The Apostle Paul wrote “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” Romans 1:16 “For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, the just shall live by faith.” Romans 1:17.
The word “gospel” in verse 16 is translated from the Greek “euanggelion” (G2098) found 77 times in the New Testament (NT), meaning “good or glad news.” In the NT it is used in reference to three distinct gospels:
- God’s everlasting gospel of grace, mercy and salvation existing from the beginning, i.e., Abel, Hebrews 11:4, Abraham, Galatians 3:8, and continuing throughout time to His righteous judgment at the end, Revelation 14:6 – 7.
- The gospel of the Kingdom of heaven on earth that God promised Abraham and David for Israel, as preached by Jesus on earth, Matthew 4:23; Acts 1:3 – 9, and again to Israel by Peter and those with him, Acts 3:20 – 21; Acts 8:25.
- The gospel revealed to the Apostle Paul for us during this age of Grace. Paul calls it variously: the Gospel of the Grace of God, Acts 20:24; the Gospel of God, Romans 1:1; the gospel of His Son, Romans 1:9; the gospel of Christ, Romans 1:16; the gospel of peace, Ephesians 6:15; the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 Thessalonians 1:8. Paul refers it as “my gospel,” Romans 2:16; Romans 16:25; 2 Timothy 2:8 as well as “the gospel of the uncircumcision” (the gentiles) committed to him while the gospel of circumcision (that of Israel’s Kingdom) was committed to Peter, Galatians 2:7.
Ever tried using a screwdriver to twist a long screw into or out of wood? It’s almost impossible. But with a power tool, it seems effortless. When Karen and I reroofed our house, we pounded every nail with a hammer. Besides hitting our thumbs a number of times, it took us a month. Our neighbors, on the other hand, hired professionals. With their power nail guns, it took them a day! How about cutting a stud with a hand saw? Tiring and the edge isn’t square. But a circular saw cuts the wood like a hot knife cuts butter.
God has given us power tools for living the Christian life well. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 tells us, “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” Power tools are much more effective in the hands of a professional than in mine. In the same way, God’s tools are much more effective when operated by the Holy Spirit. Continue reading
As the Easter holiday descends upon us, in all of its glory, we sometimes relegate the familiar narrative to that of a compelling folk story. But we do so at our own peril, because the Easter story is the most fascinating account of all time — bar none.
The historical accuracy of the Holy Bible itself, which archaeological discoveries continue to support, renders it useful as a history book in a classroom — and some schools use it for this express purpose. The Biblical references to the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ follow suit in that regard, with plenty of proof for both occurrences — including many reliable Christian-based and also secular historical writings.
And this is key, as without the resurrection, the entire Christian faith tumbles like a house of cards. In fact, the New Testament describes the resurrection as the actual center of theology
Celebrated on Easter Sunday, the resurrection signifies Christ’s victory over sin, death and the devil. This translates to the promise of eternal life with God for those believers who have repented of their sins, and then accepted Jesus as the Son of God who died and rose again for their sins. Continue reading
These are very trying times. There is an enemy out there at the microscopic level, wreaking all kinds of havoc in people’s hearts and minds and lives. The economic consequences alone of the coronavirus could possibly be felt for years to come.
The big problem in life, of course, is the threat of death.
But the coronavirus is not going to cancel Easter – though it may cancel our traditional celebrations of it. Easter hope defangs the threat of the coronavirus because Jesus has taken the sting out of death.
After a bee stung a boy one day, his young brother was frightened as the insect continued hovering around him. But his father told him not to worry – there was only one stinger in that bee, and his older brother had already received it.
Jesus is our older brother, and He has taken the sting of death upon Himself. As the Apostle Paul would say, “Oh death, where is thy sting?” Continue reading
For people around the world, the Friday before Easter is called Good Friday. I doubt that any of the followers of Christ, watching the brutal torture of Jesus, would have thought, “This is GOOD.” In fact, it was the WORST Friday of their lives. Many followed Jesus because they assumed that He was the long-awaited Messiah who would deliver Israel from subjugation to Rome and lift them to the pinnacle among nations and empires. Finally, Israel would be #1.
