you ever feel like you are stuck on a hamster wheel in the life of discipleship to Jesus? That you hear the same things over and over? You go through the same steps over and over? That you just keep going round and round and never seem to make any progress or do anything new? If so, what you learn today from Jonah 3:2 will be helpful for you. discipleship hamster wheel Jonah 3:2Do you ever feel like you are stuck on a hamster wheel in the life of discipleship to Jesus? That you hear the same things over and over? You go through the same steps over and over? That you just keep going round and round and never seem to make any progress or do anything new?

If so, this study of Jonah 3:2 will be helpful for you.

The Text of Jonah 3:2

“Get up and go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out to it the message that I give you.”

In this discussion of Jonah 3:2 we look at:

  • How Jonah 3:2 is nearly identical to Jonah 1:2
  • What the differences between 3:2 and 1:2 reveal about God
  • How we today can get of the “Hamster Wheel” of discipleship and go in a new direction with God

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Do you ever feel like you are stuck on a hamster wheel in the life of discipleship to Jesus? That you hear the same things over and over? You go through the same steps over and over? That you just keep going round and round and never seem to make any p... Do you ever feel like you are stuck on a hamster wheel in the life of discipleship to Jesus? That you hear the same things over and over? You go through the same steps over and over? That you just keep going round and round and never seem to make any progress or do anything new? <br /> <br /> If so, what you learn from this Bible study of Jonah 3:2 will be helpful for you. <br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the shownotes for this study, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_3_2/ Jeremy Myers clean 24:00
Jonah 3:1 – The God of Second Chances https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_3_1/ Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:00:45 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=45904 Jonah 3 begins in almost exactly the same way as Jonah 1. Jonah 3:1 is nearly identical to Jonah 1:1. Jonah 3:1 reveals that God is a God of second chances. After Jonah’s blatant rebellion and shameful disobedience of chapter 1, and after Jonah’s self-righteous, unrepentant behavior in chapter 2, God still calls Jonah to go to Nineveh and preach to it the message that God to him. Jonah 3 begins in almost exactly the same way as Jonah 1. Jonah 3:1 is nearly identical to Jonah 1:1.

Jonah 3:1 reveals that God is a God of second chances. After Jonah’s blatant rebellion and shameful disobedience of chapter 1, and after Jonah’s self-righteous, unrepentant behavior in chapter 2, God still calls Jonah to go to Nineveh and preach to it the message that God to him.

Jonah 3:1 second chances

The Text of Jonah 3:1

Then the word of Yahweh came to Jonah a second time,

In this discussion of Jonah 3:1 we look at:

  • Why Jonah 3:1 is nearly identical to Jonah 1:1
  • What this reveals to us about the character of God
  • How you should respond when God gives you a second chance

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Jonah 3 begins in almost exactly the same way as Jonah 1. Jonah 3:1 is nearly identical to Jonah 1:1. - Jonah 3:1 reveals that God is a God of second chances. After Jonah’s blatant rebellion and shameful disobedience of chapter 1, Jonah 3 begins in almost exactly the same way as Jonah 1. Jonah 3:1 is nearly identical to Jonah 1:1.<br /> <br /> Jonah 3:1 reveals that God is a God of second chances. After Jonah’s blatant rebellion and shameful disobedience of chapter 1, and after Jonah’s self-righteous, unrepentant behavior in chapter 2, God still calls Jonah to go to Nineveh and preach to it the message that God to him. <br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the shownotes, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_3_1/ Jeremy Myers clean 19:19
Jonah 2:10 – What God Thinks of Jonah’s Prayer https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_2_10/ Thu, 29 Jun 2017 15:00:15 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=45813 As we have studied through Jonah’s prayer in Jonah 2, I have been fairly critical of Jonah and what he says. But what does God think of Jonah’s prayer? This question is answered in Jonah 2:10. This verse contains God’s response to Jonah’s prayer, which is what we look at in this episode of the One Verse Podcast. As we have studied through Jonah’s prayer in Jonah 2, I have been fairly critical of Jonah and what he says. I have said that his prayer, while full of Scripture and pious language, is actually a big sham. He praises himself, condemns the sailors, and reveals a lot of self-righteousness and pride.

Now that was my take on the prayer. And honestly, I hate being critical of someone else’s prayer. My prayer life isn’t great, and I imagine that most of my prayers are quite selfish as well.

So why did I feel it was okay to be critical of Jonah’s prayer? Well, because it is in Scripture, and Scripture is given to teach us something, I believe that Jonah’s prayer is given to teach us how not to pray.

I believe this because of what we read in Jonah 2:10, where see God’s response to Jonah’s prayer. It doesn’t really matter what I think of Jonah’s prayer, or what you think. What matter’s is what God thinks. Right?

Well, that is what we see today in Jonah 2:10. This verse contains God’s response to Jonah’s prayer, which is what we are studying in this episode of the One Verse Podcast.

Jonah 2:10 prayer

The Text of Jonah 2:10

So the Lord spoke to the fish and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.

In this discussion of Jonah 2:10 we look at:

  • The last verse in Jonah 2 provides God’s response to Jonah’s prayer
  • Why Jonah 2:10 is the punchline to the joke of Jonah’s prayer
  • How we can learn how to pray by looking at Jonah’s prayer

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As we have studied through Jonah’s prayer in Jonah 2, I have been fairly critical of Jonah and what he says. But what does God think of Jonah’s prayer? - This question is answered in Jonah 2:10. This verse contains God’s response to Jonah’s prayer, As we have studied through Jonah’s prayer in Jonah 2, I have been fairly critical of Jonah and what he says. I have said that his prayer, while full of Scripture and pious language, is actually a big sham. He praises himself, condemns the sailors, and reveals a lot of self-righteousness and pride. <br /> <br /> Now that was my take on the prayer. And honestly, I hate being critical of someone else’s prayer. My prayer life isn’t great, and I imagine that most of my prayers are quite selfish as well. <br /> <br /> So why did I feel it was okay to be critical of Jonah’s prayer? Well, because it is in Scripture, and Scripture is given to teach us something, I believe that Jonah’s prayer is given to teach us how not to pray. <br /> <br /> I believe this because of what we read in Jonah 2:10, where see God’s response to Jonah’s prayer. It doesn’t really matter what I think of Jonah’s prayer, or what you think. What matter’s is what God thinks. Right? <br /> <br /> Well, that is what we see today in Jonah 2:10. This verse contains God’s response to Jonah’s prayer, which is what we are studying in this episode of the One Verse Podcast. <br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the shownotes, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_2_10/ Jeremy Myers clean 23:07
Jonah 2:9 – Salvation is from the Lord https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_2_9/ Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:00:46 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=45782 If I say “salvation is from the Lord,” what do you think of? If you are like most Christians, you think of how God forgives your sins so you can receive eternal life and go to heaven when you die. Well, the phrase “salvation is from the Lord” is found in Jonah 2:9, which are looking at in this podcast episode, and we will see that it means something quite different from what many Christians think it means. If I say “salvation is from the Lord,” what do you think of?

If you are like most Christians, you think of how God forgives your sins so you can receive eternal life and go to heaven when you die.

Well, the phrase “salvation is from the Lord” is found in Jonah 2:9, which are looking at in this podcast episode, and we will see that it means something quite different from what many Christians think it means.

Jonah 2:9 salvation is of the Lord

The Text of Jonah 2:9

But I will sacrifice to You with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay what I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord.

In this discussion of Jonah 2:9 we look at:

  • The last verse of Jonah’s prayer
  • How Jonah continues to praise himself and condemn the sailors
  • How we continue to see Jonah’s self-righteousness in his prayer
  • What is meant by the phrase “salvation is from the Lord.”

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If I say “salvation is from the Lord,” what do you think of? - If you are like most Christians, you think of how God forgives your sins so you can receive eternal life and go to heaven when you die. - Well, If I say “salvation is from the Lord,” what do you think of? <br /> <br /> If you are like most Christians, you think of how God forgives your sins so you can receive eternal life and go to heaven when you die. <br /> <br /> Well, the phrase “salvation is from the Lord” is found in Jonah 2:9, which are looking at in this podcast episode, and we will see that it means something quite different from what many Christians think it means. <br /> <br /> To view the shownotes for this episode, or leave a comment, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_2_9/ Jeremy Myers clean 21:20
Jonah 2:7-8 – Is your theology idolatry? https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_2_7-8/ Thu, 08 Jun 2017 15:00:39 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=45168 Do you think that theology can be an idol? That is, do you think that we sometimes allow our study of God, or even what we think we know about God, to get in the way of actually worshiping and obeying God? In other words, do you think we Christians ever make our theology of God more important than God Himself? Is it possible for our theology to become idolatry? That is what we discuss in my podcast on Jonah 2:7-8. Do you think that theology can be an idol?

That is, do you think that we sometimes allow our study of God, or even what we think we know about God, to get in the way of actually worshiping and obeying God? In other words, do you think we Christians ever make our theology of God more important than God Himself?

Is it possible for our theology to become idolatry?

That is what we will discuss today as we look at Jonah 2:7-8.

Jonah 2:7-8 Idolatry

The Text of Jonah 2:7-8

When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the LORD; and my prayer went up to You, Into Your holy temple. Those who regard worthless idols forsake their own Mercy.

In this discussion of Jonah 2:7-8 we look at:

  • Why Jonah 2:7 repeats the central thought from Jonah 2:4
  • Why Jonah 2:8 is a reference to the sailors from Jonah 1
  • Why the best translation of Jonah 2:8b is “neglect their shame”
  • If everything Jonah says about the sailors is wrong, and instead points to himself, what about the first line of Jonah 2:8? Is that also a statement about Jonah? Does Jonah worship vain idols?

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Do you think that theology can be an idol? - That is, do you think that we sometimes allow our study of God, or even what we think we know about God, to get in the way of actually worshiping and obeying God? In other words, Do you think that theology can be an idol? <br /> <br /> That is, do you think that we sometimes allow our study of God, or even what we think we know about God, to get in the way of actually worshiping and obeying God? In other words, do you think we Christians ever make our theology of God more important than God Himself? <br /> <br /> Is it possible for our theology to become idolatry? <br /> <br /> That is what we will discuss today as we look at Jonah 2:7-8. <br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the shownotes, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_2_7-8/ Jeremy Myers clean 35:55
Jonah 2:5-6 – How (and how not) to Pray https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_2_5-6/ Thu, 25 May 2017 15:00:27 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=45224 What is your prayer life like? Do you ever wonder if you are praying properly? As we continue to look at Jonah’s prayer in Jonah 2:5-6, we learn some more lessons today about how to pray, and how not to pray. What is your prayer life like? Do you ever wonder if you are praying properly? As we continue to look at Jonah’s prayer in Jonah 2:5-6, we learn some more lessons today about how to pray, and how not to pray.

Jonah 2:5-6

The Text of Jonah 2:5-6

The waters surrounded me, even to my soul; the deep closed around me; Weeds were wrapped around my head.

I went down to the moorings of the mountains; The earth with its bars closed behind me forever; Yet You have brought up my life from the pit, O Lord, my God.

In this discussion of Jonah 2:5-6 we look at:

  • Why Jonah 2:5-6 are a repeat of Jonah 2:2-3
  • How Jonah 2:5-6 point the reader to Genesis 1
  • Why Jonah’s prayer is not a model prayer
  • Some lessons on how (and how not) to pray

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What is your prayer life like? Do you ever wonder if you are praying properly? As we continue to look at Jonah’s prayer in Jonah 2:5-6, we learn some more lessons today about how to pray, and how not to pray. What is your prayer life like? Do you ever wonder if you are praying properly? As we continue to look at Jonah’s prayer in Jonah 2:5-6, we learn some more lessons today about how to pray, and how not to pray. <br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the show notes, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_2_5-6/ Jeremy Myers clean 31:30
Jonah 2:4 – Obedience is Better than Sacrifice https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_2_4/ Thu, 11 May 2017 15:00:41 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=45135 In Jonah 2:4, Jonah states that he prayed to worship God in His holy temple. In this way, Jonah seems to take credit for his deliverance from drowning. And though he has no interest in obeying God by going to Nineveh, Jonah is happy about the prospect of worshiping God in the temple. But which do you think God would prefer? In Jonah 2:4, Jonah states that he prayed to worship God in His holy temple. In this way, Jonah seems to take credit for his deliverance from drowning.

And though he has no interest in obeying God by going to Nineveh, Jonah is happy about the prospect of worshiping God in the temple. But which do you think God would prefer?
Jonah 2:4 Jonahs prayer

The Text of Jonah 2:4

Then I said, “I have been cast out of Your sight; Yet I will look again toward Your holy temple.

In this discussion of Jonah 2:4 we look at:

  • Why Jonah blames God for what happened to him
  • Why Jonah takes credit for being delivered from drowning
  • What God actually wanted from Jonah

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In Jonah 2:4, Jonah states that he prayed to worship God in His holy temple. In this way, Jonah seems to take credit for his deliverance from drowning. And though he has no interest in obeying God by going to Nineveh, In Jonah 2:4, Jonah states that he prayed to worship God in His holy temple. In this way, Jonah seems to take credit for his deliverance from drowning. And though he has no interest in obeying God by going to Nineveh, Jonah is happy about the prospect of worshiping God in the temple. But which do you think God would prefer?<br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the shownotes, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_2_4/ Jeremy Myers clean 21:24
Jonah 2:3 – Why Jonah Feared Drowning https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_2_3/ Thu, 04 May 2017 15:00:44 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=45093 Do you fear death? I do not. But as we study the book of Jonah, we see that Jonah sort of wanted to die, but he did not want to die by drowning. We see why in this study of Jonah 2:3. We see that Jonah prefers to die by digestion that to die by drowning. I’ve encountered several people recently who fear death. I don’t know if you fear death or not. Personally, I don’t.

But as we study the book of Jonah, we see that Jonah sort of wanted to die, but he didn’t want to die by drowning. We see why in this study of Jonah 2:3. We see that Jonah prefers to die by digestion that to die by drowning. Isn’t that strange?

Jonah 2:3 Jonah prays

The Text of Jonah 2:3

For you cast me into the deep, Into the heart of the seas, And the floods surrounded me; All Your billows and Your waves passed over me.

In this discussion of Jonah 2:3 we look at:

  • Why Jonah says God threw him into the sea when it was the sailors
  • The description of the sea and what it means for Jonah
  • Why Jonah prefers to die by digestion than to die by drowning

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Do you fear death? I do not. - But as we study the book of Jonah, we see that Jonah sort of wanted to die, but he did not want to die by drowning. We see why in this study of Jonah 2:3. We see that Jonah prefers to die by digestion that to die by dr... I’ve encountered several people recently who fear death. I don’t know if you fear death or not. Personally, I don’t. <br /> <br /> But as we study the book of Jonah, we see that Jonah sort of wanted to die, but he didn’t want to die by drowning. We see why in this study of Jonah 2:3. We see that Jonah prefers to die by digestion that to die by drowning. Isn’t that strange? <br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the shownotes, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_2_3/ Jeremy Myers clean 25:00
Jonah 2:2 – Jonah Went to Hell https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_2_2/ Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:00:27 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=45034 When the Bible talks about hell, or hades, or sheol, a completely different picture emerges about hell than most people think. We talk a bit about this today when we look at Jonah 2:2, where Jonah goes to hell. Jonah 2:2When you think of hell, what is it you think of? A place of burning? Fire? Demons gleefully torturing people as they scream in terror? If you are like most people, that is likely what the word “hell” brings to mind.

But did you know that such a depiction of hell does not come from the Bible at all? It comes from ancient pagan beliefs; not from the Bible.

When the Bible talks about hell, or hades, or sheol, a completely different picture emerges. This is what we talk about in this podcast episode on Jonah 2:2, where Jonah goes to hell.

The Text of Jonah 2:2

Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the fish’s belly.

In this discussion of Jonah 2:2 we look at:

  • Why the first half of verse 2 is not officially the prayer of Jonah.
  • The significance of Jonah “crying out to Yahweh”
  • What Jonah means when he says he went to hell
  • A brief discussion of hell in the Bible

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When the Bible talks about hell, or hades, or sheol, a completely different picture emerges about hell than most people think. We talk a bit about this today when we look at Jonah 2:2, where Jonah goes to hell. When you think of hell, what is it you think of? A place of burning? Fire? Demons gleefully torturing people as they scream in terror? If you are like most people, that is likely what the word “hell” brings to mind. <br /> <br /> But did you know that such a depiction of hell does not come from the Bible at all? It comes from ancient pagan beliefs; not from the Bible. <br /> <br /> When the Bible talks about hell, or hades, or sheol, a completely different picture emerges. This is what I discuss in this podcast on Jonah 2:2, where Jonah goes to hell. <br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the shownotes, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_2_2/ Jeremy Myers clean 31:08
A Theory of Everything (A summary of René Girard’s Mimetic Theory) https://redeeminggod.com/rene-girard-mimetic-theory/ Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:00:14 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=45006 My two recent books have referenced René Girard's Mimetic theory. If you want to learn more about this theory, and why it is so important for understanding life, Scripture, and ourselves, below is a video I recorded about all of this last year. My two recent books have referenced René Girard’s Mimetic theory. If you want to learn more about this theory, and why it is so important for understanding life, Scripture, and ourselves, below is a video I recorded about all of this last year.

The video is an hour long, so grab a drink and a bowl of popcorn.

And yes, my video recording and editing ability is almost Hollywood quality. But at least you can see what I look like and where I do all my writing and podcast recording…

I mention some of the information from this video in the following two books:

Also, if you listen to my One Verse Podcast, you might have noticed that some of these themes came up as I worked through Genesis 2-4.

And if you want to read more about this theory, I recommend you start with the following:

Questions? Comments? Let me know!

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My two recent books have referenced René Girard's Mimetic theory. If you want to learn more about this theory, and why it is so important for understanding life, Scripture, and ourselves, below is a video I recorded about all of this last year. My two recent books have referenced René Girard’s Mimetic theory. If you want to learn more about this theory, and why it is so important for understanding life, Scripture, and ourselves, here is an explanation of this theory that I recorded last year.<br /> <br /> To leave a comment, visit: <br /> https://redeeminggod.com/rene-girard-mimetic-theory/ Jeremy Myers clean 55:57
Jonah 2:1 – Jonah’s Self-Righteous Prayer https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_2_1/ Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:00:22 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=44948 In my own prayer life, I find it helpful to pray the prayers of Scripture. I sometimes pray the prayer of Daniel in in Daniel 9. Or the prayer of Jesus in Matthew 6. Or any of the numerous prayers of Paul found throughout his letters, such as the one at the end of Ephesians 3. I especially find it helpful to pray the Psalms. There is a Psalm for every emotion. If you do something like this, the one prayer in the Bible I encourage to never pray is the prayer of Jonah in Jonah 2. It may be the worst prayer in the Bible. That is what we are going to begin seeing today as we look at Jonah 2:1. In my own prayer life, I find it helpful to pray the prayers of Scripture. I sometimes pray the prayer of Daniel in in Daniel 9. Or the prayer of Jesus in Matthew 6. Or any of the numerous prayers of Paul found throughout his letters, such as the one at the end of Ephesians 3. I especially find it helpful to pray the Psalms. There is a Psalm for every emotion.

If you do something like this, the one prayer in the Bible I encourage to never pray is the prayer of Jonah in Jonah 2. It may be the worst prayer in the Bible.

That is what we are going to begin seeing today as we look at Jonah 2:1.

Jonah 2:1 prayer of Jonah

The Text of Jonah 2:1

Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the fish’s belly.

In this discussion of Jonah 2:1 we look at:

  • Why Jonah’s prayer is not a model prayer
  • How to know that Jonah’s prayer is self-righteous and self-centered

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In my own prayer life, I find it helpful to pray the prayers of Scripture. I sometimes pray the prayer of Daniel in in Daniel 9. Or the prayer of Jesus in Matthew 6. Or any of the numerous prayers of Paul found throughout his letters, In my own prayer life, I find it helpful to pray the prayers of Scripture. I sometimes pray the prayer of Daniel in in Daniel 9. Or the prayer of Jesus in Matthew 6. Or any of the numerous prayers of Paul found throughout his letters, such as the one at the end of Ephesians 3. I especially find it helpful to pray the Psalms. There is a Psalm for every emotion. <br /> <br /> If you do something like this, the one prayer in the Bible I encourage to never pray is the prayer of Jonah in Jonah 2. It may be the worst prayer in the Bible. <br /> <br /> That is what we are going to begin seeing today as we look at Jonah 2:1. <br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the shownotes, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_2_1/ Jeremy Myers clean 24:00
Jonah 1:17 – Jonah, Jesus, and Sacrifice https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_1_17/ Thu, 13 Apr 2017 15:00:58 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=44709 It is Easter week, and it just so happens that we are looking at Jonah 1:17 today, in which we read that Jonah spent three days in the belly of a fish. In Matthew 12:40, Jesus uses this event to talk about how He will spend three days in the grave. Jonah 1:17It’s Easter week, and it just so happens that we are looking at Jonah 1:17 today, in which we read that Jonah spent three days in the belly of a fish. In Matthew 12:40, Jesus uses this event to talk about how He will spend three days in the grave.

The Text of Jonah 1:17

Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

In this discussion of Jonah 1:17 we look at:

  • Whether or not the great fish was a whale
  • Whether the fish was deliverance or discipline
  • The parallels between Matthew 12:40 and Jonah 1:17
  • Whether or not God wants sacrifices

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It is Easter week, and it just so happens that we are looking at Jonah 1:17 today, in which we read that Jonah spent three days in the belly of a fish. In Matthew 12:40, Jesus uses this event to talk about how He will spend three days in the grave. It is Easter week, and it just so happens that we are looking at Jonah 1:17 today, in which we read that Jonah spent three days in the belly of a fish. In Matthew 12:40, Jesus uses this event to talk about how He will spend three days in the grave.<br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the shownotes, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_1_17/ Jeremy Myers clean 22:15
Jonah 1:13-16 – Man Overboard! https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_1_13-16/ Thu, 06 Apr 2017 15:00:25 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=44656 After Jonah teaches some terrible theology the sailors, we see in Jonah 1:13-16 how the sailors respond. In the process, the author of Jonah clearly contrasts the behavior of the sailors with the behavior of Jonah. As we consider this contrast, we will also learn why some non-Christians today are better Christians than some Christians. Jonah 1:13-16After Jonah teaches some terrible theology the sailors, we see in Jonah 1:13-16 how the sailors respond. In the process, the author of Jonah clearly contrasts the behavior of the sailors with the behavior of Jonah. As we consider this contrast, we will also learn why some non-Christians today are better Christians than some Christians.

The Text of Jonah 1:13-16

Nevertheless the men rowed hard to return to land, but they could not, for the sea continued to grow more tempestuous against them. Therefore they cried out to the Lord and said, “We pray, O Lord, please do not let us perish for this man’s life, and do not charge us with innocent blood; for You, O Lord, have done as it pleased You.” So they picked up Jonah and threw him into the sea, and the sea ceased from its raging. Then the men feared the Lord exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice to the Lord and took vows.

In this discussion of Jonah 1:13-16 we look at:

  • Why it is important that the sailors tried to return to the shore
  • What the sailors meant when they asked not to be found guilty of innocent blood
  • Why the sailors prayed, offered sacrifices, and made vows to God
  • How the book contrasts the sailors with Jonah

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After Jonah teaches some terrible theology the sailors, we see in Jonah 1:13-16 how the sailors respond. In the process, the author of Jonah clearly contrasts the behavior of the sailors with the behavior of Jonah. As we consider this contrast, After Jonah teaches some terrible theology the sailors, we see in Jonah 1:13-16 how the sailors respond. In the process, the author of Jonah clearly contrasts the behavior of the sailors with the behavior of Jonah. As we consider this contrast, we will also learn why some non-Christians today are better Christians than some Christians. <br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the shownotes, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_1_13-16/ Jeremy Myers clean 27:01
Jonah 1:10-12 – Jonah Teaches Terrible Theology https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_1_10-12/ Thu, 30 Mar 2017 15:00:16 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=44563 Today we are going to look at Jonah 1:10-12 in which Jonah teaches some very bad theology to the sailors. We will look at what he says that is so wrong, and then try to find an explanation for why he would teach theology that he knew was so obviously wrong. Jonah 1:10-12Have you ever taught anyone some bad theology? I have. Sometimes I go back to look through the sermons I preached when I was a pastor fifteen years ago, and I cringe at some of the things I said back then. Sometimes I wonder if fifteen years from now I will cringe at some of the stuff I teach today…

But I never purposefully taught anything wrong. I think most Bible teachers try their hardest to accurately present the truth of Scripture to others.

