“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…

THE HEAD OF THE CHURCH

Jesus said, “I will build my church” (Matthew 16:18). Jesus did build his church. The church which Jesus built has Jesus as its head. This image is very important for our understanding of who Jesus is and how we should relate to Jesus. Jesus, the head of the church, is the one who rules and…

“We the People” or “We the God”

Our U.S. Constitution, one of the great documents of history, begins with the beloved words, "We the people, in order to form a more perfect union..." This is the way our country was formed. "We the people" decided to make ourselves something other than British. That is not the way that the Biblical covenants or…

HE WILL DELIVER 2 Corinthians 1:8-11

We are commanded to rejoice whenever we encounter various trials. We are prone to cry in trials and rejoice only in rescue. God would have us to rejoice in both. In both trial and rescue, we are able to see benevolence of God greatly displayed. Chrysostom, in the fourth century, saw suffering as a blessing.…

Prophet, Priest, and King

The Old Testament records how prophets, priests, and kings were anointed before their service. Jesus the Christ (the anointed one) is our Prophet, our Priest, and our King. This is a great description of who Jesus is and how we should see Jesus. In Latin it is the called the munus triplex. “As King, he…