Go Tell It on the Mountain - Part 2

In my previous post I mentioned how the events on the Mount of Transfiguration are recorded in Matthew’s gospel, right between the first two mentions of the cross. A lesson to all believers that suffering, and glory go together. Moreover, an encouragement also, so that we might know that our Lord’s death on a cross of shame was not a crushing defeat but a glorious victory. No one took His life from Him, but He had the authority to lay it down and He had the authority to take it up again. Therefore, those who think only of a scourged and beaten man nailed to a tree, are reminded by the events of the transfiguration that the same man had previously been revealed to His followers (and through t

Go Tell It On The Mountain - Part 1

Mountains feature frequently and prominently throughout the Bible and there is much to be learned from understanding the specific significance of each individual mountain mentioned by Scripture. Whether it be associated with the patriarchs and prophets of the Old Testament, such as Noah and Mount Ararat, Abraham and Mount Moriah, Moses and Mount Sinai, Caleb and Mount Hebron, David and Mount Zion and Elijah and Mount Carmel, or whether they be associated with the mountaintop ministry of Christ our Lord. In fact, mountains and hills are mentioned more than 500 times throughout the Bible and in a number of different ways. Of course, we should understand that as with many other physical places

The True Vine - Part 3

As we continue with our current series, “The True Vine” we remain in John’s gospel and chapter 15, when following His metaphor of the Vine and branches, the Lord provides us with a threefold result of our abiding in Him. In verse 7, incredibly we receive the promise of answers to prayer: - If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. In verse 10, wonderfully we receive the promise of abiding love: - If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. And in verse 11 marvelously we receive the promise of abiding joy: - These things I have spoken to you, that My

The True Vine - Part 2

In John 15:5 Jesus says: - “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. Therefore, the vital importance of our remaining in Christ and Him in us is conveyed in two ways. If we abide in Him and Him in us, we will bear much fruit, but apart from Him, nothing. Our great test then, for establishing our position in Christ is this… do we bear much fruit, or not. In fact, even before we arrive at verse 5, we need to be completely aware that in the previous verses, the Lord has already spoken of fruit. He points out that every branch that bears fruit, He prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. And although t

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