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S. NoPraisesVerses
1Abba FatherRom 8:15
2Loving Father1Jn 3:1
3Everlasting FatherIsaiah 9:6
4Heavenly FatherMatt 5:48
5Father of SpiritsHeb 12:9
6Father of lightsJam 1:17
7Father of Mercies2 Cor 1:3
8Father of gloryEph 1:17
9Father who created meDeu 32:6
10Father who made meDeu 32:6
11Father who established meDeu 32:6
12My FatherMatt 6:18
13One Father of allMal 2:10
14Father of our Lord Jesus Christ2 Cor 1:3
15Righteous FatherJn 17:25
16Father who is in secretMatt 6:6
17Father of the righteousMatt13:43
18Father of IsraelJer 31:9
19Living FatherJn 6:57
20Father who is going to give the Kingdom with good pleasureLk 12:32
21The Most high GodDan 4:2
22Great GodPs 95:3
23God of godsPs 136:2
24Living God1Tim 3:15
25Loving God1Jn 4:8
26God of Love and peace2Cor 1:3
27Eternal GodDue33:27
28God of all comforts2Cor 1:3
29God of patience and consolationRom 15:5
30God of gloryAct 7:2
31God of my mercyPs 59:17
32God who called me by His gloryGal 1:15
33God of AbrahamEx 3:15
34God of IsaacEx 3:15
34God of JacobEx 3:15
36God of JeshurunDue 33:26
37God of Israel
38God of Elijah2 Kg 2:14
39God of DavidIsa 38:5
40God of DanielDan 6:26
41God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed NegoDan 3:28
42God the FatherTit 1:4
43God of our fathersEzra 7:27
44My father’s GodEx 15:2
45God of the valleys1Kg20:28
46God of the hills1Kg 20:28
47God of the whole earthIsa 54:5
48God who is overall, the eternally blessedRom 9:5
49God of all kingdoms of the earthIsa 37:16
50God of heaven and earthEzra 5:11
51You are God in heaven and in earth beneathJosh 2:11
52God who rules in Jacob unto the ends of the earthPs 59:13
53God of wondersEx 15 :11
54Mighty GodIsa 9:6
55All mighty GodGen 17:1
56God who rules the raging of the seaPs 89:9
57True God1Thes 1:9
58The only true GodJn 17:3
59One God the Father1Cor 8:6
60The only wise God1Tim 1:17
61God of heavenEph 1:17
62God of heavenEzra 1:2
63Holy God1Sam 6:2
64God of truthIsa 65:16
65God of promises1Kg 8:56
66God of hopeDan 9:4
67God who keeps His covenantRom15:13
68Merciful GodDue 4:31
69God who is rich in mercyEph 2:4
70God of righteousPs 4:1
71God of vengeancePs 94:1
72God of truth and without iniquityDue 32:4
73God of hostsPs 89:8
74My God… My GodMatt27:46
75God who begot meDue 32:18
76God who sees meGen16:13
77God who appears unto His peopleGen 12:7
78God of the spirits of all fleshNum16:22
79God who is blessed for ever2Cor11:31
80God who lives foreverDue 32:40
81God who reigns foreverEx 15:18
82The only wise God1Tim 1:17
83God Revealer of secretsDan 2:47
84My God and KingPs 145:1
85Great GodPs 77:13
86God of richesPhil 4:19
87God who supplies every needPhil 4:19
88God who gives the increase1Cor 3:7
89God who gives us victory1Cor15:57
90God of peace1Thes5:23
91God who is angry with the wicked “Ps 7:11
92Jealous GodEx 20:5
93God who forgives usPs 99:8
94Wonder working GodPs 77:4
95God who makes all thingsEcc 11:5
96God of my salvationPs 24:5
97God our saviour1Tim 2:3
98God who is the health of my countenancePs 42:1
99God of my exceeding joyPs 43:4
100Blessed God1Tim 1:11

 

