The Good, Christian Death

Psalm 116:15, Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints. Was this translated right? Does God truly take pleasure in the death of His saints? Yes! If you still doubt, here is my own Hebrew translation: “Precious in the eyes of YHWH is the death of His faithful/godly ones.” Death is never good!…

Have Mercy, O Lord

Psalm 51:1-2, Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your steadfast love; according to Your abundant mercy, blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! Such should be our daily prayer. I adore this psalm, for in it we find the two parts of repentance: contrition—godly sorrow—for…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…