Acrostic Bible

The Acrostic Bible

In this section I’ve written an acrostic about each book of the Bible. In case you hadn’t spotted on the homepage, I’m completely revising these during 2020. The ones that start with a red letter are those which I’ve revised to date.

Obviously, you can’t summarise the whole Book of Job in three lines, and you don’t really need eight lines for Philemon! – so in each case I’ve tried to capture the book’s flavour. If you don’t know what’s in the Bible and don’t know where to begin, hopefully this section will whet your appetite. Where appropriate, there’s an element of humour, but each acrostic is intended as a serious insight into the content and significance of each book. Unfortunately these acrostics don’t rhyme – that would just be too difficult!

Genesis

God began everything by creating heavenly order and earthly abundance
Eden was our perfect home, but through disobedience we spoilt it
Noah alone was righteous and survived the flood of God’s wrath
Even then, men preferred Babel sounds to angel voices, until Abraham,
Sarah and their descendants heeded God’s promise to be a holy nation.
In jealousy, Jacob’s sons sold Joseph into Egyptian slavery, yet he
Saved them from famine and found them a home in Goshen.

Exodus

Egypt proved to be a cruel cradling for Israelites
Xenophobic Pharaoh tolerated them as forced labour
Only when Moses and Aaron brought God’s wrath on Egypt’s firstborn
Did Pharaoh let them go, and then his pursuing army foundered
Under the Red Sea. In the desert God provided for Israel and on
Sinai’s heights gave them commands and laws befitting a holy people.

Leviticus

Laws given to Moses on Sinai were a blessing, not a yoke,
Establishing a way of living in safety, fairness and abundance.
Vines and fields were to be rested, and servants and property redeemed,
In Sabbath and Jubilee years. Israel was not to live according to
The customs of other nations, yet aliens in their midst were to be loved.
If laws were broken – even unintentionally – sacrifices were required;
Contamination and disease were to be carefully cleansed;
Unholy conduct would turn blessings into curses. And each year a
Scapegoat was led to a desolate place, to bear away the people’s sins.

Numbers

Naming and counting Israel’s tribes was in God’s plan for a promised land, but
Unless the people obeyed God’s laws they would remain in the wilderness.
Moses faced rebellions: only Caleb and Joshua believed Canaan could be won.
Balaam the prophet was prevented from cursing Israel by his donkey.
Even though food came from Heaven and water gushed from rocks, the people
Repeatedly rebelled. Israel was decimated after being seduced by Moab, and a
Second census was needed before Canaan’s lands could be allocated to tribes.

Deuteronomy

Disobeying God’s command to take possession of the promised land,
Even though their spies had found it fertile, the people remained fearful.
Unwilling to face the enemy, they rebelled and turned back towards the desert,
Therefore that generation, even Moses, was not allowed to cross the Jordan.
Exhorting Israel to be obedient, Moses urged remembrance of the LORD’s covenant,
Reminding them that no other nation had such righteous laws and decrees.
O Israel! – fear the LORD, walk in His ways, serve Him with heart and soul;
Never deprive the alien, the fatherless or widow of justice, nor neglect your tithes;
Observe the festivals, judge impartially, uproot detestable practices; choose life.
Moses set out blessings for obedience and curses for disobedience
Yet he could only gaze on Canaan from Mount Nebo, and he died in Moab.

Joshua

Jordan’s waters backed up and Jericho’s wall tumbled
Over, as Joshua’s armies swept across the promised land;
Southern cities fell and northern kings conceded defeat;
Hebron was given to Caleb and the lands allotted to tribes.
United, all Israel’s people assembled to echo Joshua’s vow –
As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.

Judges

Joshua died, and the following generation forgot the Lord.
Unlike other nations, Israel had no king, but at times God raised a judge,
Delivering them from their foes. Deborah defeated the Canaanites;
Gideon, the Midianites; Jephthah, the Ammonites; Samson, the Philistines.
Every time, though, they reverted to idol worship and wicked ways:
Surely a lapsed nation, everyone just doing what was right in their own eyes.

