By-verse Notes on the New Testament

By-verse Notes on Ephesians

If you cannot see the entire document, click here INTRODUCTIONThe epistle to the Ephesians has been both a blessing and a “mystery” to many Bible students and scholars through the ages. Some have called it “the Queen of the Epistles,” and others “the Alps of the Epistles.” Coleridge said that [...]

By-verse Notes on Philemon

Click here if you do not see the entire document INTRODUCTION The little personal letter that we know as Philemon is one of the great prison epistles (Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon). Even though he was in a Roman prison (Acts 28:16, 30–31), Paul continued to be more than a [...]

By-verse Notes on Galatians

Click here if you do not see the entire document INTRODUCTION Paul had first preached the Gospel to the Galatians on his first missionary journey with Barnabas, in the cities of Pisidian Antioch, Iconium, Lystra, and Derbe (Acts 13:13–14:31). These cities were the scene of some of Paul’s greatest persecution, [...]

By-verse Notes on Romans

Click Here if You Don't See the Full Notes Below Paul’s epistle to the Roman church is considered by many to be one of his most difficult works, particularly because of the arguments in chapters 9–11. Other scholars consider this to be the greatest of all his letters. In reality, [...]

By-verse Notes on Colossians

Click here if you do not see the entire document The town of Colosse, about one hundred miles east of Ephesus, was a small and insignificant place at the time of this its writing. Yet, it was significant—especially to Paul—because of the Christian church there, and because of the heresies [...]

By-verse Notes on Philippians

Click here if you do not see the entire document No church of the early Christian era was more in tune with the theology and spirit of the Apostle Paul than were the Philippians. His letter to them is unlike any other. It is a letter to friends and brothers [...]

By-verse Notes on Acts

Click here if you do not see the entire document Luke wrote the book of Acts as part two of his Gospel story. If we read Luke 1:1–4 with Acts 1:1–3 we see that both were addressed to “Theophilus.” The fact that Luke calls him “most excellent Theophilus” in Luke [...]

By-verse Notes on John

The Gospel of Matthew was written primarily for the Jewish reader. The record in Mark had the Roman reader in mind. Luke was prepared for a wider audience—the Greek-speaking world. But the Gospel of John has a wider focus than all, as it was written for the whole world.John explains [...]

By-verse Notes on Luke

The Gospel According to Luke The Gospel of Luke, like Matthew and Mark, is written to a particular audience. Whereas Matthew wrote specifically for a Jewish audience and Mark for the Roman reader, Luke is written to the Greek-speaking world. The original Greek of this Gospel is very skilled and [...]

By-verse Notes on Mark

The Gospel According to Mark INTRODUCTIONIt is important for us to understand that the authors of each of the Gospels had a particular audience in mind when they wrote. They therefore presented Jesus in a specific way that would appeal to that audience. Matthew wrote to a predominantly Jewish readership. [...]

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