At the beginning of a new year, many Christians make new goals or resolutions. In some way, these goals are always hard work. They take time to accomplish. The problem though with goals is we can fall prey to two extremes – on the one hand we can make them everything and view them as a foundation to stand on. We shouldn’t do that. The gospel is our only foundation to stand on that will never fail us. Our own ambitions will fail, but God will never fail – let knowing you can fail at your goals fuel you to accomplish them. On the other hand we can make them just because we feel like we should and the hearts not in it. We make them without really thinking through them and thus we barely remember them two days later. I want to offer what I believe is a healthy middle – grace fueled goals. Continue reading “Grace Fueled Goals”
Reading the book of Ephesians is sort of like climbing Mount Everest. It’s a tough climb, and it’s the highest climb. There’s a lot of work that goes into the preparation before and after. Then comes the climb itself, and it is brutal, but once you’re at the top, it’s so beautiful that you are speechless. Every hardship you just experienced turns to wonder, every trial to triumph, and every pain to pleasure. The below Scripture is tough to climb through, but once you do, once you climb to the top and see the wonder that exists in the Everest of Scripture that is Ephesians, you will be speechless. Continue reading “His Glorious Inheritance”
Every Christian should meditate and dwell on Scripture. But the below passage especially should be one of the keystones of our Scripture memorization. It’s definitely one of the steaks of Scripture so to speak. To summarize the previous posts in Ephesians, I would say this: We see the inheritance of God given, the predestination of God explained, the gospel of God proclaimed, the sealing of the Spirit applied, and all for this purpose: to the praise of the glory of God’s grace in Christ. Let’s dig further…
The universe in all it’s breadth is incomprehensible, but what if the purpose of the universe was an entirely different matter. What if the purpose of the universe was something that could be known and understood? I believe it is, and that it’s hidden in just a few words in the Bible. See, the Bible is like a treasure map that leads to the treasure trove of Christ himself and everything else needed to satisfy the human soul. The book of Ephesians is overflowing with such treasures. It’s not in vain that the book is considered by many to be the most majestic theological exposition of all the Scriptures. And why is it considered this? Because in two verses the point of the entire Bible as well as the purpose of the entire universe is revealed. Don’t believe it? Keep reading. Continue reading “The Purpose of Everything”
If I were to tell you that I was about to travel back in time before anything existed and go pay a visit to God, would you come with me? Seems like a silly question, who wouldn’t? And when we got there, what do you think God would be thinking about? Just imagine for a second that at one point there was nothing… except God. No planets, no stars, no earth, just God. Now, what if I told you Ephesians 1:4-6 is a passage that allows us to see into what God was pondering. The Apostle Paul invites us to a state of wonder to imagine this and see what was in God’s heart and mind before he created anything. And what do we find there in the very heart and mind of God according to the Apostle Paul before anything existed? The love of God, but not in the way we would have thought. Continue reading “The Love of God”
I learned recently about some of the parallels of how God freely created all things ex nihilo (from nothing or out of nothing), and how that parallels with salvation in Christ. I never thought these two paralleled until now.
Salvation on the ground level could be described as the announcement of the gospel through which the Holy Spirit births faith in one or more individuals in Christ Jesus. In the words of the Apostle Paul, salvation brings about a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17), or as Jesus said, “unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (Jn. 3:3).
“O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!” -Psalm 8:1
The earth must not be seen as the end in itself, but rather as a means to an end. The earth, sea, sky, trees, birds, and indeed everything that the majestic Creator has made ought to be considered as a window by which we look through to see the grandeur of God.