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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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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The Baptism of Our Lord

Matthew 3:17, And behold, a voice from Heaven said, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” Father, Son, and Holy Spirit were present in the beginning (John 1:1-5). Now here at Christ’s Baptism, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are present again. Why would Christ—a sinless man—need to be baptised? We are baptised […]

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The Bondage of the Will

John 1:12-13, But as many as received Him, He gave to them the ability to become children of God, to those who believe in His name, who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God (own Greek translation). This speaks to our bound will, […]

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True Christian Piety

1 Timothy 3:16a, Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness: He who was manifested in the flesh (own Greek translation). For millennia, men have sought true piety—true godliness, most to no avail. The mendicant monks of early Christianity thought piety to be the abandonment of all material possessions. No, that is more neoplatonic than Christian […]

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Identity

Disclaimer: Minor profanity in this short story. Today, if you ask me who I am, the only answer I can provide with certainty is my name. I’m an enigma; I’m not really sure I’m anybody, at least of any immediate significance. I’m just some unnoticeable blip on this plane of existence with no certain identity, […]

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A Life of Suffering

Galatians 6:17, I bear on my body the marks of Jesus. The season of Advent is the season leading up to Christmas when we remember the birth of Jesus Christ our King. It is a glorious day, but underneath it lies a somber tone, for we know the earthly fate of this King. Morbid philosophers express […]

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Baptism: Romans 6

Further Explanation My thesis took a rather uncharacteristic approach from the usual endeavour, as in mine was generally a survey of the Scriptures concerning what they had to say about the topic at hand, that being what is Baptism, who is the worker, and what benefits does it bring. Typically a thesis will examine a […]

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