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Reflections on Eternity: Lorraine Boettner’s View of Immortality

Reflections on Eternity: Lorraine Boettner’s View of Immortality A few years ago, I was invited into a charity warehouse to choose some books. That organization has done a lot of great work in Eastern Europe, and they wanted to do something to support my ministry in...

Why Hell Exists

Scripture provides vivid warnings of judgment and eternal hell for those who don’t repent and believe in Christ. Such warnings occur throughout the Bible and in Jesus’ earthly teaching. In Revelation 14, those who reject Christ and instead worship the beast “will be...

A Last-Minute Salvation

If you’re a Christian and use social media even in the slightest bit, then you likely saw a recently-posted, two-minute clip that made the rounds on Twitter the week of June 21st. Matt Smethurst called it “gospel gold from Alistair Begg.” Survey says... that was a...

The Two Hopes

“Father, thy word is past, man shall find grace” — John Milton, Paradise Lost I feel the seasons...

Three Reasons Why Christ’s Ascension Matters to You

Three Reasons Why Christ’s Ascension Matters to You

The ascension of Jesus Christ into heaven is one of the most important events recorded in the New Testament. But though it occupies an important place in Scripture, it doesn’t get a lot of attention today, even among Christians. My guess is that you probably haven’t...

Christ the Divine Son

Christ the Divine Son

John 1:1-4- “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men.”...

Who is Jesus? The Most Fundamental Question of the Christian Faith

Who is Jesus? The Most Fundamental Question of the Christian Faith

Mark 8:29 – “And he asked them, ‘But who do you say that I am?' Peter answered him, ‘You are the Christ.’” Who is Jesus? This is a question that bears to be repeated and considered often. It is the most fundamental question of our faith. How we answer reveals our...

The Vertical Dimensions of the Cross

The Vertical Dimensions of the Cross

Editor’s Note: This post is part of a series on the atonement. The Scriptures give us a robust revelation about all that Jesus accomplished on the cross. As we go about seeking to categorize all of the various dimensions of the cross, we discover that there are both...

Why Is the Substitutionary Atonement Essential?

Why Is the Substitutionary Atonement Essential?

Editor’s Note: This is the first post in a series on the atonement.During the first decade of the twenty-first century, a number of prominent leaders in the emerging church movement asserted that the doctrine of substitutionary atonement is tantamount to “cosmic child...

Salvation According to His Word

Salvation According to His Word

Psalm 119:41, "Let Your mercies come also to me, O LORD— Your salvation according to Your word.” Notice that this stanza in Psalm 119:41-48 begins with a request. It begins with a cry for the mercies (or steadfast love) of Yahweh. And the Psalmist seems to know that...

I Thirst

I Thirst

At the crossroads of history, Jesus hung nailed to a cross. The loss of blood from the beating alone would have killed most men, but this was no ordinary man. This was the Son of God, and His death was ordained in covenant with His Father. The crowds gathered around...

Joy in the Journey

Joy in the Journey

Introduction to The Reading The Psalms, from Psalm 120 to 134, are the sacred songs that the Hebrew people sang as they went up to Jerusalem for the three worship feasts of the year.[1] Concerning authorship, David wrote Psalm 122, 124, 131, and 133. Solomon wrote...

Christmas: A Time to Turn To God

Christmas: A Time to Turn To God

It doesn’t make much sense to celebrate the coming of Christ into the world without acknowledging the very reason He came. He came to earth to save us from our sins and give us eternal life. It would be a tragedy to enjoy the presents, food, time with family and...

Something to Hate

Something to Hate

Do you have any words you outlaw in your home? Perhaps you forbid words such as “shut up” or “stupid.” One of the words I limit in our house is the word “hate.” I can’t say that I hate the word because I think it's a powerful word that should be used properly. It...

Jesus Came to Bring Peace

Jesus Came to Bring Peace

Some Christmas cards are brightly colored red, green, or mystic-blue and golden beams, or Courier and Ives prints and unmistakably Christmastime greetings. Such cards remind me of Isaiah 40 and of the birth narratives in the Gospels. There's no mistaking the promise...

