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Discover the Book - Nov. 20, 2008

  • 2008 Nov 20

Christ in Titus – Revelation


Q.               TITUS “Christ our Model to Follow” (2:10-11) Titus 2:10-11 . . . adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things. For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, (NKJV)

R.                PHILEMON “Christ our source of Forgiveness” (1:18) Philemon 18 But if he has wronged you or owes anything, put that on my account. (NKJV)

One of the shortest New Testament letters was written to a member of the Colossian church, Philemon, to encourage him to act more like a Christian than a Roman in accepting back his runaway slave.

S.                HEBREWS “Christ the Best of ALL” (12:2) Hebrews 12:2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of [our] faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (NKJV)

Sometime in the AD 60’s before the Temple was destroyed, someone was inspired by God to write Hebrews. Who? We cannot be sure. But the anonymity of the author does not detract from the letter’s authority. Hebrews speaks powerfully of the superiority of Christ, exalting Him over the angels (1-2), Moses (3-4) and the Aaronic priesthood (5-7), as well as the superiority of His New Covenant and sacrifice over the old (8-10). Chapters 11 to 13 plead for lives of faith in light of Christ's work and examples from the faithful of old.

T.                JAMES “Christ makes our Faith Work” (1:22) James 1:22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. (NKJV)

The earthly brother of Jesus who grew up with the boy Jesus was saved after the resurrection of his brother. He becomes one of the key leaders of the church. In about AD 45 as a pastor, he writes from Jerusalem. Some read James as a counter to Paul when he says, "Faith, if it has no works, is dead (2:17, NASB). But far from contradicting Paul, James was talking about life-style. He draws from a rich heritage of wisdom, the prophets, and his half-brother's Sermon on the Mount, to write about the life of faith that looks theologically correct.

U.               I peter “Christ our Victory over Suffering” (1:3) 1 Peter 1:3 Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, (NKJV)

Some time around AD 61 Peter writes his letter encouraging all Christians to live holy and faithful lives and to be willing to suffer unjust persecution after the example of Christ. Peter challenges wives, husbands, elders, and young men to exercise humility, service, and self-control.

V.                II peter “Christ the Victory over Error” (1:16) 2 Peter 1:16 For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty. (NKJV)

Second Peter and Jude are so alike many have wondered why both are needed in the New Testament. Because the Spirit inspired both they require careful study. Both deal urgently with an insidious and dangerous heresy that threatens the very lives of believers. Peter says the key to stability and growth is knowing God (1:5-11).

W.             I JOHN “Christ our Fellowship” (1:3) 1 John 1:3 that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship [is] with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. (NKJV)

John exhorts believers to show God's love Christ, by individually and sacrificially meeting the needs of others. He also commands us to turn from the world to love the Father. He stresses the danger of false teachers and false (anti-) christs. He emphasizes the apostles' teaching and the witness of the Spirit.

X.                II JOHN “Christ our Source of Separation” (1:10-11) 2 John 10-11 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds. (NKJV)

Y.                III JOHN “Christ our Prosperity” (1:2-3) 3 John 2-3 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. For I rejoiced greatly when brethren came and testified of the truth [that is] in you, just as you walk in the truth. (NKJV)

Z.                JUDE “Christ our Salvation” (1:3) Jude 3 Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. (NKJV)

Jude was a second brother of Joseph and Mary in the earthly family of Jesus, who wrote a New Testament book after coming to Christ. Jude uses images stretching from before the Flood to the depths of the Pit where imprisoned fiends of unholy service wait in chains. He gives insight into colorful Old Testament personages like Lot, Balaam, Korah, Enoch and Michael. Ending with one of the strongest verses on our secure salvation, this book is a must read!

AA.          REVELATION “Christ Unveiled to Worship” (19:10) Revelation 19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, "See [that you do] not [do that!] I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy." (NKJV)

From the exile of Patmos, John gives a revelation of the character of the Lamb and the sovereignty of God, both of which should encourage believers of all ages-not just the last-to "overcome the world" with their faith and faithfulness toward God. Revelation contains more hymns of praise, more words of adoration to the Lamb, the Father, and the Spirit than any other New Testament book. Rather than try to identify the dragon and his beast, adore the true Trinity, sovereign over space and time.

The book is also outlined by Revelation 1:19

"Write the things which you have seen (the vision of Christ in His glory- chapter 1),

and the things which are (the vision of Christ and His church - chapters 2-3),

and the things which will take place after this. (the vision of Christ and the Universe, chapters 4-22).


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