Isaiah wrote these prophecies of the Servant about a time when all God’s people are scattered and the Davidic throne has disappeared into the sands of Babylon. Does the exile mark the end of the history of God’s people? Have they forfeited the divine promises made to Abraham?
Archives for January 2018
For “throwback Thursday” here is one of my favorite passages for James. In James 1:9-18, James raises a new question as an example of how understanding the gospel changes your perspective: Who is really better off: the rich or the poor?
Twice Paul raises the question: “Did God reject His people?” Twice he answers: “By no means!” In Romans 11:1-15, Paul gives five reasons why it is evident that God has not forgotten His people, the Jews.
My birthday reminded me of this 2014 post on Romans 5:1-11 (one of my all time favorite passages). You won’t always be pretty, but once you are justified by faith, you will always have reason to exat in the hope of the glory of God.
In Romans 10, Paul is answering the question of why some people who have little knowledge are saved while some who have much knowledge are not saved. He gave part of his answer in Romans 9. All of us are born lost, and God in His mercy and grace chooses to call some people to him. Paul continues his answer into chapter 10. Taking religion seriously is not the answer.
With my birthday approaching, I’m again wondering “how someone so young can be this old?” That thought inspired this 2015 post on how in modern American culture growing older means becoming invisible. Unfortunately this trend is also infecting the church.
On what is the basis does God choose the elect? Paul’s answer is that God — as God — has a sovereign right to choose who receives mercy.
In this Introduction to Ephesians from 2014, we compare Paul’s view authority with that Emergent theology. Emergent Theology claims theological certainty is an idol, but Paul claims the authority to speak on behalf of God.
Romans 9-11 must be read as a unit that builds to a wonderful climax. It contains some of the most difficult material in the Bible.
Have you decided to read through the Bible as one of your New Year’s Resolutions? Here’s a great selection of updated plans to help you keep that resolution.