But in Jonah 1:10-12, we see that in response to some questions from the sailors, Jonah teaches them some very bad theology about God. Furthermore, I am convinced that Jonah knew for a fact that what he was teaching them was wrong.

So that raises the question … “Why would Jonah teach such terrible theology?” This is what we will see in Jonah 1:10-12. We will see what Jonah taught that was so wrong, and we also begin to develop a theory about why Jonah taught such terrible theology, even though he knew it was wrong.

We will also see that we might be teaching the same sort of terrible theology today. Listen to the episode to find out!

The Text of Jonah 1:10-12

Then the men were exceedingly afraid, and said to him, “Why have you done this?” For the men knew that he fled from the presence of the Lord, because he had told them.

Then they said to him, “What shall we do to you that the sea may be calm for us?”—for the sea was growing more tempestuous.

And he said to them, “Pick me up and throw me into the sea; then the sea will become calm for you. For I know that this great tempest is because of me.”

In this discussion of Jonah 1:10-12 we look at:

  • The additional questions from the sailors
  • The additional answers from Jonah
  • Why Jonah’s answer in 1:12 is terrible theology
  • Why we Christians often give the exact same answer to the world today

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Today we are going to look at Jonah 1:10-12 in which Jonah teaches some very bad theology to the sailors. We will look at what he says that is so wrong, and then try to find an explanation for why he would teach theology that he knew was so obviously w... Today we are going to look at Jonah 1:10-12 in which Jonah teaches some very bad theology to the sailors. We will look at what he says that is so wrong, and then try to find an explanation for why he would teach theology that he knew was so obviously wrong. <br /> <br /> We will see what he teaches that is so bad, and consider some questions about why he teaches this terrible theology. We will also see how we ourselves might be teaching similar theology. <br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the show notes, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_1_10-12/ Jeremy Myers clean 34:18
Jonah 1:9 – Jonah and the Fear of the Lord https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_1_9/ Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:00:38 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=44551 Do you fear God? Are you afraid of Him? Should you be afraid of God? Does God want you to be afraid of Him? As we study Jonah 1:9. We see that Jonah fears God and he instructs the sailors to do the same thing. But is Jonah right in what he says? Should he fear God? Should the sailors? Should you and I fear God? fear of the Lord Jonah 1:9

Do you fear God? Are you afraid of Him? Should you be afraid of God? Does God want you to be afraid of Him?

If you answered “No” to any of those questions, how do you understand verses like Proverbs 1:7 which tell us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge? Or Deuteronomy 10:12 which says “What does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in His ways …”

This issue is what we are looking at today as we study Jonah 1:9. We see that Jonah fears God and he instructs the sailors to do the same thing. But is Jonah right in what he says? Should he fear God? Should the sailors? Should you and I fear God? Stick around for today’s study and we’ll see!

The Text of Jonah 1:9

So he said to them, “I am a Hebrew; and I fear the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.”

In this discussion of Jonah 1:9 we look at:

  • The initial response of Jonah to the questions of the sailors
  • Jonah’s description of God
  • Jonah’s statement that he fears god
  • Whether or not we should fear God

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Do you fear God? Are you afraid of Him? Should you be afraid of God? Does God want you to be afraid of Him? As we study Jonah 1:9. We see that Jonah fears God and he instructs the sailors to do the same thing. But is Jonah right in what he says? Do you fear God? Are you afraid of Him? Should you be afraid of God? Does God want you to be afraid of Him?<br /> <br /> If you answered “No” to any of those questions, how do you understand verses like Proverbs 1:7 which tell us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge? Or Deuteronomy 10:12 which says “What does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in His ways …” <br /> <br /> This issue is what we are looking at today as we study Jonah 1:9. We see that Jonah fears God and he instructs the sailors to do the same thing. But is Jonah right in what he says? Should he fear God? Should the sailors? Should you and I fear God? Listen to this podcast to learn more. <br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the show notes, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_1_9/ Jeremy Myers clean 39:46
Jonah 1:6-8 – Jonah’s Questionable Behavior https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_1_6-8/ Thu, 16 Mar 2017 15:00:22 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=44378 Jonah 1:6-8 shows some questions that Jonah gets asked. The sailors on board the ship reveal a better understanding of God, and life, and justice, and right and wrong than Jonah reveals in his answers. When you respond to the theological questions of others, what are you teaching them about God? I always find it interesting when non-Christians challenge and question Christians on our behavior. It’s pretty bad when the unbelieving world has a better sense of justice and a better understanding of right and wrong than Christians. But then, we’re often to blame, for the answers we give to them are so often … well, just flat out wrong.

This is what we are looking at this week and next week in our study of Jonah. Today, we will see some questions that Jonah gets asked, and next week we will see how Jonah answers. In both cases, the sailors on board the ship reveal a better understanding of God, and life, and justice, and right and wrong than Jonah reveals. We’ll see the questions of the sailors today in Jonah 1:6-8.

Jonah 1:6-8 casting lots

In Jonah 1, Jonah has placed his own life in danger, as well as the lives of everybody on board his ship. In verses 6-11, the sailors play a little game of 20 questions with Jonah. The answers Jonah provides are … surprising and shocking. Now, I cannot cover Jonah 1:6-11 all in one episode, so we are going to take two episodes to cover these verses.

We will look at most of the questions today, from Jonah 1:6-8, and then next week we will see how Jonah answers the questions of the sailors.

The Text of Jonah 1:6-8

So the captain came to him, and said to him, “What do you mean, sleeper? Arise, call on your God; perhaps your God will consider us, so that we may not perish.”

And they said to one another, “Come, let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this trouble has come upon us.” So they cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah.

Then they said to him, “Please tell us! For whose cause is this trouble upon us? What is your occupation? And where do you come from? What is your country? And of what people are you?”

In this discussion of Jonah 1:6-8 we look at:

  • The question of the captain to Jonah
  • The questions of the sailors to Jonah

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Jonah 1:6-8 shows some questions that Jonah gets asked. The sailors on board the ship reveal a better understanding of God, and life, and justice, and right and wrong than Jonah reveals in his answers. When you respond to the theological questions of o... I always find it interesting when non-Christians challenge and question Christians on our behavior. It’s pretty bad when the unbelieving world has a better sense of justice and a better understanding of right and wrong than Christians. But then, we’re often to blame, for the answers we give to them are so often … well, just flat out wrong. <br /> <br /> This is what we are looking at this week and next week in our study of Jonah. Today, we will see some questions that Jonah gets asked, and next week we will see how Jonah answers. In both cases, the sailors on board the ship reveal a better understanding of God, and life, and justice, and right and wrong than Jonah reveals. We’ll see the questions of the sailors today in Jonah 1:6-8.<br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the shownotes, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_1_6-8/ Jeremy Myers clean 23:11
Jonah 1:5 – Dozing Off While Others Drown https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_1_5/ Thu, 09 Mar 2017 16:00:19 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=44341 In Jonah 1:5, we gain an interesting insight into the heart of Jonah … and in the process, an insight into our own hearts as well. Remember, we’re on this journey with Jonah, and on this journey, we learn some important things about God, about Jonah, and especially about ourselves. Jonah 1:5I hope you’re ready to get challenged.

Do you remember in the previous episode, how I told you that by studying the book of Jonah we go on a journey with Jonah? And by doing this, we join Jonah in learning some surprising things about God, but also, some surprising things about ourselves?

Yes, well, it begins today. You are about to see your own face in the mirror, and I’m warning you now, it’s not a pretty sight. I hope you’re up for it! It’s going to get convicting!

In Jonah 1:5, we gain an interesting insight into the heart of Jonah … and in the process, an insight into our own hearts as well. Remember, we’re on this journey with Jonah, and on this journey, we learn some important things about God, about Jonah, and especially about ourselves.

The Text of Jonah 1:5

Then the mariners were afraid; and every man cried out to his god, and threw the cargo that was in the ship in into the sea, to lighten the load. But Jonah had gone down into the lowest parts of the ship, had lain down, and was fast asleep.

In this discussion of Jonah 1:5 we look at:

  • The response of the sailors to the great storm
  • The response of Jonah to the great storm
  • Why Jonah’s response mirrors our own response in life

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In Jonah 1:5, we gain an interesting insight into the heart of Jonah … and in the process, an insight into our own hearts as well. Remember, we’re on this journey with Jonah, and on this journey, we learn some important things about God, about Jonah, In Jonah 1:5, we gain an interesting insight into the heart of Jonah … and in the process, an insight into our own hearts as well. Remember, we’re on this journey with Jonah, and on this journey, we learn some important things about God, about Jonah, and especially about ourselves. <br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the shownotes, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_1_5/ Jeremy Myers clean 29:14
Jonah 1:4 – Does God Send Storms? https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_1_4/ Thu, 02 Mar 2017 16:00:07 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=44287 Jonah 1:4 says that God sent a storm. Does God send storms into our lives to punish us? If you sin, will God send disasters into your life to punish you? Does God send sickness, disease, famines, floods, earthquakes, or the loss of jobs, income, health, or even the death of a family member? Is this what God does? In Jonah 1:4, God sends a storm upon Jonah and the ship that carries him to Tarshish. Is this how God normally behaves? It’s a practical question that all of us face in life from time to time.

Jonah 1:4 god sends storms

My wife and I are experiencing some difficulties in life right now. Quite often, it feels like we are in a storm, being buffeted by wind and waves. We sometimes have trouble keeping our heads above water.

My wife mentioned our struggles to someone this week, and they sent an email to her saying that the reason we are facing this storm is because we are sinning. The person who wrote the email said that God sent these troubles upon us because our views about church and about the LGBT community were sinful. We have been deceived by Satan, the email said, and so this is why God is punishing us with the storms of life.

People read in the Bible that Jonah disobeys God and so God sends a storm. Then when people see others facing storms in life, they says, “Oh, well, it must be because you are disobeying God.”

Is that really how God works? Does God send storms into our lives to punish us? If you sin, will God send disasters into your life to punish you? Does God send sickness, disease, famines, floods, earthquakes, or the loss of jobs, income, health, or even the death of a family member? Is this what God does?

Well, lots of people think so, and it is because of verses in the Bible like Jonah 1:4 that they think so. This is the verse we are looking at today, and by doing so we will hope to answer some of these questions.

The Text of Jonah 1:4

But the Lord sent a great wind on the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship was about to be broken up.

In this discussion of Jonah 1:4 we look at:

  • The description of the great storm in Jonah 1:4
  • Why some people think God sends storms upon sinners
  • Why Jesus reveals that God does not send storms to punish sinners
  • If God does not punish sin with storms of destruction, then what is going on in Jonah 1;4?
  • A brief preview and overview of the message in the book of Jonah

Resources:

While you wait for my book on the violence of God to come out, below are some additional resources that I have found helpful, and you might too…

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Jonah 1:4 says that God sent a storm. - Does God send storms into our lives to punish us? If you sin, will God send disasters into your life to punish you? Does God send sickness, disease, famines, floods, earthquakes, or the loss of jobs, income, Bible verses like Jonah 1:4 cause Christians to think that God sends storms upon sinners to punish them. But is this what Jonah 1:4 is teaching? No!<br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the show notes, visit: <br /> https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_1_4/ Jeremy Myers clean 41:46
Jonah 1:3 –Slapping God in the Face https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_1_3/ Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:00:22 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=44243 In Jonah 1:3, Jonah pretty much slaps God in the face. He spits in God’s face. To put it more crudely, Jonah gives God the finger. We will see in future episodes how God responds. If you feel like you have sinned pretty badly, then make sure you keep listening to the podcast because you will be both challenged and encouraged. I published a post this week on the blog about how a true understanding of grace allows you to just go sin all you want. If that is really what you want.

I am going to write more about that in the coming weeks, but I received several emails from readers who wanted to know if I meant intentional sin as well.

If a person intentionally and knowingly sins, will God still love them, forgive them, accept them, and keep them in His family?

The answer is yes. There is no sin, intentional or unintentional, which will cause God to stop loving you and forgiving you. This is a big theme in a lot of my writings and teachings. I teach a lot more about this in my course, The Gospel According to Scripture, but I’m bringing it up now because in the verse we are looking at today from Jonah, we see Jonah commit a pretty big sin. And he does it intentionally.

Jonah 1:3

Jonah pretty much slaps God in the face. He spits in God’s face. To put it more crudely, Jonah gives God the finger. You can’t get much worse or much more intentional than that. And we will see in future episodes how God responds. If you feel like you have sinned pretty badly, then make sure you keep listening to the podcast because you will be both challenged and encouraged.

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The Text of Jonah 1:3

But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa, and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid the fare, and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.

In this discussion of Jonah 1:3 we look at:

  • What it means for Jonah to flee to Tarshish instead of go to Nineveh
  • The significance of the term “the presence of the Lord”
  • What the story is telling us by the repeated use of the word “down”

Resources:

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In Jonah 1:3, Jonah pretty much slaps God in the face. He spits in God’s face. To put it more crudely, Jonah gives God the finger. - We will see in future episodes how God responds. - If you feel like you have sinned pretty badly, In Jonah 1:3, Jonah pretty much slaps God in the face. He spits in God’s face. To put it more crudely, Jonah gives God the finger. <br /> <br /> We will see in future episodes how God responds. <br /> <br /> If you feel like you have sinned pretty badly, then make sure you keep listening to the podcast because you will be both challenged and encouraged.<br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the shownotes, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_1_3/ Jeremy Myers clean 27:08
Jonah 1:2 – God Calls Jonah https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_1_2/ Thu, 16 Feb 2017 16:00:22 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=44162 In Jonah 1:2, we see that God calls Jonah to go preach against Nineveh. This podcast episode looks at why this happened, and also looks briefly at Jonah’s surprising response. Jonah 1 2Do you have an enemy? Maybe it was President Obama. Maybe now it is President Trump. Or maybe it’s the Islamic terrorists in Iran. Or the religious nut jobs here in the United States.

Maybe it is someone you don’t necessarily think of as an enemy, but you just can’t stand to be around them. Maybe a family member, a coworker, or a neighbor?

Anyway, imagine what you would do if God showed up in your living room later today, and said, “Hey! You know that person you just can’t stand? Well, I can’t stand them either, and I have a message of judgment I want you to tell them.”

If that happened to you, what would you do?

Well, that is exactly what happened to Jonah.

In Jonah 1:2, God calls Jonah to go preach against Nineveh. This podcast episode looks at why God said this, and concludes with a brief look at Jonah’s Jonah’s surprising response.

Jonah 1:3

The Text of Jonah 1:1-3

Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness has come up before me.”

But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish …

In this discussion of Jonah 1:2 we look at:

  • A reminder that Jonah was a popular prophet
  • A bit about how evil Nineveh was
  • Why God wanted Jonah to preach against Nineveh
  • Jonah’s surprising response to God’s instructions

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In Jonah 1:2, we see that God calls Jonah to go preach against Nineveh. This podcast episode looks at why this happened, and also looks briefly at Jonah’s surprising response. In Jonah 1:2, we see that God calls Jonah to go preach against Nineveh. We’re going to talk about why this happened, and also look briefly at Jonah’s surprising response. <br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the shownotes, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_1_2/ Jeremy Myers clean 23:09
Jonah 1:1 – Who Was Jonah? https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_1_1/ Thu, 09 Feb 2017 16:00:41 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=44129 It is critically important as we begin our study of the book of Jonah to understand some of the historical background to the book. If you do not understand the background, you will not understand the point of this story either. Once we understand this background information and what was going on in the days of Jonah, we will see that the message of the book of Jonah is quite appropriate for us today as well. Do you think God would ever allow the country of Iran or Iraq to invade the United States and win? There are many people in the United States who claim that such a thing could never happen.

But what if it did? What would you think about God and how He is running the world? What would you think about the claims that some people make today about the United States being the best nation on earth and under the protection and blessing of God?

Well, surprisingly, it is exactly these sorts of questions that the book of Jonah helps answer. This is what we are discuss in this episode of the One Verse Podcast when we look at Jonah 1:1.

who is Jonah

It is critically important as we begin our study of the book of Jonah to understand some of the historical background to the book. If you do not understand the background, you will not understand the point of this story either. Once we understand this background information and what was going on in the days of Jonah, we will see that the message of the book of Jonah is quite appropriate for us today as well.

The Text of Jonah 1:1

Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,

In this discussion of Jonah 1:1 we look at:

  • When the events in the book of Jonah take place
  • When the book of Jonah was written
  • Who wrote the book of Jonah
  • Why the book of Jonah was written
  • The background story of Jonah

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It is critically important as we begin our study of the book of Jonah to understand some of the historical background to the book. If you do not understand the background, you will not understand the point of this story either. Do you think God would ever allow the country of Iran or Iraq to invade the United States and win? There are many people in the United States who claim that such a thing could never happen. <br /> <br /> But what if it did? What would you think about God and how He is running the world? What would you think about the claims that some people make today about the United States being the best nation on earth and under the protection and blessing of God? <br /> <br /> Well, surprisingly, it is exactly these sorts of questions that the book of Jonah helps answer. This is what we discuss in this episode of the One Verse Podcast as we look at Jonah 1:1. <br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the shownotes, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_1_1/ Jeremy Myers clean 27:51
Jonah Introduction – What is God Like? https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_introduction/ Thu, 02 Feb 2017 16:00:19 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=44082 This is an Introduction to the story of Jonah. It looks at two ways Jonah is often taught and also presents a few central themes to the book. Jonah

This podcast episode begins a study of the Book of Jonah.

If you think you know the story of Jonah, stick around anyway. I predict you will learn some things from Jonah that you have never seen in this story before.

In this discussion of Jonah we look at:

  • Why you don’t know the story of Jonah
  • How the “big issues” of Jonah are non-issues when the story is really understood
  • Since Jonah is an excellent story … it must be read as a story
  • One central question in the book is “What is God like?”

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This is an Introduction to the story of Jonah. It looks at two ways Jonah is often taught and also presents a few central themes to the book. This is an Introduction to the story of Jonah. It looks at two ways Jonah is often taught and also presents a few central themes to the book. <br /> <br /> To view the shownotes or leave a comment, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/jonah_introduction/ Jeremy Myers clean 21:30
7 Keys to Understanding the Book of Revelation https://redeeminggod.com/book-of-revelation/ Fri, 30 Dec 2016 16:00:03 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=43881 Stop wondering what the book of Revelation is about. Learn these 7 keys to the Book of Revelation, and start your study of this book in the right direction. In this podcast episode, I give you 7 keys to understanding the Book of Revelation. If you want to understand the Book of Revelation, this podcast will send you off in the right direction.

book of revelation

In this discussion of the Book of Revelation we look at:

  • The 7 Keys to Understanding the Book of Revelation
  • Revelation is Highly Symbolic
  • Revelation is not about “When?”
  • Revelation Shows Us How to Read the Bible
  • Revelation Reveals the Heart of Humanity
  • Revelation Reveals the Heart of God
  • Revelation Reveals that God is like Jesus
  • Revelation Presents us with a Choice

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Stop wondering what the book of Revelation is about. Learn these 7 keys to the Book of Revelation, and start your study of this book in the right direction. In this podcast, I give you 7 keys to understanding the Book of Revelation. If you want to understand the Book of Revelation, this podcast will send you off in the right direction.<br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the show notes, visit: <br /> https://redeeminggod.com/book-of-revelation/ Jeremy Myers clean 57:19
[#61] The New Creation in the Gospel of John https://redeeminggod.com/new_creation/ Thu, 22 Dec 2016 16:00:20 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=43822 I have said numerous times before that Genesis forms the foundation for the entire Bible. Today we are going to jump forward into the New Testament and take a brief glimpse at how the Gospel of John pulls themes and ideas from Genesis 1–3, and also how the first Epistle of John pulls themes from Genesis 4. gospel of john I have said numerous times before that Genesis forms the foundation for the entire Bible. Today we are going to jump forward into the New Testament and take a brief glimpse at how the Gospel of John pulls themes and ideas from Genesis 1–3, and also how the first Epistle of John pulls themes from Genesis 4.

Hopefully, what you learn today will allow you to read the Gospel of John and the Letters of John in a whole new light.

In this discussion of the Gospel of John we look at:

  • How John uses Genesis as foundational themes in his Gospel account
  • How various events in the Gospel point us back to events in Genesis
  • How the first Epistle of John is also focused on Genesis 4

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I have said numerous times before that Genesis forms the foundation for the entire Bible. Today we are going to jump forward into the New Testament and take a brief glimpse at how the Gospel of John pulls themes and ideas from Genesis 1–3, I have said numerous times before that Genesis forms the foundation for the entire Bible. Today we are going to jump forward into the New Testament and take a brief glimpse at how the Gospel of John pulls themes and ideas from Genesis 1–3, and also how the first Epistle of John pulls themes from Genesis 4. <br /> <br /> Hopefully, what you learn today will allow you to read the Gospel of John and the Letters of John in a whole new light. <br /> <br /> To see the shownotes or leave a comment, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/new_creation/ Jeremy Myers clean 33:56
[#60] Genesis 4 Overview – Sin and Civilization https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_4_summary/ Thu, 15 Dec 2016 16:00:53 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=43764 What event is at the foundation of all human society and civilization? We see what the answer is as we look at Genesis 4:16-26. It is important to understand what forms the foundation of society and civilization because doing so helps us understand our own lives, and also what is going on all around us all the time in current events and culture. This episode of the One Verse Podcast provides a short summary of Genesis 4. This helps you get up to speed in this Podcast if you have missed most of the studies of Genesis 4. There are similar summary episodes for Genesis 1, 2, and 3 as well.

Genesis 4 summary

Of course, in today’s episode, we don’t look only at Genesis 4, but also look at the flood account in Genesis 6–8, and a verse or two out of Genesis 50. Doing so shows us what Genesis is all about. This is important, since Genesis is the introduction to the Bible.

If you want to understand Genesis and the Bible as a whole, make sure you listen to today’s One Verse Podcast.

In this discussion of Genesis 4 we look at:

  • A summary of how sin and scapegoating leads to civilization
  • A look ahead to Genesis 6–11 and the rest of Scripture
  • How the book of Genesis ends the way it begins, showing us the overall message of the book of Genesis
  • The alternative to violence which God reveals in Genesis, Scripture, and ultimately, in Jesus Christ

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What event is at the foundation of all human society and civilization? We see what the answer is as we look at Genesis 4:16-26. - It is important to understand what forms the foundation of society and civilization because doing so helps us understand... This episode of the One Verse Podcast provides a short summary of Genesis 4. This helps you get up to speed in this Podcast if you have missed most of the studies of Genesis 4. There are similar summary episodes for Genesis 1, 2, and 3 as well. <br /> <br /> Of course, in today’s episode, we don’t look only at Genesis 4, but also look at the flood account in Genesis 6–8, and a verse or two out of Genesis 50. Doing so shows us what Genesis is all about. This is important, since Genesis is the introduction to the Bible. So if you want to understand Genesis and the Bible as a whole, make sure you listen to today’s One Verse Podcast.<br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the shownotes, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_4_summary/ Jeremy Myers clean 38:30
[#59] Genesis 4:16-26 – How Civilization is Founded on Sin, Death, and Religion https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_4_16-26/ Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:00:18 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=43742 What event is at the foundation of all human society and civilization? We see what the answer is as we look at Genesis 4:16-26. It is important to understand what forms the foundation of society and civilization because doing so helps us understand our own lives, and also what is going on all around us all the time in current events and culture. What event is at the foundation of all human society and civilization? We see what the answer is as we look at Genesis 4:16-26.

It is important to understand what forms the foundation of society and civilization because doing so helps us understand our own lives, and also what is going on all around us all the time in current events and culture.

