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Revelation 21:1, 4 Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea… And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” (NKJV)

Okay, that’s one of the more mystical titles I’ve come up with, but it is completely appropriate and descriptive. There is a common theme, a thread, that runs through all of Scripture starting at the moment sin came into the world through the first Adam. It is common thread of words that start with “re”.

These “re” words reveal a remarkable thread of continuity in Scripture.

We are going to study a list of words over the next few days that constitute a remarkable thread of continuity that reveals the purposes behind God’s will for humankind:

  • renew: to make like new
  • redeem: to buy back
  • regenerate: formed or created again
  • restore: to put back into a former state
  • refresh: to restore strength or animation
  • reveal: to make known
  • reward: to give regard or recompense
  • regain: to have what once was lost
  • refine: to free from impurities
  • revive: to bring back to original state
  • repent: to change one’s mind
  • rescue: to deliver as a prize
  • remember: to be mindful of
  • return: to go back to

Why is it important to understand and study this thread? Many people often complain that they just don’t understand the over-arching themes of the Bible, God’s masterplan, the foundational “why?” of the Bible. Understanding this thread of words will answer many of these questions. It is in essence a look at the “forest” instead of the trees; a birds-eye view of God’s plan for us.

I think you will discover many common misconceptions about sin, heaven, salvation and God’s divine interaction with mankind have permeated Christianity in general, and an understanding of this list of words pulls back the “cloudy film” like a Claritin-D commercial.

Join me over the next few days as we discover this thread of continuity that ties together God’s plans and purposes all through Scripture.

Lord God, Help us to understand all these important words and how they fit into Your plan. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Contemplation: How many of these words can you define or explain related to Christianity?

Application: Think about these words now, and see if they mean more to you after we study each one.

James 1:22 – But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. (NKJV)

  1. What is the most obvious Bible truth you have learned today?
  2. What change in your life needs to be made concerning this truth?
  3. What specific thing will you do today to begin that change?