The darkest moments in life leave us paralyzed with pain. Often times, well-meaning brothers and sisters will come along aside us in those moments and recite the famous verse: “All things work together for good to those who love the Lord…” (Rom 8:28). As a pastor, I know I’ve been guilty of misusing this text, not so much because of a wrong motive, but because of a wrong understanding.
“Jesus Christ” is such a familiar phrase that many of us have come to think of it as Jesus’s name. First name: Jesus. Last name: Christ. In fact, Jesus Christ is not a name at all, but a title. The word “Christ” is a Greek word which means ‘anointed one.’ It was the term the New Testament writers used to refer to the Jewish Messiah. Therefore, to say “Jesus Christ” is to hail Jesus as Messiah, the One anointed by God to accomplish God’s saving work for Israel and for the world.
Most of us are fascinated with the miracles of the Bible, and rightly so. Acts is full of miracles that point us to the truthfulness of God’s word and the superiority of His power. Based on Acts 14:3b, here are a few things to keep in mind when considering the signs and wonders we see in the Bible.
“So they remained for a long time, speaking boldly for the Lord, who bore witness to the word of his grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands.” ESV
In the 6th episode in Proverbs, we look at how God’s protection enables the righteous to be as bold as a lion.
This is the 5th episode of 10 in our study through the book of Proverbs. Proverbs 16:4-5 discuss two different ways to answer a fool.