Ruth

Returning from Moab with her widowed daughters-in-law, widowed Naomi
Urged them to stay in their homeland. But one, Ruth, clung to her, and
Touched the heart of Boaz in whose fields she gleaned. They married,
Had a son Obed, who fathered Jesse, who fathered King David.

Samuel, Kings and Chronicles are so good they named them twice! I’ve taken two bites of the cherry at Samuel and Kings because I need as many letters as possible to cover all the key events. I have only made one entry for Chronicles because it already gives me ten letters and repeats a lot of ground previously covered.

Samuel 1

Shiloh’s temple was where childless Hannah prayed for a son
And where her firstborn, Samuel, heard God calling in the night:
Mightily he led Israel, but they demanded a king and he anointed Saul.
Upset at Saul’s sins, Samuel perceived that God had now chosen David,
Even though he was the youngest of Jesse’s sons. Saul sought David’s life, yet
Lost his own, along with his sons, fighting the Philistines.

Samuel 2

Saul’s death left a power vacuum – David reigned in Judah;
Abner (Saul’s army chief) installed Ish-bosheth over Israel.
Many battles later, David brought unity and returned the ark to Jerusalem.
Uriah’s beautiful wife, Bathsheba, was David’s downfall, and thence
Everything turned to treachery and secession before re-unification. David,
Loyal servant of God, older and wiser, Israel’s singer of songs.

Kings 1

Knowledge and wisdom should have defined Solomon’s reign –
Instead, he strayed after the pagan gods of his many wives.
No stopping the rot now: the nation divided and kings forsook the Lord.
Gilead’s Elijah sent Baal’s prophets packing at Mount Carmel, but
Still Ahab, Jezebel and Ahaziah continued to sin grievously.

Kings 2

Keeping the prophetic line, Elijah passed his mantle to Elisha;
Isaiah came later, but still the people continued to worship idols;
Nefarious kings shed innocent blood, and God withdrew his protection.
Good king Josiah’s reforms proved too little, too late
So the people were taken captive – Israel to Assyria, Judah to Babylon.

Chronicles 1 & 2

Consider a nation’s remembrance of its identity:
Histories of tribes and clans and their land allotments,
Records of priests, Levites, singers, gatekeepers, musicians,
Overseers, treasurers, army commanders and, of course, kings.
Not willing to risk Philistine capture, Saul fell on his sword;
Israel then crowned David, popular victor, ark-returner, flawed but faithful.
Celebrate Solomon’s wisdom, temple and prayers, but rue his backsliding;
Learn of the wars and divisions consequent on successive kings’ sins;
Examine how reforms by Asa, Hezekiah, Uzziah and Josiah brought peace;
See how sin led to enslavement, leaving the land to recover for seventy years.

Ezra

Exiled, the people of Judah were allowed by King Cyrus to return to their homeland;
Zion lay desolate so the re-settlers rebuilt the altar and the temple;
Royal decree authorised the work to continue after it had been thwarted by opponents;
Artaxerxes resourced its completion, whilst Ezra led a repentance of the people.

Nehemiah

Not only was Jerusalem’s temple in ruins, but also its wall and gates.
Exiles sent a message of distress to Nehemiah, cupbearer to King Artaxerxes.
His face was sad as he approached the King, but the King was gracious,
Expressing concern that he should return to restore Jerusalem’s defences.
Many resources were availed to Nehemiah and many men supported him.
In the face of opposition, he provided armed guards for the builders.
After the works were completed, he proclaimed the law and organised celebrations.
He became governor and sought God’s favour for his many reforms.

