New Testament Blog (Page 4)

New Testament Blog (Page 4)

Romans 7 | Freedom from Forbidden Fascination

In his Confessions, Augustine tells of the fascination of the forbidden thing when he stole pears from a tree. “…They were nice pears, but it was not the pears that my wretched soul coveted…I picked them simply in order to become a thief. The only feast I got was a feast of iniquity, and that I enjoyed to the full. What was it that I loved in that theft?…The desire to steal was awakened simply by the prohibition of stealing.”…

Romans 6 | The Highway of Holiness

Romans chapter six saved my life.  It happened many years ago. As a new believer, I was still struggling with old habit patterns—the behaviors that had caused a horrible mess in my life. Deep inside I wanted to change, but old habits have a way of wrapping their tentacles around you a squeezing tight. Someone challenged me to memorize Romans chapter six, and everything changed. I am fairly convinced that I would not be alive today had I not experienced…

Romans 5 | When We Suffer

“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and werejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the…

Romans 4 | The New Covenant; It’s Older Than You Think!

“The words, ‘It was credited to him’ were not written for him alone, but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness–for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.” Romans 4: 23-24 NIV Romans is unique among the New Testament epistles in that Paul is mainly concerned with presenting New Covenant theology. After making the case in Romans 1-3, that the righteousness of the saints is by faith in Christ alone, Paul, shows…

Romans 3 |Speechless Before God

I had nothing to say. I had done the deed and was caught. I knew the rules and I had thought it through. I had calculated the punishment and decided it was worth the risks. So, even though underage, I took my parents car on a joy ride with my friend Greg. The adventure went well until we stopped at a convenient store to get a chocolate milk and a honey bun (staple foods for a teenager). Backing out of…

Romans 2 | Why Everyone Is Guilty

This portion of Romans is not easy to understand. Paul uses somewhat archaic language to describe why even the non-Jewish world, who lived without the written Law, was guilty before God. This is what he means when he opens this section with the statement, “all who have sinned without the law” are guilty before God.  He is addressing the guilt of the Gentile world that were without the law in terms of having it in written form. How then can…

Romans 1 | When God Lets Us Go

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth (Rom. 1.18). As I read these words from chapter 1 of Paul’s letter to the Romans, I am reminded of the 1971 John Lennon song, ‘Imagine’ in which he envisions a world without God and says, ‘… It’s Easy if You Try’. Lennon himself described the song’s meaning and explained its commercial appeal: “Anti-religious, anti-nationalistic, anti-conventional, anti-capitalistic,…

2 Peter 3 | Reckoning Day

I was a young engineering student preparing for reckoning day.  My team of student-researchers had worked hard all semester to create a project using a primitive robotic arm and a series of mechanical processes and electrical circuits. Truth be told, it wasn’t going that well. The arm failed to perform as planned in most trials and we were down to the wire. And the judges were coming. The university president and several state officials who made decisions about program funding…

2 Peter 2 | A Word for Thrill Seekers

“But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you… and many will follow…” (2 Peter 2.1,2a). Recently, I was watching a video of two men who had boarded a small boat down in the gulf and were heading out to get closer to a series of five waterspouts that had dropped down on the ocean.  Waterspouts, if you don’t know, are simply tornadoes that occur over water. The swirling power of the…

2 Peter 1 | Superheroes? Who Needs Them!

His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. II Peter 1:3-4 The new Avengers movie is out, and apparently, it is as action-packed as the others. My…