Christ’s Pre-Authentication of the New Testament

“I have yet many things to tell you, but you can’t bear them now.” (John 16:12)

(1) He expressly declared that He would leave “many things” unrevealed (John 16:12).

(2) He promised that this revelation should be completed (“all things”) after the Spirit should come, and that such additional revelation should include new prophecies (John 16:13).
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Bible reading for 25-31 December

December 25: 2 Chronicles 30; Revelation 16; Zechariah 12:1-13:1; John 15
December 26: 2 Chronicles 31; Revelation 17; Zechariah 13:2-9; John 16
December 27: 2 Chronicles 32; Revelation 18; Zechariah 14; John 17
December 28: 2 Chronicles 33; Revelation 19; Malachi 1; John 18
December 29: 2 Chronicles 34; Revelation 20; Malachi 2; John 19
December 30: 2 Chronicles 35; Revelation 21; Malachi 3; John 20
December 31: 2 Chronicles 36; Revelation 22; Malachi 4; John 21

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Bible Verses for Christmas Meditation

Micah 5:2-5; Jeremiah 23:1-6; Isaiah 9:2-7; Luke 1:26-38; 2:1-7; Matthew 2:1-12; Philippians 2:1-11

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Rivers of Living Water

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Bible reading for 18-24 December

December 18: 2 Chronicles 21; Revelation 9; Zechariah 5; John 8
December 19: 2 Chronicles 22-23; Revelation 10; Zechariah 6; John 9
December 20: 2 Chronicles 24; Revelation 11; Zechariah 7; John 10
December 21: 2 Chronicles 25; Revelation 12; Zechariah 8; John 11
December 22: 2 Chronicles 26; Revelation 13; Zechariah 9; John 12
December 23: 2 Chronicles 27-28; Revelation 14; Zechariah 10; John 13
December 24: 2 Chronicles 29; Revelation 15; Zechariah 11; John 14

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Examining John Chapter 6

This chapter brings us back again to Galilee, and we read of another of the great “signs” which Jesus did. The miracle of feeding the five thousand has evidently a special importance, since it is related in each of the four Gospels. Our chapter gives us the teaching, based upon it and relating to it, which makes apparent its significance. The miracle itself is described in such a way as to emphasize the Lord’s resource and foreknowledge.

Jesus first addressed Himself to Philip. Now this was the disciple who did believe Moses’ writings, as we saw in John 1 : 45; yet when tested here he did not look beyond the purchasing power of money. Jesus Himself “knew what He would do.” In such an emergency the best that could be said of other servants of God would be that not knowing what to do, they looked to God for direction, and got it. But here was One, who knew what to do, and knew He had the power to do it. Before Andrew spoke of the lad with his small loaves and fishes, He knew about them. To have such knowledge, and wield such power as to know with absolute certainty what one will do, is the prerogative of Deity. Statements such as this are common in this Gospel: see John 2: 24, 25; John 13: 3; John 18: 4.
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The Bread of Bife

In that day, says Jehovah of Armies, you will invite every man his neighbor under the vine and under the fig tree. (Zechariah 3:10)

Jesus said to them, I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will not be hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty. (John 6:35)

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Gifts to the Churches

“He gave some to be apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, shepherds and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, to the work of serving, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a full grown man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we may no longer be children, tossed back and forth and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in craftiness, after the wiles of error; but speaking truth in love, we may grow up in all things into him, who is the head, Christ; from whom all the body, being fitted and knit together through that which every joint supplies, according to the working in measure of each individual part, makes the body increase to the building up of itself in love.” (Ephesians 4:11-16)
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When Christians Forget

“Becoming terrified, they bowed their faces down to the earth. They said to them, ‘Why do you seek the living among the dead? He isn’t here, but is risen. Remember what he told you when he was still in Galilee, saying that the Son of Man must be delivered up into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again?’ They remembered his words…” (Luke 24:5-8, Believers Standard Bible)
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Bible reading for 11-17 December

December 11: 2 Chronicles 11-12; Revelation 2; Zephaniah 3; John 1
December 12: 2 Chronicles 13; Revelation 3; Haggai 1; John 2
December 13: 2 Chronicles 14-15; Revelation 4; Haggai 2; John 3
December 14: 2 Chronicles 16; Revelation 5; Zechariah 1; John 4
December 15: 2 Chronicles 17; Revelation 6; Zechariah 2; John 5
December 16: 2 Chronicles 18; Revelation 7; Zechariah 3; John 6
December 17: 2 Chronicles 19-20; Revelation 8; Zechariah 4; John 7

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