Esther

Enraged when Queen Vashti snubbed her husband’s lavish party, King Xerxes
Selected beautiful Esther, adoptive daughter of Mordecai, to be his new queen.
The king’s favourite, Haman, sought the life of Mordecai and his fellow Jews.
Have you become queen for such a time as this?” Mordecai asked his ward;
Esther persuaded Xerxes to reverse the decree and execute Haman instead.
Rescued from genocide, the exultant Jews instituted the festival of Purim.

Job

Justice seemed in short supply when virtuous Job met such dire misfortune,
Otiose friends comforted him, then judged him as self-righteous
But when God showed up, Job learned that redemption lay in worship and surrender.

Psalms

Praise and adoration for God’s righteousness and goodness
Singing, rejoicing and thanksgiving for what God has done
Asking for guidance on living a life of Godly wisdom
Laments for times of crisis, grief and suffering
Mercy and restoration sought for sins committed
Supplication for our needs, desires, healing and wholeness.

Proverbs

Prudence, insight, instruction, discernment,
Righteousness and justice are proclaimed by Lady Wisdom.
Oppression, sloth, adultery, vanity – like a dog returning to its
Vomit – are the ways of Dame Folly.
Exemplary behaviour, fairness and a heart for the poor
Reveal the wise person and will lead to honour.
Bear with the strange culture and didactic style of Proverbs:
Search these sayings and you will encounter the mind of God.

Ecclesiastes

Everything is meaningless” proclaims the preacher –
Chasing the wind is how we spend our time on earth.
Cultivating knowledge, seeking pleasure, gaining wealth
Lead equally to the same fate for all, both good and bad.
Eat, drink and find satisfaction in labour all your days,
Seasons come round for every activity under heaven;
In truth, we will not understand what happens “under the sun”.
As a man comes so he departs, and in the end gains nothing,
Seek wisdom, cast your bread upon the waters,
Turn away from evil, value friends and family.
Eternal mysteries are beyond us and are known only to God
So fear God and keep his commandments: this is our whole duty.

Song of Songs

See how the beloved yearns for her lover;
O daughters of Jerusalem, rejoice and delight in them.
Nightly she searched the city and finally found him –
Glancing at him, she stole his heart.

Over her he spread a banner, his banner of love.
Friends of the bride and groom,

See the beloved and her lover
Overwhelmed with passion one for another.
No ordinary love story is this, but
God yearning for his beloved Israel,
Shepherd and flock trysting in the garden.

Isaiah

In the year King Uzziah died, Isaiah saw a vision of God
Send me” he said, and he prophesied to Israel and her enemies.
A virgin will bear a son as a sign of God’s judgment and favour,
Israel will suffer for her sins but be restored, and her enemies subdued:
Arise, shine! God will lead you through the waters and send His Holy One:
He will be despised, rejected, a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief.

Jeremiah

Justice was in short supply in Jerusalem, and God was angry:
Evil practices and false prophets had brought the nation low,
Reigned by stiff-necked kings, Judah was about to fall to Babylon.
Egypt looked like a safe haven but was a fickle and idolatrous ally.
Mercy is on offer from God in return for repentance, Jeremiah prophesied;
Instead, they threw him in a well, burned his writings and plotted his death.
Accept Babylonian rule and God will ultimately redeem you, he counselled,
However they fought Babylon, Jerusalem was sacked, and they were led captive.

Lamentations

Look upon the deserted city and wail over her distress
All the splendour has departed from the daughter of Zion
Mourn for her exiled youths and maidens, her starving priests and elders
Enemies gloat over her, her prophets are exposed as false and worthless
Nothing and no-one has escaped God’s anger.
The prophet (Jeremiah) bemoans his disgrace
And yet he knows the Lord’s compassions never fail
They are new every morning, and great is his faithfulness
I will say to myself (says Jeremiah) the Lord is my portion, I will wait for Him.
Once worth their weight in gold, the precious sons of Zion are like clay
Needful of restoration, Jeremiah pleads with God, saying
Save us, unless you have utterly rejected us and are angry beyond measure.

