Basic knowledge of the Bible in Telugu
|1||Abba Father||Rom 8:15|
|2||Loving Father||1Jn 3:1|
|3||Everlasting Father||Isaiah 9:6|
|4||Heavenly Father||Matt 5:48|
|5||Father of Spirits||Heb 12:9|
|6||Father of lights||Jam 1:17|
|7||Father of Mercies||2 Cor 1:3|
|8||Father of glory||Eph 1:17|
|9||Father who created me||Deu 32:6|
|10||Father who made me||Deu 32:6|
|11||Father who established me||Deu 32:6|
|12||My Father||Matt 6:18|
|13||One Father of all||Mal 2:10|
|14||Father of our Lord Jesus Christ||2 Cor 1:3|
|15||Righteous Father||Jn 17:25|
|16||Father who is in secret||Matt 6:6|
|17||Father of the righteous||Matt13:43|
|18||Father of Israel||Jer 31:9|
|19||Living Father||Jn 6:57|
|20||Father who is going to give the Kingdom with good pleasure||Lk 12:32|
|21||The Most high God||Dan 4:2|
|22||Great God||Ps 95:3|
|23||God of gods||Ps 136:2|
|24||Living God||1Tim 3:15|
|25||Loving God||1Jn 4:8|
|26||God of Love and peace||2Cor 1:3|
|28||God of all comforts||2Cor 1:3|
|29||God of patience and consolation||Rom 15:5|
|30||God of glory||Act 7:2|
|31||God of my mercy||Ps 59:17|
|32||God who called me by His glory||Gal 1:15|
|33||God of Abraham||Ex 3:15|
|34||God of Isaac||Ex 3:15|
|34||God of Jacob||Ex 3:15|
|36||God of Jeshurun||Due 33:26|
|37||God of Israel|
|38||God of Elijah||2 Kg 2:14|
|39||God of David||Isa 38:5|
|40||God of Daniel||Dan 6:26|
|41||God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed Nego||Dan 3:28|
|42||God the Father||Tit 1:4|
|43||God of our fathers||Ezra 7:27|
|44||My father’s God||Ex 15:2|
|45||God of the valleys||1Kg20:28|
|46||God of the hills||1Kg 20:28|
|47||God of the whole earth||Isa 54:5|
|48||God who is overall, the eternally blessed||Rom 9:5|
|49||God of all kingdoms of the earth||Isa 37:16|
|50||God of heaven and earth||Ezra 5:11|
|51||You are God in heaven and in earth beneath||Josh 2:11|
|52||God who rules in Jacob unto the ends of the earth||Ps 59:13|
|53||God of wonders||Ex 15 :11|
|54||Mighty God||Isa 9:6|
|55||All mighty God||Gen 17:1|
|56||God who rules the raging of the sea||Ps 89:9|
|57||True God||1Thes 1:9|
|58||The only true God||Jn 17:3|
|59||One God the Father||1Cor 8:6|
|60||The only wise God||1Tim 1:17|
|61||God of heaven||Eph 1:17|
|62||God of heaven||Ezra 1:2|
|63||Holy God||1Sam 6:2|
|64||God of truth||Isa 65:16|
|65||God of promises||1Kg 8:56|
|66||God of hope||Dan 9:4|
|67||God who keeps His covenant||Rom15:13|
|68||Merciful God||Due 4:31|
|69||God who is rich in mercy||Eph 2:4|
|70||God of righteous||Ps 4:1|
|71||God of vengeance||Ps 94:1|
|72||God of truth and without iniquity||Due 32:4|
|73||God of hosts||Ps 89:8|
|74||My God… My God||Matt27:46|
|75||God who begot me||Due 32:18|
|76||God who sees me||Gen16:13|
|77||God who appears unto His people||Gen 12:7|
|78||God of the spirits of all flesh||Num16:22|
|79||God who is blessed for ever||2Cor11:31|
|80||God who lives forever||Due 32:40|
|81||God who reigns forever||Ex 15:18|
|82||The only wise God||1Tim 1:17|
|83||God Revealer of secrets||Dan 2:47|
|84||My God and King||Ps 145:1|
|85||Great God||Ps 77:13|
|86||God of riches||Phil 4:19|
|87||God who supplies every need||Phil 4:19|
|88||God who gives the increase||1Cor 3:7|
|89||God who gives us victory||1Cor15:57|
|90||God of peace||1Thes5:23|
|91||God who is angry with the wicked “||Ps 7:11|
|92||Jealous God||Ex 20:5|
|93||God who forgives us||Ps 99:8|
|94||Wonder working God||Ps 77:4|
|95||God who makes all things||Ecc 11:5|
|96||God of my salvation||Ps 24:5|
|97||God our saviour||1Tim 2:3|
|98||God who is the health of my countenance||Ps 42:1|
|99||God of my exceeding joy||Ps 43:4|
|100||Blessed God||1Tim 1:11|
|101||God who calls us by name||Isa 45:4|
|102||God who calls into existence the things that do not exist||Rom 4:17|
|103||God who never lies||Heb 6:18|
|104||Truly You are God who hides Yourself||Isa 45:15|
|105||God who has made His light shine upon us||Ps 118:27|
|106||God who shines forth out of Zion||Ps 50:2|
|107||God God who speaks in His Holiness||Ps 60:6|
