Last week I presented Paul’s view of the Ascended, Reigning Christ as seen in his private encounters and revealed in his letter to the Ephesians. This article expands and builds on that teaching to show some of the theological themes in the passages as well as the importance of those themes for the Christian life.
Jesus v. Jerusalem: A Commentary on Luke 9:51–20:26 10. The Faithful Remnant (Luke 17:11–37) Luke 17:11 describes a change of scenery. The previous scene saw Jesus defend Himself against the Pharisees over the issue of befriending the unrighteous. He also inculcated this defense in His disciples, and urged them to remain faithful despite the powerful […]
Jesus v. Jerusalem: A Commentary on Luke 9:51–20:26 7. “Called But Not Chosen” (Luke 14:1–24) It seems almost unbelievable that Jesus’ open condemnation of the Jews, Herod, and the Pharisees in particular got Him an invitation to dinner at a chief of the Pharisees’ house. The fact that this occurred pretty much shows that the […]
When we say Soli Deo Gloria, do we really mean it? Do we know what it meant in the context of the Reformation? Do we realize it included local government resistance, risking real, dangerous, physical consequences, to other powers and governments? Do we know, and do we acknowledge, that it still means these things today: […]
I have obviously heard this argument many times before, but perhaps not in as outrageously absolute terms. John MacArthur, Jr., via partner-in-intellectual-crime Todd Friel, just posted their radical version of the classic dualism between theology and politics and the alleged irrelevance of “earthly” stuff to the kingdom of God. Let me say up front there is […]