The Great Reversals of Scripture
Among the sterling characters of the Old Testament few surpass Joseph for integrity and faith—which shine all the more given the suffering he was called to endure. From one perspective, his life could be summed up as, "how everything went wrong." But Joseph would insist that "everything went right." Is Joseph a special case and have a special faith? Or does he testify to a promise that applies to the people of Christ as well?Continue
Peter exhorts Christians to trust in God’s sovereign plan and remain vigilant while we await our blessed hope.Continue
In his 1521 translation of the Greek New Testament into German Luther used the word allein (alone) in his translation of Romans 3:28, which says, “For we reckon that a man is justified through faith apart from the works of the law.” Luther was right. He captured Paul's intent, which was to teach salvation sola fide, by faith alone.Continue
The Old Covenant was a visible thing -- the priests, the altar, the animals and the blood. The New Covenant is, in many ways, an invisible reality.Continue
God’s compassion for those outside of Christ is so different from ours. He focuses our attention on this in one of the most sublime short stories in literature: the little book of Jonah.Continue
In Romans 5:1-11, the Apostle Paul preached the bad news of our sin and the good news of our free, once-for-all, justification and salvation. The heart of passage is that, in Christ, God loves sinners, justifies them, saves them, and as a consequence, sanctifies them by his love and Spirit.Continue
All human boasting is subverted by the surprising grace of God's calling and election. The Christian's boasting is inverted, redirected away from ourselves toward the cruciform glory of Christ our Mediator.