Briefly sketching from the time of Malachi, Ross observes how unprepared the nation of Israel was for their Messiah, and how mistaken they were in their understanding of the purpose of God in Messiah's coming.
Emphasizing the truth that the Lord is invariably intent upon restoration where there is fracture and disjointedness in the Body of Christ, Ross addresses the significance of forgiveness in that context.
Using the parable before us, Ross highlights the importance of fruit, both as an element of a christian's life, and as a discriminator between those who follow, and those who don't follow Christ.
Jesus fed 5000 in the wilderness as a prelude to presenting Himself as the true bread of God come down from heaven to give life to the world. We live as we feed upon Him day by day.
Following Paul's repudiation, in Philippians chapter three, of every possible confidence he may have had in his own pedigree, gifts and energies in the service of God, Ken exhorts us to a whole-hearted pursuit of the Lord Jesus and His righteousness…
Following Jesus' reference to the seed being fruitful through death in John 12, Ross presents our own deliverance from self and death through our identification with Christ and His Cross.
We see in the deliverance of the impotent man at the pool of Bethesda, and the occasion of Paul's "thorn in the flesh", the Lord's intention that we always obtain deliverance in trouble, where that deliverance is essentially a greater revelation of…