Lamech Genesis 4:16-26

The Text of Genesis 4:16-26

Then Cain went out from the presence of the Lord and dwelt in the land of Nod on the east of Eden. And Cain knew his wife, and she conceived and bore Enoch. And he built a city, and called the name of the city after the name of his son—Enoch. To Enoch was born Irad; and Irad begot Mehujael, and Mehujael begot Methushael, and Methushael begot Lamech.

Then Lamech took for himself two wives: the name of one was Adah, and the name of the second was Zillah. And Adah bore Jabal. He was the father of those who dwell in tents and have livestock. His brother’s name was Jubal. He was the father of all those who play the harp and flute. And as for Zillah, she also bore Tubal-Cain, an instructor of every craftsman in bronze and iron. And the sister of Tubal-Cain was Naamah.

Then Lamech said to his wives:
“Adah and Zillah, hear my voice;
Wives of Lamech, listen to my speech!
For I have killed a man for wounding me,
Even a young man for hurting me.
If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold,
Then Lamech seventy-sevenfold.”

And Adam knew his wife again, and she bore a son and named him Seth, “For God has appointed another seed for me instead of Abel, whom Cain killed.” And as for Seth, to him also a son was born; and he named him Enosh. Then men began to call on the name of the Lord.

In this discussion of Genesis 4:16-26 we look at:

  • What Genesis 4 reveals about the human problem of sin
  • How rivalry and scapegoating form the foundation of human civilization and culture
  • How rivalry and violence escalate out of control
  • The fact that God is the ultimate scapegoat for human violence
  • The origin of religion

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What event is at the foundation of all human society and civilization? We see what the answer is as we look at Genesis 4:16-26. - It is important to understand what forms the foundation of society and civilization because doing so helps us understand... What event is at the foundation of all human society and civilization? We see what the answer is as we look at Genesis 4:16-26. <br /> <br /> It is important to understand what forms the foundation of society and civilization because doing so helps us understand our own lives, and also what is going on all around us all the time in current events and culture.<br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the shownotes, visit: <br /> https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_4_16-26/ Jeremy Myers clean 30:00
[#58] Genesis 4:13-15 – Three Ways out of Violence https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_4_13-15/ Thu, 17 Nov 2016 16:00:54 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=43584 There is lots of turmoil in the United States right now because of the election results. The increasing turmoil makes me nervous because history, theology, and psychology show that there are typically only three ways out of such turmoil, and I am not yet sure which way our country will go. In this episode, I briefly discuss these three ways out of violence and turmoil, and explain from Genesis 4:13-15 which of these three approaches humans usually choose. Genesis 4:13-15 Cain punishmentThere is lots of turmoil in the United States right now because of the election results. The increasing turmoil makes me nervous because history, theology, and psychology show that there are typically only three ways out of such turmoil, and I am not yet sure which way our country will go.

In this episode, I briefly discuss these three ways out of violence and turmoil, and explain from Genesis 4:13-15 which of these three approaches humans usually choose.

The Text of Genesis 4:13-15

And Cain said to the Lord, “My punishment is greater than I can bear! Surely You have driven me out this day from the face of the ground; I shall be hidden from Your face; I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond on the earth, and it will happen that anyone who finds me will kill me.”

And the Lord said to him, “Therefore, whoever kills Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold.” And the Lord set a mark on Cain, lest anyone finding him should kill him.

In this discussion of Genesis 4:13-15 we look at:

  • The three main ways humans deal with rivalry and violence
  • The way that Adam, Eve, and Cain chose
  • Why Cain in not whining about his punishment in Genesis 4:13
  • Why Cain blames God in Genesis 4:13-14
  • Why God takes the blame and protects Cain
  • How god tries to stop the cycle of violence

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There is lots of turmoil in the United States right now because of the election results. The increasing turmoil makes me nervous because history, theology, and psychology show that there are typically only three ways out of such turmoil, There is lots of turmoil in the United States right now because of the election results. The increasing turmoil makes me nervous because history, theology, and psychology show that there are typically only three ways out of such turmoil, and I am not yet sure which way our country will go.<br /> <br /> In this episode, I briefly discuss these three ways out of violence and turmoil, and explain from Genesis 4:13-15 which of these three approaches humans usually choose.<br /> <br /> To view the show notes or leave a comment, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_4_13-15/ Jeremy Myers clean 36:54
[#57] Genesis 4:9-12 – From the Blood of Abel https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_4_9-12/ Thu, 10 Nov 2016 16:00:42 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=43523 In Genesis 4:10 we read that the blood of Abel cried out to God from the ground. Have you ever wondered what it said? Well, the book of Hebrews gives us a hint, and we will be looking at this question in today’s podcast episode. In Genesis 4:10 we read that the blood of Abel cried out to God from the ground. Have you ever wondered what it said? Well, the book of Hebrews gives us a hint, and we look at these questions in this podcast episode.

Genesis 4:9-12

We will also be discussing how Cain implied that God was guilty for the death of Abel, and why God did not curse Cain for murdering his brother.

Learn how to deal with election fallout and difficult situations by seeing from Genesis 4:9-12 how God deals with Cain (and all of us).

The Text of Genesis 4:9-12

Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?”

He said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?”

And He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to Me from the ground. So now you are cursed from the earth, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. When you till the ground, it shall no longer yield its strength to you. A fugitive and a vagabond you shall be on the earth.”

In this discussion of Genesis 4:9-12 we look at:

Cain and Abel

  • How Cain implies God is guilty for Abel’s death.
  • Why the curse upon Cain is not a curse from God.
  • Why it is not always true that the evil get punished and the good get blessed.
  • What the blood of Abel cried out from the ground.
  • The better word spoken by the blood of Jesus.

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In Genesis 4:10 we read that the blood of Abel cried out to God from the ground. Have you ever wondered what it said? Well, the book of Hebrews gives us a hint, and we will be looking at this question in today’s podcast episode. In Genesis 4:10 we read that the blood of Abel cried out to God from the ground. Have you ever wondered what it said? Well, the book of Hebrews gives us a hint, and we will be looking at this question in today’s podcast episode. <br /> <br /> We will also be discussing how Cain implied that God was guilty for the death of Abel, and why God did not curse Cain for murdering his brother. It’s a jam-packed episode, so buckle your seatbelts and hold on to your hats! <br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the shownotes, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_4_9-12/ Jeremy Myers clean 43:30
[#56] Genesis 4:8 – The Founding Murder https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_4_8/ Wed, 02 Nov 2016 15:00:35 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=43482 If you have been listening to my podcast for the past year, you may recall that as we were working our way through Genesis 3, I kept mentioning the six foundational and revolutionary truths from Genesis 2, 3, and 4. We looked at the first 5 of these, and then I haven’t really mentioned too much more about them. So maybe you were thinking, “Hey! What about the sixth?” Well, that is what we are finally getting to today. Genesis 4:8 contains the sixth and final revolutionary and foundational truth. Understanding this will help you understand the Bible, God, yourself, your relationships, politics, economics, history, and pretty much everything else that goes on in the world. Genesis 4:8 contains the account of Cain murdering his brother Abel. This is the first death in Scripture and reveals something significant about death and violence.

Genesis 4:8 Cain and Abel

If you have been listening to my podcast for the past year, you may recall that as we were working our way through Genesis 3, I kept mentioning the six foundational and revolutionary truths from Genesis 2, 3, and 4. We looked at the first 5 of these, and then I haven’t really mentioned too much more about them. So maybe you were thinking, “Hey! What about the sixth?”

Well, that is what we are finally getting to today. Genesis 4:8 contains the sixth and final revolutionary and foundational truth. Understanding this will help you understand the Bible, God, yourself, your relationships, politics, economics, history, and pretty much everything else that goes on in the world.

The Text of Genesis 4:8

Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him.

In this discussion of Genesis 4:8 we look at:

  • The murder of Abel by Cain
  • Why the first death in Scripture is a fratricide
  • The sixth foundational and revolutionary truth from Genesis 2–4
  • What Genesis 4:8 teaches us about God, ourselves, Scripture, history, politics, economics, and pretty much everything else in life.

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If you have been listening to my podcast for the past year, you may recall that as we were working our way through Genesis 3, I kept mentioning the six foundational and revolutionary truths from Genesis 2, 3, and 4. We looked at the first 5 of these, If you have been listening to my podcast for the past year, you may recall that as we were working our way through Genesis 3, I kept mentioning the six foundational and revolutionary truths from Genesis 2, 3, and 4. We looked at the first 5 of these, and then I haven’t really mentioned too much more about them. So maybe you were thinking, “Hey! What about the sixth?” <br /> <br /> Well, that is what we are finally getting to today. Genesis 4:8 contains the sixth and final revolutionary and foundational truth. Understanding this will help you understand the Bible, God, yourself, your relationships, politics, economics, history, and pretty much everything else that goes on in the world. <br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the show notes, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_4_8/ Jeremy Myers clean 33:05
[#55] Genesis 4:6-7 – The First Sin in the Bible https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_4_6-7/ Thu, 27 Oct 2016 15:00:41 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=43440 Where is the first sin in the Bible? What is the first sin in the Bible? I explain more in this podcast episode. Genesis 4:6-7 anger of cainIf I were to ask you when the first sin in the Bible occurs, you might point to Genesis 2 when Adam and Eve eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Yet did you know that their actions in Genesis 2 are not referred to as “sin”?

Sin is not actually mentioned until Genesis 4:7, which is one of the verses we look at in this study.

The Text of Genesis 4:6-7

So the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen?  If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.”

In this discussion of Genesis 4:6-7 we look at:

  • Why Cain becomes Angry
  • The nature and source of sin
  • The causes and consequences of sin
  • The truth about sin

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Where is the first sin in the Bible? What is the first sin in the Bible? I explain more in this podcast episode. If I were to ask you when the first sin in the Bible occurs, you might point to Genesis 2 when Adam and Eve eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Yet did you know that their actions in Genesis 2 are not referred to as “sin”? <br /> <br /> Sin is not actually mentioned until Genesis 4:7, which is one of the verses we look at in this study. <br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the show notes, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_4_6-7/ Jeremy Myers clean 30:24
[#54] Genesis 4:4-5 – Why Did God Reject Cain’s Offering? https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_4_4-5/ Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:24:20 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=43405 Have you ever wondered why God did not accept Cain’s offering in Genesis 4? You have probably heard some sermons on this or have read about it in books. In this study of Genesis 4:4-5, we look at some of the theories of why God rejected Cain’s offering, and then seek an answer to this question by looking at why God accepted Abel’s offering, and what this tells us about Cain’s offering. Have you ever wondered why God did not accept Cain’s offering in Genesis 4? You have probably heard some sermons on this or have read about it in books. In this study of Genesis 4:4-5, we look at some of the theories of why God rejected Cain’s offering, and then seek an answer to this question by looking at why God accepted Abel’s offering, and what this tells us about Cain’s offering.

Genesis 4:4-5

The Text of Genesis 4:4-5

Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the Lord respected Abel and his offering, but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.

In this discussion of Genesis 4:4-5 we look at:

  • The three theories about why God did not respect Cain’s offering
  • Why Abel brought an offering in the first place
  • Why Abel’s offering was not a blood sacrifice
  • Why God respected Abel’s offering
  • Why God did not respect Cain’s offering

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Have you ever wondered why God did not accept Cain’s offering in Genesis 4? You have probably heard some sermons on this or have read about it in books. In this study of Genesis 4:4-5, we look at some of the theories of why God rejected Cain’s offering... Have you ever wondered why God did not accept Cain’s offering in Genesis 4? You have probably heard some sermons on this or have read about it in books. In this study of Genesis 4:4-5, we look at some of the theories of why God rejected Cain’s offering, and then seek an answer to this question by looking at why God accepted Abel’s offering, and what this tells us about Cain’s offering.<br /> <br /> The shownotes for this study are found at: <br /> https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_4_4-5/ Jeremy Myers clean 29:56
[#53] Genesis 4:1-3 – Raising Cain https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_4_1-3/ Thu, 13 Oct 2016 16:52:19 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=43351 Have you ever wondered why Cain brought an offering of fruit to God in Genesis 4? Have you wondered what was wrong with Cain’s offering so that God did not accept it? In Episode 53 of the One Verse Podcast, we look at Genesis 4:1-3 for answers to these questions. Have you ever wondered why Cain brought an offering of fruit to God in Genesis 4? Have you wondered what was wrong with Cain’s offering so that God did not accept it?

In Episode 53 of the One Verse Podcast, we look at Genesis 4:1-3 for answers to these questions.

The Text of Genesis 4:1-3

Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, and said, “I have acquired a man from the Lord.”  Then she bore again, this time his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.  And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the Lord.
Genesis 4:1-3 Cain

In this discussion of Genesis 4:1-3 we look at:

  • The birth of Cain and Abel shows that Adam and Eve were still serving as the Image of God
  • The story that Cain and Abel grew up hearing
  • The reason Cain brought an offering of fruit to God

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Have you ever wondered why Cain brought an offering of fruit to God in Genesis 4? Have you wondered what was wrong with Cain’s offering so that God did not accept it? - In Episode 53 of the One Verse Podcast, Have you ever wondered why Cain brought an offering of fruit to God in Genesis 4? Have you wondered what was wrong with Cain’s offering so that God did not accept it?<br /> <br /> In Episode 53 of the One Verse Podcast, we look at Genesis 4:1-3 for answers to these questions.<br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the show notes, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_4_1-3/ Jeremy Myers clean 24:45
[#52] Genesis 4 Introduction – The Story we Find Ourselves In https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_4_intro/ Thu, 06 Oct 2016 15:00:29 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=43274 This study looks at Genesis 4. And rather than dive right into the text, I thought I would first tell you a story. Hearing this story will help you better understand what is going on in this critical chapter of the Bible. Today we begin to look at Genesis 4. And rather than dive right into the text, I thought I would first tell you a story. Hearing this story will help you better understand what is going on in this critical chapter of the Bible.

genesis 4 story

In this discussion of Genesis 4 we look at:

  • A story which helps us understand what is going on in Genesis 4

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This study looks at Genesis 4. And rather than dive right into the text, I thought I would first tell you a story. Hearing this story will help you better understand what is going on in this critical chapter of the Bible. This study looks at Genesis 4. And rather than dive right into the text, I thought I would first tell you a story. Hearing this story will help you better understand what is going on in this critical chapter of the Bible. <br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the shownotes, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_4_intro/ Jeremy Myers clean 41:20
[#51] Genesis 3 Summary – The Redemption of Sin https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_3_summary/ Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:00:00 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=43241 This episode of the One Verse Podcast provides a summary of what we have seen from Genesis 3. There is still some new stuff in this episode, so if you have listened to all the previous episodes on Genesis 3, you will still want to listen to this one. But if you are just joining us on the One Verse Podcast and have missed most of the previous episodes, this one will get you up to speed. Of course, since what I share today might be a bit challenging, you might also want to go back and listen to some of the episodes from Genesis 3 to get a further explanation and understanding of what we discuss today. Genesis 3

This episode of the One Verse Podcast provides a summary of what we have seen from Genesis 3. There is still some new stuff in this episode, so if you have listened to all the previous episodes on Genesis 3, you will still want to listen to this one.

But if you are just joining us on the One Verse Podcast and have missed most of the previous episodes, this one will get you up to speed. Of course, since what I share today might be a bit challenging, you might also want to go back and listen to some of the episodes from Genesis 3 to get a further explanation and understanding of what we discuss today.

In this Summary of Genesis 3 we look at:

  • The basic question “What has gone wrong with the world?”
  • The fact that Genesis 3 does not talk about sin
  • What God’s response to Adam and Eve in Genesis 3 reveals what God thinks about our own disobedience
  • Three truths about sin that most of us fail to understand

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This episode of the One Verse Podcast provides a summary of what we have seen from Genesis 3. There is still some new stuff in this episode, so if you have listened to all the previous episodes on Genesis 3, you will still want to listen to this one. This episode of the One Verse Podcast provides a summary of what we have seen from Genesis 3. There is still some new stuff in this episode, so if you have listened to all the previous episodes on Genesis 3, you will still want to listen to this one. But if you are just joining us on the One Verse Podcast and have missed most of the previous episodes, this one will get you up to speed. Of course, since what I share today might be a bit challenging, you might also want to go back and listen to some of the episodes from Genesis 3 to get a further explanation and understanding of what we discuss today. <br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the shownotes, visit: <br /> https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_3_summary/ Jeremy Myers clean 34:00
[#50] Genesis 3:22-24 – The Blessing of Death https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_3_22-24/ Thu, 22 Sep 2016 15:00:11 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=43203 What do you think about death? Maybe, if you are like most people, you try not to think about it. But if and when you are faced with the issue of death, what are your thoughts about it? In this episode of the One Verse Podcast as we look at Genesis 3:22-24, I am going to invite you to start thinking about death differently than the way most people think about it. Genesis 3:22-24 garden of edenDeath.

I know; it’s not a popular topic. But it is what we are talking about today on the podcast.

What do you think about death? Maybe, if you are like most people, you try not to think about it. But if and when you are faced with the issue of death, what are your thoughts about it? In this episode of the One Verse Podcast, I am going to invite you to start thinking about death differently than the way most people think about it.

Believe it or not, while most people view death as a curse and a punishment from God, a proper understanding of death allows us to see it as a blessing and an act of kindness from God. That’s what we’re going to see today in Genesis 3:22-24.

The Text of Genesis 3:22-24

Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever” – therefore the LORD God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken. So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.

In this discussion of Genesis 3:22-24 we look at:

  • How Genesis would go if we were writing the story.
  • How death actually was introduced.
  • Why death is not a curse form God, but a kindness.

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What do you think about death? Maybe, if you are like most people, you try not to think about it. But if and when you are faced with the issue of death, what are your thoughts about it? In this episode of the One Verse Podcast as we look at Genesis 3:2... In Genesis 3:22-24, God drives Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden, so that they will die. This is not a punishment, but a blessing and a kindness.<br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the shownotes, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_3_22-24/ Jeremy Myers clean 34:26
[#49] Genesis 3:20-21 – The Emperor Has No Clothes https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_3_20-21/ Thu, 15 Sep 2016 15:00:50 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=43053 When did the first sacrifice in Scripture take place? Lots of people think it happened in Genesis 3:20-21 when God gave tunics of skin to Adam and Eve before He kicked them out of the Garden of Eden. But this is not the first sacrifice in the Bible. When did the first sacrifice in Scripture take place? Lots of people think it happened in Genesis 3:20-21 when God gave “tunics of skin” to Adam and Eve before He kicked them out of the Garden of Eden.

Genesis 3:20-21

The idea often taught from this is that from the very beginning, sin demands payment, sin demands sacrifice, sin demands death.

Well, I show you something quite a bit different in this Podcast Episode from Genesis 3:20-21.

The Text of Genesis 3:20-21

And Adam called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living. Also for Adam and his wife the LORD God made tunics of skin, and clothed them.

In this discussion of Genesis 3:20-21 we look at:

  • Why Adam named his wife Eve
  • The meaning of “Eve”
  • Why it is significant that God gave clothes to Adam and Eve
  • Where the clothes came from
  • Why there is no sacrifice or death in Genesis 3:21

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When did the first sacrifice in Scripture take place? Lots of people think it happened in Genesis 3:20-21 when God gave tunics of skin to Adam and Eve before He kicked them out of the Garden of Eden. But this is not the first sacrifice in the Bible. When did the first sacrifice in Scripture take place? Lots of people think it happened in Genesis 3:20-21 when God gave tunics of skin to Adam and Eve before He kicked them out of the Garden of Eden. But this is not the first sacrifice in the Bible.<br /> <br /> To view the shownotes or leave a comment, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_3_20-21/ Jeremy Myers clean 33:56
[#48] Genesis 3:17-19 – The Curse Upon the Ground https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_3_17-19/ Thu, 08 Sep 2016 15:00:56 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=43034 Did God curse Adam after he ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil? Nope. Remember, God does not curse humans and God does not punish. Of course, in Genesis 3:17-19, God does pronounce a curse, so we will see what that is about in this episode. Our study will also lead us into a little fun speculation. Did God curse Adam after he ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil? Nope. Remember, God does not curse humans and God does not punish. Of course, in Genesis 3:17-19, God does pronounce a curse, so we’ll see what that is about in today’s episode. Our study will also lead us into a little fun speculation.

Genesis 3 17-19 curse Adam ground

The Text of Genesis 3:17-19

Genesis 3:17-19. Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’: Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, And you shall eat the herb of the field. In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, For out of it you were taken; For dust you are, And to dust you shall return.”

In this discussion of Genesis 3:17-19 we look at:

  • The consequences upon man for eating from the Tree of Knowledge
  • Why it was not wrong for Adam to listen to his wife
  • The fact that Adam and mankind is not cursed
  • The three consequences for the curse upon the earth

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Did God curse Adam after he ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil? Nope. Remember, God does not curse humans and God does not punish. Of course, in Genesis 3:17-19, God does pronounce a curse, Did God curse Adam after he ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil? Nope. Remember, God does not curse humans and God does not punish. Of course, in Genesis 3:17-19, God does pronounce a curse, so we will see what that is about in this episode. Our study will also lead us into a little fun speculation. <br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the shownotes, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_3_17-19/ Jeremy Myers clean 36:00
[#47] Genesis 3:16b – Do Men Get to Rule Women? https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_3_16b/ Thu, 01 Sep 2016 15:00:53 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=42966 Is it God’s will for men to rule over women? Lots of men sure think so, and one verse that has been used to defend this idea is Genesis 3:16 where God tells Eve that her desire shall be for her husband, but he shall rule over her. So is this verse describing God’s ordained order for the marriage relationship? Is God commanding women to let men rule them? That is what we are looking at in today’s episode of the One Verse Podcast. Genesis 3:16 men rule womenIs it God’s will for men to rule over women? Lots of men sure think so, and one verse that has been used to defend this idea is Genesis 3:16 where God tells Eve that her desire shall be for her husband, but he shall rule over her.

So is this verse describing God’s ordained order for the marriage relationship? Is God commanding women to let men rule them? That is what we are looking at in today’s episode of the One Verse Podcast.

The Text of Genesis 3:16

To the woman He said: “I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; In pain you shall bring forth children; Your desire shall be for your husband, And he shall rule over you.”

In this discussion of Genesis 3:16b we look at:

  • Does God instruct men to rule women?
  • What does it mean for women to desire men?
  • What does it mean for men to rule over women?
  • Why does God say this to Eve?

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Is it God’s will for men to rule over women? Lots of men sure think so, and one verse that has been used to defend this idea is Genesis 3:16 where God tells Eve that her desire shall be for her husband, but he shall rule over her. - Is it God’s will for men to rule over women? Lots of men sure think so, and one verse that has been used to defend this idea is Genesis 3:16 where God tells Eve that her desire shall be for her husband, but he shall rule over her. <br /> <br /> So is this verse describing God’s ordained order for the marriage relationship? Is God commanding women to let men rule them? That is what we are looking at in today’s episode of the One Verse Podcast. <br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the shownotes, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_3_16b/ Jeremy Myers clean 29:25
[#46] Genesis 3:16a – God Does Not Abuse Women https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_3_16a/ Thu, 18 Aug 2016 15:00:39 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=42965 Have you ever heard a woman use Genesis 3:16 to say that the reason women experience pain in childbearing is because God cursed Eve? In other words, have you ever heard someone blame God for the pain that women experience in giving birth? genesis 3:16 pain in childbearingHave you ever heard a woman use Genesis 3:16 to say that the reason women experience pain in childbearing is because God cursed Eve? In other words, have you ever heard someone blame God for the pain that women experience in giving birth?

These are the sorts of questions we are looking at in this episode of the One Verse Podcast.

The Text of Genesis 3:16

To the woman He said: “I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; In pain you shall bring forth children; Your desire shall be for your husband, And he shall rule over you.”