101God who calls us by nameIsa 45:4
102God who calls into existence the things that do not existRom 4:17
103God who never liesHeb 6:18
104Truly You are God who hides YourselfIsa 45:15
105God who has made His light shine upon usPs 118:27
106God who shines forth out of ZionPs 50:2
107God God who speaks in His HolinessPs 60:6
108God who reigns for ever to all generationsPs 146:10
109God who is good to those who are pure in heartPs 73:1
110You are a God of hand and not a god afar offPs 73:1
111God who is enthroned for everPs 65:19
112Lord of LordsRev 17:14
113Lord GodEx 23:17
114Lord of HostsPs 46:7
115Lord of peace2 The 3:16
116Lord of KingsDan 2:47
117Lord our CounsellorIsa 9:6
118The Lord who heals usEx 15:26
119Lord Most highPs 47:2
120Lord our Holy oneIsa 43:15
121Lord who sanctifies usLev 20:8
121Righteous LordZep 3:5
123Lord our righteousnessJer 23:6
124Lord our everlasting lightIsa 60:19
125Lord God of all fleshJer 32:27
126Lord God of HebrewsEx 9:1
127Lord who helps usIsa 44:2
128The Lord who judges me1 Cor 4:4
129Lord our God who goes before usDeu 1:30
130Lord the Spirit2Cor 3:17
131One Lord, Jesus Christ1 Cor 8:6
132Great is the Lord and Greatly to be praisedPs 48:1
133Lord You are GoodPs 135:3
134Unchanging LordMal 3:6
135The Lord is uprightPs 92:15
136O Lord God of truthPs 31:5
137Mighty LordPs 89:8
138Lord God of heavenGen 24:7
139Lord of heaven and earthLk 10:21
140Lord of the whole earthZach 4:14
141Lord of the both the dead and the livingRom 14:9
142Lord Your dominion is an everlasting dominion and Your kingdom is from generation to generationDan 4:34
143Lord the KingPs 98:6
144King of kingsRev 19:16
145King of gloryPs 24:7
146Great kingPs 48:2
147King of saintsRev 15:3
148King of SalemHeb 7:2
149King of righteousnessHeb 7:2
150Spotless KingHeb 7:2
151King eternal1Tim 1:17
152King Immortal1Tim 1:17
153King invisible1Tim 1:17
154King of the JewsMat 27:11
155King of IsraelJn 1:49
156King of JacobIsa 41:21
157King JeshurunDeu 33:5
158The King upon the holy hill of ZionPs 2:6
159The Lord of KingsDan 2:47
160The One gives victory to the kingsPs 144:10
161Ruler of the kings of the earthRev 1:5
162Prince of princessDan 8:25
163King of all the earthPs 47:7
164The Lord is terrible to kings of the earthPs 76:12
165King of peaceHeb 7:2
166Our peaceMic 5:5
167Prince of peaceIsa 9:6
168He who breaks the spirit of the rulersPs 76:12
169He who brings the princes of nothingIsa 40:23
170King forever and everPs 10:16
171My KingPs 84:3
172King of heavenDan 4:37
173Your dominion shall be from sea to sea, and from the river to the ends of the earthZech 9:10
174There will be no end to Your kingdomLk 1:33
175Holy! Holy! Holy!Rev 4:8
176Most HolyDan 9:24
177Holy one of IsraelIsa 43:3
178Holy one of GodLk 4:34
179The Holy one who inhabits eternityIsa 57:15
180The Lord who says “I am Holy”Lev 19:2
181The Holy one in our midstHos 11:9
182Glorious in holinessEx 15:11
183Holy ChildAct 4:30
184Lord JehovahEx 6:3
185Jehovah JirehGen 22:14
186Jehovah ShalomJud 6:24
187Jehovah ShammahEze 48:35
188Jehovah NissiEx 17:15
189Jehovah HeleyonPs 7:17
190Jehovah  RohiPs 23:1
191Jehovah TsidkenuPs 23:3
192Jehovah TsebahothIsa 48:2
193Jehovah MekaddishkemLev 20:8
194Jehovah RophecaEx 15:26
195Jehovah HoseenuPs 95:6
196Jehovah EloheenuPs 99:5
197Jehovah ElohekaEx 20:2
198Jehovah ElohayZech 14:5
199ElohimGen 1:1
200ElshaddaiGen 17:1
201For Your name “JESUS”Matt 1:21
202For Your name “IMMANUEL”Matt 1:23
203For Your name “THE WORD OF GOD”Rev 19:13
204For Your name which is exaltedIsa 12:4
205Your name is pleasantPs 135:3
206Your name is ointment poured forthSong 1:3
207Holy and terrible is Your namePs 111:9
208Your name is great in might O LordJer 10:6
209For Your glorious namePs 72:19
210For Your great name’s sake1Sam 12:22
211Your name is above every namePhil 2:9
212Blessed be Your glorious name which is exalted above all blessings and praiseNeh 9:5
213Your name is near to usPs 75:1
214Your name O Lord is a strong towerPro 18:10
215The Holy SpiritAct 1:8
216Spirit of truthJn 14:17
217Spirit of graceZec 12:10
218Spirit of glory1Pet 4:14
219Spirit of lifeRom 8:2
220Spirit of our fatherMatt 10:20
221Spirit of Christ1Pet 1:11
221Spirit of understandingIsa 11:2
223The life giving Spirit1Cor 15:45
224The generous SpiritPs 51:12
225Spirit of wisdomIsa 11:12
226Spirit of the Lord2Cor 3:17
227Spirit of the Lord GodIsa 61:1
228The eternal SpiritHeb 9:14
229The Holy Spirit, the power of the Most highLk 1:35
230Spirit of mightIsa 11:2
231Spirit of holinessRom 1:4
232Spirit of the SonGal 4:6
233Spirit of adoptionRom 8:15
234For Your good SpiritPs 143:10
235The CounsellorJn 15:26
236Spirit of supplicationZec 12:10
237The Spirit who dwells in us and yearns jealouslyJam 4:5
238The Spirit who intercedes for us with groaningRom 8:26
239The Spirit who helps in our weaknessRom 8:26
240Hovering SpiritGen 1:2
241Spirit of counselIsa 11:2
242Spirit of prophecyRev 19:10
243Spirit of judgementIsa 4:4
244Spirit of burningIsa 4:4
245When the enemy comes in like a flood the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against himIsa 59:19
246Alpha and OmegaRev 1:8
247The Beginning and the EndRev 1:8
248The Beginning of the creation of GodRev 3:14
249The First and the LastRev 2:8
250He who says “I am with the last”Isa 41:4
251The Lord who is and who wasRev 11:17
252The Lord says “I am who I am”Ex 3:14
253The Lord who is to comeRev 11:17
254“God who is Love”1Jn 4:8
255The Most highIsa 33:5
256The one who is exalted above the heavensHeb 7:26
257God who is exalted by His powerJob 36:22
258The head of all principality and powerColo 2:10
259O Lord, You are exalted as head over all1Chro 29:11
260God who is highly exaltedPs 47:9
261Great and mighty in powerPs 147:5
262Fairest LordPs 45:2
263Most UprightIsa 26:7
264Sun of RighteousnessMatt 4:2
265Righteous JudgePs 7:11
266Righteous and Upright GodDeu 32:4
267Hw who increases the harvest of our righteousness2Cor 9:10
268He who loves righteousness and justicePs 33:5
269The Lord who speaks righteousness and declare things that are rightIsa 45:9
270He who brings His judgement to lightZep 3:5
271He who guards the paths of justicePro 2:8
272The Lord who will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all nationsIsa 61:11
273Our Law giverDeu 33:22
274How un-searchable are Your judgements, O LordRom 11:33
275You are faithful1Cor 1:9
276Who is like You, O LordEx 15:11
277Holy and blamelessHeb 7:26
278You are undefiledHeb 7:26
279My DelivererPs 18:2
280My refugePs 18:2
281My shieldPs 18:2
282My fortressPs 18:2
283My strongholdNah 1:7
284A very present helpPs 46:1
285Horn of my salvationPs 18:2
286Pioneer of our salvationHeb 2:10
287Anchor of the soulHeb 2:10
288The one my soul lovesSong 3:1
289The BridegroomMatt 9:15
290Rock of agesMatt 9:15
291Lily of the valleysSong 2:1
292Rose of SharonSong 2:1
293Cluster of henna blossomsSong1:14
294A bundle of myrrhSong1:13
295You are altogether lovelySong5:16
296The chiefest among the ten thousandSong5:10
297Your speech is most sweetSong5:16
298My beloved is white and ruddySong5:10
299The bright and morning startRev 22:16
300Apple tree among the trees of the woodSong 2:3
301You are like a gazelle of a young stagSong 2:9
302You are loved by virginsSong 1:3
303You are loved by the righteousSong 1:4
304Beloved SonMatt 3:17
305Loving SonColo 1:13
306Son of the Most High GodMk 5:7
