Monthly Archives: March 2013

All have sinned

13) Can anyone keep the law of God perfectly? Since the Fall, no mere human has been able to keep the law of God perfectly, but consistently breaks it in thought, word and deed. “As it is written: ‘There is … Continue reading

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Mary Magdalene

After Mary the mother of Jesus, Mary Magdalene is probably the most famous woman mentioned in the New Testament. All four gospels in our Bibles agree that she was one of the women who were present at Jesus’ crucifixion, and … Continue reading

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Truth and love

12) What does God require in the ninth and tenth commandments? Ninth, that we do not lie or deceive, but speak the truth in love. Tenth, that we are content, not envying anyone or resenting what God has given them … Continue reading

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Hilasterion

This word occurs only twice in the New Testament, although a closely related word (hilasmos) is also found twice, in the first letter of John. The hilasterion was the name given to the lid of the sacred Ark of the … Continue reading

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Love fulfils the Law

11) What does God require in the sixth, seventh and eighth commandments? Sixth, that we do not hurt, or hate, or be hostile to our neighbour, but be patient and peaceful, pursuing even our enemies with love. Seventh, that we … Continue reading

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Metanoia

Meta as a prefix carries the meaning of ‘change’. (Metamorphosis is the process by which a caterpillar ‘changes form’ into a butterfly) Noia comes from the word nous, which means ‘mind’. Metanoia therefore means (literally) ‘a change of mind’ – … Continue reading

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Respect

10) What does God require in the fourth and fifth commandments? Fourth, that on the Sabbath day we spend time in public and private worship of God, rest from routine employment, serve the Lord and others, and so anticipate the … Continue reading

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