My study of the scriptures has had a profound effect on my life. As I have studied, I have grown closer to God and found answers to real challenges in my life. This blog is a scripture journal that records insights I have discovered in the past and continue to gain as I search, ponder, and pray.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Matthew 3, John the Baptist's Mission

John the Baptist's message was repentance to prepare for the Kingdom of God (verse 2). The Greek for repent means change of heart of mind. The Hebrew meaning for repent is to return.

The Kingdom of God as John was referring to means God's Church on the earth (Bible Dictionary). In other instances it means the Celestial Kingdom.

So, to me, the whole meaning of verse 2 is this: Return to the Covenant with your whole heart because the Church--complete with all of God's covenants to take us home to him--is about to be established.

Prepare for the way of the Lord.

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