What God has Bent

“Look at the work of God: for who is able to straighten that which he has perpetually bent? On a good day be in good spirits; on an evil day contemplative — the one and the other are made by God; with regards to this, a man can find out nothing of what comes after… Read More

Caiaphas’ Prophesy

“It was Caiaphas who plotted with the Jews that it would be useful that one man die for the group.” (John 18:14)   The language of Caiaphas’ warning to the Sanhedron is one worthy of reflection. This little parenthesis is meant to point us to an earlier event that took place shortly before Jesus’ Triumphal… Read More

Serug

“And it came to pass that Reu lived thirty-two years and he begat Serug. Reu lived two-hundred and seven years after he begat Serug. And he begat sons and daughters.” (Genesis 11:20-21)   And the pattern continues. Sometimes we can get a little weighed down by lists of genealogies like this, but do remember always… Read More

Held by God as One (John 17:11)

“While I am no longer in the world, they are yet in the world and I am coming to you.  Holy Father, guard them, which you have given me in your name, in order that they may be one as we are.” (John 17:11) Jesus makes a rather sobering statement—even though he has not yet… Read More

Your Word they have Guarded

“I have made your name known to the people whom you gave me out of this world; they were yours, even so, you gave them and they have guarded your word.” (John 17:6) Note the emphasis that is placed here on God’s having given the disciples to Jesus.  This, of course, is nothing new to… Read More

Warning of Coming Judgment

“And Enoch, the seventh son from Adam, prophesied these things saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with his holy myriads with him to bring judgment against all, to convict all human life of all their works of impiety, which they did impiously, and concerning all the cruelty that impious sinners spoke against Him.  These are grumblers… Read More

Not in Vain (1 Corinthians 15:10b)

“and his grace towards me is not in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:10b)               Admittedly, nothing that God does is done in vain.  He effectively works out all things according to his divine purpose and pleasure, and praise God that he does, because if things were left to us, we would usually make a colossal… Read More

Justified and Sanctified (Colossians 3:9-10)

“You must not lie to each other, having stripped off the old man with his practices and having put on the new, being renewed in knowledge according to the image of the one who created it.”  (Colossians 3:9-10)   Did you notice the subtle change in tense that Paul makes with his participles in these… Read More

Understanding Predestination

Predestination: The natural outworking of the Doctrine of God’s Decrees when applied to salvation is the language of predestination, of which election is a subset.  Regardless of how you understand predestination to be worked out in history, the term (and terms surrounding predestination) need to be dealt with because they are employed within scripture.  With… Read More

Create a Clean Heart in Me: Psalm 51 (part 11)

“A heart that is clean, you must create in me, O God; and a spirit that is steadfast, you must continually renew in my being.” (Psalm 51:12 {Psalm 51:10 in English Bibles})   Oh, how little man can do on his own!  It is God who providentially equips him to do anything of lasting value. … Read More