Jeremiah 31:31 is the unifying verse binding past and future, Old and New Testament, Law and Grace, Jehovah and Jesus Christ, Judaism and Christianity. From this lofty perspective we find grand patterns in the Bible that offer hope and encouragement for followers of Jesus Christ.
This structured series of meditations expresses first person statements of faith followed by a prayer. A unique bible study providing short commentary with biblical references.
The reader will gain the most from this project if he/she speaks out loud the faith statements. For instance, "I am righteous," means the reader is becoming righteous as he/she speaks it. Continued exercise of this sort will result in greater understanding, christian growth and a closer relationship with Jesus Christ.
Within each group of articles:
- (Part 1) introduces the topic with Old Testament references.
- (Part 2) expands it with the teachings of Jesus in the Gospels.
- (Part 3) elaborates how these ideas work out in the early church from the writings of the early church fathers.
The Fullness of Time Hypothesis (FTH) suggests that God prepared the world for the coming of Jesus Christ by transforming the belief systems of major civilizations and homogenizing cultures for rapid communication.The transition period has arbitrarily been set at between 586 BC (after the destruction of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar II) and 323 BC (after the death of Alexander the Great).
Galatians 4:4-5 King James Version (KJV)
But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
Classical Greek culture forms the basis of the modern world beginning with the conquests of Alexander the Great and the implementation of Hellenism. This is the world we live in and also the world into which Jesus Christ was born.
These academic articles about this world reveal flaws in thinking and believing caused by Hellenistic idolatry. However classical Greek intellectual and social edifices are responsible for the rise of individual rights, better government, and improved education. Art, architecture, literature, theater, science, mathematics, and many other uniquely Greek endeavors have blessed our civilization with opportunities for personal social and spiritual development. Wheat and Tares.