|108||God who reigns for ever to all generations||Ps 146:10|
|109||God who is good to those who are pure in heart||Ps 73:1|
|110||You are a God of hand and not a god afar off||Ps 73:1|
|111||God who is enthroned for ever||Ps 65:19|
|112||Lord of Lords||Rev 17:14|
|113||Lord God||Ex 23:17|
|114||Lord of Hosts||Ps 46:7|
|115||Lord of peace||2 The 3:16|
|116||Lord of Kings||Dan 2:47|
|117||Lord our Counsellor||Isa 9:6|
|118||The Lord who heals us||Ex 15:26|
|119||Lord Most high||Ps 47:2|
|120||Lord our Holy one||Isa 43:15|
|121||Lord who sanctifies us||Lev 20:8|
|121||Righteous Lord||Zep 3:5|
|123||Lord our righteousness||Jer 23:6|
|124||Lord our everlasting light||Isa 60:19|
|125||Lord God of all flesh||Jer 32:27|
|126||Lord God of Hebrews||Ex 9:1|
|127||Lord who helps us||Isa 44:2|
|128||The Lord who judges me||1 Cor 4:4|
|129||Lord our God who goes before us||Deu 1:30|
|130||Lord the Spirit||2Cor 3:17|
|131||One Lord, Jesus Christ||1 Cor 8:6|
|132||Great is the Lord and Greatly to be praised||Ps 48:1|
|133||Lord You are Good||Ps 135:3|
|134||Unchanging Lord||Mal 3:6|
|135||The Lord is upright||Ps 92:15|
|136||O Lord God of truth||Ps 31:5|
|137||Mighty Lord||Ps 89:8|
|138||Lord God of heaven||Gen 24:7|
|139||Lord of heaven and earth||Lk 10:21|
|140||Lord of the whole earth||Zach 4:14|
|141||Lord of the both the dead and the living||Rom 14:9|
|142||Lord Your dominion is an everlasting dominion and Your kingdom is from generation to generation||Dan 4:34|
|143||Lord the King||Ps 98:6|
|144||King of kings||Rev 19:16|
|145||King of glory||Ps 24:7|
|146||Great king||Ps 48:2|
|147||King of saints||Rev 15:3|
|148||King of Salem||Heb 7:2|
|149||King of righteousness||Heb 7:2|
|150||Spotless King||Heb 7:2|
|151||King eternal||1Tim 1:17|
|152||King Immortal||1Tim 1:17|
|153||King invisible||1Tim 1:17|
|154||King of the Jews||Mat 27:11|
|155||King of Israel||Jn 1:49|
|156||King of Jacob||Isa 41:21|
|157||King Jeshurun||Deu 33:5|
|158||The King upon the holy hill of Zion||Ps 2:6|
|159||The Lord of Kings||Dan 2:47|
|160||The One gives victory to the kings||Ps 144:10|
|161||Ruler of the kings of the earth||Rev 1:5|
|162||Prince of princess||Dan 8:25|
|163||King of all the earth||Ps 47:7|
|164||The Lord is terrible to kings of the earth||Ps 76:12|
|165||King of peace||Heb 7:2|
|166||Our peace||Mic 5:5|
|167||Prince of peace||Isa 9:6|
|168||He who breaks the spirit of the rulers||Ps 76:12|
|169||He who brings the princes of nothing||Isa 40:23|
|170||King forever and ever||Ps 10:16|
|171||My King||Ps 84:3|
|172||King of heaven||Dan 4:37|
|173||Your dominion shall be from sea to sea, and from the river to the ends of the earth||Zech 9:10|
|174||There will be no end to Your kingdom||Lk 1:33|
|175||Holy! Holy! Holy!||Rev 4:8|
|176||Most Holy||Dan 9:24|
|177||Holy one of Israel||Isa 43:3|
|178||Holy one of God||Lk 4:34|
|179||The Holy one who inhabits eternity||Isa 57:15|
|180||The Lord who says “I am Holy”||Lev 19:2|
|181||The Holy one in our midst||Hos 11:9|
|182||Glorious in holiness||Ex 15:11|
|183||Holy Child||Act 4:30|
|184||Lord Jehovah||Ex 6:3|
|185||Jehovah Jireh||Gen 22:14|
|186||Jehovah Shalom||Jud 6:24|
|187||Jehovah Shammah||Eze 48:35|
|188||Jehovah Nissi||Ex 17:15|
|189||Jehovah Heleyon||Ps 7:17|
|190||Jehovah Rohi||Ps 23:1|
|191||Jehovah Tsidkenu||Ps 23:3|
|192||Jehovah Tsebahoth||Isa 48:2|
|193||Jehovah Mekaddishkem||Lev 20:8|
|194||Jehovah Ropheca||Ex 15:26|
|195||Jehovah Hoseenu||Ps 95:6|
|196||Jehovah Eloheenu||Ps 99:5|
|197||Jehovah Eloheka||Ex 20:2|
|198||Jehovah Elohay||Zech 14:5|
|201||For Your name “JESUS”||Matt 1:21|
|202||For Your name “IMMANUEL”||Matt 1:23|
|203||For Your name “THE WORD OF GOD”||Rev 19:13|
|204||For Your name which is exalted||Isa 12:4|
|205||Your name is pleasant||Ps 135:3|
|206||Your name is ointment poured forth||Song 1:3|
|207||Holy and terrible is Your name||Ps 111:9|
|208||Your name is great in might O Lord||Jer 10:6|
|209||For Your glorious name||Ps 72:19|
