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…

God Came to Save

Titus 3:4-5, But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Saviour appeared, He saved us. These words ought to build our faith. Did God appear in Christ to judge us and condemn us? No, though He certainly could have and has every right to. Instead, He chose to appear in Christ to save us.…

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…

Reconciliation/Restoration to God

Zechariah 9:12, Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope; today I declare that I will restore to you double. Such was the promise God made to Israel. This is in stark contrast to their previous punishment, “she has received from the LORD’S hand double from all her sins” (Isaiah 40:2). Because of Israel’s apostasy, God punished her…

Our Righteousness

Jeremiah 23:6, This is the name by which He will be called: “YHWH is our righteousness.” What does it mean to be righteous? It means to be in a right relationship—a relationship functioning in a reconciled state. This is what it means that Christ justifies us by faith (Romans 5:1). For “justify”—δικαιόω (dikaióō)—comes from its root…

Gentiles with A Jewish King

Romans 9:5, To [the Israelites] belong the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ, who is God all over, blessed forever. Amen. As privileged Western Christians, we are often ignorant of the heritage of our religion. We think Christianity is a western religion, but it started in the east and was…

Aliens in this World

Revelation 3:21, “The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with Me on My throne.” Thus, how is it granted to us that we conquer? Through our own works and arduous efforts? By no means! Paul asks a series of rhetorical questions: Since God is for us, who can oppose us? Since God gave…