Not only is Jesus an able and willing Revealer, he is also certified to reveal God’s truth. When you go to a doctor’s office, you look on the wall to see a proper medical-school diploma. When a police officer shows up at your door, you ask to see proper identification. How much more important is a proper certification for One who claims to bring saving truth from heaven and from God!
In order to be an effective witness, one must be not only an able revealer but also one who is willing. Often, the eyewitness in a criminal case is not willing to testify because he or she does not want to get involved.
If we seek to live within a world without boundaries, what boundaries do you adhere to. Are we dictated by our mind or by our hearts that are grounded in God’s word and his providence?
Even when they are fully satisfied with the attribution of an event to the supernatural activity of God and so its designation as a miracle requires a distinctive act of spiritual intuition. Creation and the realm of Miracles
“For myself, as, no doubt, for most of my contemporaries, the philosophy of meaninglessness was essentially an instrument of liberation. The liberation we desired was simultaneously liberation from a certain political and economic system and liberation from a certain system of morality.
John reminds us that we all begin as those who are “of the earth” and, therefore, earthly in our thinking. When you start studying the Bible, you will find it contradicting many things you have always assumed. Since Jesus is the one person who can reveal the truth from heaven, we should hunger for his truth to escape the errors we have been trained as willing disciples eager to advance from earthly to heavenly thinking through Christ’s Word
John the Baptist, knew his role in his ministry and never sought to allow anything to influence him otherwise. The world outside today is influenced by temptations that, on the surface, are seemingly innocent and non-threatening.
Therefore, this is the reason for the statement and not the self-evident fact that the Baptist’s work ceased when he was cast into prison. That also is why John has the article: had been cast “into the prison,” referring his readers to this famous prison and the Baptist’s confinement there, which they knew of the other evangelists.
Beware false preachers and others who outwardly act in a manner that is pleasing in your eyes but ask yourself if their actions personify God or themselves.
Fallen man is not simply an imperfect creature who needs improvement: he is a rebel who must lay down his arms – C.S.Lewis. We strive for the Human race – Imago Dei which is part of our inherent value