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

Children of God and Lights of the World

“in order that you may be without blame and pure, children of God, without blemish in a generation that is bent and perverted, in which you might shine as lights in the world,” (Philippians 2:15) What does it mean to be without blame and pure? Certainly, as fallen people, we cannot achieve this state here… Read More

Having Been Filled

“having been filled with the fruit of righteousness because of Jesus Christ to the glory and honor of God.” “Having been filled…” Notice the language that this verse begins with. We do not “fill” ourselves but we are filled. It is God’s work in us from the beginning to the end. We take no credit,… Read More

Hills to Die On

“Pilate said to them, ‘Then what am I to do with Jesus whom is called Christ?’ And they all said, ‘He shall be crucified!’” (Matthew 27:22)   “And then Pilate again asked them saying, ‘What then do you wish for me to do with the one called King of the Jews?’ But they again shouted… Read More

Let Justice Flow

“Then Annas sent him bound to Caiaphas the High Priest.” (John 18:24)   We have already discussed the relationship between Annas and Caiaphas as to how both are referred to as the High Priest and how this short exchange formed a kind of initial interview in the shadows of the evening prior to the official… Read More

Unequal Yoking

“And Abraham said to his servant, the oldest in his household who ruled over all which were before him, ‘Please put your hand under my thigh and I will make you swear before Yahweh, the God of heaven and the God of earth that you will not take a wife for my son from the… Read More

Transformation

“You love evil over good; A lie over speaking righteousness. Selah!” (Psalm 52:5 {verse 3 in English Translations})   Selah! Indeed, Selah! We arrive at the first stanza break and we begin to ready ourselves for the affirmation that God’s name will be vindicated; David is moving from despair over what has taken place to… 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

The Lady in the Basket: Zechariah 5:5-11

“And he said, ‘This is Wickedness.’  And he thrust her back into the basket and thrust down the leaden weight on its opening.”   -Zechariah 5: 8, ESV   The contrast that Zechariah paints here is stark.  While wickedness in the land both then and now is not small, for it is a great stench that… Read More

Why Doesn’t God Just Obliterate the Devil and thus Get Rid of Evil?

Why doesn’t God just obliterate the Devil?               One of the projects that we engage in at Rocky Bayou Christian School is that of helping to train students how to defend their faith when it is challenged.  One of the ways in which we do so is to pose questions to the student body… 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

Wearing Filth or Righteousness (Colossians 3:8)

“But now, you must take off—even you—the whole: wrath, anger, evil, blasphemy, obscene speech from your mouth.”  (Colossians 3:8 )   Oh, the follies of youth.  Sometimes, in looking back on some of the things that I did growing up, I groan a little—and sometimes I groan a lot.  I remember one summer evening, I… Read More

Save Me From Bloodguilt: Psalm 51 (part 15)

“Save me from bloodguilt, O God, God of my salvation; My tongue will exult in your righteousness!” (Psalm 51:16 {Psalm 51:14 in English Bibles})   What an amazing picture David paints for us in this verse!  Yet, to understand what he is showing us, we must understand the concept of “bloodguilt” in the Old Testament. … Read More