307Christ – the Son of the BlessedMk 14:61
308Son of manLk 21:36
309Son who has been made perfect foreverHeb 7:28
310He who is called Son of DavidMatt 20:30
311God who never fails in His promisesMatt 20:30
312Christ, the same yesterday, today and foreverHeb 13:8
313Perfect in LoveHeb 13:8
314Father in heaven You are perfectMatt 5:48
315He who is perfect in knowledgeJob 37:16
316Light of the worldJn 12:46
317The true lightJn 1:9
318The light that enlightens every manJn 1:9
319Light to the nationsIsa 49:6
320the faithful witnessRev 1:5
321The Lamb that had been slainRev 5:6
321Lamb of GodJn 1:36
323The one ShepherdEze37:24
324Great ShepherdHeb 13:20
325Good ShepherdJn 10:11
326He who had laid down His life for the sheepJn 10:11
327Chief Shepherd1 Pet 5:4
328Shepherd and Guardian1Pet 2:25
329You were wounded for our transgressionsIsa 53:5
330You were bruised for our iniquitiesIsa 53:5
331You bore the sin of manyIsa 53:12
332You took our infirmities and bore our sicknessMatt 8:17
333you bore our grief and carried our sorrowsIsa 53:4
334You shed Your blood for usColo 1:20
335The chastisement for our peace was upon YouIsa 53:5
336He who tasted death for everyoneHeb 2:9
337You were mocked for our sakePs 22:7
338You were scorned by menPs 22:6
339You were despised by the peoplePs 22:6
340You were numbered with transgressorsIsa 53:12
341He who made intercession for the transgressorsIsa 53:!2
342For Your stripes that heal usIsa 53:5
343Resurrected ChristLk 24:6
344The resurrection and the lifeJn 11:25
345The way, the truth and the lifeJn 14:6
346The First BornHeb 1:6
347The First Fruit1Cor 15:20
348The DoorJn 10:9
349Conqueror of death1Cor15:55
350Conqueror of hell1Cor 15:55
351The one who has the keys of death and hellRev 1:18
352He that has the key of DavidRev 3:7
353He that shuts that no man opensRev 3:7
354He that opens that no man shutsRev 3:7
355Bread from heavenJn 6:50
356Bread of lifeJn 6:48
357River of lifeJn 6:48
358The fountain of living waterJer 17:13
359Author of lifeAct 3:15
360Out life and length of our lifeDeu 30:20
361Word of life1Jn 1:1
362Light of lifeJn 8:12
363He who proclaimed the lightAct 26:23
364Rock of our salvationDeu 32:15
365Everlasting rockIsa 26:4
366Spiritual rock1Cor 10:4
367The rock who begot meDeu 32:18
368The strength of my heartPs 73:26
369Rock of my strong holdIsa 17:10
370Rock of my refuge and my habitationPs 71:13
371My RedeemerPs 19:14
372My HelperHeb 13:6
373My HopeIsa 39:7
374My HusbandmanIsa 54:5
375My CreatorIsa 54:5
376My FriendSong5:16
377My Beloved, the pleasantSong1:16
378You are my praiseDeu 10:21
379My salvationPs 27:1
380The strength of my salvationPs 140:7
381My strength and my songEx 15:2
382The strength of my lifePs 27:1
383My lightPs 27:1
384My Holy oneHaba 1:12
385My covertIsa 32:2
386My gloryPs 3:3
387My goodnessPs 144:2
388My hiding placePs 119:11
389My high towerPs 144:2
390You are the portion of my inheritance and my cupPs 16:5
391You maintain my lotPs 16:5
392My portion in the land of the livingPs 142:5
393Guide of my youthJer 3:4
394My MasterJn 11:28
395My beloved is mineSong 6:3
396The one who cares about me1 Pet 5:7
397My witnessJob 16:19
398He who goes over before meDeu 9:3
399My JudgeJob 9:15
400Judge of all the earthGen18:25
401Christ the righteous advocate1Jn 2:1
402Christ who strengthens mePhil 4:13
403Jesus of NazarethMk 1:24
404Christ our intercessor1Jn 2:1
405Wonderful GodIsa 9:6
406He who alone does great wondersPs 136:4
407He who calls us “My Friends”Lk 12:4
408Friend of sinnersLk 7:34
409He who separate from sinnersHeb 7:26
410Hw who justifies the ungodlyRom 4:5
411The opened fountainZech 13:1
412For the blood without blemish1Pet 1:19
413For Your spotless blood1Pet 1:19
414For the precious blood of Lord Jesus Christ1Pet 1:19
415For the blood of sprinklingHeb 12:24
416For Your blood speaks better thingsHeb 12:24
417For the blood of new covenant1Cor 11:25
418For the blood of the everlasting covenantHeb 13:20
419Gift of GodJn 4:10
420Christ our Passover1Cor 5:7
421The propitiation of our sins
421You offered Yourself without spotHeb 9:14
423You have become a surety of better covenantHeb 7:22
424MessiahJn 1:41
425ForerunnerHeb 6:20
426Our GuidePs 48:14
427Rabbi, RabboniJn 1:49
428The stem of JesseIsa 11:1
429The root of DavidRev 5:5
430The BranchZech 6:12
431He who is called David the KingJer 30:9
432He who is called David the servantEze 37:24
433Lord You are worthy to be praisedPs 18:3
434Lord You are pleased in our praisesPs 18:3
435Fearful in praisesEx 15:11
436Lord who inhabits the praises of IsraelPs 22:3
437He who dwells between CherubimsIsa 57:16
438The one who dwells in unapproachable light1Tim 6:16
439The one who dwells in JerusalemPs135:21
440He who dwells in ZionJoel 3:21
441Lord, You are gifted to dwell among menPs 68:18
442You dwell with the one who has a contrite and humble spiritIsa 57:15
443He who dwells between the shoulder of His belovedDeu 33:12
444He who is seated at the circle of the earthIsa 40:22
445He who sits enthroned over the floodPs 29:10
446He who sits in the heavenPs 2:4
447The Lord who is in His templePs 11:4
448The Lord who is upon many watersPs 29:3
449He who is seated at the right hand of the FatherEph 1:20
450He who treads the high places of the earthAmo 4:13
451He who walks in the midst if the seven lamp standsRev 2:1
452He who holds the seven stars in His right handRev 2:1
453With the merciful, You will show Yourself mercifulPs 18:25
454With the blameless man, You will show Yourself blamelessPs 18:25
455With the pure, You will show Yourself purePs 18:26
456With the devious, You will Yourself shrewdPs 18:26
457Our Lord and TeacherJn 13:14
458Teacher from GodJn 3:2
459Chief ApostleHeb 3:1
460Chief ProphetJn 4:19
461Great PhysicianJn 4:19
462Great High PriestHeb 4:14
463High Priest foreverHeb 6:20
464A merciful and faithful High PriestHeb 2:17
465High Priest without sinHeb 4:15
466A High Priest who can sympathize with our weaknessHeb 4:15
467High Priest of the good things to comeHeb 9:11
468He who has unchangeable priesthoodHeb 7:24
469You are a Priest for ever according to the order if MelchizedekHeb 7:17
470Creator of IsraelIsa 43:15
471Shepherd of IsraelPs 80:1
472Ruler of IsraelMatt 2:6
473The strength of Israel1 Sam 15:29
474Hope of IsraelJer 14:8
475Rock of Israel2 Sam 23:3
476The consolation of IsraelLk 2:25
477The light of IsraelIsa 10:17
478The dew unto IsraelHos 14:5
479The glory of your people IsraelLk 2:32
480The Lord who sanctifies IsraelEze 37:28
481Judge of IsraelMica 5:1
482The Mighty one of IsraelIsa 1:24
483God the fear of IsaacGen 31:42
484The Mighty one of JacobIsa 60:16
485The portion of JacobJer 10:16
486He who loved JacobRom 9:13
487He who had accepted JobJob 42:9
488The Lord who restored Job’s lossesJob 42:10
489The Lord who gave Job twice as much as he had beforeJob 42:10
490The Lord who blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginningJob 42:12
491You are wonderful in counsel and You are excellent in guidanceIsa 28:29
492You are great in counsel and mighty in workJer 32:19
493The hills from where my help comesPs 121:1
494The one who makes crooked places straightIsa 42:16
495The only begotten of the FatherJn 1:14
496The Angel of GodEx 14:19
497The Messenger of covenantMal 3:1
498Servant chosen by the LordMatt12:18
499Commander of the army of the LordJosh 5:14
500Our Captain2Cor13:12

