Posts by Robert Gnage

Posts by Robert Gnage

James 2 | Judgment, Mercy, And Faith

As I read James 2, I am reminded of our Lord’s words to the Pharisees in Matthew 23: 23. “For you… have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done…” James is instructing rather than condemning here, but he reaches right to the heart of Christianity. James deals with our propensity to judge one person more worthy than another as we walk through our daily lives. We don’t view people…

Colossians 4 | Relational Evangelism

As Paul brings his letter to the Colossians to a close, he gives them a few last Godly reminders along with honorable mentions of the people working with him. Paul asks for prayers on his behalf that he would be provided with opportunities to continue to preach the gospel even as he is imprisoned for doing so. Paul, in the same context, then tells the believers in Colossi to “Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the…

Galatians 3 | Saved by Faith, Not Works

Having grown up under legalism, accomplishing works for salvation rather than trusting completely in faith, this chapter is the great chapter of freedom from legalism. Surely enough my former denomination generally steered very clear of this letter from Paul.   While many Christians are willing to say that our Salvation is in Christ alone, it is so easy for legalism, or works, to creep in. This is what happened to the Galatians. This is also what can easily happen to us…

Acts 19 | KNOWING, Not Knowing Of

In conversations with various people throughout the years, I have been asked if I know some particular person. I most often answer that I do not. But, on some occasions, I have answered that I “know of” them. Usually, that means that while I never have actually met the person, I have learned some things about the person from friends of mine that do know them. I really don’t know the person, and undoubtedly the person in question doesn’t know…

Acts 7 | You Stiff-Necked People

Stephen presents a short synopsis of God’s interaction with Israel, and Israel’s response to God. Oh, how we wish it was one of God offering nothing but goodness and Israel responding in love and obedience. God certainly offered goodness and rescue at every turn to Israel, but Israel would not respond in love and obedience.  Stephen points out that the history of scripture is that of God promising goodness to his people and fulfilling those promises while Israel seems determined…

Luke 5 | Why Do You Eat Only With The Righteous?

“And Levi made him a great feast in his house, and there was a large company of tax collectors and others reclining at table with them. And the Pharisees and their scribes grumbled at his disciples, saying, ‘Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?’ And Jesus answered them, ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.’” Luke 5:29-32 My parents were Christians.…

2 Corinthians 8 | Generosity: A Fruit of Spiritual Maturity

The work of Jesus while on the earth can be summarized like this. He revealed the Father to us by what He explained, and He showed us the Father by how He lived. This is so we could become more like our Father. Paul captured an aspect of this as he extolled the churches of Macedonia. A need arose elsewhere in the church body where the saints suffered financial hardship. Paul made mention of the situation to the various churches…

1 Corinthians 2 | Don’t Reason, Know!

How do we know what we know? How can human beings know genuine truth? That seems to be a challenge today. Everything that humans touch seems to get polluted. News may be phony. Scientific fact may be politically manipulated falsehoods or just plain wrong conclusions from incomplete data. So, how can we ever come to any real understanding of truth? As much as finding truth may appear to be a 21st-century problem, it isn’t. Paul discusses an aspect of this…

Mark 13 | God’s Commands for The Last Days

“…When will these things be…?” Christ’s disciples asked when Jesus spoke of the impending destruction of the temple (Mark 13: 1-4). The disciples knew something bad of epic proportions was coming if the temple of God would end in obliteration. The disciples’ concerns mounted as they sought to know the timing of this cataclysmic event. Maybe the disciples were content with the response Jesus gave. However, I found His explanation left my head spinning with new questions. Jesus talks about…

Titus 3 | Living The Regenerated Life of Renewal

Paul was instructing Titus on how he should pastor the Church in Crete. His instruction was consistent with his other letters to the churches. There is much to remind us of how we should live our lives. “Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.” Titus 3:1-2  But Paul…
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