To God be the Glory!

“And my God will fill your every need according to his abundance in glory in Christ Jesus. And to our God and Father be glory from the ages to the ages, amen!” (Philippians 4:19-20) Amen. May God get the glory for all things, may he reveal his glory in all things, and may he be… Read More

He Divested Himself of Glory

“but he divested himself of glory, taking the essence of a slave, becoming in the likeness of men, and being found in the state of man he humbled himself, becoming obedient even up to death…even death on a cross.” (Philippians 2:7-8) While usually I try and offer a pretty literal, word-for-word translation of the text,… Read More

What is More Needful…Glorying in God’s Work!

“In order that your glory might abound in Christ by me, as a result of my returning again to you.” (Philippians 1:26) I wonder whether we genuinely rejoice in God because of the spiritual mentors that God has placed in our lives. Often we can remember the baseball coach or the Scoutmaster that helped us… 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

An Offering of Praise

“You have raised up my horn like a tower; I poured out as with fragrant oil.” (Psalm 92:11 [verse 10 in English])   This verse is a little awkward to translate and as such, there are various renderings in our various English Bibles. To understand this verse, though, you need to break it down a… 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

Garments of True Splendor

“And the chief priests and the scribes stood there and made impassioned accusations against him.  And Herod, along with his soldiers, were showing him contempt and mockingly clothed him in shining garments and sent him back to Pilate.” (Luke 23:10-11)   And the mocking continues as Jesus refuses to perform the feats that Herod had… Read More

God Gets the Glory…Great Things He Has Done

“And Abram and Nachor took to themselves wives. The name of the wife of Abram was Saray and the name of the wife of Nachor was Milkah — the daughter of Haran who was the father of both Milkah and Yiskah. And it came to pass that Saray was infertile and had no child of… 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

Glory, Unity, and the Christian Testimony

“Also, the glory that you have given me, I have given them, in order that they may be one just as we are one.” (John 17:22) Again we find Jesus using the language unity amongst believers, this time, though, in connection with Christ’s glory. In essence, what Jesus is stating is that he has given… Read More

His Majesty Covers the Heavens (Habakkuk 3:3)

“God entered from Teman and the Holy One from Mount Paran—Selah! His majesty covers the heavens and his praise fills the earth.” (Habakkuk 3:3)   From here on out, there is a shift of focus from God’s coming judgment on Israel to God’s judgment on the Babylonians for coming to destroy Israel.  Teman and Paran… Read More

Found in Christ

“When Christ should be revealed—who is your life—then, also you will be revealed in glory.”  (Colossians 3:4)   Beloved, not only is our life, that is our true life, tied to Christ, but the glory that we will one day experience is tied to Christ as well.  Everything we are and everything we do is… Read More

The Reflection of God’s Image (b): Hebrews 1:1-4 (part 10)

and the exact image of his essence…   So, understanding the theology of this passage in terms of the divine nature of Christ, what does that mean for us as humans apart from the theology of salvation?  We are told in scripture that as human beings we too are made in the image of God… Read More

David in the Wilderness: Psalm 63 (part 3)

“Thus, in the Holy Place, I have seen you; seeing your might and your glory.” (Psalm 63:3 {Psalm 63:2 in English Bibles})   Now, a question of translation arises in the first clause.  This verse begins with the words vd<QoB; !Ke (ken baqodesh), which mean “thus, in the Holy Place.”  The interpretive question that must… Read More

The Light of Creation: Hebrews 1:1-4 (part 8)

Who being the radiance of the glory… Many people ask the question of those of us who hold strongly to the Biblical account of creation (God creating in a literal period of six 24-hour days, then resting on the seventh, literal, 24-hour day), “If the sun and stars were not created until day 4, how… Read More

Heir of all things: Hebrews 1:1-4 (part 6)

“Whom he established as heir of all things…”   Loved ones, not only is Christ the means by which God has spoken, but the writer of Hebrews further asserts that Christ is the heir, the beneficiary, of all things.  Everything that is, that was, and ever will be is made and given to Christ—Creation is… Read More

In These Last Days… : Hebrews 1:1-4 (part 4)

“in these last days…”   It seems like every time there is a natural disaster or some sort of terrible event, that religious groups begin crawling out of the woodwork proclaiming that the end times are here.  Over the years, people have also tried to read the events that are listed in the book of… Read More

God was Speaking Long Ago: Hebrews 1:1-4 (part 3)

“God was speaking long ago to the Fathers through the prophets…”   We spoke above about how God is a communicating God.  This is one of the things that separates the One True God from all of the false gods of this world—our God speaks to his people.  Buddha does not speak and has never… Read More

In Many Parts and in Many Ways: Hebrews 1:1-4 (part 2)

“In many parts and in many ways…”   While many of our Bibles read something to the extent of “in many times and ways…” the word that the Greek text uses is polumerw:V (polumeros), which refers not to chronological divisions but to material divisions.  Thus, as the author of Hebrews begins speaking of God’s revelation,… Read More

The Radiance of the Glory of Christ: Hebrews 1:1-4 (part 1)

“In many parts and in many ways, God was speaking long ago to the Fathers through the prophets, in these last days he spoke to us through the Son, whom he established as heir of all things, through whom he also created the ages.  Who being the radiance of the glory and the exact image… Read More

Show Me Your Glory, part 19: The Hand of God and the Cleft of the Rock

“And Yahweh said, ‘Behold, there is a place beside me and you will stand upon the rock.  And while my glory passes over, I will set you in the crevice of the rock and I will hold protectively my hand over you until I pass by.  Then I will turn aside my hand, and you… Read More