In this discussion of Genesis 3:16 we look at:

  • The words used for childbearing in Genesis 3:16
  • The word used for pain in Genesis 3:16
  • The question of whether or not God inflicts pain on women
  • The truth that God does not curse or hurt women

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Have you ever heard a woman use Genesis 3:16 to say that the reason women experience pain in childbearing is because God cursed Eve? In other words, have you ever heard someone blame God for the pain that women experience in giving birth? Have you ever heard a woman use Genesis 3:16 to say that the reason women experience pain in childbearing is because God cursed Eve? In other words, have you ever heard someone blame God for the pain that women experience in giving birth?<br /> <br /> This is what we look at in this study of Genesis 3:16. <br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the shownotes, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_3_16a/ Jeremy Myers clean 43:21
Is God a wife beater? https://redeeminggod.com/god-wife-beater/ Thu, 11 Aug 2016 15:00:16 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=42909 Genesis 3:16 shows God telling Eve He will greatly increase her pain. Does God inflict pain on people? Does God hurt women? Is God a cosmic wife beater? Here’s a question for you:

Is God a wife beater?

The God that is often portrayed by many pastors and many Christian books is a God who wants to inflict pain on you for your sin.

His wrath is terrible. His vengeance fierce. His anger is poured out upon sinners.

And so when you sin, you better watch out, because God is going to get you!

When we remember that the church is referred to as the “Bride of Christ” and we recognize that Jesus represents God, this whole angry-God imagery makes people think of God as a wife beater.

wife beater God

And do you want to know where this imagery of God begins? It begins in the very beginning, when God sets out to inflict pain on Eve because she ate the wrong piece of fruit (Genesis 3:16).

Imagine you are walking through the park one day and you hear a man saying this to his wife:

I can’t believe you ate my pear! When we get home, are you ever going to get it! That was MY pear! I told you not to eat it! When we get home I am going to beat you so hard! I am going to pound you into a pulp. You have never have known such pain! I will inflict pain on you such as you have never imagined! And you know what? I’m going to beat our daughters too. They need to learn to mind me and obey me. They need to learn to do what I say. So I’m going to whip you good and then whip our daughters.

I believe if you heard this, you would call the police immediately. At least, I hope you would.

And yet, in Genesis 3:16, here is what God says to Eve:

I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children.

Why does God say He is going to “bring the pain”? Because Eve ate a piece of fruit she wasn’t supposed to. Yes, yes, I know there was more to it than this, but even still ….

It just doesn’t seem right for God to inflict pain on Eve for what happened, and not only on Eve, but on all women who follow after her as well.

The traditional way of reading Genesis 3:16 has God inflicting pain on Eve and all her daughters because Eve ate fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.

Does this sound much like a God you want to love, honor, and serve?

Well…

I’m going to try to resolve most of these issues in an upcoming podcast episode. This episode was supposed to be done this Thursday, but I’ll be honest … Genesis 3:16 “brought the pain” to me as well. So far, in the last two weeks, I have logged over 20 hours just studying this one single verse. Actually, I spent this time on just the first half of the verse, the part I quoted above.

I think I have a pretty good solution to the problem of God inflicting pain on women, which I will present in my podcast when it comes out, but I am not yet ready to record it. Hopefully by next week.

But guess what? There is still plenty you can listen to between now and then! I was recently interviewed by two different podcasts, and here the links so you can go listen to them. The “Life Uncut” podcast will have a “Part 2” later, so I will include it then. Make sure you subscribe to both of the podcasts as well, since both are fantastic.

Holy Soup Podcast

Holy Soup PodcastThom Shultz, CEO of Group Publishing, Interviews me about Biblical Illiteracy (and why I don’t think it is a crisis in the church).

Listen and subscribe Here

Life Uncut Podcast

Life Uncut PodcastA Discussion with Tom Walter and Jeremy Myers. This is only Part 1, and I imagine that Part 2 will be out next week.

Listen and Subscribe Here

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Genesis 3:16 shows God telling Eve He will greatly increase her pain. Does God inflict pain on people? Does God hurt women? Is God a cosmic wife beater? Is God a wife beater? Does God inflict pain on women? In Genesis 3:16, God tells Eve He will greatly increase her pain in childbearing. What is up with this? Jeremy Myers clean 9:34
[#45] Genesis 3:14-15 – The Serpent and the Seed https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_3_14-15/ Thu, 28 Jul 2016 15:00:03 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=42774 Does God curse animals and people? Genesis 3:14 indicates that God cursed the serpent. But what did the serpent do to deserve being cursed? And what is the whole thing about the serpent crawling on the ground and eating dirt? And then there is Genesis 3:15 which talks about the serpent striking the heel of the woman’s seed, but the seed crushing the serpent’s head. What is all that about? Is it truly a prophecy about Jesus? Genesis 3:15Does God curse animals and people? Genesis 3:14 indicates that God cursed the serpent. But what did the serpent do to deserve being cursed? And what is the whole thing about the serpent crawling on the ground and eating dirt?

And then there is Genesis 3:15 which talks about the serpent striking the heel of the woman’s seed, but the seed crushing the serpent’s head. What is all that about? Is it truly a prophecy about Jesus?

These, another other related questions, will all get considered in this episode of the One Verse Podcast.

The Text of Genesis 3:14-15

So the LORD God said to the serpent: “Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you shall go, And you shall eat dust All the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.”

In this discussion of Genesis 3:14-15 we look at:

  • Did God curse the serpent?
  • What happened to the serpent?
  • What does it mean for him to crawl on his belly and eat dust?
  • Is Genesis 3:15 a prophesy about Jesus?

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Does God curse animals and people? Genesis 3:14 indicates that God cursed the serpent. But what did the serpent do to deserve being cursed? And what is the whole thing about the serpent crawling on the ground and eating dirt? - Does God curse animals and people? Genesis 3:14 indicates that God cursed the serpent. But what did the serpent do to deserve being cursed? And what is the whole thing about the serpent crawling on the ground and eating dirt? <br /> <br /> And then there is Genesis 3:15 which talks about the serpent striking the heel of the woman’s seed, but the seed crushing the serpent’s head. What is all that about? Is it truly a prophecy about Jesus?<br /> <br /> These, another other related questions, will all get considered in this episode of the One Verse Podcast. <br /> <br /> See the shownotes at https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_3_14-15/ Jeremy Myers clean 36:31
[#44] Genesis 3:11-13 – The Blame Game https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_3_11-13/ Thu, 14 Jul 2016 15:00:26 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=42723 There are six revolutionary and foundational truths in Genesis 2–3. Today we see the fifth. These truths help you understand God, Scripture, society, culture, and yourself like never before. The one we see today is absolutely critical for understanding why God appears so violent at various places in the Bible. If you have ever wondered how to understand the violence of God in the Bible, make sure you listen to today’s episode. There are six revolutionary and foundational truths in Genesis 2–3. Today we see the fifth.

These truths help you understand God, Scripture, society, culture, and yourself like never before. The one we see today is absolutely critical for understanding why God appears so violent at various places in the Bible.

If you have ever wondered how to understand the violence of God in the Bible, make sure you listen to this episode.

Adam Blames Eve Genesis 3:11-13

The Text of Genesis 3:11-13

And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?”

Then the man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.”

And the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

In this discussion of Genesis 3:11-13 we look at:

  • The fifth foundational and revolutionary truth from Genesis 2–3
  • Why God asks Adam about his nakedness
  • God does not blame Adam and Eve for what happened
  • Adam blames Eve; Eve blames the serpent. Ultimately, Adam blames God
  • Why humans blame and scapegoat others
  • How God is the ultimate Scapegoat in Scripture and history
  • Two ways of reading Scripture and how Jesus shows which way is correct

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There are six revolutionary and foundational truths in Genesis 2–3. Today we see the fifth. - These truths help you understand God, Scripture, society, culture, and yourself like never before. The one we see today is absolutely critical for understan... There are six revolutionary and foundational truths in Genesis 2–3. Today we see the fifth. <br /> <br /> These truths help you understand God, Scripture, society, culture, and yourself like never before. The one we see today is absolutely critical for understanding why God appears so violent at various places in the Bible. If you have ever wondered how to understand the violence of God in the Bible, make sure you listen to today’s episode. <br /> <br /> See the shownotes at:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_3_11-13/ Jeremy Myers clean 48:00
Look what happened to my book on Amazon! https://redeeminggod.com/atonement-book-sale-amazon/ Sun, 10 Jul 2016 17:00:27 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=42718 Whoa! My book is 53% off at Amazon. If you're a Prime Member, you get free shipping too! Read my post to learn more. Atonement of GodMy newest book, The Atonement of God, has gone on a HUGE sale for Amazon Prime Day (July 12). The normal price of this book is $14.99, but the Amazon Prime price is only $6.99! That’s 53% off!

This price is less than I can buy them myself from the printer (after they add shipping costs), so I just bought 10 copies to have on hand so that I can give them out to people I meet with.

If you have already read this book and have been encouraged by it, this is your chance to buy several copies to give away to others.

If you have not yet read this book, don’t wait any longer. I don’t know how long this sale will last, but now is the time to buy a copy because it is on such a huge sale.

Better still, if you are an Amazon Prime member, you get free shipping as well. If you are not a Prime Member, you can join for 30 days for free by going here: Try Amazon Prime for free for 30 days.

So here is what you should do:

  1. Join Amazon Prime for free for 30 days (to get free shipping on my book)
  2. Buy several copies of the paperback version of my book. One for yourself and a few others to give away to friends and family.
  3. Use the Facebook and Twitter share buttons below to let others know about this sale.

Buy your copies today because I don’t know if the price for this book will ever be this low again.

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Whoa! My book is 53% off at Amazon. If you're a Prime Member, you get free shipping too! Read my post to learn more. My newest book, The Atonement of God, has gone on a HUGE sale for Amazon Prime Day (July 12). The normal price of this book is $14.99, but the Amazon Prime price is only $6.99! That’s 53% off!<br /> <br /> And you can get free shipping on this by joining Amazon prime for free for 30 days. Go to https://redeeminggod.com/prime/ to learn more. Jeremy Myers clean 3:23
[#43] Genesis 3:8-10 – Do Not be Afraid https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_3_8-10/ Thu, 30 Jun 2016 15:00:04 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=42669 If you have ever been afraid of God, or have thought that God is out to get you, to punish you for some sin, if you think that the bad things which happen to you in life are because God hates you or is making you pay for something you did, this study of Genesis 3:8-10 is for you. If you have ever been afraid of God, or have thought that God is out to get you, to punish you for some sin, if you think that the bad things which happen to you in life are because God hates you or is making you pay for something you did, this podcast episode is for you.

We look at Genesis 3:8-10 and see that there is nothing to fear from God.

Genesis 3:8-10 God walking in the Garden

The Text of Genesis 3:8-10

And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.

Then the LORD God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?”

So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.”

In this discussion of Genesis 3:8-10 we look at:

  • How some Christians read Genesis 3:8-10 to make God appear angry
  • Why God was not angry.
  • How to know what God think about us and our sin.
  • How God responds do your sin.

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If you have ever been afraid of God, or have thought that God is out to get you, to punish you for some sin, if you think that the bad things which happen to you in life are because God hates you or is making you pay for something you did, If you have ever been afraid of God, or have thought that God is out to get you, to punish you for some sin, if you think that the bad things which happen to you in life are because God hates you or is making you pay for something you did, this study of Genesis 3:8-10 is for you.<br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the show notes, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_3_8-10/<br /> <br /> Jeremy Myers clean 37:00
[#42] Genesis 3:7 – The Greatest Rivalry of All Time https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_3_7/ Thu, 23 Jun 2016 15:00:12 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=42596 Genesis 3:6-7 are the central two verses of Genesis chapters 2–3. In a previous episode, we looked at Genesis 3:6, and learned a foundational truth about humanity. This episode reveals another foundational truth from Genesis 3:7. Genesis 3:7 Adam Eve fig leavesGenesis 3:6-7 are the central two verses of Genesis chapters 2–3. In a previous episode, we looked at Genesis 3:6, and learned a foundational truth about humanity. This episode reveals another foundational truth from Genesis 3:7.

The Text of Genesis 3:7

Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.

In this discussion of Genesis 3:7 we look at:

  • The fourth foundational truth from Genesis 2–3.
  • The ideas that desire leads to rivalry with God and with each other.
  • Why Genesis 3:7 is both humorous and sad.

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Genesis 3:6-7 are the central two verses of Genesis chapters 2–3. In a previous episode, we looked at Genesis 3:6, and learned a foundational truth about humanity. This episode reveals another foundational truth from Genesis 3:7. Genesis 3:6-7 are the central two verses of Genesis chapters 2–3. In a previous episode, we looked at Genesis 3:6, and learned a foundational truth about humanity. This episode reveals another foundational truth from Genesis 3:7.<br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the shownotes, visit: <br /> https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_3_7/ Jeremy Myers clean 29:48
[#41] Genesis 3:6 – Drawn by Desire https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_3_6/ Thu, 16 Jun 2016 15:00:17 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=42540 This study considers an important concept from René Girard’s mimetic theory to see how a key concept is found in Genesis 3:6 and is foundational for understanding life and Scripture. Eve Eating fruit Genesis 3:6This episode of the One Verse Podcasts look at the third foundational and revolutionary truth from Genesis 2-3. We see it in Genesis 3:6.

This study also considers an important concept from René Girard’s mimetic theory to see how a key concept is found in Genesis 3:6. If you want to learn more about this and how these insights help us understand God, Scripture, theology, current events, politics, and even your very own life, I recommend you get started with my book The Atonement of God.

The Text of Genesis 3:6

So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.

In this discussion of Genesis 3:6 we look at:

  • Why Genesis 3:6 is the grammatical center of Genesis 2–3
  • The third foundational truth: “Imitation Awakens Desire”
  • How Eve came to desire the forbidden fruit
  • The problem with religious fences is revealed
  • The shocking revelation that Adam was right there with Eve

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This study considers an important concept from René Girard’s mimetic theory to see how a key concept is found in Genesis 3:6 and is foundational for understanding life and Scripture. This episode of the One Verse Podcasts look at the third foundational and revolutionary truth from Genesis 2-3. We see it in Genesis 3:6. This study considers an important concept from René Girard’s mimetic theory to see how a key concept is found in Genesis 3:6 and is foundational for understanding life and Scripture.<br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the shownotes, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_3_6/<br /> <br /> Jeremy Myers clean 37:40
[#40] Genesis 3:1-5 – Eve and the Serpent https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_3_1-5/ Thu, 09 Jun 2016 15:00:03 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=42485 Was it wrong for Eve to engage in dialogue with the serpent in Genesis 3? If not, what was her mistake? What can we learn from this conversation between Eve and the serpent that will help us face temptation in our own life? This is what we look at in this discussion of Genesis 3:1-5. Was it wrong for Eve to engage in dialogue with the serpent in Genesis 3? If not, what was her mistake? What can we learn from this conversation between Eve and the serpent that will help us face temptation in our own life? This is what we look at in this discussion of Genesis 3:1-5.

Genesis 3:1-5

The Text of Genesis 3:1-5

Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”

And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; “but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’”

Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

In this discussion of Genesis 3:1-5 we look at:

  • The serpent’s first question
  • Why Adam and Eve should have responded to the serpent together
  • How Eve imitated the serpent
  • Why the serpent spoke truly, but offered what was good in a time and way that God did not want
  • The four dangers of fencing around the law.

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Was it wrong for Eve to engage in dialogue with the serpent in Genesis 3? If not, what was her mistake? What can we learn from this conversation between Eve and the serpent that will help us face temptation in our own life? Was it wrong for Eve to engage in dialogue with the serpent in Genesis 3? If not, what was her mistake? What can we learn from this conversation between Eve and the serpent that will help us face temptation in our own life? This is what we look at in this discussion of Genesis 3:1-5. <br /> <br /> Get <a href="http://amzn.to/1UfDU9N">BibleWorks at Amazon</a><br /> <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/one-verse-podcast/id1037949897?at=11lbgo">Subscribe and Leave a Review on iTunes</a><br /> <a href="https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_3_1-5/">Leave a Comment or View the Shownotes</a> Jeremy Myers clean 34:45
[#39] Genesis 3:1-7 – The Shrewd, the Food, and the Nude https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_3_1-7/ Thu, 02 Jun 2016 15:00:22 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=42389 Why was the serpent in the Garden? If the serpent was Satan, as some New Testament passages teach, why did God allow the serpent to be there in the Garden, knowing that it would tempt Adam and Eve? What’s going on here? It is these sorts of questions we consider today in this episode of the One Verse Podcast. Listen to this discussion about Genesis 3:1-7 to learn more! Why was the serpent in the Garden? If the serpent was Satan, as some New Testament passages teach, why did God allow the serpent to be there in the Garden, knowing that it would tempt Adam and Eve? What’s going on here?

It is these sorts of questions we consider today in this episode of the One Verse Podcast. Listen to this discussion about Genesis 3:1-7 to learn more!

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The Text of Genesis 3:1-7

Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”

And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; “but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’”

Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.

In this discussion of Genesis 3:1-7 we look at:

  • The cultural background to Genesis 3:1-7
  • The symbolism of the serpent in other religions
  • Two stories from Babylon about sacred food from the gods
  • Why we should not think of the serpent as Satan

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Why was the serpent in the Garden? If the serpent was Satan, as some New Testament passages teach, why did God allow the serpent to be there in the Garden, knowing that it would tempt Adam and Eve? What’s going on here? - Why was the serpent in the Garden? If the serpent was Satan, as some New Testament passages teach, why did God allow the serpent to be there in the Garden, knowing that it would tempt Adam and Eve? What’s going on here?<br /> <br /> It is these sorts of questions we consider today in this episode of the One Verse Podcast. Listen to this discussion about Genesis 3:1-7 to learn more!<br /> <br /> View the show notes at: <br /> https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_3_1-7/ Jeremy Myers clean 31:00 Why was the serpent in the Garden? If the serpent was Satan, as some New Testament passages teach, why did God allow the serpent to be there in the Garden, knowing that it would tempt Adam and Eve? What’s going on here?<br /> <br /> It is these sorts of questions we consider today in this episode of the One Verse Podcast. Listen to this discussion about Genesis 3:1-7 to learn more!<br /> <br /> View the show notes at: <br /> https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_3_1-7/
[#38] Genesis 3:1 – Scapegoating Eve https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_3_1/ Thu, 26 May 2016 15:00:27 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=42375 This look at Genesis 3:1 introduces you to the most important truth in all of Scripture. I believe that the truth you will learn today is discussed or explained or revealed in some way on almost every page of the Bible, and yet, amazingly, most of us have never seen that it is there. This is because the truth we see today is a truth hidden from the foundation of the world. It is also a truth revealed most clearly by Jesus. This study of Genesis 3:1 introduces the most important truth in all of Scripture. I believe that the truth you will learn today is discussed or explained or revealed in some way on almost every page of the Bible, and yet, amazingly, most of us have never seen that it is there. This is because the truth we see today is a truth hidden from the foundation of the world. It is also a truth revealed most clearly by Jesus.

Genesis 3:1

The Text of Genesis 3:1

Genesis 3:1. Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”

In this discussion of Genesis 3:1 we look at:

  • The word for “serpent” and “cunning” in Genesis 3:1
  • What might have really happened between Genesis 2:25 and Genesis 3:1
  • Why Eve might not be the guilty one after all
  • Why scapegoating is the most important truth in Scripture

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This look at Genesis 3:1 introduces you to the most important truth in all of Scripture. I believe that the truth you will learn today is discussed or explained or revealed in some way on almost every page of the Bible, and yet, amazingly, This study of Genesis 3:1 introduces the most important truth in all of Scripture. I believe that the truth you will learn today is discussed or explained or revealed in some way on almost every page of the Bible, and yet, amazingly, most of us have never seen that it is there. <br /> <br /> Buy <a href="http://amzn.to/1Rrb4gr"><em>The Atonement of God</em></a> on Amazon<br /> <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/one-verse-podcast/id1037949897?at=11lbgo">Subscribe and Leave a Review on iTunes</a><br /> <br /> To comment on this episode or view the show notes, visit <a href="https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_3_1/">Genesis 3:1 - Scapegoating Eve</a> Jeremy Myers clean 32:20 This study of Genesis 3:1 introduces the most important truth in all of Scripture. I believe that the truth you will learn today is discussed or explained or revealed in some way on almost every page of the Bible, and yet, amazingly, most of us have never seen that it is there. <br /> <br /> Buy <a href="http://amzn.to/1Rrb4gr"><em>The Atonement of God</em></a> on Amazon<br /> <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/one-verse-podcast/id1037949897?at=11lbgo">Subscribe and Leave a Review on iTunes</a><br /> <br /> To comment on this episode or view the show notes, visit <a href="https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_3_1/">Genesis 3:1 - Scapegoating Eve</a>
[#37] Genesis 3 Introduction https://redeeminggod.com/genesis-3-intro/ Thu, 12 May 2016 15:00:25 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=42138 I believe there are many more significant truth from Genesis 3 that we miss. I will point those out in future podcast episodes. This podcast episode provides the normal explanation of Genesis 3.

There is nothing really wrong with this traditional explanation of Genesis 3. When I was a pastor I preached through Genesis, and I went back and looked at my sermon notes on Genesis 3, and what I am going to share with you today is what I would have preached 20 years ago from Genesis 3.

But now I believe there are many more significant truth from Genesis 3 that we miss. I will point those out in future podcast episodes.

Genesis 3

In this discussion of Genesis  3 we look at:

  • The normal explanation of Genesis 3
  • The identity of the Serpent
  • How Eve added to the law of God
  • The consequences of eating from the Forbidden Tree

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I believe there are many more significant truth from Genesis 3 that we miss. I will point those out in future podcast episodes. This episode provides the traditional explanation of Genesis 3. This explanation is not wrong, it just is not all that is found in Genesis 3. <br /> <br /> To see the show notes, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_3_intro/ Jeremy Myers clean 20:20 This episode provides the traditional explanation of Genesis 3. This explanation is not wrong, it just is not all that is found in Genesis 3. <br /> <br /> To see the show notes, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_3_intro/
[#36] Summary of Genesis 2 – The Foundation of Relationships https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_2/ Thu, 05 May 2016 15:00:14 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=42085 In this summary episode of Genesis 2, we review the 5 key ideas from Genesis 2, which include 2 revolutionary truths for life and theology. Listen now! Genesis 2This is the summary episode of Genesis 2. If you have listened to all the other episodes on Genesis 2, this episode will serve as a good reminder of what we have seen.

If you have not listened to most of the episodes, or don’t have time to listen to them all, but you want to get up to speed in our study of Genesis so far, this will be a good episode to listen to.

In this discussion of Genesis 2 we look at:

  • A summary of everything we have learned from Genesis 2
  • The Differences Between Genesis 1 and Genesis 2
  • Genesis 2 is a Temple Text
  • What is the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil?
  • Humans are made for Relationships
  • Humans are made to Imitate

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In this summary episode of Genesis 2, we review the 5 key ideas from Genesis 2, which include 2 revolutionary truths for life and theology. Listen now! This is the summary episode of Genesis 2. If you have listened to all the other episodes on Genesis 2, this episode will serve as a good reminder of what we have seen.<br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the shownotes, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_2/ Jeremy Myers clean 29:08 This is the summary episode of Genesis 2. If you have listened to all the other episodes on Genesis 2, this episode will serve as a good reminder of what we have seen.<br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the shownotes, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_2/
[#35] Genesis 2:25 – Naked and Unafraid https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_2_25/ Thu, 28 Apr 2016 15:00:41 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=42012 If you have been struggling about how to have that talk with your son or daughter, Genesis 2:25 might just provide the encouragement to stop being ashamed and afraid, but instead to revel and rejoice in one of God’s greatest gifts to humankind. Today’s One Verse Podcast is rated PG-13. Well, maybe PG. But either way, when you hear what I am talking about in this episode, you might be encouraged to gather your children around anyway and have them listen to this episode as well.

If you have been struggling about how to have “that talk” with your son or daughter, this episode might just provide the encouragement to stop being ashamed and afraid, but instead to revel and rejoice in one of God’s greatest gifts to humankind.

Let’s stop hiding in the shadows and living in fear, and instead go boldly forth, naked and unafraid.

Genesis 2:25Well, maybe not literally. But you’ll see what I mean.

The Text of Genesis 2:25

And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

In this discussion of Genesis 2:25 we look at:

  • Six ways I could have explained Genesis 2:25
  • What is really going on in Genesis 2:25
  • How the Gilgamesh Epic shows us that sex is in view.
  • Why we Christians should not be afraid or ashamed of sex.

