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Monthly Archives: February 2015

The Goodness of God and the Neglect of Man (Part 5)

“Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard…” (Heb 2:1a) The message of the gospel is well attested. The penalty for ignoring it terrible beyond reckoning and the reward for heeding more wonderful than can be described. Guest blogger Robert Elphick shares his arc and notes on Hebrews 2:1-18. (This is part 5 of 5.)

Listen, for Jesus came to help the children of Abraham. He shows his brothers how to trust the Father: Hebrews 2:11-13.

Jesus is not ashamed to identify with God’s children as brothers and sisters (11b). These are the children whom the Father is drawing to himself (10a), and for whom the Father provided and perfected a savior (10b).

Surely the children’s sin gives ample reason for shame–but Jesus is not ashamed.

Surely the children’s sin gives ample reason for shame–but Jesus is not ashamed. He is not ashamed, the writer says, because Jesus—the one who makes men holy (11a)—and the children being made holy are all from the Father.

We are from the Father in the sense that He is the potter and we are the clay. He made us. In what sense is Jesus from the Father? Jesus was with the Father from the beginning (Jn 1:1) and then came from the Father to reveal God to the world (1:2) and die for sin (v14). Through Him the Father made purification for His people (1:3). This was the Father’s plan (Eph 1:10). Our sin was no surprise.

Jesus, with singing praise, points the brothers and sisters to the gracious Father (12a). He sets the brothers an example of delighting in the Father and trusting him (13a). As the children follow His example (13b), the Father receives the praise and trust He deserves. He is not ashamed because through these brothers, these children, God is demonstrating and being rightly praised for his glorious grace. This was the plan before the foundation of the world.

Consider also: Rom 1:16, 2 Tim 1:8.

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Top Ten Ways the Phrasing Module is Better Than a Text Editor (in pictures)

Old habits die hard.

But sometimes they just need to…well…die. While we all appreciate the ready-to-go simplicity of a text editor, it’s time to bring our study of the Bible one user-friendly and awesome step forward. Here are the top 10 reasons why the new Phrasing Module is better than a text editor:


10 – Instant text-loader

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9 – Automatic versification

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8 – Multi-line, multi-column indenting

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7 – Relationships

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6 – Block labels

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5 – Flexible columns

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4 – Cross-references

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3 – Definitions and morphology

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2 – Dot notes

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1 – Arrows

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What would you like to do now?

Learn more about the new Phrasing Module.
Try out the Phrasing Module.
Watch a demo video of the Phrasing Module.

Phrasing Demo: English

“How does Paul know that God has chosen the Thessalonians? Their Gospel response…”

Perhaps you are excited to try out the new phrasing module on–but you are unfamiliar with phrasing.

In this video Brian Tabb, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at Bethlehem College and Seminary, demonstrates a phrase of 1 Thessalonians 1:2-5 using the ESV.

(Stay tuned in the next two weeks for demonstrations of phrases in Biblical Greek and Hebrew).

Dot Notes

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Dot Notes are a beautiful way to fill your work with notes without filling your work with clutter.

What can a Dot Note do?

Create a Note
Click on “Notes” in the upper right corner of the module. Then click where to place the Dot.

Position the Note and Dot
Click and drag your Note to move it. Click and drag the Dot as well. A Dot will lock onto the word it is placed over, following it when things get rearranged.

Format your text
Click on your Note to type and format the text.

Resize your Note
Resize your note using the handle on the bottom right corner while in edit mode.

Minimize your Note
Click off the Note to close out of editing mode. Click on the Dot to minimize and expand the note.

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To change a Note’s color, click on the options icon in the upper right corner of the Note while in editing mode.

Edit Color designations
You can change what each Note color represents by clicking on “Edit color designations” via the Note’s options pulldown.

Hide the Dot
You can use Notes without Dots by clicking on “Hide the dot” via the Note’s options pulldown.

Delete your Note
Delete your Note via the Note’s options pulldown.

Dot Notes are new to Biblearc and currently only appear on the new Phrasing module. Soon, however, we hope to expand them to the other modules as well.

The New Phrasing Module


a.k.a. Block Diagramming, a.k.a. Sentence Flow, a.k.a. Text Hierarchy, a.k.a. Phrase Diagramming, a.k.a. Causal Layouts, a.k.a. Grammatical Diagramming, a.k.a. Propositional Displays, a.k.a. Thought-Flow Diagramming

We are excited to present to you the new Phrasing module on Biblearc.

Phrasing is a flexible and easy-to-use Bible study tool that allows you to visually break up a passage and indicate subordination via indentation. It also gives you a wide array of mark-up features from arrows to relationship comments to the all new Dot Notes. The goal of it all: to help you follow the author’s thinking for a deep understanding of the text.


“I love phrasing, so I’m excited about this new Biblearc feature because it allows you to intuitively show logical relationships.”

Dr. Andy Naselli

“With the phrasing module we can actually visualize a hierarchy of parts of [biblical] texts and understand, then, where the main thrust of the passage is.”

Dr. Jason DeRouchie

“This would be ideal for any pastor preparing a sermon; it would also be really useful for a Bible study leader or a Sunday school teacher, or an interested Christian wanting to go deeper in his or her personal study of God’s Word.”

Dr. Brian Tabb

Check out the new Phrasing module on Biblearc
(You will also find there an array of instructional resources.)

The Goodness of God and the Neglect of Man (Part 4)

“Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard…” (Heb 2:1a) The message of the gospel is well attested. The penalty for ignoring it terrible beyond reckoning and the reward for heeding more wonderful than can be described. Guest blogger Robert Elphick shares his arc and notes on Hebrews 2:1-18. (This is part 4 of 5.)

Listen, for Jesus came to help the children of Abraham. Through him, the Father brings his sons to glory: Hebrews 2:10.

Looking now at verse 10, “it was fitting that he (God) in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their faith perfect through suffering.”

Who is this God? He who is unspeakably majestic: all things (people, animals, buildings, science, art, government) exist for him and to bring praise to him. And he is indescribably powerful: all things exist through him.

That “God is good” is the understatement of all time.

What does he do? He brings men from a state of willful rebellion, where they are justly subject to his unmitigated wrath, into a position as honored sons, crowned with glory, who will govern in heaven on his behalf! He brings them to himself. The notion that “God is good” is the understatement of all time.

How does he do this? He places before them his Son, for them to see and acknowledge as the now-crowned honored one, who became a man for them and suffered and died as propitiation for their sins.

What makes for sufficient propitiation? The writer says that it was appropriate that God should make this one who established their salvation “complete through suffering”. The various suffering that Jesus experienced–physical hardship from birth to death, rejection, misunderstanding, betrayal–was by God’s design. Propitiation (2:17c) for rebellion against this holy Father (2:10a) required a perfect sacrifice (2:10b). This perfection was learned and proven through obedience in suffering (2:10b cf. 5:8-9).

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