Ezekiel

Eagle, lion, ox and man – manifestation of God calling Ezekiel to be watchman-prophet.
Zion would be punished for her sins and the glory would depart from her temple;
Each would be judged for their own deeds and could not blame their forebears;
Kingdoms would fall – first, idolatrous Israel, then her arrogant neighbours.
Israel, long exiled, would be restored, a valley of dry bones receiving flesh and breath;
Elevated miraculously, Ezekiel gazed on a rebuilt temple to which God’s glory returned,
Living waters flowed from it, as lands were restored to the tribes of Israel.

Daniel

Dreams tormented Babylon’s rulers during the years they held Judah captive,
Astrologers from their own courts were unable to interpret these strange visions,
Nebuchadnezzar and his successor Belshazzar turned to Daniel for explanations:
In God’s power, he explained a statue with feet of clay and writing on the wall.
Envious of Daniel, Babylonian governors provoked Darius to throw him in a lions’ den.
Later, Daniel dreamed of end-times, the rise and fall of kingdoms, and God’s Anointed.

Hosea

Hearing the Lord’s command, Hosea took an adulterous wife
Only to love her, as God loved Israel, despite her infidelity.
Sowing the wind and reaping the whirlwind, Israel lusted after false Gods:
Ephraim, so unfaithful, might once again sow righteousness
And reap the fruit of God’s unfailing love.

Joel

Judah, facing God’s judgement for her sins, is laid waste by swarms of locusts,
Omen of armies sweeping from the north to conquer and debase her,
Except if the people repent, so the Lord may pour out his spirit and blessing –
Let the weak say ‘I am strong’, dream dreams, see visions and reclaim the land.

Amos

A humble shepherd, Amos had a prophetic vision of God’s anger for Israel
Many were her sins of violence, injustice, idolatry and complacency
Only if justice and righteousness flowed like rivers would God show mercy
Sin would bring destruction, yet a remnant would live and ruins be restored.

Obadiah

Obstinate Edom, the Sovereign Lord will debase and destroy you
Because of your violence and contempt towards your brother Jacob,
Allies and friends will deceive and desert you,
Destruction awaits you – for you gloated over Judah’s misfortune.
Israelite exiles in Canaan will occupy your land
And exiles from Jerusalem will possess the towns,
Holiness will return to Zion and the kingdom will be the Lord’s.

Jonah

Joppa, a good port to sail west and defy God’s call to head east to Nineveh:
Overboard the crew threw Jonah when his disobedience caused a raging storm.
Next, a great fish swallowed him, spewing him on the shore after three days.
And then Jonah went to Nineveh, told that sinful city to repent, which they did.
However, God didn’t punish them, and Jonah slowly grasped the wideness of His mercy.

Micah

Mountains will melt, valleys split and cities fall because of those who plan
Iniquity, prophesy falsehoods, defraud the poor, worship idols and
Covet possessions. The Lord doesn’t want sacrifices – He requires you to
Act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with your God. There will be new
Hope through a ruler from Bethlehem whose greatness will reach the ends of the earth.

Nahum

Nineveh would experience God’s wrath for its oppression of Judah
And Assyria would be scattered for its endless cruelty. Before God’s presence, the
Hills melt away. He takes vengeance on His foes and does not leave the guilty
Unpunished, but He is a refuge for those who trust in Him. Look, there on the
Mountains are the feet of one who brings good news, who proclaims peace.

Habakkuk

Habakkuk the prophet complained to God
About his inaction whilst violence and injustice prevailed.
But God said, first I will raise up ruthless Babylonians, who are
A law unto themselves, promoting their own honour. But then their
Kings will fall and they will suffer many woes. Then, earth will fill with the
Knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. Idols are
Useless – but the Lord is in His holy temple, so let all the earth
Keep silent before Him. And Habbakuk rejoiced in the Sovereign Lord.

