BIBLE BASICS PORTAL

You are entering the Portal of Timeless Bible Basics where you will find ANSWERS TO LIFE’S QUESTIONS. These answers will be sought and found in the realm of biblical wisdom. There are two perspectives from which to search for them:  earthly and heavenly, physical and spiritual, human and divine.  The New Testament Book of James […]

ANCHORED IN HOPE

There is a word that forms a conspicuous thread through the book of Hebrews – HOPE! The writer insists that believers must be “Anchored In Hope.” His insistence is seen in phrases such as, “hold fast  (Hebrews 3:6; 10:23) “show…diligence to the full assurance of hope to the end,” (6:11) “fled for refuge to lay hold of the […]

Blessed Paradox

This last of the Beatitudes, “Blessed are those who are persecuted,” (Matthew 5:10) from the Sermon on the Mount is a paradox – a “Blessed Paradox.”  A paradox, also known as an antinomy (a contradiction between two beliefs or conclusions that are in themselves reasonable) is a logically self-contradictory statement that runs contrary to one’s […]

Blessed Are The Peacemakers

Today, I shall examine the statement of Christ, “Blessed are the peacemakers.” I mentioned to a friend that I am preparing these articles on the Beatitudes of Christ. His response was, “You have chosen one of the most difficult passages of Scripture to write about.” The late Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones agreed, “There is nothing in […]

BLESSED ARE THE PURE IN HEART

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. This statement from the lips of the Savior challenges human reason inasmuch as from the human viewpoint, purity of heart seems almost impossible. And yet, Jesus emphasizes that purity of heart and an awareness of God are essential to the blessedness (happiness) of mankind. […]

BLESSED ARE THE MERCIFUL

In Exodus 34:6, the Lord proclaimed to Moses, “The LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth….” In Psalm 103:8, David recalled this awesome proclamation. Jesus, Who is Himself God, explained,  “Your Father also is merciful.” (Luke 6:36) The Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthian Church, “Blessed be the […]