|210||For Your great name’s sake||1Sam 12:22|
|211||Your name is above every name||Phil 2:9|
|212||Blessed be Your glorious name which is exalted above all blessings and praise||Neh 9:5|
|213||Your name is near to us||Ps 75:1|
|214||Your name O Lord is a strong tower||Pro 18:10|
|215||The Holy Spirit||Act 1:8|
|216||Spirit of truth||Jn 14:17|
|217||Spirit of grace||Zec 12:10|
|218||Spirit of glory||1Pet 4:14|
|219||Spirit of life||Rom 8:2|
|220||Spirit of our father||Matt 10:20|
|221||Spirit of Christ||1Pet 1:11|
|221||Spirit of understanding||Isa 11:2|
|223||The life giving Spirit||1Cor 15:45|
|224||The generous Spirit||Ps 51:12|
|225||Spirit of wisdom||Isa 11:12|
|226||Spirit of the Lord||2Cor 3:17|
|227||Spirit of the Lord God||Isa 61:1|
|228||The eternal Spirit||Heb 9:14|
|229||The Holy Spirit, the power of the Most high||Lk 1:35|
|230||Spirit of might||Isa 11:2|
|231||Spirit of holiness||Rom 1:4|
|232||Spirit of the Son||Gal 4:6|
|233||Spirit of adoption||Rom 8:15|
|234||For Your good Spirit||Ps 143:10|
|235||The Counsellor||Jn 15:26|
|236||Spirit of supplication||Zec 12:10|
|237||The Spirit who dwells in us and yearns jealously||Jam 4:5|
|238||The Spirit who intercedes for us with groaning||Rom 8:26|
|239||The Spirit who helps in our weakness||Rom 8:26|
|240||Hovering Spirit||Gen 1:2|
|241||Spirit of counsel||Isa 11:2|
|242||Spirit of prophecy||Rev 19:10|
|243||Spirit of judgement||Isa 4:4|
|244||Spirit of burning||Isa 4:4|
|245||When the enemy comes in like a flood the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him||Isa 59:19|
|246||Alpha and Omega||Rev 1:8|
|247||The Beginning and the End||Rev 1:8|
|248||The Beginning of the creation of God||Rev 3:14|
|249||The First and the Last||Rev 2:8|
|250||He who says “I am with the last”||Isa 41:4|
|251||The Lord who is and who was||Rev 11:17|
|252||The Lord says “I am who I am”||Ex 3:14|
|253||The Lord who is to come||Rev 11:17|
|254||“God who is Love”||1Jn 4:8|
|255||The Most high||Isa 33:5|
|256||The one who is exalted above the heavens||Heb 7:26|
|257||God who is exalted by His power||Job 36:22|
|258||The head of all principality and power||Colo 2:10|
|259||O Lord, You are exalted as head over all||1Chro 29:11|
|260||God who is highly exalted||Ps 47:9|
|261||Great and mighty in power||Ps 147:5|
|262||Fairest Lord||Ps 45:2|
|263||Most Upright||Isa 26:7|
|264||Sun of Righteousness||Matt 4:2|
|265||Righteous Judge||Ps 7:11|
|266||Righteous and Upright God||Deu 32:4|
|267||Hw who increases the harvest of our righteousness||2Cor 9:10|
|268||He who loves righteousness and justice||Ps 33:5|
|269||The Lord who speaks righteousness and declare things that are right||Isa 45:9|
|270||He who brings His judgement to light||Zep 3:5|
|271||He who guards the paths of justice||Pro 2:8|
|272||The Lord who will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all nations||Isa 61:11|
|273||Our Law giver||Deu 33:22|
|274||How un-searchable are Your judgements, O Lord||Rom 11:33|
|275||You are faithful||1Cor 1:9|
|276||Who is like You, O Lord||Ex 15:11|
|277||Holy and blameless||Heb 7:26|
|278||You are undefiled||Heb 7:26|
|279||My Deliverer||Ps 18:2|
|280||My refuge||Ps 18:2|
|281||My shield||Ps 18:2|
|282||My fortress||Ps 18:2|
|283||My stronghold||Nah 1:7|
|284||A very present help||Ps 46:1|
|285||Horn of my salvation||Ps 18:2|
|286||Pioneer of our salvation||Heb 2:10|
|287||Anchor of the soul||Heb 2:10|
|288||The one my soul loves||Song 3:1|
|289||The Bridegroom||Matt 9:15|
|290||Rock of ages||Matt 9:15|
|291||Lily of the valleys||Song 2:1|
|292||Rose of Sharon||Song 2:1|
|293||Cluster of henna blossoms||Song1:14|
|294||A bundle of myrrh||Song1:13|
|295||You are altogether lovely||Song5:16|
|296||The chiefest among the ten thousand||Song5:10|
|297||Your speech is most sweet||Song5:16|
|298||My beloved is white and ruddy||Song5:10|
|299||The bright and morning start||Rev 22:16|
|300||Apple tree among the trees of the wood||Song 2:3|
|301||You are like a gazelle of a young stag||Song 2:9|
