Christmas and the Identification of the Messiah-Lord as Savior (PNTC)

 While studying Luke 2:10 this week I ran across the following helpful comments by James Edwards.  But first, the words of Luke:  Today in the city of David a Savior was born for you, who is the Messiah, the Lord (CSB). [ὅτι ἐτέχθη ὑμῖν σήμερον σωτὴρ ὅς ἐστιν Χριστὸς κύριος ἐν πόλει Δαυίδ.].  Here are Edwards'… Continue reading Christmas and the Identification of the Messiah-Lord as Savior (PNTC)

Light, Peace, Hope, and a King! (Smith)

  After studying and working through Isaiah 9:2-7, I appreciate how Gary Smith summarizes these verses in the "theological implications" section of his commentary.  FYI these verses in Isaiah 9 talk about a "shadow-of-death" kind of darkness that God shines his light into, which brings joy, victory, and peace.  This prophecy also speaks about a… Continue reading Light, Peace, Hope, and a King! (Smith)

Bringer of Eternal Peace (Childs)

 Isaiah 9:2-7 is a great prophetic promise that God would send a great light and much joy to people walking in death's dark shadow.  This light and joy have to do with the birth of a son who is given royal names as he takes the throne of David forever to establish peace and justice.… Continue reading Bringer of Eternal Peace (Childs)

The Sum and Substance of the Gospel (Bavinck)

 One reason I always enjoy reading Herman Bavinck is because his discussions are so clearly based on Scripture.  I especially like those parts where he explains a doctrine by using his own sort of paraphrase of verses along with the Scripture references.  For example, this week I'm studying Christ's ascension in sermon preparation.  So I… Continue reading The Sum and Substance of the Gospel (Bavinck)

The Church, the Israel of God (Minear)

I recently picked up an older book that gives a detailed summary of the different New Testament images for the church.  It's by Paul Minear and is called Images of the Church in the New Testament (1960).  I'm not finished with it, but so far it has been pretty interesting and helpful.  Below is a… Continue reading The Church, the Israel of God (Minear)