Up From the Grave They Arose!

“Then the graves were opened and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised. Coming from the graves after his resurrection, they entered the holy city and were visible to many.” (Matthew 27:52-53) Everything…everything…for the record, everything surrounds the resurrection of Christ. At the death of our Lord, we are told that… Read More

Colonists Away from the Homeland

“But our country exists in heaven, from which we also eagerly await a Savior — the Lord Jesus Christ,” (Philippians 3:20) While many of our English translations will render this, “our citizenship is in heaven,” to do so requires a degree of inference. Literally, Paul writes that “our country” or “our homeland” is in heaven.… Read More

Arriving at the Desired Destination

“so that I might arrive at the resurrection from the dead.” (Philippians 3:11) It seems that the majority of our English translations do us a bit of a theological disservice when rendering this verse. The phrasing that is typically found in our English Bibles is, “that I might attain the resurrection…”. This implies, in contradiction… Read More

Entering Into Christ’s Sufferings

“to know him and the power of his resurrection, the fellowship of his sufferings, sharing in the sake kind of death as his —” (Philippians 3:10) What does it mean to be “found in Christ”? It means that in the context of his imputation of righteousness to us, we come into relationship with him —… 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

This is Our Message (1 Corinthians 15:11)

“Wherefore, if from me or them, in this way I preached and in this way you believed.” (1 Corinthians 15:11)               Paul has returned to his starting point.  This fact of the resurrection of Christ, he says, is the heart of his preaching.  Without the resurrection, there would be no good news for man. … Read More

And He was Raised! (1 Corinthians 15:4)

“and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day, according to the scriptures,”  (1 Corinthians 15:4)   There should be no sweeter words in the Christian’s ears than, “and he was raised…”  For it is the raising of Christ that assures our hope.  Had Jesus not risen, there would be… Read More

Reminders (1 Corinthians 15:1)

 “Now I reveal to you, brothers, the gospel which I preached to you, and which you received, and in which you have stood,”  (1 Corinthians 15:1)   As Paul is bringing this letter to a close, he closes by putting before the Corinthian church both the hope that they have (resurrection) and the reason for… Read More

Jesus Was Slain! (New Song, part 4)

“Jesus Was Slain”               To those who would deny the crucifixion, this song affirms even this gruesome detail of Jesus’ ministry.  Without the shedding of blood, there can be no forgiveness of sins (Hebrews 9:22); each year, the priest, on the day of atonement, would slay a lamb for the forgiveness of the people’s… Read More