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The True Vine

Sunday, 21st October 2018

Readings: 2 Chronicles 14-15, Ezekiel 47, John 15-16

In John 14-17 we are privileged, through John’s inspired text, to eavesdrop as it were, on the most intimate of dialogues that Jesus had with his disciples before his death. The sense of foreboding that the disciples clearly felt at this time is palpable, though they did not fully understand these quickly unfolding events. Their lack of understanding is hinted at in the words of Jesus at the last supper, when Peter protested that Jesus should not wash his feet.

Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter” (John 13:7)

 

Then later, on the Mt of Olives.

Ezekiel 34 – The shepherds of Israel (Part 1 of 3)

Monday, 15th October 2018

Introduction

When we think of Ezekiel’s prophecy of the return of Christ we often think of Gog and Magog in chapter 38, but this is only a part of a section of the prophecy that provides many important lessons for those living in the last days. Below is an outline of Ezekiel 32 onwards. An appreciation of this structure can help us to apply the lessons of each chapter to our own lives as we await the return of Jesus.

Chapter 32 The oppressors to be destroyed
33 The exhortation to watchmen
34 The fault of the shepherds
35 Edom and the nations around Israel
36 Israel regathered to the mountains and converted
37 The whole nation reborn, reunited and converted
38/39 Gog – judgement on the nations
40-48 True worship restored

“Equal unto the Angels”

Sunday, 14th October 2018

Readings: 2 Chronicles 3-4, Ezekiel 40, John 6

Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection. (Luke 20:36)

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

 

Bible Words (Part 2 of 2) – Truth

Monday, 8th October 2018

Having looked at the word ‘Grace’, our choice to now study ‘Truth’ is predictable. The Lord Jesus is announced in John’s Gospel as “full of grace and truth”. It may be that we would have reversed the order of our study, had not the Old Testament used a very similar phrase – “Mercy and Truth”. We ask, what is the difference between mercy and grace? Mercy is punishment withheld. Grace is undeserved favour. The two words are interchangeable in most contexts of forgiveness. The Lord God is both merciful and gracious.

In Exodus 34:6 both words were used together. These terms are absolutely true in defining the gracious character of God, together with goodness and truth. Mankind has difficulty reconciling mercy and truth. We shall discuss some issues later in the study.

Encouragement and Warnings

Sunday, 7th October 2018

Readings: 1 Chronicles 23, Ezekiel 33, Ephesians 5-6

The letter to Ephesus was the first that the apostle Paul wrote from his prison house in Rome. It is a curious epistle, because it reads warmly and encouragingly one moment, and the next there follow very severe warnings against the most terrible human depravity and wickedness.

 

Bible Words (Part 1 of 2) – Grace

Monday, 1st October 2018

God’s word (logos) was planned before the foundation of the world. Speaking God’s word caused it to happen and come alive. The Creation of the world in Genesis 1, and the birth of Jesus in the Gospels are prime examples. Peter, speaking of Jesus says: “who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, [but was manifested at the end of the times for your sake, (Revised Version)]” (1 Peter 1:20). Revelation 13:8 speaks of the Lord Jesus as “the lamb that hath been slain from the foundation of the world”. Jesus in prayer to his Father said: “For thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world” (John 17:24). To his disciples, about the kingdom, Jesus said: “Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world” (Matthew 25:34). (Reference to a Bible Concordance will catalogue all the times the phrase “the foundation of the world” is used.) God had thoroughly planned and prepared His purpose for the world.

The Symbol of the Bread

Sunday, 30th September 2018

And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.” (v19)

That is what we are waiting for isn’t it - to eat bread and drink wine with the Lord Jesus, our Master? The symbolism of the bread and the wine is amongst the most powerful in scripture. There were many offerings in the Old Testament weren’t there? The Lord Jesus of course is the absolute supreme fulfilment and culmination of the sacrificial system … that lamb without blemish.

 

“The day when the Son of man is revealed” (Luke 17)

Monday, 24th September 2018

In Luke 17, the Lord Jesus speaks about the coming kingdom of God and signs of the times – some signs that would have a particular relevance to the generation alive in the first century, leading up to AD 70, and others going far beyond that to the time of the Lord’s return. Of course, it is all one divine work: often in the prophets we find events, far distant in time, pressed together. But when the Lord speaks about the coming kingdom and signs of it, he does this in such a way as to make us look not simply at what is happening in the world around us, but at ourselves.