REJOICE IN GLORY: Some Notes on Revelation 19-22

“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

Do Not Confuse the Natures: Some notes on the two distinct natures in the person Christ.

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.

Introduction to “He Was Raised on the Third Day According to the Scriptures”

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”

Baptism and Faith

Restoration Theology

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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Homoousios or Homoiousios?: Notes on the Deity of Jesus

  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

Teach

Christianity is a taught religion. Therefore, two of our highest priorities are to learn and to teach. The word “disciple” refers to one who is a student and carries with it the expectation that the student will someday become a teacher. The word “disciple” is used around 269 times in the Bible. It is an … Continue reading Teach