From Friction to Forgiveness

How do the following passages help us to understand the biblical nature of forgiveness? Rom. 5:8-11; Luke 23:31-34; 2 Cor. 5:20-21; Eph. 4:26-30. Forgiveness is a critical and necessary component in our Christian walk. Jesus was the prime example of forgiveness when He descended from heaven to earth and dwelled among us. We did not ask for forgiveness, neither did […]

From Slave to Son

Read Philemon 1-25. What important principles about restored relationships can we find here? Remember, the key word is principles. Paul makes a appeal to Philemon on behalf of Onesimus. When you are working for the Lord, it’s important that you don’t hold any grudges and love people just as Christ loves. “The apostle reminded Philemon that […]

The Conviction to Return

Read Luke 15:11–21. What specific attitudes and actions led the prodigal to decide to return home? What principles of revival and reformation do we discover in this passage? When he became impoverished, the prodigal son decided to get a job. In this state of “rock bottom” he recognized that “no one was giving anything to […]

The Grace to Grow

Read Luke 9:51-56 and Mathew 20:20-28. How do these passages reveal James’ and John’s thinking? What is in it for me?  Have you ever asked this question? Now don’t get me wrong, It is necessary to have a healthy balance. What I am talking about it something different. What I am talking about is the […]

Grace and Judgement in Eden: Part 2

Creation, gospel, and judgment appear not only in the early pages of the Bible but in the latter, as well. Read Revelation 14:6, 7. In what ways are these verses linked to the first three chapters of Genesis? That is, what parallel ideas are found in all these verses? One of my favorite characteristics of […]

The Law and The Gospel

As we’ve learned thus far, the law helps us to understand our need for a Saviour. The bible is very clear in letting the readers know that we are not saved by works, but by grace. I guess God foresaw people trying to find a loophole for serving Him and going to heaven. He exposed […]

Fresh Greetings

“Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Thess. 1:1, 2). What hope and promise is found even in such a simple greeting as this? How much theology […]

Judgment and Grace in Eden

Read Genesis 3, the account of the Fall. In what ways are both themes, that of judgement and grace, revealed? In this passage we see that God is passing Judgement on the serpent, the man ,and the woman.The grace of God can be seen in the promise of the One who will crush the head […]

Paul’s Gospel

In addition to defending his apostleship, what else does Paul emphasize in his opening greeting to the Galatians? Compare Gal. 1:3–5 with Eph. 1:2, Phil. 1:2, and Col. 1:2. When we look at Paul’s greetings in the epistles he gives a blessing of grace through Jesus Christ. Paul’s gospel is filled with the grace of […]

Breastplate of Judgment

  Read Exodus 28:15–30. What is the meaning of the different stones? What does it mean that the priest would “bear the names of the sons of Israel upon his heart?” (vs. 29; see also Rev. 21:12–14). The scriptures declare to us in verse 21 “There are to be twelve stones, one for each of […]

Old Covenant Grace

Read Exodus 32:1–6. What possible excuse could Aaron have had for partaking in this flagrant apostasy? Aaron had not heard from Moses in forty days and the people were getting restless. Aaron had to do something in order to appease the people and he knew that they were familiar with idol worship in Egypt. Aaron […]

Animal Skin

Animal Skin “And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins, and clothed them”(Gen. 3:21, RSV). Yesterday we saw Adam and Eve’s response to their sin; today we’ll look at God’s. In the above text we have, in a sense, the gospel message prefigured. First, we can see that Adam […]

Imputed Righteousness

Read Romans 4:1–7. How does Abraham’s trust in God illustrate imputed righteousness? When people work they are expecting to receive pay for their services rendered. When individuals do not work they should not expect to receive any pay at all. God let’s us know that He wants to give us credit for working as if […]