During the previous few years, multitudes had personally experienced healing by Jesus. Blindness, paralysis, leprosy, muteness, demonic possession, and even death had all bowed to His authority. It would be as incredible as having only one doctor in the ER, and when people came in on stretchers with COVID-19, in a matter of minutes they’d walk out with no trace of the virus. Beds would be empty. Respirators would still be in their boxes.
His disciples had seen Jesus command a storm to stop, and it did immediately. Another time Jesus multiplied one boy’s sack lunch to feed thousands of people, with food left over. Later that night, Jesus walked on water. There was nothing He couldn’t do. Continue reading
One of King David’s songs to God that has been handed down to us in our Bibles is Psalm 139. Eugene Peterson has paraphrased some of it this way, “God, I’m an open book to You; even from a distance, You know what I’m thinking. You know when I leave and when I get back; I’m never out of Your sight. You know everything I’m going to say before I start the first sentence. I look behind me and You’re there, then up ahead and You’re there, too— Your reassuring presence, coming and going. This is too much, too wonderful— I can’t take it all in!”
David had difficulty finding words that were sufficient to express his amazement that God cared so much about him. Later, in the same song, David wrote about God forming him in his mother’s womb. Not only did God know him intimately, but God supervised all aspects of his development before birth. Continue reading
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With coronavirus shutting government schools, millions of parents have a historic opportunity to try homeschooling and non-government alternatives, declared leaders with the new movement “Public School Exit.”
According to the non-profit, founded in 2019 by Christian leaders passionate about K-12 education, government schools are seriously harming children through sexualization, indoctrination, and dumbing down.
But with schools closed across America due to COVID19, interest in home education and online options are surging.
PSE co-founder Dran Reese, president of The Salt & Light Council, called on ministry leaders to be involved. “Pastors and church leaders have a huge role to play in equipping congregations with a biblical understanding of citizenship, and that includes education of children,” she said. “This pandemic is a perfect time for pastors on the sidelines to get involved.” Continue reading
This is the first in a series tracing the word “faith” in the book of Romans. (Faith is translated from the Greek word pistis, [G4002], which usually, but not always, is translated “faith” in the New Testament [NT].) Pistis occurs 40 times in the epistle to Romans, the most frequent in any NT book. Today, we’ll compare the first and last occurrences of the word faith in Romans and then highlight the 2nd through the 6th occasions of it in the first chapter:
- First occurrence; “By whom (referring to the Lord Jesus Christ) we (referring to Paul and his fellow apostles) have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name:” Romans 1:5.
- Fortieth and last occurrence; “Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my (Paul’s) gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:” Romans 16:25 – 26.
We’ll focus on the significant phrases “for obedience to the faith among all nations,” Romans 1:5 and “made known to all nations for the obedience of faith,” Romans 16:26 but first we note that Paul begins Romans by branding himself a slave of Jesus Christ Who divinely selected/appointed him an apostle (a messenger sent forth with Continue reading
As an introvert and homeschooling mom, I have an extraordinarily high threshold for isolation. I’ve been known to say my dream vacation is actually staying home for a week while my husband and children escape to some exotic locale, though if I’m completely honest I could probably go longer than seven days without them.
Or so I thought.
This world-wide pandemic and accompanying quarantine has me a little twitchy today, and I’m still surrounded by family. I’ve been on social media more than usual, avoiding the news while simultaneously seeking updates concerning the welfare of friends and family.
These are strange times, unlike anything most of us have ever seen, and many are suffering despite their lack of symptoms, because God created us for community.
Luckily most of us still have it in digital form, the hope and positivity radiating from our devices is encouraging. Those of us with faith know God brings great blessing out of turbulent times, and this situation is no different. He is bigger, stronger, and remains in control.
The lessons we carry down the road with us from living in this present moment are sure to be spectacular, many of us are already learning things about ourselves and about this world that we never knew. Continue reading