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If you have been struggling about how to have that talk with your son or daughter, Genesis 2:25 might just provide the encouragement to stop being ashamed and afraid, but instead to revel and rejoice in one of God’s greatest gifts to humankind. Genesis 2:25 is about sex. Seriously. And it invites us to think and talk about sex without being ashamed. Listen to this podcast to learn more.<br /> <br /> If you have been struggling about how to have that talk with your son or daughter, Genesis 2:25 might just provide the encouragement to stop being ashamed and afraid, but instead to revel and rejoice in one of God’s greatest gifts to humankind.<br /> <br /> To see the show notes for this episode, visit: <br /> https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_2_25/ Jeremy Myers clean 36:41 Genesis 2:25 is about sex. Seriously. And it invites us to think and talk about sex without being ashamed. Listen to this podcast to learn more.<br /> <br /> If you have been struggling about how to have that talk with your son or daughter, Genesis 2:25 might just provide the encouragement to stop being ashamed and afraid, but instead to revel and rejoice in one of God’s greatest gifts to humankind.<br /> <br /> To see the show notes for this episode, visit: <br /> https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_2_25/
[#34] Genesis 2:24 – Leave and Cleave? https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_2_24s/ Thu, 21 Apr 2016 15:00:28 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=41767 What does Genesis 2:24 mean when it says that a man will leave his parents and cleave to his wife? Does this mean we should abandon our parents for the sake of our wife? Well, maybe, but if so, how then can we honor our father and mother all the days of our lives as Scripture also instructs? This is what we’re going to talk about in this study of Genesis 2:24. What does Genesis 2:24 mean when it says that a man will leave his parents and cleave to his wife? Does this mean we should abandon our parents for the sake of our wife?

This is what we’re going to talk about in this study of Genesis 2:24.

Genesis 2:24

The Text of Genesis 2:24

Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

In this discussion of Genesis 2:24 we look at:

  • Various Bible verses that have caused marital strife.
  • How Genesis 2:24 may not mean what we think it means.
  • How Genesis 2:24 follows Adam’s statement in Genesis 2:23.
  • Why leaving parents doesn’t mean abandoning.
  • Why it is important to cleave to your spouse.

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What does Genesis 2:24 mean when it says that a man will leave his parents and cleave to his wife? Does this mean we should abandon our parents for the sake of our wife? Well, maybe, but if so, how then can we honor our father and mother all the days o... What does Genesis 2:24 mean when it says that a man will leave his parents and cleave to his wife? Does this mean we should abandon our parents for the sake of our wife? Well, maybe, but if so, how then can we honor our father and mother all the days of our lives as Scripture also instructs? <br /> <br /> This is what we’re going to talk about in this study of Genesis 2:24. <br /> <br /> To see the show notes for this episode, visit: <br /> https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_2_24/ Jeremy Myers clean 33:31 What does Genesis 2:24 mean when it says that a man will leave his parents and cleave to his wife? Does this mean we should abandon our parents for the sake of our wife? Well, maybe, but if so, how then can we honor our father and mother all the days of our lives as Scripture also instructs? <br /> <br /> This is what we’re going to talk about in this study of Genesis 2:24. <br /> <br /> To see the show notes for this episode, visit: <br /> https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_2_24/
[#33] Genesis 2:20-23 – The Beauty and the Beasts https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_2_20-23/ Thu, 14 Apr 2016 15:00:18 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=41722 People say that a dog is a man’s best friend, but when God sets out to create a partner for Adam, he rejects all the animals in the world, even the dogs. It’s a good thing too, because then God creates the woman. The creation of the woman is what we look at in Genesis 2:20-23, the Beauty and the Beasts. People say that a dog is a man’s best friend, but when God sets out to create a partner for Adam, he rejects all the animals in the world, even the dogs. It’s a good thing too, because then God creates the woman.

The creation of the woman is what we are looking at today as we consider Genesis 2:20-23, the Beauty and the Beasts.

Genesis 2:20-23

The Text of Genesis 2:20-23

So Adam gave names to all the cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him.

And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.

And Adam said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.”

In this discussion of Genesis 2:20-23 we look at:

  • Why the woman is not inferior to the man, even though she is a “helper”
  • Why God first brings animals to Adam, even though God knows Adam needs a woman.
  • Why the “rib” was not a rib.
  • What it meant for God to put Adam into a deep sleep.
  • How men and Women are equal, side-by-side partners in life.

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People say that a dog is a man’s best friend, but when God sets out to create a partner for Adam, he rejects all the animals in the world, even the dogs. It’s a good thing too, because then God creates the woman. - People say that a dog is a man’s best friend, but when God sets out to create a partner for Adam, he rejects all the animals in the world, even the dogs. It’s a good thing too, because then God creates the woman.<br /> <br /> The creation of the woman is what we look at in Genesis 2:20-23, the Beauty and the Beasts.<br /> <br /> Genesis 2:20-23 teaches about the creation of the woman from the side of Adam. We see what this teaches about the equality of men and women.<br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the show notes, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_2_20-23/ Jeremy Myers clean 35:06 People say that a dog is a man’s best friend, but when God sets out to create a partner for Adam, he rejects all the animals in the world, even the dogs. It’s a good thing too, because then God creates the woman.<br /> <br /> The creation of the woman is what we look at in Genesis 2:20-23, the Beauty and the Beasts.<br /> <br /> Genesis 2:20-23 teaches about the creation of the woman from the side of Adam. We see what this teaches about the equality of men and women.<br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the show notes, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_2_20-23/
[#32] Genesis 2:19 – The Imitation Game https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_2_19/ Thu, 07 Apr 2016 15:00:27 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=41667 This podcast episodes reviews the 7 key activities of God and how we are called to imitate God in them. Through this we see the foundational truth of imitation, including the benefits and the boundaries. We are seeing several foundational truths from Genesis 2 about how to understand life, theology, Scripture, society, religion, and culture. Last week, we saw the first truth, that we are built for relationships. This week we see the second foundational truth, which may be the most important one of all.

imitation Genesis 2:19

If you want to see how today’s foundational truth is applied to our understanding of theology, Scripture, and culture, I highly recommend you get my book on the Atonement from Amazon. It’s called The Atonement of God, and in it, I present 10 areas of theology that were affected in my own life when I came to understand the truth I am about to present to you today.

The Text of Genesis 2:19

Genesis 2:19. Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name.

In this discussion of Genesis 2:19 we look at:

  • A review of the 7 key activities of God
  • How God instructs us to imitate Him in carrying out these 7 activities
  • The foundational truth that humans were made to imitate
  • Why imitation has boundaries and dangers

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This podcast episodes reviews the 7 key activities of God and how we are called to imitate God in them. Through this we see the foundational truth of imitation, including the benefits and the boundaries. This podcast episodes reviews the 7 key activities of God and how we are called to imitate God in them. Through this we see the foundational truth of imitation, including the benefits and the boundaries.<br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the show notes, visit: <br /> https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_2_19/ Jeremy Myers clean 29:53 This podcast episodes reviews the 7 key activities of God and how we are called to imitate God in them. Through this we see the foundational truth of imitation, including the benefits and the boundaries.<br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the show notes, visit: <br /> https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_2_19/
[#31] Genesis 2:18 – It is Not Good to Be Alone https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_2_18/ Thu, 31 Mar 2016 15:00:15 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=41643 This discussion of Genesis 2:18 looks at the first thing in God’s creation that is not good. We see the first foundational truth about the human experience, what God did about Adam being alone, and seven truths from Genesis 2:18 about loneliness. So far in Genesis 2, we have seen that God has set up his temple. The temple was finished in Genesis 2:17, which means that beginning with Genesis 2:18, the biblical story really begins.

In Genesis 2:18, we see something foundational for how God wants us to live life, and something shocking about God’s role in that life.

The Text of Genesis 2:18

Genesis 2:18. And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.”

In this discussion of Genesis 2:18 we look at:

  • The first thing in God’s creation that is not good
  • The first foundational truth about the human experience
  • What God did about Adam being alone
  • Seven truths from Genesis 2:18 about loneliness

Genesis 2:18 - not good to be alone

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This discussion of Genesis 2:18 looks at the first thing in God’s creation that is not good. We see the first foundational truth about the human experience, what God did about Adam being alone, and seven truths from Genesis 2:18 about loneliness. This discussion of Genesis 2:18 looks at the first thing in God’s creation that is not good. We see the first foundational truth about the human experience, what God did about Adam being alone, and seven truths from Genesis 2:18 about loneliness.<br /> <br /> To leave a comment on this post or view the show notes, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_2_18/ Jeremy Myers clean 35:19 This discussion of Genesis 2:18 looks at the first thing in God’s creation that is not good. We see the first foundational truth about the human experience, what God did about Adam being alone, and seven truths from Genesis 2:18 about loneliness.<br /> <br /> To leave a comment on this post or view the show notes, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_2_18/
[#30] Genesis 2:16-17 – The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_2_16-17_p2/ Thu, 24 Mar 2016 15:00:12 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=41627 The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil reveals something critically important about human nature. This episode of the One Verse Podcast looks at Genesis 2:16-17 and shows how all of us eat from this tree every single day, and how through His crucifixion, Jesus invites us to stop eating the fruit of this forbidden tree. As we look at Genesis 2:16-17, we will be talking about Jesus Christ and Him crucified and how His death on the cross reveals something about the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.

The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil reveals something critically important about human nature. This episode of the One Verse Podcast shows how all of us eat from this tree every single day, and how through His crucifixion, Jesus invites us to stop eating the fruit of this forbidden tree.

Genesis 2:16-17 Tree of Knowledge

The Text of Genesis 2:16-17

And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.

In this discussion of Genesis 2:16-17 we look at:

  • Why God placed the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil in the Garden
  • What the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil is.
  • Why humans cannot handle the fruit of the Knowledge of Good and Evil
  • How to avoid eating this forbidden fruit today.

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The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil reveals something critically important about human nature. This episode of the One Verse Podcast looks at Genesis 2:16-17 and shows how all of us eat from this tree every single day, The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil reveals something critically important about human nature. This episode of the One Verse Podcast looks at Genesis 2:16-17 and shows how all of us eat from this tree every single day, and how through His crucifixion, Jesus invites us to stop eating the fruit of this forbidden tree.<br /> <br /> In this discussion of Genesis 2:16-17 we look at:<br /> -Why God placed the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil in the Garden<br /> -What the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil is.<br /> -Why humans cannot handle the fruit of the Knowledge of Good and Evil<br /> -How to avoid eating this forbidden fruit today.<br /> <br /> To view the show notes or leave a comment, visit: <br /> https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_2_16-17_p2/ Jeremy Myers clean 29:39 The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil reveals something critically important about human nature. This episode of the One Verse Podcast looks at Genesis 2:16-17 and shows how all of us eat from this tree every single day, and how through His crucifixion, Jesus invites us to stop eating the fruit of this forbidden tree.<br /> <br /> In this discussion of Genesis 2:16-17 we look at:<br /> -Why God placed the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil in the Garden<br /> -What the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil is.<br /> -Why humans cannot handle the fruit of the Knowledge of Good and Evil<br /> -How to avoid eating this forbidden fruit today.<br /> <br /> To view the show notes or leave a comment, visit: <br /> https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_2_16-17_p2/
[#29] Genesis 2:16-17 – You Shall Surely Die https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_2_16-17_p1/ Thu, 17 Mar 2016 15:00:29 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=41511 Many believe that in Genesis 2:16-17, God is threatening to punish Adam with death if Adam eats from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. This episode of the One Verse podcast explains why this is not the best way to read Genesis 2:16-17. Death is not a punishment, nor was it a curse. Tree of lifeThe Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil is a mysterious and troubling element in the Genesis account. Why would God put this tree there in the first place if He didn’t want Adam and Eve to eat from it? We are going to spend two weeks looking at the Tree of the Knowledge of Good Evil.

Today, we will see why the death that will come from eating of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil is not a punishment from God, but is actually a blessing … and we will also see how the command to not eat from the tree is the final touch on the temple that God has built.

The Text of Genesis 2:16-17

And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

In this discussion of Genesis 2:16-17 we look at:

  • The final element needed for temple worship
  • The commandment of God to eat from the tree
  • Why the warning about death is not a punishment from God

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Many believe that in Genesis 2:16-17, God is threatening to punish Adam with death if Adam eats from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. This episode of the One Verse podcast explains why this is not the best way to read Genesis 2:16-17. Many believe that in Genesis 2:16-17, God is threatening to punish Adam with death if Adam eats from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. This episode of the One Verse podcast explains why this is not the best way to read Genesis 2:16-17. Death is not a punishment, nor was it a curse.<br /> <br /> In this discussion of Genesis 2:16-17 we look at:<br /> -The final element needed for temple worship<br /> -The commandment of God to eat from the tree<br /> -Why the warning about death is not a punishment from God<br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the shownotes, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_2_16-17_p1/ Jeremy Myers clean 35:49 Many believe that in Genesis 2:16-17, God is threatening to punish Adam with death if Adam eats from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. This episode of the One Verse podcast explains why this is not the best way to read Genesis 2:16-17. Death is not a punishment, nor was it a curse.<br /> <br /> In this discussion of Genesis 2:16-17 we look at:<br /> -The final element needed for temple worship<br /> -The commandment of God to eat from the tree<br /> -Why the warning about death is not a punishment from God<br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the shownotes, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_2_16-17_p1/
[#28] Genesis 2:8-15 – The Garden of Eden Is the Temple of God https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_2_8-15/ Thu, 10 Mar 2016 16:00:50 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=41467 This study of Genesis 2:8-15 looks at why Genesis 2 is a temple text describing the temple of God, how humanity serves as both the statue of God and the priesthood of God in the temple, and why the role of humanity as the priesthood involves protecting the Garden of Eden. Do you ever think you’ll be bored in heaven, just sitting around on clouds playing harps? Well, Genesis 2 indicates that this will not happen. Work existed before the fall of humanity into sin, and it will also exist in the future state. But don’t worry. It will be work you enjoy and love.

In Genesis 2:8-15, we see why Adam was given work to do in the Garden of Eden, and why you and I still carry on this work today. We will also look at this strange description of all the rivers that surrounded Eden, and why these rivers are listed. It’s not so that we can figure out where Eden used to be located.

We will see these things, and much more, as we look at Genesis 2:8-15.

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The Text of Genesis 2:8-15

The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed.  And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Now a river went out of Eden to water the garden, and from there it parted and became four riverheads. The name of the first is Pishon; it is the one which skirts the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold. And the gold of that land is good. Bdellium and the onyx stone are there. The name of the second river is Gihon; it is the one which goes around the whole land of Cush. The name of the third river is Hiddekel; it is the one which goes toward the east of Assyria. The fourth river is the Euphrates.

Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to tend and keep it.

In this discussion of Genesis 2:8-15 we look at:

  • Why Genesis 2 is a temple text describing the temple of God.
  • What to make of the 4 rivers in Genesis 2:10-14.
  • Why humanity was given work to do before the fall into sin.
  • How humanity serves as both the statue of God and the priesthood of God in the temple.
  • Why the role of humanity as the priesthood involves protecting the Garden of Eden.

Resources:

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This study of Genesis 2:8-15 looks at why Genesis 2 is a temple text describing the temple of God, how humanity serves as both the statue of God and the priesthood of God in the temple, and why the role of humanity as the priesthood involves protecting... Join me in this episode of the One Verse Podcast as we study Genesis 2:8-15 to see that it is describing the Temple of God. <br /> <br /> In this discussion of Genesis 2:8-15 we look at:<br /> -Why Genesis 2 is a temple text describing the temple of God.<br /> -What to make of the 4 rivers in Genesis 2:10-14.<br /> -Why humanity was given work to do before the fall into sin.<br /> -How humanity serves as both the statue of God and the priesthood of God in the temple.<br /> -Why the role of humanity as the priesthood involves protecting the Garden of Eden.<br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the shownotes, visit: <br /> https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_2_8-15/<br /> Jeremy Myers clean 35:30 Join me in this episode of the One Verse Podcast as we study Genesis 2:8-15 to see that it is describing the Temple of God. <br /> <br /> In this discussion of Genesis 2:8-15 we look at:<br /> -Why Genesis 2 is a temple text describing the temple of God.<br /> -What to make of the 4 rivers in Genesis 2:10-14.<br /> -Why humanity was given work to do before the fall into sin.<br /> -How humanity serves as both the statue of God and the priesthood of God in the temple.<br /> -Why the role of humanity as the priesthood involves protecting the Garden of Eden.<br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the shownotes, visit: <br /> https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_2_8-15/
[#27] Genesis 2:7 – The Statue of Yahweh https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_2_7/ Thu, 03 Mar 2016 16:00:34 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=41439 This discussion of Genesis 2:7 looks at the unique religious features of the creation of man in Genesis 2:7. We see the parallel of Genesis 2:7 to the making of idols in Mesopotamia, and the 5 truths from Genesis 2:7 about how to know God, reveal God, and treat human beings. Last week I promised you that Genesis 2–4 contained some revolutionary ideas about everything related to life, humanity, society, religion, war, politics, violence, and pretty much everything else in life. But other than the fact that God is relational, we didn’t really see anything too revolutionary in Genesis 2:4-6.

But that is about to change. Today, as we look at Genesis 2:7, we will learn something rather shocking about the creation of man. You don’t want to miss this!

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The Text of Genesis 2:7

Genesis 2:7. And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.

In this discussion of Genesis 2:7 we look at:

  • The unique religious features of the creation of man in Genesis 2:7
  • Why it is biblical to call a man a “clod”
  • The parallel of Genesis 2:7 to the making of idols in Mesopotamia
  • The 5 truths from Genesis 2:7 about how to know God, reveal God, and treat human beings

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This discussion of Genesis 2:7 looks at the unique religious features of the creation of man in Genesis 2:7. We see the parallel of Genesis 2:7 to the making of idols in Mesopotamia, and the 5 truths from Genesis 2:7 about how to know God, reveal God, This discussion of Genesis 2:7 looks at the unique religious features of the creation of man in Genesis 2:7. We see the parallel of Genesis 2:7 to the making of idols in Mesopotamia, and the 5 truths from Genesis 2:7 about how to know God, reveal God, and treat human beings.<br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the show notes, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_2_7/ Jeremy Myers clean 40:30 This discussion of Genesis 2:7 looks at the unique religious features of the creation of man in Genesis 2:7. We see the parallel of Genesis 2:7 to the making of idols in Mesopotamia, and the 5 truths from Genesis 2:7 about how to know God, reveal God, and treat human beings.<br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the show notes, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_2_7/
[#26] Genesis 2:4-6 – The Second Creation Account https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_2_4-6/ Thu, 25 Feb 2016 16:00:20 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=41387 Why is there a second creation account in Genesis 2? And have you ever noticed that when you compare the creation account in Genesis 2 with the creation account in Genesis 1, there are several key differences? What is going on? Do these differences prove that there are errors and contradictions in the Bible? It is these sorts of questions we will be looking at today as we look at Genesis 2:4-6 in this episode of the One Verse Podcast. Why is there a second creation account in Genesis 2? One Verse PodcastAnd have you ever noticed that when you compare the creation account in Genesis 2 with the creation account in Genesis 1, there are several key differences? What is going on? Do these differences prove that there are errors and contradictions in the Bible?

It is these sorts of questions we will be looking at today as we look at Genesis 2:4-6 in today’s episode of the One Verse Podcast.

The Text of Genesis 2:4-6

This is the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens, before any plant of the field was in the earth and before any herb of the field had grown. For the LORD God had not caused it to rain on the ground, and there was no man to till the ground; but a mist went up from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground.

In this discussion of Genesis 2:4-6 we look at:

  • Why there are two creation accounts in Genesis
  • Why there are differences in the two creation accounts

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Why is there a second creation account in Genesis 2? And have you ever noticed that when you compare the creation account in Genesis 2 with the creation account in Genesis 1, there are several key differences? What is going on? Why is there a second creation account in Genesis 2? And have you ever noticed that when you compare the creation account in Genesis 2 with the creation account in Genesis 1, there are several key differences? What is going on? Do these differences prove that there are errors and contradictions in the Bible? <br /> <br /> It is these sorts of questions we will be looking at today as we look at Genesis 2:4-6 in today’s episode of the One Verse Podcast.<br /> <br /> IN THIS DISCUSSION OF GENESIS 2:4-6 WE LOOK AT:<br /> • Why there are two creation accounts in Genesis<br /> • Why there are differences in the two creation accounts<br /> <br /> To view the shownotes or leave a comment, visit: <br /> https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_2_4-6/<br /> Jeremy Myers clean 38:06 Why is there a second creation account in Genesis 2? And have you ever noticed that when you compare the creation account in Genesis 2 with the creation account in Genesis 1, there are several key differences? What is going on? Do these differences prove that there are errors and contradictions in the Bible? <br /> <br /> It is these sorts of questions we will be looking at today as we look at Genesis 2:4-6 in today’s episode of the One Verse Podcast.<br /> <br /> IN THIS DISCUSSION OF GENESIS 2:4-6 WE LOOK AT:<br /> • Why there are two creation accounts in Genesis<br /> • Why there are differences in the two creation accounts<br /> <br /> To view the shownotes or leave a comment, visit: <br /> https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_2_4-6/
[#25] Summary of Genesis 1 – The Redemption of Religion https://redeeminggod.com/genesis-1-summary/ Thu, 28 Jan 2016 16:00:41 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=41271 This discussion of Genesis 1 looks at how Christmas, Easter, the cross, and the Gospels helps us understand Genesis 1 and the truth that redemption is a key theme in Scripture. After summarizing how Moses interacted with the religions of his day, we see how God can also redeem our own religions today – especially the Christian religion This is a summary episode for everything we have looked at in Genesis 1–2 so far.

Genesis 1 SummaryThe reasons for this summary are numerous:

  1. To remind you of what we have seen so far.
  2. To provide the big picture overview of what we have seen. Sometimes it is easy to miss the forest for the trees, and while my detailed explanations of individual verses are important for the study of Scripture, we don’t want to miss out on the overall theme and focus of Scripture.
  3. New listeners might get overwhelmed with having to listen to 23 podcast episodes on one chapter of the Bible. If you are new here, these summary episodes can help get you up to speed more quickly. Of course, after hearing the summary, you may want to go back and listen to several of the more detailed episodes to the get the fuller explanation of what these verses mean.
  4. Even if you have listened to all the other episodes, you will still want to listen to this one, because in this episode I tie together all the strands and themes that we have looked at so far and present you with the overall big picture truth.

In this Discussion of Genesis 1 we look at:

  • How Christmas, Easter, the cross, and the Gospels helps us understand Genesis 1
  • The truth that redemption is a key theme in Scripture
  • A summary of how Moses interacts with the religions of his day
  • How God sought to redeem the religions of Moses’ day
  • How God can also redeem our own religion – especially the Christian religion

Resources:

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Those who are part of my online discipleship group may download the MP3 audio file for this podcast and view the podcast transcript below.


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This discussion of Genesis 1 looks at how Christmas, Easter, the cross, and the Gospels helps us understand Genesis 1 and the truth that redemption is a key theme in Scripture. - After summarizing how Moses interacted with the religions of his day, This is a summary episode for everything we have looked at in Genesis 1–2 so far.<br /> <br /> This discussion of Genesis 1 looks at how Christmas, Easter, the cross, and the Gospels helps us understand Genesis 1 and the truth that redemption is a key theme in Scripture. <br /> <br /> After summarizing how Moses interacted with the religions of his day, we see how God can also redeem our own religions today – especially the Christian religion.<br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the show notes, visit: <br /> https://redeeminggod.com/genesis-1-summary/ Jeremy Myers clean 28:15 This is a summary episode for everything we have looked at in Genesis 1–2 so far.<br /> <br /> This discussion of Genesis 1 looks at how Christmas, Easter, the cross, and the Gospels helps us understand Genesis 1 and the truth that redemption is a key theme in Scripture. <br /> <br /> After summarizing how Moses interacted with the religions of his day, we see how God can also redeem our own religions today – especially the Christian religion.<br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the show notes, visit: <br /> https://redeeminggod.com/genesis-1-summary/
[#24] Genesis 1 Q&A https://redeeminggod.com/genesis-1-qanda/ Thu, 21 Jan 2016 16:00:52 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=41260 Before we move on in our study of Scripture, I wanted to take an episode to answer some of the questions that people sent in about Genesis 1. I have already personally answered most of the questions sent in to the people who sent them, but I figured I would ask and answer these questions in a podcast episode as well since you might have similar questions. As we worked our way through Genesis 1 and the first creation account in Genesis, numerous people sent in questions about what they were learning.