Zephaniah

Zephaniah heard the Lord declare that He would sweep away
Everything from the face of the earth on His day of wrath,
Punishing the idolaters and the complacent but having mercy on the
Humble and righteous. Zephaniah preached woe and destruction
Against Philistia, Moab, Ammon, Cush and Assyria.
Neither would Jerusalem escape the Lord’s anger because of the
Insolence of their leaders. Yet a faithful remnant would shout
Aloud, sing, be glad and rejoice with all their
Heart because in Zion God would restore their fortunes.

Haggai

Hearing God’s anger at the ruined state of Jerusalem’s temple, Haggai
Asked his fellow countrymen to re-build it, to exceed its former
Glory. They obeyed his message, and Haggai warned them that
God’s blessings had been withheld on their crops and commerce,
All because they’d neglected the temple. But he assured them that
In the future, God would make it a place of peace and blessing.

Zechariah

Zechariah was called to remind captive Judah that they had suffered because of the
Evil done by their forefathers. He received many visions from angels,
Commencing with a rider followed by three horses, who were
Harbingers of restoration, peace and prosperity to Jerusalem. Later he saw
A man with a measuring line, surveying the rebuilt city; then a new high priest
Robed filthily but given new clothes; a gold lampstand; a flying scroll; a woman
In a basket; four chariots and a crown – all hinting at how God would judge, restore
And bless Israel if it practised justice and mercy rather than paying lip-service. And
He would send a righteous, gentle, saviour king, riding to Jerusalem on a donkey.

Malachi

“My messenger” (Malachi), received a prophetic oracle
About God’s displeasure at Israel’s stingy behaviour, using
Leftovers for sacrifices – in sharp contrast to Levi who had stood in
Awe of the Lord Almighty. Backsliders will not endure the day of the Lord’s
Coming, for he will be like the refiner’s fire. But for those who return
He will open the floodgates of Heaven. “Before that dreadful day
I will send the prophet Elijah”, God says, “to turn your hearts”.

Matthew

Many flocked to John the Baptist (who was in fact ‘Elijah’), by the Jordan,
And when Jesus was baptised the Spirit descended on him like a dove.
Tempted for forty days in the wilderness, Jesus then called
Twelve disciples, preached the Sermon on the Mount, taught about prayer,
Healed many, spoke in parables, and warned of future judgement. He
Exasperated the authorities who bribed Judas to betray Him. So he walked the
Way of the cross, rose from the grave and commissioned his disciples to build a church.

Mark

Minimum detail, but maximum urgency, Mark tells a gripping narrative
About the Messiah – baptised, appointing, preaching, healing, challenging, acclaimed,
Rejected, crucified, resurrected. Always proclaiming the nearness of God’s
Kingdom, throughout his life and beyond the grave.

Luke

Like Matthew, Luke begins with genealogies, the virgin birth and John’s baptism but
Unlike Luke the account is for all born of Adam (Gentiles), not just Abraham (Jews).
Knowledgeable Doctor Luke reports lots of Jesus’ sayings, and the post-resurrection
Emmaus road encounter, which helps to make sense of everything that had taken place.

John

Jesus, light of the world,
Only begotten son of God
He is the way, the truth, the life
Nazarene carpenter, cosmic King

Acts of the Apostles

After Jesus had ascended the apostles gathered together in an upper room and
Continued praying. On the day of Pentecost, a tempestuous sound filled their house and
Tongues of fire rested on them: just as Jesus had promised, the Holy
Spirit had been poured out, empowering them. Peter preached urgently to the
Onlookers and three thousand people joined them in a caring, sharing
Fellowship – the birth of the church. The apostles continued teaching and healing but
The Jewish authorities, including a man called Saul, thought they were
Heretics and began to persecute them. The apostles scattered, and Saul
Eagerly pursued them to Damascus, but on the road heard Jesus’ voice
And was blinded by a light from heaven. His sight restored, he was re-named
Paul and joined the apostles. The scattered believers continued spreading
Outwards, but only tried to convert the Jews, before realising that God’s
Salvation was for everyone. Then Paul, Silas, Barnabas, Timothy and others
Travelled across Asia Minor and Greece, spreading the gospel. On the way,
Luke joined them (and later wrote this book). After many tight scrapes,
Eventually Paul was arrested and sent to stand trial in Rome. He was
Shipwrecked off Malta but survived and preached in Rome prior to trial.