 

501Our Protector2Cor13:12
502Our Mediator1Tim 2:5
503Our BrotherMk 3:35
504Our rising SunLk 1:79
505Our Holy sanctuaryIsa 8:14
506Worthy of gloryRev 5:12
507Crown of gloryIsa 28:5
508Diadem of beautyIsa 28:5
509A Child and SonIsa 9:6
510Gracious and full of compassionPs 111:4
511The desire if every nationHag 2:7
512O God, to you belong all nationsPs 82:8
513The Most High who divided their inheritance of the nationsDeu 32:8
514Heir of all thingsHeb 1:2
515He who upholds all things by the word of His powerHeb 1:3
516He who bore us on eagle’s wingsEx 19:4
517He who keeps me as an apple of an eyePs 17:8
518Your right hand shall hold mePs 139:10
519You are my shade at my right handPs 121:5
520The Blessed and only potentate1Tim 6:15
521One who is immortal1Tim 6:16
521The unseen1Tim 6:16
523The Brightness of His gloryHeb 1:3
524The last Adam1Cor15:45
525Father, the vine dresserJn 15:1
526The true vineJn 15:1
527The sower of good seedsMatt 13:37
528He who prunes the branch to bear more fruitsJn 15:2
529Author and Finisher of our faithHeb 12:1
530The BreakerMica 2:13
531The Lord who fights for meEx 14:14
532Consuming fireHeb 12:29
533You are like refiner’s fire and like fuller’s soapMala 3:2
534The great and awesome GodDeu 7:21
535You are awesome in Your doing toward sons of menPs 66:5
536The shield of my helpDeu 33:29
537Heavenly BreadJn 6:32
538The PotterJer 18:6
539God with no partialityRom 2:11
540A tried, precious cornerstoneIsa 28;16
541A sure foundationIsa 28:16
542You are anointed with oil of gladnessHeb 1:9
543The Ancient daysDan 7:9
544Lord, who is slow to angerNah 1:13
545The express image of God’s personHeb 1:3
546Your are of purer eyesHaba 1:13
547Head of the body of ChurchCol 1:18
548The Lord who nourishes and cherishes the ChurchEph 5:29
549Lion of the tribe of JudahRev 5:5
550Man of warEx 15:3
551Mighty in battlePs 24:8
552Mighty in strengthJob 9:4
553The one who crushed satan’s headGen 3:15
554Christ the victorJn 16:33
555The Lord who has triumphed gloriouslyEx 15:1
556God who always lead us on triumph in Christ2Cor 2:14
557The great King above all godsPs 95:3
558Lord, You are greater than all godsEx 18:11
559Lord, You are exalted far above all godsPs 97:9
560You are to be feared above all godsPs 96:4
561Lord, You are above all godsPs 153:5
562You are greatly to be praisedPs 145:3
563The Lord who bestows His riches upon allRom 10:12
564Hw who gives us power to get wealthDeu 8:18
565Both riches and honour come of You1Chro 29:12
566You don’t despise Your own that are in bondsPs 69:33
567He who hears the groaning of the prisonersPs 102:20
568He who brings out those who are bound to be prosperityPs 68:6
569He who sets free those appointed to deathPs 102:20
570The Lord who upholds all those who fallPs 145:14
571The Lord who raises up all those who are bowed downPs 145:14
572He who heals the broken hearted and binds up their woundsPs 147:3
573He who raises the poor out of the dustPs 113:7
574Lord You are a refuge for the oppressedPs 9:9
575Lord You have heard the desire of the humblePs 10:17
576He who hears the cry of the afflictedJob 34:28
577Lord who maintains the cause of the humblePs 140:12
578Lord who delivers the poor from him that is too strong for himPs 35:10
579Lord who delivers the poor and the needy from him who spoils himPs 35:10
580Lord, You bless the poor, delivers him in the time of trouble, preserve him, keep him alive, will not deliver him to the will of enemies and strengthen him and sustain him on his sick bedPs 41:1-3
581Lord You will save the humble people and You will bring down haughty looksPs 18:27
582The Lord executes righteousness and justice for all who are oppressedPs 103:6
583There is none like You O Lord to help both the mighty and the weak2Cor 14:11
584Lord You will place the poor in the safety for which longsPs 12:5
585You do not regard the rich more than the poorJob 34:19
586You have been a strength to poorIsa 25:4
587You have been a strength to the needy in his distressIsa 25:4
588A refuge from the stormIsa 25:4
589A shade from the heatIsa 25:4
590Lord, You set the poor on high far from afflictionPs 107:41
591Lord You have delivered the life of the needy from the hand of the evil doersJer 20:13
592Lord You make the families of the poor like a flockPs 107:41
593Lord, You stand at the right hand of the poor to save him from those who condemn himPs 109:31
594Lord, who lifts the needy out of the dustPs 113:7
595Lord, You make the poor to sit with the princess of his peoplePs 113:8
596Lord, You maintain the justice for the poorPs 140:12
597Father of the fatherlessPs 68:5
598Defender of widowsPs 68:5
599Helper of the fatherlessPs 10:14
600Lord, You will regard the prayer of the destitute and will not despise their supplicationPs 102:17

about christianity Christianity fast facts and introduction

Name Means

followers of Christ (Greek christos, Messiah)

Adherents

2.2 billion

Place Founded

Southern Levant (modern-day Israel, Palestine, and Jordan)

Date Founded

c. 30 CE

Founder(s)

Jesus, Peter, Paul

Major Branches

Roman Catholic; Eastern Orthodox; Protestant

Practices

Prayer, Bible study, baptism, Eucharist (Communion), church on Sundays, numerous holidays.

Main Holidays

Easter, Christmas, saints’ days

Texts

Bible (Hebrew Bible + New Testament)

Symbols

Cross, dove, anchor, fish, alpha/omega, chi rho

With over 2 billion adherents worldwide, Christianity is the largest religion in the world. It has dominated western culture for centuries and remains the majority religion of Europe and the Americas.

Christian beliefs center on the life of Jesus of Nazareth, a teacher and healer who lived in first century Palestine. The primary source of information about the life of Jesus are the Gospels, which were written sometime between 20 and 100 years after his death and became the first four books of the New Testament. The Gospels describe a three-year teaching and healing ministry during which Jesus attracted 12 close disciples and other followers who believed him to be the Messiah (Christos).

Jesus’ teachings focused on the themes of the kingdom of God, love of God and love of neighbor. Along with some of his teachings, his growing popularity with the masses was seen as dangerous by Jewish religious leaders and the Roman government, leading to his execution by crucifixion. Christians believe Jesus rose from the dead three days later, and in so doing made it possible for those who believe to be forgiven of sin and attain eternal life. Much of Christian belief and practice centers on the resurrection of Christ.

The sacred text of Christianity is the Christian Bible, which consists of the Old Testament (the Jewish Bible) and the New Testament. The New Testament contains 27 books: four gospels (narratives of Jesus’ life), one account of the apostles’ ministry after Jesus’ death, letters from church leaders (the earliest of which predate the Gospels), and an apocalyptic book.

