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
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”
Often we wonder what we should do for God in worship. This is, of course, a most excellent question, but I would like to propose that there is an even more fundamental question. “How do we know what we should do in worship?” and/or “How do we know what God requires of us?” Once we … Continue reading God Has Spoken
With all the rain, you may have been thinking about Noah. You remember how God “saw that the wickedness of man was great upon the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Gen. 6:5). Because of this the Bible says, “the LORD regretted that he had … Continue reading Have You Seen Noah Lately?
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 word “faithful” is used. 1 Timothy 3:11, for example, says the wives of elders must be “faithful in all things.” In other words, their lives must correspond to their beliefs. They are faithful because of their faith. They would not be counted faithful without believing and obeying the truth. Faithfulness requires appropriate knowledge and appropriate actions.
So what is the relationship between faith and baptism in salvation? Are we saved immediately when we know that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God? Or, are we…
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Today, you may have heard, is Super Bowl Sunday. Last year the winners of the Super Bowl made $112,000 each—just for the Super Bowl. In 2018, the average American consumer spent more than $80 on the Super Bowl. Historically, 8% of Americans will buy a new TV for the Super Bowl. It is a big … Continue reading It’s a Super Day
Homoousios or Homoiousios? The same substance or a similar substance? This is the major question that arose in the 4th century and prompted the first Council of Nicea in which Arius defended his view that Jesus was a creature and that there was, therefore, a time when the Son was not. Athanasius, who wrote … Continue reading Homoousios or Homoiousios?: Notes on the Deity of Jesus