Daily Miscellany for July 27, 2014

We are recovering the faith of the apostles.  That is, we are seeking in the Scriptures the faith which the apostles preached and practiced that we might practice it…and then preach it.

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 The New Testament Gospels tell of the time that God visited the earth.  He has visited the earth many times before and since, but never quite like that time.  In Jesus of Nazareth was the fullness of God’s character uniquely revealed.

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The prophets and the apostles are the stars of righteousness (Daniel 12:3), but Jesus is the sun of said righteousness (Malachi 4:2).

The prophets gave us the Old Testament and the apostles gave us the New Testament, but Jesus gave us the prophets and the apostles.

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Moses had declared some foods clean and other foods unclean; but in Mark 7:18-19, Jesus declared all foods clean.  On the other hand, Moses had forbidden adultery; yet in Matthew 5:27-28, Jesus expanded the definition of adultery to even include lustful thoughts.  Therefore, we can see that in some cases Jesus made the Law of Moses less demanding while in other cases He made it more demanding.  Further, we can see the slackening had to do with outward things and the intensifying had to do with inward things – that is, matters of the heart.  For this reason, Paul would later write Romans 2:28-29, summarizing what it mean to be a true Jew in Messiah’s kingdom.

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