Bad Things Happen to Good People

Little Brother's Thoughts on the Bible

There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years.

– Luke 1:5-7

Luke records a very dramatic scene for us concerning the birth of John the Baptist in the first chapter of his gospel. After a short introduction to the gospel, we are introduced to an elderly couple, Zacharias and Elisabeth.

Luke tells us these events occurred during the reign of Herod the Great so this story happened about 7 BC. The story begins with a beautiful, yet tragic description of this couple. They are described as both righteous…

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That’s Jesus

That’s Jesus

Little Brother's Thoughts on the Bible

No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him. – John 1:18

This final verse of the opening to the Gospel according to John is a true gem.

We have record of people like Moses seeing God in the Old Testament. When we look at John’s statement it seems like it contradicts the fact that some people have seen God. However, it is not a contradiction at all. What John is saying is that anytime someone has seen God they have been looking at Jesus!

Moreover, John is telling us that everything we need to know about God we can find in Jesus Christ. AND everything we need to know, Jesus declared. He kept nothing back from us!

What an amazing gift! The God of glory has given us such a clear picture of Himself…

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Grace For Grace

Grace For Grace

Little Brother's Thoughts on the Bible

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. – John 1:15-17

The greatest evidence of the new birth is the fact that, not only did some people recognize Jesus, they saw Him for Who He was, the Son of God! Because God loved them with an everlasting love, He drew them in the new birth (Jeremiah 31:3). God chose His children according to His sovereign mercy (Romans 9:15-16) and He sends His spirit into their hearts with the same irresistible power (John 3:7-8).

So, John is basically saying that we got a “free gift” as…

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He Giveth Power

He Giveth Power

Little Brother's Thoughts on the Bible

In my two previous posts, we learned something very important about the power of Jesus and the power of sin. We learned that Jesus is the source of all life for creation and mankind in particular. However, we also learned that sin has such a detrimental effect on man that he cannot even recognize God when He is walking among them. If God were to leave us in this state, we would be eternally miserable. But, thankfully He does not leave us powerless. We will see in these final verses of the opening of John’s gospel that it is by the power of Jesus Christ giving the children of God spiritual life that we are made able to comprehend and enjoy our Savior!

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were…

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Ignorant Darkness

Ignorant Darkness

Little Brother's Thoughts on the Bible

And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. – John 1:5

Satan lies! He lies every time he speaks. He lies today, and in particular, he lied to Adam and Eve in the Garden. He told them that they would become like gods knowing good and evil. What he did not tell them is that sin would blind their ability to truly see and understand who God is.

John confirms this in his gospel when he reports that God came in the flesh to earth and the world did not know who He was. The natural man, because of sin, can no longer truly understand who God is and so men, looking with their natural eyes, saw Jesus as a just another poor man from Nazareth.

He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came…

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Life & Light

Life & Light

Little Brother's Thoughts on the Bible

John 1:1-18

The next major theme that we find in these opening verses of John’s gospel teaches us that Jesus is the source of all things and the natural life in man.

All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. – John 1:3

All creation owes its existence to Jesus Christ Who was the One who spoke everything into being. Paul confirms this position when he told the Colossians:

For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. – Col. 1:16-17

John gospel also shows us that Jesus is the specific source of life for men as well.

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Conditional Time Salvation (1-12-20)

Conditional Time Salvation (January 12, 2020) – Elder Bryce Lowrance examines the “save thyself, and them that hear thee” statement that concludes 1st Timothy chapter 4. After reminding us that eternal salvation is of the Lord only (Isaiah 43:11), he shows how the “save thyself” is not about eternal salvation at all, but rather a conditional time salvation. Brother Bryce then turns to the verses leading up to that statement to fully explain just what the Apostle Paul meant and why a distinction has to be drawn between eternal salvation and a salvation here in time.