Our blog shared 30 different Bible Contrasts but we have two bonus ones. today’s #32. This shows distinctions that matter when studying God’s Word. It is important to understand this perspective or we may get confused.

We see a number of dissimilar wordings within God’s Word. Some have seen them as contradictions in the Bible. We prefer the term “contrasts.” The main reason for these differences is that God is setting forth two separate programs (intimated even in Genesis 1:1). The first deals with the earth and Israel. The other concerns the heavens and Christ’s Body Church. It was given to the Apostle Paul to lay out these differences. He is God’s “apostle of the Gentiles” (Rom. 11:13).

So then we must recognize such Bible divisions if we’d truly understand God’s Word and be approved by Him (II Tim. 2:15). Then we must follow the last directives given by God through Paul as “the commandments of the Lord” for this present time (I Cor. 14:37).

Today is Part #32:

COMING TO EARTH: Throughout the Old Testament God’s people looked for the Lord to come and “stand at the latter day upon the earth” (Job 19:25; Zech. 14:4). In the Gospels and early Acts this same hope was in view—that Jesus Christ would come back to earth and set all in order (Matt. 24; 25; Luke 18:8; Acts 1:11; 3:20). And the hope after the future horrors of the Book of Revelation is the Lord’s return to smite and rule the nations of the earth (Rev. 19:11-16).


COMING IN THE AIR: But the Apostle Paul’s letters present the Body of Christ with a heav¬enly hope. All believers during this present age “shall be caught up [raptured] together…to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (I Thes. 4:17). Moreover believers today are told they have heavenly citizenship (Phil. 3:20; Eph. 2:6). They are blessed “with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ” (Eph. 1:3).

For more information and understanding, we recommend doing the PMA “Understanding your Bible” our 8 part lesson series available for free download at Free Bible Correspondence – Prison Mission Association

(These points come from Pastor David Adams, booklet, Bible Contrasts used by permission)

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