Before we move on in our study of Scripture, I wanted to take an episode to answer some of these questions. I have already personally answered most of the questions sent in to the people who sent them, but I figured I would ask and answer these questions in a podcast episode as well since you might have similar questions.

Genesis 1

To ask your own questions on future episodes, feel free to comment on the blog post of any episode, contact me through the contact form, message me on Facebook, or send me an email.

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Before we move on in our study of Scripture, I wanted to take an episode to answer some of the questions that people sent in about Genesis 1. - I have already personally answered most of the questions sent in to the people who sent them, As we worked our way through Genesis 1 and the first creation account in Genesis, numerous people sent in questions about what they were learning.<br /> <br /> Before we move on in our study of Scripture, I wanted to take an episode to answer some of these questions. I have already personally answered most of the questions sent in to the people who sent them, but I figured I would ask and answer these questions in a podcast episode as well since you might have similar questions.<br /> <br /> To leave a comment on this episode or view the show notes, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/genesis-1-qanda/ Jeremy Myers clean 38:45 As we worked our way through Genesis 1 and the first creation account in Genesis, numerous people sent in questions about what they were learning.<br /> <br /> Before we move on in our study of Scripture, I wanted to take an episode to answer some of these questions. I have already personally answered most of the questions sent in to the people who sent them, but I figured I would ask and answer these questions in a podcast episode as well since you might have similar questions.<br /> <br /> To leave a comment on this episode or view the show notes, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/genesis-1-qanda/
[#23] Genesis 2:1-3 (Part 2) – Liberating God from the Sabbath Rest https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_2_1-3-p2/ Thu, 14 Jan 2016 16:00:07 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=41210 This study of Genesis 2:1-3 will liberate you from Sabbath bondage. Your Sabbath observance will be liberated from the shackles of religion, and will be brought back into the way God intended it to be. By the end of today’s show, you will be excited to observe the Sabbath, because you will be invited to observe it as God Himself does. This is Part 2 of our study of Genesis 2:1-3, which is the seventh day of the creation week and the day on which God rested from His work.

In Part 1, we looked at the text itself and considered various key terms and issues in this text, and also began to show how this text serves as a theological polemic against some of the religions in the days of Moses.

I left you with a cliffhanger at the end of the show, and that is where we pick up in this episode.

This study of Genesis 2:1-3 reveals something regarding the Sabbath which you have likely never heard before. If you listen, you will hear something regarding the Sabbath that will likely liberate you from all the religious rules and regulations you worry about regarding the Sabbath.

This study of Genesis 2:1-3 will liberate you from Sabbath bondage. Your Sabbath observance will be liberated from the shackles of religion, and will be brought back into the way God intended it to be. By the end of today’s show, you will be excited to observe the Sabbath, because you will be invited to observe it as God Himself does.

Enjoy Life Genesis 2:1-3 Sabbath

The Text of Genesis 2:1-3

Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished.

And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.

In this discussion of Genesis 2:1-3 we look at:

  • How God invited the Israelites to enter into their rest.
  • How the Israelites would have understood God’s rest in Genesis 2:1-3.
  • Why this text is clearly a temple inauguration text.
  • Why God’s rest is not the cessation of activity, but the beginning of real activity
  • How we can participate with God in His restful ruling of this world.

Resources:

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Those who are part of my online discipleship group may download the MP3 audio file for this podcast and view the podcast transcript below.


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This study of Genesis 2:1-3 will liberate you from Sabbath bondage. Your Sabbath observance will be liberated from the shackles of religion, and will be brought back into the way God intended it to be. By the end of today’s show, This study of Genesis 2:1-3 will liberate you from Sabbath bondage. Your Sabbath observance will be liberated from the shackles of religion, and will be brought back into the way God intended it to be. By the end of today’s show, you will be excited to observe the Sabbath, because you will be invited to observe it as God Himself does.<br /> <br /> In this discussion of Genesis 2:1-3 we look at:<br /> <br /> -How God invited the Israelites to enter into their rest.<br /> -How the Israelites would have understood God’s rest in Genesis 2:1-3.<br /> -Why this text is clearly a temple inauguration text.<br /> -Why God’s rest is not the cessation of activity, but the beginning of real activity<br /> -How we can participate with God in His restful ruling of this world.<br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the show notes, visit: <br /> https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_2_1-3-p2/ Jeremy Myers clean 36:15 This study of Genesis 2:1-3 will liberate you from Sabbath bondage. Your Sabbath observance will be liberated from the shackles of religion, and will be brought back into the way God intended it to be. By the end of today’s show, you will be excited to observe the Sabbath, because you will be invited to observe it as God Himself does.<br /> <br /> In this discussion of Genesis 2:1-3 we look at:<br /> <br /> -How God invited the Israelites to enter into their rest.<br /> -How the Israelites would have understood God’s rest in Genesis 2:1-3.<br /> -Why this text is clearly a temple inauguration text.<br /> -Why God’s rest is not the cessation of activity, but the beginning of real activity<br /> -How we can participate with God in His restful ruling of this world.<br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the show notes, visit: <br /> https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_2_1-3-p2/
[#22] Genesis 2:1-3 (Part 1) – The Sabbath Rest of God https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_2_1-3-p1/ Thu, 07 Jan 2016 16:00:37 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=41155 Lots of people struggle with whether or not we should observe the Sabbath. On the one hand, Sabbath observance seems like a very religious and legalistic thing to do, but on the other hand, God did set up the Sabbath as an everlasting covenant (Exod 31:16), did He not? This episode begins to look at Genesis 2:1-3 and Day 7 of the creation week as we begin to answer these important questions. Do you observe the Sabbath? Why or why not?

Lots of people struggle with whether or not we should observe the Sabbath. On the one hand, Sabbath observance seems like a very religious and legalistic thing to do, but on the other hand, God set up the Sabbath as an everlasting covenant (Exod 31:16).

This episode begins to look at Genesis 2:1-3 and Day 7 of the creation week as we begin to answer these important questions.

The Text of Genesis 2:1-3

Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished.

And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.

In this discussion of Genesis 2:1-3 we look at:

  • The last day of Creation, Day 7
  • How Moses used this day to set Yahweh apart from other gods
  • Why Moses doesn’t actually use the word for “Sabbath”
  • Why Moses presents God as needing to rest

Resources:

Downloadable Podcast Resources

Those who are part of my online discipleship group may download the MP3 audio file for this podcast and view the podcast transcript below.


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Lots of people struggle with whether or not we should observe the Sabbath. On the one hand, Sabbath observance seems like a very religious and legalistic thing to do, but on the other hand, God did set up the Sabbath as an everlasting covenant (Exod 31... Do you observe the Sabbath? Why or why not?<br /> <br /> Lots of people struggle with whether or not we should observe the Sabbath. On the one hand, Sabbath observance seems like a very religious and legalistic thing to do, but on the other hand, God did set up the Sabbath as an everlasting covenant (Exod 31:16), did He not?<br /> <br /> This episode begins to look at Genesis 2:1-3 and Day 7 of the creation week as we begin to answer these important questions.<br /> <br /> In this discussion of Genesis 2:1-3 we look at:<br /> -The last day of Creation, Day 7<br /> -How Moses used this day to set Yahweh apart from other gods<br /> -Why Moses doesn’t actually use the word for “Sabbath”<br /> -Why Moses presents God as needing to rest<br /> <br /> To view the show notes or leave a comment about this episode, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_2_1-3-p1/ Jeremy Myers clean 29:06 Do you observe the Sabbath? Why or why not?<br /> <br /> Lots of people struggle with whether or not we should observe the Sabbath. On the one hand, Sabbath observance seems like a very religious and legalistic thing to do, but on the other hand, God did set up the Sabbath as an everlasting covenant (Exod 31:16), did He not?<br /> <br /> This episode begins to look at Genesis 2:1-3 and Day 7 of the creation week as we begin to answer these important questions.<br /> <br /> In this discussion of Genesis 2:1-3 we look at:<br /> -The last day of Creation, Day 7<br /> -How Moses used this day to set Yahweh apart from other gods<br /> -Why Moses doesn’t actually use the word for “Sabbath”<br /> -Why Moses presents God as needing to rest<br /> <br /> To view the show notes or leave a comment about this episode, visit:<br /> https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_2_1-3-p1/
[#21] Genesis 1:28-31 – Sex, Food, and Animals https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_1_28-31/ Mon, 28 Dec 2015 16:00:05 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=41035 Warning: This episode of the One Verse Podcast is rated PG-13. It has content which might be inappropriate for children. How inappropriate? Well, just look at the title of this episode to see. And no … I am not going into graphic detail. I just use the word a few times. But if there are kids around, and you have no interest in explaining to them what that word means, you may want to listen to this podcast later. However, I bet you might be interested in hearing what I have to say about it from Genesis 1, so if the kids are out of listening range, start listening! What is the purpose of life? What is the chief end of mankind?

Genesis 1:28-31Is the chief end and purpose of man, as many dry and dusty old theologians like to say, “to glorify God and enjoy Him forever”? If that’s the case, it’s no wonder that many people want nothing to do with God, with theology, or with Christianity.

But what if I told you that according to God, our three primary tasks in life were to have sex, eat good food, and take care of your pets?

Now that is a little more appealing, isn’t it?

This is what we see from Genesis 1:28-31. Listen to the podcast to learn more!

The Text of Genesis 1:28-31

Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so.

Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

In this discussion of Genesis 1:28-31 we look at:

  • The three instructions God gives to humans for how to live life.
  • God wants you to be fruitful and multiply
  • God wants you to enjoy good food
  • God wants you to make friends with animals
  • Doing these three things is what makes creation “very good”

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Warning: This episode of the One Verse Podcast is rated PG-13. - It has content which might be inappropriate for children. How inappropriate? Well, just look at the title of this episode to see. And no … I am not going into graphic detail. Warning: This episode of the One Verse Podcast is rated PG-13. <br /> <br /> It has content which might be inappropriate for children. How inappropriate? Well, just look at the title of this episode to see. And no … I am not going into graphic detail. I just use the word a few times. But if there are kids around, and you have no interest in explaining to them what that word means, you may want to listen to this podcast later.<br /> <br /> However, I bet you might be interested in hearing what I have to say about it from Genesis 1, so if the kids are out of listening range, start listening!<br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the shownotes, visit: <br /> https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_1_28-31/ Jeremy Myers clean 30:31 Warning: This episode of the One Verse Podcast is rated PG-13. <br /> <br /> It has content which might be inappropriate for children. How inappropriate? Well, just look at the title of this episode to see. And no … I am not going into graphic detail. I just use the word a few times. But if there are kids around, and you have no interest in explaining to them what that word means, you may want to listen to this podcast later.<br /> <br /> However, I bet you might be interested in hearing what I have to say about it from Genesis 1, so if the kids are out of listening range, start listening!<br /> <br /> To leave a comment or view the shownotes, visit: <br /> https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_1_28-31/
[#20] Genesis 1:26 – The Image of God (Part 2) https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_1_26b/ Mon, 21 Dec 2015 16:00:39 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=41010 In the previous study of Genesis 1:26, we began to look at what it means to be made in the image of God. I said there were four contextual keys to what it means to be made in the image of God. This study looks at the final three contextual keys. image of God Genesis 1 26What does it mean to be made in the image of God? We began to see an answer to this in last week’s episode, and will finish answering this question in this study of Genesis 1:26.

In the previous study of Genesis 1:26, we began to look at what it means to be made in the image of God. We saw that it cannot refer to anything related to the Trinity, or to the popular idea that humans have intellect, emotions, and will. We do have these things, but this is not what it means to be made in the image of God.

I stated that there were four contextual keys about what it means to be made in the image of God, and I shared the first one with you. The first contextual key was the text of Genesis 1 itself. There are seven activities of God in Genesis 1, and in various ways, God instructs humans to engage in all seven of these activities. When we do the works of God, we are living as the image of God on earth.

That was the first contextual key. The next three keys all pretty much reveal the exact same thing, but from different perspectives. So the final three contextual keys which what us understand what it means to be made in the image of God help the support the idea that we have already seen, that you and I are the image of God on earth, and that we live as His image when we act the way God acts.

We look at these three contextual keys in today’s episode of the One Verse Podcast.

The Text of Genesis 1:26

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

In This Discussion of Genesis 1:26, we look at:

  • What it means to be made in the image of God.
  • The cultural context of Egyptian and Babylonian religion and royalty.
  • The ritual by which ancient priests made images of their gods.
  • The connection between the image of God and the prohibition in the Mosaic Law against making graven images.
  • How Jesus as the perfect image of God shows us how to live as the image of God.
  • Three suggestions for how you can live as the image of God on earth.

Resources:

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Those who are part of my online discipleship group may download the MP3 audio file for this podcast and view the podcast transcript below.

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In the previous study of Genesis 1:26, we began to look at what it means to be made in the image of God. I said there were four contextual keys to what it means to be made in the image of God. This study looks at the final three contextual keys. last week’s episode, and will finish answering this question in this study of Genesis 1:26.

In the previous study of Genesis 1:26, we began to look at what it means to be made in the image of God. We saw that it cannot refer to anything related to the Trinity, or to the popular idea that humans have intellect, emotions, and will. We do have these things, but this is not what it means to be made in the image of God.

I stated that there were four contextual keys about what it means to be made in the image of God, and I shared the first one with you. The first contextual key was the text of Genesis 1 itself. There are seven activities of God in Genesis 1, and in various ways, God instructs humans to engage in all seven of these activities. When we do the works of God, we are living as the image of God on earth.

That was the first contextual key. The next three keys all pretty much reveal the exact same thing, but from different perspectives. So the final three contextual keys which what us understand what it means to be made in the image of God help the support the idea that we have already seen, that you and I are the image of God on earth, and that we live as His image when we act the way God acts.

We look at these three contextual keys in today's episode of the One Verse Podcast.
The Text of Genesis 1:26
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
In This Discussion of Genesis 1:26, we look at:

* What it means to be made in the image of God.
* The cultural context of Egyptian and Babylonian religion and royalty.
* The ritual by which ancient priests made images of their gods.
* The connection between the image of God and the prohibition in the Mosaic Law against making graven images.
* How Jesus as the perfect image of God shows us how to live as the image of God.
* Three suggestions for how you can live as the image of God on earth.

Resources:

* Become a Patron of the One Verse Podcast
* Gibson, Genesis - Amazon or CBD
* Hamilton, Genesis 1–17 – Amazon or CBD
* Hasel Article on Genesis 1
* Hess Article on Genesis 1–2
* Heidel, Babylonian Genesis – Amazon
* Johnston Article on Genesis 1
* Miller and Soden, In the Beginning – Amazon or CBD
* Wenham, Genesis – Amazon or CBD
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[#19] Genesis 1:26 – The Image of God (Part 1) https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_1_26a/ Mon, 14 Dec 2015 16:00:06 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=40976 What does Genesis 1:26 mean when it talks about being made in the image of God? Does it mean that we have intellect, emotions, and will? Or maybe, just as God is a Trinity, is it referring to our three parts: body, soul, and spirit. Or does it refer to something else entirely? I go with the last option: something else entirely. We begin to see what that something else is in this episode of the One Verse Podcast as we begin to look at the image of God in Genesis 1:26. What does Genesis 1:26 mean when it refers to humans being made in the image of God?

Does it mean that we have intellect, emotions, and will?

Or maybe, just as God is a Trinity, is it referring to our three parts: body, soul, and spirit.

Or does it refer to something else entirely?

I go with the last option: something else entirely. We begin to see what that something else is in this episode of the One Verse Podcast as we begin to look at the image of God in Genesis 1:26.

Genesis 1:26 made in the image of god

The Text of Genesis 1:26

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

In this discussion of Genesis 1:26 we look at:

  • What it means to be made in the image of God.
  • Why the image of God is not related to the Trinity.
  • Why the image of God is not intellect, emotions, and will.
  • The first (of four) contextual clues about the image of God.

Resources:

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Those who are part of my online discipleship group may download the MP3 audio file for this podcast and view the podcast transcript below.


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What does Genesis 1:26 mean when it talks about being made in the image of God? - Does it mean that we have intellect, emotions, and will? - Or maybe, just as God is a Trinity, is it referring to our three parts: body, soul, and spirit. -
Does it mean that we have intellect, emotions, and will?

Or maybe, just as God is a Trinity, is it referring to our three parts: body, soul, and spirit.

Or does it refer to something else entirely?

I go with the last option: something else entirely. We begin to see what that something else is in this episode of the One Verse Podcast as we begin to look at the image of God in Genesis 1:26.


The Text of Genesis 1:26
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
In this discussion of Genesis 1:26 we look at:

* What it means to be made in the image of God.
* Why the image of God is not related to the Trinity.
* Why the image of God is not intellect, emotions, and will.
* The first (of four) contextual clues about the image of God.

Resources:

* Become a Patron of the One Verse Podcast
* Collins, Genesis 1-4 – Amazon or CBD
* Wenham, Genesis – Amazon or CBD
* Walton, Lost World of Genesis One, Amazon or CBD
* My old beliefs on the image of God in Genesis
* 7 Activities of God in the Bible
* Subscribe and Leave a Review on iTunes

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Those who are part of my online discipleship group may download the MP3 audio file for this podcast and view the podcast transcript below.




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[#18] Genesis 1:26-28 – Let them have Dominion https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_1_26-28/ Mon, 07 Dec 2015 16:00:19 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=40934 In this episode of the One Verse Podcast, we see that as followers of Jesus, we should not be condemning the environmentalists, but should actually be leading the way in showing this world how to take care of this earth. Listen to the episode to learn more. Genesis 1:26-28 environmentalismAre you an environmentalist? Maybe you think environmentalist are those tree-hugging, liberal lunatics who fight for the rights of rainforest birds and Pacific salmon while ignoring the humans and unborn babies.

I have criticisms of the environmental movement as well, but in this episode of the One Verse Podcast, we see that as followers of Jesus, we should not be condemning the environmentalists, but should actually be leading the way in showing this world how to take care of God’s green earth. Listen to the episode to learn more.

The Text of Genesis 1:26-28

Genesis 1:26-28. Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

In this discussion of Genesis 1:26-28 we look at:

  • What it means to have dominion over the earth.
  • The two shocking terms Moses used to describe dominion.
  • What ancient religions believed about the dominion of the gods.
  • The use and abuse of power, and how God redeems power in Jesus.
  • Why Christians should lead the world in environmental concerns.

Resources:

Downloadable Podcast Resources

Those who are part of my online discipleship group may download the MP3 audio file for this podcast and view the podcast transcript below.


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In this episode of the One Verse Podcast, we see that as followers of Jesus, we should not be condemning the environmentalists, but should actually be leading the way in showing this world how to take care of this earth.
I have criticisms of the environmental movement as well, but in this episode of the One Verse Podcast, we see that as followers of Jesus, we should not be condemning the environmentalists, but should actually be leading the way in showing this world how to take care of God’s green earth. Listen to the episode to learn more.
The Text of Genesis 1:26-28
Genesis 1:26-28. Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
In this discussion of Genesis 1:26-28 we look at:

* What it means to have dominion over the earth.
* The two shocking terms Moses used to describe dominion.
* What ancient religions believed about the dominion of the gods.
* The use and abuse of power, and how God redeems power in Jesus.
* Why Christians should lead the world in environmental concerns.

Resources:

* Become a Patron of the One Verse Podcast
* Gibson, Genesis - Amazon or CBD
* Hamilton, Genesis 1–17 – Amazon or CBD
* Hasel Article on Genesis 1
* Hess Article on Genesis 1–2
* Kidner, Genesis, Amazon or CBD
* Sarna, Understanding Genesis – Amazon or
* Walton, Ancient Israelite Literature - Amazon
* Wenham, Genesis – Amazon or CBD
* Subscribe and Leave a Review on iTunes

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Those who are part of my online discipleship group may download the MP3 audio file for this podcast and view the podcast transcript below.




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[#17] Genesis 1:26-27 – Let Us Make Man in Our Image https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_1_26-27/ Mon, 30 Nov 2015 16:00:47 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=40819 Have you ever wondered why God uses plural pronouns for Himself in Genesis 1:26? This podcast takes a look at this verse, summarizes the eight common views on these plural pronouns, and then proposes a ninth view for your consideration. In Genesis 1:26, God refers to Himself in the plural. He says, “Let us make man in our image.” Why does He do that? Why does Moses write it that way? Is this the first verse in the Bible that proves the Trinity?

No, I don’t think so. This podcast on Genesis 1:26-27 explains what I do think.

let us make man in our image Genesis 1:26

The Text of Genesis 1:26-27

Genesis 1:26-27. Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

In this discussion of Genesis 1:26-27 we look at:

  • The pinnacle of the creation week
  • The creation of mankind in Genesis 1 contrasted with other creation accounts
  • The eight views of why God speaks in the plural in Genesis 1:26
  • My preferred view for why Genesis 1:26 speaks of God in the plural
  • How to be like God by living in relationships

Resources:

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Those who are part of my online discipleship group may download the MP3 audio file for this podcast and view the podcast transcript below.


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Have you ever wondered why God uses plural pronouns for Himself in Genesis 1:26? This podcast takes a look at this verse, summarizes the eight common views on these plural pronouns, and then proposes a ninth view for your consideration.
No, I don’t think so. This podcast on Genesis 1:26-27 explains what I do think.


The Text of Genesis 1:26-27
Genesis 1:26-27. Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
In this discussion of Genesis 1:26-27 we look at:

* The pinnacle of the creation week
* The creation of mankind in Genesis 1 contrasted with other creation accounts
* The eight views of why God speaks in the plural in Genesis 1:26
* My preferred view for why Genesis 1:26 speaks of God in the plural
* How to be like God by living in relationships

Resources:

* Become a Patron of the One Verse Podcast
* Hamilton, Genesis 1–17 – Amazon or CBD
* Hasel Article on Genesis 1
* Johnston Article on Genesis 1
* One Proof for the Trinity

Downloadable Podcast Resources
Those who are part of my online discipleship group may download the MP3 audio file for this podcast and view the podcast transcript below.




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[#16] Genesis 1:24-25 – The Theology of Evolution https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_1_24-25/ Mon, 23 Nov 2015 16:00:35 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=40735 While I do not believe that Genesis 1 speaks directly against the theory of evolution, I do believe that the theology behind the theory of evolution has been around a lot longer than the theory itself, and Genesis 1:24-25 speaks directly against some of these theological ideas. While I do not believe that Genesis 1 speaks directly against the theory of evolution, I do believe that the theology behind the theory of evolution has been around a lot longer than the theory itself.

In fact, the theology behind the theory of evolution has been around since the very beginning.

The verses we will look at today, Genesis 1:24-25, speak directly against these theological ideas. Listen to this episode to learn how.

genesis 1:24-25 humans animals evolution

The Text of Genesis 1:24-25

Genesis 1:24-25. Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind”; and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

In this discussion of Genesis 1:24-25 we look at:

  • The first part of the sixth day of creation is the creation of the animals.
  • How the creation of the animals is different than the creation of the plants.
  • The three categories of animals that were created.
  • Similarities of Genesis 1:24-25 with other creation accounts, and how the Genesis account is polemical against them.
  • How Genesis 1:24-25 refutes the theology of evolution, even if it doesn’t speak to evolution itself.

Resources:

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Those who are part of my online discipleship group may download the MP3 audio file for this podcast and view the podcast transcript below.


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While I do not believe that Genesis 1 speaks directly against the theory of evolution, I do believe that the theology behind the theory of evolution has been around a lot longer than the theory itself, and Genesis 1:24-25 speaks directly against some o...
In fact, the theology behind the theory of evolution has been around since the very beginning.

The verses we will look at today, Genesis 1:24-25, speak directly against these theological ideas. Listen to this episode to learn how.


