The book of Exodus presents rich theology ingrained into these familiar passages. God devastates the world’s first superpower and unveils His glory as He works to redeem His chosen people.
In our study of the Bible, we tend to sprint through familiar narrative passages. But we ought to pause for one reason: narratives contain theology.
Leprosy was not only seen as a dangerous contagion but as a sign of the curse of God. That is why Jesus’ healing of the leper is so important. Jesus’ authority is so great that He can cleanse and restore without risk of being defiled. He can bring about a saving work that restores someone to himself and the family of God.
Although election is a challenging doctrine for many, it is a glorious catalyst for worship, humility, and unwavering evangelism. If you want to grow in godliness and strengthen your effectiveness for the Great Commission, the doctrine of unconditional election is worth your meditation.
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.