Our blog will share 30 different Bible Contrasts that show 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 #10:
EARTHLY PROMISES were given to God’s people in other ages. For obedience, “God will set thee [Israel] on high above all nations of the earth” (Deut. 28:1). “The earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord” (Isa. 11:9). Messiah’s reign “shall execute judgment and justice in the earth” (Jer. 23:5). God’s people were repeatedly promised that “they shall inherit the earth” (Psa. 25:13; 37:9,11,22). While on earth, Jesus Christ taught, “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth” (Matt. 5:5). He also taught His disciples to pray: “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” (Matt. 6:10).
HEAVENLY POSSESSIONS belong to believers of this present age. “God…hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ” (Eph. 1:3). “God…hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Eph. 2:4-6; Col. 3:1-3). “For our conversation [citizenship] is in heaven…” (Phil. 3:20). The Apostle Paul also testifies that “the Lord…will preserve me unto His heavenly kingdom” (II Tim. 4:18).
For more information and understanding, we recommend doing the PMA “Understanding your Bible” 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)