Missionary Journeys of Apostle Paul

Apostle Paul is an amazing person who influenced Christianity more than anyone else, after Jesus Christ. He taught the gospel of Jesus Christ to the 1 Century world. Approximately half of the book of Acts deals with Paul's life and works. But he was not one of the 12 apostles.

The New Testament outlines at least fifty cities visited during his major missionary journeys. From the mid-30s to the mid-50s AD he founded several Christian communities in Asia Minor and Europe.

Historicity of Jesus Christ

Almost a third of the humanity believe that Jesus Christ lived on this earth like any other human being, more than two thousand years ago. His name in Hebrew was Yeshua. He was known by his followers as Christ or the Hebrew Messiah. They need no historical evidence for it; for them it is a matter of faith. But beyond this faith, is there are any historical evidence for his life on this earth? This is what we discuss in this short study. 

I am not providing any fresh evidence in this study. There are well known and long established sufficient historical proof to the life of Jesus. Within in a few decades of his life, he is mentioned by the Jewish and Roman historians and in a dozens of Christian writings.

Fig Tree and the Jews

Fig tree has a center role in the life in Israel. The tree is found scattered widely among the country’s mountains. The fig was one of the principal fruits of the land of Canaan, even before the entrance of the Hebrews into the Promised Land (Num. 13: 23).

There are many references to it in the various literature of Israeli culture.

The first tree referred to in the Bible is the Tree of life and the second Tree is the Tree of the knowledge of good and evil. But we do not know what kind of trees these were.

The third tree is specified as a fig tree. Adam and Eve, after eating the fruit of the tree of knowledge,  made a covering around their waste with fig leaves to cover their nakedness.(Genesis 3:7).

What is sin?


In our modern pluralistic culture, sin has become an incorrect term. There is only right or wrong. And right and wrong are defined in relation to the customs, practices and religious beliefs of different social groups. The right of one social group is the wrong of another group. Thus anything can be defined right in the particular social group.

We have become so tolerant to sin that we call it an inclination of the mind or a psychological mental condition. Even cold blood murder is often described as psychological disorder. Murder is only a psychological depression now.

The new age philosophy has influenced the religious sphere also. Sin is reduced the violation of the peace of the society. Spirituality has become a personal affair of chosen ethics.

Holiness is legalism and Grace is freedom to sin. Separation from ungodliness is an anti-social attitude. Hell is replaced by a short term purification and God’s judgment is a fable. Sanctification is declared as a legalistic burden.

Israel - UAE Pact 2020

This is a political analysis of the Israel-UAE Pact 2020, which was announced by the American President Donald Trump on Thursday, August 13, 2020. 

Though the author of this article has his own strong Christian views, this is prepared unbiased.

The two Arab nations which has signed a peace pact with Israel are Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994. The United Arab Emirates is the third Arab country and the first Gulf country to enter into a pact with Israel. And it has happened 25 years after the Jordan treaty.

Three Stages of Salvation

Our topic for today is “Three Stages of Salvation”. Salvation has a past experience, a present life and a future fulfillment. We shall have a simple and brief discussion on this topic in this video.

 Salvation and Holiness

Salvation is choosing the holiness of God. Salvation is turning away from the sinful rebellious life. Salvation is stopping our opposition to God’s holiness. It is coming back into His holiness.

How can it happen? How can we reach back to His holiness?

It is surely not a onetime action. It is a continued process. It is a life long struggle and victory over sins.

Salvation as a process by which an unsaved sinner separated from God by sin and destined for hell, is redeemed from hell, reunited with God and destined for heaven.

What is Salvation?

What is salvation? This is topic of discussion in this video.

The usual meaning of salvation is, deliverance and protection from danger or suffering. The word signifies victory, health or preservation.

Bible uses the term to denote spiritual salvation from sin as well as the physical deliverance.

There are more than one Hebrew word used in the Old Testament to signify salvation.

The most frequent Hebrew word is yasa. It means to save, help in distress, rescue, deliver and to set free. The word is often uses in the Old Testament to mean the physical or material deliverance.

Salvation in the New Testament also include material preservation, health, well-being, and healing.

The word in Christian theology more often speaks of the spiritual deliverance.

Salvation is the overriding theme of the entire Bible. It is a historical reality. It has a past, present and future. Salvation is a process with a beginning and an end.

New Testament Message

Let me pose a question: what is the true New Testament Message? Or what is the New Covenant message to us?
Please note that we are not thinking what the New Covenant is, but simply what is the New Testament message, and how it is different from the Old covenant message.

Surely the New Testament message was spoken by our Lord Jesus Christ to all humans, in all nations and in all ages. It is an ageless, timeless message without any barrier of race and nations.
At the same time, we know that Jesus, primarily talked to the Jews living in Judea. Jesus lived and served as a Jewish rabbi, talking in their language, in a different culture and religious background.
That was God’s perfect plan. We read in Romans 1: 16 : “… it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.” (NKJV)

What we are saved from?

Many believers, who are born again and leads a quality spiritual life do not know what we are actually saved from. Some thinks that we are saved from ourselves, some others think that we are saved from satan and a few knows that truth that we are saved from the wrath of God against a sinner. 

From pre-historic time onwards, humans face a bundle of problems without any solution. In fact all human problems that we face today, are not new but a repetition or continuation of what we have been going through from the beginning. And human problems contain an inner paradox in itself.

Passion Week of Jesus Christ

The crucifixion of Jesus is accepted by many scholars as a true historical event. It is recorded in the writings of Paul and the Gospels. The Jewish priest and historian and the Roman senator and historian Tacitus also has recorded the incident.

This study is an attempt to arrange the incidents of the Passion Week chronologically.
The challenge for an accurate chronology is that no single gospel gives a complete account of the Passion Week.
The events during the week are selected and narrated by the gospel writers according to their perspective and purpose.
So, in order to get chorological timeline, one must take pieces from all four gospels.

Thief on the Cross

The story of the thieves on the cross is very well known among us.
The repentance of the thief on the cross is a powerful story indeed. It shows us that conversions can happen even at the last moment of life; that even the vilest criminal will be accepted by God if they come to Him; that no more than a request for salvation made in faith is required by God.

Circumcision and Baptism

Welcome, once again to our Bible study program.
Today we are discussing Circumcision and Christian baptism. Our focus is on the validity of the argument that Christian baptism is a continuation or fulfilment of circumcision of the Old Testament.

To start our study, let us have an overall picture of circumcision.
Circumcision is a religious rite prescribed in the Hebrew Bible. It is mentioned nearly one hundred times in the Bible.
For the Jewish people it is an integral part of the Abrahamic covenant.
Circumcision was enjoined upon the Biblical patriarch Abraham, his descendants and their slaves as "a sign of the covenant" between God and him (Genesis 17:11).
Thus it is commonly observed by two Abrahamic religions, Judaism and Islam.