Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.
I am that bread of life.
Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.
This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.
I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.
Zechariah was a prophet who lived in the 6th century before the birth of Christ. He was one of those captives in Babylon but, under the leadership of a political ruler whose name was Zerubbabel, Zechariah, together with some 50,000 of his Hebrew kinsmen, returned to their native Palestine (cir.
Again and again, we see Jesus saying that a person’s faith (their perception or belief) is what heals them. That is, what the person observes or perceives (believes) to be reality actually becomes their reality.
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The eternal God gave us life. “The Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature” (Genesis 2:7). In the beginning, we were both physically and spiritually very much alive. And we were able not to sin. Augustine famously said it this way: We were “posse non peccare” (Latin) – “able not to sin”.
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But give as alms those things that are within, and behold, everything is clean for you. (Luke 11:41 ESV)
This is one of those mysterious sayings of Jesus, of which there are quite many.
What are the things within that Jesus tells us to give as alms?
I am within. My thoughts are. My opinions. My attitudes.
Can these be given as alms? It would seem so. Yes.
But what does it mean to give them as alms? To submit my inner world to God? To let His will happen — as Jesus prays just a little earlier?
And then everything is clean: to the pure everything is pure, to the crooked everything is crooked, as Paul somewhere writes.
Is that what Jesus is saying?
The Bible is a book of bad news and good news.
First the bad news: Human beings are sinners. Our sin separates us from a holy and righteous God, provokes his wrath, and causes us to ultimately suffer death and eternal separation from Him. (Rom. 3:23, Rom.1:18, Col.3:6). More bad news: We are without excuse. As a result of our wickedness, we have suppressed the truth about God made known to us and are deserving of his righteous wrath. (Rom. 1:16-32)
That’s a bitter pill to swallow, but it’s not the end of the story. There is good news.
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