The Gospel of God

“[T]he good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God…” (Mark 1:1). Jesus Christ is the gospel. The Corinthians thought it was about spiritual gifts and supernatural manifestations.  While encouraging them in the gifts of the spirit, Paul pointed the Corinthians to something even greater: Jesus Christ and Him crucified, the wisdom and power […]

Scribbling and Bibbling

Picture from Amadeus (Milos Forman, 1984) Sanctification or growing in holiness can be a confusing subject to Christians.  Verses such as 1 Corinthians 1:30 say Christ is our sanctification.  But 1 Thessalonians 5:23 says, “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely.”  Are we holy now?  Do we still need to be sanctified? As…

What the Lord Said Today

Picture by Darrell Creswell Something the Lord said to me today: “You have been discouraged about who you are. Be encouraged by who I am.” ” Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. According to His great mercy, He has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the…

Participating in the Divine Nature (Part 1)

Image from http://www.cafepress.com/artoffoxvox “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.   Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused…

Put to Death…

Sketch by Patrick Murphy: http://inspiredsketch.blogspot.com/ When Paul says, “Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature,” he assumes that “you died,” and also, “you died with Christ” (Col. 2:20; 3:3, 5).  We cannot put to death unless we are already dead.  Paul is not giving a command with the expectation that we fulfill it. …

The Gospel of God

“[T]he good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God…” (Mark 1:1). Jesus Christ is the gospel. The Corinthians thought it was about spiritual gifts and supernatural manifestations.  While encouraging them in the gifts of the spirit, Paul pointed the Corinthians to something even greater: Jesus Christ and Him crucified, the wisdom and power…