When They Saw the Child, They Worshiped

When They Saw the Child, They Worshiped

“And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh” (Matthew 2:11). There is a library full of lessons in this single verse of...

Where is He Now? Christ and His Session

Where is He Now? Christ and His Session

Only a single word remained, “Croatoan.” It was all that Governor John White could find of the 115 people (including his own family) he left behind three years earlier in 1587. Roanoke colony had vanished. There were no bodies, no gravesites; even the buildings had...

A Son Is Given

A Son Is Given

God’s judgment is just as terrible as his salvation is wonderful. Nowhere is this made more apparent than in the ninth chapter of Isaiah, as the Lord describes in vivid detail the impending doom that he will bring to those who have continued in rebellion against him:...

Advent and the Genealogy of Christ

Advent and the Genealogy of Christ

“And Asaph begat Josaphat; and Josaphat begat Joram; and Joram begat Uzziah; and Uzziah begat Joatham; and Joatham begat Ahaz; and Ahaz begat Hezekiah” (Matthew 1:8-9). Many devout Bible reader’s eyes have glazed over by the midpoint of the genealogy of Christ in...

Hope Is a Good Thing

Hope Is a Good Thing

In the movie Shawshank Redemption, Andy writes a letter to Red and includes the following remark, “Remember Red. Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.” If I could respond to Andy, I would simply say, “Amen.” The reason, of...

Christ, Our Substitute

Christ, Our Substitute

2 Corinthians 5:21, “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” WHAT IS SUBSTITUTIONARY ATONEMENT? The cross of Jesus is where the substitutionary atonement happened. On the cross, Jesus served as our...

Christ, Forgiveness, and the Cross

Christ, Forgiveness, and the Cross

“And Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.’” (Luke 23:34) Jesus Christ, the God-Man, committed the most scandalously humble act in human history: He made Himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born as a man who was obedient...

All This To Fulfill What the Lord Had Spoken

All This To Fulfill What the Lord Had Spoken

In the wonderfully heart-warming, spirit-lifting, worship-inducing story of the birth of Jesus, as it is related to us by Matthew, there is one crucial element of the whole event that is often overlooked. That a virgin would bring forth a son is astounding; that Jesus...

He Came to Bring Salvation

He Came to Bring Salvation

“Let thy hand be upon the man of thy right hand, upon the son of man whom thou madest strong for thyself" (Psalm 80:17). Psalm 80 is written by Asaph. This is one of 12 Psalms written by this musical and liturgical leader appointed by David. Asaph's identity is...

God’s Law is Good

God’s Law is Good

On one hand, the Apostle Paul teaches us that we, as believers in Jesus Christ, “have died to the law through the body of Christ” (Romans 7:4) and on the other hand that “the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good” (12). Which is it? Paul...

Saved by Grace

Saved by Grace

Growing up in Memphis, Tennessee, I remember when Danny Thomas, the founder of St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, died in February of 1991. Local and national cartoonists paid tribute to him in the next day’s newspapers, many of them showing him entering heaven “at the...

Good News for the Unwanted

Good News for the Unwanted

Good News for the Unwanted  Exclusion, expulsion, alienation, and forsakenness—these were major themes in the ancient Jewish world.[1] The “impure” could be expelled from the community. The carcasses of sacrificed animals had to be burned outside the camp. The...

Salvation Is Unflattering

Salvation Is Unflattering

As part of a Wednesday night summer series, our church has been studying some of the "salvation words" that are found in Scripture. As we've worked our way through concepts like substitution, reconciliation, and redemption a particular truth with which I have been...

Gluttony

Gluttony

The saying goes that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, and for me, this has proven to be true on more than one occasion. I love food. I love cooking food, creating dishes, and mimicking cooking techniques of some of my favorite celebrity chefs like...

Expiation, Good Friday and the Wonder of the Cross

Expiation, Good Friday and the Wonder of the Cross

At my local church, we have a Good Friday service where we nail a piece of paper with our sins to the Cross. This event is symbolic of what Christ has accomplished for us. It is about more than just subscribing to our belief in the sufficiency of Christ finished work...

