The kingdom age will be for 1,000 years and it will be a physical kingdom right her on this earth. It will be a time where righteousness and goodness dominate. A place where man will be in harmony with each other and with the animal world. A place without satan or his demons , but where Jesus Christ will rule supremely, and universally. It will be a rule that is righteous, just and fair and where sin is dealt with instantly and firmly.
This chapter declares the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ from the dead through the eyes of his disciples. With regards to Mary Magdalene the Spirit shows us hope and the blessed joy that shall be ours when we close our eyes and awake in the presence of our God and Savior.
What We Open…
Blessings... I pray this message will find you in a place where your heart is tender and eager to be fed and encouraged.
There are three things Paul did consistently and courageously.
He Opened His Mouth
He Opened His Bible
He Opened His Life
Yes, as simple as this sounds, is as simple as it is! Paul, simply but significantly, was a man who opened his mouth for Christ, and then he opened the Scriptures to teach and pointed them to Christ, and then he opened his life to ridicule, rejection, scrutiny, and as an example to share how this same Jesus interrupted and transformed his life. That's it... a man who opened things! And we find that as he opened these three things, before the people, the Lord opened hearts and heaven to those who were poor in spirit, perishing in their sin, and needed Jesus to rescue them.
Glory, hallelujah, and as Paul opened...God opened every needful thing — that Paul couldn't open — that was absolutely necessary — for Him to fulfill his assignments.
This is how it reads:
"And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned [He opened his Mouth] with them out of the Scriptures [He opened his Bible], opening and alleging [He opened his Life], that Christ had to suffer, and rise again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ." (Acts 17:2-3)
Opening up our lives is a very important part of the whole. It's an essential part of the three things he did. Let me explain. The word "alleging" or "demonstrating" means to place alongside. Paul used his life and other testimonies to cast alongside the truth he just opened up. And with God's help, to show how the life, death, and r
We start by looking at one passage that we missed last week on our understanding the Mystery that I missed in my notes. We then tackle a new passage written by Paul to the Thessalonian church. Where he is praying bearing in mind their work of faith, labor of love and steadfastness of hope. We examine these ideas in Christianity as the three graces, sometimes abbreviated to Faith, Hope, and Love.
Acts 9:1-8 " And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,
2 And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.
3 ¶ And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:
4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
5 ¶ And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
6 ¶ And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.
7 ¶ And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man.
8 And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus."
God provided hope despite the loss of the city and the loss of temple, through His promised restoration of both.
The burning of the city. (v.12-16)
The dismantling of the temple. (v.17-23)
Learning to live like an exile means waiting for both the city and the temple to be rebuilt, different and better than before.
After the loss of the city and temple, is there hope?
Why are these verses repeated in 2 Kings 25:8-17?
What is significant about Daniel's actions? Dan. 6:10-13
Where does the Christian belong? Heb. 12:22-24
Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock. We rarely perceive the moving of a clock's hands as the visible reminder that life is slowly--sometimes quickly--passing us by. To focus on time makes one insane; but to ignore it makes one a fool. How are we to understand our role as "free" beings, when we seem to be held captive by the "tyranny of time?" Join us in Ecclesiastes 3 as we catch a glimpse of the Son's rays yet again, this time through His role of guiding human affairs and giving our "time under the sun" true and ultimate purpose.
Jesus Christ is presently seated at the right hand of God the Father reigning over the nations. As the first century Christians were waiting for the new heavens and new earth to be ushered in by King Jesus, they were to do so as beloved children of God, with diligence to be without spot or blemish, with hope since God is patience, and with knowledge so they don't lose their stability.
I. The Reason for Our Groaning
A. The First Fruits of the Spirit
B. The Inward Groan
C. Awaiting Final Redemption
II. The Nature of Our Salvation
A. We Have Been Saved in Hope
B. And Hope Involves Things Not Yet Seen
C. And Hope Produces Patient Expectation