Jesus’ Mission

2 Corinthians 5:21, [God] made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God. Jesus Christ died a sinner—He died a sinner’s death. Not that He actually committed sin, but on the cross He became sin and His righteousness becomes ours (i.e. justification by faith). This […]

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To Fall or Rise

Luke 2:34, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rise of many in Israel…” (own Greek translation). God, in His goodness and mercy, sent His only-begotten Son into the world on account of His promise made to Israel through Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to raise all of Israel from death in sin to life in […]

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Walk in Christ

Colossians 2:6-7, As you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith. Too often, Christians think, “Because Christ has forgiven me, I can do whatever sin I want without regret.” No, you cannot; that is Christian sociopathy. Faith in Christ does not permit licentiousness; […]

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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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Who Do You Say Jesus Is?

Matthew 16:15-16, [Jesus] said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Last January, I was standing in the place where Jesus asked this question: Caesarea Philippi. Jesus’ response to Peter’s answer is vital, “Flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but […]

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Christianity, A Costly Calling

Matthew 10:34-36, “I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a person’s enemies will be of his own household.” This statement is truer than we realise. Jesus is not talking […]

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To Know Christ

1 Corinthians 1:30, Because of (God), you are in Christ Jesus, who has become wisdom to us from God, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption (own Greek translation). To unpack the full meaning of this text could fill an entire volume. Thus, I borrow from Luther, who explains it succinctly, “You comprehend this fully when you realise […]

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Knowing God

John 8:19, “If you knew Me, you would know My Father also.” Thus, the only way to know God is through His Son, Jesus Christ. Anything that is not sanctioned by Christ, therefore, is of the Devil. If this sounds too harsh or drastic, that is a worldly mind. When our minds are set in the […]

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Outcast

This short story illustrates the thoughts and feelings that go through my mind every day as I suffer with social anxiety, and the comfort I daily receive from the Gospel. The dialogue in italics portrays this anxiety. What is it about silence that makes people so uncomfortable? I wonder this every time I talk to […]

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The Name of Jesus

Luke 2:21, And at the end of eight days, when He was circumcised, He was called Jesus. There are two significances here: first, that the Son of God was born under and subjected to the Law, marked by circumcision. But the second significance is my focus: His name and what it means. He was named Jesus—Ιησοῦς […]

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