Good News Verses (part 12)

The Christian radio station that I listen to daily is WIHS 104.9 FM based out of Middletown, CT. To me, those involved with this station, as in most Christian radio stations, are broadcasting the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world.

A segment that this station has been broadcasting for as long as I can remember is The Good News Verse heard every weekday. Very early each morning, one thoughtful Bible passage is given for us to consider and to meditate. This is then repeated several times throughout the day.

When I hear each passage, I ask, how is this “good news” for me? How can I apply it? Why did the producers choose it for me to consider?

With that in mind, I have gathered a few of them that were broadcasted over the last few days and posted them here for your review. Underneath each I have listed three ways that the passage is applicable for us to use. Please note that the views and opinions I expressed here for each passage do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of WIHS radio’s staff and management.

As you read them, I am sure you will discover other significant applications than what I have listed.

Below is the collection:

1) Ephesians 1:3

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ

Application:
a) This verse is part of the salutation of the letter to the church in Ephesus that begins with praising God, the Father of Jesus Christ. Several letters written to the church by the apostle Paul begin with this same greeting: “Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 1:2). It is repeated in 1 Corinthians 1:3,  2 Corinthians 1:3,  Galatians 1:3,  Philippians 1:2, Colossians 1:2,  1 Thessalonians 1:1,  2 Thessalonians 1:2,  1 Timothy 1:2,  Titus 1:4 and Philemon 1:3.

Question: Why was the Holy Spirit, if one of the Godhead comprising the Trinity, left out in all of the above salutations greeting the saints? Only in 2 Corinthians 13:14 is the Holy Spirit referenced with God and Jesus Christ being in connection with communion or fellowship. Is not this an insult to the Holy Spirit? Or is this a strong indication that the Holy Spirit is not a person at all but a force, a power, from God? Perhaps there is no such thing as a Trinity, right? I will answer that on an upcoming 2015 post in June (God willing, of course).

b) The Father sacrificed His Son, Jesus Christ, so that we sinful people could receive every spiritual blessing.

c) Note “… every spiritual blessing.” All that belongs to the Father in heaven now also belongs to us Christians, His children.

2) Leviticus 26:3-4

If you follow my decrees and are careful to obey my commands, I will send you rain in its season, and the ground will yield its crops and the trees their fruit.

Application:
a) This passage is a promise given to the children of Israel for a national blessing – it has nothing to do with spiritual blessings that we Christians are given because of grace.

b) The passage above is about doing, about performance, within the Old Covenant jurisdiction. Christians, however, in the New Covenant age are blessed because of their relationship with Jesus Christ.

c) The blessings in the passage above is solely for the kingdom of Israel and is conditional by obedience. Christians, however, have God’s Holy Spirit and are unconditionally receiving all of God’s benefits as children and citizens of the Kingdom of God.

3)  Psalm 147:1,3

Praise The Lord.
How good it is to sing praises to our God,
how pleasant and fitting to praise him!
… He heals the brokenhearted
and binds up their wounds.

Application:
a) It is good for us when we offer praises of song to God. It is a source of pleasure for us.

b) It is God who heals us spiritually. How? By Jesus Christ’s death on the cross.

c) Jesus Christ’s physical wounds on the cross heal our emotional and psychological wounds which were the result of our transgressions against God. Also, we were spiritually dead but made alive because of the mortal wounds inflicted on Christ and His subsequent resurrection to life.

4)  Revelation 15:4

Great and marvelous
Are your doings,
Lord God Almighty.
Just and true
Are your ways,
O King of Ages.
Who shall not fear, O Lord,
And glorify your Name?
For you alone are holy.
All nations will come
And worship before you,
For your righteous deeds
Have been disclosed. 
(TLB)

Application:
a) The apostle John’s vision at this point was of seven angels with seven vials (seven last plagues) prepared to be poured (seven last plagues) against the anti-Christ reigning then in the world.

b) The angels are praising God because they were going to once again witness God’s redemption.

c) There will still be nations in the world existing and arriving in Jerusalem to worship Jesus Christ after He returns. They will all be continually assimilated into the Kingdom of God throughout and up to the first 1,000 years of the kingdom. My thoughts here.

5) Psalm 103:11-12

For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

Application:
a) I Googled this fact: “The earth’s atmosphere is about 300 miles (480 km) thick in elevation, but most of the atmosphere (about 80%) is within 10 miles (16 km) from the surface of the earth. There is no exact place where the atmosphere ends; it just gets thinner and thinner, until it merges with outer space.” According to the Bible passage above, is God’s love for us limited as the earth’s atmosphere is limited only to about 300 miles high?

b) The circumference of the earth at the equator is about 24,900 miles (40,075.16 kilometers) long. Are our transgressions only about 12,450 miles (half the distance and at the opposite location of planet earth) away from where we are? Is that the maximum distance our sins have been removed from us?

c) God permanently forgave us our sins and reconciled us to Him at the cross of Jesus Christ (John 1:29). The lost do not know this about them, yet.