Easter: Pathetic Or Genius?

Easter: Pathetic Or Genius?

Jesus didn’t stutter when he said that he is the truth: I am the way, and the truth, and the life,” he said, “no one comes to the Father except through me (John 14:6). Why did Jesus claim to be the truth, versus one single truth among many other truths? Why did he say...

The Deceptive Draw of Greed

The Deceptive Draw of Greed

The Deceptive Draw of Greed In the movie Wall Street, Michael Douglas’ character, Gordon Gekko, says “Greed is good!” He lies, deceives, and cheats his way to riches only to be convicted and sentenced to prison by the end of the movie. But this is only a movie right;...

A Soft Answer Turns Away Wrath

A Soft Answer Turns Away Wrath

Proverbs 15:1, “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” I don’t know about you, but I readily admit to suffering on repeated instances from bouts with anger. Mind you this is not anger that results in being physically abusive, throwing things...

Pride The Foe of Joy

Pride The Foe of Joy

Perhaps the fiercest and most hostile arch-nemesis to joy is Pride. It may be no surprise to us when we often hear that pride is the root of all sin. You can trace Pride’s evil touch in everything else, after all. It is, as one called it, “the chief vice.” It may also...

The Gospel: A Message of Redemption and Restoration

The Gospel: A Message of Redemption and Restoration

The word gospel has experienced a bit of a resurgence of late. All one has to do is take a walk. down the aisle of their favorite Christian bookstore or go to their favorite blogger's website to see this term utilized in seemingly every book or blog post title. We are...

The Story of Redemption

The Story of Redemption

Nothing serves to strengthen our faith so much as seeing the various patterns which God has woven into the pages of Scriptures in order to form a beautiful tapestry of His redeeming grace in Christ. It is not uncommon for theologians to refer to the meta-narrative, or...

He is Risen, Indeed: The Resurrection as Fact

He is Risen, Indeed: The Resurrection as Fact

In approaching Easter, we come closer to the day in which many will pile into churches across the land, singing songs about Jesus being alive, and powerful accounts from the Gospels will loudly proclaim the resurrection of Jesus. It is a magnificent story, a...

The Destiny of the Unevangelized and the Nature of Hell

The Destiny of the Unevangelized and the Nature of Hell

The Destiny of the Unevangelized and the Nature of Hell In order to explicate the destiny of the unevangelized, one must ascertain a biblical exegesis of the term “unevangelized” to determine if it is within the bounds of scriptural exposition. Psalm 19:1 declares...

Justification

Justification

INTRODUCTION The issue of justification has had a lasting influence on the Christian understanding of the topic of salvation and its relationship to eternal security. Biblical scholars have developed numerous stances on this theological understanding often resulting...

Deity of Christ Series Recap

Deity of Christ Series Recap

Over the month of June, we have posted many articles here at Servants of Grace as part of a series on the Deity of Christ. The purpose of this series is to help Christians think through what the deity of Christ and it's importance to the Christian faith. This series...

The Human Growth of Jesus

The Human Growth of Jesus

Editor's note: The purpose of this series is to help our readers think through what the deity of Christ and it's importance to the Christian faith. Dave opened our series by looking at Jesus the Divine Word. Dave wrote on seeing but not believing. Nick wrote on the...

A Balanced Study of the God-Man

A Balanced Study of the God-Man

Editor's note: The purpose of this series is to help our readers think through what the deity of Christ and it's importance to the Christian faith. Dave opened our series by looking at Jesus the Divine Word. Dave wrote on seeing but not believing. Nick wrote on the...

Jesus The Resurrection and the Life

Jesus The Resurrection and the Life

Editor's note: The purpose of this series is to help our readers think through what the deity of Christ and it's importance to the Christian faith. Dave opened our series by looking at Jesus the Divine Word. Dave wrote on seeing but not believing. Nick wrote on the...

