The Unchained Word (1)

Paul spoke of “my gospel, for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal” (2 Timothy 2:8-9). Like his Lord, Paul bore the shame and stigma of an innocent man in being treated like a criminal. As he sat in his cold, dark, damp cell and reflected on hisContinue reading “The Unchained Word (1)”

Creation, Rebellion, And Redemption

Paul’s discussion in Romans 1:18ff is about more than Gentile rebellion—it concerns Gentile rebellion as it related to creation. Man was made to rule over creation in a way that would glorify and image God (Genesis 1:26ff). Adam and Eve fell short of this by failing to honor Yahweh’s and sentence was pronounced upon them,Continue reading “Creation, Rebellion, And Redemption”

There Is One God!

Knowing the idolatrous environment that existed in where they had been (Egypt), and in where they were going (Canaan), it’s hard to read Genesis 1 and not see it (at least at one level), as an emphatic rebuke of polytheism and its “god for everything” approach.  Israel is told in no uncertain terms that the God who madeContinue reading “There Is One God!”

Why Did God Create Man?

God created man to bless him—fully, richly and deeply! In the creation account we hear words like blessed, fruitful, fill, subdue, rule over and I give all made in reference to him (Genesis 1:28-29). The highest expression of his favor lies in the fact that he is made to be an image-bearer of the Trinity (v. 27). Man may choose something less forContinue reading “Why Did God Create Man?”

Why Did God Create Man?

God created man to bless him—fully, richly and deeply! In the creation account we hear words like blessed, fruitful, fill, subdue, rule over and I give all made in reference to him (Genesis 1:28-29). The highest expression of his favor lies in the fact that he is made to be an image-bearer of the Trinity (v. 27). Man may choose something less forContinue reading “Why Did God Create Man?”