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About Jeff Scoggins

Jeff Scoggins has served more than 20 years as a pastor, administrator, and missionary. His ministry is devoted to helping everyday Christians discover extraordinary insights into God’s word.

New Book Release: A Simple Guide to Paul’s Epistles

A Simple Guide to Paul's Epistles--Jeff Scoggins

A Simple Guide to Paul’s Epistles–Jeff Scoggins

My new book called A Simple Guide to Paul’s Epistles is now available as an e-book for iPad at iTunes and Google, for Kindle at Amazon, and for Nook at Barnes and Noble. The hardcover edition will arrive in mid January. Stay tuned for more information.

Back Cover Copy:

Do the writings of the Apostle Paul ever cause you to

scratch your head?

Do you ever hear people explain Paul’s theology in a way that

doesn’t fit with the rest of Scripture?

And have you ever wished for

an informal verse-by-verse guide

that walks you through Paul’s epistles from start to finish?

If so, then keep this book handy whenever you read the New Testament. You might use it as a basic reference: look up a passage that puzzles you to find a clear explanation. Or you might red through it as a devotional alongside your Bible.

Few Bible writers have influenced Christian beliefs more than the Apostle Paul. Listen as God’s voice speaks through these timeless letters.

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A Simple Guide to Paul's Epistles

You Can Understand the Book of Revelation

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Posted by on December 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 22:18-22

6/9/10 Jesus is still speaking via his angel and signs the document with his testimony. Then he adds a solemn warning not to tamper with it. This is the same command he gave for the Ten Commandments in the OT. As Jon Paulien points out, few people would consider cutting and pasting in the Bible, but most of us  ignore large portions or are unfamiliar with what it says. This is in effect subtracting from the words of the book. Others think things are written in the Bible that are not, which is effect adding to it. It’s not worth it. The cost is eternal life. We must know our Bibles!

Jesus again states as a foregone conclusion, “I am coming quickly.” And John responds with anticipation.

This brings to a close this devotional study. Find devotional commentaries on other books of the Bible at www.scoggins.biz. Also find information about my book on Revelation.

 
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Posted by on August 10, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 22:13-17

6/8/10 Jesus is all: first, last, beginning, end. All creation, all salvation is wrapped up in what he has done. The universe still doesn’t completely undersand the implications of why God allowed sin to enter and how life will never be the same because of how God will be revealed and his character vindicated and illustrated by what Jesus has done.

A blessing is pronounced upon all who accept Jesus’ sacrifice. Washing robes is a reference to washing them in the blood of the Lamb. Our sinful lives are cleansed by the sacrifice of Jesus. The phrase “wash their robes” is nearly identical in the Greek to “keep the commandments.” These two concepts are just as closely related in reality. Those who do wash their robes will once again have the privilege of eternal life and access to God’s throne face to face with him.

On the other hand, those who will experience eternal separation from him are the dogs. This may well be an allusion to Deut 23:18, which equates dogs with male, homosexual prostitutes. The Adventist commentary suggest that it may simply refer to a generally vile, shameless person, those who practice in the occult, those who have loose moral standards not just sexually but spiritually.

Sexual immorality in Revelation is symbolic for those who are unfaithful to God. Murderers are those who refuse to love. Idolaters are those who recognize themselves as lord of their own lives instead of God. Liars the those who refuse to be authentic about their true nature.

All of this book Jesus signs now with his own signature. He is the root and descendant of David. In other words, he fulfills every prophecy pointing to the Lamb of God. He is David’s father and son. He asked the Pharisees the question, “How can the Messiah be both David’s father and son?” and they were stumped. Spiritual things are understand spiritually.

He is also the bright morning star. Again, this may be point to the prophecies. The Messiah was recognized by many by his star in the east.

The Spirit, God himself, invites us as individuals to come. Also the bride, the holy city, beckons us to come. And all who are already saved also invite us to come. All who are thirsty, even you (the word is singular), are invited to eternal new life. There is not cost to access the kingdom. It has been paid.

 
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Posted by on August 9, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 22:10-12

6/7/10 The angel, speaking directly for Jesus verbatim, tells John not to seal up the book. This is the opposite of the command given to Daniel to seal up the book about the 2,300 days because it concerned the distant future. The implication in “do not seal,” is actually a command to publish the book for everyone to read. Daniel’s time prophecies are finished. The prophecy is about to be understood. The end times have begun and Jesus’ return is immanent.

The freewill God has given to man is to be respected as their choice, particularly at the close of probation. We are sealed permanently in our choice for or against God. Jesus is bringing his rewards with him at his second coming. And that reward will be based on the deeds of every person, both good and bad.

 
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Posted by on August 8, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 22:6-9

6/6/10 Everything John saw, heard, and understood God guarantees to be true and will happen. The same God who gave the prophecies to other prophets gives them to John. The past prophecies have come about without fail, so will this one.

God’s design for Revelation was to show his people the things that necessarily must happen in this drama, so that we will not be discouraged. We can see that God has foreseen it all and that he is in control.

He is coming quickly to put an end to sin. Though the process seems drawn out to us, in the grand scheme it’s not long.

We must pay attention to this prophecy. John puts his own signature to the book. Once again he feels the need to worship and falls down before the angel. But the angel again tells John that God is the only one we are to worship. That is what this whole controversy has been about.

 
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Posted by on August 8, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 22:1-5

6/5/10 John’s angel guide now shows John inside the city of which the most prominent feature is the river of life and the tree of life. The river flows from the throne of God like the river that Ezekiel saw in chapter 47. There the river was a trickle at the gate of the temple then got progressively deeper.

On either side of the river in Ezekiel were lots of trees, whereas in Revelation one tree is growing on both sides of the river. The tree bears 12 kinds of fruit. This may simply represent the abundance and perfection of the tree and its life-giving qualities, or perhaps it also literally has a different fruit each month for 12 months.

The leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. This may be symbolic for the overall situation of peace, comfort, and all necessities of life for God’s people. The Genesis curse on the land will no longer exist. God will dwell there and his people will willingly and joyfully serve and worship him.

His name on their foreheads represents their total consecration to God as well as their characters being like him.

Because God’s glory is there the sun and the moon will be background, fading into the light of God. God himself will illumine his people.

Also they shall reign forever. This no doubt means something about the work God has planned for us, but it may also be understood that we will live like kings. All needs will be cared for.

 
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Posted by on August 7, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 21:22-27

6/4/10 In this city was no naos, the sanctuary portion of the temple. The sanctuary was the visible representation of God’s presence among his people. Now that God is there no representation is needed. The capital of the universe has been moved to earth.

As the city comes down Zech 14 describes how Jesus’ feet touch the Mount of Olives and spreads and flattens out a huge plain for the city.

The sun and moon do not necessarily disappear from the earth. If Isaiah 24 can be taken as a literal picture of the new earth then there will still be evening and morning and even seasons. But in the city things are constant. The light of the sun and the moon make no visible impact on the city because the light of the Lamb and God overpower all other light. Therefore it would be reasonable to expect that night still comes in the rest of the earth.

In v. 24 the nations and the kings of the earth are a description of the redeemed, not the wicked, as these terms refer to earlier in Revelation. Earth is restored and God’s people rule. We come to the holy city bringing with us the glory God has given to us.

The city is still the most holy place on the earth. Although the earth is recreated and perfect, the place God dwells is special. The nearer one comes to God the more holy everything is. Nothing unclean will ever enter the city.

 
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Posted by on August 6, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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