The Branch

A new branch comes forth from an old growth. Those new branches are signs of new growth and hope. Isaiah 11 prophesied the growth of a branch from "the stump of Jesse" (Is. 11:1). This new "branch" would bear fruit even though the tribe of Jesse was but a "stump." This branch would be especially…

Warning!

The book of Hebrews has five "warning passages" (Heb. 2:1-4; 3:1-4:13; 5:11-6:12; 10:19-39; 12-29) exhorting the readers to be diligent in their faithfulness. Diligence is a key theme stressed by the Holy Spirit throughout the Bible. We are to study (be diligent) to present ourselves before God (2 Tim. 2:15). We Christians must "pay attention…

JESUS: THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE

“I am the resurrection and the life. Do you believe this?” Those were Jesus’ words in John 11:25. What does it mean that Jesus is the resurrection and the life? And as Jesus said, “Do you believe this?” Jesus life and work is based upon this great reality—that he is Life. Jesus has been revealed…

“All The Promises of God”

But as God is faithful, our word to you was not Yes and No. For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us—by me, Silvanus, and Timothy—was not Yes and No, but in Him was Yes. For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen,…

Baptism and Faith

Baptism is part of the faith (Romans 6:17-18; Acts 6:7; Romans 1:5; 16:26) . The Bible presents both obedience (including baptism) and knowledge (knowing who Jesus is etc.) as parts of the faith. Paul praised the Thessalonians for their “work of faith” (1 Thess. 1:3). Faith demands action (James 2:24). This is manifested in the way the…

Beautiful Morning

It's a beautiful Fall morning. It's a great time of the year with the expectation of the Holidays increasing and the sights and feelings of Fall.Sometimes you have to wonder how it could get any better. The cold mornings draw us closer together and fill us with warm coffee.Could it be any better? It's been…

Too Much Change?

This is a season of changes. Leaves and temperatures are always changing. But our God never changes. The fact that God never changes is called Divine Immutability. "What is God’s immutability? That perfection in God whereby He is exalted above all becoming and development, as well as above all diminution, and remains the same eternally."…

Can the Gospel be Glorified?

Does the Gospel have to be made attractive? Does the Gospel have to be made relevant? Does the Gospel have to be adapted to modern needs? Before we can answer those questions or even really ask them, we need to know what the Gospel is. "He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit,…

Restore Us O God

The word "restoration" is found around 129 times in the Bible. The word implies that there is a standard, the standard has been changed, and that we should go back to the standard. The 80th Psalm is a prayer for restoration. The Psalmist recognized that the people had so sinned as to be punished and…