"I've always dreamed of being an old philosopher. So far I've achieved one out of two!"

"Hee Risen: Text"

From the Word of God . . .

The following is a story from scripture. It may seem a bit disjointed, but read through it anyway - there will be an explanation later.

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,

He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.

Who were they who heard and rebelled? Were they not all those Moses led out of Egypt?

For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.

ruin and misery mark their ways,

So, because you are lukewarm--neither hot nor cold--I am about to spit you out of my mouth.

But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.

Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you?

The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. The Scripture does not say "and to seeds," meaning many people, but "and to your seed," meaning one person, who is Christ

John answered them all, "I baptize you with water. But one more powerful than I will come, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him.

These are the twelve he appointed: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter); . . .

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.

Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great: He appeared in a body, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.

By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus' name and the faith that comes through him that has given this complete healing to him, as you can all see.

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,

keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.

Only let us live up to what we have already attained.

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you

What three major messages do you think God wants you to understand from these words?

What sixteen messages can you glean from this story?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE EXPLANATION:

"Hee Risen: Text" is an anagram for "Three:Sixteen"

Everyone seems to know or has heard of "John 3:16." We see banners at sporting events with "3:16" or "John 3:16." But, what of all the other "3:16"s? All the passages above are the "3:16" verses from the books of the New Testament. (Books without 3:16 were not included.) They not presented in sequence, but have been rearranged into somewhat of a story. An interesting story, don't you think?

HOMEWORK:

Here is a personal exercise - Take your birth day and month and look up what the Word has to say to you in several books in the Bible. Read Chapter (month): Verse (day) - or - Chapter (day): Verse (month) (For example: March 6 . . . look up 3:6 or 6:3 in several books))

What verses jump out at you? What are your interpretations? What does God have to say to you in YOUR  passages?

More fun:  Look up your anniversary dates, children's birth dates, special days in your life.


Here are the New Testament 3:16 verses, in sequence:

Matthew 3:16
As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him.

Mark 3:16
These are the twelve he appointed: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter);

Luke 3:16
John answered them all, "I baptize you with water. But one more powerful than I will come, the thongs
of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.

John 3:16
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall
not perish but have eternal life.

Acts 3:16
By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus' name and
the faith that comes through him that has given this complete healing to him, as you can all see.

Romans 3:16
ruin and misery mark their ways,

1 Corinthians 3:16
Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you?

2 Corinthians 3:16
But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.

Galatians 3:16
The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. The Scripture does not say "and to seeds,"
meaning many people, but "and to your seed," meaning one person, who is Christ

Ephesians 3:16
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner
being,

Philippians 3:16
Only let us live up to what we have already attained.

Colossians 3:16
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and
as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.

2 Thessalonians 3:16
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all
of you.

1 Timothy 3:16
Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great: He appeared in a body, was vindicated by the
Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.

2 Timothy 3:16
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in
righteousness,

Hebrews 3:16
Who were they who heard and rebelled? Were they not all those Moses led out of Egypt?

James 3:16
For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.

1 Peter 3:16
keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ
may be ashamed of their slander.

2 Peter 3:16
He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some
things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.

1 John 3:16
This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our
lives for our brothers.

Revelation 3:16
So, because you are lukewarm--neither hot nor cold--I am about to spit you out of my
mouth.