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Surpassing Value

“I rather count all things as forfeit because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus, my Lord. Because of him, I count all things as waste in order that I might gain Christ.” (Philippians 3:8) Often, when reading comments that people make on this verse, they begin with the notion of sku/balon (skubalon), which […]

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All He Had to Isaac

“And Abraham gave all that was his to Isaac.” (Genesis 25:5)   As with Ishmael, the other sons of Abraham are not meant for the covenant — the covenant line shall be set through Isaac. And thus Isaac is the inheritor of his father’s estate, but he is also the inheritor of something far more […]

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Ego Custodiam

The fourth of the relational statements that the early church fathers made reflected God’s relationship to the church. “I will guard them,” says God of his people. At first, we might be inclined to think that this statement could be fuller or more involved. We might expect God to say Ego Redimam (“I will redeem”) […]

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