Subjection to the Governing Authorities

 Romans 13 was one of those parts of Scripture that were formative for me in my later teenage years.  I had to think about it quite a bit since I served in the U.S. Army (Reserves).  And it's still a text that I think about quite a bit since submitting to the civil government is… Continue reading Subjection to the Governing Authorities

Comfort for a Grieving Widow (Chrysostom)

Chrysostom (d. 407 AD) A young Christian woman was grieving the death of her husband. It was a hard and heavy blow. John Chrysostom knew of her grief and wrote her a kind letter to direct her gaze heavenward, to the Lord. In this part of the letter (dated around 380 AD), Chrysostom echoes biblical… Continue reading Comfort for a Grieving Widow (Chrysostom)

It Is The Lord Who Sends Afflictions (Chrysostom)

 I ran across this great quote from Chrysostom on God's sovereignty in affliction.  These are his comments on Job 2:10: "Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and not receive evil?" (Geneva Bible).  It's worth reading a few times! This text means that if we actually experienced only misfortunes, we would still need… Continue reading It Is The Lord Who Sends Afflictions (Chrysostom)

Christ Our Mediator (Chrysostom)

 While studying 1 Timothy 2:5 (For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus... [NASB]) I ran across these helpful comments by Chrysostom: Now a mediator ought to have communion with both parties between whom he is to mediate. For this is the property of a mediator,… Continue reading Christ Our Mediator (Chrysostom)

One Mediator, Two Natures (Chrysostom)

 Many of us know these great words of the apostle Paul to Timothy: ...There is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus (1 Tim. 2:5 NIV).  Chrysostom (d. 407) had some excellent insights into Paul's teaching.  Chrysostom wrote that when Paul called Jesus a mediator he was very much… Continue reading One Mediator, Two Natures (Chrysostom)