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The Pilgrim Ark

The Ark of the Covenant is a beautiful picture of the Lord Jesus. It was the single most important vessel of the tabernaclebeing the very throne of God. It was constructed of shittim wood (incorruptible humanity) inlaid and overlaid with gold (deity) – how blessed to remember that God (gold) was manifest in the flesh (shittim wood)! These were twoseparate and different materials, but one glorious vessel. Likewise the Lord Jesus is perfect humanity and full deity in one glorious person. This Ark was the meeting place between God and His people – so the Lord Jesus is the one Mediator between God and men (1 Tim. 2.5). But, as one year closes and another opens, I would like to leave a word (or three!) of encouragement in relation to the movements of this most holy of objects. The Ark was…

The Glory Of The Cross [8]

In our final meditation of this series we consider the last of the sayings of the cross recorded by John (19.26-30). First was a cry of sympathy (vv.26-27) followed by a cry of suffering (vv.28-29) and, finally, a cry of service (v.30). ‘It is finished’ is the translation of a single Greek word, tetelestai, the root word being teleo meaning ‘not merely to terminate a thing, but to carry out a thing to the full’ (WE Vine).

The Glory of the Cross–Part 6

The sixth section of John 19 (vv.23-24) describes the actions of the soldiers at the cross. After they had crucified Him, they ‘took His garments’. This was the sum of the earthly possessions of the Lord Jesus. There were very few things He could ever call His own, but John tells us of ‘His disciples’ (18.1) – who had forsaken Him and fled – and ‘His mother’ whom He would shortly commit into the hands of John. Now we read of ‘His garments’ which were, by tradition, forfeit to the soldiers responsible for the crucifixion. What did He have left? Only Himself, and yet Scripture records that the Son of God loved me and ‘gave Himself for me’ (Gal. 2.20). He has nothing left. Here is the perfect burnt offering – all is laid upon the altar ascending as a sweet-savour to God.

The 5 Best Commentary Series

It is, of course, impossible to find the perfect commentary, and even more so when considering sets of commentaries. Invariably they have a number of different authors and thus the volumes within a set can vary greatly in quality. That said, there are numerous sets of commentaries which, on the whole, are very useful. Before I begin, please read the following notes.

The Glory Of The Cross—Part 1

When reading in the gospels it is always instructive to compare and contrast the four records, noticing what is unique, or what is different. This is a particularly illuminating exercise in relation to the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus. For example, why doesn’t John record the three hours of darkness or rending of the veil? Why is Mark so fastidious about time? And so on. 

Ignorance...and the Church

1 Corinthians 3.16 speaks of ignorance in relation to the true character and nature of the local church at Corinth. Again, it was not that these things were new to them, but rather they had failed to grasp the significance of the local church in its ‘temple of God’ character. More of this later. First, it is worth re-visiting some basic Scriptural truth in relation to the church as the ignorance of such matters is painfully evident today.

Ignorance...and Israel

Last month we considered the danger of ignorance in Scriptural matters generally, and then specifically in relation to baptism. This month we consider Paul’s use of agnoeo (failing to grasp the significance or importance of a thing) in relation to the nation of Israel. Rom. 11.25: For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

Ignorance...and Baptism

Ignorance is dangerous. I am sorry to say that some contemporary and hugely popular Christian writers hold and teach false doctrine. It may not be obvious in their books or videos, but it is there – generally implicit and surreptitious. According to some (I’m naming no names!), separation from the world is now outdated. Christians are not bound by any law and have liberty to live as they please. Ask them about charismatic sign gifts, a future for Israel or the place and value of the Old Testament. On second thoughts, don’t. Let us not be ignorant of the truth of God’s word, lest we be subverted by error and led into immorality.

A Bishop Then Must Be…

Unless you are an elder in a local church, you may be tempted to sketch over as irrelevant the qualities of a ‘bishop’ (overseer) delineated in 1 Timothy 3.1-7. But consider the following. Although these qualities will be outstanding in the spiritual overseer, essentially they should characterise every believer.