The Text of Genesis 1:24-25
Genesis 1:24-25. Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind”; and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
In this discussion of Genesis 1:24-25 we look at:

* The first part of the sixth day of creation is the creation of the animals.
* How the creation of the animals is different than the creation of the plants.
* The three categories of animals that were created.
* Similarities of Genesis 1:24-25 with other creation accounts, and how the Genesis account is polemical against them.
* How Genesis 1:24-25 refutes the theology of evolution, even if it doesn’t speak to evolution itself.

Resources:

* Become a Patron of the Podcast
* Collins, Genesis 1-4 – Amazon or CBD
* Hamilton, Genesis 1–17 – Amazon or CBD
* Keil & Delitzsch, Genesis - Amazon or CBD
* Morris, The Genesis Record – Amazon or CBD
* Ross, H. The Genesis Question - Amazon
* Sailhamer, EBC: Genesis – Amazon or CBD
* Sailhamer, Genesis Unbound – Amazon
* Walton, Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds – Amazon or CBD
* Walton, Lost World of Genesis One, Amazon or CBD
* Wenham, Genesis – Amazon or CBD
* Babylonian Account of the Creation of the Beasts of the Field
* fm – Helping you and your Theology Look Like Jesus
* Subscribe and Leave a Review on iTunes

Downloadable Podcast Resources
Those who are part of my online discipleship group may download the MP3 audio file for this podcast and view the podcast transcript below.

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[#15] Genesis 1:21 – Redeeming the Sea Serpents https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_1_21/ Mon, 16 Nov 2015 16:00:11 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=40343 Is there something in your life you are ashamed of? If you are like most people, there are probably a multitude of such things. Maybe it is something evil that happened to you when you were younger. Maybe it is some addiction or temptation which you fall to almost every day. In this episode of the One Verse Podcast, we see that God can bring glory out of even these evil and horrible things. He does this through redemption. Is there something in your life you are ashamed of? If you are like most people, there are probably a multitude of such things.

Maybe it is something evil that happened to you when you were younger. Maybe it is some addiction or temptation which you fall to almost every day.

By looking at some shocking truths from Genesis 1:21, we see that God doesn’t want to get rid of those things in your life. No, instead, God wants to redeem them. To turn them around to be used for His glory.

Listen to this episode of the One Verse Podcast to see what I mean.

Great Sea Dragons Genesis 1:21

The Text of Genesis 1:21

Genesis 1:21. So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

In this discussion of Genesis 1:21 we look at:

  • Why Moses uses the word bara (“to create”) in Genesis 1:21.
  • The meaning of tannin as “monsters” in Genesis 1:21.
  • The religious myths about sea serpents from Babylon, Canaan, and Egypt
  • What the rest of Scripture says about sea serpents.
  • The theological truth Moses was making by saying that God created the
  • The theological truth Moses was making by calling the tannin “good.”
  • Why God wants to redeem the evil that has happened to you and turn it around for good.

Resources:

Downloadable Podcast Resources

Those who are part of my online discipleship group may download the MP3 audio file for this podcast and view the podcast transcript below.


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Is there something in your life you are ashamed of? If you are like most people, there are probably a multitude of such things. Maybe it is something evil that happened to you when you were younger. Maybe it is some addiction or temptation which you fa...
Maybe it is something evil that happened to you when you were younger. Maybe it is some addiction or temptation which you fall to almost every day.

By looking at some shocking truths from Genesis 1:21, we see that God doesn’t want to get rid of those things in your life. No, instead, God wants to redeem them. To turn them around to be used for His glory.

Listen to this episode of the One Verse Podcast to see what I mean.


The Text of Genesis 1:21
Genesis 1:21. So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

In this discussion of Genesis 1:21 we look at:

* Why Moses uses the word bara (“to create”) in Genesis 1:21.
* The meaning of tannin as “monsters” in Genesis 1:21.
* The religious myths about sea serpents from Babylon, Canaan, and Egypt
* What the rest of Scripture says about sea serpents.
* The theological truth Moses was making by saying that God created the
* The theological truth Moses was making by calling the tannin “good.”
* Why God wants to redeem the evil that has happened to you and turn it around for good.

Resources:

* Logos Bible Software
* Ancient Seas Monsters
* Eight Reasons Genesis 1 Does Not Teach Creationism – Spencer Boersma
* Fretheim, NIB: Genesis – Amazon or CBD
* Gibson, Genesis - Amazon or CBD
* Hamilton, Genesis 1–17 – Amazon or CBD
* Hasel Article on Genesis 1
* Kidner, Genesis, Amazon or CBD
* Ross, Creation & Blessing - Amazon or CBD
* Sailhamer, Genesis Unbound – Amazon
* Sarna, Genesis – Amazon or CBD
* Waltke, Genesis, Amazon or CBD
* Walton, Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds – Amazon or CBD
* Walton, Lost World of Genesis One, Amazon or CBD
* Wenham, Genesis – https://redeeminggod.com/?p=40340 In this discussion of Genesis 1:20-23 we look at numerous items related to the creation of the fish and the birds. We focus specifically on the description of fish as having nephesh, a soul, and what this means for our theology and understanding of the human soul. fish and nephesh Genesis 1:20This episode of the One Verse Podcast concerns the question about whether or not animals go to heaven.

Do you believe that “All Dogs Go to Heaven”? To be honest, I don’t know if they do or they don’t. I am nearly certain that there will be animals in the eternal state, but I do not know if God will bring Fido or Fluffy to join you there.

Some people use passages like Genesis 1:20-23 as an argument for the idea that animals have souls, and therefore, animals will go to heaven.

Genesis 1 does in fact teach that animals have souls. Even fish, as we see in Genesis 1:20-23, have a soul. So does this mean that if Nemo had been flushed down the toilet, he would have found himself in paradise? This is one of the things we look at in this study of Genesis 1:20-23.

The Text of Genesis 1:20-23

Genesis 1:20-23. Then God said, “Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens.” So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.”

So the evening and the morning were the fifth day.

In this discussion of Genesis 1:20-23 we look at:

  • Why “creatures” in Genesis 1:20 is better translated as “swarmers.”
  • Why many English translations leave out the word nephesh in Genesis 1:20.
  • Why a belief that dogs go to heaven leads to a belief in universalism.
  • Nephesh does not mean “soul” but “life.”
  • What it means for birds to fly across the face of the firmament.
  • The connection between blessings and obedience.

Resources:

Downloadable Podcast Resources

Those who are part of my online discipleship group may download the MP3 audio file for this podcast and view the podcast transcript below.


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Do you believe that “All Dogs Go to Heaven”? To be honest, I don’t know if they do or they don’t. I am nearly certain that there will be animals in the eternal state, but I do not know if God will bring Fido or Fluffy to join you there.

Some people use passages like Genesis 1:20-23 as an argument for the idea that animals have souls, and therefore, animals will go to heaven.

Genesis 1 does in fact teach that animals have souls. Even fish, as we see in Genesis 1:20-23, have a soul. So does this mean that if Nemo had been flushed down the toilet, he would have found himself in paradise? This is one of the things we look at in this study of Genesis 1:20-23.
The Text of Genesis 1:20-23
Genesis 1:20-23. Then God said, “Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens.” So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.”

So the evening and the morning were the fifth day.
In this discussion of Genesis 1:20-23 we look at:

* Why “creatures” in Genesis 1:20 is better translated as “swarmers.”
* Why many English translations leave out the word nephesh in Genesis 1:20.
* Why a belief that dogs go to heaven leads to a belief in universalism.
* Nephesh does not mean “soul” but “life.”
* What it means for birds to fly across the face of the firmament.
* The connection between blessings and obedience.

Resources:

* Logos Bible Software
* Eight Reasons Genesis 1 Does Not Teach Creationism – Spencer Boersma
* Study what it means to save the soul from death: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5
* Hamilton, Genesis 1–17 – Amazon or CBD
* Hasel Article on Genesis 1
* Hertz, The Pentateuch – Amazon
* Kidner, Genesis, Amazon or CBD
* Waltke, Genesis, Amazon or CBD
* Wenham, Genesis – Amazon or CBD
* Subscribe and Leave a Review on iTunes 

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[#13] Genesis 1:14-19 (Part 3) – 7 Theological Insights from the Sun, Moon, and Stars https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_1_14-19-p3/ Mon, 02 Nov 2015 16:00:00 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=40136 This is Part 3 of our study in Genesis 1:14-19. This episode continues with the central theme of Genesis 1 being a polemic against the surrounding religions in the days of Moses. Specifically, we see the seven ways that Moses differentiates Yahweh from the deities of the surrounding nations and cultures. One Verse PodcastToday we conclude our 3 Part discussion of Genesis 1:14-19.

Previously, we learned that Moses did not intend to write a scientific explanation of how the sun, moon, and stars came into existence, but instead wanted the Hebrew people to understand how Yahweh was different and better than the gods of Canaan, Egypt, and Babylon, with which the Hebrew people were familiar.

In the previous episode, we really only saw that Moses was in fact writing a polemic against the gods of these other religions and cultures.

This episode concludes this study of Genesis 1:14-19 by showing the seven ways that Moses differentiates Yahweh from the deities of these surrounding nations and cultures.

Genesis 1:14-19 Sun moon and stars

The Text of Genesis 1:14-19

Genesis 1:14-19. Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light to the earth”; and it was so.

Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.

So the evening and the morning were the fourth day.

In this discussion of Genesis 1:14-19 we look at:

  • Why the sunrise is not the pinnacle of creation.
  • Why Moses waited until Day 4 to introduce the sun, moon, and stars.
  • Why time existed prior to the sun, moon, and stars.
  • The significance of Moses not even naming the sun and moon.
  • The theological truth about the stars being nearly ignored on Day 4.
  • The reason Moses repeats the phrase, “and it was evening, and it was morning.”
  • The truth that God faces no battles for our continued, daily existence.

Resources:

Downloadable Podcast Resources

Those who are part of my online discipleship group may download the MP3 audio file for this podcast and view the podcast transcript below.


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This is Part 3 of our study in Genesis 1:14-19. - This episode continues with the central theme of Genesis 1 being a polemic against the surrounding religions in the days of Moses. Specifically, we see the seven ways that Moses differentiates Yahweh ... Today we conclude our 3 Part discussion of Genesis 1:14-19.

Previously, we learned that Moses did not intend to write a scientific explanation of how the sun, moon, and stars came into existence, but instead wanted the Hebrew people to understand how Yahweh was different and better than the gods of Canaan, Egypt, and Babylon, with which the Hebrew people were familiar.

In the previous episode, we really only saw that Moses was in fact writing a polemic against the gods of these other religions and cultures.

This episode concludes this study of Genesis 1:14-19 by showing the seven ways that Moses differentiates Yahweh from the deities of these surrounding nations and cultures.


The Text of Genesis 1:14-19
Genesis 1:14-19. Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light to the earth”; and it was so.

Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.

So the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
In this discussion of Genesis 1:14-19 we look at:

* Why the sunrise is not the pinnacle of creation.
* Why Moses waited until Day 4 to introduce the sun, moon, and stars.
* Why time existed prior to the sun, moon, and stars.
* The significance of Moses not even naming the sun and moon.
* The theological truth about the stars being nearly ignored on Day 4.
* The reason Moses repeats the phrase, “and it was evening, and it was morning.”
* The truth that God faces no battles for our continued, daily existence.

Resources:

* Theology.fm – Helping you and your Theology Look Like Jesus
* Atkinson, Genesis 1-11 – Amazon or CBD
* Greidanus, Preaching Christ, Amazon or CBD
* Hamilton, Genesis 1–17 – Amazon or CBD
* Hasel Article on Genesis 1
* Johnston Article on Genesis 1
* Miller and Soden, In the Beginning – Amazon or CBD
* Ross, Creation & Blessing - Amazon or CBD
* Wenham, Genesis – Amazon or CBD
* https://redeeminggod.com/?p=40135 When Moses sets out to differentiate the worship of Yahweh from the various religions of his day, he specifically targeted the worship of the sun, moon, and stars. This is what we see in this podcast episode of Genesis 1:14-19. One Verse PodcastMany ancient religions were focused around the worship of the sun, moon, and stars. Annual religious holidays and festivals were often guided by the length of the days and the movements of the sun. The twelve months of the year are based upon the waxing and waning of the moon. Even the names of our weekdays are named after certain celestial bodies.

So it is no surprise that when Moses sets out to differentiate the worship of Yahweh from the various religions of his day, he specifically targeted the worship of the sun, moon, and stars. This is what we see today in our second look at Genesis 1:14-19.

This is Part 2 of our 3 Part look at Genesis 1:14-19. Previously, we saw on the fourth day of creation, Moses was not writing a scientific account of how the sun, moon, and stars came into existence.

Today, we see what Moses was writing, which was a polemic against the religious beliefs and practices of his day. Specifically, Moses wanted the Israelites to see that Yahweh was different and better than the gods of Egypt, the gods of Babylon, and the gods of Canaan. This truth was important for the Hebrew people to understand for they were coming from Egypt, were headed toward Canaan, and had been influenced by the beliefs and practices from Babylon. In fact, that region is where their forefather Abraham came from!

So they needed to know who Yahweh was, whether or not He could be trusted, and why they should serve and worship Him alone. You and I have similar questions, which is why today’s study is so important.

Genesis 1:14-19 Sun moon stars

The Text of Genesis 1:14-19

Genesis 1:14-19. Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light to the earth”; and it was so.

Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.

So the evening and the morning were the fourth day.

In this discussion of Genesis 1:14-19 we look at:

  • How Genesis 1:14-19 is a polemic against the religions of Moses’ day.
  • How Yahweh is superior to the Canaanite chief deity, El.
  • Why “Elohim” is not a reference to the Trinity.
  • How Moses sets Yahweh above the Babylonian god Marduk.
  • How Moses shows that Yahweh is superior to the Egyptian sun god.

Resources:

Downloadable Podcast Resources

Those who are part of my online discipleship group may download the MP3 audio file for this podcast and view the podcast transcript below.


]]> When Moses sets out to differentiate the worship of Yahweh from the various religions of his day, he specifically targeted the worship of the sun, moon, and stars. - This is what we see in this podcast episode of Genesis 1:14-19. Many ancient religions were focused around the worship of the sun, moon, and stars. Annual religious holidays and festivals were often guided by the length of the days and the movements of the sun. The twelve months of the year are based upon the waxing and waning of the moon. Even the names of our weekdays are named after certain celestial bodies.

So it is no surprise that when Moses sets out to differentiate the worship of Yahweh from the various religions of his day, he specifically targeted the worship of the sun, moon, and stars. This is what we see today in our second look at Genesis 1:14-19.

This is Part 2 of our 3 Part look at Genesis 1:14-19. Previously, we saw on the fourth day of creation, Moses was not writing a scientific account of how the sun, moon, and stars came into existence.

Today, we see what Moses was writing, which was a polemic against the religious beliefs and practices of his day. Specifically, Moses wanted the Israelites to see that Yahweh was different and better than the gods of Egypt, the gods of Babylon, and the gods of Canaan. This truth was important for the Hebrew people to understand for they were coming from Egypt, were headed toward Canaan, and had been influenced by the beliefs and practices from Babylon. In fact, that region is where their forefather Abraham came from!

So they needed to know who Yahweh was, whether or not He could be trusted, and why they should serve and worship Him alone. You and I have similar questions, which is why today’s study is so important.


The Text of Genesis 1:14-19
Genesis 1:14-19. Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light to the earth”; and it was so.

Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.

So the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
In this discussion of Genesis 1:14-19 we look at:

* How Genesis 1:14-19 is a polemic against the religions of Moses’ day.
* How Yahweh is superior to the Canaanite chief deity, El.
* Why “Elohim” is not a reference to the Trinity.
* How Moses sets Yahweh above the Babylonian god Marduk.
* How Moses shows that Yahweh is superior to the Egyptian sun god.

Resources:

* Theology.fm – Helping you and your Theology Look Like Jesus
* Connect with Jeremy on Facebook
* Connect with Jeremy on Twitter
* Hasel Article on Genesis 1
* Johnston Article on Genesis 1
* Miller and Soden, In the Beginning – Amazon or CBD
* Walton, Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds – Amazon or CBD
* https://redeeminggod.com/?p=40107 In this episode of the One Verse Podcast, you will see why we cannot read Genesis 1:14-19 as a scientific explanation of how the sun, moon, and stars came to be, and you will also learn from the text what three purposes these celestial lights serve in God’s creation. One Verse PodcastGenesis 1:14-19 contains a description of the fourth day of creation. It is also the longest description of a creation day so far, taking up six verses in Genesis 1. The only other day that receives more attention is the sixth day, in which God creates mankind.

I tried to divide up these six verses of Genesis 1:14-19 into manageable sections so that I could record various podcasts on them, but I completely failed. The end result is that I am going to take three episodes to look at these six verses, and each episode will have a slightly different focus or emphasis.

In today’s One Verse Podcast, you will see why we cannot read Genesis 1:14-19 as a scientific explanation of how the sun, moon, and stars came to be, and you will also learn from the text what three purposes these celestial lights serve in God’s creation.

The Text of Genesis 1:14-19

Genesis 1:14-19. Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light to the earth”; and it was so.

Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.

So the evening and the morning were the fourth day.

Genesis 1:14-19 sun moon stars

In this discussion of Genesis 1:14-19 we look at:

  • The fourth day of creation and how it fits within the structure of Genesis 1
  • Why the sun, moon, and stars might not have been created on the fourth day
  • Why Genesis 1:14-19 cannot be read scientifically
  • The three purposes or tasks God assigned to the sun, moon, and stars

Resources:

Downloadable Podcast Resources

Those who are part of my online discipleship group may download the MP3 audio file for this podcast and view the podcast transcript below.

]]> In this episode of the One Verse Podcast, you will see why we cannot read Genesis 1:14-19 as a scientific explanation of how the sun, moon, and stars came to be, and you will also learn from the text what three purposes these celestial lights serve in ... Genesis 1:14-19 contains a description of the fourth day of creation. It is also the longest description of a creation day so far, taking up six verses in Genesis 1. The only other day that receives more attention is the sixth day, in which God creates mankind.

I tried to divide up these six verses of Genesis 1:14-19 into manageable sections so that I could record various podcasts on them, but I completely failed. The end result is that I am going to take three episodes to look at these six verses, and each episode will have a slightly different focus or emphasis.

In today’s One Verse Podcast, you will see why we cannot read Genesis 1:14-19 as a scientific explanation of how the sun, moon, and stars came to be, and you will also learn from the text what three purposes these celestial lights serve in God’s creation.
The Text of Genesis 1:14-19
Genesis 1:14-19. Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light to the earth”; and it was so.

Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.

So the evening and the morning were the fourth day.


In this discussion of Genesis 1:14-19 we look at:

* The fourth day of creation and how it fits within the structure of Genesis 1
* Why the sun, moon, and stars might not have been created on the fourth day
* Why Genesis 1:14-19 cannot be read scientifically
* The three purposes or tasks God assigned to the sun, moon, and stars

Resources:

* Theology.fm – Helping you and your Theology Look Like Jesus
* Keil & Delitzsch, Genesis - Amazon or CBD
* Hamilton, Genesis 1–17 – Amazon or CBD
* Miller and Soden, In the Beginning – Amazon or CBD
* Morris, The Genesis Record – Amazon or CBD
* Rashi, Bereishis – Amazon
* Sailhamer, EBC: Genesis – Amazon or CBD
* Sailhamer, Genesis Unbound – Amazon
* Walton, Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds – Amazon or CBD
* Walton, Lost World of Genesis One, Amazon or CBD
* Wenham, Genesis – Amazon or https://redeeminggod.com/?p=40008 If you lived in biblical times, you might think that when your crops failed, the gods were angry at you, and that to appease their wrath, you needed to offer a blood sacrifice. People do not do this today, but many of us still think that when bad things happen, it is because God has neglected us, or is out to punish us for something. So we pray, and tithe, and cry out to God for forgiveness and mercy. Strangely, this response is not that much different from the ancient pagan religious practice of offering blood sacrifices. But in Genesis 1:11-13, we see that this is not what God wants or desires. One Verse PodcastWhen crops fail, famine strikes, or drought occurs, what are your thoughts about God’s involvement in such things?

If you lived back in biblical times, you might think that the gods were angry at you, and that to appease their wrath, you needed to offer a blood sacrifice.

People don’t do this today, but many of us still think that when bad things happen, it is because God has neglected us, or worse yet, is out to punish us for something. So we pray, and tithe, and cry out to God for forgiveness and mercy. Strangely, this response is not that much different from the ancient pagan religious practice of offering blood sacrifices.

In both cases, we think God is mad at us and needs some sort of sacrifice or offering to love us and forgive us and accept us once again.

In this One Verse Podcast study, we look at Genesis 1:11-13 and see that God doesn’t want blood and He doesn’t want tears. All He wants is for us to know how much He loves us.

Stick around to see how Moses teaches this by writing about plants, trees, seeds, and fruit.

The Text of Genesis 1:11-13

Baal cycle and Genesis 1 11-13Genesis 1:11-13. Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. So the evening and the morning were the third day.

In this discussion of Genesis 1:11-13 we look at:

  • Why Moses wrote so repetitively about plants and trees reproducing after their kind.
  • What the ancient Canaanites believed about how plants and trees grew.
  • How God’s creation of plants and trees shows us that He is only looking out for our good.

Resources:

Downloadable Podcast Resources

Those who are part of my online discipleship group may download the MP3 audio file for this podcast and view the podcast transcript below.


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If you lived back in biblical times, you might think that the gods were angry at you, and that to appease their wrath, you needed to offer a blood sacrifice.

People don’t do this today, but many of us still think that when bad things happen, it is because God has neglected us, or worse yet, is out to punish us for something. So we pray, and tithe, and cry out to God for forgiveness and mercy. Strangely, this response is not that much different from the ancient pagan religious practice of offering blood sacrifices.

In both cases, we think God is mad at us and needs some sort of sacrifice or offering to love us and forgive us and accept us once again.

In this One Verse Podcast study, we look at Genesis 1:11-13 and see that God doesn’t want blood and He doesn’t want tears. All He wants is for us to know how much He loves us.

Stick around to see how Moses teaches this by writing about plants, trees, seeds, and fruit.
The Text of Genesis 1:11-13
Genesis 1:11-13. Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. So the evening and the morning were the third day.
In this discussion of Genesis 1:11-13 we look at:

* Why Moses wrote so repetitively about plants and trees reproducing after their kind.
* What the ancient Canaanites believed about how plants and trees grew.
* How God’s creation of plants and trees shows us that He is only looking out for our good.

Resources:

* Theology.fm – Helping you and your theology look like Jesus
* Baal Cycle on Wikipedia
* Another version of the creation of the world by Marduk
* Collins, Genesis 1-4 – Amazon or  CBD
* Fretheim, NIB: Genesis – Amazon or CBD
* Hasel Article on Genesis 1
* Johnston Article on Genesis 1
* Kidner, Genesis, Amazon or CBD
* Ross, Creation & Blessing - Amazon or CBD
* Walton, Lost World of Genesis One, Amazon or CBD
* Subscribe and Leave a Review on iTunes

Downloadable Podcast Resources
Those who are part of my online discipleship group may download the MP3 audio file for this podcast and view the podcast transcript below.




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[#09] Genesis 1:11-12 – Was there Death before the Fall? https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_1_11-12/ Mon, 05 Oct 2015 15:00:00 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=39997 A scientific reading of Genesis 1:11-12 leads to some very strange conclusions about the world God made. If there was no death of any kind before the fall of Adam and Eve into sin, then we cannot say that God's creation was good, for it had a big flaw which would lead to oceans of bunnies and mountains of spiders. What? Yes, listen to this episode of the One Verse Podcast on Genesis 1:11-12 to learn more. One Verse PodcastThis episode of the One Verse Podcast might be the strangest one yet. We’re going to talking about oceans of bunnies and mountains of spiders, and what both have to do with Genesis 1:11-12.

If you want to hear something you’ve probably never heard before, listen to the Podcast below!