Four Important Implications of Jesus’ Claim to Be One with God

Four Important Implications of Jesus’ Claim to Be One with God

Editor's note: The purpose of this series is to help our readers think through what the deity of Christ and it's importance to the Christian faith. Dave opened our series by looking at Jesus the Divine Word. Dave wrote on seeing but not believing. Nick wrote on the...

Beholding the Glory of Christ in Prayer

Beholding the Glory of Christ in Prayer

I had to learn the hard way. Isn’t that sometimes the best way though? I remember as a child learning the importance of prayer. Bowing your head, folding your hands, and closing your eyes were all key elements. My friends and I made a game out of the process,...

Responding to the Claims of Deity by Jesus

Responding to the Claims of Deity by Jesus

Editor's note: The purpose of this series is to help our readers think through what the deity of Christ and it's importance to the Christian faith. Dave opened our series by looking at Jesus the Divine Word. Dave wrote on seeing but not believing. Nick wrote on the...

WHY DID GOD COME AS MAN? [PART 3]

WHY DID GOD COME AS MAN? [PART 3]

Editor's note: The purpose of this series is to help our readers think through what the deity of Christ and it's importance to the Christian faith. Dave opened our series by looking at Jesus the Divine Word. Dave wrote on seeing but not believing. Nick wrote on the...

WHY DID GOD COME AS MAN? [PART 2]

WHY DID GOD COME AS MAN? [PART 2]

Editor's note: The purpose of this series is to help our readers think through what the deity of Christ and it's importance to the Christian faith. Dave opened our series by looking at Jesus the Divine Word. Dave wrote on seeing but not believing. Nick wrote on the...

Deity of Christ: Jesus’ Growth in Knowledge and Wisdom

Deity of Christ: Jesus’ Growth in Knowledge and Wisdom

Editor's note: The purpose of this series is to help our readers think through what the deity of Christ and it's importance to the Christian faith. Dave opened our series by looking at Jesus the Divine Word. Dave wrote on seeing but not believing. Nick wrote on the...

WHY DID GOD COME AS MAN? [PART 1]

WHY DID GOD COME AS MAN? [PART 1]

Editor's note: The purpose of this series is to help our readers think through what the deity of Christ and it's importance to the Christian faith. Dave opened our series by looking at Jesus the Divine Word. Dave wrote on seeing but not believing. Nick wrote on the...

Killing Arianism With a Cross: Why Christ’s Deity Matters

Killing Arianism With a Cross: Why Christ’s Deity Matters

Editor's note: The purpose of this series is to help our readers think through what the deity of Christ and it's importance to the Christian faith. Dave opened our series by looking at Jesus the Divine Word. Dave wrote on seeing but not believing. Nick wrote on the...

Jesus, the True Light of the World That We Are to Follow

Jesus, the True Light of the World That We Are to Follow

Editor's note: The purpose of this series is to help our readers think through what the deity of Christ and it's importance to the Christian faith. Dave opened our series by looking at Jesus the Divine Word. Dave wrote on seeing but not believing. Nick wrote on the...

The Strongest Evidence for the Deity of the Son

The Strongest Evidence for the Deity of the Son

Editor's note: The purpose of this series is to help our readers think through what the deity of Christ and it's importance to the Christian faith. Dave opened our series by looking at Jesus the Divine Word. Dave wrote on seeing but not believing. Nick wrote on the...

Jesus, the True Light of the World

Jesus, the True Light of the World

Editor's note: The purpose of this series is to help our readers think through what the deity of Christ and it's importance to the Christian faith. Dave opened our series by looking at Jesus the Divine Word. Dave wrote on seeing but not believing. Nick wrote on the...

The Revelation of the Father and the Son

The Revelation of the Father and the Son

Editor's note: The purpose of this series is to help our readers think through what the deity of Christ and it's importance to the Christian faith. Dave opened our series by looking at Jesus the Divine Word. Dave wrote on seeing but not believing. Today Nick writes on...

