Wednesday, 14 September 2011

An outline of the Book of Revelation

This post is quite long. If you're worried it might bore you, then Nyan cat will make everything better.

In this post, I am doing little better than summarising James B. Jordan's "The Vindication of Jesus Christ". Anyone who wants to borrow this excellent guide to the apocalypse from me is welcome to.

Introduction

Chapter 1 - John sees a vision of Christ and the seven churches.

Chapters 2-3 - Seven letters to the seven churches in the province of Asia. The "angel" of each church may be the representative bishop.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Born of water and the Spirit

"Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God."
(John 3:5)


What could Jesus be referring to when he mentions new birth by "water"? Some have suggested that natural birth is in view, but this seems unlikely given that this was not a normal way of referring to childbirth at the time. "Born of woman and the Spirit" would have done a much better job if that was all that Jesus had in mind!