The Trials of This Earth Shall Pass

Isaiah 33

“This too shall pass” a phrase commonly heard by those going through periods of mourning or struggle. When viewed in an earthly sense, it can be difficult to believe, since we know struggles often pass only to bring forth different struggles. This life is never free of suffering. Instead, we move through life and its trials, attempting to make it through by leaning on God, and doing our best to glorify him in the process.

Throughout Isaiah 33, a beautiful reminder is painted. A glorious image of the future, paired with the mournful present—a reminder that though we will struggle tremendously throughout this life, we will someday rejoice in the presence of God’s glory.

Rejoicing through forgiveness

Not only will we live in the most perfect place, in the presence of God; we’ll be completely forgiven of our past (Isaiah 33:24). We will be completely free to rejoice and enjoy life in God’s presence, free of guilt and regret. And this all began on the cross with Jesus.

Because of Jesus’ death on the cross, we are able to look forward to one day living in total happiness. We are able push onward because the mourning and sadness that this world holds for us are only temporary. We know that this won’t last forever, so we are able to push forward each day, looking forward to the day when we meet our father and live in the glorious home he has prepared for us.

Looking forward to heaven

“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.”—Colossians 3:1–4

If it were not for Jesus coming to die, death would be something to dread—a terrible ending to a difficult life. However, we have been given a gift leading to an even more beautiful beginning. Because of God’s grace and forgiveness, we are able to look onward to the place where the Lord in majesty will be for us (Isaiah 33:21).

Easter is an amazing reminder of the fact that “this too shall pass.” Though we go through dark times, times of mourning, loss, and disappointment, we get to look forward to living forever as though we are blameless and perfect, just as we appear because of what Jesus endured for our sake.

Looking for resources for study or meditation this Easter season? Check out our specials for Holy Week

Redeemed through His Blood—Ephesians 1:7

Ephesians 1.7

“Forgiveness costs us nothing. All our costly obedience is the fruit, not the root, of being forgiven. That’s why we call it grace. But it cost Jesus his life. That is why we call it just. Oh, how precious is the news that God does not hold our sins against us! And how beautiful is Christ, whose blood made it right for God to do this.”
—John Piper, 50 Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die

All sin is serious, because even in its simplest forms, sin attempts to work against God

His glory is hindered when we disregard or disobey him, and this is why Christ suffered and died for us. Our sins couldn’t be justified through simply being forgiven; instead, someone had to repay our debts.

“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses”
—Ephesians 1:7

Jesus has shown his love for us both through sending his son to die for us and through forgiving the great amount of sin and unworthiness that previously separated us from God. When we pair the depth of our sins with the horrific death Jesus endured for such a seemingly unworthy cause, his love for us becomes even more apparent than before.

We can take Jesus’ death on the cross personally

The great news about the love displayed through Jesus’ death is that we can take it personally. Those who were alive to witness were amazed by his personal sacrifice, saying things such as “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).

We can rest in the fact that he died for each of us individually. This Easter, remember that not only did he die for us; he died for you specifically.

We’ve received the greatest gift possible

In order to bring glory to God and forgiveness to his people, Jesus paid the highest price possible. And because of this, we receive the greatest gift we could ask for—to be free from our imperfections, and to live forever in the presence of God’s glory.

“Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory.”
—John 17:24

Jesus’ death secured a place for us, and the best is yet to come.

 

Looking for resources for study or meditation this Easter season? Check out our specials for Holy Week.

How to Memorize Scripture with Logos

When Jesus was asked, “Which commandment is the most important of all?,” he answered, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” (Mark 12:28–30).

One of God’s deepest desires is that we love him, but how can we continually grow in our love for God if we don’t know his Word? If our knowledge of God is shallow, how can our love be deep? His greatest command is for us to love him with all our heart, soul, strength and mind—and memorizing Scripture is a great way to keep our love for God and his Word at the forefront of our minds.

Many of us want to be memorizing Scripture, but can’t seem to find the time. And even when we do find time, we aren’t quite sure where or how to begin.

Logos 5 makes memorizing Scripture easier than ever.

 

Strengthen your knowledge of the Bible with Logos’ Scripture Memory Tool, and be sure to check out all of Logos 5’s new features.

Make a commitment to memorizing the Word—get Logos 5 today.

See It All: from Genesis to Our Time

Logos’ Timeline maps out every major event and time period in biblical and church history—from Adam to our time. You’ll see how all of the Bible’s people, places, and things interconnect with events that span millennia.

Both events in your preferred Bible and dates in select Logos resources link to the Timeline, so you can get the big picture fast.

Learn more about Logos’ Timeline, and be sure to check out all of Logos 5’s new features.

Discover connections you never knew existed—get Logos 5 today.

How Knox’s Degrees Fit Your Busy Life

Scott_LindseyToday’s guest post is by Scott Lindsey, our ministry relations director here at Logos.

To say my life is “crazy busy” is an understatement. I’ve been married to the love of my life for 21 years. I have five amazing children. My wife and I home school. And I travel. When I say “travel,” I mean over 100,000 miles per year. They know me at many major airports. I have a “United Airlines” tattoo. (Ok, maybe not.)

In 2012, Logos and Knox Theological Seminary created a game-changing partnership. A partnership combining the best in theological resources and technology with a world-class faculty and seminary. When I first heard about the partnership, I thought, “Where have you been all my life?” I’ve always wanted to go to seminary, but moving my family, quitting Logos, and going back to school fulltime is not an option. But the Logos/Knox program is a very viable option!

