Saved in a Damned World

John 3:16, “For God so loved the world with the result that He gave His begotten Son in order that all who believe in Him would not perish but have eternal life” (own Greek translation). Why did the world need saving? Because it’s damned. Thus, Christ came not to judge and kill, for the Law already judges…

God Fulfills His Promises

Matthew 21:1-9, emphasis on v. 4, This took place to fulfil what was spoken by the prophet… What was fulfilled? Jesus the Christ—the Messiah—and King riding humbly on a donkey into Jerusalem. What did the people say when He rode in? “Hosanna” (v. 9)! What is “Hosanna”? It is the Greek transliteration (ὡσαννά) from the Hebrew:…

Evidence of God’s Love

1 John 4:9, In this the love of God is made manifest among us: that God sent His begotten Son into the world, in order that we might live through Him [own Greek translation]. In writing these words to the receivers of his letter, perhaps John was recalling the words of Jesus he recorded in his gospel: “Therefore/for…

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…

Living the Wasted Life: “The Beast in the Jungle”

A paper I wrote during my Undergrad studies reformatted as a speech I gave at the same University. Author: Henry James Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company Review The story of The Beast in the Jungle is to many a great unrealized romance. Throughout the tale, there are underlying sexual tensions, unrequited love, and overwhelming heartbreak, the loss…

Death is not Death

Matthew 9:24, “The girl is not dead but sleeping.” Although the girl was indeed dead, to Jesus, she was only asleep. Thus, for us Christians, in death we merely fall asleep. It is not a euphemism such as, “she passed away,” in order to avoid the harsh affirmation that “she is dead” and the dark bereavement…

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%…