Author: Justin Huffman

The Glory of Jesus in the Wilderness

Matthew 4 records an intense and supernatural conflict, as Satan seeks to tempt Jesus in the wilderness. Although the language Matthew uses suggests that Satan was constantly testing Jesus for forty days and forty nights, three temptations are mentioned specifically. And of those three, it seems perhaps that the third of Jesus’ wilderness temptations is the climax of Satan’s arsenal, a completely unique temptation in which Satan supernaturally shows Jesus “all the kingdoms of the world”—Egypt, Rome, perhaps even the United States to come—and offers all these to Jesus as a gift, in exchange for Jesus’ worship: “All these...

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What is True Love?

Everybody loves Love. The virtues of love have been extolled from time immemorial, and love is still recognized today by people the world over as one of the last objectively virtuous virtues. Plato, some 300 years before Christ, paid this tribute to love: “Love is the joy of the good, the wonder of the wise, the amazement of the gods.” In Love With Love Love was the theme of bards in the Middle Ages, was embraced by the Romantics of the 18th century, and is still extolled by countless cultures today. Love is the subject of urban graffiti, the...

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What Is Man?

When Charles W. Eliot was president of Harvard University, he was given the privilege of dedicating a new hall of philosophy. He searched for and pondered over the appropriate inscription to place above its entrance. His faculty members (among them the renowned philosopher William James) were called together and, after much deliberation, they agreed upon the well-known Greek phrase from Protagoras: “Man is the measure of all things.” With that decision finally made, they adjourned for the summer. When school reopened in the fall, you may imagine their chagrin to find that the president had decided on a different...

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The Superiority of Grace

“The law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ” (John 1:17). Imagine a young man who has undergone the rigors of basic training and boot camp in the military. His drill sergeant has told him when to wake up, where to go, what to do, how to act, and—at his whim—when do drop down and give him 50 pushups. Now imagine the young man has been discharged, received his papers to go home, and is on his way off the base. He runs into his drill sergeant who, displeased with his appearance, gets in his...

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God, the Holy Spirit

“God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:24). The Holy Who? If we are honest with ourselves, this is the way many of us, even Christians, feel when the subject of the Holy Spirit comes up in a conversation, a sermon, or—yes—an article like this one. We are familiar with “our Father, which art in heaven” and we all know that Jesus is the One that died for us on the cross… but the Holy Spirit, rather than being a person or even a concept to us, is more like a...

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