Romans

Righteous they weren’t, these Roman Christians! Saved by grace,
Ordinary people predestined to be extraordinary. Sinners all, who became
More than conquerors, Jew and Gentile grafted together, and no longer under
Any condemnation, but transformed through the Spirit to be living sacrifices. For
Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation can
Separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Corinthians I and II

Church at Corinth was a messy affair in the first century, all
Over the place in terms of faith, morality and behaviour – divided,
Righteous in their own eyes, litigious and ignoring lessons from
Israel’s history about idolatry and one-upmanship. So Paul had to
Nurture them in sharing communion and exercising spiritual gifts; he
Taught them about the resurrection body, and the excellence of love. Much
Hardship afflicted the apostles, and the Corinthians should have gloried
In this ‘treasure in jars of clay’ rather than seeking glamour. They were to be
Ambassadors for Christ, sowing generously, because they were
“New creations”. But because the Corinthians were so factitious and
Sinful, Paul had to give them lots of tough advice (which is still invaluable today)!

Galatians

Grace and peace to the churches in Galatia – though really (said Paul) I’m
Amazed you are being so quickly deceived by false teachers:
Legalists who want to re-apply Jewish practices. Such external
Appearances are not important to God, because in Christ
There is neither Jew nor Greek nor any other division. All are one
In Christ Jesus. God put His Spirit into our hearts so we can cry
“Abba” (father) – we are all His children and heirs. Our sinful
Nature is to be replaced by the fruits of the Holy Spirit –
Self-control, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness.

Ephesians

Every spiritual blessing in Christ is ours, because God
Predestined us to be adopted as His children, and the
Holy Spirit marks us with a seal, guaranteeing our inheritance. May the
Eyes of your heart perceive the hope and riches which are yours, as
Saints. Grasp the all-surpassing scale of Christ’s love. Be
Imitators of God, living a life of love, unity and obedience. Wear the
Armour of God, to stand against the devil’s schemes –
Never cease praying, and wear God’s belt, breastplate, shoes,
Shield of faith, helmet of salvation and sword of the Spirit.

Philippians

Philippi had a lively, faithful, Spirit-filled church. Although
He was in chains, Paul was uplifted by their prayers and he preached
Inside prison. He found contentment in all circumstances, for “to
Live is Christ and to die is gain”. He told his readers to rejoice, pray,
Imitate Christ’s humility, not be anxious; and to dwell on excellent and
Praiseworthy things that are true, noble, right, lovely, admirable and
Pure. Paul reminds them that, despite having been born a child of
Israel, he now counts all the Jewish legalism as garbage – he has
Already received so much more through Jesus. He exhorts them
Not to slacken off until their race is run, and thanks them for their
Sacrificial gift which has reached him in prison.

Colossians

Continue in your faith, established and firm, you who
Once were God’s enemies but are now reconciled through Christ;
Live a life worthy of the Lord. Know that Jesus is the firstborn
Over all creation. In Him all things hold together; He has
Supremacy over everything; the fullness of God dwells in Him.
Since you have been raised with Christ, don’t get lured back
Into other religions and don’t give in to earthly desires. Be fair to
All people, even in an unequal society, for God shows
No partiality. Let your conversation always be full of grace,
Seasoned with salt. Greetings to everyone!

