About the Book
Book: Letters from Jesus
Author: Chris Palmer
Genre: Religion / Biblical Studies/History & Culture
Release Date: September 10, 2019
“In Revelation 2:2, Jesus tells the church in Ephesus something intimate—Google Street View intimate. He says, ‘I know your works’ (Oida ta erga sou). Four words don’t seem like much, but in the Greek, it packs a punch.… Jesus chooses the Greek word oida, which expresses total, comprehensive knowledge. It is intimate knowledge that comes from being up close and personal. This knowledge isn’t hazy on the details. It doesn’t struggle to remember. It preserves the particulars. In the mind’s eye, everything is sharp and clear, like a well-taken photograph.” —Chris Palmer
Letters from Jesus: Studies from the Seven Churches of Revelation explores Christ’s warnings to the seven most prominent churches in Asia Minor in the book of Revelation. These letters date back to 95 A.D., but they help us make a fascinating discovery about civilization: life hasn’t changed that much over the last two millennia. Author Chris Palmer illustrates the truths contained in the Letters from Jesus using modern, everyday day examples. The host of the popular podcast Greek for the Week, he unpacks Greek words and phrases in these verses from Revelation with humor, joy, and biblical scholarship.
Why study Greek, even just a little bit? As Chris explains, looking at the New Testament in the original language in which it was written can offer us some beautiful insights into God’s Word. “It’s like reading the Bible in high definition,” he says. Also, “studying God’s Word in the original language forces us to approach it with reverence and awe, humbling ourselves to obey what it says, whether it’s something we want to hear or not.”
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This is a good book for Christians who want spiritual insights on the letters in Revelation involving some key Greek words. The Greek information Palmer shares is not overwhelming and shows how knowing Greek helps understand the nuances of a passage. He provides more Greek information in footnotes for those who want to go a bit deeper.
I like the spiritual insights I gained from reading this book. From the letter to Smyrna, I learned that the devil wanted to destroy some in the church, hoping it would cause the whole community to change their minds about God. (Loc 1164/3505) That is something I'll remember the next time I hear of a fallen church leader. From the letter to Thyatira, Palmer points out that Satan does not come into our communities with horns and a red pitchfork. “He shows up in the form of people who tell us things that soothe our conscience and relax our standards.” (Loc 1928/3505) Such was the Jezebel the church leaders had done nothing to stop.
I like the way the teaching is set up in weekly chapters. Palmer includes a written prayer for the week, an activity for the week, and additional Scriptures to read. Every Christian could benefit from reading this book. Church leaders would find some really good teaching on what Jesus said to churches then – teaching many churches need to hear today.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
About the Author
The Rev. Chris Palmer is the founder and pastor of Light of Today Church in Novi, Michigan, and founder of Chris Palmer Ministries. He is host of the popular podcast, Greek for the Week, seen on several Internet platforms. Chris began in full-time ministry in 2006 and began to preach internationally in 2009, helping many congregations grow, flourish, and expand. His desire for missions is to train and educate pastors, encourage congregations, support the vision of local church, and show the love of God to the culture. He has done this successfully for a decade in over forty nations of the world in Europe, Africa, South America, Asia, and the Caribbean, working with both traditional churches and the underground/persecuted church. Chris earned a B.A. in Pastoral Studies from North Central University and an M.A. in Exegetical Theology, magna cum laude, from Moody Theological Seminary. He is a sought-after Greek scholar for his ability to make God’s Word come alive in a unique way from the Greek. Chris is often invited to present Greek and hermeneutics workshops at Bible and ministry schools. He recently began working on his Ph.D. at University Wales, Bangor, in the area of Johannine Literature, particularly the book of Revelation. His previous self-published books include Living as a Spirit: Hearing the Voice of God on Purpose, The 85 Questions You Ask When You Begin a Relationship with God, The Believer’s Journey, and Escaping the Haunting Past: A Handbook for Deliverance.
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Experience the Bible in high definition and learn some Greek with fun, easy lessons from pastor/scholar Chris Palmer. You can watch a YouTube video here.
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