|302||You are loved by virgins||Song 1:3|
|303||You are loved by the righteous||Song 1:4|
|304||Beloved Son||Matt 3:17|
|305||Loving Son||Colo 1:13|
|306||Son of the Most High God||Mk 5:7|
|307||Christ – the Son of the Blessed||Mk 14:61|
|308||Son of man||Lk 21:36|
|309||Son who has been made perfect forever||Heb 7:28|
|310||He who is called Son of David||Matt 20:30|
|311||God who never fails in His promises||Matt 20:30|
|312||Christ, the same yesterday, today and forever||Heb 13:8|
|313||Perfect in Love||Heb 13:8|
|314||Father in heaven You are perfect||Matt 5:48|
|315||He who is perfect in knowledge||Job 37:16|
|316||Light of the world||Jn 12:46|
|317||The true light||Jn 1:9|
|318||The light that enlightens every man||Jn 1:9|
|319||Light to the nations||Isa 49:6|
|320||the faithful witness||Rev 1:5|
|321||The Lamb that had been slain||Rev 5:6|
|321||Lamb of God||Jn 1:36|
|323||The one Shepherd||Eze37:24|
|324||Great Shepherd||Heb 13:20|
|325||Good Shepherd||Jn 10:11|
|326||He who had laid down His life for the sheep||Jn 10:11|
|327||Chief Shepherd||1 Pet 5:4|
|328||Shepherd and Guardian||1Pet 2:25|
|329||You were wounded for our transgressions||Isa 53:5|
|330||You were bruised for our iniquities||Isa 53:5|
|331||You bore the sin of many||Isa 53:12|
|332||You took our infirmities and bore our sickness||Matt 8:17|
|333||you bore our grief and carried our sorrows||Isa 53:4|
|334||You shed Your blood for us||Colo 1:20|
|335||The chastisement for our peace was upon You||Isa 53:5|
|336||He who tasted death for everyone||Heb 2:9|
|337||You were mocked for our sake||Ps 22:7|
|338||You were scorned by men||Ps 22:6|
|339||You were despised by the people||Ps 22:6|
|340||You were numbered with transgressors||Isa 53:12|
|341||He who made intercession for the transgressors||Isa 53:!2|
|342||For Your stripes that heal us||Isa 53:5|
|343||Resurrected Christ||Lk 24:6|
|344||The resurrection and the life||Jn 11:25|
|345||The way, the truth and the life||Jn 14:6|
|346||The First Born||Heb 1:6|
|347||The First Fruit||1Cor 15:20|
|348||The Door||Jn 10:9|
|349||Conqueror of death||1Cor15:55|
|350||Conqueror of hell||1Cor 15:55|
|351||The one who has the keys of death and hell||Rev 1:18|
|352||He that has the key of David||Rev 3:7|
|353||He that shuts that no man opens||Rev 3:7|
|354||He that opens that no man shuts||Rev 3:7|
|355||Bread from heaven||Jn 6:50|
|356||Bread of life||Jn 6:48|
|357||River of life||Jn 6:48|
|358||The fountain of living water||Jer 17:13|
|359||Author of life||Act 3:15|
|360||Out life and length of our life||Deu 30:20|
|361||Word of life||1Jn 1:1|
|362||Light of life||Jn 8:12|
|363||He who proclaimed the light||Act 26:23|
|364||Rock of our salvation||Deu 32:15|
|365||Everlasting rock||Isa 26:4|
|366||Spiritual rock||1Cor 10:4|
|367||The rock who begot me||Deu 32:18|
|368||The strength of my heart||Ps 73:26|
|369||Rock of my strong hold||Isa 17:10|
|370||Rock of my refuge and my habitation||Ps 71:13|
|371||My Redeemer||Ps 19:14|
|372||My Helper||Heb 13:6|
|373||My Hope||Isa 39:7|
|374||My Husbandman||Isa 54:5|
|375||My Creator||Isa 54:5|
|377||My Beloved, the pleasant||Song1:16|
|378||You are my praise||Deu 10:21|
|379||My salvation||Ps 27:1|
|380||The strength of my salvation||Ps 140:7|
|381||My strength and my song||Ex 15:2|
|382||The strength of my life||Ps 27:1|
|383||My light||Ps 27:1|
|384||My Holy one||Haba 1:12|
|385||My covert||Isa 32:2|
|386||My glory||Ps 3:3|
|387||My goodness||Ps 144:2|
|388||My hiding place||Ps 119:11|
|389||My high tower||Ps 144:2|
|390||You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup||Ps 16:5|
|391||You maintain my lot||Ps 16:5|
|392||My portion in the land of the living||Ps 142:5|
|393||Guide of my youth||Jer 3:4|
|394||My Master||Jn 11:28|
|395||My beloved is mine||Song 6:3|
|396||The one who cares about me||1 Pet 5:7|
|397||My witness||Job 16:19|
|398||He who goes over before me||Deu 9:3|
|399||My Judge||Job 9:15|
|400||Judge of all the earth||Gen18:25|