Three weeks ago, I started my seminary journey—I enrolled in the MABTS program at Knox. It’s exceeded my expectations on many levels:

  1. The classroom comes to you. Technology allows Knox to bring the lectures to your computer screen with world-class instructors like Drs. Bruce Waltke, Warren Gage, John Frame, Gerald Bray, Samuel Lamerson, and others. I’ve even watched lectures on my iPhone while sipping coffee at my favorite coffee shop.
  2. Portfolio! Imagine a $78,000 theological library at your fingertips. As I mentioned, I’m a big fan of Logos, but as a student, I’m learning much more about this amazing tool. And when I graduate, the library will be mine forever. I did my MBA through distance education, and graduated with about 20 books. This time, I’ll graduate with over 2,500 books for a lifetime of learning.
  3. Learning at my own pace. Yes, I have lots of assignment deadlines now, but I get to decide when to do the course lectures, readings, and other materials. I can watch lectures at 31,000 feet, finish course readings on my iPad in bed, or do my writing assignments during my lunch break with my laptop. When I think about all the time I’ve wasted on trivial things like TV, surfing the web, and posting what I eat to Facebook, I realize I would rather use that time to learn more about my God and my faith.

So, if you heard about the Knox/Logos partnership and thought to yourself, “I would love to do that, but my life is just too crazy!”—believe me, you can do it! And you’ll be glad you did.

You’ll deepen your love for the Gospel and get in-depth training for effective ministry with Knox’s online MABTS. To learn more or apply now, call 1-800-210-6466 or visit SeminaryDegreesOnline.com/Degrees/MABTS.

Win a Kutless Fan Pack from Faithlife!

The Faithlife Study Bible allows you to explore the Word with Christians around the globe. You can study with not only friends and family, but also your favorite authors, teachers, and artists.

Now Faithlife is partnering with Kutless, and giving you the opportunity to be in community with one of the biggest names in Christian music.

Visit FaithlifeBible.com/Kutless to get the FSB for free, and enter referral code “KUTLESS” when creating your account to join the band’s Faithlife group!

Then enter to win a hoodie, T-shirt, signed poster, and signed copy of their CD Believer below!

Add the Pastorum 2012 Sessions to Your Logos Library

The Pastorum Live conference 2012 brought together 21 evangelical scholars, some of whom have published academic commentaries, monographs, and biblical-language grammars. Now you’ll be able to purchase all 21 sessions to watch whenever you’d like.

Not only will you receive video of the Pastorum Live 2012 sessions—you’ll also receive the transcribed text from each session. All of the content from Pastorum 2012 will now be searchable in your Logos library. You’ll be able to highlight, take notes, and pull key points into your sermons and presentations.

Topics include:

  • “Preaching from Old Testament Narratives” by John Walton
  • “Reading the Bible to Equip the Church for Its Mission” by Mike Goheen
  • “Structure and Meaning: Discovering Meaning in the Structure of the Text” by Mark Futato
  • “The Sermon on the Mount as Gospel” by Scot McKnight
  • “How Greek Can Make Your Life Easier—Really” by Sean McDonough
  • And many more

Don’t miss this opportunity to get all 21 sessions for just over $1 each! Time is running out to pre-order, so get yours now.

The John Wesley Collection: A Legacy of Faith

The 29-volume John Wesley Collection tells a story of perseverance, strength, and extraordinary faith.

In June of 1720, John Wesley entered Christ Church College, Oxford. John’s younger brother soon formed a group called the Holy Club, which met weekly. They were named “Methodist” by their fellow students because of the methodical way in which they lived. Wesley and his brother chose to sail upon The Simmonds from Gravesend, Kent to the Province of Georgia in the American colonies with a plan to spread Christianity.

On his voyage to the colonies, Wesley came to know the Moravian settlers. During their travels across the sea, they came upon a massive storm. The mast was ripped off the ship, and while the other passengers worried themselves, the Moravians prayed and sang hymns. Wesley was in awe of their incredible strength and faith. The Moravians left a lasting impression on his heart, and heavily influenced his theology of Methodism.

After spending some time in Georgia, Wesley decided it was not the place for him, so he soon returned to England, determined to earn money for a church. Back in England, he came to admire the evangelist George Whitefield who gave sermons in the open air to people excluded from church. This inspired Wesley to begin offering his own non-traditional sermons, seeking to reach a wider range of listeners. He preached in fields, houses, and even town halls.

Wesley continued evangelizing until his death in 1791. At this time he had led approximately 135,000 members and 541 itinerant preachers to Methodism. His legacy still resonates through Christianity today, and his writings remain a source of exhortation and teaching to evangelicals around the world.

The Logos Bible Software edition of the John Wesley Collection allows you to perform in-depth searches on all 16,951 pages so that you get the most out of your Bible study, sermon preparation, and research.

Key Features

  • All 14 volumes of his collected works
  • Complete and authoritative eight-volume journal
  • The four-volume Explanatory Notes, Wesley’s complete commentaries on the entire Bible
  • In-depth biography
  • Essays, letters, sermons, grammars, psalms, hymns, and addresses

The John Wesley Collection is valued at $882.24, but you can pre-order it today at the incredible Pre-Pub price—a savings of 77%! That brings the cost down to less than $7 per book.

For more interesting glimpses into the ministry of John Wesley, check out 5 Interesting Facts About John Wesley and 10 Thought-Provoking John Wesley Quotes.