The question will be asked, why another commentary on Romans? First, because Romans provides the ABC's of the Gospel, it is Christianity 101. From the early church to the present day, it has been recognised as the foundational teaching of Christianity, providing the Bible's most complete statement concerning God's purpose for humankind, its fall from that purpose, and his … [Read more...]
This teaching stream explores how God relates to humankind through Covenant.
It explores the historical continuity of God’s covenant with mankind, expressed through various administrations (e.g. Adamic, Noahic, Abrahamic, Mosaic, Davidic, Messianic), beginning in Adam and culminating in Christ. Covenant is thus the core motif of the Bible. It serves as the Constitution of God's Government for the world in time-space history.
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"In the beginning God..."—Unlike the pagan gods of antiquity, the God of the Bible is revealed as the God of history, not only as the eternal and infinite God but also as the Creator and Governor of the time-space world. This God purposed, from his eternal counsels (Jn 17:5, 24; Eph 1:4; 1 Pet 1:20; Rev 13:8), to bring together – in the fullness of the times (i.e. in history) – … [Read more...]
The malaise of the 21st century Western church, in an increasingly hostile secular culture, urges us to penetrate its cause and radically re-cast the Christian vision for the 21st century. What is required is nothing short of the recovery of the biblical vision for a kingdom-shaped ecclesia; designed and destined by God to transform entire cultures and disciple nations. Even … [Read more...]
God relates to humankind through Covenant. Beginning in Adam and culminating in Christ, there is an historical continuity of God’s covenant relationship with mankind, expressed through various administrations (e.g. Adamic, Noahic, Abrahamic, Mosaic, Davidic, Messianic). As the outshining of God's nature and character, God's law is the ground of covenant. Based on obedience to … [Read more...]
... the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory ... Haggai 2:7 KJV While acknowledging that modern scholars read this verse as an eschatological flood of material wealth flowing into the church for its rebuilding, we will consider it, as did older commentators, as alluding to the Messiah who is the desire (Hebrew singular) – or the precious – … [Read more...]