The Judgment Seat of Christ

“Harvest to me my godly ones; ones who cut a covenant with me by sacrifice.” (Psalm 50:5) One thing that many Christians misunderstand is the idea of judgment. And here, I am not speaking about the judgment of the ungodly under God’s wrath, but even of the believer. Paul reminds us in 2 Corinthians 5:10… Read More

The Escape!

“And Ehud went out of the window and he had closed the doors to the upper room behind him and secured them.” (Judges 3:23) Once again, depending on how you understand the visual imagery of what is going on will depend on how you translate this passage. For example, some commentators who interpret NØwdVv√rAÚp (parshedon)… Read More

Agony

“Trembling seized them; labor pains like giving birth.” (Psalm 48:7 {verse 6 in English}) In our society today, how rarely we take seriously the idea of being under God’s judgment. We make jokes about it, there are movies that celebrate it, and people write books suggesting that if anything, Hell would be more fun than… Read More

The Fright of the Condemned

“For behold, the kings gathered together  and they passed by it together.  They saw it and thus were terrified; They were horrified and ran away in haste.” (Psalm 48: 5-6 {verses 4-5 in English}) It does not take much reflection to recognize just how often it plays out in history that the nations have waged… Read More

A Good Report

“And you know his character, how as child of a father he has served with me in the Gospel.” (Philippians 2:22) Over the years, between my time as a school teacher/administrator and as a pastor, one of the more enjoyable things that I have had the privilege of doing is to write letters of recommendation… 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

Judgment and Salvation…one goes with the other

“And not intimidated in any way by the adversaries, which is for them an indication of destruction but for you of salvation, which is from God.” (Philippians 1:28) In our culture today, it seems, we talk at length about the troubles caused by bullying, particularly amongst children. And indeed, bullying is sin and condemnable. Yet… Read More

The Judgment Seat

“When Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus outside and sat in the Judgment Seat in the place that is called ‘Lithostrotos,’ and in Aramaic, ‘Gabbatha.’” (John 19:13)   Most of our English translations refer to the place of Judgment as “The Stone Pavement” or something similar to that, but it seemed that as this… Read More

King of the Jews… An Earthly or Divine King?

“Yet there is a custom with regard to you that I should release one to you during the Passover. Do you desire that I release to you the King of the Jews?” (John 18:39)   There is a lot of overlap between the different Gospel accounts at this point in the trial, each Gospel writer… Read More

Riding the Clouds

“Jesus said to him, ‘That’s what you say. Nevertheless, I tell you from now on you will witness the Son of Man seated at the right hand of power and coming on the clouds of heaven.’” (Matthew 26:64)   “But Jesus said, ‘I am. and you will see the Son of Man seated on the… Read More

The Noblemen Gather the People to God

“The noblemen of the people gather the people of the God of Abraham for to God are the shields of the earth. He is to be greatly exalted!” (Psalm 47:10 {verse 9 in English translations})   The close of this psalm begins with an interesting visual picture. First of all, the term that we render… Read More

Blessed Be the Name of the Lord!

“You love all of the words of confusion on a tongue of trickery. But God will tear you down forever, He will take you and drag you from your tent; He will repeatedly uproot you from the land of the living. Selah! (Psalm 52:6-7 {verses 4-5 in English Translations})   Here we transition and David… Read More

Come and See the Deeds of Yahweh!

“Come and see the deeds of Yahweh; How he has brought destruction upon the earth. He causes wars to cease unto their end; The earth and bow are shattered; And the spear is smashed to bits. The wagons he burns with fire.” (Psalm 46:9-10 {verses 8-9 in English translations})   Come and see the deeds… Read More

Embezzled Grace

“Nevertheless, love those who are hostile to you — do good and lend money without disappointing anyone — and your reward will be great and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is benevolent to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be compassionate just as much so as your Father is compassionate” (Luke… 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

The Nature of These Men

“They are a stain to your love feasts, eating without fear, shepherding themselves; they are waterless clouds, blown by the wind—unfruitful trees in late autumn—twice dead and uprooted.  They are wild waves at sea, foaming up their own shame, wandering stars for whom the dark gloom of eternity has been kept.” (Jude 12-13)   Eating… Read More

Warnings about the Church’s Present: Blasphemy

“To be sure, in the same way, these people are dreaming, and to be sure, they defile the flesh.  Also, they reject authority and they blaspheme.  As for Michael, the Archangel, when disputing with the Devil, arguing about the body of Moses, he did not dare to judge—to bring denigration—but he said, “The Lord rebuke… Read More

Warnings from Israel’s Past: Sodom and Gomorrah (Sexual Immorality)

“As Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, in like manner committing sexual sin and going after each other’s flesh, they are set before you as an example of suffering justice and eternal fire.”  (Jude 7)   Thirdly, Jude deals with the sin of sexual immorality by pointing to the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. … Read More

Warnings from Israel’s Past: Angels (Pride)

“And the angels who did not hold to their own office, but deserted their own dwelling place to enter judgment on that great day, are kept, chained eternally in gloom.” (Jude 6)   Secondly, Jude describes the pride of the fallen angels, who looked to increase their own power and authority above the position that… Read More

Warnings from Israel’s Past: Egypt (Idolatry)

“Now I want to remind you, though you have known all these things, that the Lord once saved a people from the land of Egypt and afterward destroyed those who did not believe.” (Jude 5-7, ESV)   Within this section that offers warnings from the history of Israel, we find three sins that are being… Read More

The Fire and the Cedars (Judges 9:15)

“And the bramble said to the trees, ‘If in truth you anoint me to be king over you, enter and take refuge in my shadow.  But if there is not, let fire go out from the bramble, and let it consume the cedars of Lebanon!’”  (Judges 9:15)   There are two levels to how we… Read More

Cessation: Hebrews 1:1-4 (part 14)

after making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.   Jesus “sat down…”  The imagery of this is of a victorious king who has returned home after the defeat of his enemies.  The sitting symbolizes that the victory is final and decisive.  And indeed, we who have… Read More

The Day of Divine Retribution: Isaiah 61:2b

  “And the day of divine retribution of our God.” (Isaiah 61:2b)               Isn’t it interesting that we find the language of divine retribution—God’s moral judgment against sin, in connection with the language of the “year of the Lord’s favor”?  How often we forget to remember that the two go hand in hand.  We… Read More

Forgiving the Wicked Servant

“After summoning him, his master said to him; ‘Wicked servant!  I forgave all of your debit because you begged me, thus is it not necessary that you show mercy on your fellow servant as I also showed mercy to you?’  And angered, his master delivered to the inquisitors until he could pay back all that he was… Read More