Was Jesus a Christian?

(This is a re-post from October 2014) Funny thing: when we read the phrase, “Jesus was not a Christian,” some might pause and at first be inclined to disagree.  But biblically speaking, it’s true.  Jesus was not a Christian!  J. Gresham Machen explained this quite well around 90 years ago: “According to a very widespread …

The Christian’s True Identity (Cruse)

There are a handful of good books on Christian identity: who we are in Christ. Jerry Bridges wrote "Who Am I," Melissa Kruger wrote "Identity Theft," Richard Lints wrote "Identity and Idolatry," and so on. It's nice to have good Christian resources for a biblical view of identity! Here's another helpful book on Christian identity …

A Balanced View of The Christian (Stott)

 If you follow Jesus and want to learn more about yourself as a Christian one excellent place to turn is 1 Peter 2:1-17.  This is that great text where the Apostle calls God's people living stones, a holy priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession, etc.   It's really a gold mine for understanding our …

Gladiator Games, Abortion, and the Early Church (Athenagoras)

Just over a week ago I highlighted a section from Athenagoras (an early Christian apologist from the end of the 2nd century AD) in which he defended Christian morality since many were accusing Christians of immorality.  Specifically, Athenagoras said Christian sexual ethics were much better than those of non-Christians, since Christians upheld purity in marriage …

Slave of Christ

The NT teaching that Christians are “slaves” of Christ is a metaphor full of meaning.  Jesus owns us because he’s purchased us with his blood.  He’s our Lord and Master because he owns us.  We have a duty to trust him and obey him because we are not our own.  In body and soul, God’s …

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