Who exactly is the beloved in Isaiah 5:1. The verse reads, “Let me sing for my beloved my love song concerning his vineyard: My beloved had a vineyard on a very fertile hill”?
Was John (who wrote Revelation) a Trinitarian? Absolutely.
Of course, he didn’t formulate the Trinity like later Nicene theologians would, but consider how he opens his letter to the seven churches:
Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. (Rev 1:4–5)
John opens his letter by saying that “Grace … and peace” come from three somethings.
Jesus stands at the centre of the Christian faith. Christians place their trust in Jesus and shape their life around him. They also worship him as God. And yet: Jesus was a Jewish person who lived during the first century in Palestine.
So how does this Jewish man become an object of Christian devotion and the centre of a faith to which billions of people subscribe? Put another way, how did intensely monotheistic Jewish men and women come to worship the man Jesus Christ? Added to this question, did early Christians (i.e., those in the first century) worship Jesus as God?
To answer these questions, we need to listen to the testimony of Jesus’ disciples or to a record of their testimony of Jesus. [Read more…] about Why Do Christians Worship Jesus as God?
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matt 28:18–20).
Before Jesus ascended into heaven, he commissioned his apostles. This commission, known now as the Great Commission, has greatly influenced how Christians conceive of the God’s mission on earth. During the 18th century, many felt that this commission applied specifically to the Apostles, and not to everyday believers. William Carey responded this assumption by asserting the universal application of the great commission. Carey’s pioneering vision for missions previewed the great flourishing of missions that would soon follow and whose influence is still felt today.
While Christians today affirm that Jesus’ Great Commission applies to all believers, believers sometimes misunderstand the nature of the commission. The Great Commission has become so common and familiar that its message is often assumed to be something that is not, and this happens in at least two ways. [Read more…] about Two Wrong Assumptions about the Great Commission
As we celebrate the Pascha of our Lord, consider Isaiah’s words in the fifty-third chapter. Because in this chapter, Isaiah points to the resurrection of the Lord. Here is a translation of Isaiah 53:10–12 from an early Greek translation of the Hebrew text (i.e., the Septuagint or the LXX): [Read more…] about The Nerdiest Easter (Pascha) Article You’ll Ever Read
Christian leaders seem to be falling away from the faith in record numbers. Either they fall away by their actions (the love of sin) or through their confession (the denial of the faith). Actually, they might fall away by doing both of these things. Why does this happen? It’s hard to pin down one reason, but Peter (and Jude) provide some indications of the spiritual motivation behind falling away.
It seems that falling away from the faith involves two things: denying God and embracing sin. [Read more…] about Why Are So Many Christian Leaders Falling Away?