|401||Christ the righteous advocate||1Jn 2:1|
|402||Christ who strengthens me||Phil 4:13|
|403||Jesus of Nazareth||Mk 1:24|
|404||Christ our intercessor||1Jn 2:1|
|405||Wonderful God||Isa 9:6|
|406||He who alone does great wonders||Ps 136:4|
|407||He who calls us “My Friends”||Lk 12:4|
|408||Friend of sinners||Lk 7:34|
|409||He who separate from sinners||Heb 7:26|
|410||Hw who justifies the ungodly||Rom 4:5|
|411||The opened fountain||Zech 13:1|
|412||For the blood without blemish||1Pet 1:19|
|413||For Your spotless blood||1Pet 1:19|
|414||For the precious blood of Lord Jesus Christ||1Pet 1:19|
|415||For the blood of sprinkling||Heb 12:24|
|416||For Your blood speaks better things||Heb 12:24|
|417||For the blood of new covenant||1Cor 11:25|
|418||For the blood of the everlasting covenant||Heb 13:20|
|419||Gift of God||Jn 4:10|
|420||Christ our Passover||1Cor 5:7|
|421||The propitiation of our sins|
|421||You offered Yourself without spot||Heb 9:14|
|423||You have become a surety of better covenant||Heb 7:22|
|426||Our Guide||Ps 48:14|
|427||Rabbi, Rabboni||Jn 1:49|
|428||The stem of Jesse||Isa 11:1|
|429||The root of David||Rev 5:5|
|430||The Branch||Zech 6:12|
|431||He who is called David the King||Jer 30:9|
|432||He who is called David the servant||Eze 37:24|
|433||Lord You are worthy to be praised||Ps 18:3|
|434||Lord You are pleased in our praises||Ps 18:3|
|435||Fearful in praises||Ex 15:11|
|436||Lord who inhabits the praises of Israel||Ps 22:3|
|437||He who dwells between Cherubims||Isa 57:16|
|438||The one who dwells in unapproachable light||1Tim 6:16|
|439||The one who dwells in Jerusalem||Ps135:21|
|440||He who dwells in Zion||Joel 3:21|
|441||Lord, You are gifted to dwell among men||Ps 68:18|
|442||You dwell with the one who has a contrite and humble spirit||Isa 57:15|
|443||He who dwells between the shoulder of His beloved||Deu 33:12|
|444||He who is seated at the circle of the earth||Isa 40:22|
|445||He who sits enthroned over the flood||Ps 29:10|
|446||He who sits in the heaven||Ps 2:4|
|447||The Lord who is in His temple||Ps 11:4|
|448||The Lord who is upon many waters||Ps 29:3|
|449||He who is seated at the right hand of the Father||Eph 1:20|
|450||He who treads the high places of the earth||Amo 4:13|
|451||He who walks in the midst if the seven lamp stands||Rev 2:1|
|452||He who holds the seven stars in His right hand||Rev 2:1|
|453||With the merciful, You will show Yourself merciful||Ps 18:25|
|454||With the blameless man, You will show Yourself blameless||Ps 18:25|
|455||With the pure, You will show Yourself pure||Ps 18:26|
|456||With the devious, You will Yourself shrewd||Ps 18:26|
|457||Our Lord and Teacher||Jn 13:14|
|458||Teacher from God||Jn 3:2|
|459||Chief Apostle||Heb 3:1|
|460||Chief Prophet||Jn 4:19|
|461||Great Physician||Jn 4:19|
|462||Great High Priest||Heb 4:14|
|463||High Priest forever||Heb 6:20|
|464||A merciful and faithful High Priest||Heb 2:17|
|465||High Priest without sin||Heb 4:15|
|466||A High Priest who can sympathize with our weakness||Heb 4:15|
|467||High Priest of the good things to come||Heb 9:11|
|468||He who has unchangeable priesthood||Heb 7:24|
|469||You are a Priest for ever according to the order if Melchizedek||Heb 7:17|
|470||Creator of Israel||Isa 43:15|
|471||Shepherd of Israel||Ps 80:1|
|472||Ruler of Israel||Matt 2:6|
|473||The strength of Israel||1 Sam 15:29|
|474||Hope of Israel||Jer 14:8|
|475||Rock of Israel||2 Sam 23:3|
|476||The consolation of Israel||Lk 2:25|
|477||The light of Israel||Isa 10:17|
|478||The dew unto Israel||Hos 14:5|
|479||The glory of your people Israel||Lk 2:32|
|480||The Lord who sanctifies Israel||Eze 37:28|
|481||Judge of Israel||Mica 5:1|
|482||The Mighty one of Israel||Isa 1:24|
|483||God the fear of Isaac||Gen 31:42|
|484||The Mighty one of Jacob||Isa 60:16|
|485||The portion of Jacob||Jer 10:16|
|486||He who loved Jacob||Rom 9:13|
|487||He who had accepted Job||Job 42:9|
|488||The Lord who restored Job’s losses||Job 42:10|
