For most of my Christian life I have always thought that Paul was speaking about the life of a believer in Romans chapter seven. It resonated so well with my own struggle with sin that it seemed to be all the confirmation that I needed that Paul indeed was speaking about his own struggle with … Continue reading Romans 7:13-25 Can Paul be describing a believer?
Sermon on the Mount: The Beatitudes
Seeing the crowds, ohe went up on the mountain, and when he psat down, hisdisciples came to him.2 And qhe opened his mouth and taught them, saying:3 r“Blessed are sthe poor in spirit, for utheirs is the kingdom of heaven.4 “Blessed are vthose who mourn, for they shall be comforted.5 “Blessed are the wmeek, for they wshall inherit the earth.6 “Blessed are those who hunger and xthirst yfor righteousness, for they shall besatisfied.7 “Blessed are zthe merciful, for they shall receive mercy.8 “Blessed are athe pure in heart, for bthey shall see God.9 “Blessed are cthe peacemakers, for dthey shall be called esons1 of God.10 f“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for utheirs is thekingdom of heaven.11 g“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evilagainst you falsely hon my account. 12 iRejoice and be glad, for your reward is great inheaven, for jso they persecuted the prophets who were before you.Matthew 5:1-11 ESV Throughout the New Testament one of the key themes that is repeated is that Jesus was the promised prophet who arise and be greater than Moses. The sermon on the Mount is on of the foundational ways that Matthew's Gospel tries to hammer that point home for us. Jesus, like Moses, ascends … Continue reading Sermon on the Mount: The Beatitudes
On Forgiving and Forgetting
Does the Bible teach "Forgive and forget?" Some would say no, because it doesn't ever literally say the words "forgive and forget." This, however, is an insufficient reason to claim that something is not taught by the Bible. For example, the word "Trinity" is not anywhere to be found in the New Testament, but all … Continue reading On Forgiving and Forgetting