Month: November 2017

November 2, 2017

Revelation 20

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  • Read & Reflect

    REVELATION 20:4-6

    • How would the persecuted Christians of the early church have felt upon reading that “the second death has no power over them”?  What does the promise of eternal life embolden me to do?

    REVELATION 20:11-15

    • What is the basis of judgment for all mankind?  Can anyone be judged righteous “according to what they had done”?
    • What is the significance of Death and Hades being “thrown in to the lake of fire”?
    • Who are the ones whose names are “written in the book of life” according to the following passages?

    Luke 10:17–20 (ESV) 

    17 The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!” 18 And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. 20 Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

    Romans 2:3-5 

    3 Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God? 4 Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? 5 But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed.

    Romans 3:23-26 

    23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

    Romans 5:6-11, 21 

    6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. 11 More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

    21 so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

     

 

November 1, 2017

Revelation 19

  • Journal & Pray. Here are some tools to help you with the devotionals:
  • Read & Reflect

    REVELATION 19:11-12

    • How does the vision of Jesus as the Judge on a white horse contrast with the way he entered Jerusalem (cf. Matthew 21:5-7)? What can I learn about the heart of Jesus for me from this contrast (cf. Phil 2:6-8)?

    REVELATION 19:11-16

    • What are the names of Jesus listed in these verses? Which name is personally meaningful to me in my life and why?

    REVELATION 19:14-16

    “It would be as much a mistake to suppose (as some, sadly, have done) that this passage predicts, and legitimates in advance, an actual military battle between followers of Jesus and followers of other gods as it would be to suppose that the reality which corresponds to the monster that comes up from the sea is an actual physical creature with the heads, horns and so on described in chapter 12. The victory here is a victory over all pagan power, which means a victory over violence itself.  Jesus himself spoke of victory–but it was not the victory one might expect, over the forces of Rome. Indeed, when others wanted to fight Rome, he hinted strongly if strangely that this was missing the proper target. The true enemy was the dark power that stood behind Rome and all other pagan empires. Jesus spoke about fighting a battle with the real enemy, the Satan, the one who had led all humanity, Israel included, into rebellion against the creator God. And Jesus seems to have believed that the ultimate way to fight this true battle was by giving up his life.” [1]

    • What do the images in this passage symbolize, if they don’t refer to actual military battle?
    • How can I participate in the victory of Christ?

    REVELATION 19:21

    • What lessons can be learned about the nature of the word of God, from the description of the “sword that came from the mouth” of the rider (cf. Heb 4:12)?

    [1] Revelation (N. T. Wright for Everyone Bible Study Guides)  N. T. Wright and Kristie Berglund, Location 784.

     

 

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