Theology

“Guard” not “Obey”

In my last article I echoed Luther’s concern for retaining and praising the study and use of the original languages of the Bible: Hebrew, Aramaic, and Latin. Luther says, “And let us be sure of this: we will not long preserve the gospel without the languages.” For the sake of this series it’s important to keep this in mind along with what I said in my first article about our “opinion of the law,” namely, that we can keep the Law to justify ourselve, and, because of this inherit and internal desire, we want to run passages of Scipture in the way of the Law. Our old Adam is a legalist and wants the Christian religion to be one of “do right, act right” instead of being justified by God’s gift of faith alone when we believe Christ died and rose FOR YOU. 

This article is the start of several articles that will discuss several passages in light of the original languages. This will help us cut through our Old Adam’s legalistic reading. This will help us show how these passages really point is to God’s salvation and love for us in Christ Jeaus, His Son, our Lord. May the Holy Spirit guide us and bless these studies with the Light of His Word. Continue reading

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Theology

Lose the Languages, Lose the Gospel

In my last article, I talk about how the “opinion of the Law” clings to us all. It’s the opinion that can keep the Law completely or partially on our own, even though we are so completely full of sin and death that we cannot look upright or fully understand or comprehend it. As the Psalmist says, “Who can discern his errors?” (Ps 19) Only one thing can rouse and wake us from languishing in our legalistic stupor and slumber: the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God (Eph 6:17). Only through wielding the Spirit-filled Word (Rev 1) does Jesus slay our old Adam that we might live anew in righteousness and purity forever before God our heavenly Father. When it comes to this Word, however, we must keep in mind how they were written, and they were written not in English but in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek. Continue reading

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Theology

Jesus from Start to Finish

God’s Law is written on everyone’s heart. No matter where you go it’s probably a bad idea to break into your neighbor’s house, kill him, and take his stuff. It’s frowned upon to tell lies about my neighbor or slander him. It’s a good idea to be content with what you have. Honoring and following the governing authorities and one’s own parents is always encouraged. It’s just like Paul says in Romans, “When Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves, who show the work of the law written in their hearts.” (Rom 2:14–15) Continue reading

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