...the primary message driving James; letter is that Christians' faith in the gospel should work itself out in a life of obedience. As he says in 1:22, believers in Jesus should not just hear the word and believe it, but they should also do what it says. The gospel of Jesus - which James understands … Continue reading Just Do It. Just Do One Thing.
None of us is autonomous, and understanding that fact is key to understanding the gospel. Despite our constant talk of rights and liberty, we are not really as free as we would like to think. We are created. We are made. And therefore we are owned. Because he created us, God has the right to … Continue reading My Creator
Many biblical passages tell us how creation testifies to God's glory and power. "The heavens declare the glory of God," Psalm 19:1 says. "The sky above proclaims his handiwork," Paul says in Romans 1:20 that God's "invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the … Continue reading It’s All About Me?
Thus Paul indicts humanity: they have sinned by not honoring and thanking God. It is our obligation, as people created and owned by God, to give him the honor and glory that is due to him, to live and speak and act and think in a way that recognizes and acknowledges his authority over us. … Continue reading Made, Owned, Dependent, & Accountable