The cross-a saving event

“…Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that He bowed His head and gave up His spirit” (John 19:30). The cry from the cross was a cry/shout of victory: against sin and against death. The cross is central to our salvation. The term “the cross” that I am using means the cross event, not just the … [Read more…]

Onto maturity

Apostle Paul begins this chapter warning the Christians in Philippi about those false teachers who taught salvation by works. It was type of ‘hybrid Gospel” where Jesus’ life and sacrifice, His atonement for sins once for all was not sufficient, so works were added, an adherence to the Law was required in order for salvation … [Read more…]

Jesus going to the Father

“You heard me say, `I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I” (John 14:28). The Son is not only the sent or the given Son, but He also is the … [Read more…]

It is expedient

“But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you” (John 16:7). KJV: “It is expedient for you…” Something becomes expedient if it results with a betterment of … [Read more…]

Power to be a witness

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8). With Jesus entering heaven, seated on the throne; at the right hand of God; wearing the heavenly garments of the … [Read more…]

Received up in glory

“Beyond all question, the mystery from which true godliness springs is great: He appeared in the flesh, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory” (1 Timothy 3:16).The ascension is Christ’s return to heaven from earth. Almost all … [Read more…]

The beauty of holiness

“Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness” (NIV). “Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness” (Psalms 29:2). KJVWe will continue to take refuge under the glorious event of the resurrection. Take refuge from what? … [Read more…]

Children of the resurrection

“…and they can no longer die; for they are like the angels. They are God’s children, since they are children of the resurrection” (Luke 20:36). Last Sunday I mentioned an expression, which presented to me with a renewed force, maybe because we were reflecting on the importance of the resurrection. The expression is, “children of … [Read more…]

Resurrection the future

The resurrection as the foundation of our faith. The cross and the empty tomb are fundamental for the Christian faith. They stand and fall together. The resurrection permeates every aspect of the Christian life. The Christian is a new creation..he/she lives a new life – the resurrection life. The new life – the resurrection life … [Read more…]

Resurrection the core

“We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life” (Romans 6:4). The Christian life is energized by the resurrection. Very rarely we find a foundation without anything being built upon … [Read more…]