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

Our Lifeblood

“Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always been obedient, not only in my presence alone, but now also even more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling for God is the one working in you, even to will and to work for satisfaction.” (Philippians 2:12-13) The word, “His,” is… Read More

Sanctification (1 Corinthians 15:2)

“and through which you are being saved. if you hold to the words which I preached to you—assuming you did not believe in vain.”  (1 Corinthians 15:2)    There are two things in particular that I want to highlight about this verse.  The first thing is the word sw/◊zesqe (sozesthe), which is the passive form… 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

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