Agape: The Godly Love of Choice

John 15:13, μείζονα ταύτης ἀγάπην οὐδεὶς ἒχει, ἳνα τις τὴν ψυχὴν αὐτοῦ θῆ ὑπὲρ φἰλων αὐτοῦ. “No one has greater love than this: that he lay down his life on behalf of his friends.” What kind of love is this? The word Jesus uses is ἀγάπη (agape): the love of choice and self-sacrifice, ultimately culminated in […]

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All Nations Rise and Fall

Psalm 2:10-11, Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Every nation that has dared to dishonour YHWH and choose ignorance over reverence has perished. Canaan, Midian, Babylon, Assyria, Rome, even God’s chosen people Israel of the First Temple Period—all have perished. […]

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The Curse of False Gospels

Galatians 1:8, But even if we or an angel from Heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. The apostles, commissioned by Christ’s authority to baptise and teach with the direction of the Holy Spirit, have handed down to the Church the pure Gospel. Any […]

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When Weakness Ends

2 Corinthians 6:8-9, [Servants of God] are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as punished, and yet not killed… The Christian lives a paradoxical life. We are saint and sinner, poor but rich, content though we suffer, weak yet strong, and we die […]

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Who Is Like God?

Psalm 113:5-6, Who is like the LORD our God, who is seated on high, who looks far down on the heavens and the earth? There is nothing above God, so He cannot look up. He only looks beneath Him to us miserable creatures and within Him to His perfect Holy Trinity. Neither does He look beside […]

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Faith that Heals

Matthew 9:21, She said to herself, “If only I touch His garment, I will be made well.” Her faith did not doubt Christ and His power, nor His willingness to lend aid. I once read a poorly written book on prayer—Jerry Savelle’s Prayer of Petition—that postulated we ought to approach God the Judge as in a courtroom, […]

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Christ the Operator

1 Peter 2:24, [Christ] Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By His wounds you have been healed. How is it that we think we can come before the cross of Christ, hold our works up to His mangled body, and say, “Look […]

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You Shall Not Covet

Exodus 20:17, “You shall not covet your neighbour’s house; you shall not covet your neighbour’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbour’s.” What use is there to the question, “If you could be anyone in the world, who would you be?” Is […]

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Christ’s Banquet

Luke 14:24, “For I tell you, none of those men who were invited shall taste My banquet.” What men is Jesus referring to at the close of this parable? Those people the master’s servant invited to the banquet but made excuses (vv. 17-18). God is the Master in the parable, Christ the servant, and we are […]

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Treasures in Heaven

Psalm 37:16, Better is the little that the righteous has than the abundance of many wicked. The world measures wealth and success in the abundance of things and accomplishments. Even some Christians have come to think this way. No, what worth are these things that will fade away into eternity? If you have Christ, you have […]

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