Tag: bible

  • Empty Space?

    Empty Space?

    As the KJV of the bible quaintly puts it (in 1 Corinthians 13), when it comes to heavenly things “we see as in a glass darkly”. Or as the NLT puts it more clearly (pun intended): “we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror”. I wonder, though, which unseen world we see more […]

  • Jesus’ life better than Adam’s sin

    Jesus’ life better than Adam’s sin

    In Romans 5 Paul states something a bit obvious – Jesus life is more powerful than Adam’s sin in its effects. 12 When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned.  Yes, people sinned even before the law was given. But it was not counted as sin […]

  • Faith

    Faith

    “If we emphasize faith does that mean we can forget about the law?”  Paul asks at the end of Romans 3. And then he answers himself:  “Of course not!  In fact, only when we have faith do we truly fulfill the law.” It seems to me that the first 4 chapters of Romans are primarily […]

  • None of us

    None of us

    “No one is righteous – not even one. No one is truly wise; No one is seeking God. All have turned away; all have become useless. No one does good, not a single one.” For no one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands.  The law simply shows us how sinful we […]

  • The Descent of Man

    The Descent of Man

    It is several decades now since the popular BBC documentary series called “The Ascent of Man” was aired. Not for the first time it shows evolutionary ideas at odds with the Scripture. Romans 1:18-32 speaks about the descent of man. Man starts by knowing God but then starts the descent. First of all men suppress […]

  • Biblical Rejoicing

    Biblical Rejoicing

    “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials” James 1:2 Biblical rejoicing has nothing to do with being happy or experiencing pleasure and everything to do with faith. “In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, 7so that the […]

  • He who Overcomes Part 1: Heaven is for Real

    He who Overcomes Part 1: Heaven is for Real

    There is no point in me talking about the promises to overcomers unless you also share my understanding of what the Scriptures say about heaven. Overcomers are at the end of their sometimes long, and always testing, journey with the Lord and are looking forward to rewards. A lot of these rewards are related to […]

  • He Who Overcomes Part 3: What is an Overcomer?

    He Who Overcomes Part 3:  What is an Overcomer?

    Everyone who loves the Lord is called by Him to be a disciple, next they are called to become a saint and then an overcomer. There is progression but there are also so many similarities between these terms that they could be thought of as similes. A disciple is a follower of Jesus, a saint […]

  • He Who Overcomes, Part 2: A way to interpret Revelation

    He Who Overcomes, Part 2: A way to interpret Revelation

    Some people say Revelation is purely symbolic. Some people say it is literal. Personally I consider most of the images of Revelation open to a literal interpretation, i.e. it was literally what events on earth looked like from the vantage point of heaven to a human transported there (i.e. John). John is in the third […]

  • Seared Consciences

    Seared Consciences

    …seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron. 1 Tim 4:2 an hour is coming for everyone who kills you to think that he is offering service to God. 3“These things they will do because they have not known the Father or Me.…   John 16:2,3 Oswald Chambers in his book “Biblical Psychology” […]