Keeping the Word

John 8:51, “If anyone keeps My word, he will never see death.” The undisciplined theologian will read these words of Jesus and fashion them into a works righteousness theology. In order to pass from death into eternal life, we have to keep God’s Word completely. God does not settle for 99.9%; it is not good enough! Only 100%…

The Weakness of God

1 Corinthians 1:25, For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God stronger than men. The prerequisite to believing the Gospel is God’s power making us weak and His wisdom making us foolish. For to believe Christ is the Word and Son of God incarnate who was perfect in every way…

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…

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…

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…

Faith, Not Reason

Romans 4:19, [Abraham] did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. Abraham’s faith overcame reason. Though by reason Abraham knew it was impossible for Sarah to conceive not only because…

The Peace of God

Philippians 4:7, And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. These are the words proclaimed at the close of the pastor’s sermon. The peace of God is not what human reason surmises—namely, the cessation of evil. This is not what the text says; it says…