Serving Our King According to the Power of God

  As Christians, we serve a new Master. We dwell in a new kingdom and serve a new King (Col 1:13). However, we have not been left to serve in our own strength. The “power” to serve has been given to us in Christ. The Apostle Paul talks about this in Ephesians:   (Ephesians 1:19-20) Read More …

Christ — The Authority of All

  As creator, God and King, all things are subject to Christ. We live in a world where Christianity is hated—because they hate Jesus, and all that He stands for. They hate the authority that He is recognized for by His followers. They hate the idea that He is their authority too. All over the Read More …

Head Coverings — [1 Corinthians 11]

  Scripture quoted by permission. All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the NET Bible® copyright ©1996-2018 by Biblical Studies Press, L.L.C. All rights reserved.”   The subject of head coverings came up in our family one day, and I wrote down what I believe Paul is addressing in this passage. I decided Read More …

Spiritual Enlightenment — [Evidence of Salvation]

  Those who have truly been “enlightened” (Eph 1:18) via regeneration, will grow in their ability to see the truth and the kind of life we’re to live from God’s point of view. They will grow in their understanding of God Himself. They will move forward, not backward. True enlightenment does not lead one to Read More …

Living a Life of Excellence — [Commentary on Philippians 1:8-11]

  Philippians 1:8-11 8 For God is my witness, how I long after you all in the tender mercies of Christ Jesus. 9 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and all discernment; 10 so that ye may approve the things that are excellent; that ye may Read More …

Humility, Wisdom, and Church Authority

  All Scripture quotations are from the 1901 American Standard Version unless otherwise noted. Words in brackets [ ] are provided for clarity.   Introduction There are two areas of pursuit that stand out above the others in my life, and they are humility and wisdom. Years ago when pride was taking over my life, Read More …

The Spirit-Filled Life of Wisdom

  How do we live the Spirit-filled life? How do we walk by the Spirit? How do we make decisions that are in God’s will? These questions are answered in the following passages:   (Ephesians 5:15-18) – 15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use Read More …

Sovereign Election in the Words of Jesus

  If there’s a doctrine that makes Christians uncomfortable and don’t like talking about, I think at the top of the list would have to be the doctrine of election. However, we can’t just ignore it, because to do so is to ignore the teachings of Christ. I believe the Bible teaches Sovereign Election. This Read More …

The Election of Christ’s Sheep — [John 10]

  In John 10 Jesus reveals who He died for and who He calls to salvation. It confirms Sovereign Election and Particular Redemption.   Note: It would be helpful for you to also read my Commentary on John 10.   (John 10:14-16) – 14 I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and Read More …

The Kingdom of Christ According to Paul

  There are two positions regarding the Kingdom of Christ. One that is based on a Jewish, Old Testament understanding, and the other that is based on a Christian, New Testament understanding. The first view interprets Israel and the Kingdom of Christ from an OT perspective, which is then used to interpret the NT teaching Read More …

What if Israel Had Recognized Jesus as their Messiah?

  It’s tragic that Israel didn’t see the fulfillment of their own religion when Jesus revealed Himself to them. That is why God destroyed them in AD 70 via the Roman armies. If they had (as one people) recognized Jesus as their Messiah, today they would be viewed in the context of Christianity, not in Read More …

New Life, New Perspective

  Commentary on Colossians 3:1-4   Colossians 3:1-4 1 If then ye were raised together with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated on the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on the things that are above, not on the things that are upon the earth. 3 For ye Read More …

My Political Perspective as a Follower of Christ

  (1 Timothy 2:1-3) — “1 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior,” NIV   We Read More …

Commentary on Revelation – [Chapter 22]

  All Scripture quotations are from the 1901 American Standard Version unless otherwise noted.   Introduction Verses 1-5 continue the description of the eternal city, the New Jerusalem of the New Earth (see introduction to chapter 21). The remaining verses consist of closing remarks, promises, and warnings.   Revelation 22 (Rev 22:1) – 1 And Read More …

Commentary on Revelation – [Chapter 21]

  All Scripture quotations are from the 1901 American Standard Version unless otherwise noted.   Introduction The “holy city,” the “New Jerusalem,” is both the Church and the actual eternal city, or Eternal Kingdom….just as we call a church building a church, it’s not actually the church, but it’s the people who are the Church. Read More …