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Abraham—Friend of God by James Rafferty

Abraham—A Friend of God

April 25, 2016 | James Rafferty

Dear Abraham,

Kill your only son.


Let’s face it—that’s a tough Bible story to swallow. At face value, it assaults the very idea that God is love. Or does it?

New Testament scripture offers insight into this Old Testament mystery. John, for example, recorded a parallel of God’s call to Abraham:

“God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son” ~ Jesus (John 3:16).

“Take now Your son, Your only son Isaac, whom you love… and offer him there” ~ God (Genesis 22:2, NKJV).

James and Paul saw Abraham’s experience as something fundamental to believers in the New Testament (both of them included this story in their letters to the Christian church).

Paul says:

“By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, of whom it was said, ‘In Isaac your seed shall be called,’ concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also …
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James Rafferty

Light Bearers

What If the Good News Is Better Than You Think?  by Ty Gibson

What If the Good News Is Better Than You Think? 

April 1, 2016 | Ty Gibson

After explaining that Christ is “the Word” and “the Light” to every person in the world (John 1:1-9), John makes an enormous, encompassing, extravagant claim:

“Of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace” (John 1:16).

The word “fullness” (pleroma) means completeness or totality. The “all” in this text is clearly the entire human race. So the gospel proclaims an unreserved, unconditional giving of Christ to every person.

“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32).


. . . before there was any believing on the part of any person, there was a complete giving on God’s part.

Christ is the one gift in which all God’s gifts are given. In giving Jesus, God gave all He could possibly give. And to whom? To “us,” Paul says. To every man, woman and child!

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes …
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Ty Gibson

Light Bearers