6) Psalm 50:14

Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving
And pay your vows to the Most High. 
(NASB)

Application:
a) Thanking God from the heart is a higher form of sacrifice to God than physical forms of sacrifice to Him.

b) The offering of sacrifices of praise and thanksgiving in this verse are a sign that more than ceremonial animal sacrifices are acceptable to God.

c) Vows are things you voluntarily choose to do. Therefore, making a vow, such as a marriage vow, before God and breaking it may bring consequences to you if not repented. If broken, it will all then be left up to God to deal with it.

7) John 1:1-2

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.

Application:
a) The Word mentioned here is God, Jesus Christ. He was not created. One Christian group which does not believe in the eternal deity of Christ, wrongly rewrites this verse in their Bible as: “…and the Word was a god” (Click here: New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures, Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, 1984).

b) If Jesus is not the same God, and we Christians worship Jesus, then our faith in God is polytheistic – more than one god much like pagan worshipers.

c) In Genesis 1, the words spoken and therefore attributed to the creation of the earth belong to Jesus Christ Himself.

8) Galatians 4:4-5

But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.

Application:
a) Jesus Christ was born at a precise and perfect time in history, not sooner, not later.

b) Being adopted under God’s care today is through redemption and grace – from the Old Testament law into the New Covenant relationship as children of God.

c) We Christians are the children of God not the children of Israel. You will never read of Christians being called “the children of Israel” anywhere in the New Testament.

9)  1 Timothy 3:16

Beyond all question,
the mystery from which true godliness springs is great:
He appeared in the flesh,

was vindicated by the Spirit,
was seen by angels,
was preached among the nations,
was believed on in the world,
was taken up in glory.

Application:
a) The mystery of godliness is Jesus Christ.

b) Question: How was Jesus vindicated (declared right, justified) by the Holy Spirit?

c) Question: How was Jesus Christ seen by the angels? Answer: They saw Jesus on earth: being born, growing up, ministering to people, teaching His disciples, praying in the garden of Gethsemene, tried, beaten, tortured, killed, rising from the dead, and ascending into heaven – just to name a few events.

10) 1 Timothy 2:5

For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus.

Application:
a) To pray to a so-called saint in heaven who previously was a Christian on earth is praying to a different mediator between God and mankind rather than directly to Jesus Christ.

b) This verse strongly proves that Jesus Christ is God. Jesus is not a created being.

c) Jesus Christ who is now in heaven is also considered a man.

11)  2 Corinthians 9:15

Thank God for his Son—his Gift too wonderful for words (TLB).

Application:
a) As immature children usually (not always) break toys that are given them, so did immature children of this world break the life of Jesus Christ, God’s gift to them.

b) God’s children understand the wonderfulness of God’s gift to mankind. The world does not nor does even want to care.

c) God’s gift to man will always exist and will always bless. That is why it is infinitely more wonderful to express in words.

12) Hebrews 1:3

The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. 

Application:
a) [The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being] Jesus said, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.” (John 14:9)

b) [After he had provided purification for sins] John the Baptist said, “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29)

c) Jesus is God. Many in the world, however,  say He was only a good man, a philosopher, a historic figure, but not God.

13) Acts 4:12

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.

Application:
a) This was the apostle Peter’s response, while under arrest, to the Sanhedren who were questioning him of his actions.

b) The name being discussed here is Jesus Christ.

c) Salvation is through Jesus Christ. Jesus is God. Only God can save people from eternal death.  Jesus is the only door which mankind must go through to be saved. No other faith, religion or creed can claim this.

14)  John 3:16

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Application:
a) This verse defies the incorrect understanding that only a few people were hand-picked by God long before birth by predestination for only them to obtain salvation (Ephesians 1:4-5). God loves the entire world. Predestination is not so much about the few to be only saved, but about the few who are to be pre-ordained to be the Church so that when Jesus Christ returns they would be a royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:9),  salt and witnesses for the world – in this life. After Jesus returns, this pre-ordained group will then serve anyone left of humanity remaining who believe on Christ and the Father God who so loved them.

b) After Christ returns, this verse will still apply! How? Many we see and understand the gospel (Jesus Christ and His established kingdom) for the very first time.

c) God the Father offered Jesus Christ to the world as a sacrifice of atonement for the world.

15)  2 Timothy 1:10

…but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.

Application:
a) By “…now been revealed” means that God’s plan of salvation for man was made known because of Jesus Christ.

b) By “destroyed death”, although people still die today, Christ’s resurrection from the dead has made eternal death to be already abolished and as good as done away.

c) Is there any difference between the words “life” and “immortality” mentioned in the passage or do both mean the same thing?

 

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