Cling to God in Prayer

James 5:17, Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on earth. In light of this verse, the evangelical Christian in his mysticism will say, “See, if you just pray hard enough, God will answer…

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,…

The Deity of Jesus

John 1:14, The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only-begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth (own Greek translation). What a true and remarkable thing! That the very Word of God became flesh in the person of God’s only Son, Jesus Christ. He is uncreated;…

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…

Prepare the Way of the Lord

Isaiah 40:3, A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of YHWH; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.” Of interesting note is that Isaiah says “YHWH,” not “Messiah” or some other title ascribed to the Messiah/Christ. Thus, John the Baptiser prepared the way not only of the Christ, but especially YHWH—the…

Name Above All Names

Isaiah 9:6, For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Jesus Christ holds many names and titles. This prophetic point is to emphasise the greatness of His name.…

God’s Gracious Choosing

John 1:17, For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came into being through Jesus Christ (own Greek translation). Does this mean the law is evil? Not at all! It is holy, good, and righteous because it reveals what is unholy, evil, and unrighteous, namely, sin (Romans 7:7-13). But the law is not grace. What…