Seeing But Not Believing

Seeing But Not Believing

Editor's note: The purpose of this series is to help our readers think through what the deity of Christ and it's importance to the Christian faith. Dave opened our series by looking at Jesus the Divine Word. Today Dave writes on seeing but not believing....

Jesus, Servant of Sinners

Jesus, Servant of Sinners

Augustine once wrote, “Thou wouldst perhaps be ashamed to imitate a lowly man; then at least imitate the lowly God. The Son of God came in the character of man and was made low…He, since He was God, became man; do thou, O man, recognize that thou art man? Thy entire...

Nine Bible Passages For Meditating On The Gospel

Nine Bible Passages For Meditating On The Gospel

The Christian never graduates from the Gospel. It is the very “grace of God in truth” that serves as the foundation for our new life in Christ. Therefore, we should remember, rehearse, and recite the Gospel regularly. Here are Nine Bible passages on the Gospel that...

Sin Series Recap

Sin Series Recap

Over the month of March, we considered the topic of sin here at Servants of Grace. As we’ve looked at this topic, I’ve received a number of email’s and responses to this series in particular on how helpful it was. I appreciate those comments. We aim with each series...

Twenty-One Books I Recommend on Sin

Twenty-One Books I Recommend on Sin

Editors note: The purpose of this series is to help our readers understand what sin is, how serious sin is, and how great the grace of God, who offers redemption to sinners from sin and new life in Christ. David Dunham opened our series on sin with a look at sin and...

I Will Set No Evil Thing Before My Eyes

I Will Set No Evil Thing Before My Eyes

Editors note: The purpose of this series is to help our readers understand what sin is, how serious sin is, and how great the grace of God, who offers redemption to sinners from sin and new life in Christ. David Dunham opened our series on sin with a look at sin and...

What is the difference between original sin and imputed sin?

What is the difference between original sin and imputed sin?

Editors note: The purpose of this series is to help our readers understand what sin is, how serious sin is, and how great the grace of God, who offers redemption to sinners from sin and new life in Christ. David Dunham opened our series on sin with a look at sin and...

Dealing Rightly with Righteous and Unrighteous Anger in our Lives

Dealing Rightly with Righteous and Unrighteous Anger in our Lives

Editors note: The purpose of this series is to help our readers understand what sin is, how serious sin is, and how great the grace of God, who offers redemption to sinners from sin and new life in Christ. David Dunham opened our series on sin with a look at sin and...

Fleeing Worldliness and Pursuing Christ

Fleeing Worldliness and Pursuing Christ

Editors note: The purpose of this series is to help our readers understand what sin is, how serious sin is, and how great the grace of God, who offers redemption to sinners from sin and new life in Christ. David Dunham opened our series on sin with a look at sin and...

What is the biblical evidence for the imputation of Adam’s Sin?

What is the biblical evidence for the imputation of Adam’s Sin?

Editors note: The purpose of this series is to help our readers understand what sin is, how serious sin is, and how great the grace of God, who offers redemption to sinners from sin and new life in Christ. David Dunham opened our series on sin with a look at sin and...

Why is the doctrine of the imputation of Adam’s sin important?

Why is the doctrine of the imputation of Adam’s sin important?

Editors note: The purpose of this series is to help our readers understand what sin is, how serious sin is, and how great the grace of God, who offers redemption to sinners from sin and new life in Christ. David Dunham opened our series on sin with a look at sin and...

No More Consciousness of Sin?

No More Consciousness of Sin?

Editors note: The purpose of this series is to help our readers understand what sin is, how serious sin is, and how great the grace of God, who offers redemption to sinners from sin and new life in Christ. David Dunham opened our series on sin with a look at sin and...

Cured from the Contagion of Sin

Cured from the Contagion of Sin

Editors note: The purpose of this series is to help our readers understand what sin is, how serious sin is, and how great the grace of God, who offers redemption to sinners from sin and new life in Christ. David Dunham opened our series on sin with a look at sin and...

Despising and Embracing Temptation

Despising and Embracing Temptation

Editors note: The purpose of this series is to help our readers understand what sin is, how serious sin is, and how great the grace of God, who offers redemption to sinners from sin and new life in Christ. David Dunham opened our series on sin with a look at sin and...

