The New Man

James 1:18, Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures. From what were we brought forth? Our Baptism, in which the word of truth washes us in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. As Paul describes, the […]

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Jesus’ Mission

2 Corinthians 5:21, [God] made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God. Jesus Christ died a sinner—He died a sinner’s death. Not that He actually committed sin, but on the cross He became sin and His righteousness becomes ours (i.e. justification by faith). This […]

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To Fall or Rise

Luke 2:34, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rise of many in Israel…” (own Greek translation). God, in His goodness and mercy, sent His only-begotten Son into the world on account of His promise made to Israel through Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to raise all of Israel from death in sin to life in […]

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Walk in Christ

Colossians 2:6-7, As you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith. Too often, Christians think, “Because Christ has forgiven me, I can do whatever sin I want without regret.” No, you cannot; that is Christian sociopathy. Faith in Christ does not permit licentiousness; […]

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Bearing Our Cross

Luke 9:23 is a well-known passage amongst us Christians, “If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.” Yet this passage is often misinterpreted. Most contend this passage is a generalisation about discipleship—that we have to be Christlike in all circumstances. Whilst I concede being Christlike is a […]

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An Altar to the Lord

Genesis 12:7, [Abram] built [at Moreh] an altar to the LORD, who had appeared to him. This was the first time Abram built an altar to YHWH, and he did not pick it at random; God Himself chose the location. And for what purpose? In Luther’s words, “He appoints a definite place where the church should […]

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Christ Chose Us

Acts 9:4-6, And falling to the ground, [Saul] heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And He said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.” There are Christians who think […]

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