2 years ago

My Favorite Verses - Vol I (thru Sept 14)

… a collection of brief commentaries on some of the Bible’s most beloved (and least understood) passages, parables, verses & sayings

John 15:11 … Jesus,

John 15:11 … Jesus, the essence of JOY (03/10/2011) “I have said these things to you that my Joy might be in you, so that your Joy might be complete.” ~ Jesus (in John 15:11) This verse reflects the fundamental bellwether we are to use in determining the validity of any particular interpretation of any of Jesus' teachings: namely, does the interpretation we are testing bring immediate Joy when put into practice … In essence, if deep-seated Joy is not the result of our implementation of a current interpretation, then we can safely assume that our understanding of that particular teaching is not in harmony with The Way of Jesus Christ – and that it would behoove us to go back and try another one. 16

2 Corinthians 3:18 … Paul’s unwitting Awakening (03/11/2011) “And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the Glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are in this very moment being transformed into the very same image – from one degree of Glory to another. ” ~ Paul (in 2 Corinthians 3:18) I love this passage dearly -- not because it is “spot on”, but rather because it is “spot on” and from the mouth of the “apostle” Paul … You see, by far the majority of Paul's theology actually opposes Jesus' Way of unconditional, active Love. And yet every now and then in his Biblical epistles -- as though his Soul just couldn't help itself -- Paul shines forth with an amazing verse or two. For me at least, this is one of those verses. Granted, Paul probably didn't intend it to be interpreted as all-lovingly as it sounds, and he probably didn't comprehend its greater depths (e.g. that we allReady become as the Father in every one of our deeds of selfless service), and yet it's a pretty amazing verse nonetheless, the Truth of which I have personally experienced on a more than a few occasions. 17

My Favorite Verses - Vol III (Aug 16 to Nov 16)
My Favorite Verses - Vol V (Feb 17 to Jun 17)
My Favorite Verses - Vol IV (Nov 16 to Feb 17)
My Favorite Verses - Vol II (Mar 15 to Jul 16)
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