Thessalonians  I and II

The Thessalonian church was thriving, having received the gospel with the
Holy Spirit, power and deep conviction – not just with words. Known
Everywhere for their faith, they had suffered severe opposition,
So Paul sent Timothy to see how they were coping. Fortunately, they were
Standing firm, and Paul encouraged them to be loving and holy,
Alert for the return of Jesus. Paul warned them about a man of
Lawlessness who would exalt himself over God and deceive many
Others with counterfeit miracles. He would delude those who had
Not believed the truth but had delighted in wickedness. So share
In the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ, stand firm, and keep
Away from idle people who neither earn their keep
Nor live according to the apostles’ example. Then Paul
Signs off with a greeting of peace and grace.

Timothy  I and II

Timothy was quite a young man of mixed Greek-Jewish parentage;
Inevitably, some Christians considered him a lightweight. But Paul
Made him bishop of Ephesus, valued him highly, and counselled him
On many matters of Christian conduct. He taught him: that
The love of money is the root of all evil; to fight the good fight; to endure
Hardships; to understand that all Scripture is God-breathed; and not to
Yield to devious and deceitful opponents of the gospel.

Titus

Titus was left by Paul on Crete (a tough assignment) to
Install elders and overseers. He counselled that
“To the pure all things are pure, to the corrupt all is corrupt”.
Ungodly, divisive, dishonest, disobedient people can be given a
Second warning, but no more. So, live devoted, productive lives.

Philemon

Philemon, dear friend and fellow worker, please
Have mercy on your runaway slave, Onesimus. While
I was in chains, he was helpful and comforting to me,
Like a son. Please welcome him back, not as one
Enslaved, but as a brother in the Lord. You can trust
Me – I’ll happily compensate you for anything he
Owes. Your prayers have been working; any time
Now I hope to be free, so please prepare me a room.

Hebrews

High Priest of an everlasting order, above the angels, Jesus is the
Exact representation of God’s being, sustaining all things
By His powerful word. Through His new covenant, Jesus
Removes the veil so we can enter the inner sanctuary. And our
Evidence? – it is faith, which gives substance to things unseen. And
We have Jesus as an anchor for our faith, steadfast and sure. Be kind to
Strangers, for by doing so, some have entertained angels unawares.

James

Jerusalem’s church was headed by James, brother of Jesus,
And he wrote uncompromising advice about pride, anger,
Malicious gossip, favouritism, envy and selfish ambition. He
Emphasised the need to back up our faith with actions; and for
Sustained prayer from righteous people, which has power and effect.

Peter I and II

Priesthood! – a royal one. That’s what you are; a chosen people,
Elected by God, living stones of a spiritual temple. Your conduct
Therefore must be holy; dead to sin but alive to God; and alert to your
Enemy the devil who prowls like a lion. God is patient, giving people time to
Repent. To him a thousand years are like a day…but he will return to judge!

John I, II and III

Jesus, the Word of Life, in whom there is no darkness at all, is
Our advocate in heaven when we sin. We are God’s children; the world may
Hate us but we must love each other as God loves us. Walk in truth, and do
Not be deceived by antichrists, who are already amongst us.

Jude

Jude warns the faithful church that it is being infiltrated by perverse and
Ungodly people who are selfishly preaching false doctrine. They are
Doomed eternally. So he beseeches his ‘dear friends’ to persevere, to build
Each other up in faith and prayer, and to keep themselves in God’s love.

Revelation

Revealed prophetically to John on Patmos, messages were sent by Jesus to
Each of the seven churches, piercing to the heart of their condition. Then
Visions of heaven were shown to John, and through a door he saw 24
Elders and four creatures eternally praising a Lamb on a throne. As the
Lamb broke the seals of a scroll, four horsemen arose and there were terrors.
Angels sealed 144,000 against the impending plagues and disasters. A vile
Ten-horned beast (numbered 666) arose from the sea and deceived many.
In the end, God’s wrath was poured out, the beast and his followers were
Overthrown and the dead were judged. But the faithful dwelt in the
New Jerusalem where the Light always shines and there is no suffering.

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