Showing posts from April, 2022

Quickening Spirit

There is no life without the Spirit of God, for it is His Spirit that creates, animates, sustains, and restores all life, and now, only through Jesus . Jesus declared that “ the spirit makes alive [‘ quickens ’] … The words which I have spoken to you are spirit, and they are life .” His words echo the principle that life and “spirit” are inextricably linked. The “flesh” is not inherently evil, but it has no life without the Spirit. And the words of Christ are added into the mix, for there is no “life” found apart from them - [ Waterfalls - Photo by sgcdesignco on Unsplash ].

Righteousness, Wrath and Salvation

In Romans, Paul argues from plight to solution as he presents his gospel to the churches in Rome .  In the first half of Romans , Paul argues from plight to solution. The gospel is the “ power of God for salvation .” Because of sin, two forces are at work in the world - righteousness, and wrath. In his Son, God has provided salvation, the solution to the desperate plight of humanity that is available to all, and on the same basis, “ from faith .” - [ Saffraon Flowers - Photo by Biegun Wschodni on Unsplash ].

Sin, Death, Gospel, Resurrection

In Romans, Paul presents his gospel from humanity's plight due to sin to the resurrection of the dead and the New Creation . In his letter to the Romans, Paul presented his most detailed explanation of the gospel. His purpose was to deal with conflicts between Gentile and Jewish members of the church, and he was preparing the ground for taking the gospel to the western regions of the empire. In the process, he touched on related topics, including death, redemption, the Law, the resurrection, and the New Creation - [ New Testament - Photo by Tim Wildsmith on Unsplash ].

Perfection in Resurrection

Paul expressed his goal of going on to perfection, a process that will culminate in our physical resurrection when Jesus returns – Philippians 3:7-21 .  In the opening thanksgiving of his letter to the Philippians, Paul prepares his readers for a key theme of his letter – going on to “ perfection ” in Jesus. The promised bodily resurrection is necessary for their “ completion .” It is not optional but is an integral part of the future salvation they will receive when Jesus arrives in glory - [ Butterfly photo by Justin DoCanto on Unsplash ].

Everlasting Glory

Paul reminded Timothy of Christ’s resurrection since false teachers were denying the future resurrection .  The resurrection is not a major subject in Paul’s “pastoral” letters, but he does raise the subject when dealing with the problem of false teachers at Ephesus. As he reminded Timothy, “ God did not give us a spirit of fear but of a sound mind .” The theme of “ sound teaching ” is pivotal to the three pastoral letters, and the future resurrection is a prime example of apostolic doctrines - [ Photo by Keenan Barber on Unsplash ].