Nearly all Christians regard the Bible as divinely inspired and authoritative, but views differ as to the nature and extent of its authority. Some hold it to be completely without error in all matters it addresses, while others stress its accuracy only in religious matters and allow for errors or limitations in other areas due to its human authorship.

Christianity has divided into three major branches. Roman Catholicism represents the continuation of the historical organized church as it developed over the centuries, and is headed by the Pope. Eastern Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism separated in 1054, when the Patriarch of Constantinople and the Pope excommunicated each other. Eastern Orthodoxy (which includes the Greek and Russian Orthodox Churches and several others) differs from Catholicism in its refusal of allegiance to the Pope, its emphasis on the use of icons in worship, and the date it celebrates Easter. Other cultural, political, and religious differences exist as well.

Protestantism arose in the 16th century. Protestants do not acknowledge the authority of the Pope, reject many traditions and beliefs of the Catholic Church, and emphasize the importance of reading the Bible and the doctrine of salvation by faith alone. Protestantism encompasses numerous denominational groups, including Baptists, Methodists, Episcopalians, Presbyterians, Pentecostals and Evangelicals.

Christian practices vary by denomination, but common elements include a Sunday worship service, private and corporate prayer, study and reading of the Scriptures, and participation in the rites of baptism and communion. Distinctive Catholic practices include recognition of seven sacraments, devotion to Mary and the saints, and veneration of relics and sacred sites associated with holy figures. Eastern Orthodoxy holds many practices in common with Catholicism, but is especially distinguished by the central role of icons.

The most important Christian holiday is Easter, a spring holiday that celebrates Christ’s resurrection from the dead. Easter is immediately preceded by Holy Week, which includes Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday. The 40 days prior to Easter form the Lenten season, a time of fasting and repentance. Another holiday that has become important is Christmas, which commemorates the birth of Jesus on December 25 (January 6 in Orthodox Churches). Saints’ days are also important. Some of these, such as St. Patrick’s Day and St. Valentine’s Day, have come to play a prominent role in popular American culture.

What a Christian Should Believe

What are the true doctrines of a sound Christian faith?

When you have read this information you will know the answers to these questions:

1. Why should I accept the beliefs of 1st century Christians?
2. What did 1st century Christians believe?
3. If my church does not teach what 1st century Christians believed, what should I do?

1. WHY SHOULD I ACCEPT THE BELIEFS OF 1ST CENTURY CHRISTIANS?

It is very important that 21st century Christians have the same beliefs as those in the 1st century. Why? Because 1st century Christians lived closest to the time when Jesus Christ preached, “the Gospel of the Kingdom of God”.
If we want to drink the purest water from a stream we must get as close as we can to the water source. We know that further down the stream, pollution will have affected the purity of the water.

It is just the same with understanding Bible teaching. Jesus is the source of pure water. The closer we get to his teaching, the purer our understanding will be. The apostles Peter and Paul lived at the same time as Jesus. We cannot go wrong if we believe what they taught. Sadly, what they taught is rarely spoken about by modern preachers.

2. WHAT DID 1ST CENTURY CHRISTIANS BELIEVE?

We must examine the first speech made by Peter, after Jesus went to heaven. He tells us in Acts 2:14-47 what Christians should believe.

Acts 2:21,23 Jesus did not die by accident. It was part of God’s plan that Jesus, His sinless son, should give his life to save sinners. Because of Adam’s sin, a death sentence was passed by God on Adam, Eve and all the human race. Jesus, by his sinless life, made everlasting life possible for all who believe in him and keep God’s commandments.
Acts 2:24-28 Because Jesus lived a perfect life, God raised him from the dead. King David, who lived 1,000 years before Jesus, was also a prophet. He foretold the death and resurrection of Jesus. David said, of Jesus, God “will not abandon my soul to Hades (the grave), or let your Holy One see corruption.” (Psalm 16:10)

Jesus died and was laid in a tomb. God brought him back to life again (resurrection). God gave Jesus an immortal body (one that does not die). It is important to notice that the Bible does not say that Jesus had an immortal soul that went to heaven when he died. That is a Greek idea, not a Bible one. Jesus still had a body. He could eat, be handled and recognised, in his immortal state

Acts 2:29-36 King David was loved by God. Even so, Peter tells us that David “both died and was buried”. That is the natural end of all of us. Peter did not teach that David had an immortal soul. The Christian hope is that when Jesus returns from heaven, he will raise the dead. He will give his faithful followers an immortal body just like his own.

God promised that, “He would set one of his descendants on his (David’s) throne”. David was speaking of the “resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades (the grave), nor did his flesh see corruption”. So Jesus went to Hades (the grave) when he died, not to heaven. God raised his body from the tomb. Notice also that Jesus is to sit on David’s throne. Where was that? It will be in Jerusalem, in the land of Israel. Jesus will return to be a real king on earth. The Kingdom of God is to be on earth, not in heaven. Jesus is coming to claim his kingdom. His faithful saints (those who have believed in him) will live forever. They will reign with Jesus over the world’s mortal people in his kingdom.

Peter explains that David’s prophecy told us that Jesus would sit on God’s “right hand” (where he is now). However that is only until God makes the enemies of Jesus his footstool. Then God shall “send the Christ” to be king of the world (Acts 3:19-21).

Peter reminds the crowd, “that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.” People in the crowd were very upset when they understood that they had helped to put Jesus, God’s son to death. They asked an important question, “what shall we do?” Peter told them, “Repent and be baptised everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.”

Note that mature adults asked the question, “what shall we do?” Christian baptism is for mature people who choose to follow Jesus and repent of their sins. The sprinkling of babies (christening) is not taught in the Bible.

To summarise what Peter, Jesus’ disciple, believed and taught:

§ Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
§ He lived a sinless life and died for us.
§ He went to Hades (the grave) after death.
§ God raised Jesus from the dead.
§ In his immortal state, Jesus still had a body.
§ Jesus went to heaven, to sit on God’s right hand.
§ He will return to the earth to be king on David’s throne in Jerusalem.
§ Christians must believe in Jesus, repent of their sins and be baptised.
§ They should meet often to remember Jesus by “breaking bread”.
§ They must believe that the Old Testament was inspired by God.

If we are to call ourselves Christians, we should believe all the statements listed above.

The word “Christian” is only used three times in the New Testament. What do we learn about them?

Acts 11:19-26 Christians must “remain faithful … with steadfast purpose”. It is a serious commitment. They should also share their beliefs with all who are willing to listen.

Acts 26:19-28 Paul tells King Agrippa and the Roman Governor, Festus that:
§ Christians must “repent and turn to God.”
§ They must also believe in the Old Testament scriptures.
§ They should always speak “true and rational words.”
§ Jesus rose from the dead. He was the first to inherit everlasting life.
1 Peter 4:12-19
§ Christians may have to suffer for their belief in Jesus Christ.
§ Jesus will return to judge those who God decides are responsible to him.

All these statements add to our understanding of what Christians should believe and how they should behave. They are fully in tune with what Peter taught in Acts 2.

