Theology Thoughts

Not even one

John 1:3 could be translated “everything came into being through Him and not even one thing came into being independently of Him (emphasis from word order).” Continue reading

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Arranged Life

In 1 Corinthians 9 Paul writes about how he uses his dual citizenship as a Jew and Roman to try and reach as many people as he can with the good news. Continue reading

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Break for a Song

If John submitted his 1st letter for grading he would probably lose some points for 2:12-2:14. Continue reading

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Still in Darkness

1 John 2:9 continues the theme of one’s works matching his words when he writes, “the one who claims to be in the light while hating his brother is still in the darkness.” Continue reading

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Adam & Eve v Joseph (OT)

I couldn’t help but notice that the story of Joseph and Potiphar’s wife seemed conspicuously similar to the story of Adam in the garden. The pertinent parts go like this (with my comparative notes below in red): Continue reading

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Walk the Walk

1 John 2:6 says “The one who claims to remain in Him ought, just as that One walked, also himself to walk.” Continue reading

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Jesus Christ the Righteous One

1 John 2:1 begins by saying that the reason for John’s letter is so that we don’t sin. However if (and this will be the case) we do sin, we have an advocate. Our advocate isn’t just anyone–we need a special advocate since we have sinned against a special being. Our advocate is Jesus Christ, the righteous one. Every part of this title is important. Jesus, which comes from the Hebrew name, Joshua, means salvation; our advocate is our savior. Christ refers to the fulfillment of one who was promised to bless all the nations. Our advocate was chosen from the beginning specifically for this purpose. The righteous one–for only a righteous man may stand in the presence of God in order to be an advocate. Our advocate is adequate for His role. So if you sin (and you will) go to God in faith. The one who speaks in your behalf is the one who is chosen and capable of saving you from your sin.

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No Darkness Whatsoever

1 John 1:5b can be translated “God is light and darkness doesn’t exist in Him even slightly.” Continue reading

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Seeking First the Kingdom

I am sharing this extended quote from David Allen Black’s book Running My Race: Reflections on Life, Loss, Aging, and Forty Years of Teaching. It comes in the middle of the section on Aging (pages 94-95 if you’re reading along). The words below will speak for themselves. If you’re looking for a book to challenge how authentically you are living your life (and who isn’t, right?), I highly recommend this book. Continue reading

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Loved Me Thus

Foolishly I disaffected the law of the Most High
By exalting self-sufficiency and basking in my pride.
And yet you saved me from your wrath when I was truly lost;
Almighty, holy, righteous God, you have loved me thus:
You gave your own eternal son to die upon the cross,
By grace–repentance and my faith–your perfect righteousness.

My mind, oh Lord, it yearns to ponder wretched, fleeting thoughts,
And overlook the awe and wonder of You, immortal God.
Still, you have saved me from your wrath so I’m not truly lost;
Almighty, holy, righteous God, you have loved me thus:
You gave your own, eternal son to die upon the cross,
By grace–take captive every thought—your perfect righteousness.

I am a heathen on my own, ravening in despair;
Unaided I am helpless–unyielding, though, in prayer.
Daily you save me from your wrath or I’d be truly lost;
Almighty, holy, righteous God, you have loved me thus:
You gave your own, eternal son to die upon the cross,
By grace–God’s power dwells in me–your perfect righteousness.

No matter how I meet the Son–be it rapture or in death,
He will say to me, “Well done! Enter into my rest.”
Fully you save me from your wrath, no part of me is lost;
Almighty, holy, righteous God, you have loved me thus:
You gave your own, eternal son to die upon the cross,
By grace I’ll wear forever more your perfect righteousness.

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