Grow to Know God in Hebrews (2)

As I said in Part One, the writer to the Hebrews elevates Jesus to be equal with God. He is much higher than the angels, Moses, the Jewish priests, and the even the Jewish high priest. He is God with the Father and the Holy Spirit as the one only true God.    Then, the writer points us to Jesus as the Starter and Finisher of our faith, Hebrews 12:1-3. He stands at the start of our race, helps us …

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Grow to Know God in the Book of James

The Apostle James, Jesus’ half-brother who was one of the leaders of the early church, wrote his book to his fellow Jews. They were converted Christians. James’ letter is an example of wisdom literature, that is, instructions for the Jewish Christians’ and our lives in knowinging Jesus better.     The seven lights of the Jewish Menorah, which lights up their synagogues to this day. However, Jesus is the Light of the world. James begins with his teachings about the advantages …

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Grow to Know God in Colossians (2)

In my previous blogpost, I dealt with the beginning of Colossians chapter three. Now, I hope to deal with the commands in the rest of the chapter. Yes, God inspires Paul to give us commandments. Why? Because we need to change gradually from our imperfect lives to be more mature as God’s grown children. First, in Colossians chapter three, Paul calls the church in Colossae to grow to know God better. He gives a list of the old-nature qualities compared …

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Grow to Know God in Colossians

How can I become more like Jesus? Is spiritual progress automatic? I’ll answer the second question first: No! First question: We have a responsibility to make an effort to become more like Jesus, of course, with God’s Holy Spirit enabling us. The Apostle Paul’s Letter to the Colossians shows God’s plan very clearly. In Colossians 1 and 2, Paul presents God’s rescue plan clearly, resulting in Jesus’ going through suffering, death, and resurrection in order to be the Ruler of …

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New Testament Growing to Know God

How can Christians become more like Jesus? On the one hand, when Christians first believe, God the Judge declares us “not guilty” and legally-right with him. On the other hand, we are still far from perfect with a large measure of self-centeredness in our sinful natures or “flesh.” How can we know God better? One way to find God’s gift of spiritual progress is to understand Jesus’ victory for our lives. What do I mean? Jesus the God-man entered human …

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Old Testament Growing in Knowing God

Some people think that the commandments of the Old Testament don’t apply to the Christian life in New Testament times. I reply to those people that they are both right and wrong. What does the Old Testament have to do with Christians? First, Christians who don’t think the Old Testament commandments apply to them are right because the “Thou shalt nots” of the commandments are Israel’s national form of the law, which Jesus abolished to replace it with the positive, …

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Growing in Knowing God

God’s commands make some people turn off to the Bible. Why do they stop listening when the Bible says in God’s own voice, “You shall have no other gods before me,” for example? One answer might be that they had severely authoritarian parents. My mom never told us boys why we were to do something. Some parents who are like her say, “Because I said so!” Why should we obey God’s commands?   People also rebel against authority when their parents …

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Grow to Know God

People have said to me that they didn’t think we need to know God better. They think that when they become Christians, they are perfect already. I met one young woman who thought exactly that way. She was wrong, according to the Bible. How can we grow to be more like Jesus? On the one hand, the Bible says clearly that when people trust in Jesus as the only Pathway to heaven, God the Judge declares them not-guilty and right …

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Human Culture and Knowing God

How can we be Christians in our ungodly culture? Some people like the Amish want to separate themselves from the culture around them. Others figure that they can blend in with their culture if the Bible doesn’t condemn it directly. Who’s right? One problem with western cultures is that they have eliminated God from their content. In other words, the evil influence of secularism has prevailed in our cultures. It’s obvious in movies, sports, TV, songs, and other content of …

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Life’s experiences and knowing God

A huge assumption in western culture is that our experiences can be our guide throughout life. That idea is called pragmatism, in which people say, “If it works, it’s good; if it doesn’t, it’s bad.” My father was a pragmatist, which led him to be very permissive with his three boys. He’d say about us, “They’ll figure it out!”  Why is pragmatism wrong? The main problem is that it leaves God out of the picture of our lives. Instead, it …

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