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
Fake Good News? We hear a lot of news every day, but we always have to ask “is this fake news?” Can we rely on the news media? Can we even rely on ourselves? How can we know what is going on if we can’t see for ourselves? We would find a lot more … Continue reading FAKE NEWS OR GOOD NEWS
Is the church the same thing as the kingdom? Is the church Christ's kingly realm? One of the interesting points of interest in George Eldon Ladd’s work is his distinction between the Kingdom and the church. Ladd acknowledged his position was different than Augustine (New Testament Theology, 103), Augustin (104), and Vos (110). Ladd argued … Continue reading Is the Church Christ’s Kingdom?
The “first day of the week” is Sunday. In the ancient world, it would have been another workday. But for Christians, the first day of the week is a special day on which we gather to participate in the Lord's Supper. Why is it we gather on every first day of the week? Here are … Continue reading Every First Day of the Week?
As you have been “sheltering in place,” what have you been doing? Most of us are struggling with our routines, our goals, and our discipline. We have to be extra careful to be good time managers for God’s glory. The social isolation has forced us to find new ways of talking with people. … Continue reading Calling On the Name of the Lord: the I AM
Are Christians responsible to keep the Old Testament Law? Is there a difference between the ceremonial and moral law? These were the pointed questions which arose in the early church. Christians were sent by their congregations to Jerusalem so they could resolve the question of the Christian’s relationship to the OT. Even though God had … Continue reading Fulfilled: From the Old Testament to the New Testament in Christ and Acts 15
I am ready for the confinement to end. I am ready for the seclusion to be over. I am ready, most of all, to come together with the church. When we are finally able to gather again, what should we do? What should we expect? What should be our focus? WHEN YOU COME TOGETHER Togetherness … Continue reading When We Finally Come Together
Despite the coronavirus journey we have been drafted into, we have been blessed. “Count your blessings. Name them one by one.” God has continued to work in and through the coronavirus to accomplish his purposes. We probably haven’t seen .00001% of what God has already accomplished and probably will not see .0000000001% of what God … Continue reading .0000000001%
“May sinners vanish from the earth and wicked people be no more. My soul, bless the Lord!Hallelujah!” (Ps 104:35). The Psalmist’s prayer and God’s eternal intention is finally realized in the final judgment act poured forth on the earth. God’s eternal purpose is finally realized when he is united with his people at the close … Continue reading REJOICE IN GLORY: Some Notes on Revelation 19-22
Eutychianism is the ancient heresy which states that when the Son of God added humanity to his person a new type of being became. This new type of being was not just fully divine and it was not just fully man. Instead, this new type of being was a mixture of deity and humanity. Jesus … Continue reading Do Not Confuse the Natures: Some notes on the two distinct natures in the person Christ.
Jesus taught that the entire OT was about him. The OT provides several typological glimpses of Christ. One of these typological glimpses of Christ in the OT is seen in the theme of the “third day” which repeatedly manifests itself in situations where God’s creation or people are delivered from some sort of bondage and … Continue reading Introduction to “He Was Raised on the Third Day According to the Scriptures”