3. IF MY CHURCH DOES NOT TEACH WHAT 1ST CENTURY CHRISTIANS BELIEVED, WHAT SHOULD I DO?

In Acts 18:24-28, we learn about a Jew named Apollos. He was a keen preacher but he only understood some of the things that Christians should believe. Was that all right? No. Aquila and Priscilla, who had a fuller understanding, taught him “the way of God more accurately.” From this example, it would be wise of you to join a group of Christians who fully accept the beliefs of 1st century Christians. Christadelphians certainly do accept all those beliefs.

What can be more important than believing, and teaching, the true gospel as taught by Jesus, Peter and Paul? If you do, it will lead to everlasting life in the Kingdom of God.

the sabbath

The Sabbath: Is it a special day for Christians?

When you have read this information you will know the answers to these questions:
Which day is really the Sabbath?
Did Jesus think the Sabbath was a special day?
Should Christians keep the Sabbath?
What is “the Rest” that God has promised to faithful Christians?

1. WHICH DAY IS THE SABBATH?
The answer to this question may surprise you. The sabbath in the Bible began at sunset on Friday and ended at sunset on Saturday. That is how the Jews observed it. The ‘day’ began when darkness fell. The reason for this is found in Genesis 1:5: “So the evening and the morning were the first day.” The evening came first.

The sabbath, and man’s duties on it, is first recorded 2,500 years later, in Exodus 20:9,10: “Six days you shall labour and do all your work, but the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work … The LORD blessed the sabbath day and hallowed it.” Today, orthodox Jews still keep that sabbath. It was a wonderful rest for those who worked six days a week, and especially for slaves. For everyone, it was a release from busy days focussed on making a living. They could, on the sabbath, give their full attention to worshipping God.

2. DID JESUS THINK THE SABBATH WAS A SPECIAL DAY?

There is a marked contrast between the ideas of the Jewish leaders about the sabbath day, and those of Jesus. The leaders were very strict. They were hard on people who were not equally strict. In fact, they were more severe than God had intended. Jesus took a very different view. He understood the real meaning of the sabbath.

The leaders were concerned about the ” letter of the law”. Jesus cared about the spirit of the law. When Jesus healed men and women on the sabbath day, the leaders were against him. They even complained that a lame man who Jesus healed was “working” on the sabbath. All because he carried his mat after being healed! They also spoke against the disciples of Jesus for plucking ears of corn to eat, on the sabbath.

When Jesus healed on the sabbath, he saw it as a way in which God was glorified. Jesus must have been right, because he came to do his Father’s will, and he did it. God was pleased to call Jesus, “My beloved Son”. Jesus said: “The sabbath was made for man.” It was a day of rest and worship, and for honouring God by doing His will.

Even when Jesus healed a woman who had suffered for 18 years with a bent spine (Luke 13:11-13), and a man who had been paralysed for 38 years (John 5:1-9), the leaders still grumbled. But, the sabbath, through the work of Jesus, reached new heights. He offered more than physical rest when he said, “Come unto me all you who labour, and I will give you rest … learn of me … you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and by burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30). Jesus could also lift their burden of sin. He could show them a path which would lead to everlasting life.

The example of Jesus helps us to understand the true meaning of the sabbath. He did his Heavenly Father’s work every day. His followers must do the same. Doing the will of God day by day is far more important than arguing about whether or not the sabbath should be kept as a special day.

3. SHOULD CHRISTIANS KEEP THE SABBATH?

There are many reasons why Christians should not be compelled to keep the sabbath day as a special one:
Nowhere in the New Testament are we told that Christians must keep the sabbath.

In Acts 15, Christian leaders concluded that, ” no greater burden” should be imposed on non-Jewish Christians, than “to abstain from thing polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from things strangled, and from blood”. It was wise advice. This would “keep the peace between Jew and Gentile Christians. Notice that the sabbath was not included as something which Gentile Christians must keep.

The New Testament does not refer to Christians being condemned for not keeping the sabbath.
In Exodus 31:13-17, it is stated that the sabbath was a sign between God and Israel. There is no mention that it was ever made a sign between God and Christians.

Christians are not under the Law of Moses. Paul makes that very clear in Galatians 3:24,25: “The law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.” Paul is telling us that there is freedom in Christ for Christian believers. In fact, Paul was upset when some Christians were going back to the law. He called them “foolish Galatians” for doing so (Galatians 3:1).

Christians are free to choose whether or not they want to regard the sabbath as a special day. Paul says: “Let no-one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ” (Colossians 2:16,17).

Jesus Christ himself is the substance. His words and actions must transform our lives. The law was only a shadow. To argue about whether or not we should keep the sabbath as a special day, is to argue about a shadow. It is missing the point. Understanding the life of Jesus Christ is much more important.

Paul tells us, in simple language: “One person esteems one day above another, another man esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind” (Romans 14:5). This means that no Christian, or Christian group, has the right to tell others how they should regard the sabbath. The Jews had to keep the sabbath because God commanded them to do so. Christians may choose to, but they don’t have to keep the sabbath. God has not given Christians a commandment to do so.

Our whole focus must be on Jesus Christ, his teaching, his perfect life and his sacrifice. This can lead to salvation and everlasting life. Christians need to realise that every day belongs to God. Because all our time belongs to God, Christians must live every day in a Godly way.

4. WHAT IS “THE REST” THAT GOD HAS PROMISED TO FAITHFUL CHRISTIANS?

“A promise remains of entering his rest … Today if you will hear his voice, do not harden your hearts … There remains therefore a rest for the people of God” (Hebrews 4:1-9). Knowing Jesus brings us spiritual rest now. But even greater blessings are yet to come. They will begin when Jesus returns to the earth. He will raise the dead and give everlasting life to his faithful followers from every generation. He will come as “King of kings and Lord of lords”. It will be a time of peace and great joy.

The Bible calls this future time the “Kingdom of God”. At that time, the wonderful message will be “the kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of his Christ, and ye shall
reign for ever and ever” (Revelation 11:15).

the root of all evil

The Root of all Evil: Bible Advice About Money

When you have read this leaflet you will know the answers to these questions:
1. What is the root of all evil?
2. What is a worldly attitude to money?
3. What should be the Christian’s attitude to money?

Money can be Good or Bad
“Money is the root of all evil”—many people think that this is Bible teaching. But they are wrong! Look up the quotation from 1 Timothy 6:10. This says that “the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil”. Jesus told us a similar thing: “The cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the Word” (Matthew 13:22).

In itself money is not a bad thing. Without it modern life would not be possible. It is money that pays for food and shelter, for clothes and education. Money can help the sick and support the aged. However, money can also do many evil things. It can give a person power over others, making them proud and cruel. It can become a terrible master, making people discontented with what they have, and eager to grasp more of this world’s perishable treasures. Money becomes a great evil when it is used wrongly.

The Worldly Attitude to Money
The worldly person has one aim: to get more money and the things money can buy, in the quickest and easiest way possible. This constant lusting after money and worldly things Jesus calls “covetousness”—a word which means ‘eagerness to get more’. Gambling, sweepstakes, raffles, avoiding income tax, giving short change, workers deceiving employers and stealing—all these are examples of covetousness. These evils are very common because unconverted men and women are naturally selfish.

