When there is a refusal to trust, listen and submit, the ordained pastor of Christ’s church is put into a very unfortunate situation since what those committing such crimes are now guilty of, is insurrection or the unforgiveable sin. This was the situation in the Corinthian church at the time of Paul’s second letter and […]
Chapter eight’s theme/title/topic of Submission To God provided the perfect follow-up to Jesus’ corrective sermons on the Law, holy habits and the gospel (in chapters 5 thru 7) since this (submission to God) is the key to applying and accomplishing those things. Submission to God is also what produces ministers and ministry appointed by God. […]
“Oh Lord, according to your justice, give me life” (Psa 119:149b) jurisprudence = theory or philosophy of law; a legal system One of the first things Jesus makes clear during His earthly ministry is that the entire content of the Law (the legal system established by God under the OC) remains intact for the New […]
The book of Galatians is about getting the gospel right. All six chapters have this as their theme. This also therefore was Paul’s purpose for writing the letter : so that his original recipients (the churches in the Galatian region) – as well as those churches reading it in the future, would (indeed) GTGR. As […]
At the center of all a faithful pastor does in service to his people, is the sound gospel message. This is the focus of his preaching and practice. Persecution cannot muffle it. He will not be quiet, nor lax in his efforts to defend it (to GTGR!). Though he will see many pastors become soft […]
Today we don’t usually hear the words “pastor” and “theologian” used to refer to the same person. Yet this is a part of what it means to be a faithful pastor. It means being a pastor-theologian. In other words, pastors who are theologically competent/sound. In verse 11, Paul reveals this to be true of himself.