I have struggled with my millennial view since I was first saved. Although, when I was saved it was in the context of a dispensational premillennial church, I often found myself agreeing with covenantal thought. Three years ago in Theology IV, I stated in my Application Project, “I am a premillennialist primarily because of the book of Revelation. John penned his gospel so that his readers would believe and have eternal life. John wore his first epistle so that his readers would have assurance in their eternal life. John called his readers to endurance in the book of revelation.” I still think that John’s books should be understood in a thematic development but I am not a premillennialist primarily because of the book of Revelation any longer.… Continue reading
[Disclaimer: Admittedly I write this an American citizen who has never voted. Having grown up on the Tuscarora Indian Reservation even though I may not be an enrolled member, out of respect for my Tuscarora fathers, who never voted because for them it would be tantamount to a sacrifice of Tuscarora sovereignty, I have never voted.]
Last week we witnessed the Republican National Convention and this week the Democratic National Convention takes center stage. As we prepare for an “interesting” (for the lack of a better phrase) presidential race, I am drawn to lessons we must learn from Ezra 1–6.… Continue reading
Its been a few months since I wrote a blog and its good to be back writing with these guys on ParkingSpace23. As I return to the joys of blogging, I need to finish a series I started last year on the Church as Community.
The Church is not a cult. The Church does not use devious psychological techniques to gain and control adherents, consider 1 Thessalonians 2:5-11. The Church is not an isolated commune, consider 1 Corinthians 5:9-10. Rather the Church functions as the Covenant Community through the local church in local communities.
We have to understand first the essence of the Covenant Community and secondly the endeavor of the Covenant Community so that we can engage in the expansion of the Covenant Community.… Continue reading
We live in interesting times but it is nothing like that of Paul and the Philippians. The church in Philippi was founded in suffering (Acts 16:11-34) and continued in suffering (Phil 1:29). In light of Paul’s own imprisonment Paul states, “For me, to live is Christ and to die is gain” (1:21). What does it mean for the Christian that living is Christ and how is dying gain?
To Live is Christ.
To live is to go about everyday laboring for the sanctification of others, the spread/progress of the gospel, the purification of oneself, to continuing living and within the present body. … Continue reading
Sanctification is sometimes understood as the progress that the Christian goes through after conversation until death in which the Christian grows in Christlikenss. We like to fit sanctification into our nice ordo salutis (some latin phrase for “the order of salvation”) between justification and glorification.
But another way of understanding sanctification is the working out of holiness within our lives. Sanctification refers to your holy nature before God throughout the redemptive drama and throughout the believer’s life. Hence sanctification can be divided into five categories: (1) Determined Sanctification; (2) Provisional Sanctification; (3) Positional Sanctification; (4) Progressive Sanctification; (5) Eschatological Sanctification.
Your sanctification and your holiness were determined by God before the foundation of the world.… Continue reading