“It is Finished.” John 19:30

“It is finished.” John 19:30 (and all of the New Testament) cannot be fully understood without knowledge of the Old Testament and Jewish tradition.  The common Protestant interpretation is that Jesus’ work of Redemption is finished.  That once Jesus died on the cross, there is nothing left for us to do to be saved.  This cannot possibly be correct.  Jesus conquered sin and death in His RESURRECTION.  If Jesus had stayed dead then there would be NO salvation.  So Jesus could NOT have been referring to His redemptive work being finished.  But don’t take my word for it.  St. Paul wrote in Romans 4:25 “who was handed over for our transgressions and was raised for our justification.”  We are justified by His resurrection. Continue reading ““It is Finished.” John 19:30″

Who Can Read the Bible?

The more I grow in my faith, and in my relationship with Jesus, the more I can’t believe how much of the bible I had gotten wrong. And I don’t think I am the only one. I attended many different “bible only” churches and received wrong teaching in scripture interpretation. It’s no wonder I didn’t have a relationship with Jesus. How can you have a relationship with someone when you don’t understand a thing they say? Or even worse, you can’t trust them because they seemingly contradict themselves again and again?

For example, Revelation 20 

The Thousand Years ] Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain. And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, and threw him into the pit, and shut it and sealed it over him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years were ended. After that he must be loosed for a little while.

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