In II Thessalonians, the Apostle Paul wrote to the believers in Thessalonica who were enduring a cauldron of persecution and affliction. Instead of yielding to the intense suffering and retreating into a hardened, loveless protectionism,
Judas Iscariot’s betrayal alerts us to the fact that no one is exempt from the possibility of betraying Jesus. As the disciples sat together with Jesus at the last supper, Jesus made an announcement: “Behold,
Missionaries, like other servants of God, face the temptation of discouragement. Some things that contribute to discouragement include working among an unresponsive or hostile people group; frequent ministry trips away from spouses and family; trying
Only found in Matt. 19:28 and Titus 3:5. This word literally “means a “new birth.” The Greek word so rendered (palingenesia)” is used by classical writers with reference to the changes produced by the return of spring. In Matt. 19:28 the word is “equivalent to the “restitution of all things” (Acts 3:21). In” Titus 3:5 it denotes that change of heart elsewhere spoken of as a passing from death to life (1 John 3:14); becoming a new creature in Christ Jesus (2 Cor. 5:17); being born again (John 3:5); a renewal of the mind (Rom. 12:2); a resurrection from the “dead (Eph. 2:6); a being quickened (2:1, 5).” “This change is ascribed to the Holy Spirit. It originates not “with man but with God (John 1:12, 13; 1 John 2:29; 5:1, 4).” “As to the nature of the change, it consists in the implanting of a new principle or disposition in the soul; the impartation of “spiritual life to those who are by nature “dead in trespasses” “and sins.” “The necessity of such a change is emphatically affirmed in Scripture (John 3:3; Rom. 7:18; 8:7-9; 1 Cor. 2:14; Eph. 2:1; 4:21-24).
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