|489||The Lord who gave Job twice as much as he had before||Job 42:10|
|490||The Lord who blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning||Job 42:12|
|491||You are wonderful in counsel and You are excellent in guidance||Isa 28:29|
|492||You are great in counsel and mighty in work||Jer 32:19|
|493||The hills from where my help comes||Ps 121:1|
|494||The one who makes crooked places straight||Isa 42:16|
|495||The only begotten of the Father||Jn 1:14|
|496||The Angel of God||Ex 14:19|
|497||The Messenger of covenant||Mal 3:1|
|498||Servant chosen by the Lord||Matt12:18|
|499||Commander of the army of the Lord||Josh 5:14|
|502||Our Mediator||1Tim 2:5|
|503||Our Brother||Mk 3:35|
|504||Our rising Sun||Lk 1:79|
|505||Our Holy sanctuary||Isa 8:14|
|506||Worthy of glory||Rev 5:12|
|507||Crown of glory||Isa 28:5|
|508||Diadem of beauty||Isa 28:5|
|509||A Child and Son||Isa 9:6|
|510||Gracious and full of compassion||Ps 111:4|
|511||The desire if every nation||Hag 2:7|
|512||O God, to you belong all nations||Ps 82:8|
|513||The Most High who divided their inheritance of the nations||Deu 32:8|
|514||Heir of all things||Heb 1:2|
|515||He who upholds all things by the word of His power||Heb 1:3|
|516||He who bore us on eagle’s wings||Ex 19:4|
|517||He who keeps me as an apple of an eye||Ps 17:8|
|518||Your right hand shall hold me||Ps 139:10|
|519||You are my shade at my right hand||Ps 121:5|
|520||The Blessed and only potentate||1Tim 6:15|
|521||One who is immortal||1Tim 6:16|
|521||The unseen||1Tim 6:16|
|523||The Brightness of His glory||Heb 1:3|
|524||The last Adam||1Cor15:45|
|525||Father, the vine dresser||Jn 15:1|
|526||The true vine||Jn 15:1|
|527||The sower of good seeds||Matt 13:37|
|528||He who prunes the branch to bear more fruits||Jn 15:2|
|529||Author and Finisher of our faith||Heb 12:1|
|530||The Breaker||Mica 2:13|
|531||The Lord who fights for me||Ex 14:14|
|532||Consuming fire||Heb 12:29|
|533||You are like refiner’s fire and like fuller’s soap||Mala 3:2|
|534||The great and awesome God||Deu 7:21|
|535||You are awesome in Your doing toward sons of men||Ps 66:5|
|536||The shield of my help||Deu 33:29|
|537||Heavenly Bread||Jn 6:32|
|538||The Potter||Jer 18:6|
|539||God with no partiality||Rom 2:11|
|540||A tried, precious cornerstone||Isa 28;16|
|541||A sure foundation||Isa 28:16|
|542||You are anointed with oil of gladness||Heb 1:9|
|543||The Ancient days||Dan 7:9|
|544||Lord, who is slow to anger||Nah 1:13|
|545||The express image of God’s person||Heb 1:3|
|546||Your are of purer eyes||Haba 1:13|
|547||Head of the body of Church||Col 1:18|
|548||The Lord who nourishes and cherishes the Church||Eph 5:29|
|549||Lion of the tribe of Judah||Rev 5:5|
|550||Man of war||Ex 15:3|
|551||Mighty in battle||Ps 24:8|
|552||Mighty in strength||Job 9:4|
|553||The one who crushed satan’s head||Gen 3:15|
|554||Christ the victor||Jn 16:33|
|555||The Lord who has triumphed gloriously||Ex 15:1|
|556||God who always lead us on triumph in Christ||2Cor 2:14|
|557||The great King above all gods||Ps 95:3|
|558||Lord, You are greater than all gods||Ex 18:11|
|559||Lord, You are exalted far above all gods||Ps 97:9|
|560||You are to be feared above all gods||Ps 96:4|
|561||Lord, You are above all gods||Ps 153:5|
|562||You are greatly to be praised||Ps 145:3|
|563||The Lord who bestows His riches upon all||Rom 10:12|
|564||Hw who gives us power to get wealth||Deu 8:18|
|565||Both riches and honour come of You||1Chro 29:12|
|566||You don’t despise Your own that are in bonds||Ps 69:33|
|567||He who hears the groaning of the prisoners||Ps 102:20|
|568||He who brings out those who are bound to be prosperity||Ps 68:6|
|569||He who sets free those appointed to death||Ps 102:20|
|570||The Lord who upholds all those who fall||Ps 145:14|
|571||The Lord who raises up all those who are bowed down||Ps 145:14|
|572||He who heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds||Ps 147:3|
|573||He who raises the poor out of the dust||Ps 113:7|
