It's not hard to notice Paul's emphasis on the return of Christ. In his letters that we have in the NT, Paul often talks about Christ's return on the last day. It's one of the main themes of Paul's theology. Herman Ridderbos noted that two things stand out when Paul was writing about Christ's return… Continue reading Christ’s Return: A Source of Christian Comfort (Ridderbos)
(This is a repost from June 2011) I’ve heard of church and para-church mission statements and flyers that talk about bringing God’s kingdom to this city or that city by cleaning up neighborhoods, reforming city halls, getting rid of gangs, and so on. While I’m certainly not against those things, I’d argue they are not… Continue reading Ushering in the Kingdom? (Ridderbos)
Herman Ridderbos' Paul: An Outline of His Theology is one of those essential resources for help understanding the letters of the Apostle Paul. It was originally published in Kampen in 1967. The English translation was published by Eerdmans in 1975. This book is quite lengthy and it's pretty detailed and in-depth. In Paul, Ridderbos explained… Continue reading Law…Written on Their Hearts (Ridderbos)
I've seen church mission statements and flyers that talk about bringing God's kingdom to this city or that city by transforming culture. Some people talk about bringing the kingdom to the marketplace, city halls, slums, schools, etc. I'm not comfortable with this type of language for several reasons (which would take too much space to discuss… Continue reading Bringing the Kingdom to Earth…
In Matthew 6.11, Jesus teaches us to pray for daily bread. Scholars have taken this petition in the Lord's prayer in a few different ways. Since the Greek term epiousion is used only in the NT in the Lord's Prayer, it isn't easy to pin down the precise meaning. One major interpretation is that this… Continue reading Our Daily Bread: Already or Not Yet?