The Problem with Living Sacrifices

Today’s Bible reading presents a difficult visual. Paul appeals to believers to present their bodies as living sacrifices. (Romans 12:1-2) Look carefully at what Paul says. He appeals to believers to present their bodies as living sacrifices in the light of God’s mercies. He doesn’t give the appeal in a vacuum. It’s in the context…

The Descent of Man

Today’s Bible reading begins one of my favorite books of the Bible: Paul’s letter to the Romans. Paul begins his Magnum Opus Systematic Theology by laying out the gospel message with a description of man’s descent from the time of Creation to his day — and to our day. Paul says that God’s wrath is…

Sin and Forgiveness

Two words emerge from today’s Bible reading from Matthew 18: SIN and FORGIVENESS. Jesus talks about causing a child to stumble and says that it would better for the person who causes this offense to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied to his neck. Next, He says that if your eye or…

The Temptations of Jesus

In today’s Bible reading from Matthew 4, we see a familiar passage on Jesus’ temptations. In the first two temptations (Matthew 4:3, 6), the devil begins with, “If you are the Son of God….” There are three ways that the Greek language conveys conditional (“if“) statements. It would be accurate to translate these two temptations,…