|574||Lord You are a refuge for the oppressed||Ps 9:9|
|575||Lord You have heard the desire of the humble||Ps 10:17|
|576||He who hears the cry of the afflicted||Job 34:28|
|577||Lord who maintains the cause of the humble||Ps 140:12|
|578||Lord who delivers the poor from him that is too strong for him||Ps 35:10|
|579||Lord who delivers the poor and the needy from him who spoils him||Ps 35:10|
|580||Lord, 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 bed||Ps 41:1-3|
|581||Lord You will save the humble people and You will bring down haughty looks||Ps 18:27|
|582||The Lord executes righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed||Ps 103:6|
|583||There is none like You O Lord to help both the mighty and the weak||2Cor 14:11|
|584||Lord You will place the poor in the safety for which longs||Ps 12:5|
|585||You do not regard the rich more than the poor||Job 34:19|
|586||You have been a strength to poor||Isa 25:4|
|587||You have been a strength to the needy in his distress||Isa 25:4|
|588||A refuge from the storm||Isa 25:4|
|589||A shade from the heat||Isa 25:4|
|590||Lord, You set the poor on high far from affliction||Ps 107:41|
|591||Lord You have delivered the life of the needy from the hand of the evil doers||Jer 20:13|
|592||Lord You make the families of the poor like a flock||Ps 107:41|
|593||Lord, You stand at the right hand of the poor to save him from those who condemn him||Ps 109:31|
|594||Lord, who lifts the needy out of the dust||Ps 113:7|
|595||Lord, You make the poor to sit with the princess of his people||Ps 113:8|
|596||Lord, You maintain the justice for the poor||Ps 140:12|
|597||Father of the fatherless||Ps 68:5|
|598||Defender of widows||Ps 68:5|
|599||Helper of the fatherless||Ps 10:14|
|600||Lord, You will regard the prayer of the destitute and will not despise their supplication||Ps 102:17|
followers of Christ (Greek christos, Messiah)
Southern Levant (modern-day Israel, Palestine, and Jordan)
c. 30 CE
Jesus, Peter, Paul
Roman Catholic; Eastern Orthodox; Protestant
Prayer, Bible study, baptism, Eucharist (Communion), church on Sundays, numerous holidays.
Easter, Christmas, saints’ days
Bible (Hebrew Bible + New Testament)
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 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: 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: 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.
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.
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: 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.
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).
The Devil – who or what is it?
When you have read this material you will know the answers to these questions:
1. Is there a supernatural devil?
2. Why does the Bible talk about the devil?
3. Is a supernatural devil tempting you to sin?
4. How can you be saved from sin and death?
1. IS THERE A SUPERNATURAL DEVIL?
God makes one thing very clear in the Bible: “I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me” (Isaiah 46:9, New King James Version). No superhuman power resists God’s will. The devil of popular opinion does not exist. If we want to know the source of evil, we have to look elsewhere.
The Bible leaves us in no doubt as to where the blame lies. Man is tempted from within himself. Hear what Jesus, the Son of God, said: “Those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornication, thefts, false witness, blasphemies” (Matthew 15:18,19).
Jesus confirms what God had told Noah long ago: “The imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth” (Genesis 8:21). Jeremiah 17:9 says: “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked.”
James agrees with all these sayings. He concludes: “Each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death” (James 1:14,15).
Notice that no mention is made in any of these passages of a supernatural devil. We need to look no further than ourselves to see from where evil comes.