The Text of Genesis 1:11-12

Genesis 1:11-12. Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

day3creationplantstrees

In this discussion of Genesis 1:11-12 we look at:

  • Why there are two actions of God on Day 3 of Creation.
  • How Day 3 serves as a literary “hinge” between Days 1-3 and Days 4-6.
  • Whether there are 1, 2, or 3 types of plants mentioned in Genesis 1:11-12.
  • What it means for plants to bear seed “after their kind.”
  • Why death is necessary for creation to properly function.
  • What the plant cycle before the Fall teaches us about spiritual cycles in our own lives.

Resources:

Downloadable Podcast Resources

Those who are part of my online discipleship group may download the MP3 audio file for this podcast and view the podcast transcript below.

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A scientific reading of Genesis 1:11-12 leads to some very strange conclusions about the world God made. If there was no death of any kind before the fall of Adam and Eve into sin, then we cannot say that God's creation was good,
If you want to hear something you’ve probably never heard before, listen to the Podcast below!
The Text of Genesis 1:11-12
Genesis 1:11-12. Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.


In this discussion of Genesis 1:11-12 we look at:

* Why there are two actions of God on Day 3 of Creation.
* How Day 3 serves as a literary “hinge” between Days 1-3 and Days 4-6.
* Whether there are 1, 2, or 3 types of plants mentioned in Genesis 1:11-12.
* What it means for plants to bear seed “after their kind.”
* Why death is necessary for creation to properly function.
* What the plant cycle before the Fall teaches us about spiritual cycles in our own lives.

Resources:

* Logos Bible Software
* New Theological Categories
* Lennox, Seven Days – Amazon or CBD
* Miller and Soden, In the Beginning – Amazon or CBD
* Sailhamer, EBC: Genesis – Amazon or CBD
* Walton, Lost World of Genesis One, Amazon or CBD
* Walton, Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds – Amazon or CBD
* Wenham, Genesis – Amazon or CBD
* Subscribe and Leave a Review on iTunes

Downloadable Podcast Resources
Those who are part of my online discipleship group may download the MP3 audio file for this podcast and view the podcast transcript below.





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[#08] Genesis 1:10 – Naming the Earth and the Seas https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_1_10/ Mon, 28 Sep 2015 15:00:49 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=39932 Are you scared to stand before God in judgment? Lots of people are, but we’re going to today from Genesis 1:10 that you have nothing to fear from the judgment of God. You will see this from how God names the earth and the seas, and you will also see that no matter what God does, He does it always and only for your good. One Verse PodcastAre you scared to stand before God in judgment? Lots of people are, but we’re going to today from Genesis 1:10 that you have nothing to fear from the judgment of God.

You will see this from how God names the earth and the seas, and you will also see that no matter what God does, He does it always and only for your good.

The Text of Genesis 1:10

Genesis 1:10. And God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters He called Seas. And God saw that it was good.

Genesis 1:10 dry land and seas

In this discussion of Genesis 1:10 we look at:

  • What it really means for God to judge.
  • Why the names that God gave the earth and the seas are theologically significant.
  • Why God does what He does in creation (and in your life).

Resources:

Downloadable Podcast Resources

Those who are part of my online discipleship group may download the MP3 audio file for this podcast and view the podcast transcript below.


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Are you scared to stand before God in judgment? Lots of people are, but we’re going to today from Genesis 1:10 that you have nothing to fear from the judgment of God. - You will see this from how God names the earth and the seas,
You will see this from how God names the earth and the seas, and you will also see that no matter what God does, He does it always and only for your good.
The Text of Genesis 1:10
Genesis 1:10. And God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters He called Seas. And God saw that it was good.


In this discussion of Genesis 1:10 we look at:

* What it really means for God to judge.
* Why the names that God gave the earth and the seas are theologically significant.
* Why God does what He does in creation (and in your life).

Resources:

* Logos Bible Software
* Sailhamer, Genesis – Amazon or CBD
* Sailhamer, Genesis Unbound – Amazon
* Hamilton, Genesis – Amazon or CBD
* Ross, Creation & Blessing, Amazon or CBD
* Greidanus, Preaching Christ, Amazon or CBD
* S. Lewis, Reflections on the Psalms
* Subscribe and Leave a Review on iTunes

Downloadable Podcast Resources
Those who are part of my online discipleship group may download the MP3 audio file for this podcast and view the podcast transcript below.




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[#07] Genesis 1:9 – Let the Waters Be Gathered Together https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_1_9/ Mon, 21 Sep 2015 15:00:31 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=39863 Have you ever tried to push back water so that you create a little space of dry ground in the midst of the water? It’s pretty much impossible, isn’t it? Yet we see God doing this in Genesis 1:9, the text we are looking at today, and we are going to see why Moses wrote about the water and the dry ground this way. One Verse PodcastHave you ever realized that in Genesis 1, God doesn’t actually create dry ground? Instead, He simply pushes back the waters so that the dry ground appears.

Have you ever tried to push back water so that you create a little space of dry ground in the midst of the water? It’s pretty much impossible, isn’t it? Yet we see God doing this in Genesis 1:9, the text we are looking at today, and we are going to see why Moses wrote about the water and the dry ground this way.

We will see that just as with every other verse in the creation account, Moses is making a theological point that his Hebrew audience would have recognized and understood.

And when we see his point, we will also see what Moses was teaching about sacred spaces, religious spaces, or holy ground. If you think that God is more present in your church building, or on top of some sacred mountain, or in a special prayer sanctuary, you will want to listen to today’s episode and listen to what Moses has to say about these sorts of places.

Genesis 1:9

The Text of Genesis 1:9

Genesis 1:9. Then God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear’; and it was so.

In this discussion of Genesis 1:9 we look at:

  • What it means for God to push back the waters instead of raising up the land.
  • The Egyptians creation myth about Atum and the creation of land.
  • Why it is theologically important that God did raise up the land.
  • What Genesis 1:9 teaches us about sacred places and holy mountains.

Resources for Genesis 1:9:

Downloadable Podcast Resources

Those who are part of my online discipleship group may download the MP3 audio file for this podcast and view the podcast transcript below.


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Have you ever tried to push back water so that you create a little space of dry ground in the midst of the water? It’s pretty much impossible, isn’t it? - Yet we see God doing this in Genesis 1:9, the text we are looking at today,
Have you ever tried to push back water so that you create a little space of dry ground in the midst of the water? It’s pretty much impossible, isn’t it? Yet we see God doing this in Genesis 1:9, the text we are looking at today, and we are going to see why Moses wrote about the water and the dry ground this way.

We will see that just as with every other verse in the creation account, Moses is making a theological point that his Hebrew audience would have recognized and understood.

And when we see his point, we will also see what Moses was teaching about sacred spaces, religious spaces, or holy ground. If you think that God is more present in your church building, or on top of some sacred mountain, or in a special prayer sanctuary, you will want to listen to today’s episode and listen to what Moses has to say about these sorts of places.


The Text of Genesis 1:9
Genesis 1:9. Then God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear’; and it was so.
In this discussion of Genesis 1:9 we look at:

* What it means for God to push back the waters instead of raising up the land.
* The Egyptians creation myth about Atum and the creation of land.
* Why it is theologically important that God did raise up the land.
* What Genesis 1:9 teaches us about sacred places and holy mountains.

Resources for Genesis 1:9:

* Logos Bible Software
* Sailhamer on Genesis – Amazon or CBD
* Keil & Delitzsch on Genesis - Amazon or CBD
* Gibson on Genesis - Amazon or CBD
* Walton, Ancient Israelite Literature - Amazon
* Subscribe and Leave a Review on iTunes

Downloadable Podcast Resources
Those who are part of my online discipleship group may download the MP3 audio file for this podcast and view the podcast transcript below.




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[#06] Genesis 1:6-8 – The Firmament in the Midst of the Waters https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_1_6-8/ Mon, 14 Sep 2015 15:00:20 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=39841 Genesis 1:6-8 contains the description of the second day of creation. On this day, God separates the waters above from the waters below. This podcast episode shows how the Egyptian creation myths illuminate our understanding of what this text says. One-Verse-Podcast-Jeremy-MyersAre you ready to hear more about the mythical background to the Genesis creation story? Have you been telling your family and friends how Genesis 1 is connected to the Babylonian Enuma Elish, the Gilgamesh Epic, and various Egyptian creation epics, and they want to hear more?

I hope so, because I have a lot more details in today’s show on Genesis 1:6-8 about the connections between these stories and the story as it is recorded in our Bible.

The Text of Genesis 1:6-8:

Genesis 1:6-8. Then God said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament, and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. So the evening and the morning were the second day.

In this discussion of Genesis 1:6-8 we look at:

  • How a literal, scientific reading of Genesis 1:6-8 completely contradicts reality.
  • Why a literary, theological reading of Genesis 1:6-8 is preferable, and yields deeper and more important truths.
  • How ancient people viewed the order of the cosmos.
  • How Moses is writing this creation account to subvert the Egyptian creation accounts that the Israelites would have known.
  • The key truth that death precedes resurrection.

Geb Nut Shu Egyptian Creation

Geb Nut Shu Egpyptian Creation Genesis 1 6-8

Resources:

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Genesis 1:6-8 contains the description of the second day of creation. On this day, God separates the waters above from the waters below. This podcast episode shows how the Egyptian creation myths illuminate our understanding of what this text says.
I hope so, because I have a lot more details in today’s show on Genesis 1:6-8 about the connections between these stories and the story as it is recorded in our Bible.
The Text of Genesis 1:6-8:
Genesis 1:6-8. Then God said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament, and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. So the evening and the morning were the second day.
In this discussion of Genesis 1:6-8 we look at:

* How a literal, scientific reading of Genesis 1:6-8 completely contradicts reality.
* Why a literary, theological reading of Genesis 1:6-8 is preferable, and yields deeper and more important truths.
* How ancient people viewed the order of the cosmos.
* How Moses is writing this creation account to subvert the Egyptian creation accounts that the Israelites would have known.
* The key truth that death precedes resurrection.




Resources:

* Logos Bible Software
* Gordon Wenham on Genesis or at CBD
* Dictionary of Biblical Imagery or at CBD
* Keil & Delitzsch Commentary or at CBD
* Walton, Ancient Israelite Literature in its Cultural Context
* Creation Myths by Johnston
* Genesis Cosmology by Hasel
* Subscribe and Leave a Review on iTunes

Downloadable Podcast Resources
Those who are part of my online discipleship group may download the MP3 audio file for this podcast and view the podcast transcript below.




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[#05] Genesis 1:5 – The First Day of Creation https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_1_5/ Mon, 07 Sep 2015 17:00:00 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=39774 Do you think the world was created over millions and billions of years? Or do you think that everything that exists was created in six 24-hour periods? In this episode of the One Verse podcast, we will look at Genesis 1:5 and I will share my view on the days of creation. One Verse PodcastDo you think the world was created over millions and billions of years? Or do you think that everything that exists was created in six 24-hour periods?

In this episode of the One Verse podcast, we will look at Genesis 1:5, I will share my view.

And just as a fair warning, if you hold strongly to one view or the other, you will probably be somewhat offended by what I say.

The text of Genesis 1:5

Genesis 1:5. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.

In this discussion of Genesis 1:5 we look at:

  • Why Moses borrowed from Pagan Creation Myths to tell the story of Creation
  • The truth about why and how God redeems the darkness
  • The theological importance of “naming”
  • Whether the days of creation were 24-hour days or not.

Genesis 1:5

Resources:

Downloadable Podcast Resources

Those who are part of my online discipleship group may download the MP3 audio file for this podcast and view the podcast transcript below.

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Do you think the world was created over millions and billions of years? Or do you think that everything that exists was created in six 24-hour periods? - In this episode of the One Verse podcast, we will look at Genesis 1:5 and I will share my view on...
In this episode of the One Verse podcast, we will look at Genesis 1:5, I will share my view.

And just as a fair warning, if you hold strongly to one view or the other, you will probably be somewhat offended by what I say.
The text of Genesis 1:5
Genesis 1:5. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.
In this discussion of Genesis 1:5 we look at:

* Why Moses borrowed from Pagan Creation Myths to tell the story of Creation
* The truth about why and how God redeems the darkness
* The theological importance of “naming”
* Whether the days of creation were 24-hour days or not.


Resources:

* Logos Bible Software
* Free Book of the Month at Logos
* Sailhamer on Genesis - Buy it on Amazon or at CBD
* Victor Hamilton on Genesis - Buy it on Amazon or at CBD
* Gordon Wenham on Genesis - Buy it on Amazon or at CBD
* Read The Enuma Elish for yourself
* Compare Creation Accounts from other religions
* My New Categories for Theology
* Subscribe and Leave a Review on iTunes

Downloadable Podcast Resources
Those who are part of my online discipleship group may download the MP3 audio file for this podcast and view the podcast transcript below.







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[#04] Genesis 1:4 – God Divided Light from Darkness https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_1_4/ Mon, 31 Aug 2015 17:00:00 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=39772 This episode of the One Verse podcast looks at Genesis 1:4 and shows you how God separated light from darkness on the first day of creation. From this we will draw some tentative conclusions about how you and I can separate from darkness without falling into the trap of religion. One Verse PodcastDo you live separate from the world? As a follower of Jesus, Scripture instructs you to have nothing to do with deeds of darkness and the ways of this world. But how are you to do that?

Does it mean you should stay away from non-Christian people, and never attend non-Christian parties, and shun all non-Christian activities and places? Some Christians think so.

Of course, the religious mentality which says we must avoid all sinful people and sinful places is nearly impossible to consistently practice, which tells us that this is probably not what God had in mind.

In this episode of the One Verse Podcast, we look at Genesis 1:4 and see how God separated light from darkness on the first day of creation, and from this, draw some tentative conclusions about how you and I can separate from darkness without falling into the trap of religion.

The Text of Genesis 1:4

Genesis 1:4. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness.

Genesis 1:4

In this discussion of Genesis 1:4 we look at:

  • What does it mean for God to “see” the light?
  • How God wants us to view this world (contrary to what many religions teach).
  • How God “defeats” darkness, both in creation and in our life.
  • How you can live as a light in the darkness of this world.

Resources:

Downloadable Podcast Resources

Those who are part of my online discipleship group may download the MP3 audio file for this podcast and view the podcast transcript below.


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This episode of the One Verse podcast looks at Genesis 1:4 and shows you how God separated light from darkness on the first day of creation. - From this we will draw some tentative conclusions about how you and I can separate from darkness without fa...
Does it mean you should stay away from non-Christian people, and never attend non-Christian parties, and shun all non-Christian activities and places? Some Christians think so.

Of course, the religious mentality which says we must avoid all sinful people and sinful places is nearly impossible to consistently practice, which tells us that this is probably not what God had in mind.

In this episode of the One Verse Podcast, we look at Genesis 1:4 and see how God separated light from darkness on the first day of creation, and from this, draw some tentative conclusions about how you and I can separate from darkness without falling into the trap of religion.
The Text of Genesis 1:4
Genesis 1:4. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness.


In this discussion of Genesis 1:4 we look at:

* What does it mean for God to “see” the light?
* How God wants us to view this world (contrary to what many religions teach).
* How God “defeats” darkness, both in creation and in our life.
* How you can live as a light in the darkness of this world.

Resources:

* Logos Bible Software
* Free Book of the Month at Logos
* Sailhamer on Genesis - Buy it on Amazon or at CBD
* Victor Hamilton on Genesis - Buy it on Amazon or at CBD
* Subscribe and Leave a Review on iTunes

Downloadable Podcast Resources
Those who are part of my online discipleship group may download the MP3 audio file for this podcast and view the podcast transcript below.




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[#03] Genesis 1:3 – Let there be Light https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_1_3/ Mon, 24 Aug 2015 17:00:00 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=39771 Genesis 1:3 is packed full of truth and insight into something very important. This text provides a clear contrast for us. It contrasts how religion tells us to deal with evil in the world, and how God deals with evil in the world. God’s way leads to light and redemption, but the religious way leads only to more darkness and evil. One Verse PodcastGenesis 1:3 is packed full of truth and insight into something very important. This text provides a clear contrast for us.

It contrasts how religion tells us to deal with evil in the world, and how God deals with evil in the world. God’s way leads to light and redemption, but the religious way leads only to more darkness and evil.

So if you want to know what you can do about the evil in the world today, make sure you listen to today’s show on Genesis 1:3.

The text of Genesis 1:3

Genesis 1:3. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.

Genesis 1:3

In this discussion of Genesis 1:3 we look at:

  • How can there be light before God created the sun, moon, and stars? The answer is that this is the wrong question.
  • The light that God spoke into existence in Genesis 1:3 is in response to the darkness that existed in Genesis 1:2.
  • Moses is continuing to make distinctions here between Yahweh and the gods of other Ancient Near East religions.
  • Learn how we can fight against darkness in the world today.

Resources:

Downloadable Podcast Resources

Those who are part of my online discipleship group may download the MP3 audio file for this podcast and view the podcast transcript below.


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Genesis 1:3 is packed full of truth and insight into something very important. This text provides a clear contrast for us. - It contrasts how religion tells us to deal with evil in the world, and how God deals with evil in the world.
It contrasts how religion tells us to deal with evil in the world, and how God deals with evil in the world. God’s way leads to light and redemption, but the religious way leads only to more darkness and evil.

So if you want to know what you can do about the evil in the world today, make sure you listen to today’s show on Genesis 1:3.
The text of Genesis 1:3
Genesis 1:3. Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light.


In this discussion of Genesis 1:3 we look at:

* How can there be light before God created the sun, moon, and stars? The answer is that this is the wrong question.
* The light that God spoke into existence in Genesis 1:3 is in response to the darkness that existed in Genesis 1:2.
* Moses is continuing to make distinctions here between Yahweh and the gods of other Ancient Near East religions.
* Learn how we can fight against darkness in the world today.

Resources:

* Logos Bible Software
* Tyndale Bible Dictionary
* Summary of Some Creation Myths
* Subscribe and Leave a Review on iTunes

Downloadable Podcast Resources
Those who are part of my online discipleship group may download the MP3 audio file for this podcast and view the podcast transcript below.




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[#02] Genesis 1:2 – Formless and Void https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_1_2/ Mon, 17 Aug 2015 17:00:00 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=39770 This episode of the One Verse podcast looks at Genesis 1:2, where we see that although the text contains numerous dark and ominous elements, it ultimately points us to hope that our God is different than the gods of other religions. One Verse PodcastThis episode of the One Verse podcast looks at Genesis 1:2, where we see that although the text contains numerous dark and ominous elements, it ultimately points us to hope that our God is different than the gods of other religions.

The text of Genesis 1:2

Genesis 1:2. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

Main points from Genesis 1:2:

  • Genesis 1:2 begins ominously. We read of chaos, destruction, and darkness.
  • Why does Moses introduce us to God in this way?
  • This episode looks at various theories about Genesis 1:2, and shows once again, that the proper way to read the text is through the eyes of the original audience.
  • When we do this, the darkness and chaos of Genesis 1:2 leads us to renewed hope about the God we serve.

Genesis 1:2

Resources:

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Tiamat Tehom Marduk

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Tehom the deep abyss

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This episode of the One Verse podcast looks at Genesis 1:2, where we see that although the text contains numerous dark and ominous elements, it ultimately points us to hope that our God is different than the gods of other religions. The text of Genesis 1:2
Genesis 1:2. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
Main points from Genesis 1:2:

* Genesis 1:2 begins ominously. We read of chaos, destruction, and darkness.
* Why does Moses introduce us to God in this way?
* This episode looks at various theories about Genesis 1:2, and shows once again, that the proper way to read the text is through the eyes of the original audience.
* When we do this, the darkness and chaos of Genesis 1:2 leads us to renewed hope about the God we serve.


Resources:

* Logos Bible Software
* The Yahweh-Tehom Myth
* Creation-Myths-Johnston
* Subscribe and Leave a Review on iTunes

Images of Tehom





Downloadable Podcast Resources
Those who are part of my online discipleship group may download the MP3 audio file for this podcast and view the podcast transcript below.




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[#01] Genesis 1:1 – In the Beginning https://redeeminggod.com/genesis_1_1/ Mon, 10 Aug 2015 17:00:00 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=39769 In this episode of the One Verse Podcast, we look at Genesis 1:1. This passage is a battleground text over the scientific debate regarding creation and evolution. This is quite sad, for Genesis 1:1 is not a scientific text. We will see that Genesis 1:1 is not about creation vs. evolution at all. One Verse PodcastToday we are going to look at the very first verse in the Bible, Genesis 1:1. This text is one of the most debated texts in the Bible—at least when it comes to the subject of creation and evolution. But we are going to see that this debate is tragic, because Genesis 1:1 is not about creation vs. evolution at all.

Genesis 1:1

The Text of Genesis 1:1

Genesis 1:1. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

In this discussion of Genesis 1:1, we look at:

  • Genesis 1:1 is a battleground text over the scientific debate regarding creation and evolution. This is quite sad, for Genesis 1:1 is not a scientific text.
  • But the creation debate is not the only debate in Genesis. There are dozens others. These debates reveal the problem with studying Genesis.
  • If we get bogged down in debates, we will never understand Genesis.
  • The point of Genesis is introduced by Genesis 1:1 – the author of Genesis wants to introduce us to God.
  • Do you have Questions about God? Genesis 1:1 is the place to start.

Resources:

Downloadable Podcast Resources

Those who are part of my online discipleship group may download the MP3 audio file for this podcast and view the podcast transcript below.

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In this episode of the One Verse Podcast, we look at Genesis 1:1. This passage is a battleground text over the scientific debate regarding creation and evolution. This is quite sad, for Genesis 1:1 is not a scientific text.

The Text of Genesis 1:1
Genesis 1:1. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
In this discussion of Genesis 1:1, we look at:

* Genesis 1:1 is a battleground text over the scientific debate regarding creation and evolution. This is quite sad, for Genesis 1:1 is not a scientific text.
* But the creation debate is not the only debate in Genesis. There are dozens others. These debates reveal the problem with studying Genesis.
* If we get bogged down in debates, we will never understand Genesis.
* The point of Genesis is introduced by Genesis 1:1 – the author of Genesis wants to introduce us to God.
* Do you have Questions about God? Genesis 1:1 is the place to start.

Resources:

* Logos Bible Software
* Creation-Myths-Johnston
* Creation-Myths-Hess
* Genesis-Cosmology-Hasel
* My View on the JEDP Theory and Genesis 1
* Subscribe and Leave a Review on iTunes

Downloadable Podcast Resources
Those who are part of my online discipleship group may download the MP3 audio file for this podcast and view the podcast transcript below.





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[#00] One Verse Podcast Introduction https://redeeminggod.com/one-verse-intro/ Mon, 03 Aug 2015 15:00:33 +0000 https://redeeminggod.com/?p=39743 Welcome to the One Verse podcast by Jeremy Myers, where we liberate Scripture from religion, one verse at a time. This introductory episode explains what the One Verse podcast will focus on as we work our way through every verse in the Bible. _One Verse at a TimeWelcome to the One Verse podcast, where we liberate Scripture from religion, one verse at a time.

Episode #00 Highlights

  • The One Verse Podcast will feature verse-by-verse expository teaching of Scripture, with a target goal (that will rarely be accomplished) of one verse per episode in five minutes or less.
  • The Goal of the One Verse Podcast is to liberate Scripture from religion, one verse at a time.
  • Things I will focus on in bringing out from each verse:
    1. Historical/Cultural Context
    2. Scripture as a Grand Narrative
    3. The Crucivision Way of Reading Scripture
    4. Liberty from Religion

Resources Mentioned in this Episode:

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Welcome to the One Verse podcast by Jeremy Myers, where we liberate Scripture from religion, one verse at a time. - This introductory episode explains what the One Verse podcast will focus on as we work our way through every verse in the Bible. Episode #00 Highlights

* The One Verse Podcast will feature verse-by-verse expository teaching of Scripture, with a target goal (that will rarely be accomplished) of one verse per episode in five minutes or less.
* The Goal of the One Verse Podcast is to liberate Scripture from religion, one verse at a time.
* Things I will focus on in bringing out from each verse:

* Historical/Cultural Context
* Scripture as a Grand Narrative
* The Crucivision Way of Reading Scripture
* Liberty from Religion



Resources Mentioned in this Episode:

* Logos Bible Software
* Logos Master Journal Bundle
* Jesus Told Stories, So Shouldn’t We!
* Subscribe and Leave a Review on iTunes
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