Why do we need to be justified by faith and not by works (Ephesians 2:8)? “It is as though God had committed to our trust a perfect crystal vase, and had said, ‘if you keep that whole, and present it to me, you shall have a reward.’ But we have cracked it, chipped it; ah! … Continue reading Our Need to Be Justified
Jesus is the firstfruits. Paul said, “But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep” (1 Cor. 15:20). Then again in verse 23 Paul described the resurrection of Christ as “the firstfruits” which would be followed by the resurrection of Christians when Jesus returns. When … Continue reading Jesus the Firstfruits
Paul said that Jesus “was buried” and “that he was raised the third day according to the Scriptures” (1 Cor. 15:5). This section is more difficult to find in the the Old Testament Scriptures. These things are never spelled out for us in a straightforward way like Jesus’ vicarious death for our sins. Some, otherwise … Continue reading On the 3rd Day??
How can God be "one" (Deut. 6:4) and three persons (Matt. 28:19-20)? The nature of God is the foundation of our religion, so we should try to understand God as best we can. However, we will never fully understand anything about God. We should not expect to fully understand God. He is God and we … Continue reading Blessed Trinity?
Most Christians are aware that God created everything that has been made through Christ. "For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him" Colossians 1:16. But the initial creative act … Continue reading Christ’s Continuous Creation Care
Paul, by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, taught that Jesus' resurrection is certain because it was "according to the Scriptures" (1 Cor. 15:4). In other words, we can know Jesus has been raised from the dead because we can trust the Scriptures. Scriptures are as Perfect as God Who Gave ItThe trustworthiness of Scripture is … Continue reading I Believe In Jesus’ Resurrection Because It Is According to the Scriptures
Jesus’ “Sermon on the Mount” is an admonition to trust God for everything. This trust is commended for those who are suffering and still striving for righteousness in Matthew 5:3-12. The believers are told to trust God to bring about effective change through their holy living in 5:12-16. Those who felt the burden of the … Continue reading I Hope This Gets A Lot of Likes!!: The Freedom of Trust
Images force us to react. Blue lights in your rearview mirror, the check engine light in your dash, the yellow caution light, and the notifications on your phone all demand you react in some way. These impersonal images, through no real power of their own, force you to interact with them. Even in listing those … Continue reading IMAGES
Photo by Emre Can on Pexels.com The world is filled with death. Everything is dying. Everyone we know is, in some way approaching death. Jesus took the machinery of death and made it run backwards. Jesus is the resurrection and the life. Not only did Jesus rise from the dead (1 Cor. 15:20). … Continue reading Resurrection and the Life
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. In that space, God placed Adam and Eve to dwell with him in harmonious fellowship. Sin came. God kicked Adam and Eve out of the Garden temple. God himself abandoned that defiled dwelling. But there was a promise of return. There was hope for … Continue reading ALL THINGS NEW: THE TEMPLE IN REVELATION
The final of these cardinal Christian virtues Paul mentioned was their “steadfastness of hope” (ESV) or “endurance inspired by hope” (1 Thess. 1:3). Christians are motivated by the future promised by God and guaranteed by Christ himself. “Endurance refers to a faith that persists even through trials because of the end-time hope in Christ’s coming … Continue reading Steadfastness of Hope