Greetings and Glory – 2 Thessalonians 1

Read the Passage: 2 Thessalonians 1

Greetings and Grace (1:1–2)

As was the case with Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonian church, so his second epistle is pastoral in nature, as here Paul comforts the church and addresses their concerns about Jesus’ return. Continue reading Greetings and Glory – 2 Thessalonians 1

Faith and Salvation – Romans 4:13–5:21

Read the Passage: Romans 4:13–5:21

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Abraham’s Faith (4:13–25)

In Rom. 4:1–12 Paul had appealed to two important Old Testament figures—namely, Abraham and David—to show that salvation has always been by faith in Christ alone. In Rom. 4:13–25 Paul expands his teaching about Abraham to more fully demonstrate that God’s promise to Abraham entailed salvation by faith. Continue reading Faith and Salvation – Romans 4:13–5:21

Protection from Evil – Psalm 141

Read the Passage: Psalm 141

Prayer for Haste (141:1–2)

Psalm 141 is one of the 75 psalms (out of 150 in the Book of Psalms) that David wrote. While the exact context and background details of Psalm 141 can’t be determined with full certainty, it was surely written by David during one of his many times of life distress—perhaps, as some suggest, when David was in the wilderness being pursued by King Saul, or maybe while David was fleeing from his son Absalom. Continue reading Protection from Evil – Psalm 141

Desiring God – Psalm 42

Read the Passage: Psalm 42

Yearning for God (42:1–4)

The superscription to this psalm says that it was written by the sons of Korah. This group of men wrote eleven of the psalms (cf. Pss. 42, 44–49, 84–85, 87–88), with Psalm 42 being the first of the eleven that appears in the Psalter. Continue reading Desiring God – Psalm 42

The Fall of Babylon – Revelation 17–18

Read the Passage:  Revelation 17-18

Reminder: The book of Revelation is structured around seven parallel sections, each describing the time between Jesus’ first and second comings. These sections can be delineated into chapters 1–3, 4–7, 8–11, 12–14, 15–16, 17–19, and 20–22. Continue reading The Fall of Babylon – Revelation 17–18

The Bowl Judgments – Revelation 15–16

Read the Passage: Revelation 15-16

Reminder: The book of Revelation is structured around seven parallel sections, each describing the time between Jesus’ first and second comings. These sections can be delineated into chapters 1–3, 4–7, 8–11, 12–14, 15–16, 17–19, and 20–22.

Prelude to Judgment (15:1–8)

Revelation 15–16 contains John’s fifth and shortest telling of the narrative of history. Continue reading The Bowl Judgments – Revelation 15–16

The Throne of God – Revelation 4

Read the Passage: Revelation 4

Reminder: The book of Revelation is structured around seven parallel sections, each describing the time between Jesus’ first and second comings. These sections can be delineated into chapters 1–3, 4–7, 8–11, 12–14, 15–16, 17–19, and 20–22.

Continue reading The Throne of God – Revelation 4

Church Admonitions – James 5

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Regarding Oppression (5:1–6)

Several times in this epistle James has addressed the topic of wealth and poverty, focusing upon the dangers of material wealth and the need for spiritual poverty (cf. Jas. 1:9–11; 2:5–7). Here in Jas. 5:1–3 James again writes about wealth and poverty. In this passage James confronts the rich, not for their possession of wealth, but for their misuse of wealth. Continue reading Church Admonitions – James 5

James: Introduction – James 1:1-18

Read the Passage: James 1:1-18

Authorship and Date – There are four men in the Bible named “James,” which is the Greek equivalent of the Hebrew name “Jacob.” These are: (1) James the apostle, the son of Zebedee and brother of John (cf. Matt. 4:21; 10:2; 17:1; Mark 1:19); (2) James the apostle, known as James the Less, the son of Alphaeus (cf. Matt. 10:3; Acts 1:13); Continue reading James: Introduction – James 1:1-18

The End Times – Daniel 12

Read the Text: Daniel 12

Prophecy (12:1–3)

As we noted in the previous chapter, Daniel’s vision that began in chapter 10 of this book has dual fulfillment. While the vision largely concerns events that would transpire before the end of the Old Testament era, as the vision progresses it becomes increasingly about events that are in the future, even today. The last section of this vision, which is recorded in Dan. 12:1–3, seems to be entirely prophecy about the future. In this passage we learn that in the end times, when evil appears to overthrow all good, the angel Michael will be sent to deliver God’s people—specifically, those whose names are “found written in the book” (Dan. 12:1). Continue reading The End Times – Daniel 12