Have You Eaten the Flesh of the Son of Man?

Have you eaten the flesh of the Son of Man? Now that is a provocative question, suggesting gory cannibalism. But this comes from Jesus, who regularly made provocative claims about himself. So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his…

God is Good

I once heard a speaker, who I do not know, say that Nazism in Germany rose because that society’s loss of belief in hell. The lost not merely belief in God but belief in the Holy God of the Bible. His thesis is correct. Belief in the judgment of God deters evil. Many, however, hold…

God Shines His Face on the Meek

God Shines His Face on the Meek. Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth (Matt. 5.5). Who will rule the world, who will get ahead, who succeeds? Who are the winners and the losers in life? Who inherits the earth? A woman says that when she goes to the movies she always…

Breaking Taboo for the Gospel

“How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” John 4:9  Jews usually traveled around the land of Samaria rather than go through it, unless they had necessary reason. Even then there were rules. If while in Samaria a Jew were walking and saw a Samaritan coming…

Bear Your Own Load

  As followers of the humble Christ, we should put away our innate vainglory—meaning, what we intentionally do to get the attention and acknowledgment of others. Vainglory is distinguished from true glory. If we are good and do good, then there will be a measure of attention and acknowledgement accorded to us. This kind of positive attention…

Walk by Spirit

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh (Galatians 5:16). Every believer has received the promised Spirit of God, who has remade us after the image of the last Adam, Jesus Christ. The believer has been spiritually resurrected by the Spirit through the regeneration and renewal…

LIberty-Yes; Libertinism-No

For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh (Galatians 5:13). To this point in Galatians, Paul has been addressing the error of legalism, the practice of trying to gain right standing with God by being good. In the above verse, Paul switches to the…

The Myth of Human Goodness

In 1993 Chuck Colson gave a speech upon receiving the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion because of his work with Prison Fellowship entitled, “The Enduring Revolution.”[1] Colson spoke of the four horseman of the present apocalypse, four great myths that define our time. The myths are the widespread belief in the goodness of man,…

Suppressing the Evidence of God

Suppressing the Evidence of God  “At the heart of the human condition, we might say, is an epistemological [=knowledge] sin—the refusal to acknowledge what can be known about God and then to respond appropriately: “Although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him” (Romans 1:21). They engage in…

Courtesy

Let Us Be Courteous Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work,  2 to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people (Titus 3:1-2 ESV) We are to show “perfect courtesy” toward the…