Matthew: “The Gift of God”

Matthew — His calling Due to the fact of where Matthew worked and lived (in Capernaum), it is a good possibility that he may have seen Jesus or even met him before his calling. In both Mark 2:14 and Luke 5:27-29 Matthew is referred to as Levi. We know that …

Simon, Who Is Called Peter

The first, Simon, who is called Peter — Lessons in leadership The importance of knowing Simon1 is vital to understanding him as an apostle, and understanding his role in the first century ecclesia. To take lessons from his life and role without a correct understanding of his personality and his …

James and John

James and John — Inseparable brothers There are the four places where Jesus’ apostles are named: Matthew 10:2-4, Mark 3:16-19, Luke 6:13-16, and Acts 1:13. Though the order of the list changes each time, three things remain the same. The list always starts with Peter, ends with Judas Iscariot (except …

Take Courage

Confucius said, “To see what is right, and to not do it, is want of courage, or of principle.” We know that our God always does right, as Abraham said in his prayer, “Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?” The children of Israel were commanded to …

Knowing Jesus

Knowing Jesus “To know and be known by Jesus.” This was the answer a friend of mine gave when asked in a devotion what she wanted to accomplish in this life. Profound, I thought, but what do those two concepts mean? As far as “being known by Jesus,” we can …

Life of Timothy, (4) Leaving Lystra

Introduction In the previous article in this series, we considered an episode in Timothy’s life that is a reminder of the importance of following our absent leader and role model, the Lord Jesus Christ. While Paul was away from Lystra, Timothy’s hometown, between the First and Second Missionary Journeys, Timothy …

The Tabernacle of the Congregation

Instructions The instructions for making a sanctuary for God amongst the people was first given back in Exodus 25-28, and after a time of preparation, it was time for the building to begin. Israel was camped at Mount Horeb and had received the Law through Moses. The instruction to make …

The Ways of Destroying the Ecclesia Are Many and Various

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come… But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived” (2Tim 3:1, 13). Introduction There are indeed many ways of destroying the ecclesia, and unfortunately, we can truly see the prophecy of Paul coming …

Don’t do it

An ancient Chinese proverb says, “If you won’t want anyone to know, don’t do it.” Most of us have done something that we do not want others to know about. Little children may sneak that cookie before dinner, older children may accidentally break something while roughhousing and hide the evidence, …