A unique quality that distinguishes Jesus as the supreme ruler is His function as a king-priest. While these two offices operated separately in ancient Israel—to administer justice in the nation and to implement accountability between the two offices—in Messiah Jesus these two offices of authority converged.
If Jesus had never been born, we would have no salvation from sin, no victory over death, and no mediator between us and God. But because of the incarnation, we have a place in the family of God through faith. Take time this Christmas to reflect on those theological truths—worshipping the One who humbled Himself for our sakes.
As with many holidays, Thanksgiving is deeply rooted in Christian theology and practice. In the hearts and homes of the redeemed, the focus of Thanksgiving must not be on traditions or limited to a single day in late November. For us, giving thanks is to be a deeply spiritual exercise that naturally flows from a transformed heart.
Many elements of the doctrine of salvation are non-experiential—you don’t feel them when they occur. But there is one reality in salvation we do experience, and that is conversion. The true church is the society of the converted.
In recent years, the concept of Hell has come under fire. Hell is seen as an antiquated tactic used by preachers of yesteryear to frighten people into making professions of faith. Passages on Hell are being reinterpreted to make them less offensive. But Scripture teaches that Hell couldn’t be more real and gives great detail about the horrors of this habitat of certain torment.
Many well-intentioned believers are often left wondering, “how can I know if I’m saved?” Although assurance of salvation is available to every believer, it is not promised. It is a complex issue and it is often absent in the Christian’s life.
The resurrection is the centerpiece of the gospel. Without it, Christ’s death would be rendered ineffective. But, was the resurrection of Christ really “according to the Scriptures” as the Apostle Paul claimed? The New Testament authors were not creative innovators of theology but faithful followers of the prophets and the God of the prophets.
Our commitment to Sola Scriptura leads to a commitment to hermeneutics—how we study the Bible. We do not want to be people who merely confess Sola Scriptura but those who live it with conviction.
God does not want us to be agnostics on the eternal destiny of babies. Shouldn’t we expect that He would give us an answer to something that affects so many? I believe that God is clear in Scripture that He welcomes into heaven each baby who dies, born or unborn.
When you fully comprehend the magnitude and impact of God’s love for you, it shapes everything about your relationship to Him and your relationship to the world around you. That knowledge then becomes the very foundation for all subsequent spiritual growth and the motivating factor in the way you live.