Category «Obedience»

Paul’s Confidence of Heaven

“For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will …

“Can You Hear Me?”

 A cell phone company has popularized the above question in its advertizing videos. For the answer to be positive depends on both the transmission and reception of both phones. If either is faulty then the conversation becomes a monologue rather than a dialogue. Successful communication with God is kind of like that. It depends on …

“The Faith of Abraham”

The faith of Abraham is held up by New Testament writers, especially Paul, as an example for us all. No event of the Old Testament better illustrates faith under trial than Abraham’s offering of his son. The story is recorded in Genesis 22 and subsequently referenced by biblical writers over the following years. One such …

Does Mercy Trump Meticulous Obedience?

  For quite a while now, we have noticed a trend among Christians to teach that the great mercy of God, and it is truly great, trumps strict obedience to God’s laws. A favorite “proof text” is Hosea 66 as referenced by Jesus in Matthew 1:27. The idea being that faced with a dilemma between …