Personal Bible Studies
Will be presented by myself or individual guests personally invited to do so
We may use Skype, Google Hangouts, Webinars, or such for interactive presentations
Our Personal Bible Studies are Without Denominational Association
All Bible Quotes From the New International Version - Except as Otherwise Stated
Our eternal destiny is established by our personal relationship with our Lord, Savior, and King, (Christ Jesus/Messiah Yeshua) during our life on earth, cf., John 15:4. The desire to have our future secure or guaranteed is often a priority among Christians/Messianic Jews. 2 Corinthians 1:21-22; Ephesians 1:11-14.
Matthew 13:34-35, “Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable. So was fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet: ‘I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world.’ (see, Psalm 78:2)
John 8:31-32, “To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, ‘If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.'”
John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life."
To experience the fullness of being set free, spiritually and physically, is an event of indescribable peace and security. Discovering the source of that awesome power that sets us free is the journey of life here on earth. Revelation 22:20(b), “Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.”
The Bible's Theme IS The Messiah/Christ
After the human disobedience, God said to the Serpent in Genesis 3:15, "And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; HE will crush your head, and you will strike his heel." (emphasis "HE" added) This is the first prophecy of the future event of Messiah/Christ coming as our redeemer, savior, Lord, and King. The New Testament bears witness to this reference: 1 Peter 1:18-21, "For you know that it was not with perishable silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of like handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. Through Him you believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and glorified Him, and so your faith and hope are in God." Peter was one of the Disciples with Christ Jesus from the beginning of His ministry until He was placed in the tomb after crucifixion and witnessed His ascension back into heaven. (see, John 18 and 19). There were over 500 witnesses who saw Christ Jesus after He arose from the dead, 1 Corinthians 15:6 (1-11) and Acts 1:3. [NOTE: This is further developed in later writings.]
Messiah/Christ In The Old Testament
When studying the Bible, it helps to recognize that God is providing information in a progressive revelation manner. Israel was the nation chosen to represent God here on Earth to all the other peoples. Their journey and experiences are steps or occurrences that identify progressive revelation of who God is and what He is now doing with the world's sinful human race. God's word is inerrant, because the Bible words came from Him and is protected by Him through His Holy Spirit. see, 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 1 Peter 1:10-12; 2 Peter 1:20-21.
- Jesus references the Old Testament. In Luke 24:44, Jesus said to them, "This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms." During Jesus time on Earth, what we call the Old Testament was the only written scripture.
- God's purpose in giving us His word is that "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." 2 Timothy 3:16-17
- Often the key to understanding the Old Testament comes from the New. For example, Colossians 2:17, tells us that things from days of old are but shadows of that which were to come: "These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ." Therefore, Christ is the Old Testament revealed.
- Genesis 3:15 is the first specific declaration that looks to the future of the one coming with power to defeat Satan. To enrich this Scripture Galatians 3:16, "The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. The Scripture does not say 'and to seeds,' meaning many people, but 'and to your seed,' meaning one person, who is Christ." cf., Genesis 12:7; 13:15; 24:7.
- Exodus, the book of Israel's redemption from Egyptian Bondage has many references that we now know were foretelling Christ. What a teaching book for all of us to learn about God's limits, forgiveness, and sovereign power. Exodus 6:6, "Therefore, say to the Israelites: 'I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment."
- We can't think of Exodus without a word on the Passover Lamb. (Exodus 12:13; 1 Corinthians 5:7; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:18-19). God's promise to passover (full protection from the angel of death) when He saw the blood on the door frame. Just as Christ Jesus is our passover lamb and we are redeemed by His blood. God sees believers through the pure blood of Christ Jesus.
- Just as God chose the Levites to be His special servants in the temple, Christ came to Earth to GIVE His life as the ransom for many. Mark 10:45; Isaiah 53:5-6; Numbers 3:13.
- More to follow on this subject will be announced in future notifications.
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