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Notes on 1 Corinthians
“And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified,” 1 Cor. 2:1-2, NKJV.
Paul’s conduct among the Corinthians was one of simplicity according to the flesh—this point he reiterates throughout the first few chapters of his letter with the reasoning “that no flesh should glory in [God’s] presence” (1 Cor. 1:29), but “He who glories, let him glory in the LORD.” Now, by no means is it to be thought that Paul was foolish or limited in his intellect among the Corinthians, but, rather, that he “determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” Dear reader, it is upon this single foundation that all the wisdom of the universe is built. There is no facet of God’s creation that is alienated from the holy and almighty reality of Jesus Christ and the full implications of His crucifixi…
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Notes on Romans
“For as many as have sinned without law will also perish without law, and as many as have sinned in the law will be judged by the law (for not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of God, but the doers of the law will be justified; for when Gentiles who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves, who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them),” Romans 2:12-15, NKJV.
“For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh; but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God,” Romans 2:28-29, NKJV.
The physical realm is ever a veil over our minds and a web of deception; God would have us know the Spirit of reality, the true being, and not m…
Reflections on the New Testament: The Book of Acts
“…Men, why are you doing these things? We also are men with the same nature as you, and preach to you that you should turn from these useless things to the living God, who made the heaven, the earth, the sea, and all things that are in them, who in bygone generations allowed all nations to walk in their own ways. Nevertheless, He did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good, gave us rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness,” Acts 14:15-17, NKJV.
It is a little acknowledged fact that God allows the nations to walk in their own way. In so doing, God removes His divine government from them, leaving the nations in a state of spiritual anarchy and moral disintegration. Outside of God, there is but one spiritual force that retains power over the sons of man: namely, evil. If God then removes His government, the government of Satan is all that is left (as long as God’s hand is upon a nation…
WE HAVE ALREADY REACHED—AND indeed nearly passed—the halfway point of 2018! The rate at which time passes would be truly frightening did we not have full confidence in the infinite grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. As it is, the brevity of this life is rather a testament to the lightness of our cross and God’s great mercy in preparing for us an eternity of joy. On the other hand, it may seem a grievance that we are given so little time to minister to the lost—but be assured: the Lord knew His sheep from the beginning and shall not suffer any one of them to perish. Nevertheless, we must redeem the time! This life will run out very quickly, as we well know, and we shall stand before the throne of God. Will we have crowns to cast before Him, or must we enter heaven shamefacedly? Recall this thought to your mind now and again, in the everyday moments when an unjust word nearly escapes your mouth, or your hand is lent begrudgingly to some menial task. It is often these little things that mak…
Reflections on the New Testament: The Gospel of John
“Then they said to the woman, ‘Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard Him and we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world,’” John 4:42, NKJV.
We are as the Samaritan woman, who testified of the Lord Jesus and led others to Him, saying, “Come and see….” But salvation is of the Lord. We can be certain of the true salvation of those to whom we have ministered when they say unto us, “Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard Him and we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world.” In this we may greatly rejoice, that “we have decreased, but He has increased.”
“Then many came to Him and said, ‘John performed no sign, but all the things that John spoke about this Man were true.’ And many believed in Him there,” John 10:41-42, NKJV.
What is the sign we now have? The truth. It was sufficient for these men—it is sufficient also for us. Jesus p…
Reflections on the New Testament: The Gospel of Luke
“Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him,” Luke 17:3, NKJV.
This commandment of the Lord is simple enough, yet we are often frustrated when we attempt to reconcile to that other admonition of “turning the other cheek.” But to understand the meaning of each and their reconciliation, we have only to examine the context. Here the Lord, in speaking to His disciples, admonishes them regarding the treatment of a brother who has sinned: He does not say, merely, “if anyone sins against you….” Similar admonitions are delivered by Paul numerous times throughout the New Testament—that a brother who transgresses ought to be rebuked in love and “the spirit of gentleness.” In the verse at hand, Jesus particularly emphasizes that if a brother sins against you personally, you ought not simply to “turn the other cheek” but to rebuke him. Furthermore, He says: “if he repents, forgive him.” I…
Reflections on the New Testament: The Gospel of Luke
“And this will be the sign to you: you will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger,” Luke 2:12, NKJV.
“Then Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His mother, ‘Behold, this Child is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which will be spoken against,” Luke 2:34, NKJV.
“Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven,” Luke 10:20, NKJV.
“For as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so also the Son of Man will be to this generation,” Luke 11:30, NKJV.

The performance of signs and wonders was a help to the Lord’s ministry, but it was not the His ministry itself. More vital was His teaching, and the integral purpose—His death, burial, and resurrection. We see the irrelevance of “signs” expressed, even vehemently, throughout scripture, and are led time and time again to the only necessary sign: Jesus Christ Hims…