Walking in the Light: Dealing with the Sin of Hatred

Walking in the Light: Dealing with the Sin of Hatred

Editors note: The purpose of this series is to help our readers understand what sin is, how serious sin is, and how great the grace of God, who offers redemption to sinners from sin and new life in Christ. David Dunham opened our series on sin with a look at sin and...

Sin is No Friend

Sin is No Friend

Editors note: The purpose of this series is to help our readers understand what sin is, how serious sin is, and how great the grace of God, who offers redemption to sinners from sin and new life in Christ. David Dunham opened our series on sin with a look at sin and...

Can Sin Co-Exist Within The Church?

Can Sin Co-Exist Within The Church?

Editors note: The purpose of this series is to help our readers understand what sin is, how serious sin is, and how great the grace of God, who offers redemption to sinners from sin and new life in Christ. David Dunham opened our series on sin with a look at sin and...

Four Thoughts on How Sin Does Its Work

Four Thoughts on How Sin Does Its Work

Editors note: The purpose of this series is to help our readers understand what sin is, how serious sin is, and how great the grace of God, who offers redemption to sinners from sin and new life in Christ. David Dunham opened our series on sin with a look at sin and...

The Biblical Evidence for Original Sin

The Biblical Evidence for Original Sin

Editors note: The purpose of this series is to help our readers understand what sin is, how serious sin is, and how great the grace of God, who offers redemption to sinners from sin and new life in Christ. David Dunham opened our series on sin with a look at sin and...

Living However You Want: A Look at Romans 6:1-2

Living However You Want: A Look at Romans 6:1-2

Editors note: The purpose of this series is to help our readers understand what sin is, how serious sin is, and how great the grace of God, who offers redemption to sinners from sin and new life in Christ. David Dunham opened our series on sin with a look at sin and...

Two Dangers and Three Duties in Confessing Sin to One Another

Two Dangers and Three Duties in Confessing Sin to One Another

Editors note: The purpose of this series is to help our readers understand what sin is, how serious sin is, and how great the grace of God, who offers redemption to sinners from sin and new life in Christ. David Dunham opened our series on sin with a look at sin and...

Overcoming a Sinful Theology of Lent And Fasting

Overcoming a Sinful Theology of Lent And Fasting

Editors note: The purpose of this series is to help our readers understand what sin is, how serious sin is, and how great the grace of God, who offers redemption to sinners from sin and new life in Christ. David Dunham opened our series on sin with a look at sin and...

Sin and Biochemical Brokenness

Sin and Biochemical Brokenness

Editors note: The purpose of this series is to help our readers understand what sin is, how serious sin is, and how great the grace of God, who offers redemption to sinners from sin and new life in Christ. Today David Dunham opens our series on sin with a look at sin...

Being enamored by the gospel

Being enamored by the gospel

We’ve thus far defined the gospel, talked about its cosmic implications, and last time showed one practical way in which the gospel affects our relationships. I have argued that the gospel is more than just good news—and certainly nothing less—as well as it affecting...

Union with Christ and the gospel driven life

Union with Christ and the gospel driven life

Last time we looked at the “big picture” implication of the gospel message. And it would be appropriate to clarify that yes, it is a message, but it is also more than that. It is a message that has cosmic implications because it deals with the spiritual and natural...

The gospel is a game-changer

The gospel is a game-changer

Yesterday we explored the definition of the gospel in 1 Corinthians 15. There are many other passages we could look to in order to understand the gospel, not the least of course, are Jesus’ first words in Mark’s Gospel narrative, “The time is fulfilled, and the...

The gospel is the A to Z of Christianity

The gospel is the A to Z of Christianity

If there’s something I’ve learned about faith, Jesus and Christianity it is this: the gospel is something we need every second of every day. As I open up the Scriptures and study the life of Jesus and the theology of the New Testament, I conclude that we are all on a...

