Archive for September 2011

The Law part 4

We all understand that Jesus is a unique individual. But sometimes, I wonder if we really understand how truly unique He is. Humanity had a serious problem. Adam had sold his inheritance for a bite of food. He believed Satan’s lies rather than God’s truth, and as a consequence he subjugated all peoples to salvehood [...]

The Law, Part 3

The Israelites had come out of Egypt and were now in the plains of Moab on the east side of the Jordan River near Jericho. The king of Moab, Balak, got just a bit nervous, because the “people covered the face of the earth,” and had arrived there after destroying all the people of Bashar [...]

The Law, Part 2

As we noted in the last lesson, the Law was given to make people aware of sin, not as a mechanism to bring salvation. For no person will be justified (made righteous, acquitted, and judged acceptable) in His sight by observing the works prescribed by the Law. For [the real function of] the Law is [...]

The Law, Part 1

Those in Christ are no longer under the Law (Rom. 6:14). Now what the heck does that exactly mean?  In the NIV Compact Dictionary of the Bible (J. D. Douglas and Merril C. Tenney, Zondervan Publishing House) the Law is defined as God’s laws are an expression of his holy character and sovereign will. Through [...]

A New Creature in Christ

Salvation is a making complete, making whole, in Christ Jesus. God does not restore us from our old human nature and put His very life in us so that we can run off and do whatever we want in our own way. Why would God restore us and then desire that we do things the [...]

Not on Your Own

It is critically important that every Christian remember that Jesus bought us back with His own life, and that we are now a part of Him. Do you not know that your body is the temple (the very sanctuary) of the Holy Spirit Who lives within you, Whom you have received [as a Gift] from [...]