A person who wants to be Godly and contented will resist this desire for worldly things. Jesus said, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things which he possesses” (Luke 12:15). There are many people who possess fine houses, motor-cars and many attractive things, and yet they are inwardly sick and without that true joy and contentment which Paul says are “great gain”. He also says that covetousness is idolatry (Colossians 3:5). He means that the worldly man makes a god of the things he possesses, or wants to possess, and forgets the one true God.

Pride
Money is often used—or rather, misused—by people who want to impress others with their own importance. This is a dangerous form of pride. Some people spend far more than they ought to spend (more than they can afford to spend) on belongings just to show off. They get seriously into debt because they are not content with simpler, humbler things which they can afford. So they are never in a position to help others with their money. Just to show off, such people “fall into many foolish and hurtful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition” (1 Timothy 6:9).

The Christian Attitude to Money
Money which a Christian possesses should be the result of honest labour. The Bible has not one good word for men and women who try to live off other people, or the Church, when they are capable of providing for themselves. “If a man will not work, neither shall he eat” (2 Thessalonians 3:10). Paul writes very sternly to the person who is idle and a busybody. Such a man must learn to “labour, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need” (Ephesians 4:28). The life of Paul is also a witness against those who live off others in the name of religion. Although he was an apostle, he worked hard with his hands as a tentmaker, so that he did not become a burden on those to whom he preached.

Money should first be used to provide food and other necessities for the family, and where necessary for the children’s schooling, and not on luxuries. Some children have to go hungry because their father spends too much on drink and tobacco, or because their mother spends on expensive clothes and hair setting. Such people sin against God.

Giving to God
The Jews of Old Testament days gave a tenth of their income for the temple service. This was a kind of income tax to pay the wages of teachers, judges and other necessary people. But over and above this, Godly Jews gladly offered “freewill offerings” when they went to worship. “They shall not appear before the LORD empty-handed. Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God which he has given you” (Deuteronomy 16:16,17).

This freewill offering is held up as an example to Christians. Paul urges each believer to set something aside for the service of God, according “as God has prospered him” (1 Corinthians 16:2). On the first day of the week the members of the ecclesia met together to “break bread” (Acts 20:7). It was then that they took up these offerings. This formed a very important part of the communion service. To give like this is one very small way of expressing our thanks to God for His great gift of forgiveness and salvation through Christ. The community cannot work without funds, but these should always be freewill offerings, not compulsory payments. They should be given gladly by the members, and not begged from those who are not members.

Faithfulness
A true Christian must be absolutely faithful and trustworthy in money matters. Only to such men will Jesus entrust the “true riches”, that is, everlasting life in God’s Kingdom (Luke 16:11). If a payment is due to someone else, the true disciple will make that payment promptly, and will not conveniently ‘forget’. In regard to debts, the ideal is: “Owe no man anything” (Romans 13:8). The Christian will remember that failure to repay what is owed (unless hard poverty makes it impossible) is considered by God as robbery. A servant or employee is not to “purloin” his employer’s things—that is, take for his own use, without permission (Titus 2:10). It is often by a right attitude to money, both our own and other people’s, that we show how faithful to Christ we really are. It was the mishandling of money that led to the downfall of Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:1-11).

A Wonderful Example
When the Lord Jesus wanted to show us a supreme example of how to use money to God’s glory, whom did he choose? A millionaire spending huge sums to provide schools and hospitals and libraries? No, a poor widow who gave 2 mites (the smallest coins) as a freewill offering: so small, yet how great—greater than all the other offerings, for it was all that she had. She is a great example to us of someone with the right priorities in her life. She knew that service to God was far more important than worldly wealth.

the resurrection of jesus christ

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ: Fact or Fiction?

When you have read this information, you will know the answers to these questions:
Can we be sure that Jesus died on the cross?
How does the Bible prove the resurrection of Jesus Christ?
Where is Jesus now?
Can God give me an immortal body like that of Jesus?

CAN WE BE SURE THAT JESUS DIED ON THE CROSS?
There is no doubt that Jesus Christ died. Cruel Roman soldiers, expert killers knew a dead body when they saw one. Soldiers on duty at the crucifixion “came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead”. To be doubly sure, “one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water” (John 19:33,34).Yes, Jesus was dead. Let the Apostle Paul have the final word, “Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3).

HOW DOES THE BIBLE PROVE THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS?
Just as there is no doubt that Jesus died, so also is there no doubt that God raised him from the dead. Look at the witnesses to Christ’s resurrection. They are all the more credible because none of them were expecting his resurrection. They were all amazed by it. Jesus had told them to expect it, but they had not understood his words. After all, nobody had been raised from the dead to everlasting life before Jesus. Many events took place before the apostles, (his closest friends) were convinced:

The dead body of Jesus was laid in a tomb. Faithful women saw the body and knew he was dead. When they returned later, the body of Jesus had gone! Two angels appeared with wonderful news, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen!” They reminded the women that Jesus must “be crucified and on the third day rise” (Luke 24:5-7).

Suddenly the light dawned. The women remembered his words, and for the first time, they understood them. They returned and “told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest” (v9). What was their response? “These words seemed to them an idle tale (as nonsense), and they did not believe them” (Luke 24:11). Doesn’t their response ring true? They were certainly not expecting the resurrection of Jesus.
Peter ran to the tomb. Jesus was nowhere to be seen! Could his resurrection be true?

The same day, two other disciples were walking to Emmaus. The risen Jesus joined them. Not recognising him, they spoke of Jesus being crucified, saying “we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel” (v21). Surely, this was now impossible? Jesus told them the scriptures foretold that the Christ ” should suffer these things and enter into His glory”. “Their eyes were opened and they recognised him” (v31). Jesus vanished, and they rushed to find the eleven apostles, who also said “The Lord has risen indeed and has appeared to Simon!” (v34).

Jesus stood in the midst of the apostles, saying “Peace to you”. Did they welcome him? They did not! “They were startled and frightened, and thought they saw a spirit”. But the resurrected Christ was not a spirit. Jesus said, “See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have” (v36-39).

He ate in their presence, and reminded them, “it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead” (v46). Were the apostles convinced at last about the resurrection of Jesus? Yes, including ‘doubting’ Thomas! “They worshipped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy”. (All quotes from Luke 24).

Paul tells us Jesus appeared after his resurrection to: Cephas (Peter); the twelve; more than five hundred brothers at one time; James; all the apostles; and himself (1Corinthians 15:5-8). Truly, Jesus “presented himself alive after His suffering by many proofs” (Acts 1:3).
There is one final, powerful proof. Only the physical resurrection of Jesus could have changed the apostles. Before his death, they feared for their lives. Sadly, “They all left him and fled”. Not any more! They became fearless preachers. Peter boldly spoke about Jesus on the day of Pentecost, “him you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. God raised him up … God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified” (Acts 2:23,24,36).

Peter healed a lame man. He told Annas, the High Priest, Caiaphas and the rulers, “by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified” the man was healed. The apostles had seen the risen Christ. Nothing was going to stop them telling everyone about him! Only the resurrection of Jesus could have caused such a profound change from being fearful to becoming fearless men.
The most striking evidence of the resurrection of Jesus is the Apostle Paul. Previously he was “breathing threats and murder against the disciples (Acts 9:1). Nothing less than seeing the risen Christ on the Damascus road could have caused such a dramatic change in him. Paul, the persecutor of Christians was now willing to be persecuted for the gospel’s sake.