Person and Work of Christ Recap

Person and Work of Christ Recap

Over the month of December, we have posted many articles here at Servants of Grace as part of a series on the person and work of Christ. The purpose of this series is to help our readers this holiday season to think through the doctrine of the person and work of...

Moses Was a Faithful Servant. Jesus Was a Perfect Son.

Moses Was a Faithful Servant. Jesus Was a Perfect Son.

This article is part 6 in a series titled Jesus, the Truer and Greater Moses. You can go back and read the introduction, along with our articles describing how Jesus is the greater prophet, the great law-fulfiller, the greater mediator, and the greater deliverer....

Jesus, a Greater Deliverer than Moses

Jesus, a Greater Deliverer than Moses

This article is part 5 in a series titled Jesus, the Truer and Greater Moses, in which we look at how the life and ministry of Moses is but a shadow of Jesus Christ. You can read part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 4. Exodus 1. Here’s the scene: Israel’s prominence was...

Jesus: A Greater Mediator than Moses

Jesus: A Greater Mediator than Moses

This article is part 4 in a series titled Jesus, the Truer and Greater Moses, in which we look at how the life and ministry of Moses is but a shadow of Jesus Christ. You can read part 1, part 2, and part 3. Moses not only spoke only behalf of God to His people, he...

Moses Delivered the Law. Jesus Fulfilled It.

Moses Delivered the Law. Jesus Fulfilled It.

This article is part 3 in a series titled Jesus, the Truer and Greater Moses, in which we look at how the life and ministry of Moses is but a shadow of Jesus Christ. You can read part 1 and part 2. As a prophet of God, Moses spoke God’s words to God’s people. He was a...

Jesus, the Prophet Greater Than Moses

Jesus, the Prophet Greater Than Moses

This article is part 2 in a series titled Jesus, the Truer and Greater Moses, in which we look at how the life and ministry of Moses is but a shadow of Jesus Christ. You can read part 1 here. When you consider the question, “Who was Moses?”, what is the first word...

Jesus, the Truer and Greater Moses

Jesus, the Truer and Greater Moses

In this article, we introduce a new blog series called Jesus, the Truer and Greater Moses. Some people treat the Old Testament and New Testament as the Bible before Jesus and the Bible after Jesus, respectively. But to say this is to miss the point of the whole...

Gospel Series: The Trinity and the Gospel

Gospel Series: The Trinity and the Gospel

Editors note: This is a brand new series on the Gospel designed to help our readers think through what the Gospel is and what it demands. The first post in this series was by Chris Poblete who wrote on the Triune Work of Salvation. The second post in this series was...

Gospel Series: Gospel Service

Gospel Series: Gospel Service

For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. Matt 20.28 “…serving God as a grateful response to the gospel is the calling of every Christian.” Nate Palmer Gospel service comes in two parts. First, in gospel...

Gospel Series: Confession, Repentance and Forgiveness

Gospel Series: Confession, Repentance and Forgiveness

Introduction Psalm 32 is often classified by scholars as a thanksgiving hymn, one in which worshipers give thanks to God for the joy of having their sins forgiven. Due to the phrase “when I kept silent” found in verse 3, it has been common to connect this Psalm to...

Gospel Series: Reconciliation: A Message of Hope in a broken world

Gospel Series: Reconciliation: A Message of Hope in a broken world

Introduction The result of God’s just wrath being satisfied is reconciliation (katallaso, katallage). We do not reconcile ourselves to God; God reconciles Himself to us and us to Him. Paul especially emphasizes this point in Romans 5. Romans 5:7-11 says, “For one will...

Gospel Series: Justification: The Gospel of Peace

Gospel Series: Justification: The Gospel of Peace

Many evangelical churches truncate the gospel. They focus primarily on the benefits of the gospel for us. They explore the depths of our salvation, but rarely talk about Creation, Fall, or Consummation. Salvation is a crucial act in the gospel story as we explored...

Gospel Series: Easter’s Big “If”

Gospel Series: Easter’s Big “If”

What are we saying when we gather to worship on Easter Sunday? We are actually saying something radical, are we not? We’re saying that an itinerant rabbi who lived 2,000 years ago in a backwater town in the Middle East is actually God. But we’re saying more than that,...

