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Grace Fulfilled in God's Promises

"Grace for Grace, χάριν ἀντὶ χάριτος" immediately follows Johns declaration that "Of His fullness we have all received" (John 1:16). It was Jesus who was full of grace and truth, John 1:17, and it is of His fullness we who have believed have fully received His grace. The Greek word χαριν, charin in English, has been defined in two ways according to Liddel:

1. On the part of the Doer, grace, graciousness, kindness, goodwill, τινός for or towards one [another]
2. on the part of the Receiver, the sense of favor received, thankfulness, thanks, gratitude

Grace for grace. He gives fully of His grace to those who in turn show grace to others. Paul speaks of the Lord's grace bestowed to us in the following way: "But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ's gift" (Ephesians 4:7 ). And in 1 Corinthians 15:10, he speaks of the measure of grace given to him as the laboring power working to bring the gospel to the world, "bu…

A Christian Viewpoint on Extremism

The Apostle Paul wrote what the Lord revealed to him in the passage below, as  being the under-girding framework of all Christian wisdom and illumination when it comes to understanding what the Bible states, and how true Christians are transformed.

10 But God has revealed them [deep biblical truths] to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. 13 These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are sp…

When the Door of Noah's Ark is Shut, Again

The Bible is replete with the joys that are to come for the true believer. Jesus will one day return and His feet will descend to the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem along with all of His saints. His purpose to setup His Millennial rule as the Messiah, prepare the wedding feast for all true believers, and to put an end to the evil and oppression we see so widespread in the world today. Jude put it this way:
Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, "Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him." Jude 1:14-15 (NKJV)
But leading up to those days the Bible describes a time that most have, at least heard of, called the Tribulation Period—sometimes referred to as the 70th week of Daniel, Dan. 9:24-27, or the Time of Jacobs Troub…