O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
These last words of Christ in John 19:30 - "It is finished" - have been tossed back and forth on this site before in another post as to their exact import. Traditionally, I too was taught that this was Christ's triumphant announcement from the cross that salvation's work was completed.
There's just one problem with that interpretation, which some of you have also noted. Paul declares most emphatically in I Cor. 15:16-17 that if Christ be not raised, our faith is vain…Continue
This is a short study pinpointing the ending date of Daniel's 70-week prophecy and the God-sanctioned transfer of the gospel focus toward the Gentiles that followed this 490 years. This topic has been covered on other posts, but I would like to come at it from a relatively new angle that I haven't encountered elsewhere yet.
It involves a close look at Paul's words in I Timothy 1:15-16 from the Interlinear. "Faithful is the word, and of all acceptation worthy, that Christ Jesus came…Continue
The "Screwtape Letters" by C.S. Lewis was my earliest teenage introduction to the sinister world of Satan and his henchmen. All that storytelling skill which C.S. Lewis possessed had me believing this as gospel at that time. But, with all due respect to the beloved Narnia creator, C.S. Lewis had some screwed up theology with regard to the demonic world. John Bunyan's "Holy War" was also a great favorite for me back then in the 70's.
Fast forward to the present. The comments…Continue
"...The LORD make the woman that is come into thine house like Rachel and like Leah, which two did build the house of Israel:" (Ruth 4:11)
This post involves some observations of the likenesses between the story of Jacob's marriages and the Old and New Covenant relationships God developed with His people.
Taking the verse from Ruth above, we read that the two women, Rachel and Leah, were given the distinction of building Jacob's family - the "house…Continue
How many times in the past has the content of this verse been recited at the ship's railing as the remains of a crew member slid off the end of a board into the waves below? With all due respect to the captains reciting the burial service over the dead, this verse encompasses far more than appears on the surface.
Spoiler alert: The verses covered below will be pointing out a connection to a biological resurrection of the house of Israel in 70 AD.
One of the…Continue