In any theology of human sexuality, one must first establish the differences between the sexes. It is clear from Scripture that God created only two distinct sexes that are complimentary of each other (Gen. 1:27). In this text we see that God made them “male and female he created them.” This teaches that there were … Continue reading Theology of Human Sexuality
In Philippians 2:5-11 we see that Christ emptied Himself by taking the form of a servant. Now, what does this mean? Does this mean that Christ emptied Himself of His divine attributes? Or can it mean something else entirely? This is what I will seek to answer in this post. But before I do that, … Continue reading Christ Emptied Himself of What? Phil. 2:5-11
The question of whether the Old Testament saints were regenerated or not is one that is not to be ignored. It is said it should not be ignored because if the Old Testament saints were not regenerated, then the question of why not arises. Not so much how come they were not but why not. … Continue reading Old Testament Saints and Regeneration
In Matthew 7:1–6, Jesus gives us some interesting teaching. We see in this section that we are to “Judge not, that you be not judged”(v. 1). We are not to do so because, “For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you” … Continue reading To Judge or Not to Judge? Matthew 7:1-6
We see in Malachi 3:8–12, God says, “Will man rob God? Yet you are robbing me. But you say, ‘How have we robbed you?’ In your tithes and contributions. You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me, the whole nation of you. Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may … Continue reading Is Malachi 3:8-12 for the Church?
There is an interesting and sometimes confusing mystery found in Romans 11:25-29. The text says, "Lest you be wise in your own sight, I do not want you to be unaware of this mystery, brothers: a partial hardening has come upon Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And in this way … Continue reading Israel and the Church
We see in the book of Judges a portion of Scripture that is quite difficult. An interesting fact about the book of Judges is that the people were without a king and did what was right in their own eyes (17:6; 21:25). So seeing a person make such a rash vow is not that odd. … Continue reading Jephthah and his Rash Vow: Judges 11:1-40
Christians are indeed saved by grace, and they are “created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (English Standard Version Eph. 2:10). These good works are not performed to retain salvation. Nor are they performed as a means of repayment to God for the amazing salvation … Continue reading Grace and Works
This text is a very interesting one. The apostle Paul wrote that all things are lawful but not helpful. All things are lawful, he further states, but he adds “I will not be dominated by anything.” This itself is not all that interesting itself since Paul wrote in other places that we are no longer … Continue reading Are All Things Lawful for Me? (1 Corinthians 6:12)
In this world today, we are seeing many going down a path that is only heading for destruction. They are saying that things that God has declared as evil are good and that the good things declared by God are evil. They are seeking self-pleasure rather than a God-pleasing mind frame. We all know the … Continue reading The Path of Righteousness
Habits are very formative in anyone’s formation regardless of what it is they are seeking, or not seeking, to form. A habit is described as “a settled or regular tendency or practice” by the Oxford dictionary. When one has a settled or regular practice, this practice then begins to form them. For example, if someone … Continue reading Developing Habits for Godliness
The culture is a funny thing. One may be the best and biggest thing going one minute and be nothing the next. Worse still, one may become anathema to culture because they said something that is considered reprehensible to them. Even if it is true and said for their ultimate good and benefit. That does … Continue reading John the Baptist, Herod, and Culture
The gospel is one topic that all Christians must understand and explain carefully. The gospel is simple, yet it has been distorted by many. The apostle Paul wrote the Galatians, “I am astonished that you are…turning to a different gospel-not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to … Continue reading The Gospel of Grace
The intent of the atonement is something that has been debated for centuries. It is still something that is not fully settled on in Christian circles. While all Christians acknowledge that Christ came and died for humanity, the intent of this atonement is deemed to only save the elect by some while others believe it … Continue reading The Intent of the Atonement
Many people do not think debating with other Christians or unbelievers is wise or good. Many think it is unbiblical and will not work at all. I do not think that this is an accurate statement or belief. I believe that we are to do this as faithful Christians. So, is debating, or reasoning with … Continue reading Is Debating Biblical?