There are a lot of fascinating verses in scripture. Really, all of scripture is fascinating. Here are 4 verses that I found fascinating when I read them that maybe you never stopped to think about.
2 Timothy 4:13
2 Timothy 4:13 states, “When you come bring the cloak which I left at Troas with Carpus, and the books, especially the parchments.” Apostle Paul is giving this instruction to Timothy to bring his cloak that he left, and interestingly what he refers to as “the books, the especially the parchments”. First thing I found fascinating is that it’s funny to read of Apostle Paul doing such a normal thing that we all do in leaving something at somebody’s place. But even more fascinating, what are these books/parchments he’s talking about? Commentaries speculate he could be referring to Jewish historical books, observations he wrote in his travels, or maybe just books of the Old Testament. Quite a mystery.
Colossians 4:16 states, “When this letter is read among you, have it also read in the church of the Laodiceans; and you, for your part read my letter that is coming from Laodicea.” A question you may have never asked but this verse helps to answer, if certain letters are specifically written to certain churches, do these letters apply to us at all? Now within the letters you can see general things instructed of all Christians, with a few specific things talking about specific situations of that time. However, we do know from this verse this is at least one example of these letters being spread to other churches. So it’s perhaps strong evidence that the general instructions in letters to certain churches were meant to be applied by all places of all members in the churches of God/Christ.
Acts 10:10 states, “But he became hungry and was desiring to eat; but while they were making preparations, he fell into a trance;” The Apostle trance is one of the most fascinating spiritual occurrences I’ve ever seen in scripture. First things first, what does this term trance mean in the Greek? The Greek word for trance is ekstasis, and it means “a displacement of the mind, i.e. bewilderment, “ecstasy”: be amazed, amazement, astonishment, trance.” It was over the course of this trance that God dropped a great sheet to the ground with four footed animals that He told Apostle Peter to eat. Apostle Peter said he didn’t eat unclean meat, but God corrected him saying what He cleanses is no longer unholy. This trance is referenced again in Acts 11 and also in Acts 22 Apostle Paul undergoes his own trance experience. It seems this trance is simply specific to the outcome of the story in the chapters, but I’ve always pondered if it was possible one could fall into their own spiritual trance like the Apostles did.
2 Peter 3:15-16
2 Peter 3:15-16 states, “and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation; just as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you, 16as also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction.” Believe it or not, there’s a small segment of people who don’t buy into the writings of Apostle Paul as scripture. Some only strictly follow the teachings of Jesus in the Gospels and whatever is written by the initial Apostles Jesus chose. But here in this verse, we see Apostle Peter affirming Apostle Paul’s letters as scripture in acknowledging his letters and recognizing them as a part of the rest of the scriptures. So to deny the authority of Apostle Paul is to deny the authority of Apostle Peter.
There are many other verses I’ve found fascinating in scripture in my time of reading. These are just the ones that instantly came to my mind for this post. But I’m curious, what verses have you found fascinating?
Peace to you all in Christ.
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