EXPOSITION: Chapter 5:1-21 5:1-11—From Justification to Salvation 1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice [boast] in hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only that, but we rejoice [boast] in our sufferings, … [Read more...]
This teaching stream explores God’s Communication to humankind and why it has certainty.
Our contemporary culture of instantaneous communication — FB, Instagram, Twitter and Blogging — merely reflects humankind made in God’s image. God is the consummate communicator. His communication is both relational and rational, revealed in the person of Christ and his Gospel.
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God's Communication will explore:
- Problem of Knowing
- How God Speaks
- Theology & Bible
- First Principles of Christianity
- Meeting the Creator
EXPOSITION: Chapter 5:1–8:39 In the next four chapters Paul takes his Gospel to the next level, to its end game: from justification to glorification, from ch. 5 to ch. 8. In fact, his language now switches from the polemical to the confessional, to a declaration of the victory of Christ in history. Having established the juridical basis of man's reinstatement as a … [Read more...]
This brief study will apply the age-old principle of ‘scripture interpreting scripture’, rescuing Revelation and its judgements from the folly of ‘newspaper exegesis’ and the ‘end-time’ madness that looks for fulfilment in the latest war or natural calamity. Understanding the overarching biblical narrative of redemptive history, through the covenant, is the key, as we shall see … [Read more...]
The most basic and abiding need of God’s people is the knowledge of God. While all people in every time and place, as God’s image bearers, inescapably know God through his clear revelation in creation and conscience, sin causes man to suppress the true knowledge of God (Rom 1:18-21). The sinful inclination of the human heart is the desire ‘to be like God’; self-sufficient … [Read more...]
The apostle’s address to the seven churches of Asia (Rev 1-3) are generally recognised by modern commentators to be an integral part of the book, however, much disagreement remains as to their nature and purpose. Dispensationalists, while recognising the relevance to the historical churches of Asia, project them forward as a prophecy of seven distinct periods of Church … [Read more...]