God will undo the curse and release His creation through the resurrection. In Christ, it’s already taken place. We’re next. But until then, we find healing in the fruits of His cross. By faith in Christ, the curse is lifted now. In hope, we wait for the curse to be lifted forever.
Now, in the New Testament, the number for the Church remains twelve as Jesus calls twelve Apostles to be trained by Him to carry out the ministry following His ascension. Thus, with Judas being gone, the Apostles feel the need to add one to the number to maintain the proper amount.
When you are not experiencing this kind of tribulation, the promise of “you will” hardly seems comforting. But when you are in the midst of it—when the pressure of this world is bearing down on you—it is comforting to know it has not caught God unawares.
I know some of us get excited to show that faith and reason are like oil and water, and natural theology is the death of a theologian of the cross. But there’s a bit of nonsense in that. If we teach our people only to suffer (which they will do anyway), and to expect nothing more than suffering, we are…
It was at the river where Paul encounters Lydia, a Gentile believer, who hears the Word preached by Paul and her heart is opened by the LORD. After baptism, she prevails upon Paul and his group to come and stay at her house and conduct their ministry from that place.