Brief Bible Verse Journey
This is a brief Bible verse journey through ten passages of scripture with a minimum of commentary, demonstrating some reasons we might want to consider investigating Jesus Christ’s claims.
31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. ~ John 8:31-32
Words spoken by Jesus:
28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. ~ Matthew 11:28-30
My entry for today may be disconcerting for some readers, but it is important to remember that the word is there for our admonition as well as our edification and comfort.
There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. ~ Proverbs 14:12
Today’s passage has been very impactful to me as it succinctly delineates the process by which a person becomes estranged from God.
20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. ~ Romans 1:20-21
Immortal words of the Lord Jesus Christ:
Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. ~ John 8:12
My contribution for today refers to Jesus’ ministry on earth:
He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. ~ John 1:10
Bonus: God has extended his hand towards humanity with great mercy and the best of intentions. It is clear in his word, however, that our obedience is what enables his blessing.
And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. ~ 1 John 3:23
Believing on Jesus and following the instruction of God is the secret to living a blessed life in this world and the next.
Throughout the scriptures, we see time and again that God is both merciful and just. This combination of traits puts God in a difficult situation in regards to the sins of humanity. Today’s passage briefly explains God’s system for granting pardon to individuals while leaving no sin unpunished. Some of the words in this passage have fallen from popular use, so I will follow up with definitions.
21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
23 For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God;
24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. ~ Romans 3:21-26
right doing; in this case, the actions of God that are morally correct
defended, like in a legal case; in this usage, God has argued successfully that the sin of each believer has been duly punished
the appropriate payment; in this case the extreme suffering on the cross of Jesus, who did no sin, is satisfactory payment for my sin, and for the sins of each person who believes on him
to refrain from exercising a legal right; in this case, God postpones punishing all those that have sinned in order to give them a chance to believe the Gospel and thus be pardoned
One of the remarkable features of the Bible is that God has gone to great lengths to ensure that each of his fundamental truths is presented in multiple ways. Today’s passage addresses the same topic as yesterday, salvation from sin and judgement, and distills it to the bare essentials.
So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation. ~ Hebrews 9:28
Today’s verse is yet another explanation of the process of salvation from our sin and from God’s judgement, this time in Jesus’ own words, while here as a man on Earth. The first verse makes it clear that God “gave” his son to suffer for our sins on the cross.
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. …
19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. ~ John 3:16-17 & 19
May God bless each reader with a full understanding of Jesus Christ, and may each of you believe on him with your whole heart. Today’s passage is perhaps the boldest statement in history – humanity’s great line in the sand. Which side are you on?
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. ~ John 14:6