2. WHY DOES THE BIBLE TALK ABOUT THE DEVIL?
It is true that the Bible talks about the devil as if it had a real personality. We must remember, however, that the Bible is rich in using “picture language”. It gives personalities to other things also which are not people. In the story of Cain and Abel, blood is given a personality. Speaking to Cain, God said: “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground” (Genesis 4:10). It happens again with wisdom, which is spoken of as a woman: “Happy is the man who finds wisdom … she is more precious than rubies; and all the things you may desire cannot compare with her ” (Proverbs 3:13-15). In Matthew 6:24, Jesus himself speaks of money (“mammon”) as being a master. This should not surprise us. We often talk like
that ourselves. We say, “Fire is a good servant, but a bad master”. We don’t really believe that fire is a man.
In the same way, evil and sin are sometimes given a personality. This helps us realise just how big sin is, and how dangerous sins are to our salvation. This is proved by comparing two Bible passages. Listen to the “picture language” used in Hebrews 2:14: “… that through death he (Jesus) might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil.”
What is this devil? What has the “power of death”? Romans 6:23 tells us: “For the wages of sin is death.” Sin is powerful and brings death. Your life is a constant battle against sin. Sin is your real enemy, not a supernatural devil.
Particularly in the Old Testament, theword “Satan” is often used for forces which stand in the way of God: “Satan” means ‘adversary’, but it is mostly left untranslated. In the New Testament, the Greek word diabolos occurs 38 times; 35 times it is translated “devil”. Its original meaning was ‘one who accuses’. In fact it is twice translated “false accusers” and once as “slanderers”, because in those passages, the translators of the Bible knew that it would not have made sense to use the word “devil”. In Titus 2:3, the advice given by Paul to older women was to be reverent in the way they lived, “not slanderers” (diabolos). And in 1 Timothy 3:11, Christian wives are told to be reverent, “not slanderers” (diabolos).
It would have been foolish for the translators to use the word “devil” in either passage. Older women and Christian wives are obviously not “the devil”. You must not picture a supernatural
devil every time you read the word “devil”. That would be a big mistake.Jesus said in John 6:70: “Did I not chosen you, the twelve, and one of you is a devil?” But Judas was a man, not “a devil”. If the translators had said, “One of you is a slanderer”, the meaning would have been very clear. Judas later betrayed Jesus with a kiss. He was a false friend indeed, but he was not a supernatural devil.
We need to look carefully at the Scriptures to understand who or what is the devil. Think about Revelation 2:10, where believers at Smyrna were told: “The devil is about to throw some of you into prison.” Does it make sense to you that a supernatural devil literally put believers into prison? It cannot be so, because we know the Romans did that. It is an example of evil at work. Time and again we see the word “devil” used to symbolise evil.
Sin is at work because men, left to themselves, do not follow the ways of God. The terms “devil”, “satan” and “demons” do not refer to immortal tempters in their original meanings. There is no such being as a supernatural tempter.
3. IS A SUPERNATURAL DEVIL TEMPTING YOU TO SIN?
From what we have considered so far, the answer must be “No!” We must take full responsibility for our own sins. We have already seen that evil thoughts and actions come from the heart (Matthew 15:18,19). Paul says: “All have sinned” (Romans 3:23). Do you think that God would blame us, if the fault lay with a supernatural devil? Surely not!
We are mortal because of Adam’s disobedience to God’s laws. But we each deserve our own death sentence. We have all earned “the wages of sin” for ourselves. Those wages are death (Romans 6:23).
Only when we are willing to admit that we are fully to blame for our own sins can God work with us. Only then shall we marvel that in spite of our weakness, Godis willing to save us.
4. HOW CAN YOU BE SAVED FROM SIN AND DEATH?
One thing is certain. You cannot save yourself. The Bible makes that very clear. However, you can be saved, thanks to God’s mercy. He has given us a way of escape from sin and death. By the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ, He has opened the way to everlasting life. He invites you to share in the victory of Jesus over sin.
Jesus lived a perfect life and then he “died for us” (1 Thessalonians 5:10). Through faith in Jesus as your Saviour, God is willing to forgive your sins. By baptism into the name of Jesus (Mark 16:16) and by obeying His commandments (John 15:8-13), you can be saved from sin and death. Resurrection from the dead to live forever can be your hope. Jesus came to take both sin and death away, for, “he will save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21), and “the last enemy that will be destroyed is death” (1 Corinthians 15:26).
God asks you to take responsibility, not only for your sins, but also for your life. You have no need to fear a nonexistent supernatural devil. Rather you should listen to these words of wisdom: “Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man” (Ecclesiastes 12:13).
If you live like that now, the ultimate blessing of everlasting life will be yours, when Jesus returns to Jerusalem to establish God’s kingdom on earth: “For there the LORD commanded the blessing—life for evermore” (Psalm 133:3).