To summarise this section:
Jesus had been killed. His body was laid in a tomb. That same body became alive again. It was seen and handled. It even showed the nail marks from the cross. Jesus, in his immortal state, had flesh and bones, and could not die again. He was not a spirit or an immortal soul.

WHERE IS JESUS NOW?

Jesus is in heaven. “He was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight”. Two angels said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven?

This Jesus … will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven” (Acts 1:9-11).
Jesus is now sitting at the right hand of God (Hebrews 10:12). He is alive for evermore (Revelation 1:18). He is our mediator, and presents our prayers to our Heavenly Father.

The great news for us is that he will not stay in heaven. He is going to come back to the earth to set up God’s Kingdom and to be King of the world. Peter tells us God shall “send the Christ … whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke” (Acts 3:19-21).

When Jesus comes, Paul tells us he “will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body” (Philippians 3:21). Jesus now has an immortal body. He is going to be a visible King. His faithful saints (followers) will all have immortal bodies, after they are “repaid at the resurrection of the just” (Luke 14:14).

They will teach God’s word to the mortal people living on earth. The Bible calls this time “The Kingdom of God”.

CAN GOD GIVE ME AN IMMORTAL BODY LIKE THAT OF JESUS?

Yes He can, and He will, if you take God at His word. Seriously, God offers you everlasting life, but on his terms. If you love God and keep His commandments, Jesus will be pleased to change your mortal body to be like his glorious resurrected body, when he returns. You will live and reign on earth with him forever.

The Jews in the Purpose of God

What is the role of the Jews in the purpose of God?
When you have read this material you will know the answers to these questions:
How did the Jewish race begin?
Why were the Jews chosen as a special people?
What has happened to the Jews in history?
What is the future for the Jews?
I am not a Jew—can God save me?
Keys are essential to open locked doors. Here are five “golden keys” which will help you to unlock the Bible message about the Jews, and us:
· Understanding God’s promises to Abraham.
· Knowing about the promises God made to David.
· Looking at God’s relationship with the Jews.
· Understanding the work of Jesus Christ.
· Knowing about the coming kingdom of God on earth.
We need to use them all to understand “The Jews in God’s Purpose”.

1. HOW DID THE JEWISH RACE BEGIN?
The Jewish race began with a man called Abram. God knew his man. Abram’s faith is still a great example of trust in God and His promises. God brought Abram from Ur, near the Persian Gulf, to the land we now know as Israel.

God made special promises to Abram (his name was later changed to Abraham):

· “I will make you a great nation” (New King James Version).
· “I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you.”
· “In you all the families of the earth shall be blessed” (Genesis 12:2,3).
· “All the land which you see I give to you and your descendants for ever.”
· “I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth” (great in number, Genesis 13:16).
· “I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you.”
· “I will establish my covenant between me and you and your descendants after you … to be God to you and your descendants” (Genesis 17:6-8).
Abraham’s grandson Jacob had twelve sons. Over generations, they became a great nation—The Jews.

2. WHY WERE THE JEWS CHOSEN AS A SPECIAL PEOPLE?
God had a great regard for the faithfulness of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The Jews were chosen, “because he loved your fathers, therefore he chose their descendants” (Deuteronomy 4:37). God said: “Understand that the LORD your God is not giving you this good land to possess because of your righteousness, for you are a stiff-necked people” (9:6).

Nothing had changed centuries later, when they crucified God’s Son, Jesus Christ (Acts 7:51).
However, by working through one special people, God was able to draw attention to His character and purpose with the earth. He said to Moses: “For this purpose I have raised you up, that I may show my power in you, and that my name may be declared in all the earth” (Exodus 9:6).
This was vitally important, for God later said: “But truly, as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD” (Numbers 14:21). This wonderful promise will be fulfilled after Jesus Christ returns to the earth.

3. WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO THE JEWS IN HISTORY?
The history of the Jews is mainly a sad one. Although they had the great privilege of knowing about God, they were disobedient. God said that if they were obedient—”the LORD your God will set you high above all nations of the earth”. But, if not, “you shall become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword among all nations where the LORD will lead you” (Deuteronomy 28:1,37).

The Jews have suffered in many countries of the world: banished from Israel on pain of death (AD 135); expelled from England (1020) and France(1306); expelled from Spain (1492) and Portugal (1498); expelled from Russia and the Ukraine, many being killed and persecuted in the process (1918); and in the Second World War, six million died in the Holocaust” (1939-1945).

Yet, miracle of miracles, they have survivedas a nation! That is because God still has a purpose with them: “You shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; you shall be my people, and I will be your God” (Ezekiel 36:28).

4. WHAT IS THE FUTURE FOR THE JEWS?
The future for the Jews is firmly rooted in God’s promise to Abraham that they would possess the land of Israel for ever. God later promised King David: “I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body … and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever” (2 Samuel 7:12,13).

Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is descended from David through Mary his mother. He died for our sins and rose from the dead to live forever. He will return to the earth to fulfil the promises made to David: “The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David. And he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end” (Luke 1:32,33).

Peter, on the Day of Pentecost, reminded the Jews that, “The patriarch David … is both dead and buried,” but “God had sworn with an oath to him that … he would raise up the Christ to sit on his throne” (Acts 2:29,30). What God has promised, He will surely perform.
Though scattered and persecuted, the Jews still exist as a nation. That is because God promised: “I will save you from afar … I will not make a complete end of you” (Jeremiah 30:10,11).

In 1948, the State of Israel was established. The Jews returned from over 100 countries. They survived, in spite of wars with Arab nations. They will yet go through a time of great trouble (Zechariah 14:1,2). God will send Jesus Christ to save them, “and the LORD shall be king over all the earth” (verses 3-9). The message is clear: “Rejoice greatly … your King is coming to you … He shall speak peace to the nations; his dominion shall be … to the ends of the earth” (9:9,10).

Many Bible passages speak of Israel being regathered to their own land (Jeremiah 31:10; Ezekiel 36:24-28). Many more talk about Jesus coming as king (Psalm 72; Acts 1:11). Our five “golden keys” work together to unlock God’s message about “The Jews in God’s Purpose”.

5. I AM NOT A JEW—CAN GOD SAVE ME?
Yes, God’s salvation is also offered to Gentiles (non-Jews). Jesus will rule the world from Jerusalem. “The Gentiles shall see your righteousness, and all kings your glory” (Isaiah 62:2).

God does not just offer a good natural life to Jews and Gentiles when Jesus comes to be king. To individual Jews and Gentiles He offers everlasting life, if they believe, are baptized and follow His Son, Jesus Christ. His offer is open to everyone, including you.

Yes, you can live forever, joyfully helping Jesus Christ in the Kingdom of God. The day will come when sin and death will be no more. God’s chosen ones will live with him forever. Faithful Jews and Gentiles will be there. Will you be with them?
“Let him who thirsts come. And whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely” (Revelation 22:17).