Righteousness from God dependent on Faith

“And that I might be found in him, not having my own righteousness from the Law, but rather through faith in Christ — a righteousness from God that is dependent on faith.” (Philippians 3:9) “Therefore, having been justified as a result of faith, we have peace toward God through our Lord, Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:1)… Read More

Are You Pursuing Personal Gain or Serving Christ?

“I have no one who is as like-minded, who is sincere in his concern toward you, for all strive after their own aims, not those of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 2:20-21) If you recall, towards the beginning of this book, Paul writes that there are many around him preaching the gospel out of pretense and for… Read More

Children of God and Lights of the World

“in order that you may be without blame and pure, children of God, without blemish in a generation that is bent and perverted, in which you might shine as lights in the world,” (Philippians 2:15) What does it mean to be without blame and pure? Certainly, as fallen people, we cannot achieve this state here… Read More

Bowing in Submission

“in order that at the name of Jesus every knee would be bent in heavenly places and in earthly places and in places under the earth and every tongue would admit that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:10-11) And all of God’s people said, “AMEN!” This is one… Read More

The One Name that is Above All other Names

“Therefore God exalted him and honored him with the name that is above all names,” (Philippians 2:9) As we have noted above…Jesus laid down his rightful heavenly glory and veiled it in flesh in the incarnation; in the resurrection, he took that glory back up, this time no longer veiled by the flesh, but instead… Read More

Live for Christ and Him Alone!

“For me to live is Christ and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:21) “In the event of my death, celebrate.” You know, as a pastor, I spend a lot of time with people who are sick and dying and very rarely do I come across a person who is genuinely excited about their impending death…especially… Read More

In What Will You Rejoice?

“What then? But that in every manner, either with a pretext or in truth, Christ is being declared and in this I rejoice…but rather, I rejoice!” (Philippians 1:18) Here you go…this is the mindset that we are talking about…here is a man who is focused on the goal above all else…he is focused on Christ… Read More

Having Been Filled

“having been filled with the fruit of righteousness because of Jesus Christ to the glory and honor of God.” “Having been filled…” Notice the language that this verse begins with. We do not “fill” ourselves but we are filled. It is God’s work in us from the beginning to the end. We take no credit,… Read More

My Fear…

“For God is my witness how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:8) What a beautiful line this is as he expresses his desire to be with the Philippian believers. His desire is to be with them and the desire is great. This is more than a man… Read More

Feelings…Nothing More Than Feelings…Argh!

“In so far as it is right for me to think this way regarding all of you, because you are in my heart, in both the chains and in the defense and validation of the Gospel, all of you are partakers of grace with me.” (Philippians 1:7) This is one of those points that, when… Read More

Bondservants of Christ

“Paul and Timothy, slaves of Christ Jesus, to all the holy ones in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the overseers and deacons.” (Philippians 1:1) Philippians is one of Paul’s later letters, written while in Prison in Rome (c.f. 4:22), and towards the end of his life. This places the letter as having been… Read More

Blood on Their Hands

“And the people replied, saying, ‘His blood is on us and on our children!’” (Matthew 27:25)   If ever a people did not understand the eternal ramifications of a statement, here is a prime illustration. How foolish, how wicked, how hateful, how grievous a statement. Having been whipped into a frenzy by the chief priests,… Read More

To God be the Glory…Not to Man

“Now, when they were gathered, Pilate said to them, ‘Which would you desire that I should release to you, Jesus Barabbas or Jesus who is called Christ?” For he knew that it was from jealousy that they delivered him.” (Matthew 27:17-18) “And Pilate asked them saying, ‘Do you desire that I should release the King… Read More

To God be the Glory…not to Man

“Now, when they were gathered, Pilate said to them, ‘Which would you desire that I should release to you, Jesus Barabbas or Jesus who is called Christ?” For he knew that it was from jealousy that they delivered him.” (Matthew 27:17-18)   “And Pilate asked them saying, ‘Do you desire that I should release the… Read More

A Dangerous Command

“And the High Priest stood up and said to him, ‘Don’t you have any answer for these men who are testifying against you?’ But Jesus said nothing. And the High Priest  said to him, ‘I command you by the living God to tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God!’” (Matthew 26:62-63)… Read More

Tearing Down Temples

“They said, ‘This man said, ‘I have the power to demolish the Temple of God and to rebuild in three days.’’” (Matthew 26:61) “And certain ones arose and they bore false witness about him, saying, ‘We heard him say, ‘I will demolish this temple that was made with human hands and in three days, I… Read More

A Little Taste of the Promise

“Afterwards, Abraham buried Sarah, his wife, in the cave of the field of Makpelah toward Mamre (which is Hebron), in the land of Canaan. The field and the cave which is in it were given up to Abraham as a possession for a grave from the Sons of Cheth.” (Genesis 23:19-20)   And with dignity… Read More

The Sojourner Becomes a Resident

“And Abraham listened to Ephron. Then, Abraham weighed out for Ephron the silver which he spoke of in the hearing of the Sons of Cheth — four-hundred shekels of silver according to the merchants. Thus, the field of Ephron, which was in Makpelah, which was before Mamre —  the field and the cave which was… Read More

The Seed and the Gates of Hell

“And the Angel of Yahweh called to Abraham — a second time from heaven. And he said, ‘In myself I swear, utters Yahweh; because of this thing that you have done in not sparing your son, your only one, I will surely bless you and your seed will surely be great as the stars of… Read More

The Active and Passive Obedience of Isaac – A Shadow of Christ

“In this way they came to the place which God had told him and there Abraham built the altar and arranged the wood on it. He bound Isaac, his son, and set him on the altar on top of the wood. Then Abraham stretched forth his hand and took the knife to slaughter his son.”… Read More

The Sleep of the Beloved

  “It is vain for you to get up early and go late to your dwelling, Eating the bread of toil; For he gives to his beloved sleep.” (Psalm 127:2)   It may be granted up front that there is some discussion as to how to interpret the last line of this verse. Commonly it… Read More

Held by Christ (Luke 22:31-32)

“Simon, Simon, Satan has appealed to sift you like grain, but I have interceded regarding you in order that your faith might not fail. And at the point when you return, undergird your brothers.” (Luke 22:31-32) Though Satan sought to sift, just as in the account of Job, Satan needs to ask permission. The word… Read More

Follow the Leader (Matt. 26:32; Mark 14:28)

“Yet, after I am raised up, I will go ahead of you to Galilee.” (Matthew 26:32; Mark 14:28) Though most of our English Bibles do not reflect such (even my own translation does not reflect such), there is actually a one word difference between Matthew and Mark’s account. In Matthew’s account, he uses the simple… Read More