Gospel Series: Jesus Expiate That

Gospel Series: Jesus Expiate That

Jesus Expiate That In our home in Tulsa we had an oubliette in the garage. Oubliette is French for “a place of forgetting”. Whenever something broke, I would stick it in that corner and leave it. Sometimes this would be for weeks, months, or even a year. I loved that...

Gospel Series: Imputation

Gospel Series: Imputation

The impu-what? I hope I didn’t lose you already! You may be thinking, “Seriously? Is this a theology lesson?” I recall in my undergrad studies, literally hating theology—I remember telling my wife how “dumb” it was. Little did I know I would receive a dual Masters,...

Gospel Series: Right-Sizing Our Affections

Gospel Series: Right-Sizing Our Affections

I couldn’t contain my emotion… joy bubbled up and over, each tear singing hallelujah for what God had done - my son Gavin was born! Even now the memory of his birth stirs me deeply. Perhaps you can relate. Each of us experiences a wide range of emotions as we move...

Gospel Series: Christ, Our Substitute

Gospel Series: Christ, Our Substitute

  “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21) WHAT IS SUBSTITUTIONARY ATONEMENT? The cross of Jesus is where the substitutionary atonement happened. On the cross, Jesus served...

Gospel Series: Christ, Forgiveness, and the Cross

Gospel Series: Christ, Forgiveness, and the Cross

“And Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.’” (Luke 23:34) Jesus Christ, the God-Man, committed the most scandalously humble act in human history: He made Himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born as a man who was obedient...

Gospel Series: Quickened by Grace, in Christ

Gospel Series: Quickened by Grace, in Christ

  A study put together using notes from the classic Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary. “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have...

Gospel Series: Jesus, His Critics and How to Handle Criticism

Gospel Series: Jesus, His Critics and How to Handle Criticism

  Introduction Criticism can either be helpful or unhelpful. Criticism is unhelpful when it aims to attack the person and belittle them. Criticism is helpful when it aims to help the person grow to be like Jesus. In today’s post from Luke 23:6-12, we will learn...

Gospel Series: God Uses Ordinary People In Extraordinary Ways

Gospel Series: God Uses Ordinary People In Extraordinary Ways

God uses ordinary people in exordinary ways for His glory. At first it may seem that that statement isn’t quite right and you may not believe it. After all aren’t only “super Christians” used by God?” You may be thinking, “I’m just a lay person what can God do with...

Gospel Series: The Triune Work of Salvation

Gospel Series: The Triune Work of Salvation

The whole work of salvation for sinners is a uniquely Trinitarian work. Consider the following passages: The Father ordains the work of salvation Salvation was His Plan. John 17:1-7, "When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said,...

Why Did God Come As a Man? (Part 3)

This is the second part in a blog series on why God came as man. You can go back to read part 1 or part 2. “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,...

Why Did God Come As A Man? (Part 2)

This is the second part in a blog series on why God came as man. You can read part 1 here. Is the doctrine of the atonement central to the Scriptures? Why must Jesus, the God-Man, be the one to provide salvation?In the Institutes of the Christian Religion, John...

Why Did God Come as Man? [Part 1]

The doctrine of the Incarnation is important to Christianity. It reminds us that Jesus is both God and man. And this is important because it’s impossible to talk meaningfully about who Jesus is without talking about who He was and what He did. Around the turn of the...

Easter’s Big “If”

What are we saying when we gather to worship on Easter Sunday? We are actually saying something radical, are we not? We’re saying that an itinerant rabbi who lived 2,000 years ago in a backwater town in the Middle East is actually God. But we’re saying more than that,...

Justification: The “Lost” Doctrine in the American Pulpit

I am so very thankful for the recent resurgence among the “Young, Restless, and Reformed”—as Collin Hanson with The Gospel Coalition would call it—who preach the gospel and it’s core doctrine of justification by faith alone week by week. Sadly, this is not the case...