From the Alpha to the Omega: A Portrait of Jesus

What is Jesus’s Evangelism Program?

Over the last few decades, the church has had no shortage of evangelism programs. Each of these mentioned above have been used by the Lord to add to the eternal harvest. But as I recently learned, each of these programs has, at best, a...

The Lamb of God, Worship and the High Priestly Ministry of Jesus

The question and theme, “Where is the Lamb?” spans the entire Old Testament. Abraham, who was thankfully spared by God from fulfilling the task, offered his son Isaac as a sacrifice atop Mount Moriah. 2nd Chronicles 3:1 teaches that it was...

The Incarnation and High Priestly Ministry of Jesus

Several of the earliest controversies and key battles in Church History were over Christ’s divine and human natures. One of the classic texts to explain why Jesus Christ had to become fully man, so that He might perform priestly service before...
6 Things Christ Accomplished by His Death

6 Things Christ Accomplished by His Death

  Was Jesus’ death necessary? Why did He have to die, and what did he accomplish? Here’s a very brief summary of the six core things Christ accomplished in His death. Expiation Expiation means the removal of our sin and guilt. Christ’s...

Why Justification by Faith Alone is Necessary for Good Works

Why Justification by Faith Alone is Necessary for Good Works

“Justification by faith alone frees me to love my neighbor disinterestedly, for his or her own sake, as my sister or brother, not as the calculated means to my own desired ends,” writes Timothy George describing the reason why the traditional...

What is the Doctrine of Justification?

What is the Doctrine of Justification?

John Calvin, the great Reformer, spoke for many when he declared that justification is “the main hinge on which religion turns”. Why is it so important? Because “unless you first of all grasp what your relationship to God is, and the nature of his judgment concerning...

Christ Our Substitute: The Meaning Of The Cross

Christ Our Substitute: The Meaning Of The Cross

Several biblical terms express (but do not exhaust) the ministry of Jesus as Substitute, and the meaning of the cross. Those are including (but not limited to) the following: Jesus as our PROPITIATION. “He is the propitiation for our sins…” (1...

Recommended Books on the Person and Work of Jesus Christ

This season at Servants of Grace, we’ve been taking a look at the person and work of Jesus. From attacks against the idea of Jesus dying in our place for our sin, to the exclusivity of Christ, many people have a great deal of questions about...

The Incarnation: Jesus Fully God and Fully Man

The Incarnation: Jesus Fully God and Fully Man

The doctrine of the Incarnation is very important to Christianity. It reminds us that Jesus is both God and man, which makes it possible to speak meaningfully about who Jesus is and what He did. In the 19th century, James Denney, a professor at...

Understanding the Gospel: Justification

Understanding the Gospel: Justification

“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1). At the heart of the biblical gospel is the amazing truth of justification. Without this truth, there would be no gospel at all. It...

Three Critical Truths About Propitiation

Three Critical Truths About Propitiation

What Does It Mean? Propitiation (noun) prō-pi-shē-ā-shǝn: the act of gaining or regaining the favor of; in this case, a sacrifice that bears God’s wrath and turns it to favor. Why Does It Matter? Read that definition again, and it should be...

Jesus the Divine Word

Jesus the Divine Word

The Gospel of John differs from the other gospel accounts in many ways, chiefly among them—the beginning of his account of Jesus. Like the other Gospel writers, John wants us to understand that Jesus is God made flesh—the only God who became...

The Three Offices of Christ

The Three Offices of Christ

"Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed" Theology can be a daunting subject. When it comes to topics like the Doctrine of Christ, people can sink into their seats and ignore the subject, which is a terrible response to such precious biblical truth. Within the...

Five Truths About the Resurrection of Jesus

Five Truths About the Resurrection of Jesus

The resurrection of Jesus is foundational to the Christian faith, and yet, oftentimes, we only give it real thought around the Easter season. But the resurrection of Jesus is so important that Paul writes, “If Christ has not been raised, your...

Three Critical Truths about Redemption

Three Critical Truths about Redemption

“Redemption” is a rich word and perhaps somewhat unique among the great gospel words in our theological vocabulary, in that it’s a word that easily resonates with unbelievers. Some of our favorite stories, songs, and films are built around the...

Reigning with Christ on Daily Mission

Reigning with Christ on Daily Mission

  To say that the heart of the gospel is Christ crucified would not be wrong (1st Corinthians 1:23; Galatians 6:14). To say that the heart of the gospel is the resurrection of Christ would not be wrong either, for by it our justification comes (Romans...

To Focus on Jesus and His Resurrection—Spotlight the Bible

To Focus on Jesus and His Resurrection—Spotlight the Bible

Do not believe anyone who tells you that the way to focus on Jesus and His resurrection is to take the spotlight off the Bible. The entire Bible is a blessing to the believer, not a burden. It is not an obstacle to effective evangelism; it is...

“But Now”—Learning to Live in the Newness of Christ

“But Now”—Learning to Live in the Newness of Christ

It has often been observed that the “last days” are not just some future event of tribulation and doom, but are instead the days of Christ’s church, inaugurated by His resurrection. Thus, as Acts 2:17 and Hebrews 1:2 teach us, the last days...

The Whole Bible in One Meal

The Whole Bible in One Meal

I saw the new Star Wars film recently. The last scene (slight spoiler warning) is a wordless image that summarizes the goal of all the action of the film and points ahead to the plots of the sequels. Many films are like that: After all the...