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Did the Jews Expect Messiah Would Be God?

Question from a Reader:

I’m studying the book of Luke. I know that the Jews were expecting a Messiah that was king, deliverer, etc., but did they also expect a Messiah that was actually God? Are there any Old Testament prophecies that mention that?

Lessons from the Book of Job

We share this in common with Job—God doesn’t specifically explain why He permits evil and suffering to fall upon us. He wants us to trust Him. In one sense, Job is everyman.

The Deadly Life of Ease

Jesus is not our personal assistant charged with granting our wishes. While He often doesn’t give us what we want, He always gives us what we need.

Is the Bride of Christ an Individual or a Group?

Question from a reader: In your Heaven book, you say that at the wedding feast of the Lamb we’ll not be guests; rather, we’ll be the bride. Does that mean as a group? Or as just one person? Answer from Karen Coleman, EPM Ministry Assistant: We can think of the Bride as one entity. But it’s like all the students of a school can be called together “the school.” Many students make up one school. Or even better, all believers in Jesus can be called together “the Church.” It’s one thing made up of many members ...

According to Revelation 6:9-11, Will We Have Bodies in the Present Heaven? Or Just Souls?

Question from a reader: On page 46 of your book Heaven, it talks about the martyrs in Heaven, crying out to God for justice on Earth (Revelation 6:9-11). In the King James Version, Revelation 6:9 says their souls (not bodies) were crying to God. On page 64 of Heaven, #2 says “righteous men made perfect” (Hebrews 12:23). Again, in the King James Version, Hebrews 12:23 says “the spirits of just men made perfect.” According to the KJV, it seems that we will be souls or spirits in the present Heaven, but not have bodies. Is this correct?

Tim Keller on a Biblical View of Friendship

In hard times, God is absolutely sovereign and loving, but more than ever we need the right kind of friends to visibly live out God’s heart and wisdom for our encouragement, and to help us keep our eyes on our King.